Sunday, March 31, 2013

What I Wore On Easter

Camp Patton
 

I usually don't do WIWS (What I Wore On Sunday).  But I did do What I Wore on Thanksgiving, so here I am linking up with Grace and friends again, or as Jill would say "ajen."




Here's the whole fam.  From left, Susan is wearing a lovely frock from Ann Taylor Loft, with these coral wedges, Peter is wearing Men's Wearhouse.  My dad bought all of the young men in the family dark suits with green ties for Mary's funeral last summer.  That's me in my first Anthropologie clothing purchase, you'll see my footwear below, Jill is wearing Gymboree, the Chef is wearing his summer poplin suit, origin unknown or forgotten.  Lucy is wearing a cami dress from Von Maur juniors clearance rack last fall, $9 for the win!  Edmund is in front wearing the lavendar shirt from last Easter with a new bow tie.


These are my tall riding boots from Chuck's Bootery in St. Louis.  I heart them.  And I cannot find them online.  But they are tall and brown, and zip up the side.  They have cowboy heels but riding boot tops.  They are the bomb.

Know what else is the bomb?  This lady:


You might have heard about Mary Magdalene, Mary the wife of Clopas (mother of James), and Joanna looking for our Lord this a.m.  Did you remember that Joanna is Jessica in Hebrew?  That's my girl.

From deep in the heart of Texas, I wish you and yours a Happy Easter Y'All!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Five Favorites - Spy Wednesday

I'm working on another What We're Reading Wednesday post, but those take mucho tiempo.
Here, read about five of my favorite things again in the meantime.


1.

These adorable patent leather wedges from Payless Shoe Source were only $19.99.  Susan got them in coral, Lucy got them in black.  I would have gotten them in either or both colors, but they would be irritated if we all matched on Easter.  

I avoided Payless for years, but their products seem to have improved greatly while I was away.  In addition to having cute, yet sensible wedges, my girls love their American Eagle line.  And with three women in the house, none of whom wear the same size, their prices can't be beat.


2.

I have used this for at least a decade.  I recently got all fancy and tried an under eye brightener.  Too smeary.  I went back to my tried and true Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for eyes.  I don't just use it for eyes either.  I use it to hide the perma-red around my nose too.  BFFs 4 Ever.

3.

We are headed for a warmer climate today!  My favorite airplane snack by far is Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds.  Tastes like bacon.



4.

The best scent.  A few years ago while on Spring Break, a friend and I took our kids to Greek town.  We hit the Hellenistic museum, a restaurant (of course), and popped in a few shops.  One of the shops had the most amazing selection of pillar candles in various Church-y scents with names like Odor of Holiness.  I made that one up, but that's really what the names were like.  I think this might have been the place.

I seriously love the smell of incense.  It's going to be a good week for that.

5.  My obsession with vintage Little Golden Books is closely tied to my obsession for old Disney.  Jill danced for the whole 7 minutes of this little cartoon short.  





Have a blessed week!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Jumping on the Bloglovin' Bandwagon

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Good bye Google Reader.
Though we had good times in the past, you are now leaving us,
like a candle in the wind.

Oops.  Earworm.  So Sorry.

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.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Theme Thursday: Mud

I'm going play fast and loose with the definition of mud here.  Something dark and rich and messy and moist. Got it?



Sometimes, rather than play around with apertures and shutter speeds and white balances, you just need to take the shot.  Capture the memory.  Pull the trigger and shoot.  Then, you can "fix" it up in Photoshop or what have you later if you really want to.  


Because, once she got her hot little hands on this "mud" she was off to the races.  Lickety-split!


It was a multi-sensory experience.



Look at that narrow depth of field!  The depth of field is the part of the photo that is in sharp focus.  See how the cupcakes in the front and in the back are blurry?  I totally did that on purpose.  (not)

I took this photo with my phone at a stoplight.  Note the appearance of sunshine.  I knew the cupcakes, like the sunshine, would be fleeting.  
This is what we started with.  From upper left in clockwise order:  carrot cake, chocolate with buttercream and pink sprinkles, Mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon, chocolate cannoli, chocolate fudge filled with chocolate ganache, and chocolate mousse.  The occasion is that today is Susan's Mother-Daughter Luncheon, but I had no sitter and Edmund is home sick.  So we did our own Mother-Daughter thing, complete with cupcake boutique.

