Seven Quick Takes No. 50




It is, unofficially…..


(You knew that was coming. Don’t even try to pretend you DID NOT.)


The pool in my complex is open, friends are planning a barbecue, and of course, the great Jane Austen Re-Read kicks off today with Sense and Sensibility. Yes. That’s what makes summer here


Also: when people are eating ice cream at the patio tables outside of the local Coldstone Creamery.That is also a sign of summer. Because it can be 90 degrees in March, and people won’t do this. But if it’s 70 on Memorial Day weekend–people are going to Coldstone, and they will eat the ice cream at the patio tables. It’s a thing.


Also summer? Vacations! Disney World in nine days. NINE DAYS. I can’t wait. Have I mentioned I can’t wait? (I might have. A few times. Maybe.)


Summer musical rehearsals have been going on all month, so that’s not really “summer”, but the show goes up July 11 and runs through the 20th. So, yes, summer musicals. I love. I only have one rehearsal this weekend and it’s  run-through rehearsals, and we have to block one more scene (“Trouble”). But the whole process has been fantastic so far. Great cast, great directors, and we’re having a lot of fun.


One of the nicest things about spring/summer? Reading outside. I was out last night on my deck chair, reading Watership Down (almost done with it) and it was divine. Perfect weather, kids playing ball games nearby, and squirrels munching on nuts. It was great.


And it’s not summer without big summer movies. Planning on seeing X-Men Days of Future Past with my dad and brother this weekend, and then Maleficient at some point (although I read the book and I have to say, I dunno how I feel about this plot line, but…).

Catholic note to filmmakers and writers

Catholic NUNS are cloistered. That means they don’t work in hospitals, run schools, etc. They don’t leave their monastery unless it’s for something like a doctor’s appointment. 

Catholic SISTERS do these things. 

So, nuns aren’t sisters, and sisters aren’t nuns. 

Thanks. 🙂 


Catholic Women’s Daybook No. 61

outside my window::
a perfect day. Not too hot, not to cold, gorgeous blue sky and sun. Going to read outside in my new lounge chair tonight. 🙂


jeans, flats, and a workout shirt, since I’m heading to pulm rehab in a few minutes.

Listening to::

REM “Losing my Religion.” (I know it’s funny for me to listen to this, but I love this song). I’m importing CDs into the Precious and this is on a lot of my playlists.


The Girl With the Dragon TattooA Homemade LifeWings of the Dove. Also: JANE RE-READ starts this weekend!!! 🙂 Squee! I’m packing a lot of books for the WDW trip, so I’m trying to not read the “new” books I have.

For the Jane Re-Read, I read them in published order, so Sense and Sensibility is up first.

sense and sensibility cover

Then P&P, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and the unfinished stuff (Sandition, Watsons, Lady Susan).

Around the house::

Oh, the usual cleaning, and time to drag out the suitcase so I can start packing. Yes, I am that person.

From the kitchen::

Turkey burgers, 2 bean chili, sweet potato enchiladas. Having dinner with the parents tonight. I need to get more salad fixings so I can eat those for lunch, because they’re sort of perfect.


Working on the memoir that I want to send out as part of a query package in June. I’m to about the halfway mark of a very rough first draft.


Rehearsals Friday and Sunday this week–Saturday off for me. They don’t need me that day, it’s leads only stuff, I think. So day off!

Plans for the week::

Pulm rehab MWF, possibly yoga tomorrow night. AND possible IKEA trip soon with Mary, which has me so excited. I mean, I love this stuff. I’ve never been to the Ohio store but I am filled with house possibilities after perusing the website! Friday, rehearsals, Saturday I think Dad wants to see the new X-Men movie. Sunday, Mass and rehearsal and Monday is Memorial Day (the unofficial start of SUMMMMMMMER!)






Seven Quick Takes No. 49




If it’s Friday….it’s time to go back to River City!

Really, peeps, I am so excited about this show. I have a “family” now–one of my good PCT friends, who is also the constable in the show, is my “husband”, and we have three children, ages 7, 10 and 15. They are great kids and I’m glad they’re in my “family.” We got along immediately, so I think that bodes well for the future.

Last week we started blocking the opening, “Iowa Stubborn”, and tonight we’ll review that (and finish blocking it), work on music and blocking for “Trouble”, and work on the music for “76 Trombones” and “Wells Fargo Wagon”. Tomorrow it’s the gym scene (“76 trombones”, the Fourth of July sequence, if you’re familiar with the show) and the first Pick-A-Little rehearsal, which I am totally so excited about that it needs to be in italics. 🙂


My Pulm Rehab stint got extended again for another two weeks, and this is definitely not a bad thing. It means I’ll be in awesome shape for Disney World (which is also in about two weeks!).  All of our dining reservations are made and we’ve planned out what days we’ll go to what parks. Extra Magic Hours (EMH) work in our favor this year, meaning I’ll get to be at Magic Kingdom until midnight (yes, very poetic on their part) and EPCOT until 11 another night. We are super loving that, especially Dad, who loves EPCOT and we didn’t get to spend nearly enough time there last year.


EMH are basically extra time in the parks for people who are staying in Disney resorts (in WDW lingo, “On property”). It’s one of the nicer bonuses, besides just staying in a  really awesome hotel, which is a bonus in and of itself.


So I wrote this this week, and apparently people like it, so read it, please? Thanks. 🙂


And while we’re talking about health-ish stuff, here’s another thing:

May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. If you read this blog regularly, you are pretty “aware” of CF, because, yeah, I write about my health a lot, and CF is a huge enormous part of that–it’s what led to my transplant, after all.

Now, CF is what’s called an “orphan” disease, because it doesn’t affect a lot of people (it is the most common genetic disease in the US, but that doesn’t mean much in terms of sheer numbers). As such, it doesn’t get the funding that other diseases, like cancer or AIDS or whatever, get. It does get some government funding for research (from the NIH), so when people say CF receives no government funding, they’re wrong. The foundation (the CFF) doesn’t. But CF itself does.

So, anyway: if you have any extra pennies, could you consider donating them to the CFF? I’d appreciate it. Lots of people would appreciate it.



An addendum to that: Since I’m “friends” with a lot of people who have/are affected by CF on Facebook, there’s been a lot of CF Awareness Month stuff going on. And I fully realize that what I’m about to write it just about me, but I’m gonna share anyway.

A lot of people call us “heroes.”

I am not a hero.

I’m a regular person doing her best with the life she has. I’m not saving anyone else, I’m not doing anything brave. I’m living my life like bazillions of other people all over the planet and mostly trying not to complain about it and do the best I can.

This does not make me a hero, guys. Negative hero-ness.

In the words of Harry Potter: “But I’m Harry! Just Harry!”

Yeah, I’m just Emily. I’m cool with that.


And also speaking of CF, one of my favorite TV characters ever has CF, and I’m basically her, so I leave you with this photo 🙂

(For those of you who don’t know–she’s on Bates Motel, on A&E, which you really should watch because it’s AWESOMESAUCE)

Emma D