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Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. In the Heat of the Moment)

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I don’t really call it a boycott, what I do.

It’s just that I put my money where my mouth is.

If my faith is the most important thing in my life, if my God is the most important… um, thing, in my life, then I won’t support organizations, companies, groups that do things my God says is wrong.

So, Girl Scouts, Nike, Starbucks, Planned Parenthood (seriously), Pepsi during that fetal tissue testing thing…

I try not to sponsor them with my money. I don’t go to Starbucks, I obviously don’t go to Planned Parenthood. I don’t buy Nike. When I hear of another company having suspect policies, I add them to my list.

— 2 —

So, the other day at work, when someone suggested I do a mud run sponsored by the Girl Scouts, I told her I didn’t support the Girl Scouts because they aren’t too Christian like.

She asked why. I cited their relationship with Planned Parenthood.

She said, and this is a direct quote, “Abortion isn’t all that they do.”

I was just blown away.

I wish I  had thought of this argument then… but hindsight is great, right? Here’s my too-late come-back:

“Murders only kill people part of the time.” OR “Molesters do good things, too.”

I tried to cite the fact that PP doesn’t really even do that much other than abortions. She wanted none of it.

It’s really hard for me to even have a sane argument with someone like that.

— 3 —

She brought up Yoga out of nowhere… which… is another thing that should be on my list…

I don’t even want to write about it, it makes me upset.

Not yoga. I mean, people how do it and are serious about it and don’t know the origins, yeah, that makes me irritated.

But her argument. Out of nowhere.

Do Buddhists recite the Rosary? That should have been my argument then.

— 4 —

I wish that I could pause real life so that I could come up with these better, valid, rational sounding arguments.

I mean, the Rosary, come on.

This is why I usually avoid these types of conversations, though I know that’s not the answer either. Really, I need to find a way to be calmer about the whole thing.

To be rational and produce valid points at the scene of the argument… not 20 minutes later.

— 5 —

In other news… this is supposed to be seven different things… sorry that I don’t do that the right way…

My garden gave me six tomatoes, 1 cucumber, tons of green beans and cat nip today.

That’s right, I grow fresh cat nip for my cats. I may be a cat lady in the making. You’re welcome. I know the world loves us.

— 6 —

Oh. I never made the cheesecake last weekend.

I did make the chili though. It was fantastic.

If you’d like a short version of my non-recipe chili, I use ground pork. It’s cheaper and cooks up faster.

I start the beans, the tomatoes, and green chilies. Then I go to the store because I forget to buy meat sometimes. This usually takes me a while to get to the store, so the beans and stuff cook up a little bit  for a while. Oh, in the crock pot. Yeah.

So, come home from the store, brown (not really, because it’s pork) the pork and then throw that in the crock pot, too.

I like the chili smoky, not hot, so I use this spice run for pork… yeah. I just throw some of that in the crock pot, stir it up. Put some more in. Stir it up. You know.

Then I just eat it. No, that’s not true. I put sour cream (or cream cheese is flipping awesome, too) and some shredded cheese.

Yum. I love chili. I could seriously eat it every weekend. It’s so easy and good.

— 7 —

I finally have both tires on my bike inflated… it’s a long story.

So, I’m going for a ride this weekend. Maybe later today.

I just love riding a bike. It’s so freeing. It can be a non-running cardio day workout.

Have a great weekend!
God bless.

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What I read – April 2013

Reading list:

-Finished Lord of the Flies

-still reading History of the Wife

-still reading Heaven’s Song

-Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling

-Why we are made to bear children

-a lot of gardening books

But my reading (and my writing) kind of fell off last month. I don’t have a good reason. I’ve been watching a lot of TV which I hope to quite now that it’s summer.

I’ll be weeding, reading and writing.

At least that’s the plan.

Part of my plan is to join the Daughters of Isabella. I had never even heard of them until I read Sunday’s bulletin.

It’s the women’s auxillary to the Knights of Columbus. It’s just what I’ve been looking for.

I bet most of the women I see at daily Mass are a part of it. I’m especially excited because I never made it to the ‘youth group,’ and it never excited me that much anyway.

I just miss my old parish’s youth minister and activities.

