7 Quick Takes

Seven Quick Takes Friday

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I’ve joined a site called Blogging for Books. They send you books for free.  In return, you review and publicize them.  🙂  I ordered a book about Pope St. John Paul II for my first review.

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PopSugar Reading Challenge. This challenge isn’t so much about reading a specific number of books, but rather to read all different kinds of books.  I’m looking forward to broadening my horizons in 2016!

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Full Disclosure…Up to this point, these Quick Takes were written on December 1, 2015, and then left, neglected, in my Drafts until now.

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Redemptive Suffering. If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I have a mitochondrial myopathy.  It’s a rare neuromuscular disorder that most people have never heard of.  For the past 3 weeks or more, I have had horrible knotting of my muscles in my right arm.  It really hurts and makes me cry sometimes in front of other people.  It’s made worse when I use my arm, so writing and typing are difficult and painful.  I’m trying to use this pain constructively, but I really hope that relief is around the corner somewhere.

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I started knitting (again).  I saw a picture on FB yesterday of someone considering making a temperature blanket (basically, knitting one row per day in the color of the high temperature of the day).
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It looked really pretty and I was considering making one. The only problem is… I don’t knit. I *did* try knitting once and got a few rows done, but since then, my yarn and needles have been sitting on top of a bookcase collecting dust. So, today on the way out the door to work, I picked them up and stuffed them in my purse. I had watched a tutorial from New Stitch a Day yesterday, and picked up where I left off this morning. I even multitasked, watching training videos for work as I knit. This is (more or less) what it looked like a little earlier this morning.
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If you read my last blog post,  you know that I have created a plan for this new year which includes 12 different focus areas.  I still have to make detailed plans for exactly how I’m going to progress in these areas, but I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to make progress in each area, even though I know that I will not make every goal and that things will not go perfectly.  Such is life, right?  🙂  What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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Happy New Year! I wish you all the best and hope to be more prolific in my blog posting this coming year!  Please comment or write me!  I love hearing from people.

God Bless!

For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum!

Seven Quick Takes – Saturday Afternoon Edition

Seven Quick Takes

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Thing have been CRAZY around here! You would think that a girl with as many planner as I have would be able to stay sane…  Well, yes and no.  I have been working a lot of overtime, which is my preference, but between that, grad school, and extracurriculars, I don’t have a lot of down time for myself and it’s starting to take its toll.  I don’t have a good diet at the moment.  Nor any sort of exercise routine to speak of.  I desperately need to clean the house (although a friend helped quite a bit recently).  This week, I think I’m going to take a hard look at my time commitments and make a plan for fitting some of these things in.  Please keep me in your prayers and keep cheering me on! 🙂

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Mitochondrial Disease Awareness
Speaking of my Mitochondrial Myopathy… This week is Mitochondrial Awareness week. My particular disease is a neuromuscular disorder, most consistent with MELAS. It is progressive and terminal. But this doesn’t stop me from trying to do everything that I love, sometimes to the dismay of my friends. However, I recently came across a quote that I just love:

Will I someday be standing with scars to give account before Him that I wasn’t about my own comfort but Christ’s call, that I didn’t make my life about safe living but about dangerous dying, that I didn’t escape into a neat, saved American dream but into a messy, mission-driven God-sized demand, H/T

I think this sums me up pretty nicely.

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Coronels see the Pope!
Papa! My favorite family made the front page of the Free Press! Not only that, but they are currently in Philadelphia trying to cozy up to Pope Francis! What an awesome adventure! I am praying for their trip and for God to bless them with His grace. Love you guys!

 

I guess I only have 3 Quick Takes this week…

God Bless!

For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum!

7 Quick Takes: Post-Op Edition

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I’ve become something of a planner addict. This is not really anything new, I suppose. I’ve always had a love for office supplies, pens, and bright colors. But I’ve discovered over the past 9 months or so a real community of people who love the same things I do in this regard. From sticker sellers on Etsy, to people posting their layouts on Instagram, to friends I’ve made in various groups on Facebook. It’s addicting and happy, and I’ve never paid more attention to my calendar in my life! 🙂 Plus, I’ve met some truly great people.
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This is from last week. I love how pretty everything looks.

