#7QT: Discounted Candy, Saints, and Voting – Oh My! Edition.

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I did absolutely NOTHING to celebrate Halloween this week. Nothing. My costume was either “lazy grad student” or ” Catholic woman going to Mass”, depending what time of day it was. A group of classmates held a Halloween party but honestly, I couldn’t bother to 1) dress up 2) drive somewhere and 3) deal with a house that has a dog and 4 cats. My allergies are already a mess!

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I did go to Mass for All Saints Day though! (Well, I went to the Vigil). I think I already talked about that yesterday. Who are some of your favorite saints? Admittedly, I’ve got quite a few. But: St. Bernadette Soubirous is who I was named for and she’s pretty awesome. I found this portrait that was done of her, in color, by a woman named Leona Turner. It hangs in the library (i know, right?) at the Shrine of St. Bernadette in NM. You can read more here!

Full color portrait of St. Bernadette.

Other saints who rock, in my personal opinion: St. Peregrine, St. Kateri Tekakwitha (HOLLA, NEW SAINT!), St. Edith Stein (must learn more), St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (holla, confirmation saint), St. Damian, and the list goes on and on and on so I’ll stop. Anyone you think I should add to my list? 🙂

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A friend posted this video today. It’s 14 minutes long, and it follows the life of a man named Heath White, and his life changed forever (for the better) with the birth of his second daughter. You will cry, I’m warning you, but…in a good way.

Heath White’s Story

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I voted this week! Via absentee ballot, so it’s somewhere in an envelope, but nonetheless. Exercise the beautiful right of voting whether you do it early, via mail, or on Election Day itself. The only downside to absentee voting? No sticker. 😦 I miss those. I will not miss all the ridiculous mailers I’m getting… all the way from Ohio. I wish there was a way to say “I’m going to vote for you; stop sending me mail, thanks”. Alas!

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Did i mention I didn’t do anything for Halloween? Well, I was slightly mistaken. I did go trolling for discounted Halloween candy yesterday. I never buy candy – like, ever -because it’s just dangerous to have in the house. Plus, the budget doesn’t allow for it. But… half-price candy, I can deal with. So there are a few Reeses Cups in the freezer, and just knowing they’re there makes the day a little bit easier, I swear. Yum.

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Y’all know I love to cook. Last night’s dinner was modge-podge. I had no idea what to make. I tossed the few frozen shrimp I had with bread crumbs and coconut, and threw them in the oven to bake. I roasted a can of (drained!) chickpeas with garlic salt. I cooked some frozen green beans..and then threw them in the oven to keep warm while the other stuff cooked. threw it in a bowl. Called it a salad, but it was hot food, so maybe I should call it something else. Is there a word for “random food items thrown together in a bowl for dinner”? Exactly, it’s a salad. I also tried out a pumpkin-oatmeal cookie recipe that … meh. They’re alright, but the texture is off, and I’m a big stickler when it comes to food texture.

I have no idea what I’m making tonight. Probably some spinach and feta pierogies and the rest of the green beans? I don’t feel overly inspired. I have such a weird collection of foods in the freezer and the pantry.. and putting flavors together really isn’t my forte. This may be due to the fact that I’m limited to a fairly bland, flavorless diet. (Also, budget!)

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I made a dramatic life choice in the past few weeks. Suffice to say I’m going to have a bit more time on my hands. Today I finally got to go back to the elementary school for the first time in a while! I love those kids. Fridays aren’t the easiest, and we have a lot of classes, but we were discussing the election and what it means to vote, etc. Suffice to say “kids say the darndest things” happened a few times. Like when the 3rd-graders were talking about presidential assassinations, and saying “yeah, Lincoln and JFK” and I said “Garfield was assassinated, too”. And the kids turn, stare at me, and go “Garfield the cat?!!”

Mind you, we had just watched a video that showed all 44 presidents, so the name should have been a bit familiar. Nonetheless. I then had a conversation about why cats aren’t president. Silly me. 🙂

That’s all I’ve got this week! For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary! Thanks, Jen!

3 thoughts on “#7QT: Discounted Candy, Saints, and Voting – Oh My! Edition.

  1. I got a sticker for my absentee ballot because my husband dropped his off at the town hall. I seriously wish they included them in the absentee ballot.

    And seriously… I’m getting stuff from the Montana State Republican Party which is funny for several reasons:

    1.) I *NEVER* voted Republican when I lived in Montana, much less for the candidate they were plugging.
    2.) I haven’t lived in Montana in 2 1/2 years — I gave up my driver’s license there 2 years ago!

  2. All the saints are great; yet none would admit to such praise. Each would credit the Lord. (I know you know this, but for I say this for others who may be peeking in without Catholic/Christian/mystic grounding.)

    Picking a favorite saint for me is like picking among one’s children. Each of their stories has its awesome side, from the dry hermits of Egypt to wonder-men like Gerard Magellan.

    Agreed about Halloween, my least favorite “holiday.” It’s more of a cultural party. I left my house light off, had no callers, and regretted it not one bit.

    Thanks for another great post!

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