No, I’m not dead, no, Swedish gnomes did not kidnap me again, and no, I haven’t thrown in the towel on Wordcasting. Forgive me, dear faithful readers, for abandoning post (get it?) on ya lately…it’s been kinda whirlwindish lately in my little world. Thank you for missing me. It makes me feel loved.

My absence this past week was due to either lack of time or lack of coherent brain cell firing when I did have time, accompanied by an irresistable urge to sit on my couch and literally do nothing for the half hour after dinner that I usually use for posting. I sat, I looked out the window, and I thought little thoughts like, “that tree is really green.” Or, “I like rabbits.” It was glorious. You ever have one of those nights where you sleep for like 14 hours because your body just really needed it? That’s what this week was like in regards to posting. I couldn’t even force myself to post because my brain just needed a break.  That’s not to say that I’m going to actually use my brain in writing this post.

Before you get too excited about my return, I have to tell you that I won’t be posting from May 28th-July 7th for the 40 day fast. Just a heads-up. And actually, I don’t know if I’ll post again before the 28th. I’ll leave you with some randomness, in no particular order.

I just found out that I’ve been spelling “Whoa” wrong my whole life (well the part that I used Woah in, that is). I’ve always spelled it “Woah.” This is kind of a big deal for me. I think that’s my pride. But it just hurts, ya know?

I hate raisins but I love, love, love Raisin Bran. Sometimes when I feel like hitting the snooze (does anyone talk as much about the snooze as I do – what is up with that?) and rolling over, I think about Raisin Bran and getting up seems like a great idea.

Two years ago I went to my sister’s house in Topeka to plant flowers with her, my awesome sister-in-law Julia, and my mom (hi, mom!) and beforehand, we went to the store and they all bought some Crocs. I refused to buy a pair because I thought they looked absolutely ridiculous and I refused to even consider buying a pair. When we went back to the house I felt a little left out cuz they were all wearing them (no, I’m not an overly-sensitive middle child) and I almost regretted my decision. But awhile ago my sister bought me a pair of bright hot pink Crocs anyways and I broke down. I now wear them every day around the house and I have a complete change of heart – they are pretty much the best invention ever. Thanks, Meg!

Jared Diehl has got his hands on a video camera after a brief period of being camera-less. This is a joyous day for all of us and I am happily expecting wonderfulness from him soon.

“The Price is Right” is over. I don’t quite have the words yet to express my sadness about this. Bob Barker has retired after 50 years of television. He is a phenomenal person – at 83 years old, he has the mental agility of a Mensa member hopped up on a couple pots of strong coffee. And that’s a compliment. I don’t know why that show brought me so much pleasure. Was it the theme song? The camera swaying crazily back and forth across the cheering crowd? The colorful 70s-inspired sets? People biting it on their way down? I think it must’ve been all of that and some magical quality that you just can’t define. I watched the last episode and knew I was partaking in a significant historical act. Sigh.

I talked to my old college roommate Angie for the first time in 6 years. Well, correction. We didn’t actually talk. I randomly texted her that it would be fun to play disc golf with her that afternoon. She called back and left a message. I called back and left a message. Thrilling.

My neice Anna is the cutest baby in the entire world. Period. I don’t care if you know the baby that won “cutest baby contest” – she’s still cuter. That’s the bias an aunt is allowed to have. And I get to spend all day with her on Friday. Yay! I’m going to juice her fat little thighs all day. I understand that juicing might be a new term to some of you when used in relation to babies’ thighs. It means I’m going to squeeze them and squeeze them and squeeze them. Oooooohhhhhh, she’s so juicy!!!

I think I found the perfect allergy medicineAlavert. It’s one tablet that lasts 24 hours and it dissolves in your mouth. It tastes exactly like childrens’ Aspirin even though the box says the flavor is “Citrus Burst.” It is only Antihistamine, which when you think about it, is really all you need. The pills that have Antihistamine, nasal decongestors and sinus pain relievers leave my entire sinus system feeling irritated later. But if I take Antihistamine, my nose won’t get congested and I won’t have sinus pain to begin with. Why I didn’t I think of this before? Duh. I took it today and it worked like a dream.

