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7 Quick Takes on Event-Filled Weeks and Jeopardy!

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

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I am about halfway through another big swing of events. I had a couple of Skype and phone dates filling up my weeknights. I was up early and out until mid-afternoon yesterday, then I did chores until I went back out again. An old friend came into town this weekend, so a group met up for dinner after church. This coming week, I will have another friend date, stop by the summer church history study at my parish, go to a work social event, and make a day-long retreat. All of this activity is crazy, but it is a blessing to have so many friends and to not be bored!

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I was up early on Saturday for the saddest reason. Some dear friends of mine lost their son to stillbirth last week. They buried him this weekend. It was the most beautiful and terrible experience. It was beautiful because the Mass is always beautiful (heaven touches Earth!) and because it was at the same church where they were married about a year and a half ago. The church was about as full both times, which is a testament to the community they have built. It was terrible because the death of a child is always terrible. I could only express my sorrow and assure them of my prayers.

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I’m still working through my Life Plan. It’s supposed to be a living document, so I’m doing my best to keep it fresh without giving in to my tendency to revise endlessly. I came across a quotation that I hope will help me focus my efforts:

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” —Peter Drucker

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Also a Church Word: It's defined as a coherent, typically large body of matter with no definite shape. What is matter?

J!6 has so many Lindsay-friendly clues! As I said before, I am hoping that some of these kinds of clues actually make it to the show if I, too, make it to the show.

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Whose What?: Dumbledore's Army is a fictional organization that held meetings in this school. What is Hogwarts?


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International Days of the Week: Of dies mercurii, dies solis, or dies martis, it's Wednesday in Latin. What is dies mercurii?

Mr. Man works with Latin, so I was especially proud to share that one with him. I only know church Latin and what I can make out from my knowledge of Spanish. For this clue, I used the latter.

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Mr. Man himself sent me this one, perhaps suggesting that this would be a worthy pastime if I become independently wealthy:

If you watch Jeopardy! backwards, it's a show about rich people paying money for answers to questions.

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Not Alone Series: Single Scriptures


What is your relationship with Scripture? Do you read the Bible every day? What is your favorite translation or edition? Do you use Scripture for prayer (a.k.a. lectio divina)? Do you play Bible roulette (flip to a random verse)? What are some Scripture verses that speak to you as a single woman?

Way back in 2007, I got a brand-new Bible and a brand-new plan to read the Bible in a year. I promised I wouldn’t give up until I finished it.

I haven’t finished it yet. But I haven’t given up, either!

My Bible reading these days is always in small chunks. I have never been the kind of person to just sit down and read the Bible, although I hear that is a great way to get a new perspective on the Gospels: reading a whole Gospel in one sitting. The big scenes happen one right after the other; they only feel like they take a long time because that’s how we experience them at Sunday Mass. That experience is probably why I struggle to just sit and read through books of the Bible. I tend to read slowly and get lost in reflection when I have a regular book. I can only imagine how lost I’d get contemplating the Word of God!

What I actually do is pray Night Prayer (from the Liturgy of the Hours) every night, so I read a psalm or two plus a few other verses in the course of that prayer. I also receive emails from Evangelio del dia to get the Gospel of the day plus a reflection in Spanish. That helps me practice my Spanish and grow in faith, so it’s a win on two fronts. On Sundays before Mass, I preview the other readings (in English) in addition to the Gospel. That’s my day-to-day experience.

Once or twice a year, I join my parish’s adult Bible study. They did the foundational course of The Great Adventure Bible Timeline a few years ago, but they haven’t repeated it since. That’s too bad, because I want to do that one, even though it does mean committing a whole school year. That’s nothing in the grand scheme of growing in my knowledge of and love for Scripture. In the meantime, I’ve done the short version of the Bible Timeline (recently re-released as “Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible”), the course on Psalms, and currently the one on Revelation. They’re all stellar.

Overall, though two Bible verses speak straight to my single-lady heart. The first is my favorite verse in the whole Bible:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. —Matthew 11:28

I know my life could be much harder, but that doesn’t negate the hardship I experience now in my singlehood and in general. That verse reminds me that the Lord is always there to bring rest in the end. We will experience suffering, but he will reach out to us with compassion.

The other verse just gives me hope:

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. —Jeremiah 29:11

In context, Jeremiah is preaching to the Israelites who are exiled in Babylon. They’re prisoners. Their great nation has been scattered. They have no idea that the Messiah is coming soon and salvation is right around the corner (relatively speaking). It’s much easier for us to wallow in the status quo, to think that this is as good as it gets. That’s not true, though. The virtue of hope means that we trust that the Lord will fulfill his promises. He has promised us salvation if we only trust in him.

