22 February 2013

Seven Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 20

So much sun! Our weather has been absolutely beautiful this week: sunny blue skies, light snow flurries, and no temperatures below -20! It's been lovely.

Little Bear and I went to our parish's first "mommy & me play and pray group" meeting yesterday, and I'm still not entirely sure what I think about it. I felt like the odd one out: youngest mom, youngest kid, only one with just one kid, only non-Army family... The other moms were nice, but they all had so much in common, and it felt like I didn't have anything to contribute. I feel guilty for even being unhappy about it, though, because how many times have I lamented the absence of a group for Catholic moms and littles in our area? Now God gave me what I've been asking for, and I'm going to find more things to complain about?

Insomnia and a whiny child had me up most of the night, so I hammered out my thoughts on the (entirely overblown, IMO) situation with the German archbishops' statement regarding emergency contraception and rape victims. It should be posted soon; I'm just waiting on a fact-check from a moral theologian.

Matt spent the first several days this week out of town for work. It was so good to pick him up from the airport Wednesday night! Little Bear was so excited to see his daddy: he was bouncing up and down and saying "Hi! Hi! Hi!" He wouldn't let go of Matt for the rest of the evening. :-)

Wonderful news: Matt has been offered (and accepted) a permanent position with his department! He was hired for a stimulus grant position, the funding for which runs out this summer, so we were starting to worry about whether he would have a job come July 1. I'm so glad we don't have to restart the whole job search process! God is so good.

Recently, the ergo has been a lifesaver in keeping Little Bear happy; he has been fairly whiny all week, but if I put him on my back in the ergo and start vacuuming, he quiets right down and either nods off or looks around happily. We certainly have a clean house this week.

Well, I had an interesting fact for you, but then I did some research into it and now I'm not sure whether it is a good thing or not. My mom sent a container of white mushrooms home with me yesterday because the package said that one serving contained 100% of your daily vitamin D. That's exciting, because the winter sun in Alaska is inadequate for vitamin D production, so we are always looking for other (non-pill) sources. Reading up on it online, though, I discovered that the mushrooms have high levels of vitamin D if they are bombarded with Ultraviolet-B radiation. Is this still a good thing? I'm not sure.

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  1. My husband has been working under contract (2-6 month terms) for the past 10 months or so. They keep renewing his contract, but it's definitely an exercise in faith to only know he's going to be employed in increments of a few months at a time.

    Radiated mushrooms would definitely get the side-eye from me. Will they turn you into Fungi-Woman, protector of Vitamin D levels everywhere?

  2. When I first joined my Catholic moms group, I was the youngest with only one baby. My marriage is actually still the youngest, but others have joined who have kids Andrew's age, and kids Peter's age, or only one child. I'd recommend sticking it out if nothing else for a chance to meet and get to know other Catholic moms and to have some adult conversation.

    And the mushroom thing is kinda weird...