Answer Me This #1

1. What time to you prefer to go to Mass?

  • I actually like late afternoon/evening Mass, but that might be out of necessity because my rarely allows for anything different.

2. Would you rather be too hot or too cold?

  • Cold!  Bring on the layers.  Once it gets above 75 degrees I’m uncomfortable and grouchy.

3. How many brothers and/or sisters do you have?

  • None, I’m a spoiled, selfish, self-centered only child.  I only had one first cousin too, who rarely lived near me.  I ruled my family with an iron fist!  Except for the fact that since there were few to no children to mind my family events were mainly “grown up stuff” i.e. lots of sitting around and talking while I found something to entertain myself with alone.  
  • Seriously folks, being an only is lonely.

4. If you were faced with a boggart, what would it turn into?

  • Probably a snake attacking me while I fell off a really tall rollercoster into really deep water all the while telling me all the ways I’ll never be as good or successful as my friends.

Sweet dreams. 

Thanks Kendra….

5. Barbie: thumbs up or thumbs down?

  •  I had a few, I survived with a relatively secure sense of body image.  I wasn’t really a doll kid, and mainly had them so I had something to take over to my friends house.  I like that there are more realistic dolls on the market now a days and would have killed for an American Girl doll when I was younger.
  • Sadly Barbie is now the better alternative to these

  • And we thought Barbies career choices were limited…

So thumbs, meh?

6. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?

  • “These are the answers to the next 10 questions you will ask yourself:”

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Purple
  4. Sideways
  5. All the time
  6. Knock three times
  7. It’s not your fault
  8. 37
  9.  A papaya
  10. Do the dishes

Linking up with Kendra @ Catholic All Year


    Holy Week Plans

    It’s that time of year again.  You know the time, when I completely loose track of how quickly a holiday is approach and scramble last minute to get things done in a meaningful way.

    This year I’ve been working cut back on my holiday obsession and focusing more on letting our holiday traditions evolve naturally.  I don’t want to end up doing something “just because it was on Pinterest”; rather I want to focus on doing exactly what speaks to our hearts and a big part of this is not trying to do everything.

    Luckily Holy Week falls on my “light week” rotation for work, so I have this weekend, Monday AND Wednesday off to fit things in and get things prepared.

    Things I want to accomplish over the next week:

    • Get a few religious Easter books from the library to read through and cover the basics of the story.    I’m still not ready to divulge the full Stations of the Cross to my 3 year old and am content with him knowing the basics of the story right now.  It just doesn’t feel right for us and I’m going with that. Our Tomie dePaola’s Book of Bible Stories seems just at our level this year and we have The Tale of Three Trees to read too.
    • Get a few fun and silly Easter books, too.
    • Challenge myself to “Holy Week Housecleaning“on Monday and Tuesday
    • Make Hot Cross Buns on Friday. 
    •  Keeping quiet on Friday afternoon – a challenge because I work that day so I’m thinking a little post work adoration might be in order.
    • Make Resurrection Rolls and dye Easter Eggs Saturday night.
    • Take down the Lenten Candles (we got through the book and he really liked doing it!) and hang up some type of craft in the big window on Saturday.
    • Confession.
    • Going to Mass on Palm Sunday (Saturday for us), Maudy Thursday and Easter Sunday.

    Next year feels right to tackle the bigger parts of the story – I’m thinking resurrection eggs and maybe this or this will be a new part of our traditions next year.

    Part of last years Easter Basket
    How about you?  What are your plans next week?

      Wedding Song Dance Along

      Grace is doing a “wedding song dance along“.  So here you go….  yep most of our dancing pictures include the unimpressed guy in the “snack shop” and the foozeball table.  But, hey … we had a FOOZEBALL table at our wedding reception!  (Not really on purpose, but we had a small budget and the only room we could afford was definitely “low key”.  We also only had sandwich fixings, pasta salads and fruit for our dinner.  Rocking the best wedding ever starving artist style.)**

      And we danced to “Everything Else Disappears” by Sister Hazel

       ** We found out later that we had a few friends and family members who were gluten sensitive and this was the first wedding they’d ever been able to eat their fill at because we did a make your own sandwich line.  So go us and our “we can’t afford a proper sit down dinner”-ness.

      Dear Kiddo, I Love You, But I’m Not Your Best Friend

      Dear Kiddo,

      I love you, but I’m not here to be your best friend. 

      Don’t get me wrong I want us to be friends, the best of friends.  I want you to confide in me when you get older.  I want you to play with me until my withered old imagination gives out.  I want us to do things together and make special memories.  I want us to laugh and have inside jokes.  I’m even down for a secret handshake or special code. 

      But, I’m still not here to be your best friend.  At least not right now.

      I see this attitude to expressed in so many ways.  Parents wanting to be the cool parent.  There’s one who takes them to risque or violent movies.  There’s the one who invites your underage friends over to drink or smoke.  There’s the parent who encourages co-ed sleepovers, the one who hosts the parties, the one who lets your eat anything you want, the one who lets you swear up a storm or provides you with all the things that will declare them the “cool parents”.

      I’m not that parent.

