Friday, July 26, 2013

7 Quick Takes {Take 5}

-1- Since I'm participating in Jennifer Fulwiler's 7 post blogging challenge, you'll see rare weekend posts from me this Saturday and Sunday. :) One will be a Catholic Book Club post (on a book from my summer list, but not the one I expected to post on next), and the other will be on...I have no idea, but I'll think of something.

-2-Today is the feast of St. Anne, yay!

My baby girl's patron. I just finished up her novena. Have I mentioned how much I love novenas? Anne is also my mom's middle name, and I've already procured a St. Anne rosary for Anne when she gets bigger. St. Anne is very popular in our house.

-3- I've been experiencing blog link-up fever this week, maybe you've noticed. We had a cry room linkup, an NFP Awareness Week linkup, and the 7 day blogging challenge linkup. I have to admit, I really like these linkups. They're a great way to meet other bloggers and find new blogs to read. They're also a great way to get new readers, and I've acquired some new ones since I started participating in these.

*waves to you happily*

I appreciate you all. I have never minded being a smaller blog without a lot of notoriety, which is good, because that will never happen. :) But it is nice to feel more interaction taking place as more people read and leave comments. Happy to have you! And I've been thinking about hosting a linkup of my own coming up, we'll see. If I do, dear reader, please participate if you have a blog. Otherwise, given that this is already a fairly small community, we'll have a linkup with 2 links and that's no fun for anybody, ha!

-4- In other news, I have finished the multiple annual reports that I am responsible for each year at work. Does anything say bureaucracy more than a painful 12 page form detailing what you have accomplished over the year and including your "suggestions" for strategic planning and other mission-statement-like initiatives?


I am SO glad to once again have this little task behind me, I can't even tell you. I think we all have only so much ability to write in that wordy and professional-sounding way that we are expected to take on in academia. Save us, God, please.

-5- Last week, with really high levels of humidity and dewpoint, our house felt like a sauna. This week, your Catholic Librarian is in heaven. Highs in the upper 70's, lows in the 60's, some summer rain, and zero humidity. This is the type of weather that I love and enjoy in the summertime. Great knitting weather. When it gets hot and humid, the whole family (well ok, *I*) get very cranky. It's nice to have us all normalized this week.

-6- Henry has been chagrined to see the "Back to School!" sales in the stores lately, and in fact on a trip to Payless to try and replace the sandals he wore out, we had a heck of a time finding any sort of sandal selection to speak of. Apparently, despite the fact that it's still very much midsummer, summer items are "out of season." I know that this is nothing new, this season rushing business, but it always makes me furrow my brow anew each year. We're going to need to look into what pieces of his school uniform he's outgrown so that we can buy him what he needs before the selection gets all picked over. And all of this before August. School doesn't start around here until after Labor Day, fyi.

-7- Our dance troupe has been invited to dance in a festival this weekend, and for whatever reason, I'm not as excited about it as usual. Maybe because it'll be outdoors and there are so many factors that are still unknown and uncontrolled. I'm a little relieved that our slots are now only on Sunday (three 15 minute sets) rather than both Saturday and Sunday, as was originally proposed. Also, Claire needed some soloists, and guess who volunteered?


I mean, it's good for me. Dancing solo is like eating my vegetables, I keep telling myself. It makes me a better dancer, and it helps me to come out of my shell generally. But I picked some random Middle Eastern pop song to improvise to (it was peppy and a good length, not too long) and I'm just not in love with it. As I practice, I find a constant refrain in my head that says:


I hope this goes well.

Head over to Conversion Diary for more 7 Quick Takes! Oh, and if you haven't read Jenn's post on alligators vs. scorpions, please do it now. I about died laughing when I read it.


  1. Hi Tiffany! Nice to "meet" you. I ran into your blog on Jen's Quick Takes list and was immediately intrigued. I'm also a Catholic librarian working in an academic library. Enjoyed this post and I'm going to start following so I see more. Looking forward to it!

  2. Oh my goodness, it's so wonderful that we connected!! So glad to have you on as a reader. :)

  3. Another link-up to consider is Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival. We are a group that gathers weekly to share our best posts with each other. Last week's host post is at This week's will go up Saturday afternoon.

  4. Oh, thank you for this! I hadn't heard of it before. Will definitely check it out.


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