Measured Extravagance

07 December 2003 - 12:02 a.m.

I was already looking for an excuse to purchase D.B. Johnson's Henry Hikes to Fitchburg and its sequels (a set of handsome picture books inspired by Thoreau, who's often regarded by Unitarian Universalists as one of their own), so this afternoon's baby shower provided the perfect opportunity - the parents-to-be are the Director of Religious Education at my church and his husband, and they're expecting twins (via surrogate) in February.

It's been a full couple of days - in addition to the shower, there's been the neighborhood home tour, the pre-tour party, two holiday fairs. . . oh, and this morning a woman (apparently stoned on pain meds) smashed her Land Rover into the side of the church after fleeing the scene of an earlier collision. Oy. Not a fun morning for those involved - but it did demonstrate the sturdiness of the building, as none of us inside realized anything was amiss until witnesses came inside asking for church authorities and phone access.

On a far calmer note, so to speak, the morning also featured a nice solo piano arrangement of Hyfrydol, titled "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus," on a Christmas CD called Winterlude: Instrumentals for a Contemplative Christmas (performed by Alan Steinberger).

The plan had been to stay up for a bit and do some lettering, but I've had three full (and fully-leaded) mugs of coffee and they aren't doing thing one, two or three to recharge my system, so it is clearly time to obey my body and call it a night.

One year ago: "Dove shaving. Yay!"

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