Friday, October 30, 2009

Help Is On The Way

“Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” ~Luke 14:5

I think Jesus is telling us something about God: God doesn’t hesitate to help us. He doesn’t think twice about helping us. He responds to our needs immediately, much like we would react if a loved one had fallen into a well.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Happiest Jobs a la Jen Lemen

1. Sharing my life with my incredible husband.
2. Dreaming really big.
3. Sitting in a silent chapel before Jesus.
4. Loving my friends and family.
5. Writing my little sentence stories.
6. Talking, especially in the form of soul-deep conversation.
7. Befriending strangers.
8. Sipping coffee, tea, and wine. Eating chocolate and homemade food of all kind.
9. Walking, sleeping, laughing, crying, holding hands.
10. Practicing gratitude, detachment and joy.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Open a Window

I spent too much of today staring at a computer and not enough of it breathing fresh air. As a result, everything in my head feels stale.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

This Week

As I was leaving work yesterday, I happily exclaimed, “Have a good weekend!”
In response, my boss and co-worker replied, “Christina, it’s Monday.”

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Monday, October 26, 2009

There’s An App For That

Driving home from Aptos tonight required three of us (my dad, John and I) navigating via our iPhones. Just to be clear, the app works great. We are the ones with the problem.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

On Business

I always, always, always warn people about starting their own business. It is so much work, I say.
It will stretch you in ways you can’t imagine, I say. It will magnify in your own mind all of your weaknesses and might even make you forget your God-given talents and strengths, I say.
You will, at times, feel like you are stuck in mud, up against a wall, at the brink of tears, I say.
What I sometimes forget to mention (and it's a very important part) is it’s a lot of fun, too. The fun is, in fact, a huge motivating factor. Otherwise, who would put up with the rest?

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Brave in Sorrow

In between the million blessings are the million sorrows of life. “It’s our sufferings we share. It’s our sufferings that allow us to get along,” the priest said during a Mass for our friends who recently miscarried their first child. The couple decided to celebrate their baby’s brief life with a gathering of friends and family. It is a brave thing to do, to be willing to share your sadness and not just your joy with others.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Adventure Always

Me: “What’s the best way for us to get there?”
Him: “The best way to get there is the way we’re going, whatever that turns out to be.”

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Eighty?

If, like me, you keep seeing the new BMV commercial and wondering what performance warranted an 80 minute standing ovation, here is your answer (courtesy Wiki Answers):
"On June 30, 1991 Placido Domingo received an 80-minute standing ovation including 101 curtain calls after singing Otello in Vienna."

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Creatures of Habit

Tonight we roamed the warehouse known as Costco like two lost souls. An achy head for me and computer frustration for him made us glum and gloomy. With are bad moods in tow, we scoured the aisles for the treasure called dinner. And after considering many options, we finally settled on cheese pizza. OK, it was organic four-cheese pizza with a corn meal crust. But in the grand scheme of things is that really so much different than a quesadilla?

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Silent Scream

When you feel you just can’t take another minute, I suggest acting out your stress with the silent scream. Consider it a more grown-up, restrained version of a tantrum.
This is what you do:
1. Open your mouth wide.
2. Close your eyes tight.
3. Scream. Not out loud. Silently or at least quietly with a whispered “Aaahhhh.”
It’s fun, and as an added bonus, it lets those around you know you might be a bit closer to the edge than usual.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Master of the Kitchen

If you have the good fortune of being an unexpected dinner guest at my parents’ home, my mother will likely serve you and your spouse a meal of chicken piccata, Brussels sprouts with lemon, warm bread and butter, and good wine. Do not try your luck at my house. I can almost guarantee dinner will be quesadillas.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Frisbee Throwing

My lesson today was this: No matter how easy something looks, almost everything requires a bit of technique and practice. This is how we gain skill. Technique and practice. This is also how we make fools of ourselves. But looking silly is way better than standing on the sidelines watching everyone else play.

