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A Quick Catch-Up

I had fully intended to post extensive reflections about Easter vigil and Easter Sunday because it was an AH-MAH-ZING weekend! Really fantastic, I tell ya. Despite staying up until 4:30AM cleaning the house in anticipation of the resurrection of my blessed Lord, (40 days and 40 nights I had to prepare and I wait until the night before) I went to bed Sunday night smiling and saying over and over again, “It was just a lovely Easter, wasn’t it?”

Well, due to a steady stream of circumstances, I never got around to doing it. In fact, it’s been almost 2 full weeks since I’ve been on here at all. I suppose I was meant to treasure my Easter blessings quietly in my heart instead of sharing them with the world.

So, how does one fail to post a single blog entry during Easter week when she took most of the week off? For one thing, I got myself a new job! It was quite unexpected. I had applied for a position at a commercial real estate zoning company a few weeks ago and had an absolutely tragic interview. I usually do pretty poorly at interviews, but this one took the cake. I was fighting back tears as I walked back to my car, repeating, “Jesus, I trust in You!” until I felt a little peace. It worked–I realized that if I failed in that interview, God didn’t want me at that job. If God did want me to be there, nothing could stand in my way.

Monday, I received an email asking me to fill out a formal application (they had just gone off of my resume before), Tuesday evening, I received a job offer, and Wednesday, I was up at the CellPhone Store putting in my notice! After 2 years of praying for a new job, after searching and searching, finding few prospects and getting even fewer responses, suddenly I’m starting a new adventure! I’m terrified and excited. It’s an 8-5 shift with weekends off, so no more retail hours for me. I’m the kind of person who needs a steady routine, so spending over 2 years on a constantly changing schedule has wreaked havoc on my productivity. The pay…is going to be a little less because I won’t have commission like I do now, but our store traffic is so low I’m hardly making any commission anymore anyway. Regardless, Scott and I have agreed that it will be better for both of us.

I received more good news on Easter Monday: I won Catholic Fiction’s facebook contest for March! I won a $100 Amazon gift card, which I promptly spent on a stand to hang my Topsy-Turvy tomato growers. Go and like their facebook page and maybe you’ll be next! 

Lent was just so stinking LENT this year, but it seems as if the clouds have lifted and the sun is shining through with more warmth than ever. Good news followed by good news. I was disappointed that I was unable to get my garden planted while I had time off, especially since I’ll be getting a lot fewer vacation days at my new job. I’ve been anxious to start growing so I can get some canning done this summer and fall. I was off work yesterday, and I got a lot of aerating and weeding done, but I still wasn’t able to get the planting done.

Just after I finished, a cold front moved in and we’ve had freezing rain all day. If I’d planted last week like I’d wanted to, or even last night, everything would be dead by the end of the day. Thank You, God, for Lent, the season of penance and ash. Without it, we wouldn’t clearly see the mercies You shower on us through Your death and resurrection.

 

 

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7 Quick Takes Friday: Vol 7

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I am officially a farmer! I harvested my first crop of spinach, and doesn’t it look delish? I actually planted a mesclun mix, but the spinach grew so high, so fast, and so thick that it blotted out the sun for the rest of the greens. I was so excited about a week of garden fresh veggies…and then it turned out to be just enough for each of us to have one helping of creamed spinach. Oh well, we can always grow more. It was wonderful!

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After reading about Death by Bread at The Holy Terra, I decided to try a gluten free week to see if my numbness and pain would go away. I started Wednesday, so it’s not like I’ve actually gotten anywhere yet, but sheesh! Gluten intolerance is expensive! There was a teeny, tiny section at Walmart with gluten free items, and then we went to Natural Grocers, and of course, they had tons of stuff. For a price. I’ll go into more detail in another post. It’s been…interesting. If nothing else, this week should show me some empathy for those who live with food allergies/intolerance.

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Scott and I are quickly approaching our 5 year anniversary! How exciting! We still don’t know how we’re going to celebrate. We’ll probably do dinner and a movie because we’re too lazy to get creative. Anyone have any movie recommendations?

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Did you know I have a sister site? Literally! I know what you’re thinking, Patron Saint of Lack of Commitment? Patron Saint of Phobias, ADD, and Hypochondria? Nope, it’s The Variant Purist. It’s my sister’s semi-Catholic blog. What’s semi-Catholic? Let’s just say she’s more indecisive than I am. Betsy is currently attending RCIA and still uncertain about joining the church. Please pray for her on her journey. For lack of a better picture, and because my anniversary is coming up, enjoy this picture of the two of us at my wedding:

I’m the one in white.

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I’ve started a new fitness routine, and it’s highly controversial. I call it Rosary Yoga. The numbness in my arms and legs has slowly turned into searing pain. I’m still awaiting a diagnosis, but there aren’t a whole heck of a lot of things it could be at this point. In just about any of the possible outcomes, yoga is recommended to strengthen muscles, alleviate pain and maintain balance. Literal balance, not mental. I’m literally trying not to fall over. Anyhoo. Yoga happens to be very controversial and there are very good reasons for it. However, it just so happens to be the best solution for me right now. So, I invented Rosary Yoga. I throw in my rosary meditation CD and hold each pose for 2 Hail Marys. I think it’s positively genius, and will start a new Rosary Yoga movement. Or people will just whisper about how crazy I am. Like that’s anything new.

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Speaking of controversial, I have a few issues with Halloween, however, the biggest one is that I just don’t care about it anymore so I usually don’t get any further than that. That’s especially sad considering the fact that Scott and I had our first date on Halloween, 7 years ago! Oh well. I would discuss my Halloween issues further, but there’s the whole “don’t care” thing. I look forward to All Saint’s Day and I’ll let Dr. Taylor Marshall tell you all about Halloween. Wonderful article. I read the whole thing, even though I don’t care. He’s that good.

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Who else is ready for Advent? I’m still hoping to get all of my Christmas shopping done early so I can enjoy Advent for what it is instead of stressing out. My husband’s family is quite large, so we’ve been debating on just drawing names so we can pare down the number of gifts to worry about. It just seems like every year, I want to have a peaceful, meaningful Advent, but I always get sucked into the gift-buying mayhem. Maybe this year?

For Thanksgiving, I’m seriously considering freezing as many dishes as I can ahead of time so they can be easily prepared the day of. I don’t even know where we’re having Thanksgiving (large family and all that), but it couldn’t hurt to be prepared!

That was really weird, right? One minute we’re talking about me eating spinach out of the backyard, the next it’s Halloween and Yoga-but-it’s-okay-I-did-the-rosary-with-it. Then outta nowhere, I’m like, Merry Christmas!

Good grief. Check out Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes and hopefully fewer shenanigans.

One more thing. I think it’s worth noting that I spelled shenanigans right on the first try.

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