Friday, February 27, 2015

7 Quick Takes of Randomness to infinity & beyond....

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1.  Some music for your Friday:  Come as You Are by David Crowder, I keep listening to it to remind myself that all the pain and sorrow and suffering in this world can be laid down at the foot of the Cross and He's got this for all of us.

2. A few things I've laid down at the Cross today, job situations for my children, numerous family/friends who are sick or have ill family members, First Penance at work tonight, Rachel's Vineyard retreat in our diocese this weekend, and fortitude for myself.  If you'd like, pray a Memorare for all those intentions and know that I've prayed for you as well.  

3.  I did a webinar last night on using social media in ministry.  It's a bit disconcerting to speak to a laptop, forward slides, and never see a face.

4.  I scare myself on the days I try to use my office key for my house and house key for my office.  They are totally different keys, one is round-ish and silver, they other square-ish and gold.  What's even worse is when I try to open my front door by pushing my car remote.  Have you ever done that?  No need to answer, but wow, it's freaky!

5.  How is your Lent going?  I did not make any big plans and it turns out I was right in doing this, life has been throwing me enough curve balls.  I keep praying and focusing on trying to do the right thing and moving forward.  By God's grace, it's working.

6.  Sorry I'm so all over the place.  I'm doing laundry while I'm writing. I also need to tidy up "my room".  I still have not come up with a good name for my room, my space  I use it for so many purposes:  a quiet place to pray and read, an office, a sewing and craft room, , My cousin suggested "studio" but that doesn't seem to fit.  I used "woman cave" for a while but I don't like that much. 

7.  How about another song? It's an old favorite of mine, especially appropriate for Lent




Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thoughts on the drive in

I drive about thirty minutes each day to work. Not my longest commute but certainly not my shortest. Sometimes I talk to friends, sometimes I pray, sometimes I listen to the radio.  Often my mind wanders as the sights on the road catch my eye.

Today I noticed a bumper sticker, "mykiddidsomethingright"; is that really so noteworthy you need a bumper sticker?  Or are you being snarky in response to the "My Child is on the Honor Roll" bumper stickers?

See lipstick, it works.  No, that's not from this morning
Ever since it was suggested to me to keep tweezers in the car I am amazed I lasted until this age without thinking I should do that.  Oh wait, I never really needed them before I became this age!

I feel sorry for men; they can't wear lipstick to brighten up on those mornings when you look like you didn't sleep.  And on the topic of make-up; when you are tired, (IMO) more make-up makes you look worse, not better.  And that blue eye-liner trick, I think it works.

I want to believe I can wake up without caffeine, but some mornings I am deluding myself.  I feel sorry on those mornings for people who try to interact with me in a meaningful way before 10:00 a.m. Today was one of those mornings.

If I had more time, I could write more and better posts.  Not more better, mind you, because that's poor grammar.


Friday, February 13, 2015

7 Quick Takes to show I am here

1.  I've started telling my friends I am in the witness protection program since I have been pretty invisible lately.  I'm visible in the virtual world, but not in real life not so  much.  And as much as I love social media and all that fun stuff, I need people, people.  I am an Extrovert. Not sure how this has happened or how to fix it.  But I must fix it before I start answering the voices in my head.  If I were not seeing people because I was holed up somewhere reading awesome books and writing and sewing that would be wonderful.  Sadly, that is not the case.

2.  We did get to go to a wedding a month ago which was very nice and relaxing.  It involved a short road trip to Tallahassee.  We saw the capital, which I had never seen before and we've lived here thirty years.

3.  I'm reading two books, The Shattered Lantern by Fr. Ronald  Rolheiser (non-fiction)  and The Accidental Marriage by Roger B. Thomas (fiction).  Both are equally hard to put down once I start.  The big problem with the Rolheiser book is I keep wanting to stop and tell someone "see, it;s not just me, other people have this same burning desire inside to do more" and "I'm not crazy". I feel like he is in my head.  Thankfully,last night I had dinner with my friend who recommended the book and we talked about it.  I'm reading The Accidental Marriage for an upcoming book club at CatholicMom, so stay tuned for more on that news as it unfolds.

