Thursday, September 06, 2007

a father and his daughter

today was a beautiful day... it waivered between rain and sunshine so the clouds were big and fluffy... my dad and i decided the night before that we were going to go out and have a little father/daughter date... it was the best date i've ever had ;) and we did all the things the two of us enjoy doing... love cup? filled. we went to a bakery.... great harvest bread co. gives away free samples...
which my father kept stuffing in my purse... i was so embarassed that my dad kept stuffing my purse full of free samples and then asking for more... the cinnamon muffin was aaaaamazing but we ended up buying my second favorite, apple pie bread... here's my purse stashed with all the goods needed for the second part of our date... the free samples, a good book and my crocheting project...
the second part of our date brought us to BARNES AND NOBLE where I just couldn't sit still for the longest time... i really REALLY enjoy barnes and noble... i know, my dad would shake his head to know that i like this store because he would prefer the local, small town feel of our neighborhood bookstore compared to this giant... (you've got mail, anyone?) but i just got so excited. i like books period, but barnes is like a treasure chest waiting to be opened... think of all the fun things you can learn from their assortment of books...
like calligraphy... you could become a calligrapher.... you could master the art of calligraphy with this book which was ON SALE for 19.98... i was so tempted to buy it because calligraphy is such a lost and beautiful art... but i was distracted... the one thing i like best about barnes and noble....
their journal and sketchbook section... i have yet to meet it's match... i think Jamie Kampman was the first to buy me a journal from barnes and noble (it was beaded, wasn't it Jamie?) and i was completely hooked. you can get lines or no lines, rice paper or regular old white paper, you can get leather bound or fabricy bound... you can get these cutesy little heart ones you see here in the photo or you can get masculine ones... i really REALLY like journals from barnes and noble. i like sketchbooks although I don't necessarily sketch...
i think what i like the most about the store is that i can find so many gifts for so many different people... seriously, you can find pretty stationary to cheer someone...like mary up, books on knitting for mary, books on sudoku for mary, books about csi for mary... basically i wanted to buy everything for mary... :)
...i managed to get out of there without buying a ton of stuff... i may have to go back before i leave america... but it was fun to visit.
my dad and i found some seats where we enjoyed coffee, our free samples and each other... he is currently reading, "Life is a Miracle" by Wendall Berry (his newest favorite) and I am currently reading, "Persuasion" by Jane Austen
(AH!! Kelli... the book just took a twist and I am scared to read the end... what if Fredrick doesn't love Anne after all these years? Ah! I can't stop reading it.)

overall it was a great day and it helped to get out of the house... time with my dad has been precious and most blessed... i remember the day when i felt i was "too old" to go on dates with my dad... now i'm realizing i'll always be the perfect age to spend an afternoon with my dad...

On one of the journals was written this:
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is Love~ Sophocles
and it reminded me of what the Apostle John says, "God is love."
Thank you, Lord, for being the ultimate Father...

6 comments:

emily said...

I love it! It brings me tears and wish that I could go on a date with my dad. There will be eternity for that! Soak it in sister!

Kelli B said...

me too.......

okay friend - you are WAY ahead of me! Dude, i've been trying to read REALLY slow...what chapter are you on??? I am reading ahead to catch up...dude!!!

Joanna Kay said...

kelli kelli kelli
i'm sorry! i can't put it down. i'm going back to barnes and getting another jane austen. she's grrrreat! P.S. they made a movie of persuasion... i say we both rent it and watch it together though physically apart and talk on the phone through the whole thing. hee hee hee

em, girl! my heart is yours. i love you sister and your beauty has taught me so much. i long for eternity with you sister.

Krista said...

Joanna, my sweet. You just described a day that I would have to say just might be perfect! Baked goods, coffee, and a Jane Austen novel all in the company of your father at Barnes and Noble. I love it! I'm just about to finish up my latest journal from B&N (leather bound), and I'm having to exercise major restraint to not go get a new one until I'm finished with the old one. :) I've seen the movie version of Persuasion - it's so good! I love anything Jane anyway, but I particularly love how they develop Anne's character in the movie. I'm excited for you to watch it! Love you, friend!

Sara said...

You are quite the writer AND photographer...I remember that you said you like photography, and you get an A++ for the best angles.
I have a huge favor to ask, and I don't have your email...and I'm not calling you because it's 7:16am...and I know you will check this because I think you go to your blog as much as I go to my email...so I'm asking you here.
I wonder if you would kind of proofread this book I've been writing. I'm finishing it up today and want to send it to the publisher soon so that if they accept it, I can use my Christmas break to do a lot of editing that I know will need to be done.
I would LOVE to have someone read it through before I send it off because I've worked on my 2nd draft many different days spread out in the past weeks, and because I am crazy I first edited the beginning, then the end, and now I'm working on the middle so I don't really have a picture of the whole thing, how it flows. It would be nice if it were read through someone else's eyes before being sent to the publisher.
You can DEFINITELY say no because it will likely be 120 pages in Microsoft Word, and that will take a long time to read. But if you're up for the challenge, I can email it to you.
No pressure!!!
talbert.sara@gmail.com

Ojen said...

sounds like a beautiful day Jo!

did you know....
1. i used to work at barnes and nobles
2. i love local bookstores (and i love the movie youve got mail) and big bookstores. basically, i love books period (too).
3. im waiting for finals to be over (this wednesday) so that i could read persuasion by jane austen! REALLY!
4. AND i love having things in common with you! =)