Friday, January 29, 2010

7 Quick Takes Friday


How did we get to the end of January? I mean, come on. Isn't it bad enough that it is 2010! I'm just saying.


Bible Study with Beth started up again this week. This spring we are doing A Heart Like His. It is a study of David. For those of you who don't know, I get together with about 3,000 of my best girlfriends and we meet on Tuesday nights to study God's Word. Jesus and girlfriends. It doesn't get much better than that. Only this week I didn't go. : (

All day I kept telling myself, "You can do this." But the closer it got to time to leave, my body kept saying, "You can't do this." I'm not saying I was sick. OK, maybe I am. I had a scratchy throat and was so tired and achy. No fever though. I just wanted to sleep. And breathe. Breathing is good.

Thankfully, Beth is kind enough to offer make-ups, so I won't miss out on anything.


We live in a two story house. The den is upstairs. When my children we very small, I remember carrying trays of snacks up to them and consciously thinking, "Should I be doing this? Am I totally spoiling them?" I even expressed this concern to a friend of mine who said, "Maybe they will bring trays to their children."

While I wasn't down for the count this week, my activity level was not what it usually is. In their constant quest to be as different as possible, here is how my children responded to this.

My daughter: brings me a tray with hot tea and toast.

My son: comes to my bedside at 9:30 in the evening and asks me if I could please go make him a roast sandwich.


We are experiencing another cold snap. We have been told not to cut back the dead stuff on the previously damaged plants until the danger of frost has past. I guess we want to make sure things are good and dead before we remove them. I'm really looking forward to it though. I'm all about fresh starts and new beginnings. Monday is my favorite day of the week. I love the idea of having another chance to get it right. I'm excited about the day when not only I will feel well enough to do it, but the weather will be warm enough. I love new green things sprouting in my yard.


The church we have been going to has been without a head pastor for 18 months. Sunday the Pastor Nominating Committee is introducing the candidate they have chosen. I'm very anxious to see what direction they are hoping to lead the church. We are not officially members there and have been kind of waiting, not only on our potential move, but also to see how this church is wanting to change. They are at a real crossroads. Many things have changed there in the last couple of years. There is an opportunity to reinvent themselves, to become a vital part of the community. I hope they are willing to seize that chance and be bold for Christ.


It is official. Despite having no appetite, I chose to eat anyway during my illness. And usually my choices were not good. That brings me to an official 10 pounds I have gained. OK. Next week, we begin in earnest.


And why can't I learn this lesson for good? You know, my family wants to eat every night. Every. Night. I go through these periods when I just can't think of what to make for dinner. I struggle mightily with finding something that will satisfy both me and them.

Last week I made a list of all the possible dinners we had everything in the house to make. I posted it on my fridge. Every day I was able to make a decision based on that list. It made everything so easy.

This is not the first time I have done this. I get the same result every time. Yet. Yet I never do it for more than a couple of weeks before I fall back into my pattern of not knowing what to cook for dinner. I'm going to try harder this time. Really, I am! Maybe it will keep me better organized, more cheerful around dinner, and help with those 10 pounds. Maybe.

For more 7 Quick Takes, head over to Conversion Diary.

Have a good weekend!


Karen G said...

Making lists/menus helps me when I'm not feeling creative! I also use a website ( to track my calories and that's been helpful. Today is a free calorie day though! Hooray!

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

On #3, you know it's a typical man vs woman situation. So sweet of your daughter to bring you tea. Aaawwww....

Michelle Potter said...

I'm so sorry you haven't been feeling well. I hope you feel all better soon!

In regards to #3... kids, gotta love 'em. Yes, even the boys. ;)

Michelle Potter said...

Oh, PS. Dollhouse is a TV show. I'm trying to figure out how to explain it. There's this corporation called Rossum. They get people who are alone, down and out, or whatever, and they have them sign a contract to "work" for Rossum for 5 years in exchange for a large sum of money. Then they erase the person's personality and keep them in the "Dollhouse." They have clients who order, say, a super spy to go on a mission, or a pretty girl who likes rock-climbing. Then Rossum "imprints" the right personality on one of their "dolls" and sends them out. It's all very sci-fi, illegal, and not very ethical. The show is mainly about an FBI agent and one of the dolls trying to bring the whole thing down. I'm not sure if the episode I just saw was the last one, or if there's one more, but the whole show was incredibly bizarre and twist-and-turn, which is how Joss Whedon (the writer) does things. ;)

Mi Ennui said...

I just so love these. They had be laughing, smiling and wincing. I hope you feel better soon. Kudos to your daughter!

(p.s. the temp was 2 this morning)

(2!! That's cold.)

Julie said...

Karen - thanks for the site. I'll look into it.

Michelle - interesting concept.

Maria - 2?? Honey, move!

Tipper said...

enjoyed the quick takes. The list is such a good suggestion. Your son-cracks me up : )