7 Quick Takes – Volume 21 (Vacation)

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#7QT from the beach! We’ve had a great time in the sand and the surf. (And taking advantage of child-free moments when we get them.) We’re headed back tomorrow.

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While on vacation,  I met my first blogging friend in real life. We ended up going to 5:00 PM mass at Alison Griswold’s home parish. We connected on Twitter and I found out that she was there too. We met briefly after mass, and got to know each other in real life. We’re both from South Carolina (although opposite ends of the state) so we had a lot to talk about.

It was strange to meet someone in real life, especially someone I have argued with online in the past, when I spend so much effort to be anonymous. But I think for all of us bloggers there is a difference between the blogging persona and the real live person. Blogging gives you such a one dimensional perspective of someone that it’s easy to forget how much you really have in common in real life.

One of Alison’s articles convinced me to go to daily mass.  Because more is better.

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I found this while doing a Google image search.

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Does Planned Parenthood know what causes that? Because, last I checked, it sure ain’t abstinence.

But to be fair, even abstinence has a failure rate…

Fact: 1 in 20,000,000,000 women will become pregnant while abstaining.

For some reason, I don’t think that’s what Planned Parenthood was getting at.

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Have trouble with swearing at work? Enjoy this hilarious guide to clean language in the office. (Warning: NSFW)

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I found this fantastic post from Carolyn Svellinger’s #7QT today.

As someone whose mother DID only have one child, I would have loved a little less adult attention. When you’re the only child you get all the attention and all the pressure.

Most importantly, you never have a sibling to blame everything on.

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All that pressure of being an only child can just turn you into a perfectionist. Here’s a great article about how perfectionism can limit your life.

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Recently we went to a potluck at our parish.

At the potluck, one parishioner happily stated while drinking a beer, “Being Catholic is great! We can drink beer, we can gamble, and we can have as many children as we want!”

I mentioned this to a friend who replied: “Why would anyone want to drink, gamble, or have more than two children?”

I was rather dumbfounded. I’m not sure how to respond to something like this. Ideas?

Update: Right after I posted this, Brandon Vogt randomly put up this a Chesterton quote on Twitter.

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