Seven Quick Takes of Chatting and Catching Up

Let's be random and rambling today, shall we?

1. My drafts folder is empty. I wrote and scheduled about two months' worth of posts before I had Mary Jane. Then, since she was born, I've been writing about one new post per week, to mix in here and there, and that's gotten us here, to twelve weeks. And now . . . I've got four great ideas for posts and nine that would be fine and a baby who is completely unputdownable (we're going to pretend that's a word) so who knows if they'll get written.

But really, it's hard to be TOO bad at her, I mean . . . behold the chub:

So, bear with me? Many kind and generous authors and artists have shared their work with me in the hopes that I will share it with you. So, if, IF, I can get them written up, I have a pretty great backlog of giveaways that I might just try to do all next week.

2. So, if I haven't been writing blog posts, what have I been doing?

There's been bouncing up and down with a baby in an Ergo while doing schoolwork with the kids.

There's been bouncing up and down with a baby in an Ergo while augering a toilet.

And there's been quite a lot of bouncing up and down with a baby in an Ergo while watching Netflix.

I watched Gotham, which I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. A superhero show on Fox starring the wrong side of the tracks kid from The OC doesn't sound super promising. But I do like superhero shows, so I figured I'd try it. And . . . the writing is really smart, the acting is really good, the subtle reveal of all the bad guys is really cool, the hero is heroic, the kid can act, basically, I liked it a lot.

And now I'm watching iZombie, which features King Arthur and Dr. Frankenstein as zombies. I'm only a few episodes in, but it's very, very cute in a cheeky, wink-wink, aren't we being cute kind of way. I don't like the zombies being good guys thing. It's really important to me that zombies be allowed to be mindless bad guys that we can all agree must be killed. They have Twilighted these zombies. Officially, I am against that. But. It's a cute show and I'm going to keep watching it while bouncing up and down with a baby in an Ergo.

p.s. Neither show is Catholic. Gotham features cohabitation and a same sex relationship. Also lots of thieving and murdering. iZombie has some innuendo jokes. But neither has nudity, and both are much less violent and gory than Daredevil or The Walking Dead.

3. The other thing I've been done while bouncing up and down with a baby in an Ergo learn to cross stitch. I can kind of do it between bounces.

Betty has been learning too, and we've really loved it. Nancy from Do Small Things sent us a couple of her new patterns to try out. For me cross stitch is this weird combination of mystery because you can't see what you're doing until it's almost done, and frustration because counting is HARD and I have done every stitch about three times, and gratification because it comes together SO quickly. And they are SO STINKIN' CUTE!

If you’d like this entire bundle of 40 Catholic Saints in Cross Stitch for your family you can get it HERE. She is selling it for $3 through the end of the month, so get it now!

4. The house. You guys, the house.

It is not ours. Everything was finally settled last Friday, and all we had to do was sign all the paperwork. Then on Wednesday, a new crazy unexpected thing happened, crazier even than all the crazy unexpected things that have already happened. And now it's looking a lot less likely that we'll end up with it.

Which is fine. No one deserves to live in a hundred year old tumbledown mansion, least of all me. But it really looked like I might get to anyway. And I gotta say, I'm going to be very sad if it all falls apart like this.

Please say a quick prayer for us, if you would, that we would get the house . . . or be okay with not getting the house.

5. The big boys went camping with the Boy Scouts last weekend in the sequoias, which sounds like it was pretty amazing. It's a good group of fellas.

Gus was sad to not be old enough to go along. But glad that with his older brothers gone he got to do the good stuff like carry the crucifix in the procession and hold the giant book with his face.

6. Those of us in the family without real jobs or real school to worry about are down in San Diego for a couple of days to take advantage of the kids free in October promotion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

So, prepare for a photo dump . . .

7. Oh, and I opened an Etsy shop.

Check it out, or whatever, if you want, HERE.

It's a work in progress, more will be added, but I wanted to share it with you now!

I also started an Ingagram account for the shop. I'll be sharing printables available from the shop, plus saint of the day quotes over there. So follow along if that's your cup of tea.

Each digital download in stock in the shop is only $5. Custom images are $10 through the end on the month. They'll be $15 in November.

To celebrate the shop's opening, and by popular demand in the comments of Tuesday's post, I give you (absolutely free), this . . .

As with all my printables, you are welcome to save the images to your computer for your own personal use. You may print the images and / or upload them and have prints made for your personal use or to give as gifts. First click on the image to bring it up in a new window, then right click on the image to save it to your computer. You may use my images on your blog, just please link back to my blog. If you would like to sell my images, please contact me first.

For LOTS MORE free printable prayers, check out my Pinterest board.

And for some old favorites, and many all new prayers, quotes, scripture, and catechism, available as high quality digital downloads, check out the shop!

And that's my honest opinion. But this is a sponsored post.