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    Good News: The Sander Broke

    July 8, 2010 by Brandy Vencel

    Just when you think you’re on schedule, you find that you’re not, if you know what I mean. I really thought I’d have one side of everything primered by about now, but instead I am waiting for a replacement sander, after spending an hour or two this morning sanding by hand.

    Of course, the time I’m spending not sanding needs to be spent in some other way, and what better way than planning a concert? That’s right, The Wintons are coming to town! Lisa was kind enough to email me this morning:

    We started last month doing ‘house concerts’ and they have turned out fantastic! Are you the kind of spur-of-the-moment crazy gal who might like to host something like that when we’re coming through? We would probably be in your area on Tuesday, so it would have to be that evening.

    Well, doesn’t that just sound like me? “Spur-of-the-moment crazy gal” is right on the money, right? Right?

    Kimbrah, please don’t die laughing. We still need you in this world.

    Okay, so if it isn’t me, it is the person I hope to be someday. I decided, with my (comfortable-being-spontaneous) husband’s encouragement, that the only way to become That Person is to try.

    Hence, the giant (maybe, if people show up) concert in my backyard on Tuesday evening. As I told Lisa, my big accomplishment here will be Not Freaking Out.


    So…if you live in Kern County and want to hear some live bluegrass, please contact me privately and I’ll hook you up with an invitation.

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  • Reply Kimbrah July 9, 2010 at 12:59 am

    I’m not dead, but I did laugh SO hard! It’s so funny that we were just talking about this last week and then you get tested on it. I am so proud of you Brandy! We will definitely be there. I wouldn’t miss your first attempt at spontaneity for anything! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mystie July 8, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Good for you! πŸ™‚ Here’s a little secret my playgroup friends and I discovered after meeting together for 3 years: No one actually notices the toilet ring or the dust and even if they did, they don’t care. πŸ™‚ Hospitality is people-focused, not show-off-the-house (or yard!) time. πŸ™‚ That has helped keep me from freaking out many-a-time….including right now, since we are having a summer seminarian-intern over for dinner tonight and the kitchen is a mess and I am nursing a baby! But, if any category of people doesn’t notice dust and unvacuumed carpet, it has to be single, young men who are only capable of talking theology. Or so I tell myself. πŸ™‚

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