Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Putting things into practice

It's strange to finally be here, a few days before my own wedding, when I've been reading, writing and speaking about marriage for years. Likewise, I've been reading, writing and speaking about natural family planning for years (and doing my own classes and charting for a few months now), but it's strange to realize that's actually going to have a practical importance very shortly, too! I suspect that, no matter how much preparation any couple undertakes, the actual experience of marriage presents challenges and situations that just can't be understood from the outside. Not that the preparation doesn't matter - I strongly believe that taking the time to learn from others' relationships and accumulated wisdom, setting realistic expectations, and approaching marriage with both joy and solemn appreciation for its import are all vital to building a successful, lifelong relationship. My fiance and I have done all the Catholic marriage preparation programs (supplemented by a lifetime of lessons for me, having parents who were involved in marriage preparation lay ministry for years!), done some planning for the future, talked about our goals and hopes for a future family, read from Theology of the Body, talked some more, figured out how we'll move his stuff into my place, taken NFP classes, talked even more . . . We may not know everything to expect (although I expect I won't be able to hit the snooze button three times every morning anymore), but I think we've done what we can and we're grateful to God and just excited about finally making it to this point of getting married and then heading off to Mexico. Nos vemos :)

Monday, January 22, 2007

Pro-life bloggers

I'm sorry I can't make it to the pro-life bloggers' conference this morning like last year (see here for details at Blogs4Life) but I couldn't take the time today. I hope the conference goes great this year and it looks like the March for Life will have another great showing from young people around the country this afternoon. Please pray for the marchers, and may God bless their efforts.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

IL version 2.0?

Everything in this corner of the blogosphere (yes, it's a corner of a sphere) seems to have been changing lately. Anthony Rickey took down TYoH last year after he graduated; Southern Appeal recently bid farewell; Chris at Law Dork moved on to a new post at the Ohio AG's office; and Crescat has moved around and changed a bit from its heyday. My own style of posting has obviously changed a lot from its first two years when I was in law school. So I think it's time to acknowledge that this blog is something different now, and I'm going to look into changing the design and probably shifting to have the blog just aimed at family and friends (and the random people who I am happy to stop by to read my meager thoughts on Irish football), while still keeping some of the topical posts that moved me to write in the first place. So we'll see how the shift goes. First, I've got a big due diligence project going that I need to complete my part of by next Wednesday, and I also just got handed my first actual case to work on -- it deals with an easement, so it's real-estate-related, but I'm definitely out of my element on such basic things as, you know, drafting a reply to the complaint. Fortunately I've got help. And despite the fact that I'm not a litigator for a good reason (I don't want to be one!) I think I am looking forward to investigating the facts here and coming up with our reply strategy. Aside from everything going on at work, I'm also getting married next week, and I definitely have thoughts about that, but everything's getting a little busy around here! Updates later. See y'all then!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Perfect futility

After suffering through Wednesday night's game, I looked forward to making it to today's basketball game against Georgetown. The Irish men had a 12-game winning streak coming into today, so at the very least, this would be a good game ... right? So much for that. The Irish not only lost, they got crushed, 66-48. I don't follow basketball nearly as much as football, but even I could tell our shooting was horrendous. There were occasional deficits of 30 points. And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, the Hoyas decided to honor Nancy Pelosi. Yes, the game turned out to be the latest stop in her grand inaugural festivities week tour (did you hear? She's the first woman Speaker of the House! OMG!). Well, it seemed only fitting for Georgetown to be supportive of Pelosi. Neither one is really Catholic.*

I still enjoyed heading downtown for the afternoon - D.C. has had absolutely fantastic weather this week, and it was nice to be able to enjoy it at least one day of the week since I've been in the office. Global warming? Seems nice to me!

*I know, I know, I shouldn't be so snarky, but the press adulation and self-congratulation this week has just been too over-the-top to resist.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

aaauuuuggggghhhhhhh

[/Charlie Brown]

I wish we'd played Louisville.

A time to win

I actually have some substantive posts germinating, but before I get to those, I did want to say Happy New Year's to everyone. Also: Go Irish. Despite the fact that, per the regular commentators, LSU is the best team in the country and the best team we've faced, such that we have absolutely zero chance of even making it out of New Orleans without embarrassing ourselves, I'm still looking forward to the game, and even - dare I say it? - to an Irish win. Of course I expect the game to be tough, and I have no illusions about our secondary or offensive line, but even against the toughest defenses in the country we've put up multiple touchdowns this year. I think this is the year we'll break the bowl streak, and send the seniors out with a win. So again: Go Irish!