Seven Quick Takes Friday Vol. 29




So last night was Opening Night for “And Then There Were None.” Here are some pictures from Tech Week, with me and my lovely stage husband. We had a great crowd, including my parents, last night, and everyone did a wonderful job onstage. So I think we’re all quite pleased. Backstage we had a rousing discussion of literature (one of my favorite kinds of rousing discussions!) and travel. It was much fun. I get some reading in while the others are finishing Act I, because no one else disappears until the end of the act.

The show has five more performances–two this weekend and three next weekend–so if you’re local, come on out!


Books: I’ve read Emily Freeman’s Million Little Ways, which I really liked, and now I’m into Madeline L’Engle’s “O’Keefe Family  trilogy”, which deals with Calvin and Meg from the Wrinkle Quintet and their kids, especially Poly (who’s name is really Polyhymnia–egads!). I finished The Arm of the Starfish and am about 1/2 through Dragons in the Waters. I’m also almost done with A Feast for Crows. One nice thing about dying early–reading time! 🙂


The Christmas scarves near completion. I think that may be tomorrow’s project backstage–finishing the Christmas scarf. Then I want to start a sort of scarf/wrap for me, because it’s definitely getting colder here. I think it’ll be like 45 today and it’s raining. Not that I mind–that’s great stay in weather, and my fireplace is going, and I have coffee–but it does mean scarf for Emily time. I’ve got some lovely Quince and Co. yarn that I can’t wait to knit up for me.


I missed my pure barre classes this week because of tech week, but I’m back at it on Monday. I’ve actually missed going to class. This is weird. Fortunately I’ve gone to enough classes now that I have an idea of things I can do at home, so I don’t want to be totally lost when I’m back on Monday.


In CCD this week, we’re talking about Adam and Eve. This is actually week one of two weeks on Adam and Eve. I guess we want to make sure the kids really get the story. The Fall is next week, so this week is about how great Eden was, and what God gave Adam and Eve to do, and so forth. Have I mentioned I love my class? Because I do. They are a bunch of great kids.


One of the “hot spots” (as the FlyLady says) in my house is my kitchen table. It tends to just be a mess. So this week I decided that maybe if I have flowers there, it will look better? As in, I can keep the table clear? So far it’s working. I’ve got golden chrysanthemums, some snap dragons, tiger lilies, and two roses in a green mason jar for a vase.


A huge pet peeve of mine is stores other than grocery stores that are open on Thanksgiving. Really, guys?

I live in a section off a street that has a Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, etc. on it. And every Thanksgiving I see people skipping time with their families to buy cheap video games and washers and dryers and TV sets. This really gets my goat.

These stores should not be open. The employees are going to have to get up at the crack of dawn anyway for Black Friday. They should have a day–a few hours–with their families before the commercial madness.

And the consumers in line? SHAME ON YOU. Really. You “need” an item so badly that you’re going to wait in (what is usually) crappy Ohio weather for it? ARE YOU INSANE?

Yes. The answer is yes. And every year, I hate this.

Today I read an article that said JCPenney is opening at 8 PM on Thanksgiving. This is wrong. So, so wrong.

People: please. Don’t shop on Thanksgiving, unless it’s to buy a new turkey to replace the one you ruined. Please.

And Then There Were None pictures

from first dress rehearsal on Monday; my apron is being taken up, thanks. 🙂

I did not invite a disembodied voice for dinner.....

I did not invite a disembodied voice for dinner…..

Because drinking brandy solves everything in this show

Because drinking brandy solves everything in this show

Me and my husband, Tom.

Me and my husband, Tom.

A four course dinner on my hands and no one to help me.

A four course dinner on my hands and no one to help me.

My husband is a slacker

My husband is a slacker

Nashville Retreat, Part VII: Coming Home, and a Dominican Dog

So, we hit the road around 1:30 or so. By this time, my internal clock was way off, because it was also the day to turn the clocks back an hour. So we’d lost an hour of sleep the night before, but I was glad we wouldn’t be driving in darkness for most of the trip (we were lucky; it didn’t get dark until we were almost in Ohio, and by then, the “hard parts” of the trip were over).

We stopped to get gas, and then at Starbucks for coffee and water for Mary and Katie, where we had a lovely discussion about CAtholicism with the window barrista, named John (who called us “ma’am”–I love Southern guys). Then we were on the road.

