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Tonight is the Red Mass! I’m so excited. This will be the fourth year in a row that my husband and I celebrated our anniversary by participating in this tradition that dates back to 1245. It’s always one of my favorite nights of the year. You can read a post about what it means to me here.
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I’ve been getting a lot of emails about my blogroll, so I just wanted to state for the record that I see it as a living document. It’s definitely not complete. I mean, Testosterhome and the Wine-Dark Sea aren’t even on there! The Political Housewyf is nowhere to be found! Certainly such a list would not dare call itself a complete blogroll.
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My mother-in-law, the famous Yaya, was visiting last week. She came home from the store one day to announce, “If anyone calls you and starts saying you’re a crazy old lady, they’re talking about me!” With a little investigation we got the full story:
Yaya was getting in the car after doing our grocery shopping, and she noticed a woman leave a dog in her car without rolling down a window. It was a hot day, so Yaya confronted her. The woman responded by calling her a “crazy old lady.” I’m not at liberty to recount in detail how things played out from there, but let’s just say that the conversation got colorful, and there were attempts to drag startled bystanders into the now-very-heated parking lot argument.
When things reached a crescendo, the woman threatened Yaya by saying that she was writing down her license plate number. Yaya told her to go ahead, and walked off with a smile, because she was driving our car.
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My dad sent this picture of me in 1984:
Some things never change!
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Everyone around here is talking about Mexico. I don’t know whether everyone in border states is buzzing about it or it’s just because we have a lot of Mexican friends, but it comes up a lot these days. The drug violence has now spread to cities that had previously been unaffected; even our friends in nice parts of Monterrey are trying to figure out how they can flee to the U.S. We need to pray for Mexico!
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I learned how to boil chicken! Those of you who have even a shred of culinary talent are probably wondering why on earth I’d announce something so mundane on my blog. You don’t understand: this is huge for me. The idea of putting raw meat in water and coming up with something edible has always been very intimidating to me, and I was just certain that the results would be grim. But now that I can do it, it’s so useful! I can make shredded chicken for tacos and casseroles, and have chicken breasts to use as a base for all sorts of recipes. And it’s easy! You just put chicken breasts in cold water, bring it to a boil, turn the heat down and simmer it for 10 minutes. Who knew it could be that simple?
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This is the 100th edition of 7 Quick Takes Friday! If I had my act together I’d do something classy to celebrate like hosting a fabulous giveaway. It’s kind of appropriate, though, that I’m not doing anything; the whole reason I need the 7 Quick Takes format of post is because I’m busy and scatter-brained.
Anyway, have a great weekend, everyone!
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