Crafty as a Serpent

A knit blog with recipes and theological musings interspersed.

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Location: Portland, Maine, United States

Abby d'Ambruoso is a Lutheran pastor and interfaith chaplain, currently serving in a variety of ministries in Portland, Maine.

Thursday, May 29, 2008


1) What was I doing 10 years ago?
I was a junior in high school, finishing up on finals and looking at colleges. That summer, I lived at home and worked at Wal-mart because it was the only job nearby. I did not know how to knit yet.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?
Pack boxes, email the bishop, pay my student loans, unpack a few boxes, bike to work

3) Snacks I enjoy:
Fresh fruit, wasabi peas, molasses cookies, brownies, cheese and crackers

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Buy a house and never move again, have a beach house, travel the world, buy a spinning wheel, pay off my student loans.

5) Places I have lived:
Oregon, Washington, Brazil, Minnesota, Spain, New Hampshire, Indiana, California.

6) 5 peeps I wanna know more about:
I don't know if I have 5, but- how about Katie B? Or really anyone who'd like to respond with their own answers.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Master (or is it Mistress?) of Divinity

Saturday, which was also Norwegian Constitution Day, was the day I graduated from seminary with my M.Div. Because I waited a year, my class had already graduated, so I didn't think it would be that big of a deal.

Instead, it was very meaningful. I was surprised at how moved I was when my husband, sister, and mom hooded me.

And I had a blast with the funny sleeves of my gown. I even put money into the long part of the sleeve. You see, I received the Mercia and Theodore Bachmann award for History. That was a very pleasant surprise. And so I received a prize to go with it, which I stuck in my sleeve because I didn't have pockets in my dress. I reminded myself to take it out before I gave back the rented gown. But I was so eager to get out of that hot thing and to get my diploma that I forgot. And so I still don't know how much the prize was for.

After the graduation, my neighbor and I hosted a taquisa, which we had prepared in the morning: carne asada, carnitas, lengua, and frijoles refritos, plus 3 kinds of homemade salsa and a guacamole. It was darn tasty, and I learned a lot.

After the party, I was done with people for a while. I love all the people I saw, but I was done. So I read an Anne McCaffrey book that night.

On Sunday, I met up with a new friend of mine who knits. I met her on the BART- and thanks to Ravelry, we're becoming knitting friends. We are starting a knitting meetup at Cafe Leila on San Pablo near Delaware in Berkeley. It's on Sundays at 4pm. Although, this Sunday, I'll be gone. And the next Sunday she'll be gone. We'll see. I had a lot of fun, though. And my knitting buddy was starting the most awesome socks (which I promptly forgot the name of).