7 Quick Takes (9)!

Another Friday, another 7 (not so) Quick Takes with Jen over at Conversion Diary. :)

~ 1 ~
Well, I got back home on Sunday, and it's been so nice.  I mentioned this on my WIWS post, but it's seriously just so nice to be home.  I love being with my family and all things familiar and am really looking forward to Christmas.  Chatting, telling stories, laughing, hugging, eating and everything in between.  There is just nothing like Christmas with family.  Nothing.

I wish my mom and I could be together, so we can have our cinnamon rolls and quiche, as per our tradition, on Christmas morning.  But, alas!  Not this year.  Next year?!  Perhaps.

The other thing I wish: to go to a Christmas Mass (or Mass in general, I guess) with my family.  We did when I was really little, but since no one practices, I go alone.  Obviously, I love Mass; I love it more when I can go with others, but I have been going alone for however many years now, so it's normal.  But around Christmas, it's hard.  Seeing all of the families: Singing. Praying. Rejoicing. Together.  I hate to admit it, but there is just a tinge of jealously and a serious longing for a family of my own.
It will come.  I know. :)

~ 2 ~
YOU GUYS!!  I baked.  I.baked.cookies.

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peppermint Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are my fave. :) Yum.

Ok, ok,  close your dropped jaws.  I was craving cookies the other day, and started looking online on Pinterest for some recipes.  Now, if you know me, even just a little, you know that I am not a baker or a cook or anything of the sort.  I just really don't like it.  I know this comes as a shock to many, but I get no joy out of cooking; it stresses me out.  It's not that I don't know how (I do.  I know the basics), I just don't like it.

Anyway, I was looking at a few recipes, but not really thinking I would do anything about it.  But, then!  My dad sent me a text asking if I wanted to bake cookies when he got home.  My dad. My dad wants to bake cookies?!  This surprised me for 2 reasons: 1) he read my mind. 2) MY DAD wants to bake cookies!  I don't think we have ever done that before. Ever.

It was fun!  Well, except for the moments when my dad really didn't want help and would try to do everything himself.  Ah, well.  Gotta love family! ;)

~ 3 ~
AND!  I was kind of crafty.  What is happening to me?  Baking and being crafty?!  Whoa.

I know this doesn't seem like anything to all of you amazingly crafty people out there (ie. ALL of the blogs I follow) that I loathe am awed by, but it's a big deal in my world.  We are having a few more people at Christmas this year, some that I don't know very well.  So, I wanted to be sure they got something from me, and thus... my Christmas Baggie o' Goodness :)

~ 4 ~

How do I have this much stuff?
I don't know why I am making this public... and showing off all of the crap I own.  But... I am.  I have begun going through it... slowly.  Those boxes you see there are all clothes.  That's what I did the other day.  Goodwill, you are getting some good stuff!  (I posed this question on Twitter: does is defeat the purpose of donating things to Goodwill, to then go shopping in the store?)  Wish me luck with this beast, people.  I could use some!

~ 5 ~
When I was looking through the lovely links at WIWS last Sunday, Ann-Marie linked to this AMAZING scarf tutorial:
Awesome, right?
Y'all know I love.me.some.scarves.

Yesterday, I rocked the 'waterfall':
And some new hair... a little more blonde. :)
And, do you see that belt? 2 bucks from Goodwill.
I had lunch with my grandparents yesterday!  I love being able to spend time with them, and I know they love it, too. :)  You know what's funny, as I was doing my scarf I thought, "I wonder what Grammy will be wearing today?!"  She seems to always dress so nicely.  Well, when I walked inside, she and Gramps were BOTH wearing jeans!  haha :)  And, of course... Grammy then felt like she was so underdressed because I looked 'so cute.'  I think it was my scarf.  Scarves seem to make things dressier.

~ 7 ~
I love confession.
I really do.  Don't you?  I am always, always, always nervous, though.  I mean, how many years has it been?  Sheesh.  I am always afraid of that one time when the priest will yell at me and tell me what a horrible person I am.  Has that ever actually happened to someone?  On second thought, please don't tell me.  That might not be a good idea.

ANYway... I am nervous and what not, then I get the wonderful absolution and do my penance and then... and then I feel amazing.  I've got some more grace, I'm a little more connected with the Lord and feeling like I can conquer the world, really.  It's amazing the armor our Church provides for us.  Thanks, Jesus.  You rock.

Be sure to check everyone else out at Conversion Diary!
If I don't 'talk' to you before... I hope you all have such a wonderful and blessed Christmas day with family, friends, peace, joy and memories! :)

"Rejoice and be glad..."

BTW, all photos on here, or on my blog in general, are mine, unless otherwise noted.  Thank you.


  1. Love that tutorial and the waterfall is probably one of my favorites. Great belt, great hair, and I can sympathize with all the stuff. When Jacob and I have to move this summer I feel a wave of panic creep over me at the though of all our stuff.

  2. You look beautiful! I feel for you with the going-to-Mass-alone thing--just know you're not truly alone, you've got all of us Catholic sisters thinking of you and worshipping with you. :) And ditto on the Confession thing...just went this week and feel so great now for Christmas! Love sacramental grace. :)

    1. I second everything Laura said! I'll be going to mass sans family as well, so we can go "alone" together. It's comforting knowing we're united in the Eucharist, though.

    2. Thanks, ladies!! :) I really appreciate it. It's really not horrible, I was just having a little moment there.

      But, this whole blogging community is so great for this wonderful support and love! Have a great Christmas!

  3. Hi sweetie

    Paul and I are going to 4:00 mass on Christmas Eve...do you want to come? Start driving now, you can make it! XOX
    Oh, and I love the scarf! And the cookies!


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