Yearly Archives: 2018

Sunday Style: New Dress!

It’s been a while since I wore something 100% new to church. My mom sent me a few spring dresses as a random gift because she is awesome like that. I will never understand how she knows my style so well considering that she rarely sees me in my “regular” clothes. But she does. And she sent me this one.

Sunday Style for June 17

Dress: Marshall’s
Shoes: Payless
Necklace: Kohl’s
Earrings: Renaissance festival

It was pretty hot outside, so I was unsure about wearing so much black at first. Then I remembered that I like wearing black and white year-round, so I got over it. I was also unsure about this particular silhouette. I usually go for dresses with a more sharply-defined waistline. I have long legs, so the proportions of many dresses are thrown off on me. That’s why I like empire waists so much: the waist has already been shifted! This swing dress was extremely comfortable, however, and I’m glad to have it in the rotation.

And, fellow shoulder-coverers, it has sleeves!

At church, Fr. L began by pointing out that we normal humans tend to look at death as the end of our lives, but for the saints, death was something to look forward to, because they would finally be with God forever.

As St. Paul says, we walk by faith and not by sight. Yet, in heaven, we will walk by sight because we will see God perfectly. While we’re on Earth, we have to journey towards heaven on the basis of our faith, but we won’t be walking around half-blind like that in the next life. (That especially made me less antagonistic towards that song I bet was played in 80% of parishes this week.)

If life is a journey, we should avoid getting caught up in even the bright spots along the way, because the journey doesn’t end until it reaches its destination. In the case of the journey to heaven, the destination is the whole point.

What did you learn in church this week?


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7 Quick Takes I Meant to Share a Long Time Ago

7 Quick Takes, hosted at This Ain't the Lyceum

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Way, way back in the early days of this past school year, I really thought I would still be able to blog regularly even while teaching. That was not a great plan. It turned out to be an exceptionally difficult year. This week’s takes lean heavily on things that happened actual months ago that I never got around to sharing.

The moral of the story is that, even when I disappear from this space for months at a time, it’s likelier than not that I’ll be back.

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Although I didn’t blog, I did manage to keep up with my reading. Conquering several texts for school helped me finish the Goodreads Challenge much earlier than usual: in October!

I completed my 22 book challenge.

I ended the year by reading 29 books, which made me feel like a boss. For this year, I crammed in so many books (including some short ones) that I’m 90% finished with my challenge already! Despite many defeats over the last ten months, I won when it came to reading.

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As in previous years, reading a handful of articles in Pocket and watching YouTube videos I send there put me in the top 1% of Pocket users for the year. I still think that most of the user base must just toss things in and completely forget about them.

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Can I count those 30 books towards my Goodreads challenge?

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Finally, just a few weeks ago, I completed a year-long streak on Duolingo. I learned Spanish in high school and minored in it at Maryland, so I can’t attest to how well one can learn a language with Duo, but I’ve found it useful for working on vocabulary. I don’t get much of that from Evangelio del dia and El País.

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That’s the end of the old news. In a new development, I have been taking private lessons in West Coast Swing, and it’s been such an enriching experience. Even before my year-long hiatus (which I saw coming), I knew I would eventually need private lessons to correct my bad habits and dig into my particular needs as a dancer. I started saving for them at one point, but other, more urgent expenses derailed that.

Now, though, I’ve only had three private lessons, and I can already appreciate the difference.

As a classroom English teacher, I know full well that many of my students can achieve more with one-on-one attention. I’ve seen it happen. That’s not how school works, though. I’m one teacher, and I have between 9 and 27 students who all deserve my attention. But they can’t get it individually and simultaneously. School is primarily a place for group instruction.

(The concept of “small groups” frustrates me to no end. Three people is barely a group, and eight is kind of a lot to be considered “small.”)

I do my best to work with students one-on-one as much as I can, but we’re all in the classroom together. I have to figure out how to teach that way, and they have to learn that way.

Now that I’m experiencing the dance version of tutoring, I understand both sides of that tension much better. (And for the record, I still also take group dance classes. They make my budget happy.)

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Let’s close with two very different throwback videos. I was up early yesterday, so I saw Drake’s new video within hours of its premiere. That is very unlike me. The linchpin was that it features a Degrassi reunion! I’m on the fence about Drake, and I don’t always like his language choices, but Degrassi will leave me smitten any day. It’s nice to see Drake acknowledge that he didn’t really start from the bottom; he started from a Canadian teen soap opera.

