Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Five Favorite De-Stressors - 7 Posts in 7 Days: Day 3

I'm participating in the 7 Posts in 7 Days link-up at Conversion Diary, and this is my post for Day 3.  Go here to read the posts from the other bloggers in the link-up.  And go here to find a list of all 7 of my posts for this round of the link-up.

And because I'm lazy efficient, it's a dual link-up kind of day, because this is also my Five Favorites post.  Check out the others at Moxie Wife.

I get anxious and stressed.  A lot.  A whole, whole, whole lot.  I've had to find little tricks to help reduce my stress levels, so I don't go all panic-attacky.  So today, I'm sharing my five favorite ways to reduce anxiety and de-stress!

Reading A Favorite Book
These beauties are definitely not just for show.
Probably the number one thing I due to reduce anxiety is to distract my brain with a good book.  Personally, I've found the best things to read when anxious are not new books.  It requires too much concentration and focus when you don't already know the story, and focusing is way too hard to do when I'm really rockin' the anxiety.  Instead, I grab a tried and true favorite, and it's like sitting down with an old friend who's keeping me company until I get myself calmed down and back in order again.

Drink Something Relaxing

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spiritual Infancy - 7 Posts in 7 Days: Day 2

I'm participating in the 7 Posts in 7 Days link-up at Conversion Diary, and this is my post for Day 2.  Go here to read the posts from the other bloggers in the link-up.  And go here to find a list of all 7 of my posts for this round of the link-up.
The most adorable-est of nephew ever!

Last week, my parish had it's annual parish mission.  For those that don't know what a parish mission is, usually it involves a guest priest/speaker coming to the parish and giving a series of talks over several days on some topics that are intended to be spiritually renewing for the parishioners.

Anyway, this year our guest speaker was Fr. Brian Mullady, OP, and he gave a really great series of talks on the stages of the interior spiritual life.  He referenced St. Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle quite a lot, and fortunately, he made it a lot easier to understand than I have found it to be on my own, thus far!

Basically, there are three "levels" of the interior life, the Purgative Way (Spiritual Infancy), the Illuminative Way (Spiritual Teenager-hood), and the Unitive Way (Spiritual Maturity).

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Fundamental Relationship - 7 Posts in 7 Days: Day 1

I'm participating in the 7 Posts in 7 Days link-up at Conversion Diary, and this is my post for Day 1.  Go here to read the posts from the other bloggers in the link-up.  And go here to find a list of all 7 of my posts for this round of the link-up.

As I've gotten older, I've looked at my life and come to the conclusion that I'm just not very good at relationships.  When I try to identify the reason, I come up with more than one possibility.

  1. My introversion makes it easier for me to live in my head than in the real world, and real relationships are fairly difficult to develop when you're lost in fantasy land half the time.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Glutton For Punishment? - 7 Posts in 7 Days Link-up

Yeah, I haven't done a lot of posting in the last few months.  Very little in the way of thoughtful, entertaining, insightful-sharingness going on around here.  I've just been lethargic, and lazy, and I haven't been up to much more than joining in on 7 Quick Takes (and even that is too much sometimes).

So maybe joining Jen Fulwiler's next round of 7 Posts in 7 Days will help to motivate me to get writing again.  Maybe it will stimulate the creative juices.  

Or maybe it will kill me.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

7 Quick Takes About A Selfie Fail, Books vs Movies, Job Searching, and More - Vol. 15

Y'all, I am totally the master of the selfie *fail*!  Notice the sign taped to the bathroom mirror, because I could't even take a non-stupid pic while I was holding it.  (This was the least stupid of the bunch!)

Well, I took the plunge and bought a ticket to the Edel Gathering, put together by our lovely 7QT hostess Jen Fulwiler and the equally lovely Hallie Lord.  I am simultaneously excited and totally freaked out about going to this thing.  On the one hand, I'd adore the opportunity to relax (boy do I need it!) and meet a bunch of great women (and maybe even make some friends, which I would totally love).  On the other hand(s), I'm not a mother, so I'm expecting it to be kind of awkward when people ask me about my kids.  Also, I'm so totally IN(F/T)P, I am a little worried that my introvert nature will kick in and I'll end up sitting in a corner, smilingly watching everyone else enjoy themselves while petrified of the thought of talking to a **gasp** STRANGER!

Do me a favor and pray for me, so that I don't chicken out.  :P

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Five Favorites: Vol. 2 - Favorite Re-reads Edition

Five Favorites, hosted at

One of my favorite pass-times of all is reading, so for my second try at participating in the Five Favorites link-up, I'm sharing my five favorite fiction books/book series to read over and over again.*

This trilogy of books has become my hands-down favorite thing to read in my whole library.  The first time I tried reading it, years ago, I found it to be uninteresting and difficult to follow.  But then, a magical thing happened a little while back: I found the audiobooks of the series.  And the narrator -oh, the narrator!- absolutely brought Tolkien's world to life for me.  The Elvish words became things of beauty instead of oddities for my brain to skim over when I couldn't figure out the pronunciation.  The language, instead of sounding a little stilted and arcane, became courtly and noble.  And almost best of all, the narrator actually sung all of the many songs throughout the book!  Now, every time I read (or listen) to this trilogy, it's sheer delight.  If you haven't read The Lord of the Rings, I highly suggest you give it a try.  And I also really recommend listening to the audiobooks at least once (even if you don't like audiobooks for one reason or another, give this one a try!).

Thursday, January 23, 2014

7 Quick Takes About Crazy Weather, Birthday Plans, Sofa Shopping Woes, and Gluten - Vol. 14

Crazy fricking Texas winter weather:  it's like riding a rollercoaster!  Plus, you never get to put your summer clothes away, because when you do, BAM! The temp drops 30 degrees.
Dallas 7 day Forecast
It's a little over a month until my 35th birthday, and I've got so many things I want to do to celebrate the day.  Last year, I got to be a taste-testing judge at a BBQ chicken competition, and that was so much fun!  I'm definitely planning on doing that again at this year's competition, but this time I'm going to volunteer to taste test something a little awesomer than chicken -- like pulled pork or RIBS!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 13

Even though I feel SO MUCH better than I did in October, I still have a long way to go in trying to figure out how to manage this Graves' disease on a day to day basis. Some days are good, some days, my thyroid hands me my ass on a platter.
I don't know if my recent lack of motivation to blog has more to do with the Graves' or with the lack of anything even remotely interesting occuring in my life to inspire me. This pervasive feeling of being stuck in a rut is the pits! I need something meaningful to do.

Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 in 13 Photos: Searching Hard for 13 Pics So I Can Join the Link-Up

Okay, well, it's been an interesting few months around here, and I've definitely let the blogging slide while I try to get the Graves' Disease under control.  And of course, right when I was going to get started again about a month ago, hubby gets sick, then I get sick, then hubby gets sick AGAIN, then Christmas, so yeah.  Bad blogger!  Anyway, here are 13 fantastic photos from the last year.  Please enjoy feasting your eyes on these (recycled from previous blog posts) photos, and I hope to be back strong in the new year.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Still here

Wow, it's been a month since I wrote a post.  I don't know if anyone even reads this blog, but if so, sorry for dropping off the face of the web like that.  I'm still here, and I have ideas of things I want to write down.  It just seems like I don't have the motivation to do so.  I think most of my extra energy has all gone into dealing with the Graves Disease, and that has left me feeling drained and blue.    Hopefully that will change soon, and I'll get back to blogging.