Friday, April 12, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday

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As predicted in last week’s quick takes, at the last minute I ended up choosing a different phone than I had planned on. I choose the Samsung Galaxy Stellar because the sales guy kindly pointed out that the Stellar was free this weekend with a new contract, where I was planning on paying $100 for the Galaxy SIII. Bonus for me. Although the whole porting of our cell phone numbers to Verizon didn’t go smoothly, it finally all got worked out and I am trying to learn my new phone.
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If anyone would have been watching the first time I got a phone call they would have died laughing.  I’m sure I looked pretty hysterical trying to answer it. You see, I have never owned an Android phone before, so as the phone is ringing, I’m tap, tap, tapping on the green phone icon thinking surely that would do the trick and becoming increasingly more desperate as it wasn’t answering…And as those of you who have Android phones know, you have to sliiiide it…sheeesh.
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One of our neighboring parishes had the first 40 Hours Devotion of the Blessed Sacrament in our Diocese in 30-40 years. I was able to participate in a few of the events, including the concluding Mass, procession, and benediction.  It was beautiful. It was one of the most beautiful Masses I have ever been to. And the procession was absolutely divine. I kept looking back to see the whole line of people and light, it was magnificent. The Mass, the procession, the whole thing was just beautiful!
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I hope you are all watching the second season of “The American Bible Challenge”.  The team that won the first episode was none other than a group of Dominican Sisters of Mary.  You can visit their website here.  I can’t wait to see how they make out in the semi-finals…Good Luck Sisters!
I’m fizzling out here, so much for a strong finish…
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I’m also watching the second season of Call the Midwife on PBS.  I really loved last season and am glad it is back.  Have you seen it?
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Baseball season is back…that means that is the other thing our TV is tuned to for the next 7 months.
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What are you all reading these days?? Other than blogs, I’m not reading much.  I’m stuck with a few books I have started, but nothing is pulling me to finish any of them. I could use some suggestions.
That’ll do it for this week.  Thanks to Grace for hosting.

Friday, April 5, 2013

7 Quick Takes

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It's procrastinator's week over at Conversion Diary, and I am usually one of the biggest procrastinators, however this week I am actually prepared first thing Friday morning. So here they are:

1.   Last weekend we were able to spend most of the day with both our kids and our daughter’s boyfriend.  We spent the day traveling, eating, shopping, and laughing. We also took a pit stop to see the new rescue helicopter that was on display for a training session. (These are the kind of perks we get with my husbands job) My kids crack me up, they can make each other laugh so much.  They are five years apart in age and really have completely different personalities, but they just get each other.  It was a really nice day and I was thankful for the time with all of us away from our normal daily hustle and bustle lives. 
These photos were from a different trip, but it's the way they always act in the back seat.
2.   I am thankful for my father in law.  My dryer has been on the fritz lately (2 cycles required for each load). The subject came up during Easter dinner and on Tuesday he was at my house fixing it.  He’s such a quiet man but does what he can for us, when he can, without a big fuss.
3.   This week we had a going away luncheon for my last boss who will be moving on to bigger and better opportunities. I am saddened that I will no longer have the opportunity to work with him.  I have learned a lot in the last five years. I have learned how to recognize qualities in myself from the trust that he has put in me on several big projects. I will miss him and the encouragement he has always given me, but I do wish him all the best in his new adventure.
4.   I had a nice conversation this week with a friend who I don’t see too often anymore.  Our daughters went to school together and played several sports together but since they have graduated, we don’t see each other often.  It was nice to talk to her and catch up.
5.   We are getting our cell phones switched to Verizon this weekend and because we are switching carriers I have to get a new phone. The problem is that I am still unsure of what I want to get. I thought I had my mind made up on getting the Samsung Galaxy S3 but I have had a Blackberry for the last two years and trying to figure out if I want to stay with a Blackberry.  There are fewer options for apps for blackberry but I think it is more secure.  I don’t know what I am going to do, it will probably come down to a last minute decision, knowing me.
6.   I discovered a great new blog this week.  I am just getting to know Sybil at Peace it all Together but so far so good, you can check her out here.
7.   How did you do with your Lenten sacrifices/commitments?  I did quite well and had a spiritually charged Lent.  The only thing that I really failed at was that I wanted to finish reading C. S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters.  I didn’t make any more progress on that than I was at pre-lent.  I did however make it the entire forty days without a bite of mac and cheese, and I read almost every day from the Lenten devotion book given to us by our parish.  I made it to daily Mass at least once every week and even a couple Masses some weeks. I attended all three Triduum services, getting my feet washed on Holy Thursday and reading the first reading at the Easter Vigil (which was my twelfth Catholic anniversary).
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

My 32 cent Gap pants {WIWS} {OTI} Easter Edition

This is my first What I Wore Sunday linkup post.  I don't normally link up because what I wear is so absolutely boring and repetitive that it wouldn't be of any interest to anyone.  But I had myself a new outfit for my favorite Mass of the year, my twelfth Easter Vigil. The highlight being my 32 cent dress pants from the Gap Outlet.  So here it is...


Pants: Gap ($0.32!!)
Shirt: Kohl's (on sale)
Black Long Sleeve Shirt: had for so long, I don't remember
Earrings: Van Heusen (Clearance $1.99)
(Sorry I didn't go with nice springy colors but it's just not springy around here yet, hence the long sleeve shirt)

Well thanks for letting me play along and go check out all the others at Grace's and Fine Linen and Purple.