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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Two Weeks on the Road with Six Kids

Sounds like the title of a movie, either a comedy or a horror movie, eh? :) Yes, as some of you may know, I just returned from a two week car trip to/from California with my children. My husband had to stay home -- work! We drove from CO through UT, AZ, NV, and ended up in Southern CA. We visited family for a week there, and headed to central CA to visit my father, before returning home on essentially the same route.

We learned a few things along the way. First of all, everything we packed that fit beautifully when we left, seemed to expand or multiply somehow, and repacking the car each time was nearly impossible! I have no idea how this happened, but it was quite a challenge! Second of all, my children who hate change, somehow managed sleeping in strange beds and waking up early to venture off to new locations on a nearly daily basis! We were in hotels the entire time, and the kids did GREAT. Whew! Very grateful for this.

I saw my siblings and their children for the first time in four years. That was amazing! They don't travel, due to their own personal difficulties and inabilities to go anywhere outside their own little personal bubbles (Southern CA). Ah well. It was still wonderful to see them all. I hadn't seen my father in two years, because he is disabled and unable to travel anymore. He used to visit us twice a year, but hasn't been able to come to our new house (two years this summer in our new state). He loves CO, and I'm so sad that he can't come to see us here! We are trying to convince him to move here -- in assisted living -- so we'll see what happens.

I spend today doing mountains of laundry, and generally feeling grateful to be home again. I love that it's not crowded where I live. I love that I can hear birds chirping outside my windows in the morning when I wake up. I love that I can see the mountains not far away. I love that after nearly 40 years of wanting to live here, I DO!!!!!!!!

Traveling is so much fun. I could live in my car and travel all the time. Well, I could if I had an unlimited cash supply, hahahaha. But my dream is to have an RV "someday" so we CAN travel more easily, and more often. I have no idea if we'll be able to manage this before the kids are grown, but I hope so. Does anyone know if there's a popup trailer that can sleep eight? That's what I'd like to get NOW! Hotels are pricey, especially since we need either two rooms, or a family suite. I don't want to pull a huge trailer, since we love going to the mountains. Driving a big RV wouldn't work either. I just hope we can find a way to travel more often now that my "baby" is more than a year and a half old.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Shamelessly Stolen from the Summa Mamas..

Approximately how many hours per day do you spend watching television?
Maybe an hour? If that..

Which colors decorate your kitchen?
um, lessee.... the walls are a very pale pink, the floor is black and white tile, appliances are white, Great-Uncle Jim's heirloom china is atop the cabinets along the dish rail. Pink, Black, White?

Name 2 brand names you buy on a regular basis, and what do you like about them?
TAB! Yes, I adore the stuff..... and it is not because it is a diet soda, but because it has a distinctive taste, and there is NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING as delightful as the first long draught of an ice cold (so cold it may form ice crystals when you open it!) TAB!

Altoids Gum, Peppermint Flavor. They have a BIG punch of flavor, and cover up my coffee breath!

Main Course
What is your biggest fear?
Something terrible happening to my husband or my children.

If you could wake up tomorrow and find yourself in another location, where would you want to be?
Living on the beach, or very very near the beach

Bonus Birthday QuestionWhat's your favorite flavor of birthday cake?
Nostalgically, it has to be Cherry Chip, which is what my mother made me every year!

Thursday, May 19, 2005


I saw a book today about reading in Barnes and Noble. It was by the man who owns the Levenger company, which I have patronized for years. One of the things he suggested was keeping a list of books read. I have never done this. Then I realized that my son is doing this at school. (Mayor Bloomberg expects every school child to read 25 books per year). I am sure I am reading more than 25 books per year but I want to remember WHAT I have read, and why it was significant.

So I bought a lovely journal and started listing books for this month. Some books have a brief notation next to them ("Deadpan humor"--Anthony Powell's Venusberg). Some are old favorites which I re-read periodically (A Dance to the Music of Time by, yes again, Anthony Powell). And some are just current bestsellers (Alexander McCall Smith's In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, a very welcome birthday present).