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I had surgery yesterday. It wasn’t anything super risky, per se, but it did make me pretty anxious. So much so that I actually had my PCP prescribe anti-anxiety medication for me to take ahead of time. I took them, and I didn’t think that they worked. However, I wasn’t anxious, so maybe they did! The surgery itself went much better than I could have hoped for. My brother took me and got me a Toothless dragon stuffed animal, which is absolutely adorable! I would have taken him into surgery with me, but I was afraid of getting him bloody and since I didn’t know how the anxiety meds were going to affect me, I didn’t want to risk losing him. I couldn’t have asked for the surgery to go better, so Toothless and all of the people praying for me did an excellent job!

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A funny thing on the way home… I had to pick up some supplies from the drugstore on the way home, and it was about lunch time, so we picked up sandwiches at Which Wich on the way back. The funny part comes when I went to open the back door. See, I had packed everything that I thought I might need for surgery. BUT! Since my brother was driving, I completely forgot about my keys. So, we were locked out of the house! Luckily, my parents have a spare key and were kind enough to drive over and unlock my door!

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Recovery: Day 1 It’s a little strange for me, to have all this time off work, but to be honest, I’ve slept through most of it so far. Thursday after surgery, I was exhausted and slept most of the day. Today — Friday — I have been up and down, taking several naps throughout the day. It has been awkward walking around and I’m very slow. I finally got up the nerve to do my first dressing change tonight around 7 pm or so. It went much better than I thought! I was a little worried, because I didn’t have a Band-Aid large enough, so we will see how that all goes when I change it again tomorrow.

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My Emily Ley Simplified Planner came in the mail today! I know, I know. Another planner? This one is a daily version, whereas my EC is a weekly. I plan on using it more as a working planner/gratitude journal. There’s a lot more that happens during my days than I write down in my EC. Also, since I tend to use a lot more stickers and things in my EC and publish the pages to Instagram, the SP is likely going to be less photo-worthy, and therefore I will feel freer to write in more detailed and personal content, since it’s not going to be published anywhere public (at least not most of the time).
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The only hurdle that I have left… which might get in the way of me returning to work on Monday is driving. So, if you wouldn’t mind saying a few prayers that I recover well enough to return to work, I’d really appreciate it!

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And finally… my apologies! I haven’t been blogging nearly as consistently as I would like. (For example, did you know that I started Grad School (again) this month?!) As soon as things settle down a little for me, I will be working on planning out a better routine for myself (and put all these planners to work!), for work, school, blogging, and my prayer life. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

God Bless!

For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum!

7 Quick Takes: Pictures and Words

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The Miracle Marathon started this week! This is where we run, walk, crawl, bike, etc. one mile every day for 27 days to support the Children’s Miracle Network. I have been following Andi’s blog for a while and her daughter is doing this marathon and is serving as a team captain. I joined her team and have been participating as best I can. For those of you who may not know me well, I have a mitochondrial myopathy, so doing anything physical is difficult and I get tired easily, have lots of pain and develop cardiac and breathing issues almost right away. I am doing this for charity, so any support you would be willing to give, whether financial or by praying for me, would be greatly appreciated! You can find my donation page here. Thanks! And keep cheering me on! 🙂

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Mitochondrial Disease Awareness
Speaking of my Mitochondrial Myopathy… This week is Mitochondrial Awareness week. My particular disease is a neuromuscular disorder, most consistent with MELAS. It is progressive and terminal. But this doesn’t stop me from trying to do everything that I love, sometimes to the dismay of my friends. However, I recently came across a quote that I just love:

Will I someday be standing with scars to give account before Him that I wasn’t about my own comfort but Christ’s call, that I didn’t make my life about safe living but about dangerous dying, that I didn’t escape into a neat, saved American dream but into a messy, mission-driven God-sized demand, H/T

I think this sums me up pretty nicely.