Oh, did you come here looking for photography tips?  Let's talk accessories.  Not lenses, tripods, and filters.  Let's talk about pretty, shiny things like my Jill-e camera bag that looks like a purse.


It was a gift from the Chef a few years ago.  Even the professional camera hipster at the Mom and Pop camera shop complimented me on it.  It's roomy enough for a wristlet, diaper, and wipe too.



I gave my very talented photographer friend a fancy schmancy camera strap from Capturing Couture for her birthday. It wasn't that exact one, but similar.  The strap was packaged in a very cute box too.  They also carry guitar straps, binocular straps, and other fun accessories.  I really like the gingham ones.  Pink is my first choice, but since the Chef takes a lot of pictures too, I'm okay if he gets me the black and white one seeing as how my birthday and Mother's Day are in the same week and he really dropped the ball on Mother's Day last year and though I have forgiven, I have not forgotten.  Yet.

Linking up with Cari.  She took a picture of real mud.   Pity the fool.

Imma gonna eat my carrot cupcake now.  Cuz carrots are vegetables and vegetables are good for you.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Five Favorites



1.  This lip gloss, color: Flirt by TooFaced, is my signature color.  I'd like to publicly thank St. Joseph for a miracle on his feast day in which the Chef found this lip gloss in the DRYER.  And it was OPEN.  And NONE of it got on ANY clothes.



2.  Three Minute Aussie Miracle

Today is the first day of spring.  We might be ice skating in the backyard again.  Today it is 19 degrees outside with a predicted high of 23 and an overnight low of 15.  This deep conditioner helps my hair not look like steel wool and not be stickin' to my face.

3. This Irish Soda Bread Recipe, which calls for one QUART of buttermilk and makes three loaves.  One for them and two for me.  A better name for it would be Buttery Quick Bread with Raisins That Will Rock Your World. It's a transcendental experience.

4.  While I'm raving about Irish things, am I the only one who adored the old Ballykissangel show that used to run on PBS?  Great theme music.  Colin Farrel's first acting experience.


Spoiler:  That priest plans to run away from his vocation to marry that agnostic barmaid at the end of season one.  But something tragic and smiting stops them.

5.  This guy:


Jill and I have watched it several times.  Look for all of the smiles!  And the music's pretty good too.

Linking up with Hallie at moxiewife.com

Friday, March 15, 2013

7QT - Viva il Papa!

1.

Edmund's pinewood derby car became the centerpiece at our impromptu Popefeast on Wednesday evening.  Three families, five bottles of wine, and the willowy duet of grilled beefs and porks.

Three Argentinians and two Spaniards


We made many toasts to our new Papa, always saying "Viva il Papa!"  and never saying "Viva La Papa!" though I do love me some poe-tay-toe. I know I saw the perfect meme illustrating this out in the web somewhere, but I lost it.

Grilled by my Chef


2.  Valerie wrote a very beautiful three part series on her conversion/reversion.  You don't see a lot of post IVF confession stories.  Actually this is the first one I've ever seen.  It's totally worth your time.  Here is Part One.

3.  You know that sawed off figurine in the Popemobile?  It's a very poorly done replica of John Paul II.  His face is too long.  It kind of looks like this guy.



I might have to draw some eyeglasses on the Popemobile figure.

4.  Edmund and I did the Adopt a Cardinal thing.  He was very excited to tell me that his adopted cardinal was Cardinal Jorge, now Pope Francis.  I'm not going to correct him.  He was close.

He was supposed to be praying for this Cardinal Jorge:

Archbishop of Caracas, Venezuela

Edmund also asked if he "got" anything because he had the winner.  Chuckle.

5.  Jill thinks our new pontiff, aka "my pope"  is a different species altogether:



6.  If you haven't checked out Cloud Hopper publishing, or you missed my quick takes last week, you are missing out on some fun children's poetry at a ridiculously low price, as well as the opportunity to help out a lovely Catholic family.  Dwija loved this video, maybe you will too.



7.  For everyone who has enjoyed Sherlock and/or Dr. Who:




Enjoy your HaBayMoose Pop'em Weekend and see Jen for more quick takes.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Theme Thursday: Green


This is a plant.  It's one of those lucky Irish shamrock plants.  I got it at a family party last Saturday, where I re-visited and revised my abhorrence of Guinness.

