Friday, July 8, 2011

7 Quick Takes


An unfortuate series of events led to me using the dog's toothbrush instead of my own.  As you can tell from my previous post, the dog can do no wrong so I wasn't too disturbed.  Until Guitar Man asked me how many poops she ate that day.  Her only unseemly characteristic is that she eats her poop.  Grody.


I usually am able to get out in the yard and clean it all up by the 4th of July.  We live on a corner so our lot is big. I like the side yard look decent so it takes a while.  Well....I'm just starting the clean up now.  I desperately need a hair cut too so as I was out there yesterday I was thinking that my life is a bit shaggy right about now.  The consolation is that we've been having loads fun so far this summer (along with all the doctor's appointments ;) ). 


I'm in the middle of reading The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by James Martin.  It's a great, accessible overview of Ignatian spirituality.  Sew recommended God and You by William Barry a while back and I read that.  Martin does a whole chapter summarizing God and You so it was a good refresher.  Have any of you read either one? 

Yesterday, my friend gave me Born to Run.  It's a book about a Mexican tribe of long distance runners.  They run with joy in a cooperative spirit and they are extraordinarily humble.  They are super healthy and have few injuries even though they can run a hundred miles in their sleep.  I can't put it down so the above book will have to wait a few days.  I'm burning through it.

I've really struggled the last year with books.  I always have a spiritual book going which is great, but I'm a really sloooow reader when it comes to material I'd like to retain.  That reading is slow going so I'd like to have something lighter to read going at the same time.  But, not too light if you know what I mean.   I've lost my taste for chick lit and can't seem to get 'into' any good novels.  I've started and not finished several great books (Wuthering Heights, Brideshead Revisited, Kristin Lavransdatter, Let the Great World Spin).  For years, I've been able to get wrapped up in stories such as these.  Not so much in the last year.  So, I'm giving up the fight and switching to non-fiction because it seems these types of books are reeling me in.  I loved Left to Tell and Into Thin Air.  I hope my love of fiction comes back soon. 


I have a several prayers that are weighing heavy on my heart. Would you mind saying a quick one for C, P, R and A?  Hard, hard stuff happing in these four lives.  Thanks in advance. 

I've noticed something since I began this blog.  I feel as though I have a stronger, clearer voice in my mind and in my relationships.  Thank you for providing a safe community to share my deepest thoughts. 

Have a great weekend!


  1. I am in the middle of Kristin Lavransdatter right now! I started it last Nov, read about 150 pages and put it down. I just picked it back up and hope to plow through this month as we have some vacation time. I do enjoy it and since I am Norwegian on my dad's side, it is pretty neat to read about something set there. I bought the book that was all 3 of the novels in one. I will add say some prayers for your friends / family. God Bless!

  2. I'm a slow reader, too, when it come to books that require a little more effort to retain. I can plow thru fiction thoug. I just read the latest J.ames Pa.tterson novel in 2 days. If you want something good and good for you I'd suggest anyone of Regina Doman's books. She's taken fairy tales and made them modern. The books are geared toward teens but DH and I both loved them. Thay are also vary Catholic.

  3. I've heard of "Born to Run", and it definitely sounds interesting. I recently started "A Walk in the Woods" about a guy's experiences on the Appalachian trail.

  4. I can relate so much to your #7. Now that I'm writing more I feel like I'm thinking more clearly and articulating my thoughts better. What a gift blogging is!