Seven Quick Takes Friday

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I am a firm believer in baby steps. You know, the program by Dr. Leo Marvin made famous in What about Bob? Yeah, that’s it. Baby steps to cleaning my house, baby steps to exercise, baby steps to eating healthy. As long as I get there, it doesn’t matter if it’s a sprint or a marathon.

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And who else is glad it’s Friday. I thought that was only for working folk…well, Friday is just plain awesome for stay-at-home-moms too! I can’t explain it except something is different…but I still feel like this could happen at any moment:

H/T: Betty Duffy

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I do not know why the font suddenly changed sizes here…we’ll see in subsequent takes if this pattern continues…now back to your regularly scheduled takes…

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Here is the recipe I plan on trying this weekend. I know it kind of goes against the healthy life thing…but again, baby steps and like Sunny learned on the Biggest Loser this week, it’s okay to have an occasional indulgence. I don’t bake like this all the time!

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I shy away from politics here. And in real life. I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican. I am the most annoying person in the world. I am a single issue voter. Divine what you know of me, my background and my belief system and you’ll figure out what that issue is…

That all being said, I have firmly decided someone I will not vote for…Rick Perry. I am pretty well sure he could not govern anything aside from Texas and he hasn’t figured out yet that the entire US is NOT Texas. But this week, courtesy of a high school friend who is now a big entertainment journalist and published author, I read this. If you haven’t figured it out by now. I live in eastern NC. I have lived here over ten years and I married a native North Carolinian. I’ve lived in the state almost 30 years. Them are fighting words, I don’t care how long ago you said it…it’ll be hard to get our fifteen electoral votes.

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Recently Elizabeth Esther asked on her facebook page about prayers you say at night. She said she says 10 “Our Fathers” and 10 “Hail Marys” which prompted a question from one of her followers (who I am assuming is not Catholic) asking her to explain the Hail Mary. I understand it is incredibly difficult for a lot of Protestants to understand that Catholics do not worship Mary (or the Saints) and that the concept of  intercessory prayer is foreign and unwelcome, but I still struggle with how to explain that the Hail Mary is NOT A PRAYER TO MARY. But before that question went up, earlier in the week, I read this at Sarah Reinhard’s blog. I think that explains it simply and beautifully. I know there will still be plenty of doubters, haters, whatever, but , if nothing else, I think it starts the conversation.

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It was 48 degrees this morning. Yeah! 48 degrees….it’s chili weather, it’s soup weather, it’s baked pasta weather, it’s Sunday gravy weather…it’s bourbon drinking weather.  (you may have to copy and paste…wordpress is not allowing me to put two videos in this post)

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4 thoughts on “Seven Quick Takes Friday

  1. Hey Kristen, I’m with you on the baby steps deal! Usually I either bite off way too big a chunk and get discouraged, or I take my good, sweet ol’ time and take baby steps. Interestingly, when I take the baby steps, I get excited about the next one, and the next one, and so on until the task is completed or I at least hate it less 🙂

    Thank you so much for writing for The Alluring World! It was the most viewed post this week. Thank you also for your kind comment over at

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  3. psst! you’ve got a broken link on #5 with regard to rick perry and his bbq preferences!

    i’m wishing for 48F weather. seriously… i’m sick of 85F weather — it’s time for some cold!

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