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Glow Golf! It has been just over a month since April and Jack-Jack wed and we are all excited about getting together with her tonight for some post-honeymoon Girl Time fun! 🙂 The celebration begins with glow-in-the-dark mini-golf and continues from there! Partying starts TONIGHT! I’m excited already!

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I have gone low tech! I know, the last thing you would have expected from me, right? Well, due to a bunch of different factors, I am trying out a paper planner in an effort to stay organized and not miss events. I picked the Erin Condren Life Planner, because… well, because it seemed to be the cutest, and if I like looking at it, I might actually pick it up more and use it. You can choose from a plethora of covers and customize the colors on them, or do as I did and upload a bunch of your favorite pictures to make your cover. Covers this year are interchangeable, so you can buy several, if you like, but I think I will stick with mine, as it’s covered with the people I love.

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Fish Doctor at Beaumont Grosse Pointe
I visited a friend who is inpatient at Beaumont Grosse Pointe on Wednesday. As I was walking in from the parking lot, I saw this statue. I’m not sure if it’s fun, or odd and creepy. And why a fish?

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Office supplies make me happy. I know, it’s kind of an odd thing to like, but I do. I heard of someone getting an amazing deal on a treasure chest full of Post-its and ordered some for myself. All of these Post-Its normally sell for $220 through Staples. Office Depot was having a sale, so due to that and the magic of Staples 110% price match policy, I got these for $33! A total steal! There’s about 10,000 Post-Its here, so I don’t imagine that I will be running out any time soon. 🙂

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Fr. Eric Chopping Down the Tree
And I will leave you with… A gratuitous picture of one of my priests in a tree in my front yard, cutting it down. 🙂

God Bless!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary!

7 Quick, Quick Takes

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I have been working almost 80 hours a week for 21 days straight. My next day off is Memorial Day. So, please understand why these are short and uninteresting and wander from topic to topic with no logical organization whatsoever… 🙂

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I have started a new project called God to Go! You can find information about it on the God to Go Facebook Page. Basically, I plan on showing up in various areas ready and eager to answer your questions about the Catholic faith, intercede for you, be a shoulder to cry on, or just hang out. Kind of like college professor office hours. I’ll be there, drop in if you’d like. 🙂 You can read about my first session here.

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Reading!

I read Jen’s book, Something Other Than God, and just loved it. One day, I will finish writing my review(s). One day. I also plan on competing in all (or most) of her contests. I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew. But I WILL. DO. ALL. THE. THINGS! Please be patient… 🙂

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Thursday was my last day of Bible study! I have been attending the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan for 4 years now and I have graduated! I’m looking forward to our celebration at the end of the month! It has been a wonderful program and so worth it! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I learned. The nice part is that once you graduate, you can retake the courses as many times as you want — for free! So I think that a bunch of us are going to start right back over with Year 1. I haven’t yet decided if I am going to do that or do something different. But certainly, just because I’ve graduated, doesn’t mean that I’m done reading and learning about the Word of God. If anyone has any suggestions for me for a follow-up program — I’m open to suggestions!

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I find myself taking more pictures, now that the weather is getting nicer.

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10 hour work days on Saturdays and 15 hour work days on Sundays makes Mass attendance tricky. On Divine Mercy Sunday, the liturgy ran longer than I had anticipated, so I was the one who went up to receive Jesus and then left immediately. Once I made it outside, I *ran* to my car and drove like mad to get to the other side of campus to training. I wonder what everyone thought of the crazy lady fleeing church like she was on fire. Sorry, St. Thomas parish. Your church is beautiful, though.

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

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I delivered mail from the Vatican!
Papal Blessing from Rome

My goddaughter’s papal blessing arrived and last Friday, I was finally able to meet up with her Godfather at her house to give it to her.

That’s my quick, quick version of what’s been going on in my life. What’s been going on with you?

God Bless!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary!

