Monthly Archives: June, 2012

Friday Five: Crushes

Crush by Jennifer Paige on Grooveshark

  1. Do you remember your first crush? Did you tell them? I don’t think I remember the first one, but even before I saw this week’s F5 topic, I was thinking about some early ones. Fifth grade is the earliest I can remember: a Filipino boy named Rolando (maybe Ronaldo) and a blonde one named Ryan (I think). I have absolutely no idea what happened to them since then—consequences of being a military brat.
  2. Did you have a crush on a teacher? Which one? No, never, and I’m glad no student ever had one on me! I have had hours of training and reminders about not dating students, though.
  3. Do you still have crushes? Do you ever tell them? I do (or have, I suppose; no one currently). I told the last two, and it was disastrous both times. My roommate Maura told the first of those for me, which is not what I wanted, but at least I knew for sure that he wasn’t interested and I could move on. I told the last one myself, under less than ideal circumstances. Again, I was glad to be able to move on.
  4. What is your opinion of someone telling your crush object you have a crush? See the previous question. She thought she was being helpful, but I resented not being able to move on my own time (and his). I told her because I wanted advice, support, and maybe encouragement. I did not tell her because I wanted her to tell. Requesting that a friend act as a messenger is one thing; telling someone’s secrets is another thing.
  5. What does “having a crush” mean to you? Shouldn’t this question have come first, or at least second? To me, “having a crush” means having a distinct romantic attraction to someone who doesn’t know that you’re interested and hasn’t (or doesn’t) respond. Some crushes are the kind you never actually tell the other person about, but since that’s terrifically unproductive, the natural next step is to tell. Then it’s not a crush anymore; it’s being attracted to someone. If they’re not interested or already taken, you have to move on. Crush over.

Sad, but usually true. Crushes “crush” you.
(photo by Jodi)

This is the only good kind of crush.
(photo by R.J. Schmidt)

Whether you have a crush or not, as long as someone loves you, you’re golden.
(photo by Doug Focht)

7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 178

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I’m always a little miffed when a solemnity sneaks up on me. I made a Catholic calendar for Google; you’d think I’d actually read it sometimes. The problem is mostly that I have prayed the incorrect day of Night Prayer.

On the bright side, I realized that it’s a Friday solemnity. That means it’s Meatday again! This is the last one until the Friday after Christmas, so enjoy your Church-approved bacon!

This is like the Friday after Easter! (Click for full size.) (image from Slightly Orange)

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Next on the list of things I’ve nearly forgotten, I am now three days into the Novena to St. Maria Goretti, my favorite saint. She’s my favorite saint, so I was super embarrassed to forget to start it on the correct day (Wednesday), but I prayed two days’ worth yesterday, so it’s all good. (And I already did today’s, so hooray!)

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I have discovered the benefit of pre-meetings. Get-It-Done Guy has recommended pre-meetings for ages (under “Meeting to Make Decisions”), but I never attempted to actually have one until now. (Sure, that was because my boss/priest asked me to, but that totally counts!) Instead of trying to hash out a plan with six interested parties all at once, I’m trying to meet with four of them individually and use the big group meeting to combine and summarize all our ideas. I’ll let you all know how it turns out.

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I try not to turn Jen‘s Quick Takes into mine, but she is going to write about “Somebody That I Used to Know” next week, so I had to watch her recommended covers and share the “five people, one guitar” one I posted here. So, here’s Ingrid Michaelson playing ALL THE INSTRUMENTS!

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I did a lot of evening traveling this week. In addition to my usual Monday night holy hour and my new Wednesday night Bible study, I went to a happy hour straight from work yesterday.

On Tuesday, a coworker drove us all the way to Temple straight from work. We had to leave at 5:15 to get there just before 7 p.m. (oh, Austin traffic), but it was worthwhile. I got to see Bishop Joe in his non-Mass fancy clothes (purple cassock and surplice) and to support our student who received the Lumen Gentium Award. It’s an annual diocesan award to the person or couple in each parish who has best been a “light to the world” (as in the encyclical Lumen Gentium, which I am coincidentally reading right now).

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I also “traveled” to the eye doctor this week. It’s been five years, so I figured it was time. I have also finally realized that squinting against the summer sun is not a good idea, so I’m going to need sunglasses, and it would be silly to use a five-year-old prescription for them. To my delight, my eyes haven’t changed very much. Frame shopping is always tricky; if I could see how I looked, I wouldn’t need them! My new plan is to take iPhone photos of myself and evaluate that way. We’ll see how it goes.

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Here’s some great music as you slide into however much time you get off for Independence Day. Amazon MP3 is offering 20 summer songs (classic and 2012) for 25 cents each! One quarter for “Call Me Maybe” or The Fresh Prince’s “Summertime” (featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff)! (They also have 50-cent Linkin Park songs. Those are less seasonal, but some are equally catchy.)

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Booking Through Thursday: First Teacher

Well, this week has been a meme fail. At least I always know BTT will be quick and easy.

Margaret asks:

Who taught you to read?

According to my mom, I taught myself! I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s one of those family legends, but I go with it. She says I used to look at the pictures in the book and make up stories based on them, which is probably true. One day, she was listening to me “read” and realized that I was actually saying the words on the page. That last part might not be true, but I am exceptional in many ways, so why not just let it be?