So I will lean upon him when I am weary, and I will trust in him, and we’ll get through this life together.

Next week’s topic: Recipes for One

What are some great recipes for just one person? How do you handle shopping, cooking, and eating for one? Do you have any kitchen advice or cooking tips for singles? (Thanks to Bek and Laura for suggesting we give this one another go!)

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7 Quick Takes on Spanish, Not Checking My Inbox, and Online Discipleship


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Since Apple doesn’t seem to appreciate free Internet radio anymore, my short love affair with their stations is over. I have gone back to my college sweetheart, Pandora. I have not used my account since 2007, but my Switchfoot station was still seeded perfectly. I set up another one with “A Dios le Pido” by Juanes. My college roommate referred to him as “the Latin Justin Timberlake,” and I have been practicing my Spanish with the Bible lately, so that seemed appropriate.

The verdict?

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Back in June, I signed up for Stever Robbins’s “Taming Your Tasks and To-Do’s” webinar. It was tricky to watch during my lunch break, especially because it went over time, but I enjoyed it so much that I rewatched the whole thing later to make sure I’d absorbed it all. And I took notes. You can watch the replay, too, at that link, in exchange for your email address. The live discussion window was also archived. Watch for my comments!

Absolutely the best takeway was building a habit of checking my to-do list first. Like many people, I once lived in my inbox. When I was ready for a new task, I would check my Facebook notifications or Gmail and work from there. Bad idea. Now, I check my to-do list first. By focusing on tasks I’ve already identified, clarified, and usually scheduled, I make sure that I’m not just putting out fires all day. I still get to Inbox Zero, and I complete more of the tasks on my list. Win-win!

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Participating in the Not Alone Series and putting my blog URL on my Christmas cards has made me highly cognizant of the amount of personal information I share online. I don’t have kids to worry about embarrassing when they’re older. I don’t have a husband who’s involved in my blog-worthy stories. (Or non-blog-worthy stories. It’s the husband part that’s missing. Point of clarification.)

I read a post at No Sidebar about being yourself online, and it underscores my philosophy quite well for a blog I just discovered this month. On the one hand, if I don’t share my heart and my loves (hence the title) with you, I’m not really letting you get to know me at all. On the other hand, there are parts of my life I would never blog about. Some of them have a significant effect on my life and relationships, and if I know you in real life, I’ll tell you about them offline. Here, though, is a vast space. The Internet never forgets.

Blog with discretion, but don’t be afraid to share who you really are.

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I had a color-finding appointment with my Mary Kay consultant last Saturday. Since Pure Fashion, I’ve made it a goal to learn to wear makeup like a grown woman. This is a good candidate my One True Red Lipstick. If only I’d had a fancier place to wear it than the grocery store.

Yeah, I'm going out for groceries, but first—let me take a #selfie. 😘😉 #nofilter #marykay

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I went to Theology on Tap this month mostly to support Cris as a longtime Austin CNM contributor. He and another Chris spoke about digital discipleship. Having been a blogger for over ten years, on Facebook since 2005, and slowly learning how to best use Instagram and Twitter, I was interested in they strategies they would offer about how to live my faith online.

Their main point was that the Christian life is all about relationships: God’s with us, and ours with others who are also beloved by God and hopefully loving God in return. Thus, sometimes our best response to something online is to take it offline. If you don’t know someone well enough to see them in person (or even text them), maybe you don’t know them well enough to “defend the faith” to them or “call them out” on something. At the end of the day, you want everyone to know that even if you disagree with them, you still love them. Christ loves us even when we least deserve it (which is basically always).

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That is all that’s on my mind right now, so perhaps there are really only five takes today. This balances out my usual not-so-quick takes, right?

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See you next time!

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Booking Through Thursday: Language and Sporting


One post; two weeks’ worth of questions. Go!

April 18: I saw a Latin edition of The Hobbit last time I was at the bookstore. Do you read any foreign languages? Do you ENJOY reading in other languages?

Well, I can read some Spanish but not enough to enjoy books the way I do in English. After undergrad, I kept a few of the books I read for my Spanish history and culture (the country, not the language) class with the intent of reading them someday. A friend also gave me an Allende novel. I read enough of the books for class to get a decent grade in the glass, but the gift book has barely been touched. (Oops.) One of these days, I’ll get my Spanish back and tackle those books. I brought them all the way to Texas, so now I have to read them, right?

April 25: Do you read books about sports? How about AT sporting events? (Kid’s soccer practice?)

