Friday, October 24, 2014

Take 122

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
We had a great visit in Indy!
A fun trip to a local art exhibit... This was cool!

We were sorry that my Mom had to jet to NY to take care of my Grandma and her broken arm, but also grateful that she was able to do that and serve her.
We soldiered on, but we missed her!
 We had one fun evening together before she hit the skies!
--- 2 ---
Another highlight of the weekend, was having a bit of the C. family gathering!
Sean came over to watch the ND game, we heated up fried chicken (wow, so good) 
and even got to video chat with Uncle Patrick! What a treat!
(Love those big C. smiles)
--- 3 ---
One treat of being in my parents house is that even though it's not the 
place of my growing up, it still has pieces that remind me of my childhood days...
--- 4 ---
It'll likely be hard to relay this conversation to you, but on Sunday evening this past week, Brian says, "Peyton Manning is going to break a quarterback record. Do you have a guess as to whose record he will beat?" 
I say, "Umm, the guy from Wisconsin who has a french name 
that we all pronounce incorrectly?" 

Brian looks at me very confused.
"It's Brett Favre."
"Right!" Says I. That's what I said.
Hah. We both laughed.
And then I felt proud for sort of knowing the answer!
I'm learning my football trivia one season at a time :)
--- 5 ---
I don't know if you feel this way, but I put ice in my water glass every time. 
Two cubes.
And I always pitch the bottom of the water glass due to the white flakes.
I just can't swallow those. Even though I know they're in the water anyway.
Irrational, but definitely how I function.
--- 6 ---
Remember how I've become a Craigslist watcher?
Well, when we were in Indy this weekend, I was excited about the "better market"
than South Bend Craigslist and took a gander...

We now have two (almost perfectly sized) room darkening shades!
For $20! (It could've been $10 if I hadn't misunderstood the posting. hah.)
Thanks to the cold I'm fighting, I'll be enjoying those puppies today!
--- 7 ---
I've been thinking about sharing bits and pieces from books that I've been reading, 
so here's my first go at it:
"Whether in solitude or community, whether alone or with others, we are called to live obedient lives, that is, lives of unceasing prayer— “unceasing” not because of the many prayers we say but because of our alertness to the unceasing prayer of God’s Spirit within and among us." -Henri Nouwen (Making All Things New)

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Take 121

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
Public Service Announcement:
Do NOT use Mountain Air Duct Services.
It's a long story, which I'll gladly tell anyone who will listen.
But, I'll leave you with just a tidbit or two:
They stood me up three times.

And no, it wasn't a pleasant experience when the guy finally came. 
"Did you forget to do this vent?"
"It'll be another $10 to clean the back of the grate."
You mean the grate you just ripped off my wall with no regard to the paint or wall?
Yeah. See you later. 
--- 2 ---
Brian completed another soccer season!
I got to go to some of his last game on Wednesday and was again struck with how he coached each position and boy with excitement and lots of knowledge. 
They were getting actual coaching on the field as the game was happening.
 I'm very proud of him.
--- 3 ---
Our garden yielded a LOT of green tomatoes.

Why did they never turn red??
I want to figure this out before another year of gardening.
--- 4 ---
Have I ever told you that my sister, Bethanne, is hilarious?

--- 5 ---
So, remember how I went to a PT for carpel tunnel?
Well, it turns out that the nerves in my arm and elbow are like garden hoses.
And, they can get knotted up and kinked like a hose and cause problems.
Well, my "funny bone" nerve is a sensitive one.
Which totally validates my experiences since college, when I passed out due to a funny bone incident... It would've been funny, except it wasn't.
But at least I got a new smile out of it. 
I am still constantly hitting my funny bone. And now I know why.
And it's related to carpel tunnel.
It's a knotted up garden hose in my arm! hah.

