Friday, March 11, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday March 11, 2011



Now let me just state right at the outset, I no longer iron clothes. Are there people who still have to do that? Neither my husband’s nor my job requires it. When I was a kid  my mother trained me on pillow cases and handkerchiefs. To be honest, I have spent many an hour parked in front of some silly daytime TV show, young children underfoot, ironing away in a sort of mindless contentment. Anyway, I thought this was kind of funny, and who knows, perhaps actually useful: How to Iron 7 Shirts In Less Than 15 Minutes.


You probably need something else to read like you need another hole in your head, but I want to let you know that I publish an online newspaper called The Prime Daily. Content contributors are people I follow on Twitter—some real heavy weights like our own Conversion Diary Jennifer,  Elizabeth Scalia and Lisa Graas, among others. It covers news events, religion, politics and whatever else happens along. It’s short and sweet and you can read the latest edition here. Consider subscribing (it’s free)! Let me know what you think. 


Here’s today’s devotion for the current 40 Days For Life campaign. Please get involved in whatever way you can. It’s working!


I’ve found the perfect anecdote for my whininess and general dissatisfaction with the state of things in this country, and my tendency to want to shout and throw things at the TV when I watch the news. The remedy is called Generation Y, and it’s a blog written by a woman who lives in Cuba. The stark contrast between the state of things here and the state of things there makes me ashamed of my little tantrums, as well it should. Check out her blog, and you will most certainly join me in appreciating anew all that we take for granted here in the US.


  I was looking through my Evernote recipes (you DO use Evernote don’t you?) recently and am resurrecting (hah!) some meatless entrees suitable for Lent. I’ve made the folder public, so have a look. This week the emphasis is on the  frittata-which is an egg dish sort of like an omelette, easily scalable for any size group, and very flexible in a clean-out-the-fridge kind of way.  They are also very very tasty and cheap to make!


  You might have heard of it, but maybe haven’t tried it yet. I’m talking about The Grocery Game, a very effective way to save money on food and household goods. I’ve used it for years, and when I put in a couple of hours of effort a week, I can save an average of 50% on food and household products. That amount saved is way above my current pay scale. They have a free trial, so you might want to give it a try. Inflation is here and with so many struggling with job loss, it’s a resource that works. I use it, but have no other affiliation with it.


  If you’re still looking for a Lenten prayer observance, I came across Praying the Universal Prayer in Slow Motion. Very simple, very cool.

That’s it for me. Get your weekend off on the right foot, and head on over to Conversion Diary to soak up some more great Quick Takes goodness!.


  1. my italian nonna used to iron everything ... sheets, bathroom towels, etc.

    i've subscribed to The Prime Daily ... thanks for the reminder.

    have a blessed weekend.

  2. I don't even know where the iron is?
    Have a blessed lent and keep up the writing!

  3. A woman was admitted to hospital with two burnt ears. The phone rang while she was ironing!

    The doctor said that explains one burnt ear. "How did you burn the other?" he asked.

    She replied "It happened when I phoned for an ambulance!"

    God bless.