Tagged: reading

Quick Takes Friday (on lists)

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I have been a list maker since I can remember. I love all kinds of lists: grocery lists, to-do lists, wish lists, bucket lists, goals,  benchmarks, ideas.
I even love outlines.
Remember in high school when you had to “brainstorm” your essays before writing them? Yeah, I was the nerd who always used an outline instead of a thought bubble matrix.
Recently, as you know, I started my 28 by 28 list.
My longest list, by far, though, is my to-read list. Once I found the Good Reads app and website, I thought I’d cruise through my list finally. Not even close.
I just keep adding… and usually when I go to the library, I get something that wasn’t even on my list.

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The same with Evernote… I use Evernote for everything… and then I start cleaning out some of my notebooks.
Oh, look, a grocery list from October.
Oh, look, a to-do list for the weekend I never finished.
I hate finding lists like that.
Or my goal charts that never happened.

— 3 —

Yep, I’m still obsessive about the lists.
I have a running list on my fridge for the 10k coming up in May. I am so excited about it, but it’s almost stressing me out seeing in on the fridge.
I also have a list of things I decided I wanted to do when I moved to my new place… it’s pinned up right next to my calendar at home… I’m only doing a few of those things.

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Now I have the 28 by 28 list… and seeing those past two items, I’m worried I won’t complete it either.
And part of me says, that’s OK, it’s the journey not the destination.
But I don’t want to give up. These are all things I really actually want to do.
I don’t want to forget about them… but I also don’t want to stress about them.
Ugh…

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I think a budget is considered a list, too, right?
Well, I have that as well. I’m a huge Dave Ramsey fan and am in my debt snowball, while trying to save money for a car.
It’s hard because I know my car is falling apart (underneath me), but I want my student loan debt gone.
Since I’ve gotten serious about paying those off, it’s been really great to see the number come down… but I’d like to feel better about having a car savings account built up.
I imagine I’ll need about $8,000 for a car (I’d like to move up from the car I have). The one I have now cost me about $6,000… six years ago. Wow I can’t believe it’s been that long.
The car is old too… from 1999. They don’t even make Pontiacs anymore!
Oh boy. So when I look at my budget, and my debt snowball, I just feel out of control.
A list is supposed to make you feel in control.

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Thankfully, I’ll be able to start riding my bike or walking to work as it warms up (ie: quits snowing and stays lighter longer at night).
That will help extend the life of my car… AND save me money. Bonus.

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I tried really hard to keep this whole quick takes post about one topic… it kind… of… worked.
OK, it didn’t.
If you’re curious, this is the running schedule I’m doing, these are my 28 goals for the year and these are some great kitten videos.
TODAY AND TOMORROW IS EAGLE DAY!!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO BRING BACK PHOTOS FOR YA’LL.
 

Have a great weekend!
God bless.

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A reading list and no excuses

I haven’t been writing or posting.

I do have a few excuses that you might like…

For now, let me share some books I’m reading right now.


 

That’s really it right now.

Links go to my affiate shop on Amazon. If you want to buy  the books, go for it.

Also, I highly suggest buying The Jesuit Guide. It’s intense. And full. I got it at the library and will be buying a copy myself.

God bless.

What I Read: mid-October

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mercy

feasts

Because I haven’t done this in a while.

Here’s what I’m reading right now. As we speak, The Collar is on my desk at work, actually.

So far, everything is SO GOOD.

The Food and Feasts is by some protestants, and I think they’re missing a lot of the symbolism of Catholicism in there, but it works. It’s very interesting anyway.

Peace! God Bless.

5 Ways to Catch up on Year of Faith Reading

I am so far behind in reading the Catechism, you wouldn’t believe it.
I still get the emails everyday, but since they switched to the YouCat, I started reading from my copy of the Catechism. I’m on the Second Commandment… the scheduled readings are at the Seventh Commandment. Oh boy.

Here are some of the ways I plan on catching up… and that have brought me up to speed before.

1. Use the weekend.

     This weekend might be a long weekend for you. If so, enjoy it, and spend a few extra moments reading.
     Stay in bed a few minutes longer if you can and just read. Or go to bed earlier. Sit outside in the sun (or the shade) and do it. Take a bath and do it (see #2).
     Turn the TV off. There really isn’t good TV on the weekends anyway. Unless you’re into NCIS and Law & Order rerun marathons on USA (which I am).
     Just keep it off, or make a point to turn off every other hour. MAKE THE TIME to read. That’s really what you have to do.
     Also, not a 40 hour 9 to 5er? Well, use your days off. That’s simple.

2. Read in the bathroom.

     Well. I guess.
     Just bring in the book and read when you’re in there. It’s nice to start the bath and sit in the room while the steam rises around you.
     I know some moms get some free time in there… sorry, moms.
     It’s OK to read it in the bathroom. You’ll be OK.

3. Read before bed.

     I just kind of assume that everyone reads something before bed because I’ve just always done it.
     If you don’t have books next to your bed, I highly insist you do this. It’s so much nicer to fall asleep with a book in front of your face as apposed to your phone or the TV.
Seriously, just read a few graphs. It helps you relax, and helps your eyes tire out while your mind slows down and your body relaxes.
Anyway, don’t try to force yourself to stay awake. Just read until you missed a word. Then stop. It’s OK.
Do it again the next night. You’ll be up to the calendar in no time.     

4. Read while you wait for…

    The bus. Your oil change. Your school board meeting to start late.
     Your coffee to brew. Your latte to be made. Your kids to run out of school.
     The point is, bring it with you. If you have five minutes, you can read a few paragraphs.
     If you still have all the emails in your inbox, pull out your phone.
     The emails are pretty easy to get through, actually.
     I have them archived and could go through it, but I’m better at retention when I read from a hard copy. I’m old school like that.
 

5. Slow down.

     This may seem counter intuitive, but the point of reading it is to know the faith better. It’s not to just get through it so you can say you did.
     So take your time. Yes, it’ll be cool if we can finish and know it all by the end of the Year of Faith.
     What would be even cooler is if we take notes while we read, share passages we like or find interesting, if we keep reading it even after the Year of Faith.
     Don’t read 100 pages in one sitting. This book is full of complicated stuff. It’s not the kind of thing you can read while distracted. Focus and take your time.
 
I hope those help you!
 
God bless.

Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. Where have you been?)

quick takes

— 1 —

Where have I been?
Oh right…
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.

— 2 —

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.

— 3 —

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.

— 4 —

In other news Pope John Paul II is becoming (is?) a saint! wooooohooo! too awesome.

— 5 —

maybe this is important, I have been at my current news writing job for a year and three days today (Friday).

— 6 —

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.

— 7 —

Here’s a photo.

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To be honest, I edited this photo… there was a guy on a jetski in the middle.

Have a great weekend!
God bless.

Make sure to check out everyone else’s posts at Conversion Diary! They actually post regularly, unlike me.

I just realized it’s a month to the day since I last posted. My apologies!