Take 7 (6)


I’m still getting a hold of this blogging thing.  Trying to find the optimal length of post that will still get read.  I think I’m realizing that shorter is better!  Bare with me.  I guess sometimes I just have a lot to say :)


I think my posts would also be more interesting if I could upload pictures which would involve finding my camera cord. Have you seen it?


My brother-in-law and his girlfriend/wife are here visiting this weekend with the intent of checking out the school/city because THEY MIGHT MOVE HERE!


This has me more excited than you possibly know.  I would love, love, love to have family in the area and plus, they are so much fun to hang out with.  Win, win!  Luckily the weather is cooperating this weekend and I’m pretty sure she’s already smitten.  I think the cost of living here in Texas is a plus.  And as my friend Natalie posted on her blog, Texas is owning the Top 10 for Strongest Metro Economies and they live in California, so it’d be a good move for them too!


I have been newly motivated in my quest to finish my research.  Two possible factors this week for said motivation:

  1. Office-mate brought in his adorable baby twice this week and I got to watch her while he had meetings.  She likes me! A lot.  We have fun together.  This made my day(s).  I didn’t even mind staying until late last night because of the lost time during the day.
  2. I watched my other office-mate get creamed during our group meeting yesterday for lack of contribution this past month.  I don’t want that to be me next time!

So I seem to be motivated out of a combination of positive reinforcement and pure fear.  But hey, its working!


When I unpacked from my conference this past weekend, I was really able to unpack.  Not just put clothes in the hamper and leave the suitcase/makeup bag all ready to go for the next weekends trip.  It feels good to put that suitcase up and know that I won’t use it for the rest of month!  (until Thanksgiving that is…)


Mass this past Sunday included my favorite prayer for the Penitential Rite, which I forget how much I love and miss it when it’s not included  ( I guess this just one of three options and is up to the priest each week, right?).  It helped me as I was pondering the concept of community this week:

Priest: Coming together as God’s family, with confidence let us ask the Father’s forgiveness, for he is full of gentleness and compassion.

All: I confess to almighty God,
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have sinned through my own fault,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done,
and in what I have failed to do;
and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin,
all the angels and saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord, our God.

Very uniting.


I bought two plants this past week.  Basil and rosemary.  And then I proceeded to massacre the basil plant with one meal of Thai Basil Chicken.  I think I will need a basil farm if I plan to make that often!!

Enjoy these?  Please check with Jen at Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes!


6 thoughts on “Take 7 (6)

  1. 1. Me too. Usually I ramble on for too long. I usually don’t mind other people doing that either, when I’m interested in the topic – my only problem is that then I want to leave a comment that feels way too long! :)

    3. Yay for you! Didn’t you just say there’s a foreclosure on your block? I’m sure you hinted that to them, though!

    4. Babies are my ultimate motivation.

    • it looks like its working again today too…i’m working hard right now (except for leaving this comment…ahem..) because i heard she’s coming by again TODAY!

  2. I say, get pregnant NOW and your motivation will be even stronger to finish everything before the birthday draws near. But I think in a backwards sort of way…you’re probably smarter :)

    I haven’t seen your camera cord, and I like your posts (even the long ones) just fine. You’re doing well over here :)

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