7 Quick Takes

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This week was relatively boring at our house. Except that it snowed on Tuesday. Wednesday morning we enjoyed one of the many delights of homeschooling by pushing back the school day an hour and going sledding in the backyard. It was an absolutely perfect morning, bright, cold and clear. There were still some scarlet leaves on the trees, everything was white and glittering and the sky was blue. It was the kind of day I wish I could capture and savor forever. And the kids had a great time with only one episode of tears from snow in the face. It was epic.

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Anyway, because our week was uneventful, I’m filling up my 7 takes with fun stuff from around the internet. Remember when we all took the Myers Briggs? Guess what my friend sent me? It’s awesome. Except I’m Emperor Palpatine. And my husband is Natalie Portman. But still, fun to look at.

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This made me laugh. (Click to enlarge.)

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Here’s a fun grammar test. You know, for us nerdy folks. I did get one wrong – i.e. vs. e.g. I can never keep my Latin straight.

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As did this. Plus the designer is from Minnesota, so that’s cool. Click the picture for the article.

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I found this article to be very interesting. Turns out we Americans aren’t doomed after all. (Maybe.) Click to enlarge.

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Oh yeah, my kid did say something funny this morning. As we were getting dressed he shouted, “Mom! I want to be a black guy today!” Turns out he wanted to wear all black. We start his sensitivity training tomorrow.

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I just spent way more time than I’d like to admit browsing links over at Clan Donaldson and figured I’d join in the fun! (P.S. I am aware that my current fascination with Catholic mommy bloggers seems suspicious. I am not converting. My husband’s career sort of precludes that. Also there are marked differences in Catholic and protestant faiths. But I do love me some Catholic mommy bloggers.)


To everyone who left nice comments and shared my blog about Halloween – THANK YOU!! That was really exciting for me, although I’m sure it’s no big deal for most people who blog. Since this blog is like a little baby (24 posts, y’all) it was pretty thrilling to know that people thought something I wrote was good. You guys rock!


I tried to Google my Halloween post to link it up above by searching “Brieana Smith Halloween” and guess what? Not there. I went through 9 pages of Google results! So I’m now firmly back in my place as unimportant in the world of the internets. Humility is good. Interestingly, I did find a comment I left in 2010 on Amazon about a Latin curriculum on page 2. Seriously, once it’s on the internet it’s there forever.


I need this shirt:


This morning there was a thin layer of ice on my husband’s car when he tried to leave the house. At 9:30am. Last week we had snow flurries. It’s still a week before Halloween. WHERE AM I??


My amazing pastor said this:

I think 50% of our problems are because the world is broken. 40% are because we make dumb choices. 10% are because of spiritual attack.

Find him on twitter here.


Check out Jon Acuff’s FB post about Halloween costumes. Some of those costume ideas are brilliant! My personal favorites: I, II and III John (read the link) and the bumblebee holding a lamb. Behold the lamb.. get it? Lame jokes slay me.


Happy Fall!