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7 Quick Takes: October 14, 2011 (Vol. 100)

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Really?  This is volume 100? That’s like having done seven quick takes every week for two years, although I know that I’ve missed some weeks, so I have obviously done it for more than two years.


Here’s to two more years of seven quick takes!

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photo by dfulmer


At least once a week, I think about how much I would love to have an old library card catalog cabinet. Who knows where I would put it or what I would put in it, but I can’t help it.  There is something so classic and retro about them.

Do you know why it is that I have to think about it once a week?  It’s because there is one in the background of Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment on the Big Bang Theory.  Every time I see it, I think, “Hey — I could find something to put in that!”

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Do you know how you know you have been traveling in the car too long?

One time that we often think about is many, many years ago (before we had children) when Eric climbed from the passenger seat, into the back seat, and then into the trunk of our old Subaru Legacy after 17 hours of an 18 hour trip.  (I know – it was bad.  This is definitely a don’t try this at home kind of thing.)

We now have another one, though probably not quite so dramatic.  While we traveled this weekend, we found ourselves on a two lane highway where one lane was closed.  When I was sure that we would probably be sitting for at least a few more minutes, I announced that I was going to jump out of the minivan and run up and tag the vehicle in front of us.  (Of course, I only did this because it was my parents in front of us.)  The kids went crazy, and the whole event certainly livened up things in our vehicle.

While my parents didn’t even notice that the whole thing happened, I do kind of wonder what the people behind us were thinking.

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Every time I look out at my porch since our slithering friend incident, I keep being sure that I’m going to see a snake.  Why is it that I have lived here for eight years and never seen a snake.  But, I see one once, and now I’m sure I’m going to see it every time.

Crazy Angie.

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Tagging my parents vehicle wasn’t our only activity for our six hour drive.  One of the things that Eric and I worked on was coming up with a daily schedule for me.  I had originally had in mind something like Jessica had done on Life as Mom, but in the end, we just assigned times to some things and not for others.

I’m really excited to try out my new schedule, and have been trying to add it to my days some over the last couple of days.  I’ll post more about it as I keep working at it.

Do you know what my favorite part of it was though? It was that, after a while of asking Eric for his help with putting something together (since this kind of thing is up his alley, but I know he has been so busy) was that he brought it up on our trip home.  He had put some thought into it and had very constructive things to say.  Plus, then he followed it up by telling me that he wanted us to keep talking about it as time went on, but in particular, he wanted us to have a discussion about how things were going and what needed to be tweaked when we take our next road trip (which is already planned).

It’s funny how, as life goes on, romance looks very different. Because, darn it — that was about some of the most romantic things he said to me all weekend.

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Do you know what is a time suck though?  Planning a Disney World Vacation!

Now, don’t get me wrong though.  This is not a woe is me kind of thing.  I know – we are so blessed that we’re going to be taking a trip like that.  So, no complaints.  But, I have to admit that I just had no idea how much time would be taken up with planning this thing.

Of course, it doesn’t help that we made reservations to stay on site, then switched to an off site hotel (per my Mom’s request), and then last week, we switched back to on site (per my Mom’s request again).  I am now pleased, because I wanted to stay on site all along.  And, even better – we’ve scored a free dining plan!

A free dining plan, however, meant even more time planning as we had to make restaurant reservations.  This was much more involved than I thought it would be.  It seems like every part of the planning takes forever.  But, at least every time I’ve had to call I’ve been helped by some pretty nice people.

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How can I possibly be so clueless about meals?  I just don’t get it.  As I have to say from time to time, “I have a masters degree, for goodness sakes!”  But, I have found that having grown up on casseroles and meat & potato kinds of meals makes me feel a little clueless about other things to make.

My weekend plan (I hope!) is to put together a binder of some healthier (or just not too bad) recipes.  Wish me luck!  (And, if you have any recipe source suggestions, please feel free to pass them along.)

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


  1. I’d totally love a card catalogue cabinet too!

    • What do you think you would put in it if you had one? I’m kind of clueless as to what I would do with it, but I want one anyway. LOL

  2. Me too Erin. That would look awesome in your house somewhere Angie!

  3. omgoodness! Maybe it’s because I practically lived in the library the first years of my growing up but I would LOVE a card file! (well, great…now you’ve got to thinking about that… lol!)

  4. I need a schedule. I mean, I’ve made myself a schedule. But I need one that I actually stick to. That is all. :)

    • I’ll share my schedule once I have a chance to really use it for a little while. I know that sometimes I have a habit share an idea that I haven’t used much, and practically by the time it’s published, then I’m done with using that method. LOL ;)

      Hey — how’s the weight watchers going?

  5. Ditto on the card catalog! Just saw that show too last night and noted it in the background.
    Wish I had better recipe sources to share. I do like to make freeze-ahead meals to have on hand for days that don’t go as planned.

  6. I want an old library card cabinet too. I missed “Big Bang Theory” last night, but am looking forward to seeing it.
    That mat looks very cool, thank you!

  7. I’ve looked up the Disney thing before and it does look super confusing! I think it’s a great idea to stay on site though. You’ll have to share your tips after you get back.

    The library card catalog is so cool. Just think, our kids have no idea what that is!

    Oh and LOL about romance. I was reading it and thinking about how special that must have been. Now 10 years ago, I probably would have been like, “what?”.

    • I will definitely share Disney tips when I get back, because I totally agree — planning a Disney trip for a Disney novice is confusing. It seems like there are Disney people who know all the lingo, know everything to do, etc. I read their boards and I’m thinking, “Are we speaking the same language?” ;)

  8. You should be proud of me…as much as I’d like a library card file, I will never get one because I know it would just take up space and I would never put anything in it. Now, if I came across a Chinese medicine cabinet, that’s another story. And all that planning for Disney World? That’s why we’ve never gone. All that planning is overwhelming.

    • Good for you! It just goes to show, too, that it’s silly for me to even want one when I’m saying things like, “I have no idea where I would put it or what I would put in it.” LOL Then why want it? ;)

      Yeah, the Disney planning is definitely something else!

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