Tagged: outdoors

Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 3)

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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.

I had 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Genesis 1:1-2:4

Agape Bible Study begins

I decided to continue with the Agape study instead of “The Story“.

It was a good decision.

I read Genesis 1:1-2:4 last night (which I haven’t read since my Old Testament/Hebrew Bible class when I was a… when I was in college).

It was good. I remembered talking about the four different contributions to the Torah (first five books, the Book of Moses): JEPD.

  • J: Yahwist source
  • E: Elohist source
  • P: Priestly source
  • D: Deuteronomist

You can check out the “Documentary hypothesis” on Wikipedia. It’s insightful.

According to the Agape Bible study (and what I’ve gleaned over the years as well), the Catholic Church is not to hot and bothered about the Documentary hypothesis. I tried to forget this as I was reading. And I’ll try even harder when I get to 2:5.

I just printed the notes and questions for Genesis 1:1-2:4, so I haven’t reviewed and don’t really call last night’s reading “a study” of it. I’ll catch up today with the next chapter and all the notes.


Because the trees are starting to notice it’s fall.

Cropped, corrected color (levels).

It was absolutely gorgeous yesterday. I took these with my work camera, the Nikon D50.

I love the changing of the seasons. It’s just another time to be grateful for what we’ve been given, what we get to see. It’s so easy to become complacent when we see the same things every day, so season changes help.

I should have gone to Mass today…

Because it’s one of my favorite readings:

Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,
vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!
What profit has man from all the labor
which he toils at under the sun?
One generation passes and another comes,
but the world forever stays.


But, St. Patrick’s only has a communion service on Thursday (only!).

Maybe I’ll go to Adoration today. I have some time saved for that.

God Bless.

Remember the unborn today (and every day).

40 Days

It begins today.

(But really the fight is constant.)

I decided to give up buying any coffee/coffee type drink during the observance of 40 Days for Life.

Not because it’s ridiculously expensive either. Because it’s something I like to do a few times a week, and it’s a sacrifice I can make.

Please, add something to or remove something from your daily life in remembrance of those unborn children who have lost their lives because of selfishness or ignorance or despair. I try not to judge. I can’t imagine the pain and fear women go through when they realize they are pregnant.

Here’s a prayer from Priests for Life:

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all,
Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

(Prayer link here.)

Lake photos

I’m going to post at a different size than the last photo post, hopefully this is easier.

I went down to “the lake” Monday evening. I’ve been working in a city named after the lake since July, yet it’s taken me over two months to go down there. Part of me was avoiding the summer tourists. Another (whole) part of me can’t swim so why bother?

It was beautiful. In fact, I’m already a convert and will be visiting again soon. If not today, this weekend.

The above photo: cropped, corrected color. The water is so crystal clear and clean. It was amazing.

Relaxing for sure.

And this one. Taken at the same time. I love the way the sunlight is just bleaching out all the color in this photo, making it look like an old-processed black and white film.


Cropped, increased contrast (just a tiny bit), corrected color.

This one. Ahhhh.

Can’t you see yourself here? Come on down to the lake. The water’s fine.

I just cropped this one. I tried to correct the color, but the water kept turning green or purple, which is not correct at all.

It’s a little deceiving, there is a dock immediately to the left of the crop and some boats to the right. But a picture doesn’t have to tell the whole story.

God Bless.