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I always feel the need to write an apology and explanation whenever I have a long absence from blogging. If you read my last post, you’ll see that this semester was about readjusting to school life in the USA… but in mid-November, it also became about balancing school, work, and my visitor from Germany! There just wasn’t any room on the full plate for blogging.

Here are some sights of what we have done over the past seven weeks…

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november favorites

A few favorites from this month…

1. This vegetarian chili recipe…which I’m recreating from memory:
Ingredients:
-2 small yellow onions (chopped)
-2 cloves garlic (minced)
-1 yellow and 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
-1 can kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
-1 can cannelini beans (“)
-2 cans black beans (“)
-2 cans stewed tomatoes
-cumin, chili powder, salt (all to taste – I was heavy on the chili powder and lighter on the others)
-canned chili peppers in adobo sauce (1 or 2 peppers, depending on how hot you like your chili, a spoonful of the sauce)

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recipes are back! asparagus and zucchini quiches

Last week, my roommate and I each bought a carton of eggs on the same day by accident, so we have been eating a lot of eggs lately. Then, she acquired 2 more cartons from an event where they had leftovers from an egg toss. So… we needed to make use of all the eggs! I think this is the most fun way to cook – just start with what you have.

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namaste, etc.

For my 23rd birthday, two of my friends from Candler chipped in on a Groupon for me for 1 month of unlimited yoga classes at a studio here in Decatur. Best gift ever! Let me tell you how hard it has been to have this since April and not use it! However, since the end of the school year around May 1, I have not been in town for 4 consecutive weeks to take full advantage of the deal.(Here’s where I catch you up on my summer…)After Japan, I was home for a week, then went to Wingate, NC for 2 days to train the Bible Study Leaders for the PASSPORTkids! teams this summer. I was back in Atlanta for a week before leaving to go be a Bible Study Leader on the PASSPORTkids! East Team in Lynchburg, VA. They had a big session of camp and needed an extra leader, so I was glad to go work a week! After camp, I flew to Tampa, FL to work at the CBF General Assembly. I was there for nearly a week, then flew back to Atlanta. That was June 25. I went home for the July 4th holiday and stayed for 4 days in KY. I got to meet baby Ruby!

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girls reunion and craft project

The girls came to visit this weekend! I have known Lauren since preschool, Allison since 4th grade, and Kellye since 6th. The four of us have been best friends since sophomore year in high school. We all went to different colleges and have moved in different directions since then… Kellye is married, lives in SC, teaches high school band, and has a baby boy on the way. Lauren in married, lives in KY, and works with kindergartners. Allison is doing Teach for America in Indianapolis. Here I am in Georgia. Needless to say, coordinating our schedules to be all together in the same city at the same time is a challenge.

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recipe (7)

Today we had a big Old Testament midterm exam. The past few days feel like a blur of little sleep and prophets and psalms. Crazy how it takes over life. Want to know about lament in the life of Israel? I can tell ya. But I won’t… I’m tired of thinking about it for today. Want to know how many days since my last shower? I won’t tell ya that either!
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conversations on the language we speak

On Wednesday evening, while I was in Birmingham, I got to enjoy dinner with friends Celeste, Lauren, and Stephen. We sat outside, and Lauren and Stephen brought Scrabble and a dictionary. Playing the game sparked some thoughts about this book I’ve been reading. We had some interesting conversation that night and I’ve had interesting conversations in my mind since then.

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