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7 Quick Takes Potpourri

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

I can’t remember if potpourri has actually been a category on Jeopardy! since I’ve been watching as of late, but it’s fun when it is, and it seems very appropriate for 7QT, so I’m going with it.

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The Apostleship of Prayer publishes a daily two-minute reflection to YouTube (and I think to Catholic radio, but I don’t actually listen to Catholic radio, so I can’t confirm or deny). I don’t watch them every day, but I marathon all the videos in chunks. They’re great for watching on my phone when I’m standing in the kitchen waiting for something to cook.

I thought this recent one on why/how we are supposed to (or not supposed to) judge people was especially good:

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As I mentioned the last time I did 7QT, I did revise my life plan. It did not have my grandmother in it, although it now has a reminder to call my grandfather (on the other side). It was useful to do a really big sweep through since so much has changed in my life. It also encouraged me to pick up two daily habits I’d tossed by the wayside: reading through the Bible and practicing my Spanish vocabulary with Duolingo. I feel productive.

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There’s a Friday solemnity during the Easter octave every year. Simcha Fisher hilariously called it “Meatster Friday,” and I think I have to call it that from now on.

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Before Currently, I did tl;dr. Jenna came up with the latter, short-lived link-up before she mostly stopped blogging. I swing by very occasionally to see if she’s posted anything, and on my most recent pass-through, I noticed a lovely post about short prayers to keep ready at a moment’s notice; she calls them “arrow prayers.”

Somehow, I found a similar set of very short prayers compiled by a priest. He has some great ideas in particular for how to pray for people you don’t like very much and how to seek forgiveness in awkward situations. Even tiny prayers are better than no prayer at all.

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I ate kind of a lot of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream this past week. It was Peanut Butter Fudge Core, and I completely underestimated how decadent (and fast-melting) it was going to be. I also ate about half of the pint in one sitting. I should stick to the extra-cheap, simple flavors from now on, and I should eat just a little bit from the pint, like I like to. Feeling too full is never great; feeling too full of ice cream is… ugh.

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jenfulwilerloveswunderlist

Whenever someone shows their computer desktop, I always peek at what’s on the periphery: how much phone battery do they have, what apps are running in the background, etc. I can’t help it! Jen Fulwiler did not mean to share that she uses the Wunderlist desktop app on her Mac, but I spotted that cute red star banner immediately. Now I’m sad again. I miss Wunderlist.

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Mr. Man and I won trivia last week! There were only about a dozen teams, but we somehow had an amazing run and took first place with just the two of us. It was bewildering and awesome, and it is unlikely to ever happen again… but we’ll try.


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My Accidental Hiatus

You know what is new? My frequency of posting here. I’m not quite sure how I slid into my serious lack of posting, but I am declaring it to be over now. As with Hallie, sometimes parts of my life get in the way of other parts, but I’ve decided I’m not letting that happen anymore.

So, what’s been going on since my last non-book review post?

  • I still haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey, nor will I ever. Just in case you were wondering.
  • My regular schedule resumed at work, which leaves me with substantially less free time, but many more fun students to hang out with. Long hours are icky, but being employed (and for the Church I love, at that) is better than the alternative.
  • I taught some of our student leaders a new prayer method, and they produced some great results with it. I’ve been intentionally applying it more myself, and I like it. I have just started a draft of a separate post on that topic, so look for it tomorrow.
  • I registered half a dozen people for RCIA, which is super exciting. Even just getting their information and hearing their stories is awesome. I’m even more excited to actually start classes on Monday. (It helps that they’re the kind of classes I don’t have to take and have no papers to grade.)
  • I started using my new intro at work: “Hi, I’m Lindsay. I work here, and I am not a student.” Maybe leading with that will help avoid some of the confusion. They already have to wrap their heads around a Texas resident who is Catholic but neither white nor apparently (or actually) Mexican.
  • I had a great conversation with a brand-new campus minister elsewhere in Texas. It was nice to reflect on how much I’ve settled in even after just two short years, and it was awesome to get to give the “what I wish I’d known then” speech.
  • Now that I’m looking at my calendar (which is how I write these life recaps), I’m realizing that I worked extra-late every night last week and on Friday, so I forgive myself for not posting. I was tired! I am tired!

Now that I’ve written all of that out, I’m going to have to be way more creative than usual for 7 Quick Takes Friday. Brace yourselves, readers.

7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 180

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It is amazing the difference half an hour makes! I’ve been using my Fridays off from work as a lazy day, leading me to not really get moving until well after noon. Today, I made an effort to get moving just before noon, and it made my whole day run more smoothly. Sure, I had to take out my first load of laundry just as it started to rain, but it could have been worse.

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I found myself involved in two arguments online today. Thankfully, both of them were conducted via private messages as opposed to my friend’s Facebook wall and a LinkedIn group’s discussion board. I appreciated the change of venue because it kept the focus on just the two of us (in each conversation), without the contributions of other people prolonging or derailing our discussion. In both cases, we didn’t come to an agreement, but we ended amicably and definitively. We didn’t have to call names, drop that ridiculous “agree to disagree” line, or “give up.” I tried to keep my social media manners in mind, and it turned out well.

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I’m so proud of the CSC being featured in the National Catholic Register! I’ll confess to being envious that other universities get featured in “what’s going right with the Church/the world/campus ministry” stories (some multiple times, like Franciscan University of Steubenville), but now I can rest easy. It’s a good time to be a Catholic Terp!

