Monday, March 31, 2014

Mondays......


Besides a tornado drill and a bird flying around in one of the buildings one of the lamp posts in parking lot fell over and was blocking one of the exits when I left school. Sure is an exciting first day back at school.

Yep that is what happened this morning while I was at school. My theory behind the lamp post falling over is that the imaginary tornado that came through during the drill decided to knock it over. When I come up with a theory on how the bird got inside the school, besides flying through a door way, I will let you know.

Friday, March 28, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday

Even though I kind of set myself up for this on accident, but I was roped into acting in "The 7 last Words of Christ." I was originally not going to help because my job didn't allow for me to make a lot of the practices. But then I had to say something about having to work so I couldn't make all of the practices or something along those line.      
I was going to say how I don't like snow, especially after the first day of spring, but I wasn't sure how I was going to word it. I was also going to mention something about the rain that we have been having as well, of course I couldn't figure out how to word it without making it sound weird.
I found this on Tumblr and I really like it so I decided to share it here :)


Last week my sister wrote a post on her blog about how she is a secret ninja, because she somehow managed to hurt her ankle. And last week my right wrist started hurting a little and I figured that I had to be a secret ninja as well. So I decided that I had to be a secret ninja as well, or at least a secret something, especially since my wrist has been hurting a little this week as well. You can read the post that Amanda wrote about how she is a secret ninja here.
Since I am from the Midwest I got a laugh out of this.
On Saturday last week, Amanda, Yavi and I went out for dinner with a couple friends to celebrate Amanda's birthday. For dinner we went to an Irish Pub and the food was good, especially the chips! Even though anyone under 21 has to leave by 9:00 pm I want to go back there again. For dessert we went to the amazing chocolate place and had hot chocolate.
Tuesday morning Amanda and I did some thrift store shopping! Though I didn't find a light tan skirt I did end up with a knee length denim skirt, blue and white patterned skirt a white shrug, because you never know when you will need one and a red sleeveless vest. The two skirts I found at Goodwill and the tops I found at Clothes Mentor. 
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Themed Thursday: Hear


I am linking up again for Theme Thursday and this weeks theme is "hear."

And like Taylor Swift says in her song "The Story of Us," I've never heard silence quite this loud. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Happy Feast of the Annunciation



V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, etc.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary, etc.

V. And the Word was made flesh,
R. And dwelt amongst us.
Hail Mary, etc.

V. Pray for us, O most holy Mother of God,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that, as we have known the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son by the message of an Angel, so by His Passion and Cross we may be brought to the glory of the Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday, March 21, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday

In case you haven't seen it yet there is a youtube video of "Let It Go" being sung in different character voices from Disney and Pixar movies floating around on Facebook and it is hysterical. I like the guys Micky Mouse and Whinnie the Pooh impressions. You can find the video here.
On Saturday my family and I finally got to watch "Thor: The Dark World" and we all enjoyed it. Especially once Loki showed up. We all loved this scene. I also thought that the funeral scene for Thor's mother was sad and beautiful at the same time. Here is a link to the scene. If you haven't seen it yet I apologize for the spoilers.
The amazing Irish Soda bread that we have every year on St. Patrick's Day.


This is the one week during Lent that I like to think of as our splurging on sweets week. The reason being that we celebrate St. Patrick's day at the beginning of the week, then on the 19th is the fest of St. Joseph is a Solemnity so that means another dessert and the 20th is Amanda's birthday! So that is the reason why I consider this week to be our "splurging on the sweets."
In case I haven't mentioned it before but for Lent my family gives up sweets and desserts, but then we are allowed to give up other things, like the computer or movies, during Lent. We can also do extra things as well.
Last week I finally got myself a new iPod since the battery on my old one died a while ago, which was annoying. This time around I decided to get myself an iPod touch, instead of just an iPod Nano. The apps that I have downloaded so far are Facebook, Pandora, Instagram, and Minion Rush. I also have all of my music uploaded so that I have something to listen too, in case I don't feel like listening to anything on Pandora or the radio.
I saw this on Pinterest and thought that it would be nice to have in case I feel like listening to music in the bathroom.

On the website that was attached to the picture there was a deal but it ended on Sunday. Otherwise I would have gotten it if I had found out about it sooner. But I shall have to find it somewhere else in case I decide to get it.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Theme Thursday: Rich


Today I decided to join in on the photography fun known as Theme Thursday and is hosted each week over at Clan Donaldson. My mother has been doing this each week for a while now and I decided to join in this week. The theme for this week is rich and here is my interpretation of that.




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Happy Feast of St. Joseph



Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.
Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls - Pray for me.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Confession


I have been blind, unwilling to see
The true love you're giving.
I have ignored every blessing.
I'm on my knees confessing

I was originally going to do this post closer to Good Friday but then I changed my mind and decided to post this now. A while ago I remember hearing someone say that Josh Groban's song "My Confessions," besides being a love song, could be taken into a Catholic/Christian point of view. And last night as I was leaving Adoration parts of the song just started playing through my head and I knew that I wanted to try and write an analogy of sorts. So here is my attempt at that.

