Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I was the associate rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ladue, Missouri. A new rector arrived February 1, and the quality of my professional life began to swirl down the toilet. Happy memories, can’t you tell?
On my to-do list today:
1) As a member of our diocesan Commission on Ministry I serve as liaison to two people in the ordination process to help steer them through, answer questions, and be their spokesperson (and sometimes their advocate if that is needed). This morning I am meeting one of them for coffee at Starbucks in Nashville.
2) Following that meeting I join my female clergy colleagues for lunch.
3) On the way home, weather permitting, I’ll stop at the new Whole Foods to pick up some arrowroot (and no doubt one or two other things). Hard to believe that store has been open nearly four months and I have yet to cross the threshold! (photo was taken at WF in St. Louis.)
4) At home, make some soup (remember the arrowroot?)
5) Fix dinner.
What I would do if I were suddenly made a billionaire:
Pay off all our debt, then throw a really big party to celebrate ... Establish a trust for some young people I know that don’t have the necessary funds or family support to go to college … Take my mother on a trip of her choosing … Do some nice things for people I care about … Establish a foundation to give money away … Buy some land and build a house (with a great view and lots of space for guests!).
3 places I have lived:
Hartford, CT (see photo); Richmond, IN; University City, MO,
5 Jobs that I have had:
1) first paid job: bakery clerk
2) Department store salesperson (scarves and sunglasses, really exciting…)
3) Youth Program Director, YWCA
4) Computer programmer (more glamorously titled “systems analyst”)
5 Things people don't know about me:
1) Most don’t know that I was bit by a dog on my face when I was 11. 45 stitches created a crescent-shaped scar on my right cheek that hardly shows.
2) I loathe the color orange unless it is natural (like a pumpkin, marigold, etc)
3) I have an extra vertebra in my lower back
4) I was born with a club foot
5) I have observed open-heart surgery in the OR (stood at the feet of the patient and at the head by the anesthesiologist)
I’m not going to tag anyone from this, but if anyone wants to give this a whirl, be my guest!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
~jackets that hit mid-thigh
I have a few comments to make. First, I'll concede the double-breasted blazers (easy to do, I don't think they've been on the racks in at least five years) and the low-rise jeans. The latter definitely belong on bodies that are too young to vote (and a few svelte shapes that can call themselves twentysomething).
I will flagrantly disregard the other "advice."
Let's start with capris. I will wear them. It's generally impossible to find anything BUT capris for sale, especially in southern climates (we will overlook the low-rise jeans, for reasons previously stated). Is Tim afraid that our aging ankles will draw attention to the floor? At 50 my ankles look just fine, thank-you-very-much. It took me a few years to warm up to the look of capris in the first place, so I'm not about to abandon them now.
Horizontal stripes: I don't recall seeing vertical stripes on anything except button-down shirts, and bias stripes are rare. It's called availability. And besides, historically horizontal stripes were no-no's for those among us who are sometimes considered vertically challenged. I have a plethora of horizontals in my closet, and I intend to wear them.
Pleated pants: Again, good look finding any on the rack. Unless you shop at Goodwill or yard sales you will search stores in vain. I can testify to this because I have tried. Because of my shape (waist proportionately smaller than usual), this style of pants is my best pant friend. I don’t discard my friends.
Jackets at mid-thigh: Um, gee. For those of us who are well endowed at the hips (the majority of mature women), such jackets are a must if we don’t want to draw attention to our endowment.
I like Tim Gunn. I think he’s got great instincts when it comes to fashion, and he strikes me as a compassionate kind of guy (that’s a plus in my book). But I have news for him. Unless there are fashion alternatives for the “mature” among us, we’re going to wear what flatters us, rules or no rules.
As for the picture that appears here, I nominate this woman for the fashion chutzpah award, and rest my case.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Saturday, February 09, 2008
My middle name is McKinne (not only that, I’m the seventh Anne McKinne--that's the first one pictured here)
M – married
C – creative
K – kitchen-savvy
I – introverted
N – nice (well, I think I’m nice!)
N – native of Connecticut
E – enthusiastic about Pampered Chef!
True confession time: I don’t read very many blogs, so I can’t begin to tag seven people whose names begin with these letters. So, I tag Clare, Karen, and Jayne. Knock yourselves out, gals!