28 July 2008

miracle indeed...

i'm reading a new book
animal, vegetable, miracle
by barbara kingsolver
(& if you are looking for it at
smith family bookstore in eugene oregon
it is in with the cookbooks
just go there
don't bother to go to the fiction section
& upon not finding it ask at the front desk...
they will just look at you & say
'well, it should be there'
thanks for the help, chuck
i'll just go wander the upstairs like a nomad
& hope that i don't accidentally pull out a book that
releases a secret door to a dungeon full of
sweet valley high books...
oh you euegenians
you know it's true
all of those giant stacks of books has to be hiding something)
animal, vegetable, miracle
i was intrigued by this book
a family moves out to a farm & makes
it their goal for a year
to only buy food that is grown or raised near them...
or within 100 miles of them?
or that they have met the grower?
something like that
i just started it!
give me some grace!
today the little elves & i met our friends
wendy & samson
for a walk by the river
& after we said goodbye to wendy & sam
we went to play at the little park...
after pushing miss m in the swing
(step one: lift miss m into the swing
step two: the instant her bottom hits the seat she yells 'faster!'
step three: start the actual pushing
step four: 'faster!'
step five: push
step six: 'FASTER!'
repeat steps five & six over & over & over...
enjoy the ride lady
you have at least 85 more years to be bossy...)
after the swinging
the elves began to play together
(one of my favorite things about them growing up)
& i sat to read my book.
it is a lovely book
& i am enjoying it
she is talking all about their moving
& about how other cultures don't have serious weight issues
because they eat things that are native to their culture
& location
& don't have mcdonald's & starbucks & 7-11 around every corner
she didn't name those
i am just adding my own two cents to
this new york times best selling author's book...
i thought she could use a little help from a blogger
who hasn't updated her blog for three weeks.
hey, i did take AP english...
anyway the kiddos played
i read
then we realized that it was noon
& we needed to go the bathroom
& we were hungry
& the mall!
it's just right over there!
so we went into the mall
on one of the most beautiful days of the year
into the mall
& went to the bathroom
& then got a wetzel's pretzel to share
because it seemed like the least horrible choice
in the sea of mall food...
i know
looks like this book is really sinking in...
i'm sure the butter on the pretzel was churned just up the road
& the salt was mined(?) near here too
(how do they get salt anyway?
maybe that's in chapter two)
hopefully i will do better in the near future
maybe not walking into the mall is a good first step?
or bringing snacks with us!
& you know what they say at weight watchers:
if you fail to plan
you're screwed

or maybe that's just my two cents again...


Blue Yonder said...

Careful now... that book started a revolution in this house about a year ago :-)

Kambria said...

you are lookin' skinny miss minnie!

KaraBeagle said...

I've missed reading your blog...glad you are back.

malls...the bane of american culture. I love my small town. When I go to the bank, they know me by name. No need to show ID. When I go to BiMart, I know the manager... no need to show my membership card. When I go to Gibson, with my Big Red truck, the mechanic suddenly remembers he has a sick relative--in North Carolina. Everybody knows me by my kids too... I used be able to say "I'm L's mom" and everyone knew me, but she's up and married, and now I (sometimes cringeingly) admit, "I'm K's mom." and I either get handed a lawsuit or get a sympathetic pat on the back (just kidding).

But I love my small town. I love that everyone knows me. I love that everyone knows my son. It will keep us on the straight and narrow. No anonymity here. Full accountability. Just like standing before God.

Angie said...

Hooray! You're back!

jmbmommy said...

Hooray, I have missed you! I am reading the very same book right now too. Talk about Kismet!??
Oh well, maybe we will catch each other at a farmer's market or something such as that?? We will see!

jmbmommy said...

And PS
I love this picture with a Mysterious Q lurking in the background...Maybe we will see each other at the Fair...I entered some quilts!!