Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cure-All

Stomach ache. Headache. Heartache.
Break outs. Freak outs. Stage fright. Mosquito bites.
Runny nose. A run in your hose. Bad days. Bad hair. Bad fear.
Congestion. Frustration.
Sleepless nights. Pants that are too tight.
Friendship heals.
(Or it at least distracts us from our ‘ailments’ long enough to make us feel whole.)

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Monday, May 30, 2011

4.5

I hiked 4.5 miles yesterday. I was more than a little worried that I wouldn't be able to walk today. Since today was fine, now I'm worried about tomorrow. (Isn't there a 48-hour delay on soreness?)

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day

It's about more than the barbecues.
These two stories helped me remember that:
20/20 Bomb Inside Soldier's Body
"60 Minutes" Presents: Honoring Our Soldiers
(These are not short videos, but they are worth it.)

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Strange Start

I'm beginning to believe that any new beginning is going to start strangely. This seems to be true regardless of the undertaking, so it's best to prepare for the unexpected.

By the way, the "start" of summer greeted us with rain today. Very strange, indeed.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Oldie But Goodie

Tonight's date included a viewing of, Cat Ballou. This 1965-Western parody starred Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, with musical guest Nat King Cole. The campy classic was a favorite of John's mom. Since I never got to meet my mother-in-law, I really enjoyed getting a glimpse of what she liked. And it was a fun movie to boot.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Reruns

Thursday nights aren't the same in the summer. We miss our NBC comedy.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pretty Kitty

I'm taming tigers and telling about it at Tired & Stuck.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Reminder

Beauty is not a luxury. It is an every day necessity.
It's OK to move it up on our to-do list.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Who Do You Belong To?

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." ~Mother Teresa

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Mystery in a Jar

My favorite condiments are the ones without any expiration dates. Makes dining so exciting.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Becoming a Saint

Tonight John and I had a conversation in which we marveled over the awesomeness of our friends.
I'm not going to name names, but basically we've decided quite a few people we know are destined for sainthood.
"Wow. I think we have a lot of work ahead of us," I said. "What do you think we need to do to become saints?"
"Be martyred," John replied.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

German Chocolate Cake

I'd like to know the history of this dessert. More specifically, I wonder if coconuts are common in Germany and how they ended up on top of this cake.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Friends

"A friend is one before whom I can think aloud."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

This explains why many of my conversations sound so crazy.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tired

My mom says when I was little I would say, "I'm teared" instead of "I'm tired." It's true. The more tired I am the more I want to cry.

Speaking of being tired, new post is up at Tired & Stuck.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Healing

I burned my arm last week while pulling a frozen pizza out of the oven. (Yes, I'm amazing in the kitchen.) It's a small burn but itchy and sore and annoying. And I just always find it so surprising that the act of healing is often as painful as the hurt itself.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Rain, Rain

I'm not going to ask you to go away. I'm just wondering what you are doing here.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

First Communion

The day couldn't be any more precious.
The boys dashing in their suits. The girls lovely in their white dresses, gloves and tiny crowns.
Everyone is so excited -- them, their parents, their family and friends.
It's hard to say what I love most about such a special day. But near the top of the list is the reminder of the gift the Eucharist is.   

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sharks & Cats

John and I are fans of the ABC show, "Shark Tank."
Hey, don't judge us. It's a fun show.
Because I watched Friday night's episode, I can tell all my cat-loving friends about CitiKitty --- the way to potty-train your cat.
I was so impressed I almost want to get a kitty just to see if it really works.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Technical Difficulties

Blogger was acting bit strange the last few days. It was unavailable while undergoing some maintenance, temporarily deleted a couple posts and wiped out a few comments.
It's the first time in almost 4 years of blogging that I've experienced anything like this, and it sent me scrambling to back up my posts.
Now I'm wondering how everyone else goes about backing up their electronic records, especially those from free sources, like blogger and email.
Tech Geniuses, please speak up.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Italian Job

Tonight’s motto was, “I’m Italian. I can do this.” “This” involved making one of my mom’s famous pasta dishes – a dish which involves a red sauce, a white sauce, and using three burners at one time.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Advice

My best advice is always someone else's best advice. This is why we must tell our stories. So they can be retold.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Chatterbox Birds

The birds outside my bedroom window are the biggest gossips on the block. All day and all night it's chirp, chirp, chirp. I would totally be in the know if I only spoke bird.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Dear Mamas,

The world wouldn't be the same without you. Your love changes souls, even when you think it doesn't. And you don't hear these words often enough ~ THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Love always,
Christina

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

There Be Dragons



I just came home from seeing "There Be Dragons." It's one of those "inspired by true events" movies, so I'm trying to separate the facts from fiction. Which story lines were real, which were not. The main character is modern-day saint Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei.
 "There Be Dragons" tells a powerful story of family, betrayal, forgiveness, redemption and, most importantly, love.
This movie could definitely be categorized as "religious," so I found it interesting that (if Wikipedia is correct) the film's writer, director and producer -- Roland Joffé -- is a "wobbly agnostic."
If you see it, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday

I don't understand why you let so many other days get between me and you. But I still love you just the same.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Lucky Me

My husband tells me, "I hate jewelry and that's not a lie. But I like making you happy, and sometimes those things conflict."
He's a good man.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

French Fashion

Last week, I blog jumped from Emily to Hallie to this article, and I've been thinking about how to dress like a Frenchwoman ever since. I just love the thought of a simple yet feminine wardrobe that flatters while maintaining a high level of comfort.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Leftovers

There is still Easter candy in my house. It's kind of a problem.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Divine Mercy


St. Faustina's simple message of Divine Mercy has always been close to mine and John's heart. But, embarrassingly, I didn't really know it's history. This morning, I listened to a radio interview with a priest from the order of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. It was so interesting! At one point, the Vatican banned St. Faustina's message. While still a cardinal, Blessed Pope John Paul II led the investigation which led to the lifting of the ban and St. Faustina's beatification. Blessed Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina in 2000 on the first Sunday after Easter and proclaimed the day Divine Mercy Sunday. I just love that his beatification took place on a feast day so close to his heart.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

JPII, We Love You!

"Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors to Christ."
~Blessed Pope John Paul II, October 22, 1978

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