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7 Quick Takes

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I’m in training. For a couple different things, actually. 🙂 I am training for a 5K in August and have started the Couch to 5K program. I’m on Week 2. Yet here it is Friday and I haven’t done Day 2 yet. *sigh* I did Day 1 on Tuesday, Wednesday night was Lindsay Night, yesterday was Bible study and I just fell into bed when I got home. This morning it’s rainy. Hopefully, I’ll be able to run tonight and again tomorrow. I don’t want to fall behind on my weeks.

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I’m also in training to be a godmother! Lindsay is 17 weeks yesterday 🙂 We are told that the baby is about the size of a turnip. Amazingly, I had a turnip in the fridge, so we could see what this looked and felt like! 🙂

Back to my training! I have created a website for the baby. Basically, all of my posts there are speaking directly to him/her (Dad doesn’t want to find out the sex). I have also started reviewing children’s books and movies. Which means that I have 33 items currently checked out from the public library! It’s like an addiction; I return 5 and check out another 20! SO FAR…. I have not incurred a fine. Although I know that this is only a matter of time…

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What is the best way to pray for priests?

Pray for Priests

Often. 🙂

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The best description of depression that I’ve come across: Can be found here. Warning about language. The pictures are pretty awesome!

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I’m having a hard time coming up with 7 things to post about. Have you ever had this happen to you? I know that I have more than 7 exciting things going on, but I just can’t think of them at the moment. Where is my secretary, who is supposed to follow me around keeping track of things like this???

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I’ll ask you guys questions instead. What kinds of things are you curious about? What inspires you? 🙂

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How about photography… What things to you like to photograph? What is the best “tip” you have?

A joyous weekend to all!

God Bless!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary!

7 Quick Takes: Sizzurp Edition

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First off… I haven’t actually taken any authentic “sizzurp.” If you don’t know what sizzurp is, don’t bother looking it up. You don’t need to know. 🙂 It’s some sort of random stuff including cough syrup that people throw together in order to get high. The reason that this is the Sizzurp Edition, is because I got a cold and bought some Nyquil yesterday. Typically, Nyquil does not make me sleepy or anything, so I take it during the daytime, too.

I took my cough syrup as I was heading out the door to work, hoping that it’s “6 hour” time frame would last for the majority of the work day. Then, I stopped at Caribou for a bit of espresso-based goodness. Shortly after getting to work, I started to feel … odd. Dizzy, lightheaded, couldn’t think too well. I had been listening to “Like a G6” in the car on the drive in, so I couldn’t help but thinking that the combination of my espresso and my cough syrup in my tummy had some sort of weird effect.

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Alas, all good things must come to an end, and I am starting to feel normal again. It is Payday Friday, so our group at work has decided to order out from Applebee’s today. I *did* bring my lunch, but appetizers sounded better to me, so I will be munching on Chicken Wonton Tacos and such. Be jealous. 🙂

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My best friend is on an airplane *as I type* heading to Hawaii for about 10 days. I remain here in Michigan. That’s all I have to say about that. 🙂

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Okay, here is a picture of me when I was in Hawaii… So I guess I can’t be *that* jealous…. 🙂
World's Largest Aloha Shirt

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This is one of the most ironic illnesses that I’ve had in a while. Why, you ask? Well, because I woke up Monday morning and felt great. I mean, amazingly well. I had energy and actually bounced out of bed. I felt so good that I texted my priest/friend about it (because I thought he deserved some good news after years of praying for me and my health). And then… by that evening… I got a sore throat and knew that a full-on cold was just a morning away.

I refuse to let this get me down, though! As much as I hate (and whine and complain about) colds! I will cling to the memory of that brief, perfect morning and hope that I may have another sometime in the future!

Enjoy your blessings, friends! For whatever duration God decides to bestow them upon you.

