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Marriage Retreat [Jun. 17th, 2010|08:47 am]
 Chris and I are going on our marriage retreat starting tonight; please keep us in your prayers that we may have a good, restful, and fruitful retreat! (And that fighting traffic to get there isn't too stressful!) 
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Free movie days [May. 17th, 2007|11:29 am]
Do you like kids movies? Yea, me too. So, free movies at AMC theaters this summer. Check it out:

Wednesdays at 10am

June 27th: Happy Feet
July 11th: Ice Age: The Meltdown
July 18th: Barnyard: The Original Party Animals
July 25th: Flushed Away
August 1: Charlotte's Web
August 8: Open Season
August 15th: Over the Hedge

Check out AMCTheatres.com/smc for more info!
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context [May. 10th, 2007|09:14 am]
I'm selling two bags of arts & crafts supplies off of craigslist and one woman wrote to set up a time to meet. This is the funniest e-mail I've received for a transaction:

"We can try that. For me, the best solution is for you
to leave the stuff outside and me to come leave the
money tomorrow in the morning. Of course, that would
leave you open to me stealing your pompoms."

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finally responding [May. 6th, 2007|02:15 pm]
This is terribly exciting. I've almost gotten my inbox down to one e-mail...
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Books! [May. 3rd, 2007|10:28 am]
Steph posted a list of books/reviews a while back and I liked the idea...therefore, my semi-recent reads.

-"The Hiding Place" by Corrie ten Boom-- An eye-opening, touching, and stark account of one family's resistance during the Holocaust. It was a page-turner. Recommended.

-"The Temperment God Gave You" by Art and Larraine Bennett-- A very interesting look at the four personality types and how they interact with each other. Occasionally it gets redundant, and I skipped over several chapers, but this book is worth reading to get a handle on the four main types and figure out what you are. It'll open up your world. Highly recommended.

-"Endangered Pleasures" by Barbara Holland-- It sounds absolutely scandalous, doesn't it? That's kind of the point this author's trying to make: that we've ceased to take pleasure in the little things in life. While there are a few shady moments, most of it is good clean reading. Chapter titles include: "Bare Feet," "Naps," "Staying In," "Color," and "Cattle." A good short read.

-"The Cross and the Switchblade" by David Wilkerson-- A book about how a country pastor moves to New York to work with troubled youth. Interesting and a good account, but probably wouldn't put it on the top of my list.

-"Characters of the Passion" by Fulton Sheen-- One of Fulton's shorter works. Interesting look at several characters surrounding Christ's passion that we usually don't even give a second glance-- like Claudia. It's not my favorite work by Fulton, but it's still good.

-"Birthday Parties in Heaven" by Ana Veciana-Suarez-- The author's account of what it was like to grow up as a Cuban-American. She has some delightful chapters about family, grief, and faith. Semi-recommended.

-"Mother Angelica: Her Life Story" by Dan O'Neill-- This book completely gave me a new appreciation for Mother Angeica and all she's done. Before I just thought of her as 'that tv nun.' Getting the back story, I now realize that she opened herself up to let God move mountains through her. Read about her story if you haven't heard it. Highly recommended.

-"Brideshead Revisited" by Evelyn Waugh-- There were a few things I didn't like about the story (switching the focus of characters, etc.) but Waugh does paint an interesting family history centered around a large unusual house. I liked it.

-"Stalking the Divine" by Kristin Ohlson-- A searching Catholic's view of a convent of Poor Claires. This isn't your usual vocation's book...a really good read. I devoured it in two days. Highly recommended.

-"Portrait of a Woman" by Joseph Roccasalvo-- Besides having a somewhat sketchy cover that looks like a trashy romance novel, this book tells the story of one of the Stradavari's, the family that was renouned for making the world's best violyns. It's a story within a story within a story...and centers around an old woman at a convent. Recommended.

-"A Return to Modesty" by Wendy Shalit-- Although it may give you an emotional pit at the bottom of your stomach for the picture it paints of modern society (which sadly, is true), this woman constructs an extraordinarily good argument for the return to modesty. Not really a fast read, but good to stick through it.


That's all for now! I'll update in a few months again when I have a new list. :o)
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Dear journal, I've neglected you. [May. 3rd, 2007|10:20 am]
I haven't written in over a month. The only excuse I can hope to pass off for being absent is that my paper journal has been revived with new life.

But in other news...

Life and youth ministry are trucking along. May is an extremely busy month. The next two Saturdays are all-day Confirmation retreats, followed by a movie night and cruise, followed the weekend after by Junior High Bash and then paintballing. (Paintballing in the Spring is a scary endeavor for me.) Saturdays have ceased to exist. But, I can occasionally take a half day in the week to compensate, so that's pretty nice.

