7QT: Back to The Homeland Edition.

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The first point, which is probably the last chronologically, is that I’m headed back to my homeland – that is, OH (IO) this weekend. For the first time in more than four years I’ll be in the same house with all of my siblings (that is, my sister, and 3 brothers). My brother-in-law can’t make it, but there’s going to be 10 adults, 2 kids, a cat, and a dog. If you don’t hear from me by Monday night, I’m probably just still recovering. #IntrovertProblems

fall in the Ohio Valley.

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I’ve been doing my secondary level fieldwork, which means working in a secondary school library (for free) and for fun. I’m at a gr7-12 Catholic school and it’s going well so far. The best part might be the nun I work with in the library. She’s a trip.

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I’m currently reading ( okay, almost finished with) “Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood”, which is the autobiography-story by Koren Zailckas. In a pun-not-intended way, it’s sobering. I know that I have rather complicated views of alcohol and everything that goes with it, but it just seems to be very “here’s the truth of what and how it happened” and that’s refreshing.

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I plan to read a bunch of uplifting, fun, entertaining novels this summer. if you have suggestions, throw them at me! It’s strange that I’m reading an autobiography, actually; I tend to avoid nonfiction, but now and then I find a gem. Like “A People Of Hope” – definitely recommended reading, whether you’re Catholic or not! It could clear up some misconceptions.

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Since this is Catholic Coffeetalk, I suppose I’ll add here that signing up for a holy hour a few months back was a excellent life choice. Granted, I’m not always superawake from 10-11 pm on a Tuesday night… but it’s having an effect that can really only be interpreted as positive. I’m realizing how incredibly blessed I am that a perpetual adoration chapel is less than a mile away and while I don’t particularly like “city life”, I could get used to that… On that note, if you ever have prayer requests (and you’re not on twitter, where I tend to solicit them) feel free to let me know and I’ll put you on the permanent list.

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And in a similar vein, I can’t wait to spend the weekend with my family. Goodness knows that even over a short weekend there will be plenty of coffeetalk. Because it’s what we do best (most of the time). Perhaps my sister, brother, and I (the marathon team) can go for a lazy run together. I need to get back to a regular schedule. Sister and I are running a 10k at the end of July, which won’t be that hard in terms of distance, but oh my, the heat. Have you seen my complexion? It’s proof I wasn’t made to live in a warm climate. Or one with sun.

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I just discovered that the allergy medication I take on a daily basis – which basically keeps me from ripping my head off on a daily basis – is out of stock. I have bad luck with finding allergy meds that work for me, so that’s just downright disheartening. Wish me luck. Or for a severe freeze to hit upstate NY next week… either way. I’ll do my best to offer it up… I hereby promise myself. It’s not that bad. Right? Sure.

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