right now: april 2019

Making: Still working on the afghan. I’ve got a post in my drafts that’s a big list of book recommendations, so stay tuned for that!

Cooking: I’ve been rocking the Lazy Genius Change-Your-Life Chicken a lot (it’s real good, y’all). Considering making these noodles soon.

Drinking: The cherry flavor from Houston Cider Co. (it’s local and delicious)

Reading: In the middle of The Epic of Eden and An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.

Wanting: A new swimsuit!

Looking: At dining room sets, because my table and chairs are kind of falling apart…

Playing: Lots of Sporcle quizzes of late.

Deciding: Whether or not I can take a vacation to New York this fall.

Wishing: It wasn’t about to get blaringly hot here in Houston any minute now…

Enjoying: The Bible study I’m doing with some folks from church that’s led by one of our pastors–it’s been really rich so far and I’m glad we still have until November.

Waiting: For it to stop thundering and start actually raining outside.

Wondering: How I let my calendar for May get so full!

Loving: My church is about to start a series on the emotions and this enneagram 4 is HERE FOR IT

Pondering: How to better stick to my budget and why I’m not reading as much as I used to.

Considering: Future plans–I’ve got the bones of a plan to finally start a second master’s degree in the fall of 2020, which isn’t as far off as it seems. I need to work out details (especially the financial ones), but yeah, I have concrete plans to make it happen now, which is exciting.

Buying: Some anti-frizz serum which really does work well but is impossible to wash out

Watching: Started The West Wing! I’m also on a quest to finish watching all the Marvel movies before I go watch Endgame–it probably won’t be for a couple of weeks, so NO SPOILERS!

Hoping: I don’t eat it on this bike ride/scavenger hunt my friend is doing for his birthday on Saturday! (I haven’t ridden a bike in literally ten years.)

Needing: To clean my apartment and fold all my laundry and put it away…

Smelling: Grapefruit candle from Trader Joe’s! It’s very grapefruity and smells really good.

Wearing: Thrift store t-shirt, plaid pajama pants.

Admiring: This poem by Robert Pinsky.

Giggling: At this Instagram post from one of the cast members of the Hamilton Philip tour.

Hearing: Church Clothes by Lecrae! And the cars driving by on the road on the other side of the bayou.

holy monday: the light of the world.

Why keep the light
Inside of these four walls
When there are folks outside in the dark

Clear out the clutter
And let them come in and see
Glory where there was none

Tear open the veil
Take the fire outside
Let the people come near

And see the presence of God
Descend once again to His temple
To shine on us again

palm sunday: the bread of life.

“Save us” they prayed

They wanted a king that would give them bread
That would fill their hunger
That would break the cycle of their poverty
That would break the cycles of their oppression

Here comes Jesus, the Son of David
And the city’s stones shout underneath the people
That their rightful King has returned
To come into His kingdom at last

He will fill them at last
With the tearing of His flesh

He will rule the world
From a splintered throne

While the city watches
His blood spill outside its gates

thursday 13

This week: 13 email newsletters I subscribe to.

1. Daily Skimm (news)
2. Poem of the Day (what it says in the title)
3. The List (events happening in downtown Houston)
4. Morning Brew (business news–I subscribe in an effort to learn more about economics)
5. Any New Books (tells you which books have been released that week in different subject areas)
6. A bunch of different ones from the New York Times: Your Money, Cooking, Five Weeknight Dishes, Open Thread, Running (I don’t really know why, I think it was out of some desire to start running even though I hate it), Smarter Living, Well, Books, Theater Update, and Travel. (I have an online subscription to the NYT, so I don’t get paywalled by all the articles they link to in the newsletters.)
7. It’s Not Hou It’s Me (stuff going on in Houston, not just downtown)
8. EnneaThought from the Enneagram Institute for type 4 and type 5, which never fails to make me grimace in recognition every morning
9. All of Book Riot‘s billion and one newsletters
10. The Financial Diet (financial advice for and by millennials)
11. Two Bossy Dames (two friends write about culture and self-care and all kinds of things; much better than how I am selling it right now)
12. Vox Sentences (news)
13. My church’s bulletin.

on ghosts

I know how easy it is
To fall in love with ghosts–
They seem innocuous enough, hiding
In corners and cupboards
And only coming out when it’s dark
To keep you company, they say.

But they are still dead.
Passing through you, they leave
Goosebumps and chills,
But if they do it often enough
You don’t notice anymore,
Except for when you notice
You don’t feel anything at all.

Turn on the lights.
Let them flood the house again.
Or if not lights, at least
Strike a match,
And let it burn itself down
To your fingertips.