It's BRILLIANT!

This plant is in my new office, which happens to be the best lit room in the whole house.  You can't tell, because I took this picture after 5pm.  (Way to plan ahead, Jessica.  What have you been doing for the last 31 hours?  Popewatch much?)

So, on Canon cameras there are these two mystery settings:  AV and TV.  I think Nikon calls them A and S.

Canon Settings


AV or A stands for Aperture.  When you use this setting, you control the aperture (aka f-stop or light hole) and the computer inside your camera controls the shutter speed.  I like to use this when my subject is a plant or other inanimate object, and I want the background all blurry, and I don't have very good light.

Nikon Settings


TV or S (for Shutter, I believe) stands for Time Value.  You control the shutter speed, the camera controls the aperture.  I like to use this setting when I am photographing things in motion, ie: children.

M (on both Canon and Nikon) means Manual or Master of Photography, and I am not quite there yet.

Take away the plant, replace it with a Guinness and you are looking at my new happy place.

Until next week, go see more and better stuff at Cari's place.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Five Favorites

1.


I picked these up in the impulse aisle that you are forced to wait in at Joann Fabrics.  I wear them all of the time.  Susan has her own pair.  If you wear tall boots, you need these.


2.  If you are ever in St. Louis, this is my happy place.


2 1/2. Best piece of advice I got from the employee at Chuck's Boot Store, "Wear capri pants with your tall boots."


3, 4, and 5.  While I'm waiting to hear who the next Papa is, I'm going to watch these two films available on Amazon Instant Video and your local library, but not from Netflix streaming.





About a fictional pope.  I haven't seen this one yet.

And this one which we own...


Sure beats watching that pipe they call a chimney.
Know of any other Pope-ily movies?  Besides Sister Act (eye-roll at you, Donaldson).

Linking up with the lovely Hallie at Moxie Wife.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Five Things for My 201st Post

Yippee!  I got tagged to do the Five Things Thingy by Dwija.  All the cool bloggers have been tagged, so I'm glad I finally got an invite.

It's not really clear what the rules are to this game.  So here are my five things.

1.  I see Dwija's fancy tack store employee and I raise her one Ravioli Girl.



Yes, I was a Ravioli Girl in high school.  The Ravioli Girl wears one of those cute paper hats and hand-makes ravioli in a glass  fishbowl room in the corner of the lobby of Pasta House.  I haven't been to a Pasta House in two decades, so I'm not sure if they still do this.


The key to hand-made ravioli is to roll the dough ONLY away from you, not back and forth.  I'd roll out two huge sheets of dough.  Spread the right amount of meat, cheese, and herb filling on top of one sheet, lay the other dough piece on top of that and then roll the giant pasta/meat sandwich with one of these rolling pins.


Then I'd run this fancy cutter wheel up and down and back and forth to make the scalloped edges.  Pillows of pasta perfection.


And because this was all taking place in St. Louis, those raviolis were all destined for the deep fryer, where all the good raviolis go in the end.


2.  In addition to fried or toasted (which is a lie, it's really fried) ravioli, St. Louis is the home of the Gooey Butter Cake.


I can't decide which is better, the actual cake or the name.  Whoever thought up "Gooey Butter Cake" is a marketing genius.  Make some for Easter morning.  Everyone will love you for it.

3.

Pinewood Derby is tonight and here is Edmund's submission. It totally rocks.  It will probably win "Most Awesome."

4.  I cut my own bangs a few weeks ago.  My Twitter friends already heard this saga.

Going to the hairdresser after mangling your own bangs is A LOT like going to confession.  Except in confession, I don't get laughed at nearly as much.  Though some of the rebukes are the same, "You are the one whose going to have to live with this."

5.  Jill has to name e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.  Every page of any story, she has to name the characters, human or animal after herself, her parents, her family members, etc.  It's very tedious.

We've got One Gorilla by Anthony Browne from the library right now and here's how it goes down.


This is "my dada."


This is "mama and baby J."  Yes, she refers to herself as "Baby J."

But this page is only one person.

Sorry about the phone picture.  

"My Papa."

My father-in-law is a lemur.  She refuses to explain her reasoning.

