7 Quick Takes Friday #3


Here we are again for 7 Quick Takes Friday

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Well, I did it – I finally finished the entire Twilight series. The third and fourth books were the best, with the fourth being the best because it had a plot the whole way through. The third had a plot most of the way through, which was a relief after the near plot-less-ness of the first and second books. I think the fourth book would make a good movie with some action and CGI scenes. But honestly I think they could make all 4 books into a single movie if they really wanted, considering that more than half of the first 2 books are teenage emo love stuff. Bleh.

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Now I have nothing to read again. 8 more days of lying down.

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I am blogging this before our weekly prenatal appointment in about an hour. When I have the results of that (am I dilated more? I know the suspense is killing you), I will post them on the family blog (AFamilyIsUs), rather than here. So take a look. Also, don’t forget to follow afamilyisus on Twitter – do it now, because we have to approve your Follow request. I can almost guarantee we will not be approving requests at the time that I actually start labor. At that point it will just be too late!

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I am feeling so extremely blessed by our sweet friends who have been bringing us delicious foods twice a week to help with the cooking. I have some friends with serious cooking/food buying skillz!! And it has been fun to see someone show up at our house a few times a week since I am stuck here alone so much. I am also so thankful for the ministry that is CareCalendar.

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The new season of Oprah has started. I know that probably no one cares about that, but I get really bored, people. I thought Whitney Houston’s makeup was AMAZING on Tuesday, I loved her lipstick shade and her eye makeup particularly. I was just sitting there staring at it. I did not care either way about Dr. Phil being on yesterday.

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Speaking of television, of which I do not really watch a lot…I watch probably a cumulative 5 hours a week, sometimes that is even including Star Trek The Next Generation episodes which are on DVD and not TV. Anywayz, I was so relieved when Miss Elaine confessed yesterday that she also has no idea who the Kardashians are. I thought there was something wrong with me all this time for not knowing. Now I have accepted this as being OK, since I still have no idea who these people are or why I should care.

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I finally had to remove all the Fleetwood Mac albums from my iPhone this week because every time I put the iPod on shuffle, it would play nothing but Fleetwood Mac. What is up with that? Very odd. It’s like the iPod had a crush on Fleetwood Mac.

Well that’s all for this week, be sure to visit Conversion Diary for links to more 7 Quick Takes Fridays.

7 Quick Takes Friday #2


Well, I missed 7 Quick Takes Friday last week because I had accidentally scheduled another post.

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I have to say that I really haven’t had a lot to blog lately… It’s really boring being on partial bed rest. I can’t do a lot of work on taking further steps to be more green, (even though a post by Crunchy Domestic Goddess really made me want to try) because I can’t really go to stores, and I was told not to cook or clean. Argh!

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I am getting to the point where I am ready to have this baby, because I can no longer depend on my body as I have in the past and that drives me a little crazy. I love doing yoga, working out, and walking around the lake near our house with Christian. But with this up/down schedule and whatever my body is doing right now in the gestation process, just going to the grocery store for 2 hours takes all my energy for the day. How lame is that?! We used to ride our bikes 13 miles around the lake with no problem, and now I can’t walk through Babies R Us for 30 minutes without having to nap the rest of the day?!

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I have been told that one of the advantages of a natural birth is that a woman will feel much more in awe of her body, and realize it is much more powerful than she thought. I sure hope this happens for me, because right now I am feeling like my body isn’t being so very fun or helpful, and definitely not powerful.

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Last weekend I really needed to go to the grocery store, it is difficult to give the list to Christian when there are some things I just don’t know that we need unless I am there in the store. Since the midwives told me not to go shopping, I compromised and rode one of those little automated scooters for disabled folks, while Christian did all the picking things up and putting them in the cart. It was a very interesting experience. I felt like people were staring because I don’t look obviously disabled. But at the same time, I am not someone who cares what people I don’t know think about me (people I do know, however, are a different story…I have issues with that), so I really just ignored any possible reactions from the general public regarding a seemingly thin pregnant woman driving the disable person scooter in the grocery store. I will tell you, however, that the aisles in the supermarket are much narrower than you would think if you are walking on your own 2 feet, and that people are absolutely NOT willing to move out of the way of those scooters. They would rather hit you with their shopping cart.