That I feel myself surrender
Each time I see your face.
I am staggered by your beauty,
Your unassuming grace.
And I feel my heart is turning,
Falling into place.
I can't hide it
Now hear my confession.

To me the song is about finding Christ again and telling him our confession and how, like at the beginning of the song, we have been blind and unwilling  the true love that he has been giving us. 

I have been wrong about you.
Thought I was strong without you.
For so long nothing could move me.
For so long nothing could change me.
Now I feel myself surrender
Each time I see your face.
I am captured by your beauty,
Your unassuming grace.
And I feel my heart is turning,
Falling into place.
I can't hide it
Now hear my confession.

In the third stanza I see it as that we are wrong about Christ though we think that we are strong without him, but anytime we come face to face with him we surrender ourselves to him.

You are the air that I breathe.
You're the ground beneath my feet.
When did I stop believing?

The the last line of the bridge, to me, is the question that, I feel, many people ask, because no one might not remember when they stopped believing.

Cause I feel myself surrender
Each time I see your face.
I am staggered by your beauty,
Your unassuming grace.
And I feel my heart
Falling into place.
I can't hide it
Now hear my confession.
I can't hide it
Now hear my confession.
Hear my confession

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day



I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me for ever.
By power of faith, Christ's incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;

I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of the cherubim;
The sweet 'well done' in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors' faith, Apostles' word,
The Patriarchs' prayers, the Prophets' scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun's life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan's spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart's idolatry,
Against the wizard's evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Knitting Projects



I finally finished the doll blanket that I had started back in January for one of the girls that I nanny. Here are a couple pictures that I took of the blanket with Rosie's American Girl doll Julie modeling.





Friday, March 14, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday

I found this on Pinterest and thought that it was funny.

Even though I have probably beaten this subject to death already I had to bring up exercise again. A while ago it was suggested to me by my wonderful parents to start keeping track of all of the food that I eat so that I can watch calories and such and work on losing weight. Though I hadn't started doing that right away I have decided to start doing it, especially while I'm at work, and I only remembered the suggested when a friend of mine posted a link to a website called SparkPeople. The website helps you keep track of what you are eating, training and stuff like that so I decided to give that a try as well.
Though they started back in April 2012 The Lizzie Bennet Diaries "an online modern adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice" is a fun series on youtube that I think any Jane Austen fan would enjoy. If you haven't seen them yet but want to watch them the complite playlist can be found here. The same group of people that created The Lizzie Bennet Diaries has started doing a modern adatption of Austen's book "Emma." Though there are only 36 episodes so far I like it, especially their version on Miss Bates.
Next week is mid-terms which means one more week til Spring Break!!!!!!!! Though I am enjoying my classes this semester I am looking forward to spring break.
On what I am going to start calling Wacky Weather Wednesday we had more snow, after two days of being 50 degrees out. Even though it started Tuesday night with hail it turned into snow on Wednesday. I am starting to get tired of the snow and am ready for more warm weather and spring.
About a week or so a go I took a bunch of pictures for an upcoming issue of Ink and Fairydust and I like how this one turned out.

I hate it when I can't come up with things to write about for my quick takes and this is the spot for random stuff since I forgot about what I was going to write about. Some times I should start making a list of ideas of what I should post so that I can actually write stuff instead of complain about not knowing what to write for blog posts.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Random


Oh the joys of never really knowing  what to write for blog posts. But on a separate note I finished reading "Insurgent" on Monday morning. I enjoyed it as much as the first book, now I just have to wait until the third book comes in at the library so that I can read it.

Part of what I am doing for Lent, besides giving up sweets and such, I have started reading the Bible. I have read parts of the Bible on and off but I want to read more of it so I decided to start reading it during Lent. Though I haven't remembered to read it every day I am making my way through it slowly.

On Pinterest I found a recipe for peach lemonade and it sounds delicious! Now I want it to be summer so that I can find some fresh peaches to try the recipe. I am hoping that I can try it this summer.

If you haven't heard of it yet Camp NaNoWriMo is a spring/summer version of the NaNoWriMo that is in November and it is next month. Ever since Camp NaNo started back in 2012 -ish I have done it thought I haven't ever finished a book during that time. I want to do it again this year using the story that I started working back in January, but I shall see what I can get done especially with having school and homework to do.

Friday, March 7, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday

Lent has started and this year I am giving up snacks, sweets (except for birthdays and Holy Days) as well as trying to exercise more. I will do my best to let you know how it is going. :)
As I am sure you saw by my post on Sunday that it was my birthday at the beginning of the week. Besides what I talked about in my post that day Amanda and I went out to dinner on Saturday night with two cousins. It was a lot of fun. For dinner we went to "FlatTop Grill" and the food was amazing, especially if you like stir fry. The place that we went to for dessert is one of the best chocolate places ever! In the menu the first two pages list all of the different hot chocolates that they do as well as chocolate lattes and mochas. Not to mention they make amazing desserts. They also have a small store attached where you can by a bunch of different candies.
Words to live by.

