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Where have I been?
writing, reading, book club, baking, finding a new apartment (not finding a new apartment yet), running, finishing C25K, running a 5K, training for a 4-mile run in August, watching, growing, planting, weeding, on the lake… it’s been busy.
I’ve been doing summer like I’ve always wanted to do summer. I’m the tannest I’ve been since I was a kid because I’m spending so much time out side – weeding the garden, reading, working.
I like it. I like being outside. I like being in the garden, I like dirt under my nails.
It’s been great so far.
I have also been trying to get back into writing some fiction.
I was going to submit to a competition last month… and I didn’t. I just couldn’t get around to doing a final edit after I had my boss read it.
I’ve been busy in the good sense of the word.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on here, but I’ve started a tumblr blog for all my fitness/running/health stuff.
I am by no means a super-fit or healthy person. I have a huge sweet tooth and I love peanut butter M&Ms. It happens.
If you’re into twitter and not so important ramble, check me out at jaderuns.tumblr.com. Or don’t. I’ll be OK.
Mostly it’s just to keep me accountable.
I want to make sure I’m running and doing the things I want to do.
I’m moving at the end of the month… still haven’t found a place, but I’m set on leaving where I’m currently at.
This will keep me away from the blog for a while yet still.
I just don’t consider this my priority.
After the move, my budget priorities are a new bed then a new computer… but I might have to suck it up and get a (new used) car first.
so a computer may be way in the future.
I just don’t have a lot of time to write blog posts at work.
And really, I just want to write and research for my posts at home with good coffee. 🙂
Pajamas not vital but good.
In other news Pope John Paul II is becoming (is?) a saint! wooooohooo! too awesome.
maybe this is important, I have been at my current news writing job for a year and three days today (Friday).
This is less important, I am going to buy a swimsuit and go swimming in my lake soon.
This month. There. I said it, I’m accountable for that. It should happen.
Here’s a photo.
To be honest, I edited this photo… there was a guy on a jetski in the middle.
Have a great weekend!
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I just realized it’s a month to the day since I last posted. My apologies!
Here’s the day-late list of what I read in March, online and in 3-D.
I will not admit to not scanning some of these articles.
Crossing the Most Dangerous Line: How some bioethicists undermine human value: http://www.apologeticalliance.com/blog/2013/03/03/bioethics-human-value/
Amazed by Wonder:
In Francis, the Catholic Church has a Pope for life:
If Atheists Exist, God Does Not?:
Cleaning up the engine room:
Pluralism, tolerance and the Gospel:
Theology of the Body for Beginners – Christopher West
Heaven’s Song – Christopher West (still in the process of finishing this)
The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson (this book was so fun to read)
Soon, my boyfriend and I are starting a “mini book club” with The Lord of the Flies.
We’ll see how that goes.
He doesn’t read as much as I do, so I might get ahead of him.
Process on researching and writing about women in the church is going well.
I have broadened it a lot, and I think I may try to publish it as a work of non-fiction.
I think that might be my sticking point in trying to submit to all these competitions. I just can’t get myself to sit down and write fiction, though reading and writing about women in the church is amazing. I could do it all day (and I do!).
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1 John 1:1-5.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
On Tuesday, we talked a lot about the Pope’s resignation at work. I admit that I don’t know the rules and Canon that regulates how this happens. It’s never happened before in my lifetime… or for 600 years.
I didn’t even know the rule about the College of Cardinals and not being able to vote after age 85. Interesting.
That morning, I heard Archbishop Jereme Listecki say that a pope relates to the community around him. So, Blessed John Paul II was fighting for the dignity of all life, regardless of age. It was important for him to show that the elderly, the sick are valuable. It was insightful to hear that in the morning. Life matters at every stage.
Pope Benedict XVI, then, is showing that as a leader, it’s OK to know when you can’t do it anymore. It’s OK to follow the Lord’s will.
Well, that’s all speculation, but it sounds good.
I’m not a member of the NRA, but I love them and what they stand for. I love that they’re a group fighting for our rights, fighting for the Constitution, just like I love pro-life groups that fight for the right to life for all.
I don’t know that I ever will be a member, but I really don’t like when people generalize about the group. It’d be like generalizing about everyone in the military (that they’re dumb) or everyone in the media (that they’re left-y). Both not true. And you can’t generalize about a group as large as the NRA either.
I’ve been watching a documentary on Henry Ford in bits and pieces over the past few weeks.
He’d been a kind of hero fro me, but I’m starting to see that people shouldn’t be held on such high pedestals. Especially when we hardly know much about them. It was the myth of Ford that I loved, the idea of him, not really his life and history.
That’s not to down play the good things he did, but he was not a perfect man. None of us are.
This Lent, coinciding with the Year of Faith, is making me miss Young Adult groups and Catechism studies. Before I moved for this (wonderful) job, I met with my parish’s young adult minister probably twice a week. Sometimes more. Bible study, Cathechism study, talking, coffee.
My parish here has a bible study… on Tuesday nights. That day is so hard for me to get to because of work priorities. It’s our production day, and I just haven’t been able to drag myself to the study after a long day of work. However, my coworkers and I are streamlining the day better, so I hope to convince myself to go soon.
I already have 50 cents in my rice bowl. And my list of complaints is going to be very revealing at the end of Lent.
Did you watch the State of the Union address? I did… a little. I was also trolling Twitter during it and not drinking. That’s all. I went to bed when it was over, so I missed Sen. Rubio’s speech, but I heard about that, too.
Sometimes I wish local politics were as exciting as national politics. I didn’t even watch the State of the State address (though it’s recorded still on my DVR), and I don’t even know who my mayor is! I do know my governor (Scott K. Walker and Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch) and I’ve spoken to Kleefisch three times… the most recent time she told me she loved me ha.
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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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