Now, I get to tag 5 folks and ask them to do the same thing.  Anne, Charlotte, Bobbi, Blair, and Lisa, Come On Down!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

What I Wore On Easter

Camp Patton
 

I usually don't do WIWS (What I Wore On Sunday).  But I did do What I Wore on Thanksgiving, so here I am linking up with Grace and friends again, or as Jill would say "ajen."




Here's the whole fam.  From left, Susan is wearing a lovely frock from Ann Taylor Loft, with these coral wedges, Peter is wearing Men's Wearhouse.  My dad bought all of the young men in the family dark suits with green ties for Mary's funeral last summer.  That's me in my first Anthropologie clothing purchase, you'll see my footwear below, Jill is wearing Gymboree, the Chef is wearing his summer poplin suit, origin unknown or forgotten.  Lucy is wearing a cami dress from Von Maur juniors clearance rack last fall, $9 for the win!  Edmund is in front wearing the lavendar shirt from last Easter with a new bow tie.


These are my tall riding boots from Chuck's Bootery in St. Louis.  I heart them.  And I cannot find them online.  But they are tall and brown, and zip up the side.  They have cowboy heels but riding boot tops.  They are the bomb.

Know what else is the bomb?  This lady:


You might have heard about Mary Magdalene, Mary the wife of Clopas (mother of James), and Joanna looking for our Lord this a.m.  Did you remember that Joanna is Jessica in Hebrew?  That's my girl.

From deep in the heart of Texas, I wish you and yours a Happy Easter Y'All!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Five Favorites - Spy Wednesday

I'm working on another What We're Reading Wednesday post, but those take mucho tiempo.
Here, read about five of my favorite things again in the meantime.


1.

These adorable patent leather wedges from Payless Shoe Source were only $19.99.  Susan got them in coral, Lucy got them in black.  I would have gotten them in either or both colors, but they would be irritated if we all matched on Easter.  

I avoided Payless for years, but their products seem to have improved greatly while I was away.  In addition to having cute, yet sensible wedges, my girls love their American Eagle line.  And with three women in the house, none of whom wear the same size, their prices can't be beat.


2.

I have used this for at least a decade.  I recently got all fancy and tried an under eye brightener.  Too smeary.  I went back to my tried and true Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for eyes.  I don't just use it for eyes either.  I use it to hide the perma-red around my nose too.  BFFs 4 Ever.

3.

We are headed for a warmer climate today!  My favorite airplane snack by far is Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds.  Tastes like bacon.



4.

The best scent.  A few years ago while on Spring Break, a friend and I took our kids to Greek town.  We hit the Hellenistic museum, a restaurant (of course), and popped in a few shops.  One of the shops had the most amazing selection of pillar candles in various Church-y scents with names like Odor of Holiness.  I made that one up, but that's really what the names were like.  I think this might have been the place.

I seriously love the smell of incense.  It's going to be a good week for that.

5.  My obsession with vintage Little Golden Books is closely tied to my obsession for old Disney.  Jill danced for the whole 7 minutes of this little cartoon short.  





Have a blessed week!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Jumping on the Bloglovin' Bandwagon

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Good bye Google Reader.
Though we had good times in the past, you are now leaving us,
like a candle in the wind.

Oops.  Earworm.  So Sorry.

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.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Theme Thursday: Mud

I'm going play fast and loose with the definition of mud here.  Something dark and rich and messy and moist. Got it?



Sometimes, rather than play around with apertures and shutter speeds and white balances, you just need to take the shot.  Capture the memory.  Pull the trigger and shoot.  Then, you can "fix" it up in Photoshop or what have you later if you really want to.  


Because, once she got her hot little hands on this "mud" she was off to the races.  Lickety-split!


It was a multi-sensory experience.



Look at that narrow depth of field!  The depth of field is the part of the photo that is in sharp focus.  See how the cupcakes in the front and in the back are blurry?  I totally did that on purpose.  (not)

I took this photo with my phone at a stoplight.  Note the appearance of sunshine.  I knew the cupcakes, like the sunshine, would be fleeting.  
This is what we started with.  From upper left in clockwise order:  carrot cake, chocolate with buttercream and pink sprinkles, Mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon, chocolate cannoli, chocolate fudge filled with chocolate ganache, and chocolate mousse.  The occasion is that today is Susan's Mother-Daughter Luncheon, but I had no sitter and Edmund is home sick.  So we did our own Mother-Daughter thing, complete with cupcake boutique.

