7 Quick Takes (1)

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This is my first time participating in 7 Quick Takes. I’ve been wanting to participate for a while but every week Friday would sneak up on me and I’d forget!

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Speaking of 7 Quick Takes, I spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME last night reading through several of the entries that had linked up last week – and that’s a good thing! I found several new bloggers I want to start following and add to my RSS feed. Having almost 200 feeds in my Google Reader just isn’t enough, yanno?! 🙂

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My six year old is in the room with me as I type this and he insists that I tell everyone that he likes to make weird noises: like banging the ping pong paddles together for no reason or spitty, hissing noises as he plays with his cars, trucks and Transformers. It’s true, too. He makes the craziest sounds as he goes about his play. Strange son I have. Or is it a “boy” thing??

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Are you using Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family by Kathleen M. Basi for your Advent devotions this year? You should. 🙂 I am not using every suggestion in the book, but the activities I have been doing has made a big difference in how I approach Advent and the busyness of the season this year.

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It’s making a difference for Andrew (my son) too, I think. The first thing out of his mouth each morning is “Mom, let’s do the Jesse tree now before church.” He loves coloring the symbols and putting them on the tree while listening to the scripture verses. He loves counting the days to Christmas with our makeshift Advent calendar and he ALWAYS wants to the light the Advent Wreathe each night (which I won’t let him!).

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While I’m on the subject of Advent, let me point you to a couple of Advent Meditations that my friend has written. The first one is here, and the second one, about Our Lady (which is appropriate since we celebrated the feast of her Immaculate Conception yesterday), can be found here.

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On a completely different note, we recently switched our phone/cable/TV service from Verizon Fios to Comcast. So far it seems like a big mistake. My computer has slowed down considerably in the week since we’ve switched. We’ve had several other annoying glitches, but I hope they work themselves out soon, though. Why did we switch? Because Verizon Fios jacked their prices WAY up and wouldn’t work with us to get a better deal. I guess they would rather lose a customer rather than work with him. Verizon must have zillions of customers just waiting in the wings to use their service.  😯 Oh, well! I do miss the computer speed, though. It shouldn’t take several minutes for a web page to load when one has a high-speed internet connection…

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  1. Every year, I want to do a Jesse Tree. Every year, I forget. Maybe next year….
    Kerrie…recently posted…Quick Takes Friday – Vol. 27My Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      This is my first year doing a Jesse Tree. We never did one growing up, and so I didn’t understand the symbolism behind it.

  2. We love the Jesse tree and have done it for years. We just have a poster in the kitchen and print new ornaments every year.
    RAnn…recently posted…Sunday Snippets–A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

  3. I never make it to 7 Quick Takes either. I would do better if it were 3 quick takes! 🙂
    You did a good job! Glad you found some new bloggers. I have a hard time keeping up with my reading.
    Advent blesings!
    Colleen…recently posted…Testify to the LightMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      I have a hard time keeping up with the reading, too. That’s why I add them to my blog reader and then get to them when I can. 🙂

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