Half-moon manicure. #cutepolish @cutepolish
Hair: What hair color looks best on you and what’s your natural color? Dark brown for both.
Skin: Do you tan easily? Not really. I burn easily.
Eyes: What is your favorite show to watch? Mythbusters.
Nose: What is your favorite perfume/candle fragrance? I actually really like Nicki Minaj’s perfume haha
Mouth: Do you want to kiss anyone right now? Yep.
Why is my room only ever boiling lava hot or Russian winter cold??
There is never a happy medium.
And I want them right NOWWWW. But I’m living in a dorm and I’ll be at summer training this summer and then I’ll be living somewhere that I don’t even know and I JUST REALLY WANT PET RATS OKAY??
Look at these cuties and their cute baby! (Note the abundant dark hair on said cute baby.)
Thanks for squishing me out 22 years ago, Mom! And thanks for being there, Daddy. They were just a couple of kids when I was born, 18 and 19 years old, but they have loved me from the very start. I am so grateful.
Love you, Mom and Dad!
This morning Ryan and I went to a Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. It was the first time I had ever been to an Eastern liturgy! The liturgy is very beautiful, as is the church itself, and the people were very joyful and welcoming. It was also really great to see so many children there!
I expected to be pretty much lost during the liturgy, but I should have known better. ;) More than 50% of the time they spoke English, not Greek, so I could understand well. Also, I forgot that the Church celebrates the liturgy in a very similar way. It follows a very similar structure to the Catholic Mass. I was like, “Hey, I know this part!” One big exception is that the many petitions are spread out throughout the service instead of being after the Creed. Oh, and of course their creed lacked “and the Son.” Oh, AAAAND… they’re still in LENT! It made me chuckle. It was definitely strange to think about it being Lent when the West is in full-on Easter mode, haha.
I did not take Communion for a couple of reasons, but I did partake of the blessed bread (which I forgot the name of). I’d never heard of such a thing before, so I asked the priest about it. Apparently they are “leftover” bits of bread from the same loaf that made the bread which becomes the Body and Blood of Christ. The Orthodox faithful partake of it after Communion, and those who did not receive Communion also eat of it. So I guess it’s a form of receiving a blessing, and a symbol of a larger communion with the rest of mankind. I’m sure I’m not explaining this well, but I liked it.
As usual, I will be attending my regular Mass this evening. Going from the East to the West. :) I’m really glad we went this morning. It actually has increased my appreciation for the Extraordinary Form, because it is even more similar to the East than the N.O. Mass. Basically everything is in Latin instead of Greek.
Ah, friends, the Church is beautiful. East and West. Beautiful. I greatly desire true communion between us. Yes, there are differences, and yes, the differences are important. If they weren’t, there would not have been a schism! But ohh, I love the East. The West could learn a lot from them, in my opinion. I wish every Catholic Mass were as beautiful and as reverent and as ancient as the Divine Liturgy I attended this morning. Of course, I’ve been to plenty of reverent, beautiful Masses, but I have also been moved to tears at the irreverence of the congregation.
I love the Church. I love the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and I love my Orthodox brothers and sisters. I love our ancient traditions. They are so, so beautiful.
P.S. Ryan, if you’re reading this, you should just become an Eastern Rite Catholic. It’s the best of both worlds! ;)