Saturday, July 2, 2016

Writing Challenge - Day 7

Day Seven: Five Pet Peeves

  1. People who don't put things back where they belong or who leave lights on when they don't need to be.
  2. Racists, homophobes, body shamers, smokers and Republicans.
  3. Slow drivers, tailgaters, and people who don't use turning signals.
  4. When someone asks a question I've clearly answered in an e-mail that was sent less than 24 hours ago.
  5. People who feel the need to raise their voice in regular every day conversations, people who are not respectful of their parents or elders in general, and family who try to run your life.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Writing Challenge - Day 6

Day Six: Your views on mainstream music.

I like a wide variety of music. There are some songs on the radio that I enjoy but mostly I listen to playlists on my iPhone. I've always been a legal purchaser of music - I do not want to know how much money I've spent in iTunes!

It is my belief that all the good songs have already been written and all the good stories have already been told. I feel like I was born in the wrong era (who doesn't?) and wish I could have seen Elvis or the Beatles live.

Side note: my most favorite songs are (There Will Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me) by Elvis Presley, Somebody to Love by Queen, and Blackbird by the Beatles.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Writing Challenge - Day 5

Day Five: Things you want to say to an ex.

Yes, so I cheated at writing today. But, honestly, this is the most accurate depiction.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Writing Challenge - Day 4

Day Four: Bullet your whole day.

  • Alarm goes off at 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, and 6:00 am before I my feet touch the ground
  • Find clothing, put in contact lenses, use bathroom
  • Curl hair
  • Wake up Hailey, send her to bathroom, set clothes out for her
  • Get dressed
  • Brush teeth
  • Make-up
  • Out the door
  • At work, lovely co-worker brings breakfast for Hailey
  • Take Hailey to her day camp
  • Work
  • Work
  • Work
  • Work
  • Work
  • Meeting
  • Lunch
  • Work
  • Work
  • Work
  • Conference call
  • Lock-up building
  • Pick-up Hailey from babysitter
  • Home
  • Dishes
  • Dinner
  • Relax
  • TV
  • Read
  • Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat
  • Blog!
  • Bed :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Writing Challenge - Day 3

Day Three - a book you love.

Spoiler warning(s)!

I'm a Catholic; have been my whole life. This book, while complete fiction, is a humorous and heartfelt way for me to fill in the "missing" years in the life of Jesus. I love it so much that I re-read it every year during Lent before Easter.

The entire HP series is basically tattooed on my soul but this one... This is the first book I can remember causing me actual physical pain. The sheer joy I felt when Harry had his chance at a real family with Sirius and then the absolutely heartache when that was taken away from him (and in OotP even more so!) It's the kind of soul crushing that stays with you forever. I get little heart squeezes when I think about this book.

The first time I read this was, I think, in eighth grade and it changed my life. This book paints a completely realistic picture of the hardships endured by everyday kids. You really feel Charlie's joy, anxiety, pain... I made all my friends read this book.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Writing Challenge - Day 2

Day Two: Something you feel strongly about.

Liars. My mother has literally said all my life that you go to hell for lying. And it is something I've taken to heart.

I have been lied to about big things on more than one occasion. Lies have broken me.

I don't understand how someone can lie about something so big and not feel bad at all about it.

Trust is a hard thing for me to give to people now.

But, liar... it takes one to know one.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Writing Challenge - Day 1

Day One: Five ways to win your heart.

1. Love my daughter. Love me. Love us as a unit.

2. Take me to a bookstore and tell me I can get whatever I want. Don't give me a time limit.

3. Go on an adventure with me.

4. Love my quirky traits. The obsessions: tea, books, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, the internet, etc. etc. etc.

5. Keep the smile on my face.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday

Even now, says the LORD, / return to me with your whole heart, / with fasting, and weeping, and mourning. / Rend your hearts, not your garments, / and return to the LORD, your God.  / For gracious and merciful is he, / slow to anger, rich in kindness, / and relenting in punishment. 
- JOEL 2:12

"So, what are you giving up for Lent?" - this is the question that I am asked every year. For 2016, I challenged my 4th graders in religious ed with the question, "What will you give God for these 40 days?"

