Death by Gingerbread House

Gina Butz Christmas, grace 0 Comments

Today was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, all due to the intense and relentless desire of our son to make a gingerbread house. We made one once, in the U.S., before we knew that you could preserve your sanity and use a kit. I vowed never again to make one from scratch. I would have used a …

Why I Need a Dog

Gina Butz growth, personal 4 Comments

Sometimes I imagine a conversation between the Father and Jesus that went like this: Father: I think we should give Gina a dog. Jesus: I don’t think she would like that. I think she would find it disruptive. Father: Exactly. Jesus: Oh, this is going to be fun. Oh yes, she’s been disruptive. She’s required countless hours of training, walking, …

Wrong Number

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In college, our dorm phone number was 836-2223. Unfortunately to drunk frat boys at 2 am, this translated to 836-BABE. I was the one who was typically awakened by these calls. I always gave them to my roommate. She did not appreciate it. We had a few wrong numbers in China. My favorite was this woman, who insisted that her …

Conquering the Highways

Gina Butz 31 Days of Victory 0 Comments

There is an intersection here at Hwy 528 and the Florida turnpike that’s a little nutty. It feels like some maniacal engineers drew the plans to ensure the highest number of people would accidentally be forced out in a place not their intended destination. There should be a sign at the entrance, “Abandon all hope ye who enter here.” Ok, …

Avoiding a Ticket

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It’s hard to find victory in being pulled over by the police, but I’m going to try. First of all, just before I left the house, I almost didn’t grab my purse because it was just a short drive to drop our daughter off at a birthday party. I had this thought though, “What if I get pulled over?” which …

Pants

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I realize this is late, but I was away for the weekend in a hotel with no internet service, and I just can’t type a whole post on my phone. And here you thought I’d given up. Never! And now for something fairly shallow: my victory for Friday was pants. Yes, pants. The weather is slowly turning cooler here in …

Gators

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One of my biggest fears in moving to Orlando was the gators. No, seriously. I pictured gators everywhere. In the lakes. Crawling out of drainage pipes. Eating my dog. We had friends who had a gator in their garage. They don’t even live near water. Basically I thought we were moving to an episode of Swamp People. I was wary, …

Thoughts on Unpacking

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Thoughts going through my mind as we try to organize our belongings into a home: I’d like to ___________ (hang the shower curtain, assemble the bed, dry my hair, etc) if only I could find ______________(curtain rings, the set of screws, my hair dryer, etc.) Hey look – that fits perfectly there! Where are my indoor shoes? Hmm . . …

Tap water and other novelties

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America is novel to me right now. This morning I watched a line of 5 cars creeping along behind a truck on a quiet road. The road was wide enough for three cars, and I thought, “In China, all of those cars would have gone around him, even if there had been oncoming traffic.” Last night I threw a melatonin …

What We Won’t Miss

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There were things we loved about being in China and things we didn’t love. I guess I had this feeling that as we left we would be clinging to all those things we loved (and we did – our friends being the primary thing) and forgetting all the difficult things. But then, right as we left, China decided to throw …