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7 Quick Takes on Blog Goals, Derby Parties, and Dance Class

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I thought I was turning over a new leaf by drafting this post on Friday. Not posting it until now is evidence to the contrary.

I haven’t blogged about blogging in a little while. I’ve found that setting goals is critical for me. That third week of April crashed and burned, so I skidded my way into May. Now is recovery time.

My blog goals for this month are:

  • Publish my regular link-ups every week: What I Wore Sunday, the Not Alone Series, Booking Through Thursday, and 7 Quick Takes. BTT is always at the mercy of the weekly question being posted, but the others are open-ended or available in advance. (Thanks to Jen and Morgan for always planning topics for us!)
  • Fix the alignment of the comment section. It’s been on my to-do list for too long. Blog comments are changing in the face of Facebook and Twitter interactions, but since Facebook basically won’t show anything on a Page to your Likers without payment (I don’t have a Facebook Page for this blog) and Twitter is only useful if you can space out your retweets, I think I’ll stick with comments for now.
  • Finish my Pope Francis series. I might take super-long breaks, but I don’t quit things easily. A longer-term goal is to publish a series on the questions for this fall’s synod before it starts. Gotta finish the last series first.
  • Finish my YNAB series. I will have been using YNAB consistently for one year at the end of this month. It’s changed my life so much that I’m especially eager to finish my (our?) love story.

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I went to my first ever Derby Party on Saturday, hosted by one of the regular members of my always-fluctuating trivia team. I wore pink and a giant hat. I felt fabulous, although many of the other attendees seemed to have missed the message that Derby is about big hats and pastels. Oh, well. The company was delightful, and although my chosen horse did not win, I was tickled that The Tonight Show‘s Puppy Predictor was correct.

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I’m from Maryland. The Preakness Stakes race (the second jewel of the Triple Crown) is run in Maryland. Yet we do not have Preakness Parties. Despite the insinuation from the Maryland Alumni Association’s recent email, I maintain that Preakness Parties are not a thing.

I knew Derby Parties were a thing, but I had never been invited to one before moving to Texas, actually. The one I went to was hosted by a Kentuckian for maximum out-of-state authenticity. I would be surprised to hear of a Derby Party outside of the South (or at least one not hosted by an obvious Southerner). Maybe it’s because my Maryland family are not Derby people. Are there Belmont Parties?

Then again, I had never even heard of homecoming mums before I moved to Texas. I guess some customs just don’t cross state lines.

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I did not mention it in last week’s Quick Takes, but I successfully completed my first month of dance classes on Saturday. It is awesome. I graduated from Level 1 in West Coast Swing!

This post is brought to you by a newly-promoted intermediate West Coast Swing dancer! #godance #atx #wcs #winning

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I’ve written here about my opinions on leading and following. I stand by those opinions now that I am putting them into more regular practice. Spoiler alert: no romance. Just dancing.

One of the first things we learned in the first week was not to lead ourselves. It was agonizing to stand still waiting for a lead who didn’t start on the instructor’s count, but I gritted my teeth (on the inside) and smiled (on the outside) and practiced patience. I learned to ignore my leads’ counting under their breath and to just wait for the physical signals and try to follow those in what seemed to be his tempo. Sometimes, the leads’ counting was not even in rhythm with their steps or mine, which was bewildering. Everyone has to start somewhere.

Eventually, I got around to practicing with the stronger leads and with my instructors. When my main instructor left me to change the music, I felt like I was getting it. And, as evidenced by my current presence in Level 2, I was! He even used me to demonstrate all the moves we’d learned at the end of the last beginner class. I still need practice, though. I could feel in it in my first intermediate class. I’ll be on this level for a while.

I also reaffirmed that it is very difficult to follow a lead who’s not on the beat. As I’ve danced with better leaders, I find that they manage to stay on the beat, so I can just follow them and feel that I’m still on the beat. I even felt comfortable enough to try some style variations.

