7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

Oy, what a week.  Usually the week after a holiday has some kind of new energy, but not so this time.  Instead, it was more like crawling into a warm bed and then getting dumped out 3 minutes later.  Is it a bad sign that, aware of a need but unable to articulate it more specifically, I just googled “alcohol cookies”?  These might be the winners right now, if only because I have all the stuff already.

— 2 —

Since there was no discernible cause for my week-long, extreme case of the Mondays, I decided to stop in at the church next door and go to Confession.  As if the sacrament itself wasn’t good enough, I got good advice from a good priest, and while I was there, the choir was rehearsing one of my all-time favorite pieces.  The whole experience was exactly what I needed.  After I did my penance I stayed in the pew for a while, tucked out of sight in the transept, and let the beautiful music surround me.  Veni Domine, veni Domine, veni Domine, et noli tardare.

— 3 —

Here’s the song, although I don’t think this video does it justice.  Do yourself a favor and download a good recording (this one seems like a good choice) for your Advent listening pleasure.

Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above
and let the clouds pour down righteousness:
let the earth open and bring forth the Savior.
Show us thy mercy, O Lord,
and grant us thy salvation:
come, O Lord, and do not delay. Alleluia.

— 4 —

One of my favorite pairs of shoes recently gave up the ghost, which was sad because a good Mary Jane is hard to find.

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I wanted to replace it with something decently high quality (because who has the time or desire to go sole-searching every six months?) and had the idea to check ebay rather than scouring Black Friday sales.  Lo and behold, ten minutes later I had found not just a similar replacement, but the exact same shoe, in my size, and ludicrously inexpensive.  We’re talking under $20, including shipping.  They arrived yesterday, and my change-resistant self is dancing (quietly, on the inside, because it’s an introvert too).

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Maybe someday I’ll feel like branching out a little bit, but not today.  Luckily, if these shoes last as long as the old pair, I have roughly 3 years to come up with plan B.

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— 5 —

Today is the Feast of St. Andrew, which means it’s time to start the annual St. Andrew Novena, which is traditionally prayed 15 times a day.  If the pressure to remember even one novena prayer a day puts you into a cold sweat, check out the Pious Sodality of Church Ladies’ desktop backgrounds.  Chances are, most of us look at our computer desktop at least 15 times a day, so getting in the habit of saying the (very brief) prayer whenever you click over shouldn’t be too difficult.  That’s what I’m telling myself, anyway.


— 6 —

I’ve been procrastinating for a while on buying a copy of the Carmelite spiritual classic Divine Intimacy, which is lauded by everyone who owns it.  I had a gift card that would cover most of the cost, but I kept thinking that there were other things that it would be better spent on, things that I know I’m going to have to spend money on soon (see #4 above; I have at least one more pair of shoes to replace).  Last night in Confession, Father said something about not only needing to have a daily prayer time, but also deserving one.  That was the final kick in the pants I needed, and I ordered my copy last night.  Stay tuned; I think it’ll be highly quotable.  Incidentally, if you’re ever looking for beautiful, well-made books, I highly recommend Baronius Press.  The attention to quality and beauty makes their books worthwhile purchases (and great gifts).

— 7 —

Finally, a great photo of our 326-pound football player playing Santa (for charity, no less!).  Between him and Manti, how can you not cheer for Notre Dame this year?

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5 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes

  1. Sue Klejeski says:

    Yikes! I love leather shoes but it’s amazing to see how sloppy the sizing gets after awhile.

  2. ThomasThomas says:

    Church next door? So lucky!

  3. Martha says:

    I have those exact same shoes (but in black, so maybe not exactly the same). I love them and dread the day that they must be replaced!

    • Holly says:

      They’re seriously the best: my first pair lasted for three years of frequent wear, which is pretty remarkable. If it helps at all, the style name (according to the Ebay listing) is Calva.

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