Quick Takes: Lose/ Lose Situations of the Day

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1. Buying a $500 blender...  ...in order to eat more kale.  2.Me: "Why are you guys being so mean to Paul? Every time I see him, he's crying." Oldest son: "We're not any meaner than normal, he's just weak today." 3. My daughter received the following flier for a Spring Break sports camp:I knew the public schools were trying to indoctrinate my kids.4.Speaking of yoga and the marital arts, I cannot think of … [Read more...]

Catholics of the Year

Too much coffee this morning, already, and it's only 10 am. I have no complete thoughts, but lots of little ones. I'll lay em out. 1.A young guy drove up our driveway Saturday morning to bring us the latest good news from the Johovah chapel around the corner from us, and my husband let him know how on board we already are with the Good News by telling him, "No thanks. We're Catholic."The man said, "Can I just leave you with...""How about if you get the hell off our … [Read more...]

Quick takes–for married people

1.The week was off to a distressing start, wasn't it? Lots of controversy, threats of war, Catholics being sassy to one another, and maybe there were other personal challenges too.Something that put it all in perspective for me, was watching this movie:Maybe you hated Terence Malick's "Tree of Life"--too long, too impressionistic, and what is his thing with ladies dancing in the sunset?I'd still give "To the Wonder" a chance. It's much more concise and plot oriented but still … [Read more...]

Quick Takes: Fights, Flies, and the Sleep of all Sleeps

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1.My daughter is sitting on the couch eating a popsicle. She has bed head and her glasses on the end of her nose while she reads a book. She looks just a tiny bit like an old woman in her loud floral printed culottes (where did those come from?) and a shadow of dirt on the soles of her feet.She has cultivated a severely eclectic summer style of dressing, like the royal blue Justice shirt with an attached sequined vest that she bought with her own money at Goodwill. Her brothers have been … [Read more...]

Quick Takes: Summertime and the Living is…Rather Awful

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1.What a week.I sent a request to renew a subscription to a magazine, received an invoice and paid it. Little did I know, a Kenyan media racket had hacked into their system, and sent me a fake invoice. When the real invoice came, and I called the magazine to find out what was up, they said Yeah, these guys pop up under different guises all the time. We've filed with the attorney general, but they'll just disappear and show up again somewhere else. And now they had my check routing … [Read more...]

Quick Takes

Today seems like a good day to take part in that wonderful Friday Tradition hosted at Conversion Diary--quick takes.1. Being that the Midwest was overtaken by a terrible blizzard this week, we haven't left the house much. I say terrible, but...it was about seven inches of snow, that blew and drifted until it all piled up right behind my car, where it will remain until I have to race to the hospital to deliver a baby.2. Fortunately, the kids have about ten million new lego pieces to … [Read more...]


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