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Better leaders have helped me increase my comfort being around strange men and almost never interacting with the other women in the room. It helps a lot to be in a smallish, safe environment. Several of my friends do West Coast Swing, and one of the men in particular told me that learning to dance made him much less awkward around women. He’s married now. That’s solid evidence despite being a sample size of one. I am not usually awkward around strangers, male or female, but these are the kind of strangers I have to stand really close to. That’s new. I’m working on it.

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It’s always been a little weird for me to dance with a partner. I almost never have one in social dance settings (these days, just weddings), so I’ve never improved very much. It’s a catch-22: I’m not very good at partner dancing because I don’t usually have a partner, but when I do have a partner, I get dragged around the floor because I’m not very good at partner dancing. It doesn’t matter how good your lead is if you don’t know how to follow.

So I’m learning how to follow, and I’m enjoying it and slowly improving. Now I have a handful of West Coast Swing, Two-Step, Salsa, and whatever you call the shuffle step I was learning last fall. The only dance I ever learned in school was the Macarena (true story), so I’ve just become a great solo freestyle dancer. Freestyle: the dance of the perpetually single.


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7 Quick Takes on Catholic Hashtag Games, Wedding Fun, and Humility

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Happy May! I’m bummed that I missed #ItsGonnaBeMay trending on Twitter yesterday. As far as my teenage heart is concerned, *NSync is still just on hiatus.

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I was on Twitter, but I was busy playing the Catholic hashtag games this week. If you’re not familiar with hashtag games, they’re super easy and so much fun. Someone will issue a challenge by creating a hashtag, and then you tweet your response with the same hashtag. The late-night show At Midnight specializes in those, but theirs are not always family-friendly.

On Tuesday, the game was #MakeAMovieCatholic. My contributions:

Some of my other faves:

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Yesterday, I got in early on #MakeHipHopCatholic. By the time I turned up, it had gone from name substitutions to lyrical substitutions. One my jams is “It Takes Two,” so I brainstormed quickly and came up with:

and

It was a challenge to think about ways to make the lyrics specifically Catholic and not just Christian.

This is a part of the New Evangelization, right?

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The dramatic slow-down in my blogging for the past weeks was anticipated but unpleasant. I’m glad to be back on track (sort of). I was out of town for a wedding last weekend, so I had to plan and act very carefully to get everything done. The weekend before that, I was extra social, so I had to hedge against that, too.

GTD has saved my skin so many times, and it made approaching and recovering from two booked weekends a million times easier. I promise I’m still planning a post about how I use the methodology. It will be posted… eventually.

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The wedding was delightful. It was so good to see some of my old friends from undergrad, and I even made some new ones during cocktail hour. I hadn’t remembered that one of my mutual friends with the groom is now a deacon, so it was surprising and heartwarming to see him assisting at the altar. Two other friends brought their babies. I didn’t get in any snuggles, but I’m full up on cuteness for a bit.

One of the best moments was in the receiving line. I made my way down, introducing myself to the parents and hugging another dear friend who was a groomsman. When I got to the bride, I had to half-introduce myself to her. I visit my friend Jim (the groom) whenever I am in town, but that’s usually Christmastime, so she has always been with her family. (Jim and I are from Maryland; the bride is from Boston, which is where the wedding was held.) It felt strange to be meeting her for the first time on her wedding day when our paths should have crossed before.

The strangeness dissipated almost instantly. I said, “I don’t think we’ve ever actually met before. I’m Lindsay.”

“Oh!” she said, drawing me into a great hug. “You’re my favorite wedding guest! You RSVP to everything!”

Yes. GTD strikes again.

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Another fun moment from the weekend happened when I went to IHOP before the wedding. In most restaurants with table service, you give your name for the waiting list and listen for it to be called when your table is ready. Strictly speaking, you only have to give a name. It doesn’t actually have to be your name, first or last. At this IHOP, I was handed a card instead of being asked for my name. It said “Elsa.” I thought, “That must be my server’s name. Bet Frozen made her life difficult.”

Wrong. It was my name. It only took a few tables being called (“Tom Brady, party of 3″ and “Meghan Fox, party of 2″) before I caught on.

When “Elsa, party of 1″ came up, I said, “That’s me,” and smiled.

A little girl near me said, “No, I’m Elsa!” I’m sure you are, honey.

