Friday, April 11, 2014

I'd like to thank the Academy, and Kendra...

So, I received my 1st ever Liebster Award from Kendra over at Catholic All Year earlier this week. (Much earlier). When I haven't been soaking in our newfound warmth (4 days in a row over 40 degrees - yes, that equals part-ay), I've been washing so much infant stuff, dealing with some lovely new attitude issues in my 4 year old, and catching up on sleep. And, thus, after 5 days of being in 'draft' form, I am finally answering these questions and getting them out to you. 

Here goes:

1. Where do you live? And why do you live there?

I currently live in Rochester, NY, which is nowhere near NYC but rather much closer to Toronto. Yes, Canada. I moved here for college (transferred to RIT for my last 3 years), and then got married and stuck around this area. When you see pictures like the one below, you, too, might wonder why we did:

Since our wedding though, either my husband or I have been in school. I was finishing my BFA the first year, and he's been working on his Masters ever since. This will change hopefully in 6 weeks, and I don't think I could be more excited.

2. What are you currently watching and/or reading?


Veronica Mars Season One - I had many recommendations for this one, and though the first episodes almost turned me off, I am not (4 episodes in) starting to enjoy it. I must say that I cannot stand their usage of filters to attempt emotional drama throughout. Pretty much drives me crazy.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 - I can't believe how into the Marvel world this show has sucked me. I enjoyed several of the movies that have come out in the past few years, but really only Avengers was thoroughly entertaining enough to make me want to watch more and more and more… This show on the background agency that works behind the superheroes has changed that though, and it's been a fun season full of Joss Whedon twists and turns to watch weekly with David.


Pregnancy brain is setting in, and thus not much productive/brain requiring reading is happening around these parts. I'm currently chugging through a couple though:

Orthodoxy - I've been plugging through this G. K. Chesterton heady book for awhile. I finally added it to the iBooks app on my phone, so when I have 10 minutes here and there, I can attempt to read a bit. I'm not really loving it. I think there is much to be gleamed from the wisdom therein, but Chesterton's overly wordy approach just isn't my flavor. Still, as a part of my Lenten disciplines, I am trying to plug onward. 

Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage - Another from the 2014 Reading Goals List, this one is a way easier read, but I like to complete each chapter as I go rather than stopping halfway. This limits the times in the day when I can actually pick it up and read. I've been making a point to read a chapter each day before I crash during nap time.

Does Winnie-The-Pooh count? If so, that can be my "fun" reading, which is predominately for the pleasure of the 2 and 4 year olds.

3. What kind of Catholic are you: cradle, or convert? (Or considering?)

New convert. I grew up Protestant (with experience in practically everything) and just joined the Catholic Church this past February. It wasn't anything super dramatic as I've pretty much been on a step by step journey to Rome since I was about 11. However, it's where I know I can find the fullness of the Faith, and I'm thrilled to be at this point with my whole little family. 

4. Can you point to one moment or experience that made you a practicing Catholic? (Or want to be?)

Like I said, it's been one looooong and fairly slow journey. Two things stand out though in my mind. One is when I attended a Steubenville youth retreat at the age of 13 and I was completely enamored with the beauty of the Sacraments at their purest and most adored. I was in a liturgical Church at the time, but the reverence and love for the Sacraments was not the same. That weekend also began my journey to love Mary as my own Mother. 

A second thing that I would say is one of the things that really started pushing me towards Rome was authority. We had priests in our Church and even bishops, but I just could no longer argue Christ specifically giving Peter the keys to the Kingdom. I couldn't pretend anymore that that authority had been made perfectly clear and how obvious the apostolic succession of the papacy was. 

5. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Oh dear. If I say I need to go through them next week as part of the Holy Week purging of our stuffs, do I get extra points? Let's just say, I own entirely TOO MANY. I have so many that I semi-love but just don't wear. I even have a few broken pairs that I'm willing to pay to have fixed but haven't gotten around to doing so. 

I'm going to go with more than 25… yeeps.

6. Are you a good dancer?

Depends on what kind. I can dance better than a fair amount of people at a club, but I don't think that's saying much. I took ballet until the age of 9 and then again in college. I can swing dance and do some basic ballroom. I'm related to 3 dancers though with another little sister who is well on her way to becoming famous for her moves, so I rate my skills pretty low.

7. Who usually drives, you or your husband?

Moi. He doesn't mind driving in the least, but I kind of love it. So, I tend to be the driver. 

8. What's your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it?

Christmas, for sure. I'm learning to love Easter by implementing traditions associated with both Holy Week and the Season of Easter, but Christmas is so, so rich in family traditions, old and new, that I just have to give it first place. As far as the "How" just go search for the many, many posts I have written about Advent and Christmas, and then go from there.

9. Which is correct? Left or right?

I dropped this anal part of my personality for the most part when I got married. One of the few early pieces of wisdom that sunk into my brain being that I guess the direction of the TP was not really the end of the world. That being said, my house has this old-fashioned, built into the wall, porcelain contraption to hold the TP, and so, the roll only rolls if done according to the right photo. See below:

10. Do you have any scars?

Only one I can see right now. Most of my childhood scars have disappeared at this point, but I did royally burn the pyjeebees out of my forearm last fall, and it's left a lovely line on my left appendage. 

11. What's the most famous thing you've ever done? 

I won a photo contest in college, and a piece of mine travelled all over the US for a year being shown in art shows in major cities. It was pretty awesome. Now my alma mater has adopted that piece as its own, and I often hear of people who visit and tell me : "Oh, I saw a photograph of yours on display the other day!" Too bad I took that picture nearly 6 years ago, so the appeal isn't the same anymore. =/

And that is that. 

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for linking up Sarah! Your toilet paper holder is, um, nuts. It's just nuts.


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