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Smart, Pretty, and Awkward had a coupon for Shabby Apple today, which was delightful because now someone other than Hallie recommends them. I still can’t afford any of those dresses, but they have some great ones. If you like pink, this would be a fantastic bridesmaid dress, and I wish I could afford this for my friend’s black-and-white themed wedding. I also discovered that Shabby Apple is on Instagram. So much fantastic modest fashion!

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At my Monday night holy hour, I got to give a talk about the Liturgy of the Hours and lead Evening Prayer. I suggested that we might pray the LOTH during the summer, and the leaders asked if I would give the talk. See, kids, that’s what happens when you have an idea. I loved it, though! I said at least one thing I later realized was definitely inaccurate, but I had a great time sharing and hearing from other people. Most of all, I have missed praying in community. It’s the way the LOTH was meant to be.

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I am still loving my summer Bible study. I remembered to review before this week’s session (just barely, but before is before), so I was ready for the review prizes, and I won one!

It’s a wind-up walking Earth. I would have gone for the stuffed lambs in the second round of prizes, too, but I didn’t want to be greedy.

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I got to take a tour of the John Paul II Life Center and the Vitae Clinic this week. I’m not sure how much we’ll be able to be connected with them at work, and I’m pretty sure I don’t have any personal time left, but it’s a great organization. I was really pleased with what I saw. If you’re in the Austin area, you should consider reaching out and getting involved. We even got to chat with Dr. Kalamarides and have him show us a 3-D ultrasound himself. Good times.

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7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 169

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I am so glad that Easter is finally here! It was a long, long Triduum, but I emerged much happier than last year. I remembered to eat on Good Friday and Holy Saturday rather than try so hard to fast “well” that I almost fainted. (That happened last year. True story.) I watched all eight of our catechumens/elect be baptized and three delightful baptized Christians make their profession of faith. My candle didn’t drip like crazy during the new Exsultet [PDF]. (Also a true story from last year.)

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The profession of faith is always particularly interesting for me. We ask baptized Catholics to renew their baptismal promises at the Easter Vigil, on Easter Sunday, and during the Rite of Baptism (inside or outside of Mass). We affirm our rejection of Satan and the basic division of the Apostle’s Creed: God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Church. We don’t ever have to say the baptized-Christian-coming-into-the-Church profession of faith, which is undoubtedly more convicting:

I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God.

Maybe this is a missed opportunity. If more people actually had to say they believe everything that the Church teaches, maybe they’d at least realize and perhaps even acknowledge when they don’t.

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I attended a lovely dinner given by our sorority, Mu Epsilon Theta, in honor of Passover. It was held on Tuesday, though, because it wasn’t a real seder, and our weekend was busy with Easter, of course. It’s nice to be able to have an interfaith experience at our Catholic center. As far as I know, there are no actual Jews involved, but at least we acknowledge our beginnings in Judaism.

The remnants of last year's seder foods.

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I finally did my taxes on Easter Monday. I don’t make a ton of money and don’t have any special situations (except my student loan interest), so it’s never very complicated. I did have to fill in the information about four times, though, since the specifications for the various software that I could use for free were really complicated this year. I also don’t own a printer, so I had to wait in line at Office Depot to get the forms printed, and then scoot over to the post office to drop them off.

Fun fact: If your local post office has an Automated Postal Center, you can weigh an envelope to get the correct postage and add the appropriate number of stamps rather than getting the huge label the machine spits out. I was excited to discover this hack and get to brighten my otherwise gloomy tax stuff with Go Green and Disney Send a Hello stamps.

You know you'd want this turning up in your mailbox.

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I’m not condoning anything else the original poster writes on his tumblr, but that is love.

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I was shocked to discover that AIM is still around and is just now being discontinued. Technically, it will still be available for download, but no one is assigned to work on it anymore. I didn’t realize anyone still used instant messaging. Once smartphones with web browsers and unlimited texting came onto the scene, AIM received its death sentence. I did have some good times with it, though, even way back in the day before always-on Internet when I used CompuServe messenger to interact with AIM. (True. Story.)

I will also admit that I’m going to miss the acronym-within-an-acronym:

AIM

AOL Instant Messenger

America Online Instant Messenger

So Many Words That No Wonder People Gave Up On It

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Thanks to Pray More Novenas, I have successfully prayed the Divine Mercy novena all the way to today! Technically, I missed one day and had to pray two days’ worth at once, and I’ve only added the Divine Mercy Chaplet about twice, but that’s better than I usually manage. I’m not sure how I feel about the site as a whole, but I did like having the prayers emailed to me. I could have done without the author’s commentary in his emails, but that’s just me.

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Hail Marys in Your Hail Marys

I’ve just joined in a novena to St. Raphael the Archangel with my friend Sabrina and some of the other Catholic 20-Somethings. This one is set to be maybe the second novena I’ve ever completed by keeping up with all nine days. We’ll see how it turns out.

In tangential news, recently at work, students have been leading the Angelus before Mass. I usually take the time before Mass to pray the rosary by myself, so I was definitely caught off guard the first time they did it. I was a few Hail Marys shy of finishing, so it was particularly unusual to be interrupted for the Angelus since it’s just more Hail Marys. I felt like this image from LOLSaints:

which parodies Xzibit on Pimp My Ride because he put everything from fishtanks to clothes dryers in the cars he “pimped”:

except that for me, it was, “Yo, dawg, I heard you like Mary, so I put Hail Marys in your Hail Marys so you can pray to Mary while you pray to Mary.” It was an odd thought to have in church, but it made getting interrupted a whole lot more fun.

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