Monthly Archives: April 2012

Angelica Unfiltered – Episode 10.a

Angelica gives one of her ‘looks’ at  Central Park, NYC –  July 2011

 Ang-ism: As part of our nighttime routine, I like to play a lullaby from my playlist and sing along while Angelica and I get ready for bed.  Sometimes my choices aren’t the most orthodox for bedtime.  For example, the other night I chose Sweet Child O’Mine by Guns N Roses, which earned one of Ang’s infamous “looks” along with the statement “There is something seriously wrong with you.”

When singing along, I also pretend to play various instruments.  Well, one night I was going from the air guitar to the air drums.  Angelica, who takes adaptive music lessons where she has been learning to play the drums and banjo, rolled her eyes and gave me the “look”.  “Your air instrumentals suck!” she groaned.

I agreed with her, but that didn’t stop my rather pitiful lullaby serenade, air instrumentals included!  Deep down, Ang knows she loves it!

 Angelica plays the banjo – February 2012

More from the Angelica Unfiltered Series: 

Autism Awareness 2012 – She Laughs At The Days To Come, The Shield About Me

Episode 1, Episode 2Episode 3,

Episode 4Episode 5Episode 6,

Episode 7, Episode 8, Episode 9

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Angelica Unfiltered – Episode 9

All four girls in St. Paul, MN May 2009

 Ang-ism: 

Angelica has always had a special way of answering questions. Long before her ‘yer mama’ response were two alternate answers that are still prevalent when asking questions.

Me: Have you seen the remote?
Ang: I think it ran away and joined the circus!
~
Me: Did you see where I put my purse?
Ang: Rusty ate it! (Rusty is our dog)
~
Me: Did you eat all the tamales?
Ang: Nope, they probably ran away and joined the circus!
~
Mom: I can’t find my phone!
Ang: Rusty ate it!
~
Dad: Have you seen your mom?
Ang: She ran away and joined the circus!

*Bonus Ang-ism: “Yer mama’s a circus!”

More from the Angelica Unfiltered Series: 

Autism Awareness 2012 – She Laughs At The Days To Come, The Shield About Me

Episode 1, Episode 2Episode 3,

Episode 4Episode 5Episode 6,

Episode 7,

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Angelica Unfiltered – Episode 6

Angelica catching fish!

Ang-ism:

Angelica and I share a bedroom, and we spend a lot of time talking especially when we are getting ready for bed. Most of that time is spent laughing at/with each other, but once in a while I have to bring up topics that Angelica doesn’t want to talk about. As soon as I mention something, she’ll close her eyes, pretending that she suddenly fell asleep. It cracks me up every time, and I remind her that I know she’s really awake which usually makes her laugh too.

The other day we were in the living room. Ang was on the couch, curled up in a blanket to keep warm. I asked her to do something. Immediately, she pulled the blanket over her head because she didn’t want to hear what I was asking of her. “I know you’re there, Ang!” I said laughing.

“I’m not here,” she replied. “You can’t see me!”

More from the Angelica Unfiltered Series: 

Autism Awareness 2012 – She Laughs At The Days To Come, The Shield About Me

Episode 1, Episode 2Episode 3

Episode 4, Episode 5

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Angelica Unfiltered – Episode 4

Angelica and I

St. Paul MN, May 2009

Ang-ism:

I baked a lot over the holidays. I always make several batches of Molasses Cookies since they are a family favorite. I had set a few aside for the family one night and told Angelica that she could have some.

Later that night, I asked Ang how she liked them. She groaned a little and said they were good but she needed a little break from cookies.

“I’ve got a Molasses Cookie hangover!” she claimed.

I asked her how many she had eaten. Turns out she ate the entire plate of cookies! Crazy woman!

She woke up the next morning still complaining of her molasses hangover, but by the afternoon couldn’t help helping herself to a few more molasses cookies!

