Happy birthday, HV!

Oh hey, I guess it’s NFP Awareness Week.  Today also happens to be the 45th birthday of Humanae Vitae, which is an occasion for either this cake or this one.

Once you’ve got your baby cake, take a few minutes and read this great article about translation problems with Humanae Vitae and how the common translation imposes a stricter standard of motive than was intended.  It’s a little lengthy and technical, but worth getting through.  It goes beyond the question of what constitutes “responsible parenthood.”  There’s also the fact that unless you’re someone’s spouse, confessor, or spiritual director, their motives – grave or not – don’t really concern you.

It is also out of place to form opinions about others based solely on how many or few children they have, since these virtues and the lack of them are oftentimes hidden from outsiders. The Church is a Mother who lovingly guides her children and exhorts them to fulfill their manifold responsibilities correctly and with the right priorities.

To put it another way (and link to another great article), keep your eyes on your own work.  It depresses me in advance to imagine that at some point in the future I’ll be judged at the grocery store for having 3 kids, and then judged at church for only having 3 kids.  I’m just not good enough at snappy comebacks to deal with that.

Anyway, happy birthday, HV.  Glad you’re here; sorry you were right.


Growing Pains (a laundry query)

Last night, I got home to find that Johnny had done all the laundry.  Never one to complain, I was happily folding things when I realized that he had tossed in the hand-wash shirts that were – in my mind but nowhere else – separated from everything else.  “Never put bras in the dryer,” I had remembered to tell him, but not, “Keep track of which of my thrift store finds have silk in them and don’t put them in the machine.”  Overall, they looked okay, but curiously, the armpit areas of both shirts came out like you can see in the photo below.  They definitely didn’t look like that going in, though there was undoubtedly some invisible residue there.



Any suggestions for fixing them?  Like I said, they’re both thrift store finds, so it’s not the end of the world if they’re beyond help.

Five Favorites

A truly random list of things I’m loving right now.



I was long overdue for an update to my photography website, and finally got a two-pronged poke in the rear to get it done.  First, I have a new last name, so that had to be updated.  Then, I shot a wedding over the weekend and wanted to spruce things up before my traffic spiked (which it totally did).  Thanks to a WordPress theme that was originally intended for B&Bs, I think I’m in much better shape than before.


This Harry Potter audiobook.  I’d heard good things about it, so I picked it up in anticipation of a long solo roadtrip over the weekend.  It did not disappoint!  I got through about half of it, and it was so engaging and entertaining.  Perfect for staying awake on the long road that is I-90/94.  I’ve got 64 CDs left in the series (I started with the fourth book, since I’ve read the first three more times than I can count), so I should be set for all the roadtrips I’ll ever take.



This sign, spotted at the grocery store yesterday.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have it sorted according to ribbons earned.



A new job that apparently involves occasional travel.  An hour after my soon-to-be boss emailed to check my availability on the dates, she had booked me a flight, a hotel room (above), and a conference registration for a week in an historic destination.  Not a bad introduction to a new job.


This hair product.  I’ve been using it through some wicked humidity, and I’ve never had less frizz and nicer curls than I do right now.  That said, I have long-ish hair that I try to make as curly as possible; my mom’s is shorter, and she wasn’t such a fan of her results.  The smell isn’t awesome (fake grape), but for $4 a tube at Walmart, it’s hard to complain too much.

That’s all – go check out other people’s (more cohesive) lists!

7 Quick Takes after a looooong hiatus

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So, what brings me back to the ol’ blog after many moons away?  Getting married couldn’t do it, apparently, but this recipe can.  I picked up Feast on a recent library trip, and among the many recipes I bookmarked were these Baci di Ricotta (Kisses of Ricotta).  I usually shy away from deep frying anything at home, but I figured that if not on the Fourth of July, when?  Total time from pulling the bowl out to turning off the stove was about 15 minutes; it really couldn’t have been easier.  And the results – oh the results.  They were every bit as good as you’d think.  We’ll definitely be making these again.


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Lumen Fidei

Thanks to having to work today, I’m halfway through the hot-off-the-presses encyclical.  My Facebook feed has been full of quotes posted by other people, so I’m looking forward to getting to the second half.  I’ve underlined large portions, but here’s one thing that I particularly liked:

Faith by it’s very nature demands renouncing the immediate possession which sight would appear to offer; it is an invitation to turn to the source of the light, while respecting the mystery of a countenance which will unveil itself personally in it’s own good time. (13)

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After getting my first order from Twice, I’m totally sold.  It’s like someone was paid to curate a collection of clothes from my favorite stores, and then marked them down 80%.  I got this skirt, and after the “$10 off first order” offer (click above to get it) plus a 20% off code that I found via google, I paid considerably less than the price on the page (including shipping).  I may never buy new clothes again.

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On a whim, I drove downtown tonight to catch some fireworks.  After many years of trying, I finally figured out how to take decent firework photos.  Unfortunately, I didn’t end up with a great view (hence the tree in the foreground), and the show itself ended up being kind of lame.  That photo above is what they passed off as the grand finale.  Color me unimpressed.

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Our local grocery store has been undergoing renovations for the last several months, which is probably long overdue but meant that for a long time, I literally had to go down every aisle to find what I need.  One of the big changes is the addition of bulk bins (probably in response to our new Whole Foods and its Wall of Lentils).  Chocolate covered banana chips?  Yes please.  Ginger candy for $5 a pound?  I’m there.  Of course, this is just in time for us to move across the country, but you better believe I’m stocking up before we leave.

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Tomorrow we’re celebrating the Fourth (transferred) by hosting friends from out-of-town.  I’m looking forward to grilling, finally wearing a swimsuit I’ve owned for a full year and never worn, and relaxing a little bit.  Also, I might make another batch of ricotta mini doughnuts.  America.

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Gratuitous wedding photo for filler!

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