Linky Takes

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Why “Linky Takes”? For a couple of reasons…  First, since I’m finding it motivating to blog my progress through Lent, I thought it might be helpful for some of you out there as well.  And maybe you’re already doing it.  So, I am going to try this “linking up” thing so that we can help keep each other accountable, see what creative and inspiring things other people are doing, and enjoy this season as the body of Christ!  If you are interested, please link up by clicking on the Mister Linky icon at the bottom of the post.  Second, I am going to be posting this on Jen’s 7 Quick Takes Linky list.  I am not quite sure if the universe will implode or something, having a Linky list on a Linky list, so I apologize in advance if that does occur.  🙂

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40 Posts in 40 Days!  This is my challenge to me this Lent.  It’s not *all* that I’m doing, but I figure that it’s a good thing for me to do.  It will serve as motivation, accountability, and my journal — which my spiritual director has been after me about.  I am horrible about journaling. 🙂  As you can tell by my journal page for today:

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And since this is the Linky post… I might as well share some of the links that have been growing dust in my to-do list…
Like this one for playing old Nintendo games on your computer. We came up with this one at work. A co-worker even got Playstation controllers to work with his Macbook and we played Mario. I remembered that I suck at Mario.

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I have been doing a TON of reading lately. I challenged myself to read 150 books this year, and I think I have read about 50 so far — way ahead of the game. And, unlike last year, very few of them are small children’s books!
In keeping with the book theme, I give you Word on Fire’s Favorite Books of 2013!

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In other work-related matters… The same co-worker of Mario fame above is interested in making something out of a tiny $35 computer known as a Raspberry Pi. Here’s a link to a list of suggested projects. We’re not sure what we are going to do, but rest assured that we will do *something*. And perhaps work will even pay for it!?!

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Lifehacks. Some of these are common sense, some are wacky, some are ingenious. Here’s only one of a whole genre of posts on the subject. What are some of your personal favorites? Either amusing ideas that you’ve seen on the internet or ones that you actually use?

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Link Up Fun! As promised, below is a Mister Linky image (I know, mine isn’t as cool as others’, I can only do as much as my blog host will allow…). For anyone who would like to join me in blogging through their Lent for support and encouragement, please join me! I’d love to walk with you through this journey! 🙂

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary!

7 Quick Takes: Calendar Clean-Up Edition

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It’s that time of year again! I have always loved the beginning of the school year, even when I’m not myself a student. It’s a time of getting organized, renewing your zeal for learning, and getting office supplies at discount prices (yay!).

And for me, it means looking at my Google Calendar’s To-Do List and sighing (yet again) because I *still* have not managed to catch up. In fact, I’m further behind than ever.

But in addition to actual “to-do” items, I quite frequently stick up there websites that I want to go back and check out at a later date. So, I’ll use my Quick Takes today to list them out and share a few of the good ones with you!

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FOOD!

Weeknight Bolognese

Parmesan Crusted Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich – sounds delicious!

Beef and Bean Taco Casserole

Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar-Pecan Topping – my aunt makes these for every holiday dinner. They are amazing!

Meatloaf – I am normally not a big fan of meatloaf, but something in this recipe must have intrigued me, or I wouldn’t have bookmarked it.

Iced Coffee – I may try this one day… Likely when I feel ambitious and have no money for Starbucks

The Military Diet – Because after all this food, I could probably use a good diet.

Eat Yourself Skinny – Recipes that don’t require post-eating dieting. 🙂

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Random Items

10 Words You’ve Probably Been Misusing – This post lists words, their commonly-thought-to-be definitions, and what they really mean. I am so guilty of a lot of these…. 🙂

PASS – A new way to share photos. I’m always looking for a better solution. Nothing is perfect… yet… 🙂

Toddler Summer Reading Program – I’m always looking for more suggestions for good books for kids. If you have any recommendations, please pass them along!

Atlas of True Names – This shows the etymological roots, or original meanings, of places on maps. Pretty cool to see how place names have evolved over time. But maybe I’m just nerdy like that.

