Friday, January 23, 2015

Take 134

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
This week was the birthday of Grandma Mary.

I still love this lady who is my name sake.
Always wearing red. Always the life of the party.
And very committed to taking care of those she loved.
--- 2 ---
My new study schedule requires three things that must happen either before George wakes up or during his morning nap:
shower, prayer and one hour of study.
I calculated that the best way to get this done was to shower before Gman got up in the morning. At the same time I made this decision, he started getting up 45 minutes earlier almost every day. Is this a normal experience of trying to get a schedule down in the life of a mother? :) Yes? Ok. I'll go to bed earlier.
--- 3 ---
My succulents took a major hit when we spent a week in NY.
So, I pitched the dead stuff, picked a smaller pot, replanted and ...
I think it's cute.
--- 4 ---
I definitely have some OCD tendencies. I don't know if I've mentioned this before.
But, I admitted this week to some friends (out loud) that I drive over snow in the street that isn't melted, yet... you know, to help it get more melted.
The middle of that intersection where no one typically drives?
I'll go over it for you. Don't worry.
--- 5 ---
I feel like I must've mentioned this before, but are you aware that Alison Krauss' speaking voice sounds eerily similar to Sandra Bullock's? 
Here you can hear Alison (even the laugh!) 
Here's Sandra.
Ok, I just spent too long trying to find clips that really worked... BUT.
I still think they sound the same.
--- 6 ---
The Bjorn bibs are my favorite.
George can drop anything out of his mouth (including liquid!) and then it ends up in the "catch all" bib. But the real problem? Toward the end of every meal:
--- 7 ---
We had a wonderful visit this past weekend with my Mama. You can read more about her journey with breast cancer here. She's quite an impressively strong woman.
One perk of having some of the women in my family visit was having George's godmama, Melanie, come and snap a few pictures of Georgo... who will be ONE on Monday!!

Happy Friday! :)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Take 133

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
I got Boggle for Christmas! (Thanks, Meghan!)
But then I realized... how silly am I? I added geriatric Boggle to my Amazon Wish List. 
I mean, it IS called "BIG Boggle"... I assumed it was just... Big.
But Brian and I finally got around to playing it this week... 
And there are MORE cubes than the original!
And it's harder!
And more fun!
I bet I'll even like it when I'm geriatric!
--- 2 ---
I was out running errands (without! George!) last Saturday and I passed Panda Express...
And I thought, I could eat two egg rolls.
So I did! And then it occurred to me that the total cost of those egg rolls was actually cheaper than a grande peppermint mocha at Starbucks...
And I felt... a little more... justified? normal? Something.
--- 3 ---
Just in case you need a good listen...
I love this song.
(Thank you, Gina, for exposing me to more music in our shared office days!)
--- 4 ---
George successfully flushed the toilet this week.
You should have seen his face. The shock! The horror! The wonder!
Do it again!

My Mom's advice? Keep track of his shoes.
She lost some of her kids shoes down the flushed toilet.
--- 5 ---
This past weekend I went slightly overboard and made both 
homemade potstickers and homemade donuts.
I have to say, the potstickers were quite good.
The donuts we liked, but I'll try a different recipe next time...
But I reached my goal, which was to no longer be intimidated by deep frying dough.
There's a whole world of wonderful foods I can try now ;)
--- 6 ---
Remember back in 2013 when I was crazy and studied for a bunch of exams
Well, I've signed up for one more: Series 24.
Only this time, I'm not studying like a crazy woman.
For now, the schedule is one hour a day (during the morning nap) and the plan is to test after about 3 months (before Easter).
Here we go!
--- 7 ---
I took two things: oatmeal and strawberries...

Mixed them together...
And realized that the smell took me directly back to those individual packets of freeze dried strawberries with instant oatmeal from my childhood. Hah! Who knew that was such a powerful memory in my memory bank??

Happy Friday! :)

Friday, January 09, 2015

Take 132

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
Thanks to my Mama for sending along these Advent Calendars this year:

I've never quite seen any like it... and I really loved it!
--- 2 ---
I have made no actual resolution to follow through...
someone on Facebook shared this link and I got a little excited.
So, I researched how to best clean my sink (which has a lot of hard water stains),
came up with this blog post,
This may look like other people's before posts, but for now, 
it's a step in the right direction for me. 
And, I know what my next step will be... an old toothbrush!
(And yes, I also worked on clearing our counters... It didn't stay perfect, but I made progress!)
--- 3 ---
Dear Facebook,
I realize that you've removed messenger from your app.
Maybe you could actually remove messenger from your app,
so that I stop seeing "We've moved!" with a hampster image every time
I accidentally go to the option on your menu bar.
And no. I won't download your stupid extra app. Thankyouverymuch.
--- 4 ---
George discovered this week that I can snort like a pig.
He's way beyond delighted.
Did you know I was this cool, internet?
He now occasionally looks at me and breaths heavily through his nose,
hoping I'll make a show of my amazing talents.
--- 5 ---
Do you ever run into this? We have songs at church that are written in 4/4 time, but when written, are written such that they mimic another time signature like 3/4?
I very much don't understand why you wouldn't just write that song in 3/4.

--- 6 ---
People, we have beautiful snow here.
But actually, more than that... we have biting cold temperatures.
Yesterday, I discovered that the defrost function is useless when it's -4 degrees out.
That windshield, when warmer than the air, will melt the snow and then freeze immediately, ruining your view of the road. It's better to stay cold. Crazy.
--- 7 ---
Brian and I watched The Hundred Foot Journey this week and I had more fun than I've had watching a movie in a long time. Highly recommend it.

Happy Weekend to you!