7 Quick Takes: March 4, 2011 (Vol. 73)

~ 1 ~

We have continued with another week of sickness.  I’m really ready for Spring and the hopes of everyone being well again.

While the kids and I were out this week, someone that I haven’t seen in probably around four years saw us at the store.  She came around the corner and said, “I thought I heard your voice!” I wasn’t really sure what to think about that, considering that my voice sounds like a total sick voice.  I couldn’t help but wonder, “Is this really what you remember my voice sounding like?”  Yikes!

~ 2 ~

We are officially not behind the times.  Well, at least as far as our television goes, that is.  I have felt a bit freakish for a while that we don’t have DVR or Tivo or anything like that.  I didn’t mind, although it did sound like something that would be fun to have.

Well, we now have DVR!

Here’s the thing though — we only got it because while canceling our fax line, I told Eric to ask the cable company if there were any deals that might lower our bill.  What they came up with was a plan that is more channels and includes a DVR, plus it lowered our bill (and not just by a little bit either).  We do have to sign a contract for two years, but considering that I now have guaranteed that our bill will be less than it is now for the next two years (plus extras), I say, “Awesome!”

~ 3 ~

We now have a new challenge — figuring out how to use a DVR.

~ 4 ~

I think that my only new addition to my Etsy shop this week was the following TTV-style photograph titled “Tiny Dancer”:

"Tiny Dancer" 8x8 TTV-style Print

~ 5 ~

While we still have our homemade composter, we bought a tumbler style composter that they had at our local Sam’s Club for only $100. (They also had another type of composter for just under $40.)  The only bad thing about it was that there was “some assembly required.”  When something takes Eric around 2 1/2 hours to assemble, that’s definitely some assembly required.

I’m excited to have two composters to let one just cook and break down while we’re daily adding things to the other one.

(I read on another website that they have the same type of one at Costco for that price as well.)

~ 6 ~

Why is it that I always get stuck on item number six on the quick takes list? It seems odd that if I ever get stuck, it is most often on number six.

A haiku for item number six:

You vex me so, Six.
Why do I always get stuck?
With this, you are done.

~ 7 ~

Eric and I have made some plans for what to give up for Lent (and what to add).  In theory, sitting in Culver’s, it all sounded good.  I’ll post about it next week once I’m sure that we really are serious.  It will also mark the first time where we’re going to get the kids involved in giving up/adding things in a more serious way than before.

If you observe Lent, have you decided what to give up or add?

This post is linked to 7 Quick Takes and Weekly Wrap Up.


  1. says

    5- That looks like a nifty contraption! As a girl who was trained to save all our food scraps for the chickens, I HATE having to throw out food scraps and would love to start a compost bin! I’m just not sure how that would work in an apartment, and what I’d use it for, anyways! All that to say, I hope your new composter works well!

    6- UGH, I totally know what you mean! It seems like the last two takes are SO hard to fill! I love your haiku, lol.

    7- I always tell people that for Lent, I’m giving up booze, drugs, and cigarettes. 😛 But on a more serious note, I’m not entirely sure what to give up. I’m kind of surviving on the bare basics here, so there’s not much to give up in the first place! I’ll figure something out.

    • Angie says

      Castle was the very first thing we used the DVR for. Actually, come to think of it, that’s the only time we’ve used the DVR so far. LOL

  2. says

    We just got a DVR a few months back, and I’m totally in love!! I am recording all kinds of things. And half the time, I don’t remember what I’m recording. That little red light comes on, and Hubs asks me, and I can never answer. :) I guess I like surprises.

  3. Jordana says

    We love having two compost bins. Sometimes we could almost use 3!

    I think as a family we’ll give up meat and sweets. Maybe try add more prayer time.

  4. says

    I enjoyed reading your 7 Quick Takes. The Tiny Dancer pix is beautiful! I’m a new follower from Catholic Mothers Online. Please stop by and return the favor.

  5. says

    Hi Angie,

    I am so sorry to hear that you have been sick too. Sinus infections are the worst. I hope you get better really quickly.

    I can sympathize as I am on round 3 of antibiotics for strep throat.