Showing posts with label 7 Posts in 7 Days. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 7 Posts in 7 Days. Show all posts

Sunday, March 2, 2014

7 Quick Takes About Birthday Celebrating, Barbecue, and a Themed Cake - 7 Posts in 7 Days: Day 7

I'm participating in the 7 Posts in 7 Days link-up at Conversion Diary, and this is my post for Day 7.  Go here to read the posts from the other bloggers in the link-up.  And go here to find a list of all 7 of my posts for this round of the link-up.

Also, I'm double linking-up and counting this as my 7QT post as well (yeah, I know it's not Friday anymore...)


Yay!  It's my birthday, y'all!  I love celebrating my birthday.  I like being the center of attention once a year, and I especially like the part where everyone lets you pick where to go out to eat.  And boy, have I gotten some good food.  La Madeleine, Dave & Buster's, P.F. Chang's, and tomorrow, Brooklyn's Pizza.  So much yummy goodness, and the 2 yummiest of all were...

Lookin' good, birthday girl.

The barbecue I got to taste test as a field judge at a BBQ cookoff!  James and I met some friends yesterday at the event sponsored by their parish's Knights of Columbus council.  I ate some of the best BBQ chicken and pork ribs I've ever had in my life.  Oh my goodness, there was one rib I tried that had to be the perfect  rib, it was that awesome.  It was so much fun, and best of all, it was free!

Better Late Than Never - 7 Posts in 7 Days: Day 6

I'm participating in the 7 Posts in 7 Days link-up at Conversion Diary, and this is my post for Day 6.  Go here to read the posts from the other bloggers in the link-up.  And go here to find a list of all 7 of my posts for this round of the link-up.


Well, I didn't get this one posted on Saturday, technically, but I suppose it's still Saturday somewhere, right?

Friday, February 28, 2014

I Got Nothin' Over Here - 7 Posts in 7 Days: Day 5

I'm participating in the 7 Posts in 7 Days link-up at Conversion Diary, and this is my post for Day 5.  Go here to read the posts from the other bloggers in the link-up.  And go here to find a list of all 7 of my posts for this round of the link-up.

Today has not been a great day.  I haven't felt well, and in fact, I continue to not feel well.  (If you would say a little prayer for me, I'd appreciate it.)

My brain is mush.  There is simply nothing in there for me to blog about.  However, this weekend is my birthday, so in honor of that, I share with you a picture of me from last year's birthday party with my family.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Passing It On - 7 Posts in 7 Days: Day 4

I'm participating in the 7 Posts in 7 Days link-up at Conversion Diary, and this is my post for Day 4.  Go here to read the posts from the other bloggers in the link-up.  And go here to find a list of all 7 of my posts for this round of the link-up.

At the request of one of my parish's catechists, last night I gave a tour of the Church to the high school RCIC class.  (FYI: RCIC is the Right of Christian Initiation of Children.  It's RCIA for people between 7 years old and 17 years old).  This group consisted of 11 young people aged 13 - 17, all preparing to be baptized and join the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass.  I was a little concerned about how things would go, since I had originally prepared this talk for the RCIA class, which is filled with adults who usually ask lots of really good questions.  Thankfully, things turned out really well.  The kids were really receptive, asked good questions, and (mostly) didn't look like they would rather be getting a cavity filled than be in that church listening to me talk.

Looking at all of those high-schoolers taking a class to learn what they need to know to come into the Catholic Church made me think about all the people who have left the Catholic Church.  This is something that makes me extremely sad.  It also makes me frustrated and angry.  I realize people that leave Catholicism do so for any one of a number of reasons: indifference, disagreement, disappointment, frustration, lack of connection, injury, and so on.  But it seems to me that the main, underlying reason people leave the Catholic Church is that they don't understand what the Church is, what it really teaches, why it has authority, and what they are giving up if they leave.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Five Favorite De-Stressors - 7 Posts in 7 Days: Day 3

I'm participating in the 7 Posts in 7 Days link-up at Conversion Diary, and this is my post for Day 3.  Go here to read the posts from the other bloggers in the link-up.  And go here to find a list of all 7 of my posts for this round of the link-up.

And because I'm lazy efficient, it's a dual link-up kind of day, because this is also my Five Favorites post.  Check out the others at Moxie Wife.


I get anxious and stressed.  A lot.  A whole, whole, whole lot.  I've had to find little tricks to help reduce my stress levels, so I don't go all panic-attacky.  So today, I'm sharing my five favorite ways to reduce anxiety and de-stress!

1.
Reading A Favorite Book
These beauties are definitely not just for show.
Probably the number one thing I due to reduce anxiety is to distract my brain with a good book.  Personally, I've found the best things to read when anxious are not new books.  It requires too much concentration and focus when you don't already know the story, and focusing is way too hard to do when I'm really rockin' the anxiety.  Instead, I grab a tried and true favorite, and it's like sitting down with an old friend who's keeping me company until I get myself calmed down and back in order again.

2.
Drink Something Relaxing

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spiritual Infancy - 7 Posts in 7 Days: Day 2

I'm participating in the 7 Posts in 7 Days link-up at Conversion Diary, and this is my post for Day 2.  Go here to read the posts from the other bloggers in the link-up.  And go here to find a list of all 7 of my posts for this round of the link-up.
The most adorable-est of nephew ever!

Last week, my parish had it's annual parish mission.  For those that don't know what a parish mission is, usually it involves a guest priest/speaker coming to the parish and giving a series of talks over several days on some topics that are intended to be spiritually renewing for the parishioners.

