Thursday, March 31, 2011

Animal

The new-to-me refurbished vacuum arrived today. Oh dear, the carpet is a million times grosser than I thought. But our new vacuum is going to eat all that filth up. It's an animal. Grrrrr.

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TMI Thursdays

Yes, I'm a lot like a slow learning 5 year old. More over here.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Online Shopping

Well, it only took me 10 years longer than everyone else to discover the awesomeness of online shopping. And now I'm waiting to receive a vacuum in the mail.

PS: I'm still way behind, so if you have a favorite site, share it.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Deep Roots

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renenwed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien


The problem with reading great authors one quote at a time is you don't always get the whole quote. This would explain why I am familiar with unlost wanderers, but not the rest of this passage, which is so pretty it's worth memorizing.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday

I was going to prepare for the end of the world today. I had a big trip to Target planned, and I had even printed lists from 72hours.org and the American Red Cross.
But Monday, trouble maker that it is, got in the way. So I got approximately three out of 300 things done today. This included putting gas in the car, a quick, emergency-type trip to the grocery store and an equally urgent trip to the shower.
Which means the end of the world needs to hold off until I'm more prepared for it.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Under the Appliances

A grape fell to the floor, and rolled out of sight.
It worried me a bit, thinking about what might live under our appliances. But John knows how to put me at ease.
"It was destined to be a raisin," he said.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Much Ado About Nothing

We had nothing to do today, so we did nothing at all. It was fabulous.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

New Guidelines

Attention Self:

How ever long you think a task will take (especially anything involving computers, cleaning, cooking, organizing, shopping, planning, writing, thinking, or, heaven forbid, decision making), please double all estimates and plan accordingly.

Thanks, Management

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Connected

I heard him say, "Relationships are spiritual realities."
It took me a minute. But I think that is a beautiful way of saying we are all connected, every single one of us.

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TMI Thursdays

I'm over here talking about fear. Come join the conversation.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Obviously

Writing is so much harder than talking. Just sayin'.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Great Strides

Remember last year when I asked you to pray for Rokie? She needed new lungs, and she got them!

In honor of Rokie, my sister will be participating in the Great Strides ~ Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis Walk on May 14. You can help as well by making a small donation. Nearly 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to help support research, care, and education. Every bit makes a difference.

PS: Rokie is doing great!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Heaven



A place where no one is old, everyone has wings and there is a lot of color and animals. Who doesn't like the sound of that?

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lazy Day

I'd have more to say if I hadn't slept half the day away. It was a napping kind of Sunday.

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Beauty

The words "Praise God" song to the tune of "Amazing Grace" is one of the most beautiful things my ears have ever heard.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Week End

It was one of those days that felt twice as long and half as productive.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Go, Irish!

The front porch at my parents' home.
Happy St. Patrick's Day from our family to yours!

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TMI Thursdays

"It doesn’t matter how slow you go, so long as you do not stop."
~Confucius

I'm moving in the right direction over at Tired & Stuck.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Few Things

1. Shannon's etsy shop is open. Yay! See her item of the week here.
2. I love this quote at Sheila's site. I thought about it all week.
3. I bring new meaning to the words need + vacuum. If you love the one you own, tell me all about it.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pooling the Positive

Let's make sure, when the news is all so bad, that we spend some time focusing on the good.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Life on Earth

Today was hard. Some days are. It's how we know we're not in heaven.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Chew on This

Dad: "Who wants a piece of gum?"
Me: "I do! What kind is it?"
Dad: "I don't know. Chewy."

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Springing Forward

It's like I've wasted an hour without having the pleasure of wasting an hour. Punishment, I tell you.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Praying

It's hard to believe our thoughts and prayers make even the slightest dent when up against such immense tragedy. But I believe they do.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

How to Insult an Old Lady

So this is what I learned last night: If you are trying to figure out who owns a lone walker randomly taking up space in the back of the church, don't say, "Excuse me, is this your walker?" to the only old lady you see even if you are 99% sure it has to be hers.
It might not be hers.
She might say, "ls that my walker? No! Not yet anyway."
Afterward, you will realize the question would have been better phrased by saying, "Excuse me, do you happen to know who this walker belongs to?"
That would have been way nicer for everyone.

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TMI Thursdays

I'm over-sharing today at Tired & Stuck.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ash Wednesday

Death, let us embrace thee that we might have life abundantly.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fat Tuesday

Is it just me or is Fat Tuesday totally inconvenient? Who has time to party mid-week? Of course, you do what you have to do. Treats for the office, beer with dinner, cupcakes for dessert. Now, if I just squeezed in as much prayer and sacrifice during the next 40 days, I might have a really good Lent.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

System Upgrade

Ready. Set. Rethink everything. Well, everything that isn't working.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Team Hoyt



Fr. Brendan wanted to remind us of the importance of love, so he included this video as part of today's homily. I saw very few dry eyes by the time it was done.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Lent

I feel like we just rang in the New Year, and now Ash Wednesday is already here. If you have any simple, prayerful suggestions for the season, I would love to hear them.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

The House

Since I'm being all extra honest lately, let me say my house is a mess. Don't stop by unannounced because I will totally pretend I'm not home. It looks like crazies live here.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Practicing Courage ...

(The telephone conversation in which I play a 15-year-old instead of the thirty-something married woman I actually am.)
Me: "Guess what? I have a new blog with Erin and a girl named Libby. It's about trying to get pregnant!"
Mom: "Are you trying to tell me something?"
Me: "Yes, I'm trying to tell you I have a new blog about trying to get pregnant."
Mom: "But you aren't already?"
Me: "No, the blog is about trying to get pregnant. (Pause.) I'm not sure you and Daddy want to read it."
Mom: "I'll read it. Your father doesn't have to."
Me: "OK. But I don't think I want to talk about it. So just don't bring up anything you read in conversation."

I was pretty sure I would never ever write a fertility blog. (The subject has purposefully not been mentioned here.) But friends have a way of making you braver than you are. And most challenges are better tackled with a team. So I've joined forces with bloggers Erin and Libby. We're reading a book called Making Babies, and we have our own version of the vagina monologues going on over at: Tired & Stuck ~ Three Women on a Mission to Get Knocked Up.

You're welcomed to join us, just consider yourself warned.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Easter Pumpkins

My parents' front porch
A week before Ash Wednesday, and the pumpkins at my parents' house are ready for Easter. Well, they were ready. This picture was taken on Sunday. Since then, my mom has removed the ears because she wants to dress the scarecrow for St. Patty's Day.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Good Start

I took my vitamins and ate steamed vegetables and quinoa today. I also got a headache.

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