Seven Quick Takes Friday

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So, let’s talk tv for a minute. We don’t have cable or Netflix or Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime.  I have flirted with the idea several times of AppleTV or Roku, but just haven’t been able to make the commitment.  The only shows I know out there that I would love on cable are Duck Dynasty and Homeland. And I probably would have dug Breaking Bad too. However, that all being said, I do have my faves as far as network tv goes. Particularly prime time. Here is what I’m loving so far: in the returning to tv, The Mindy Project, Nashville, Two Broke Girls, Big Bang Theory, Parks and Rec, Parenthood, The Middle, Modern Family, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons. In new to tv: Mom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Goldbergs, Super Fun Night, The Michael J Fox Show. Really not digging Back in the Game and Dads. And not impressed that Saturday Night Live has Miley Cyrus as their host and musical guest this weekend 😦 and that has NOTHING to do with the MTV VMAs. No it would have more to do with her having no musical or acting talent. Anywho…quick spotlight on The Goldbergs…wow, it is truly The Wonder Years for my generation. It chronicles that specific time, it has the voice over (done by Patton Oswalt, who like Daniel Stern is best known as a character actor) and the best thing, it is based on a real family. And how cool that Patton Oswalt who does the Adam F Goldberg voice-over and Jeff Garlin who plays Murray, based on Goldberg’s real father Murray, were both major characters in Disney Pixar films. Oswalt was the voice of Remy the rat in Ratatouille and Garlin was the voice of the captain of the ship on Wall-E. If you haven’t checked out The Goldbergs yet, check ’em out on Hulu at no cost online. They’re like your family, only funnier, and in the 80’s.

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So, remember how, in the first quick take, I said we haven’t made the commitment to Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime? Well, part of that was the thinking of an additional bill each month (or once a year). (Scroll up if you skipped that one.) So, last week, I kind of had a meltdown because Jeff is territorial about shopping. But he refuses to meal plan OR he makes me meal plan than doesn’t get half the things I plan for (even with a list) or he scraps the meals. And, on top of that, he shops exclusively at Wal-Mart. He just assumes he is getting the best deal. We all know what  happens when you assume…anyway moving right along. Wal-Mart is low for many things but not for things like milk, eggs, butter, the basics. And often sales are lower at the regular ol supermarket and if you’ve ever tried to ad-match on grocery items at Wal-Mart it’s much more of a headache than it’s worth (and Jeff can’t be bothered with that anyway). So, after planning meals that Jeff didn’t buy for again this week and losing out on lots of sale prices, yeah, I had a meltdown. Which led Jeff to say, “Fine, you take over the grocery shopping.” So, I did what any normal person does, I started couponing. Now, I work in a supermarket. Our particular location triples coupons every day up to .99, so trust me, I KNOW what a pain in the butt couponers can be. I also know that there is a difference between being frugal and being addicted. I know people who waste food because they had a coupon. I know about people who talk about the “high” of couponing. I just want my family to be able to eat every day and have a little money left over for things like, say, Christmas presents. So far this week I’ve saved over $50 and we have dinners for the next two weeks.  And I’ve only been to the store 3 times, one of those times just to get some caffeine to help cure a migraine. I’ll never be an “every day-er” and I’ll never buy something just because I have a coupon for it, but I will improve our grocery budget.

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Simcha Fisher posted on Thursday on facebook this instant classic:

Come Holy Spirit, and slap us upside the head. I mean, kindle in us the fire of your love. Or both.

Yeah, the Holy Spirit has been after me with a cast iron skillet for the last few weeks here, so you know, I actually have been listening and heeding the advice and guidance and man, wouldn’t you know, things have drastically improved.

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Remember how I said the Holy Spirit was after me with a cast iron skillet raring to crack my skull well…

Here you go, I’m not reading blogs anymore. Well, strike that, I’m not reading most blogs anymore. See also: tired of arm-chair Popes. Friends, particularly mama friends, I am still with y’all but the mass following of the majority out there…yeah, not gonna do it. Wouldn’t be prudent… (oh, and those ones I linked to here, they’re all still very readable).

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That goes triple for com-boxes.

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Here is a blog meme definitely worth checking out though. Maria at Four Blessings Academy hosts a link-up each week entitled Light in Darkness. You can read about the inspiration for this meme here.  This world can be super-duper dark some days and we all need to be in the light sometimes.

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Be honest, how bored are you? Did you even stick with me this far? If so, have a great weekend. Live in Christ’s love and light and let the Holy Spirit crack your skull a few times. You’ll be glad you did.

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One thought on “Seven Quick Takes Friday

  1. Thanks for the shout-out for my weekly meme! It’s amazing how many wonderful things I’m able to find each week to share.

    WOO HOO on the saving money! I coupon some, but most of the items we buy don’t have coupons. I know people who are extreme couponers & some retailers are cracking down on them by limiting # of coupons used per product. It’s frustrating at times when I find a great coupon & a local store has that item on sale, so I can get it at a great price. Unfortunately, the extremers have already wiped out all the store had on hand!

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