7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 145)
What do you think of the new format of the linky list at the bottom of the post? I always love the look of lists I see on other blogs that include images. Also, I’ve heard that this particular list tool is easier to use, so I thought I’d try it out here too. (If you missed my post from yesterday, I did a little Quick Takes upgrade to celebrate the three-year anniversary.)
I think my nextdoor neighbor and I might be soul mates. I’ve never met her in the four years that we’ve lived within 20 feet of one another, but that’s why I think we’re such a perfect match. See, I always thought that the nice man who lives in the house next to us was a bachelor. Then, a few weeks ago, he brought a plate of warm cookies to the kids when they were playing outside, explaining that they were from his wife, who works as a chef at a local restaurant.
This has happened a few times since then. The kids always look back at the house in awe, trying to see through the darkened windows to get a glimpse of their generous benefactor. I always want to call out to let her know that I am a kindred spirit, pointing back to my house and shouting, ”I’m only outside because of the kids! I hate to leave the house too!” Anyway, it’s like the introvert version of some great story of friendship. We’re like Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, the only difference being that we never, ever interact with one another.
Man, being an introvert is awesome.
Remember when I asked about solutions for the tupperware cabinet a few weeks ago? I got some great responses. Here were a few that were particularly helpful:
Beadgirl said: My mom’s system for organizing plastic containers is to code each container and matching lid with a letter of the alphabet, in permanent marker. Finding the right lid then becomes a simple matter of finding the matching letter.
Anna Macdonald said: Keep the lids on the bowls when they are stored. If you are tempted to separate them out because you can keep more of them that way — just remember that your fridge probably doesn’t hold more space for leftovers than your tupperware shelf does, so all those extra tupperwares couldn’t be used anyway…When putting the tupperware away, you may think it’s easier to just toss the lid and bowl in separately, but that half-second of putting the lid back on saves you 5 minutes of searching for a workable combo later on.
Smoochgator said: If you can’t bear to throw away perfectly good containers…you might try repurposing these containers creatively, maybe by using them as drawer dividers in the kids’ room to hold baby socks or barrettes or other small items that tend to get lost. Or use them in the bathroom cabinets or linen closet to corral feminine hygiene products, medicine bottles, bars of soap or travel-sized bottles, etc. I also have two small plastic “to go” boxes in my entertainment center – one for new batteries, and one clearly labeled for “dead” batteries that need to be recycled.
I have this great new shade of eyeshadow that looks awesome, but, alas, it was won at the price of great awkwardness. My mom and I went to a makeup event at a department store the other weekend, and as I was trying some new glosses, I heard my four-year-old daughter ask, “Mommy, why is that man getting makeup on?” I looked over to see that the chair next to me was, indeed, occupied by a dude, who was having his eyes done in a charcoal shade that complemented his red lipstick. My little girl, the most fearless of all our children, walked up to him and said with a laugh, “Hey, boys don’t wear makeup!” As if maybe he’d just forgotten, and upon being reminded would say, “Hey! What? What’s going on here? I’m a boy!” and start grabbing wipes and dabbing at his face.
The way I usually handle situations like that is to pretend to choke to death and hope that everyone forgets about whatever horribly uncomfortable thing was just said. As it was, I started stammering something like, “Well, honey, we live in a city called ‘Austin,’ and in Austin, sometimes boys…” But then the makeup artist leaned away from his face, and I saw the stunning shading that covered his eyelids in a fabulously dramatic way. I interrupted the teaching moment with my daughter to turn to the lady behind the makeup counter and say, “I want to try the shade that gentleman over there is wearing!”
I’m trying to collect some lighter, more humorous quotes from the saints, like St. Thomas Aquinas’ famous remark that “sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.” Tell me your favorite quotes along those lines!
A while back Nancy left a comment recommending a site called Eat Your Books, where you can search for recipes within cookbooks that are already in your library. This is a great idea. I’m always looking for ways to cut down on meal planning time, so I’m definitely going to check this one out.
Get your weekend off to a great start by watching this amazing, touching video about a man who has sent out thousands of messages in bottles into the ocean, and has received back over 3,100 responses from all over world, often coming in years after he first cast out the bottle. (Via New Advent, like all the interesting links I know about.)
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