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Finally, I love the 80s, and I was so enchanted by this hit list mash-up featuring Sesame Street characters doing delightful parodies. Watch all the way to the end, check out the amazing costumes, and pay attention to the backstage banter!


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Sunday Style: Haven’t Seen This One in a While

I learned on Twitter that this week is the first time we’ve observed the 10th Sunday of Ordinary Time since 1997. Liturgical oddities are my favorite. That is why I chose to wear green today; I also wear this outfit in pink.

Sunday Style for June 10

Shirt: Old Navy
Dress: Target (can also be worn as a skirt)
Belt: Target
Shoes: Mossimo for Target
Earrings: ancient gift from my mom
Necklace: holy medals, as usual

The forecast is thunderstorms all week long, starting with yesterday afternoon, so I was prepared for rain. This dress (which can also be worn as a skirt if you roll down the top; there is elastic under the belt) seemed like the right fabric for possibly getting rained on. The shoes are not good for the rain, but since I went through all the trouble of doing my toenails over the weekend, I wanted to show them off.

As I said, I also wear this dress with a pink shirt underneath, but when I went to grab that, I realized that Ordinary Time Sundays resumed this week. So green was the only way to go; I love dressing liturgically.

Way back when I posted my second-most-recent installment of Sunday Style, I mentioned that I take notes during the homily. I’m still doing that. I use this Christian Inspirations Journal that a friend gave me for my birthday years ago. She is not a Christian, but she knows I love Jesus, so when she saw, she thought of me: the best compliment. I don’t read any of the inspirational quotations, but it’s a great size for toting to Mass and scribbling in furiously.

Fr. P, who is visiting for the summer, started by pointing out that Jesus doesn’t usually respond to criticism. In Sunday’s gospel, however, the implication that he casts out demons by the power of demons is just too ridiculous to let it go. It’s blasphemy. That’s why Jesus makes his point about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit being the worst possible sin.

Fr. P also broke down the “strong man” parable. I had understood it backwards! The house is Satan’s dominion, the strongman is Satan. Jesus enters, ties him up, and ponders his house, freeing us. That version makes a lot more sense.

He concluded by saying that grace (not effort) helps us resist temptation. God is generous, not stingy, with his grace. So we can resist temptation with God’s help. That is good news, because our measly human efforts can only get us so far.

What did you learn at church this week?


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Currently: June 2018

Currently at Lindsay Loves

Well, that was a long hiatus. I hope to share what I’ve been up to in a future post, but for now, let’s just hit the ground running.

Here’s what (and where) I am currently…

Traveling: Nowhere, which is the way I like it. I rely so much on my habits and routines that the perks of traveling are outweighed by everything being so different from my usual life. I lived overseas as a kid and have lived and worked in several states, so I’ve had plenty of great experiences. I might be up for a few more, but traveling is not my thing.

Grilling: Nothing—I don’t know how! I was grilled in a couple of interviews recently, though. Not everything is in writing, and the Internet never forgets, so I can’t be specific yet, but I have news. Stay tuned.

Exploring: A new dance studio. I always knew I’d get back to West Coast Swing eventually, but it took until summer for me to have the bandwidth of time and energy to actually do it. Becoming a regular at a new studio will take some time, but I’ve done it before, so I’m confident that I can do it again. My shoes are already happy to be back on my feet.

Planting: The seeds of new friendships. Work takes up most of my time, so I didn’t have the bandwidth for friend-making, either. This is a good time, though. Making friends as an adult is difficult and awkward, but it can be done. Do you have any advice?

Playing: QuizUp and 4 Pics, 1 Word. Throwbacks, I know! I got a new iPhone a few months ago, so I’ve been using it a lot since I don’t have to deal with the sluggishness of my old one. (I made that 5c last for four years!) I paid to remove ads on QuizUp ages ago, so the 2-minute games are exactly my style. I did not pay to remove ads on 4 Pics, 1 Word, so I usually play less than ten levels before I get fed up and stop. I’m reasonably certain that the marketers did not mean for the ads to help me avoid getting addicted, but that is the result.

I usually end my Currently posts by recapping the previous month, but it’s been ten months since I posted, so I will spare both of us that labor… for the moment.

What’s new with you? What are you playing currently?


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