August Goals

My monthly goals posts have always included a “better late than never” mentality regarding posting “deadlines”. Meaning, yeah, I’m a couple days late. But I usually am. (Maybe I should make one of my goals publishing on time.)

Anywho, July’s over and the ship has sailed on those goals. Below is a recap of July and then I’ll move onto August.2014 Goals August

You can see my reasoning (or lack thereof) for these goals in my July post.

July Goals

1) Write 5 blog posts/
-Result: ∅
Yeah…no. But I have been working on one that I hope to flesh out eventually and I’ve got a few ideas rattling around.

2) Compile my summer reading list
-Result: √
You can see my summer list as well as a list of a few of my favorite books here

3) Read: Finish “A Christmas Carol” and one other book
-Result: √

July was apparently good for book-related goals. I finished a Christmas Carol and read Catching Fire (which was great!).

4) Make a summer budget (spending limit)
-Result: √ (more or less)
I calculated how much I had already spent and set a limit for the rest of the summer. Then I divided that by the summer of weekends before I came home. So…I set a budget. Whether I kept to it is another matter.

5) Get ready for the new school year
-Result: not really…
This goal contained a lot: prepare for another year working with campus ministry, prepare for the semester, and all that. But I still have pretty much all of that to do.

6) Compile my road trip playlist take 2
-Result: still working on it…
I’ve started. But I don’t have a playlist–yet.

July was an ok month for goals. But I’ll be playing catch up for the next several days before I leave for school.

On to August!

August Goals

1) Blog! Darn it! (At least one post a week)
Last summer I blogged a lot. This summer I didn’t have as much free time and blogging definitely suffered. August is going to be a busy month…but I’m hoping to get a few blog posts in.

2) Set Semester goals
Yes, one of my goals is to set more goals.

3) Read one book
This will probably be one of the novels I have to read for seminar this semester. #englishminor

4) Set my schedule for the semester
When am I cleaning my room? When am I exercising? Working? Office hours? Classes start the 27th so I’ve got a few days to try out the schedule and make any needed adjustments before the end of the month.

5) Figure out how to save money/spend less this semester
Okay, I’m terrible with budgets. But something needs to be done. Maybe it will be that I put a certain amount every month or a set percentage of each paycheck into savings (where I won’t touch it!). I’m hoping to add to the “car fund”.

 

So there are my August goals. It’s going to be a busy month! Check back at the end of the month to see how I did!

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NAS: Summer Reading List

This is perfect! Today’s Not Alone Series topic is summer reading lists, which is a post I’ve been meaning to write. My summer reading list last year was more extensive than this one will be but I’ll try to give an overview of what I’ve read/am reading/am going to read this summer as well as recommending a few of my favorites.

 

Summer 2014

Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
I read this at the very beginning of my summer. It was an interesting one. Curious and a little odd. A nice beach read with just a enough cheesiness to satisfy my romantic soul. It’s about a boy who comes up with a system for making the world better and tries to help who he can including his teacher, a vet who lost his eye, and his mother, a divorced and broken woman. The ending (*spoilers*) isn’t what you’d call happy but it’s hopeful. A couple months later and I still haven’t processed it all the way but that may be because I’ll never be able to form a complete opinion on it.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
I’m nearly done with this one. I’m reading for it my english seminar class this Fall. It’s funny, I’ve seen a few different adaptations of this book into movies and the Muppet version is actually quiet accurate. It’s a classic and not too long. So yes, even though it’s the middle of July, I recommend it.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
I bought this at a rummage sale this summer and frankly, I needed to read it before I head back to school. It’s a hardback and a little bulky and I’m flying. I knew it would be a fun read. I started it just yesterday as I was traveling back to my internship after a few days at home. And I just finished it. It was surprisingly similar to the movie and makes me want to read Mockingjay right now. It was an easy read and I got caught up in it pretty easily without getting sucked in. I liked it, and, because I’m me, appreciated the themes of self-sacrificing love/loyalty.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
I’m excited that this book is also on the list for my seminar class. I’ve been wanting to read it for a year or two. I’m hoping to read this between leaving my internship and classes starting (so still technically summer).

 

Recommendations/Favorites

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
An almost-gothic love story. A secret. A quiet girl who’s led a hard life and finds it hard to believe in someone loving her. A broody but romantic man who falls for plain and innocent Jane. It’s an old favorite of mine.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
A spoof of a gothic love story. I haven’t read much Jane Austen. I actually find her stuff hard to get through (but that’s based off a couple years ago, which was the last time I tried to make my way through one of her novels) but in high school I ate up this one. It was funny, sappy, and just great.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
I also particularly like this one. Yes, another classic. There were some great themes that I really enjoyed.

