Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Good To Know

How much of your favorite energy drink, soda, or caffeinated food would it take to kill you? Take this quick test and find out:
Death by Caffeine

My results:
"Gulp down 64.43 cups of Dunkin' Donuts Coffee and you're history."

Dan's results:
"After 299.63 cans of Diet Dr Pepper, you'd be pushing up daisies."

The time frame is how much you have in your system at one time, thank goodness. Cause I'm quickly approaching my 65 cups ever since a new Dunkin' Donuts, with a drive-thru open 24/7, set up shop just a mile from my house back in May. And I'm sure Dan blew through his 300 cans of DDP in the first 3 months of 2008.

What I really need is a "How much money do you spend buying caffeinated drinks?" calculator. That answer would truly be terrifying.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Foto Friday

What happens when I quickly run upstairs to our office to check my e-mail:

Guess I wasn't quick enough!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday Meme

One Word Meme. Stolen from Fr. Erik, who stole it from Adoro, who stole it from Fr. S, who stole it from a simple Catholic. Heck, I stole some of Fr. Erik's answers too. (Bless me, Father, for I have sinned...)

1. Your cell phone? Samsung.
2. Your significant other? Cheesehead.
3. Your hair? Dyed.
4. Your mother? Jean.
5. Your father? Chuck.
6. Your favorite things? Heroes.
7. Your dream last night? Scorpions.
8. Your favorite drink? Coffee.
9. Your dream/goal? Transparency.
10. The room you’re in? Office.
11. Your church? St. Peter's.
12. Your fear? Bankruptcy.
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Alive.
14. Where were you last night? Party.
15. What you’re not? Liberal.
16. Muffins? Blueberry.
17. One of your wish list items? Wii.
18. Where you grew up? Virginia.
19. The last thing you did? NAK.
20. What are you wearing? PJ's.
21. Your TV? Flat.
22. Your pets? Swimming.
23. Your computer? Dell.
24. Your life? Blessed.
25. Your mood? Tired.
26. Missing someone? Corey.
27. Your car? Minivan.
28. Something you’re not wearing? Heels.
29. Favorite store? Costco.
30. Your summer? Endless.
31. Like (love) someone? Boyz.
32. Your favorite color? Gold.
33. Last time you laughed? Today.
34. Last time you cried? Friday.
35. Who will re-post this? Tracy.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Happy 15 Months, Ittyboy!

At 15 months, Ittyboy:

  • Says two-word phrases, "Up, Mama!" and "Bye, Daddy!"
  • Runs. Often chasing his big brother.
  • Can crawl up all stairs, fireplace hearths and ottomans.
  • Could open the refrigerator and oven (until we put on childproof locks).
  • Pulled down several vertical blinds covering the sliding glass door. (I wanted curtains anyway.)
  • Says "Hi!" to every person he sees.
  • Has 4 upper and two lower teeth.
  • Loves to watch the "birdies" out the window.
  • Uses a spoon and fork.
  • Drinks from a cup.
  • Dips whatever he's eating in the dip du jour.
  • Dusts and wipes the floor with a towel.
  • 'Reads' books.
  • Had his first hair cut this week - while he was asleep!
  • Nurses at naptime and bedtime (and brings his Boppy pillow to me when he wants to nurse).
  • Picks up toys and puts them in his toy basket when asked.
  • Vocabulary consists of: Daddy, Mama, Up, Bye, Hi, Alleluia, Birdie, Hot, Eye, Goggle, Hug, Luv and Ya-Ya-Yer (for his brother).
  • Makes the first two parts of the sign of the cross and prayer hands.
  • Finishes the musical phrase, "Here I come to save the..." with a big, "DAAAY!"
  • Hasn't gone a week without some bruise, bump or scrape. All boy.
(I'll be adding to this list throughout the day. Diva Mom is suffering from a cold/flu/hopefully not strep throat thing and currently has medicine head.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Photoblogging by Bitty

Ittyboy meets McDonald's french fries with sweet 'n sour sauce:

(Yeah, yeah, Ittyboy is eating fast food. So? He could say 'Alleluia' at 12 months. Could your one-year-old say that? Yeah, that's what I thought! Judge not, people!)

And two pictures taken by Mom:

Minute Meditations

Tracy posts some excellent minute mediations each week. (One minute being about all I can concentrate for during these lazy days of summer.) Some of my favorites:

The Eucharist

The celebration of the Eucharist is not meant to be an hour of entertainment. God is not there to put on a flashy show that will raise the roof, and we’re not there to watch one. The celebration of the Eucharist is an action, one that requires our participation, one that begins and ends out there, beyond the parking lot.


Jesus calls us to be men and women of integrity. Speak the truth simply and clearly, whatever the cost to you. Where you are right, say so; where you are wrong, acknowledge it. Jesus is the truth. When you stand and walk and speak in truth, he joins himself to you more closely.

Being Truly Loving:

Being truly loving means doing all those thankless tasks we do for others without complaining about the fact that they are thankless. When we seek recognition for our actions, our action is no longer purely about loving the other person, but about the person knowing what we have done.

Suffering and Hope

In the face of suffering, hardship and defeat, when all seems lost and God seems absent, surrender to God is about continuing to trust and believe that, despite all evidence to the contrary, God is still with us... and raises us up to new life... a life in which the scars of our pain are not erased or denied, but transformed into a sign of hope.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Monday Meme

1. What food does your best friend not like?
Dan's not a fan of Chinese food, which really bites (pardon the pun) because it's my favorite.

2. What is your favorite cookbook?
My newest one: Simple & Delicious Cookbook (Thanks, Aunt Sharon!)

3. Are you more of a sushi person or a lamb person?
Neither. Ick on both counts.

4. Given a choice of something fried and salty or something baked and sweet, what would you choose?
Depends on the time of month... gals, you know what I mean!

5. Do you buy whole chickens and boil them and pick the meat off or does that gross you out?
You can buy a whole chicken? Oh, you mean the rotisserie ones, right? Those are tasty...

6. How do you feel about butter, sour cream, cream cheese, and half and half?
Love 'em... in moderation. I'm lactose intolerant.

7. (Skip this question if you are a vegetarian.) If you are a carnivore, would you be willing to hunt or butcher your meat? Or to watch someone do that for you or would you rather not think of it? Or are you grateful for the animal who gave its life to sustain your life?
I can't eat an animal that looks remotely like its original form. For instance when I was in Mexico and had fish served with its head still on, I all but lost my lunch. Peeling shrimp is about as much as I can handle. If I had to hunt and/or butcher I'd end up a vegetarian. Or a carbetarian.

8. What is the most exotic ingredient or spice in your cupboard?
This and this. (But I have been to Grenada, the "spice island." That's exotic, right?)

9. What is your favorite vegetable?
Dinner's still on my tongue so I'm going with corn on the cob.

10. What is your favorite fruit?
Just chowed down on some delicious watermelon... final answer.

I'll tag anyone who wishes to play. Please let me know if you do!

Friday, July 04, 2008

God Bless America

Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

More Blogthings Fun for the 4th!

You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations - you got 9 out of 10 correct!

You Are 89% American

You're as American as red meat and shooting ranges.
Tough and independent, you think big.
You love everything about the US, wrong or right.
And anyone who criticizes your home better not do it in front of you!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Blogthings Therapy for the 4th

What Your Fireworks Say About You

You are the type of person who lives a big, bold, and unique life.
You love to stand out and be noticed. And people definitely notice you.
You are easily excited, and you're quick to move to action.
You like to be in motion doing something. Keeping busy makes you feel good.