My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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7 Quicktakes- the Saturday Edition

Join Jen and the other Quicktakers over at the Conversion Diary.

1. Last night we took the birthday boy out for a very grown up dinner- just Sam, Mr. Pete and me. We went to a local Italian restaurant known for their low prices and big servings. They did not disappoint and Mr. Pete and Sam had to use doggy bags to bring the rest of their dinners home. We also broke down and got Sam a cell phone - with limitations. It's pay as you go, no camera, no texting, but it does have an FM radio in it. The big challenge will be to keep his friends from calling him all the time on it now that he has a phone. There is a limit to how many minutes a month we will pay for. And as archaic as that all sounds to some kids, Sam was thrilled with it.

2. Today Sam is at a soccer reffing course. If he passes the test, he will be able to ref soccer games for the local soccer league and not just CYO. This is huge as far as his ability to make money this spring. I'm also hoping that he and his brother will get it together so that they can perform at our local business square which has a lot of eateries and businesses. I've noticed quite a few street musicians perform there - no reason why my guys can't do that too. I definitely think they're good enough.

3. I finally got Gabe to sing my favorite Journey song AND play the drums at the same time. OK, it was only the refrain, but it was a start! And my (not so)little 14-year-old has a pretty good tenor voice - perfect for those kinds of rock ballads. Now I catch him singing with his MP3 player on while he drums all the time and I smile at him and he knows I'm really saying, "told ya you could do it!"

4. If there is anything I want to drum into my kids' heads, particularly my girls, it is LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. I think this is particularly important for girls because young women, even athletic ones, are so indoctrinated with the idea that once they become pregnant they don't have a clue about how to eat, or move or birth their own babies. For example - when I had Calvin I was not allowed to have anything to eat once I got into the hospital!   I am convinced that one of the reasons I couldn't push him out is because the hospital made me go without food for over a day and I just didn't have the energy. With all the other natural births I ate and drank as I felt I needed to and I felt stronger at the end. So voila! a study comes out this week saying that it's probably okay to eat and drink during labor! I'm sure if our great grandmothers were here they'd say, "well duh!"

Why stuff like this doesn't make more young woman start questioning this stuff is beyond me.

5.   I was kind of happy with how natural birth was portrayed on t.v. show Private Practice this week.  They had a first time mom who was trying to give birth on her own, without any pain medication.  Of course the OB main character was subtly pushing for a Cesarean or something to shut her up and stop the screaming, and the male midwife character was anything but comforting... oh and the lady didn't have a doula or a husband/partner either which sort of made it a little more out of the ordinary.  Anyway they didn't cut her open and she didn't get an epidural and she delivered a healthy baby.

6. I got up early this morning and worked out to two tapes. The first wasCrunch - Cardio Sculpt: The Body Sculpting Fat Burning Blast! It says that it is:
The CRUNCH fitness program welcomes people from all walks of life regardless of shape, size or ability. We created a workout environment that is not competitive or judgmental.

It wasn't challenging and didn't get my heart rate up either but it would be a great one for my daughter or anyone getting started with home video exercise. . But then it is a library movie and now that I know what it's like I don't have to buy it. The other one was The Firm: Calorie Killer. That one still rocks.

7.  One of my favorite Obama Kool Aid drinking bloggers writes: I have to laugh at the people who simply do not get that if you voted for Obama, you didn't, overnight become a flaming liberal Democrat.

Shrug... I get it.  Even SLO voted for Obama -she simply got swept up in the enthusiasm of voting for an attractive, articulate, young candidate with a lovely wife and family, who also happened to be the first African American to seriously be in contention for the office AND who wasn't George W. Bush.  I think many people felt that way.   But the approval rating that keeps sinking like a rock illustrates that many of those Obama voters didn't realize that they were voting for a flaming liberal Democrat.  And now that they finally see it - things will change.

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