The Lord of the World by R.H. Benson
How do I explain this? It’s a Catholic apocalyptic book about the end of the world. Well-written and interesting.It centers around a priest who’s at first just living in a world full of the technology of the not too-distant future, atheists and apostates, an oppressive government, and euthanasia clinics. But with the coming go the anti-christ the world goes from terrible to worse and this priest is caught up in the middle of it along with some other characters who come and go depicting a span of human experiences during these end times.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
This one’s a YA book but a good read and has a positive message about the value of life. Plus, I remember it being an exciting read. It follows

How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul by Jason and Crystalina Evert
Here’s my review from last year. But basically, if you’re a Catholic young woman read this book.

 

So there you have it! You should be able to find any of these easily online. Any of these your favorites too? What are you reading this summer? Any suggestions to add to my ever-growing to-read list?

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 39) The Travel Bug, Reading, and an Unproductive Spring Break

Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary!

— 1 —

Spring Break has not been productive, at least not as productive as I was hoping. I’ve done pretty much no homework. Honestly, school seems like a dream. Tonight and tomorrow though, I will have to do some work before I head back on Sunday. But I really don’t have any motivation to do so. I did however, observe in a school yesterday morning. First grade. It was great. It reminded me why I want to be a teacher. Past all the red tape, and the political correctness, and all my notions, there’s teaching. That’s why I chose this major and this career: to help children.

— 2 — 

Am I an introvert? I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I need quiet time. And by that I mean time for my mind to be quiet–no computer shining in my eyes, no worries pressing on me. Just me and something simple (prayer, doing dishes). There comes a point when I’m sick of all the noise. And I just want to get away from it and recharge. But does that make me an introvert? Or just an extrovert who like, everyone, need quiet time? Maybe I’m just somewhere in between. Regardless of how I label it though, I appreciate that I’ve done at least one thing productive this week and made this realization. It’s important for me to recharge and how I do that is in the quiet.

— 3 —

That being said, the travel bug is back. I have an adventurous streak which I’m just learning to recognize. Particularly, I want to travel. I have for years. When I realized I couldn’t study abroad I thought I’d set that dream aside for now or at least put it in the back of my mind. But then I was reminded why I want to go recently, and so yeah, it’s back, or I guess it never went away. I realize that I won’t be going abroad any time soon, but someday I hope to.

— 4 —

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The fact that I liked the King and I at age 12 should have given me a hint about a lot of things actually. The movie was one I enjoyed when I was younger. It was one of my first experiences with musicals. I found a cassette (yes a cassette) of the soundtrack first and listened to it on repeat. It maybe wasn’t my favorite, but I liked it. The themes that connect to my own life I noticed later. First, there’s the travel and adventure part of it: a proper English woman moves to a foreign country where she knows no one to start a new chapter in her life. Sound like an adventurous streak? Then there’s the fact that she’s a teacher. Because, well, I’m going to be a teacher, she was a teacher. Also, Anna loved her students. That’s why she stayed (twice!), because she loved those kids. Last, Anna, though a softy, was also a woman with determination or perhaps stubbornness. That another thing I can see in myself.

— 5 —

Lent! It’s been almost 10 days since Ash Wednesday. I’ve broken at least one of my lenten resolutions so far, maybe two. And the third is one I would have to set out to break. I have been home for most of Lent though. My days flow differently at home. We’ll see what happens when I get back to school next week.

— 6 —

Pope Francis was elected a year ago yesterday. Where was I a year ago? Check out my admittedly enthusiastic post from that day. It’s cool to have a blog to look back on my thoughts and feelings and memories. Sitting in that auditorium my whole body was filled with adrenaline. It was a definitely an exciting day. I also wrote a post the other day about my thoughts on what Pope Francis has done in just one year.

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Reading. I finished Insurgent yesterday. And of course, it ended on a cliffhanger. I’ve got a number of things on my reading list beside Allegiant too. I came by a copy of Four Signs of the Dynamic Catholic the other day. And I have Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey to reread. I could also borrow a copy of Tale of Two Cities from my mom’s library to reread. Still, I kind of want to read something new and exciting. I may add all these great books on Christianity and life alongside the classics on my list of books I want to read. But in the end I have a soft spot for the popular, contemporary, dystopian, fight-the-evil-government YA books. At least right now. …said the English literature minor. 😛

As always, I’ll be back next friday with more quick takes!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary and check out the link-up!

