Friday, June 6, 2014

7 Quick Takes {Take 43} Adventures in cardiology, and anxiety-driven crafts edition...

-1- A real blogging lovefest...

Happy Friday everybody! This will be a quicker than usual 7 Quick Takes for me ;-) since half of my day was taken up with something I'll talk about in a moment. But I didn't want to skip blogging today, because I do enjoy 7 Quick Takes, and blogging is very cathartic for me. So here I am, at your service for the next 6 takes.


-2- Precious Anne

This morning, Mike and I had to take Anne for an appointment with a local pediatric cardiologist. At her well visit just over a week ago, our pediatrician heard a heart murmur when she examined Anne. She referred us for an echocardiogram to assess what was causing it. Since minor heart valve defects do run in my family, I felt a little freaked out, but I thought I held it together well. :)

Well, everything is just fine. Anne had an EKG, the echo, and an exam by the cardiologist. She does have a discernible murmur, but this is very common in children, and hers is not being caused by any structural defect in her heart. *HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF*. Anne was SUCH a good girl, lying still for her echocardiogram, putting on this adorable little hospital gown, not crying when those sticky circles had to be ripped off her skin, poor babe. We took her to a playground afterward to play for a good long while, and then out to lunch. It turned out to be a very enjoyable morning, but I am very glad to have that worry behind me.

-3- Worrying makes me a very busy bee...

I work up a lot of energy when I worry, and so now you can see the fruits of my labors. :) I finished the hip scarf for my troupemate Mackenzie, who graduated a few weeks ago from college. Da da DA!

Because pink and orange is the happiest color combination in the history of the world...
Very pleased with how it turned out. I am now officially on to baby knitting, and summer top crocheting. :)

-4- More Type A productivity, step right this way...

I mentioned that I'd gotten into learning how to work with beads, and that I was learning how to wire wrap so that I could make rosaries. I was smart about this and set my expectations very low. :0 Not looking for professional quality here, just a way to feed my rosary fetish and maybe make some gifts. Here is what I have so far: A colorful rosary for Henry in blue, green, yellow, and orange, with a St. Kateri center, and attached. St. Maximilian Kolbe medal (since apparently, trying to find a St. Maximilian Kolbe centerpiece is more difficult than a trigonometry exam):

The bead mix is called "Margarita," which just sounds happy and summery to me. :)

Then I made this for a very special friend: Our Lady Undoer of Knots in her traditional colors of deep red and cobalt blue:

Which I hadn't noticed before are also very patriotic colors, and matched perfectly with Anne's recent patriotic Hello Kitty outfit:

"I would like to keep this rosary, Mommy!"
I'm just warming it up for it's recipient while I slip over here...
I've been having a *super* good time making these, and although far from perfect, my wire wrapping technique has improved. I have an Our Lady Star of the Sea project planned next. :0

-5- Books!

I've also been a VERY good girl with my reading list. Don't forget that the Catholic Book Club is coming up at the end of the month, and this month I will be discussing Something Other Than God, by Jennifer Fulwiler! I finished that just the other day, and I can't wait to discuss it with you. I also started July's selection, which is Pope Awesome and Other Stories, by Cari Donaldson. I am on spiritual memoir overdrive, and loving every minute of it because that is one of my very favorite genres. And these are both heartwarming stories, written by wonderfully funny women. I keep snorting aloud in bed as I read, causing Mike to look over at me strangely. I have 3 words for you:

If you have any idea what on earth I'm talking about, you HAVE to read Pope Awesome. Cari is from the same generation as me, and I am relating to just about every pop culture reference she tosses out there. I'm pretty sure the exact teal taffeta homecoming dress she mentions in chapter 1 has a sibling in my old bedroom at my parent's house.

Go. Buy. Read. Discuss on July 23rd. I demand this. And it's only $4.99 for Kindle, a total steal!

-6- So what else is going on this weekend?

Mike and I are going to a wedding, of some theater friends of his. We haven't been invited to a wedding in years (a product of our age, I'm thinking, although again, WE'RE NOT THAT OLD) so I'm excited. Although I have to admit that my social anxieties are coming out a bit. We won't know that many people there, so if worse comes to worse we can just be anti-social and talk only to each other, although that *does* seem to miss the point of why we accepted the invitation to begin with. We'll see. It's an outdoor wedding, which is uncommon for me, so hopefully it won't be hot. You know how I am with heat. Which is to say FREAKISH.

-7- Here I am, Holy Spirit!

And of course, Sunday is Pentecost, yay! I'm looking forward to going to Mass on that day. And then it's back to Ordinary Time for us. This particular stretch of Ordinary Time is a bit quieter than that bit we get between Christmas and Lent, but I suppose that fits with summer. We have the feast of Corpus Christi later this month, and then the Assumption in August. There are some interesting feast days in July, including both St. Henry and St. Anne, and St. Maximilian Kolbe in August, one of Hank's personal favorites. But things get fascinating again in the fall, with all of the angel feast days, and then the Carmelites in October, and oh! I love this stuff. :) Look for more Church Triumphant posts  each month to chronicle all the good saint stuff!

Ok everyone, talk to you Monday! Head over to Conversion Diary for more 7 Quick Takes!

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