7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 107)
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Well, we’re homeschooling. Starting…uhh…yesterday. My son had been going to a part-time public charter school that we found at the last minute in August. Though homeschooling was our long-term plan, we thought that this would help us get through the next couple of years until we have a little more sanity in the house (right now our kids are ages 1, 3, 4 and 6). Anyway, it didn’t end up working out, and we decided, along with our son, that now was the time to make the leap. I’m scrambling to get everything in order since it came about so quickly, but we’re excited about it.
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Anyone watch the Texas v. Texas A&M game on Thanksgiving? Despite the fact that Texas started strong, and A&M’s record in this big rivalry game isn’t great, I knew the Aggies would win when I saw this shot of the crowd:
I know they say that God doesn’t meddle in the outcome of football games, but I have to think that he just might make an exception when the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are rooting for a team.
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I keep laughing about this article that says that good-looking people are more likely to have girls. Obviously, I don’t think this is true (Rachel Balducci of Testosterhome single-handedly shatters this theory), but as the mom of three daughters I’ve been giggling at the article’s reference to parents of boys as the “homelier counterparts” of parents of girls. This has provided me with endless fodder for ribbing my friends with boys. Though any outside observer would undoubtedly say that they’re all better looking than I am, I now have scientific evidence that they’re really just my “homelier counterparts.”
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An email from my dad, recounting the tale of his friend Bruce tasting the “hottest burger in the world”:
Bruce told a tale of going to a burger place in San Antonio that advertised the hottest burger in the world. He rounded up the family and they went. The people at the place didn’t want to serve it to him. He kept insisting and finally they made him sign a waiver that wasn’t a joke. This burger was covered in a sauce that was made of habaneros, pequins, jalapeños and naga jolokia known as the ghost chili. The ghost chili is 3.5 to 5 times hotter than the hottest habanero. (Look at the Scoville Scale.)
Bruce cut out a little piece and put it in his mouth and he said his body literally froze up. He could not move. It took a while to get it out of his mouth and overcome the paralysis. He ate salt and drank beer as fast as he could. His son just tasted the sauce with the end of his fork and he came out of his chair. When I told him I thought he just wimped out, he said he’d come pick me up and take me to the restaurant any time I wanted to go.
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If you’re looking for a Christmas present for a friend or family member who isn’t online (e.g. elderly relatives) I cannot recommend the Presto highly enough. We got one for my grandfather last year, and he loves it. We’re able to keep him up-to-date with our daily lives like we’ve never been able to before. It automatically prints pictures contained in email attachments, so we’re able to let him see photos from events just hours after they take place. Great, great product. (Note: I was not asked to endorse this product; I just like it.)
UPDATE: Amazon has them 67% off right now!
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Speaking of products I like, I just discovered this Etsy shop with the most beautiful headcoverings (via a comment at the invaluable Mrs. Parunak‘s site). I’ve been drawn to the idea of covering my head at Mass for a couple of years now, though I’ve never done anything about it. Maybe one of these elegant yet understated pieces will help me finally take the plunge.
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Our Advent is off to a great start, mainly thanks to your suggestions! I decided to implement ideas #2 and #5 from the list you all came up with. I was going to do #9 and #12 also, until I realized that, inexplicably, we don’t have a manger set. Not sure how that happened. Maybe I can get a nice one at an after-Christmas sale, and we can do that next year. Thanks again for all the great ideas!
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