7 Quick Takes: Blood, Sweat, Tears, and A Milkshake

— 1 —

I’m sure lots of other Catholics went around yesterday, as I did, in a melancholy mood.  I really lost it and started weeping around 2 pm.  I’ve never spent so much time on Twitter before.  I felt so alone, just the girls and me at home . . . and the pope gone.  Reading all the tweets and blog posts from other Catholics helped me feel a little less adrift.

— 2 —

I remember when Benedict XVI was elected.  I was at law school and a t.v. was placed in the building’s central atrium.  A big crowd was watching, and several people sighed in disgust and stomped away when the selection was announced.  My friend and I smiled to each other and cheered.  I thought of my sister Lizzie and her friends who were right there in St. Peter’s Square at the time.

— 3 —

Did you know you can spiritually adopt a cardinal and pray for him as he elects a new pope?  The site is here.  Their server is overloaded as I write this but hopefully it will be back up soon.  I first read about it on Katie’s blog.  I thought about whom I would “adopt” and Cardinal Timothy Dolan  of New York automatically came to mind.  Then I thought, “Nah, I’m sure lots of people already have picked him.”  Turns out, the site selects “your” cardinal for you at random and I got . . . Dolan!

— 4 —

On to lighter matters: Did anyone not watch Oscars, like me?  Anyone else go online the next morning to check, not the award-winners, but the gowns?

Trena yawned, but I was impressed by all the 1940s and 50s glam.  So much classiness.  Modesty, even.  Just tack some one-inch ribbon on those strapless numbers and you’d swear you were at a Christendom College formal!

Okay, so maybe you’d need some pasties too.

Anne Hathaway

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Aniston. Love her, even if she’s never read a insipid script she didn’t love.


Reese Witherspoon


The only nominated movie I saw, anyway, was Les Mis.  Anne Hathaway won for her role in it, so there must be some sanity left in Hollywood . . . some.  I’m happy Jennifer Lawrence won an award, too.  At least I think I am.  I haven’t actually seen the film she won the award for, but she was so great in Winter’s Bone and The Hunger Games.

— 5 —

We have major teeth issues in this household.  Pat got a tooth removed on Monday, finally, after two failed root canals.  Turns out it was all infected and he had a friggin’ cyst up there, which was smooshing his sinus.  That explains the little *ahem* halitosis issues we were experiencing, not to mention the mouth breathing.  (Not that I”m peevish or anything.  Oh no.)

Pat saved his tooth (now cracked into three pieces).  I’m going to put it in a jar and keep it in the bathroom as a reminder to the girls that they need to take care of their teeth.  Anyone know what kind of solution to use to preserve teeth??

To make up for the tooth Pat lost, Girl 2 is generously working on popping out a molar.  She woke up screaming every two hours last night.  The screaming really gets to me.

— 6 —

Silly Girl 2: she already has more teeth than she can handle.  She lunged forward in her booster seat this morning, tipping her chair over and falling flat on her face.  She split open her inner top lip and got a little nose bleed.  Blood was gushing everywhere.  Poor baby.  As I comforted Girl 2 and got her cleaned up, Girl 1 would come by to see what was going on.  As soon as she saw blood, though, she would run away explaining, “The blood makes me sad.”

Once Girl 2 was finally feeling better, she toddled out of my sight for 2.5 seconds and I found her taking a nice, relaxing, recuperative fishing trip . . . in the toilet!

Fortunately, McDonald’s Fish Bites and Shamrock shakes make a delicious, nutritious Lenten lunch for overwhelmed moms.

— 7 —

I’m trying to add some exercise to my life.  Sometimes I make it to the gym in the morning.  Some days I go for a walk/job around the neighborhood.  When that doesn’t work, I set the girls to work in the sandbox and take a jaunt around . .. the back yard . ..  all 0.1 acres of it.  Around and around and around.  I used the Map My Walk app for iPhone, and this is what my route looks like:

Backyard route

NYC marathon, here I come!

Happy weekend!