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Paranormal Activity

Once every 10 years or so, I end up spending 90 minutes terrified in a dark theater. I knew going in my face would be buried in my hands, my eyes closed tight, for a good portion of the film. But I couldn’t resist the bonding experience of being scared alongside my siblings.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Hazard Ahead

I don’t like home improvement. I really don’t like unexpected home improvement. But that’s what you get with a leaky roof, especially one that requires tearing away at the ceiling.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Relax, You'll Feel Better

Despite my symptoms (sore throat, headache, runny, stuffy nose), my husband doesn’t think I’m sick. He thinks I’m stressed.
“You short-circuited yourself,” he says.
“But it is cold season,” I argue.
“Cold season? It’s October and 80 degrees outside.”

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

East Meets West

How I fight a cold: Yin Chiao + DayQuil + Coffee + Sudafed + Kombucha.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Weather

My co-worker returned from an abbreviated lunch. She braved crossing the street only to be kicked out of Borders when the power went out and one of its employees got stuck in the elevator. I, on the other hand, stayed inside all day, making me feel frenetic with bottled energy.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Cookies for a Cause

Today I’m asking you to do something very important: Break your diet and buy these cookies. The Timmers family doesn’t want a handout, which is why they are baking their way through financial hardship. Unemployment and a mountain of medical bills due to kidney disease have pushed this family of four to the brink of losing a roof over their heads. Cookie sales are keeping the lights on and the oven working. But if you insist on sticking to your diet, you can make a donation, too. The Timmers family attends our parish, Holy Spirit Church in San Jose. You can read more about their story here.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Endless Possibility

“For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.” ~Mark 10:27

One of my favorite verses comes at the end of a passage that stings my heart. What prompted Jesus to tell his disciples all things are possible for God? It was the Rich Young Man, who refused Christ’s invitation to sell all his things and follow him. It is an ending that has always made me sad. But this story is not just about money or the Rich Young Man. It’s about what possess our hearts in place of the will of God. Jesus asks us to give up our life, our things, our plans and come follow him. Sometimes we say no. But sometimes we let go. We let go of our attachments, our insecurities, our comforts. We let go of worrying about what other people think or about what makes sense. We let go and we trust that whatever Jesus asks us to sell is nothing we need. And wherever he leads us is a place of possibility.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Aromatherapy

He covered the sidewalk with lavender and poured dried petals into my hand.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Like Father, Like Daughter

After discovering that even my dad has a twitter account, I decided it was time to tweet, tweet.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Office

Shout out to the real-life bride and groom who inspired the dance scene at Jim and Pam’s wedding.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tear Down That Wall

Last week, Kaecey told me about a novelist who, when asked about writer’s block, said she doesn’t believe in it. She can’t. She doesn’t have time to stare at a blank screen. I wonder what “blocks” of all kinds would disappear with this no-nonsense attitude.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Blame Dullness

“Let me see your cut,” my brother said.
“I think my knives are dull,” I explained.
“Christina, I think your hand-eye coordination is dull.”

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Monday, October 5, 2009

An Overreaction

“Ow! Ow! Ow! I cut my finger,” I screamed into the phone.
“Jeez, Christina, not again. Don’t call me unless you’re not doing anything else,” my brother replied.
The cut felt bad, but barely bled and didn’t even require a bandage.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Weekend Notes

1. My dad hosted a blind tasting of whiskey for his friends, and Bulleit came out on top. But JD is still the family fave.
2. My brother got great results replacing butter with avocado in apple spice muffins. Although, we definitely recommend pureeing the avocado if you would like to avoid green bits in your baked goods.
3. I found out that the mysterious cookies my grandmother always has on hand are being purchased at the liquor store for 75 cents a package. “What are you doing at a liquor store?” I asked. “Buying Lotto tickets,” she replied. “And potato chips.”

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Girls' Night In

My sister's best friend orchestrated a surprise party in honor of Nicole's arrival at the big 3-0. As I spent the evening with women I've know more than two-thirds of my life, I realized my sister and I share the same astonishing luck. We made and kept friends from the earliest years of our lives.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

For Days ...

The vacuum has been standing aimlessly in the open space between our “dining room” and “home office.”
Poor thing looks lost.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Radio Talk

The problem with radio is I don’t always know who is talking. So, I don’t know who to quote. But either Gary Vaynerchuk or his friend said: “I have very little talent, but I hustle a lot.”
And that, my friends, might be the secret to success.

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