Seven Quick Takes Friday (vol. back)

Thanks for hosting, Jen!

quick takes

— 1 —

How excited are you about the five week long series on Vatican II?????

So excited? I know!

I am pumped to start diving into the documents and finding what’s really in there.

We hear so much from “the media” (ugh, I hate that… and I work for a newspaper!). I’m betting that a lot of the information we glean isn’t the truest.

I know I’m going to get a lot from this, and I hope readers do, too. It’ll be a lot of full weekends with reading, but I’m ready for it!

I have all the documents downloaded and am ready to spend some time with them starting on Saturday.

— 2 —

Also in the pipeline is a 5 ways post (NEXT Saturday!) that is making me so happy thinking about!

It’s called… five ways to feel better right now. How much do you love that magazine-style headline?

Yes. Except, this isn’t one of those, 10 minutes to flat abs type of post. It’s serious.

Can’t wait to hear a reaction on those five ideas.

— 3 —

I FINALLY took a Myers-Briggs test.

I’m INFJ. What does that mean? I don’t really know yet, but it’s fascinating.

It describes me perfectly. It says that we’re often introverted (shy) yet very opinionated, so people don’t think that we’re shy.

Really, I’d much rather spend time reading and writing then speaking to anyone!

INFJs are a really small percentage of the population… which explains why I don’t know any people who are really like me.

I’m not trying to be anti-social! It’s just hard to make friends!

— 4 —

Even though I am happy, happy, happy (Duck Dynasty, anyone?), my skin is not happy.

My skin.. my face, my chest, is all broken out and full of acne.

I never ever had an issue of acne on my forehead. Now, I’m 26 1/2 and my forehead is pimple land. What the heck?

My chin has always been a problem area, especially around my period (sorry, too personal?).

I just get used to that and know how to take care of it.

One thing that’s changed is the running. I am running much longer and faster than I ever used to. I think that might be contributing to my forehead issues.

I am also touching my face a lot since I got glasses.

I don’t use any acne stuff on my face. I use a Neosporan type product… you know. The antibiotic gel/cream stuff.

I just smother in on my face when I go to bed. Smother it on if I get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom (man, this post is personal), and smother it on if I have time in the morning before a shower.

IT WORKS. It works. They heal faster and often don’t even become white heads.

If you’re a grown up with teenage acne like I am apparently becoming, use the gel on your big pimples.

It hasn’t been working a lot on my forehead, but those are smaller pimples. I might try an alcohol swab, but I hate drying out my skin like that.

Any suggestions ladies? This is totally new to me. High school I had clear skin.

— 5 —

I have started a new morning routine. I like to be really productive right away in the morning.

It sets me up for success the rest of the day.

On Tuesdays, our production days in the office, I get up and write all my stories from meetings I covered on Monday nights.

I get up, do the bathroom stuff (wow, personal), make coffee, pray while the coffee is brewing, then I open the laptop and write.

That’s right. I don’t even get dressed. I wait until after.

Showering, getting dressed and getting ready for work are all relaxing things for me. I do it slowly, I take time on that. It’s not really “productive” in my mind.

Doing that first would totally ruin me for writing at home.

It’s worked this week and last, and I’m going to keep doing it.

Praying while the coffee brews? So brilliant.

There are so many things I could do during that time… and then there is one thing I need to do. Talk to God.

This is new this week. I’m seeing how it goes.

Ask for a recap soon!

Does anyone have a morning ritual that gets all these things “out of the way”?

— 6 —

My paper’s issue this week has an announcement for a couple’s 70th wedding anniversary.

The couple looks so happy in the photo.


God bless them! What an amazing feat. I only wish I have a relationship strong enough to survive 70 years.

Three kids, seven grandkids, 14 great-grandkids!

Those kind of things make me feel good about the world.

— 7 —

I’ve been forgetting to put my list of prayer intentions into these quick takes. Forgive me.

Here’s the short list:

– a successful 40 Days of Life for all involved. let’s save babies and spread the word and love. (by the way, I gave up listening to music on my runs for the 40 Days. this is going to be hard.)

– for my boyfriend’s change of heart on Catholicism

– for my coworkers, especially out new sports editor, and their faith lives

– for Sam, Adie, my mom… just generic good prayers for them

– for jobs in the US and workers to fill them

Yesterday morning I prayed that St. Joseph intercede for those looking for jobs and give the “Protestant work ethic” to those who weren’t looking.

I laughed at myself. It was kind of funny.


Have a great weekend!

God bless.

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