7 Quick Takes (Vol. 29)

— 1 —

Christmas Day has come and gone. That’s weird. Of course, for us Catholics the party’s just started. It’s 12 days long after all! I had a nice Christmas. Christmas eve with part of my dad’s side, the morning at home, and Christmas dinner with my mom’s brother and his family. So far, I love break. I can rest and not worry if I’m forgetting something I should be doing or a meeting or anything else. For the first time in a while I can actually relax completely.

— 2 —

Speaking of Christmas. While we were at Midnight Mass my 6 year old sister insisted that she be in the procession to bring up Baby Jesus despite the fact that she wasn’t feeling well. She said she had told Father she would. So she did. Later, at one point when the congregation stood up she seemed downright woozy. She had a cold. She was exhausted. And it was quite past her bedtime. I had to tell her she could sit down.
I realized that that little girl has a good sense of reverence and duty. She’s growing up right.

— 3 —

One thing I got for Christmas was an Amazon gift card. Let the planning begin. I’ve been adding to my wish list today. There’s so many books I could buy! I did notice that most of the books I put on my list are either Catholic, women’s health, or both.
For example:


Of course, I still haven’t finished Rediscovering Catholicism (which I started in the summer!).

— 4 —

Today I went to see the new Hobbit movie. My dad’s Christmas treat for the family. My youngest sibling went with mom to see Frozen but the rest of us saw Hobbit. It was pretty good. It had Orlando Bloom (and someone who looked like his twin). And I didn’t even think of Sherlock while hearing Smaug speak. 

— 5 —

I have a plan for completing the writing and editing I need to do over break. To be honest, I’m behind already but a goal is a good place to start I figure. I’ve got 8 papers to write, my uncle’s book to edit, and blog posts to post. Hopefully I can stay on top of it and get most, if not all, of it done before I go back to school and classes start back up.

— 6 —

Speaking of blogging, I’d say it’s been going better lately. I know this last semester has been really lame. But break has been good for blogging. And I’m hoping to keep it up over these next couple weeks and as next semester starts up to make more time for blogging.

— 7 —

The new year is right around the corner. That means it’s time to evaluate my 2013 goals and to more importantly set my new goals. I’m considering a blogging challenge to set for myself as one of my goals. Other than that I don’t have many goals yet. But this year I want my goals to be more thought out. I also want to post my goals to my dorm room wall to give myself some visual motivation.

Have any plans for your new year’s resolutions or goals?

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary and check out the link-up!


13 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes (Vol. 29)

  1. Um ok I know this isn’t the deepest or most important part of your post, but WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE HOBBIT!?!?!?? Orlando Bloom + twin? Smaug not sounding like Benedict? Did you think that John Watson popped out of Bilbo when he was at the top of the trees? Just dying to hear what you think 🙂

    Also, on a more serious note, I have no idea what I’m going to set as my goals for 2014, but I’m looking forward to being inspired by yours! 🙂

    • LOVED the Hobbit! I mean, I’m usually a purist when it comes to adapting books to movies but since I never slogged my way through the book I can accept the changes they made (mostly since I don’t know all of them). I wasn’t a big fan of the idea of throwing Legolas in that way. But it worked out ok actually.
      Also, yes they are twins. I was honestly having an inner debate through the second half of the movie over whether Bard was Orlando Bloom or not (then I was convinced he was until I saw the credits). They did a great job with Smaug’s voice too. I completely forgot it was Benedict Cumberbatch. As far as Watson and Bilbo–well I see those characters as being very similar to begin with. Martin Freeman’s a bit typecast. But hey, it works. Really well. Overall, the movie was great. What did you think of it?

      As far as 2014 goals I hope to have those up probably on the 1st. But I also have a 2014 blogging goal I’ll have up soon. I hope they give you some inspiration. Can’t wait to hear what you set as your goals! 🙂

      • From a strictly film perspective, I enjoyed it. But as an adaptation, I kept thinking “Was Tolkien not good enough for you, Jackson?” 😦 Legolas wasn’t my favorite part, but I don’t mind seeing him on screen 🙂
        They totally are! I wrestled with that all the way through the film and decided that Orlando Bloom couldn’t have done both parts without SOME form of announcement, but yeah, hard to tell them apart.
        I didn’t like Smaug’s voice. I’m a big fan of Benedict and I wish they hadn’t altered his voice so much…. I wanted to hear his voice! 🙂
        You’re right- Watson and Bilbo are somewhat similar characters, but I think Martin Freeman makes them both work as separate characters. His “hello” at the top of the trees was totally Watson, which was fun to see 🙂

        I’m excited to see your goals! I have a few in my head but haven’t sat down to articulate them yet…maybe beating procrastination should become one of those goals! 😉

      • I’m torn about Benedict’s voice. They did alter it a lot which is annoying but if they hadn’t I think I would have been picturing Sherlock the whole time and that would have been distracting to me.

        Procrastination is definitely a struggle for me. That’s why I like goals so much though. They make stuff seem more important. 🙂

      • The trick with that is to watch more movies and shows with Benedict in them, so you just think of him instead of Sherlock 🙂 Of course, the risk of becoming a fangirl greatly increases with each viewing 😉
        Goals are wonderful! I personally like having things that I can measure and cross off my to-do list…hello, I’m Type A 🙂

      • True, I just need to watch more of his acting. I think becoming a fangirl though is inevitable. 😉

        Hello Type A, I’m a lazy perfectionist. 🙂 I like to think I’m actually doing something besides surfing Pinterest all day but only goals give me enough energy to actually do stuff.

      • You can’t help becoming a fangirl of someone SO stinking talented! He is wonderful 🙂

        Haha, I feel ya! Pinterest = killer of dreams, lol. Goals are good… Pinterest is good for inspiring goals, but definitely not accomplishing them.

        So speaking of blogging goals, can you tell me more about 7 Quick Takes? Where did it start and with whom do you link up? Is this a Catholic thing or another blogging thing or did a bunch of people have the same idea at once? 🙂 What day is it supposed to happen on, or does it depend on who you’re linking with?

      • Sure! 7 Quick Takes is a weekly link up. (You don’t have to do it every week, but a bunch of bloggers do.) You basically just share 7 things you’re thinking about or from your life or whatever! The link-up is hosted by Jen over at conversion diary.com She’s been doing this for quite a while now too! It’s not specifically Catholic, though many people who participate are Catholic. Still, there’s no reason someone who wasn’t Catholic couldn’t join. The link up is every Friday (but the link-up tool thing is open for a day or two after that).
        If you’re interested I’d suggest looking at the site. Her 7 Quick Takes posts are usually a good, fun read. 🙂

      • Groovy! Thanks for the intel 🙂 I’m interested in making that one of my goals for 2014 and just trying something new. 🙂

        Based on the times noted on these comments, I’m guessing you’re on the East Coast? Hello from the other side! 🙂

      • Haha close! I’m actually in the central time zone but I’ve never been able to successfully change my timezone.
        So I take it your from the west coast? Nice! 🙂

        Glad to hear you’re interested in 7 quick takes! I’d love to read what you post!

      • Ha! Sometimes blogging sites can be a pain. I lived in the Midwest for 6 months – coldest winter of my life! But it was a great time with my grandparents 🙂
        Yes! West Coast loud and proud 🙂
        Thanks! I enjoy your posts as well 🙂

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