Sunday, July 27, 2008

Diocese of CT goes online!

So, the Diocese of Connecticut has gone online! How cool is that?

Your very own Vagabond Priest will be the blogger for small church celebrations. A few small fires over at my own parish of Epiphany have prevented me from posting, but this week I am determined to catch up and write about some of the COOL things these smaller parishes are doing around our diocese.

And did you know that Laura Ahrens, the Suffragan with the cool shoes, is a Blogging Bishop for Lambeth? That totally rocks!

It tears me up, actually... should I spend time reading all the awesome blogs from the bishops who are excited by the neat things happening in Lambeth and take in their accounts of the struggles our church is going through, or should I be packing up my home office? I mean, I still have most of the "tacky Jesus" collection to get bubble-wrapped... wouldn't it be terrible if Bobble-Head jesus didn't survive the trip!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Totally Ridiculous Collar Story

So, most of you know that I wear linen collars which require a bit of starch for stiffness. I got new collars recently. They take a few washes before the factory starch wears off a bit. That factors heavily into my current predicament, because I rinse my collars before wearing so they aren't so stiff.

It's very hot and HUMID in Connecticut. It's so steamy that we have to put all our towels (even dish towels that hang on the oven handle) in the dryer to dry. It is important to this story that things don't dry. Because I rinse my collars, and even if they feel dry to the touch, they apparently are not dry.

Because I put my collar on in my humid, steamy house, and I went to work in the air conditioned hospital.

Where my collar dried solid. I'm not kidding. I can't get the damn thing off... it's dried so stiff I can't move it enough to get the collar buttons out. I think I'll have to go sit out in the humidity for a few hours to loosen it up a bit. I bet this NEVER HAPPENS to normal people!

Although I do admit it's a great way to get your library parking comped.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Long night at the hospital

So it's about 4:45, and I've been up for over an hour. Getting woken up on call is rough since I can't get back to sleep very well. And tonight, I made the mistake of packing my change of clothes in my gym bag. I won't do that again. Let's just say I'll be wearing my clothes from yesterday throughout this morning!

In the meantime, I surfed over Facebook, and I am starting to feel bad. There's a number of popularity contests- "best looking", "cutest", and so on, and it's making me feel like I'm in high school again. Geez...

Anyone being disenchanted with Facebook at times?

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Pastor Sings the Saturday Blues...

I don't want to write my sermon,

I don't want to write my sermon,

I don't want to write my sermon, no, no, no, no, no!

I'd rather be surfing the internet,

Buying moving boxes and drawing up floor plans

Or looking at pictures of cute Portuguese Water Dogs

Or taking a Saturday nap.

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....

I don't want to write my sermon....

No, no, no, no, no, no!

Readers will have to come to church tomorrow to find out how the procrastination resolved.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Cleaned out the closet!

Well, I cleaned out my closet today! And now I'm starting on the bookshelves.

I thought I'd have several bags full of items to donate. As it turns out, I have just one. Using the rule of "If you haven't worn it in the last year, toss it!", I ruthlessly tossed everything. One old PJ suit (very cozy, but torn) went straight to the trash. A few college relics (great stuff that was vintage when I got it- the hippy look was in at the time), and the Shoes Of Death that I wore for my brother's wedding. I love ya, D&D, but I felt TOTAL JOY to throw those in the donation bag! Yeah!

My mother reasonably suggested I keep the gowns for consignment. OK. Since I take good care of my stuff, I have three formal gowns in perfect condition that could be consigned. And with that... I have gleaned the closet.

It may be, as we are moving into our new place and putting clothes into the new wardrobes we plan to buy, that I will fill it up, and say, "Ah ha, and now I must reduce more!" We'll see at that point.

Now it's on to the harder stuff... for a book nut like me... what books go and what books stay? Obviously, my beautiful hardcovers and first editions and old old classic fairy tales never go. Heck, I might be cremated with the Grimm's tales in hand, I love them that much. AND they are psychologically healthy for developing children! But some other books have run their course.

Now, I always built my library with the question of, "If I have an overnight guest, could they find something interesting to read on my shelves?" but a resident at the hospital asks the question, "Does this book still answer questions I'm interested in asking?"