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It is still cold outside, but it’s bright and sunny here today. So, I have hope that spring and warmth will eventually make it to my part of the world. And I cannot be happier about that! 🙂 I really want to go out and do some outdoorsy stuff. So, if you happen to have any plans of that nature, please invite me along! 🙂

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I have only got a few hours left… Until the official start of the weekend. And I realize that I don’t have any plans. Okay. I *did* have plans to spend tomorrow with some friends, but the plague that I have caught seems to have scared them off. I don’t get it. Who wouldn’t want to have themselves and all of their 5 children infected with a cold virus? Alas, I am back to the drawing board. Suggestions welcome. And since a friend has posted that “resting” isn’t actually in a sick person’s best interest, I will try to avoid that as best as I can!

A joyous weekend to all!

God Bless!

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Quick Quick Takes: SickieMonkey Edition

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This has been the slowest. week. ever. I have been feeling particularly bad throughout the week and have been barely hanging on minute to minute.

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On the plus side, I have been able to go to work, which is a blessing because I need the Benjamins to pay the bills.

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And… I have had tons of suffering to use redemptively for the good of others. Which has also meant that I have been praying A LOT!!! 🙂

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Although I feel miserable most of the time… God is with me through this, so I still have joy. I am still blessed and I still love my life. These things will not change. I am grateful for all that God has done for me.

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I think I’ve been driving my priest crazy with all of my prayer requests. But really, he’s one of my best friends and gets the distinct honor of knowing these kinds of things. 🙂 Plus, I comfort myself by picturing a man-shaped depression being worn into the tiles in front of the tabernacle from the hours and hours per day that he spends laying prone in prayer on my behalf. This is what happens, right???

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One last sickie-take… If you happen to have any intentions, feel free to send them my way! I will be sure to pray for them, especially when I am feeling crummy when, I am told, they are most efficacious. 🙂

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And now for something fun!! I got the great (stolen) idea to do a podcast on various things/topics around the church, hosted by our young adult group: Firestarters. I roped Fr. Eric to do this for the first session, and I have to tell you… I am SO looking forward to the creation of the “gag reel”! Here’s a little taste, “These are votive candles. They are called votive candles because that’s what they are.” I can’t make this kind of stuff up, people!

In keeping with the theme of the week, I will leave you with a pouty-face picture. Keep the faith, peeps! 🙂

God Bless!

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Quick-Takes: Christmas Octave

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It is still the octave of Christmas! But, I have to admit, I’m having a hard time continuing the celebration. I returned to work right away and haven’t been able to get together with any friends in the evenings, so I’ve fallen into a bad habit of coming home, eating dinner in the living room while watching TV and going to bed. I haven’t even turned the Christmas lights on. So sad. I hope I manage to change this pattern this weekend.

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One of the movies I watched this week was Fireproof. I like this movie, even though I am not married. There is one scene where Caleb is complaining about his wife not responding to his demonstrations of love and his father relates this to Caleb’s relationship with God. This made me wonder if the Love Dare process could be used to grow in intimacy with God. Perhaps sometime in the next few weeks, I may acquire a copy of the Love Dare book and work my way through it. Either this or some other retreat-esque program to help me grow deeper in my personal relationship with Jesus.

The people who put out Fireproof even have a page with Catholic resources! Very cool!

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Today, we celebrate Childermas. I wasn’t sure what Childermas was, but there it was on my calendar this morning, so I turned to the all-knowing Google to find out more. Turns out Childermas is another name for the feast day of the slaughter of the Holy Innocents, when King Herod decided to kill all male children under the age of 2 years, because of the threat that Christ posed to him. I knew about the Holy Innocents, just not this other name for them. So, maybe there are traditional ways to celebrate this day? I’ll have to look that up, since another thing I’d like to do this year (these are sounding an awful lot like “resolutions” … which I don’t make) is to incorporate more traditions into my day-to-day life. Please help a girl out and let me know of any special ways that you celebrate this day. 🙂

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This Christmas Eve, I got a special treat! I was on my way to my family’s Christmas celebration, but decided to stop by a friend’s house, so that I could give Mom and Dad R their Christmas present *on* Christmas. When I arrived, they invited me in, stating that they were just talking about me. (Which makes me wonder what they were saying and how did I become a topic of conversation???) They were in the middle of dinner and invited me to join them. It was lovely. I love spending time with all of them. I ended up missing dinner and the kids opening their Christmas presents at my family’s celebration (I didn’t think that it started until after 7 pm, but that wasn’t right), but maybe this worked in my favor…

