Comments: Quick Takes

Re #4 - sadly, yes. Some nasty professor gave me a bad grade on a paper in college solely based on the double space after periods. I was so furious. That is the way we were taught to do it, it was the RIGHT way with typewriters. I thought it would be hard to fix, but now I'm totally used to it.

Re #1 - that sounds like a fabulous tea. Next time we go, I'll have to hunt it down. I had been thinking we might go before Christmas, but not in the first trimester. We'll see our friend again someday.

Re #7 - post if you do, I'll be curious. I can't see fasting while pregnant - then again, maybe morning sickness is kind of like an enforced fasting, or something worse.


Posted by Jennifer at November 14, 2008 04:28 PM

What kind of fast do you mean?

For Yom Kippor my husband and I try to not eat or drink anything from sun down to sun rise. We usually end up breaking a bit early, but we really do try. The kids however, are exempt. In fact the sick, the elderly, the young, the pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt.

From the Jewish viewpoint, I think fasting is a very good thing to do. I moan and groan about it with my friend Meryl during Yom Kippor, but it does hit the right note spiritually. We just get a bit grumpy at the end.

Posted by Sarah G. at November 14, 2008 10:43 PM

Ooops! that's sun down to sun down. It works out to being 25 hours.

Posted by Sarah G. at November 14, 2008 10:44 PM

#1 - I am SO trying to develop a love for tea, but it keeps not working. I always end up feeling so crushingly tired that I'm terrified to drink anything less caffeinated than coffee.

#3 - Ouch. I am so, so sorry. Sleep deprivation makes everything tough.

#5 - Yes.

#7 - Hmm. Good question. I just figured out what Advent was about halfway through Advent last year, so I hadn't thought about it. Let us know what you do!

Thanks for participating!! Loved your quick takes.

Posted by Jennifer (Conversion Diary) at November 14, 2008 11:42 PM

Oh, that tea sounds delicious!! Is that the Fortnum's that Mrs. Pumphrey used to send hampers to "Uncle James" Herriot?? I see they're online and ship internationally!

Posted by Kim at November 17, 2008 09:12 PM

(2) You have my sympathy. My son does the same thing at the beginning of every new week. "What?" he says, as though he is shocked -- SHOCKED -- that I planned on having him do school. Again. (Didn't he just do that last week? What was the weekend if not the beginning of No School Ever Again?) Then the moaning and groaning commences.

That's usually when I consider dumping my scalding hot tea all over my own head, because it would numb the pain the school-related whining causes (but I can never bear to waste perfectly good Tazo Chai like that).

Posted by Jamie at November 18, 2008 10:26 PM

Don't drink the Kool-aid! says the woman without a cell phone. :)

We don't usually fast during Advent, but I'm pretty sure we have a few times, and I'm thinking about doing it again. I don't think it has to completely interfere with Christmas parties that take place before Christmas though. My (Anglican, not Catholic) priest told us that when you're fasting, but you're a guest, you can take what the host offers you. Because not taking it is drawing attention to your fast, and imposing it on your host. So, I think it's possible to make your fast a home fast, without making it a public fast. (And then, of course, being restrained in public. Taking what's offered, but not taking more.) Maybe that would work for you?

Posted by Jessica Snell at November 20, 2008 11:49 AM