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Now that we’re solidly into Lent, I’m slightly more on track.

It always takes me by surprise.

Lent is one of my favorite seasons of the church year. The preparation and the waiting always seems much more important than it is given credit for.

Which is not to say that I’m ever prepared for Advent or Lent. I would be lying if I said that I was ever ready for the periods of waiting.

This past Advent, I used the Blessed Is She Advent Journal with many of the past alums from my Episcopal Service Corps site, Camp Mokule’ia, as well as all of the current interns and several staff members. It was so precious to me to know that even though I wasn’t speaking regularly to them that I was sharing those moments of preparation with them. During my time in Hawai’i, I grew very close to many of these people, and I will probably always consider them to be ohana.

When Blessed Is She announced their Lenten Journal, I bought it immediately. I’d tweeted them a few times, asking if they would make a year-round journal, so I am hopeful that there will be a liturgical year journal coming soon.

I’m old enough now to admit that I need help with my spiritual life: I need to make it easier and more accountable than it has been in many years.

Butterfly Perlers and Guinea Feathers

Photo on 2-23-15 at 3.05 PM

A while back, I bought a SpiritHood. (you can read my post about my first hood here)

As some of you may know, I suffer from three forms of autoimmune disease, and two of my diseases cause hair loss. Since I’ve been living with hair loss, as well as temperature regulation problems, I was looking for a way to have fun while still keeping my head warm. I have a number of hoods now (wolves, coyote, and a lion[!!!!!]) and they’re a great way to stay warm while also staying wild.

The community of SpiritHoods wearers is a dynamic, supportive, and fun community, and they’re very creative, too! I discovered that the company used to sell feather charms for the ears of the hoods (there’s a little tag on the ear so that you can attach a feather), but that they don’t anymore. I was bummed! But the first person in the Tribe (SpiritHoods fans are called the Tribe because we’re all animals) to follow me on Instagram said that she could make me a charm. I was so excited!

The envelope arrived on my birthday completely torn up, and with no charm inside. I got in touch with her and she said that she’d make me another charm and send it to me, and then showed me a picture of this charm, which has a butterfly perler. Butterflies are a symbol of lupus, and they’re beautiful! This charm arrived safe and sound, but I didn’t get a chance to put it on one of my hoods and wear it because my lovely Zoey Makana girl was not enthused about my Spirithoods! I’m just starting to wear them again, and she’s starting to be convinced that I’m not an intruder and that they’re not animals invading her territory!

I can’t wait to get a few other charms for my other hoods!

If you’d like to join the Tribe, get in touch with me so that I can give you a code that will save you $15 on your very own hood!

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It may be because we’re in the height of winter, and because it feels like it’s never going to stop snowing… But I’m in love with tea. I know I’ve written about being in love with tea before on Favorites Mondays, but it’s just so good that I have to keep writing about it.

I love strong teas. And I love a good green tea; if it tastes like dirt, I’ll probably want to weep with joy at how good it is. But I also love black teas. And drinking a very large mug of black tea at 5 in the evening is not generally a good plan if one wants to sleep later that night. This is where Irish Afternoon Tea comes in!

I like visiting Irish stores and learning about Ireland. In college, I took a class on Irish History, and it was fascinating. My father is English/Irish, and because he was so sick for most of my childhood, I never learned a lot about my heritage on his side. My mom’s father is a total Anglophile, which he passed on to my mom and my uncle, so I know a good deal about England, but not never really knew much about Irish culture beyond the claddagh ring, and the propensity towards alcoholism. But as an adult, I’ve tried to connect more with my Irish heritage. One way of doing that: Irish tea. I have three varieties: two morning teas (presumably with differing amounts of caffeine) and an afternoon tea (which, if it doesn’t have a lower amount of caffeine, has not yet proven problematic, so maybe if I don’t think about it, I’ll be okay…). One thing that I like about the afternoon tea is that it has all the same bite as the morning tea. Too often, decaffeinated coffees and teas taste as though the life has been sucked out of them.

