Thursday, December 28, 2006

In My Absence Read This

I know I have told you before about how amazing I think Deacon John is,

His Homily for St Steven's Day is just another bit of proof.

You should all have his blog on your blogroll, and you should be reading his homilies every time he writes them.

I sure wish he were closer to home, I would love to be able to hear him preach a few of these in person.


I'm Still Standing . . .

well for short periods of time anyway.

I am getting better, really I am. I actually took a shower, got dressed, and got out of the house for a while today. I took the girls over to Borders so that they could use the gift cards they got from their Aunt for Christmas. Actually when we got there I was so wiped out that I sat in the coffee shop nursing decaff Americano while they looked at books and DVDs and stuff.

Then we went to two other stores so that I could buy more cold medicine and my special wheat free bread and crackers and then we drove back home. After I check email and write this I plan to take a nice long nap.

Okay, so maybe I'm not quite so cured as I thought I was but when you consider that on Tuesday I didn't get out of bed all day except to use the bathroom or get more to drink, and yesterday I didn't get up till after one o'clock, and was back in bed by 8:30.

By increments I appear to at least seem capable of remaining vertical for longer stretches of time. That has to account for something.


Saturday, December 23, 2006

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

Sorry for the Silence, but things have been a bit harried around the angelmeg household these last few weeks. On top of trying to get my mom's situation more organized (she is moving into an more severe stage of Alzheimer's and is more and more confused, so we are trying to make sure that she is safe in her home), I ended up having the audacity to catch a virus and have been practically flat on my back for the past few days.

Well, that isn't technically true. I did manage to make some wheat free Christmas cookies that don't altogether taste like cardboard, and I made a scarf for the angelbaby that taxed all of my knitting and crocheting abilities, but she really loves it.

I am on the mend now, so I intend to complete the thousand gifts project, even if it takes well into the new year.

Right now we are on our way to mrangelmeg's sister's house for the evening to celebrate with his father. Tomorrow night his sister's family will come here to celebrate with his mom. (Isn't that neat how that works out.

Then I will have Christmas day to recover before I drive up to see mom on Tuesday and make sure things are running smoothly at her house and deliver presents for her and my sisters.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, or as my oldest daughter has started calling this time of year

Happy ChannuChristmaKwanzaaDan


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Amazing Things Happen When You Can't Sleep OR Angelmeg's Theology Lesson for the Week

My sister couldn't sleep so she was watching a movie in her room with the sound up way too loud and it woke me up.

Anyway I decided to surf the blogosphere anc check out some weblogs of seminarians from my beloved Saint Meinrad just for kicks.

That is when I came across this Blog by one seminarian, John O'Neill, that I have had the pleasure of actually meeting, though I don't know if he would remember me.

What I really want you to read is this paper he wrote for his Theological Anthropology Course.

I know this professor, and were it not for my slavish need to actually graduate soon and being focussed these days on only taking courses that are required for graduation I would have signed up for this course. More's the pity I suppose.

Monday, December 11, 2006

181. My talk went well
182. Running into my old boss and finding that I have no emotion whatever (no more anger, nothing) left over where he is concerned.
183. Being asked to share my love of my faith with others
184. Fresh friut
185. Cheese
186. The fact that there was still a priest available to hear my confession after my talk was over (thanks Fr. Rich)
187. Top Chef, it keeps entertaining even if Marcel won the Quick Fire Challenge
188. sleeping well (This one may come up repeatedly, but when you have insomnia, every time is a gift
189. Having a lazy morning every once in a while
190. getting a little Christmas shopping out of the way
191. Spending some time with my mother in law
192. Finding something you are looking for (Christmas surprise)
193. Fun old movies on AMC
194. spending an entire day away from the computer (hey I do it occasionally)
196. Watching tv with the kids Especially Thursday night's NBC lineup
197. Jamie Presley's portrayal of Joy on My Name is Earl
198. Writing in my journal before I go to bed.
199. Volunteering at the Library at my daughter's school, just as my mom did at my school when I was my daughter's age. Some traditions are good to carry on.
200. Good friends like Deb, the Media Specialist I work with at the School
201. Elementary School kids who can make me laugh every week by doing exactly the same thing.
202. Finding the non-wheat bread that I like at the Organic grocery in town.
203. Flourless Chocolate cookies
204. Driving by just in time to help my son when he had a blowout in his truck.
205. The fact that my son was handling his truck's flat pretty well on his own.
206. Being able to eat a BLT because I had #202 above yummy
207. Getting to sleep in on Saturday, even if it only meant until 9:45
208. Watching the Angelbaby donate her hair to Locks of Love
209. Getting a good haircut
210. Watching a sappy Christmas movie with mrangelmeg about a 50 year old man who wants to join the Senior Tour.
211. Being able to tell mrangelmeg that I would support his wanting to join the Senior Tour if he thought that God was calling him to do it, and meaning it.
212. Mrangelmeg finally getting the title to his jeap and getting the plates so he can drive it.
213. Spending the evening with good friends
214. Dancing with mrangelmeg even if we aren't "stars"
215. Having mrangelmeg say that he would be willing to take ballroom dancing lessons with me at the YMCA (something I have always wanted to do)
216. Not being tempted enough to indulge in one of the brownies that looked so good but would have been very bad for me
217. Getting to see Bill and Aggie, a very dear older couple that I haven't seen for a very long time
218. Staying to help clean up, even if my feet hurt.
219. Never having to wear those sandals ever again
220. coming home to our kids after being out
221. scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast, especially when you are really hungry
222. Good homilies
223. Seeing a friend whose mother has recently died, being able to console her.
224. Seeing my prayer partner whom I haven't been able to pray with for a while since I have been going to mom's on Monday nights.
225. Son and husband getting son's truck tire fixed, which took most of the afternoon.
226. Third daughter going to the youth Mass, something I was hoping she would want to do but wasn't going to push her into doing.
227. Getting most of my Christmas shopping done while she was at Mass.
228. Warmer weather for a while
229. finding the rest of my Christmas gifts on the internet, nothing left to buy WOO HOO!!!
230. Dr's who take care of us when we need it
231. Second daughter, who doesn't talk much, but can say what needs to be said and can laugh with me occasionally
232. Good weather for my drive up to mom's
233. Having a good day with mom.
234. Seeing that mom eats her meals, even though she complains about them
235. Making dinner for mom and my sisters

