Friday, March 22, 2013

7QT-Yep. Still Lent.

1.  Toddler time at the library is Jill's favorite time.  She has gotten into the swing of things and instead of clutching me in terror, she claps her hands and sings along and dances.  Every time a new book is read, she exclaims, "WoW!"  A long expressive drawn out "WOW!"  But the best part of toddler time is the shaker eggs.


Every toddler runs to Miss Amy and selects two eggs out of the basket and shakes along to "Shake Your Sillies Out"  by Raffi.

The Easter bunny just ordered some shaker eggs for her Easter basket today on Amazon.  No, she doesn't get the whole dozen.  We are going to be in sunny Texas with other young cousins who also have Easter baskets.

2.  While looking for a dress for me that doesn't exist in reality, one that can be worn in twenty degree temps to an evening benefit dinner and is also perfect for a warm Easter morning in Texas, Lucy found these:


They are Vera Bradley hairpins.  Priced pretty reasonably, Lucy and Susan are going to find these in their baskets.  

3.
 

If you've ever wondered if you could eat enough Altoids to make your urine smell weird and minty, the answer is yes.

Do not ask how I know.

4.  Check out this glorious bunting!  That's the work of my friend, Kris. While the rest of us were glued to the tv Popewatching, she was out supervising this.


She is also in charge of the interior stuff like the giant cloth that covers the crucifix for the Passion.  She asked me to stitch one seam, four hems and add a piece of elastic to the yards and yards of  purple fabric she brought me.

No problem.

Except for the recurring nightmare I have that some stitches will pop, and SPROING!  The whole thing comes sailing down, catching fire, and smothering our pastor in a purple shroud of doom.

5.  Yesterday was the birthday of one of my favorite people.  


I read a lot about him yesterday including this article and watched this clip.  I knew lots about him, that he was married, the father of two, and a Presbyterian minister.  But I didn't know that his work impacts children's television today.  The makers of Blue's Clue took cues from Fred about slower pacing for their episodes.



This book is next on my to-read list...well, not next, but it's on the list.  Here is a great book review from the NY Times to give you a good idea of what it's about.

6.   Those first two Mr. Rogers articles were from a favorite source of mine for oddball news, Mentalfloss.  I liked them on Facebook and now I get interesting, off-beat things in my news feed.  Like this article about Fictional Houses That Exist in Reality, which led me to another website that has lots of photos of the interior of the life-size reproduction of the house from the Pixar film, UP.



7.   There has been some talk of a post-Lent-live-tweet-viewing of one of our family's most quoted films, Napoleon Dynamite.

So to whet your appetite for the full length feature film, I give you 61 seconds of Napoleon and Pedro that you have probably never seen before.  The Utah State Fair Commercials.  Flippin' hilarious.



Today's Quick Takes were brought to you by Blue's Clues, those tiny juice boxes from Aldi, and the letter P.

Go check out Conversion Diary for dozens of others.

6 comments:

  1. Your Quick Takes are great! How fun to go to Texas and see family for Easter. It's been 3 years since I was with my CA family for Easter and I miss it so much.

    Keep us updated about the Napoleon a dynamite tweet event!

    Oh, and I used "flippin" in my QT, too. Twins!

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  2. My brother went to grade school with a boy who had Mr. Rogers for a godfather! We were all jealous.

    And, shaker eggs are a wonderful stress reliever.

    These 2 unrelated comments are brought to you by the word "pinkeye".

    ReplyDelete
  3. If I pay you actual American dollars, will you write my Takes for me for the next four months? Your takes are the bomb. The biggedy bomb.

    Now I have to go. 1998 is calling. It wants its slang back.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Egg shakers are ine of my all-time favorite children's toys. I pair them with stacking cups and play "hide the egg" and it provides HOURS of amusement!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I made the blog!! Woohoo!! Thanks again for sewing the "shroud"--it looks awesome!

    ReplyDelete
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    1. Welcome to the blogosphere! It's only slightly weird-er than real life!
      - Mary Kate

      Delete

Friday, March 22, 2013

7QT-Yep. Still Lent.