February Goals Review / New March Goals

Happy March! Is Spring here yet?
Despite it being cold, February was a good month for goals. 🙂

2014 Goals--February

February Goals

1) Finalize and follow a budget plan

I actually do have a way to budget now. I have a dollar amount that I won’t to succeed for the semester which averages to a certain mount every week. I have a spreadsheet and enter my receipts on it. I’ve set it up to calculate how much I’ve spent so far. Not going to lie. It’s almost Spring Break and I’m more than halfway to my dollar amount. It’s not too bad. But I also haven’t put in my Friday Walmart trip–that was a big one. Still, I have a system and now know where I am financially and where my current path is taking me.

2) Re-examine goal 4 of my year-long goals and figure out how I can incorporate limited technology time in my life

I didn’t do this one. I can’t quite make up my mind what I want to do about this. An internet free day? or maybe just social media free? Or set times every day? I think, in general I just need to have more self control about random internet surfing, pinteresting, blog reading, and buzzfeed quiz taking when I should be studying. So, for now, I’m putting this goal aside.

3) Pray and decide if and how I want to be a part of Campus Ministry next year.

Well, I applied and had my interview. I’m thinking I’ll probably just come back to the same position. But that’s okay with me I think. I’ve still got work to do.

4) Write 10 blog posts

Let’s see…darn it. I only wrote 7. But by tomorrow I should have 3 more  (including this goals one). That will also finish my 7 posts in 7 days (a blogging challenge hosted by Jen at Conversion Diary).

5) Continue reading just-for-fun books 🙂

Yep. It’s slow going but I did start Insurgent. So I’m going to call this one good.

Overall, I did pretty good. Not stellar but not too shabby either. Now, what does this month have in store?

 

March Goals

1) Set aside two hours a day for homework time and three hours on Saturday

I’ve been playing around with the idea and I think I just need to do it. Lately, I’ve fallen behind on readings and the like and it’s just not okay with me. I get so easily distracted, I procrastinate. But at the end of the day I love feeling like I’ve accomplished something. And when I don’t do my homework I don’t get that feeling. And I don’t get as much out of class. So, I propose two dedicated hours (I can adjust it to be longer or shorter if I deem necessary) a day for homework. When I say dedicated I mean locked in my room (or at work), not even a smidgen of social media, no laptop unless necessary for the homework itself dedicated. So 2 hours Monday-Friday and 3 hours on Saturday. They don’t have to be in a row but long stretches are better than short bursts for sure. And obviously if I get done with all my homework before I’m done, I can stop.

2) Finish Insurgent and start another book

I don’t think this will be hard especially if I take Insurgent home for break next week.

3) Set my 4 year plan

I need to talk to advisor and one of the honors program chairs to discuss the next 2 years of my life. I’m almost halfway done with college and I really just need to sit down and decide how this is going to go (at least I feel like I do).

4) Write 10 blog posts

Especially with break, I’m hoping I can make this goal in March though I didn’t in February.

5) Find a weekly or even daily cleaning time

This is one of my year-long goals but i really want to tackle it sooner rather than later. I’m definitely the messy one in my room and though I’ve generally been doing better about keeping my desk clean I haven’t been doing better keeping up with my dishes.

 

Check back in next month to see how I did!

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

So…today I have to play catch up for the 7 Posts in 7 Days Challenge since I forgot to write one yesterday (I was up late writing a Philosophy paper). However, I’m still writing that philosophy paper so I guess I’ll have to make up for that later. Luckily, I quickly struck upon some inspiration for at least one post. Have you seen the quizzes about yourself that have been going around Facebook? Like this:

Quiz Your Friends

 

 

 

Well, I made one. And, in the process, I had to think of 10 random facts about myself. So I decided, why not make those 10 random facts into a post?

Yes. This is how I think.

10 Random Facts About Me

 

1. One of my favorite books is Jane Eyre.

2. One thing I want to do in my life but haven’t yet is travel abroad

3. The only time I went to the emergency room was when it turned out I had dislocated and relocated my shoulder. I was 2.

4. My confirmation saint is Kateri Tekakwitha. Teresa of Avila was a close second though.

5. My favorite subject in high school was English.

6. I love the show Doctor Who.

7. Before college I had never moved. I was born, raised, and lived in the same house in the same town until I was 18.

8. I’m the 3rd oldest of 8 kids. I’m also the oldest girl.

9. I can draw reasonably well. I’m really not very good at sports though.

10. My greatest weakness is that I’m lazy and procrastinate. As I was doing last night when I made that quiz.

There you have it! Probably more about me than you ever wanted to know.