4.  We have visitors from the north this month.  My nephew is here now and my niece is coming Sunday.  They are staying mostly with my parents, but I'm spending today at the outlet mall with my nephew and Monday is a holiday so I'll spend the day my niece.  The weather here is cool, really too cool for swimming but as Michael pointed out there is no snow and he can wear shorts so it's good for him!

5.  Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday.  I know you probably know this.  I have a favor to ask that will help all parish employees all over America.  Starting on Monday, at least once a day, post the times for Masses, Ash Distribution, whatever your parish is doing that Wednesday so that all your friends will see it and  not call the parish office.  I have posted it on the website, on Facebook, in the bulletin, sent out via electronic newsletter and it will be announced at Mass.  And people will call and they will get upset if they miss getting ashes and if I offer to give them ashes in the office they'd rather the priest.  Every now and then, when I just can't take one more person being mad at me over ashes, I gently tell them it is not a Holy Day of Obligation and ashes are not mandatory.  Hey, it's true. 

6.  And speaking of Lent, as you consider what your plans are, don't hesitate to stretch yourself and grow.  Why?  Take a look at this post from Marianna Bartholomew, Third World Penances Should stir First World Souls   If you want some links all together about Lent, here is the page I put together for work.  

7. and there you have it!

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Friday, January 9, 2015

7 Quick Takes - Happy New Year!

I've been writing these in my head since last night,  It's just been that kind of a day and I didn't even go to work!

1.  What seems like forever ago I started my husband's alb.  And it was finally finished by the time he needed it and not really a moment sooner.  I was happy to be done with it.  Oh, did I say done with it?  Well, I suppose I was DONE with it, but it wasn't done with me.  After a few wearings and comparing it to the other albs men were wearing around the altar, I determined it was too short.  There was no way around it; something needed to be done.  Last night the SOMETHING was finally  accomplished.  If you know how to sew, I beg you,  do not look closely, If you think sewing is akin to making puff pastry or painting a masterpiece or flying to the moon, go ahead and look and be amazed.  And, honey, I love you and am so very proud of you and this journey you are on, but another alb from my hands is not in your future.

2.  It passed the laundry test!  Yea. You know, with really special pieces of clothing, so not that often, I get nervous that the clothes I make will fall apart in the washing machine.The alb is okay; washed quite well and needed minimal ironing.  It was not easy ironing an alb which is 5 1/2 feet long.  It may be longer than that, since now it is almost ankle length.   I'm not making this up, my husband is tall, very tall, as in 6'5" tall. Are you done listening to me blather about this alb?  I'm done talking about it, again, for the last time.

3.  I set a few goals for myself this year, the most important in regard to prayer.  So far, it is working out in a most excellent manner.  The other big one is to stop saying yes automatically.  I was good at it with our children, but I seem to have lost the skill once I stopped using it regularly.  I hope to recapture it soon.

4.  Check lists, to-do lists, packing lists, book lists, lists of lists - love them all.  However, lately I've forgotten to look at my lists so stuff is falling into an abyss and I find myself back-tracking and putting out fires.  Not a fun way to start the year.  Need to make the lists and then use the lists.  I think that's key.

5.  The other day Trip Adivisor sent me an email with the subject line, "Deanna, You need a vacation"  How did they know?

6.  The rational part of my brain is saying "finish these takes and go to bed."  The other part of my brain is saying, "stay up and work on those lists".  The question is, is that the irrational part of my brain, the hard working part, the crazy part, the part that really hopes the iced coffee at 5 pm was decaf or the fun part?

7.  I went to the gym today and a mom was nursing her son on the couch in the locker room.  So sweet and I thought, "wouldn't it be nice to have a baby again?"  I LOL'd in my head.

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