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They Shoot Single People, Don't They?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Remember how I was talking about having to go on two blind dates within a period of about five days? I went on one of them Friday and I have another to go on this Wednesday. My hilarious friend Sarah and I were talking today about our newest theory on how people decide with whom to set you up. Spoiler alert: it has less to do with who you actually are as a person and more to do with the fact that you are single. 

And... go: 



me
1:27 PM
honestly this is my life.
let me tell you my new theory...
you know how gay guys complain that sometimes people are like "oh you're gay and i know a gay guy, i'm sure you'll hit it off!" like the only reason is b/c they're both gay?
i feel like i'm getting to an age where people are like "you're single and 30? i know another person who is single and 30!"

1:28 PM
yeah, i have noticed that people do that to me too
at the last CCBA happy hour dave tyson wanted to set me up with some guy who he described as "very attractive and very into fitness"
does that sound like me and/or my type?

me
1:28 PM
HAHAHAHAHA

1:28 PM
the basis was something like, "we talked about travel and he likes to travel too"

me
1:28 PM
oh noooooo... i am laughing out loud.

1:29 PM
who DOESN'T like to travel?

me
1:29 PM
HAHAHAHAHA right?!?!? that's what i'm saying!!!
my friend erin was like "i know this guy i see at mass."

1:29 PM
i mean, who really wants to sit home instead of going somewhere new? that is the dumbest self-stated hobby ever

me
1:29 PM
great... sounds like my dream man
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
i hate to travel. the world sucks.

1:30 PM
omg i know
that's like when people say, "i am really into food"
oh, food? your basic survival need?
ME TOO!!!!!!

me
1:30 PM
HAHAHAHA
the funniest part is i can hear you voice saying "me too!!!" in my head.

1:31 PM
hahaha i'm trying not to crack up
why not just say, "i like drinking water" or "i drive a car"
we probably have those things in common too

me
1:31 PM
i breathe air
i use the bathroom

1:31 PM
EXACTLY

1:31 PM
it really makes me want to reply with "oh, food? food sucks. i avoid it like the plague"

Double Blind

Thursday, July 11, 2013

You know what is really uncomfortable? Going on a blind date. Weirdly, after having not been out on any sort of date in well over a year, I am going on not one, but two blind dates in the next few days. When it rains it pours, right?

The first one I'm going on is tomorrow night. A woman I know who works for a dance school north of here messaged and asked if I would be interested in meeting a young Catholic guy she knows. Now, I absolutely hate dating. Does anyone like it really? But I've come to feel that, within reason, you should give everyone a chance. You never know. If they're recommended by someone I trust, then I'm fairly certain they will not turn out to be a serial killer. And you'll never meet anyone if you don't go out and meet anyone, right? My friend and her husband and this guy are meeting me halfway between our cities for dinner tomorrow night. I'm glad it's not totally a blind blind date, in that Erin and her husband will be there. But I'm at that point where I'm already nervous, I don't know what to wear, etc. You know how it is.

Wednesday evening I'm going on an actual blind date (like "he'll meet you at the bar!") at a local pizza place with a guy recommended by a girl I know and really like. Once again, I'm already nervous, etc. WHAT do you talk to these people about? I am seriously envisioning myself and this dude sitting there and staring at each for lack of anything to talk about. Ugh. I really understand why it is advised that you develop a friendship with someone before you start dating them. Because then you've been yourself all along and you would know exactly what to talk about.

Who knows... one of these guys could be the one! The only thing I'm sure of is that at least one of them isn't. :)

Speaking of, further complicating the fun blind dates is my teeny crush ("teeny") on this guy I know and am actually friends with. GAH. This is my life. :) I  mean, that's another topic for another day... how do you know if someone LIKE likes you?

Now that this post has devolved into being written by a 12-year-old, it's time to go.

Seven Quick Takes: Holiday Edition!

Friday, July 5, 2013


Linking up with the fabulous Jen and Company today!

