My parents do not have internet access in their house. This is the main reason I went to the library as much as possible when I lived at home. It is just one of many reasons that I feel many unusual emotions when visiting.

The National Shrine is wonderful. Just amazing. And I don’t know how or why I lived for almost 25 years without having been there before. Now all I have to do is become a Saint so that the bishops will let me move in permanently.

My younger sister is graduating this week. From a place where only males are allowed to be professors. I think that I am glad that that is legal, but I am not glad that anyone supports it. My children will of course only attend universities where there are as many women tenured as men. Now all I have to do is become a billionaire so that I can bring this place into existence.

My younger younger sister not only makes 16 loaves of bread at a time (as I did at her age) she also grinds her own flour and soaks it before making the dough. Being around my family makes my husband think that I am less of a health freak by comparison. It is great.

It snowed here yesterday. I looked out the window and tried to figure out what tree/plant could be blowing so much pollen. I had to reassure myself that this was unusual, it is not that I had forgotten what life is really like in New England.

Chocolate chip cookies are still the best.

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13 thoughts on “Facts

  1. Katie

    I love this, Rae! The National Shrine is amazing. I don’t know how I’ve lived without visiting, either!

    But your accounts of the unusual are my favorite: unusual emotions away from the internet and unusual snow flurries in New England. I vote those fall in the unusual box, too. However, It was over 100 degrees where I live this weekend…only, that’s usual here! :-)

    1. Rae Post author

      I couldn’t stand 100 degrees! I wanted to die the summer my parents took us camping in southern UT! I hope that you like the heat.

  2. Kristy

    Oh, the National Shrine. I’m not Catholic (though half my family is), but it was still amazing to sing there with my high school choir when we went to DC. I’m getting chills right now just thinking about it. We sang in the Upper Church and then got to sing in the Crypt Church. Now THAT was an experience I’ll never forget. It was gorgeous. (And the acoustics were amazing.)

    And chocolate chip cookies are TOTALLY the best.

  3. Kacie

    Oh geez, is Tom serious?
    I’ll just leave it at that.

    What bread recipe do you use? Do you (or she) make and freeze the rest? Do you ever use a bread maker? I do love fresh bread but it’s SO MUCH WORK. :)

    1. Rae Post author

      My dad taught us all to make bread and we’ve each modified the recipe to our tastes. It turns out that my youngest sister “only” makes 10 loaves, and she does freeze it. Our family used to eat 16 loaves in one week. These days I often make two loaves worth at a time and freeze one loaf of dough. That way you can have hot bread twice. I’ve never actually used a bread maker.

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