When did you learn to read? Any family legends there?

A Halo with Some Smudges (Review: “The Possibilities of Sainthood”)

photo by throgers

We are all called to be saints. I’ll say that again, with help from St. Bernadette and a friend’s email signature, “I must become a saint. My Jesus demands it.” Most of us aren’t actively working on that, but some must be. In my never-ending quest for good Catholic YA, I picked up The Possibilities of Sainthood, by Donna Freitas. I was delighted. There may be hope for books about Catholic teenagers with problems yet.

Read the rest at Austin Catholic New Media.

Friday Five: Hot and Cold

I had a lovely weekend marred only by the fact of its ending. I didn’t even have to be out in the blazing sun that long. Then again, this summer has had far fewer scorchers than last year. We might even avoid catching on fire this time!

  1. Would you rather be too hot or too cold? Why? I would much rather be too cold. I hate sweating, and when you get too hot, you eventually have to stop taking off clothes before you get indecent. You can put on as many layers as you can fit over the others.
  2. What’s your favorite way to stay cool? I believe very strongly in cross-circulation. I like to let my fans oscillate. My friend Sabrina taught me a new trick recently for cooling my car off quickly: roll down the windows and turn the A/C way up. The hot air gets blown out while the system starts blowing cool air, and then you can start with a car full of fresh (A/C) air.
  3. What’s your favorite way to stay warm? Layers are so crucial. Trapping in your body heat and the warm air between layers is so nice, and you can take off layers if you wind up somewhere warmer.
  4. When you see or hear the word “summer”, what comes to mind? Sanders? I haven’t actually watched the reboot of Figure It Out, but it’s been on my mind anyway.
  5. Any major summer plans this year? Not really. I go on a retreat with my Austin friends in August, but other than that, it’s just the same old same old.

7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 177

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I am going to volunteer with Pure Fashion in Austin this coming school year! I’m not into modeling, but i am into character education and spreading the positive message of modesty, and this seems like a great way to do it. Don’t tell any of my former students, but I kind of miss working with high schoolers.

On a vaguely related note, Ive been seeing the ad for Trendy Top all the time lately, and I kind of want one. It seems like a great solution to the low-rise waistline, and it doesn’t encourage you to switch back to immodest like the Cami Secret.

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Can I please have this tote bag? We’ve already got “Baby Got Back” adapted for the Bible-lover (“Baby Got Book”), so why not for book lovers in general?

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Did you catch the USCCB’s announcement of a new online-adapted Catechism of the Catholic Church? It’s pretty sweet. I love the look, and I especially like that the footnotes and cross-references are pop-ups so they don’t take you away from the section you’re on. Who says the Church can’t get with the times (when appropriate, because some things are timeless)?

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I started a new Bible study program this week. When I was in college, I started a Bible study on salvation history. Our leader left at the end of the school year, leading me to decry (as a joke) that I’d never know how it ended. I’ve been looking for a good opportunity to join another salvation history study then, and I stumbled across The Great Adventure Quick Journey Through the Bible just in time to register (3 days before it started). It’s at a church one town away, so my commute is super long, but I’m very excited for this study, and at least driving is a productive way to spend those thirty minutes.

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This 7QT is posted late because Sarah is visiting me, and Getting Things Done before her arrival was much more important that typing this. But now it’s Saturday morning, which sounded like a good designated computer time to me.

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I stumbled across a National Catholic Register article lamenting the transfer of the Ascension to Sunday across the U.S. I have been complaining about that since I started paying attention to it. The Pentecost Novena is still the only official one in the Church, and it starts on Thursday. Thursday is supposed to be the Ascension so it makes sense to start praying that day! It’s not even like asking people to go to Mass two days in a row (which will actually happen with the Immaculate Conception in 2012; that day never gets transferred or loses its obligation). Can we be that surprised that people don’t know what a novena is or when Church holidays are if we don’t even do them on the correct day? </end rant>

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In other NCR news, Steven Greydanus cautions against reading any reviews of Brave. I tend not to read reviews precisely because they are spoilery (and I tend not to loathe what reviewers often do). I had such a tough time with my ACNM series on the Hunger Games books because I wanted to preview each book without revealing too much, but I’d read all three before I started writing. This leads into a bigger discussion of media discernment (again! It’s important!), but I’m glad I got the warning. I knew Mandy Moore’s character was going to marry Shane West’s in A Walk to Remember, but I didn’t know she was going to die, so perhaps that’s why I still love that movie. Among other reasons.

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Booking Through Thursday: Quotable

It’s just barely still Thursday!

Valentina asks:

Do you have a favorite quote from a book?

“Quote” is a verb. I have a lot of favorite book quotations. I love a lot of what Dumbledore says to Harry Potter:

  • “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
  • “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
  • “Of course it’s all in your head. Why should that make it any less real?”

Good times with Dumbledore.

I have a number of favorite Bible quotations, but my absolute favorite is “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Finally (for my tired eyes and brain), I love the first line of Holes: “There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.” Doesn’t that just blow your mind and make you excited to keep reading? I love books!

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