7 Quick Takes: 5/31/13 The One Where Megan Decides She Doesn’t Like Computers

I can’t believe that it’s already May 31st! Time sure does fly by doesn’t it?? I’ll be honest, not much actually happened this week, at least nothing exciting….but, I’ll share with anyone willing to read! Here we go….

1.) I spent a wonderful Memorial Day on Monday with my family, in remembrance of my paternal Grandfather, an Air Force veteran, and my maternal Grandfather, a firefighter for 40+ years. We cook out, play yard games, eat too much food, and watch some baseball. We always make it a point to watch the Memorial Day Concert on PBS….they air it the Sunday night before Memorial Day…and it never fails to move me to tears. I’d like to say thank you again to all of our active duty and retired service men and women, and those who paid the ultimate price………

2.) By Tuesday I was back to work. Before I tell you about that, here is a little back story for you. Last week at work, my hard drive crashed on my computer. This was a non issue, because I was covering the front desk, meaning I didn’t need my computer because I was using the one up front….keep in mind however that mine did in fact crash……… I tried the whole “Turn it off and back on again” thing. It seemed to work at first. I got to the “bio” screen (it said “DELL” in big letters) and then I got a blue screen with some kind of code that I didn’t understand. I turned it off again and turned it back on…this time; a big fat nothing. Black screen, no “bio” screen, no blue screen….absolutely nothing.

3.) Like I said, non issue because I was covering for another secretary and used her computer while she was gone. I love working the front desk, and answering the phones. I consider myself a people person and love being able to talk to the people from our church, and our district. Now, I do answer phones even when I’m not covering the front, so I get to interact with lots of people throughout the week.

4.) We had some pretty massive storms head through our area on Tuesday night this week, a few tornadoes touched down near us, leveling some houses and damaging a few schools. Nothing quite as bad as Oklahoma, but pretty scary nevertheless.

5.) By Thursday, my computer was back (Yay!!), however, it is brand new, and needed most everything re-installed. No biggie. I don’t mind taking an hour to re-install what needs to be re-installed. As long as I’m able to that is. There were a few things that I wasn’t able to re-install because my administrative rights need to be reset….again no-biggie.

6.) Here’s where things get interesting (read: weird, funny, just plain odd). I started working on a pretty good sized project; Brochures that contain maps, descriptions of classes, staff lists, all kinds of information. Printed in color, on special paper….you get the idea right? Big project. I went to print off a sample for approval. I went to printer settings to print two-sided and in color. Everything was in Spanish. EVERYTHING! You know the scene in Toy Story 3, where they reset Buzz and he goes into Spanish Mode? That’s what it felt like. All I could do was laugh out loud at how crazy it was, and follow the little pictures as best as I could to get the right settings. When I took Spanish in middle school, they certainly didn’t prepare us for this! I had no idea what anything was saying, but I know the settings pretty well, and like I said the pictures helped!

Ole! 
7.) I decided on Thursday, that I’m incompetent when it comes to computers. I can use them just fine, but if something goes wrong I rely on our IT guys…and God bless ’em because they have to deal with me. I have a friend that builds his own computers, and when he used to tell me about it I would get lost in all the tech talk. I don’t understand computers; I can turn one on, do the work I need to do, write a blog post, send some e-mails…..but if something goes wrong I’m completely helpless. So, (very, very) long story (not so) short. I’m not a technical person, but God bless those who are!!
Sorry for the long, rambling post today, and to think, I said I had nothing to share! So much for that huh!? 
Go see Jen and the others for less complain-y Quick Takes…before you go, be sure to check out my Contact Me page up at the top! I’d love to get to know you guys. Send me an e-mail, leave a comment! 
Enjoy your weekend! 
Blessings, 
Megan

The Pin Tester Movement

If you are anything like me, you have boards on Pinterest full of things you want to try right? You see it, say to yourself  “I’m going to try that! I can do it!!” and you never actually get around to doing it….I know I do! Well, I decided to join “The Pintester Movement” and finally try out one of those many pins that I said I would try. Here’s how it went.

