#1. SNOW DAY. I don't mind it, but I believe we in the Northeast are getting a bit liberal about doling out the snow days. It was snowing lightly most of the morning, but back in the old days, we would definitely have walked to school if it was open! (in bare feet, three miles, and sometimes home for lunch and back)
#2. Pretzels. If you know anything about me from reading this blog, it is that I love baking. Especially on snow days. But since it is Lent, it doesn't feel quite right to bake sweet goodies. So to quell my baking urges, I've made pretzels! The kind that look like arms folded in prayer. Here is a recipe from Pillsbury that I used. Instead of egg whites, I just sprinkle the salt on them after removing form the boiling water. Then after eight minutes in the oven, brush with 2T. melted butter. Two more minutes in the oven to brown them up and after removing from the oven, brush any butter that is left over the tops. Buttery goodness! (By the way, the addition of the butter was from a recipe on the back of a flour bag... not my own... though I am not complaining!)
#3. Finances. One of my goals for the new year was to get our budget/finances in order, if possible. Someday in the future, I will probably need to go back to a paying job. I just don't know who would want me. By that time I will be a fifty-year-old who's been out of the work force for almost thirty years and who was only in the work force for about three years to begin with, not counting high school and college jobs. I'm thinking with my earning potential, I'd be better off pinning my hopes on the lottery!
#4. Lent. Trying hard to do the 40 Bags in 40 Days project. So far so good. It is a good way to purge the house of un-needed and unwanted "stuff". I can't say I get rid of bagg a day, but I think I will hit the forty mark by Holy Week.
#5. Maintaining. Yes, I remain as caught up on the laundry as one can be in a household of nine! (see last week's quick takes)
#6. Girls. Hannah's got four friends here playing right now. It is taking the five of them an hour to make a decision as to what to do next! At the risk of sounding like I stereotype my children... I find that the boys will just do and join in. Very little discussion. Girls need to discuss. Everything. But, judging from the laughter and lively voices coming from the room where they are, the discussing has paid off.
#7. Wedding Plans. Still a few items to cross off the list, but doing well.
The wedding gown should be in the shop this week! The bridesmaids' dresses should be in too. But of course, the most important dress, yes Hannah's, the flower girl's dress, is still not completely decided upon.
Tomorrow is Kate and Matt's last session of pre-cana. It was difficult for me to admit, but I did not want them taking pre-cana in our parish. Dan and I have been teaching the class for almost fifteen years. It would be rather uncomfortable for all involved to have them in our class. I think they would have been uncomfortable with any of the other couples as well, since Kate has known them since she's eight years old! I completely understand. Only thing is... I know we have a wonderful program in our parish. I hope that the class they are taking is worthwhile and true to the faith.
Be sure to read more quick-takes to get your weekend off to a fun start.
(I will read them later this weekend myself, because I now have five little girls jogging the loop of my first floor yelling "Fight the fat! Fight the fat!" I think they need an intervention)
Have a great weekend!