Showing posts from August, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday - August 26, 2011

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1. 24 weeks today! Hello, viability! Not that I'm worried about an extremely premature birth, but it's nice to know that Baby's chances of surviving and thriving outside the womb, should something happen, are improving day by day.

2. Not to turn this into yet another ranty Quick Takes, but I'm peeved about two bits of news I got at my appointment on Tuesday. my next appointment at 27 weeks and change is the glucose test. They've changed the test so that now it's a TWO-hour wait instead of one hour, and I have to fast from midnight on. I'm not a very happy camper about that; it just seems so contrived. I had to schedule the appointment for 1pm due to my work schedule, so how is fasting for twelve hours and then drinking a super-sugary drink an accurate reflection of how my body processes glucose? Wouldn't it be more accurate for me to eat normally and then wolf down a couple Twix bars (yum), and THEN test my glucose level? I …

7 Quick Takes Friday - August 19, 2011 - the Cranky edition

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As you may be able to tell from the above image (credit where credit is due), this will not be the cheeriest of Quick Takes.

1. I had a fairly bizarre e-mail conversation with Mike Gendron, a fallen-away Catholic who now leads an anti-Catholic organization called "Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries" (the website is, but I don't recommend visiting... the less hits that guy gets, the better; instead, visit John Martignoni's Bible Christian Society to get a good idea of the false information he [Gendron] disseminates).

At any rate, I posted my exchange with him at the Catholic Answers Forums if anyone's interested in reading (it spans several posts so be sure to read all of the thread to see the whole thing). Notice how he refuses to answer any direct questions and changes topic whenever cornered with something he can't answer?

This guy is truly deluded and could use some serious prayers.

2. Then, on Jill Stanek'…

7 Quick Takes Friday - August 12, 2011

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1. I posted yesterday about the fall 2011 40 Days for Life campaign here in AZ. There are six locations this year (I think there were only four last year), and one is quite near to where I work, so I think I may alternate between that location and the one I was praying at last year.

There's also a link in my post to where non-Arizonans can find vigil locations in other states, so be sure to check it out!

2. Speaking of AZ pro-life issues, the Arizona Court of Appeals voted 3-0 to uphold abortion restrictions in AZ, including a ban on nurse practitioners performing surgical abortions (more info here). I read some of the decision and found a claim from Planned Parenthood of AZ (PPAZ) that made my jaw drop:

¶39 PPAZ challenges the requirement that “[a]n individual who is not a physician shall not perform a surgical abortion.” A.R.S. § 36-2153(C). PPAZ argues that because registered nurse practitioners (RNPs) have a comparable safety record when performing…

40 Days for Life Fall 2011 Campaign

The next 40 Days for Life campaign will be September 28 to November 6.

There are SIX (!) locations in Arizona this year:







I usually pray at the Glendale location, but I may pray at the Phoenix location this year as well, given that it's fairly close to where I work. We need prayerful witness in front of abortion clinics, so please consider signing up!

To find a list of locations near you, visit

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I was going to put this in my Quick Takes yesterday, but I decided it really deserves a post of its own.

Our old coffee maker has been on its last legs for some time, so we finally broke down and purchased a new one last weekend. Rather than buying another $30 Mr. Coffee, we decided to upgrade a bit and bought one of these:

It's a Keurig Signature Brewer, and we found a fantastic deal at Sam's Club - the brewer itself (normally $149.95), THREE boxes of coffee pods (normally $11.99 each), a water filter (normally $17.95), AND a "K-Cup" filter (for using ground coffee instead of the pods - normally $14.99), all for $129.98 plus tax! That's a savings of $88.88 (which more than pays for our yearly membership fee!). We also bought a 1-year replacement plan from Sam's Club ($9.99), just in case.

We've used it for a week now, and we absolutely LOVE it. It's so much easier for both of us to grab a quick cup of coffee before work; we don't have to wait 30…

7 Quick Takes Friday - August 5, 2011

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1. Please say a prayer for Cam today.

2. We met Elanor's new teacher, "Mrs. E.," last night. She is a lovely woman and has been a teacher for 20 years. She and Elanor hit it off well, and I'm glad I mentioned Elanor's diagnosis of autism last year and IEP because her teacher had no idea Elanor would be receiving special ed services! Anyway, I think the beginning of this school year should go a lot more smoothly than last year. We're going to buy her school supplies this weekend so she'll be all ready for her first day on Monday.

3. William is having a lot of fun at T-ball, especially since uncle Chaun (who's been taking him every Saturday) and Grandpa Keith teamed up and bought him his very own glove, bat, baseball hat, and his own T-ball stand! God bless generous relatives. :)

4. Violet is 17 months old today! I feel remiss because I haven't documented any of her words yet. (With Elanor, I kept a spreadsheet of them!…