I saw this pin on Pinterest for homemade Cheeze-It crackers.

via: http://shopgirlmaria.blogspot.com/2013/02/homemade-cheez-its.html

I followed the directions to the letter. It was really easy to make, and they were delicious but something was off. They were really moist, and chewy. Not crispy and crunchy like a Cheeze-it. I played around with the recipe a few times, changed the type of cheese I used, baked them longer, nothing helped. I honestly don’t know what to do to make them crispy. If you would like to try the recipe for yourself here it is: {with notes from me, Meg, in black}…

YOU WILL NEED:
8oz shredded cheddar cheese (I used sharp aged white cheddar) { Author’s note: I did NOT have 8oz of ONE cheese…I had 3oz of shredded mozzarella, 3oz of shredded colby jack, and I made up the last 2oz using string cheese….}
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 tbs unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp salt
3 – 4 tbs ice water
DIRECTIONS: (These are Shopgirl’s Directions…with my Pictures)


1. First, mix together the shredded cheese,  half of the salt and the softened butter. (I used sharp aged white cheddar cheese, but you can use whatever kind of cheese you like. I shredded my own cheese just because I think it has better flavor and melts better, but you can use pre-shredded too to save some time!) Add in the flour and mix until the dough looks like little fluffy clumps. Then, with the mixer running begin adding the ice water and mix until a soft dough forms. (use as much ice water as you need for a dough to form).
2. Divide the dough in two, form each into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes. Then, roll the dough out on a floured surface into about an 1/8 inch thickness and using a fluted pastry cutter, cut the dough into about 1 inch squares.
Meg’s Corner Shelf
3. Preheat your oven to 375 deg F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper {if you don’t have parchment paper, don’t sweat…silicone baking sheets work great}. Transfer your little cheez-its onto the parchment paper, make a hole in the center of each with a toothpick, then sprinkle them with the rest of the salt. Bake for about 7 – 10 minutes (baking time will depend on your oven, just watch them carefully so they don’t burn!), or until they have puffed up and the edges begin to brown. Let cool before eating. {…or don’t let them cool…they taste great right out of the oven.}
Meg’s Corner Shelf
Even for turning out really soft,chewy, and bigger than I imagined, they still had great flavor and are amazing right out of the oven! I wouldn’t necessarily call this test a fail, but I don’t feel right calling it a win either. So it’s  a draw….a very tasty draw. Try it, you just might like it. 
Now I want to urge you to pick a pin from your boards and get to testing! You might just find that you love whatever it is you try! Don’t worry if you fail, or if it isn’t what you expect join the movement, and test those pins!
Check out the Pintester for more…well, pin testing! Have fun testing!! 
Blessings, 
Megan

p.s Go ahead and give me a follow if you like! I write about just about anything you can imagine. Sewing, cooking, books, movies…….

We Remember

Happy Memorial Day to you all!

Today we pay tribute to the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, and we say thank you to those still fighting today. My heart breaks for those that lost a loved one to war, and also for those whose loved ones come home forever changed. PTSD has become a huge problem in this country, and one that is often overlooked in the wake of soldiers returning home.

Please allow me to say “Thank You”. Thanks for your service and dedication to this country! God bless you all!

Blessings to you on this Memorial Day, 
Megan Marie

7 Quick Takes: 5/24/13

Happy Friday!! It is so good to be home! I know I said that last week, but it’s been a glorious week at home! I was able to get back to work, and things are semi-normal around here. So, lets get to it shall we?

We shall,

1.) Please pray for my sweet mama, she and dad spent about 6 1/2 hours in the ER on Saturday after just getting home from vacation. Turns out mom has an enlarged/enflamed gall bladder, and it causes her some pretty severe pain. We think that dairy is her trigger food, so the ice cream we had Saturday night may be what sent her to the hospital. She also has some gall stones that they can’t really do much about…but praise the Lord she’s gone a week without an attack!

2.) My prayers go out to the folks in Oklahoma. What devastation, and heartbreak as they try to locate loved ones, and pick up the pieces. I can’t even begin to imagine what the mix of emotions must be. We were out to dinner Monday night, our whole church staff that is, and one of our pastors was on the phone trying to contact his family….in Moore Oklahoma. All through dinner and dessert he kept calling to find out how they are doing, they are doing fine, their homes are okay and they are safe. A friend of mine has a brother in law and sister in law in Moore, and they lost everything they own. That shows you how unpredictable these storms can be, and how powerful they are…but our God is greater. He will provide, He can comfort, and He gives peace.

