Hello. It’s been a heck of a week–I spent 40 hours either traveling or in California earlier this week, and then proceeded to come home and ugly-cry during the Olympics Opening Ceremonies. (As I’ve said on social media, national anthems + it being the national anthem of my native country + traditional instruments + KID CHOIR = absolutely lethal for my tear ducts.) Today I was #saturdaylibrarian, and tonight I’m going to settle in and watch some skiing and curling and stuff.
Next week is Lunar New Year–not just for the Chinese, but for Koreans and Vietnamese people, too–and I’m of a mind to make pajeon and watch the Olympics that day. (Yum.) And next week is also the beginning of Lent–Ash Wednesday is on the 14th (yes, on Valentine’s Day!), and I’m trying to figure out a good discipline for this year. Someone turned me on to The Common Rule and I’m thinking of going that direction.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Hi, gang. I have a bit of a cold, and I’m sitting at my kitchen table pondering making a pot of tea and/or a hot toddy, so that’s how my weekend’s going. I’m going out of town next week and I’m hoping I kick this before that happens, so send up a prayer, if you pray. My brother and sister-in-law gave me an Amazon Dot for my birthday, so today’s been spent messing around with that. (So far I’m mostly using it as a Bluetooth speaker, but one that will also tell me what the weather is like, so I guess that’s cool. Apparently it can also play Jeopardy?)
Oh, and trying to do my taxes–I apparently owe the government money, so, uh, so much for my plans to buy a new kitchen table with the refund. I really don’t mind paying taxes; I mean, I’m a government employee, after all, and taxes are, among other things, for giving people like me jobs. (At some point last year I wrote a Book of Common Prayer-style collect for paying taxes; maybe I’ll dig that up at some point.) I mean, it’s not pleasant, but it’s also part of being a citizen of these United States.
Oh yeah, and there’s some sort of football game on tomorrow, right?
Anyway, on to the links!
- Speaking of sports, I am extra stoked for the Winter Olympics.
- You’ve probably heard about Rachael Denhollander’s testimony in the Larry Nassar case; she did a fantastic interview with Christianity Today about how in pursuing justice, she also lost her church and a lot of friends. Difficult read, but a good one.
- A couple of years ago Vanity Fair did these fantastically British interviews (1, 2) with a bunch of actors and they are so good.
- A South African boys’ choir simulates a thunderstorm.
- The struggle is real.
That’s all I have! Have a good rest of your weekend!
This week: 13 places in your city that you’ve never been to but want to try out.
- the Beer Can House
- the Contemporary Arts Museum
- Rothko Chapel
- Alley Theatre (seriously! as much of a theater person as I am, I’ve never seen a show at the Alley)
- the Printing Museum
- Tejas Chocolate Craftory
- Wild West (still haven’t ever been)
- White Oak Music Hall (used to pass it all the time on the way to work)
- Not so much a place as an event, but A Fistful of Soul.
- I want to go to a service at Lakewood Church just to say that I’ve done it.
- I run a mystery book club and I’ve somehow never been to Murder By the Book…
- People keep telling me that Common Bond Bakery is good.
- I’ve also somehow never been to Agora for coffee…
Happy Saturday, good people. I missed last week thanks to both working that day and having a get-together with friends after work, and also just straight up forgetting. Tonight I have another gathering to go to, a friend’s birthday, and I’m also going to spend today getting caught up on a project I’m working on that has a deadline that keeps tapping me on the shoulder.
One of these days I want to get back to writing something besides t13s and Saturday Sessions, but thanks to all of you who keep checking this out anyway. You also are a privilege, and I’m grateful for you.
Anyway, onward to the links!
- An extremely thorough guide to picking a sports team to root for, just in time for the Super Bowl in a couple of weeks.
- “I’d rather my single status shine Christus vincit in me with all the snark of Dorothy Sayers or all the spark of Flannery O’Connor. I’d like for it to be a divine Mystery like the desert flower. A seventeen-point star on the cacti opening like an oculus. Petals slide apart like origami folds, flowering and retracting solo in the sunlight.” Thoughts on being Christian and single in your 30s.
- How to process honey. (Go for the information, stay for the adorable dogs.)
- Fascinating article about millennials and astrology.
- Sushi bowls! Man oh man these sound good.
- These short films about a little spider are some of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. (I know that for some of you, “cute” is not a word you associate with spiders, but just trust me on this.)
- If you’ve been following the whole Larry Nassar/U.S. Olympics trial this week, Rachael Denhollander has an op-ed piece in the New York Times about being silenced and disbelieved after coming out with accusations against Nassar. Heartbreaking but well worth the read.
- My friend Joy Beth wrote a book about singleness and it comes out a week from Tuesday. It’s available for pre-order. Just saying.
OKAY that’s it. Be well and have a good weekend, y’all.
This week: 13 things in your fridge.
- Unopened bottle of dijon mustard
- Rice wine vinegar
- Cilantro that I need to use soon
- Half a head of garlic
- A container of homemade tahini sauce I should probably eat soon
- Probiotic capsules
- Worcestershire sauce
- Coconut aminos
- Two red onions
- Brita pitcher of water
- Orange juice
This week: For the Houstonians, 13 things you did during the icepocalypse.
- Reorganized my Tupperware.
- Watched so many YouTube videos.
- Watched about 60% of Get Out.
- Burned some CDs that I owe people.
- Ate a lot of toast.
- Got out and went for a walk and got the mail.
- Drank a lot of coffee.
- Got a lot of text messages from my supervisor re: work being closed.
- Continued to read Tom Hanks’s new book.
- Caught up on my podcasts.
- Caught up on my Bible reading plan.
- Got out and went to Target.
- Caught up on sleep (woot woot).
(This is going up later than I expected, oops.)
Well! Hello. Tomorrow is my 33rd birthday. Like I told some friends tonight at dinner, once I turned 30, every birthday since then has just been like…eh, the number changed, that’s cool, I guess. When I turn 40 I think I’ll make a bigger deal of that, but right now? Eh. I’ll eat some ice cream and move on with my life.
I do always wonder what my birth parents do when my birthday rolls around. Do they even remember that it’s my birthday? Do they pause sometime in their day and wonder how I’m doing? Who knows. I hope they’re doing well. One day I hope I can tell them in person that my life has been pretty good, and that I’m thankful to them for it.
Tomorrow on the day proper I’m going to church and a baby shower, and then I think I’ll treat myself to a movie and a fancy drink at the Alamo Drafthouse out in Katy. I think this year is going to be good.
Anyway! Here are the links:
Good night, y’all. Have a good rest of your weekend.