I seem to have gone from having one day a week that I couldn't (wouldn't) blog to having one day a week I would blog. I'd like to work my way back to the Monday nonblogging instead of the Thursday blogging. We'll see. September's just starting and already my end of the month plans have blown up. I tried to register for the Desiring God Conference that I was hoping to attend and have discovered it has sold out. So much for a conference at the end of the month. Last night I learned that my early October plans have been derailed by homework. I'm suddenly a little freer than I expected. This does open the door for my Coen brothers movie marathon to take place the first weekend of October. I might also take the money I had planned on using for Minnesota and instead do a personal weekend retreat here, maybe at St. Mary's of the Lake, where I went in December 2 years ago. Anyway for those who are curious I had a great weekend. I enjoyed my drive down to Nashville, Chattanooga, Georgetown, and back. I took a different route to Nashville, going down I-57 and 24 through Illinois and Western Kentucky. That was a fun chance to see more of Illinois and WKy than I had before and also to see what it would be like to drive to Champaign in case I end up in school at the UofI. It was also a good trip because I got to spend it listening to The Silmarillion and finally to hear the BBC dramatized production of The Lord of the Rings. That's some good listening.
I spent Friday night with Ann and Daniel. They made biryani and cicero chutney and later Ann made rice pudding for dessert. We watched Elizabethtown, which Daniel and I enjoyed. Ann made pancakes on Saturday morning. I don't what it is about the way she makes them but Ann's pancakes really are my favorite pancakes. I'd still rather have French toast or a waffle, but if I've got to have pancakes, I'd like them to be Ann's.
Saturday I drove to Chattanooga and met Geron and Lydia's friends Holly and Jeff and their son Brian as they came out the door to go home. I also met Cora Sophia, who is as fine a baby as I'd want to meet. I had a lot of fun holding Cora and watching tv with Lydia and Geron. Thanks y'all for letting me visit and play with your baby.
Sunday we took Cora to church for the first time. That was a lot of fun. It was also touching as Geron delivered the children's sermon and talked about the love of God the Father for His children. I thought it was especially neat when Geron talked about how he even liked it when Cora cried, because she was his and he loved her, and paralleled that to God's feelings for us. We had a lazy day of napping and watching tv, and a good lunch provided by some folks from the church.
Monday I slept in a little and watched some of the MTV Video Music Awards with Geron, and held Cora some more. I love my niece. On the way home I stopped by McKay's used book store for a few minutes and then drove to Georgetown. Between the bookstore and construction traffic I got there later than I planned. Mom and Dad made macaroni salad, another of my favorite foods when made like mom makes it. We sat around and talked and watched tv. Tuesday I drove back to Illinois. After that it's been a pretty normal week.