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One serious take before I finish. I initially re-signed up with Pray More Novenas to keep me on track with the Divine Mercy Novena. It was much easier than reminding myself to check the EWTN DMC web page every day. I stayed subscribed out of curiosity and found that the novena to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots was next. It turns out that I had some knots that needed untying. That Holy Spirit is such a kidder.

Aside from actually experiencing the loosening of my knots (why am I surprised?), I was extremely humbled by the inclusion of the Act of Contrition in the novena prayers. I already make an Act of Contrition every day at the beginning of Night Prayer, so making it twice a day was especially humbling. It made me hyper-aware that some of the knots in my life are caused by my own sin. I’ll have to keep that in mind.


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7 Quick Takes on My Life, Poetry, and Love

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Well, hello there, friends! I missed writing these quick takes last week, which made me feel sad and unaccomplished. I try to keep those feelings separated a little bit when I can. Here is a summary of all the things I was doing besides blogging:

  • going to Pinthouse Pizza for the first time
  • Theology on Tap
  • taking two weekly dance classes
  • going to a baptism
  • working behind the scenes at the Pure Fashion Show
  • attending our quarterly company meeting
  • taking the Jeopardy! test (again)
  • going to Hopdoddy for the first time

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Here is a summary of my thoughts of the aforementioned activities:

  • yummy pizza, although I need to remember that I don’t like cooked spinach (raw is good)
  • slow service, pretty good speaker, couple of new people
  • the tiny new Christian is my former roommate’s baby!
  • so tiring, but so worth it
  • I was on time, and it ended on time #winning
  • someday
  • great fries, okay burger, and not at all worth standing in line that long

All that social time has me craving some hunkering down at home, but instead I have a leadership meeting, a birthday dinner, more dancing, and a wedding coming at me. I realized Sunday I wanted to make an appointment that will have to wait until May. Yikes.

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Moving on. Lent is finally over, and it felt really good this year. I realized last week that one of the reasons for that is that I didn’t let Lent slip away. I was on top of every day and every week. I can attribute that to three factors: grace, the daily Gospel readings from Evangelio del Dia (DailyGospel.org in English), and using the GTD methodology. When you have to review, preview, and plan for every day, you stay on top of things. Maybe I’ll run a “Lent with GTD” series next year.

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I get the Goodreads newsletter, and I am a big fan of the Love Languages. This month’s poetry contest winner sounds like the perfect portrayal of Acts of Service. Do you agree?

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I haven’t been following Auntie Seraphic’s new blog as closely as I did when she was mainly blogging about the single life, but since she still advises us single ladies occasionally at her new home, I’m still reading. I also just really enjoy her style and tone.

She is one of the few people I actually know (as much as anyone can “actually know” a blogger) who is married but has also been previously married, divorced, and annulled before even meeting her (current) husband. Therefore, I take her opinions about that whole process very seriously. I was so glad to read her post about whether divorced people should date. She’s been there. As it turns out, we share the same opinion.

That post also gets the award for Best Ever Admonishment to Not Settle:

Do not settle. I do not care how old you are, or how plain-Jane, or how much you want children. Unless you are so in love with this guy that you will do anything for him except commit mortal sins, and he would do anything for you, don’t think about marriage.

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Also regarding love and poetry, I have been reading the Grammarly blog (which is not nearly as funny as the Facebook page I hope you are already following), and I thus encountered a delightful love poem to grammar. Yes, grammar love goes above and beyond. It’s a parallel poem: it can be read from top to bottom or from bottom to top with slightly different meanings. It’s not as drastic a meaning shift as that atheist/believer poem, but it’s still neat.

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Just before Easter, I found basically the clearest and funniest guide to the Mass ever. It has just the right amount of humor to make it enjoyable to read, yet it is totally authentic and accurate. See? Catholicism can be fun!


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7 Quick Takes on Bad Links, News Aggregators, and Good Links

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I think I might owe you an apology. You may have been seeing weird ads or pop-ups here at Lindsay Loves. I promise you that I did not install those on purpose. I do not accept advertising (with the exception of products for review). I am sorry for any ads you saw on my blog.