more later



Christmas Meme

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate??

Egg nog spiked, hot chocolate without

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

Wrap (let me put you straight though, on December 24th, Mrs Santa -me- and Santa -himself- have a traditional wrapping party, we get all of the presents ready ; I wrap everything while he reads the paper and helps with one or two gifts. Actually he is getting better and better at wrapping now that we have fewer gifts to wrap)

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?

We tried all white one year and didn't like the way it looked, we have colored twinkly lights

4. Do you hang mistletoe?

I have done in the past, but to be honest I really don't need it so why bother

5. When do you put your decorations up?

I try to wait till the third week end of Advent, sometimes I can't wait, usually I am too busy to get to it till then or I can't get himself to drag everything out till then.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?

Hmmm...besides the husband, oh you mean food!!! I really like cranberry relish and yams

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?

One year it began to snow as we went into midnight mass and when we came out everything was blanketed in white, it was like magic.

8. When and how did you learn there was no Santa?

Do you mean to tell me there isn't a Santa Clause? Who have you been talking to?

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?

We have a tradition with the kids of opening a gift of a book and jammies on Christmas Eve and the rest of the presents on Christmas day. The Jammies were supposed to be magical and help them to get to sleep so Santa could get to our house more quickly.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?

Twinkly lights and lots of angels and bells, and then mauve bows and streamers that match my livingroom.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?

Love a white Christmas, so long as it goes away by January 2nd and warms up from then on

12. Can you ice skate?

yes, haven't been in years though

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?

I got the Complete Winnie the Pooh when I was a little girl and I absolutely loved it, I had the entire book read by New Years Day.

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?

Midnight Mass!

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?

Mexican wedding cakes, I love to make them, I am going to have to see if I can find a way to modify the recipe so that I can actually eat them this year, I wonder how they tase made with rice flour.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?

We have a set of Santa Mugs that we get out every year to use for our after Midnight Mass cocoa, That is probably my favorite thing

17. What tops your tree?

An angel who is holding a string of garland and helping to decorate the tree, hey I will take all the help I can get.

18. Which do you prefer: Giving or Receiving?

definitely giving, I don't much like to shop, but I love to find just the right gift

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?

Nat King Cole singing the Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roastin')

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?

Love to see them but don't much like to eat them

21. Favorite Christmas movie?

Duh, this one is a no brainer Die Hard!!!!!
Seriously The Christmas Movie or It's a Wonderful Life

I tag anyone who wishes to join in the Christmas spirit


Wednesday, December 06, 2006

166. My third daughter, whose birthday is today.
167. St Nicholas, whose feast day is today.
168. Shoes by the fireplace in anticipation of treats from St. Nicholas
169. Shoes filled with treats.
170. Morning talks on the way to school with my two youngest daughters.
171. Finding just the right gifts for my duaghter's birthday.
172. Sharing a budding love of knitting with my oldest daughter.
173. Still marveling at the Pro Life storyline on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip on Monday evening. (more on that in a future post)
174. Morning communion services when the Priest is too ill to make it to the church. We are still a worshiping community in the absence of the priest.
175. Prayers for the comfort of our Pastor who is nearing retirement in just about a month.
176. Wrapping Birthday gifts.
177. Finding the exact kind of cake daughter wanted (especially because I didn't have to bake it)
178. Warm gloves on a cold morning.
179. Piano lessons.
180. Lunch with my birthday girl since I won't be home for the family celebration.