I have a sore on my tongue from eating too much Chewable Vitamin C. I overdose on Vitamin C every day. I can’t stop eating those little guys – not mostly cuz they’re good – they are – but mostly cuz I love feeling like I’m building up my immune system. I feel like Popeye when he eats the spinach and his muscle instantly grows. I can just see my immune system getting stronger (I have a very clear picture of what this looks like in my head – it involves little immune system guys in white suits) and I love that feeling.

About a week ago a big fox came right up to my kitchen window (which goes from the floor to the ceiling, in case you’re wondering how I saw him) and looked in at me. I almost dropped my bowl of Raisin Bran. I looked at him, he looked at me. He tilted his head to one side, I stared. He tilted his head to other side, and I knew I had just seen the cutest thing ever. I had never seen a fox up close in person before that, unless you count the time I watched ‘The Fox and the Hound” and it was exhilerating. I stooped down to get a closer look and he started and then darted off. A couple nights ago about 1am I was sitting on top of my car in the driveway (it helps me pray) and I saw the fox come up out the woods and he trotted right up to the car and stood there in front of the car, just looking at me. I was dumbfounded. I was kind of scared that he might jump up on the car because he was acting so bold, but after just looking at me for a bit, he just turned and walked away. This has all been very exciting for me, as you can imagine. Who knows what will happen next. I kind of have hopes of taming him like the Little Prince tamed his fox.

Well…that’s all for now. I’ll miss you…again.


  1. I’m glad you weren’t kidnapped. You can’t trust those gnomes. It’s a good thing the California ones out prowling out that way yet. They don’t kidnap people or items…they eat them. Yeah, it’s bad.

    As for woah/whoa, I blame phonetics. Most problems involving the English language can, in fact, be blamed on phonetics. If you can’t tell, I DETEST phonetics…

    I tend to dislike Raisen Bran. It could be because my Dad would only buy Raisen Bran cereal, and that it provokes and extra-bad form of Vader’s Fist…incedentally, VF seems to be making a resurgence. Would you mind praying for my allergy?

    I wonder, could he possibly be as random with a camera as Amy Grace? If so, much enjoyment shall be had, indeed.

    Wait, what!?! But I never got around to going to an episode with a bunch of friends! Gah!

    I dunno…I think my kids are cuter. No, they aren’t born yet. For all I know, I haven’t met their mother yet. Yep, I’ve got some extreme preemptive paternal pride.

    I feel like your Vitamin C metaphor is fundamentally flawed somehow. But I don’t want to research it right now, so I won’t.

    Yay for random animals! Actually, seeing as I’m from an area with mountain lions, yay for random animals that aren’t inclined to eat you!

    Your randomness is returned! Enjoy the fast, it seems I will be unable to join in…

  2. Oh my goodness, Taylor (11 year old son- the yummy curly headed blonde one!) will be ecstatic about the fox! He longs for one as a pet, but is fairly certain he will have to wait til the millenial kingdom to get one!
    He is mortified that the majority of children’s novels have the fox painted as the villain and never the hero.

  3. benjaminwood


    So happy to see that you have not fallen off the side of the earth (seeing that it is in fact flat and all) I have missed your randomness as well as your insightfulness(sp). See I too stink at spelling.

    Here is an update on “Boo Ya” and “Jawsome”, I am currently working on trying to trademark “Boo Ya” as my catch phrase, I ran into some snags when trying to do that with “Jawsome” because of the “Street Sharks”. What does that mean?… It means when i trademark “Boo Ya” you will have to pay me when you use it. Speaking of, i have noticed a decline in the usage of it. What is going on?

    Word to the wise… DON’T GET EATEN BY THE FOX! That would be bad!

    You Rock

    P.S. By the way MY baby is going to be the cutest, look for him/her coming Dec. 12th-ish “Boo Ya”

  4. Rasin Bran…I only recently started eating this breakfast cereal and have to agree with you. When I was a kid I couldn’t stand it! Things change.

    We’ve seen the occassional stray fox near our house too. It seems that your fox is stalking! I would think of getting a hound if he starts camping out on your doorstep.

  5. standonthewall

    Oh the woahs of having middle child syndrome.

    I admit it. I AM an overly sensitive middle child.

  6. Anna

    Molly- have you tried Raisin Bran Crunch yet? I just got a box. It’s good, I must say, but for Raisin Bran die-hards it just isn’t the same.