More from the Angelica Unfiltered series:

Autism Awareness Month – She Laughs At The Days To Come, The Shield About Me 

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

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Autism Awareness!

April is Autism Awareness month, and being that I have a sister who is autistic, I’d like to make you aware of what a blessing she is to my life! She is my favorite person in the world, and I have the deepest love and respect for her. Angelica is absolutely hilarious and fills our life with laughter to a point of over-flowing. So this month, that hilarity is spilling over into a series called Angelica Unfiltered. The series is being hosted by myself and my sister Cecilia, She Laughs at the Days to Come.

Angelica so excited to be in Hollywood! March 2010

Here are Cecilia’s Posts from the Angelica Unfiltered Series:

Preview Ang-ism

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

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Christus Resurrexit! Vere Resurrexit!

Christ Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!!!

Happy Easter/Feliz Pascua!!!

The Exultet

Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven,
exult, let Angel ministers of God exult,
let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph!
Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her,
ablaze with light from her eternal King,
let all corners of the earth be glad,
knowing an end to gloom and darkness.
Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice,
arrayed with the lighting of his glory,
let this holy building shake with joy,
filled with the mighty voices of the peoples.

(Therefore, dearest friends,
standing in the awesome glory of this holy light,
invoke with me, I ask you, the mercy of God almighty,
that he who has been pleased to number me, though unworthy, among the Levites,
may pour into me his light unshadowed,
that I may sing this candle’s perfect praises.)

(V/: The Lord be with you.
R/: And with your spirit.)
V/: Lift up your hearts.
R/: We lift them up to the Lord.
V/: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
R/: It is right and just.

It is truly right and just,
with ardent love of mind and heart,
and with devoted service of our voice,
to acclaim our God invisible, the almighty Father,
and Jesus Christ, our Lord, his Son, his Only Begotten.
Who for our sake paid Adam’s debt to the eternal Father,
and pouring out his own dear Blood
wiped clean the record of our ancient sinfulness.
These then are the feasts of Passover,
in which is slain the Lamb, the one true Lamb,
whose Blood anoints the doorposts of believers.

This is the night, when once you led our forebears,
Israel’s children, from slavery in Egypt
and made them pass dry-shod through the Red Sea.
This is the night that with a pillar of fire banished the darkness of sin.
This is the night that even now, throughout the world,
sets Christian believers apart from worldly vices and from the gloom of sin,
lending them to grace, and joining them to his holy ones.
This is the night when Christ broke the prison-bars of death,
and rose victorious from the underworld.
Our birth would have been no gain, had we not been redeemed.

O wonder of your humble care for us!
O love, O charity beyond all telling,
to ransom a slave you gave away your Son!
O truly necessary sin of Adam, destroyed completely by the Death of Christ!
O happy fault that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!
O truly blessed night, worthy alone to know the time and hour
when Christ rose from the underworld!

This is the night of which it is written:
The night shall be as bright as day, dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness.
The sanctifying power of this night dispels all wickedness,
washes faults away, restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners,
drives out hatred, fosters concord, and brings down the mighty.
On this, your night of grace, O holy Father,
accept this candle, a solemn offering,
the work of bees and of your servants’ hands,
an evening sacrifice of praise, this gift from your most holy Church.

But now we know the praises of this pillar,
which glowing fire ignites for God’s honour,
a fire into many flames divided,
yet never dimmed by sharing of its light,
for it is fed by melting wax,
drawn out by mother bees to build a torch so precious.

O truly blessed night,
when things of heaven are wed to those of earth,
and divine to the human.
Therefore, O Lord, we pray you that this candle,
hallowed to the honour of your name,
may persevere undimmed,
to overcome the darkness of this night.
Receive it as a pleasing fragrance,
and let it mingle with the lights of heaven.

May this flame be found still burning by the Morning Star:
the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ your Son,
who coming back from death’s domain
has shed his peaceful light on humanity
and lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen

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