I was happily surprised by their answers which included daily prayer, more kindness, less fighting with parents, among many others.

I think it's more important to think about what this Lenten season means. Jesus gave up his life for us. How should we honor that? Is it going to mean more that I don't drink pop for 40 days, or is it going to be more meaningful for me to commit to praying the Rosary every night?

What do you think?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Oppression, burdens, and things that are heavy

What weighs you down? Is it stress? Anxiety? The physical weight of your body? It is my opinion that everyone is carrying around excess weight in their lives - whether it be physical or mental.

It's probably hard for you to think of these things in such powerful terms as burden or oppression, but let's take a look at what those two words actually mean:

burden n.
2. that which is borne with difficulty; obligation; onus

oppression n.
1. the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
4. the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc.

Burden is, I think, a common term used to define many common problems: doing the dishes, picking up after yourself or your children, sometimes going to work. However, I've also seen it used, probably more appropriately, to describe depression, anxiety, body image, and other mental health situations. Sometimes we feel ourselves as burdens to others. "I am not physically fit enough to run around the park with my daughter. I am such a burden to her." Or -- and as a eighteen year old new mom -- I know I sometimes felt like my beautiful baby girl was a burden on my life. Of course, she wasn't and still isn't - but I have to be honest. I had awful post-partum depression. I felt my baby was a burden to me and that I was a burden to her and my entire family. The definition of burden doesn't specify what it is that is "borne with difficulty" only that is is "onus". We can place the definition of burden on whatever we bear with great difficulty. It is okay to feel that way.

Most likely you associate the word oppression with situations like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement, such as what is described in the first definition of oppression. Yet, if you look at number four, it can be a "feeling of being heavily burdened". We are oppressing ourselves - whether by choice or design. Somehow we need to free ourselves from this oppression.

In today's entry for Grace Filled Days, John says this:

His commandments are not burdensome. - 1 John 5:3

Excerpt from Jessica's personal section: Jesus is not an oppressor or a captor. He does not ask the impossible. Okay, so sometimes it might seem impossible at first. But he will make a way, because he is a liberator, a healer, and he brings freedom and peace. His tidings are glad, and his commandment is love.

Many turn to the Church to help with our personal burdens. However, there are others that feel that organized religion is oppressive with "too many rules". Listen to John's words... 
His commandments are not burdensome. You can open up your heart and clear your head when you live like Jesus and follow God's commandments. Though it may seem difficult, you must have hope that it is the right path.

I feel like I rambled quite a bit and that maybe this didn't make sense. But, I feel better, personally, after having written it.

Thank goodness it's Thursday.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

The year ahead, in mores and lesses

It's a few minutes before three in the morning and I just can't fall asleep. Granted, I haven't tried very hard - but I can't seem to switch of my brain tonight (this morning? time is a weird thing).

It's, technically, New Years Day 2016. Most everyone takes this as a time to reevaluate their lives, decide what needs staying and what needs going. The whole "new year, new me" thing - catchy, irritating, and will most likely not see the end of January. However, I too have developed my own personal list of things that I'd like to see happen in my ideal 2016 - I'm calling it my "More & Less List".

-Positive thinking
-Community Service
-Hailey time

-Negative thought processes
-Keeping things in

We shall see, I hope, how this progresses. I'm in a weird brain space about it being the first day of a new year and having it fall on a Friday. In my ideal it would be January 1 on a Sunday.

Also, again this year, for being a catechist, I was gifted "A Book of Grace-Filled Days"by Jessica Mesman Griffith. If I feel like it, I shall be putting in a little blurb about the day. First one*:

As proof that you are children, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God - Galatians 4:6-7

Excerpt from Jessica's personal section - Remember today all you stand to inherit. Don't squander your freedom.

What I take from this: God gave us Jesus to save us from ourselves. He knew that we would do wrong, but gave us a wonderful way to gain forgiveness. If we think daily about all the things we will get by inheriting the kingdom, we would be able to live more meaningful lives. Less selfish, more giving. Don't take things for granted.

*Just realized this book began on the first day of the Liturgical Year - which is Advent - November 29. Wow... I'm way behind. Also, I should have known this, really. Am I a bad Catholic???

Happy New Year, all.