Outfit-of-the-Week+Links I Love: Almost Pentecost!
Who else wants to be here right now? Anyone? (Via)
Well, friends, this Friday is off to a rip-roaring start. Let me break my morning down for you:
While brushing my teeth (vigorously), I got a little carried away (read: I am a total spaz) and ended up poking myself in the eye with a toothpaste-laden toothbrush. How’s that for a visual? It’s OK to laugh. Of course this was after I had done my eye makeup. Much splashing and swelling and tearing-up ensued, and the long and short of it is: I’m wearing glasses today. On the bright side, I made a delicious smoothie for breakfast this morning AND discovered a new shortcut on my commute to work. So I have that going for me.
I got to school earlier than usual due to to the aforementioned shortcut, which was great, because I had to print out the tests I was supposed to give my freshmen today. I say “supposed to” because when I went to the copy room to pick up my freshly minted tests, I discovered to my chagrin that the printer was totally jammed. No problem, I thought, I’ll just un-jam it. When I did so (in record time, I might add), I noticed that there were only five minutes left until my first period class. A quick glance at the queue told me that my print job wouldn’t be ready for another TWENTY minutes. Oops. The long and short of this mini-debacle: my students are getting a free period today (something I NEVER do) and taking the test on Monday. They are quite pleased, but I feel majorly thrown off.
The silver lining here is 1) these are TOTALLY first world problems and not a big deal and 2) little wrenches like these in my daily routine help me to remember that I am so not in control and that I need to let go of the illusion in a major way. So, thank you Jesus for reminding me of that fact. I guess when I asked him to remind me of my need for Him, He took me seriously. Go figure. :)
When all’s said and done, I’m just really, really, really, REALLY ready for summer. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about summer in my teaching career. Not that this year has been horrible, it’s just been exhausting, in every sense of the word. I love my students, but lately it’s become more and more of a herculean effort to be patient with things such as the following:
For part of a homework assignment, I asked my students to list some of the gifts God has given them. One boy wrote “charm, sexyness [sic] and all-around good looks.” When I told him this wasn’t an appropriate answer, he replied, “What!? Those are real words! I looked them up!”
And with that, I give you a really cute outfit:
I wish I could pull off a hat like this one, or any hat for that matter. Fun fact: I have a gargantuan cranium and the only hats I’ve ever found that fit me are cowboy hats, which are really only appropriate if you’re in Texas. Sigh. I suppose I’ll just have to leave the hat-wearing to girls like Julia (pictured above) and my sister Elisa (who looks fab in hats). (Image via: Gal Meets Glam)
I used to feel badly when I couldn’t identify the ten distinct flavors in each wine I tasted at a vineyard. I don’t anymore. (io9; warning: PG-13 language ahead)
Even if you’ve never read one of Dan Brown’s novels, you may still find this riotously funny. I (literally)laughed out loud. (Telegraph)
A sobering look at why so many young people are losing their faith (or growing up without it entirely). (Our Sunday Visitor)
If you’re familiar with the 5 Love Languages, you should check out the 5 Apology Languages. The quiz is only 20 questions long and the results are so interesting. (h/t Grace Patton)
If you’re a twenty-something, love a twenty-something, or know a twenty-something, you must watch this TED talk: “Why 30 is NOT the new 20.” (Thanks, Jaclyn!)
Papa Francis was on a roll this week! I especially loved his Wednesday audience, in which he said, “Let us ask ourselves: are we open to the Holy Spirit?” Are we? (Whispers in the Loggia)
Words of Wisdom:
“We do not possess the truth, the truth possesses us: Christ, who is the truth, has taken us by the hand…”—Pope Emeritus B16
PPS It’s almost time for this, right Elisa?!