7 Quick Takes

A bunch of miscellany and stuff just too impossible to categorize courtesy Das Schmidt Haus!

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Ready to hear something cool? As in Cool with a capital C? So yeah. I’ve been tapped to speak with Sr. Helena Burns in Peoria on Saturday, February 2, 2013.

{insert a Wayne’s World: I’M NOT WORTHY! I’M NOT WORTHY! impression here}


The talk is being organized by the First Saturday Women’s Group out of Peoria, and Sr. Helena and I will be chatting about forming authentic friendships in the age of social media. Sister will no doubt brilliantly weave in Theology of the Body into her discussions, and I will … I will … hmmm … well, I’m still praying for divine inspiration. Come, Holy Spirit! 

If you are in the Peoria area, come join us for prayer, discussion, and fellowship. Not in the Peoria area? Join us anyway. Many roads lead to Peoria, and I’ll be arriving on I-74. 

Click here for more information on the event. 

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Friday Fun Fact – Did you know Peoria is the oldest community in Illinois? I didn’t until about 2 hours ago. I’m certain knowing this will come in handy one day. Yet another reason to come join the party on February 2! You want to hang in the oldest town in Illinois with me, right?

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So I google-d the phrase “cool with a capital C” to see who I’m ripping off. I found a band called Misty’s Big Adventure with their crowd-favorite, “I Am Cool With A Capital ‘C’. They are an eight-piece band from Birmingham, England, and according to Wikipedia, their music is an “eclectic mix of jazz, lounge, psychedelia, 2 tone, pop and punk.” Oh, and they have a dancing mascot called Erotic Volvo. Intriguing, no?

You know you want to watch Erotic Volvo dance. Do it. Do it now! Click the arrow!

Calgon, take me away to a smokey bar somewhere in Birmingham, England. I want to jam with Erotic Volvo.

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We sure do enjoy receiving Christmas cards and catching up with our friends and family by way of the pictures, jokes, and letters included. But this card from our friend Rita may take the cake. 

Here’s why it’s ironically funny. I actually once introduced myself as “Lisa Schit.” Go ahead, sound it out. Yep. I said “Hi, I’m Lisa Schit!” as I stood all dolled up in a suit and heels, in front of a group of contractors and construction workers. And that, my friends, is when I knew it was time to resign from my job and go home to change “schitty diapers.”

Sorry, I can’t even stop myself.

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Did you see this story in the Wall Street Journal about the couple who recently returned to the Waldorf-Astoria in celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary? Mr. and Mrs. Sussingham honeymooned there in 1952 for $21 a night. Now get this, the hotel has a little-known policy that honors past room rates for couples returning for milestone anniversaries … with proof of purchase, of course. Mr. Sussingham unbelievably still had their receipt, so he and his bride stayed once again for $21/night. And how many dollars would you or I have to drop to stay in the same room today? $3,450. 

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Interested in learning more about Opus Dei and St. Josemaria Escriva? Head over to CatholicMom.com and check out my recent post about the “St. Josemaria Escriva App.” I’m hosting a giveaway of the app, too — a 14.99 value! It really is loaded with good stuff. Read all about it, and then enter before midnight, PT, on December 23 to win (post/giveaway here).

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Thanks to a blizzard dropping 12+” of snow here in central Iowa this week, we had a welcome opportunity to watch a few movies and bake a few Christmas treats. Now DON’T make this peppermint bark. And whatever you do, REALLY DON’T make these peanut butter balls. Just come on over to Das Schmidt Haus and eat ours. Please. They are really good and my self-control is really weak.

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  1. says

    So happy to have you in Peoria in February!

    And funny you should have a QT about St. Josemaria too because he is kind of the inspiration behind the purpose of our group, to help women “seek holiness in everyday life.”

    Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

  2. says

    Lisa, so looking forward to your visit to Peoria (again!)

    I’m an Ohio native, and we call the peanut butter balls “buckeyes.” I haven’t made them yet, partially because I know that I have a tough time resisting!

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