Things I’ve Been Learning Lately, vol. XXXIV

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Greetings from Ohio!

In case you hadn’t heard, I moved to the Cincinnati ‘burbs about two weeks ago to start a new youth ministry gig. I’m buying my own groceries and setting up new online accounts to pay bills and looking on Craigslist for furniture and all that good adult-y stuff. I haven’t had a lot of time to think about much else besides work and said adult-y stuff lately, but I think I’m starting to get into a groove with my schedule that’ll hopefully allow me time for reflecting and writing.

So what have I been learning these past two weeks? Lots. Here’s a taste.

  • A six-mile kayaking trip might be more exhausting than a six-mile hike up a mountain.
  • Catholic parishes in the suburbs are everything I thought they would be: new, big, and wealthy. Quite a different reality from what I’m used to back home.
  • Incense at mass is my favorite thing. So are sung antiphons, and chants, and the occasional Latin song, and old hymns. Smells and bells, baby.
  • Graeter’s is the place to get ice cream in Cincinnati. So good.
  • Gratitude is getting rear-ended but sustaining no major damage to your car. Praise the Lord.
  • Moving drains your bank account really quickly, especially if you add a new used car on top of it. Goodbye, money.
  • Cincinnati is unbearably muggy. I’m in for a long summer.
  • Buying a week of groceries for less than $50 is worth celebrating. Does that make me sound like a boring adult?
  • Cats are sneaky and tricky and dumb but I kind of like them anyway.
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