September 13, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday - Vol. 38

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If your bank warns you about a potentially-fraudulent charge on your credit card, it's usually a high dollar amount at a merchant hundreds or thousands of miles away, right? Well, my bank called last weekend to verify that my wife or I really made a purchase in the amount of -- brace yourself -- $12 at the grocery store down the street! I don't know what sent up the red flags on this one. But I couldn't help laughing when the bank called.

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I keep reaching for my belt to touch something that is no longer there. For several years I've worn a Fitbit pedometer. But finally last week I upgraded to the Fitbit Flex wristband which is far more convenient. But old habits are hard to kick. I keep reaching for my belt to make sure the old Fitbit is still there. But of course it isn't. I guess this is similar to those phantom pains that surgery patients have.

My new wrist accessory
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What's the big obsession with Greek yogurt these days? I'm only bringing it up because we happened to have purchased the Chobani yogurt that ended up getting recalled last week. Luckily, our 7-year-old took one taste and immediately knew it was bad and spit it out. Then we heard about the recall later that day. I don't know what's so exciting about Greek yogurt, but it seems to have taken over more shelf space at stores than the regular kind.

Danger: do not eat!

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One of the hardest things to do is love your enemies. Praying for them and forgiving them isn't so easy either. Check out this post I read on September 11. It's a good (and tough) lesson for all of us.

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If you're Catholic and looking to deepen your faith, I'd like to suggest prayerfully considering enrolling in the Brown Scapular as my family and several others did at our parish last weekend. EWTN has a good description online of what this is all about.

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Our enrollment took place on same day the pope called for a day of fasting and prayer for Syria. My wife snapped this picture on the way into the chapel. If that isn't peaceful then I don't know what is.

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Who wants to touch the basket? For years I've been stumped by the book Baby Touch and Feel Pets. My older kid used to "read" it (and eat it), and now our baby has been playing with the book. Each page has an adorable animal on it, and part of the image is textured so you can feel the animal's fur or skin. But what's with this page? Why did they put the textured part on the basket instead of the kitten? Which one would you rather touch?

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  1. I keep saying that I need to try the Greek Yogurt to see what the fuss is about, but right now I'm glad I haven't.

    1. You aren't missing out on anything. It just seems a little thicker/firmer than regular yogurt.