Three Bookish Girls – They have a website where they list what they are reading this year. I love discovering new books!

Liliputing – They write an article about using your phone to scan documents to Google Drive. Not that I’ve used Google Drive all that much, but one day it may come in handy.

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Things to Buy

I know. Like we need more stuff, right?

Therapearl Pals – These are cute little animals that can be frozen or heated up in the microwave to help your kid through boo-boos.

Something is Wrong with my iPad, I Still Hate My Life – So funny! But beware, content may not be entirely kid/work-safe.

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Catholic/Religious Links

Apostleship of Prayer – They go around giving retreats, and I had the opportunity to attend one when they were in the area. It was really good. I would definitely recommend it.

Theology of the Body, Extended – Susan is working on a new book! 🙂 I’ll have to add it to my TOB collection.

Holy Heroes – Books, CDs, DVDs for kids!

Strange Notions – Brandon’s website where he offers a place of dialogue, I think mainly Atheist-Catholic, but I’m sure it could be helpful for a wide range of people.

Teaching Faith to Children – a YouTube video

Lent Photo Challenge – I know, we are probably as far away from Lent as we can get, but hopefully I will remember this. I’d like to try to do it next year. 🙂

Theology of the Body – Here is a place online where you can read the original General Audiences given by Pope John Paul II

Detroit Priest – a website of the Office of Priestly Vocations for our archdiocese

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Health and Medicine

Why Diabetic Medication Fails – They give a good explanation in layman’s terms of how food, etc., affects blood sugar. Currently, I’m trying out a new medication to see what works. After my meningitis, I can no longer tolerate the medication I was taking previously. Jury is still out, but it looks like I will be changing yet again in the near future. 🙂

Pulmonary Exam – In case you want to know how to do one of these…

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Entertainment!

Best YA Books of 2012 – If you haven’t checked out Forever Young Adult yet, you should totally GET OVER THERE! 🙂 It is run by Posh (who is awesome) and her friends and their reviews are hilarious. I always go here to find out the next YA book to read (when I’m looking for something fluffy and not spiritual/theological), instead of taking my chances with pulling something off the shelf at the library or bookstore.

Paperman – A super-cute short film by Disney.

Monster’s University – Lauren gives a review for us. I *still* have yet to see this movie! *sadface*

Thanks for putting up with the glut of links! My to-do list thanks you!

God Bless!

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For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary!

7 Quick Takes: 7 x 7 Edition

On the way in to work today, I was inspired to write my quick takes in 7 x 7 style. 7 topics with 7 entries each. 🙂 Hopefully, I have enough to complete my quick takes! 🙂 Here goes!

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Seven Things I Did Before Work:

Prayed Morning Prayer and the Office of the Readings
Prayed before the Lord exposed on the altar
Got a delicious Venti iced no-ice Caramel Macchiato
Got a delicious Spinach and Artichoke souffle
Walked leisurely around downtown Plymouth, enjoying the beautiful morning
Took and Instagrammed pictures of some flowers (taken downtown)
Brought “Moloka’i” to work; reading it for a book club

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Seven Photos I Took This Morning:

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Seven Priests I Pray For:

Fr. John Riccardo – Click here for his podcasts
Fr. JJ Mech – St. Anastasia Parish Website
Fr. Eric Fedewa – St. Anastasia Parish Website
Fr. Steve Mateja – Click here for his podcasts
Fr. Clement Suhy – Click here for his podcasts
Fr. Stanley Obloj – St. Mark Parish Website
Fr. Lee Acervo – Fr. Acervo’s Corner (blog)

Not the complete list of priests I pray for… In case you are one of my priests and you feel left out… Don’t worry!

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Seven Books I Need to Read Before 8/10, When They are Due Back at the Library:

A Tale of Two Pretties
Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome
Brideshead Revisited
Kill Me Softly
Moloka’i
The Monk Downstairs
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

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Seven Devotions that can be Prayed Using Beads:

Dominican Rosary
Brigittine beads
Dolour beads
Immaculate Conception beads
Crown of Our Saviour
Chaplet of the Five Wounds
Crosier beads

Trivia: Did you know that, historically, the word “bead” or “bede” meant “prayer”?