3.) One of the best parts of my job, is getting in contact with parents to let them know that their children have received scholarships for church camp. The parents are always SO SO SO excited to finally send their kids to camp, and it really just makes my day! I e-mailed them all today to let them know, and even though I didn’t have anything to do with the approval of their applications, I’ve been getting thank you e-mails in return, from some crazy happy people! It makes my day to know that these kids get to go to camp, and their parents don’t have to worry about the financial burden. I seriously LOVE my job!

4.) I found some waste canvas this week at the craft store and let me tell you, I was pretty excited! Do you know what this means?! I can embroider on my quilt now! You know I’m doing the bookshelf quilt…..? Well, now I can embroider titles, flowers, golden snitch(es), sorting hats, Mockingjays, a colonial house, a french flag….the possibilities are endless, but I also just increased my workload. It’s totally worth it!

5.) I’m running out of things to say, so here is another picture from my trip to Disney

This is me with Lady Tremain, Drizella, and Anastasia. They are better known as Cinderella’s step mother and step sisters. Let me tell you, they are freakin’ hilarious! They interact so well with the crowd. If you are planning a trip to Disney and you find yourself in Magic Kingdom make it a point to meet these three. They are wonderful, you will have so much fun interacting with them!

6.) In one of my posts I talked about how I was going to use a Smash Book as my vacation scrapbook, remember?? No, that’s okay. I talked about it, and that is what I ended up doing. I even took the book with me so I could work on it on the road. I also took it into the park with me and used it as an autograph book. It worked out great. I was able to just add my pictures when I got home, and now I have a complete scrapbook. I’ll do a post on it soon, I promise!

7.) Another picture:

I seriously LOVE the Smash Book, I was able to work on it in the car. Yes, IN. THE. CAR! I didn’t do any of the writing in the car, but adding maps, and brochures, and other odds and ends was really easy to do in the car….and the hotel….and the boardwalk….and Downtown Disney….you get the idea. It travels well, and you can work on it wherever and whenever you like! I even went back to the craft store and bought another one for my next trip! 
Go see Jen @ Conversion Diary for more QT’s, and enjoy your weekend!!
Blessings, 
Megan 

Throwback Thursday

Because I couldn’t think of anything better, here’s a little throwback for you……

I don’t know how I stumbled across this little gem, but here I am my senior year of high school on the day of my last marching band performance. One of the happiest days of my life! I loved being in the band, don’t get me wrong, but marching was not fun for me. I loved doing formal, sit down concerts that did not require marching and playing at the same time. Although, I have to be honest, the friends I made through marching band are friendships that will last a lifetime and I thank God for that! 
Happy Thursday guys! 
Blessings, 
Megan 

7 Quick Takes: 5/18/13

I’m BA-ACK!!! I JUST got back into town about two hours ago and hadn’t really planned on posting any quick takes this week….but hey, why not.

 Update, 9:45 PM Saturday: This isn’t a QT, it’s an urgent prayer request…dad just rushed mom to the hospital. She has severe pain on her right side. She can’t breathe very well, and can’t lie down. We are assuming it’s gall bladder, but it may be appendix. PLEASE please please pray for her. We’re all pretty worried around here about what it could be.

1.) I finished my time of prayer and fasting, and our interim pastor will begin on Monday. He will be officially in the office with us on Monday, and I’m looking forward to it. He is a wonderful, Godly man, and a good fit for our church. This doesn’t mean that I will quit praying, it just means that now I’m done fasting.

2.) I was in Florida for 10 days. My dad had a business trip that he (very graciously) took mom and I on with him. His company sent him to Orlando, and put him up in a Disney resort for a week of Continuing Education seminars….sounds fun right? Well, one day he took the entire day off and went with mom and I to Magic Kingdom. Walking in I felt like a 5 year old again….it really was magical!

3.) My father is an amazing man, and a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful ( I really cannot stress this enough…you’ll know why after I tell you) WONDERFUL dad. He got fast passes for us (read: ME) to meet the Princesses. Seriously, I don’t care how old I get I will always be a Disney fan, (which is why I enjoy Dash of Ash‘s blog so much)….so this just made my day. I got to meet Rapunzel, Aurora, and Cinderella. I also met Marie from the Aristocats, Mary Poppins, Mickey Mouse, Princess Tiana, Chip -n- Dale…..and so many more. I had such a great time on vacation with my mom and dad. Just being together for 10 days away from work (at least for mom and I, dad still had seminars).

