...actually, it's just this week's Quick Takes post.
This week has been FULL of....something. From illness to an abundance of baby showers at work and a new feature...sort of.
But first! .....
1 Teen Jeopardy
Am I the only one who felt really smart for knowing the Teen Jeopardy questions? (or are they answers) While writing out my quick takes, I was watching Teen Jeopardy and the first category was "One Direction".
I felt old, but I should have known better than to think that Trebeck would allow an entire category to be devoted to a boy band. Unless that boy band was New Kids On the Block, in which case...I'd still fail.
(I take that back...I feel old. I could complete the saying "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" and the teens couldn't and then Alex said it was before their time but I KNEW IT! *le sigh* ...the answer it "Practice", btw.)
2. Speaking of things on tv... I think there's some big sports thing going on this weekend. I'm sure my wonderful 8 am mass will be packed, again, but just to show that I'm not jumping on the Niners bandwagon... Here's a photo of me, sporting a jacket.
(I would post my favorite, which is a photo of me in a Niners cheerleader uniform from '89, but I have no clue where that photo went sadly.)
3. I missed half the week due to illness. The half I missed included mass, a meeting, the first of three baby showers at work and something. I can't remember because I was out of it. Cold medicines do that to me. So does a fever. I had both which meant unsettling dreams and crazy ideas (including number 7 in today's quick takes).
4. Catholic + Fashion
I've been reading a number of things about utilizing style and social media to evangelize. On Tumblr (and because I keep forgetting..sorry... Click here to go to my Tumblr now!) I post a hodgepodge of fashion, dance, religious and nerd-lite. By sharing my interests, I'm able to also share my faith to those with whom I share an interest. For example, someone who shares my interest in lindy hop would look at my posts on Tumblr and also see my appreciation of Sisters, my love of fun, modest attire. Not to mention, they'll meet a Catholic with a quirky sense of humor who reads John Green books and watches Doctor Who: In other words, an average Catholic.
Back to the fashion.
I've worked on re-working my wardrobe, taking a bit more care about my appearance, and as a new weekly thing, will be displaying an outfit each week. This week's outfit was what I wore when I went back to work after being out sick (but I did get a lot of positive feedback and felt great wearing it).
Part of this re-dressing of myself is to remind myself each day that I'm worthy. I'm worthy of love, happiness... the whole enchilada! I'm not obsessing over clothes, but I'm not at the other extreme, wearing clothes that cause my sense of self worth to plummet. I'm giving attention to what I wear because I realize that though I may not be what mainstream media sees as attractive, what I wear and how I wear it may still be the only communication I have with the majority of people I see during the day. When someone looks at me, I want them to believe that I'm a woman who respects herself and "clothes herself with dignity"...and not that I pander to a force-fed ideal of what makes a woman attractive to men.
Valentine's Day is coming up. At work, I'll attend to the preparation for parties, help pass out cards and candy, and at the end of the day...go home.
I'm single, and every year, I've spent Valentine's Day bemoaning the fact that I'm single.
This year, instead of going home and eating all the candy the children give me, I'm going to take myself out. I'm thinking a movie or maybe if I'm adventurous, a drive to my favorite tea shop in the city.
If you have any movie suggestions (ones in theaters or even some to watch at home) leave me a comment!
6. The Missing One
I know I had more than seven things to talk about and for the life of me, I can't remember what number six was supposed to be. Maybe it was this question sent out into the void of Tumblr asking if this was what 'moving on' felt like. Maybe it's the curious absence of a once-overwhelming wait for a better tomorrow.
It's been a month and a half of confusion and questions about my life and what I'm doing with it. I still don't have answers, but I feel like I've finally got legs under me again. It's strange and new, and I'll be honest...scary. But I'm amazed at the little moments that reveal the ongoing growth in identity and confidence. I wish I had some simple, clear way of saying what I want to say, and maybe what was said in a conversation earlier says it all:
"I think I may have just broke up with my old life..."
7. That crazy idea I mentioned in number 3?