{SQT} Running, Cold Stones On My Face And Chatting With Jen

Seven very quick ones.

Seven Quick Takes

1. Sunday morning I did a 5K run for the first time in almost three years. …without training. The last time I tried jogging was the beginning of September. I managed to run the first two miles before walking a good bit of the third while telling my friend, through my panting,  how I was never, EVER, doing this again. Then we got our free glasses of wine (Wine Run!), did some tastings and suddenly, it didn’t seem too bad.

2. I met the family at our parish’s All Saints Party afterwards. Fulton went as St. George and Teddy went as St. Bartholomew holding his skin and a knife. It was pretty awesome. I didn’t get pictures, but a friend did and if he ever sends me any, and my website stops giving me such grief about uploads, maybe I’ll share them. (Here’s the thing, when your software engineer husband is busy with his two side projects, the kinks in your blog tend to take a bit longer to work out. #firstworldproblems) I don’t think even Teddy could appreciate how great his costume was but I engaged in a lot of high-fiving. (For future reference, khaki pants make great flayed flesh.)

3. Monday and Tuesday I was in a lot of pain.


I’ve had five natural L&Ds, plus once my kidney got painfully swollen (long story), so I can say I was not at a 10 or 11, but I was pretty sure I was at a seven, and saw Jesus coming for me. I spent the day trying not to walk into any bright lights just to be sure. My body is no longer mad at me but I’m going to avoid any more runs in the future and stick with just the drinking wine part.

4. Tuesday/ Wednesday I spent a LOT of time on social media and consequently, in prayer. And that’s all I’ll say on that.

5. I got a massage for the first time in also about three years (2013 was a high point) Wednesday night. It only took me 11 months to use that Christmas gift, but it was totally worth it. I even paid a little extra so they could rub cold rocks all over my face. It was soothing in a “I’m just going to lay here and let my toddler do whatever he wants because I’m exhausted and he’s not actually hurting me.” kind of way.

6. Today is Martinmas! Make lanterns, cut your coat in half and give it to the poor, thank a solider for his or her service to his/her country! We always have friends over and if the weather is good, a bonfire. My husband will also try to rouse everyone into joining him to sing Martinmas songs, which mortifies our children more and more each year as they get older. It’s worth the effort just to watch them squirm. Yay traditions!

7. Thank you to everyone who’s read, shared and supported our orphan hosting thus far! If you want to know more about what we need, please read my post from earlier in the week. 

Bonus: I’ll be on The Jennifer Fulwiler Show on Sirius satellite radio’s Catholic Channel next Friday, the 18th at 2:20 p.m if you care to listen in. To check out a previous appearance where I spoke about how to remain joyful when bad things happen to our kids, catch her latest podcast on iTunes or below. I always have a great time chatting with Jen so I hope you can join us.

How was your week? Write it down then link it up below. Be sure to include a link back to this post so your readers can find the rest of the Quick Takes. I look forward to reading your posts!


  1. Yay for you for doing a 5K! Now sign up for another one–it will hurt less, and then maybe you’ll want to keep going! 🙂

  2. That is the most hilarious description of a cold stone facial massage I have ever heard. It is also the only description of a cold stone facial massage I have ever heard. Hmm.

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