1. You know what makes me smile sometimes? Thinking about how Jesus had a BFF and it was Peter. The reality is, we're not meant to  be alone, we're meant to have friends. And even Jesus had a bro. :)

2. I sincerely hope other people know this too to make me feel less nerdy, but every Fourth of July and New Years Eve/Day the Syfy channel shows a marathon of The Twilight Zone. Those are two of my favorite things: marathons of the same TV show, and that show being The Twilight Zone. I LOVE THE TWILIGHT ZONE. I will seriously plan ahead and watch the marathon all.day. even though I have basically seen every episode. And not only have I seen every episode, but, well... I actually apparently don't even have to see the screen anymore to know what episode is on. I was standing in the kitchen last night washing dishes when a new one came on; I heard about, oh, three seconds of the opening, which was just some UFO-sounding noises, and I was like "Oh, this is the one where there are seven people and a bus driver in the diner, but the driver said there were only six people on the bus when they loaded and the police are convinced an alien spaceship crashed and they have to determine which person is the alien and not a real person." Honestly there aren't any I haven't seen. In related news, is anyone aware of any contests that are taking nominations for super cool people?

3. Today is awesome because I do not have to work. Obvs the Fourth of July was yesterday, but our boss gave us off today too. That is so awesome because I am so thankful to have a little mini-vacation this summer. Thanks Jack!

4. I have spoken before about my lack of desire (to put it mildly) to do laundry. I now have another confession to make: I finally broke down last night and told myself I HAD to put my dry, clean laundry away. In the pile, amongst other things, were a sweatshirt dress, a sweater, several pairs of jeans and pants, all of my boot socks and eight pairs of tights. When is the last time you think I wore a sweatshirt dress, tights and boots? Um, yeah, it appears as though I have honestly not put laundry away since APRIL. Is there a support group for this sort of thing?

5. Yesterday my family played a game called Imaginiff. It is SO much fun. Basically you write the names of all the players on the board, then you roll the die, land on a player's name, and the question is about that player. A sample question would be something like: "Imaginiff PLAYER were a character from Batman, which would she/he be?" and then six choices are listed. Each player puts down the number of their choice, and the people who have the most matching numbers win. A few of the cards, however, are set up a different way. One of those cards would be like: "Imaginiff life was a nursery rhyme. Who is  most likely to be Humpty Dumpty?"and then everyone chooses one player. While playing yesterday, I was reminded that a year or so ago my family was playing this game, and the question came up: "Imaginiff you were eating and some food fell on the floor. Which player is most likely to eat food off the floor?" The unanimous response: Anna. Thanks guys. It's important to remember that there are seven people in my family, including two brothers, but the one thing I'm certain they all agree on about me is that I'm likely to eat food off the floor.

6. You may remember that this time last year, my dad went out on a ladder during a storm (a derecho I think it was called) and fell off, breaking his leg in two places and requiring major surgery. You may also like to know that yesterday, while it was raining on the Fourth of July, this is where we found my dad:


7. July 5, 2013 is the one-year anniversary of the very best day of my life. You can read about it here. Suffice it to say, I've thought about how blessed I was by this surgery every single day since the event happened, usually multiple times a day. The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. 


The Marys

Thursday, July 4, 2013

When you think about Jesus or the Bible and someone says "Mary" usually one of two things will come to mind: Mary the mother of Christ or Mary Magdalene. One Mary is the woman we should all strive to be, but who is the other Mary?

I would argue she's the woman we should all strive to be as well.

We all know that Mary, Jesus' mother, was born without sin and is the model for all womanhood. Mary Magdalene, however, was born a regular person. She was born with original sin, and she continued to sin throughout her life... because she was a regular person. Some historians even say she was a prostitute, although maybe she wasn't, but even if she wasn't, she was still a sinner. Mary Magdalene, I'm sure, made mistakes she regretted, felt horrible about them, and then probably made the same mistakes again. Even after she met Jesus, I'm sure she still made mistakes and committed sins she regretted.

The thing about her that we need to remember most is that she had faith. She believed in Jesus and she followed him. She was present at his feet when he taught, and she was present at his feet when he died. Did her relationship with Jesus make her a perfect person? No it didn't. It made her a sinner who knew she sinned and knew she needed Jesus.

I often like to think of Mary Magdalene because I, too, am a perpetual sinner. I have done things I'm ashamed of and things I'd never want people to know about. I sin every day and some sins are the same ones committed over and over, although I wish they were not. The important part is not to let the sin define me or allow the guilt to take over. The important part is to follow Mary Magdalene's example and acknowledge I'm a sinner and sit at the feet of Jesus and ask for help.

I'll never be a perfect person. I'll let myself down and fall short on mostly a daily basis. But God doesn't expect us to be perfect; he expects us to own up to our shortcomings and failures and remember that we can only rely on him. When Anna is in charge of Anna's life, nothing goes right. But when God is in charge of Anna's life, there is peace.
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