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I am sorry that this post has been about pregnancy or the effects thereof. I try to keep that stuff out of this blog, but this post is really more about random things right now and, hello, I am stuck on the couch most of the time. It’s hard to ignore being stuck on the couch.

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I have caved in and started reading the Twilight series. I have to say that I was kind of dragged into this, kicking and screaming. Teen crush books are not my thing. I had been told that the books were absorbing and I my goal was to read something distracting just help to pass the time. I have already finished the first 2 books – have you seen how large that type is, and how wide the spacing is?? The books look like huge tomes, but if you put the text in a regular size font with regular paperback spacing, they would just be small paperbacks. Killing trees, anyone??

There are several times in the first book (although fewer in the second) that I had to set down the book and just marvel at how cheesy some of the lines were. Something about his ” beautiful, tortured topaz eyes” or something… I can really only take so much of that. And most of the first book seemed to be going on and on about their relationship, which was not very interesting to me. I find the character of Edward difficult to believe. Not because of the vampire aspect, but because no man is that noble all the time, I don’t care if he is 90 years old. And I believe very few people who are 17 and claim to have found the everlasting love of their life. Everyone thinks whoever they are going out with at 17 is the everlasting love of their life!

The plots seem to kick in about 2/3 of the way through the book in the first and second books.. When that finally happens, then I had trouble putting it down and it was indeed distracting. If the rest of the books continue to have some kind of plot along with the teenage angst, I think I can enjoy them. But the emo undercurrents are just kind of a beating sometimes.

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My friend Millie sent me some songs on a thumb drive this week and some of them were from Newsboys, does anyone remember them? Well, technically they are still around in the Christian music scene, but what I remember about them is from the mid-90’s when we all wore giant baggy clothes and I crowd-surfed at their concert at Six Flags. For some reason the music just cracks me up with memories.

Well that’s all for this week, be sure to visit Conversion Diary for links to more 7 Quick Takes Fridays.

7 Quick Takes Friday #1

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I have been following the Conversion Diary blog for a while as a lurker (I admit it), and I would highly recommend it. It is very thought provoking. It is so thought-provoking that I don’t follow in my Google Reader because I can’t handle reading it unless I am in the right frame of mind. Also, I rarely comment because Jennifer gets so many comments that mine are rarely needed. Having no kids yet and not being Catholic myself, I usually don’t have anything to contribute that would be helpful anyway. I learn more from the comments others make.

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I am still online for work right now, I have 5 more hours left in my shift. Things have been slow the last few hours, but I expect that means that all hell is about to break loose and I’ll be online past the usual quitting time of 10 PM. Is it a full moon? Full moons have been proven to correspond with my co-workers’ craziness increasing.

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Last night we got to see RiffTrax Live with the original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 riffing on Plan 9 From Outer Space. I was a little tired but it was date night, and since our relationship was founded in part on our mutual love of MST3K, I considered it essential that we see this, and I was glad we did. I could never have made it through that horrible movie without the riffing, for sure. I love those guys.

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I just watched the episode where SpongeBob Squarepants almost gets his boat driver’s license. And now it is snowing under the sea. That makes no sense!

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I am trying to get better about posting more frequently on this blog even if I have to go a little off-topic because I want to be interesting. I am considering using some blog writers’ prompts from other sites on some days. If you know of any good ones, let me know!

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My husband requested a main dish with fruit this week and I wanted to try this recipe from AllRecipes.com. Being a vegetarian, I don’t buy meat much. I had to go to 3 stores trying to find free-range chicken that was less than $8/lb. I eventually gave up and bought regular we-torture-our-chickens-in-factory-farms chicken which was still $8 a pound just because it was organic. Ridiculous that it was 1) so difficult to find free-range chicken, and 2) so extremely expensive even for the regular kind just because they were fed grain instead of the parts of other chickens. They still grew up never seeing the sunlight and with their beaks and feet cut off. I do not miss meat at all.

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In case anyone cares, the cat has started pooping outside the box again. Despite the fact that I gave up the green litter and went back to the kind that never biodegrades, we bought a new litter box, we took off the hoods of both boxes, and we bought a new mat, she is still doing it. I have no idea why. I am completely out of ideas.

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