Rapunzel (and a very sunburned Me)

4.) Mom and I did Downtown Disney, and Disney’s Boardwalk several times while we were down there and it was so fun just getting to hang out with her. My mom is an amazing mother. She is such a wonderful example of how to be a Godly wife and mother, and I thank God every day for the example that she is to me. I love my mom and dad with all my heart, and am SO VERY THANKFUL for the time that I was able to spend with them this week.

5.) I’m going to backtrack a bit now…..
On the first night of our trip we stayed in Blairsville, Georgia. We stayed with my aunt and uncle that live there. It is my Grandpa’s older brother, and boy is he just like grandpa. Grandpa passed away five years ago, and being with Uncle Ernie it was like having Gramps back, if only for a few hours. We had such a good time with them, and hopefully they will make it up to Michigan sometime in the fall so we can see them again.

6.) We also made a stop in Savannah, and it was GORGEOUS! I really loved that city. We stayed in the Historic District just blocks away from Paula Dean’s The Lady and Sons and it just so happens dad made us reservations for dinner there that night! It was so yummy!

7.) I really enjoyed being down south. The weather was phenomenal (Sunday in Florida it got close to 90, and in Michigan, it snowed). The people were so friendly, gas prices were lower, and the weather was great! I could get used to being in the south, I loved that is was sunny and warm every day, I loved that you could walk everywhere in Savannah. I loved how nice everyone was….then I came home. I love being home, but when you get used to something, it’s hard to come back. I just left the grocery store where the clerks were rude, they cut you off in the aisles, and to top it off; it’s cold here!

Really though, I had a great time on this trip and am so thankful that mom and I were able to go with Dad, but I am really REALLY glad to be home. After a while you just want to be home and we finally are. I have lots of stories to tell, pictures to show, and memories to last a lifetime!

Enjoy what is left of your weekend! Oh, and go see Jen for more Quick Takes! 

Blessings,

Megan

and another picture for good measure

Marie!

7 Quick Takes: Travel Edition

Happy Friday!! I’m going to get right down to the takes today!

1.) I love love LOVE to travel! I love road trips, and would much rather drive to my destination than fly. I usually take a “car bag” with me, loaded up with everything that I need for the drive, without having to pull it out of my suitcase. My “car bag” is usually my Vera Bradley Laptop Backpack. (seen here in Plum Crazy)

I load this baby up with books, snacks, cough drops, band-aids, sun screen, any tech-y thing that I may need. Sunglasses, you name it! This is the perfect travel bag! 
2.) I read in the car….and have been known to finish a few books while on vacation. I love it, but I have to pace myself so I take ONE book and my Kindle. This year my one book will be Les Miserables, and everything else is on my Kindle. Some of the titles on my Kindle are: While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, Code Name Verity (as recommend by Janssen), The Heiress of Winterwood just to name a few. 
3.) When on a trip I take tons of pictures. I don’t do anything with them right away though. I’ll take 5 of 10 pictures of the same things from different angles, different perspectives, or different light. I clean out the camera at the end of the day. The ones I don’t like I delete and the ones I do like I’ll upload to the computer that night and get them off my memory card to create more space for the next day. This method has always worked for me…and depending on the length of my trip I could get prints at Walgreen’s each day if I wanted to. 
4.) I pack light. I pack (depending on the length of the trip) 4-6 shirts, 5 pairs of pants, 4-5 cardigans or jackets, and 2 pairs of shoes. I can mix and match items to create tons of outfits this way. It makes packing much easier, makes my bag lighter, and gives me room for souvenirs on the way home. If I need to (and have facilities available) I can do laundry in between, but this just makes for a much easier packing situation. 
5.) When I travel, I love having a cross-body purse. It keeps my hands free, I can feel it against my body, and mine holds a ton! I love that I can go to a market and not worry about where my bag is, I can carry packages, and I don’t have to set it down in a restaurant. I love the new Vera Bradley Convertible Cross-Body (seen here in Limes Up)
This is my favorite travel bag! 
6.) Favorite road trip destinations include: Washington D.C, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Boston, and Savannah. 
7.) As always, I’m linking up with Jen and the rest of the crew. Head over to Conversion Diary to check out more Quick Takes!
Have a fantastic weekend, and I will see you again in about two weeks! 
Blessings, 
Megan 
   

Radio Silence

On Friday I mentioned that I would be “un-plugging” for a while, so you won’t be hearing from me. I have a QT post scheduled for this week, but that will be it for me for about two weeks. I am fasting the blog. Giving it up, and using my blogging time each day to pray. This is part of a church wide prayer and fasting. Our pastor is asking that we give up something each day and use the time it would normally have taken us…to pray. Our church is in a transition period right now, where we are looking for a new pastor, as ours was just elected to a higher position in the church and can no longer be in the pulpit. So, the time that I would use in these next two weeks to blog, will be used in prayer and petition. I don’t have a specific way that I am praying, other than that God’s will be done in our church. Somewhere he is stirring someone’s heart, and getting ready to send them our way….we just have to be a faithful people, and trust that he is in control.

