#7QT: The Question And Answer Session Edition

I’M POSTING AGAIN. And I’m planning to ask you some questions. If you’re up for it…continue. If not, well…

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What are your stress relievers?

I can’t remember the last time I didn’t feel a wee bit stressed out about one thing or the other. It would appear, based on my life experiments, that the following work the best for me [not in particular order]
a] Zumba b] ranting endlessly to the man until I feel ‘done’ with the topic c] making up stuff in the kitchen
d] mindless television e] praying out loud f] reading a novel of my own choosing.

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Are you brand-agnostic or brand-attached?

It’s like this – I stock up on Coke Zero when it’s on sale and I refuse to pay more than $3 for a 12-pack.
If it’s not on sale, I don’t buy anything. There are no substitutes for Coke Zero.
On the other hand… I’ll buy instant oatmeal at whichever store wants me to buy it, in the most generic format possible. At the moment, it’s Kroger, because 10 packets for 1.50 is something I can handle.

Apparently my new glasses are Polo Ralph Lauren. I knew this when I bought them, then promptly forgot. 4 of my students reminded me this week. Apparently that horse symbol thing is well known…except by me.

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What are you thoughts on pets?

Hear me out. My favorite podcast, Catholic In A Small Town, has been discussing this somewhat. It goes across several episodes, but recently they were discussing what the Catechism has to say regarding our care and love for our pets- namely, that we need to love animals in a different way than we do humans, in relation to their innate dignity as creations.

2418 It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly. It is likewise unworthy to spend money on them that should as a priority go to the relief of human misery. One can love animals; one should not direct to them the affection due only to persons.

A caller to the show mentioned how one might be offended at treatment of, say, a cat – because that’s an animal we tend to see as a family pet. And yet the same person might not be offended if a wild turkey was treated in the same way. Eh? So I’m just throwing it out there as a discussion topic.

For what it’s worth, my allergies to dogs, cats, and pretty much anything with fur mean my idea of a “nice pet” is a turtle. Attn: fiance. ;)

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What’s the deal with weddings and wedding planning being this Big Dramatic Thing?

Seriously. Ours isn’t. And it won’t be, if I’m in charge. [Note: I'm in charge. Except when I delegate. Which is...often.]

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What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?

Because let’s face it – we love getting together, we love watching football, and a number of us love indulging.
I’m going to have to go with fresh cranberries, jellied cranberries, and cranberry relish here. Love cranberry.

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Do you think TLC is going to invent a “Leaving the Catholic Church” show? [partially sarcastic]

Just curious. They already have “Breaking Amish” and apparently now there’s something about “Fleeing FLDS”. Y’all know we’re next, what with our extreme “human persons have dignity” viewpoints and such.

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How do you determine if your day has been a success, or a ‘good day’?

Honestly curious. I helped a lot of students today. I sent a positive note home to a mom, explaining that her child had an awesome day and participated in our discussion today, after some behavior issues last week. I helped a couple coworkers with various things. I felt like I accomplished things.

But at the end of the day… does that matter? After all, I woke up this morning and was given the gift of another day. So I’m starting to think, regardless of all the stuff that goes down in between waking and sleeping… it’s a good day, because it’s a day I was given. It’s just icing on the cake that I actually feel accomplished.

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8 thoughts on “#7QT: The Question And Answer Session Edition

  1. answers 1. prayer and exercise, sometimes at the same time. 2.agnostic, there are only a few brands i really swear by. soap is one of those things where generics dont work the same. 3. dont like pets, a drain on resources, and a pain to deal with, they give me nothing in return. i have quoted that section of the catechism to my wife. (we have a dog and a hamster) 4. we planned our own, and it was amazing. 5. sweet potatoes, with some stuffing and gravy, the perfect salty/sweet. 6. i have not had television in my house for years, i would not put it past anyone to do a show about anything. 7. i woke up, i didnt say anything i regretted, i treated people well, i told my family i love them. even when work sucks (like it normally does) i can normally accomplish this.

  2. Your question about what makes it a “good day,” or a “bad day,” really got me thinking… I was already in a bit of a funk thinking that today was not going to be a “good day,” because my 4 year old is not feeling well so my whole schedule was thrown off. Ugh, which even as I’m writing it feels so selfish. But for the most part, I think that’s how I end up defining it. A good day= things going my way. A bad day= things not going my way. But here’s the thing… many of my worst days, ultimately led to something really good. So, “bad days,” the days when things are not going my way, are really “God’s days.” The days when God shows us that he can use all things for good…

  3. I’ve got a few answers for you.

    #1 — Going for walks (which I almost never do anymore, and which, now that I think of it, is probably part of why I flip my lid all the time), writing, sleeping, talking on the phone to my best friend, and baking (if the kitchen’s already clean, that is).

    #3 — I’m not a pet person. My mom grew up on a farm and had a firm “animals belong outdoors” mentality, so I probably inherited something of that. I know in my brain that people go nuts over their animals, but I don’t, in my heart, really get it.

    #4 — I definitely don’t think it should be dramatic. (Our wedding DJ was shocked when I told him I didn’t want to be a princess on my Big Day). But neither do I swing to thinking, “No big deal! It’s just a party!” I think our culture has misplaced the importance of the day. It should not be about showing off and getting to be the center of attention. It should be about celebrating the most important thing you will ever do. The marriage counts, so the day it begins should count too. But let it be about introducing your families to each other, thanking those who’ve helped you along the way, enjoying the company and your new spouse, setting the tone for the marriage you’re beginning and the family you’re founding.

    #5 — Brown sugar sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Mmm…

    #7 — How I feel at the end of the day: If I’m happy and at peace, it was a good day. If not, well… Sounds like you had a GREAT day to me. Those “little” things matter very much.

  4. OK, I’m brand-attached on Saran wrap, Hershey’s syrup, Swiss Miss for hot chocolate, and other things, I’m sure. I usually buy generic for most items, but there are some where I insist on brands. The wedding thing does not need to be huge, and I think a turtle makes a fantastic pet.

  5. Regarding pets: I love cats but one reason I won’t get another one is because I have relatives who would hate me (slight exaggeration) if it got sick or hurt, and I refused to spend a thousand dollars or more on treatment. I just can’t see doing that. Although I can understand people thinking of a pet as a “member of the family”, I still think of them as animals, the death (or illness) of which is just not the same as that of an actual family member.

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