Sunday, July 31, 2011

Organization

I either need to burn every piece of paper I own or purchase more expanding files.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Traveling Love

In the same way I trust prayers to find their way to God, I trust love to find its way to the ones I love. Sometimes all I can do is hold space for someone in my heart. It's then that I imagine love has wings so it can fly to my friends.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Sweet Dreams

I have big plans to sleep in tomorrow morning, which means I'll probably wake up before the roosters.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Blender, Baby

I'm far more excited than I should be about my new KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender. America's Test Kitchen gave it top ratings for ice crushing, smoothie blending, hummus making, speed and sound. And I have a pound of organic baby spinach in the fridge. Bring on the green smoothie* recipes!

*Green smoothies are my new post-op thing. Feel free to read more over at Tired & Stuck

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hackers & Spam

My email got hacked this week, and every person I know and lots of people who I haven't had contact with in years received inappropriate messages from me. Most of these messages advertised drugs for spicing up one's sex life, which is exactly the kind of thing I send out to family and friends. Actually, because I think spam is pretty obvious, I didn't really worry too much about it. But today I cringed when one of my parents' best friends asked if I sent her the link. She is on a diet at least half of the year. Her email said:
"You are tired of overweight? Don't worry! .... (insert virus link here)."

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Slightly Unhinged

I know my mind is betraying me when I start to think a face lift on just my right eyelid is a good idea.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

You Should Know

Time management is not my favorite, mostly because I'm really bad at it. Really. Bad. That is all.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sleepy Time

Clearly, the way I do weekends is all wrong. I'm more tired by the end than I was at the beginning.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Solemn Profession

I'm lucky to go to a lot of weddings, but the one this morning was different.
The young bride looked radiant, as always. She was given away by her family. She received a simple wedding ring, but she was also given a crown of thorns.
Today, on the feast of St. Kinga, Sister Mary Karolyn of Our Lady vowed her life to Christ as a cloistered Poor Clare nun. What a joy to witness such deep, faithful love!

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Whole Foods

If you spend enough time there, you start thinking your wardrobe could use a bit more tie-dye.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

For Sheila



Because I can't listen to a Jason Mraz song without thinking of you. 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Saints on Love

"The things that we love tell us what we are." ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas

"There is no place for selfishness — and no place for fear! Do not be afraid, then, when love makes demands. Do not be afraid when love requires sacrifice" ~ Blessed Pope John Paul II

"We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. ... If we love nothing, we become nothing." ~ St. Clare of Assisi

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Great Expectations

Sometimes I feel like every person I know needs a miracle.
Big or small.
Here we are, all of us, hoping and praying for something.
A shift. A change. A solution. A new path. An open door. A light at the end of the tunnel. Something.
Then I think, well, good thing I believe in miracles and good thing there are more than enough to go around.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Dreams

Some are good and some are bad.
Last night, I dreamt I had joined the military to pay for college, and I was being sent off to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Before fear woke me, I was trying to talk my way out of it, explain there had been some terrible misunderstanding.
It was the scariest dream I've had in a long time.
I am so grateful to those brave enough to serve.
They give so much of themselves for our country, for cowards like me who don't even have the courage to go to war in their dreams.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Love Your Veggies

I am not the best veggie eater, but Kaecey is. And lucky for us, she just started a food blog ~ Real Family Real Food. First thing I want to try is the Strawberry-Rhubarb Smoothie.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

On Marriage

I am surprised I don't hear this poem read more often at weddings. It is one of my favorites. I especially love the last three lines.

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.
~ Kahlil Gibran

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Simple Truths

Minal sent me an email and reminded me of this: Miracles are mysterious.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Like a Flower

They naturally bend toward the sun. In doing so, they show us the way. As much as we are able, as often as we can, we must stretch ourselves toward the light.

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I’m Back

You can find a whole explanation of what I’ve been up to over at Tired & Stuck. But if you are not into hearing about other people’s medical conditions, I advise you to skip it. 

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer Break

I'll be offline for the next few days, so go enjoy the sun!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Eight Legs

Two things:
1. I was at work for so many hours today that when I returned to my vehicle, a spider had spun its web across the driver's door. I was like, Spider, I don't know what you've heard, but this is not permanent real estate. You are going to need to relocate. He didn't take the hint until I opened the car door.
2. On Saturday night, I saw a huge, ugly spider in the bathroom mingling with my dirty laundry. It caught me by surprise and got away. The thought of it has been torturing me ever since, especially when I use that bathroom.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

On Patriotism

"Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own." ~Seneca, Roman philosopher

"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him."  ~Abraham Lincoln

"America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Independence

I wonder if the Founding Fathers would approve of me celebrating our nation's independence with some much needed retail therapy. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I'm convinced they wouldn't mind. I mean, is there anything more American than a great sale?

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

At The Pool

Oh My Gosh. I had no idea how fun pool parties were. Today was the big first birthday celebration for Miss Josie (last year's Fourth of July baby). And now that I know how awesome pool parties are, I'm going to want to go to one every day.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

July 1

Time to hit the restart button on 2011. And this year, Happy Half New Year falls on the solemnity of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. I'm going to try my best to remember this and fill the next six months with love.

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