Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear 2010,

You were bitter and sweet and not quite what I expected in both disappointing and awe-inspiring ways. You took Grandma with you but gave us Dylan and a miracle for Liz and Dan.
We are so thankful for the blessings that unfolded during our time with you. We will remember you forever.

Love,
Christina

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ready or Not

The answer is always Not, as in not ready. The New Year is almost here, and as usual, I wish I was a bit more prepared for it. As in, I wish my house was clean. I wish my laundry was put away. I wish my 2010 projects were neatly tied up and my 2011 projects were all ready to start.

But tonight I painted my nails myself for the first time in a million years. Very sloppy job, by the way. I can't believe how good I was at painting my nails when I was 12. The color is dark purple with glitter, and I kind of love how not me it is. Ever notice how something that seems so un-you can totally be you if you try it.

Anyway, ready or not, me and my nails are going to sparkle in 2011.  

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rituals for the New Year

This year, I'm going to try Christine Kane's Word of the Year ritual for the New Year. I'm going to pick one word to guide me through 2011. I even have a word in mind.

I'm also writing another Mondo Beyondo list. You really can't have too many lists like these, and I've been writing them since reading this post in 2004.

Do you have a New Year's ritual? I'd love to hear about it.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tiny Steps Count

"Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet." ~Author Unknown

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Slow News Day

Me: "I don't know what to blog."
Him: "Why do your problems become my problems?"

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Resolutions

The new year is almost here, and it's not too early to dream about its possibilities.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Good News

We are the shepherds.
We are keeping watch over our flock the best we can.
And the angel of the Lord says to us:
"Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord."

Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Believe

If your Christmas always seems a bit chaotic, keep this in mind:
Mary and Joseph weren't ready for Christ's birth either.
Even if a million things have yet to be done, you can be merry anyway.
I promise.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Eve of Christmas Eve

I'm exhausted, and the fun hasn't even started.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Signs of Love

"Detach, detach, detach," I repeat again and again in my mind. "Circumstances do not define you."
(It was kind of a weird day. And even on normal days, I need a lot of self talk.)
Then in the mailbox, a treasure. A woman I know (but not very well) sent along with her family's Christmas card, a prayer card she had blessed for me in Medjugorje.
I can't even explain how touched I am to be thought of in this way.
The card has on it a picture of Mary and the words, "If you knew how much I love you, you'd cry of joy."
Now I have a new six-word meditation: "Detach, detach, detach. Cling, cling. cling."

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Digital Merry Christmas



This has been all over Facebook, but I hadn't watched it until today. It's a very cute way to spend 3 minutes.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Sick Day

Sore Throat, meet your new best friend, Hot Toddy.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bring It On

OK. I'm going to resolve to be ready for fun at a moment's notice. In fact, I don't even want notice. Just surprise me with the fun. Yes, I'll need to adjust. But it will be worth it.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Surprise, Surprise

As it turns out, I am not a spur-of-the-moment kind of girl. I know this because I burst into tears (not the happy kind) when my husband told me we were going out for a fancy dinner and then spending the night at a swank hotel. My plans were to stay in. Seems I need to mentally prepare myself for fun. Thankfully, he told me earlier this afternoon, so I'm ready now. (Yes, I'm aware I have issues, and I know I married a good and patient man.)

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Countdown to Christmas

"If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something."   ~Steven Wright

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Big Step, Little Girl

Michelle stood brave but nervous waiting to make her first confession yesterday. She is 7.
She told her mom to go first, and then she moved anxiously in place at the front of the line.
From a distance, I watched John give her a quick word of encouragement. When it was Michelle's turn, her mom flashed her a smile and a thumbs up.
From where I stood, I could see Michelle sitting in the adult-size chair, her feet not touching the floor, as she spoke to the priest.
It was a brief encounter, but I'm sure it felt like forever to her.
Once it was over, she practically flew into her mom's arms. Her face lit up with pride and relief.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Nine

Number of years I've loved John.
That is as long as you count love at first sight.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Better Watch Out

My dad was acting slightly out of the ordinary -- emptying trash cans without being asked, clearing other people's plates, behaving in an all-around helpful manner.
Then he proudly announced, "I hope Santa is watching."

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Finally

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Traditionally, I don't feel Christmas until after the fourth Sunday of Advent. Which, coincidentally, is also when I feel complete panic. So I'm actually ahead of schedule this year. Cheers!

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Compliments

The loveliest word used to describe our home: Warm.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Carol of the Bells

John was rocking the Corolla sound system today.
He loves Christmas music.
And I love to see him happy.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Father Knows Best

Me: "Daddy, what should I do about my anxiety?"
Him: "Well, sex. Wake John up (when you can't sleep)."

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Insomnia

3 a.m. is an unkind hour. I would say it's the worst hour of the day. Yesterday has slipped away and dawn is out of reach.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Believe

"... for nothing will be impossible for God."

Every year, these are the only words I hear when celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sugar Plums

Please dance in my head. 

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Neighborhood Bar

Hot bar, salad bar, sushi bar, trail mix bar, coffee bar.
Now, Whole Foods, if you included an actual bar, you'd be the hottest date destination in town.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Cheer

We went to my grandpa's house today.
There were quite a few of us. My parents, my siblings, my aunt and uncle and cousins, and, of course, Dylan.
We trimmed the tree, set up the nativity and found a place for Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
"I didn't think I would ever see that tree again," my grandpa said.
I could tell the tree was very happy to see him, too.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Found in Boxes

Handwritten notes from people I love
Comics torn from the newspaper, almost always from my dad
Printed out emails
Old school papers
Tax returns dating back to the early 90s

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Patience

The Truth will set you free. But it might be little by little.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Rocks

Silly chunks of gray Earth
sleeping deep in the ground.
Dirty bellies
sunken by the weight of their own worry.

~Circa 1999, college writing class

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

31

I kind of want to skip December and go straight to the New Year. But then I would miss Christmas, and that would be a shame.

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