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A project…

As Dave said in our last post, he finished his dissertation last week and has now sent it off to Scotland! We celebrated by having a feast on Saturday night….

Shepherd’s pie (his choice)

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And apple crumble and ice cream for dessert.

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 I’ve explained to Dave time and time again that Shepherd’s pie is a poor man’s food, something that english people created years ago when they either had nothing to cook, or couldn’t afford to buy anything. So they took leftover meat and whatever else was lying around and threw it all together, and viola! But, he still seems to think it’s one of the best meals he’s ever tasted so who am I to change his mind?????? We all win; Dave thinks he’s getting the creme de la creme of dinner entrees, and I get to throw together a hodge podge of ingredients and call it a dish : )  

We also bought a bike last week. Dave found it in a pawn shop for a REALLY good price, he can ride it to the bus stop and catch a bus to campus. We really can make this one-car deal work.

On Sunday we attended All Saints church. It is part of the AMIA (Anglican Mission in America) and is located between Durham and Chapel Hill. We really liked what we experienced there and the people were very friendly. It was strange, for both of us, to be attending a traditional ‘church service’ in a ‘church building’ after so many years of house church. It’s also strange to be the visitors that nobody really knows. As far back as I can remember I’ve either been a regular (the one approaching the visitors to try and make them feel welcomed), or the arriving family of the new pastor, in which case everyone knows of you, is expecting you, and therefore stares at you for the entire length of the service to see how holy you are. Just kidding, of course I don’t have any of those lowly, stereotypical PK issues. All that to say, we look forward to going back and getting more involved.

Orientation starts tomorrow for Dave. I’m in the midst of craigslist and filling out applications in search of a job. Will keep you posted on that. I also can’t put The Time Traveler’s Wife down, so that doesn’t help with the job search.

We did some yard work yesterday, and other than the 30 mosquito bites I came away with, I found it very enjoyable! We trimmed back a large portion of the bushes at the front of the house and I’m hoping to plant some flowers down at the bottom of the yard. Our yard doesn’t seem to fit in with those surrounding it. If you drive down our street you see houses with colorful and lively flower beds, beautiful rose gardens, ivy crawling up the sides of houses, shapely bushes adorning the fronts of houses, and luscious grass surrounding cobble pathways leading to freshly painted front doors…

Then you arrive at our house.

Dead bushes envelop the steps up from the street on either side. The path looks like someone threw a pile of bricks onto the ground then sunk them into the earth wherever they landed. There are no flowers, no color, nothing. One can vaguely recognize the outline of a house hidden by several huge and unruly bushes. The front door and a lovely porch swing are masked from sight and the grass grows in spontaneous, random patches. I can’t bear the thought of people thinking we caused this overgrown, dying forest. Not that I give a flip about The Jones’, I just want it to look pretty : ) Hence; YARDWORK.

P.S. Go see District 9… we saw it yesterday and thought it was a GREAT movie, we recommend it. Love to all : )

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