Thursday, January 27, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday, Volume 13

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Why can't I ever just get the flu? I don't go to the doctor because they've ALWAYS told me, "No, it's not X, it's a virus." Well, this time I was SURE it was the flu. It came on quickly, it hit me hard, and I had a fever, which never happens. Normal temp for me is 97 degrees or below (about 36 C in the rest of the world) and I was running 99.

What did the doctor tell me? "It's a flu-like virus." Dang it. I guess it's good that I avoid the real pneumonia, streptococcus, plague, and flu, but good grief.

I didn't write that for pity. I wanted to explain my blogging absence, I'll be back on schedule after today. Thanks for sticking with me through this and I'm sorry I didn't have any new material for you!

This is also why I posted this a little early.

My sisters are two of my favorite people on Earth. Not only are they my sisters, but they find the COOLEST musicians. I have decidedly poor taste in music, so I trust them and my parents to find music for me. Well, they've done it again:

Boyce Avenue - I don't know if this is their modus operandi (I've been watching a lot of NCIS while in the sick bed. I didn't say I had good TV taste, either), but they cleaned up Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," which made me grin.

I used Ms. Perry's song about losing her virginity (in a sci-fi fit of celestial tumbling) in our first TOB class as an example of the world making sex look like a rite of passage. It was wonderful to listen to this young man turn the song into something much more meaningful. Take a listen, all the way to the end so you can see some other videos. Hint, he changed the first words to "I think you're pretty without any make-up on." Swoon.


God blessed me with two wonderful parents who don't mind a daughter who can't do anything for herself for 48+ hours. My mom works from home, so she was with me throughout my plaguepisode as I reverted to infant-hood. She brought me water (oh my gosh, the amounts of water I've had this week...), soup, tissues, wet head cloths, medicine, and motherly forehead touching like only a mother can.

My daddy kept up with me through text and email, confirming that I was alive and trying to make me laugh. He usually doesn't have to try to make me laugh, but I think the flu messed with my brain. Every word I read or heard was Iroquois to me.

I'm blessed to have such loving parents whom I Love back very much.

The 21st century is in want of a sarcasm font. What if, when g-chatting or IMing (if people still do that), we surround our sarcasm with ^these^ to represent the obligatory eyebrow lift when you just can't hold back the smile at your own facetiousness. Thoughts?

Calling all college students (Katie, pass this on):

The lovely Ms. Rebecca has done it again. She raked up the life knowledge she's accumulated since graduating from college and compiled a spiritual survival guide for college ladies (and gentlemen, if you don't mind stretching a few of the points).

If you have a daughter, niece, granddaughter, sister, or friend who is in college and may need some friendly advice from a young woman who lives a fashion forward life while remaining chaste, modest, and in God's back pocket, pass on this link.

Life is Not a Romantic Comedy

This was one of those weeks it was tough to remember that Emil Daddy and Joan Marie are really gone. I don't want to violate my great uncle's privacy by posting a picture of him with his wife. However, here is a very old (and very cute) picture of my dear grandfather and the grandmother I never met but for whom I was named:

I got her dimples too. These two are so gosh darn cute.


vitaconsecrata said...

I hope you feel better soon! I missed you!

Lianna said...

Wow! That version of Teenage Dream is amazing and so sweet!! Thanks for posting this!

Spence Ohana said...

Great quick takes! Sorry you've been sick. I know what you mean, I can't count how many times I've brought my kids to the pediatrician SURE they are sick with something really bad - and for them to tell me it's just a virus and it'll pass. Sigh. :)

Loved that acoustic cover! And great pics of your relatives!

Liesl said...

I've often thought that we need a sarcasm font as well. IM and what not just don't always allow for italics and what not. And I've often had sarcasm taken the wrong way... even by people who know that I am a veeery sarcastic person!

Hope you feel better!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks Ladies!

Oh my GOSH. Exciting discovery! If you have read my post about "Lucky," this is another to add to the same category. It's another by Boyce Avenue. I'm detecting a little Christianity floating around their songs, with each one I listen to. Mmmm, Alejandro, lo encanto.

Elizabeth said...

So my Spanish is rusty...

multiplemom said...

I stopped over from Conversion Diary and just wanted to say I LOVED the Katy Perry cover! Thanks for sharing it--it's going in as a PS on my 7QTF.

Rebecca@Modestia said...

I'm totally going to do a post on my blog about this---

But Elizabeth the 'Teenage Dream' song/video is a classic case of "Don't Judge a Book by it's Cover!" A famous Catholic friend of mine used to date the guy that was in Katy Perry's video...and he was an abusive jerk! makes me so mad to think that there are women out there pining over this song/the video.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks multiplemom!

Rebecca- I might be misunderstanding you, but I really dislike Katy Perry's version. She tries to make losing your virginity as a teen seem as profound as the love in Ode to a Grecian Urn... when that is just not true.

Billy Atwell said...

That Teenage Dream rendition was amazing. He's got one amazing voice! Here I go getting addicted to a song again....

Last time it was Francesca Battistelli's "Beautiful, Beautiful"

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for that video, Billy! That was beautiful! I'm going to have to get some of her music!

Nichole@40daysof said...

#5 is a great idea. But I have no clue how to make something like that happen. I think you need to sell it to the kids you are teaching. :)

Calah said...

A sarcasm font! You're brilliant. I can't tell you how many misunderstandings I've had over that. What a great plan! Maybe we should all just start doing that and it'll catch on.

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