I've been reading a lot lately and going to a good Bible study on salvation history through the Old Testament. Let's see...Adam-Seth-Enoch-Noah-Shem-Abraham-Isaac-Jacob-Judah... that's as far as we've gotten so far. It's really neat to finally get some of this stuff straight in my mind. It opens up the O.T. for me (and therefore the N.T. as well).

Other than that...random movie nights and free icecreams, birthdays and weddings...it's been good.

So, until I write again, signing out...

(and btw, good luck to everyone taking exams! You're in my thoughts and prayers!)

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Preakness Horse Race-- Free! [Apr. 19th, 2007|09:58 am]
Hello Everyone!

Just wanted to let you know about a little opportunity coming up...
The Knights of Columbus at our parish have requested help ushering at the Preakness horse race. This is one of the three major races of the Triple Crown and is held close by at Pimlico. Here's the deal:

-They're looking for all-day ushers on May 19th-- the duties are fairly simple: showing guests to their seats, answering questions (such as location of facilities), keeping the aisles and other areas clear, and reporting incidents of inappropriate behavior to security personnel.

-The work environment is inside the glassed-in grandstand, which is air-conditioned and provides a great view of the racetrack.

-Bus transportation will be provided to and from St. Luke's as well as a complimentary lunch.

So basically, if you're willing to pull a 6:30am-9pm day, you get free transport, free entrance to the race, food, and $50 for helping out. Interested? Let me know or contact Frank Romance at FRomance@cox.net and put "Preakness" in the subject. (Also please let him know that I mentioned it to you so he knows who you are.)

That's it!

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late evenings [Apr. 11th, 2007|11:57 pm]
I love youth group nights.

The only problem coming home later in the evening is that it completely throws me off. I know I should go to bed and not pass go or collect $200 and not read the book I want to devour or watch a movie, but my belly is still saying, "wait a minute...did you ever feed me dinner?" and my mind is still thinking about that last chess game and if it's actually in the rules to check the other person's king with your king and how I should repaint part of my umbrella because it stuck to itself and ruined a monkey's face and how I'd love to write in my Moleskine for a good thoughtful thirty minutes or so and basically how I want to do anything *but* sleep.

Luckily I'm taking a day off tomorrow.

And as the rain comes down it soothes my soul.

Btw, check out my facebook for old random Sandy Hill pictures. You're guarenteed to see me in more costumes than you probably ever have before.

Goodnight my friends, sleep well. I'll try to do the same if I don't get too distracted.

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the dungeon...now a jungle [Apr. 10th, 2007|10:07 am]
I affectionately call my office 'the dungeon' of the parish because it's in the basement, has no windows, and is the official fall-out shelter of the parish. I really do love it for its quietness, peace, and actually, it's in a prime location for the youth of the parish to feel secure and relax.

Well, this morning as I was grabbing my keys for work I saw my camera and thought, 'Will I need this today?' and then I thought, 'Nah, no kids today, I'll leave it at home.' As I unlocked my office I took a step back and started laughing outloud. There, in the center of the office, was a full-size palm tree with a monkey hanging from it and red and white streamers flying from under its leaves to be attached to all sides of the walls, making a sort of tent in the office. There were balloons all over the table (and one of my favorites), white and red streamers hanging off of the picture of JPII. WOW!!

Now as a side note, I put a blown-up palm tree in my boss's office for her birthday. But this is something so completely unexpected and just fully executed...wow. I ever have a little red crown to wear. :o) (Yea, I'm wearing it.) It's almost like Junior Ring Week! Anywho, I'm jubilantly amused and I hope it doesn't get taken down so I can take a picture of it tomorrow.

Somehow it's gotten around lately that I like monkeys. Even my Mom gave me monkey-themed gifts for my birthday. It really does work though...you can't help but smile when there's a monkey hanging out in your office.

Peace! And monkeys!
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Easter! [Apr. 8th, 2007|06:00 pm]
I haven't stayed up until 4am on purpse for a very very very long time. Impressions of last night:

Vigil-- Amazing! I love vigil. I loved how we all gathered outside by the bbq bonfire and listening to the readings and the glint in Fr. Jack's eye when he throws holy water at people and watching people come into the Church. Just really really neat.

Silver Diner-- Again, awesome. It's so good just to spend time with a few friends chatting, laughing, and eating treats. It's really a blessing anytime we're able to get together, so last night was very blessed.

After party- I would have really beaten myself up for going if it weren't for the guy who was playing and singing excellent Irish music. Really nicely done and I ended up staying a lot longer because it was so enjoyable.

Now-- listening to a relaxing cd, played a game of chess against myself (I lost), and perhaps I shall finish the book I'm really into.
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