you get two today! i decided that tonight would be a good time to put up some pictures from the 4th.
it's been a long day. the stale heat kind of makes me feel tired and lethargic--not a pleasant feeling. work was fine. C started swim lessons again today. i didn't bring a book so ended up just sitting and thinking in the lobby for 35 min. with S. it's been a day full of thought. i finally got around to responding to some emails. i talked to mom for a little while. she prayed for me. have i ever told you about mom's prayers? maybe not. one day i will. for now, just know that i love when she prays for me over the phone.
dinner was wonderful. i made an "asian style" salad--seared veggies with fried tofu (i know, but its an inexpensive form of protein!) tossed over lettuce with some seasoning. mmm. it was the perfect summer dinner. my peaches are finally ripe and i happily slurped peach juice off my arm thinking, "there's nothing like summer peaches." then last night's left over box of waffle cones gave me the idea of running over to trader joe's for something cool. you guessed it, i picked up some of their coffee ice cream. yum.
now i am (im)patiently waiting for the night to cool off while i sip a glass of merlot. i'll study for a little while and then start a new book, The Longing for Home by F Buechner. after i finished Traveling Mercies I had no idea what to read next. but during my breakdown on the way home from work today [yes, I was finally able to cry. you probably didn't know that i haven't been able to for awhile. my, it felt good. i cried because the lady still hasn't called me back about my car and i've called her twice; because the men in the car behind me were fondling each other; because there was a magazine at the club with an article about which city (miami or chicago) has a hotter sex-life; because i am weary of earth and weary of sin; because i long for many things that aren't yet a reality and i'm tired of longing; because i miss my family so much; because sometimes i don't know where i fit into this world or where i belong in life; because sometimes the simple things are too wonderful for me...and because i said to the Lord, "tonight i'm ready to be home"...] i remembered that this book is sitting on my shelf.
now, enough about my day. here are a few pictures from the weekend. on saturday morning Mr. Schnake, Jake, Hannah, and I went biking--23 miles through Wisconsin's beautiful farmland. don't tell anyone but i think i'm falling in love with Wisconsin. sssshh. I couldn't help but sense the world's held beauty. all the green and the tall trees, the bulging corn fields, warm sun across farm-scapes and gorgeous old barns, some falling into disrepair. it takes your breath away. i loved biking. the hills were a killer but i think i could get used to it. a cross-country biking/camping trip has made my life to-do list. i should work on updating that thing.
sunday Andrew and Tiffany drove up for fireworks. i'm so glad they did. we got prime seats at the end of the pier and watched the whole scene unfold right in front of us. we got rained on a little but it was a perfect night. i've spent the 4th in a different state for the past 5 years.