Oh, did you come here looking for photography tips?  Let's talk accessories.  Not lenses, tripods, and filters.  Let's talk about pretty, shiny things like my Jill-e camera bag that looks like a purse.


It was a gift from the Chef a few years ago.  Even the professional camera hipster at the Mom and Pop camera shop complimented me on it.  It's roomy enough for a wristlet, diaper, and wipe too.



I gave my very talented photographer friend a fancy schmancy camera strap from Capturing Couture for her birthday. It wasn't that exact one, but similar.  The strap was packaged in a very cute box too.  They also carry guitar straps, binocular straps, and other fun accessories.  I really like the gingham ones.  Pink is my first choice, but since the Chef takes a lot of pictures too, I'm okay if he gets me the black and white one seeing as how my birthday and Mother's Day are in the same week and he really dropped the ball on Mother's Day last year and though I have forgiven, I have not forgotten.  Yet.

Linking up with Cari.  She took a picture of real mud.   Pity the fool.

Imma gonna eat my carrot cupcake now.  Cuz carrots are vegetables and vegetables are good for you.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Five Favorites



1.  This lip gloss, color: Flirt by TooFaced, is my signature color.  I'd like to publicly thank St. Joseph for a miracle on his feast day in which the Chef found this lip gloss in the DRYER.  And it was OPEN.  And NONE of it got on ANY clothes.



2.  Three Minute Aussie Miracle

Today is the first day of spring.  We might be ice skating in the backyard again.  Today it is 19 degrees outside with a predicted high of 23 and an overnight low of 15.  This deep conditioner helps my hair not look like steel wool and not be stickin' to my face.

3. This Irish Soda Bread Recipe, which calls for one QUART of buttermilk and makes three loaves.  One for them and two for me.  A better name for it would be Buttery Quick Bread with Raisins That Will Rock Your World. It's a transcendental experience.

4.  While I'm raving about Irish things, am I the only one who adored the old Ballykissangel show that used to run on PBS?  Great theme music.  Colin Farrel's first acting experience.


Spoiler:  That priest plans to run away from his vocation to marry that agnostic barmaid at the end of season one.  But something tragic and smiting stops them.

5.  This guy:


Jill and I have watched it several times.  Look for all of the smiles!  And the music's pretty good too.

Linking up with Hallie at moxiewife.com

Friday, March 15, 2013

7QT - Viva il Papa!

1.

Edmund's pinewood derby car became the centerpiece at our impromptu Popefeast on Wednesday evening.  Three families, five bottles of wine, and the willowy duet of grilled beefs and porks.

Three Argentinians and two Spaniards


We made many toasts to our new Papa, always saying "Viva il Papa!"  and never saying "Viva La Papa!" though I do love me some poe-tay-toe. I know I saw the perfect meme illustrating this out in the web somewhere, but I lost it.

Grilled by my Chef


2.  Valerie wrote a very beautiful three part series on her conversion/reversion.  You don't see a lot of post IVF confession stories.  Actually this is the first one I've ever seen.  It's totally worth your time.  Here is Part One.

3.  You know that sawed off figurine in the Popemobile?  It's a very poorly done replica of John Paul II.  His face is too long.  It kind of looks like this guy.



I might have to draw some eyeglasses on the Popemobile figure.

4.  Edmund and I did the Adopt a Cardinal thing.  He was very excited to tell me that his adopted cardinal was Cardinal Jorge, now Pope Francis.  I'm not going to correct him.  He was close.

He was supposed to be praying for this Cardinal Jorge:

Archbishop of Caracas, Venezuela

Edmund also asked if he "got" anything because he had the winner.  Chuckle.

5.  Jill thinks our new pontiff, aka "my pope"  is a different species altogether:



6.  If you haven't checked out Cloud Hopper publishing, or you missed my quick takes last week, you are missing out on some fun children's poetry at a ridiculously low price, as well as the opportunity to help out a lovely Catholic family.  Dwija loved this video, maybe you will too.



7.  For everyone who has enjoyed Sherlock and/or Dr. Who:




Enjoy your HaBayMoose Pop'em Weekend and see Jen for more quick takes.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Theme Thursday: Green


This is a plant.  It's one of those lucky Irish shamrock plants.  I got it at a family party last Saturday, where I re-visited and revised my abhorrence of Guinness.