The drive was better heading home; there were fewer people on the road, and not a lot of traffic. I still hate those road signs, though! We stopped for dinner again in la Grange, KY, and then for gas outside of Wilmington, OH. There was more talking on the way back and more consensual choice of music instead of me as DJ. 🙂

We got to Columbus around 9:00, and I got home around 10. My body was sore and tired and generally bewildered, but it was a great retreat. I was glad, however, to be able to take the CI out. I’d slept with it on in Nashville so I could hear the rising bell, and wearing it for like 56 hours straight is NOT the best thing ever. I woke up with a migraine this morning and subsequently slept until like 1 PM. But today was all about letting my body do what it wanted, as opposed to making it do what I wanted, as I’d done all weekend. 🙂 I think everyone lost around 5 lbs. with all the walking and climbing and standing and kneeling we did! 🙂

Below is one of my favorite parts of the stained glass at St. Cecilia’s: The Dominican Dog. As Dominicans, it’s sort of a pun: we’re called the “hounds of God,” because that’s what Dominicans is in Latin. So the stained glass window in the oratory has the dog at St. Dominic’s feet, with a torch in its mouth. This is reference to the dream St. Dominic’s mother, Jane, had when she was pregnant with him. She dreamed that she would give birth to a dog with a torch in its mouth, that would set the world aflame. Her priest told her that she would give birth to a boy who would set the world on fire with his preaching–which he surely did, and which Dominicans continue to do today. So a dog with a flaming torch in his mouth is often seen in his iconography. Often the dog is a dalmatian, since it’s colors–black and white–are also the Dominican colors.

The Dominican Dog

The Dominican Dog

Wherever the weekend goes…

So my weekend was a bit schizophrenic.

It started out great. My best friend was in town, there was Scali’s for dinner, and Guinness Cake, and Michael Phelps winning more gold. These things are all excellent, and helped with the tremendously great profiteroles, sangria, and pizza I had on Thursday night. 


So this was all good!

(So was this…) 

(This is also true)

So there were two days of goodness.

Then Saturday. 

Saturday I was going to the Irish Festival for the first time with N, one of my church buddies. I was super looking forward to it. And for a bit, we had a good time. We bought lovely Celtic dresses (our Halloween costumes in perpetuity; I can go as Eowyn for the rest of my life), a winter hat, a Claddaugh ring, and books that we had signed by the authors. We had some fish and chips (well, I did, N is allergic to fish) and listened to Celtic music. And all was well.

Except it was REALLY hot. And Emily doesn’t do well with hot. 

We left, I dropped N off at home, and I drove myself to the ER for some fluids, because fluids are important, and I wasn’t keeping them down by mouth. So this was my first trip to the Resort’s NEW ER/ED/ EC (Emergency Room/Department/Center, whatever you want to call it). They have a very nice, very expanded triage area; a small X-ray room for ED patients only, and they’re right next to the new “imaging” (CT/MRI/other radiology fun) center. So after a lot of bags of fluid, some happy drugs to make my stomach behave, a CT scan with contrast (which meant a peripheral IV—I have some lovely scars now) and an EKG, I was sprung around 2 am. My sister came, drove me home, and I slept like the dead until today, when I finally felt human again.


So, all in all, a rather eventful weekend. 

Simple Woman’s Daybook–December 19, 2011

Outside my window… dark. Nothin’ to see here. 🙂 

I am wearing…a lilac tank top and my Pitt sweatpants. Just got out of the shower. 

Around the house…before I go to bed tonight: Vacuuming the main floor, cleaning the tub, and taking out the bathroom trash. Also making sure the kitchen is presentable. 

In the CD player…Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. 

I am reading…Purgatorio; The Sunflower, by Richard Paul Evans

From the kitchen…cheese ball, meringues for Christmas Eve. 🙂 

Liturgy…Confession this week, so I am ready for Christmas. Also 20s group on Thursday, so Adoration and catechesis class.

A few plans for the week…Tomorrow: Work lunch; Thursday: lunch with Mom and Dad and 20s Group; Saturday: CHRISTMAS EVE! 6:30 Mass then dinner at Bon Vie. And Sunday….CHRISTMAS 🙂 🙂 🙂

A picture I am sharing: 

Me and my mom, Christmas 1983? 1984? 

Simple Woman’s Daybook–November 7, 2011

Feast of all Dominican Saints

Outside my window…getting dark…the one thing I don’t like about daily savings. Oh well. Lovely fall day,. 

I am thinking...about my massive to-do list for tonight. There’s a lot on there, mostly stuff that needs organized, found, written, and done (like exercise). One thing about it getting dark earlier, it really kills my after-dinner walks, so have to find something else to do!

I am thankful for…the approach of another holiday season. How I love it. (All of it…Turkey Day, Advent, Christmas…)

To live the liturgy…Mass today for Dominican saints; tomorrow we remember all the souls of departed Dominicans. Also, being faithful to the Office. My life is a lot better when I do that. 

From the kitchen…cinnamon puffs from The Pioneer Woman’s cookbook. It’s a feast day! And these look yummy for snacking and breakfast. (and QUICK)

I am wearing…black pants, a berry colored sweater, and matching camisole underneath.

I am creating…A short story. 

I am readingFive for Sorrow, 10 for Joy

In the CD player…Original cast, The Phantom of the Opera

Around the house….dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, lots of loads in the dishwaster

A few plans for the rest of the week….Voting tomorrow; 20s group on Thursday; DAy off on Friday, so watching Harry Potter Seven part 2 and crying my eyes out; taking Tiff to the symphony on Saturday

A photo thought: 

At the barn dance on Saturday with my favorite dance partner. 🙂 

I just love Cookie Monster. 


Guess what Cookie Monster is making?

(We’re guessing… cookies.)