40 Days for Life
On the window was a sign “40 Days of Prayer for Choice.”
I would like to say that I walked away from the clinic after a hour a more thoughtful and prayerful person.
I don’t think that really happened. I was happy to get into my car and turn on the heat. Happy to get away from what is not the greatest neighborhood in Milwaukee.
I admit I am not the most focused when I pray. It seems like as soon as I get down on my knees, everything that I was trying to think of the entire day (week) pops into my head.
1. Close your eyes.
2. Pray slowly. Speak prayers out loud. Slow down.
3. Repetition is key.
4. Write it out.
5. Silence isn’t bad.
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I have big goals (again) for this blog.
I even wrote a post calendar… for the rest of the year.
Right now my goal is small (didn’t I just say big?). I have FOR SURE one post a week.
I have a lot of “learn something” posts planned and document reviews.
But I also want to add in some personal things like… tomorrow’s post about five strategies I use to focus during prayer.
I know those are helpful when I read posts like that from others.
I started running again on Aug. 1.
I’m not following a training plan now, like I was earlier this year when I did Couch to 5K.
I’m just going out, running some, walking some, running some.
I try to hit around 30 minutes.
Next week, though, I think it is. Maybe the week after.
I’m starting a training plan through Run Keeper.
It’s the run for fat loss program. I’ll see how it goes.
It continues the run every other day thing that I’ve been doing the last 16 days.
It should work.
I have a chili and cheesecake weekend planned for this weekend.
I haven’t had much time alone since I moved on Aug. 1, so this will be my catch up time.
I’m going to start chili cooking early in the morning. Then I’m going to make a cheesecake.
Then I’m going to have a run.
But mostly eat chili and cheesecake intermittently throughout the day while watching romantic comedies.
And also finishing unpacking.
It’s a working/cheesecake weekend 🙂
The garden is still growing great.
I got four tomatoes and two cucumbers at once this past week.
And one string bean… what?
Have a great weekend!
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There is something about a new, fresh warm cup of coffee.
So, coffee is in cup. What’s next?
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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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