The human body is an unbelievably connected and amazing thing.
--- 6 ---
Apparently, that new smile I got...
Well, root canals can go wrong.
(Isn't the tooth dead and the nerve gone? What else can go wrong?!)
10 years later and it's been recommended that I see a specialist about it.
10 years. 
It's a nice smile, but that dentist put the fear of God in me.
--- 7 ---
Brian and I have concluded that if George saw an iPhone at the other end of a football field, he would determinedly crawl all 100 yards. Quickly.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Take 120

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
We rented our house again this past weekend!
I'd like to say that renting our your house is a lot like getting paid to spring clean.
It is a. lot. of. work.
But, when we came home this Sunday the house was cleaner than it had been...
since the last rental.
And I sat around. And it was glorious.
--- 2 ---
I went apple picking!

And then! I made applesauce for the first time this week!
While it's not my favorite food, it made the house smell awesome and 
I'm hoping George will continue to be a fan. Ice trays and frozen it is!
--- 3 ---
PT was on the docket for me this week, too.
Carpel Tunnel has been an issue since before I was pregnant, was exacerbated while I was pregnant with George, and strangely enough isn't totally gone (hello 20 lb baby!).

The most amazing thing? He molded a plastic wrist splint in about 3 minutes for me.
My very own. I found that to be quite impressive.
--- 4 ---
I have tried and tried and tried to find the perfect kitchen towel. 
Whoa it doesn't exist. 
Remember when Auntie Leila discovered we are all passionate about this issue?
I have one question for the world: WHY are tea towels so dang large?!
I think I will only use them in large baskets full of muffins... for what they were intended.
NOT to dry my dishes.

Currently trying these microfiber towels. Impressed so far, actually.
--- 5 ---
Teething. Tylenol.
I try to steer clear of gimmicky products, or extra "stuff" around...
But this?

This is awesome.
--- 6 ---
Yesterday I was guilty of throw back Thursday movie watching.
Can you believe this was Georgo?!
--- 7 ---
Tonight is Trinity School at Greenlawn's Mosaic!
I hope to see you there, supporting the scholarship fund for Trinity!

 Thanks for hosting, Jen!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Take 119

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
Last week I shared winning bar recipes! Well, we have one more...
For lack of a better method to share it with you, I've put a pdf here. 
Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you Christine Z's adapted Chocolate Caramel Slices!
--- 2 ---
It probably shouldn't have taken me 10 minutes to figure out Word doc to PDF to JPG. But it did. And I thought I'd tell you that.
--- 3 ---
I've discovered this week, that while George moves all. the. time., if you simply do a bit of stretching on the floor with him, he'll stop moving and just stare. Hilarious.
--- 4 ---
For some reason, when I take video, I always take them vertically. It's my natural go-to. And I regret it. Every. Time. Maybe I should put a sticky note on my iPhone??
Shamelessly reposting cute videos.
--- 5 ---
I'm listening to Great Expectations on audio book from the library.
It's a whopping 16 hours!
But, I like the reader.
So, when my first 12 day rental expired, I sighed a heavy sigh, because usually, when I let a rental expire at my library, someone snatches it right up and I never know if I'll get it back in time to remember any of the story.

Strange. No one snatched up Great Expectations.
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My sister, Melanie, gave me the book "On the Night You Were Born" at some point during my pregnancy. I read 1/3 of it when I was pregnant and said, "Oh heck no." It was way too awesome to get through without blubbering.

Well, I read it to George last week. And yes, I finally read the entirety of this book.
And sobbed.
Yes, Brian even came in to make sure I was ok...
Rocking and sobbing away, with George on my lap...
Hah. Get used to it, Georgo.
--- 7 ---
I finally cleared our fridge of last year's Christmas cards.
I'm torn every year because I love to see all those wonderful faces, but I absolutely adores a clear fridge surface... Well, thank you, Pinterest! I took all of them down from the front and added photos to my iPhone contacts so that the photos don't disappear entirely, though I get my fridge awesomeness look back... 
Next consideration?? 
Whether to paint our fridge white or not.
(I kind of like this idea... Our stove is white and our microwave and dishwasher are black.)

 Thanks for hosting, Jen!