Seven Quick Takes: NO THEME: Just That Dangerous

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Because I want to fit every stereotype of the homeschooling mom blogger, I am not only learning photography, but we are going gluten-free. Next up: random tutorials. OH WAIT I ALREADY DO THOSE.

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Okay, fine, it’s not (just) about my desire to fit in on Pinterest. My husband has been officially diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, an autoimmune disorder. We knew something was up about three years ago when he started having trouble walking, but we chalked it up to an injury. He did have knee surgery late last year, but continues to have chronic, random, and severe pain in his feet, knees, hands, shoulders, etc. I regret the day we decided to buy a two-story house because, basically, when he comes home from work, he can go up and down the stairs exactly one time. Hmm – well, I guess he can make two round trips each day, on a good day. So every evening is a routine of “how are you feeling?” – a question he absolutely loves to be asked every time he walks in the door, I can tell – and then assigning various children to fetch various items from upstairs.

It’s really crappy, basically.

A friend at church also has psoriatic arthritis, and is in fact almost exactly the same age as my husband. He’s experienced significant pain relief since giving up gluten, so now we are slumping towards doing the same thing.

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wpid-20130123_222008.jpgSomehow I just don’t find the prospect of arsenic in my rice all that “Delight”-ful.

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Here is the thing: I love making dramatic changes. Live for it. BREATHE it. Announce the change, be the change, live the change, forget the change because ain’t nobody got time for that. Back to the no-change.

But this change would be different, in that it wouldn’t be just a matter of “your life might possibly be immeasurably better if you succeed at making this entirely optional change!” Instead, we shall have “your husband will experience chronic and incapacitating pain unless you ALL GET WITH THE PROGRAM.”

So – that’s no fun! I liked it better when I was just letting a bunch of marbles gather dust and nobody was the wiser.

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Uh – I said there was no theme, so here’s something random and amazing: a group of ten friends has spent the last 23 years locked in a game of “Tag.”

The game they play is fundamentally the same as the schoolyard version: One player is “It” until he tags someone else. But men in their 40s can’t easily chase each other around the playground, at least not without making people nervous, so this tag has a twist. There are no geographic restrictions and the game is live for the entire month of February. The last guy tagged stays “It” for the year.

That means players get tagged at work and in bed. They form alliances and fly around the country. Wives are enlisted as spies and assistants are ordered to bar players from the office.

“You’re like a deer or elk in hunting season,” says Joe Tombari, a high-school teacher in Spokane, who sometimes locks the door of his classroom during off-periods and checks under his car before he gets near it.

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Also fun: Nic Cage as Everyone.

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Is it too late to write about Christmas? Because I have had a “I Survived Christmas and You Can, Too” post brewing in my head for about, well, a month, and haven’t had time to post it.  I did just find this photo on my phone, which I think perfectly sums up the compromise between High Expectations and Keeping It Real that was key to my staying relatively even-keeled.

It's not even Ocean Spray. It's generic.

It’s not even Ocean Spray. It’s generic.

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  1. GeekLady says

    So, I gotta know: is the off centeredness of the cranberry jelly something you learned in your class? :-)

  2. says

    Hey my hubby has psoriatic arthritis too. Connect with me on fb if you want to swap notes. He’s had it since age 18 (40s now)….

  3. says

    The cranberry sauce picture beautifully expresses the rule of thirds.

    Nic Cage as everyone IS fun!

    I’m glad that here may be something to help your husband’s condition. I know a family where everyone buy dad has celiac, so, naturally, they are gluten-free. The mom finds that the asian market has a lot of things that are compatible with their diet. Dad sneaks out for real pizza every now and again. Good luck!

  4. Suzinoz says

    Have been gluten free for 3 weeks now and feel amazing. A remarkable difference. Also finding that there are so many gluten free options on offer everywhere that the change has been relatively easy. I can only imagine in the USA the selection of gluten free foods would be even greater. Good luck! Hope it works! :)

  5. says

    You know, I think the main thing I’m whining about is that I can’t be half-assed about this. Pardon mon français. I mean, I can’t decide “I am just not dealing with this today, we are going to have Red Baron pizza for dinner.” I guess I can assemble a new repertoire of “don’t feel like cooking” recipes…

    • says

      Sweetie, I’d throw back my head and howl if we had to go gluten free. So you’re doing quite well, comparatively.

      (And the cheese is really good. So you won’t have to give up all delightful foods.)

  6. says

    Hello there! I’m visiting your blog via Bonnie at A Knotted Life. Gluten free is difficult at first, but you can do it! My family has (mostly) adjusted well. One of our favorite sites for great recipes, tips on bread baking is No Gluten, No Problem. Best of luck!

  7. says

    I hope that this diet change will help your husband. More power to all of you!
    And, yeah, that’s my very favorite kind of cranberry sauce. It’s not “jelly” here in NJ 😉 If it doesn’t have “can marks” on it, why even bother? Love y our china!
    I read that WSJ article this week about the game of tag. That is just TOO cool.

  8. Monica says

    I don’t know squat about gluten and dearly pray I never have to know. But I hope it helps Matthew.

    I am really commenting just to say that canned cranberry sauce gives me the heebie jeebies. So does Jello. I am jiggly-food free.

  9. Margaret @ Felice Mi Fa says

    I’ll be interested to hear how the g-free life treats you. Since my own autoimmune disorder developed I have been experimenting with my fuel, going “gluten light” (which basically means switching from beer to hard cider. But I digress…) I now prepare much more of my food at home and I have found I love knowing exactly what it is I’m putting into my body. I feel a lot better. It’s worth the time it takes.