Seven Quick Takes, Volume 35

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Brett didn’t get the job. Please keep praying for us.

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This week I reviewed Stealing Jenny by Ellen Gable and The Holy Twins by Kathleen Norris and Tomie de Paola. Check out the reviews!

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Our Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fry begins tonight! We always volunteer. I enjoy helping even though I’m (obviously) not a Knight. It is such a community event in our parish. Plus, it is nice for me to have a job to do, since I’m really not good at community events and socializing. Besides, it’s lovely to have several Fridays in a row where I don’t have to figure out what to cook for dinner.

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Tomorrow I’m going to have a busy day at the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference (I’ll be attending) and the Pontifical College Josephinum Irish Fest (I’ll be volunteering). Wish me luck for this long and possibly grueling day!

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Lent has given me a renewed leash on eating over the past two days. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to give up sweets. I already know my weak point is going to be when I’m stressed…which is when I shouldn’t be eating anyway! It is important for me to remember that I’m setting myself aside for Jesus as I do this; it is not just something to do, it is not to prove anything, it is to give myself to my Savior.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that this past summer I began washing my hair with baking soda and water and rinsing it with a solution of apple cider vinegar in water. On the intrawebs, they call this “no poo.” From time to time, I use conditioner, but I hardly ever use shampoo. Last week I bought Organix Coconut Milk Conditioner. Now I want to use conditioner every day because it smells so good! I’m a sucker for coconut anything.

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May God bless you and give you a wonderful weekend!

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12 thoughts on “Seven Quick Takes, Volume 35

  1. I have never heard of this “no-poo” recipe. I know shampoo is awful for your hair, and I rarely wash mine with it. What is this baking soda and vinegar supposed to do for hair?

    • I started doing no poo because of the chemicals. Some shampoos have chemicals which can interfere with the function of your hormones. I’ve had whacked-out cycles so I started to look a little sideways at all my food and personal care products. I’m also cheap/poor, and baking soda and vinegar are definitely cheaper than shampoo and conditioner. As far as what it does, I would say my hair is really clean now. Crunchy Betty ( says that your hair will have more body, be shinier, less oily and less frizzy. There was definitely a learning curve for me. My hair didn’t get greaseball when I started doing this like some people report, but after a couple of months it was really dry and fried looking. That’s when I backed down on the frequency (now I only do it once a week) and started using less baking soda in my “recipe.” It is also when I added conditioner back in, about once every 2 weeks or so. My hair is also a lot shinier and it is also a bit wavy, which it never was before (although I don’t know if that is because of the length). I would recommend it. Just don’t get it in your eyes or mouth– it’s much more unpleasant than shampoo from my experience.

  2. I know just what it’s like waiting for hubby to land a job. We’ve gotten quite a few rejections over the last months here and I’m really hoping the Lord reveals His grand master plan soon! You guys are in my prayers.

    And the fish and fries basket photo is seriously making my mouth water 🙂

    • Unfortunately our fish doesn’t look exactly like that, but it IS pretty yummy. Thanks for your prayers, I really appreciate them. Brett’s thinking some new ideas right now that seem promising. I think it’s too soon to share, but maybe soon.

  3. That fish fry looks amazing. I’m going to have to see if there are any happening in our neck of the woods (Indy). I love the KofC, my hubby is a member at our parish. God bless them!

    • They’re everywhere in the Columbus, OH area. Of course, our fish fry is the best fish fry. Not that that’s a picture of our fish fry…

  4. That fish DOES look good, maybe that’s what we’ll have for dinner tonight (yes, it’s already 5 and I still don’t know what’s for dinner). I’m definitely praying for you and your husband.

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