August 28, 2006 | 4 comments

I don’t have much time to write so I’ll just throw out some quick, random updates…

People of the Lie

  • For whatever reason I think I’m just meant to read People of the Lie right now. It’s a long story, but I kept thinking about buying it, blowing it off, and then it would come up again. I finally ordered it for my husband and the day it arrived I saw this post on Dawn’s site. Weird. I picked it up just to glance through the introduction and ended up getting sucked in, so the Oxford History of the Crusades will have to wait.
  • It was disturbing to recognize my old self in the patient Peck describes in the first chapter. In particular, I’d forgotten that I used to become gripped by a feeling of dread every night at sunset. But the obsessive-compulsive tendencies, depression, fixation on not thinking about death, etc. were all there as well. Somehow I eventually got over it (mostly) even without religion, but it was unsettling to think back on that period of my life. It was really bad. Really. Bad.
  • One thing Peck mentions in passing is that people who suffer from chronic pain tend to regress to selfish, childlike behavior. It was a real “ah-hah” insight for me. It explains a lot of the freaking out I did a couple months ago about the clot/pregnancy/birth stuff. I knew that being in constant, often severe pain was wearing me down, but I didn’t realize how much it had really penetrated my mentality.


  • RCIA starts tomorrow (Monday). Can’t wait to see what it’s like.
  • Our parish recently had a ministry fair. I signed up for a couple things but the one I’m most excited about is cooking meals for the priests. Once a quarter I’ll make two dinners for our two priests. I often worry that the pressure of handling such a large parish is wearing on them (others have noticed this as well) so I’m happy to be able to do something to give back to them, even if it’s just cooking a couple of my very non-gourmet dinners for them.
  • I’m excited about choosing a patron saint. A wonderful comment got me thinking about St. Augustine, and the more I read about him the more I feel drawn to him. Also, it’s apropos that the day I start RCIA is his feast day.


  • The whole “breastfeeding makes you lose weight” idea is La Leche League propaganda! 🙂 OK, maybe not for everyone, but for me. I don’t gain pregnancy weight, I gain breastfeeding weight. A few days after my daughter was born I weighed only nine pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight. I’ve since gained about seven pounds. I’ve been eating like I’m part of some sort of contest involving a cash prize. It’s scary.

I’m in one of those moods where I could probably put up about five 2, 000 word posts in a row, but since the baby finally just fell asleep I’ll be responsible and get myself to bed.


  1. Tracy

    Dawn’s post intrigued me. I am not out hunting down the book, but I am eager to hear more commentary from y’all.

    I am not real into cooking as a hobby, but I love to cook for other people. How neat to be able to cook for priests. I don’t know exactly why, but it sounds very special.

    I am sure I am not alone, but I’ll keep the prayers coming for y’all during the whole RCIA time. I think even in a solid parish, the program can be challenging. I don’t mean the material will be hard intellectually, but just that this could be a prime opportunity for doubt and fear to come creeping around making trouble.

    Oh and I hear ya on the nursing binge. I ate like a horse while nursing. The only time I ever lost weight BFing was with the twins. I ate round the clock and still lost weight. These twinkles were the best diet plan ever for me! Now I am so busy running aorund after all the kids I am still somehow keeping off the wieght. Hey there’s an argument for big families, a great way to keep in shape, lol!

  2. Martin

    The cooking for the priests actually sounds like it will be fun and helpful. Most priests are overworked and underpaid and they’ve got to appreciate some nice homecooked meals from time to time. What a nice idea!

    My mother-in-law has just started RCIA too. My inlaws really haven’t been going to any church for the past 20 years or so, but she says it feels like she’s really at home in the Catholic Church. The parish she attends has a great RCIA program and She’s really been enjoying learning so much.

  3. Ronald E. Gollner

    Somehow I found your blog. Then I saw the “People of the Lie” thing. Hooked immediately. I read the book a number of years ago and have referred to it constantly in many diverse circumstances.

    This journey you’re on? Enjoy it. What and adventure!

  4. KathyJo

    I’ve driven past cows that have smaller butts than I currently do. 😛 I’ve only lost three pounds in the past two months since Eli was born. He’s gained five.

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