The story is enough for a separate post, so I wrote one, and I just posted it. It gets into the technical business of running a self-hosted website (which Lindsay Loves is), so if you’re just here to read about my life and opinions, you can safely skip it.

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Those (possible) ads were due to bad links. I also got some good links recently, the most surprising of which was to my last review for Austin CNM—from Big Pulpit!

Big Pulpit is a Catholic blog/news aggregator. I don’t usually read Big Pulpit unless someone I follow on Twitter recommends a particular post. One of my Twitterati (Dawn Eden, maybe) alerted me to the post at Big Pulpit, and I was stunned to see it there. I’m glad so many people were referred to my review. The Thrill of the Chaste really is good in its revised form (in both forms, really).

This might be the encouragement I need to finally review and purge my archives, fix the formatting in the comment section, and treat this like the modern-day blog it is. I’ve been at this since 2002, which is ancient in blog terms. I need an upgrade. (I mean a figurative upgrade; I do the technical ones all the time).

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On a related note, my archives page is currently broken. Search still works, though, if you’re looking for something specific. I use it a lot myself!

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On another related note, if you are interested in Catholic news aggregation, I recommend the Catholic Education Resource Center. It pulls together articles from a variety of topics, but it has a touch more of a focus on the actual field of education, so the teacher in me likes it a lot.

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I haven’t been getting email notifications of comments and general feedback like I used to. This week, I finally saw a few messages from people who read my viral Apostleship of Prayer post and expressed concern that I love both Jesus and Harry Potter, as declared in my tagline.

First, rest assured that their concern is unfounded. Like Kendra, I see no problem being authentically Catholic and also a huge Harry Potter fan. I’m an adult. Second, “Harry Potter” is a shorthand for my general love of stories. “Stories” isn’t even as quippy as “books”, so that’s not what I say when I introduce myself. I say “Harry Potter.
What is a tagline but a tiny introduction, after all? Third, I have thought about revising that tagline, but I’ve never thought about de-emphasizing my love of Harry Potter. I stopped doing Top Ten Tuesday partly because I just wrote about Harry Potter every week.

In summary, I’m glad they were concerned, but I’m fine.

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For those of you who are on my pro-Harry Potter side, here is a fantastic “Uptown Funk” parody, Voldemort style. I love all the visual cues, and the lyrics are so clever!

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Finally, my friend and fellow blogger Geoffrey asked me write a guest post for him on the Apostleship of Prayer. I didn’t just want to rehash my story about joining (see take #5), so instead I broke down why the Morning Offering is a great prayer and you should all be praying it. Lent may be ending soon (!), but it’s always a good time to enrich your spiritual life.

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7 Quick Takes on Blogging, the March Family Letters, and Finding Head Space

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As evidenced by the recent density of posts, I got off schedule last week. I’m back on this week, though, and have so far met two of my March goals: at least 3 posts per week overall and What I Wore Sunday every week.

I also planned to post 7QT every week. I’m not sure that last week’s entry (which I posted just a few days ago) counts, but it’s better than nothing. I even got a lovely surprise. It turned out to be Procrastinator’s Week for 7QT: all the posts are linked in reverse chronological order, so the latest posts get top billing. Win! No bottom-of-the-list for me!

I’ve already written about how doing NaBloPoMo in November and in January was great for my traffic, my content, and my commitment level, and my creativity. Setting a SMART goal for my blog posting and creating an editorial calendar have been some of the best non-challenge things I’ve ever done for this place. I think they have made me a better blogger. What helps you improve your blogging life?

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Best podcast ever. I lost my place in the archives last week when I added in a few one-off episodes from other podcasts, so I took the time to mark all the episodes I haven’t listened to yet. There are about 175. I’m so excited to listen to them all!

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Pemberley Digital has failed me.

I adored The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Lindsay Stadter turned me on to it at first, and I was hooked right away. (I love P&P.) Emma Approved was great, especially since I’m not as familiar with the story, so I had to put it together as I watched. (I also read the Wikipedia summary as I went along.) I really liked Frankenstein, MD. I’ve studied Frankenstein, and the show pushed the boundaries by adding action and horror where the romance and drama had been in the Austen-based shows. I didn’t like Welcome to Sanditon, but I didn’t hate it.