Go check out the 7 Posts in 7 Days link-up over at Conversion Diary. Thanks to Jen for hosting!

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 35) About Teaching and Reading, oh, and Valentine’s Day

Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary!

— 1 —

Happy Valentines Day! Or if you prefer, Singles Awareness Day 😉 Today I read this article from catholicsistas.com about the single life called “The Dilemma and Joy of Being Single”. It was a really good piece. One of my favorite quotes was “if you are a single woman, you are able to mother everyone”. It’s so true. In a paradoxical way it makes me see what people mean when they say that being single is being free. The vocation of being a wife and mother requires a woman to devout herself to her family. It’s a beautiful vocation. A single woman, on the other hand can devout herself to others. But as the article reads “either vocation, married life or single/virginity, entails giving up something in order to be fruitful in some way”. That’s living your vocation. While I’m always looking ahead to my vocation in life I should also remember that

— 2 — 

So, I didn’t write my quick takes last week…in fact I haven’t blogged since the first. That’s terrible. Last week, though, was pretty crazy. I turned in my portfolio to the education department on Friday. It was a huge weight off my shoulders. I was working down to the last hour I could. Then it was done. I spent Saturday making muffins and reading and just relaxing after that craziness.

— 3 —

I then had my interview on Monday. A teacher from the education department and another woman interviewed me. I think it went well. I’ve also been doing lesson planning lately for my classes. I really liked the first one I did. The second one I found the format annoying. But it’s exciting to be doing real teacher stuff! 🙂

— 4 —

I read Divergent! That’s what I was reading last weekend. I finished it last night. It was pretty good. But mostly it just feels good to reeead! And to have finished a book. It makes me happy. I’m keeping right up with my #5 year-long goal and with one of my February goals. It makes me feel less busy and so good to have found time made time to read just for fun.

— 5 —

I guess the reason why is JOY. It’s my new philosophy if you will. It’s a new way of living for me. A motto. I haven’t put it into a post of its own (yet!) but essentially JOY is about not letting little things get to me and stress me out. It’s keeping on top of things. It’s not being freaked out about stuff over which I have no control.

— 6 —

Speaking of goals…I still need to redefine goal #4 of my year-long goals. I have some thoughts but I think I’ll put this into its own post and discuss more reasons for wanting to have some technology-free times. In general my goals aren’t doing too hot. But it’s only February. If I had everything checked off by now those would have been really lame goals. Speaking of which, my February goals are looking good, except for the whole write 10 blog posts thing. I need to step it up on that one.

— 7 —

One more take about education. (Clearly teaching is on my mind.) Another article I read this week was about Common Core and how it devalues literature. It’s true. What happened to reading for reading’s sake? What happened to literature and books as art? Literature is good for the soul and the character. Have we forgotten that? I got a happy surprise at the end of the article when I discovered it was written by Anthony Esolen who will be coming to speak on campus on Monday.

As always, I’ll be back next friday with more quick takes!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary and check out the link-up!

January 2014 Goal Review

It’s been quite a month. Now let’s see how productive it’s been. It’s once again time for my monthly goals review. Let’s see how many of my goals for January I accomplished and what goals I’ll be setting for February.

2014 Goals--January/February

January Goals

1) After I get back to school, clean up my room in preparation for this new semester
I did ok at this. I reorganized my closet and everything! But my desk…well, it’s still a mess.

2) Figure out my schedule in a typical week of this semester (including exercise, reading time, homework time, weekly cleaning etc)
Yeah, I haven’t scheduled out those things. But maybe I don’t need to. My schedule isn’t always predictable. So it might be  impractical to schedule everything.

3) Write 8 blog posts
Yes! Goal accomplished. I wrote a bunch of Quick Takes posts, as well as writing about staying and praying at school when so many were gone on the March for Life, and a piece on trying vs. doing and how we often get so caught up in achieving a prize that we don’t value the effort.

4) Come up with a budgeting plan
Haha. No. I’ve been saving receipts and in the beginning I was pretty good about entering purchase amounts on a spreadsheet. I’ve also had the idea of rewarding myself with little purchases if I keep my spending down. So far though, I’d hazard to guess I’ve spent more than I would like. I guess there’s a loose plan in place it just needs to be finalized and actually followed.

Overall the month wasn’t so bad. I did better than I thought.  Now, what goals shall I set for this month?

