Summer in Oxford





This picture was taken early in December, in Scotland. It was 2.30 in the afternoon.


oh my goodness am I glad it no longer gets dark that early anymore. I think it would kill me.

Now the sun doesn’t set until 8.30!!! It is glorious.
And it rises at 5.30 am! So that means, on sunny days, when I get up at 6 am, it actually feels like daytime. I am so glad.


My Friends…

…are the BEST. 



Poohsticks is defined by wikipedia, that venerable source of all knowledge, as:

 a simple game which may be played on any bridge over running water; each player drops a stick on the upstream side of a bridge and the one whose stick first appears on the downstream side is the winner.1

The chaplaincy folks went on a walk last Saturday in the countryside around Oxford. This group of people, being the fun-loving, childhood-having kind of people they are, knew that we couldn’t pass the bridge without a spirited game of Poohsticks.

If intensity of watching for your stick could help the stick along, those sticks would have been flying across the water…

Through great skill and no luck at all, I believe Fiona came out the winner!

and that is just one reason why chaplaincy folks are some of the best and loveliest people with whom to spend your Saturday.

Karla Came to Visit!

This is Karla and I, guys, in Oxford!

This is Karla and I the last time we’d gotten to see each other, over four months earlier, in Kansas City. You can tell how long it had been by how much her bangs had grown. When you can start to measure time apart in hair length, I think that means you’ve been apart a long time…

Man. I could write a bunch about her, but (1) it would be really mushy and you guys would all roll your eyes and (2) I should just write it all in an email to her. But, suffice it to say, I learn a ton from her every time I see her, and I laugh so much, and I seriously just delight in her and feel delighted in by her. So it was a blast having her in Oxford.

Between the three of us (Lindsay, Karla, and myself) we only managed to take pictures together once, but at least I managed to get some pictures as the single most frequented place in Oxford for Karla: Ben’s Cookies. She went there at least once a day 75% of the days. sometimes more than once I day. Karla knows how to be on vacation. I love it.

Unfortunately we never got to meet the “Ben” of said Cookies. Bummer.

Those things were massive, and DELICIOUS. I can’t even tell you.

Ben’s most loyal new customer.

This is not Ben. This is Lindsay! She is pretty rad. That’s another benefit of being friends with Karla: she has super cool friends that you get to know, too.

okay. those are all the pictures I managed to get while Karla was here. But, really, what more did we need to document? Ben’s Cookies, check. Friends, check. Boom-shacka. (as Karla says)