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Seven Things That I Need to Do Around My House, That Will Be Ignored for Yet Another Week:

Putting away the laundry
Washing all the dishes
Scrubbing the tub
Cleaning the computer room
Taking old furniture to some charity
Cleaning the garage
Decluttering

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Seven Rides I Plan on Going On Tomorrow!

Gatekeeper
Raptor
Magnum
Maverick
Maxair
Windseeker
Thunder Canyon

Obviously… I’M GOING TO CEDAR POINT!!! 🙂

Gatekeeper at Cedar Point

God Bless!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary!

7 Quick Takes: Blood Draw Edition

I have a habit for finding trouble. And for being impulsive. Which sometimes gets me into trouble. I have yet to master that “prudence” virtue…

Here is my latest tale:

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How It Began: I had noticed the signs advertising a blood draw in our office building when I came in yesterday morning. I didn’t really think too much of it. But when I was headed outside to enjoy the sun during my lunch, I decided to peek my head in there. Of course, they weren’t busy and one of the nurses saw me and invited me in. The next thing I know, I’m signing in to donate.

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Of Not Being Prepared: Of course, I didn’t have my ID on me, so when I went back upstairs to grab my wallet, I let my boss know that I was giving blood. I think I said, “There are vampires downstairs. I’m going to give them all of my blood!”

I returned and had gone through all of their preliminary material to prescreen the people who should NOT donate. It was mostly concerned with things like Hepatitis and HIV. There was nothing which applied to me. I answered only the questions that they asked. I did not volunteer any additional information. I mean, if you tell people that you have a terminal illness, they tend to get a little apprehensive about doing random, unnecessary, invasive medical procedures on you. Especially if there are other, healthy individuals to be had.

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Why Do I Do These Things? I can’t really tell you why I was so determined to give blood. I’m not really sure myself. I remember growing up that my mom used to give blood all the time, and I thought that was a great thing to do. You could help out a bunch of people. Working in General Surgery, I know that blood tends to be more in demand in the summer months and that insufficient quantities of blood products in the blood bank can delay surgeries from being performed. So, it’s not something to be taken for granted.

And, I just like to help others.

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During the Procedure: There are some things I know.
1. I have 3 genetic hypercoagulabilities. So I tend to bleed slowly and clot the needle. This means that the poor nurse attending to me had to constantly re-position the needle and press on my arm to ensure that the blood flowed well. It kinda hurt to have her press like that the whole time and keep playing with the needle. She was nice and made comments about how I was going to have her fingerprints embossed on my flesh. I told her she could autograph them.

2. I don’t deal well with losing blood. I’m not afraid of the sight of blood or anything like that; I just don’t react well. I get nauseated and light-headed and have been known to pass out. I prayed that this wouldn’t happen.

3. This means that I kept up a string of Hail Marys for the duration of the procedure. And since I was hurting (see #4 for additional reasons), it was hard for me to focus on the actual words of the Hail Mary. This happens a lot. So, I have developed a habit of praying “Half Marys” — just “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners NOW and at the hour of our death. Amen.” It’s all I can manage at times.

4. HOWEVER… Even during the procedure, I could feel myself getting nauseated, colder, and the fingers on the arm that had the big needle in it were going numb, even though I was rolling the little paper cylinder that they give you.

5. I think the other nurse actually called me “slow” to my face. The nurse who was playing with my needle the whole time said I was “very patient”. I like her better.

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After the Giving: They directed me over to the corner of the room to grab my juice and cookies. I am still a little bitter that they don’t have sandwiches and T-shirts, too, like the Central Florida Blood Bank does. That’s one classy operation, right there. 🙂 Anywhoo, I was already late getting back to work, so I asked the guy if I could just grab my juice and go. He was a little hesitant, as donors are *supposed* to wait there 10-15 minutes to make sure that they are okay.

