What I’m into: January 2016

January felt like the longest month ever this year and I am happy it’s over. January and February are always harder months especially after the excitement of Christmas. I tried really hard this month to update this post in my drafts as I found things… Hopefully this can be a habit for the future! I know I’m late posting this- but I thought that posting my Weekly adventure was more important earlier this week!

I am linking up with Leigh Kramar for the What I’m Into monthly post! It’s my first time “linking up”… So we’ll see how this works!

What I’ve been watching: 

By the end of December I had a serious netflix addiction and had been binge watching Army Wives along with other things. So for the Month of January any time I wanted to watch Netflix, I picked up a book since one of my New Year’s goals has been to read one book a month. This month I read TWO! Though that’s not many books, I am excited because I believe the more I read the better I will write.

Toward the end of January I broke this habit of reading and started watching Supernatural on Netflix… for two reasons: My best friend in Louisiana LOVES Supernatural and so does my roommate. How could I not join with the fun? I’m trying to catch up….

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What I’ve been reading: 

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I’ve been a fan of Tana French since my early college days. I’ve read her first three books and finally landed on Broken Harbor at the beginning of this month. Tana French is a skilled international (Irish) writer of murder mysteries. Most of her books set in Ireland near Dublin are filled with drops of Irish sentence structures and culture, which makes it truly interesting for me. They are full of complex characters, colorful language*, and intense moral themes. Broken Harbor has heavy dialogue and a myriad of details about the murder scene and morgue scene compared to her previous books. This book is revolting and gripping simultaneously making it a fast read, albeit its 400+ pages. Other reviewers believe it was too interview and dialogue-heavy and found it skim-worthy at best, but I disagree. I was drawn into the scenes and found myself wondering how she could craft peoples’ exact personalities into their responses and interactions. Her writing fascinates me. I can feel the small nuances in peoples’ responses such as an eye movement, a small flicker of emotion, a tone of voice, or a dead-pan stare. I was enthralled and thought her writing was crafty and smooth. If you are interested in murder mysteries and want to read a Tana French book, start with In The Woods, which has been one of my favorites!

*Be aware the colorful language means a heavy presence of foul language.

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
Rachel Held Evans has become one of my favorite spiritual memoir authors over the last few months. The first book I read in November is a Year of Biblical Womahood, that my friend Ciera let me borrow before she passed away.  When my fellow blogger and friend, Lily learned I enjoyed it so much, she gifted me Searching for Sunday (thank you, Lily!). In the book Searching for Sunday, Evans takes us with her on her searching journeyScreen Shot 2016-01-22 at 11.17.17 PM by using the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church to tell the story of her journey of leaving, searching, and finding the church over the last several years. She doesn’t claim to have finally “found” all the answers to her questions, but she has found what the Church and His Kingdom are all about. When I first read the intro about the seven Sacraments, I worried that the book would be dull and boring. However, it was anything BUT boring. Instead, in her truest way that only Evans can, she brought out the beauties in each sacrament and helped me think more about what the church is all about- especially for millennials, such as myself. I connect to this book a lot more than I had planned on connecting to it. She made each sacrament come to life and applied to her everyday life, making the mundane what it can truly be: holy. I didn’t agree with everything she wrote or all over viewpoints, but that’s not the point. I hope to write about A Year of Biblical Womanhood soon, since it has so radically impacted how I view womanhood and modesty.

On the Internets:

A guest post written by Diane Corner on Anne Voskamp’s A Holy Experience blog. I feel like I could have written it! Diane parallels her progressive deafness and pretending with her inability to pretend for God. She compares the talking to her audiologist gave about being upfront and honest when she cannot hear and not bluffing to God’s acceptance of us in our messes. Since I, too, have deafness and can identify with pretending and bluffing so much in conversation- this hit home with my relationship with Jesus as well! Talk about powerful!

I was introduced to the old song by Michael W Smith Friends are Friends Forever by a dear friend who was sharing that with me in relation to a conversation about Ciera.

This post by Bronwyn Lea about how one word changed her prayers. Thought it was written in 2013, it really impacted how I think about situations in my life, even currently! I also followed her blog and read her blog regularly now- I love what she has to say on certain topics!