Let’s have a cuppa, shall we?

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Alas, there has been another impromptu hiatus on this blog. I wish I could tell you that there was something huge going on, but really, there has been brain fog, symptoms, and general craziness, plus weather.

My favorite this week? Breakfast!

I’ve been loving my Shakeology samples and Plant Fusion powders even more than normal lately because my schedule is very early these days and I am not a morning person at all. I mix them with chocolate coconut milk, or other nut milks, and it’s a good breakfast that my body doesn’t have to work hard to digest, so I have fewer symptoms.

I’m also loving berries lately. I’ve found that if I have a big bowl of berries for breakfast, my sugar cravings for the rest of the day are dramatically diminished. I have a huge sweet tooth, and I sometimes worry about that long-term…

I also love eggs and egg sandwiches, but usually end up eating them for lunch or for dinner rather than for breakfast.

What are your favorite breakfasts?

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Hello, dear readers!

I hope you’ve had a beautiful holiday season. I’ve very much enjoyed the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, and now that we’ve just celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany, it seemed like a good time for an update and to get back to favorite things.

Just after Thanksgiving, I met and adopted my dog, Zoey Makana. There is an abundant supply of pictures of her on my Instagram. My mom and sister adopted a pair of kittens from the same shelter. Even though we met Zoey and I filled out her application first, the kittens came home first, and they’re both quite small, which makes the seniority issues in the house very funny.

Having Zoey home has slowed my Voyager re-watch almost 100%, but I don’t mind at all. I’ve waited for such a long time to have a dog, and having her is even better than I’d imagined! I’d rather be at home with her than go out, or watch endless amounts of Netflix.

Our Christmas was much smaller and calmer than in years past, and it was nicer and more fulfilling, as well. I spent Christmas Eve tending my little “nephew”–the son of my friends, while they worked, and it was quiet and peaceful and lovely. I spent New Year’s Eve with friends and family having pizza, and then raced home to kiss Zoey at midnight.

I’ve been using this new (in my world, at least) app called Rhonna, which I really like. I’ve made a few edits for Zoey, as well as a few fandom edits which caused some major feels!

I hope you’ve had some beautiful times lately, as well!

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Mockingjay Part 1.

I saw it on Thursday night (8 pm premiere showings are amazing!) and I was so worried that somehow, they’d screw it up. It was incredible! I can’t wait to see it again, and I fear that the wait for Mockingjay Part 2 might kill my inner fangirl.

Julianne Moore was incredible as President Coin. I wasn’t sure if she’d be as fierce and cold as was needed, and it was very jarring to see her with gray hair, but she was great. I loved seeing District 13; it was so much more beautiful and detailed than I’d imagined. It was strange to see Natalie Dormer playing an American, but if I didn’t know that she wasn’t American, I never would have guessed. I didn’t like her tattoos, but that’s such a small thing to quibble over.

If you haven’t read the books, read the books. And if you haven’t seen the movies, marathon them and go see Mockingjay!

Voyager

I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with my mom. I remember being a small child, and my mom telling me that there was going to be a new Star Trek, but not just any Star Trek. Star Trek: Voyager was going to have a female captain.

I was ecstatic.

We looked forward to the premiere for what felt like an eternity.

I remember sitting glued to the downstairs TV during Caretaker, the pilot episode on UPN 9.

I have always loved Voyager. Voyager is the reason that I discovered fanfic, which everyone knows was a *huge* part of my adolescence, and one of the biggest factors in my becoming a writer.

I began a complete Voyager rewatch about a month ago, after I had major J/C (my first OTP) feels over on tumblr. It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made in recent years, though my schedule has gotten substantially busier recently, so I have not been able to binge watch the way I was even two to three weeks ago.

Here’s to you, my childhood hero, Captain Kathryn Janeway of the Federation Starship Voyager. You taught me to be strong.

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