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Friday, January 22, 2010

Seven Quick Takes: Volume 3

1. It stinks only having one working computer in the house. My children use the computer for their schooling and as a treat. My husband uses the computer for business. Needless to say my blogging doesn't hit the top of the priority list.

2. Last weekend we had a lovely time in Leavenworth (I'll post about this in the next few days) but Bubby picked up a bad cold. I was quickly reminded of what life is like without much sleep. Another reason I wasn't blog hopping this past week. When everyone was tucked in, I quickly followed suit.

3. My mom and sisters are coming to visit. (Not Jody Blue--my other sisters. . .very long story. Maybe one day I'll share. Or maybe not?) Anyway, I'm torn. On the one hand I'm very excited to see them. My family doesn't travel, so this is truly a treat. I think the last time my one sister visited was almost 10 years ago when we lived in IL. My other sister and mom visited us about 7 years ago when we lived here before. The reason I'm nervous? Well, I know this may sound stupid, but I don't want them to think I'm a snob.

4. About the snob thing. Mr. Nomad and I LOVE our new home. We saved and sucked up a lot over the years to buy this home. However, now I find I am frequently embarrassed. I am working on this. Our home is a gift from God, and I shouldn't be ungrateful. Especially since we really do try to bless many others with our home. By having a roomier house, we have been able to host without it making Mr. Nomad overwhelmed and crazy. Then here comes the guilt again. . .should we have given more of our money to others instead?

5. I actually went to the doctor this week for an annual (or whenever you get to it) check up, complete with a mammogram. (I hadn't been to the doctor since my postpartum checkup after Bubby. . .oops.) Ladies it wasn't bad. Not a favorite activity, but nothing to fear. I brought along my knitting and some planners for schooling,and it was actually quite lovely to have almost uninterrupted moments. Do you think they would mind if I came back next week? I could get the rest of my planning done for this month.
If wimpy me can do this, so can you. They stressed how important it was to get a healthy baseline, so in the future if you have something weird in a mammogram they'll know what is going on. We all know early detection is the key to treatment with breast cancer. So go get smooshed. Stepping down from soapbox.

6. I started knitting a pair of socks. It feels good to knit again. I really missed it, or maybe I just really miss my friends back in DC who used to knit with me. While knitting is fun, it does cut into my computer time. Which is good, and bad.

7. After being gone from blogging for a week, I noticed that I have insecurities in bloggy land. I don't do the stat counters. For one they are too fancy, and I don't want to take the time to figure out how to use them. Two, it may hurt my feelings if no one stops by. Which in my insecure moment I wondered, "Did anybody even notice I've been gone?" See, we are all prone to the need to be loved and accepted. Even if by the virtual set. I know one thing, I missed you. Over the past week I kept wondering what funny comments or really good posts I was missing, and there were some good ones.

If you like to read more Quick Takes, stop by Conversion Diary.


  1. #1 I want my own computer...my own tv that does not think espn is its home...my own sitting room...looks like I need to get my priorities straight.
    #2 Being well rested is such a thing of value!
    #3 Your not a snob.period. There are so many out there who have a long story, so share some day, but not today...or the next...or. I'm just messin' with you. The Lord will provide the best time in His space for you to share.
    #4 You'd better share sooner than later cuz it may help with that guilt thing(still messin').
    #5 I really dislike getting the squeeze unless it includes a tall dar...oops. Anyway someone told me recently that they have heated squeezers!!! They put a heating pad on them, the squeezer not the squeezey.
    #6 I think I need to find something to crochet.
    #7 When life takes me away I miss blog friends also.

  2. I am glad you are back! Not thrilled with the go get smooshed reminder-I've never done it-ever. I was more than a little indignant when told I still had to get regular papintrusions even after the big H. NOT fair! Not even sure uninterupted knitting time could entice me to be poked and prodded if I can't get me a baby out of the deal.

    I know exactly how you feel about the house-we moved to our pretty turn of the century house from one the realtor generosly called "needs some tender loving care" I DO think we can glorify God with what He has allowed us to have--but I often need to talk myself out of being a little embarrassed by it. You know what else? I am that way about my man sometimes too--he is sooo great I hesitate to talk about him in front of my friends that have men who (in my opinion) should be in jail. I am working on it-it is after all not bragging about me-but about what God has done. I also really need to brag about everything He has done-including the harder times when we learned to depend on Him-if I don't it comes off that we earned it somehow--hhmmm..all I really was trying to say is I get it! Imagine how wealthy any one of us would look to a Haitian on the street right now.

  3. Should your word veri be calling me a dorklesh when I am spending so much time commenting and agreeing with you? that's just not right!

  4. If only us poor folks on Blogger could control the word veri like you folks over there at WordPress. I'm sorry my word veri was insulting. I really appreciated your words of encouragement.
    Oh, that is so unfair that you still have to do those appointments. Seriously though, the smooshing wasn't so bad.

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  6. Sorry Bruce. Your message was just a bunch of gobbley gook.

  7. I'm glad you came back. You are just about as cool as the other side of the pillow! You WERE missed. I checked every day and NOTHING!
    I am super glad that there is not SMOOSHING in my near future. I AM rather young, you know (wink)!
    I think we are all embarrased by our homes in one way or another. For me, its 'cause it always seems like a mess to me! As for you, your only a "snob" if your home is all for show and you ca't actually "live" in it, you know what I mean? And you don't strike me as the type.
    Come back SOON!

  8. I missed you!

    1. I think it would be almost nice to have broken computers for a week or so. We have become so addicted. The Scrabble board hasn't seen the light of day for months.

    2. me too.

    3. How very special that your family is visiting. I would LOVE to hear the story of that part of your life, if you ever share it.

    4. I think we all have things that we think others might think we are snobbish over, and then you see what others have, and you KNOW....it's just stuff. I know that you know the best things in life....aren't "things".

    5. Confession. I'm much badder than you. It's been since Desi was a baby. I'm scheduled for February, and not looking forward to it much. I've been squeezed once, and it wasn't that bad. I think the more flat chested one is, the easier it is. I'm sure to get squoze again soon.

    6. Crochet? What's that?

    7. Refer to my opening sentence.

  9. I was feeling okay about the whole getting squooshed thing until you made that comment about being more flat-chested, Brenda! I do NOT fall into THAT category! Now I am all panicy again. sigh. Well, I'm still pretty young for that so I guess I'll save that anxiety for another year. . .

  10. Ladies, get squooshed. I've done it lots because I'm old, but it is no big deal. And I have a lot to squoosh.

    Your house is your house. There will be envy from people for a tar paper shack. Family can be the worst sometimes, but they can also be the best.

    Yes, I wondered where you were, but I figured that you were off on adventures in living. That is appropriate to your place in life now with family and kids.

    But welcome back!

  11. Marti,
    You spring chicken you. Life if full of too many worries today, no need to fret about the whole squishy thing until absolutely necessary. ;) By the time you need one, the technology will be so awesome it won't hurt a bit!

    Thank you all for your support, and words of wisdom. Dandelionmom, I LOVED your statement about good things in life not being about OUR works. So very true, I praise God each day for the blessings He has bestowed upon my family.