Reader, forgive me, for I have sinned.

It has been 50 days since my last post.

But now I’m back. And all 12 of you are very relieved, I’m sure.

Despite all evidence to the contrary, I have kept a list of things I’d enjoy blogging about if I could take the time to do so. I’m not going to try to catch up with my list. So here, for your enjoyment, are the things I could have been writing about.

– Halloween….when kids dress in things that don’t look like costumes
– funny things my son has been saying
– what I’m noticing about my daughter as she grows up
– pre-school music programs and the ensuing paparazzi
– getting organized (my new allegiance to GTD and continued fascination with organizational paraphernalia)
– reflections on a Puritan prayer
– speaking about the Biblical context of worship to a group of awesome people who come from a very different place than I do
– what does it really mean to ‘do life’ with a ‘community’ of people?
– how do people find time to blog?

And finally….two items of tremendous importance that I will now explore in great detail.

1. Wall calendars.
I was looking for a 2008 wall calendar the other day. Except for celebrities , pets, and sports calendars, all the calendar artwork seems to focus on what are apparently desirable locations. Paintings or pics of beaches….. island paradises…… castles….. I’m assuming the idea is that when our eyes fall on these images, we are afforded a moment of respite from the dismal surroundings in which we actually find ourselves. Nice theory, but I’M thinking we need images that make us feel better about where we are. Solution? I propose a Department of Motor Vehicles calendar. Or artwork dedicated to dentistry tools. Or pics of hundreds of screaming toddlers. Or Richard Simmons. (That’s gold, Jerry.)

2. Candy canes.
I’ve noticed a few trends in packaging this year. Lots of packaged goods are now ‘resealable’ with a great little ziploc feature. And somebody figured out how to make it possible to open packages of batteries without the use of power tools and expletives. Awesome. And yet, still, in this year two thousand ought seven, when my kids bring me the first candy cane of the season, I am plunged into human vs. plastic hell. Seriously. There is No Way to Open a Candy Cane Without Destroying It. You almost always have to resort to using your teeth, and when you DO finally get it open, then it’s all about crumb management. Which begs the question…what is the wrapper actually doing? Somebody should fix this.

All that to say, welcome back. Be sure to let me know you stopped by.

5 thoughts on “Reader, forgive me, for I have sinned.

  1. no words to express how elated i am that you’re back. i needed that humor as i sit in my quiet office this week. see you in a few days :)

  2. I like the DMV calendar idea. Each month could be a picture of one of those LED signs that displays ‘now serving’ number such and such. By the time December rolled around it would be one number away from the number you were holding.

    Oh and it should smell like stale cigarettes and burnt coffee.

    I’ve got nothing for you on the candy cane/packaging front. You’re 100% correct of course, the packaging is either too good or not good enough I’m not sure. I wonder if perhaps the designers of the packaging focused primarily on keeping the sugary candy cane void of moisture and forgot that at some point somebody was going to actually try to open the plastic and try to eat the thing.

    Glad to see you back in blogworld.

  3. Hi Matt. Welcome.

    Perhaps the whole plastic-on-CD thing is actually a ploy by Apple to get us all addicted to ‘plastic free’ music downloads. Hmmmmm…..

  4. i hate plastic.

    you would think, with the ridiculous amount of music/dvds i’ve bought in my day i would actually be able to enjoy my media after a purchase, but i just end up hating myself for my inability to open a stupid cd.

    anyway, welcome back.

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