Things I’ve Been Learning Lately, vol. XX


It’s December!  It’s ADVENT!  Are you excited?  What are your Christmas decorations like?  Got any cool Advent plans or rituals?  Any crazy family Christmas traditions? Tell me!  I’d love to know.

The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for me.  I traveled to Indianapolis for the National Catholic Youth Conference, where I acquired an absurd amount of Catholic swag and waved to Matt Maher on the street (and he waved back!).  I went home for a week for Thanksgiving, where I drank a lot of coffee and bought some records I’ve been dying to own.  And then I went back to West Virginia, where I’ve been in the throes for planning for the traveling season of the missionary year.  And filming a promotional video.  Acting is fun!  I wish I had the guts to try it in school.

I learned a lot in the last three weeks.  Here are a few of those things.

  • I don’t care if Qdoba offers queso and free guac, it’s not as good as Chipotle.  (I’m sorry)
  • I think I like iced coffee better than hot coffee?  Don’t get me wrong, I love a hot cup of coffee, but if I want to be able to drink my coffee fast, iced is where it’s at.
  • Drinking a cortado is a pretty easy way to feel like a hipster.
  • Speaking of, you don’t have to Instagram every single pretty coffee beverage that you drink.  You really don’t.  Be okay with not letting the world know how pretty your coffee drink is.
  • It’s not always easy to predict when an introvert will have the energy to be around people and when they’ll be drained.  I felt the most extroverted on the last day of NCYC, after two days of working a booth and being surrounded by thousands of people.  Weird.
  • The early seasons of the Doctor Who reboot are total sci-fi cheese and you will probably hate yourself for loving them.  Speaking of Doctor Who, who’s your favorite Doctor?  I fell hard for David Tennant when I first watched the reboot, but now I think I’m becoming a Matt Smith girl.  It’s sending me into a crisis.
  • Relinquishing control in your walk with God is more complicated and detailed than one might think.  That sounds like a good topic for a future blog post.
  • There are radio stations out there dedicated to Gospel bluegrass.  It’s a thing.
  • Cloudgate (aka The Bean) in Chicago is a total tourist destination but it’s a really cool one.



One thought on “Things I’ve Been Learning Lately, vol. XX

  1. Happy Advent!!! I know what you mean about The Doctor-I binge-watched the whole reboot for the first time less than a year after I got married, so the romantic-ness of being a newlywed really sucked me into Series 3 with Martha’s unrequited love for the Doctor and such. Rose, Martha, and Donna are all really amazing companions for Tennant’s era, but the Ponds are my favorite companions overall, and Smith is definitely growing on me too. I love them both for very different reasons, and they both are amazing. (I also like Eccleston a bit too, but not as much. I like Capaldi as well, but I haven’t seen much of him, since I haven’t seen any of Series 9 yet)

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