I also have so exciting it’s nerdy plans about my garden.

I was washing the food processer and I realized I’ll be growing everything I need to make pico de gaillo.

You know, the diced tomato, pepper and onion mix. Like a salsa only not liquidy.

Which reminded me that I can make salsa, too!

And I already thought about pickels. Maybe some steamed tomatoes.

What else?

Pestos with fresh herbs!

I also plan to share the extra food I grow with everyone at work. Everyone loves tomatoes and cucumbers, right?

God bless.

Also, I am not taking part in Jen’s quick takes this week because I don’t have anything nice to say… well, not something nice and important enough to warrant a blog post.

I’ll be back in it next week… I still haven’t shared my experience at a new church in San Diego!

Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. Arizona)

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Last Friday, I was in Flagstaff, AZ, on the way to the Grand Canyon. I had never been before. It was like I expected.

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Because of our timeline, we didn’t schedule hiking or anything down in the actual canyon. We will next time we go.

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— 2 —

We did some hiking at Sunset Crater National Monument.

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This was while it was still warm. The ash flow was so cool. I think this was my favorite part.

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That’s me. Wearing my sneakers with a skirt. Yeah, I rocked that.

 

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— 3 —

On Thursday, when we landed, we immediately went here:

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MacAlipine’s. If you’re ever in Phoenix, I highly suggest this place. The food was great, and they can make all kinds of mil shakes and cream sodas.

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The only hard part about coming back was being so t ired. I just didn’t sleep that much over the vacation.

 

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— 5 —

San Diego was cool, too. Good food, for sure.
Most of my vacation was delicious food.

— 6 —

Now I’m home and my plan is to make delicious food here. Of course!

— 7 —

I also found out I got a garden plot through the community garden program. 10 square feet of dirt.
Mid-May I’ll be planting tomatoes and herbs and onions and carrots and everything!
I’m really over-excited about this because I’ve wanted a garden so long, but it’s been impossible with apartments.

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I was that close to that mule deer. They’re big. Big big. Like I didn’t know deer were that big.

God bless.

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Experience coffee

There is something about a new, fresh warm cup of coffee.

Or espresso. Or however you like your hot concatenated beverages.
there’s something about the pouring cream, or steamed milk or creamer into a cup.
there’s something about grinding the beans.
It’s the process, I think.
Scoop, scoop, close the lid, grind.
I love this part. Right now, I’m still going through already-ground coffee.
I had bought some huge cans of coffee before I  bought the grinder. I just re-grind to freshen it up a bit.
Or if I’m making espresso, I grind it finely.
So there isn’t a noise yet, when I grind, except the wind of the machine.
It’s soothing. It spins, I watch. Great.
And it’s almost like I’m making it.
So much of brewing coffee coffee is not making coffee.
Most of the making part comes after. Adding cream (yes please) or sugar (no thanks) and stirring it.
Making it the way I want to drink it. That’s my favorite part.
But I also know a good cup of coffee starts with good beans and a good grind.
So I enjoy the grinding part. Sue me if it’s not really grinding. It’s like a little refresh grind for my pre-ground beans.
Tap tap into the basket.
Another favorite part. Especially trying to keep all the grinds in the paper liner. Every time I find some grinds in my coffee, I remind myself that I should put the grinds in while the basket is not over the water reservoir. Doesn’t happen. Find grounds all the time.
Oh well.
Then the machine takes it over. But I can still hear the dripping (a little). I don’t have a percolator. I have an internal coffee catcher, or whatever.
I leave the cover open so I can smell it brewing.
Then I hear a final few sizzles on the hot plate and know it’s done.
I used to have a thing about big, tall cups. I liked to fit my hand through… the handle.
Not so much anymore.
I found two cute tea cups at a thrift store almost a year ago and I use those when I’m at home.
I can… cup the cup with my hands, and if I want to, I can fit a finger through the handle.
It makes the cup go faster, but then I drink it while it’s still warm. That’s a common problem I have, not drinking it fast enough.

So, coffee is in cup. What’s next?