Now Pemberley Digitial is distributing The March Family Letters (based on Little Women), and I’m done. I’m not done with Pemberley Digital altogether, but I’m done with that show. I gave it over 20 episodes to stop being so ridiculous and start getting good. I might have a bias because I’ve never been a big fan of Little Women, but I haven’t read Emma either, and I loved Emma Approved. I even tried reading the plot summary on Wikipedia! When I don’t care about the characters, it’s hard for me to care at all. So that’s that.

I know there are other literature-based web series out there, but I haven’t watched any of them. I just didn’t think they would be as good, and now I have evidence. Part of what made The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Emma Approved, and Frankenstein, MD so good is that they were produced by professionals. Amateur work can be fantastic, but sometimes, it stinks. This even has the distribution stamp of approval of Pemberley Digital, the Emmy-winning powerhouse of the genre! It should be good!

So I stopped giving The March Family Letters another chance to be good. I’m waiting for the next series. If you watch, and I turn out to be wrong, I’ll marathon it later. It’ll still be good then.

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You read that right: I follow a blog by another Lindsay. I used to follow two blogs by other Lindsays, and I’m still following two in total. It’s fun. (The others are all white so far. I bring the diversity!) (That’s a joke.)

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I realized something this week, as I’ve been listening to podcasts (see #2) and reading ALL THE THINGS about GTD (my new edition of The Book is on the way). I don’t have much headspace these days. I’ve gotten so good about filling up my time with the things I want to do (instead of just what I have to do), that I don’t do as much mind-wandering and random reflection as I used to. Closing my browser tabs for Facebook and Twitter was a good call, but I miss the time I once found for just thinking.

I can’t schedule that time because I hate brainstorming or anything that resembles it, but I don’t want to waste time that I could be using to Get Things Done. (Some of the Things are prayer-related, so that’s covered.) Any advice for how to be efficient, productive, and free?

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Not a whole lot of excitement happening around here. I don’t usually celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and I didn’t have a plan for St. Joseph’s Day, so those were uneventful. Back to regular Lent.

I’m making headway with the hardest and most private of my Lenten resolutions. (Good Friday is two weeks from now. Whoa.) It is mostly environmental (i.e. not my doing), but this little boost has given me the encouragement to do what I need to do to make this change permanent.

I know I’m being vague. Trust me when I say that I needed to do this a long time ago, it is good for me in multiple areas of my life, it is difficult, and it is not romantic. I will conquer this by Easter!

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Spring is springing. I was startled approaching my front door last night by a cardinal lurking on the porch. (The bird, not the church official.) I like the bluebonnets; I dislike the bugs. It’ll be this way until Halloween, though, so I’m enjoying my last hurrah with sweaters and boots. Oh, Austin. Your food is delicious, your traffic is awful, and your “seasons” will never feel right to me.

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7 Quick Takes on Debt, Lent, and Grammar

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I have officially paid off my first student loan!

I honestly didn’t think I could do it. I read The Total Money Makeover. I’ve considered the merits of the debt snowball versus the debt avalanche versus every other method of debt repayment. Using YNAB meant that I had to save up cash for Christmas, car repairs, annual bills, and a trip to my friend’s wedding in Boston. (That last one hasn’t happened yet.) I thought I would be on the “slow and steady (and expensive)” plan for the next many years.

Then I wrote the check to my lender. And now that loan is gone!

I have four more, and the last one is several times the one I just paid off, but gaining this momentum gives me so much joy. I couldn’t have done it without realizing that You (I) Need a Budget.

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National Grammar Day was two weeks ago, but I took Grammarly’s “What Kind of Grammar Lover Are You?” quiz just last week.

The Pedant's Grammarian

I’m choosing to see this as a good thing.

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As it turns out, I only subscribed to one set of daily Lenten emails: the series by Fr. Robert Barron. They are so good, guys. His message on the Parable of the Prodigal Son helped me see it in a whole new light. I finally understood the role of the father a few years ago, and now I understand the non-prodigal son, too. Mind blown.