Also, I learned Atlanta got 911 text messaging! What an amazing resource for those who Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 4.56.34 PM.pngare Deaf and Hard of hearing- like myself. I really hope it comes our way to East Tennessee soon! Take a look at the picture to the right of a sample text with Atlanta 911 that floated around on facebook early January: Awesomesauce.

What I’ve been writing: 

I launched into the new year with my New Year Goals and 1 Word. I started the 52 Weeks of Adventures series in January and have decided to post on Monday or Tuesday of an adventure that I’ve taken the previous week! The first week kicked off with my adventure of noticing the Eucharist in the mundane of everyday life! Week 2 was much more adventurous about my time learning self defense moves at Friday Night Fights! That same week, I shared a prayer with you all that had once been shared with me. I spent week 3 of my adventures talking about Snowmageddon and how much fun Watson and I had. Week 4 was somewhat of a tribute to Ciera as I talked about Love Rocks.

For January, 2016…All in all, I kept with my goal of reading one book a month and writing one blog a week! eeeeee! I’m excited about that!

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What I’m into… May 2015 Edition

Hi everyone.

I’m supposed to do a “Month Madness Mania” but decided to go ahead and call it what i’m into. I’m trying to type this with my sliced-into pointer finger. It’s not an easy task.

What I’m watching: 

You’re Not You

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 8.41.42 PM I watched this movie on Netflix. The main actress is played by Hillary Swank who is a young lively woman who gets diagnosed with ALS. I’ve second hand seen ALS is my last job, where we provided equipment for ALS patients to communicate with friends and family. This was a very sad, but touching movie. It’s worth the watch, in my opinion. It gives a face or two to what the Ice Bucket Challenge was for last summer- there were lots of misconceptions about ALS through that.

Photo credit, google images. 

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Abduction of Eden

This was also a heavy movie. I’m not sure why I chose to watch heavy movies this month, but this, too, was on netflix. It featured the true story of a young girl who got sucked into sex-trafficking. It’s a very real, but tragic story. If you don’t think that Human Trafficking is happening to our girls in America, you should watch this. Eye opening and gut wrenching, but real.

photo credits: amazon.com

The Internets: 

I rejoined Facebook this month and nearly regret doing so…. I don’t know why, but life feels so much more lonely on social media.

I don’t remember any videos I’ve watched or articles I’ve read that I really want to share. however, for those of you who don’t know, i’ve been making it a point to wrap my hair recently because I enjoy it. I’ve been watching Andrea Grinberg’s tutorial videos on youtube. My favorite Wrap so far has been the Regal wrap, below is the tutorial:

I enjoy her videos, her blog and her music (she’s a cellist). She also runs a website called Wrapunzel and sells Tichels (snazzy, right?!) She is an Orthodox Jew that moved from Toronto to Israel for seminary/school then to Chicago with her husband in 2011 when she got married. The Tznius (jewish law about modesty) for women indicates that a married woman must cover her hair- some do this with Sheitels (wigs) or with tichel (Scarfs). This is something I enjoy learning about. I am not Jewish, but I enjoy it… This is a mitzvah for married Jewish women to enjoy so their husbands only see their hair. Here is a link of information for you.

Not all married Jewish women cover their hair and not all women who cover their hair are Jewish. I have learned a lot about religious hair covering over the past couple of months because it is fascinating to me. There is an entire group of women who cover their hair for various reasons- these women come from all kinds of background, Christian (1 Corinthians 11), Moslem, Jewish, Pagan, Catholic… and many, many more.

Note: I did not put this on my “what i’m into” to create conflict, theological debate or offense. I put this on here because it’s “What i’m into” this month and it’s what i am educating myself about. If you have something controversial or disrespectful to say about it, please keep it to yourself. 

What I’m reading: 

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Things As They Are by Amy Carmichael.

I wrote a blog about how this book is tearing me apart. I don’t really want to talk about it anymore though. I feel like the more I talk about things like this, the less people want to talk about them and the more isolated I feel.

