Friday, October 24, 2014

On the treadmill

I just got off my treadmill. The very fact that we own one is already highly accidental--it was a discard from friends who bought a new, better, less hiccup-y one than this one. I said 'I'll take it', before actually believing I'd ever get on it. Last winter the girls and I got on it sporadically. It was pitiful for me. I'd drag through 15 minutes and I would maybe get to .6 miles.

Since a couple of weeks ago, I have joined WW and a Facebook fitness/weight challenge group with like-minded Catholic moms. You know it's a Catholic group when we can actually earn points for sacrifices we make--which probably take away any heavenly rewards from said sacrifices, :-) 

So I've been on it. I decided this time I'd measure time and not distance--I need to walk for 45 minutes a day to get my daily points! And I also discovered that the little garage window next to it faces South, and the green space by the townhouse. Even in these cool fall temps I've opened it a couple of times! 

I've discovered I have an extensive list of films I have never watched--mostly French romantic comedies recommended by my little sis, the one at the Abbey in Germany. No one in this house would want to watch them with me. So I've watched "The Widow of St Pierre" and "The Untouchable" and now a delightful film with an older Michael Cain where he is a retired professor in Paris. I've also been watching the many video-lectures for my online class on the Writings of Laura Ingalls.

Anyway, I've been doing my 45 minutes in installments as I can't do it all at once... but today, engrossed in the film, I kept going, and going... until I was way past a mile! I confess, I had tears in my eyes. Ah ah ah, this is nothing for most people but it was huge for me! I am determined to fit into a nice pretty dress for Number Three's wedding... his photo with beautiful fiancee Emily is on the fridge to inspire me... Wish me luck!! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday

I was chatting with sister Margo and we were both remembering yesterday's saint--the first feast day of Saint John Paul II--and when our family sang in the 1000 voices choir behind the altar at his I million + people mass in Aparecida, Brazil, in 1980... What an unforgettable event for us!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Number Six and I have been enjoying this lunch... we took step by step photos today!

Zucchini, tomato

On a little bit of olive oil, medium high heat...

Flip when one side is golden 

Add sliced, ripe tomatoes

A little Deli ham (optional)


Munch on zucchini sticks dipped in a good Dijon



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Number Four

Here's a rare photo of our own Number Four. He was dressed up to give a speech and was leaving early to campus with Husband. He lives in the cozy townhouse with us, is working towards a double major--and now maybe a minor as well--and has been greatly enjoying singing. He is a "Statesmen" in the men's choir on campus, is integral part of the parish choir, and is joining SDSU's Concert Choir after Christmas break. He has also been promoted recently in his campus job with Dining Services, he now is a supervisor.

Thank you, Lord of Life, Lord of Wisdom and of Love, for our son.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Duet Audition

Earlier today Numbers Six and Seven auditioned for this year's Brookings Got Talent show. They chose "Till The Stars Fall from the Sky", the song they learned as a gift to Number Two's wedding, after going over things with their voice teacher. I was only able to record the second half. They did very well and we should hear back this week!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Trip to Santa Fe, Part III

On the last day of the conference, I went with Husband in the morning to attend the panel on Theology and the Liberal Arts, and I took the afternoon off to go on a walking tour of central Santa Fe by myself.

The morning panel was the best one I attended, most especially the paper by TAC Vice President O'Reillly and the Q & A  and conversations afterwards.

Back at the hotel for me...

The hotel is on a historic Santa Fe site, and they had maps and photos around the lobby.

My first stop was at the oldest Guadalupe Sanctuary in the USA, founded 1777.  

It was close to the hotel, and oh so beautiful! 

You can see how old it is by the windows...

The altar reredos (the ornamental screen covering the wall at the back of an altar) was breathtaking!

The wonderful story of Guadalupe was told in images, and the sacred heart on the tabernacle reminds me
of one my parents had framed  on the wall in m childhood home.

Another depiction!

Looking backwards toward the choir loft

My next stop was the famous Loretto chapel, which houses the Miraculous Staircase!

It is modeled after the Saint-Chapelle in France! 

The main altar was truly gorgeous! 

And here is the staircase, supposedly built by Saint Joseph himself! It is such a wonderful story! 


The Gregorian Chant in the background, the high alter and communion rail... votive candles and a sense of reverence--the chapel is very-well maintained and a wonderful place to visit. I wrote a positive review on TripAdvisor.

I had never visited this site, the Cross of the Martyrs, where 21 Franciscan Friars were fallen in a revolt in the 1660s. I did not have the energy to walk all the way up, but I sat at a little park to take the photo and rest my feet.

This amusing sculpture was in the little park where I rested.

After mass at the Cathedral and walking back to the hotel, Husband and I walked to Tomasita's, a popular restaurant rated as one of the best in Santa Fe where we have eaten every time we visited Santa Fe! It is still delicious and authentic!

Sopapillas to die for!

Their "silver coin" margaritas are Number One in Santa Fe! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Trip to Santa Fe, Part II

The second day of the conference was when Husband spoke, on the role the Liberal Arts can play in the interdisciplinary world of contemporary scientific collaborative research.

The panel consisted of Husband, two Stanford professors who shared a talk on the Stanford Great Books program, and a professor from Wyoming Catholic College. 
He was introduced by a St John's College professor who is also the science lab director.

And he is off!

The other talks were excellent as well. It was a great panel, with many questions and answers!

The campus was beautifully dressed up for the occasion.

We took a stroll before dinner to see his old dorms...

The banquet that evening has French wine, and we sat at the same table and view he used to enjoy when he lived on campus! 

...And to close, the inescapable Facebook post. There were comments, and many asked for a video or script. Email me if you want one !