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7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol 22: New Pontificate Edition

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Thank you, God, for our humble Pope Francis! I’m afraid humility will be our biggest lesson in the years to come.

1. We Have a Pope!

I just can’t stop saying that! It seems like it’s been much much longer than 2 weeks since we became popeless. It seems like it was months at the very least! I’m just tickled pink with our new pope! We’re just blessed beyond belief! It’s the most exciting thing since…I don’t know what! My wedding? Scott and I converted in 2007, (apparently 2 years to the day after John Paul II’s funeral) so Benedict was already pope, and he’s been our only pope. This is the first time we’ve seen a new papal election! I watched from work, but poor Scott didn’t find out until he got off work at 5:30! I hated that Scott didn’t get to watch it live like I did (as well as his parents in Saudi Arabia!) but he was able to watch the whole thing (with the waiting period highly abbreviated) on….

2. EWTN!!!!  

I just want to remark on the fact that I seem to be mentioning EWTN all the time. It’s like I’m an EWTN hipster. Every time I turn around, I’m all like, “Oh no, I don’t watch that channel. I watch EWTN. It’s totally in between my gas and electric bill. With my electric bill first because I’d rather have my gas turned off and not be able to have a hot shower than have my electric bill turned off and not be able to watch EWTN.”

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I’ve been so grateful for EWTN’s coverage of the conclave and the new pontificate. Just a friendly reminder, this wonderful coverage from Rome is quite pricey, so if you can spare a dollar or two, please consider donating. If not, they have the live stream on their website, and just about everything they air goes straight to YouTube, so you can stay in the know on our new Pope Francis!

3. A Funny Picture with an Emotional Twist

Maybe it’s emotional to me just because I’m so emotional after this week’s events! Certainly you’ve seen this picture:
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Up top, we have John Paul the Great. Just the look on his face–that knowing look! I never got to be a John Paul Catholic. No, while he was pope, I was still convinced that the Catholic Church represented everything that was wrong with Christianity. John Paul II is the pope I wish I had, the one I missed out on because of my stubbornness!

Next up, Benedict XVI, our beloved Pope Emeritus, the only pope I’ve ever known as a Catholic. I’ll miss that smile! That seems like such a funny thing to say. I’ve only ever seen him in pictures, and I can pull up a picture of him anytime I want. It just won’t be the same, looking at that jolly smile and knowing he’s not our pope anymore!

Then, we have Pope Francis, in whom we placed our absolute trust before we even saw his face or knew his name! Of course, we trust him because we trust the one he serves!

4. In Other News…

I can hardly recognize “other news.” As you may know, I work at The CellPhone Store, and Samsung had a big launch event for their newest Galaxy phone tonight. So, all my coworkers were just dying, waiting to punch out so they can go home and watch live coverage and I was like, “Whatever. It’s not like it’s POPE FRANCIS!!!!”

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I’m starting work on my spring/summer vegetable garden tomorrow! I’m growing tomatoes, squash, eggplant, spinach, green beans, carrots, pumpkins, potatoes and who knows what else! I’m super stoked about it. Hopefully we’ll be eating more vegetables and spending less money! I also fully intend to use my pressure canner to can all sorts of wonderful things! Is anyone else starting a garden? Anybody got any tips for growing in Oooooklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain and it’s 110 degrees all summer?

6. Copyright Laws and Me

A few weeks ago, I had a bit of a conundrum. I was reading a book about Divine Mercy and suddenly became horrified that we did not have a Divine Mercy image hanging on the wall. I bought a picture frame and some photo paper straight away and set about rectifying the situation when my printer, a Canon, went haywire and leaked ink all over itself until it no longer worked.

These are difficult moments.

I don’t want to be superstitious, and I certainly don’t want to give the impression that I’m leaping at shadows and blaming everything on the devil. It’s just that, well, if my printer goes dead when I try to print a picture of Jesus, what else am I supposed to think?!?!?!?!?!?! So, I became more and more determined to print that photo. And one for everyone I know. Just to be safe.

I ended up spending a lot of money on a new printer. When I told my half-converted sister, Betsy that I was sending her a picture, she got on to me of course and told me I could not print it off without permission or I would have to deal with copyright laws. I told her that Jesus told Faustina he wanted this image shared with the world. There’s my permission right there.

Betsy’s response was…..”Jesus doesn’t usurp copyright laws.”

Every time I look at my “illegal” Divine Mercy image, I chuckle at that one. As long as I’m not selling them, I think I’m alright.

7. #catladyproblems

Last week, it was all about my poor Penny Lane and her big surgery. She is doing so much better! Thank you all for the well wishes and prayers for my furry little angel.

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I’ll bet that with all the quick takes that are sprouting up on Conversion Diary this weekend, you might find another mention or two of Pope Francis!

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7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol 21: Cat Lady Problems Edition


Once again, I’m way behind. Perhaps I should have given up blogging for Lent after all. It’s been…well, it’s been Lent around here, that’s all I can say. Sorry I’m so far behind. Here’s a meme to make up for it.

