Friday, April 30, 2010

A friend of mine is sick, very sick. And it's hard to be this far away and only get scattered info (although some of my friends have been EXCELLENT at keeping me in the loop). I think and pray about him constantly. His body really needs God's healing touch. But I've been hearing this song a lot lately on the radio and every time I hear it I think of my friend. W - you are in God's hands. I know that these past couple of years you have tried to live your life as a reflection of Him and now so many people are seeing Christ through you. I love you and I'm praying for you buddy!

I have unanswered prayers
I have trouble I wish wasn't there
And I have asked a thousand ways
That You would take my pain away
That You would take my pain away

I am trying to understand
How to walk this weary land
Make straight the paths that crookedly lie
Oh Lord, before these feet of mine
Oh Lord, before these feet of mine

When my world is shaking
Heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave Your hands

When You walked upon the Earth
You healed the broken, lost, and hurt
I know You hate to see me cry
One day You will set all things right
Yea, one day You will set all things right

When my world is shaking
Heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave Your hands

Your hands
Your hands that shape the world
Are holding me, they hold me still
Your hands that shape the world
Are holding me, they hold me still

When my world is shaking
Heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave You when...

When my world is shaking
Heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave...
I never leave Your hands

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Who's to Blame?

I just finished this great book by Bill Hybels. (Don't worry Hulia, it's being sent to Bklyn!). There were so many things about leadership that were caused me to want to give the man an "amen!". I spent most of the book nodding my head in agreement. I read this book in less than 2 days (it does help that my boss has been out of the office for that length of time and there is nothing for me to do....). It was a good & easy read. Although it could have offered some great "stop and journal" times too.

One section that really hit me follows. Hybels is talking about making sure that you are leading/work at a pace that is sustainable.

"The truth that we all have to accept is that the only person who can put a sustainability program together for us is US. Month after month for 15 years I was overscheduled and my life was out of control. Deep down I kept wondering, "why aren't the elders rescuing me? why aren't my friends rescuing me? don't people see I'm dying?"
Finally the voice of self-leadership whispered the truth in my ear: "It's your responsibility to devise a sustainability plan and stick to it everyday.""

Wow! These words are not just true for the pastor/leader, but so true for everyone who is setting out to do the will of God. We have to set a sustainable pace! We can't expect to be building our relationships if we are spent after a period of time. So in this time of flex and Way Open Schedule, I will begin to formulate my sustainability plan (don't worry, it's been in the works for a few months ;-)) because I can't return to unhealthy places I've been.

If anyone is already doing this (maybe you don't call it this), I'd love to hear what you do. Whether it's scheduled time of solitude or going to get a pedicure weekly or reading a "fun book" one weekend a month. Whatever - I'm open to hearing what works for you.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Penne with Rapini & Sausage

One of the places I've come to love here in Atlanta is
this place. I'm looking for a better actual farmer's market for the season, but for the "non-growing" months, this will be my place! They have a HUGE meat/seafood section and great variety of "weird" pasta stuffs (like quinoa!)

I had tried their mild turkey sausage awhile back (in a recipe similar to this one). This time I went whole turkey ;-) and got the spicy! In fear, I eliminated the red pepper flakes (but will add next time)

Broccoli Rabe always make me think of the pizza join on 5th Ave between 7th & 8th Sts in Park Slope - thanks guys for introducing me to this veggie!

Penne with Rapini (Broccoli Rabe) and Sausage

1 pound whole wheat penne (or any other short cut pasta)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1.25 pounds hot Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
4 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 bunch rappini (brocoli rabe), thick stems removed and chopped
1 cup lowfat ricotta cheese (2%)
1/2 cup cooking liquid (from pasta)
2 ounces parmigiano-reggiano, freshly grated
Freshly ground nutmeg
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain (reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid) and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the sausage in the oil, breaking it up into small pieces. Once the sausage has browned, add the minced garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Gradually add in the rapini (broccoli rabe), wilting it down into the sausage mixture and cooking for a minute or two.

Once all of the rapini has been added, add the ricotta and cooking liquid, stirring until a thick sauce begins to form. Add the pasta and the parmigiano-reggiano, and stir to evenly coat. Grate some nutmeg into the mixture and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

She made me an Auntie!

My 1st niece is here! This picture is from when she and Hannah were still in the hospital. I have to say that this baby has inherited Hannah's love of the camera - they have lots of great pictures of her looking right at it.

Hannah (and the rest of my KY family, including my bro-by-choice Ryan) had a rough couple of days that ended with this beautiful baby.

While the above picture is the one that's on my desk this one is probably my favorite so far:

Welcome to our crazy world Abigail Rian Hunt - you have captured our hearts in less than a week!

Monday, April 12, 2010


I think this town has 2 seasons - wear a coat and wear as little clothing as possible because it's hot! I'm missing having my windows open and enjoying the spring air :-(

My commute to work is super easy - if the Braves aren't playing :-) They delay me at least 20-30 minutes. I think the commute was what I was worried about (hello - I had a THREE BLOCK commute for the last year!)

My bosses were in today (yep - I went from zero to all three in one day). The Big Boss showed me some stuff on the comp and left me with a challenge. When we were talking he said, "Some people say that I am rude, and I admit that I could be nicer at times, but I'm here to do my job". I never thought I'd say I think I'm gonna like this dude from NJ.

This maybe hit me because I was re-reading an e-mail from a friend last night she was talking about how her mom said that NY has made her kinda hard/harsh. I think that about me too. Like when people are overly friendly (ok, they're probably just being friendly) - I don't know what to do with that. It takes me back and makes me quiet. I'm "worried" about relationships at the work place. The place is pretty hierarchical (don't ask me how many organizational charts I'm trying to memorize!) I'm hoping that being in the executive wing doesn't mean that I can just talk to far it doesn't seem like it will be like that, but we'll see.

Still waiting for baby Abigail to come out and join us - maybe she knows the pollen is bad and is staying where it's safe? (Or she's waiting til I get there so I can meet here when she is zero days old! :-D)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Things I learned as a demo girl

My stint at demo girl is done for the time and I learned some things.

1. Whenever you are a service provider strangers feel like they can share anything with you. Usually this includes info that belongs in the TMI section.

2. As a parent you can greatly influence what your kids eat. I would have kids come up and be all excited and the simple tone of their parent's voice when telling them what it was would cause them to not even try it! Food samples are a great way for your kids to discover what they like (as long as they aren't allergic!)

3. Those demo people work hard! It's hard to stand there for 7 hours and serve & say the same thing over and over! Some of that stuff is also hard to cook in a microwave, electric skillet or convection oven (if those aren't the directions and you have to come up with it on the fly). So next time you're in a store with demo folk: take the sample, chat a bit (about the product: what you like, cause we have to tell our bosses), and make eye contact/smile.