Back joining Kelly with my 7 Quick Takes for the week!
Like I mentioned last week, my friend from NM visited me for a few days this week. It was really nice having her here! We went to a fancy dinner for her birthday, and it was great sharing in conversation and doing things I don’t normally get to do with her since she’s so far away. Karrie and I have been friends since we were 16—we bonded in Choir over Capri Suns, and Avril Lavigne. (Nerd alert!)
One of the things we did that is something I don’t usually do is go to the mall for the Dillard’s New Year sale, her annual tradition. When I got there, I realized quickly that it was Black-Friday-crazy, and seeing the crowd made me kind of want to run for my life! There were so many people backed up to get in, but the atmosphere was actually kind of fun. Everyone seemed genuinely excited to buy quality items at an extremely low price, and all the waiting in line made for some really fun conversation with strangers. It’s funny how putting yourself into such public situations (that I would normally dread) offered opportunities for charity and a good time. And the sale was really worth it overall, so I’m pretty glad I went. I bought a few things I wasn’t expecting because the sale was that good, and I think I might actually go again next year!
I did a few other things that were kind of crazy, but not all around out of the blue, like piercing my ears and chopping my hair off! The actual piercing of my ears was kind of spontaneous because I decided to do it on a whim after passing by Claire’s in the Mall, but I have been thinking about doing this for years. Going to the mall with my friend instead of my kids was enough for me to finally pull the plug—and I’m glad I did! I love them!
Getting my hair cut short wasn’t entirely my fault. I communicated to my stylist that I wanted to go a bit shorter, but she definitely went a bit shorter than I was thinking. I am still not used to it or convinced I really like it, but you know what—change isn’t so bad. It’ll grow out eventually if I don’t come to love it…and besides, you don’t choose the cut, the cut chooses you.
All-in-all I think it is better for me to just steer clear from malls for a while. They make me do crazy things.
While Karrie was here we went to a couple of movies together. We saw La La Land and Manchester by the Sea.
I absolutely loved La La Land. I mean, LOVED it. I don’t think I have ever smiled in a movie as much as I did La La Land, and wished so very badly that human life and emotion were expressed in such dreamy song and dance.
The movie went well beyond my expectations, and one of the things I loved most was that it perfectly combined music with storytelling. Many pivotal moments in the movie were better expressed through the music and through singing and dancing than through dialogue. The acting, music, choreography, and imagery…it was all so beautiful. It was transcendent to the point where a hand hold, a kiss, or even a look became simply breathtaking; a typical love story, but there wasn’t anything typical about it. There was no need to focus primarily on a sexual relationship or unnecessary drama between the two main characters. The story simply revolved around two people who fell in love, helped each other rise to new heights, and achieve dreams they never thought possible. It was dreamy, and sultry, and lovely and I highly recommend it. I hope you like it as much as I did.
I wished I had seen La La Land as our second movie, because I absolutely hated Manchester by the Sea.
I had high hopes for it because it got rave reviews and had incredible actors in it, but the whole movie was downright depressing and miserable. I knew going into the movie that it would be a bit of a downer because it’s obvious from the trailer that the characters are reeling from the death of a loved one, but I still I had high hopes that there would be an underlying message of hope. I thought that maybe those left behind in the wake of death would find comfort and love in one another. I hoped that that the connection between life (both here and beyond) would be made, and the movie would offer some light even in the midst of terrible awful pain. (Spoiler alert) In the end, there really was no light. There was just pain and suffering and no room for any real transformation of the characters, and because of that I think it really lacked substance. The main character wallowed in his pain and suffering in almost a masochistic sense, and there was no hope in his future but to live day by day in a sort of zombie-like state. It was just so sad because it offered no room for redemption in his life. In my humble opinion, just stay home on this one. While the acting was out of this world good, sitting through that movie and balling your eyes out is just not worth it.
I forgot to mention last week that one of my New Year Resolutions is to read the whole Bible in a year. I read Scripture daily, but my reading is very sporadic. I’ve kind of always chosen scripture passages this way because I’ve found that when I attempt to read cover to cover I get extremely bored at places (cough, cough Book of Numbers). In order to do this, I knew I needed a plan. I was inspired by this post by Brandon Vogt, and found a great plan to stick to for the year. I am already really loving that the plan makes my daily reading simple and organized.
Give it a try! Let’s do it together! ( I chose the Catholic Bible in a Year reading plan.)
It snowed in KC! I never used to be one who loved snow, but it has really grown on me. I was up late when it started at night, and the glow of the sky reflecting off the soft white ground was so perfect and beautiful. Plus, seeing my kids enjoy it is so worth sitting out in the cold. The only problem is I’m still unsure how to properly handle it. My go-to is to just never leave the house, so when I do I am always severely under-prepared and me and my kids are never properly dressed.
This one in particular was a major parental fail.
I’m going to just start making them wear like 12 layers so we’ll be good.
I already know a bit about him, but think that he is a great Saint for me because he was a Italian scholastic theologian and philosopher, and I love that he was good buddies with Saint Thomas Aquinas. (If only I could have been a fly on the wall during any one of their conversations.) I’m excited to develop knowledge and a friendship with him throughout the year!
Our little family ventured out in the snow for a very fun night of basketball, and not just any basketball, but my favorite kind of basketball: Aggie basketball! I love that we can bring the Aggie spirit all the way over to KS, and that my family represents the crimson color.
That’s all for me this week!