7 Quick Takes (in which we find a Port-A-Let TARDIS) [vol.3]

We’re back at Conversion Diary — this is my first link-up on Jen’s blog 🙂

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I have never watched an entire soccer game in my life, until this week.  It has never held my attention, though I have given the sport many chances to get me to like it.  I’m a baseball girl, and as I’ve gotten older, football has won me over, too.  Sorry, soccer.  You and basketball seriously bore me. All that being said, I snuggled down on the couch last Sunday to watch the US Men’s Team take on Portugal.  I decided I would watch the entire 90+ minutes, and do my best to get crazy excited about it, because the little ones have been watching the World Cup with their Daddy and I do NOT like feeling left out.  Plus, #Murica.  So I watched, and cheered.  I inexplicably found myself excitedly following soccer commentators on Twitter while I watched the game.  And um, well…that 90 minutes flew by.  AND WE WON!!!!  So when my boss suggested that our department play hooky enjoy an extended lunch coincidentally at a sports bar near our office during the USA/Germany match, guess who was the one who offered to call and make the reservations?  Yours truly.  Soccer, you’re wearing me down ❤

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One of the books I’ve recently added to my Amazon wishlist as a result of social media buzz and great reviews is The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful.  It’s written by Myquillin Smith, aka “The Nester,” and it’s a book about how to create beauty in your space no matter your obstacles.  Whether you rent, have zero budget, or just don’t know where to start, this book is for you.  And me.  In fact, I was so inspired just from reading the reviews on Amazon that last Saturday, I dusted off my sewing machine, cracked open a beverage, and got to work creating this little “fort”/reading nook space under my HH’s loft bed.  Can you imagine what I might be inspired to do AFTER I’ve read the book?!

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Back home in New Orleans, summer’s arrival was precipitated every year by the opening of Larry’s Snowball Stand (which has now sadly closed.)  As a child, my siblings and I had swimming lessons across the street in the high school’s swimming pool, and after lessons every day we’d BEG Momma to take us to get snowballs.  They’re the quintessential summer treat.  “New Orleans Style” Sno-Balls are NOT the same thing as a snow cone, a lesson I learned as a teenager when we moved to Texas.  While delicious in their own right, snow cones are made of ice that is much coarser than the delicious, soft, shaved-type ice of the Sno-Balls, and this discrepancy means that the syrup in snow cones doesn’t “cling” well to the ice.  Thus, you’re left with the problem of ice on top, all the syrup at the bottom, and a general feeling of disappointment in the state of Texas.  (OK, that last part isn’t true.)  All these years I’ve lived in the Lone Star State, I’ve tried many a snow cone, hoping some stand, somewhere, would shave their ice in a manner similar to my beloved Sno-Balls.  I am happy happy happy to announce that I’ve discovered such a Sno-Ball stand.  And so, for the first time in my kids’ lives, and for the first time in 15 years for me…we had Sno-Balls last Friday night.  THEY WERE AMAZING.  We may just make it our Friday night summer tradition!

King Cake flavor on the left, topped with sweetened condensed milk, and Frog in a Blender flavor on the right. See how fine the ice is?

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Y’ALLLLLLLLLL!  Ignatius Press has done it!  They are launching a new online service for the public to stream Catholic movies!  It’s like a Catholic Netflix…but stocked with excellent movies like The Reluctant Saint and Don Bosco.  For a small “rental” fee, you can stream the movie as many times as you’d like for seven days. I am hoping that they expand their library in the future, as it is rather limited at the time, but what a great start!

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Summer is the time for moving, and several of our friends are all moving to new homes, new towns, and even new countries this summer.  Want to help, but not sure how you can without getting in the way?  As a veteran “mover” myself, having moved 8 times in the past seven years, a few suggestions might be:

  • Offer to take their kids for a few hours so they can pack
  • Bring over some coffee and breakfast on a day they will be packing, and roll up your sleeves to help!
  • Bring over some supper one night, using totally disposable dinnerware
  • Make one of these out of an old box, and stock it with “Moving Day” essentials like toilet paper, paper towel, antibacterial wipes, granola bars, bottled water, travel toiletries, “soup to go,” tape, a sharpie, scissors, and band aids.




— 6 —

It’s Day 7 of the Fortnight for Freedom.  What are you doing participate?  As we await the decision of Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby HHS mandate case, are you praying with us?  It’s not too late to join in!

— 7 —

I saved the best for last.  My sister is an avid Doctor Who fan.  Her family and friends know this, and thus she has amassed a great collection of birthday and Christmas gifts that all showcase something to do with her Doctor Who fandom.  One of her more prized possessions is a tote bag with the T.A.R.D.I.S. on it.  


Well, last week, HH and I were running an errand together and passed a construction site.  “Look, mommy!” he yelled excitedly.  “It’s a T.A.R.D.I.S!”  As I craned my neck to get a look at what he was pointing at, it took every ounce of self-control to reply without laughter.  He was gazing lovingly at a blue Port-A-Potty.


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