It’s been a while since I really reorganized either one, but a nice person has just purchased this item
Ready for Takeoff
from one of my CafePress stores, and I wanted to thank you very much! I don’t even know if it’s someone who reads my blog, but if so, thank you!
If you’re interested in some of what I have in my shops, there’s the one that features some of my photography and there’s the one with Pro Life oriented items.
And now for a bit of self-promotion. I’ve got a couple of CafePress stores which you can find here and here.
At the first link, you’ll find some things I’ve taken pictures of in the form of notecards, etc., but I just added some iPhone and iPod Touch cases. Here’s a sample of something I’ve put together.
There are a couple of others, including one with the Pieta on it.
The second shop is my Pro Life shop, and I plan on adding this image to some iPhone cases, too.
If you’re of the mind to, please stop by my CafePress stores and pick up an item or two! (Some things are available in multi-packs.)
(Cross-posted at Catholic Soccer Mom)
Just a quick reminder: I *have* given up both for Lent, but this blog auto-posts to Facebook and Twitter. So if you’re seeing links, just know that the blog is just posting to both on its own, and I am not logging into either, nor am I getting notices or text messages from either source.
I have already made the move for my Soccer Mom blog, and I’m thinking of moving this one, too.
If I do, I promise to post a link and let you know.
Travel Man and I are blessed to have some very good (and very kind) friends in the DC area who host us annually and then watch our girls while we go to the IHM Conference in Chantilly, VA, each year. I’ve got copious notes which I MUST transcribe ASAP.
Because I forgot my IHM notebook and they’re all written on the back of coupons I printed from MyPoints just before our vacation. So they’re very valuable notes in more ways than one. I’ll pass on the spiritual value to you, but if you want the monetary value, leave me your email and I’ll invite you to MyPoints so you can print off coupons (and earn points towards free gift cards for exciting places like Wal Mart and Home Depot and the iTunes store).
I just did a quick update on the blog’s look. If you’re on a feed aggregator, feel free to click through and see the new, updated header and the new color scheme.
Travel Man will be SO thrilled to post, I’m sure. Not that he does much, anyway.
I just adjusted my header today for Advent and Christmas. If you’re reading in Google or Bloglines, come on by and check it out!
I’ve got a bazillion links saved up in Bloglines, so I thought I’d post them all. After all, why keep my hoarded-up blog posts to myself, right? A lot of these are links I thought I’d expound on and wax poetic when I had time, but alas! I have no time. So here they are. Make of them what you will.
- Sister Mary Martha discusses the different kinds of gluttony. (Travel Dad might want to look into this stuff for his Crusades stuff that he’s working on.)
- Father Philip has a link-o-rama of his own – all good Catholic sites.
- First Things has a post on the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. (I told you I’d been hanging on to this stuff!) Turns out the pope was right. (Shocker, I know.)
- First Things also had a bit about the shenanigans going on in the Minnesota Senate race. Did you know that the review board was acting in a biased manner, and (shocker, again!) it all seemed to be in favor of Franken?
- Again from First Things: Father Richard Neuhaus wrote a while back about his conversion. It wasn’t apologetics, but a personal story. Fantastic. God grant rest to his soul.
- Here’s one I haven’t gotten to finishing yet, but Kevin talks about a mother and her daughters who were martyred during the Spanish Civil War. Plus, he discusses FOCA and other interesting items.
- Paul had a couple of items I’ve been saving. First, a funny summary of the debates before the election (in case you missed it). (The video seems to not be there, but the link provided gets you to a hysterical parody news site.)
- Paul also discusses why he, as a Catholic, believes in Santa. I skimmed it, and want to save it for the time when Little Girl is ready to stop believing. (I think she strongly suspects something, but doesn’t really care to investigate further, unlike Big Girl’s attitude towards the whole thing.)
- The Anchoress has some recipes for awesome Mystic Monk smoothies, which I cannot make because my blender is broken. So I’m saving the recipes until I can make one. She also had recipes for Oreo Truffles (which I found at Wal-Mart, but which she improves upon in her post). In a non-cooking-related post, Anchoress also shares a really touching picture some sisters painted (and wrote about). The image is of Eve and the Virgin Mary – and it just warmed my heart!
- Nancy Brown has weekly lectionary coloring pages. What a motivation for little people to pay attention to Mass when they have a worksheet to do later!
- I’d never heard of the Nutrition Diva, but Julie says she likes her. N.D. says that high fructose corn syrup is not the anti-Christ. Really.
