Posts tagged ‘Quick Takes’

May 19, 2011

7 Things That Made Me Cry This Week


I’m adding an eighth because Becky made me cry today too.


Listen, it doesn’t take a whole lot to make me cry. I can think of three things just today that did it (Note: this has not always been the case. Getting married nudged me in that direction and having a baby pushed me over the edge. I now cry with almost no prompting). Most of these are sweet, happy things. I actually think things that are sweet and happy make me cry more than sad things, which probably says something about me but I’m not sure I want to figure out what.


This video:


Simcha’s post on Robins.  I understood it so well, and I’ve only had one, and that one only for six months!


There is an older woman whose home is adjacent to the parking lot I use at work.  The area is a beautiful “old town” with 100 year old homes and huge trees and antique stores.  This woman’s home was once beautiful too, but has fallen into disrepair.  She has many, many (many many) cats running around her property and a good deal of broken down stuff in her front yard (imagine a scene from “Hoarders.”  It’s like that.).  The house gives off a smell that makes me think it isn’t ever cleaned.  Maybe not in a decade or two.  She is cheerful and always says hello when she’s outside, but isn’t outside often.  The last couple of days I have noticed a dumpster out in front and today as I was walking to lunch I saw that all of her things were being piled up on the sidewalk and a man (who looked like a city worker, not a relative) was busily sweeping and throwing things away.  She was sitting on her rocker, looking scared and sad.  It was so heartbreaking.  I hope very much that she is getting some help, as I think she needs it, but it was so hard to see.


This song:

I am so late to the Mumford and Sons party.  I love this album, though.  Total roll-down-all-the-windows-and-sing-loudly music.


PW’s post about her boys at Universal Orlando.  Okay, this is an older story, but I cried lots when I read it the first time (and I just read it again and I misted up so it counts for this week!).


My hubby and I watched Pride and Prejudice last Friday (he lost a bet) and I cried.  Can’t tell you how many times I’ve read that book and watched that movie and I still cried.  The end gets me every time (and several parts in the middle, but that’s neither here nor there).  I’d link to it, but I can’t find it, so just go and watch the last five minutes of the 2005 version.  I know that version gets a lot of hate because of no Colin Firth and all, but I still love it and the (admittedly somewhat cheesy) ending.


This picture:

I mean, what is she, three??  Five and a half?  Voting??  Going to college??? (at least I’m not dramatic about it, am I right?)

That was fun!  Cathartic, anyway.  Go see Jen over at Conversion Diary for other 7 Quick Takes that hopefully won’t be about crying.

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April 14, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday – Volume 4


I just finished Bossypants by Tina Fey and it cracked me up.  She is extremely funny (not shocking), but also obviously very thoughtful and a great writer (also, by the way, totally fine with f-bombs.  Just thought you should know before running out and reading it to your five year old or something).   It is written as a series of connected essays, and I found myself reading several of them out loud to my husband or sending them to my mom and sister.   A fun, quick read.


I understand the Kindle opposition; I too LOVE the smell and feel of books, but I was over the moon yesterday when I discovered my dear Anne Shirley Blythe can be gotten for free for the Kindle.  Now she goes with me everywhere.  I love her.


 My newest home idea is to paint my kitchen thusly:

I kind of have a wild hair that I want to do it this weekend.  Which, check back with me on Monday because we will see.


I just read Pioneer Woman’s official confirmation that she’ll have her own show on the Food Network soon.  Wow!  See how blogging can pay off?  Two book deals, a potential movie deal, and your own tv show.  Way to be awesome, Ree!  I am sure I can anticipate the same for myself in the near future.


Today I found a recipe for cinnamon rolls that doesn’t require proofing or rising?  What?!?  I am going to try immediately.  Also, on the exactly opposite end of the spectrum, chocolate cookies with yeast.  My whole world is flipped, turned upside down.


Is the song in your head now?  One of my favorite bizarro phenomena of the modern era is that anyone of my generation (early-mid 80s babies) can sing every lyric of that song with almost no prompting at all.  It’s universal (alright, United-Statesian).


Gratuitous baby cute:

Who said I wanted to wear a bunny hat anyway?

This was taken the day she started getting roseola.  We thought she was just grumpy but she was on her way to sicky.  She’s all better now, though!

Thanks to Jen at Conversion Diary for hosting Quick Takes!

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April 7, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday – Volume 3


I am planning on teaching J sign language now that she is getting closer to six months.  She has been very chatty since she was little– around six weeks– and at times it seems like she is really really trying to speak English but just can’t.  It seems like the likelihood is high that she will become very frustrated as she gets older and is unable to speak yet, so I thought sign language might help.  I am planning on chronicling her progress here.  If anyone has any tips/advice I’d love it!



One of hubs’s coworkers’ friends is making these awesome hats this Easter:

It is the cutest thing ever, no? and is obviously very high quality.  If anyone is interested in buying one send me an email:  I’d totally recommend them!



Made these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies today.  Delicious!  I think, more than anything, that cookies are my downfall.  First I eat the dough, then I have to try them when they’re out of the oven, then I have to have a few for dessert after dinner, then they’re still there in the morning and I mean how different is a cookie from a muffin, am I right?  It’s a slippery slope.