Cream. Creamer. Creamier. Yes, yes and yes. Please. A lot.
I used to be excessive about this.
Not since I got the espresso machine. Sometimes I use half and half with a spoon of flavored syrup in my regular coffee: tastes like espresso and steamed milk, way less work.
I know that store-bought flavored creamers are crap… but, whatever.
Again, sue me.
I may not be that pure of a coffee purist.
I like French vanilla creamer.
Sometimes Bailey’s Irish Cream, sometimes some chocolate.
Whatever is my fancy when I’m at the store.
I used to buy that powdered cappuccino.
Meh. I would rather have steamed milk and espresso.
Tastes better.
I like to make coffee on Mondays and Tuesdays and espresso when I have more time.
Or when I haven’t ran out of milk.
It’s nice to come home from Mass and make a cup and think about the homily or readings.
You have to focus on espresso. You have to start steaming at just the right time.
The focus lets you pray. Sort of like the Rosary. Sort of.
God bless.

Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 5)

— 1 —

During Ash Wednesday Mass last week, a student told our priest that he was giving up pillows.
Beautiful. I’ve been thinking about it the past week that our observances don’t need to be complex and difficult just because we’re adults (or trying to hard to be!). Giving up something that we love like pillows at night would be great. What a simple way to always remember Christ’s 40 day fast in the desert. He went without pillows, too.
Kids’ faith amazes and surprises me to no end. I am glad I have decided to return to school Masses at my church.

— 2 —

My own Lenten observances are doing… OK.
Are we ever 100 percent satisfied with the way we do things? I rarely am.
I know that I am not asking other people to do things (“nagging”) as much as a few weeks ago. I am not complaining about something that I can change. (I’m cold… no, just grab a blanket, put on a sweater, easy.)
But there are also times I realize that I don’t pay attention enough… such as, in the car. It’s really, really hard for me to be a rational person while I’m driving to work.
The past few days, I skipped taking the highway and have taken a slower but saner route on a county road. No merging and no… well, there’s more rationality on this road.
I’m also seeing a whole other part of this area that I didn’t know about. Wonderful.

— 3 —

Tomorrow I’m going on a Steeple Chase with my Archdiocesan. I can’t wait!
I hope to have a ton of pictures to share with the blog.

— 4 —

I just read an OSV article about the American Cardinals going to the Vatican. God bless them.

— 5 —

I’m evaluating my eating again. I did the Whole 30 in January, which was a real blessing and challenge for me.
I like to eat Paleo. I like the way my body feels when I don’t eat grains (rice, wheat, oat, corn).
But I don’t eat 100 percent Paleo. I eat meat, veggies, fats… and some dairy.

Wait, wait, wait… dairy isn’t OK on the Paleo plan. True.
But I don’t drink a glass of milk with every meal. I put cream (just real cream) in my coffee in the morning.
And I have some cream cheese in my fridge that just wants to go in some creamy eggs… but I haven’t gone that far yet.
I put sour cream on my tacos… anyway, the point is, I eat what makes me feel good.
A half-gallon of ice cream over 2 days doesn’t make me feel good.
Yesterday’s breakfast of chorizo, eggs and broccoli makes me feel good all day.
Spinach meatloaf for lunch made me feel good. A slow cooked beef brisket made me feel good.

Sweet potatoes make me feel good… and they are good. Yum. I need to quick talking about food. I’m getting hungry.

— 6 —

I started reading Lolita. I don’t know why.
It’s horrible. Wait, no. It’s good writing. The descriptions are great and not boring though long.
But… it’s horrible. I quit reading about after the mother died. I don’t know why I got it from the library, and I don’t know why I haven’t returned it yet. It should not be in my apartment.
I don’t care if it’s a classic and if the end somehow makes it worth it. I can’t have that near me any longer.

There may not be official censored lists anymore, but that’s no reason that we need to see, read, hear, watch, experience everything that comes around. We can self-censor and that doesn’t make us bad people.

It will be a while before I read something out of the ordinary. I am not whole right now because of it.

— 7 —

In the mean time, I’ve been reading Inter Insigniores and Casti Connubii. They’re all online at the Vatican’s website. What a great resource for us Catholics, to get primary source documents like that.

Did you know that today is the feast of “The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle“?

 

God bless.

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