Last week I decided to not do a 7 Quick Takes Friday since I was participating in the 7 posts, 7 days that was hosted by Jen on her blog Conversion Diary. Though it was fun to do it was also a bit of a challenge for me because I had a hard time coming up with what to write each day.
For the past two weeks several family members, myself included, have been doing St. Louise de Montfort's "Preparation for Total Consecration" and I like doing it during the Lenten season because I feel like it helps me meditate better during the 40 days of Lent. Here is a link to the schedule of days if you decided to do the Consecration.
Last week my siblings picked up a Wii version of Monopoly and from the little bit that I have seen of the game, it is rather interesting. After playing the Wii version they had to pull out the board game that we have and start playing that as well, though they are playing games like that together it gets a little annoying at times because they like to argue about how different game related things.
After dessert on Sunday night I went and watched the Oscars with Amanda, Yavi and Aaliyah. Though I missed seeing the red carpet and the opening act I came down in time to see "Frozen" win for best animated picture. The picture *points below* was one of the best parts of the night, especially since Ellen DeGeneres crashed Twitter with it.

Ellen coming out dressed as Glinda was pretty funny as well.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ash Wednesday



Forty days alone, 
a wilderness of thoughts, 
tempting and inviting thoughts, 
which could so easily have distracted you 
from your task, your mission,
your vision.
Yet you emerged, stronger and more attuned 
to all that had to be done, 
despite a time constraint 
that to our eyes would have seemed hopeless.
We too live in stressful times. 
Demands are made of our time, 
that leave so little 
for the important things of life. 
We are easily distracted 
in the wilderness of our lives, 
by every call to go this way or that,
to turn stone to bread 
leap from mountains, 
and do all that would keep us from the truth.
We listen to the voices of this world, 
and ignore the one who endured all this 
and so much more, 
and emerged triumphant, 
that we might not have to suffer so.
Forgive us, Father, 
when we get distracted from our task. 
Forgive us those times when we try 
to be all things to all men, 
and fail to be anything to anyone

Sunday, March 2, 2014

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! Tada!


My apologies for the title being in pretty much all caps. Like I mentioned the other day about the title of Thursday's post working better for this one, the title that I have works even better because it is my birthday! Though I don't really like to publicize my birthday on the internet I decided to do it for today's 7 posts, 7 days thing since I had nothing else to do for today.


Besides getting to quote "Tangled" for this post I get to share my birthday with a dear friend of mine. It was kind of funny how my friend "R" and I found out that we shared the same birthday. We had met at a week long Catholic girl's summer camp and one day during lunch the camp coordinator had all of the months separate into tables according to the month that their birthday is in. So as the March tables were waiting to get their lunch we were going around the tables saying when our birthdays were and that is how R and I found out that we share the same birthday, as well as being born in the same year. Not to mention we were born eight hours apart so we said that we were twins.

Since I was about ten I have always had a cherry pie and ice cream for dessert, though I'm not sure how I decided that I liked cherry pies. For a long time I always had pizza for dinner on my birthday but that has changed over the past few years to other dinners that I enjoy. This year since the Oscars are tonight we will most likely be watching those as well.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The 5 Love Languages


Last night during a talk that was given at a young adult group that I attend occasionally the subject of the 5 Love Languages was brought up and gave me the idea for today's post. There is an online test that you can take to figure out what your love language is and it can be found here. Just like everyone has a main and secondary temperament (Choleric, Sanguine, Melancholic, Phlegmatic) they can also have a main and secondary love language as well. My love language is "Quality Time" and my secondary one is "Words of Affirmation".  There are also a couple books about the 5 Love Languages (spouse/children, etc.) that were written by Gary Chapman which you can check out here.

Here are the descriptions of the 5 Love Languages.

Quality Time

In Quality Time, nothing says “I love you” like full, undivided attention. Being there for this type of person is critical, but really being there—with the TV off, fork and knife down, and all chores and tasks on standby—makes you feel truly special and loved. Distractions, postponed activities, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful. Whether itʼs spending uninterrupted time talking with someone else or doing activities
together, you deepen your connection with others through sharing time.

Words of Affirmation

Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important—hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten. You thrive on hearing kind and encouraging words that build you up.

Acts of Service

Can helping with homework really be an expression of love? Absolutely! Anything you do to ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on an “Acts of Service” person will speak volumes. The words he or she most wants to hear: “Let me do that for you.” Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tell speakers of this language their feelings don’t matter. When others serve you out of love (and not obligation), you feel truly valued and loved.

Receiving Gifts

Don’t mistake this love language for materialism; the receiver of gifts thrives on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift. If you speak this language, the perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known, you are cared for, and you are prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring the gift to you. A missed birthday or a hasty, thoughtless gift would be disastrous—so would the absence of everyday gestures. Gifts are heartfelt symbols to you of someone else’s love and affection for you.

Physical Touch

A person whose primary language is Physical Touch is, not surprisingly, very touchy. Hugs, pats on the back, and thoughtful touches on the arm—they can all be ways to show excitement, concern, care, and love. Physical presence and accessibility are crucial, while neglect or abuse can be unforgivable and destructive. Appropriate and timely touches communicate warmth, safety, and love to you.