Monday, March 19, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday (On Monday)

ONE: Is it summer already?  No?  It's just mid-March!?!?  I've worn shorts a couple of times this week.  And I even turned the AC on (more than once).

TWO:  March is filled with family birthdays: my brother-in-law, my Godson, a (couple) of cousin(s), and last--but certainly not least (to me, anyways!)--my hubby's!  (I feel like I might even be missing a couple of people's birthdays . . .  And, of course we have a backed up pile of gifts sitting in our apartment.)

THREE:  I was lucky to be able to attend the Catholic Consignment Sale in Ashburn, VA.  A good friend and I (and Catherine too!) made the trek out there for some good deals.  I am pretty happy with my haul!  Everything looks new or very gently used.  I got all of this for less than 25 bucks:
Stride Right gym shoes, 2 Old Navy swim suits, Old Navy yoga pants, skirt, and dress, a sweater from
Gymboree, sandals, pj's, flashcards, sippy cups, and a set of play dishes that Catherine
won't put down pretty much round out the trip.  

FOUR:  I've been crocheting a variety of flowers this week, but my big project is this baby blanket I started.  I love this yarn!  I am also really liking the stitch pattern with the color variation.

FIVE:  I miss treats from the break room at work.

SIX:  Catherine has just begun to have an opinion on what she wears.  Unfortunately, her favorite items of clothing seem to be her pajamas.  She may have worn them for an entire day or two this week . . .   The other day I picked out a shirt and here's how she matched it with bottoms:

Shirt, skirt, pants, and a (hair) scarf round out her stylish garb.
And she managed to snag my phone.

SEVEN:  In honor of St. Patrick's Day:
I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgment Day.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.
I bind to myself today
God's Power to guide me,
God's Might to uphold me,
God's Wisdom to teach me,
God's Eye to watch over me,
God's Ear to hear me,
God's Word to give me speech,
God's Hand to guide me,
God's Way to lie before me,
God's Shield to shelter me,
God's Host to secure me,
   Against the snares of demons,
   Against the seductions of vices,
   Against the lusts of nature,
   Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
      Whether far or near,
      Whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false prophets,
Against the black laws of heathenism,
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of women, and smiths, and druids,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort, [i.e., at home]
Christ in the chariot seat, [i.e., travelling by land]
Christ in the stern. [i.e., travelling by water]

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.



  1. Yay - I'm glad you got good stuff at the sale! I was sorry to miss you guys too. We'll have to get together another time.


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