So, that is the reason for my upcoming radio silence. I just want to let you all know that I’m fine, the blog will still go on……it’s just that right now, I need to take this time and devote it entirely to prayer. I know you’ll all understand!

When I come  back though, I have some great posts planned so be on the lookout for those!

Blessings,

Megan

(I Would also very much appreciate your prayers!!)

Boys, Bloglovin’, and Books

Hey guys! So I talked a little bit in my last Quick Takes post that I was going to be babysitting for a whole weekend….babysitting 3 young boys. Some of you may be mothers, if you are a mother of all boys let me tell you right now that you are amazing! You deserve your very own mother’s day! Boys are a different breed, they have no inhibitions, no filters, nada! We couldn’t get through a single meal without mention of bodily fluids/functions. Games of “pull-my-finger”, sword fights, Nerf dart target practice (the target being brothers’ heads), and unending video games ruled the weekend. All in all, they were wonderful to watch. They behaved well, and were actually pretty easy. I had a great weekend, and would be willing to watch them again for an extended amount of time.

I’m on Bloglovin’…which means you can follow me! Yay!

Books: This is a sneak peak of my upcoming QT post (look for it Friday as always!) I’ll be talking about road tripping…..and the books I take with me. I usually take my Kindle, and one book. For my vacation this summer I will be taking Les Miserables, and my Kindle that I recently loaded up with some new books.

Code Name Verity as recommend by Janssen

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey which I’ll be reviewing eventually,

and The Heiress of Winterwood which I may also review.

These are just a few of the books I plan to read this summer….do you have any recommendations of books? Quick reads, old stand by’s, summer reads?? I’d love to hear from you!

7 Quick Takes: 5/3/13

It’s Friday!! This may be a quick, rambly post this week. I have had a chest cold/sinus infection/case of death  this week….and it really knocked me around. Instead of complaining, how about I get right to the takes?

1.) I tend to over buy when I get sick….cough drops, teas, kleenex, anything with “multi-symptom” on the box. I won’t take asprin for a headache, but if I’m SICK like this I will buy whatever I think I “need”.

Four bags of cough drops….a little excessive in retrospect….entirely necessary when you feel like death. 
2.) I’m just starting to get to the point where there is less pressure in my chest, but now it’s all in my sinuses which I think is worse….but that’s enough complaining for me! 
3.) Say a prayer for me this weekend. I will be babysitting from Today to Sunday for three awesome boys at my church. I babysit these guys pretty regularly but a full weekend is a new experience for all of us! Usually I watch them for a couple of hours while their mom and dad go to dinner….never for this long all at once! It should be interesting! 
4.) I also have an unspoken prayer request, and at the risk of sounding cryptic I would just ask that you pray that God’s Will be done in my life, and in our church. Thanks so much! 
5.) Spring has finally sprung! My windows are open, the birds are singing, and flowers are in bloom! My small group was able to meet outside on our patio on Wednesday, and we could all finally enjoy the fresh spring air! 
6.) I may have over-glamorized things by calling it a small group….which technically it is (just not church sanctioned). It’s really just a group of ladies all from our church, of all ages, married, single, with kids, without kids….all of us sharing a common bond: Yarn. That’s right, we all knit/crochet. It is a great time of fellowship, so we call it a small group, it’s just not recognized as one! We love it! The kids play outside, we fellowship together, sharing new projects and patterns, laughing, talking over one another….it’s just plain fun! 
7.) This will be my last QT post for a few weeks. I will be going radio silent for a short time….again I hate to sound cryptic but I promise I’ll explain better later this week before I unplug, and definitely check back around the 20th for full explanation!! 
Enjoy your weekend everybody, and thank you for stopping by! Head on over to Conversion Diary and check out all of the other QT’s from this week! 
Blessings, 
Megan