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Special intention list for the weekend:
For those who suffer from allergies of all kinds… may your hay fever never be confused as a cold so no one will shake hands with you during the sign of peace. 🙂
For marriage and the sanctity of life in the United States
We had a big discussion at work today about how to make my job just the tiniest bit less stressful.
I hope some things change here.
When we’re putting together the paper on Tuesdays, I get so frustrated because I am doing everything.
Our managing editor lays out the pages. After he prints them, I read them (one of three reads). After they get three reads, I “send” them over for production. After I send them, I post EVERY article online with EVERY photo.
It’s a lot of work.
It’s a lot of stuff passing over my desk going in eight million directions at once.
Add on to that I got hit with hay fever hard this week and I still write some of my articles on Tuesday mornings.
This next week, I’ll have someone else shadowing me to see how the online stuff works and then she’ll be taking over that part.
That, I hope, will relieve some of the stress and frustration.
It’s been raining since Monday morning.
I’m glad because we had drought conditions all last year and we really didn’t get that much snow, though it seemed like we did.
This rain is a big catch up for our farms and fields and trees. Which is great.
But it’s rainy and cold and wet and not sunny.
I feel like I’m in a Dr. Seuss book.
I wanted to wear a skirt this week. Not happening. I can only hope that I’ll see the sun again someday….
Hopefully while I’m in Arizona next week!
Yay, I can’t wait to go. Arizona. Imagine.
I’ve never been. It’ll be good.
We’re also heading to San Diego, so I’ll see that as well.
Grand Canyon. Star gazing. All of it.
We’re flying. It’s kind of a trip from Wisconsin out there.
I was in adoration yesterday, talking to my guardian angel.
I feel like the more I talk to him/her, the more it feels right to do so.
I hope he/she’s listening.
Otherwise that would just be weird 😉
I have this weekend off and I plan to do nothing except a little warm weather shopping for the Arizona trip and some cooking.
I made cookie bars on Wednesday because I wanted something sweet for my hay fever. I burnt them.
Not too badly, but enough that I didn’t eat the whole pan at once.
Which, in the end, is a good thing.
I used to iron my sheets. Have you ever done that?
It’s nice to have the edges all smoothed out. Crisp.
I plan to do that when I change the sheets this weekend.
I have a few shirts that need a hot iron, too.
I never used to iron my clothes. I didn’t care.
Now, I care. And I don’t really like wearing jeans to work. I like dressing up.
I like doing my hair nicely and sometimes wearing make up (which I’ll do again when it stops raining).
I read a blog post somewhere some time that us girls, we can do that. We can look nice.
We can look nice and still be modest.
We don’t have to be super frilly or bouncy to be beautiful, and we don’t have to be sloppy to be modest.
There is a point where those two meet.
It’s not a Victoria’s Secret, I know that.
We can have nice, pretty things, but we don’t need to show off to be beautiful.
I guess that’s what I’m trying to say.
We can feel good about ourselves without being showy.
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I think I mentioned this steeple chase last week… during the quick takes? Maybe.
Anyway, here are some shaky, unedited photos from some of the churches we went to. I hope I have them labeled correctly. It was kind of a whirlwind event.
St. Josephat. Oh look. My finger. Oops.
The beauty and the scale and the height… so much to take in. It was amazing. There were FOUR side altars! Four!!
And check out those stations of the Cross… in Latin!
Here’s another photo of the ceiling. See what I was trying to say before.
The detail and passion of the craftsmen are obvious in the work. Beautiful.
And a simple cross outside the main church. Still beautiful.
Oh, and this is a blessing from John Paul I. Yes, one. Awesome.
From the School Sisters of St. Francis’ St. Joseph Chapel:
Again with the wonderful open space.
Our priestly tour guide said he used to pray while watching this statue when he was in the seminary.
The Adoration altar.
The most important part, the center…
From the relics chapel:
Hundreds of relics… labeled in Latin. So beautiful.
Then we went to the Cathedral… and I took two dark photos. Sorry.
Then we went to the St. Joan of Arc chapel at Marquette. Beautiful and quiet and peaceful. And I didn’t take any pictures because we had the most wonderful Mass I’ve been to in a long time.
If you get the chance to do one of these… do it. Just do it. Or go around to the churches in one of your bigger cities. So wonderful.
Today is my 26th Birthday! If you have been following along, I already celebrated yesterday a little with funny cat videos (isn’t that what the Internet is for?) and making cookie chocolate cookie mousse cake thing last night.
a piece two pieces for breakfast. Don’t judge me haha. It was AMAZING. Everything I thought it would be and more. Perfect cookie layer on the bottom, smooth thick creamy chocolate in the center and fluffy coffee frosting on the top. Wow. I was pretty impressed with myself. Which is a great way to spend a birthday morning while watching My Boys on Netflix.
