Thursday, October 23, 2008

the smell of warmth and other random notes...

love this time of year. love watching football, wearing a jacket, using blankets at night and it being too cold to get up in the morning. carved pumpkins the other day, that's pretty fun with a 2, 4 and 5 year old. drove through a bunch of dead leaves flying around on hillsborough street today. monday when I got to the building i turned the heat on for the first time this season and the building smelled like a giant, old space heater for a few hours. i love that smell.

also monday, i took matthew to pick up michael from school and we sat at krispy kreme for 45 minutes and watched the donuts on the conveyer belt. they were making the donut holes, so we watched them go through the whole process. this doesn't sound like fun until you do it with 4 and 5 year old boys. some of the donut holes get crushed in the conveyor belt and fall into the oblivion of the frosting vat. it's a rather darwinian process. the next day when i picked michael up from school, he spent 5 minutes, in the carpool lane, recounting the whole epic saga of the donut holes to the teacher who was helping him get in the car.

finally, i found this quote in a book this week. it was written by a harvard economist in the 1920's. it'll probably make the message sunday:

"There is no reason for believing that more leisure would ever increase the desire for goods. it is quite possible that the leisure would be spent in the cultivation of the arts and graces of life; in visiting museums, libraries and art galleries, or hikes, games, and inexpensive amusements... it would decrease the desire for material goods. if it should result in more gardening, more work around the home in making or repairing furniture, painting and repairing the house and other useful avocations, it would cut down the demand for the products of our wage paying industries."

translation: we don't dare give people free time to enjoy life or they might develop their brains and realize they don't need stuff to make them happy and the economy would go in the tank...


At October 24, 2008 1:41 PM, Anonymous MelanieB said...

I love the quote from the Harvard economist except the part about working on your house, I've spent more money on that in the last 1 and 1/2 then I have on any "new cool toys" in the same amount of time....though I guess houses are suppose to keep the value you put into them, then again these are hard(er) economic times!
Basically sometimes I think of my house as the one huge "cool toy" that I need to spend money on, and then I feel bad about buying into that concept. Such is life!
P.S. I do agree with the whole concept you where attempting to convey! By the way good homegroup last night!

At October 24, 2008 10:06 PM, Blogger JuneEighteen said...

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At October 24, 2008 10:08 PM, Anonymous Lindsay & Drew Easley said...

Do you think Darwin himself liked doughnut holes? I think I might prefer the bits of doughnuts that fall into the icing instead of the actual doughnut holes. If you think its fun to watch doughnuts with a 5 year old, wait till you take my wife. Its an epic saga even at midnight (with her cravings and all, its now our favorite place.)

At October 25, 2008 3:51 PM, Blogger Jeramie Mullis said...

ahh... fall. i love it too.

This might be a little weird, but I like when my ears and the tip of my nose get cold. maybe just because it signifies that my favorite season has arrived.

we have a lot of handmade quilts from joye's mom that we break out around this time of year. i like snuggling in on the couch and watching a good movie.


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