Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Reasons to Eat Chocolate... Now

10.  Because it's there.  Duh... :D

9.  So you're kids won't.  Because the last thing they need is more energy.  Though it IS a very impressive first word to teach your toddler: before the age of 2, Cecilia asked for "Choka?" while Felicity requested "Cachick?" which sounded oddly Russian...

8.  So your spouse won't.  Because this kind isn't their favorite, anyway.  I'm just noting that fact...

7.  For medicinal reasons!

6.  Because you are in the car, and it will melt otherwise.  Wonderfully, you can still drive after consuming it! You can have a big piece at 4 PM, or even 4 AM, daily, and you won't be labeled a "lush."  Fantastic.

5.  To celebrate the release of "The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning."  (Please don't miss the book description below it; it's to die for...)  Honestly, I feared I'd have to write a book like this, because someone had to; I couldn't be happier that it was done through the wit and wisdom of Simcha Fisher!!  Delighted that Catholics now have a realistic, common sense approach to the blessing and cross of honoring God's gift of fertility.  Fantastic.  Can't wait to get a paper copy...

4.  To cope with news like this:  UGH.  A church leader with a $20,000 bathtub.  May God smite him with common sense.

3.  To muse over posts like this, by a blogger I typically agree with.  Because yes, the food stamp system is abused. But no, the principle of subsidiary does not, unfortunately, always work, and some sort of system to help the (truly) unfortunate is needed.  Because humans act like humans and fail like humans sometimes: the "haves" are afraid to give enough, and the "have nots" are afraid and can take too much.  I tend to have a heart for the "have-nots," because I feel it is so easy to be judgmental of a lady in front of you in the grocery line, embarrassed to be using WIC and texting on an I-Phone. Because that lady has been me, and my sister-in-law gave me that phone.  You never know another's circumstances, so let your judgments proceed with gentleness. (Luke 6:37,38)

2.  To celebrate my first calendar appearance!  Yes, in the form of a sad quote, but still!  Today we celebrate both Babyloss Remembrance Day (light a candle with us at 7 PM and wish me luck: I will be giving a presentation to the OB Council at Women and Infants Hospital at that same time!) and the feast of St. Teresa of Avila.  Yep, both on the same day.  Because the Lord is cool like that.  And here's her supremely cool quote:

1.  Because chocolate is one of God's myriad ways of telling us He loves us, and one of millions of proofs that He desires our happiness.  ;)


  1. Wow...that Matt Walsh blog..normally I agree with him, but this one was a bit harsh. I totally agree with you...sometimes people need a helping hand (we've been there too).

    And, I love this post, because I love chocolate and I think I'll go have some now.

  2. Great list! As if I ever need a reason to enjoy chocolate but OK! Thanks for the permission! Now where is that stash of peanut butter snickers?? Stopping by from Many Little Blessings. I'll be joining you in your candle lighting tonight. Prayers for you and your angel!

  3. I am eating chocolate right now and reading your blog:)
    But as for Matt Walsh, I do agree with him, and so far always. And I am saying it, because I grew up in rather poor family, with no toys, and mind you, not even one car, and ...no telephone GASP!!! Yet my parents never, ever demanded, or claimed that they are entitled to something. The apartment was small, and I almost always wore hand me down clothes. I did not go on school trips, and I lacked books for school ( my school did not provided them ). As for food, well there was not a lot of it, and most of the time it was just bread, with butter. So, no I do not think Matt was harsh. He said exactly what I would say if I were more eloquent!

  4. Kinga, you are most entitled to feeling this way! I have such tremendous respect for your family; those of us who have never been without such "necessities" cannot possibly imagine what it was like living under Communism. We whine if we don't have the latest smart phone, let alone a telephone, period!

    I'm a huge Matt Walsh fan as well. Personally, I do feel he failed at some charity--or at least understanding--in that post though. I'm not saying I completely disagree with him (I don't), but there are some situations in this time and place that are not solved by simply relying on hard work, family, and Christian charity. This whole food stamp system is a mess, but there needs to be _something_ to help those who fall into need through no fault of their own; I'm thinking mostly of single moms, not people who "work" the system so that they don't have to work.

    It's a valid point to realize that no, these single moms and their kids would not likely starve without welfare. I guess that's where you start considering that, say, this woman paid taxes faithfully before falling into poverty: her taxes went towards paying for programs that she currently benefits from. So it's not just "stealing," as was implied in the post. Also, society as a whole does benefit from having a system whereby the lower class does not have to widely resort to begging or be more greatly tempting to steal.

    Setting up society is not my forte. :) So in the end, I'm just encouraging people to be charitable at least in their thoughts and judgments. I understand it's absurd, unfair, and utterly frustrating for people who've worked hard for their livelihood to be forced to give to some lazy, selfish people who don't want to put the effort in to improve their situation. I also understand there are people struggling with ill health, under or unemployment, and kids to take care of in a society where cars are usually needed to hold a job, and the bullying and discrimination of those who are poor and have old things is a sad norm. Both are extremely difficult situations to be in for well-meaning people: there are many who are heartily embarrassed to take hand-outs but will do it to improve their kids' lives, health, and well-being, and those who work hard and wonder how they can get by while their money is taken from them for welfare systems. Both situations are very difficult and have unfair aspects to them.