1. St. Patrick's Day=Soda Bread...right??
I love St. Patrick, and St. Patrick's Day celebrations can be really fun (especially for those of you who, like me, have spent any amount of time in Irish Dancing troupes). Since I no longer dance with a school, our March 17 celebrations are a bit more chill. But, every year, I make sure that Irish Soda Bread is involved. I love Irish Soda Bread. Love it. I love it fresh out the oven, at room temperature, or toasted. I love it smothered with butter and jam. I love small slices of it plain. Naturally, I had been looking forward to soda bread all week long. I made sure that we had milk in the fridge and softened butter on the table. I started curdling the milk with lemon (since I never have buttermilk around). But, I did not check the flour supply. Several weeks ago, someone gave us a ten pound bag of flour, so I have not purchased flour in a very long time. Every time I use flour, there is tons left-so of course there would be some for soda bread! Of course! Nope, not at all. We only had about half as much flour as the recipe called for, and I had already gotten the dough wet with flour. Plus, I stubbornly wanted soda bread with our dinner. We could not eat our potato soup by itself! My husband had the car and he was working extra time at work, so I couldn't just run out to the store or wait for him to come home. I needed to do something with this globby mess, so I began scrounging around the cupboards for any flour. I shoved it into the oven, and it came out several minutes later quite flat, but actually tasting pretty good! It's a soda bread-cornbread hybrid, with some self-rising flour thrown in. It's weird, but good.
|Soda-cornbread and potato soup!|
2. Tomorrow, we will celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the husband of Mary, foster-father of Jesus, and carpenter extraordinaire by "building" things!
I love St. Joseph, and think he is awesome. And, since the day in March on which we celebrate him is a Solemnity, it makes tomorrow like a Sunday! Treats all around! Originally, my husband was planning on competing in a Super Smash Bros. tournament tomorrow, and I was planning on binging season 1 of Daredevil, since I haven't watched it in months. But...God has a way of turning things around. A few days ago, my husband and I both received e-mails that we each had won free entry into a Settlers of Catan tournament that is happening tomorrow!!! This is a huge, ginormous blessing, because entry fees are $75 a person-and courtesy of the kind folks at Hayes Electric, we are each getting in for free. So, we get to celebrate St. Joseph by "building" roads, settlements, and cities all day long with other Catan players! (Prayers, particularly through the intercession of St. Joseph, are most welcome and appreciated)
This day has been marked down on my calendar for several weeks as the premier of Daredevil season two. We won't be able to begin watching it until Saturday night or Sunday, most likely, but I'm really excited. I don't have Netflix, but I'm getting a month of it specifically for Daredevil. At some point, I'll also be re-watching season one for fun, so Matt Murdock & friends may be popping up here on the blog in the near future :)
[Need some reasons to watch Daredevil season one? Here's a few that I came up with a while back]
4. I've decided that chairs are overrated.
Our American culture is so sedentary, and I've finally decided that I've had enough of it. I like sitting in chairs or curling up on the couch, and in moderation, it's perfectly fine-but I think that too often, we spend an exorbitant amount of time sitting in furniture. I've always rather liked sitting on the floor, and in this pregnancy, I've rediscovered just how awesome it is (one of my pregnancy books stresses the importance of floor sitting while pregnant, to help with alignment of the pelvis & uterus and fun stuff like that). I've also been trying to squat more often throughout my day. There are many health benefits, but I won't get into all that now, because this "quick takes" is getting kind of rambly :P
5. In my quest to floor sit and squat more, I found a motivational, hilarious, and incredibly weird song.
I don't really have the words for this, so you can just watch it and let me know what you think.
6. The Oklahoma Catholic Women's Conference is coming up! (and you don't have to be from Oklahoma to attend)
There are some superb speakers, great vendors, and many fun, loving, joyful women who will all make this day awesome. Plus, Jesus will be there! And the Archbishop-and he's pretty cool, too. It will be a wonderful way to celebrate Easter together, grow in community, and grow in our Faith! I'll be blogging more about this event in the very near future, so stay tuned!
7. Holy Week is almost here! Let's make it awesome.
I love the final few days that lead up to Easter. The Triduum is my top-favorite liturgical season, and I get super excited for it every year. This year, I encourage you to do something for Holy Week that you have never done before. You can add in extra prayer time each day, read from a different book of meditations on the Passion, or attend a liturgy or service that you have never been to before (like Tenebrae-I had never heard of Tenebrae before I went to college, and I discovered that I love it). Let's ramp up our intensity as we finish off Lent!
I hope that you all have a spectacular beginning to your weekend!