7 Quick Takes, volume 24

— 1 —

It starts every year once the weather turns cold and my academic year schedule goes into full force. I have a terrible afternoon habit that gets me through the witching hour: I have a hot chocolate addiction.

At least every other day you will find me at a coffee shop that makes it’s cocoa with milk (which is usually Starbucks) getting my sugar, protein, and warmth all in one place. I know what you’re thinking: “But you just said yesterday that you want to change your fuel!” So maybe a cup of sugar isn’t the best fuel. BUT I’M JUST NOT READY TO CHANGE!!!

— 2 —

I’m not ready…I find myself saying this a lot. I don’t feel bad about this: it’s a natural byproduct of being someone who hates to say she’ll do something and then not do it. I know myself well enough to know when I actually want to do something, and when I only want to want to do something.

When I want to do something, I usually sit right down and do it in one sitting. When I think there’s something I want but I find I have not drive to do it, it means one of two things. I’m either chasing an idea for the idea’s sake, because it represents something I think I should pursue, or it is something that I genuinely want to pursue, but I’m not ready.

I get the sense that this will be a year I become ready for many things.

— 3 —

A new bill was signed into law in Massachusetts this week which I think is fantastic. Victims of stalking, domestic violence, and sexual assault can now break their lease without penalty. I would never have thought that was a need, but it makes sense: there are people being stalked or threatened who can’t move because they can’t take the financial hit that would come with breaking a list.

I know this seems like a little thing, but that’s why I think it’s so great: I am inspired by concrete, practical steps that contribute to a culture of life and make life easier for people.

— 4 —

Epiphany is this weekend! I’m not from a family that made a big deal out of Little Christmas, but I still enjoy the day. One of my favorite things to do is to re-read T.S. Eliot’s Gift of the Magi. Really any excuse to read Eliot is great by me.

— 5 —

Last year on Epiphany I spent some time processing the experience of living in Boston when our horrid sex abuse crisis came to light. It happened to be the tenth anniversary of the Globe Spotlight report that started the revelations. A year ago I wrote about that particular, terrible epiphany.

— 6 —

In my effort to fuel well and to save money, I am trying to plan ahead with meals. Since I’m usually cooking for two on the weekends, it takes even more planning to make sure we don’t end up eating risotto four times in two days (which would be fine with me, but maybe not with my dining partner). Tonight’s plan is linguini with white wine, tomatoes and spinach. Tomorrow is smoothies and English muffins in the morning, potato leek soup and salads for lunch, and a trip to the north end for dinner (I have a coupon, don’t judge!). What should we have on Sunday?

Mmmm....potato leek soup.

Mmmm….potato leek soup.

— 7 —

Finally, I’m bummed to report that the lovely blogger who hosts 7 Quick Takes has been in the hospital. By all reports she is on the mend, but I know you’ll join me in holding Jennifer in prayer.

Have a great weekend!

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