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I did not subscribe to Best Lent Ever, because I don’t always find Matthew Kelly meeting me where I am, but this video about the one thing that keeps him (and me) Catholic is fantastic. Just watch it. (I can’t embed it. Sharing fail.)

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These quick takes have taken me so long that I’m going to call it a day with five. If you’re itching for more, check out my post today for Austin CNM about confession. Anyone can tell you how to go or why. I’ve got insider tips. Check them out and add your own in the comments!

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7 Quick Takes on 2 Viral Things and Also Grammar

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That intense cold I mentioned last week is still hanging on. It has now taken the form of a super-attractive persistent cough. I’ve sworn up and down that I have not taken up smoking for Lent, but I sure sound like it. Cough medicine isn’t working, and I can’t exactly work on cough drops all day. I’m about at the point of pursuing home remedies. I would love to hear yours in the comments.

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I think I just had my third viral post. The first was an ancient one back in the days when my blog was called Contrariwise, Switchfoot’s website had a fan-run blog, and fewer than 50 visits in one day was a big deal. The second was my post on my five favorite love songs. I hit Hallie’s link-up at just the right time to snag one of the first few spots, and my traffic was accordingly gigantic.

This time, it was my post on joining the Apostleship of Prayer. I’ve already mentioned that the national director and children’s ministry director, Fr. James Kubicki and Grace Urbanski, had read and enjoyed my post. They said they wanted to share it (although you can’t really demand permission for anything that isn’t behind a login wall), and I was totally cool with that.

I did not expect them to share it in the monthly e-newsletter. I opened mine shortly after it arrived and was bewildered to find a giant photo of myself. My bank includes my name in its emails so I know they’re real, but none of the previous AOP e-newsletters have had a picture of me. Then I realized it was about me. This month’s universal intention is for women (in accordance with International Women’s Month), so I guess they went with me since I am one!

I can’t quite express how flattered I am. I even sent a link to my mom, and, as mentioned, my site traffic was ridiculous. It was my best single day (traffic-wise) ever.

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The other highlight of my week was getting to visit my former roommate and her new baby. The little cutie pie was several weeks early, so we showered New Mom with gifts after her daughter was born. It was pretty delightful to get to hold the baby at the shower.

I showed up empty-handed that day, though, because I had only been invited a few days before. I was left off the Evite list at first. New Mom was super chill and completely understood. I was able to get in some shopping and wrapping over the weekend, so I went over to see the new little family after work yesterday.

I think I've found my new side hustle: reusing ribbons. #upcycle #presents #pretty

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Among our conversation topics was the completely casual way infants spit up. They seem totally unfazed by food going back out of their mouths. I guess it’s pretty new that food is going in, though, so out isn’t as much of a surprise.

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Matt Maher is releasing a new album! It will be all new songs, not mostly live ones like the previous album. I was rather disappointed by that last one, although I understood that his life changed a bit after getting married and having two kids.

I received the happy news of this new material through the email newsletter. (I’ve been signed up for years.) In addition to advertising, he has been sending out a series of daily reflections based on the lyrics from his song “Because He Lives.” The reflections are, of course, awesome.

The campaign worked. I pre-ordered the deluxe version, getting me “Because He Lives” immediately, and I’m listening to a free-in-exchange-for-your-email stream of a few other songs. I am pleased.

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We have a new bishop! I’ve lived in Austin for almost five years now, and I said Bishop Joe needed an auxiliary the whole time. Back home, they have three auxiliaries. My friend Michael Raia, whose writing on his employer’s blog I have recommended here before, was able to attend the Mass for Bishop Garcia’s ordination. His summary of the background info and the Mass itself is fantastic, and you should go read it.

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March 4th was National Grammar Day! I do love grammar, and I was delighted to have several friends share happy greetings on my Facebook wall. The best press I saw was this interview by Grammarly with Martha Brockenbrough, who started the whole holiday. I may or not be a card-carrying member of her other brainchild, the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG).

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I had takes about Jesus (via Bishop Garcia) and grammar, but I don’t have any Harry Potter takes today. Sad day. Next time?

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