Friday Finds – St. Patrick’s Day & March Madness Edition

It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year!  I don’t care too much about St. Patrick’s Day – I’m not even Irish enough for it to count – but I love the first weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament – so many games, so much excitement.  I almost want to take off work one year just to watch all the games…but I won’t. Not this year anyway. I also have a huge paper due Monday so I’m not even sure how much of it I will get to watch.  And I’m dying to visit the twins (and their parents) so that will take precedence.

Here are a few “Finds” for you from the week.

A Little Commentary on This is Us – this is the last time I will talk about this show for a while. The season 1 finale was Tuesday and I’m already looking forward to season 2. I think it’s a great show – there’s a lot of talk about it being emotionally manipulative. I disagree. I see it as teaching empathy.  That’s good for all of us.

If you are interested in having a little St. Patrick’s Day treat, here’s a recipe for a homemade Shamrock Shake that you can have whenever you want, because…here’s some terrible news…my local McDonald’s stops selling theirs BEFORE St. Patrick’s Day so I can’t even actually have one on St. Patrick’s Day. So that’s fun.

Sarah Bessey wrote a great post last weekend that resonated with a lot of people.  I appreciated her honesty and perspective. So I Quit Drinking.

Lastly, my good friend Chad Ashby wrote this great article for Desiring God a few weeks ago – Hospitality Is War. Chad is a pastor in South Carolina and the husband of one of my dearest sorority sisters, Mindy.  You can read more of his writing at https://chadashby.com/.

OK – I think that’s all I’ve got. Have a wonderful and restful weekend, Friends!

Friday Finds 3/10/17

Happy Friday! After a springlike last six weeks, they’re calling for snow early next week!  😦 This may be the first time I haven’t wanted a snow day – we’ve made it this far and I’d rather the school year end early.  Why am I never content? Ha.

Since we’re talking about the weather, has anyone else heard about the super blooms happening in the California desert? Check it out! It’s stuff like this that just makes me in awe of the One who created all this. What a beautiful reminder of Scripture –

“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;

the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;

it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing..

They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.”

 

I wish I had more interesting articles for you, but I’m tired and I’ve wasted an exorbitant amount time in the black hole that is Buzzfeed. That being said, here are a few articles I’m sure you’re sad you missed. 😉

17 Mind-Blowing Facts about Beauty and the Beast  – since the live action version comes out next weekend

11 Tiny but Enchanting European Towns – these make me wish I had an unlimited travel budget…and a valid passport.

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

Friday Finds 2/24/17

*this was scheduled to go out Friday but clearly I messed something up*

 

I’ve got a few things to share this week, nothing much though. It was an extremely busy week at work – the earliest I got home was 7pm on Wednesday…and even tonight I am covering an event and won’t be home till 9. I am looking forward to staying in bed as long as possible tomorrow morning. I hope Finn has some compassion.

A couple interesting posts:

Why Papa is Not Aslan – a helpful explanation of the theological problems with The Shack.

Blessed are the Winners – a tongue in cheek gospel according to Trump. Sadly, it sounds like a speech he’d give.

19 Things to Give Up for Lent that aren’t Chocolate – this gave me a lot to think about. My coworker/friend (she’s the best) and I are both planning to give something up for Lent and keep each other accountable so I have have been giving this a lot of thought. I tend to give up some kind of food thing…but I don’t think I am going to do that this year. My motivation for that thing is really to lose weight, so in that way my Lenten practice is an idol and that defeats the whole purpose of Lent. So, while I am very much on a diet and trying to lose weight (because it is necessary, not a vanity), and will continue to do this during Lent – it won’t be the Lent focus. Also, I don’t just want to give something up without finding a way to “replace it” with Jesus. I want to tie it in to abiding in Christ. I’m leaning toward giving up the snooze button and spending that time reading Scripture or in prayer. Isn’t that the point anyway?

And for some fun: 26 Teacher Problems – sorry for the language, but these are so on point. Especially the last one.

Friday Finds 2/10/17

Teacher workdays are my favorite! They are one of the few days every year in which we get actual one hour lunch breaks and can leave the building – what a luxury! I feel the need to point this out because there are trade-offs. Yes, we get summers and snow days but we also take work home every night, have to eat standing up, and can’t go to the bathroom at will.  🙂

Today is one such workday and I am hiding out in my office with my door shut trying to actually get work done. I am drowning in spreadsheets and paperwork at the moment, with course registration in full swing and state testing just around the corner.  However, I’ve got Ellie Holcomb’s new album, Red Sea Road, on repeat and I have nothing to complain about.

You should definitely find this album and listen to it. It’s wonderful, and the title track is amazing.

How can we trust
when You say You will deliver us
from all of this pain
that threatens to take over us?
This desert’s dry,
but the ocean may consume,
and we’re scared to follow You.

We will sing to our souls.
We won’t bury our hope.
Where He leads us to go,
there’s a Red Sea road.
When we can’t see the way,
He will part the waves,
and we’ll never walk alone
down the Red Sea Road.

I’m also really enjoying this season of The Bachelor. I look forward to watching (on Tuesday, since I have class on Mondays) and then listening to and reading other commentaries/recaps. Elizabeth posted a great roundup of some great options if you want to check it out here.

I am quite tempted to make this cake for Valentine’s Day, but I am afraid I will end up eating it by myself so….

Lastly, a wonderful coworker informed me yesterday that McDonald’s Shamrock shakes are back so go get one! Honestly, I will probably make that happen in the next week because if you wait for St. Patrick’s Day you won’t be able to have one and that would be sad.

