Seven Quick Takes Friday

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A couple of weeks ago, my mom and dad came down mostly to get her car back that I had driven home on New Years Day and visit my sister-in-law and niece to give them their Christmas presents but to see the grandkids too. My mom stayed overnight at a hotel just down the street from us. Typically, she stays there so my kids can swim in the indoor pool. The pool was out of order this visit, but we still went over to visit and my dad ran over to Wal-Mart to get some snacks. While there he went to get some of the small microwavable bags of popcorn because the big bags don’t fit in the microwaves there. Well, the only small bags he could find were made by Orville Redenbacher and were the “Natural” ones with salt and pepper. He took the risk. The kids loved it. So, since then we have been making our own. It took a couple of practice rounds on the stove, but the kids like popcorn homemade and the new seasoning combos we come up with.

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My in-box is bombarded with requests for Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Scentsy etc parties. I don’t go because I don’t have a lot of time for it. And I don’t do the online parties because I don’t have the disposable income anymore. I feel bad for the girls I  RSVP no to not because I’m not going but because these parties used to be somewhat easy and a way to make money. Small downpayment and a few parties and your business was off and running. I know that a lot of women are still very successful but it seems as though with as many people I know in my area doing these things, the competition is  getting pretty intense for the folks just starting out and people just don’t have the money to spend on some of these things anymore, making it more so. And I know more than a few people who have quit as quickly as they started. I’m beginning to think there are almost no jobs nowaday that are “easy” or quick money makers.

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So, in my two-year-old new favorite movie Rio, there is a phrase that Blu and his owner Linda use, “cheese and sprinkles.” It’s claimed in the movie to be a “Minnesota thing” but nowhere on the internet can we find a meaning behind the phrase and no one from Minnesota seems to have ever heard of it. So, we are inclined to believe that it is a phrase made up for the film. But it is a phrase that fills me with dreams of soft cheddar covered in candy sprinkles. I know, not healthy at all…but still yummy sounding to me at least.

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I was just looking over Shelby’s school calendar because if I don’t, I miss important things like, when she is off school…and realized that for the first time this year, next month she and Jeff will be off on different days. Jeff has wanted to observe in her classroom and volunteer, but unfortunately, this day he has professional development which means the district has paid already for him to be in some kind of training all day…he could use a sick day, but we’re trying to avoid that because he has to make-up any missed professional development days…

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I am busy reading as many of the Viking Sagas and early Scandinavian literature I can get my hands on. We’ve had a resurgence in our house because of the recent gift of How To Train Your Dragon and interest in Vikings. I read most of the books in college when I was in a Literature of the Vikings class.  It is funny re-reading them now because I start correctly predicting what will happen next. I know, I’m really remembering it, but I like to think I’m predicting it.

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Okay, I’m going to say it. I like the new mass parts. I really do…I just have trouble saying them correctly. Even with a cheat sheet. Not just the musical ones which are set to the old tunes making them doubly hard but even “and with your spirit.” It’s just difficult for me to not answer what was for the first 32 years of my life (conveniently, the new mass parts started AFTER my 32nd birthday) automatic. So when Elisa posted this on facebook, I had to agree:

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Super bowl? Meh…we’ll see how it goes. But, I am rooting for Philip Rivers as the Walter Payton Man of The Year. The other two final contestants are equally deserving, but I love how Philip and Tiffany created a pro-life organization that is not the traditional pro-life organization. Please check out more about Philip Rivers here and his organization Rivers of Hope Foundation.

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6 thoughts on “Seven Quick Takes Friday

  1. I love making stove top popcorn for the munchkins…easy, much cheaper, & healthier (depending on how you top it).

    Love that baby photo about the Mass! I like the revised Mass parts, too, & really haven’t had too much trouble changing after almost 40 years (oops, did I reveal too much about my upcoming milestone birthday?!?! LOL!) The only time I use my Mass book now is for the Creed.

    • I have a friend who confessed this week she has not gotten “with your spirit” right even once since it started. That made me feel better!

  2. Visiting from Conversion Diary! Love the pic about “and with your spirit!” I still get the “it is right and just” part wrong. Usually because I am exasperated with kid-wrangling.

    I know the feeling about the “buy-crap” parties (as I affectionately call them.) I am a consultant with a buy-crap company and I have noticed that party attendance has been down among my hostesses. Which is sad, because I think all women should have a night out with their friends to just re-connect and not be mom for a few hours. True, a buy-crap party might cost more than a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine, but you get to support a smallish business too! (I say smallish b/c it’s not like the consultant gets to keep ALL of the profits, unless it’s their own creation.) But I have been on both sides. I was invited to a tools for women party this weekend, featuring pink tools for women. I’m passing on principle alone.

    • I am typically telling someone not to lie down on a pew or sit on the kneeler or to use their whisper voice if they need to use the potty, so my brain goes into auto-mode, even with the cheat sheet!

      Yeah, I would skip the tool party too…sometimes I really wonder!

  3. I saw that baby graphic on Facebook yesterday and lost it, because that was pretty much exactly what I was thinking last Sunday at Mass. 🙂

    I don’t go to many of the parties anymore, either, and I used to host them, so I feel doubly bad. The disposable income really is the issue. 😦

  4. I was reading Njal’s Saga when we adopted my female felines so they are named Freya and Edda (the “eddas” being the Icelandic sagas).

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