1.  Toddler time at the library is Jill's favorite time.  She has gotten into the swing of things and instead of clutching me in terror, she claps her hands and sings along and dances.  Every time a new book is read, she exclaims, "WoW!"  A long expressive drawn out "WOW!"  But the best part of toddler time is the shaker eggs.


Every toddler runs to Miss Amy and selects two eggs out of the basket and shakes along to "Shake Your Sillies Out"  by Raffi.

The Easter bunny just ordered some shaker eggs for her Easter basket today on Amazon.  No, she doesn't get the whole dozen.  We are going to be in sunny Texas with other young cousins who also have Easter baskets.

2.  While looking for a dress for me that doesn't exist in reality, one that can be worn in twenty degree temps to an evening benefit dinner and is also perfect for a warm Easter morning in Texas, Lucy found these:


They are Vera Bradley hairpins.  Priced pretty reasonably, Lucy and Susan are going to find these in their baskets.  

3.
 

If you've ever wondered if you could eat enough Altoids to make your urine smell weird and minty, the answer is yes.

Do not ask how I know.

4.  Check out this glorious bunting!  That's the work of my friend, Kris. While the rest of us were glued to the tv Popewatching, she was out supervising this.


She is also in charge of the interior stuff like the giant cloth that covers the crucifix for the Passion.  She asked me to stitch one seam, four hems and add a piece of elastic to the yards and yards of  purple fabric she brought me.

No problem.

Except for the recurring nightmare I have that some stitches will pop, and SPROING!  The whole thing comes sailing down, catching fire, and smothering our pastor in a purple shroud of doom.

5.  Yesterday was the birthday of one of my favorite people.  


I read a lot about him yesterday including this article and watched this clip.  I knew lots about him, that he was married, the father of two, and a Presbyterian minister.  But I didn't know that his work impacts children's television today.  The makers of Blue's Clue took cues from Fred about slower pacing for their episodes.



This book is next on my to-read list...well, not next, but it's on the list.  Here is a great book review from the NY Times to give you a good idea of what it's about.

6.   Those first two Mr. Rogers articles were from a favorite source of mine for oddball news, Mentalfloss.  I liked them on Facebook and now I get interesting, off-beat things in my news feed.  Like this article about Fictional Houses That Exist in Reality, which led me to another website that has lots of photos of the interior of the life-size reproduction of the house from the Pixar film, UP.



7.   There has been some talk of a post-Lent-live-tweet-viewing of one of our family's most quoted films, Napoleon Dynamite.

So to whet your appetite for the full length feature film, I give you 61 seconds of Napoleon and Pedro that you have probably never seen before.  The Utah State Fair Commercials.  Flippin' hilarious.



Today's Quick Takes were brought to you by Blue's Clues, those tiny juice boxes from Aldi, and the letter P.

Go check out Conversion Diary for dozens of others.

6 comments:

  1. Your Quick Takes are great! How fun to go to Texas and see family for Easter. It's been 3 years since I was with my CA family for Easter and I miss it so much.

    Keep us updated about the Napoleon a dynamite tweet event!

    Oh, and I used "flippin" in my QT, too. Twins!

    ReplyDelete
  2. My brother went to grade school with a boy who had Mr. Rogers for a godfather! We were all jealous.

    And, shaker eggs are a wonderful stress reliever.

    These 2 unrelated comments are brought to you by the word "pinkeye".

    ReplyDelete
  3. If I pay you actual American dollars, will you write my Takes for me for the next four months? Your takes are the bomb. The biggedy bomb.

    Now I have to go. 1998 is calling. It wants its slang back.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Egg shakers are ine of my all-time favorite children's toys. I pair them with stacking cups and play "hide the egg" and it provides HOURS of amusement!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I made the blog!! Woohoo!! Thanks again for sewing the "shroud"--it looks awesome!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Welcome to the blogosphere! It's only slightly weird-er than real life!
      - Mary Kate

      Delete