Monthly Archives: March, 2009

Catholic Carnival 211

I’ve given up (again, I think) on ever being up-to-date with the Catholic Carnival. Kate Wicker’s post, “Dating My Husband,” from Carnival 211, was a delight to read. I remember when my parents started (resumed?) dating. They waited until I was old enough to babysit my siblings, and then they would go out on weekends to movies, comedy shows, and things like that.

My mom always claimed she spaced us to enable cheap (basically free) babysitting. She also claims I taught myself to read. I choose to believe the latter.

It was oddly endearing, considering my age (twelve or so), to see my parents enjoying each other’s company. It reassured me that they would always be there for me, together. These days, I’m not so sure—but that’s a story for another day. I fully appreciate what Kate and her husband are doing. It supports marriage in a world that so desperately needs to be reminded of the face of true love and commitment.

Friday Five: It’s Me!

I’m a minor celebrity! I don’t even remember submitting questions to the LJ Friday Five, but apparently I did, and mine were chosen for this week! This is actually really exciting.

Stranded!
It’s the “stranded on a desert island” question! You can only take one thing from each category. What is it and why are you taking it?
1. A food that can be planted and regrown.
Does broccoli grow above ground? That would be my best bet, because I love to eat it, and it needs neither cooking nor washing (unlike wheat and potatoes).
2. A person you haven’t seen in a long time. Lyzii (and her husband and baby).
3. A book you (were) read as a child. I have no idea. Now, why would I ask a question I can’t answer?
4. A celebrity. Jesus. (Second choice: Wendy Shalit. Third choice: Mandy Moore.)
5. The entire episode run of a television show (it’s a very nice desert island). Joan of Arcadia, which I also currently own. Or maybe The Cosby Show.

Friday Fifteen

Catching up on old Friday Fives is a good way to fill up blogging space. One can only be so original.

February 27: Chocolate
1. What tastes best covered in chocolate? More chocolate! I love milk chocolate truffles, and that is essentially what they are: chocolate-covered chocolate.
2. Why do you eat chocolate the way you do (or don’t)? There’s a way to eat chocolate? On a vaguely related note, I was holding M&M’s for a retreat activity back at Maryland once (my own First Timers’, I think), and they melted in my hand. The palm of my hand was so colorful, and I was let down so much. They’re not supposed to do that!
3. Do you know how chocolate is made? It’s made from cacao beans. You have to add a lot of sugar to it before it’ll taste good. That is, unless you’re a dark chocolate fan and like a lot of cacao. I am not, and I don’t.
4. If you knew you would live 5 years longer if you never ate any chocolate again, would you give it up? No.
5. Have you ever had carob? What’s carob?

March 6: What would you do?
1. If your car/bike is wrecked (if your mass transit service goes belly-up), do you know what you would do to replace it, perhaps even have the car or bike you want already picked out? That is exactly what I went through last month. I had been thinking for a while about my next car. I’ve wanted a Jetta since my grandmother got her new one while I was still in high school. I used to drive her old ’94, and I still like them. MT was great, but she didn’t have much rear seat room. I never felt like I could drive when I went out with my housemates because my car was so small, so I’d thought about upgrading to the Cobalt even before the accident.
2. A client/friend gives you a lottery ticket, which wins you a prize worth (after taxes) ten times as much money as you earned/received last year. What will you do with it? Pay off all my loans (school and car). That would probably take most of the money, actually. I just did my taxes yesterday. ACE is great, but it’s no money-maker.
3. Fight or flee? For a cause I love? Fight. Physically? Flee so very fast.
4. Someone performs a random act of kindness that is exactly what you need on a bad day. If you wish to pay them back, would you write a poem, bake, buy something, or what? I love baking when I have the time. I’m a fan of simply saying that I appreciate people, or writing them heartfelt notes. I’m a big word girl.
5. Your manager commands you to pick a charity to contribute to. Do you resist? If not, which charity would be your first choice? I would never resist! (This round just begs for exclamatory responses.) I would probably split the money between mine and my housemates’ schools.

March 13: Luck
1. Do you believe in good and/or bad luck? No. In fact, I wish people “grace and blessings” instead of “good luck.” My carpool buddy thinks it’s silly, I know, but he indulges me anyway. As my good friend Br. Peter Martyr (formerly Pat) used to say, “Luck is for pagans.” I’d rather have God.
2. Do you believe there is one man/woman luckier than all the rest? Some people receive amazing blessings. Other than that, no.
3. When was the last time you considered yourself lucky? I stopped believing in luck late in college. Before that, I was lucky to have survived my first (much more minor) car accident and some near missess around that time.
4. What is the most unlucky thing to ever happen to you? I’ve had some perfect storm days, but like I said, I don’t consider them “unlucky,” per se.
5. Where do you think luck (good or bad) comes from? God.