Since this is a Catholic blog I will mention that I have obtained a copy of Salt of the Earth, which the Pope Benedict Study Group at yahoogroups is reading. I am halfway through the first chapter. I am riveted. Hope to finish it this weekend.

Anyone else want to share what they are reading?

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

This is a Must-Read if you are a parent, or pro-life, or if you just love the wonder of God's Creation

This book is one of the most moving and beautifully written and illustrated books I've seen in a while. Kudos to Sophia Institute Press. You could give this as a gift to a newly-expecting couple or as a baby shower present. Give this to a new grandparent. Anyone who loves babies, will love this book. You can read the whole thing online, but I'll warn you - get a Kleenex.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Happy Birthday to my oldest girl!

Today is your birthday! I love that you are still so excited by birthdays and presents and feeling special! You were my first, and I remember well the joy and excitement and true awe I felt when you were put into my arms! I wasn't expecting a girl, I thought you were a boy, so it was such a wonderful surprise (no, we did NOT peek during the ultrasound) to know you were YOU. God bless you always and keep you close to him! I love you! love, Mom

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Funny you should mention barcodes...

There's your link ;)

Wednesday, May 11, 2005


CAPPMomsForgive the double post. I wrote it up and tried to view it, then I thought it was lost forever. So I rewrote it.
Bear with me while I am a blogging newbie! Thanks!

Time Warp in a Bookstore

CAPPMomsToday I stopped by our last, local independent bookstore. It is owned and run by three generations of the same family. Besides the usual bestsellers, classics, exam review books, there is the occasional hidden treasure.

I spotted a copy of Barbara Pym's The Sweet Dove Died in the Harper Trophy edition. This is the same copy I have (with the yellowish-green cover); I bought it in the early 80's when I first discovered Pym. The book was marked "#3.95".

There was no bar code on it.

This book must have been sitting in the store for over twenty years.

Hey, when did bar codes come in anyway?

Time Warp in a Bookstore

CAPPMomsToday I was able to stop by our last, local indie bookstore. It is a family-owned and run business. They sell all the usual bestsellers, classics, exam review books...and a few hidden gems.

Today I found a copy of Barbara Pym's "The Sweet Dove Died" in the Harper Trophy paperback edition. This is the same one I have. I bought it in the early 80's. This one was yellowed and marked "$3.95".

There was no bar code on it.

This book has to have been sitting there for over 20 years. When did bar codes come in, anyway?

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Pride and Prejudice Characters?!

OK, I confess that I get a real chuckle out of some of these quizzes. Thanks for your patience when I post my results! and I confess I edited the description below to correct the spelling of redeeming! LOL!

You are Jane Bennett. You are beautiful, good,
kind, and loving. You take care of everything,
love everything, and everybody loves you. You
think the best of everyone until it is too late
and then still believe that they have redeeming
qualities. On the one hand, you are wonderful.
On the other hand, get your head out of the
clouds, woman!!

Which Pride and Prejudice Character Are You?
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Sunday, May 08, 2005

Happy Mother's Day!

Wanted to pop in on this beautiful Sunday morning, and wish a very Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there, and to all who care for others as a mother would. God bless you!

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Who Are You?

Amy Welborn asks the question over at Open Book if all female Catholic Bloggers are Lady Cordelia Flyte, in this fun quiz, What Brideshead Revisited Character Are you? And lo and behold, I am too!

You are Lady Cordelia Flyte. You are loving and loyal. You're not a sentimental dowdy, however: you have a lively sense of humor and keen intellect.

What Brideshead Revisited character are you?
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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

eBay Boycott over, Eucharist sales now prohibited!

Amazing what the power of numbers can do! I'm glad that eBay has come to its senses; it's too bad it took such an expression of public outrage by Catholics to effect this change; one would have hoped that the company would have realized how offensive this whole issue of selling the Eucharist was, and reacted to that. But, if it takes a punch to the solar plexis of the coporate bottom line by mass cancellations of eBay and Paypal accounts, so be it.