I also said the Guardian Angel prayer when I was brushing my teeth (there’s a lot of sugar in that cookie thing). That was nice. I mean, I said it in my head, not out loud. What a sweet way to concentrate on God, instead of just the mundane task, though.
We’re actually getting rid of our Netflix account later this month, so I’m trying to watch the rest of that series, though I know I watched most of it when it aired originally. The main character is a reporter, so I relate highly to the show. I love her, too.
My boyfriend and I are meeting up tonight for a secret, surprise event to celebrate my birthday. He told me to bring long, thin socks. Interesting.
Also, because it’s my birthday, I gave up brewed coffee today instead of meat just in case we’re going out for steak or something. Which wouldn’t explain the socks, but I’ll go with that. Steak. Yes, please.
I tried to go to Mass this morning. I was even early enough for Rosary! But… the doors were locked. I just wanted to go to Mass on my Birthday. C’mon! So I trolled around the Archdiocese website and found a few tonight close to wherever the secret, surprise event is. So I’ll be going to a new Parish for Mass, that’ll be twice this month!
The snow is beautiful here. It may take more time to get everywhere through it, but I guess most people are more patient. I try to be more patient at least. Take your time and relax already. It’s beautiful, enjoy it.
Lastly, I have a hearing today at the courthouse for work. Law & Order baby. You’re on. It always makes me want to check out LSAT prep books from the library… even though I know I can’t afford to even take the test, let alone go to law school right now. Some day.
God bless. 🙂
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Something beautiful happened to me.
Actually, it happens at random intervals. Something I hear or I read something that just hits me right to the core.
A few days (weeks?) ago I read Paragraph 682 from the Catechism. Wow.
Here it is:
When he comes at the end of time to judge the living and the dead, the glorious Christ will reveal the secret disposition of hearts and will render to each man according to his acceptance or refusal of grace.
Christ will RENDER TO EACH MAN ACCORDING TO HIS ACCEPTANCE OR REFUSAL OF GRACE. Wow.
We’ll be judged on how we accept God’s grace. How beautifully put.
It made me think, am I refusing Christ’s grace? Am I disbelieving in his power to forgive? Do I believe but not accept?
I know I’m unworthy. I know that I’m a sinner. But I can still accept the grace. I have to accept it. Fully accept it and thank God for it.
Don’t turn away from things that jump out at you like this.
Write them down, keep them in mind. Remember them. These quotes really get to to the heart of our faith.
I am that person…
in the office that is getting super excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up!
I mean, come on! Why not be happy about it? It’s a glorious time of year.
We celebrate the day Christ came to us through Mary. And praise God for that.
OSV (Our Sunday Visitor) has a great list of ways to “stay joyous” during Advent and Christmas. I love it.
My first big idea
is to sneak into work EXTRA early on St. Nicholas Day and put a sock with candy coins in on everyone’s desk.
How cute and fun right! And it’s not going to create a mess or take a ton of work. But it will be fun, and not that costly. There are only 16 of us in the office. So 8 pairs of socks (I have to give myself one, so it looks like St. Nick came to all of us haha) and so candy coins.
Toooooo excited about this.
My second big idea
is already underway, too.
I have a list of gifts for everyone in the office… mostly really simple things, and I’ve found most of them at Goodwill already. Nothing that looks trashy or cheaply made, though.
So I’m going to come in early (or late, depending) and decorate the office before we leave for Christmas with my miniature tree and everyone’s gift wrapped.
I am even going to put up lights for this. So that will take some work… and a little bit of extra money.
I can’t believe how excited and happy I am about it, though. It’s just making me absolutely giddy like a little kid planning a surprise.
How are your holiday plans coming?
My family isn’t doing a traditional Thanksgiving meal together this year, our work schedules are just not conducive to that.
We’ll be having appetizers at my mom’s Thursday night, probably. That’s still not for sure.
Thankfully, I am not getting stressed by my lack of concrete plans this year. It’s just not worth the hassle.
I need to remember what it’s really about and be grateful I get to see my family.
I will probably be quitting this blog entirely soon.
Like I’ve said in earlier posts, it’s just not the kind of writing I need to be focusing on right now.
I always dread planning the posts I’m going to write each week… but once I get writing it’s OK.
And, of course, I appreciate the comments and likes and follows I’ve gotten. It’s so nice to know there are other people who relate and understand.
I’m sure I’ll be back on the Internet at some point in the future, but this “experiment” just isn’t at the right point in my life.
This girl has stories to write, novels to dream about and photos to take.
Oh, and prayers to pray!
But, for now, I’ll be around. Probably until December starts.