October 2, 2015

Thrilling things you'll want to know, aka Seven Quick Takes


1 - It's been a long time since I've started one of these Seven Quick Takes with a song so I thought I'd come back with a sugary pop bang:

Judge away but I love this song and can't stop listening to it. You can feel bad for my husband, it's okay.


2 - I finally got my hands on a copy of As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes. It was a delightful book - especially if you know and love The Princess Bride. As soon as I was done I picked up the novel The Princess Bride, which I've read before but it's a treat to re-read.


3 - I've been working on show notes for The Visitation Project. There's some new episodes up, the one on Forgiveness has my stubbornness on full display.



4 - I'm part of a wonderful group of friends at our parish. These are couples who are funny, kind, and love their faith.  Twice a month the men get together and do boy, I mean manly things. (Last month they made a Bat signal... like Batman.... while drinking beer and also talking about NFP.) The women get together once a month for a bit of wine, a bit of conversation, and a bit of faith formation. Last month was awesome  with Kathryn Whitaker Skyping in and to share tips for running your home with less stress - so good!- and this month our associate pastor, a priest from Uganda who is here getting his doctorate in education, spoke about the strengths and weaknesses of the Catholic Church in America - also so good! What awesome things do you have going on at your parish?




5 - I began watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix. I had seen some of the episodes before; I think I watched the whole first season or two on tv but then things got a little rocky for me and I bowed out. I started watching again after so many people recommended it to me while I was on bed rest, and I'm liking it. Especially now that we're out of Neverland.




6 - I also started physical therapy. I've never done PT before and I must say that so far I love it. I have horrible pain in my lower back and hips - something I've had with most of my pregnancies and something that just keeps getting worse. My midwife recommended me to a local PT place that specializes in women's care and I really like the woman working with me. My problem: poor posture and lots and lots and lots of tense muscles. I got a 30 minute massage today and it was called therapy and it was amazing.


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And now a big THANK YOU to Kelly for hosting every week. Make sure you head on over to This Ain't the Lyceum because she's got a wonderful give-away running right now. Good luck to you on winning it!

17 comments:

  1. #6: The massage has been the best part of PT on my neck and back.

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  2. Love your #4... Wish there was simmering like that at our parish... Maybe I'll just have to start it myself?

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    1. Oy. Simmering? Try something auto-incorrect.

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    2. HA! Well, if something like that is simmering at your parish, but it's on the back burner, maybe you can move it to the front, turn up the heat, and get it going!!!! ;)

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  3. I loved that book! The stories were so heart warming and enduring. I am glad that the physical therapy is helping. And I love the fall banner.

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    1. Yes! The book was great.

      And thanks about the fall banner - my friend Katie made it for me so I could use it at my sister in law's bridal shower. She used it at her wedding reception, and then I got it back. :)

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    1. I meant to write this...

      Hope your pampering, er, I mean *therapy* continues to be beneficial and wonderful!!
      And I always love your seasonal decor :)

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    2. Thanks, Theresa!

      Seriously, I had no idea therapy could mean massages!

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  5. So jealous of your #4. There are about four couples around our age/with kids our age. I finally bit the bullet and invited them over for a potluck (hard for an introvert like me) and now we get together about once a month. It's been a real blessing. But...they're not weirdos like us (big family, practicing NFP, homeschooling, etc). I would love to find a family a bit more like us to share struggles and joys with. But I realize I'm being nit-picky.

    I would love to get some PT! I can hear my bones popping when I walk and I'm only 15 weeks along!

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    1. Karyn, I don't think you're being nit-picky especially since you seem to be embracing the friendships God is bringing to you now. But being a weirdo can be lonely... I longed for this group of friends for a very long time - people I could be really honest with because they already understood why we are making the choices we are making. I've seen other communities near me have similar friendships but they were too far away or were homeschoolers or whatever and so we always were excluded in little or big ways, even if I have a rather good friend or two from those communities. But to finally have it in my own parish - what a blessing!

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  6. PT is both from heaven and the devil. But boy does it work! So happy for you, Bonnie! And, it was great fun skyping in. Loved every minute.

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  7. I can't think of a time you've ever posted a song that I haven't liked. Are we both 17 on the inside still?

    (also, how do you find so much new music? I must live under a pop rock....)

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    1. Ha! Yes, in many ways I still just a girl. But I think of myself as 20. ;)

      And new music? Erica just said she never heard it before either... I just listen to Top 40 radio along with the country and indie and Christian stations. I'm sure that if you spent 30 minutes with your Top 40 station on you'd hear it at least once.

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  8. I had never heard the song before, but I enjoyed listening to it.
    I am glad that you are getting relief from PT.

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  9. #1 - Adding to my playlist. #4 - Sounds super fun and refreshing for the soul. #5 - Brian and I used to watch OUAT but we gave up during the Neverland. SOUL SUCKING. However, over the summer I picked it back up and just finished the finale last night while I was making dinner. Onto the new season. BTW, Bella (my newly turned 14 yr old) just walked into the room and said I didn't know you like Shawn M. I told her my friend Bonnie keeps me posted on cool music. ;-)

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  10. My wonderful friend Bonnie, who I met through QTs when your blog had some other name. Newlywed something something?? Always bringing the best of pop music and decorated mantles to the Takes. LOVE YOU! MWAH!

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