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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Did You Figure It Out?

I was sitting at lunch today when I heard from across the kitchen, "Commodore Perry is in the house."

I smiled. 'Ah, the quirky culture of Sonlight.'

Picking up on the theme, a coworker shared about our Core A (which was fairly quickly renamed considering even the SCCs couldn't keep the Cores all straight that year <smile>). The people in the warehouse called it "Core F" because of the title: Fiction, Fairy Tales, and Fun for Little Learners. In fact, one of the guys wasn't even aware of the real title and so called it "Core F" in a meeting, which caused his coworkers to bust into guffaws.

But the cultural bit from this post's title comes from my good friend Mike--who works a cube over. Mike will often walk by and ask, "Did you figure it out?"

I tend to reply with something befitting my current situation, ranging from: "No, I haven't even started thinking about it yet," to, "Yep, fixed it yesterday."

Laura Lee, who is in the spot between us, finally asked us about it.

Toward the Kitchen

Well, Mike's question is much like: "How you doin'?" It's rhetorical. The fact that I choose to answer it honestly and with much detail is an indication of my own quirks.

Now whenever I launch into a lengthy description of my latest quandary, Laura Lee laughs along with us because, honestly, no one is ever going to "figure it out." There's always something that needs tweaking, changing, or reconsidering. And that's why Sonlight is constantly working to update our materials and make things clearer (even if sometimes we don't quite do that... as typified by our ill-labeled "Core A"). But even in the ever changing landscape of life, some things remain consistent, or at least a part of our experience.

Our quirks and fond memories are that way.

Here's an experience that came out of our house last night, courtesy of "The Joy of Cooking" page 504:


So, did you figure it out?

~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father


Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...

Ah, baked brains.

You know, when I was a teenager we FRIED our brains the old-fashioned way. :p

mideastmom said...

I hear that brains are best fed raw to the dog (the things you learn on the SL forums...).

Julie said...

I'm still laughing at Mrs. C...oh dear! I can't stop laughing and my kids are asking why?!!! ...hahahahahahahahahah! Ok, so in my misspent youth, I surely fried some brains....fried, poached, seared, FLAMBE-d!!LOL!!! I'm so me!

Kris said...

Having just turned off Bizarre Foods because it was just TOO mind was totally in the wrong place to read that recipe.


And would you believe it took me three reads to figure out what we were supposed to be figuring out? Wow, I'm way outta practice with these mental olympic games.

mary grace said...

That has to have wheat in it. Somewhere, somehow ... what IS involved. :-)

Luke Holzmann said...

Mrs. C, <laughing!> you crack me up!

Mideastmom, those Sonlight Forums are super helpful, are they not? <smile>

Julie, well, you're funny to me too <smile>.

Kris, I just fell off the mental trapeze... the "did you figure it out" is rhetorical. The baked brains was just for fun. Hmm... my typo make the post rather impossible to comprehend. <yikes!>

Mary Grace: <smile> That will be my excuse if Brittany ever decides to make it.



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