Friday, February 1, 2013

7 quick takes

1 - Whew!  In the end 1776 people voted for the Sheenazing Blogger Awards.  When I decided to do this little thing I seriously thought there might be 60 votes total, all from people I know.  I was so blown away by how much everyone loved doing this.  Thank you for being a part of it.

Congratulations to all the winners!  And congratulations to everyone who was nominated.  It's so nice that when someone had to list "the best" they thought of you.


2 - There were a few moments where I felt discouraged by some comments but even then I knew that the commenters had a good point.  A couple of weeks ago I wondered if there still were Catholic blogger awards.  Five days later I decided to host one myself since I couldn't find anything else out there.  And two days after that nominations were open.  There were a lot of things I didn't think through and some more I would have never seen coming no matter how I thought things through. Now that I've done this once I think I have a strong inclination to do it again next year with a couple of tweaks.

But everyone has to promise to remember that I'm just a stay at home mom, busy with a lot of little things, okay?

And to the vast majority of people who emailed, facebooked, or tweeted at me - sending gratitude and encouragement my way: THANK YOU!  It really did make a difference.

3 - Here's my latest post at Ignitum Today, The Path that Leads to Awesome.  It's even more thoughts from me, inspired by Kid President's Pep Talk.

4 - Just a reminder that tomorrow is the Authentic Friendship talk at St. Phil's in Peoria.  The talk will be given by Sr. Helena Burns and Lisa Schmidt and is being sponsored by First Saturday Peoria.  I hope you can come!

5 - I've never wanted to try one of those green monster smoothies.  Why?  Because they look like this
which is to say they don't look appetizing at all.  My mom made me one and it turns out I was right.  I felt like she had cleaned off her lawn mower blade, put the contents in a blender, added a bit of fruit and soy milk and called it good.  But then she made me the Chocolate version and I was sold.  Here's the recipe if you're interested:

Chocolate Smoothie
5 oz baby spinach
2 C frozen blueberries
1/2 C soy milk
1 banana
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp ground flaxseeds

I've played around with the ingredients a bit depending on what I have and because I'm cheap.  I've halfed most of them but the banana and never used the flaxseeds.  Still delish.

6 - Does anyone have a good Oatmeal Scotchie recipe?  I tried one yesterday and they are okay.  I was hoping for something softer and less dry.  Maybe I baked them too long?  Anyways - the search is on!

7 - Did you notice I didn't start with a song?  It's because I wanted to end with one this time.


BOOM!   
"Just when you think that you're in control, just when you think that you've got a hold, just when you get on a roll...Here it goes, here it goes, here it goes again. Oh, here it goes again.
I should have known, should have known, should have known again, but here it goes again."

You know what this means, right?
16 weeks.

59 comments:

  1. Ok, wait. I think I know what that means...
    Congratulations!!!!! Wonderful news!
    I'm nervous that I'm not right, though :)
    That video is amazing!

    Thank you again for hosting the awards! SO fun!

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  2. Wait, WHAT????? 16 weeks? How have you kept this hidden for so long? YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!

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    1. Well, a couple people have guessed in the comment box and a few friends know.

      We were going to wait even longer - Travis just wanted to show up with a baby - but my belly is growing and my vanity wanted people to know that I'm with child.

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  3. Weeeeee, all that work AND a bun in the oven? You're amazing! Now is this #5's official 'song?' How retro...

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    1. Actually, I've used this song to announce the last 4 pregnancies. The lyrics for the chorus fit perfectly.

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  4. Oh WOW CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Seriously you're almost halfway there already?!

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    1. Almost. The date's based on my charting. I haven't seen my midwife yet. I should call her...

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    2. Wow, that's awesome you can go that long...me? I gotta get my boo-tay in to see the doc ASAP because of progesterone issues. Oh well....I know I commented below, but seriously...CONGRATS!!!

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    3. You REALLY should call your midwife. Want to know what happened when I didn't bother with prenatal care until halfway through my 3rd pregnancy?

      SURPRISE TWINS!

      Not that that's going to happen to you, but it convinced me that early ultrasounds might be a good idea for me in the future :P

      But seriously, congratulations and prayers!

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  5. Oh, and we make the butterscotch cookie recipe that comes on the butterscotch chips bag. Just undercook them a little - yummy!

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  6. Congratulations! I think you did a really awesome job with the awards; I don't have a blog, but it was great to get introduced to so many great ones.
    ~Rebecca

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  7. Yay! Congrats Bonnie! And great job with the awards!

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  8. My heart is smiling for you!!! Said prayers for you this morning.

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  9. Oh my gosh!!! So happy for you!!!

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  10. So that explains the hot chocolate rather than the hot toddies on the menu tomorrow! :) Congrats to you, Mrs. Bonnie E! Now let's celebrate.

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  11. Congratulations, Bonnie! So, so exciting!!

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  12. Congratulations, Bonnie! Prayers for a happy, healthy pregnancy and baby!

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  13. Okay, so I am sassy and I thought some of the comments were rude (though non intending to be) because, like, you had already put a crud ton of work into the awards. But then, I was like, 'I told her I was on there twice, I hope that didn't come off as sassy because it was suppose to be funny'. So, if it came off as anything but silly (being doubly under appreciated, har har har) I am sorry, I think you did a kick a-- job and I never would have done what you did because the sheer work involved makes me tired thinking about it.
    And super congratulations!!!! I like babies and having them. Job well done :)

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  14. Congrats!! And I love how you slyly announced it!!

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  15. WHOA!! Congratulations!! That's so great. Even better is I am 15 weeks today so we are so close!!! how cool.

    I'm glad you hosted the blogging awards. It gave me something to aspire to. I don't have a huge readership and due to my WOTHM status and the fact that I have 5 kids out of the womb and growing one in it, I just can't devote the kind of time I would like to my blog. But...still, now I know I could focus a bit and maybe pick up some more here and there, I love writing so much and sharing experiences.

    so anyway...CONGRATS, CONGRATS!!! :)

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  16. Congratulations, Bonnie! Such exciting news. Also, I see now why my treadmill workouts are so boring, and what I need to do to change that; get three more and get my kids dancing along too :-)

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  17. Oh Congratulations!! Send me some of that water HA!!

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  18. baby news :)

    and wow I just now only looked at that list of blogs and oh my wow what a lot of work. I also didn't think there would be that many voters/submissions. Looks like a lot of good reads for me to discover. I only know about 1/2 of those blogs.

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  19. Congratulations!!! So, so happy for you! And I do believe that in late October I asked you more than once - are you SURE you're not pregnant? God is so good!

    Great job with the awards too - what a feat! Now someone needs to give you an award!

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  20. Oh! Congratulations, Bonnie!!! We're due at just about the same time! I wonder who will go first. :) Prayers forthcoming!

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  21. You are kidding!!! Wow! Congrats! I think that explains the fall/winter funk. I'm always barely functional before 20 weeks. I'm 23 weeks now and feeling alive again.

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  22. Congratulations, Bonnie!!

    Unlike you, maybe, I'm so obsessed with the green smoothie world, but the thing that keeps me away is my lack of a blender. I hear, though, that spinach is the easiest green to camouflage, and I'm sure chocolate can hide a multitude of grassiness =) Have a good weekend!

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  23. Hi Bonnie! I am a long time reader though I don't usually leave comments. Just wanted to say congratulations and that we will be praying for you! Also, I prayed for your intentions a few weeks ago at Fulton Sheen's tomb. God Bless!

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  24. Make the regular oatmeal cookie recipe on the Quaker Oats box, but instead of raisins, put in butterscotch chips. The added cinnamon makes them wonderful. I do this with chocolate chips, and they are my family's favorite cookie.

    Oh, and congratulations, Bonnie!

    I am SO HAPPY I found your blog!

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  25. Congratulations!! REALLY hope you're feeling okay!!

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  26. Congrats on your impending addition!

    Green smoothies have become a staple of my diet. It's a super easy way to get massive amounts of veggies into your diet. It's really helped me out with some health issues I've been having. I would highly recommend adding the flax seed, though. It's good for reducing cholesterol, regulating blood sugar, reducing inflammation, and heart health. It's AWESOME!

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  27. Bonnie! Congratulations!

    We're twins, I'm 16 weeks too. : )

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  28. I'm so excited for your family! Prayers and blessings sent your way! What great news!

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  29. Hooray!! Congratulations!!!!!!

    Thank you again for hosting the awards. It was so much fun and gave me a little boost to keep blogging :)

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  30. Aw! Congratulations! Hope you're feeling great!

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  31. Awards, cookies, green smoothies, babies; you've been cooking up all kinds of good stuff lately! Congratulations!

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  32. Oh my goodness! Congratulations, Bonnie and Travis! I was so not expecting that...although, with us, every time we're serious about avoiding, God seems to be serious in the opposite way, so maybe I should not be surprised at all. That's seriously awesome, though.

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  33. Congrats! That kid is one lucky baby! You're a great woman :) Also, no complaints here about the awards. I thought they were so fun and you did a great job! If you ever need any help with them, let me know. I'd be glad to. Thank you so much for taking the time to do it. It was a blast!

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  34. AHHHHHH! So happy for you! Congrats Bonnie. We'll be praying over here in our neck of the woods....

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  35. Congratulations! I was one of the well-meaning unsolicited advice-givers, so . . . sorry if I added any unplesantness to the experience. But I will say, if you don't want a bunch of unsolicited advice you probably shouldn't hang out with so many bloggers.

    Anyway, here's my crazy thought. . . why don't you take everything you learned this time and pass the whole mess off to someone else for next year? That way YOU could be in the running next year. We could take turns. You could take names of this year's nominees who'd be willing to host it next year and put us in a hat come January.

    What do you think?

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  36. Congratulations!!!

    I actually saw the choreographer of that video on one of the TLC birth shows -- she was all about natural birthing and hopefully doing a home birth if she could. It was interesting. (She also has a Grammy for her choreography.)

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    1. That's so cool. Thanks for sharing, Jen.

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  37. I knew it, I knew it! I just had a feeling from here in Jacksonville something was up, so I was watching for the video. :-) Congrats to you and your family!!!

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  38. Congratulations!!! Prayers that this pregnancy will be filled with Christ's peace.

    Also, the awards are AWESOME! Thanks for all your hard work!

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  39. Congratulations Bonnie! Hope you're feeling well!

    I thought you did a great job with the awards, it was a fun idea. Thanks for all the work you put into them!

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  40. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! I've got to tell you, your baby news made me happy. A huge hug!

    Jordan

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  41. Congratulations! Deo Gratias!
    And thank you again for all your hard work hosting the awards - it was jolly good fun.

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  42. Congrats to you and Travis - can't wait to "meet" the lil tyke.

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  43. Congrats Bonnie! Thank you again for hosting the blogger awards. I really enjoyed them and learning about new blogs. God Bless!

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  44. Congrats Bonnie & Travis! I must say, I was not expecting that, but super excited for you! Hope to see you soon!

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  45. Thank you everyone for the well wishes! We are blessed!

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  46. I think it's great that you honored Catholic bloggers like this. I'll give you your own Sheenazing Award for encouraging them.

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  47. Congratulations! You and your family will be in our prayers. Many Blessings. :)

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  48. Wonderful news! Congratulations to you and Travis!

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  49. Wonderful news! Congratulations to you and Travis!

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