Wordless Wednesday

Since I feel kind of cheesy just posting gratuitous shots of my kids, here. Here’s this. I know! He’s so cute! Oh, and this: Hysterical. Seriously, I was crying. I love Catherine Tate. Oh, and I really have to show you these, since I’ve become so fond of Matt Smith and Karen Gillan and I [Read More...]

Fresh Bread

Beaucoup apologies for my amateur food photography/camera phone skills I have to preface this post by saying that my husband is SUCH a freaking Ogre. But really.  He’s made this unbelievable new “rule-ish type thing” where we can’t watch TV or movies during the week. We don’t actually own a TV, but we (and by [Read More...]

To Veil or Not to Veil

Not too long ago, Fr. Longnecker put up a hilarious guest post on his blog. Mantilla Amontillado wrote about why she thinks American women should wear the mantilla: Sometime I visit in America and when I go to Mass I can’t believe my eyes. Girls coming to Mass wearing shorts and flippy floppies or what [Read More...]

Why I Don’t Make My Kids Wash Their Hands

 I was going to write about the mantilla yesterday, but spent alllllll morning in Ave Maria’s blessed Urgent Care facility. I am eternally, eternally grateful to the urgent care on Annunciation Circle. (Yes, the street names drip with Catholicism. It causes me both glee and the wigs. And perversely makes me want to put up [Read More...]

Inappropriate Comments of the Week

My kids waited three whole weeks before spiking collective (not very high) fevers and snotting all over the house, which I think was quite generous of them. I’m interrupting their Word World marathon to drink my afternoon tea and blog, while they drip popsicles all over the kitchen floor. All in all, this hardly qualifies [Read More...]


I was going to write about the mantilla, and then I read Simcha’s post today at the Register and began crying into the oatmeal I was stirring. The other night, the Ogre and I had one of those nasty fights which begin about something benign but then turn and start picking at the edges of [Read More...]

Hair Update, With Pictures, Regret, and a Little Nausea

So. Last night I read your suggestions with avid interest. I obviously immediately put the ones which mentioned hair product on the back burner, as we’re not yet due for our once-every-two-weeks trip into the Big City, and watched the clip that KT sent me. I found it fascinating but also somewhat frightening. Not the [Read More...]

First-World Hair Woes, Written Dramatically

This is going to be a ridiculously vapid and shallow post. Please brace yourselves. I cannot reconcile this state and my hair. I have spent the better part of an hour each day we have been here doing battle with my hair, and almost every day I’ve given up and put it in a ponytail. [Read More...]

Catholic Guilt

I’ve been reading Brideshead Revisited lately. It’s one of those ubiquitous novels that everyone carried around and fawned over at the university I attended, and that I consequently refused to read or even acknowledge as literature. I wasn’t Catholic then, after all, and even after I became Catholic it took me a while to realize [Read More...]

7 Quick Takes Friday!

Hello! Sorry for the silencio this week…it’s remarkable how little I’ve gotten unpacked, for someone who’s spent every day “unpacking”. I suspect I’ve devoted a large portion of the day to “procrastination and staring out the window watching the alligators”. Maybe. Yeah, there really are alligators in the canal behind our house. RIGHT behind our [Read More...]