I’m Back / in love with my faith

Hey y’all! Okay, so I’m actually going to write at least once every week. Promise. I already told Jesus, so He’s gonna make sure I get this done. 🙂

Basically, I kinda kicked blogging to the curb in favor of Summer with family (cousins!) and friends, in addition to the amazing, month-and-a-half roadtrip that my family took in September. Once I get around to sorting the pictures, I’ll do a couple of slideshows and post them on YouTube. So now that I’m 7 weeks removed from the start of school (!), I can slip this right into my routine (hopefully :)). Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the meat of this post.

For my high school religion (I’m a freshman – it’s still weird to say that), I will be using the Didache (pronounced ‘did-ih-kay) Series by Ignatius Press. I’ll try to do something on it later, but for know, just know that its a really great resource and has tons of interesting stuff in it that I never knew before (not a really good summary, but oh well). This year I will be doing the “Introduction to Catholicism” textbook, which is waaaay more than an introduction.

Last week, while reading about Jesus’ public ministry, I learned this gem of a fact: In the Old Testament, all Kings of Israel were anointed by a Levite, since they were the tribe of priests. John the Baptist was a Levite (remember how Zechariah was a priest and was at the temple when the angel told him that he would have a son?), so when he baptized Jesus, he was effectively anointing the new King! Totally amazing, right?

I suspect that I will come across more of these new facts as I continue to go through “Introduction to Catholicism,” so I’ll have more stuff to right about!

Sorry if I’m a little rusty – I’ll get better as time progresses.

Drop a note and let me know what you think of my rediscovery of blogging or this little tidbit.

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WSSEF Experience Part 1

WSSEF (Washington Science and Engineering Fair) LogoThis is part one of the series that I will be writing during this coming week about my experience at the 2014 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair ( WSSEF for short ) that was on April 4-5. It will include the registration process, the judging sessions(lots of fun), introduce some of my new friends, and (of course) the awards ceremony! I will also include some tips on how to have a great science fair project. Enjoy!

History of WSSEF

First, a little history of WSSEF. From the program: Read more »

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Laetare! Rejoice!

Happy Laetare Sunday everyone! But what exactly is Laetare Sunday?

Laetare Sunday – so named from the first words spoken in the Introit, Laetare Jerusalem (Rejoice, O Jersalem) – is the fourth Sunday in Lent, the middle Sunday. It was set aside to encourage us on the path of Lenten penance, as the Sunday on which the faithful were permitted to show restrained rejoicing, mingled with the usual Lenten penance. On this Sunday, as is the same on Gaudate Sunday during Advent, the vestments of the priest and deacon are pink rose, to contrast this Lenten Sunday from the others.

As you can guess, the vestments worn today are the favorites of every priest. 🙂 I think that they all appreciate that their Holy Mother Church calls this particular shade by its proper name (Rose), not the generic name (Pink). Every year, discussions will arise among their parishioners about it. Me, I agree that the vestments are definitely a hue of Rose; however, rose may  be considered a shade of pink. Therefore, in its most dumbed down sense, the vestments are pink. 😀

Anyways, all joking aside, I think that it is thoughtful of the Church to give us a Sunday on which we can be joyful, albeit a bit toned down joy. This way, we can make it through Lent without being too sad.

What do you think of Laetare Sunday? Also, what are your thoughts on Rose vs. Pink vestments?

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The power of procrastination

Procrastinate: to be slow or late about doing something that should be done : to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.

Ha! That is exactly what I was doing last week!

All last week, I kept complaining that I had missed my (self-imposed) deadline to finish the experiment portion of my science fair project because I had more stuff to research in order to formulate my hypothesis, I had to actually design my experiment, and all that other stuff that comes along with following the scientific method. (By the way, all of that stuff should have been finished the previous Monday, so I was digging my own hole.)

So, since she is a good parent, my mom kept reminding me to work on it – “You should be working on your project, not reading a book,” or “Don’t complain about not having enough time;  you are the one who decided to look at dresses on the computer.” So finally, on Saturday I declared that I would be spending the entire day working on my project, finishing it so that I could work on Data Analysis on Sunday, and hopefully finish it so that I would only be 3 -4 days off schedule. Of course, it didn’t end up that way.

So, here I am, finally finished with my experiment, wondering where time went. Ah, mom, I should’ve listened to you. Next time ;).

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How to learn to type – Free!

Okay, I’ll admit it – I’m not  good at typing. I have bad habits of always looking down at the keyboard while I’m typing. See, I’m even doing it now as I type this! Mimi, you will not look at the keyboard. Look up….. 🙂

One of the very few downsides of homeschooling – no access to classes on typing! Or so I thought. The closest thing that I have had to taking a typing class before this was watching a 20 minute video from the library about where to place your fingers. Mom (aka Mrs. S) has been wanting us to learn how to type for quite some time, but we never found anything low-cost that would effective. That is, until we found Read more »

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Hello Again!

Ah, here I am again!

Hey y’all, it’s me, Mimi! Apologies for not writing sooner – normally, I would give you an excuse for my absence, but really, I have no excuse, other than my laziness……..

Anyways, I promise to be better!

Have a Blessed Advent!

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Just to Let You Know…

Okay, so if you don’t hear from me as often during the next couple of months, don’t be alarmed. My family is currently on a 2 1/2 month road trip across the US. I shall be posting about the landmarks we see, and several more topics, plus the Saint of the Week column. You can follow our RV adventures in more detail at Santi On The Go, which is our family’s blog that I also manage. Please keep us in you prayers that this will be an educational and fun (not to mention safe) trip!

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