Photo from How Sweet It Is

Also, and maybe this is too much food-related info but it’s too late now, I made this for dinner tonight, substituting ground turkey for ground chicken.  So delicious!  A couple tips:  1) Don’t burn your onions.  2) Definitely use the flat, skillet side of your grill pan to cook the burgers (as they suggest).  The grill pan side was too much for the soft burgers before they set up.  3) Add avocado!  It was super tasty.



Cooking and baking blogs are my favorite thing lately.  I think it’s because it’s sort of DIY (in a way… I mean I am “doing it myself”) but I can actually do it, rather than just look and wish I were that talented and/or had a sewing machine.  There’s so much instant gratification when I find a recipe and make it that night or the next night. I just love finding new cooking blogs and scrolling through their recipes… there are SO MANY talented people out there!  If you have one you can’t live without let me know!  My favorite is obviously PW, but that’s kind of like saying my favorite sea mammal is a dolphin.  Kind of a given (don’t bother arguing for Orcas.  They’re pretty but they’re way scarier than dolphins and there has never been a talking Orca on a primetime sci-fi television show).



On that note (cooking blogs, not SeaQuest), I have a bad habit of always making something I’ve never made before when we’re having company over.  I sort of awkwardly cover myself by saying “well I’ve never tried it before, I hope it’s good!,” but why do I put myself in that situation in the first place?  Not a good idea.  And it’s not like it always comes out perfectly either.  I have a particularly vivid memory of having J’s godfather over for dinner and cooking chicken just terribly.  He powered through, but it was definitely a low point.  I kept halfheartedly pointing out “it’s a new recipe… first time…”  So sad.



Tonight I went to a jewelry party at my sister-in-law’s house.  It was quite fun.  At an earlier party for this same line (Lia Sophia) I bought these earrings:

They’re really light and pretty and out of my normal comfort zone (some sort of stud I leave in for six months at a time) but very me at the same time.  At the party tonight I bought a very similar pair in gold.  My husband teased me for being so unadventurous, but I say buying the silver ones in the first place was adventurous; now I’m just continuing on that adventure.  Or something.


Thanks to Jen at Conversion Diary for hosting Quick Takes Friday!



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March 31, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday- Volume 2


I am pretty sure that blogging is supposed to include more than just Quick Takes, but the last two weeks have not been blogging-friendly.  Oh well, carry on (as Uncle Tim would say)!



I have a problem: I am completely addicted to Kindle samples.  It’s really a problem.  I think I’ve downloaded about 10 books and about 30 samples.  Anytime anyone mentions a book, in any situation, I immediately go on Amazon and download the sample.  It works really well because I have sort of a “reading to-do list” on my Kindle at all times, but it is also contributing to my shortened attention span, I fear.

Here are a few of the many I have on there (most of which I really want to read to completion):

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century

Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

The Hiding Place

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story

There is a lot of non-fiction in there, now that I look at them together.  Usually that’s not so much my bag.  Interesting.  If anyone has any suggestions for other books that I need to download (a sample of), do let me know!



This here?  This is a problem too.  Lots of problems around here, apparently.

That is an empty non-decaf coffee at about 3:30 yesterday.  I specifically requested a decaf, and much to-do was made about making it a decaf, but it was most definitely NOT a decaf.   For other, regular humans this might not be an issue, but I am not a regular human. My super-(sub-?)human caffeine sensitivity is well known hither and yon.  Anyways, my insane hyper chatter made my coworkers and then husband crazy for the rest of the day and I think I finally passed out once the caffeine had exited my system around 3am.  No more McD’s coffees for me.



This is J’s newest face.  No further comment.



I have two cooking posts coming up this week!  My poor husband has had to put up with my taking pictures of every step of our dinners for the past week or so.  He’s such a good sport.



We’re working our way through my birthday present: the ENTIRE series of I Love Lucy.  I had forgotten how much I love this episode:

I do love her.  She cracks me up.



No seven!  Can’t think of anything and I don’t want to pull a “high school junior” and BS the last one!

Thanks to Jen at Conversion Diary for hosting Quick Takes Friday!

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March 17, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday



This is my very first Quick Takes as a new blogger. Feels good.


Are they supposed to be that short? Jen’s are never that short.



Alright, I can do this. We’re having a bocce ball tournament for the hubs’s birthday on Saturday. I plan to win and win big.


The baby has been super gassy the last few nights. I read so much conflicting information about whether what I eat has any effect on her digestion that I haven’t really spent time charting what happens to her when I eat certain foods. Is there any reason a four month old would suddenly have an increase in gas?


I had thought I would struggle finding topics to blog about given that I don’t have a very clear-cut “theme” here (it’s not specifically a mommy blog, or a religious blog, or a food blog), but that has not turned out to be the case. I have a list of posts I want to write and the list keeps getting longer. This Quick Takes is not included in my inspiration rush, obviously. I just noted I wanted to write a Quick Takes post, but didn’t indicate what I might include therein. I think we can all agree this was a mistake.


Phew! Made it to 7. Has anyone seen The Adjustment Bureau? I really want to see it for some reason but have heard no word of mouth and haven’t gotten around to reading any reviews.

Happy Friday to everyone! I, for one, am thrilled for the weekend (I’m all about controversial and rebellious statements like that. It’s how I roll.)!