Grace should be my middle name.

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

All seven and we'll watch them fall...

Seven Things to Do Before I Die:
1. Go do the U.S. Open, NYC
2. Re-visit Europe and do Normandy, Budapest and Poland since I didn't do them the first time.
3. Send my dad to a National Review convention.
4. Participate in a roller-blading marathon.
5. Have cool kids.
6. Meet the Pope.
7. Beautifully decorate my house.

Seven Things I Can't Do:
1. Lie
2. Dance
3. Flirt
4. Be graceful
5. Function on little sleep
6. Quit eating chocolate
7. Resist secquens on anything

Seven Things that Attracted Me to Blogging:
1. Friends
2. Being creative
3. Telling stories
4. Writing
7. fun

Seven Things I Say Most Often:
1. Sit
2. Interesting
3. Please follow Rule #4
4. Alright
5. Sweet
6. Cool
7. You have 10 minutes to clean up

Seven Books That I Love:
1. All the Kings Men
2. Letters to a Young Catholic
3. Pride and Prejudice
4. In Cold Blood
5. Misty of Chincoteague
6. The Velveteen Rabbit
7. Women Who Make the World Worse (I'm still reading this, but I think it's a fave, especially because I met Kate O'beirne and she is so fabulous!)

Seven Movies I Watch Again and Again:
1. Amelie
2. Garden State
3. Newsies
4. Rear Window
5. High Noon
6. The Breakfast Club
7. The Sound of Music

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Easing Into the Mornings for the Next 35 Years

So recently, I've started this new thing. It's been such a smash that my roommate started it too. We like to call it "Easing Into the Morning."

You see, for years, I've been doing the whole "Get as much sleep as I possilby can so that I rush out the door in a fog" thing. And wow, has it made a huge difference. I definitely have always been the sort of person who would rather be early for work, where I can settle in, check email, organize myself for the day, make the coffee and be ready to start. That works well, but the whole, snoozing till the last possible second just wasn't.

For the past 3 weeks, I've been waking up 30 minutes earlier, getting showerd, doing my prayers, get dressed, make my coffee, chatting with my roommate, checking the weather and going to work in a relaxed manner.

Have I tossed the snoozing, rushing college lifestyle and eased into adulthood the way I've started easing into my mornings?

I'm not sure, but I do know that I certainly haven't kicked my lacking in grace around mirrors from the good old college days. Yes, within a period of 1 week between self portraits in Painting 1 and self portraits in Sculpture 2, I managed to break 4 - count them - 4 mirrors in less than one week. I think everyone's favorite FABULOUS painting teacher was rather irked at me, until he found out how many I'd broken in sculpture.

Let's say it all together...

28 years.

Not that I honestly believe that, because that was about 4 years ago, and I'd say those 4 have been pretty good. And I broke another today, so maybe that adds 7 more to grand total.

Today's disaster happened, ironically while I was commanding carefulness to my students over their dollar-store mirrors for self-portraits and shatter.

Oh what's another 7 when you already have 28 racked up?

Here's to easing into the morning.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

The Week

You know those weeks when everything "clicks"? I had one of them this week. It was one of those weeks when you get everything accomplished, are mentally stimulated, get your prayers done every morning and also have a lot of fun doing. It. All. You know what I'm talking about. It was also one of those weeks where you get extra special things that were unexpected. Here are a few:

1. A turbie twist. I have often witnessed the use of the turbie twist, and today, I broke down and bought one. El is smiling through her internet right now.

2. Fun times with family. Visiting sisters, musical sisters, good TV with Dad, and hanging with the Grannies. Good times.

3. Football. Great week for long and late games. Not a great week for FSU. That's Ok. I have accepted it. Dismayed, perhaps that I stayed up past 1am watching them LOOSE. But thankful, I did not drive down there.

4. Three Kings Pary. WHY HAVE I NEVER BEEN TO ONE OF THOSE BEFORE?!?!?! My BF's family had one yesterday, and I am so GLAD I made the trip for this. It was a progressive party, with aunts, uncles, cousins, grandma's, grandpa's, great-grandma and siblings. Going house to house, while the little kids collected stars at every location as if we were the Magi, looking for baby Jesus. Also, each house was a "continent". Unfortunately, I arrived 1/2 way through, but with time enought for Africa with an African dessert. Then on to South America with a pinata. And finally Europe with Italian, Irish, German and Swiss desserts. There were art projects for the kids. The Italian version of Santa arrived at the last stop. They even got the corresponding beers for each continent! Obviously these people are NOT ameteures. Yeah. I was impressed and you would have been too.