Friday, April 11, 2014

7 Quick Takes about the ideal day, personal quirks and a song

1.  My ideal day involves prayer, gym, meal with my husband and/or friends,reading, time outdoors and sleep.  Today may be that day!  However, I don;t want to talk about it too much or something bad might happen.

2.  So, we (as in husband and I) are going to Italy.  Rome is our first stop and for me, that must include the Wednesday audience with Pope Francis.  I wrote to gets tickets through the Bishop's secretary as per instructions.  We sent emails back and forth a few times and then I heard nothing, so I was worried.  A few of my friends thought I was pretty silly to be worried.  Turns out I was silly to be worried, all is in process and under control.  Okay, truth be told, I did ask someone in the diocese to discretely check for me.  I know, I know, I need to TRUST!

3.  People often come to me for advice and guidance, at work and my friends. I'm glad I am trusted and it's even better when I can help, even if helping means just listening and reassuring folks they are not crazy.  The other day I realized that I give great advice and have lots of wisdom;(I say this b/c I've been told this) however, I don't apply this to my own life.  I was talking to someone and in my head I was thinking, "really, is that right? then why don't you do that?"  Does that ever happen to you?

4.  I have a study group at work.  Our next study will be on the Fathers of the Church.  I hooked up my laptop to the T.V. so I could show them some different sites and also how to comment on a blog.  At one point, I show the group Year of Faith website where all the teachings from Pope Emeritus Benedict Wednesday audiences are and one man says, "Does anyone really read that stuff?"  I said, "I do, I'm a Catholic geek."  Ya'll read that stuff too, right?

5.  My son is on vacation in El Paso and Mexico.  I have a present coming back with him.  Oh, yes, tequila from Mexico.  Can't wait. To see my son of course.  What kind of a mom do you think I am?  Okay, can I be happy about both?

6. Feel the Nails by Ray Boltz

Theologically, this is not possible.  Jesus is in heaven, there is no pain there.  If he did feel the nails every time we sinned he'd be in constant, horrible pain.  That being said, the song made think when I heard it in Adoration last night.  It was very convicting.  He dies for me, why can't I do his will without complaining?

7.   It's off to the gym to work on legs I think?  Then to Costco. I'll be breaking my rule of no going anywhere but the gym in gym clothes.  And it will be after my workout.  Changing is an option but then I'd need to shower and it's only Costco.  everybody does it.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

7 Quick Takes

Somehow, we have reached Friday.  I've gotten here with lots of coffee, not enough sleep, a little fun, and grace.  How did you get here?

1.  Right in front of me is me 2014 list of goals.  I am moving ever soooo s l  o  w l  y through this list.  Which is better than not at all, but one quarter of the year is gone and one quarter of the list is not, so things are not equal here.  My husband the algebra teacher could come up with an equation for this but he's at work so you'll just have to make do with words, no formulas.

2.  Tonight is First Penance at work.  We are having dinner first and then going to the service. All families are invited so they can also go to confession during Lent. I have spent this week answering numerous emails about this sacrament.  I dare not repeat the questions, but let's just say I felt as if maybe I was not speaking English at the parent meeting or maybe my emails were mysteriously being translated into gibberish when I hit the send button. My problem is that I get very upset and take it personally, which I shouldn't.  I know I am there for all the families, no matter their level of interest or participation, but the exceptions are greater than the rule and it wears me out.

3.  I have three WordPress accounts and have a serious problem with remembering the user name and password combinations.  Now, for one I just paste what was given to me, fine. The other two, I keep forgetting and one is saved on my computer to sign me in automatically but I can't see the password.  Why is this a problem?  Because I can't comment sometimes on WordPress blogs and need to use some other account and it all just makes me nutty.  I guess that's the bottom line, it makes me nutty.

4.  I need to stop whining.  Done.  Honest.  Read the next take.  It will be positive.  PROMISE.

5.  I actually have a free day tomorrow.  No actual appointments.  YEA!  I should be quiet about it though unless the universe finds out and conspires to fill my calendar.  I have a few things I want to do but it will be on my schedule.  Possibilities:  cutting out John's alb of muslin, going to Michael's for Easter centerpiece supplies, visiting my parents, the gym, and lots of time reading. Okay, more than a few but I have all day!

6.  This is John's last weekend at seminary.  He has two or three more Wednesdays and then graduation.  WOW.  It has been a journey for sure.  Ordination is next, but I want to enjoy this part before moving on to the next part.

7.  If you need a book to put in a teen's or college student's Easter basket, try Made for More by Curtis Martin.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

7 Quick Takes

1.  It's Friday night and I imagine most folks are either out having loads of fun or getting ready to crash on the couch after a long week.  I was going to have fun by crashing on the couch with my husband, watching some Netflix.  I know, we are W I L D.  Alas, he is ill.  But not from my cooking or I would be sick and I'm not, I'm having tea and writing my quick takes.

2.  Before I started writing I checked out some of the posts at Conversion Diary where we link up for these takes.  Lots of pictures of pregnant women this week, just saying. It makes me feel a bit old, that's all.  But then I met someone with the same name as me! Seriously, not usual for me at all.  Her blog is Life Out of the Boat.  I like that name.  It's a win/win, great name and great blog name.

3.  My son is moving so our garage is full of his things.  Technically it's only half full since the car still fits in the garage.  My daughter and I were looking at all of the stuff and she said, "This is all he has?"  in a sort of "that's not very much" tone.  I said, "I guess so, unless there's more in the house we didn't see."  Turns out, it's not all his stuff, more is coming this weekend!

If I do enough squats, will I look like her?
4.  I asked my trainer today if he stayed up nights thinking of ways to torture me.  He says he does not but I find that more frightening than reassuring.  I think I did at least five different types of squats this afternoon.  And not just one set of each, multiple sets of twenty five.  I estimate I did two hundred total and I am not exaggerating for story telling purposes.

5.  My legs are shaking all over again just thinking about those squats.

6.  Okay, I'll be serious.  I am reading a great book, Evangelical Catholicism by George Weigel.  It is a great book about what Catholicism looks like now.  I've just finished part one.  I will have a series of posts about it over at New Evangelizers starting this Monday.

7.  Shameless self-promotion, my reflection on today's Gospel over at CatholicMom.  IMHO, those reflections, written each day by a different person are awesome.  And not just moms, everyone.  Really.  Go see.