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Monday, December 31, 2007

Blessed 2008!

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Map Fun

Okay, this was fun. Except now you can all see that I haven't left the New England / Mid-Atlantic region (except for Canada and England).

Oh, wait! My mom was carrying me when she went to Florida, should that count??

create your own visited states map
or check out these Google Hacks.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Book Meme

One book that changed your life: The Bible (Navarre Commentaries)

One book that you’ve read more than once: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

One book you’d want on a desert island: The Bible (the entire Navarre Commentaries!)

One book that made you laugh: The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie de Paola

One book that made you cry: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

One book that you wish had been written: Death at Rutherford Hall by Mary Ann Bernard (all right, I'm working on it!)

One book that you wish had never been written: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (I'm sorry, I just did not get this book)

One book you’re currently reading: Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jan Brett

One book you're planning on reading: Cleopatra by Diane Stanley

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Funky Image Meme

I am supposed to google the answer to each of the following questions, then post an image from the first page of search results.

Age at my next birthday

Place I'd like to travel

Place I've been

Favorite food

Place I was born

Place I live

Name of past pet

Best friend's nickname

My first name

My first job

Thursday, December 6, 2007

I Am Supporting Alan Keyes for President

Visit his website and take the Pledge.

Conservative, Christian, Catholic. Experienced in federal and diplomatic service. What more could we want in a leader?

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Christmas Meme

Wrapping paper or gift bags?

If it can go in a bag and look presentable, it does. I worked for years when I was in school gift wrapping presents at gift and department stores. Ugh!

Real tree or artificial?


When do you put up the tree?

The weekend before Christmas. Ideally, it would be Christmas Eve, but we are usually busy with extended family activities that day.

When do you take the tree down?

Not before the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, after Epiphany.

Favorite holiday theme?


Favorite gift received as a child?

A diary from my godfather.

Do you have a nativity scene?

We have three. One we received from my parents when we were first married. The other two our sons can play with. BamBam loves playing with them this year.

Hardest person to buy for?

Giving Tree gift, because I don't actually know the recipient.

Easiest person to buy for?

Our sons.

Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

Ummm, pass.

Mail or email cards?


Favorite Christmas movie?

A Christmas Carol (with George C. Scott)

Going My Way

The Bells of St. Mary's

The Bishop's Wife (original with Cary Grant)

When do you start shopping for Christmas?


Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?


Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

Fudge, cheesecake, shrimp cocktail, pastries.

White lights or colored on the tree?

Flicker flames.

Favorite Christmas song?

Silent Night (but there are many, many more)

Travel for Christmas or stay at home?

Travel every other year, usually.

Can you name all of Santa's reindeers?


Angel on the tree top or a star?


Open the presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

Christmas morning, but maybe one each for the kids before bed on Christmas Eve.

Most annoying thing about this time of year?

"Holiday music" which has nothing to do with Christ. "Step into Christmas"; "Baby, It's Cold Outside"; "Santa, Baby." Need I say more?

What I love most about Christmas?

Christmas Mass and the sense of peace. Christmas day is always so peaceful.

HT: Dawn

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Afternoon Tea

Just discovered from Celestial Seasonings: Candy Cane Lane decaffeinated tea.

Today's snack is artichoke dip baked in phyllo cups, a recipe my sister-in-law prepared as as appetizer at Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Favorite Films Meme

Go to the AFI Top 100 list and pick:

1) Your favorite five movies that are on the list. This was hard to narrow down.


North by Northwest
The Philadelphia Story

It's a Wonderful Life

The African Queen

2) Five movies on the list you didn't like at all. There were others too!

Gone with the Wind


ET - the Extra Terrestrial

West Side Story

King Kong

3) Five movies on the list you haven't seen but want to. Hmmm...

Doctor Zhivago

The Third Man

An American in Paris


Mutiny on the Bounty

4) Five movies on the list you haven't seen and have no interest in seeing. There were lots more of these!

The Godfather

The Graduate

On the Waterfront

Schindler's List

Some Like It Hot

5) Your favorite five movies that aren't on the list.


Toy Story

Toy Story 2

The Quiet Man

12 Angry Men

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A Little More ...

My boys are growing! Today was check-up day.

Arch was 57" and 72 pounds. He is in the 85th percentile for weight, and off the charts for height for a nine-year-old.

BamBam was 38" and 28.5 pounds. He made the 50th percentile for height and the 15th for weight. This is great because BamBam was a preemie and small-for-date. He has never been as high as the 15th for weight before. Last year he was at the 5th.

When Arch was a toddler, he used to streeeeetch himself up and sing "a little more - hmm hmm hmm" to make himself taller!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Pope Paul VI on the Domestic Church

CATHOLIC LIBRARY: Marialis Cultus (1974) Annotated

52. We now desire, as a continuation of the thought of our predecessors, to recommend strongly the recitation of the family Rosary. The Second Vatican Council has pointed out how the family, the primary and vital cell of society, "shows itself to be the domestic sanctuary of the Church through the mutual affection of its members and the common prayer they offer to God."[115] The Christian family is thus seen to be a domestic Church[116] if its members, each according to his proper place and tasks, all together promote justice, practice works of mercy, devote themselves to helping their brethren, take part in the apostolate of the wider local community and play their part in its liturgical worship.[117] This will be all the more true if together they offer up prayers to God. If this element of common prayer were missing, the family would lack its very character as a domestic Church. Thus there must logically follow a concrete effort to reinstate communal prayer in family life if there is to be a restoration of the theological concept of the family as the domestic Church.


Christmas time is here....

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