      I’m going to make you eat your vegetables, do your chores and have a bedtime.  I’m going to say, “no” to certain events and activities.  I’m probably even going to say, “no” to certain friends.  You’re going to have expectations and responsibilities and there will be consequences to your actions.  You’re probably going to get pretty mad at me and it will be hard to understand why you have a parent that is different from the rest.

      However, right now I’m not here to be your best friend.  It’s not my job to be cool or turn my back so you can be like the other kids because I don’t want you to be like the other kids.  I think you’re capable of so much more.  I am here to guide you and shape you; to give you the knowledge, the faith and the tools you need to navigate a world that much too hung up on “cool”.

      And one day, when you’re a little older and wiser, you will realize that your best friends weren’t the ones daring you to be reckless and careless.  Your best friends were the ones helping you become the best version of yourself and when you realize this, I hope you will know that I was actually your best friend all along.


      When Kendra Tags You in a Chain Letter…. You Do the Chain Letter

      Kendra over at Catholic All Year tagged me in one of the infamous “Leibster Awards” and well, when a set a time traveling magic quadruplets tells you to answer random questions about yourself, you do what they say.

      1. Where do you live? And why do you live there?

      • I live in Coralville, Iowa about a dozen houses down from my parents house.  We moved back here from Ashland, Oregon when we found out we were expecting our first child because the majority of our family lives in Iowa and try as I might I couldn’t find a super villain willing to relocate the entire state of Iowa to the wasteland that is Northern Nevada.
      Seriously, what is the point?

      2. What are you currently watching and/or reading?

      • I’ve been trying to catch up on my superhero movies recently in preparation for all the Avengers goodness coming to the screen this year.
      • Reading “Mother of the Little Flower”.  I have so much to say about finding a kindred spirit in Zelie Martin, but more on that later.

      3. What kind of Catholic are you: cradle, or convert? (Or considering?)

      •  I’m a convert. I entered into the Church last Easter after being married to a cradle Catholic for almost 5 years.

       4. Can you point to one moment or experience that made you a practicing Catholic? (Or want to be?)

      • I slowly discovered that my line of thinking was more Catholic than Protestant.  A red flag really should have been when I was 14 and the only one in my confirmation class that sided with “Faith AND Works” because it was OBVIOUSLY the right answer.

      5. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

      • Approximately this many… most of them dusty.

      3 of these pairs of shoes are almost five years ago, 2 other pairs are over 6 year old.  And those fuzzy boots in the bottom left back?  Those are the boots my mother picked up on a research trip for her Masters Degree….. I followed these shoes nine months later.

      6. Are you a good dancer?

      • I excel at the lawnmower, the shopping cart and the “what’s that over there”.  I also believe I helped invent the “riding lawnmower” in high school.

      7. Who usually drives, you or your husband?

      • Me, for the sake of our marriage.

      8. What’s your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it?

      • I do love the Christmas season, but have come to love celebrating Michaelmas over the last couple of years.  I’m still trying to figure out celebrating Easter in an authentic and meaningful way.

      9. Which is correct? Left or right?

      What no passive aggressive “roll left on the sink counter” option?

      10. Do you have any scars?

      • My biggest is my c-section scar, which actually healed quiet nicely.  I have a few from having the chicken pox and a fire ant attack one of my years in Texas (note to everyone:  Water balloon fights in the dark in Texas piss off fire ants).

      11. What’s the most famous thing you’ve ever done? 

        • Probably my years working for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  If I had been successful in my bid to transfer the state of Iowa to Northern Nevada (see above) I would still love to be working for them.    

        Next I’m supposed to tag people so how about Elizabeth, Cristina, Francine, and Christie.

        And anyone else who wants to join in! 
        There’s a link up back at Kendra’s for this important award!

          7 Thing That Are Stealing My Time {to prove I’m still alive}

          Here’s a slightly, okay very, random collection of a quick takes to prove I’m still here.  I swear there’s nothing to report.  My lenten goals and sacrifices have played a big part in how I’m spending my time right now and I’ll have more to report later.

          1.  Music – This was the opening band to Lake Street Dive last week and I’m digging them more and more.  Not often you find a 6 piece band with a great live sound. 

          Ages and Ages

          It’s kind of Born Ruffians meets a sixties hippie commune sound….what? I’m serious.  Also I just leveled up in hipster.

          2.  Web Comics – I’m a big nerd when it comes to visual lit. and I love a good graphic novel or well done comic book.  I will talk you silly about Fables any day.  I’ve really been enjoying the newest story arch over at “Namesake” and the new comic “Stand Still, Stay Silent“.  Love it all.

          Oz, Wonderland, Green skinned wizards without a heart, kick a$$ female characters drawn realistically…. need I go on?

          What can I say?  Ever since Dies the Fire I’ve a sucker for magic infused post apocalyptic storylines.

          3.  Actual Comic Books – We picked up Volume 2 of “Avatar” last week and have been feeling very fulfilled at finally knowing the answer to a major story arch.

          I’m also leveling up in Nerd.

          4. Actual Books – Just finished “Miss Buncles Books” and am working my way through “The Museum of Extraordinary Things”.  Also finished up “The Lamb’s Supper”.

          5. Pretty Things – My recent acquisition from Jenna’s new Etsy shop is a new favorite

          6. This kid – and his “light reading”

          7.  Life – just life, trying to keep on top of everything, do a little better in some areas and do a little less in others.

          Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary.