February 23, 2015

It was a good weekend (I got Matt Damon)

Monday was a bit of a rough day but the weekend? The weekend was great.

For starters, I got a new laptop. My old one works well but a hinge had broken and it was just a matter of time before the other one went, too. With my upcoming travels we knew I needed a new one and with our tax refund in our bank account that's what we did. During set up the computer wanted to be named. I chose Matt Damon. Travis raised his eyebrows until I explained all the fun things I could say.

"I'm going to the coffee shop with Matt Damon."
"I'm taking Matt Damon with me to Portland."
"Travis, have you seen Matt Damon? I thought he was in the kitchen."
"Kids! Do not touch Matt Damon! He's mine!"

See?! Brilliant!

Then Travis told me he should name his computer Jennifer, for Aniston, Garner, and Lawrence. I didn't think that was funny at all.

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Do you remember my friend Laura? She wrote a fabulous guest post on being a creative mom (and if you haven't read it you really, really should!). Well, she won the "People's Choice" at QuiltCon over the weekend. It has nothing to do with me but I am really proud of my friend. I have admired her creativity since the first day I met her almost 20 years ago. I hope you'll forgive me for bragging on her.

But now that you've seen the quilt surely you understand, right? She designed and sewed that! Amazing. You can read about her quilt and see more of her craftiness at her site.

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Also, I started watching Doctor Who again a little while ago and this weekend I made it through the Donna Noble episodes. I always cry when the Doctor explains to her mom and granddad  how important she is. I'm to Amelia Pond now. Oh I love this show!

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Then, there was the competitive potluck we held Saturday night. I am feeling so restless from all the cold of this Midwestern winter. So Thursday I invited some friends over and a good handful of them came. There were so many kids and so much delicious food. Travis' pizza ended up winning for best in the Savory category and my friend's daughter's brownies won in the Sweet category. There was online voting and and jokes about the Illinois political machine.

Oh and when it was past bedtime and I couldn't take the kids anymore... there was Frozen.

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I also had a crazy dream about an upcoming, regional Catholic women's blogging conference I'm helping organize. I dreamed that I hadn't done all the work I was supposed to do so in the end, because of my ball dropping, the group of 30 women were sitting on wooden bleachers in my high school's old gym. A woman with crazy, red, Effie-like hair was doing a horrible introduction; I hadn't arranged for the photographer to do headshots; my college philosophy professor (not a woman, a Catholic, or a blogger) arrived in footie pajamas with a sweater pulled over - ready for his presentation. So today I dotted some 'i's and crossed some 't's. But that dream!

There's about 5 spots left in you will be near the University of Notre Dame on March 7th.

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I loooooove Abbey's #HolyLens photo series she does every Lent. If you use the hashtag and prompts let me know so I can follow you!

Mine are sometimes hard to do since Travis takes the ipad to school to use with his coaching, but I really do love that she does this.

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Also!

After so much searching I came to believe that someone had thrown away 2/3 of my record collection on moving day. It made me sick to my stomach every time I thought about it and I was so sad.

But then:

Billy Joel, Simon and Garfunkel, INXS, soundtracks, Christmas albums from my childhood, The Specials, and Springsteen's iconic Born in the USA. I am so, so, so, so happy!

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Finally, today, to fight a good case of the Mondays, Mary from Sometimes Martha Always Mary is having a couple of giveaways in honor of her blog relaunch. After working with me through my blog consulting business Mary hired a graphic artist and a tech guy to help her get her blog to exactly what she wants. The transformation is amazing.

I am really honored to be part of her Giveaway - head on over, tell her how great the site looks, subscribe to follow along, and enter to win a free blog consultation. I would love to work with you! Good luck!




Whew. My first post, written with Matt Damon. ;)

18 comments:

  1. Oh the Donna episodes. I think Donna is my favorite, and her grandpa? How awesome is he? I'm not a huge Amy Pond fan, but when she and Rory finally decide to be an awesome married couple together I just get so happy! They're married and doing awesome things and sticking together and..... gah! I can't tell you about the Centurion yet!!! When you get to that point you need to tell me.

    The rest of your weeekend sounds amazing too. =)

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    1. YES! When Amy and Rory are together is when that storyline is best. I love Rory and he is the only thing I like about Amy, for the most part.

      But I know about the Centurion because I've seen all the episodes up to the new season. I'm re-watching it all (for the third time shhhhh)

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  2. YOU FOUND YOUR RECORDS! yay Travis!!! ....(now, inquiring minds want to know, where were they?) And I empathize with the dream. The not-ready-for-something-big-dream is a frequent appearance for me.

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    1. Oh I know! I was so happy. So, so, so happy.

      They were in the office area amongst boxes of his books.

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  3. That is a beautiful quilt that your friend made.
    Donna is absolutely my favorite. I never made it through Amy Pond. I just couldn't. My plan is to pick it back up this summer.
    Are you all really having professional head shots at the conference or was that just part of the dream?
    Yay for records found!

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    1. We will have head shots. A photographer is coming and we've made arrangements for it.

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  4. Hilarious! "I'm going to the coffee shop with Mat Damon." Heehee. Also, that dream! For the record, as long as all the other wonderful people are there that I know are going to be there, I don't really even care if we have to sit on wooden bleachers and listen to a guy in footie pajamas (though I do prefer Grace Patton and the other ladies!!). I am so excited for the conference!
    And I'm thrilled for you that your records were found :)

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  5. I have a new laptop arriving today....your naming plan was inspired! I think I have some pondering to do before UPS gets here!

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  6. What a fun post! Congrats on Matt Damon and getting your records back! I tried getting into Dr Who a little while ago since it seemed like a show I'd love but it didn't click. Maybe I need to give it another try. :-)

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  7. That quilt is fabulous! I'm a really mediocre quilter, but I keep up in hopes of actually gaining some skills over time. Glad your weekend got better!

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  8. Ah, I LOVE the idea of a competitive potluck! Wish I was there!! I’d bring my lasagna :) Love seeing all the updates!

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    1. It's such an easy, fun thing to do!

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  9. I love me some Jennifer Aniston! And is it weird that I still haven't gotten over Brad Pitt leaving her for Angelina Jolie????????

    So where were the records?

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    1. I still haven't let that one go, either. I don't wish him ill but I have a really hard time respecting him and Angelina knowing what they did. I think the kicker was Angelina telling someone she would like her kids to watch Mr. and Mrs. Smith some day because that was the movie where their parents met. Like, I get that, but uh, that was the movie where their dad cheated on his wife.

      I'm such a jerk. May God help me be merciful.

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  10. I can't believe I didn't know about that conference!!! ND claimed six years of my life ;-)

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  11. I can't believe I didn't know about that conference!!! ND claimed six years of my life ;-)

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  12. bahahaha Mat Damon. brilliant!

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