Yes, yes, it's been a while. A substantial post is most definitely in order.
I have several wee things to say that have been growing in my mind this week so I will offer them to you in bits. That is, if I can remember any of them now that I'm here to blog.
You've all been wondering, I'm sure, how my day trip to Paris went. It was fantastic!! While I didn't end up spending anytime with my (ex)Girl Crush #1, I did spend the day with a friend called Debbie whom I really super duper like. She's one that I've known since my first trip to Scotland. We really hit it off though in Paris, and I'm very thankful. I like her a lot. She's better than some old girl crush anyway.
Let's see... highlights... I had un vin chaud (a hot wine) in une café and it was lovely! They dropped a slice of orange in it and gave me a tiny jar of nutmeg to sprinkle on top. It was delicious. We visited La Tour Eiffel, La Notre Dame, et L'Arc de Triomphe. I bought my very first parfum, Allure by Chanel. (I was in France, of course it would be Chanel.) We also visited lots of tiny boutiques and a tiny café where I got to practice my French with the natives. Most of them were nice and seemed to act like I had rather good pronunciation. I stopped a woman in the street and asked for directions to le metro and not only did she answer me without missing a beat, but I understood her back! So I felt like I truly spoke French. It was exciting.
All in all, it was a wonderful trip. I got to know many of the women in my church and now feel like I have some sort of bond with some of them. It was a good time, it was edifying, and we really felt the Lord was in it. (The trip, not Paris. Heheh.)
Christmas Work's Night Out
The coffee shop's Work's Night Out was on Friday. This was my first venture out without my husband. It was exciting, strange, and fun. We went for a dinner at a hotel/resort called Seamill Hydro. We all drew Secret Santas so we all got presents. My Secret Santa was none other than Girl Crush #2! She bought me (took from her shop?) a lovely yellow stone necklace thing. You will see pictures of me in it, I'm sure. It's beautiful. She and I shared two bottles of wine between just the two of us, so needless to say, we were steamin'. But it was fun. She is definitely moving from Girl Crush to Friend. It's exciting. We all had lots of fun, but I'll spare you the details, seeing as we had two bottles of wine, so in real life, the details probably aren't nearly as tale-tell as we think they are.
Books To Burn Request
We received a request for another book to burn, Against Love: A Polemic by Laura Kipnis. I have not read the book myself, but after reading the amazon.com review of it, it is certainly to be added. Read the review yourself. As a married lady and a Christian, I find the idea behind this book appalling. Marriage is to be honoured by all, says Hebrews 13. This attitude toward marriage is sad. Our society has seen marriages done all the wrong ways and thus cannot believe that it ever was or could ever be a successful institution. No longer do people even see anything worth being honoured in marriage. It's devastating. But it's not going to fool me. By God's grace, marriage shall continue and the blessings of marriage shall continue. So if you find a copy of this book, just burn it and help to guard hearts against such negativity thrust upon God's beautiful design.
(And while I'm at it, I'll just quote the whole verse: Marriage is to be held in honour among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.-Hebrews 13:4. I'm truly heartbroken by all the defiled marriage beds in this world. Sometimes it can make me just cry.)
My silly mother. She told me she was arriving tomorrow at 12:30 at Glasgow Int'l Airport. Turns out she's leaving tomorrow and arriving on Wednesday at Glasgow Int'l Airport at 12:30. What a let-down. I thought I'd be seeing her tomorrow. Now I won't. Oh well, it gives me one more day to clean house. And our gas should be fixed tomorrow morning so it gives us one more day to warm the place up. We hope.
Christmas is (nearly) here, bringing good cheer. Our Christmas tree is up--it's a live spruce, still in the pot--and our presents are bought. I love Christmas. I simply love it. And I don't care what some people say about "idolatry", I can't wait to find a pretty little nativity scene to finish up the decorations in our house. A little figurine signifying the birth of Christ does not equal a figurine signifying God the Father, which is the only thing the Second Commandment refers to, as far as Scott and I can interpret it. I'm going to go nativity scene shopping soon. Or maybe I'll just make my own like I did with our wedding toppers.