Category Archives: Things for Follow Up

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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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. πŸ™‚

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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…. πŸ™‚

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

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! πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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

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Best YA Books of 2012 – If you haven’t checked out Forever Young Adult yet, you should totally GET OVER THERE! πŸ™‚ 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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Links and Things to Check Out

I have a to-do list which is 2 years long.Β  Meaning that I have things on there that I was supposed to have “done” 2 years ago.Β  LOL!Β  That sounds about right!

So, instead of keeping them in there to rot, I figure that some of them — especially links to websites that I want to check out or reference or just have on hand — I will instead post here. That way, I won’t lose track of them, you guys can check out what could be neat sites or information, and perhaps write me back with your impressions. πŸ™‚ Win-win-win!

Some of them, I haven’t taken a look at in a while, so hopefully I’ll remember why I stuck them on my to-do list….

1. Exploring YouCat: This is a course guiding you through the new catechism for Catholic youth.

2. National Catholic Bioethics Center: always a favorite! Someday, perhaps, I might be working here. πŸ™‚

3. The Sacred Page: “Blogging and Podcasting about Catholic Biblical Theology”

4. Sojourners: Faith in Action for Social Justice (I don’t remember how I got tweaked onto this site, so I’ll put a note of caution here. I’m not sure what their leanings are, or if they are orthodox Catholic, etc.)

5. Supreme Court ObamaCare Oral Arguments: Information & Resources

6. Fr. John Riccardo: One of our parishioners put together this resource list for Fr. John, listing his many recordings in both chronological and topical organization.

7. Communion processions offers opportunity to teach reverence: This is an article written by Archbishop Charles Chaput. The link is just to this one article, but I would also take a look around the site for more of his writings. He is well worth the read.

8. Blessings for Non-Communicants: This is an article from Zenit.

9. Bishop Flores’ Blog: He was an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit, but now is in Brownsville, TX. He’s awesome. I would definitely recommend that you check out his blog. πŸ™‚

10. 5 Ways to Get Review Copies of Books: ‘Nuff said. πŸ™‚

11. Saint Basil’s Keys to Spiritual Growth: A 12 Step Plan for Everyone

12. World Priest Day: Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests. They have some good information on this site. Our priests can always use our prayers! The next day is June 7, 2013.

13. Manilla: Free Online Account and Bill Organizer

14. American Bioethics Advisory Commission: This site gives links to many different articles on the topic of personhood.

15. Gay brains structured like those of the opposite sex: I must have gotten a question from someone regarding this to look up this article. I haven’t read it yet and don’t know how credible the author is. Forgive me for being slow in responding, Whoever Asked This Question of Me….

16. Hitchcock Family Genealogy: I *still* have a TON of people to add to my family tree. Send me information if you have any. πŸ™‚ I’m pretty sure at this point that the majority of the population of the U.S. is related to me in some way….

17. Blog post on Thomas Marshall: He’s in the family tree… somwhere….

18. Sermon 185: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: The Ways of Prayer

19. Video clip: How do we know we are encountering God?

20. The Name of Jonah: I found this website when doing homework for my Bible study. It had a lot of stuff on Jonah, so I decided to bookmark it for future reference. πŸ™‚

And…. That should keep you busy for a little while, at least! πŸ™‚