7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 141)
IT’S OVER!!! My husband took the fourth of four CPA certification exams this week. Assuming he passed (oh please, please…) this is huge news. I’m not sure exactly how long he’s been taking classes or studying for this thing, but it’s somewhere around the timeframe of FOREVER. For the past year and a half we’ve been doing six-day weeks so that he can study on Saturdays, so we feel like we’ve been let out of prison. Last night we went out to dinner to celebrate the end of this era, and I toasted him for being a JD, MBA and CPA. He mused aloud, “Now if I can just become a certified Linux administrator, we’ll be all set.” I think he was kidding…but ordered another drink in case he wasn’t.
Having the CPA exam over with means that it’s time for me to get back to the book! For those of you who are new readers, let me explain: I have this bizarre hobby (or perhaps an illness) in which I like to write words in a double-spaced Word document and pretend like they’re going to be published one day. Every year or so I make a dramatic announcement about how I’m all finished and now have a book. This is promptly followed by another announcement that either I hate it or my agent hates it, then something comes up that means I have to shelve it for months at a time, and there’s usually a surprise pregnancy somewhere in there. And now the cycle begins again!
Here’s a cool way to give back to your church that doesn’t take a ton of time: Consider starting a meals ministry. I’ve mentioned before that our parish has a wonderful program where women (and a few men!) take turns making meals for our priests, who are usually too busy to cook for themselves. We have enough volunteers that each person only needs to cook about once a quarter, so it’s not too much strain at all (I usually just make an extra large portion of whatever I was going to make for our family). Our priests really appreciate it, and it’s a way for us to thank them for the wonderful job they do.
This subject recently came up when I was talking to a priest from a different town, and he said wistfully, “Wow, that would be so wonderful to have something like that!”…but he hated to ask his parishoners to start something like it in case it didn’t work for them. So I’ll say it for him: If you feel moved to do so, consider asking your priest if he’d like a meals ministry to cook for him!
That reminds me: My tupperware cabinet is killing me. Thanks to the blessings of having so many people cook for us after we had the baby and my involvement in the meals ministry, we have a ton of to-go containers, and they’re all jumbled in one cabinet. The process of finding an appropriately sized container with a matching lid makes me lose my will to live every time. So, organized people, I’m asking you: Is there some clever solution to disposable container organization? I know that one idea is to keep only a few different sized containers of the same brand so that it’s simple to find sizes and lids…but I hate to throw away perfectly good containers when folks bring them over as part of food gifts. Anyone have any thoughts? You would be amazed at how much it would improve my quality of life if I could get a handle on this.
Fr. Robert Barron‘s new series is about to be released. I can’t be the only one who got chills at this trailer (which I found through Matt Warner — thanks!). Press that little button on the bottom right to treat yourself to watching it on full screen:
Jodi of Sew Fearless is looking for a post that sounds good:
Unfortunately, I don’t think I wrote it. (I suggested this one, or an as-yet-unwritten one called “I Drink a Lot,” but those weren’t it.) I bet there is a good post out there, though, offering practical tips for moms of crawling babies. Anyone got anything for her?
Yesterday I heard from a bunch of folks that some of my posts mysteriously went missing from the front page of my blog, with no rhyme or reason, without any consistency from one computer to another. This did not bother me at all; I handled it prayerfully and calmly, intrigued by the challenge of solving such a delightfully mysterious puzzle. Or not. Now picture the opposite of that, including irrational threats of physical harm to my computer, and you have an idea of how I took it. Anyway, if you missed my prestigious awards ceremony on Wednesday, go check out a great list of blogs!
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