1. Baby Girl says "mom" now, which is music to my ears. She's been saying "da" for a couple months, but nary a "ma" until the past week. Very exciting. :D
2. Have you ever felt drawn to a particular saint? I must confess that, over the years, I have not been as diligent as I could (and should) have been in learning about the lives of the saints and cultivating relationships with them. However, a couple years ago when I was going through a very dark time, I felt a sudden calling to pray for the intercession of St. Alphonsus. I could not remember having ever heard of this saint before (although I most likely had and tucked it away in my subconscious). Two days later, my husband and I were in the Pittsburgh area for a taekwondo tournament he was judging, and we passed a Catholic church named for St. Alphonsus. I was really taken aback! To experience such an obvious nudging, if you will, is quite rare for me.
I'm ashamed to say that as time went on, many a day would go by that I did not even think of this special saint. Recently, however, I have renewed my reflection on his life, particularly one part of his biography that resonated strongly with me the first time I read it: "In 1723, he lost a [legal] case, and God made use of his disappointment to wean his heart from the world." At the time, I was experiencing multiple significant disappointments in my life, but it had never occurred to me that God might use that disappointment to better me.
I think I'll stop there and save the rest of my reflection for a stand-alone post. :)
3. I'm happy to say that our phone arrangement is still working out well for us. A couple days ago, we received a bill from AT&T in the mail. That's not right, I grumbled to myself as I ripped it open, we don't owe them anything anymore! Right on: the bill was for $0.00. The outside of the envelope included an advertisement for their paperless billing program. Yes, AT&T, I'd love to go paperless, and it should be very easy at this point since we should also be bill-less. I hope that's the last one we get. :P (I just realized I ended my first two takes with emoticons, so let the trend continue!)
4. Despite my general distaste for texting, fancy phones and the like, I was somehow smitten with this smartphone toy and decided it would make a good Easter gift for my daughter. Yeah, I'm silly like that. In my defense, she loves remotes and anything with buttons, so I can't imagine how this wouldn't be a hit. ;)
5. It has been a particularly rough week for Baby Girl. She has been quite the unhappy camper, poor lass. I think she is probably teething (she's between the ages of 6 and 36 months, so budding choppers can be blamed for pretty much everything). In other news, chocolate pudding tastes very nice when mixed with a little ChocoVine. :O
6. My husband received a teaching service award from his department at Penn State yesterday. When I asked him (over Gmail chat) how the awards ceremony went, his response was:
Weez's husband: excellent
Weez's husband: I was accused of earning a Masters in sleep deprivation in front of everyone
Weez's husband: and then my FB picture was revealed
|said FB picture :-*|
7. Guilty pleasure time! On July 21, 2007, two very important events in my life took place:
8-) Happy Friday!!!
- My husband and I got married.
- I received, as a birthday gift (my birthday is 3 days after our anniversary), a DVD copy of She's the Man. This modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is...well, to employ a ridiculously overused term, EPIC. Here's one of my favorite scenes:
8-) Happy Friday!!!