Category Archives: Friends

What do I eat?

“What do you eat?” asks my roommate, peering at the food on my shelf: tofu, shredded cheese, and half-quart of milk. 

“I eat…what’s in my cupboard!” I suggest. We open my cupboard. “Rice! Except…I’m out of rice. Oatmeal. Kiwis. Almonds. And I think I have a pizza in the fridge.” 

“You should go grocery shopping,” she recommends. I think about my bank account and shake my head. 

“It’s enough!” Because somehow, it is usually enough. 

Supper rolls around. I stare at my cupboards, trying to figure out if I had a plan for dinner. Maybe I do need to go grocery shopping. 

Then my other roommate comes home. “Amy! Do you want mussels?” she asks. “I’m heating some up. And we can have rice, peas, yogurt, rolls…” 

There you have it, folks. I haven’t starved this semester because my roommate feeds me. Yet another reason to be grateful for the girls who share this tiny living space with me!

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Future Nun In Denial

Last Sunday my Catholic roommate took me to mass at her church. The new University Catholic Center on State Street is beautiful and includes lovely, soaring spaces, interesting mosaics, and ornate bookshelves without enough books. (I did spot a few works by C.S. Lewis, though, so it passes muster in the end.) 

My other (non-Catholic) roommate also came along. She was a bit slap-happy from lack of sleep. When we walked into the sanctuary, she looked at the large mosaic of Jesus and loudly said, “Jesus wasn’t white!”

I was more puzzled by the peacock designs everywhere. I still haven’t gotten an answer about why those are a thing. 

Then the priest began speaking and he sounded just like Thor.  

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To be honest, I didn’t pay much attention to what he was saying because I was so distracted by that. There was guest priest also present who looked like a movie actor, but I couldn’t remember which one. Maybe Rufus Sewell. 

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(I’m pausing here in annoyance because that isn’t what he looked like at all but I can’t figure out which actor he does look like. It was someone villainous. And dark haired.) 

The service ended with a prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. I wanted to know how an archangel could also be a saint so I asked a priest (not the one who sounded like Thor or the one who looked like a movie actor but a third one.) He gave me a half answer about how the word saint = santos = holy and then told me I should become a nun.

This statement came so abruptly that for a few seconds I wondered if I had stumbled into a charismatic Catholic church and if this was a word from the Lord. Then he suggested my roommates also become nuns. And the girls around us waiting their turn to talk to him. In short, all young women should become nuns. He went on for some time about the benefits of celibacy. 

I don’t necessarily disagree, but I’m probably not going to become a nun.

Catholicism does run in my veins, though. One of my ancestors was the child of a Catholic priest and his housekeeper. I told this to my roommate but she didn’t get it. She kept asking how a priest could have a child. I didn’t feel like explaining that one. 

Overall, I enjoyed my experience attending a Catholic mass. They gave out dark chocolate at the end. I don’t particularly want to go back, though I enjoyed the theological discussion (and the chocolate.) Also I can also now answer people who ask me why I don’t have a boyfriend with, “I’m supposed to become a nun.” 


Home Safe

Half asleep I started chasing a day dream about a blog post idea when I realized…I didnt blog yet today! Scary!

I am home safe. It was a short but fun visit to MN. I enjoyed the solo road trip to and from and made a serious dent in my audio book (Bleak House by Charles Dickens). It was lovely to see old friends and reminisce about former adventures. 

Sometimes, it is nice just to get away and reevaluate.


Tea and a Movie

Today Sara and I went to a fabulous tea shop, visited a cute used book shop  (where I didn’t buy a single book!), and saw the movie The Case For Christ. I was pleasantly surprised by the movie. Considering it is based off a non-fiction book, the movie does a good job turning it into an interesting story. It was a perfect movie for Easter. 


Twinning Vans

Sara and I haven’t seen each other since sophomore year of college.. imagine our surprise when I showed up to see we have almost the exact same van! We weren’t called The Brain in high school for nothing!


Book Recommendations

I love it when my friends ask for book recommendations. It is a wonderful challenge. Today my friend asked for YA Fantasy recommendations. I decided to share the list I put together. This isn’t exhaustive by any means. I avoided most fairy tale style fantasy novels and focused on different versions of fantasy/magical worlds. What would you add to this list?

  • The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. 
  • Plain Kate by Erin Bow
  • The Queen’s Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner 
  • Across a Star Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund 
  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  • Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede 
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones 
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Over 500 Friends on Goodreads!

I try not to be one of those people who collects friends on social media just for the sake of collecting friends. There should be a purpose to it. Quality not quantity and all that….BUT I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy having lots of friends on my social media accounts. I hit quite a milestone yesterday with 500 friends on Goodreads! 

Today I am actually up to 506 friends, because 4 people sent me friend requests and I saw 2 people who looked super interesting so I friended them and they accepted. So really, this post about 500 is more 506, but the principle remains. Goodreads is seriously the best. I love all the community on there! People and books, what could be better?