  7. Aaron James

    I’m so happy for the “Whoa” link.

    That is all for now.

  8. Robin Hoke

    Idhrendur: I love your ‘preemptive paternal pride’.

    Molly: I knew I missed you! I’m sad that I’ll miss you for so long, but ‘you better get it’ and that’s all I gotta say.

    Love your pun. And that is a great picture.

  9. Stumpy and Stil

    Woah!!! i’ve been spelling ‘woah’ wrong my whole life too!!! BAAAAAAAA!!!! or is it BAAAAHHH?

  10. So come Sunday are you gonna be back in the saddle??? I miss your blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Let’s all start the Molly cheer, maybe our love for her blog will call her back to us.


    *lots of dancing around*

  12. @John Paul Fullerton… um I’d be happy to chat with you about this if you like, now that I’m seen you comment this same comment on a few IHOP blogs. email me at zackhensley@ihop.org
    Because I think there are some misunderstandings you have that I would like to help you clear up.

    @ Molly It’s 3 days after the fast…um postage?

  13. Ditto on Zacks “Word to molly!” shout out.
    Um. words for readers?
    We would like posting now.
    And no excuses about being busy!

  14. Aw, shucks, I feel so loved.
    I left for a ministry trip to Minnesota on Sunday morning, right after the 40-day fast culmination on Saturday, and just got back a few hours ago. I’ve been anticipating getting going again all week. I will officially “return” to the blog world tomorrow by actually posting. Yes, actually posting. 🙂

    John-Paul: I have removed your comment per your wishes – sorry for it’s publication – anything a commenter submits automatically gets published, and I haven’t checked my site for a while. I see from Zack’s comment that you most likely were not exclusively writing to me, but I am planning on revisiting that topic in a future post at any rate, so I’d love to see you jump in to that discussion. Thanks for your thoughts.


    what they didn’t have Wi-Fi in Minnesota?

  16. I didn’t have Time-Fi in Minnesota.

  17. Got it… so what the excuse now? You know no one blogs any more. All the blogs I used to read have vanished. The “IHOP Blogging Revolution” has met it’s end. The only thing that stinks about that is, no one comments on my posts anymore! Apparently they read, because my numbers are the same, just don’t comment!!! So what did I do? went from blog to blog and started commenting. nothing. So I rant here on your blog about the no blogs, the no comments, and the no nothing!!
    In conclusion write I post I’ll be so happy when you do!! and comment on mine from time to time as you see fit…


  18. Yo … Mosack … new post? Please? Please please please?

    P.S. Where in MN did you go?

  19. Zack: I posted – are you happy now? Let’s keep the revolution going. I will be a faithful commenter till the end.

    Ducky: Hey! New post accomplished. Phew. We were at Bethany College in Bloomington. Know the area?

  20. Thanks! Yeah, I have a friend who went to Bethany, and I think I lived in Bloomington for a while … I was too young to remember though. I’ll be going up to the Twin Cities this Wednesday.

  21. Ducky: Go to the Mall of America!!!

  22. I was planning on making a pilgrimage. 🙂 I didn’t go to the MoA too often when I lived in the Twin Cities … too much of a hassle … but there’s a couple sweet stores I want to hit there before I head back to KC next week.

    Also, Ikea is right next door to the mall. Cheap furniture and Swedish meatballs, yo!

  23. Jen: sweet. A couple of our group mozied over to Ikea when we were at the mall, but I stayed to ride the coasters. Good times…

  24. John Paul Fullerton

    Hi Molly

    You may want to unpublish the following note, because it won’t make very much sense since I asked that my earlier note not be published.

    I’ve never written a comment to an online site like the one that I wrote to you (again, not meaning that to be personal
    ). In fact, I don’t think I’ve written many words to any IHOP site.

    Have a nice day
    John Paul

  25. John Paul – thanks…as you know, Zack commented that he seemed to have seen your comment on numerous sites. Maybe he’s mixing you up with someone else. I don’t know anything about it. Bless you!

  26. I just love a cool classic car like a convertible Cutlass. I see them all the time in movies and TV now.

  27. Very interesting blog. Are you playing with my peculiar crime I have a nice joke for you) Why did the chicken cross the road? To prove to the opossum it could be done.

  28. hi look at my last name it’s so embarrasing!

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