7 Quick Takes Friday!

It’s so pretty
My sister-in-law made french toast this morning, with challah, which Alton Brown and The Best Recipe have been begging me to use for french toast for several years now. So I picked some up at Whole Foods yesterday and we french toasted this morning. 
All I have to say is, I will never love another bread the way I love challah. I’m still drooling. 
for all the AWESOME suggestions yesterday about gifts for the Ogre. I didn’t want to respond to the suggestions individually in case the Ogre happens to click over here and try to glean, from my responses, what I’m getting him (he totally likes to ruin my surprises like that), but I did come up with a perfect gift for him thanks to all of you and a couple of friends on facebook. I’m going to get it today, or part of it, and I’m really excited about it. Thanks everyone!
So I do, in fact, have bronchitis again (or still, as the doctor thinks it never quite went away), and am being treated by the strongest antibiotic known to man (probably), a boatload of steroids, and cough syrup with codeine which, in my opinion, is about as effective as a placebo. I don’t know if that’s because my cough is just that bad or because codeine doesn’t work for me, but between my hacking, burning, miserable cough and Liam’s current incoming molars, sleep isn’t happening much around here lately. 
And oh, how I miss sleep.
Liam is actually so tired from his non-sleep last night that he’s hanging onto my pajama pants and whining while I do my best to ignore him. 
This is really not improving my mood, which is already in the toilet due to the awesome side effects of steroids. I’m not going to lie, being an asthmatic is totally freaking lame during illnesses. I hate prednisone with a burning, burning passion. 
I mean, I like to breathe, but I don’t know why we can’t find an easier way to get there. Preferably with less anger and hunger-inducing side effects. 
I Cannot Fathom
how people become addicted to steroids. No amount of muscle-building or whatever is worth walking around feeling like a ticking time bomb, being ravenously hungry, and generally wishing you could just lie down and take a permanent nap from sheer misery. Seriously. It is hideousness, incarnate.
the children are falling apart and Sasha Feroce is kind of fending for herself while I try to work on my quick takes, but as my brain is working about as quickly as a drunken snail, I guess this is it for today. Sorry for the underwhelming takes. 
Oh wait, I can’t leave you like that. 
Here, the Ogre sent this to me yesterday. This is what we’re doing with our Christmas lights next year. 
Let’s just hope our neighbors put up good lights. 
Happy weekend, everyone! Enjoy your second Sunday of the BIGGEST MOST EARTH-SHATTERING CHANGE IN THE LITURGY EVER in which they changed like five words. I was thunderstruck last week, I tell you. Thunderstruck. 
Go and see Jen for more quick takes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09814098744738613953 Kat

    I was surprised at how few words were changed, but I thought the changes done were beautiful and significant. Love the Christmas lights, and hope you get better! Can't wait to find out what you got the Ogre.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13304484454718892120 Elizabeth

    That Christmas lights idea is HILARIOUS!I agree on the steroids — of all the drugs to get hooked on! Gross! I hope you feel better soon!

  • Karen

    Regarding the liturgy, my husband and I both loved it because it reminded us more of the Divine Liturgy from the Eastern Catholic Rites. They also respond "And with your spirit." And i love the Christmas lights idea. If our next door neighbors did lights, I would so be doing that.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12557248434888642114 Melanie B

    Ugh steroids are the worst. And antibiotic resistant bronchitis is icky icky icky. I hope you get better soon.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13368631674683587736 Katie@NFP and Me

    As a person who has never been on oral steriods and has only been the one 'theoretically' prescribing them (they don't let us actually give them out yet), I think this is hilarious. I've always been under the impression that steriods are miracle workers (a side from Cushing's syndrome and adrenal dependency). Thank you for sharing your insight about how awful they really can be. Noted. :)I hope they do the trick quickly.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08135229596877003069 Michelle

    Yeah, the priest has A LOT more changes to get used to than we do!!LOVE that idea for lights! lol

  • http://grace-filled.net jen

    I think the way my PA put it in my chart is "FOR THE LOVE OF ALMIGHTY GOD, DO NOT GIVE THIS WOMAN PREDNISONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I have drug allergies and all that but Prednisone has its own special black box made of steel on my medical chart. For me, it's like throwing gasoline on a fire. I already have an anxiety disorder. Predinisone causes a full-blown panic attack that requires enough Ativan to drop an elephant in its tracks.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05354424704358588553 lissla lissar

    As a former Anglican who still remembers the whole Eucharistic service from the Book of Common Prayer, it was actually… more like the BCP, which I love and miss. So, good.

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