Friday, September 14, 2012

7 Quick Takes - The evening edition

1. We have had a busy and eventful day today with school, meeting friends at the park.  My posts are no longer on "auto post" so I think it will be quiet around here for the next week unless I get writing!

2. The weather here is perfect.  Low humidity, nice and sunny.  Lower temps.  It makes me want to go out and run . . . oh, wait, I can't . . . excuse my language, but this is beginning to suck!

3. Some schedule changes.

I think we need an overhaul here.  The boys started swim this week.  So, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, we head out to get the the pool by 9AM.  My boys like to sleep in, so this involves getting them up early.  Plus, It interrupts our school day.  Today, I really wanted to go to mass, but just could not afford 3 days of interrupted school a week. So, as I was thinking about possible solutions, it came to me. Everyone needs to get up earlier.  Instead of 9 AM mass, we can head to 8AM mass.  If the kids get up earlier, they can start their school work earlier and they will have some of their works done before swim.

The only problem with this new plan? I have to get up earlier. No more strolling into the gym at 6AM.  If this is to work, I have to be at the gym by 5AM!  I have done that in the past, but I have gotten soft!  So, next week, I am going to implement this new schedule.  I will let you know how it goes.

4. The persistent friend

And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
                                                                                                       Luke 11:5-13 ESV
I am feeling very much like the persistent friend lately concerning the Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K.  Have you registered yet?

5.  The Skinny Rules

Remember how I mentioned them last week?  Well, thanks to the Skinny Rules, I lost 2 lbs in the past 5 days.  Now I know that is not a lot, but for me, it is.  And there are two rules that I think are making the difference:
                            1. I go to bed hungry.  I have never done this before and usually have my last of 5
                            meals AFTER dinner.  But this week, I have been really good at getting 4 meals
                            in before dinner and having dinner as my last.

                            2. No creamer in my coffee. Yes, I am drinking my coffee BLACK!  Thanks to
                            my new french press I got last week (thank you freecycle!) , the coffee does
                             not need cream like it did before.

6. A great recipe find

Thanks to Maurisa at Half a Dozen and More Productions, I have found Artisan Breads in 5 Minutes a Day.  I am wheat free about 95% of the time, but I do like a great loaf of bread every once and a while and my family likes it all the time.  Can I just tell you, this is the BEST bread I have ever made. I love it!!  Check out the master recipe for yourself! I am making baguette several times a week. It is easy and so good!

7. And this week's 7 Quick takes would not be complete without a cute picture of an orphan at Little Flower Projects.

Have a great week everyone! And do not forget to register/donate!
Thanks Camp Patton for hosting!


  1. om lowercase g Katie! I told Aaron, 'I will NEVER drink my coffee black' after reading the chapter on not drinking our liquids. Rock on girlfriend! lol. That cannot happen! :) This is our first week of healthy living and although first week is the easiest in terms of numbers, I am down 5 and Aaron is down 8. Now, we wait for week 2 :)

    1. Mary- What did I say about saying "Never"? It took me YEARS to give you cream in my coffe and it has all been gradual . . . first less sugar . . . .then NO sugar . . . that less cream . . . until . .

      You never know Mary, in a few years you may be a black coffee, drinking, homeschooling mom! ;)

  2. You will love 8 am is so great up there! I will see you at 5am at the gym! I will try to sign up for the race today too...are you going to Fr Dan's retreat?