By the time you read this, I will be chilling. In a big, big way. My husband and I are visiting my dad in El Paso for a mini-vacation this weekend, and after Stomach Bug Madness 2010 on top of the usual chaos of having four kids under six, it couldn’t have come at a better time. I am so unbelievably excited abut it, my mind flashes to the “I’m on a Boat” video every time I think about it…though I suppose it won’t be exactly the same, seeing as how El Paso is a landlocked desert city and our main activity is going to be sitting around reading books in the silence of my dad’s living room. Nevertheless, it will have that level of fabulousness.
Anyone have any suggestions for where to go to Mass in El Paso? (Also, I tried to look up some of the local folks who left comments to my last post about going to the area but couldn’t find contact info. I didn’t want you to think I’d forgotten about your kind comments!)
I’ve started reading Jesus-Shock by Peter Kreeft, and it’s fantastic. How fantastic? I had just started it on Day 4 of The Stomach Bug O’ Doom, when things got really bad. I was up from midnight until 5:00 AM because I was getting sick every ten minutes or so, and in between bouts of illness I’d sit on the bathroom floor next to the toilet and read Jesus-Shock. I was so blown away by the book that at one point I found myself thinking, “This isn’t a bad way to spend an evening!”
A while back, world-famous programmer Linus Torvalds mentioned on his blog that he was baffled that there were still people out there who believe in demons. It reminded of a part of my faith story that I’d forgotten about: that the Christian explanation of evil was very influential in my conversion. Once I was open to spiritual concepts, the idea of a “Father of Lies” made a lot of sense to me. When I heard about official Church exorcisms, reading accounts like this one from a board-certified psychiatrist and professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College, over and over again it just seemed like there was a real, very powerful force at work there. Now it’s hard for me to understand how people could not believe in evil.
Speaking of Mr. Torvalds, please tell me that someone else out there thinks it’s as funny as I do that he hacked his wife’s embroidery machine. (#!/usr/bin/mom, I’m counting on you here!) Back when I was first using the Linux platform, I heard whispers of the famous Linus Torvalds as if he resided in the clouds atop Mt. Olympus; I never dreamed I’d be reading posts about him using his skills to create embroidery designs so that his wife could better put patterns onto his children’s Tae-Kwon-Do uniforms! Love it.
I’ve been trying to avoid bringing this up. I have. It’s been my experience that people can be very sensitive about this subject; I should discuss something less controversial like health care reform or politics. But I’ve experienced something so dramatic that I feel like I should put it out there. I’m going to say it quickly and then duck out of the subject before people start grabbing pitchforks and torches. Here it goes:
I used to love coffee very very much and then I started to notice that I was having some pretty intense anxiety / rage issues and I suspected that coffee might play a role because of the way it messes with insulin levels so I gave it up five months ago and my anxiety / rage issues are GONE and a friend who was suffering from nightly panic attacks found that they too are gone after she gave up coffee but I’m not saying that everyone should give up coffee and/or that it’s always bad.
Moving on to another take now…
If you love making soup, you’ll enjoy this article where Austin’s “soup peddler” shares five tips to improve your soup (he elaborated more on his blog here). He has a cool story: he was a frustrated career guy who was stuck in an office job, and ended up leaving it to create delicious soups and deliver them to local customers on his bike. He now has thousands of customers and is a local celebrity. You can read the full story here.
Monday was an exciting day: our parish had the honor of hosting the installation Mass for Bishop Joe Vasquez (you can read his inspiring story about being the grandson of migrant workers here). With the Governor, Attorney General, lots of bishops, and leaders of other local faith communities in attendance, it was a huge event. I got a chance to watch the media setting up, and was even caught off guard for a quick TV interview. By the time I left, the parking lot was filled with media vehicles and there were police cars all over the place. I watched the Mass itself on the live broadcast at home and it was a beautiful event. Our diocese is very excited about our new bishop!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
I look forward to reading your posts!