I think I can say fairly confidently that I have never read a book about sports. I can also say that I have never read during a sporting event, although I graded papers immediately before one once. I was a busy teacher, but I knew it would help if I went to the game, so I brought in the best of both worlds. Books will always be more important to me than basketball!

Booking Through Thursday: Vacation and Hard

Considering the theme of last week’s BTT, perhaps it is appropriate that I’m only getting to answer on my first full day off from work in two weeks solid.

Oct. 20: Do your reading habits change when you’re on vacation? Do you read more? Do you indulge in lighter, fluffier books than you usually read? Do you save up special books so you’ll be able to spend real vacation time with them? Or do you just read the same old stuff, vacation or not?

I haven’t been away on vacation in a very long time. I prefer staycations, really, like Deb (the BTT poster). When I’m home on vacation, I do tend to read more, although these days that translates into a lot more online reading. Generally, my current job has actually made it easier to read more real books, since I can take out some big chunks while I eat lunch, lacking a TV to stare at. I try to mix fluffy books in with serious books regardless of when I’m reading them.

Oct. 27: What’s the hardest/most challenging book you’ve ever read? Was it worth the effort? Did you read it by choice or was it an assignment/obligation?

Re-reading The Giver earlier this month was really difficult emotionally. I hadn’t read it since I officially became pro-life, so it was even harder to keep turning pages, but it was absolutely worth the pain.

A lot of the books I read for my Chicano literature class in college were difficult because they had such a strange style or were graphic (and not just the graphic novel). That was the same year I had to read Tristram Shandy, come to think of it. It was worth being able to discuss them in class and do well on my exams, but I doubt I’d have chosen to read any of those of my own free will.

Of course, reading in Spanish is the hardest of all, so the novels I read for my Spanish history class probably win the “hardest book” award in the end.

Chavez Says: No More Spanglish

President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela would like a little more pureza in his people’s españolh. He is urging the country’s citizens to stop using English words for popular contemporary terms, favoring their Spanish counterparts instead.

He’s got a point. After I finished the intermediate-level Spanish I needed to graduate with my English degree, I declared my minor and moved on to more advanced classes. The first of these, SPAN 207: Reading and Writing in Spanish, was taught completely in Spanish. English was discouraged to the point that, when our teacher asked what a word meant, she wanted a definition in Spanish, not the English translation.

However, since we weren’t quite proficient yet, we would often still sprinkle our Spanish sentences with English words. It’s much harder to build up your fluency when you have to stop and puzzle over a word in the middle of a sentence. If you just drop in the English word, you can get on with the rest of your phrase. I noticed, though, that the English words in a Spanish sentence always sounded rough and inelegant in comparison.

So I see what Chavez wants. It would be ludicrous to have my Venezuelan boss call a meeting instead of a reunión, or to input my password instead of my contrasena on HarryLatino.com. (For the record, I rarely use that site, I’m not registered, and they’re mostly hunkered down after the release of Harry Potter y las reliquas de la muerte a few days ago.) There’s enough debate over Spanglish already. I love being able to read and write in both languages, but I hate getting them mixed up.

I’ll blog about something American again soon.

[Note added 5/10/12: The original article was posted at Yahoo! News. I had to use Yahoo! search to find the article on Fox News. I think that’s ironic.]


Today’s linguistic curiosities come to you via Wikipedia. I’ve only recently started reading Wikipedia articles in Spanish. It’s so encouraging that I can understand them. They help a lot when I’m studying for my Spanish history class, because my professor lectures in Spanish, and I’ll have to write exams on them in Spanish. Researching in English wouldn’t make sense; I don’t even take notes in English for that class.

Las palabras más largas del idioma español son [The longest words in the Spanish language are:] Hipopotomonstrosesquipedaliofóbicos, esternocleidooccipitomastoideo, anticonstitucionalmente, electroencefalografista y otorrinolaringológicamente.

via Idioma español

I love that section because the words are so neat. The first is some kind of animal with six legs (I think). The second sounds like a body part. The thrid is “unconstitutional.” The fourth is “electroencephalographist,” a.k.a. someone who runs EEGs. The last sounds like an adverb for things related to speech (ENT, possibly).

All of this is making Firefox’s built-in spell check go crazy.

An amusing example of the significance of stress and intonation in Spanish is the riddle como como como como como como, to be punctuated and accented so that it makes sense. The answer is: ¿Cómo “cómo como”? ¡Como como como! (“What do you mean / ‘how / do I eat’? / I eat / the way / I eat!”).

from the English version of the same article: Spanish language

And finally, a similar linguistic riddle in English:

“Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo” is a grammatically correct sentence used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated constructs.

If you consider “buffalo” a verb, it works. Very cool…for us language nerds.

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