7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 94)

August 27, 2010 | 10 comments

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You may notice things look different over here at Chez Conversion Diary; unfortunately this is not the new site. It’s still the Blogger 2.0 upgrade I had to do in order to transfer to WordPress. I hope to have the new look go live this weekend. Can’t wait to see what you think!

UPDATE: If you see this note, then you ARE seeing the new site. Welcome!

— 2 —

A few people have asked why I’m going through all the effort to switch from Blogger to WordPress. Two main reasons:

  1. Because I want improved interaction with readers: WordPress has threaded comment feeds to make discussions more clear (important to me since we have a lot of discussions around here), and it’ll allow me to ask for email addresses with comments so that I can respond to folks privately. Also, I can’t wait to install CommentLuv to facilitate commenters discovering one another’s blogs.
  2. Because I’m a nerd: I’d probably stick with Blogger if it weren’t for the fact that I’m a web developer by background. Writing code is what I do for fun. I once created my own rudimentary blogging platform using PHP and MySQL just for kicks. Blogger isn’t really set up for people whose idea of a good time is staring at lines of code, so I’m really anxious to get the developer control that comes with WordPress.
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I’m back in love with breakfast casseroles. I had stopped making them for a while, in part because I developed this superstitious worry that they attracted scorpions. (Remember that day I made my pregnant friend jump on a book with a scorpion under it? That was like the third time I made a breakfast casserole and then saw a scorpion in the house.) Anyway, I’m back at it now, and I love it. I make one and eat the leftovers for a few days, then make another one. It really helps me stick with good eating habits to have something fresh and healthy already prepared.

UPDATED to include a couple of my favorite recipes:

— 4 —

Here’s a cool tip for fellow scatter-brained people: Keep a write-on/wipe-off marker in your bathroom so that you can writer reminders and notes to yourself on the bathroom mirror. I’m amazed at how often I think of something I need to do the next day just as I’m about to go to bed, and being able to dash off a note on the mirror comes in very handy.

— 5 —

I recently installed JungleDisk for an online backup system, and I love it. I’d had really bad experiences with other companies’ products, and I’m so happy to find one that actually works — and I love the peace of mind of knowing that I’d have easy access to recently-updated files if anything happened to my computer. It took me a fair amount of research to decide on JungleDisk, so I thought I’d throw that out there in case anyone else is looking for good backup software. (This is not an ad, just a product I like.)

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Yesterday I took a casserole dinner to some friends who just adopted three children. As I drove home, it occurred to me that I get a ton of use out of my casserole carrier now that I’m part of a church community. There’s always so much going on with births and adoptions and illnesses and other times of need, and people are so good about coming together and helping one another; it seems like there’s an opportunity to cook for other families at least once a month! Honestly, next time I’m invited to a convert’s first Communion, I think the gift I’ll get them is a casserole carrier and a bunch of disposable pans — they’ll definitely get a lot of use out of them!

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It’s funny how much moving a blog is like moving a house: at first it’s exciting to have a brand new place, then the move itself ends up being far more epic than you could have ever imagined. You know that moment when all the big boxes have been moved out, and you feel like surely you must almost be done, but then you walk back into the house and see piles of stuff in every corner, and you wonder why you ever got yourself into this in the first place? That’s where I am right now with the blog transfer.

Anyway, I’m going to get back to cleaning up my new “house” so that I can have you all over for a little housewarming party in a few days. Have a nice weekend, everyone!


Below is a linky list if you’d like to add a link to your own 7 Quick Takes post. (1) Make sure the link you submit is to the URL of your post and not your main blog URL. (2) Include a link back here.

I look forward to reading your posts!