Anyway, this year our guest speaker was Fr. Brian Mullady, OP, and he gave a really great series of talks on the stages of the interior spiritual life.  He referenced St. Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle quite a lot, and fortunately, he made it a lot easier to understand than I have found it to be on my own, thus far!

Basically, there are three "levels" of the interior life, the Purgative Way (Spiritual Infancy), the Illuminative Way (Spiritual Teenager-hood), and the Unitive Way (Spiritual Maturity).

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Fundamental Relationship - 7 Posts in 7 Days: Day 1

I'm participating in the 7 Posts in 7 Days link-up at Conversion Diary, and this is my post for Day 1.  Go here to read the posts from the other bloggers in the link-up.  And go here to find a list of all 7 of my posts for this round of the link-up.

As I've gotten older, I've looked at my life and come to the conclusion that I'm just not very good at relationships.  When I try to identify the reason, I come up with more than one possibility.

  1. My introversion makes it easier for me to live in my head than in the real world, and real relationships are fairly difficult to develop when you're lost in fantasy land half the time.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Glutton For Punishment? - 7 Posts in 7 Days Link-up

Yeah, I haven't done a lot of posting in the last few months.  Very little in the way of thoughtful, entertaining, insightful-sharingness going on around here.  I've just been lethargic, and lazy, and I haven't been up to much more than joining in on 7 Quick Takes (and even that is too much sometimes).

So maybe joining Jen Fulwiler's next round of 7 Posts in 7 Days will help to motivate me to get writing again.  Maybe it will stimulate the creative juices.  

Or maybe it will kill me.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

7 in 7 - Day 7: I Made It

7 posts in 7 days really wore me out!
Well, I did it!  I successfully wrote 7 posts in 7 days, in response to the Jen Fulwiler's blogging challenge over on Conversion Diary.  And boy, am I pooped!  It was harder than I thought it would be.  Not so much because I couldn't think of things to say, because trust me, I've got plenty of opinions on plenty of subjects that I don't mind sharing with anybody dumb interested enough to listen.  No, the tough thing was just finding the time every day.  I work full time, and I have a nastily long commute to and from work.  So by the time I get home, I'm pretty tired and just want to relax, not spend even more time in front of the computer trying to compose a new blog post.  At least, not every single day.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

7 in 7 - Day 6: What To Do, What To Do

Well, I've got a long and busy day today, so I don't have time for a longer, more coherent post.  So here are my thoughts on things I want to do (or should be doing).


  • Read Scripture more.  I need to develop a daily Scripture reading habit, because how can I hear what God wants to say to me if I don't bother listening to his Word.
  • Start working away at the rather large backlog of books in my personal library.  You remember this picture:  
          Well, at least two full shelves of books need to be read.  Cripes, that's going to take me a while!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

7 in 7 - Day 5: 7 Quick Takes - Vol. 4

I've been participating in Jen's 7-Posts-in-7-Days blogging challenge.  I've discovered a couple of things.
     1.  Blogging every day is HARD.  I guess my writing muscles are weak and flabby or something, because  it is a real challenge for me to come up with the words to say every day.  Especially when I'm drained after a day of work and an hour+ commute home.
     2.  I like writing, and I think I'll keep it up.

My husband and I went on vacation with my parents at the beginning of July for a whole week.  We drove a loop through Memphis, Chattanooga, Charleston, Birmingham, and back to Texas.  We rode a train, walked through downtown historic Charleston, visited a monastery and a plantation, and went fishing in the Atlantic.  It was a lot of fun!  And it rained on us for two days straight!  And I got a cold that developed into bronchitis half-way through the trip, and which I'm still suffering from now!  FUN!!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

7 in 7 - Day 4: Au Naturale

Sex au naturale, that is.  As in, we use no contraception of any kind, and we haven't since sometime within the first year of our marriage.

Why am I telling you this?  Well, because it is National Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week this week, and I want to tell you a little bit about it from my experience and encourage you to ditch the birth control, and use NFP to space pregnancies instead.

What is Natural Family Planning?  It is a scientific process of determining when during her cycle a woman is fertile and when she is infertile, and using that information to determine when to have or not have intercourse in order to achieve or avoid a pregnancy.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

7 in 7 - Day 3: Restless

I feel restless, and I'm having a hard time pinning down what the restlessness is due to.  All I know is that something is missing.  Or maybe, several somethings are missing; I'm not sure.

Something is missing, or I'm not doing something I should be doing.  I can think of lots of things that fit this bill:

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

7 in 7 - Day 2: A Recipe and A Debate

So, on Facebook today I asked for some suggestions on topics to blog about this week.  I got some good ideas, and since I'm writing this Monday night, and I'm tired and want to go to bed, I'm going to choose the easy suggestions for Tuesday's post.

At my buddy Amy's suggestion:

Stuffed Pasta Shell Appetizer

Monday, July 22, 2013

7 in 7 - Day 1: Finding My Voice

I love to read.  Oh man, do I ever love to read!  Books, articles, blogs: whatever I can get my hands on.  And after a lifetime of being a reading nut, I can definitely say that one of the most important components of a good read (for me, at least) is the voice of author.
Behold my personal stash

Sunday, July 21, 2013

7 Posts in 7 Days: I Must Be A Little Insane

Jen Fulwiler over at Conversion Diary has issued an epic blogging challenge to any interested bloggers, and I'm just nutty enough to take her up on it.

The challenge:  to write 7 blog posts in 7 days, starting Monday, July 22 (tomorrow!!!) and ending Sunday, July 28.
This is me by the end of this week.