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… because they seem to really like the gifts I gave them! Normally, my gifts kind of get lost in the hurricane of presents and gift wrap, but this year the kids only had my present to focus on. I bought all of their presents from a friend’s store, Bliss Baby and Kids. Kenzie got a sea creatures puzzle and a canasta. Vanessa got a kit to make bracelets out of small, colored rubber bands, which she started working on right away, stating that she loves making things (score!). And Petros got a Stomp Rocket. Which he immediately set up and started launching rockets from the kitchen into the living room, targeting his aunts and uncles. Kenzie got involved, too. She’s 16 months oldn and had a blast running after the rockets and bringing them back to Petros.

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Just in case anyone was wondering what’s going on with my Project 52s… I have to hang my head in shame. I was about to say that I haven’t been able to work on this, but I suppose the more honest answer is that I have chosen to do other things. I think part of the problem is that I don’t have my list of subjects readily available, so I don’t pre-plan what I’d like to shoot for that week, and then the deadline comes and I’m at a loss of what to do. Then, I don’t want to turn in a crappy photo because I haven’t spent enough time thinking about it, so I don’t turn in anything at all. The other problem is that my laptop is currently the only computer that I have at the moment, and it’s a little hard to get to at the moment. So, anytime I think about editing some of my photos, I glance over to where the laptop is and determine that it would be too much effort to clear off the desk so that I can effectively work. I have got to come up with a better plan for next year. Any suggestions would be welcome! 🙂

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Yesterday was Cardiac Monitor Liberation Day!!! I was very excited to get that thing off and ship it back! 🙂 Objectively, it wasn’t an incredible burden, but it was a little annoying to have to deal with wires and a cell phone pack all the time. And blisters started to form. I’m lucky that they only just started forming and are therefore very small. So, I just have to deal with them and patches of rashes. Hopefully, I will have new skin soon and the itchy can stop! 🙂

Sorry for the lack of pictures in this post…. I’ll try to do better next week! 🙂 (This statement is still valid from the last Quick Takes….)

God Bless!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary!

Advent Quick-Takes: Preparation Edition

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This is the week of Preparation in Advent, and I have had much to prepare for! This has also meant that it has been the slowest. week. ever. I’ll be celebrating my birthday this weekend with my friend, Lindsay, at Kalahari, which is a big waterpark in Ohio. I love water and I love warm temperatures, so basically, this weekend is going to ROCK! 🙂 And, most of the rides have warnings on them, saying that cardiac patients should not go on them, so I will also be a big REBEL! And!!! My cardiac monitor is not waterproof, so I will be unplugging for the duration. Bwahahahahaha!

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But all of this must be okay, because when I told my priest this after Mass this morning he said, “Excellent!” Which is totally permission, right? 🙂 There are reasons why he and I are friends. 🙂 And he knows about last night…

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About last night… I went to the Christmas Party at the rectory last night at St. A’s. I get invited there twice, since I’m a sponsor in RCIA and I’m on Parish Council. However, my evening was cut short when my cardiac monitor kept going off. At one point, I got a voicemail on the device’s cell phone. And the monitoring company only calls you if there is an event that they noticed. After about the 6th event in a very short time span, I was started to not feel well, so I decided to go home. Of course, I was questioning the logic of LEAVING a place with 3 priests in attendance to go to a place where I’d be alone…

On the way, I texted my friend, Fr. John, to let him know what was going on. He prayed for me and I used my redemptive suffering to pray for others, and I woke up in the morning, so I’d have to say it was a successful night! 🙂

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Which means… that I was watching Jen‘s “Minor Revisions” WHILE having a string of cardiac issues. That’s gotta mean something, right? 🙂 I mean, I probably should have gone straight to bed, but I stayed up to watch the show and join in the tweeting party. 🙂

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I have been involved with two Project 52s this year. And I’ve fallen behind on both of them. At this point, it doesn’t look like I’ll finish. But I will continue to try and make up the missing photos and I intend to be a part of them again for next year. Here’s to picking back up and keep trying! 🙂

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Last week’s post #6 was about my cardiac monitor, so I’ll keep up with that tradition. While I was excited to get it last week (mostly because it was mailed to me like a present), I have to admit that I am a little less enthusiastic this week. Even though, objectively, I am still very mobile with it, I have to have the cell phone portion plugged in at least once during the day and overnight, which makes me feel tethered to the wall sometimes. Plus, I can’t sleep on my left side. 🙂 And, I’m starting to develop a rash from those electrode sticker things.