  1. Megan @ Blueberry Scone
  2. Rose @ AdventuresinSavings. com
  3. It Feels Like Chaos
  4. Leah @ Unequally Yoked
  5. Angie @ Many Little Blessings
  6. Leah @ Musings Aloud
  7. Tami @ The Next Step
  8. Saila @ Considering the Lilies
  9. Erin @ SevenLittleAustralians
  10. Kristen @ St Monicas Bridge
  11. Kathryn @ The Bookworm
  12. Carrien (she laughs at the days) about baby
  13. 100th Lamb
  14. DebbieQ @ Stop Her Shes Knitting
  15. Claire @ Catholic for many reasons
  16. Back to School @ A Simple Twist of Faith
  17. Kids funnies & musings @ so much 2 say, so little. . .
  18. Just a Minute
  19. Michelle @ MusingsofaCatholicLady
  20. Catholic Mutt
  21. Simcha Fisher – I Have To Sit Down
  22. My Priceless Fishers
  23. HomeAlone @ YoungMom
  24. Robert @ Nimble as the Pen of a Scribe
  25. Sherry @ Chocolate For Your Brain!
  26. Sarahs List of Lists
  27. What Really Matters
  28. From the Scriptorium- Back from the Wedding!
  29. Linda @ Curious Notions
  30. Judy @ AThankfulWoman
  31. Steph and Bogdan @ Moving to Maryland
  32. Elizabeth @ GoodnessAdded
  33. Julie at Elisharose
  34. Jill @ Clearest Glimpse
  35. Jake @ Roma locuta est
  36. That Married Couple
  1. Mrs. Bubbles
  2. Jess @ Making Home
  3. Vanderbilt Wife (notes to my pregnant self)
  4. Sharon @ Musings of a Catholic Mom
  5. majellamom
  6. Barb @ My Daily Round
  7. Holly at HollisonJourney
  8. And Ill Raise You 5
  9. Sarah @ Simple Pleasures
  10. Sarah Reinhard (SnoringScholar. com)
  11. Missus Wookie @ her wanderings
  12. Mary @ 3 Turkeys
  13. Jenny @ Lest I Forget
  14. Sally Thomas: A Week in the Life; &c
  15. Waltzing Matilda
  16. Emily @ Attempting Grace
  17. Emily @ Attempting Grace (right link!!)
  18. Sarah @ Fumbling Toward Grace
  19. Dakotapam @ Its Time for More Coffee
  20. Kristin @ All That Scrap
  21. Michiel
  22. K @ Proverbs 30: 8
  23. Katie @ Chronicles-of-KT
  24. Jenny at Conscientious Confusion
  25. Mary @ Hope Echoes
  26. Kasclar @ JournalofaNobody
  27. Emily (A Gibson Girl)
  28. Amy @ A Call to Adventure
  29. Dawn Farias at A Bit Bloggish
  30. Mary Richards & Me
  31. Molly @ Just Simply
  32. All Things Prissy
  33. Sarah @ Passing for Normal
  34. This linky list is now closed.


  1. school grants

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  2. Michelle

    I LOVE this look! It’s beautiful. I will say this…thank God for blogger for those of us who have no clue what code is supposed to do or look like. 🙂 What a gift you have!

  3. Jennifer

    Thank you so much, Michelle!

    Also, a note to others: the other comments from today have temporarily been lost as part of the transfer process, but I’ll work to get them back. Thanks!


  4. Jen G

    #3 – you know what I like on breakfast casserole? Hollandaise sauce!! I know, not so good for the diet…. 🙂

  5. Kalynskitchen

    Your blog re-design looks great. Thanks for featuring my Mushroom Feta Breakfast Casserole too!

  6. ~liz

    That tip about the dry erase marker/mirror is genius. I was just telling my daughter the other day I need to put a notepad in the bathroom… I have some of my best todo ideas in there first thing in the a.m. except I think a paper pad may get wet. I also had a small dry erase board in my bathroom before but didn’t like the way it looked so I removed it. Using the mirror/dry erase marker just the solution I was looking for. Yay

  7. Gina

    “I once created my own rudimentary blogging platform using PHP and MySQL just for kicks.”

    . . .

    Excuse me. I need to go lie down with a wet cloth on my forehead.

  8. Dianna

    I love the analogy of moving the blog is like moving in a new house. I recently switched to WP as well, and while I love it, you’re exactly right –there’s still a lot of housekeeping going on behind the scenes, and it’s been a month since I moved.

    The new site looks beautiful!

  9. LarryD

    Great new look of your blog, Jennifer!

    Oh – and thanks for the link to the ‘literal videos’. You’re right – easy way to suck up time! I especially liked the Tears For Fears “Head Over Heels”.

    As you put the finishing touches on your new “home”, I hope I can get added to your blogroll.

  10. Sophie

    I’ve been a lurker for quite some time. I’m very young and I found your blog by complete happenstance (act of God?) and started to read it from the very very beginning while I was in college. Your journey has been inspiring and was very uplifting at the end of a stressful school year. During my move home this summer, I lost what month and year I was on, so I started to read the up-to-date entries. Anyway, I was in Borders today, and I saw a cookbook that was titled something like “500 Casseroles.” I was wondering if you have seen it.


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