Things I’ve done… 

I’ve not been very active this month. I’ve worked a lot. I did make some Challah- I plan to write a blog about that soon because Challah is a gift from G-d! Let me tell you.. It’s amazing. Plus, most of the Challah I’ve made has been… chocolate glazed.

Simply divine.

What i’ve written:

I didn’t have a lot to write about this month mainly because I am not really ready to write about anything that’s going through my head yet. I feel like most people i talk to don’t understand anyways and I don’t feel like blogging about it and getting feedback yet. Maybe June this will happen.

I know I begged you to pray for Ciera... This is still a request from me. Please do pray for her.

I talked about The Call of God on my life through a sermon, I wrote about the book i mentioned above, I took some time to talk about how I am slowly working through eliminating my cannots which has been a hard process!

This about sums up my month! I know it’s not much of an update, but June will be better! I will pick up some light books and write funny stories.

Month Madness Mania: April 2015 Edition

This is ANOTHER month recap- April 2015 Edition. My goal is to do these at the end of every month. If you missed last month’s recap on what i’ve been doing click here. My friend Lily often does these and I decided that it’s a great way to recap the month and just remember how I’ve been productive, what i’ve done… and it’s also a great way to hold myself accountable because an entire month could go by and I could accomplish… nothing. I feel like it’s also a great way to make goals and accomplish them.

What I’m Watching

On Netflix.

Much like I said last month, I don’t go to the cinema often, but I am a Netflix fanatic. This month I started a new Netflix series and have been obsessed with it since. In fact, I’ve been so obsessed with it that I have been staying up till 1 or 2 am to see what happens next. My Goal for May is to not watch Netflix at all.. with that being said…

Once Upon a Time

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This is one of the most creative series I have ever seen. It’s enthralling. Without giving it away it’s pretty much about all the fairytale characters in one story and… apparently they all know each other. Snow, Charming, Rumplestiltskin, Pinocchio, the Evil Queen… Etc. My favorite character is Rumplestiltskin who also has another name in another world Mr Gold. He’s the most brilliant character on the show and by far my favorite.

In Theatre

I’ve been to see two plays this month. This is an unusual number for me, but I do quite enjoy theatre. I usually attend one or two plays every 5 months or so. Recently I’ve had the privilege of attending two.

A Shayna Maidel- Clarence Brown Theatre (UTK; Knoxville, TN) 

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A Shayna Maidel

This play was a great way to accent my time preparing for Pesach (passover). Much of the play was in Yiddish- A Shayna Maidel means A Beautiful Woman. It was the week before Pesach and I knew I was about to get ready to celebrate the holy day with my friends. This play was heavy, sad, and enlightening. It highlighted two jewish sisters- one had been left behind with her mother in Poland and the other went with her father to the States. Then Hitler came. They were separated for over 10 years and the sister finally comes to the US after being liberated from a death camp…

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A Shayna Maidel Actresses… My favorite is the one standing up.

A beautiful and tragic story of a family who finds their way through misunderstandings, grief, and estrangement… heartbreaking and redeeming all in one. If you ever have an opportunity to see this in production, don’t pass it up.

 

Hairspray (NTID; Rochester New York). 

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This was my first fully deaf-friendly play that i’ve been to. It was really interesting. There were two people for each character- someone deaf and someone hearing. When the hearing person talked, the deaf person signed the lines… This was confusing for the first few minutes, but I grew accustomed to it. I’m really, really thankful that Rochester let us see this the night before they went into production! On each side of the stage there were also captions! This was excellent accessibility! I usually go to Theatre and have two interpreters who sit in front of the stage and have to watch to closely to see who’s speaking- This was far better and a LOT of fun!

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The Stage

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The excellent Cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Internets.

Last month I featured a spoken word artist… This week I want to feature Jackie Hill- Christian Spoken word artist. Jackie tells her testimony in the video below. Though this is a great spoken word poem, it’s not my favorite by her. I like her “Eyes like Judas” and “Poem about Weed”. Both are very, very good. The one featured this month is called “My Life As A Stud”.

Youtube: Jackie Hill: my life as a Stud

What I’m Reading: 

keepers of the covenant

I Finally finished that book. It took me about 2 or 3 months to finish it. That is a REALLY long time for me, because I normally finish books in about a week or two, depending on my business. Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors, but this was not one of my favorite books.