February Goals

1) Finalize and follow a budget plan

2) Re-examine goal 4 of my year-long goals and figure out how I can incorporate limited technology time in my life

3) Pray and decide if and how I want to be a part of Campus Ministry next year.

4) Write 10 blog posts

5) Continue reading just-for-fun books 🙂

Well, there we have it. My February goals. Check back in this time next month to see how I did!

 

Linking-up with Laura! Check out her monthly goals link-up!

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 33) My Life This Week

Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary!

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It has been a good week. To start it off right, Sunday was beautiful (not weather-wise of course). I went to Mass in the morning and worked with the new sacristan (my rooomate). Then in the evening I watched Sherlock. It was good. SPOILER: it wasn’t completely satisfying. But of course, that’s Steven Moffat for you.

— 2 — 

Several people I know were gone on the March this week. The buses from our college left Monday afternoon and got back late last night. It was different this year staying on campus and watching so many others go. The campus ministry office was practically empty. But I certainly wasn’t idle while they were gone. As part of my work with campus ministry I organized a 24 hour period of eucharistic adoration for people to pray for those on the march. Last night I wrote a short post on my thoughts about staying back and praying rather than going out and marching.

— 3 —

I’ve also been very productive this last week. I’m probably going to break that streak this weekend, but it was nice while it lasted. 😉 I actually read for fun. I started Divergent by Veronica Roth, but I haven’t gotten far enough through it to give a well-informed review. But it was so good to read, to just curl up with a good fiction book. I’ve missed this, as I said before.

— 4 —

This week I also finally got my work schedule which means I can make my weekly schedule up. I talked about this goal of setting up a weekly schedule in my goals. I don’t want to be too strict and structured though, because I’m realizing that I don’t neccesarilly need to. I’ve actually had a really good system so far this semester. At night, as I go to bed, I make a list of things I need to accomplish the next day. In the morning I put the list in my clutch with my phone and keys where I can refer to it all day and check things off as I do them, circle priorities, and add things as they arise.

— 5 —

Today I observed in a public elementary school as part of my art and music methods class. I think was the first time I was ever in a public elemntary school class. It was interesting watching the interaction between the teacher and his students. It was little different than what I observed in the Catholic school last year. And in general, it gave me more positive feelings towards working in a public school. I still want to work in a Catholic school ideally. But if all I can find is a small public school…I think I would be fine.

— 6 —

I’ve also realized that before college I’d never been in a traditional classroom. In preschool and kindergarten I went to a montesorri school. 1st-12th grade I was homeschooled. I had a couple online classes though, and co-op classes which were like traditional classes excpet they were taught by our parents and I was often in them with at least one sibling…so maybe not quite the same. So, despite my inexperience with traditional schooling I came into college wanting to be a teacher. Huh.

— 7 —

Goals review. The month is winding to a close and I need to start thinking ahead to my first goals review of the year. I only had a few goals for January but I still realize I need to get on those and finish them up before the month comes to a close. So wish me luck with those!  And check back in next weekend for my review.

As always, I’ll be back next friday with more quick takes!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary and check out the link-up!

My Goals for 2014

It’s a new year! For me, that means it’s time to set new goals. Yesterday I reviewed my 2013 goals. Now it’s time to decide what I want to do in 2014.

Those listed below will be goals for the whole year. Here’s hoping this will be a great year for all of us!

2014 Goals

1) A Year of Blogging Well
If you’ve been following my blog you’ll have heard of this blogging challenge I’ve given myself for 2014. It involves writing 100 posts during the year, including more pictures, and generally giving this blog some attention.

2) Give Time to God in Prayer Every Day
This might be adoration, rosary, the liturgy of the hours, or just meditation/journaling. The important thing is making a commitment to this. Every. Day. It should be a time for me to lay everything at His feet and just remember that He is the most important thing.

3) Budget–even if it kills me 
I don’t like playing the guessing game of “how much is there now?” when I log into my bank account. I need to keep track of my expenses. More importantly though, I need to be thrifty as I save up for a car (eventually).

4) Be Computer-Free One Day a Week
I can still watch movies on netflix and check my texts. I’m not talking about going completely offline. But I think it’s important for me, and perhaps many of us, to get away from the distraction and pointless noise of computers–and especially the internet. This will be Saturdays for now.

5) READ
Since I went off to college it’s been difficult to read. Most evenings I spend doing homework, watching TV occasionally, and/or who am I kidding mostly (you guessed it) on the computer. I have a list as long of my arm of books I’d like to read. It’s time I got down to it. I miss the days when I would check out 5 books from the library every 2 weeks.

