A Brief Interruption Of Your Regular Programming

You know, if I were ever in any sort of situation where I had to prove that I have a strong tendency to get totally wrapped up in the most mundane, pointless details, I really do believe that I could enter yesterday’s post into evidence.

Your honor, I wrote about straws. Drinking draws. I’d like to submit this post as Exhibit 1-a.

(Is evidence submitted as “exhibits”?)

(I don’t really have any experience with legal lingo. I’m pretty much just basing my word choice on some old Matlock episodes.)

So yes. In yesterday’s post I established that I enjoy a straw. THE WORLD CAN CONTINUE WITH THE TURNING.

Other exciting things that have happened lately:

1) I bought some organic soup in a box.

2) I watched four episodes in a row of House Hunters International.

3) I couldn’t find my favorite note-taking pen in church Sunday, so I had to use a fine-tip red pen instead. You can imagine how difficult it was for me to concentrate under those circumstances.

4) I cooked some turkey bacon for breakfast.

5) I exchanged a pair of cargo pants for another pair of cargo pants.

Really, I don’t know why someone hasn’t composed an original musical number to capture all that magic in song form.

There actually was a little bit of real-live excitement today when I spent a significant chunk of the afternoon making sure that I had all my shots and prescriptions and general medical whathaveyous for Ecuador (side note: for the last couple of weeks we’ve been pronouncing Ecuador as “AY-qua-thdor” in our house – sort of like how Giada De Laurentiis always says Italian words with a thick Italian accent (“mozzaRELLLLLLA”) – and now I’m worried that I’m going to get to Ecuador (“AY-qua-thdor”) and accidentally say English words with a really bad Spanish accent and basically disgrace OUR WHOLE ENTIRE COUNTRY.)

(But I’m trying not to be overly dramatic about it.)

(You probably picked up on that.)

Anyway, this afternoon I got a shot and some prescriptions, and I’m mighty relieved to have that stuff out of the way. I’m gonna take the next couple of days off from the blog so that I can concentrate on plowing through the rest of my to-do list. Among other things, I need to wrap up some work stuff, finish an article, make one more (panicked) trip to Target, etc. But I’ll be back at the end of the week (-ish), and hopefully I’ll be organized (-ish) and sane (-ish).

In the meantime, I hope that all of you continue to enjoy your straws. And should exchanging one pair of cargo pants for another pair of cargo pants be the order of the day for you, I hope that your new cargo pants meet all of your cargo pants-related needs. And then some.


See y’all in a couple of days!

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  1. as long as you don’t ask them if they speak Ay qua thor or ING LESH in a really really loud voice like they are deaf I think you will be ok! Kinda like my momma screams when she is on her cellular phone. You know the cellular phone is the BEST You just don’t know how easy you have it these days! ummm mama, i am 38. It hasn’t been that long since they came out In fact I was married before I had one.

  2. Had I found myself in your critical shortage-of-writing-instrument situation, I believe that I would have resigned myself to using the cheapo golf score pencil thingie stuck in the seat ahead of me rather than using a fine-tip pen. And red, no less. Cringe.

    And by the way, sanity is highly overrated. Not that you asked for my opinion. Nonetheless, I felt compelled to share.

    You’re welcome. :-)

  3. anotherlisa says:

    we are so excited for your trip. praying you through the prep week; Lord, give her peace in the mundane, and rest for what’s next.
    we don’t get to travel to see our 3 this year, but will be manning a Compassion table at Rebecca St. James concert here in Houston.
    thankful for you and your family sacrificing for these wonderful kids.

  4. Look,, I understand! I’m a woman with needs too!
    A great pair of cargo pants can make or break your wardrobe. Trust me. I know stuff!
    Slurping delicious drinks through a fantastic straw… D E L I G H T F U L !!
    And Geez Louise! If I lose or forget my purple gel ink pen……I CANNOT ENJOY A THING I WRITE DOWN! Sheer misery!

    Oh no worry on the dialect….you will represent us well! I told you…I know stuff! :)

  5. Sophie, your ability to make the mundane extremely entertaining is a gift! I appreciate it.
    I too, enjoy sipping any icy beverage through a straw. I’m not sure how it works, but the straw makes it taste even better.
    And I don’t think you are the only one who is sad when their favorite pen is misplaced. I keep those fancy Sharpie pens stashed everywhere.
    I would be nowhere near as organized as you are if I were going out of the country. I will be praying for all y’all who are going and keeping up with your blogs while you are there.
    Are you planning on being at the LPL in Pensacola in December? I’d love to meet you and say hi.

  6. Hugs and prayers for your trip.

  7. Sophie, I could have written you a book on how using your freezer will totally change your life (in the cooking dept) but hated to pile on with you getting ready for your trip and all. But I have to give you something to think about on using straws. It gives you wrinkles around your mouth (those little vertical ones) – just like smoking does. Think about it before you rush out and use one again. :-)

  8. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but turkey ‘bacon’ is actually very thinly sliced and painted cardboard. I’m sorry.

  9. For the record, I am a fan of the kiddie straw at Chick-Fil-A. I’d order a kid’s meal just to get the straw. Enjoy your days off. :)

  10. I would just like to say that I think it is sort of strange how Giada does that. I am from a large Italian family and from a town full of Italian families and no one does that. Like just all chatting along “Hi, how are you? I am Amanda. I am EEE-TAHLLLL-IAHHHN.” (That was the Italian pronunciation, you know?)
    As I just commented on the other post, the drinking straw breakup was a huge deal for me. I feel it totally warranted a whole post.

  11. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, and all the while say, “Soon I will be in “AY-qua-thdor’.” Sophie, totally crack me. Blessings as your get RTG!

  12. How do you do that? How do you write the simple sentence, “1) I bought some organic soup in a box.” in such a way, with such a context, that I am laughing and kind of SNORTING at my computer screen?

    Just, however you do it, thanks. Because I needed a good snorting laugh this morning.