This week: A reiteration of this post–things you like to drink, and the occasions on which they are drunk.

  1. Before and during church: Coffee, with some almond milk (which they’ve just started putting out with the half and half, thank God) and a raw sugar.
  2. At three in the afternoon at work: A cold Diet Coke, or a HEB knockoff version thereof, or a cup of tea, depending on how prepared I am that day.
  3. Sunday afternoons, with a book: A cider straight out of the fridge.
  4. Summer evenings when it’s 9000 degrees outside: A gin and tonic with a lot of lime, or an Arnold Palmer, or a big glass of water, or a grapefruit Topo Chico.
  5. During parish: Whatever flavor LaCroix someone has brought for the evening.
  6. At a fancy cocktail bar: If they have sparkling wine, a French 75; otherwise, whatever the house specialty is.
  7. On road trips: The biggest cup of coffee to be had, or a medium Dr Pepper on ice, preferably from Bucee’s.
  8. At the movies: Diet Coke, but lately nothing.
  9. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s: I make a variation on a dark and stormy that uses cranberry instead of lime, and I call it a merry and bright, haha.
  10. After trips to Target: I’ve had to curb this habit lately, but the Target brand blueberry kombucha is actually really good.
  11. Right before bed: I try to chug a glass of water with my vitamins.
  12. Wednesday mornings: I meet a friend at Starbucks for accountability and prayer, and I usually get a misto with soy milk. (Tastes like a latte and is $1.50 cheaper.)
  13. When I’m trying to eat better: Blueberry-banana-peanut butter smoothies. Sometimes with some spinach blended in if I have any.

thursday 13

This week: Hopefully we’re all out from under the shadow of this, but–13 things that you do whenever you’re sick.

1. Watch a lot of YouTube videos, because even watching a 30-minute-long show feels like too much.
2. Sleep. Like, a lot. Like, throw off my circadian rhythms entirely a lot.
3. Drink a lot of water, and also coffee even though I know you’re not really supposed to drink coffee when you’re sick, but whatever.
4. Refresh my social media feeds multiple times. (At some point I will probably get into a massive multiplayer Twitter thread and wake up to 300 notifications.)
5. Try to read and fail miserably.
6. Read *magazines.*
7. As soon as I can, I get out and get soup of some variety. Pho is my preference, but tortilla soup or any chickeny thing are also good choices.
8. I also end up making congee at some point and eating it with sesame oil and tamari and sriracha (well. no sriracha when I have stomach bugs, but for a cold, absolutely, because chilis are anti-inflammatory, or so I tell myself)
9. Eventually I catch up on all my podcasts, even if it’s only because I forgot to set the sleep timer in Overcast and they all played straight through while I slept.
10. I always have really intense dreams when I’m sick and then wake up and can’t remember anything about them except how intense they were.
11. If especially desperate, I end up doing a turmeric/apple cider vinegar/cayenne shot.
12. Either I’ll take a hot shower to loosen all the gunk in my chest or I’ll go days without showering and emerge feeling like Pig-Pen.
13. And I also end up lying in bed having some sort of existential crisis, but this is usually not different from when I’m well, if I’m being honest here.

thursday 13

This week: 13 things you need to get done before Monday. (This is mostly because I have a million things to get done before Monday. This topic does, however, have precedent here.

1. Finish packing.
2. Clean out the fridge.
3. Clean the bathroom.
4. Take the trash out.
5. Put some of my stuff in the car.
6. Finish laundry.
7. Unpack. > trying to figure out places to put stuff
8. Go to see Black Panther with Dad.
9. Get all my Internet and stuff set up. > happening tomorrow
10. Art class with friends!
11. Go get groceries, OMG.
12. Get a shoe rack(?) > decided I don’t need one
13. Bring all my library books back.

super-late thursday 13 (3/1)

This week: 13 podcasts you listen to.

1. ID10T (the podcast formerly known as Nerdist)
2. Bon Appetit Foodcast
3. Code Switch
4. All Songs Considered
5. Exploring My Strange Bible
6. Typology
7. KCRW’s Good Food
8. No Such Thing As A Fish
9. The Bible Project
10. Pass the Mic
11. The Simple Show
12. It’s Been a Minute
13. Pop Culture Happy Hour

right now (february 2018)

Making: I stopped mid-way through a hat for a new baby; I should probably pick it back up again considering said baby is now ex utero, huh? Basic roll-brim baby hat, gray yarn.

Cooking: A lot of stuff in order to get rid of condiments so I don’t have to move them later–new lease starts in early March. Recently made some noodles with this sesame sauce and shredded chicken and green onions, and am planning on making some mujadara.

Drinking: Lots of coffee, as per usual. Trying to drink more water; right now I’m very into the grapefruit sparkling water from Target. (It comes in these cute slim cans and I think it’s actually better than the pamplemousse LaCroix.)

Reading: Working through Awaiting the King, The Crucifixion, and my internet friend Gina Dalfonzo’s book One By One.

Wanting: More mid-rise, boot-cut pants.

Looking: At getting tickets for the Banff Film Festival when it comes through town in March. (Anyone want to come with me?)

