7QT: Farewell, humble Papa…

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It’s Thursday mid-day as I write this first piece. I’ve been watching the livestream of Papa via EWTN. His final words, which I did not hear but have seen quoted, simply reinforce what I’ve said before: that this act, while painful and in a way devastating, is an exercise in true humility. Wow. I’m going to miss this Papa…

This image, taken from the Word on Fire facebook page linked to the awesome Fr. Robert Barron, says it all in my opinion. (Go like them. Worth it.)

"Loving the Church also means having the courage to make difficult, trying choices, having before oneself the good of the Church and not one's own. -- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

“Loving the Church also means having the courage to make difficult, trying choices, having before oneself the good of the Church and not one’s own. — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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While we’re discussing that, might I suggest adding some daily prayers for the Cardinals and the upcoming Conclave that will elect the next successor of Peter? I readily admit I’m not the greatest at scheduled prayers (i.e., “I’ll pray a rosary every night at 8pm!”) but I am decent about committing to that which I have committed. I’m planning to include the Conclave electors in my daily “hey God, let’s chat for a second” prayers. Care to join me? (Oh, and if you’re in the mood to talk Lent, see the post I put up just recently and join the conversation.)

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Lack of segue….
Did I mention the boy was here last weekend? Yep. And I was sick as a… well, immuno-comprised sinus-infected person is. (#NotVeryFun). He drank some of my Coke Vanilla Zero stash…and then bought me another pack. So I’ve had that sweet treat this week, which is lovely and just one of those things that makes you smile. And he rearranged our plans so I wouldn’t have to travel while horrifically ill. Good egg.

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In an attempt to learn more about nutrition and how foods are actually composed, I’m working on a bit of an improve-my-eating kinda thing lately. (Note: not a diet). I, because I’m a fan of science and chemistry and rather nerdy, love seeing how things interact when cooking (WHY does it break down at the temperature but not others?) and also seeing what nutritional benefits certain foods convey. I really want to go back and finish reading “What Einstein Told His Cook”, which is all about food chemistry, once my internship ends and I have a wee bit more free time. For now I’ll just content myself with the limited nerdiness available to me.

This looks weird, right? It's chickpea-peanut butter-chocolate chip dip. Intrigued? It was pretty delish.

This looks weird, right? It’s chickpea-peanut butter-chocolate chip dip. Intrigued? It was pretty delish.

quiche thing

I think it looks pretty. Maybe it doesn’t. Either way, it tasted pretty good. Also: meatless, so leftovers are a go for Friday! 😀

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While we’re on the subject of food (a personal favorite) — if you want a way to brighten up baby carrots, which are a mainstay in my kitchen because #cheap, throw them in a skillet/pan/thing on low heat on the stove with some lemon juice. Let them heat up slowly as they absorb the lemon juice. Gives ’em a kick they wouldn’t otherwise have. Plus, less chewy! That’s just a random kitchen experiment for ya.

I also made an interesting, from-scratch-n0-recipe spinach, mushroom, pecan crustless quiche earlier this week. Pretty delicious, but it didn’t reheat as well as I’d have hoped, which is a problem when you’re a singleton eater. Hmm.

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I’m teaching 10 classes between today and tomorrow. (10 classes when you’re the librarian is quite a few, considering you’re not actually in the classroom all day). We’re talking about digital footprints, how we envision and assess people based on what we can find on them online, and the like. It’s fun to see the creative ideas flowing in their brains — and interesting to see what is a ‘big deal’ to them. A number of students were harsh critics of a false students online profile because he misspelled “world” as “wurld”. SPELLING MATTERS.

Tomorrow, we’re discussing ways to build more of a footprint and how to present more of who you really are, an authentic view, to the world that searches for you. I’m thinking of encouraging them to start a blog or using a blog platform as a repository for their work — being an active digital user, not a passive one. We’ll see! 🙂

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I’m going to be spending my weekend huddled inside (20’s and snowing, so I hear), cleaning/laundering, packing up some non-essentials for the Big Move In Under Three Weeks, working on Really Big Projects for my grad classes, and perhaps reading a book or two. Oh, and per the usual…

There. Will. Be. Coffee.

Have a great week, y’all. Cheers!

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