Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dream come true!

How can I explain how special this was? Hmm.. Let me put it this way: my grandfather, who had probably given me a compliment three times in my life, told me I needed to get a manager.

Watch me perform with "Cherish the Ladies" at our family's Irish fest this weekend!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Does Oprah know she's pro-life?

You are here for a reason:

"How I think one masters one's life is to understand that you are co-creating that life with the ultimate creator. Not understanding that puts you at your own pitiful, meager, little will and everything is left up to you. And YOU can't do it. YOU cannot survive in this world, by yourself, just believing in yourself. You're not big enough to do it. I'm not big enough to do it. Nobody is big enough to do it. You have to understand that your very presence here as a human being on this earth came from something bigger than you. And not justfrom your parents who wanted to have a child. The fact that that egg was hit by that particular sperm in that particular moment and you were created.. Wow! How amazing is that!? Of all the different choices that had to happen in order for you to be here now.. What a celebration that is!

"So when you recognize the mystery of that creation. All the circumstances that had to configure and reconfigure themselves. All the questions that we don't have answers to. You have to know this: the fact that I'm here matters. And the fact that you're there matters. This is no accident. None of us are."

~ Oprah on Master Class on OWN

You'd be stupid to not acknowledge all this but then say that there is nothing wrong with destroying that sperm and egg that has so mysteriously come together to form a person. Wish Oprah would get publicly behind the pro-life movement!

Blogging with a Bad Catholic!

I'm having a conversation about the silliness of the idea of a female priesthood over at BadCatholic! Have you tuned in yet? Marc be so smart! One of my favorites!

Here is part one.

Here is part two.

Part three is coming soon! :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

I'm baaack!

Don't even look at the date of my last blog post.


I said don't!

I can't bring myself to figure out how many days it has been, but if I had to guess, I'd say it was a million days ago.

Yes, definitely a million days ago.

Ah! Why did you just go look?!


It was only 2 months ago?

Well, see now that doesn't seem so bad!

And see, I do have an excuse!! Well, actually 10 of them! Can I give you a list of the top 10 things I have been doing since I last blogged?

10. Teaching kids to read. While in transition between the last two things on this list, I was nannying. And I totally taught this little one to read! What a great feeling! I hope teachers feel this rewarded. Though.. Some of my pride came from having taught her to read the colors of OPI nail polish. "Duh.. Dee.. Deeva.. uh.. of.. Gin.. Geneeva.. Diva of Geneeva!" Way to go, kiddo!!
9. I faced my FTPS! Many of you know about my condition: FTPS, or Flat Tire Paranoia Syndrome. I was self-diagnosed a couple years ago and basically, if I drive more than 30 miles, I will stop at least once because I'll be sure that I have a flat tire. However, the other day, I actually got one! But I did fine, pulled to the side and looked helpless enough that someone stopped to change it for me within mere minutes. Success! :) Now to conquer my FOFAPFITM condition.. That's Fear Of Forgetting and Putting Foil in the Microwave.

8. I became homeless. I moved out of my apartment, am storing my stuff in my parents garage and living in my car an hour away awhile I'm working. Staying with friends here and there, but basically homeless. I wonder how bad it would be to stand on the corner of a big intersection, begging for money, with a sign that read: "I guess I could go home, but it's like an hour drive.."

7. My brother John and my cousin Maria graduated high school and my BFF finished, defended and turned in her dissertation! Okay, so I had very little to do with this, but I am so proud of all three!

6. My brother left me a few voicemails. Have you heard these? They are seriously deranged. The one above is where he spends nearly 4 minutes pretending that he's responding to a Craigslist ad. Clearly the kid has problems. But I can't help it! I love his voicemails! :)

5. Getting ready for the festival! 29 years ago my grandparents started Cleveland's Irish Cultural Festival and it is now considered one of the best in the country! It is so much fun and I am so proud of what our family has created! Being around all that Irish music, dance, people.. Whew! It is awesome! And you should come! But my favorite thing is that I end up staying up all night in the hotel bar, singing and playing music with some of the best Irish singers and musicians in the world.. It's dreamy!

4. I just planned the bestest shower/bachelorette party ever! Now, I have been bridesmaid before (in fact, I am also in my other BFF's wedding next month! Can't wait, Rita!!), but this is the first time I have been Maid-of-Honor. Lots of responsibility.. You think the BRIDE is stressed! Ha! :) But I hosted a garden party bridal shower in my parent's backyard and then planned a bachelorette weekend in Chicago. It was perfect: fun and relaxing, exciting and girly. Minus the cab ride with Mitchell, an older gentleman whose long-winded stories were as comprehensible as his slurred speech. Don't worry. I got his number.

3. I worked my butt off to finish school, these past 6 months, cramming in classes that I didn't have time for before, taking indpendent study courses and being resourcesful in my scheduling of classes. I must thank Marian University because although I didn't love everything about the school, by the grace of God (and my advisor), I can safely say the following:

2. I graduated!! Now, for those of you new to the Caitie-scene, this has been a long time coming! I took four years off school and went back when I was 23, so it kinda took me 8 years to graduate. "Eight years?" You say. "That's not so bad"! Well, yeah. If I were now a doctor. But no. I'm just a lowly Theology major with a book-bag full of Peter Kreeft books. Woe is me. Or is it.. (See #1)

1. I GOT A JOB! It's my dreeaaammmm job and so thankful for the opportunity! I am now the youth minister at St. Maria Goretti Church in Westfield, IN. This parish is so cool.. Very family oriented, very Eucharistic centered. It's a new church and the pastor is awesome. Big parish, strong youth programs and a lot of room for growth -- both for the teens and for me! :) I am so excited -- praise Jesus!