This week has been — let’s just say it — awesome. Perhaps that is an overly used modifier in this domain, or perhaps it is just an incredibly accurate term for describing my life of late, but it has been. Seriously. Last night, we finished off a fun week of having the brother-in-law in town with a happy hour trip to a new D.C. restaurant called Mad Momos. It was delicious and a very good time. But, getting back to the regularly scheduled programming. . .
1. This post detailing the rebellious emancipation-focused nature of some of my most-beloved Christmas Carols. Do I like these songs even more now because they are about fighting slavery and oppression and Jesus bringing equality? I think I do.
2. This post responding to the claims of so many that the Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy that happened last week was due to our removing God from our schools/communities/culture. And this post as well, perhaps the remarks I best connected with during this entire week of mourning.
3. This list of the Top 15 places in DC to get hot cocktails. Happy Hour anyone? I could drink about 100 hot toddies. But after two, hold the toddy please.
4. I’m not sure how “awesome” this one is, but this week I read James Emery White’s Serious Times: Making Your Life Matter in an Urgent Day. It was a good read — about 75% inspirational and about 25% historically fluffy and/or inaccurate. The chapter on finding your true vocation and pursuing it wholeheartedly was a repeat from I think my freshman year of college, but it made me feel like I could conquer the world. Bring it, world.
5. And finally, the two cookie recipes I’ve made thus far this year from Smitten Kitchen. [Did I already share these? Who cares! They are awesome and I ate about four of these tonight!] Gingerbread Snowflakes and Fancy four-ingredient French butter cookies.
Okay, hope you all have a fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend! Friday will be an incredibly long day for me, including packing + working + driving four hours toward Tennessee, so it may be quiet here for a few days. But don’t worry, I have a lot of surprises coming up in the new year. It’s going to be awesome.
Oh, and P.S. Please play this game: www.oldspicesavestheworld.com. It is the greatest thing ever. Seriously, hilarious, politically sensitive, and wicked fun. Share it with every teenaged boy you know. It’s going to change lives.