Lynn Austin typically write Historical Fiction books, based on biblical characters, much like Francine Rivers. Her books the Chronicles of the Kings were exciting, educational, and riveting. This book that I read above, Keepers of the Covenant was a continuation of the last book she wrote and both focus on the exile of the jews to Babylon and their journey back to the promised land. Though both are good, they’re not her best.

Things I’ve done… 

My friends and I celebrated Pesach by hosting Seder dinner…

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My friends and I also participated in the Color Run…
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Ciera and Transplant…

I got to sScreen Shot 2015-04-13 at 12.05.53 PMee my dear friend Ciera and got to visit with her and her family before they left for Memphis… For those of you who DON’T know… Ciera has received her mom’s cells yesterday and today and is beginning the transplant and engrafting process of  Bone Marrow Transplant number 2. Her and her family would appreciate your prayers and your support. One of the main reasons you can support Ciera is by buying the T-shirts she’s selling right now. This money will enable her dad and brother to come up to visit, pay for gas, pay for food, and just help their family out in general.

 

Here’s how you guys can support her by buying shirts:

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…and I did a triathlon and that was pretty cool, plus you guys raised $2,770… I’m extremely proud of you!

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On the Blog

I’ve actually kept up pretty well this month… My new years goal of actually using and writing in this blog has become somewhat of a success for the month of April.  I talked about my issue with meniere’s disease, my fun time celebrating Pesach, and the endless Sorries I give away so freely. Not only that, but I also took time to list all the Books on my shelves that I plan on reading before the end of the year (hahaha)! I even wrote a pre triathlon and post triathlon blog update and took time to tell you all about the Jewish Museum I went to when I was in Florida!

All in all, i’ve had a lot of fun this month, but I sure am happy that it’s OVER.

Month Madness Mania- March 2015 Edition!

I’ve been following my friend’s Lily’s Blog for quite a long time now and every month she does a “What i’m into” blog post to recap her experiences, adventures, and triumphs for the month… So i’ve decided to do the same thing, since I think it’s splendid. You can view her march post and follow her blog Here. I decided to give my “What i’m into” a different name, because I like to be silly! “Month Madness Mania…” Just made my heart happy because of the 3 m’s. Don’t ask…

So this post is basically.. “What I’m Into March 2015”

What I’m watching: 

I have not been to the cinema in many moons, so I won’t even include Cinema movies, but I have been a netflix, Youtube, and Vimeo fanatic….

Friends

FriendsI love friends! It’s my favorite show on Netflix right now. I believe I’m on Season Four at this moment! I don’t watch it everyday because Ross and Rachel are making me nuts… But when I do watch it it makes me laugh out loud! The characters are all in their mid-to-late 20’s, they all have silly idiosyncrasies that are relatable to me. I understand their struggle with life, relationships, finances, and… friends. My favorite character was Ross until him and Rachel “were on a break,” but now I don’t like him too much. I’m tempted to say Chandler and Phoebe are now my favorites.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt- a Netflix Original Series…

KimmyMy roommate introduced me to Kimmy telling me that Kimmy reminds her of me and that we are likely kindred spirits. When I asked her why she said that, she eluded to that Kimmy and I are both pretty much living in our own happy, clueless bubbles. After watching it and becoming addicted to and adoring this show… I think her assessment is at least partially right. If I could get away with her 90’s wardrobe I would! Kimmy Schmidt was abducted in Middle School by this crazy guy who proclaimed the world had ended and he was a prophet- saving her from the World’s outside destruction. 15 or so years later, the outside world, that is not apocalyptic, discovers her and 4 or 5 other women who have been living in this basement under a religious cult…. So When Kimmy breaks into the outside world, she moves to New York… and makes an adventure discovering life.

That’s about all I’m going to be giving away of Kimmy’s story, but I definitely adore her, her smile, her personality, and her cheesy wardrobe.

Vimeo: 

This Video on Vimeo about the Deaf people in Yemen from IMB Deaf peoples. The video has subtitles for those who do not know American Sign Language.

