7QT about lazy sangria, blogging profits, and a UD joke

1. Here’s a visual of my Thursday evening from about 6:30 onward, when Pat mercifully took over childcare and kitchen duties:

Book, Chocolate, booze

Book, stevia-sweetened dark chocolate, booze

2. It’s been a long week.  Both girls sick.  Up 1/3 of last night w/ insomnia.  Up the other 1/3 with Girl 1, who had an earache.  Blah blah blah.  My life is hard, etc.

3. Due to various reasons (see above), I resorted to Tired Woman’s Sangria this evening.  I just made it up.  It consists of the following:

  • Large drinking glass of disappointing white wine (should have stuck with Ecco Domani)
  • A few spoonfuls of diced fruit (in my case, watermelon and Granny Smith apple)
  • 2-3T Simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, cooked together until the sugar is dissolved; I keep some on hand, made in advance)
  • Ice

Soak the wine, fruit, and syrup together and chill in the fridge for as long as you can stand to wait.  Add ice and gulp.

4. Breaking news: forget Kindle Unlimited, Oyster, etc. and just get . . . a library card.  Public libraries have a better selection of electronic books, and they’re free!  It’s in the newspaper so it must be true.  Also, I tried out Kindle Unlimited for the free trial period and was underwhelmed.

5. On a more serious note, I thought this was a good, short article about how Americans (not all of us but some of us) have caused the current influx of undocumented minors emigrating  from Central America to the U.S.

6. And back to less serious notes: I made money from this blog for the first time yesterday!!  I signed up for Amazon’s Affiliate program and made a full ten cents!  That’s right, someone clicked through from my blog and spent $2.50!  Try not to be too jealous.  I want to frame it as the first dime I made, like some businesses frame the first dollar they make.  Trouble is, Amazon won’t cut a check until I make $10.  At my current rate of 4% per click-through purchase, it’ll take . . .

0.04x = $10

x = 10/.04

x = $250

. . . $247.50 more in purchases from readers.  Keep it up folks!  😉  . . . Actually, after a few more purchases my rate goes up to a whopping 6% or something like that.  Nevertheless, I’m keeping my day job.

7.  So, inside joke for any University of Dallas people (which also applies to many small Catholic colleges): my little brother just set off for a jaunt to Ireland before his study abroad semester in Rome.   He posted some pictures of his group.

I couldn’t help but notice that, while the guys in his group are fair to middling in the looks department, the girls are  H-A-W-T, hot, hot.

“Steve-O, dude, how did you manage this?” I asked.   His reply:

“That’s the magic of the UD ratio.”

He’s a smart one, that kid.

Happy weekend folks!  Click over to Conversion Diary for more quick takes.

Five Nerdy Introvert Favorites

1. Date night with myself at

2. The library.

3. My husband, for taking over the kids right after work so I can go, and

4. Modern Mrs. Darcy, for always having good books to recommend (how does she read so fast?), and

5.  Talking on the phone.


That’s all.  Go away.  Leave me alone.  Go to Moxie Wife for more sociable bloggers.


* It’s actually fine to call me.  Really.  I juuuuust might let it go to voicemail.  But I’ll call you back as soon as i’ve had alone time.  promise.

7 Quick Takes, Quick Edition

— 1 —

We gave Girl 1 her Melissa & Doug princess castle, after all.  (I got it for about half off, a while ago, thanks to a deal my friend Liz posted on her blog.)

She’s been playing with it more than we expected.  She’s also surprisingly patient when Girl 2 crashes on her play.

— 2 —

Girl 1 was, however, more excited about receiving this:

Not the exact wand we gave her, but similar.

One dollar at Target.  $1.  Gah! Gah! Gah!

— 3 —

I would post a picture of he girls playing cutely with the castle, except that I lost my iPhone which was my only camera.  I have not seen it since December 31, 2012 around 2:00 pm.  I was at home.  It’s here somewhere.  If you have an iPhone, please take a second to make sure that your “Find Lost iPhone” setting (or whatever it is) is on.  If it’s off, there ain’t a think iCloud can do to help you find it.

I had this idea that I was not very attached to material possessions.  Then I lost my iPhone.  I’ve written a little song about the self-realization that occurred:

Hah.  Ha ha.  Ha ha! Ha ha! Ha ha!

— 4 —

We were all sick this past week.  I spent one day crashed out on the couch and then sleeping in bed.  Pat was able to take a “family leave” day fortunately.  After just one day of my being MIA, the house was in chaos.  I’ve told Pat I don’t mind that he’s not able to get anything else done while watching the girls, as long as he appreciates it when I, occasionally, do.

— 5 —

Here’s a hypothetical for you:

You take your girls to the library, thinking they are recovered from their stomach bug.  All is going well until you look over and see your Girl 2 has vomited all over a stuffed horse belonging to the library.  Do you:

(a) stuff the vomity horsey in your own tote bag, to contain the filth while you consider next steps?

(b) leave said bag in play area while you go to a different area to talk the situation over with another mom?

(c) run back to play area upon hearing disgusted shrieks of other children who have pulled the horse out of your bag?

(d) take the vomity-horse-in-bag to the fourteen-year-old boy volunteers who are manning the children’s library desk–no adult librarian in sight!–asking what their vomit-on-horse protocol is?

(e) take amusement at their reaction and wait while they bring the vomity-horse-in-bag to the main circulation desk librarian, who says that yes, you can take the horse home and launder it yourself,

(f) all of the above?

— 6 —

I wrote several New Year’s reflections earlier this month  (here here and here).  I looked back at my 2012 resolutions, written when I was due-any-day with Girl 2.  They were: (1) Go to confession every month and (2) “Make it through the year with both kids alive and my sanity intact.”  I’m glad I kept it simple.   I was maybe 10 for 12 with confession.  Both girls are alive and kicking (and screaming).  As for my sanity, well, they haven’t committed me yet.

— 7 —

Despite being on the Perfect Health Diet for months now, cutting out all sugar, bread, and processed foods, my weight is approaching the highest it’s ever been (other than while pregnant or post-partum).  I broke down and counted calories for the past few days, and I’m not consuming too many.  I’m thinking I’m hypothyroid . . . or a hypochondriac.  Problem is, I’m sure to sound like the latter even if I am the former.  I’m imagining the conversation with my doctor:

Me: “Doc, I’m gaining all this weight.  I think I’m hypothyroid.  I know I just had my thyroid levels tested recently and they were normal and all, but I really think the condition is hidden and would really be improved by some supplemental pig thyroid if you could just prescribe .. . .”

Doc: “Hmm well, let’s see.  Just some routine questions, first.  Do you exercise regularly, you know walking, jogging, aerobics?”

Me: “Well, no . . . but I was reading all about hidden hypothyroidism on this website and . . . ”

Doc: “Let’s see, have you made any changes to your eating habits lately?”

Me: “Well, *ahem* I have been following this high-fat diet . . . ”

Yeah, I can see that going real well.

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