Changing the Locks

After being blond for over twenty-five years, I finally decided to try something else. My hair is naturally a “bronze” color – what some call dishwater blond (shudder!). It has been highlighted bronze and permed bronze, but it has never been any color other than brownish gold. Until… last week I at last took the plunge and headed to the local beauty school, where after nearly permanently dyeing my hair red they did a semi-permanent color.

Here is a before shot from our time in Virginia (with the orchids):


And here’s an after shot from today at Nupa:

I like it. I feel like it brings out my eyes. And yes, Chris likes it too.

Since we got back to Rochester, it has been go, go, go… and cold, cold, cold! Classes started two weeks ago and this semester is definitely more challenging than last semester. With Public Health and Evidence Based Practice, I will be busy in the coming months. Chris is finishing up outpatient cardiology (a fantastic rotation!)… and will be going onto four months of ICU, ED, and inpatient service. As you can imagine, he will be busy as well. Very busy.

One thing I am really excited about, however, is the book we are reading in Bible Study. We are doing True North by Gary and Lisa Heim, all about choosing to “go north” and follow God’s way in tough situations rather than “go south” and follow our sinful human urges. This book is full of truth, and I end with a quote:

“We really don’t know where we’re at with God until we face difficulty. Trouble and hardship, big or small, will expose what is truly in our hearts” (p. 31). 

Furniture, Back to School, and GreekFest

Weekend before last, we decided to make the dream a reality and commit to the couch. After scouring Craigslist, Salvation Army, and various furniture stores, I realized: I needed the Costco sectional. Nothing else would do. So we called up our friend, loaded the 7 pieces into our two cars in two trips, and: voila! Comfortable downstairs seating. If you want to see it, however, you will have to come over as we haven’t needed to take a picture of it yet.

Last Thursday, I got up really early and set off to the Big Cities. I gave myself 3 hours because I had no idea what kind of traffic to expect. I had barely reached north Rochester when a torrent began, the rain falling so fast my puny little windshield wipers couldn’t keep up. The next couple hours of driving I heard NPR mention the flooding in Rochester (“standing water in the Mayo clinic!”) Yikes, what a day to head out of town! Thankfully, this is not a blog about sand bags or getting water out of our brand-new carpet… our house survived just fine.

I was heading to the Cities for orientation to my Minnesota State University – Moorhead RN-BSN program. While this is an online program, they do like to have an in-person orientation to get us all on the same (web)page. They fed us and talked to us and let us go early. By the end, I was almost disappointed that I won’t be spending in-person time with these folks for the next two years.

Finally, last weekend was our 4th Annual Greekfest. We joined our friends at a splendid Rochester street festival: Presbyterians and Lutherans mingling by the folding tables, Greek music blasting, cheery Greek American folks yelling “opa!” as they serve you tasty gyros, devouring sticky baklava straight out of the box…

Mmm I’m getting hungry just remembering.



A beautiful Rochester evening at Greekfest

It’s been a fun and busy end of summer up here. Now it’s time to buckle down for the fall.