Playing: Just discovered Just Dance for the Nintendo Switch thanks to my new friend Randi. The J!6 game on the Jeopardy website. (By the way, the internet audition test happens next week, so go sign up if you’re interested.)

Deciding: On what I’m going to do with my falling-apart kitchen table and chairs…

Wishing: I had some ice cream in my fridge right now…

Enjoying: The musician birthday segment on The Show Formerly Known As Prairie Home Companion–everyone on that show is a consummate musician and they’re so good. (E.g., imagine Chris Thile shout-singing “Bombtrack” by Rage Against the Machine.)

Waiting: For…actually, nothing right now. Hm.

Liking: This top I have on–I got it on sale from Modcloth, and the colors are a little wacky but they somehow work together. (Light blue, with white, brown, yellow, orange, and forest green polka dots. Sounds like it should be terrible, but I like it.)

Wondering: If I order some pants from Old Navy, will I get them by early next week?

Loving: The old men who come to work out at the Y in polo shirts and khakis that are just a little too big for them. (Seriously, khakis. With a belt.)

Pondering: How I read and think a lot about habit formation as a means of spiritual formation, and yet I am really bad at forming habits.

Considering: The coconut.

Buying: Haven’t done it yet, but I need to get new strings for my guitar and possibly also a new tuning peg.

Watching: I saw Black Panther last Saturday and OMG y’all it’s so good.

Hoping: I can get my body to sleep in this weekend–I have been having a hard time not waking up randomly this week, so maybe I can make up for it on Saturday.

Marveling: See “Watching.” (Haha, see, it’s a Marvel movie, and it’s marvelous…)

Needing: To actually put my butt to bed at a decent hour.

Questioning: How to set aside time for some projects.

Smelling: There’s a lot of garlic in that sesame sauce I made, y’all.

Wearing: Right now? I have a blue and white button-down shirt and olive green slim-cut pants on.

Following: All these sexual harassment allegations. It’s surreal that people are finally facing consequences.

Thinking: I want to be on the team that helps choose Oprah’s Favorite Things every year. Maybe I’ll do some gift guides this year, they’re so fun to shop for.

Admiring: This interview with Rachel Denhollander in Christianity Today, on the cost of pursuing justice. Hard words about church being a not-great place for sexual abuse victims.

Sorting: All of my stuff, OMG. (See also: I’m moving soon.)

Getting: Hopefully more boxes…

Bookmarking: My friend Abby’s new column at Fathom.

Coveting: This dress.

Disliking: How people dismiss teenagers’ opinions and activism just because they’re young. I mean, agree or disagree with them, but they’re people and they deserve to be taken seriously.

Opening: This Diet Coke right now. *psshff*

Giggling: I just wrapped up a program at work in which the kids made these perplexing, slightly surrealist videos and they were hilarious.

Feeling: Slightly startled, as I always am this time of year, at the fact that March is almost upon us.

Snacking: I’ve had a thing lately for barbecue potato chips and I don’t really know why. And the pb&j bars from Trader Joe’s.

Hearing: I recently discovered a great podcast called No Such Thing As A Fish and I’ve been obsessively listening to the archives. It’s by the writers of a British comedy quiz show called QI and it’s both educational and hilarious.

a good old-fashioned blog post.

1. Haven’t done this in ages–just sat down and written a post that isn’t a Thursday 13 or a Saturday session. I’m trying to get my writing mojo back and…this feels right. I did submit an article a couple of weeks ago and am waiting to hear back about it, and I have project cooking about a Korean origin myth involving a bear, a tiger, and a god, so we’ll see how that goes. And I’m reading, like always.

2. I’m also trying to figure out Lenten discipline. I’ve already decided to read through Fleming Rutledge’s book The Crucifixion (650 pages of atonement theology; highly recommended by a lot of theologians and pastors), but I’m thinking that I’m probably going to turn off all of my social media on my phone. I was rereading Desiring the Kingdom a while back and he writes about doing a technology audit, considering how all the tech and media that you consume is shaping you and whether or not it’s for good ends or not. That feels like a good Lenten exercise, and also a generally good one for life as well. Facebook in particular feels like an especially insidious and unnecessary part of my life, save for one group I’m in, but on the other hand I use it at work for marketing purposes, so…*shrug*

3. What else? I’ve not been taking very good care of my body, and it’s been reflected in my mental health of late. I’m at a “I just want to stay in bed and watch YouTube videos” level of the mopes, so not as bad as it ever has been, but I definitely need to practice better self-care this week. (I started by making lunch for tomorrow so I don’t inevitably buy a bag of Chex Mix and a Diet Coke and call that lunch.)

4. Also, I’m moving in a few days, and the only things I’ve packed are the books off of one shelf. (Anyone got spare boxes?)

5. Love y’all. Take care.

on lament (a poem for lent)

sometimes it is not given to us
to know the reason for our shame
for our sorrow
for our suffering
or for our sin

sometimes it is not for us
to jump straight to the resolution
to shake off the burden
of the world’s brokenness

more often the gift is the
grace to grieve toward God
to find ourselves banging our
bloodied fists against His door

and then to hear Him come up behind us
to surprise us with His kind embrace