Lent is here. If you haven’t already gathered by now, we Ortizes dig Lent. Perhaps it’s because we’re natural melancholics, but we gravitate to fasting and purging and all that.
I’m not sure how many people there are who jump up and down, yelling, “Yippee!” when Ash Wednesday rolls around, but we’re among them.
Want to see our newest purchase? The latest and greatest gizmo in our house?
I know you do.
It’s a phone!
Land of the Luddites here: I’ve decided to chuck my cell phone.
I realized the other day that I don’t leave the house by myself except to go shopping—even in the summer. If I did go far by myself, my husband would necessarily be stuck at home (one-car family) and therefore I could borrow his phone.
Then I discovered the existence of cheap home phone plans, and, voilà! Sold.
Bonus: All that cell phone radiation won’t be scrambling my brains.
The majority of yesterday was spent cleaning up our office.
It all started when I decided to purge our bookshelves in a Dave Ramsey effort to get a bit of cash by selling some books. When a bookaphile starts taking books off her shelves, things can get a little messy.
My sitter watches Ben on Thursday and I ought to have been working. But I can’t work in a mess. So I got to work, with the happy caveat of, ”I’ll stop at 10.” That soon became, “I’ll stop at 11.” Then, noon. Then, 12:40—I had a doctor’s appointment. Came back, relieved my sitter, and still had more to do.
Around 3:30 or 4, the office was done: Rearranged, cleaned, pictures back on the walls, and dry-erase boards up. Plus, we now have a work space for the kids. School, here we come.
Do you know how hard it is to let go of books?
News flash: I’m on Ravelry now. I haven’t done much with it except to cry over the beauty of Ginny Sheller‘s project notebook. However, I have great ambitions of trying my hand at knitting again. Crocheting is my thing; it makes intuitive sense to me and is less frustrating than knitting—I drop stitches like nobody’s business. But some things just don’t look as nice crocheted.
I’d like to try making my first sweater. I have plenty of leftover yarn for making Mimi a sweater for next winter, making said experiment a low-cost one. I’ll keep you posted when and if I get started.
Things are going well over at Real Housekeeping. I have plenty of submissions to keep me hopping in my editorial role. Not surprisingly, keeping up with email is the hardest part of my job. Even my poor contributors have to wait a few days for me to catch up and respond.
But it’s good. I’m enjoying the increased correspondence and the chance to chat up all things writing. I feel blessed in this new endeavor; even if it never becomes financially solvent, I will always be grateful for friendships I have with the RH women.
I’ll end with a plug for my latest CatholicMom.com post. Pray for the people of Central African Republic!
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