The Log Book: April 2015

Latest projects:
I’m learning to crochet!  My first project was a dishcloth.  My goal is to eventually be able to crochet lace.

What’s cooking?
It seems that just as I’m getting the hang of Lenten food, Lent is over.  Not that I’m complaining.  But I did invent a rather yummy Lenten casserole based on, of all things, my mom’s meatloaf.
This month’s favorites:
Lentil and rice loaf for Lent.  ANYTHING with milk, eggs, cheese, or chocolate for Paschal feasting.  Hard-boiled eggs never tasted so good.

Reading:
Little Women

Mikis and the Donkey by Bibi Dumon Tak (a very cute book!)
Emma:  A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Data and Goliath by Bruce Schneier  (Read this book!)
A review of Data and Goliath: “As it becomes increasingly clear that surveillance has surpassed anything that Orwell imagined, we need a guide to how and why we’re being snooped and what we can do about it. Bruce Schneier is that guide—step by step he outlines the various ways we are being monitored, and after scaring the pants off us, he tells us how to fight back.”
—Steven Levy, editor-in-chief of Backchannel and author of Crypto and Hackers

Watching and listening:
All Creatures Great and Small, series 4 & 5
The Theory of Everything
Star Trek: Enterprise,
season 1
planet earth

I’m looking forward to:
May is going to be such a crazy month.  My brother graduates one weekend, and then gets married two weeks later.  Three days after their wedding, Shaun and I are taking a trip to California.  But if we survive, it should all be wonderful!

Other happenings:
Christ is risen!  Happy Easter!

Early in April I was diagnosed with mild bronchitis.  This was not surprising, since I have been sick with some sort of respiratory illness almost constantly for the last two months.  It’s still hanging on, but slowly I am healing.

Our car broke down in a rural little town on Easter Sunday/Orthodox Palm Sunday on our way back home from visiting my parents.  These things with our car always seem to happen around holidays.  I felt bad calling roadside assistance to get a tow 40 minutes back to our house, but the guy who came to rescue us was very kind and friendly, and waved off my apologies for interrupting his Easter Sunday.  Thank you, Lord, for the kindness of strangers!

…Unfortunately for the car–and our bank account–the engine had up and died on us.  Since it’s a good car otherwise, we decided to replace the engine.  It lives!

Shaun and I are planning to put in a vegetable garden this year.  We have two seed trays of veggies, berries and herbs on our dining room table, in front of a big window where they can soak up the sun.  Go spring!

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