Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Goodbye, 2008

I cannot fault a year that brings me new friends and closer to old ones. That deepens my love for my husband and humanity.
That reveals to me more of who I am and who I want to be.
Thank you. You were good to me.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Keep In Mind

It’s easier to move forward than backward.
This is important information as we move into the New Year.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Dude, Where's My Coat?

“When all fails, look to the ground. That’s where you last left everything,” my husband tells me.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Oh, What The Neighbors Must Think

I somehow overlooked the metal pumpkin on my porch only to notice it the day after Christmas.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Making Resolutions

I’m optimistic 2009 will be the year I finally figure out our chronic dinner dilemma. As of Christmas day, I own both a crock pot and rice cooker. Your easiest, tastiest recipes are welcomed!

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Silent Night

Words are only good when they express thought.
But my mind is currently empty.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Sleepy Time

My mom has a magnet on her refrigerator that says,
“If it wasn’t for stress, I’d have no energy at all.”
This might explain why I’m suddenly exhausted.

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Eve of a Miracle

Do not look at your circumstances as a measure of God’s love for you. If you feel the need to compare your life with someone else’s, think of Mary.
If God has ever favored a human, indeed it was her, full of grace.
And she wound up giving birth alone with St. Joseph in a manger.
I’m pretty sure even 2,000 years ago that wasn’t considered ideal.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Go Ahead, Say It: Merry Christmas

“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!’”
~ Dave Barry, “Christmas Shopping: A Survivor's Guide”

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Monday, December 22, 2008

At The Mall …

Even the mannequins look tired. Poor plastic things.
The stress of last minute shopping seems to cause their limbs to fall off.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Advent

Today I ate the last five pieces of Halloween candy still lingering in our house. It was part of my Christmas preparation.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Nativity

Today I watched new parents tend to their infant son, and I thought about Jesus being born in a manger.
Why would God choose to be a baby, so helpless, if not because he knew in doing so it would make him irresistible to our hearts.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Office Party

Yes, there were only two of us, but it was very festive.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Be Pretty

More and more I see beauty as essential. Not the luxury I once thought it was.
And I’m not talking about what we see in the mirror but what we see in the world.
Or maybe it’s how we act in the world.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More Than Some Adults Know

“If it’s not the truth, it’s a lie,” one of our favorite 3-year-olds declared the other day.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Who's there?

I think God is telling me to keep my house clean.
If it’s not God, it’s the unexpected visitors arriving at my door.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Seven Years Later

This day always reminds me how magical December can be.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

In My Home

Christmas decorating is code for making a monstrous mess.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Question I Hear Every Night

Do you know what you’re going to blog?

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Friday, December 12, 2008

The Irony

I write the opposite of how I talk. Few words versus very many.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Compliments

Ever since reading this, I’ve been wanting to tell people they look like money.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Catholic Humor

She reached out her tiny hand and gently poked the priest.
“You baptized me,” my 5-year-old cousin said.
“I did. Did it take? Did I drive the devil out?”

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Meet Michael

Seeing these photos was the absolute best part of my day.
Congratulations, Trisha and Tony!

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Immaculate Love

“For nothing will be impossible for God.”
~The Angel Gabriel to Mary, Luke 1: 37

Sometimes it’s hard to believe in miracles.
But I don’t think angels lie.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Holiday Traditions

We’re working on repeating ourselves every year in an effort to create our own family traditions.
So far, we have my husband setting up the Christmas tree and using one strand of lights to cover the whole thing.
Then, after we admire its beauty, he takes down the lights and I spend an hour diligently hanging about five strands.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Ahead Of My Time

The new handbag I’m eyeing at macys.com has six five-star reviews.
Although I did think it curious that the reviewers kept mentioning how “safe” the handbag, with its crossbody style, made them feel.
Then I realized five of the six women were over 50.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Achy

Small cold. Big headache.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Language Is Fun

My niece, who will be turning 16 in a few days, texted me this tonight:
“Omg! I jus found the word ‘thingamajig’ in my spanish-english dictionary!”
Turns out the translation is chisme an coso.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Inside Outside

Last night I dreamt about a home in my parents’ neighborhood.
This house has beautiful landscaping, which I always admire.
In my dream I was invited inside.
Now, in real life I know what the inside of this house looks like, but in my dream it was completely different.
Dark, cramped, strange.
All I kept thinking was how do we keep our insides matching our outsides?

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Worth the Words

“The mystics leave us in no doubt that any real growth in prayer, in communion with God, leads us into the desert, into the place of wild wide wastes, where we can get no bearings. We must come out from behind the security of our homemade identity, our self-appointed responsibilities, into the spaciousness of God’s world, a spaciousness whose dimensions and orientation we shall only gradually learn to recognize as freedom, within which we shall only gradually discover our true responsibilities.”
~ Fr. Simon Tugwell, O.P.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Tumbling Down


I’m really not a numbers person, but I can’t help marvel at these falling digits. Are gas prices on a fad diet or what?

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