BUT! At least I am not blistering from the electrode stickers. AND! There’s someone monitoring me 24/7, so that if something really bad happens, they will send an ambulance to wherever the GPS tells them that I am. 🙂 So, I don’t have to feel worried about the fact that I live alone. 🙂

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My birthday is on Monday!!! And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it falls in the week of Joy. God gives me incredible grace. I can’t thank Him enough. I love my life. I am deeply happy, no matter what happens. Not to say that I don’t have bad times, or that I don’t get sad, but overall, I am full of joy. I hope, in some way, I can share that with others.

Sorry for the lack of pictures in this post…. I’ll try to do better next week! 🙂

God Bless!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary!

Advent Quick-Takes: Hope Edition

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I’m so excited about Christmas! I love shopping for friends, family and random strangers, and doing random things to bring a little joy into the lives of others. I know that I’m horrible about posting; I always seem to run out of time, or I get home at the end of the day and am too exhausted to sit down at the computer. Perhaps one day, I’ll get all caught up.

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Speaking of buying things for others… My dentist (He and his wife are also friends) is running a couple of charity programs. One is called Pajamarama and asks people to donate pajamas, underwear and socks of all sizes for children in need in the greater Detroit area. It was so fun to go out on Black Friday and shop for them! It was the only thing that got me out of the house that day; I didn’t need anything for myself and thought that the day could use a little more charity and a little less selfishness. 🙂

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Can you help me out? I’m trying to find new ways to “gift” prayer. My priest always says that prayer is the best gift you could give another person, and he always asks for this for his Christmas gift. Of course, I pray for him all.the.time anyway, so I try to look at it like alms, and pray for him *extra*. But, I also like to give him something tangible as well, even if it is just an expression of the time in prayer that I have done. After X number of years, I am beginning to run out of ideas. So I will bounce it off of you guys and see what we can come up with! Thanks in advance!

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The first day of Advent! It was almost a week ago now, which is hard to believe. And before you ask, no, I have not spent the time in prayer that I have been hoping to, but I still have hope to make this Advent a little bit more prayerful than last year.

I started by doing a little bit of decorating. I put up a wreath that I had gotten on sale after Christmas last year:
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And lit the first Advent candle:
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And spent some time contemplating the Crucifix:
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We had our last day of catechism this week for the year. It was on saints, relics and martyrs. It was probably the most attentive the class has been all year, and this was even with Christmas presents being on the table, ready to be opened! I was quite impressed! I tried to find creative ways to wrap the presents, and ended up with Stuffed Animal Ravioli!
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I became an “official” cardiac patient recently. And last night, I received a Holter monitor in the mail for my 24 hour test. I was excited, because it arrived on my doorstep via Fed Ex Just. Like. A. Present! 🙂

I am pretty good about following directions, so when I saw this:
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I did, in fact, open it immediately and got it all set up, even though it was like 10:30 pm. Good thing the monitoring company is open 24 hours, since it took 2 phone calls to get everything operating properly.

Upon reading the inside instructions, I saw that it had a warning for patients who were allergic to nickel metal or adhesive. Well, actually I am allergic to both of these, and depending on the adhesive, I can get huge blisters. Last time I had an allergy to adhesive, I ended up being treated by the Trauma/Burn team — it was that bad! But, I figured, it’s only 24 hours. Can’t be that bad, right?

Well… Turns out my 24 hour monitoring is actually… 21 DAYS! Yikes! At least this will give the doctors a good idea of what is going on.

And, looking at the box, apparently I will be taking up yoga, too:
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I’ll end with a question… What are you most looking forward to during these Advent days?

