Sunday, April 27, 2014

Answer me this. First Attempt.

This has nothing to do with the post's content. I just love this series of her dancing at Disneyland more than life. 

Today I'm doing a new (to me, not in general) Sunday linkup with Kendra. Here we go!

1. Do you hate happy clappy church music?
The only kind of church music I hate with the fire of a thousand suns (too much?) is kumbaya 70's church music (is this the same category?). One of the parishes near us has a mass that is well known for its 70's mass (there is a tambourine) and I just cannot. 
I can really get behind some praise and worship from the 90s,/2000s though. It reminds me of the old days. It's not my preference, but I actually enjoy it on a nostalgic level. 

2. What is your priority: eating or sleeping?
Eating. I love sleep, but I gladly forgo it for any number of things. The same cannot be said for my favorite foods. I will list the first few I can think of (there are many, many more):
-homemade chocolate chip cookies
-pretzel bark (listen, if you didn't know about this already, maybe don't click on the link. For your own good.)
-this chicken salad on the Costco chia pockets (do people know about the chia pockets? I'm totally obsessed.)
-Waffle Cone ice cream
-White Cheddar Popcorners -A Dairy Queen blizzard with M&Ms
I think my health nut status is apparent to all at this point.
If there is an opportunity for one of those items, I am there with zero hesitation. 

3. What type of milk do you drink in your house?
This is a weirdly complicated question for our household. So, all the residents here prefer 1% (now that Sammy is out of the whole milk age), and all of the adults prefer the prices at Costco, but none of the Costcos around here carry 1% milk, so we usually buy 2% unless we go to the far Costco (the devotion to Costco is strong). 

4. What is a book that changed your perspective on something?
Love this question.  This could be a very long list, but I'll control myself. 
Four Three come immediately to mind:
-He Leadeth Me - Father Walter J. Ciszek - Jen recommended this many times before I finally purchased it, and then it sat on/in my bedside table for two years before I finally read it. It, quite literally,  completely changed my understanding of what following God's will means. I am still processing and praying over it, but it was a game-changer for me.
-Evangelical is Not Enough - Thomas Howard -  I read this book with a deep feeling of "uh oh."* It is one of the first books I read on Catholicism and it made me feel a bit like the earth was dropping from under my feet. It was, shall we say, quite instrumental in my conversion. He clarified some ideas that I had been poking around, but couldn't quite grasp until he articulated them. 
-The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis - I know I'm not alone in having my mind blown by this book. It is eye-opening in a way only great fiction can be. I love C.S. Lewis. 

5. Who is your favorite saint?
St. Maximillian Kolbe. I can't remember where I first read his story, but it is an amazing gift of sacrificial, joyful love. Amazing man. 
St. Teresa of Avila.  She was just so. dang. awesome. 

6. Introvert or extrovert?
 Is it possible to be exactly on the line between them? Some days the idea of talking to new people sounds fun and easy. Some days it sounds like the worst idea in the world. I love quiet time, but I need to talk to people to really process my thoughts and emotions.  I think I probably would be considered an extrovert in the classical sense. 

*My expression may have been somewhat more colorful.


  1. I love He Leadeth Me, it is one of my favourite books, so powerful and beautiful!

  2. It really is. I want to start it over again.

  3. Ok if you guys are all recommending He Leadeth Me then it must be good. Book Depository has it for $13 with free shipping: Ordered! And Lacey I second you on The Screwtape Letters, St Maximillian Kolbe and St Teresa of Avila. All incredible.

  4. Michelle! You're going to love it! It's seriously crazy good. Let me know how you do! Now I want to read The Screwtape Letters again too.

  5. Okay, now I'm hungry.

    WHAT IS THE FOURTH BOOK?! It's like a cliffhanger ending! Love Screwtape though. Love. The John Cleese audiobook is brilliant.

  6. It's a cliffhanger! Or an editing problem! I debated including Girl Meets God, by Lauren Winner, because it's one of my all-time favorite spiritual memoirs and helped me reach a comfort level with the idea of conversion, but I wasn't sure it totally applied, so I chopped it, and didn't proofread, apparently.

    And YES to the John Cleese audiobook. There was no way that wasn't going to be awesome, really.

  7. LOL at the 70's music. Totally agree. Adding the books to my goodreads list!