7 Quick Takes (Vol. 17)

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Its Friday! And I remembered that I’m supposed to not eat meat! Yes! Catholic win! Have no idea what I’m talking about? I used to think, as many Catholics still do, that the whole thing about not eating meat on Fridays was thrown out the window years ago (except during Lent of course). But that’s not entirely true. In England, for example, meatless Fridays were revived by their bishops a couple years ago. In the US, Catholics are still supposed to do some kind of penance on every Friday of the year and abstaining from red meat is encouraged.

On the Fridays outside of Lent the U.S. bishops conference obtained the permission of the Holy See for Catholics in the US to substitute a penitential, or even a charitable, practice of their own choosing. They must do some penitential/charitable practice on these Fridays. For most people the easiest practice to consistently fulfill will be the traditional one, to abstain from meat on all Fridays of the year. During Lent abstinence from meat on Fridays is obligatory in the United States as elsewhere.”

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I’ve had a string of happiness the last couple days. (Don’t read this unless you’re a woman please.) Sometimes my body treats me bad but then sometimes hormones align and I feel great: I’m happy, I want to sing, I’m positive, things are going great in my life. It’s great! It’s funny how hormones have such control over our mood and energy levels. Sometimes it’s downright annoying. But somedays you think “this is really nice!”. And hormones cause both days. If you want to read more on how our minds are effected by our cycles check out this article.

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Now, was that awkward? Tell me honestly. You see, I’ve been considering writing on the topic of cycles but I shy away from the idea as well. I don’t want to be a source of scandal or anything. Charting my cycle is something I’ve been considering because of issues I’ve noted. But even if I do start charting that doesn’t mean I have to blog about it. What do you think?
To ask you officially here’s my very first poll. Feedback please!

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Moving on, I found a great site for pictures! It’s called MorgueFile and apparently they have pictures available for free that you use, modify, etc even commercially. This means I no longer have an excuse for not including pictures with my blog posts and I can do it with my conscience clear. 🙂

Here’s a sampling of pictures available through MorgueFile. Check them out!

individual images via MorgueFile
individual images via MorgueFile

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Waitresses have interesting paychecks I learned. At least at my restaurant. You see we report all our tips and they are taxable. Taxes are taken out for all sorts of stuff including federal and state withholding. The way it wound up for me yesterday is that more money was taken out for taxes than the check itself wound up being worth.

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Regarding my July Goals… there’s a couple that I plan to do simply to avoid the consequences I assigned myself. Dang it! Why do I have to know myself so well! I must have realized that the consequences would motivate my procrastinating self in the end.

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Lastly, today is one of my brother’s birthdays. He’s 11 today. Happy Birthday bro!

birthday candles


For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary and check out the link-up!


3 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes (Vol. 17)

  1. 1) Sometimes I put up a sign at home along the lines of “No carnivorous substance today” and it helps to have some sort of reminder!
    3) I think it’s more awkward to write about cycles while trying to sugarcoat it and make it sanitary sounding than writing about it point blank and factually. If you’re going to do it (which is a nice idea) I would go all out. It’s about blood, mucus, hormones, and such, not rainbows and womanly effervescence. I’ve been thinking about this too, but don’t know if I want to take the leap because of people I know who read my blog. “Oh hi Mrs. Homeschooler Mom, now you know all about my cycles!” = AWKWARD. I’m not sure what to do about it…
    4) Oh my gosh! Now I don’t have to worry about being arrested for stealing pictures! Definitely checking that one out.
    5) Taxes suck. Period. But, hey, doesn’t it feel nice to make money? Whoohoo!

    • 1) haha Good idea!
      3)you’re right. A lot of it isn’t pretty. Being factual is probably the way I’d go with it. With probably a little venting about my own frustration regarding my cycles.
      4)Do it! And don’t get arrested please 😉
      5) Yeah, I guess it does feel nice. I didn’t account for taxes though and didn’t realize for what dates I would be paid. So I was expecting quite a bit more. But I’ve made some money and don’t have to worry as much about little splurges. Like a $15 dress which at the beginning of the summer was something I couldn’t bring myself to buy.

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