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7 Quick Takes: Gangnam Style!

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I have jumped on the Gangnam Style bandwagon! I’m not exactly sure what it is about the song that I like.  Certainly the upbeat music is a major part of it.  Perhaps I like the fact that I can basically sing gibberish and pretend that I know how to sing in Korean.  No one is going to know the difference anyway, right?  🙂  I think, too, the part of me which is not yet conformed to Christ likes the fact that Oppa Gangnam Style, when sung, sounds like Open Condom Style, so I can get away with being a little rebellious without actually doing anything “wrong.”  🙂  That’s living on the edge, right there.  Sometimes it’s hard to contain my bada&& self.  LOL!  So, when you pass me entering or exiting the church parking lot and I seem to be dancing in my seat flashing gang signs, I’m just driving/worshipping/shopping/etc. Gangnam Style!  Join me, and we can start a flash mob.  A Gangnam Style flash mob after Mass.  🙂  We need a priest in vestments to lead this…

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I don’t trust my priest.  Especially lately, when I ask him how he’s doing and he says, “Good.”  See, I know that answer.  That and “Fine,” are ones that I own.  Neither one of them mean what they seem to mean superficially.  What it really means is either, “Not great, but I don’t want to go into it,” or “Nothing’s changed,” or “Crappy, but not worth complaining about,” or something like this.  Sometimes, he’ll call me on it and ask, “Really?”, so I decided to return the favor and asked him, “Good – enh?  Good – great?  or??”  He replied, “Tired.  Like you.”  Which is a very dangerous statement, indeed!  “Like me” can mean anything from slight discomfort to pits of Hell suffering.  I hope he didn’t actually mean ‘like me.’  I think we will have to find new words.  One which I’ve become increasingly enamoured of  is “craptastic.”  I think that sums things up nicely.  🙂

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Firestarters’ Bonfire is tonight! And after the week I’ve had, I’m really looking forward to some S’mores!

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Last night sucked! Just thought I’d share that.  I was all set to go to Bible Study.  I had finished my questions for the week and everything.  But everything conspired against me.  First, for whatever reason, traffic was horrible.  Apparently there was an accident on the highway which had everything stopped up for miles.  By the time I got up to the crash site, I didn’t see anything, so I can’t verify that there was actually a reason for the delay, although my GPS promised me that it was due to a crash.  As I’m writing this, I realize that I forgot to pray for the people involved in the accident.  I usually try to.  But by this time, I was not feeling well at all and wasn’t so much sitting in the driver’s seat, but slouching with one elbow on the window ledge trying to hold my brain inside my skull.  I was pretty sure from the headache that it was trying to swell and escape, and I had at least an hour’s drive ahead of me.  By time I got off the exit for my house, I just wanted to sleep.  I knew that I should eat something, but didn’t want to cook and didn’t have an appetite for any of the 1 billion fast food options in the mile radius of my house.  I ended up picking one, and then tried to eat it while laying prone on the couch, with some Bewitched reruns playing on the TV for company.  I had to cut both activities short and jump into bed.  Blessedly, I was able to fall asleep.  Being unconscious was so much better than being awake.

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I’m dismayed to look at the clock and realize that I have 2.5 more hours at work.  Why?  Because I feel horrible again and don’t think I can make it another few hours, plus be able to drive home.  😦  Does anyone want to take me in for the night?

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I am too sick and tired to finish my 7 quick takes with meaningful, exciting words.  So, I will fill it with pictures instead.
Sunflowers

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Yep!
Need More Coffee

That about sums it up!  🙂

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Quick Takes Friday: Super Early Morning Edition!

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Yesterday, I got about 3.5 hours of sleep. This means that I was super tired on the drive home after work.  So, I went right to bed.  At 4 pm.  Of course, I woke up just before midnight.  After “a full night’s sleep.”  There’s no fighting this, so I’m just going to stay up.  It will make for a long day today, but with Starbucks God anything is possible, right?  🙂

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This section was deleted.  By my computer.  I don’t know if I accidentally brush the touchpad in the wrong way, but this stupid laptop likes to randomly select text.  So, if I’m writing something, it will have inserted text where it doesn’t belong, or randomly have highlighted something so that I’m typing over (and deleting) what I previously worked on.  Jerk computer.