It's BRILLIANT!

This plant is in my new office, which happens to be the best lit room in the whole house.  You can't tell, because I took this picture after 5pm.  (Way to plan ahead, Jessica.  What have you been doing for the last 31 hours?  Popewatch much?)

So, on Canon cameras there are these two mystery settings:  AV and TV.  I think Nikon calls them A and S.

Canon Settings


AV or A stands for Aperture.  When you use this setting, you control the aperture (aka f-stop or light hole) and the computer inside your camera controls the shutter speed.  I like to use this when my subject is a plant or other inanimate object, and I want the background all blurry, and I don't have very good light.

Nikon Settings


TV or S (for Shutter, I believe) stands for Time Value.  You control the shutter speed, the camera controls the aperture.  I like to use this setting when I am photographing things in motion, ie: children.

M (on both Canon and Nikon) means Manual or Master of Photography, and I am not quite there yet.

Take away the plant, replace it with a Guinness and you are looking at my new happy place.

Until next week, go see more and better stuff at Cari's place.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Five Favorites

1.


I picked these up in the impulse aisle that you are forced to wait in at Joann Fabrics.  I wear them all of the time.  Susan has her own pair.  If you wear tall boots, you need these.


2.  If you are ever in St. Louis, this is my happy place.


2 1/2. Best piece of advice I got from the employee at Chuck's Boot Store, "Wear capri pants with your tall boots."


3, 4, and 5.  While I'm waiting to hear who the next Papa is, I'm going to watch these two films available on Amazon Instant Video and your local library, but not from Netflix streaming.





About a fictional pope.  I haven't seen this one yet.

And this one which we own...


Sure beats watching that pipe they call a chimney.
Know of any other Pope-ily movies?  Besides Sister Act (eye-roll at you, Donaldson).

Linking up with the lovely Hallie at Moxie Wife.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Five Things for My 201st Post

Yippee!  I got tagged to do the Five Things Thingy by Dwija.  All the cool bloggers have been tagged, so I'm glad I finally got an invite.

It's not really clear what the rules are to this game.  So here are my five things.

1.  I see Dwija's fancy tack store employee and I raise her one Ravioli Girl.



Yes, I was a Ravioli Girl in high school.  The Ravioli Girl wears one of those cute paper hats and hand-makes ravioli in a glass  fishbowl room in the corner of the lobby of Pasta House.  I haven't been to a Pasta House in two decades, so I'm not sure if they still do this.


The key to hand-made ravioli is to roll the dough ONLY away from you, not back and forth.  I'd roll out two huge sheets of dough.  Spread the right amount of meat, cheese, and herb filling on top of one sheet, lay the other dough piece on top of that and then roll the giant pasta/meat sandwich with one of these rolling pins.


Then I'd run this fancy cutter wheel up and down and back and forth to make the scalloped edges.  Pillows of pasta perfection.


And because this was all taking place in St. Louis, those raviolis were all destined for the deep fryer, where all the good raviolis go in the end.


2.  In addition to fried or toasted (which is a lie, it's really fried) ravioli, St. Louis is the home of the Gooey Butter Cake.


I can't decide which is better, the actual cake or the name.  Whoever thought up "Gooey Butter Cake" is a marketing genius.  Make some for Easter morning.  Everyone will love you for it.

3.

Pinewood Derby is tonight and here is Edmund's submission. It totally rocks.  It will probably win "Most Awesome."

4.  I cut my own bangs a few weeks ago.  My Twitter friends already heard this saga.

Going to the hairdresser after mangling your own bangs is A LOT like going to confession.  Except in confession, I don't get laughed at nearly as much.  Though some of the rebukes are the same, "You are the one whose going to have to live with this."

5.  Jill has to name e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.  Every page of any story, she has to name the characters, human or animal after herself, her parents, her family members, etc.  It's very tedious.

We've got One Gorilla by Anthony Browne from the library right now and here's how it goes down.


This is "my dada."


This is "mama and baby J."  Yes, she refers to herself as "Baby J."

But this page is only one person.

Sorry about the phone picture.  

"My Papa."

My father-in-law is a lemur.  She refuses to explain her reasoning.

Now, I get to tag 5 folks and ask them to do the same thing.  Anne, Charlotte, Bobbi, Blair, and Lisa, Come On Down!