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11 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes: Blood, Sweat, Tears, and A Milkshake

  1. Ha! I love your walk route! No kidding, I’ve been walking two whole miles each morning, and the counter on my ipod has brought out my ocd. I love watching that thing turn 2.00.

    Ooooh, the tooth news made me squeamish. And thank you for sharing those pics…I hadn’t seen the one of Jennifer A. and she looked lovely! She just gets more beautiful.

    Too bad about Anne H.’s dress. It was otherwise gorgeous. I think it was primarily a construction issue, with the darts and all.

    Thanks for sharing…trying to rest in love as we wait for our next Holy Father to be named.

  2. That “Map My Walk” thing is hilarious! I didn’t catch the Oscars either, since my husband wouldn’t have been all about it, so you’re not alone! I love Reese’s royal blue dress!

  3. I didn’t watch, but I did constantly refresh the Daily Mail looking for the gowns. I loved Jennifer Aniston’s (SO. GORGEOUS.), Amy Adams’, and Kerry Washington’s. Although her gown wasn’t my favorite, Jennifer Lawrence looked really pretty too — I loved the delicate necklace hanging down the back instead of the front. A really nice touch. Other than those gowns, I wasn’t too wowed. Jessica Chastain looked nice. Very old Hollywood. I liked Sally Field’s dress. I don’t think it was my favorite Oscars frock-wise (and really, what else are the Oscars for?). I did not like Anne Hathaway’s dress. I thought it looked like it was from the ’90s, and, well, the unfortunate chest problem needs no mention. Oh, Naomie Watts’ dress. I LOVED that one. Thought it was the most interesting dress of the evening, and suited her perfectly. Gorgeous color on her too. She looked fabulous. I too was thrilled that Jennifer Lawrence won. Brilliant in Winter’s Bone, and great in Silver Linings Playbook. I was disappointed that Bradley Cooper did not win for Silver Linings Playbook. Pleased by Argo’s triumph. While I don’t think of Argo as one of the greatest films of all time, it was excellent, so I was rather rooting for it to win, especially because I was annoyed that the Academy snubbed Affleck for director. Also very pleased that Adele won for Skyfall. Great song; adored the movie (saw twice in theatres). Thanks heavens that wretched new Les Mis song didn’t win. No idea how it got nominated. Far poorer quality than the original music.

  4. If I were you (I being of lesser patience and sanity), I might make that downstairs office into her bedroom, buy myself a noise machine, and secretly hope I sleep through it. I mean, there’s nothing you can really even do! They are just miserable until that tooth comes in. Max isn’t a screamer, but he is waking up at night for sure. We give him a bottle (although that’s supposed to be a no-no, I don’t care), and he usually goes back to sleep okay.
    I will add that we bought Max a “teething bracelet” and we thought it helped a LOT. I never even told our doctor becuase I figured he would tell me it was useless, but we definitely did notice a difference in his sleeping. He can’t swallow Baby Tylenol cause he gags/barfs it up, so we just use this now and it seems to have worked great. This is the one we bought, fyi. It’s on his ankle so that he can’t bite it off: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003DQE1K8/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I totally agree with your Oscar fashion picks! I really like Jennifer Aniston’s red dress. I love the color with her awesome hair.

  5. Oh my this made me laugh, especially the Christendom college formal reference. HA! I tried to adopt a cardinal earlier today but like you said the site was down. I’ll have to revisit it. Your walk-route cracked me up too, but so sorry for the tooth pain up your way. I’m crossing my fingers that when I go home and see the periodontist I don’t have any bad pregnancy teeth news.

  6. Thanks Laura, your walk route is hysterical.

    Uh, Oscars? when? I don’t watch movies hardly anymore and yet I still manage to ave opinions about actors and actresses. LOVE Jennifer Lawrence. Also Ben Affleck now that he is directing.

    my baby is teething too. She just wants to be held all the time. Poor girl.

  7. Haha, I love the walk routine. I didn’t watch the Oscars either but Googled “Best Oscar gowns” the next day. And the Christendom comment made me laugh!

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