Friday, May 30, 2014

7 Quick Takes {Take 42} Aging librarians, summertime reading, and prayers for Pentecost! edition

-1- "Why do they make the print SO SMALL?!"

Happy Friday everybody! I just assisted a patron over the phone, and so I'm feeling very librarian-like right now. I also have my glasses on, which I do about 90% of the time I'm at work now. It's a humbling reality, to be sure, especially when I have to take them off to then look at anything farther than my computer screen away from my face, only to pop them back on my nose when I need to read again. Why do I do that, you reasonably ask?

Because I need bifocals.


I hate it, but most likely with my next eye exam early next year I will go this route, because I hate the on and off thing. That makes me feel *older* than just having glasses I can wear. I like my glasses, in fact. And so does Mike, he says it adds to some kind of "librarian allure" that he finds appealing. :0 I suppose this is a comfort in my aging process, since he's going to be seeing a whole lot more of my glasses in the coming years.

-2- My little girl is getting so big. *second sniffle in 20 second time period*

I had Anne at the pediatrician on Wednesday for her 3 year well visit. In the past year, she has grown 4.25 inches. :0 I mean, holy growth spurt! And she's in the 79% for height on the growth chart. Mike and I just produce these giant children. She was very cute, climbing all over the exam room in her underwear while we waited for the doctor to arrive.

"Mommy, a spider."

*time stands still* Because Anne is afraid of/in love with spiders.

"It's ok, Honey, just leave him alone."

"Can't you get him, Mommy?!"

"No, we're just going to let him crawl around. Maybe he's trying to find his web."

"His web?"

Now she's *really* interested in what he is doing. Spider Web Spotting is one of Anne's very favorite activities.

"He's crawling behind the table, Mommy!! Is that his web?!"

"I'm not sure, Honey, it's kind of hard to see back there."


Super Secret Spy Anne, saving humanity from the antics of household spiders...

-3- Prayer request!

But on a serious note, while Anne got an excellent bill of health at the pediatrician, the doctor did note that she hears a small heart murmur. Now, I have a heart murmur, as does my mom, and as did my grandfather. In my case (and similar to my my my mom and grandfather), it is a mitral valve prolapse, a minor defect in one of my heart valves. It does not interfere in my daily life in any way, and carries no negative long term prognosis. It seems reasonable to assume that if Anne has a discernible heart murmur, she likely has the same thing. However, we need to be sure of exactly what is going on, so we were referred to a pediatric cardiologist for an echocardiogram. Her appointment is a week from today, and I would so appreciate it if you would keep her in your prayers while we await the results. It's most likely something extremely minor, but I can't help, I feel freaked out. #mybaby

-4- Pentecost Novena! 

Speaking of prayer, today is day 1 of the Pentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit, run by Pray More Novenas You can sign up to receive the prayers in your email each day, so that you don't forget. I'm definitely going to be praying this one, so join in! Hard to believe that it'll be Pentecost so soon! Then back to Ordinary Time for us. :)

-5- My reading queue is looking all tidy. *adjusts bun*

I had gotten rather obsessed with an Amish fiction series I was reading and was neglecting my spiritual reading, so I have gotten back on course. The official May post for the Catholic Book Club went up this past Wednesday with my review of Vocation in Black and White. I also finished a book that I am slated to review for Image Books, Girl at the End of the World: My Escape From Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future, by Elizabeth Esther:

I need to post a review on the blog, so I'll do that probably Wednesday. Wednesdays just strike me as a good day to talk about books. :) Look for that review then, and I'll provide a teaser: this was a *very* interesting memoir, an insight into a cult. I am *fascinated* with cults. :0 Happily, I don't want to join one, but the reading is always so interesting. Stay tuned for Wednesday!

-6- Happy summer spiritual memoirs!

I adore spiritual memoirs, and I chose this summer as a time to just indulge and read several as part of the Catholic Book Club. I have started Jennifer Fulwiler's Something Other Than God, for our June selection:

I know there are some of you out there who have already read this ;) so bring your typing fingers to my combox come June 25th. In July, we have Pope Awesome and Other Stories: How I Found God, Had Kids, and Lived to Tell the Tale, by Cari Donaldson:

I love humor in writing, and so I have a feeling that I'm going to really love this memoir. AND, I may have an interview with Cari lined up. :0 I am *super* excited about this, so stay tuned for details! And read the book, I want to hear your thoughts! (psst! $4.99 Kindle download at Amazon right now! Snap that baby up!) August's selection will be announced shortly. :)

-7- Weekend plans? And being Multi-Craftual (aka Likes to Spend Money on String and Beads)

We've got another busy one this weekend. I have dance rehearsal. Henry has a birthday part to attend and a soccer game. We're making plans for the rest of the summer. No major travel plans, but some local stuff and a short jaunt to Pittsburgh to visit family in late June.

I'm also planning to work on my crafts a lot, which have been bringing me much joy of late. I'm busily crocheting a hip scarf as a gift for one of my troupemates. And I've also taken up beading. :0 Like I needed another craft, right? I already lacked focus between the mountain of yarn in my storage bins for knitting and crocheting, but hey, that's never stopped me before. I'm multi-craftual, apparently (new phrase: officially coined). I've been making jewelry and actually experimenting with rosaries, which is like a dream come true (AN OFFICIAL FIX FOR MY ROSARY HABIT!!). I'll post more pictures next week, but here are my first two pairs of earrings:

Maple Sugar earrings
Orange Spice earrings. You know how I am about orange...
What are your weekend plans?

Ok everyone, that's all for now! I'll be with you again on Monday. Talk to you then!

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  1. I loved Girl at the End of the World and Something Other Than God - both great reads!

  2. Your earrings look very cute! Wishing you a happy week.


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