- Sarah mentioned that the Knights of Columbus have a book club, and you can sign up to get the monthly books sent automatically if you’d like. Travel Man wants to do this. (Is that a surprise to anyone?)
- Maureen Wittmann always has lots of snazzy stuff I like. Home-based speech therapy (Little Girl has trouble with “r” even now, in second grade), environmental and outdoor education, and upcoming podcasts on how to teach with real books. If you’re a homeschooler, Maureen’s blog is a fantastic resource!
- I don’t have an iPhone or iPod Touch yet, but I plan on getting an iPhone in about a year. When I do, I’ll download the Brievery App pronto!
- Darwin Catholic has a neat post up about Ebenezer Scrooge. What was his business, anyway?
- Faith and Country has a couple of those neat Fatherhood ads (PSA’s, really). They are so cute, and remind me a lot of Travel Man.
- NFP can be used to avoid pregnancy in grave circumstance. But what does that mean? The Ignatius Press Blog looks into how that phrase is translated.
- Dawn at Because I Said So has a link up to a cookbook she says has helped her get dinner on the table for her family of eight.
- Math-U-See has made some improvements in the new editions of their books. I’m looking forward to seeing when we finish off the math we’re working on now
- Sonitus Sanctus had a lot of good links to MP3s and podcasts that I’ve been meaning to get onto my iTunes list: Latin prayers, Theology of the Body, general catechisis, How the Church Built Western Civilization, Where We Got the Bible (which is also a great book!), and Blessed Mother Teresa’s 1994 Prayer Breakfast Speech!!
- Stories like this one from Fox News make me sick. The Culture of Death is all around us.
- The Knights of Columbus have a knack for finding all the stories I want to read. They’ve pointed out that the Vatican is pointing to the Pill as a reason for male sterility (not to mention that the co-creator of the Pill also says it’s been a catastrophe!), that the Holy Mother Church is also very concerned with Gaza and the plight of all people there, including the mostly-forgotten Christians, that schooling is a changing area of culture between school choice and homeschooling, and that there is unrest in California over Proposition 8 and that there are those who would seek to impose their will on the state and her people despite the vote. Oh, yes, and that whole thing with the politics in Illinois. But is that really news, or just same-old, same-old?
- Yes, the news can be depressing when you pay attention to it. Thank goodness for Uncle Jay! I’m saving up a few of his posts from late last year to watch later.
- Apple Hot News is the place to get your real news on Apple (as opposed to rumors, which don’t always pan out to be true, you know). They also offer hot tips on apps that are interesting (like this grocery one) and neat things you can do to make it easier to do stuff with your Mac.
- LOLCats (I Can Has Cheeseburger?) are always good for a laugh, and I really liked this one, cuz I can really relate.
- McSweeny’s (sorry, can’t recall who pointed that out) is hysterical. Here’s one of the latest, Kids’ Letters to Obama.
And that’s it. Now I’ve cleaned out my Bloglines and dumped it all here! Just like the kids clean their room. Get it out from under the bed, dump it in the closet, and close the door!
Yeah, baby! I love my iMac! The new header is the result of Pages ’08 plus iPhoto plus preview, which allows me to save a PDF as a JPG file.
And that means I can upload it to the site and get the snazzy new header.
The Darwins had this up, and I thought it was interesting. Review my year by posting the first sentence of the first post of each month. Pictures are optional (so I skipped it). If you want to play along, just leave a comment with a link to the post in the comboxes.
I once heard Mother Angelica say that if you’re Catholic, people ought to be able to tell when they walk into your house.
Last year, some clever Catholic blogger gave a history of the ties between Groundhog Day (the day, not the movie) and Candlemas (also known as the Dedication of Our Lord, 40 days after His birth).
I’m still a little wired from class (though I’m about to fall dead asleep at any moment, I think), so I thought I’d finally get to the two tags I had from Sunny.
I remember looking at the historic graveyard in Toms River, NJ, and reading a tombstone that read:
View me now
As you pass by
As you are now
So once was I
As I am now
So you must be
Prepare for death
And follow me
Sunday afternoon, as we were getting ready to continue with Weekends with Will, Little Girl asked me, “Mommy, why do you stop the story in the middle and talk about what it means?”
The hyperbole in the caption here is just laughable!
Another picture from our hike on the Shenandoah Parkway.
I have been undergoing a change lately.
God createth Heaven and Earth, and all things therein, in six days.