7 Quick Takes, vol. 148



31 weeks, and…am I still running?…I don’t really know, because I haven’t been able to exercise since Monday. I did run on Monday. Does that count?


Yesterday I was asked twice how I’m feeling this late-pregnancy, and I realized I haven’t acknowledged something important: I am doing much better this time than last. I would never have believed that simple crunches and leg lifts would be sufficient strengthening to ward off the I-can’t-walk-or-support-my-weight pain that followed me all the way through the third trimester last time. I have hints of it, but so far, so good. The other thing that I fought last time was constant nausea, which I also don’t have–but that, my doctor told me, was a result of relaxin in combination with eating too much roughage and grease at the same time. I’m thinking a lot about the grease factor in my meal planning this pregnancy, and it’s really made a difference.


The thing about me and illnesses during pregnancy is that they are kind of like atmospheric blocking. Christian brought that term home from work one day and I thought it applied perfectly. When I’m pregnant and I get a cold, it lasts forever. Usually a cold sweeps through a person’s system, pounding them with symptoms and then clearing out. But when I’m pregnant, I get one symptom at a time, and they last for days. So, from Saturday to Wednesday this week, I had no voice. That time span included Mass with the choir, in which I was half the women, a presentation to the med students on Down’s, and leading choir rehearsal on Wednesday. Grr.


The onset of cool weather means two things: first, I am no longer boiling hot all the time, anymore! Second, I was finally able to cook my pie pumpkin this week. Here’s the recipe I used. Although I haven’t made the pie yet, only the pumpkin. Small bites, folks. Small bites.


Julianna and I went to talk to the med students for the second time this week. I was slightly concerned going in; how could we possibly top the last time? But this time, she waltzed into the room yelling “hi!” and hit the flirtation running. She was awesome, people. Umm…except for that little part where she knocked over the table that had a computer on it.


Last week the post that generated the most conversation was about Christmas shopping. In case others are as interested as I was, I thought I would share that this week I received in the mail a catalog from Heifer, International, which gives you the option of purchasing a whole animal or a share in one to give to impoverished people around the world. They suggested using these as gifts for teachers. I was astonished. What a good idea! I know nothing about this organization–it’s the first time I’ve received this–but I know in the past I’ve gotten catalogs from Food For the Poor along the same lines. I’ve thought of it in terms of donations, but never, never in terms of gifts. Any teachers out there want to weigh in? How would you feel about having something like this given in your name in place of gift cards and cookies and hot chocolate mugs?


Those of you who are fellow bloggers know that there are certain watersheds you’re supposed to celebrate on a blog. Like when you reach your first anniversary, or your fifth, or the biggie: the 1,000th post. I passed that milestone about six weeks ago. You’re “supposed” to give out prizes and host drawings and giveaways and all sorts of stuff. I started thinking about what I would write for that post, and decided that it would be a reflection on numbers and why we’re obsessed with them. Only when the time came, I realized I had much more important things to say. I kept that post on my list for two more weeks, and then gave up. I mean, it’s just a number, right? 🙂

Have a great weekend!

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14 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes, vol. 148

  1. As a med student, thank you so much for going and speaking to the class! We appreciate it so much! Seeing real patients with a disease we’re studying helps us remember why the hell we’re studying so much in the first place! 🙂

    • 🙂 I admit I have a prolife motivation behind it…although special needs advocacy and prolife are all kind of wrapped up together these days. I don’t go in talking abortion; I just want them to have more than a series of Scary Bad diagnoses to pass on to families!

  2. I recently surpassed 100 posts and 1 year of blogging and did absolutely nothing about it. I didn’t really know what to do, it didn’t really seem SO special to me. I’m just happy that people read on comment on what I write.

    Most of the teacher I know prefer gifts in the form of classroom supplies – they usually spend a ton of their own money each year buying markers, paper, etc. so those basic items (especially if you can find out what they use a lot from your children) are most appreciated. I went to school to be a teacher and while I could appreciate the sentiment behind donating in my name, I would prefer donations to the classroom to help my particular students even more. I definitely feel like any donation type gift is better than a personal gift – I don’t really need or want things for me, like gift cards or knickknacks – except for maybe food or homemade gifts from my students.

  3. Yeah, I guess it is just a number, but still: congrats on your 1,000th post!

    We get those catalogs (from Heifer, Samaritan’s Purse) for alternative Christmas gifts, too, and I love for my kids to have the opportunity to browse and select gifts. And I found out last year that you can even add items from those orgs (Compassion, too) to your amazon universal gift list, if you have one.

    If I were a teacher, I would vastly prefer a gift like that than another mug, box of fudge or restaurant gift certificate.

  4. I can never get into blog anniversaries – I have a schedule I like to keep, so I think I’d rather stick with celebrating the end of the calendar year (or even better, school year!). Nevertheless, that is a big milestone, so congrats!

    Also, love Heifer International. My family started donating chickens, cows, and so on each year for our (great)grandmothers. They have everything, and so it was a great idea. Admittedly, as kids, we just thought it was cool to pick out animals. ^_^

  5. i think that seeing and interacting with julianna will cause a lot of those med students to have some pause before recommending or bringing up the abortion issue to their patients who may/may not have a child with down’s syndrome. there was a chance that daniel might have it and they jumped my ultrasound forward three weeks so that there would be time for amniocentisis if the ultrasound showed a sign of it. however, i was against amnio. i was going to take whatever baby i got. in the end, i did end up with a complicated baby but it’s making all those milestones a whole lot sweeter.

  6. Kelley

    For a teacher gift (esp. at at Catholic school) I think Heifer Int. would be a great gift! It totally beats the junk we usually get and I think they would appreciate that families in other places need animals for their livelihood way more than we US teachers need gift cards or supplies. And they are very reputable, btw.

  7. I got the Heifer catalog too. I would recommend looking up different charities to see how they rank up. If the organization spends a big chunk of the donations on advertising and promotions or on their CEO, then they’re not putting those donations where you want them to go. I like Heifer, but personally I give live animals through World Vision instead. Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/) ranks them as one of the best charities. Another favorite is WaterAid.

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