I couldn’t wait, so he loaded me up with 2 juices and a package of cookies and hoped audibly that I wouldn’t be found lying in the hallway on the way back to the office.

Pfft! Of course not! I wouldn’t do that!

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Catastrophe: I would wait until after I was back at my desk before passing out! Good thing for me that I typically have a lot of presyncope symptoms and can tell when this is happening. So, I had time to get out of my chair and lay down on the floor (and text people, LOL!) first. While I was laying there, I could hear people asking each other, “Is she okay? She’s laying on the floor.” Um. Way to wonder about me instead of coming over to *see* if I’m okay???

Well, this passed soon enough. And my boss got to comment on how white I was. “You are like white-white-white. Whiter than you normally are.” Which is basically transparent. 🙂

I drank both my juices and ate my cookies and eventually I was able to get off the floor and go back to work.

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Am I in Trouble? Close to the end of the day, I got an e-mail from a manager in the Public Relations department, asking if I had given blood at the NCAC (my office) that day. Um…. yes? Was I in trouble? For leaving the blood donation site early? For having problems when I got back to my desk?

As it turns out… NO! 🙂 I had won a prize! Apparently, in an effort to get more employees to give blood, they entered everyone in a drawing. So, I won a duffle bag full of U of M swag: an umbrella, a USB fan, a T-shirt, a Frisbee and a travel cold-cup (for my Starbucks, of course). 🙂

Now, that almost makes it all worth it right there!

(If, of course, it wasn’t ALREADY worth it due to the helping save other people’s lives and stuff….)

My life… is always exciting! 🙂 I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Aftermath:
It turns out that I ended up getting nerve damage and had a T-Rex arm (unable to fully straighten it without a lightning bolt of pain from elbow to wrist). Fun times.

God Bless!

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7 Quick Takes: Whiteboard Edition

Since I live alone, I have a couple “spare” bedrooms. One is the “office” and the other I use as a exercise/prayer room. Back when I was reading through the Theology of the Body for the first time, I had a bunch of questions or things that I was trying to keep in mind so as to better understand the text. It was frustrating having to keep looking up things that I had looked up before, so I bought a whiteboard and stuck it on the back of the door. On it, I could write definitions or whatnot and then I could just look over every time I got to another sticky passage. Quite helpful.

Over the years, I’ve changed the contents of this whiteboard several times. Sometimes I’ll have lists of prayer intentions, sometimes I’ll have inspiring quotes, and when I was reading through the Bible, I admit to listing the remaining books I had left to read (out of order) and gleefully crossed them off when I had finished. Way to check the box, eh? 🙂

Anyways, I figure that since this is Friday and I have 7 Quick Takes to write, and since, coincidentally, there happens to be 7 entries on my whiteboard, that I will share this amazing amazingness with you. 🙂

So, in no particular order, I bring you:

Whiteboard

— 1 —

If it’s not okay to have a vasectomy or tubal ligation because it is self-mutilation and disabling a perfectly functioning body system which God designed, would Bariatric surgery be licit, since you are disabling a system which is working correctly, due to a lack of control? [The lack of control could be said for sex as well as eating, to make a level playing field for the comparison.]

— 2 —

“Nuptial meaning of the body” refers to the understanding that Adam and Eve had from their experiences of their own masculinity and femininity. “Meaning” = they were to be a self-gift.

— 3 —

Prov 23:12 – Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge.

— 4 —

Prayer is the foundation of a moral life.

— 5 —

Baruch 4:28 – As your hearts have been disposed to stray from God, turn now ten times the more to seek Him.

— 6 —

Spousal love – the love expressed in and through a human body.

— 7 —

“We seldom succeed in overcoming as much as a single fault; and we are not wholly on fire with the desire to make daily spiritual progress. The result is that we remain negligent and tepid.”

A joyous Memorial Day weekend to all!

God Bless!

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