Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I'm really excited about our new Archbishop, Timothy Dolan. He's a faithful and strong priest (described as a "guy's guy"), outspokenly pro-life (you had me at hello)and a sports enthusiast.

Look out New York!

Ash Wednesday

"Remember, man, that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return."

Lent, and especially Ash Wednesday, gives us the opportunity to ponder our own mortality. From dust we have been created and to dust we shall return. We are all destined to meet death, hopefully after a long and happy life, and Lent allows us the time to think what we must do to prepare to meet that death. What sins and sinful tendencies must we cleanse ourselves of in order to meet God on the other side of death?

Honestly, I must admit I always look forward to Lent. The chance to set resolutions, to begin again, to sacrifice, to fast, to pray with the goal of growing ever closer to Christ and the Cross. Admittedly, these are things I should be doing year round, but the busyness of life often gets in the way. With Lent we have a set time to truly focus on these aspects of our faith.

This year I have struggled to come up with meaningful Lenten resolutions. I make the excuse that my work schedule, the demands of married life keep me too busy to commit to too much, and indeed I do think it is important to be realistic in our intentions. But I also know these are little whispers of the evil one, designed to keep me from Christ. So although I'm tired, weak and given to hopelessness at times, I know I must muster up the effort and courage because ultimately, in the end, at the end, what really matters is how well we have loved God and loved others. That must be my goal and schedules should not keep me from it.

So with that said, one of my Lenten resolutions is to go to daily Mass, daily. For me, this really is the only way I can stay connected with any sort of regular prayer life. It works for me. I also want to "give up" something, but I haven't quite figured out what that will be. Last year I gave up complaining, that was interesting. This year I'm thinking of giving up cheese. I love cheese. Oh, yum, now I'm getting hungry thinking of cheese. So maybe that's what it needs to be, cheese. Any suggestions?

What will you be doing for Lent?

There Are Some Things Money Can't Buy

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Cab Fare from JFK to Upper East Side: $45
New Clothes from Forever 21: $50
Small hot chocolate from Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man: $5
Scone from Alice's Tea Cup: $10
Broadway Tickets: $61 each
Bag of M&M's from M&M World for Broadway Show: $11.50
Frick Museum Ticket: $1
Matching Boots: $110
Cosmopolitan at Rainbow Room: $18
Blockheads Burrito: $12.50
Chair Massage and Foot Massage: $27
Dinner at oldest Pizzeria in NYC: $45
Wine Bar Hopping: $30
Time spent with Jacqui in Manhattan: Priceless

And it's only Wednesday...


Saturday, February 14, 2009
My sister, Jacqui, is coming to visit tomorrow!!!! I am SUPER excited and have been looking forward to her visit for like the past two months. She's here for a whole week, and like a nerd, I've planned out an itinerary for us.

Jacqui is 5 years younger than I am, but we've been close since we were little. She has always been my confidant and was my maid of honor at our wedding last year. When my mom was pregnant with her, I prayed every night that the baby would be a girl (I was no dummy- I knew God could help me out and I was deathly afraid of being outnumbered with two brothers). I think God must have been amused with my persistence because my prayer was heard and Jacqui was born. As the joke goes, God must have really granted my prayer because the next three children were girls as well.

Jacqui just graduate from nursing school and passed her NCLEX exam, so she is officially a nurse. There's a gratuitous picture of Nurse Jacqui above. She's ready to celebrate her transition into the "real world" and I'm ready to celebrate February Vacation (the best invention ever). Fun times ahead! I'll try to keep the blog updated with our NYC adventures.

Married Life

I love living with my husband. Living with a man can be, at times, a strange experience, yet it is always entertaining. The differences between men and women come glaringly into focus in marriage. One case in point is grocery shopping. Now grocery shopping to a girl means vegetables, fruits, the necessary vittles for the week, etc. Apparently, grocery shopping to a man is an entirely different matter.

After a long day at work, I returned home to hear my husband say he had done the grocery shopping and it was being delivered later that evening. Thank goodness because I didn’t really feel like going out in the cold to buy stuff for dinner. So when the “groceries” arrived, imagine my surprise when I unpack the bags to discover that what my dear husband deemed groceries was in fact a few bottles of water, 4 boxes of Boboli pizza sauce and a bag of chips. There might have been a bag of cookies too, I don’t remember. What could I do but laugh?

Living with a man is a constant lesson in differences and an ongoing opportunity for me to conquer my selfishness for the good of another. I really do not like (nor understand) how modern feminists attempt to argue there is nothing inherently different between men and women. Clearly, anyone honest with themselves knows there is a difference. Most girls I know are not utterly convinced that a few Guinesses will cure the common cold (must be a Boston thing). And most guys I know are not eager to rent the latest romantic comedy. Of course those are superficial differences. The essence of masculinity and femininity are intrinsically unique, yet it is in those difference that we compliment one another. And thank God for that. Vive la difference!

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

Made My Day

Friday, February 6, 2009
One of my former students called me the other night, just to see how I was doing. I keep in touch with a bunch of my little Wood Rose students via facebook or email, but getting a phone call from one totally made my day. She was one of my favorites too.

I miss those guys...

Bean Town

Just checking in. We're headed up to Boston tonight, kind of last minute, as in I found out today that we were going. I'm a bit disgruntled since I had to cancel a few plans that I was looking forward to (a friend's birthday party and another appointment with my esthetician). Oh well, offer it up, right?

I'll write more updates soon. But the retreat was great, very spiritually fruitful.

Have a fabulous weekend!
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