7 Quick Takes Friday

(For the original 7 Quick Takes, check out Jen’s blog here!)

1.   The Super Bowl is in two days! Go Steelers! We’re actually heading over to Philadelphia today (about a 5 hour drive) to visit my brother and brother-in-law and my sister-in-law; and although I love them so, so much, I would really hate for some weather-related event to keep us there until Sunday evening…because for a Pittsburgh fan, there is no worse fate (other than having to stay in Baltimore) than having to be in Philadelphia for a Steelers game.

2.  Or a hockey game, for that matter. Flyers fans are no joke, and to say they hate the Penguins fans is kind of an understatement.   I haven’t yet been, but I’ve heard that in Philly the Flyers fans throw around stuffed penguins with KNIVES in them around the arena.  Yikes.

3.  For absolutely no good reason whatsoever, I’ve been watching this on repeat before going to work every morning.  Ain’t nothing better to jam out to on the headphones at 5:45 a.m., I’m telling you.

4.  I missed yoga the last couple of weeks because I was sick, and returned to the studio on Monday.  Wow.  We could talk about being sore for a minute, but…that word won’t quite do.  But it also feels awesome, and I love it, and I’m sad that I have to wait until Monday to go again.  Although I bet there wouldn’t be any harm in executing some Warrior 2s and Upward Dogs during the Big Game; it might save me from nearly fainting from glee, the way I nearly did two years ago when we won then.

5.  I wish there were an easier way to color your own hair. I did mine this morning and I’m sure I missed whole patches again, the way I tend to do every few months.  I look like I’ve got the mange.  But it covers up the grays, so I guess it’ll do.  I just don’t want to have to pay $40 to get it done professionally.  My neighbor used to do it before she moved (my hair wasn’t why she moved), but now there’s no one around to get all up in my scalp for free.

6.  Starbucks tip of the week: Peppermint Mochas are advertised as a holiday drink, but we have them all year round, so you don’t have to ask if we still have them.  We will! 🙂

7.  I’ll be away for a few days, so have an awesome weekend! Go Steelers!

Casting The Bible



My brothers and I do this thing called “casting,” where we cast our friends as different roles in certain movies based on how they look or their personalities.

So it’s only natural to think that if I wanted to “cast” the Bible, I’d naturally start with Pittsburgh Steelers star Troy Polamalu* as Sampson from the Old Testament.

The hair.  I AM JUST SAYING.  The personality, not so much -although I have zero doubt that he could rip a lion in half using only his strength, he doesn’t seem at all full of rage to me, much less the kind of guy that would frequent prostitutes and tear down temples and whatnot (all that’s in the Book of Judges, folks!)

I will definitely be doing more of these.

*Sampson probably wouldn’t rock a Steelers jersey, though.  You know.


7 Quick Takes Friday

7 Quick-Takes Friday!


(For more 7 Quick Takes, check out Jen’s blog over at Conversion Diary!)

1. Today is the 25th anniversary of the Challenger explosion. I was only five years old when it happened, and I don’t remember it, yet I remember in detail the episode of Punky Brewster that discussed it. I am truly an 80’s kid.

2. Speaking of anniversaries! My parents celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary yesterday, and when I talked to them on the phone my dad told this story I had totally forgotten about: when my brothers and I were little, we were determined to give my parents a really good anniversary, so we made them a dinner we thought “adults” ate: spaghetti, hostess cupcakes, and Jack Daniels. I folded up a towel and draped it over my one brother’s arm to make him look like a real waiter. “Yeah,” my dad said, “We ate our spaghetti and you told us to eat some cupcake too, so we did, and then to have our drink, so we’re sitting there with our spaghetti and our chocolate and our whiskey.” He laughed. “It was pretty gross, but it was great.”

3. I finished reading Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections this week, and it is a truly amazing book. I highly recommend it. It’s the story of elderly parents trying to get their three children back at home for one last Christmas, and although it’s sad, it’s also pretty humorous. His style of writing is the kind that seriously makes you sit up and take notice – it’s the kind that seriously makes you wish you could pick up detail, voice, and rhythm so easily. I’m trying to find his newest one, Freedom, at the library, but I know there’ll be at least a two-month wait.

4. Kind of random: if you had the power to choose, what song would you like to have playing at the moment of your death? I asked this of a fellow barista this week while Moby’s “Porcelain” was on the speakers, and I said that I wouldn’t mind hearing that while I was on the way out. Runners up include “Adagio For Strings” and “Ave Maria,” but bith my luck, though, I’d probably end up with “Monster Mash.”

5. Pittsburgh’s going to the Super Bowl! Still excited about that, even if I’ve known for five days now. Pittsburgh is such a football town – well, sports in general – and after that game, this is seriously how the network evening news looked like for most of the week:

  • Story on the Steelers
  • Weather report
  • Story on the injury list for the Steelers
  • Weather report
  • Story on Steelers fans living in Green Bay
  • Story on Steelers fans getting ready for the Super Bowl
  • Weather report
  • Story on the Pittsburgh Penguins captain, Sidney Crosby, still being out for a concussion he suffered three weeks ago
  • End credits

I had zero idea anything was going on in Egypt until about Wednesday.

6. I have a stack of movies about four deep that friends have lent me to watch, plus our Netflix loaning of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” that we got in this week. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend! I hope all of you have good plans, too. 🙂

7. In case you haven’t seen it all week, I’ve been participating in Project 31, a blog series for women. For the next 31 days, we’re blogging about neat cool women stuff, and even if you are a man, I think you’ll like a read. (If nothing else, you’ll get to see the inside of a woman’s thoughts for a few weeks, not bad!) It’s based on the OT book of Proverbs and hosted by Mandy over at She Breathes Deeply. Check it out! 🙂

Have you have an awesome week!