My New Baby

Hello, dear readers. Much has happened since I last posted about my crazy ACE life. Currently, I am enjoying another day of spring break. I needed it so badly, and have been wholly unproductive. I did finally finish The Chosen, though, which is ideal because I’m going to start teaching it to my tenth-graders next week. I’m re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird for ninth. As much as I have enjoyed relaxing during this week, I realize that it’s now almost Thursday, and I have not done nearly enough work. After Mass tomorrow morning, I have to buckle down.

I got a new car to replace MT. I upgraded to a Chevy Cobalt, which was beautiful before I took her to Savannah over the weekend. (That is another story entirely. Email or IM me if you want details.) She’s still great despite her rainstorm-induced dinginess. Her name is Bernadette, named for St. Bernadette of Lourdes. It’s my way of thanking Our Lady of Lourdes for saving me on her feast day.

Tonight, I cooked dinner for the Daughters of Charity in our city. They had my housemates over for dinner the week I got the flu, but they invited me to visit over break. I’m still not sure why, but I decided to offer to make them dinner this week instead. It was a nice bit of Lenten service to make my week seem more worthwhile.

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been at this (teaching, living in community, being more “on my own” than ever before) for almost seven months now. I’m excited and terrified to see where the rest of the year will take me.

Catholic Carnival Catch-up

From Carnival 206 at 50 Days After (which has a beautifully simple carnival theme) comes “6 Reasons for Giving More in 2009” at Christian Personal Finance. I have a contentious relationship with tithing and donating to charity. I work for charity right now, by and large. I was just discussing with my housemates a few weeks ago that, even though we don’t earn much, our community life isn’t wanting for much, either. I joined a particularly wealthy parish one neighborhood over. Though I think publishing the collection amount is tacky, it’s sobering to see around $20,000 come in every weekend. It’s made me reconsider how I give and what I give to. I don’t have much, but I am reminded so often that I must share what I have.

From the same carnival is “9th Day of Christmas: The church is our home… wherever we are” at Catholic New Media Roundup. Sean’s reflection on the catholicity of the Church is very familiar to me, though I’d never thought of the Church as a social network. The blogosphere has definitely united Catholics and aided in the new evangelization like nothing else ever could. I’m glad to be a part of it, even in a very small way.

Carnival 207 at Homeschool Goodies has a great Mardi Gras theme. I visited my grandfather and his wife over Thanksgiving and slept in a room decorated completely with Mardi Gras memorabilia. I loved the purple.

From that carnival comes Sarah’s musing on her blog’s URL and title. In the end, she realizes that naming it “just another day of Catholic pondering” is appropriate because she is Catholic all the time, so not only is her pondering Catholic, but her eating is Catholic, and her writing is Catholic, and everything is Catholic. It’s a good reminder that I need to readopt that spirit in my own life.

Lionel mentions taking on the goal of reading the Bible and Catechism this year. I took on the Bible-reading half of that same challenge…oh, it must be three years ago now. I only made it about halfway through in two years. The rest of my life kept getting in the way. That’s a terrible excuse, I know, but I will eventually finish the whole book. It made me feel so much more knowledgeable about everything related to the faith. I was up to 1 or 2 Chronicles in the OT, and it was fascinating to see how salvation history fell into place so carefully for so many thousands of years.

MaryH at Broken Alabaster (lovely title) offers 10 Tips for Attending Mass Well. I have worn flip-flops when the occasion called for it, but otherwise I think she has some excellent ideas. I always go to church by myself, and while I do miss my community, being alone gives me the time to prepare and pray in thanksgiving that I need. Back home, it felt more normal because all of my friends got to Mass early and stayed late, too. I would feel bad holding up anyone else or pressuring them to pray; I even skip thanksgiving when I go to Mass with my family. It’s important to me, though, to set aside that time before and after Mass to focus on what happens there, separated from the intensity of the world outside.

Finally, from Carnival 209 comes “I shall call you by a new name” at In the Whole Wide Room. When I was younger, already sick of the curse of the W, I was determined to marry a man whose last name started with A-D. Now, I know the name isn’t the most important part. I definitely plan to take my future husband’s name, though. Hyphenates are so long, and they often get shortened for record-keeping anyway. I feel like taking his name will be part of giving him the headship of my household.

More Catholic Carnival highlights are forthcoming.

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