7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol 12: ELVIS! FIRE! PARTY!


The hardest part about Christmas shopping is wrapping up all the awesome stuff you bought and giving it to someone else. Today I bought just a bajillion bottles of lotion at Bath & Body Works because there’s not a lady on my shopping list that wouldn’t love it.

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Then I started to notice how awfully dry my skin is. It’s downright painful. And how do I know for sure if anyone else will like these scents? You see, I picked them based on what I think smells good. These would make terrible gifts! I think I should hang on to them and just suffer through using them all.


St. Veronica’s Guild had our annual Christmas party! We adopted a local family to buy presents for, decided where to spend the rest of our monies, played dirty Santa and ATE! These ladies take these things very seriously, so I was not surprised to receive a phone call a few days ago to see if I was coming and advise me that there were to be no gag gifts in the gift exchange, only nice gifts. Bath & Body Works is nice, right?

I was also not surprised to see the amount of decorating that was done:



And no one should have been surprised at how cute the cupcakes I brought were.


Of course I made them myself! I made the toppers, too…out of old Christmas lights! Don’t worry, the mercury level is quite low!


Dirty Santa was played with extreme adherence to policy. We are Catholic, after all. Each gift could only be stolen twice. No gifts were to be opened until everyone had chosen a gift. Therefore, any thieving was done based on wrapping, which could be deceiving, you can imagine. Once all gifts were picked, they were to be opened one at a time, in the same order as before.

Now, as soon as I saw this present under the tree, I knew I had to have it!


And, lucky for me, it was stolen once already when my turn came, so I went and stole it again and it was all mine! I didn’t even care what was in the box, but…


It was still a wonderful gift! Oh, I’ll be getting some use out of this, with the pain I’ve been having in my arm! Plus, I’m going to start working out again very soon, so it will come in handy for injuries, too! I think I made out pretty well!

Now, I was a little worried about my gift not being up to snuff, but I took two bottles of lotion and I think it was right on par with the other gifts. I just didn’t want anyone to feel jipped! But nothing could really compare to ELVIS, right?


I sent Scott a picture of the Elvis ornament and he was just ecstatic, too. We both just love Elvis and we keep saying we need more Elvis stuff. Prove it, you say?

Exhibit A:


Exhibit B:


Or maybe that’s proof that we can’t agree on anything since we couldn’t agree on 1 Elvis to take our picture with? Whatever, we have an AWESOME new Christmas tree ornament and a FABULOUS body wrap. I guess it pays to sacrifice one’s lotions.


Have you downloaded Advent at Ephesus yet? It’s just wonderful! I downloaded it on my new Kindle Fire and let me tell you, those nuns sing with the voices of angels! I started listening to it while I was doing dishes and my Sylvia plopped down right in front of the Fire so she could listen. She just loved it!


This is the same cat that runs over to the Advent wreath when it’s time to light it, and lays down beside me when I do prayers. She’s a CATholic!

So, don’t take it from me, take it from Sylvia: Advent at Ephesus is worth every penny!

(Sylvia and I just LOLed at that because our other cat is called Penny.)

Don’t wait another moment, go download it today!


Seen at the mall while Christmas shopping….

When I got into Jr. High school (7th grade) we were suddenly grown-ups. Why? Because we had a tampon machine in the ladies room. That’s what grown-up ladies expect when they go to the bathroom: the last minute opportunity to obtain a tampon or sanitary napkin (which I was horribly disappointed to learn was no more than a mere maxi pad). Today’s woman needs more than that. Yesterday’s woman may have found herself in the bathroom and suddenly realized her Aunt Flo was in town. The tampon machine was her solution. Today’s woman may find herself in front of the bathroom mirror and suddenly realize her hair is horrible. What is the solution to this conundrum?


Third option from the left: Hair extensions for $0.75 each. “When life just can’t wait.”

Wha? Why? Ugh…


In regards to my previous mention of my Kindle Fire…..let me break it down for you.

  • Scott and I bought each other Kindle Fires for Christmas.
  • Kindle boxes are very distinctive. Even wrapped up, it was obvious it was the same present.
  • Scott approached me a few weeks ago with, “So, a buddy of mine wants to get a tablet, but he doesn’t know anything about them. You know about that stuff, what kind of tablet would you want?”
  • Yeah, he thought he was being real smooth.
  • One year we bought each other matching bathrobes without planning it. So, we had a feeling such a thing would happen again.
  • Fine. I’ll admit it. I got on Scott’s Amazon account to see which tablet he got me.

So we went ahead and opened them up. We love them! I already buy so much digital content through Amazon, it just didn’t make any sense to get anything else. Plus, with the Fire, you get more than what you pay for, because Amazon expects to make money from digital purchases, not buying the tablet.

We love them!

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People are asking me what I’m going to do with my Kindle e-reader. I’m going to read with it! I still love it, two years later!

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Why do I keep taking pictures there? It’s just such a pretty spot, what with that lovely table runner and all. Who made that gorgeous thing? Somebody with a lot of talent!

I guess we can add “pride” to the list for my next confession.

But wait, there’s more! Head over to Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes!
I know, it’s like it’s Christmas already!


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5 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol 12: ELVIS! FIRE! PARTY!

  1. I know I’d *totally* love some Bath and Body Works in my present!

  2. Clicked over from Conversiond Diary for the caps-lock, stayed for the cupcakes. Those are so cute! Great job!

  3. I don’t even know where to begin commenting. You had me chuckling all the way through. Dittos to Dorian–the cupcakes are adorable. I’ve been hearing about that Ephesus CD and I went and listened to the samples on Amazon yesterday–it is BEAUTIFUL! We’re scraping the bottom of the budget so I just put it on my wish list for later purchase. 🙂

  4. Betsy Phillips

    7 Quick Takes on your 7 Quick Takes
    1 – I didn’t read this until today. The title naturally turned me off.
    2 – I didn’t get a cupcake. Something is very wrong here.
    3 – Fire may be cool, but my Nexus is AMAZING. AMAZING. Hate the case I got stuck with but c’est la vie.
    4 – If you do decide you don’t want your e-reader (hopefully you have more sense than that) I know who wants it.
    5 – The samples of Advent at Ephesus do sound pretty freaking awesome. Maybe that can be my new Christmas music next year. If I remember by then.
    6 – Admit it. You got some hair extensions from the bathroom.
    7 – I’m out. But had to do 7… 🙂

    • 1: Shame on you!
      2: I’m afraid I’ve had far too much cake lately.
      3: FIRE FOREVER!!!
      4: Why would I ever do that?
      5: It is flipping amazing.
      6: I no more purchased hair extensions in the bathroom than I purchased a tattoo in the parking lot.
      7: I’ve always got more!

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