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I am going to have so many pictures for you to look at! This past weekend, I went on retreat at Marysville Retreat Center, near Holly, MI.  That is a gorgeous location.  The rooms are huge, too!  I could seriously live here.  Except maybe for the goose poop everywhere.  You really had to watch your step with that.  But they had Sandhill cranes that came to visit in the morning!  This was probably the best retreat I’ve been on yet!

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This week at work was Go Live! Meaning that our implementation was put into production.  All of our hard work at preparing must have paid off, because the past couple days have been QUIET.  Freaky quiet.  I kind of miss the frenzied pace of the last Go Live.  It was pretty fun, actually, and our days flew by.  Wednesday, the first day of Go Live, we were supposed to be working a 12 hour day.  We got to leave 2 hours early and then set up staggered shifts for the rest of the week.  So, instead of working 6 am to 6 pm today, I will be working 6 am to 2:30 pm.  I must say, I’m liking these hours!  It makes my commute AWESOME to not have to deal with rush hour traffic.

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Our team is going to be making breakfast today! We will have eggs with cheddar cheese, pancakes with syrup, turkey bacon and regular bacon.  I can’t wait!  Since I got up so early, it’s like lunch time for me.  But we have to wait until Nick gets here at 9:30 am.  The only sad point is that Justin and Carolyn aren’t here to share our meal.  The impetus for this breakfast is the discovery of a rangetop in the Board Room here at NCAC…  🙂
MiChart does Breakfast!

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This past weekend I got to see the movie October BabyIt’s a really good movie about a girl discovering not only that she’s adopted, but that she’s the survivor of a failed abortion attempt.  The main theme of the movie is forgiveness, which is such a great message, especially for today’s society.

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Tomorrow! = My Best Friend’s Wedding! Please join me in praying for Erwin and Lindsay as they prepare for this sacrament! 🙂  The day has finally (almost) arrived!  Tonight is the wedding rehearsal at church and the rehearsal dinner at Kim’s.

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7 Quick Takes: First June Friday

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Sometimes, I am strongly tempted to dualism. Especially this week. My body is really irritating me. So I find myself frequently distancing myself from it and arguing with it — almost as if it had it’s own sentience. It hasn’t taken the hint and started cooperating yet. 😦

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As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’ve found a great book, “Between Sundays,” that I am hoping will help me to deepen my faith life (as well as perhaps instill a routine to my prayer time — I am so BAD about praying at regular intervals, instead of catch-as-catch-can.

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Young Adult Bonfire is tonight! And after the week I’ve had, I’m really looking forward to some S’mores!

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We received bonuses in our paychecks! Just for being awesome. 🙂 Did I mention that my job rocks? 🙂

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Our team at work took a lunch time field trip to Blimpy Burger yesterday.. It was great! I had never been there before, so I was what is known as a Blimpy Virgin. 🙂 As soon as I have a free moment, I will post about the experience. Likely on my other blog, Paroxysms of Giggles.

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I will also be going to a water park in Frankenmuth this weekend. So, there’s going to be lots of updates forthcoming! 🙂 I hope everyone has a blessed weekend. So sorry that my Quick Takes are so unusually quick! And devoid of pictures! So unlike me! I will try to do better next week!

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June = My Best Friend’s Wedding! Please join me in praying for Erwin and Lindsay as they prepare for this sacrament! 🙂
To tie together some of these thoughts, here’s a picture of the happy couple at one of our annual Young Adult Bonfires from a few years back:
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7 Quick Takes: Memorial Day Weekend Edition!

Good Morning and Happy Friday to all! 🙂 There’s just something about a long weekend that just puts you in a good mood, right? 🙂 Not to mention when you get to start your day with a chat with your priest and a large iced caramel macchiato from Starbucks!

