Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodnight, 2012

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu
Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu

I'm glad to go, I cannot tell a lie
I flit, I float, I fleetly flee, I fly
The sun has gone to bed and so must I

~The Sound of Music


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Year End

I'm not sure it's a good idea to celebrate New Year's so close to Christmas. I mean, we still have a bunch of holiday treats that need to be eaten before anyone can start their 2013 resolutions.


Saturday, December 29, 2012


It's lit and decorated, and it's only 4 days after Christmas.
Also, it's real, which guarantees it will be down before Easter.


Thursday, December 27, 2012


It takes so much more courage to practice than one would think.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Second Day of Christmas

The really good thing about Christmas is that we celebrate it for 12 days. This is especially great when you decide to buy a Christmas tree on the 24th, and it remains bare on the 26th.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Day

Since we go to Mass on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day is becoming more and more relaxed. My mom said the dress code is pajamas.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve & Technical Difficulties

My parents host a ravioli feast every year on Christmas Eve.
The menu is relatively simple: wine, antipasto, raviolis from La Villa, an assortment of Christmas cookies and treats, along with my brother's homemade liquor-soaked fruitcake.
After a couple hours of eating, we go to Christmas Mass.
It's our Christmas Eve tradition, and it's a lot of fun.

This year, my dad printed the following notice for their guests:

Sunday December 23, 2012, 8 am   
Casa di Amore, Lucarotti’s Restroom Guide 

Due to technical difficulties, the following rules will be followed:

You may use the laundry room potty. You may not wash your hands in the laundry room sink.

You may use the hall bathroom sink to wash your hands but you may not use the hall bathroom potty to go potty.

You may use the master bathroom sink to wash your hands but you may not use the master bathroom potty to go potty.

You may use the kitchen sink to wash your hands but not to go potty.

You may not use ANY sink, bathtub or shower to go potty. This includes the sink by the garden shed. 

We will supply a shovel if you wish to enjoy nature and walk to the park to go potty. 

Thank you,
Jim and Carla

Sunday December 23, 2012 1500 hrs, or 3 pm
Bathrooms fixed, bucket under sink in laundry room. Help yourself, if you dare.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Eve of Christmas Eve

I have a long history of last minuteness. But after spending two days stuck in shopping-plaza traffic, I've decided the days leading up to Christmas must be reserved for staying at home.
No sane person belongs out in that madness, especially when it's raining.
So after years of resisting, I am ready to fully embrace the modern miracle known as Amazon.
I might even try to have my groceries delivered.


Saturday, December 22, 2012


The priest gave me one question to think about, "Ask yourself, 'In this moment, what gives the most glory to God?'"

There's one more day of advent. Let's make it count.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Break

Five days to celebrate. Yes!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Sweetest Christmas Story

If you are feeling a little bah humbug, this precious retelling of the nativity is sure to bring you Christmas cheer.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Deadline Extension Request

John assures me it's OK that my Christmas shopping is not yet done.
"No one expects presents from you on time anyway," he reasons.
Yes, I'm pretty sure that's exactly how my college professors felt when it came to my papers, too.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Love Letters

Sometimes someone sends you a Christmas card. The same Christmas card they sent to everyone on their list. But it arrives on just the right day, at just the perfect time, and you know it's not a coincidence. It's a message meant for you.

In the mail today:

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." ~Romans 15:13

(Thanks, Kylie! You're an angel.)


Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Spirit

My mom and I baked approximately 515 cookies this weekend. 
I'm not exaggerating. And every last one is gone.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Gaudete Sunday

"Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice in the Lord always.
I shall say it again: rejoice!
Your kindness should be known to all.
The Lord is near.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.

Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
~Philippians 4:4-7

I'm needing to bold, underline and italicize lately. (Not for your sake, but mine.) I just cannot be reminded enough that God wants us to "have no anxiety at all."


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Carrying On

Today, we baked cookies, ran errands, went to a party.
All the while, we were thinking about the Sandy Hook heroes and the very different day their loved ones were having.
We talked and cried about the many acts of bravery in response to one man's act of evil.
My brother Jimmy said, "There's still more good people than bad."
It was the best thing I heard all day.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Silent Night

As our hearts continue to break with every new detail of today's tragedy, let our response be love. Love. Love. Love. And prayers for deep healing and peace.

Sandy Hook, words cannot express our sorrow. 


Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's Complicated

That's the official status for my relationship with deadlines.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Many years ago, my Grandma Jo made a deal with Our Lady of Guadalupe. I like to think that as a result, I was born.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Play Big

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. 
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? 
Actually, who are you not to be? 
You are a child of God.  
Your playing small does not serve the world. 
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. 
We are all meant to shine, as children do. 
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. 
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. 
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. 
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
~Marianne Williamson


Monday, December 10, 2012

Weekend Review

Every year, I try to not plan anything during the month of December. I find the month arrives jam-packed all on its own. And by not planning anything, I end up with weekends that look like this.
Friday night: Party.
Saturday night: Party.
Sunday night: Dinner with my parents (always a party).
Good thing I clear my calendar in advance. Only three weekends left to the New Year. Cheers!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Naughty or Nice

Just remember, somebody is watching.
And he knows if you've been bad or good.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012


I'm starting to brainstorm for the New Year because it really is one of my favorite things. Top of the list for 2013: Figure out how to implement my brilliant plans. 


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Status Update

John felt it was important I let you know I have not yet had a nervous breakdown as of this Fourth day of December. Of course, as he points out, there's a lot of December left.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Taking Risks

My least favorite part of a project is when I feel like it's going to fail.
My brain wakes me up in the middle of the night to sing me a song. The song really doesn't have words, just emotions. But if those emotions had words, they would say, "Everything you do fails because you are a failure and a bad human being."
Cheerful, right?
One of my favorite parts of a project is when I've actually done the work, and it's no longer only an idea. The more work I do, the more optimistic I feel. The project might not turn out perfectly, but it won't be the disaster I dread.
The challenge is surviving the fear to get to the hope.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Happy Advent

Advent is about waiting. And the more years I live, the more I think all of life is about waiting.
If we are all waiting for something, then it doesn't matter so much what we are waiting for.
It matters how well we wait.
So, let's try to not die of fright or let our hearts become drowsy from the anxieties of daily life.
Jesus said to his disciples:
"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.

"Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy

from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man."


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Dear December,

Please be gentle and joyous and full of good surprises.



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