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

151. The feeling you get from finishing reading a novel.
152. The writings of Nicholas Sparks, I like his characters.
153. A Warm Blanket (hat tip to Linus Van Pelt for that one)
154. Not getting a migraine after not taking my medicine last night which I forgot to pack.
155. Another pleasant day with mom, full of laughs.
156. Visiting with a colleage and talking about many things. I don't miss my old job, but I do miss some of the people I used to work with.
157. The act of driving home. It seems to take less time each time I drive home.
158. Ariving home to a well ordered house thanks to mrangelmeg
159. A late afternoon nap.
160. Surprising the angelbaby by picking her up at the Boys and Girls club (I wasn't supposed to be home till tomorrow morning)
161. Rice Pasta, which doesn't taste all that bad and means occasionally I can eat spaghetti again.
163. Preparing for St. Nicholas Day tomorrow.
164. Getting more ideas for my talk tomorrow night.
165. Breyers All Natural Coffee Ice Cream


Sunday, December 03, 2006

111. Getting to know some new friends.
112. Learning about Francis and Clare
113. The chance to have a long conversation with a friend I hadn't seen in a while.
114. Having Sr. Barbara as the Workshop facilitator, I love her knowledge of scripture and spirituality
115. Sleeping well away from home (and no strange dreams even on the 4th floor)
116. Waking up with the bells
117. Fruit for breakfast.
118. Seeing Fr. Damien at Breakfast.
119. Great Breakfast conversation.
120. Our workshop start time being 9:00 (10:00 my time)
121. The little Gas Station/Grocery store being open in Saint Meinrad, because I really needed gas and a few things.
122. A fun morning of music lyrics asides with Tom.
123. A great prayer from Francis that will help me with my mom.
124. Awesome lunch conversation.
125. Seeing an old professor at lunch.
126. Trader Joe's Chocolate Truffle Candy Bar
127. Playing guitar before class began in the afternoon.
128. Spending the afternoon immersed in Ignatian spirituality at a Benedictine House
129. Being able to share my love of Ignatian spirituality with my classmates
130. Having Sr. Barb thank me for my input and help with the Ignatian part of the workshop.
131. Making it to where I was going in the evening without losing my way.
132. A wonderful dinner with friends.
133. An evening of conversation, and consolation from two people who love me.
134. Staying the night at their house and being pampered beyond belief.
135. Waking up to the smell of coffee brewing that I didn't have to make myself.
136. Sharing in John and Pat's worshiping Community
137. Getting to hear John Lector at Mass.
138. Hearing Fr. Dan's Homily for the First Sunday of Advent.
139. The Good News of Jesus: I am not God!!!!! woo hoo!
140. A great breakfast, made lovingly for me by my hostess.
141. Helping John with some ideas for the class he is going to teach in the spring.
142. Beautifu weather for the drive home.
143. More clean laundry.
144. Spending the afternoon with the whole family here before I have to leave again.
145. Getting back in sync with my sister on planning for mom.
146. FInding a prayer to end my talk for Wednesday's RCIA session.
147. Being able to cook dinner for my family.
148. Doing the dishes (now that is a surprise, not usually something I consider a gift, but being home to do them today was a gift.)
149. Losing this list once and having to retype it.
150. Getting to sleep in my own bed, next to mrangelmeg, before I have to head back up to mom's tomorrow.


Friday, December 01, 2006

101. Safe Driving
102. Clear weather (even if it was a bit windy)
103. Getting my paper written
104. That first view of Abbey Church when you come into Saint Meinrad, it makes you feel as though you are safe.
105. being able to drag my bags up the hill from the parking lot (some people will realize how much of a gift this is)
106. Watching the angelbaby on Tiger Talk TV this morning at her school. She did a great job.
107. Having people who will pray for you when you need it.
108. Having a room far enough away from the bells, so that you don't really hear them.
109. A good friend to have dinner with when I am away from home.
110. Seeing friends again after a long absence.


81. Supportive friends whose loving counsel is only a phone call or email away.
82. Running into people from the parish where I used to work while out doing errands (happened three times yesterday).
83. Having some one's advise while I was trying on outfits at the store. (I hate to shop, so someone else's opinion was really nice to have)
84. Helpful employees who actually know where to find the stuff you ask them about. (Kate from Borders I am talking about you in particular)
86. Being able to find everything on some one's birthday list without pulling out my hair.
87. Or going broke.
88. Finding out that said list was also her Christmas list, which means I am done shopping for this particular child. ***see # 83 above ***
89. Finding the readings I need for a workshop I am in this weekend in a book I already have when I don't have time to get the book that is suggested.
90. Spending the evening with family at a Christmas party that had nice food and a fun activity and no one fighting.
91. My Name is Earl
92. The Office
93. Scrubs
94. Not waking up to a blanket of snow.
95. Having a husband willing to do the afternoon pickups so that I can leave earlier for my drive to St Meinrad so that I don't get caught in bad weather.
96. Having heat in my car before bad weather hits.
97. Our daughter calling to let us know when she would be home so we wouldn't worry.
98. Answered prayers.
99. A Charlie Brown Christmas Album
100. The Media Specialist (Librarian) at my daughter's school, for whom I volunteer on Fridays. We have become friends, and I love my time there more for the conversations with her than anything else.

more later. This has been so much fun, and so good for me. I highly recommend it for everyone. It is never too late to start.