The Day of the Dumpster-Diver

Yesterday started out on a fantastic note. My little brother, home from his sophomore year in a blaze of glory (no, really, the kid got a 90 on his accounting final at A&M;, people, plus steady 100′s in his Mandarin class) most unfortunately came down with a terrible case of strep throat over the weekend. [Read More...]

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Okay. So, obviously, my taste in Christmas music is not totally refined. I do know that you’re probably going, “Really? “In the Bleak Midwinter” to this?” But I just love this song. It’s so adorable. It was sung by a 10-year-old little girl, and I think her voice and the words and the melody so [Read More...]

Irony, or Not

You would think, given that I’m an English major and all, that I would understand the definition of “irony”. But actually I’ve always found it very slippery. Or rather, I can spout the definition to you. The definition of irony, or one among many, is that the surface meaning and the underlying meaning of what [Read More...]

Please Pray for Baby Sly

One of my fellow blogging moms, Christine, just posted today that yesterday she and her 1-year-old were hit by a tractor-trailor. She is okay, and Sly will live, but he had severe damage to his backside. Please pray for this family and for this poor little boy. Here’s a link to her blog. I’m sure [Read More...]

In The Bleak Midwinter

The other day my sister-in-law and I were discussing how much we love the song In the Bleak Midwinter. It is one of my favorite Christmas songs, and I actually had never heard it until Melanie linked to it last year.   I spent most of last Christmas season singing the only lines I could [Read More...]

7 Quick Takes Friday!

Oh my gosh oh my gosh OH MY GOSH! My husband is coming home this weekend. He’s coming home for good. He’ll be here Monday. And… And… And he’s offered to take the night shift on Monday night!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sleep. All I can think about is glorious, uninterrupted sleep. Sleep which shall not be shattered by [Read More...]

7 Floxed Takes Friday!

O. M. G.  My streak of horrible luck continueth. Last night after Mass, in which I was continually wrestling with a wriggling, fit-throwing Charlotte, I realized that my thumb hurt. Then I realized that part of it has been numb for a few days, and I had filed that in the back of my brain, [Read More...]

Over At Ignitum Today…

I’ve been rambling about Santa. Listen, guys, the combination of antibiotics, steroids, inhalors, cough syrup, and lack of sleep has made me…fuzzy. Although I read through this post about ten times after I wrote it, I’m still not sure if it makes sense or even contains a coherent argument. Also the Ogre is in meetings with [Read More...]

A St. Nicholas Day Request

Happy St. Nicholas Day, everyone! Later this week I’ll be over at the revamped Virtuous Pla.net, now known as Ignitum Today, musing about St. Nicholas and Santa. (I think, at least. The post is as yet unwritten.) But today I have a semi-desperate request to make. I’ve hinted around at it, but now that the [Read More...]

The Truth About Homeschooling

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve spent the past several months beginning to navigate the treacherous waters of homeschooling. I haven’t blogged much on it, mostly because I’m not too invested in the endeavor. I mean, I am invested in my child’s future, but homeschooling, for me, isn’t really about some great ideological battle. Or at least, [Read More...]


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