Youtube: 

I’m a huge fan of SpokenWord Slam Poetry- This month I will feature Sarah Kay- She’s a great spoken Word Artist.
Here is her Channel…

My favorite Video by her Is called Mrs Ribiero. Beautiful Poem

What i’m Reading: 

AHA: The God That Changes Everything by Kyle Idleman

AHA.jgpI started reading this book with my small group a couple of months ago and really hated it at first. I think part of the reason why I hated it was really personal- that I had a hard time connecting with my small group and was dealing with some personal things as far as obedience to The Lord. In the end, I finished this book and really enjoyed it. The author, Kyle Idleman lays out the familiar story of the Prodigal Son that Jesus told throughout the entire book and explains how we can change our lives by following the steps this prodigal took to make change- Awakening, Honesty (brutal honestly about yourself), and Action. Through reading this book I did see several times in my life where i experienced AHA moments that lead to action, but I also identified several moments in my life where I experienced AHA moments that lead to self-pity instead of Action. It helped me be more aware in the future of how I can respond to these, sometimes dark moments. I recommend this book to those who want to learn… And change.

AHA: The God that Changes Everything by Kyle Idleman is on sale for Kindle for $1.99 for those of you who want to read it!

Since my month was very busy, that’s about all I had time to read this month, but It was a good book, nonetheless.  I started another book as well, but am not ready to talk about it since I’m not very far into it. I hope to increase my reading in the coming month: April!

What I’m Eating:

I made a Chicken, Kale, and Quinoa crockpot soup on Sunday night. I don’t care that the weather is getting warmer, I didn’t want to have to stand in the kitchen and work for it! I saw my friend TheKnittyHippie, had made it and posted a picture to her Instagram… so when I asked her for the recipe, she sent me this link… I added and took away a few things the recipe called for… I added Chickpeas instead of beans and Water instead of Chicken Broth. I added cajun seasoning, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper. I forgot my Olive Oil and didn’t have the yellow onions or celery, so I put green peppers and sweet onions in it. I typically use Recipes as suggestions or guides and then do with what I have. I have had some Terrible disasters and also some pretty wonderful meals…This happened to taste wonderfully.

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Since March 1, when my trainer had a serious talk with me about nutrition and fueling my body for working out, I’ve been eating lots of fun breakfast foods and sometimes even making them for lunch and dinner. This makes me really happy. Since this talk, I have added Eggs, Low Sodium Bacon, Protein Powder, BCAA Amino Acids and a few other things to my diet. I have been very, very scared to add new foods to my diet, especially the bacon and eggs since it’s imperative that I maintain a low-sodium diet because of my Meniere’s disease which I have a blog forming about… right now.

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I Typically eat Pancakes every Saturday- I love pancakes, especially these.

3/4 cup of oats, 3/4 cup of Yogurt, 1tsp of baking soda, enough egg whites to make batter, and whatever sweetener you want (I like Carmichael’s Honey).

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The Internets: Blogs I love

Such Small Hands

I’ve already mentioned my friend Lily and her blog.  Lily and her husband Jonathan have been teaching English in Korea for quite some time now. I really enjoy her blogs about her adventures there and have been keeping up with her. She’s from my hometown and I think we went to the same school or church… or something when we were younger, but we were never friends. I know Lily best through the blogosphere world though our paths have crossed!

Sights from the Road:

My sweet friend Robin, who I know from Crossroads Church in Louisiana, has moved back to Africa recently to live an adventure of Sharing Christ with others. I have been Following and in love with her blog and writing for a while as well- I really encourage you to head over there and check it out.

Dogs and Dumbbells

My personal trainer, who has also become my friend, writes in her blog from time to time. So far, I love each one of her posts. They have been really enjoyable and always educational. She has also written a pretty awesome ebook called Gym Bag Essentials for $8.99 that I plan on purchasing when I find the time to read more and more! If the book is anything like my conversations I’ve had with her about health and fitness, I know they’ll be educational and inspirational!

All in all, that’s what’s going on March 2015… Can’t wait to post my April Edition… It may include something like a… triathlon.

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