Thursday, May 31, 2012

Trouble with the DMV

I realized this evening that my driver's license expires on Monday.
I feel as though this isn't something I should be expected to remember on my own. The DMV should have sent me a reminder.
The more I think about it, I distinctly remember this happening 5 years ago, only that time it took me until August to realize my license had expired.
Of course, maybe the DMV did send me a reminder. As it turns out, my weight isn't the only inaccurate information on my license. The address is wrong.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Graduation

(My mom, known to my friends as Mama Luc, known to her students as Mrs. Luc)
If I haven't mentioned it, my mom is a high school teacher. She is retiring this year. (Finally!)
Today, she was part of the graduation ceremony.
She wore a robe and read the names of students as they walked across the stage. She's done this many times before, but today was special.
Today, my dad, Jimmy, John and I made a point to be there, to see her standing on the stage, wearing her robe, reading the names.
I only wish someone had read my mom's name. I wanted the chance to scream like crazy as she walked across the stage.
Because today, it felt like it was her graduation, too.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rewriting

I'm taking aim at the phrase, "Good things come to those who wait."
How about, "Good things come to those who run toward their goals."

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Monday, May 28, 2012

R&R

The only problem with a super lazy, at-home Monday is then I want a super lazy, at-home Tuesday. It's kind of like giving a mouse a cookie.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Gifts

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." ~Galatians 5:22-24

Happy Pentecost!

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Yard Sale Sweetness

I helped a friend with her yard sale today. (No experience necessary + absolutely great people watching.) I'm not sure which I liked more: The neighborhood kids who kept coming back with all their change to buy gifts for their siblings or the older gentleman who purchased the DVD "Return to Me" and a curling iron for his wife.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

A Type of Hug

Let's wrap our actions in love.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

(Un)Inspired

Blah ... Blank ... (I can't even think of a third word to describe it).

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Summer Traditions

How will you be celebrating the sunny days between Memorial and Labor?
(I want to steal your ideas.)

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bring On The Good

A dear friend called Monday with a joyful announcement.
Another darling texted Tuesday with happy news.
We're talking life-changing events on both counts!
So, I say let's make it a streak and go for a week.
I'll be expecting your call tomorrow.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Editing Stories

If we are going to distill things down to what matters, let's edit in moments that went right, filled us with joy, and exceeded our imagination. I'm not saying we completely omit the parts that are difficult or disappointing. But we wouldn't be hurting anything if we wrote ourselves a happy ending.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

"A" Effort

"A" effort is a new theme in my life. It goes like this: Do your very best, your "A" effort, even though nobody is giving you a grade.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

No Promises

First I was put on the waiting list.
Then I texted Erin, who sent me an invitation.
Now I have my very own pinterest account.
Since I'm notoriously bad at keeping up with social media, I'm making no promises that I'll be any good at this.
But if you're interested, me and my 4 pins can be found here.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Dating Game Confession

Apparently, as my mom admitted tonight, when she was single and living in LA, she and her friends auditioned to be on "The Dating Game."
They were each interviewed separately and asked to answer sample questions from the show.
None of them were chosen. (I'm pretty sure their responses weren't quite saucy enough.)
"I've known your mother for almost 39 years and this is the first time I've ever heard this story," my dad said in disbelief.
Personally, I like the idea of sharing more than half my life with someone and still having something new to learn.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Rough Thursday

Bad moods kill creativity. That is all.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Your Six-Word Memoir

Sometimes, for fun, I like to think up six-word memoirs. I haven't decided on one, mostly because the thought of declaring a six-word memoir seems so definitive. Maybe I need to think of them as six-word sentences instead. In which case, I have one for you.

Fill in the blank:
Life is ____ than I thought.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Man in the Arena

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."  

~Theodore Roosevelt, from the speech "Citizenship in a Republic" given in Paris, France, on April 23, 1910.

If you did the homework I assigned yesterday, you heard this quote. The last line gives me chills. My dear friends, let's not be among the "cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." 

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Shame & Vulnerability

I have a homework assignment for you.
Watch this. Then this.
Optional extra credit: Tell me what you think.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Lucky

I didn't wake up feeling particularly lucky today.
But as I sat in Mass with John and my parents, it hit me. Of the four of us, I am the only one lucky enough to still have my mom.
If it's not clear from this blog, I have an amazing mom and dad and husband and family and friends.
Truly, I am blessed.

Happy Mother's Day to all who mother in their own special way!

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Jigsaw

Have you ever stared at a thousand puzzle pieces and waited for them to put themselves together?
Probably not.
When we open a puzzle box, we instinctively know what to do even though we don't have a clue where all the pieces go.
We scatter them across the table. We flip them all face up. We start with the corners and the edges and we group together pieces we think go together even though we can't be sure if we're right.
Then we work.
We take on the tedious task of trial and error, and we do that until the job is done.
Puzzles don't put themselves together.
And that's what life is ~ a big, giant puzzle with lots of tiny pieces needing someone to put it together.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Elderflower Miracle

The life of St. Germain was described as "nothing but a string of miracles."
As if that wasn't enough, his name is honored with the miracle of this French liqueur.
St-Germain is made from delicate hand-picked flowers, perfect for dessert and exactly the kind of drink my friend Kasia would adore. I like it, too.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Catching Up

John was reading over my shoulder as I was cleaning out my hotmail account. "Amy has a new email address?" he asked.
"No, that was from 2009."

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Disappearing

I swear we bought enough for the year, but I don't think the Easter candy is going to last that long.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Warmer

Something about the earth spinning closer to the sun makes me feel like I'm being pulled in the right direction. Like I'm getting warmer.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Chitchat

None of us knew who was on the other end of my mom's phone call.
After listening to her half of the conversation for awhile, my dad speculated, "It's entirely possible that was a wrong number."

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Buoyancy

I don't remember learning how to tread water. It just seems like something I've always known how to do. But it takes a considerable amount of energy to stay in the same place, which is why it is so much better to float.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Moon

My friends mentioned that tonight the full moon will be the closest to the earth all year. As a result, there is a gorgeous bright light hanging low in the sky.
Would it be a coincidence that on the same night I happen to read this post? I think not.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Politics

"Do you think the election is going to be a cliffhanger?" John asked me this morning on our way into work.
I thought about it for a second and then began to give him my sincere opinion about the upcoming national election. His laughter interrupted me.
"On Parks and Rec," he clarified. "Do you think the election on Parks and Rec is going to be a cliffhanger?"
"Oh. Yes. Definitely."

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Groundhog Day

"No. I don't know what you should blog," says the amazing husband.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday

It feels somewhat magical to make it through mid-week.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Worker

May is for Mary and for mothers. On the first of the month, I think of crowns of flowers being given to both. Fittingly, it is also for workers ~ for all of us who strive to get the job done.

St. Joseph the Worker, pray for us!

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