Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Confession Tuesday

Dear reader, it has been one week since my last confession.

Tonight is also Fat Tuesday and I am eating milk chocolate as Lent begins tomorrow. I have never "cheated" during Lent, though there was that grey area regarding whether I should have had the apple crisp at Country Village. I learned my lesson. I moved apple crisp into the red zone. This year, to avoid grey area, I will give up chocolate (but not sweets).
This year, the Church of England suggests a carbon fast for Lent and I would recommend this for everyone (there's even a neat little 40 chart of what you can do to help the environment.)
But dear reader, you have waited long enough for my small confessions. I confess, my mind is wandering...

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From the confessional--

1) I eat bags of sunflower seeds each week. They are in their shells and come two for a dollar at the market and I keep bags of them in my desk. I sometimes wonder if I am part squirrel.

2) Today is voting day. I’ve gone back and forth on whether to vote for Hillary or Barack. Honestly, the voting this year is so good it’s as if I’m trying to decide if wanted the key lime pie or the crème brulee for dessert—both are my favorites and I’d be happy with either one.

3) When I warm up my coffee, I always punch in 139 (a minute and thirty nine seconds) on the microwave. I’m not sure how I ended up with this number, but I believe it’s the perfect amount of time for reheated coffee.

4) Speaking of numbers, Jeannine Gailey called me last night to give me some good news for both of us. Did I say good? I meant great. There are angels in the world.


  1. I had to give up sugar last year, but up until then creme brulee and key lime pie were tied as my favorite deserts too!

  2. Kelli! Huge congrats, my friend! I am so pleased for you.

    I met a fellow grad of your MFA program--Adrian--in the airport and learned you were both taught by Peggy. I met Peggy this past fall at the Nebraska Book Festival, where I got her book and devoured it. Got to see her again briefly at AWP. So, it was great fun to see you'd won in a big way, and to read your poem dedicated to her.

    How are you going to celebrate?

  3. Woo hoo! Congrats on receiving your award. That's awesome. And I loved those poems, especially "Ode to Snow in Apri."

    And I'm a lapsed Catholic, yet the only thing I seem to do consistently is give up something for Lent. I'll have to check out that enviromentally friendly Lent list.

    Congrats again!!

  4. congrats! and, by the way, squirrels terrify me.

  5. Valerie, Kelly, January & PDW,

    Thanks! You know, I'm not sure how I'm going to celebrate. I'll have to think about that!

    And Kelly, I'm glad you got to meet Adrian. She's one of my favorite people, as is Peggy.

  6. Congrats! Thanks for sharing the great news!

  7. Congratulations! I just read all three poems and I love each one. Last year I tried giving up book buying--someone started a group called NUNS-no unneccesary, needless spending. Today I bought 5 books of poetry online, while eating salt and vinegar chips... I have no idea where to go from here.

    Just wanted to say, you make confession seem easy. As I've told her, PDW's honest honesty scares me! I may try this Tuesday thing after all.

  8. Congratulations! A wel deserved honor.

  9. Fun reads on your confessional...I send congrats, too. Big ones to match the prize.

    Love your number confession. (I use odd numbers, too.)

  10. Congratulations, Kelli. You are Jeannine are most deserving. Glad I've finally had a moment to stumble over to your blog as well. :)

  11. hey from a far away land :)
    basically am a novelist, scriptwriter, and many things else, and ya can add poetry as well...
    anyway, I just wanted to say hi, and I liked reading ya here, or in yr website

    my best


  12. Karen, Jilly, Justin, Michael, Deb, Greg, Collin, & Muhammad,

    Thank you all so much! I really appreciate the congrats and the support.

    And Collin & Muhammad,
    Glad you both found my blog.



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