Five Flavors of the Week

5 Faves

Today is a day for trying new things! ๐Ÿ™‚ So, after seeing a bunch of my friends joining in on this link-up thing, I decided to join in! (But only the fun ones…)

Hallie runs a website called Moxie Wife, and she hosts Five Favorites on Wednesdays. And that’s all you have to do. List 5 of your favorites. However you interpret that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚ And good thing for me that it is weekly, as my preferences change quickly!

So here are some things this week that I am enjoying:

One.

This weather. Maybe not the rainy days, but the sunshiny warm-but-not-sticky days. I usually don’t do this, but lately I have been enjoying going outside on my lunch hour and spending some time in the sun at one of the picnic tables. I try to ignore the fact that everyone in the building can look out their window and see me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Two.

Photography.
These are some wildflowers at the edge of the wadi (?) on the front lawn of my workplace.
Flowers at NCAC

Three.

Learning. I don’t think I will ever stop learning. I go to school as much as I can (afford). I am currently in the middle of pursuing a Master’s degree in Theology, but I read everything I can get my hands on. And I tend to look up things I don’t understand. Like the word “wadi” used in the last Favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚ I kept hearing that term when reading the Bible, but I had no idea what a wadi was. So, I asked Google (who knows all).

I found out that a wadi is a dry riverbed or drainage course that is typically dry, except after heavy rains. This is pretty spot-on for what we have surrounding our office building, so I keep calling it a wadi. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think most other people around here (and me, previously) would have called it a creek. (The creek is dry; the creek has water in it from the rain…)

Here is my wadi:
NCAC Wadi

Four.

Prayer. I am working on reinvigorating my prayer life. And adding more discipline into my life in general. But this week, I have added more time in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, recommitted myself to praying at least an hour per day, recommitted to journaling when I pray, and am starting a new fast. For various medical reasons, I don’t do fasting from food very well. So, I will be fasting from Facebook. I’m on FB *constantly*, so this really will be a sacrifice for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I get that I’m still on Twitter and the internet and blogging and stuff, but I want to pick something that I can do and stick with it. I can always expand later when it becomes a habit, but what I don’t want to do is to make it some huge thing that I will be unfaithful to in a week or so. I think that small things, done with great love and faithfulness tend to have more import than short-lived grandiose offerings. ๐Ÿ™‚ (And I like St. Therese of Lisieux, which might explain things a bit…)

Five.

Challenges. I’m very competitive. Even with myself. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had spoken previously about a challenge that I found on my Goodreads group, but unfortunately, due to the lateness of finding the challenge and the hours of the library surrounding the Memorial Day holiday, I was unable to complete it. However!!! There is now a new challenge, and since I’m finding out about it sooner, hopefully I will be able to complete this one! ๐Ÿ™‚

I suppose a corollary Favorite would be reading. This extends to all kinds of media-consumption: music, movies, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll post about the new challenge shortly. (Just don’t hold me to today… No guarantees!)

And I’m still plugging away at my C25K program, although I have been getting very tired recently and having more pain, so there’s been more time between running sessions than I’d like. Keep cheering me on; I need it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time! Join me at Hallie’s for some more Five Favorites!

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