{ 7 Quick Takes - Vol 10 }

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Back in the saddle.  It's been 4 months or so since I posted and have re-committed to writing again.  My first post back (found here) is a bit more personal than anything you would expect from me if you knew me (my wife, Jennifer, was surprised so that says something) but it was just some things that I felt compelled to share - maybe just a catharsis - but I believe also a way to put my money where my mouth is so to speak.  If you have any pearls of wisdom in helping me living out a life of faith I'd love to hear them!

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Well, I'm not sure why I've waited until now - I'm sure I just wasn't ready - but I'm taking a first step towards the world of GK Chesterton.  I'm not even quite certain how this came about but I think I'm going to enjoy the ride.  I started trying to do the audible version of Everlasting Man and I can't do it - or if I continue to try I will surely wreck at some point as it takes quite a bit of concentration to follow the line of reasoning he presents or simply unfold the ideas he offers the reader.  Because of this I'm stepping back and starting with a book on Chesterton's writings to provide a map or lantern by which I'll be able to follow a clearer path through the prolific writings of this great author. Wish me luck!

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It's hard to believe that next week is already Thanksgiving.  Where did 2012 go?!? Now, at the risk of starting a class warfare between the 'haves' and 'have nots' that will continue through the ages where plowshares will be beaten into Panini Spatula's I will share that one website that had me laughing out loud (literally) this week was one shared by my friend, Kelly.  I must warn you it is not for kids (at all) due to the use of some profanity and so I won't link to it.  You have to make the decision for yourself by searching for 'The Hater's Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog'.  My favorite listing is the one for Waffle Batter Dispenser.  I think just because it hits home a little too close.  What's your favorite?

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So, it looks like we Catholics may be heading back towards meatless Fridays - as in sans meat - no meat - zilch on the meat - hold the meat - "I'll just have a salad…with the dressing on the side".  I guess this is where we separate the men from the boys (girls already eat salad…).  We'll have to decide do we wear our faith on our sleeve or do we live it.  Let's live it.

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Tonight (Friday) is going to be a big night in the Mireles household.  We are going to watch 'Brave'.  I have yet to see it as do my two youngest, Elias and John.  Yet that hasn't kept them from dropping trou (pulling down their pants) and sticking their butt out towards their older brothers while yelling 'feast your eyes!'  I hear there are some other funny parts in the movie.

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This quick take is just a shootout to the company that I use to host this blog, my son's troop's website and my wife Jennifer's.  They are located in NY and were really affected by Sandy.  You can read about the dedication this company has to keeping their customers up and going.  

Go Squarespace!

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It's official. My baby girl turns 13 on Sunday.  The Lord has been gracious in allowing me to build up to this occasion.  There have been trips to beauty shops - buying of nail accessories on amazon - having random beauty apps show up on my iPhone - etc etc etc  So, is it any wonder that there is plenty of Taylor Swift played in our house as well?  Now, the one thing I have to admit is that my brain is wired to latch onto a catchy hook and the one that has me right now is 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' by the aforementioned Swift.  I find myself lip syncing with Mary after I pick her up from ballet.  There's a fist bump then we turn up the 'jam' and sing together.  

It's fun having a daughter.

Now for your listening pleasure (I just noticed it's all done in one shot):

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