Sunday, February 22, 2009


Lent starts this week. Easter is later this year, so I didn't have an Ash Wednesday birthday this time (talk about a way to dampen the mood!). I've been trying to think of what I'm going to do. I think sometimes giving something up can be good when it overtakes your worldview, but I'm more of a "take something on" kind of person. So this year I'm taking on being really disciplined about weight watchers and working out and such. I know that may sound like a cop-out, but it really is a matter of being disciplined and focused about it, and about honoring the body God gave me. Hopefully it will go well! I'm already down 3-4 pounds after the first week, which is good (and that's on top of the 6 I lost in the first 6 weeks of the year) so that's good progress! Rick and I want to get in shape now so that it's easier to maintain once we're married and then once we have a family. I urge you all to think about what disciplines you could take on during lent...

I have to get back to my Dante homework though. Talk to you all later!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Howdy everyone. Sorry it's been a little while since I updated. I was in England all of last week, so wasn't really in a place to update. To be honest, though, there's not really too much to write. Just doing the school thing and starting to look for jobs for next year. There are two at this point for which I'm going to apply, so we'll see how that goes. Other than that, just papers really. Rick and I had a fantastic weekend this past week, so that was great. We needed it. I'm headed to KY in a couple of weeks for diocesan convention. I'll be in Bowling Green and am going to spend the night with my BFF Kim in her new house! That's exciting. And I'll get to see my grandfather, which is also great. And I'll be at Christ Church and get to see a bunch of people I haven't really seen since I became a postulant, so that will be good as well. Ummm...yeah. I need to start looking for plane tickets for spring break. I'm hoping to go hang out with my brother for a week. I'm just debating on flying (which would be more convenient but more expensive) versus driving (less convenient but also cheaper) so we'll see. Hopefully I'll be able to get out there and we can hang out not in the hospital. iowa City seems like a pretty decent place, but I've really only seen the hospital and the mall. It would be good to see more of it, especially with Nathan.

Anywho that's all I know. Just thought I would let you all know that I'm still kickin'.

Friday, February 06, 2009

26 et. al.

Well yesterday was my birthday. I'm now 26. Woohoo! (i think). It was a pretty low key and normal day, which as my mom said is a great thing in my family right now. It was nice, though. I had friends over last night and we had Chinese food and watched the Office and had 2 cakes and good beer! Woohoo! I finally felt like fall semester was over, because my ISM project is DONE and presented as of Wednesday the 4th. Now I'm just waiting for PhD stuff. Some days I think I'll get in, and other days I think there's not a chance in hell. So I really have no idea. I just need to start doing job stuff but I feel I can't do it until I have some idea about these programs. I should hopefully know something this month though. I'm still hoping the most for Brown, but I'd go for any of them really.

Other than that, I head out for Canterbury today. Haven't been to England since I studied abroad in the summer of 2003 in London, so this will be fun. Hopefully I'll have time to update this blog about the trip, but if not I'll fill y'all in when I get home. I hope you're staying warm and getting ready for spring!