Catholic Women’s Almanac No. 41

Outside my window::

It’s a really lovely fall day…blue sky, high clouds, bit of a breeze. It’s like upper 50s, I think, so that’s quite excellent, temp wise, for me.


Gray skirt, light purple tank, blue cardigan. Layers are our friend!


Abandonment to Divine Providence; A Concise History of Italy; Be Holy. 


That Christmas scarf is still going. It’s like the Energizer Bunny.

 Praying for::

Pregnant friends

Thomas Peters

My CCD class

The new convent of Dominican Sisters in our diocese. One of them is the new CCD director at our parish.


NaNoWriMo 2013 starts on Friday! Yippee! This year it’s a more “realistic fiction” piece as opposed to last year’s dystopian flavored one. It takes place in England, technically, near Newcastle, but the town is fictional, sort of like Thomas Hardy’s fictional British locales.


Three Pure Barre classes on the agenda for this week. Yay!

Around the house::

Vacuuming, dusting, mopping. The usual.

Recipe corner::

This macaroni from Rachael Ray sounds fantastic! And you don’t even have to have the BLT part, if you don’t want to.


backstage at And Then There Were None, with Jenny, who played Vera (and also introduced me to Pure Barre!)

backstage at And Then There Were None, with Jenny, who played Vera (and also introduced me to Pure Barre!)

Catholic Women’s Almanac No. 27

Outside my window::

Looks like a storm is coming in so no swimming tonight. boooo.


A gray skirt, sky blue top with ivory colored lace trim around the neckline, the Venitian glass necklace I bought at the EPCOT Italy pavilion, and sandals.


Game of Thrones book 4, A Feast for Crows; Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things; Doctors of the Church, Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette (I love anything about Maria Antoinette). Over vacation I read the following: Dearie, a biography of Julia Child, which was tremendously well-done; Possession which was a glorious read, which you must read immediately, and Game of Thrones 2 and 3. I also re-read Ahab’s Wife.

In the CD Player::

Les Miz complete recording, Act I. Working on word memorization and running through blocking in my head as I listen.

Around the house::

Oh, the general stuff that happens when you’re home from vacation: unpacking is almost done, however. Grocery shopping needs to happen, as well as general cleaning and tidying of post-unpacking. I’m trying to establish a rhythm to my housekeeping a la Fly Lady or something of that order.

From the kitchen::

Well first I have to have things in the kitchen. 🙂 I got two cookbooks in Orlando: Delicious Disney and one written by Princess Diana’s chef. Both have great things in them that I want to try. But tonight is Chipotle night.


That two of my friends, who are moving, sell their houses!


“Every Francis needs His Clare”

Importance of community theater

Working out::

Workouts for every day that I don’t have rehearsal. So that’s today, tomorrow, Thursday; Friday I’m going to a yoga class, so that counts. Maybe a pick up ballet class tomorrow?

Plans for the week::


Wednesday: Music rehearsal

Thursday: Lunch w/ Dad

Friday: Restorative yoga class w/ a friend of mine

Saturday: Music rehearsal

Sunday: Blocking rehearsal

I also need to write two letters and a thank you note.


The Grey Stuff at Be Our Guest. Divine.

The Grey Stuff at Be Our Guest. Divine.


Catholic Women’s Almanac No. 26

Outside my window::

Typical for early April–overcast, but warm, huzzah! I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow but it usually rains on my birthday, so I’m used to it.


Jeans, a pink t-shirt, a cream colored scarf. Home with a cold today, which is fortunately a lot better than it was yesterday. Oh, and my charm bracelet. I recently got a new bracelet part, one which has a clasp I can use, so I’m wearing it now!


A Clash of Kings; about to start The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things; Summa of the Summa

In the CD player::

The complete Les Miz recording so I can learn it all (every. single. word!) before May. I know about 97% of it already.

Around the house::

changing sheets and vacuuming.

From the kitchen::

Chicken soup tonight. Tomorrow my dad’s taking me to a hockey game for my birthday, so I’m tres excited about that!


Novel #2, in the Camp NaNoWriMo sweepstakes. I’m a bit behind so I need to pick it up. 

Plans for the week::

Hockey game tomorrow; hopefully my last endocrinology appt. on Friday! My blood sugar levels sans insulin have been great so I’m expecting we can fully approve the plan to ditch insulin. 🙂


Over the weekend I got to see one of my oldest friends, Milia, who had come home for a visit with her brother and his family. Our other pal Tiffany joined us, and the three of us, and T’s husband, had a lovely time at Easton, where we went to Cafe Istanbul for my birthday (Milia got my meal) and then to B&N, where Tiff gave me Lincoln for my birthday. (And it’s a great, great movie!)

This photo is the three of us in front of one of Easton’s fountains.


Preaching the Kingdom

This is one of those mysteries that you can ponder for a long time and never quite finish pondering it. The “preaching of the kingdom” covers just about everything in the gospels: the Sermon on the Mount, the parables, the cures, the Loaves and Fishes, the Bread of Life discourse–all of Jesus’ preaching and activities. In that sense, it’s an easy mystery to pray, because you can pick your favorite image or story or event and meditate on that.

But I think it’s also fruitful to use this to ponder our own sense of mission. For nuns and sisters, it’s their prayer and their apostolate that is their preaching. For married women, it’s their married life, and growing in holiness with their husbands; for a mother, it’s taking care of her family, and raising her kids to know God and to be devout Catholics. For the single, it can be a little harder, but we are all called to holiness, to prayer, and to bringing that to the world.


For the rest, head over to Suscipio. 

Lent approaches…

After watching Of Gods and Men last night, I was reminded of this post I wrote during last year’s Lent.

Lent’s almost here (can you believe it? Quick one this year.)–we’ve got a few more weeks to think about it. If you’re looking for a Lenten plan, I suggest the one in the link.