7 Quick Takes, Numero Deux

Joining Jen once again.

There is no theme, order, or purpose to these takes. You’re welcome.

1. Ryan’s had a rough week, so I decided to make him a nice treat last night. And, no, not just a smoothie, which I usually pass off as “dessert.” I’m a big apple crisp fan, but last night I took it up a notch and made this. It was amazing. I’d like to inform you that I didn’t make it healthier at all. Not a drop of agave nectar, not a crumb of flax seed. Well, I guess the pears and apples were organic. Next time, maybe I’ll go crazy and use the pesticide ones.

2. This morning I decided to brave the playgroup/Mom’sgroup at my parish. I’ve been on the email list for a few weeks now, but even though I’m an extrovert, new situations are stress stress stressful for my awkward, spazzy self. I decided to be about 10-15 minutes late [that’s still fashionable, right?]. I followed the directions carefully, but there wasn’t a single car parked in the driveway, none in the street in front of the house. I drove past three or four times, one of which a cop car was right behind me. Surely he made note of my plates. Since I was sans iPhone, I called Ryan at work. He opened up my email, and confirmed the address and time. Being the stalker he is, Ryan even opened up google maps and confirmed the appearance of the house. I almost just gave up and went to go find something to eat, but I’m glad I didn’t, because more moms (and even a SAHdad) showed up with lots of cute kiddos. It was delightful. And there were cupcakes.

3. I didn’t want my Miss Grabby McGraberson pawing at my cupcake, so I intelligently handed her a couple little tomatoes. And her sweater was mostly white.

4. Does anyone know how to get tomato stains out of white sweaters?

5. Things are coming along with the house, albeit s-l-o-w-y. I’m really happy with “our” rug choices thus far. For those of you who know me, I think you’ll be surprised at my color choices. Sneak peek:

5.b. Here is a sneak peek at the dining room chairs. They are still drying in these pics, in case you care. At the rate I’m coming with these, I think they’ll be ready for Mena’s Sweet 16 party:

6. Raise your hand if you cried during Max’s election speech this week on Parenthood.

7. On a even more sincere note, my friend wrote this and this. I haven’t been this moved by a Catholic article on the internet in a LONG time.

Happy weekend. Tonight my twin 5-year-old nieces come over for a sleepover. I’m sure it will be a very sophisticated soiree.

 
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6 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes, Numero Deux

  1. Wow, that crisp sounds delicious. I love apples, pears, and cranberries so I will have to try that soon. Did Ryan marry you only for your food? ;)
    I love your rugs, where did you find them? I’ve been wanting a rug for our main family room but am waiting to find the ‘right’ one if I’m going to spend that kind of money.
    Also loving the chairs, Ryan told me you were painting them red. Those are similar to our kitchen chairs, I’ve thought of painting them before but now you’re making me think it might be possible. Are you brushing the paint on or spray or how?
    I didn’t cry (#6) but did want to stand up and clap. I did cry with the part about Christina though. Were you mad they didn’t tell Hattie?

    • We found the big rug on overstock.com. I was *really* hesitant to order anything from there, but I called customer service, and apparently your first return is free, so that made me feel better about the purchase. However, we LOVE it. It’s wool, not acrylic, and seems to be in good shape. The small one is just a cheapo from Target, but we like it too.

      We are brushing on the paint, then we’re going to distress them and wax them. We’re using something called “chalk paint.” It’s nice, because you don’t have to strip the wood and sand first. The major brands (Annie Sloan and CeCe Caldwell) are crazy-expensive, and they didn’t have the shade of red I wanted. And thus, my sister and I attempted to make our own chalk paint. We experimented on some coffeetables, and we were happy with the results. These chairs, I’ll admit, have been kind of a trial, but so far they’re looking good. We still have a lot more work left…

      Oh, I was SOOOOO made they didn’t tell Hattie! That storyline is going nowhere good.

  2. my first thought when you said “our” rug decisions was you and marie : )

    i like the rugs. another good place, if you catch them when they’re 60% off, which seems often, is rugsusa.com. i actually bought the same trellis pattern rug, but in a different color, this summer, but ended up returning it.

    can’t wait to see the finished product with the chairs. i love colored chairs.

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