7 Quick Takes, travel edition

Check out the collection of other 7 Quick Takes Friday posts, hosted at Jennifer Fulwiler’s blog, Conversion Diary

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Dallas.

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Laundry.

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Dallas.

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Laundry.

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Kansas City.

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Laundry.

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The Washing Machine

I complain about the laundry
more than my dirty clothes deserve.
It’s a matter of functionality
to wash clothes.
I mean, it’s not like
I’m beating anything against
a rock in the blazing sun.

[read the rest here]

I had to write a poem to get this out of my system.

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laundry, and a therapeutic poem

I’ve got a new poem up at Catholic Lane. This one is about the laundry. I whine so much about it that I vented about the procedure, especially a little honesty about having to reset the dryer because I forget the clothes. Do you ever do that? I admit I suffer moments of homemaker angst when I acknowledge I’m not Suzy Homemaker. And then I get over it, believe me.

Anyway, there’s ultimately a little joy in the task, even if it does come at the end when I roll around in the freshly laundered towels.

You can read it here.

7 Quick Takes Friday!

Check out the collection of other 7 Quick Takes Friday posts, hosted at Jennifer Fulwiler’s blog, Conversion Diary. Here ya go, in no particular order, the highlights (that’s relative) of my week.

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It’s Friday. I was never one for the whole TGIF thing, even though I admit to having been a disco bunny and dancing my way through that era. Is this a place for these kinds of confessions? I admit there might be a Village People LP or two in my closet. Love & Kisses was probably my favorite group. I won’t subject you to the video here, but if you’re curious, here’s one. Ha. I know you’re gonna look. Anyway, I am very thankful that it’s Friday, even with all the work ahead of me today.

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Did I tell you I don’t have a bedroom? Yeah. No walls. No ceiling. Waiting on some insulation. Not. Fun.

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Check this out! I got to play over at Patheos.com! I’ve got a review of X-Men: First Class over there. Because you have no idea how absolutely geeky I am when it comes to these stories 🙂

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Had a thoroughly delightful Girls Night Out with some wonderful women who happen to be very well-known in Catholic media but will remain nameless. Although I’d like to promote them because I love what they do, it wasn’t about that. It was personal, and fun, and absolutely necessary for us.  I forget how essential it is to maintain the REAL in these real-life relationships. I’ve been caught up in a whirlwind of stress lately, and it was a pleasure to blow off some steam.

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Did something scary. Applied for graduate school. Again. Only this time, for real. That first time was just…well…a giant implosion of chickening out (and in retrospect–not really something I wanted). Pushing the submit button this time felt more natural. Pray for me on that — and I’m sure, more news to follow in that area.

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I have a lot of laundry to do. Am I allowed to complain about it here? Yes. It’s my blog, and I think you’ve come to expect the occasional laundry vent. I hate it. I blame Eve.

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And finally, Ta-Dah! The CNMC 2011 registration is open! This year promises to have some really cool people presenting, a new feature on the day before for peeps serious about jumping into Catholic media, and an expanded spiritual component for those of you less interested in the technical side but wanting some guidance and spiritual refreshment. And a party. We have to have a party — so everyone’s invited to hang out Saturday night and continue the celebration after the conference.

 

15 character meme thingie

My friend Katharine from 10 Minute Writer posted this challenge: List fifteen fictional characters (television, films, plays, books) who’ve influenced you and who will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. And then all the usual warnings about forwarding and such which I ignore because it annoys me. Also, these characters are in no particular order other than that which popped into my head. It also gave me something to do while waiting for the dryer to buzz.

1. Hester Prynne from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter. I read the novel when I was sixteen and was moved by her transformation from adulteress to angel. It started a fascination with Hawthorne’s works and themes.

2. Marvin the Martian from Warner Bros. cartoons. I love him. I loved him when I was too young to get him. I suppose as an adult sometimes I feel like an alien, sometimes like a conqueror, and always a little annoyed when things don’t go as planned.

3. Lt. Uhura from Star Trek. I wanted to be her. Only, not a fan of mini-skirts. Even when I had great legs.

4. Jaime Sommers. I wanted to run like the Bionic Woman.

5. Jo March from Little Women. Although I am the oldest of my siblings I was more like Jo, a little strong-headed, creative, and, um … independent.

6. Bill the Cat from Bloom County. Loved him. LOVED HIM. He is disheveled and mute. I feel like that sometimes — you know, like you take some hits and there’s nothing to say but Ack!

7. Opus the Penguin from Bloom County. As much as I love Bill the Cat, I also loved Opus and his hopeful optimism. I can be both, a pessimist and optimist, right? Sure.

8. The Little Prince by the book of the same name. I read it every once in a while. It moved me so, as a child, and as an adult I find it all the more meaningful.

9. J. Alfred Prufrock, I suppose, is the voice of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, a depressing poem by T.S. Eliot, but important to me because of the line, “Do I dare disturb the universe” which was instrumental in the direction my life took when I changed my major to English.

10. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. I aspire to that kind of integrity.

11. Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. Okay, I’m sensing a trend here, but really, I find his honesty refreshing.

12. Santiago from The Old Man and the Sea. I like that kind of faith and determination.

13. Reverend Mother from The Trouble with Angels. I loved her like I could have loved a real teacher. What a beautiful testament to religious life and the deep friendships among women.

14. Darth Vader from Star Wars because this list deserves an epic sci-fi character, and even though he is arguably the greatest villain, he also exemplifies the power of redemption and forgiveness, so I’ll forgive George Lucas and his ridiculous ending to The Return of the Jedi, and love Darth Vader’s transformation.

15.  Miss Marple from the Agatha Christie novels. I think maybe I learned to watch people and look for certain trends in their behavior by reading those mysteries. On second thought, maybe it was Harriet, from Harriet the Spy.