Have a great weekend!

Friday Finds 2/3/17

It’s official – when it comes to reading, my eyes are most definitely bigger than my stomach.  I have a stack of about 20 books that I bought last year and still haven’t read. I sorted through them last weekend and promised myself I would read them before getting any new books or library books.

But….

I already had one booked checked out on my kindle – The Selection, a YA novel that is very popular among my middle school girls. So, I picked it up Wednesday morning and stayed up too late Wednesday night to finish it. It is my favorite YA novel to date — The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games…kind of. I loved it.

Naturally that meant Thursday morning I had to go to the library to see if they had the second book in the series. And naturally when I found books 2, 3, 4 and 5 (the whole series) on the shelves, I had to get them all…plus three other books that caught my eye in the span of 10 minutes I was there.

So much for reading what was already in my house!

And, because I was too busy reading YA novels to browse anything for this post, all you’re going to get is this story and my hearty endorsement of The Selection series by Kiera Cass.

Have a great weekend!

Friday Finds 1/27/17

Happy Friday!

I don’t know about you but this week has sucked the life right out of me. I need a snow day badly and the ten day forecast indicates I won’t be getting one anytime soon. But, I did get some good news yesterday that is putting a smile on my face.

This Friday Finds will be a bit lacking. I’ve been so busy with work and school that I haven’t spent (i.e., wasted) a lot of time on the internet. I guess that’s a good thing.

I did make a new recipe this week.  This Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower Soup was fantastic and I will definitely make it again soon.

If you haven’t watched this video, you should. It was originally posted a couple years ago, but it’s been making its rounds again this week.  Mind blowing, really.

I definitely don’t agree with everything Sarah Bessey writes, but I identified with this piece, especially in light of our political situation: “On Being a Christian and Being a Feminist…and belonging nowhere”.  

Friday Finds 1/13/17

Happy Friday! Friday the 13th in a middle school is never boring, so I am sure I am about to have my work cut out for me when the school day starts in a few minutes. But first, I wanted to pop in with my first Friday Finds of the new year.

4 Year Old Who’s Read 1000 Books – sweet article about a little girl who I think I’d enjoy spending some time with

70 Books to Make You Feel Hopeful – I’m mostly bookmarking this for myself, but I think others may appreciate it. Books with depressing or ambiguous endings seem to be popular right now, so I will refer to this when I need to get that taste out of my mouth.

When Finland’s Teachers Work in American Public Schools – interesting piece if you’re interested in public education.

Are You a Giver or a Taker – one of the more fascinating TEDtalks I’ve listened to in a while.

All I Have is Christ – a behind the scenes look at one of my favorite worship songs

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Merry Christmas! I’m finally on Christmas break — and of course my body still woke me up at 6:11am and I jumped out of bed thinking I’d overslept.  I couldn’t fall back asleep but I must admit I’ve enjoyed sitting on the couch with Finn, savoring my coffee in a real mug and looking at the tree.

Here’s what I’ve found for you this week.

For Thought:

Christmas Does – a great reminder for those who struggle to find happiness during the holidays

Why Time Management Is Ruining our Lives – the whole concept promises control and efficiency….but delivers anxiety and guilt.

Women’s Hope – I recently started listening to this podcast and it’s introduced me to a whole new group of Christian thinkers and writers.  As a starting point, listen to episode 42, in which Aimee Byrd discusses her new book, No Little Women. I think it’s the next one I will purchase.

For Fun:

2017 Reading Challenge – If you’ve been saying you want to start reading more, here’s some help for you.  Modern Mrs. Darcy just issued this 2017 Reading Challenge! I’m probably going to work through one of her lists.  And, if you need a list of books to help you get started, check out this list of the Top Books of 2016, as picked by bookstore owners.  I couldn’t believe how few of them I’ve read!

 

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I’m starting to wonder if these Friday posts are getting a little too serious…anybody care to comment on that? Still working to find a balance of fun finds and food for thought. Maybe I will figure it out one day.

In the past several years this Friday in December also marked my last day of work before winter break…but not this year! UGH. Because Christmas falls on a Sunday, we have to come back next week. I work through Thursday. I know I shouldn’t complain because I still have a longer break than many in the corporate world, but I’ve grown accustomed to two full weeks and three weekends and this 7 weekdays and two weekends seems SO SHORT. I will try not to whine too much.

For Thought:

For Fun:

  • I’ve been playing Starbucks for Life multiple times a day this week.  I need want to win, though living 35.8 miles from the nearest Starbucks would present an interesting challenge in actually claiming my daily prize. I’m willing to have that burden in my life.
  • Mediterranean Pull-Apart Bread – I will probably be making this on Saturday afternoon and calling it lunch…and dinner.

One last thought – anybody have a good idea for a small Christmas gift that I could give about 80 people? It needs to be CHEAP and not too labor intensive.

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Check out Amy and DeWayne’s wedding pictures! It was a beautiful day and I’ve never seen a more joyful and radiant bride.

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Here is a great piece on the importance of self-regulation over self-control in kids. I notice this problem on a daily basis at work. Kids (and many adults) are so uncomfortable with silence….or stillness. They can’t be left alone to their thoughts. I want to read this book.

A few more books to add to your 2017 reading list: 8 Classics Every Christian Should Read.

And, if you’re like me and have some Christmas gifts left to purchase, check out this gift guide from Buzzfeed. Most are out of my price range, but they are so cool!