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1: Poor Penny!

We’ve had a trying week in the Fletcher home. Last Friday, our beloved cat, Penny Lane, went in for an appointment to check out a bruise on her belly and the vet found 2 tumors: 1 on one of her mammary glands and 1 in her armpit. Penny and I have been together for nearly 11 years, so I was crushed, to say the least. We set up an appointment to have the tumors removed Monday, and I proceeded to go home and bawl my eyes out….while Penny, Sylvia and I shared a Fish & More combo from Long John Silver’s.

Penny’s surgery went just fine, but she was miserable when she got home Monday afternoon! I couldn’t find our soft cone we bought when Sylvia chewed her stitches out, so I bought Penny a new one at PetCo. I have raved for years about the simple wonder that is the soft cone, so I didn’t mind paying $32 for an easy way to keep Penny from taking out her stitches. It wasn’t exactly like the one we had before, but I figured it was close enough.

2. The Cone of Shame

The cone I bought at PetCo was so darn complicated and downright HEAVY that I couldn’t get it on Penny without holding her down and hurting her. It didn’t take me long to give up on the new cone and start panicking. Visions of Penny Lane laying lifeless with her insides spilled out kept flying through my head and my chest started to tighten up.

Let me just take a moment to wonder why it is that anytime I worry these days, I go straight into flip-the-truck-out mode and turn into an asthmatic? Good grief!

So, anyway, I’m looking for the old cone again, even though we’ve scoured the house 3 times over, and I see my sewing machine cover in the closet.

Which makes me remember that my old sewing machine is still in my trunk, waiting to go to the thrift store. With its vinyl cover on it.

And here’s some sparkly pink princess fabric.

And a shoelace.

And these mad sewing skills of mine.

TA-DA!

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I know, I know! It’s so fabulous, you almost don’t notice the hideous wound where they scooped out a chunk of poor Penny’s belly!

But how does it compare to Sylvia’s cone?

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You may not believe this, but they both scowled like that on their own. I didn’t have to provoke them in any way to get them to glare at me like that. Aside from, you know, putting the cone on.

I also want to note that PetCo refunded the full amount of the cone with the receipt and packaging. I was afraid there would be a fuss since, well, the cones are only used temporarily and I wasn’t able to take it back until a few days later, but there were no questions asked. So, thank you, PetCo!

3: You can’t go to the casino during Lent!

But I sure thought about it when the vet called me with the results of Penny’s biopsy! A mammary tumor in a cat is pretty much a death sentence. They are very rarely benign, and even if you remove all of the cancer, they don’t typically live very long. Against all odds, Penny’s biopsy came back benign! However, because that is so rare, they’re going to run it again on another piece of the tumor just to be sure. So far, though, it looks REALLY good!

4: Is the Pope Catholic?

Now that Penny Lane is on the mend, I can get back to watching all of the news from the Vatican whilst doing this number…

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…while the media is incredibly confused as to why, with the conclave so near, we haven’t had a single televised debate. This is a fight for power, right?

Just kidding! I’ve been getting my papal news exclusively from….

5: Ray of SUNSHINE

Raymond Arroyo is my new favorite person. If you’re not getting your news from The World Over on EWTN, well, no wonder you’re disappointed. I’ve been catching up on my YouTube app on X-Box just every chance I get. Ray and crew are at the Vatican so that they can provide us with the very best coverage possible, and folks, that costs a little more money than usual. So, if you have a dollar or two to spare, maybe you could put EWTN between your gas and electric bill? It’s ever so nice to have news from a Catholic perspective, especially when it comes to the conclave!

Did you know that EWTN is provided 100% free of charge to cable companies? They operate exclusively on donations. Of course, that begs the question: why does my (former) cable company only include EWTN with their premium packages?

6: Giving Up

I’ve given up a fair few things for Lent. Adding additional meatless days to the week and going meatless for lunch hasn’t been too awful. I’ve messed up a few times, but made up for it for the most part. Avoiding alcohol and doing without my smartphone have been annoyances, but nothing that I’m having withdrawals from. I had considered having my nails removed (I keep them as perfectly manicured as I can) but decided not to. However, Scott was laid off this week (he’s an ironworker, it happens, we’re fine) and it just didn’t seem right to spend money on my nails right now, regardless of how bad they look. If we have some money left over, shouldn’t we be giving alms?

So, now we’re getting down to the things that matter. Alms-giving, prayer, fasting. Fasting from food–or the things that we gorge on. Such as TV, and I’m not talking about EWTN. I spend way too much time “relaxing” and watching my shows on Netflix. Giving up TV would mean so much more than giving up meat.

There’s only a few weeks of Lent left, but it’s not too late to get things right.

7: We Are Catholic

I saw this on Catholic Cravings the other day and thought it was worth sharing!

Have a great week and enjoy more quick takes at Conversion Diary!

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