1. The blog has been a bit quiet for a little over a week because....eh, just haven't felt very talkative lately. Even now it is only out of sheer will and discipline that I am doing these Takes. So I sure hope you appreciate/tolerate them.
2. I don't like to share what I am doing for Lent, mostly due to that teaching from Jesus about praying in private and keeping your tithes and fasts hidden. But since this is about my failure to keep my intended Lenten observation, I suppose that makes it ok. I had the very ambitious goal to read the entire Bible in 40 days (a brilliant amazing idea which I got from here). This comes out to about 30ish chapters a day, or around an hour of reading. I MADE IT TO DAY FOUR. Which I am really sad to admit. But now the plan is to start back up with a read the Bible in 90 days plan, which is more like 15 chapters a day. Think I can manage it? I have attempted to read the bible all the way through several times, but I can never make it out of the Pentateuch. That book of Numbers just shuts me down every time. Have you ever succeeded in reading the whole Bible straight through?
3. Speaking of reading, I am about 2/3 of the way through A Storm of Swords, the third book in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. (I always want to call the series Game of Thrones because that is catchier, and it's the name of the HBO show, which I have never seen but is the source material for many funny memes I see on Facebook.) I know when a book has captured my imagination when it starts to infiltrate my half-awake, half-dreaming times during the night. Several times, last night for example, I have found myself making a trip to the bathroom (pregnancy!), fretting about how awful Prince Joffrey and Queen Cersei are, or trying to work out some strategy for Robb Stark or Tyrion Lannister. I am only partially conscious that I am even doing this. I did the same thing with Harry Potter, the Hyperion Cantos, the Hunger Games, etc. What can I say - I have no trouble whatsoever suspending my disbelief and fully entering into a story. Maybe a little too much.
4. My husband, however, is not a person who does that easily. Therefore he pretty much reads non-fiction exclusively. Whereas I can barely get through 2 chapters of a non-fiction book, no matter how amazing it supposedly might be. What do you prefer - fiction or non-fiction? Or do you like to mix it up?
5. For me, the first real sign of Spring is always the change I hear in the morning bird songs. I am not sure if it is because it starts getting light earlier again, or if it is because birds that went away for the winter are now back - all I know is that there is a difference. And while it is still pretty cold and the trees are still bare, I have heard the change here in St. Louis. The birds are singing, and my heart is so happy that Spring is here.
6. Spring means the arrival of warmer weather, however, and that means bad news for....my legs. (Warning, this Take is probably more appropriate for the female readers.) When winter comes along, and I never am seen without pants or leg coverings of some kind, I tend to, shall we say, let myself go. And it's not just neglecting to shave. My legs get so dry and so ghastly white. And I feel like this pregnancy has only aggravated the dryness factor, not to mention all the water retention from pregnancy making my shapely legs full of a bit extra shape. (Am I driving you crazy with all the sexy yet??) All this to say, the prospect of shorts and my spring dresses makes me want to shudder with horror. I am not generally one to indulge in much body-pampering, beyond regular haircuts and one or two pedicures a year. Mostly due to lack of funds, not because I am so virtuous or anything. But my legs are in such dire shape, I am contemplating whether I should try to make it through the Spring (and Summer?) in long skirts and maxi dresses, or if I should splurge on getting my legs professionally waxed, as well as perhaps a salt scrub or body wrap, and maybe even spending some time in a tanning bed (all this after baby arrives, of course). Tanning is something I normally firmly oppose, but YOU GUYS. These legs need serious emergency intervention if they are going to be fit for human eyes.
7. Ok, you are probably hating me now after that TMI Take. If you are even still reading, my apologies. Can I make it up to you with a painfully adorable picture of Josiah from A WHOLE YEAR AGO HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE MY HEART IS BREAKING?
Hoping your Friday finds you filled with this much joy. xoxo