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7 [really] Quick Takes (vol. 5)


I’m delighted to participate once again in Jennifer’s “7 Quick Takes” (sponsored by Conversion Diary).

1. In honor of spring I’ve changed my Google background to Cherry Blossoms – so beautiful!

2. My dogs are actually piranhas. They practically took my fingers off while I gave them treats….seriously bite marks. Sheesh!

3. Look what I did! This is a promotional movie that I whipped up for work last week. It’s the first time that I have ever used iMovie.  

4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is such a wonderful movie. I just watched it for the first time in years and years and I still think I want to be Holly Golightly (just a little)….maybe just Audrey Hepburn…

5. To Have and Have Not is not such a stunning movie, but watching Bogie and Bacall fall in love = Priceless.

6. I bought my cap and gown this week!!! YAY! Graduation is (finally) less than a month away. Can you believe it?

7. Last night I learned how to roll my own sushi. Pretty rad, no?


7 Quick Takes (Vol. 3)



Gidget's the one on the left.

Gidget's the one on the left.

Prayer request – It seems silly with all these babies in hospitals and family members who are ill. But our four year old Springer Spaniel has been in the ICU at Tufts for five days and isn’t getting any better. Apparently she has hemolytic anemia – her body is destroying its own red blood cells. Three blood transfusions later things are starting to look rather bleak. If you don’t think I’m too silly, could you remember Gidget in your prayers?

2. Has anyone read Thomas Cahill‘s The Gift of the Jews, or Desire of the Everlasting Hills? I’ve been enjoying them both. While he’s more of a historian than a theologian, both books have helped bring the ancient past more alive for me and deepened my understanding of Scripture. Expect a review soon 🙂

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OMG I love maple sugar candy! It’s sugaring season here in Vermont so there’s candy on every corner. I hadn’t eaten any since I was itty bitty but the other day I thought “oh well, why not.” Maple leaf shaped crack, my friends. I felt like I was on speed for the rest of the day, but yet couldn’t stop eating the little candies. Luckily there were only six in the box. Now the trick is not to pick them up everytime I go down to the store.

4. This blog is slow and pointless. I need to spend more time on it, perhaps with a schedule and set times devoted to writing. But I haven’t written regularly just for fun in about ten years. So this is a challenge. Bear with me, it will get there.

5. There may be a move in the near future. With jobs opening up near my abuela’s (that’s grandmother) house in Maryland, I may be moving there soon just to make some cash and keep my little abuelita company. It’s not how I envisioned kicking off my first year out of college, but economic realities being what they are, living with a family member and working in a bustling resort town will probably be the quickest way to get me on my feet. Here’s hoping.

6. Did you hear about this? –  *click* Apparently a 105 year old great-great-great-grandmama is going to throw the first pitch at a spring training game for the Marlins. Oh that we can all be so spry at 105!

7. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height no depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 2)


This week is very stream of consciousness. Apologies 🙂

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1. Blessings, blessings, blessings galore! I know I should be thankful everyday but this week God has been especially good.
– I got the placement with Midwives for Midwives! I’ll be living with a traditional midwife and her ten children in a small rural village called Patzun for three months (with the option to extend) Jan-March 2010.
– A paying job miraculously dropped itself into my lap. A local woman cold-called me to see if I could help her for about 20 hours a week. She is founder/director/development officer/jack-of-all trades of an up and coming non-profit The Boma Fund. They work in Northern Kenya just giving away money to rural entrepreneurs (not micro-lending, granting!). It’s a pretty sweet job: I can work from home most days and I help her raise money for people who really need it. And with all the press the org is getting it will look very shiny on my resume. Very satisfying, indeed!

2. To commemorate how very different my life is from just a few years ago, I made a new iTunes mix called “I’m not who I was.” Initially it was just going to have my “inspirational” music, but slowly it morphed into any music that makes me profoundly and wonderfully joyful. The result was a playlist of 924 songs! But it was worth it! So may I humbly recommend that we all make something of that sort to lift our spirits (especially during these fairly depressing times).

3. My parents are away for the weekend and my brothers are probably going to sleepover with friends, so I’ll have the (huge and creepy) house to myself. I think I’ll watch Little Women or some other chick flick.

4. On the topic of creepy, does anyone have any good ghost stories? This old house used to be pretty weird but it seems to have chilled out considerably lately. Maybe I’ll post some stories here sometime. Although probably this is better suited to Halloween not Spring, eh?


6. My little Lenten sacrifice is going quite well and very helpful. Giving up planning is challenging but I feel lighter and less stressed. I suppose this what the trusting in the Lord feels like.

7. If any of you are teachers/homeschoolers here is a shameless plug for a curriculum created by The Boma Fund/Cows for Kids . It’s FREE and focused on creating global citizenship/social entrepreneurship designed for middle school students. The book is great, the charity is great and it’s being picked up by a lot of independent schools. Enjoy!