A Curiosity Journal

For nearly a year I have been reading Ann Kroeker’s blog, and I have loved her Wednesday Curiosity Journals. Every week I think, oh, I should do that, and every week I don’t.

This is the story of my life.

But today is an epic day, because I’m joining her, y’all. I know. Almost as big as the Olympics.


Right now I have the huge privilege of reading an advance copy of my friend Peter Leavell’s book, Gideon’s Call. I’ve actually only met Peter once that I remember, twelve years ago at his brother’s wedding, which my husband was a part of. Actually, at that wedding, they put Art with the flirty bridesmaid in hopes that his married-ness would keep her from attempting to sink her claws into one of the single guys. It didn’t really work very well; she gaveme dirty looks for beaming at him as he escorted her up the aisle. I was young and newly married and highly offended. I think if it happened now I’d just stick my tongue out at her.

Not that that story has anything to do with Gideon’s Call, except to say that I only really know Peter through the wonder of modern life that is Facebook, and so it was a huge privilege that he asked me to look at his book ahead of time. And it’s a great story; I’m totally having to exert major quantities of self-control to keep blogging instead of reading! πŸ™‚ I will be posting a full review sometime in the future, Lord willing. πŸ™‚


We’ve all been enjoying our new home and the space it offers us to spread out. And we’re all learning together how to keep it clean! I have always been a pretty bad housekeeper, and a tiny space being used for a million different purposes was a very difficult thing to keep clean even on good days. (Our former living/dining area was also the computer room, the school room, the playroom, the tv room– you get the picture.) I’m surprised at how much easier it is to keep a bigger space clean. I know it’s because everything isn’t all in one spot. What a blessing! But the other reason is that I am teaching the boys to do some of the daily things that have to be done. They are becoming quite proficient at cleaning up the kitchen after meals, dusting, taking out the trash, and even keeping their room clean! Next up– cleaning the bathrooms. They are going to be so excited.


There is a big blank wall in my laundry room/downstairs bathroom that has been mocking me lately. I don’t know why it should bother me so much more than all the OTHER big blank walls in my house; maybe it’s because I spend such a large amount of time in there. Anyway, I looked at Pinterest to try to find some ideas for Things To Hang In The Laundry Room, but I wasn’t overly inspired by any of them. So this morning, the kids and I did this.

I really want to print them all out and hang them with clothespins in there. The only problem is that, as I mentioned earlier, the laundry room is also a bathroom. And I am afraid it’s a bit too weird to put pictures of people on the wall that people have to look at while they are using the toilet. Thoughts?


I’m not sure about this one. What am I supposed to be reacting to, exactly? I could tell you my reaction to finding yucky meat in my fridge last night. It wasn’t pretty.


I’ve been studying the story of the woman at the well in John 4, and I really would like to write about her. She captures my imagination. But so far . . . all I’ve done is think about it. Sometimes the actual writing paralyzes me. Which is probably why I blog about bad meat and take pictures of my three-year-old in the washing machine instead of actually writing. πŸ™‚


6 thoughts on “A Curiosity Journal

  1. Hilarious! I love your writing voice, Erin–your words delight!

    And yes, I feel I should ship you a gold medal for joining me in this Curiosity Journal roundup. It’s such a fun way to sort of pull together the highlights of the week, and if the week was very low key and uneventful, when I collect it under the headings, it looks like something meaningful instead of nothing much.

    I think the photo-instructions are delightful, but I do sense the dilemma. Could you make a similar version where the kids aren’t looking at the camera? If they’re looking at each other, it might not seem so much like they are staring at the, um, occupant.

    The connection to Peter is great. Love that.

    Having the kids help clean makes me think of that recent article in The New Yorker, “Spoiled Rotten.” http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2012/07/02/120702crbo_books_kolbert?currentPage=all It’s very Matsigenka of you to train your kids in these domestic tasks. Well done!

    Do whatever you like with the “Reacting” heading, but I think the original idea from Monica Brand was to react to something happening in the world, or in the news. Like, maybe you’d read that story in The Atlantic stating “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” and instead of writing a big treatise, you can write a paragraph response and stick it under the “Reacting” heading. But, like you, I react to all kinds of things, including unusual things I might discover in my fridge.

    That’s why I love these headings…they’re so flexible and up for interpretation!

    Thanks so much for joining me this week. It’s a ton of fun!

  2. a very fun post πŸ™‚ like skipping around in your head! i ❀ that. does thta make me weird? i also LOVE the laundry room photos. you should definitley use them! people might as well be entertained while they are…er.. sitting πŸ™‚

  3. hang the pictures! they will be entertaining for the “goers.” until recently i had bubble bath pics of my kids in the bathroom. http://victoryrd.blogspot.com/2011/09/house-tour-guest-bathroom-hallway.html (link also shows pics matted and hung with clothespins).

    btw- i LOVE the ironing picture. love it!

    my kids do all kinds of chores. i think having bigger kids makes all the difference. we have had a rotating list of chores for 4 years now. we added a couple more chores in when we moved here (bathrooms. they were excited..not!). it is nice to have the chore list rotating. it’s especially nice not hearing them (for the most part) whine about the chores assigned to them. it’s fantastic not doing their chores and just sitting around reading and sipping coffee while they tidy up….i’m joking…kinda. πŸ™‚

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