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I am at one time annoyed and guilty for turning down vague charities, but really, it’s their fault. For example, I was feeling lazy yesterday and decided to drive through Taco Bell for dinner. After ordering, the woman asked me if I’d like to give a dollar to help a local teen graduate from college. What? Let’s look at what was going through Jenn’s mind at the time:

Which local teen? Is this for someone specific? Like Lisa or Jospeh who lives on 17 mile?

What do they need money for to graduate? Do they mean help in paying for a cap and gown?

Don’t I already support helping kids graduate with my property taxes? Or do they mean like charter school/private school/homeschool? What are the fees involved with graduation for those kids?

If they mean help pay for supplies so that kids could get a quality education and eventually graduate, why don’t they just say that?

Sooo…. Since I had about a billion questions about this that I’d prefer an answer to before I gave my dollar (Sad, I know, but I’m trying to be a good steward of my meager resources), I realized that the Taco Bell employee would have no patience for my questions, so I just said, “No.” I’m pretty sure she thought I was a big jerk, since I didn’t get any sporks, napkins or mints in my bag.

At the drive-thru window, I found out that she was asking for a charity sponsored in part by Mark Wahlberg called Graduate To Go. At least now, I can look on their website and be able to make an informed decision the next time I’m at the drive-thru! 🙂

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A friend of mine is pregnant, and I am hoping for a blond, blue-eyed little boy. I am calling him James, Jamie for short. In addition to the usual prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby, I’m also praying that this baby will be called by God to the ordained priesthood. Don’t ask me why; I’m not really sure, but there you go! 🙂

Watch, my Jamie will end up being a girl, and then you will know that I DO NOT have the gift of foresight… 🙂

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I went to an appointment yesterday for a Wellness Screening, sponsored by work. If I go, I get $50 in my paycheck. Sweet! They check a few things there like height & weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure.

As far as weight goes, after a weekend vacation where I got to stuff my face, I was expecting bad news from the scale. Not so! I got to eat out and STILL LOST WEIGHT! I know, I know, I suck. You can hate me now!

What’s even cooler, in my nerdy eyes, is the fact that I had the most even number possible for my weight. It was xx0.00! The digital scale measured down to the hundredths position, and it was all zeros! That never happens!

For my cholesterol, I had low overall cholesterol and low “bad” cholesterol! YAY!

My blood pressure, on the other hand, wasn’t so good. It was strange that the systolic and the diastolic were so close together: 116/92. I wonder what that means. Other than my heart has to work harder at rest. What’s going on in there?

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I got to see the movie For Greater Glory with a couple friends on Tuesday. This was an amazing movie. A breathtaking movie. Definitely not one to eat popcorn at. After it let out, I was a little stunned and shocked, and a little queasy. It’s based on real-life events that occurred in Mexico in the mid-20s. I *highly* recommend that everyone see this movie. Religious freedom is SO important. We cannot afford to be complacent in this matter. Particularly when our own government is increasingly passing laws and regulations which are restricting our freedom in religious matters. People died for these freedoms! How can we now say that it doesn’t matter? How easy might it be for a situation similar to what happened in Mexico happen here? Easier than one might think, if everyone claimed the attitude of, “It’s not *my* problem.”

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Our team at work has moved into new office space at the NCAC. There is a room at the end of the hallway where the boys live,
The boys' room

a small cubicle where Noel and Rolanda will work, and I have a desk in a room at the opposite end of the hallway that I share with two other women who are part of a different training team.
My desk

It’s pretty nice to have actual office space, and not be in a cramped training room, where all the computers are right on top of each other and we have no desk space. 🙂

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Speaking of my team at work, I am continually amazed at how close-knit we are. Just this morning, Nick came into my new office to ask if I wanted any breakfast, while he was going out to get some, and offered that I could come down into the “boys’ room” any time. A couple hours later, after finishing a project, I did just that. Because I was feeling lonely. And with Brian and Justin out of the office, maybe Nick was too. See, we are more than co-workers now. We are family. And we siblings do not like being split up! 🙂

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Happy Ordination Anniversary to Fr. John! I have certainly been blessed in so many ways by his friendship and his ministry. May God continue to bless him, strengthen him and help him, as he strives to do God’s work in equipping the faithful and seeking after His heart. Please join me in praying for him in a particular way today.

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