6) Make Time for Other Hobbies
I’d like to crochet again (my roommate and I have been talking about it). I miss drawing too. I love to draw. It would be nice to once in a while spend a lazy Sunday afternoon doing something fun and constructive.

7) Make Exercise a Regular Part of My Life
I know this won’t happen right away. I also know it probably won’t happen at all over breaks. But at least while I’m at school it would be nice to get some exercise. That might mean a workout video or just going swing dancing Sunday night. I could also go to the pool on campus or use the tennis court right next to my dorm (after it warms up a bit)

8) Commit to a Weekly Cleaning Time for My Dorm Room
In general, I just want my life to be more organized and clean-cut. Keeping my dorm room clean should hopefully help de-clutter my life too. It should also help me to not feel like a fail of a roommate. I’m fairly good about not leaving stuff on the floor for my roommate. Instead, my mess stays on my desk (and that area), inside my closet, and under my bed. I’d like to keep these areas tidy. Hence, a once-a-week cleaning time.

In addition to these year-long goals, I’ll also be posting goals for each month. Then I’ll review them at the end of the month when I set the following month’s goals. Some of my monthly goals may reflect or even duplicate my year-long goals, others may be completely unrelated. Before I finish here, I want to list my monthly goals for January too.

January Goals

1) After I get back to school, clean up my room in preparation for this new semester

2) Figure out my schedule in a typical week of this semester (including exercise, reading time, homework time, weekly cleaning etc)

3) Write 8 blog posts

4) Come up with a budgeting plan

In addition, I want to keep up with/work on my new year’s goals: praying every day, no computer on Saturdays, etc

So there you have it, my new goals including 8 things for me to do in 2014. These goals will take diligence. It’s going to be a challenging year but a good one. If I succeed I will have cause to be proud of the person I become. Hopefully, putting these goals down in writing and publishing them here will encourage me to accomplish them. I’ll also be posting them on the wall in my room when I get back to school.

I’d love to here about your New Year’s resolutions or goals. Leave a comment below!

7 Quick Takes Vol. 28: I’m Actually Going to Blog Again ~or~ Christmas Break

— 1 —

It’s Friday! I have been so bad about doing these quick takes lately. I think it’s nice to have something like this though: short, a way to keep blogging, and scheduled. This is something I should really work on being consistent about.

— 2 —

Finals are over! We didn’t get out until late this year. So many other colleges had finished before us that it was kind of depressing to still be taking finals. But I made it through! And I only lost my mind three times. 😉 Also, one of my teachers gave us candy during our final (yeah, we learned about classical  conditioning in his class).
I also got my grades back. Keeping them up I’m glad to say. Spanish was my low grade this semester and I wasn’t sure how the final was going to go. A matter of mere points  would decide between letter grades. But I pulled it off. Overall in that class, I wish I’d been a bit more diligent. We had homework due 4 nights a week and I missed some of them just because I forgot and wasn’t able to turn them in late. Next semester I need to be better about that.

— 3 —

I’m home! Back with my family. Honestly, it’s not all warm smiles and watching Christmas movies. But it is home. The day after I got back, some of my family and I went to the city. We did some shopping and spent most of the day at the big department store downtown. We went out to dinner too.

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Christmas time! It’s sort of weird. Back at school everyone was clinging to Advent hard. People protested how early the Christmas decorations started going up on campus (mid-November) and some people weren’t playing Christmas music. But here at home things are a bit different. Christmas music is certainly not taboo, the outdoor nativity set glows in our front yard, and the tree will be going up later today. But at this point, Gaudete Sunday has passed, the O antiphons have begun, and  Christmas is only 5 days away!

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Five days!!! Ah! I haven’t finished shopping! I’ve bought one gift. I have a sibling to buy for still and oh yeah, my dad. Are your parents as hard to shop for as mine are sometimes?

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Also, with break I have much more time for blogging. And I have a few ideas floating around so I’ll hopefully be posting more over the next few weeks.
After reading Jen’s Post I find this kind of ironic. She advocates for shutting down the internet from Thanksgiving to New Year’s because no one has time to write anyways. Haha sorry but I’d have to protest that! Christmas is one of the few times I can actually post with any sort of frequency. That and the summer. Basically any time I’m not drowning in responsibilities.

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I have a few other things to do over break too. I’ve got some essays to write, books to read, a prayer life to improve, goals to finish, new goals to write, a driving test to take (finally), and time to spend with my family.

Merry  (early) Christmas!

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