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Communication ... a serious struggle!

I cannot express how much I like this video ... even though I think I should be a little offended.  The problem is bigger than the nail!

7 Quick Takes Friday, May 31st

- 1 - This is just one piece of the crazy stuff I'm asked to understand where I work:

Seriously - some days I don't feel qualified to work here!

- 2 - Last week I finally did it - I ran 2 straight miles!  What an accomplishment!  Now working on being able to do 3.1 to finally master the Couch to 5K!

- 3 - This series (that's the 4th installment, you can find the rest in the first few paragraphs) has been an interesting find...  In the Cafeteria CatholicismDiscussion, this part was particularly fascinating:
Cafeteria Catholicism is rooted in two basic problems. The first is a foundational relativism. What I mean by “foundational relativism” is the sort of relativism that is simply woven into American culture. Nobody thinks about it or discusses it. It is just there as a founding principle of the American worldview. This relativism can be stated as “I know what’s best for me” or “everybody has their own truth–what works for you doesn’t work for me.” Nobody thinks this…

Five Favorites (May 29th)

Some Favorites:

1. The Pope - I read this post before work today and got a chuckle, thought you'd like it too!
The year was 1770, and in a small Italian church, two altar boys prepared for Benediction. Annibale Della Genga and Francesco Castiglioni entered the sacristy, put on their albs, and grabbed the heavy brass candlesticks. And then they began to bicker.
Arguing over who would stand on the priest’s right for the procession, their quibble escalated into a shouting match. Alarmed parishioners turned their heads to the back of the church to see the commotion, and that’s when it happened:
Castiglioni cracked Della Genga over the head with his candlestick. Blood dripped out of Della Genga’s head, and both boys began shoving each other. Shocked parishioners screamed, “Throw them out! Throw them out!” So the embarrassed priest grabbed the boys, led them to the door, and tossed them out of the church. Now fast-forward several decades to 1825. Half a million people gath…

{simple saturday} one

love this idea from country girl's daybook for a simple saturday link-up i was directed to from grace this evening.
something simple...
i'm really missing the beach...i told someone today that i would follow any man who led me to the beach. he said he'd keep that in mind. so i thought, 'any man'? nah
but always on the look out for jobs at the beach, yes ma'am...youth ministry, office management, confirmation coordinator, sand sweeper, you name it - if it looks good, i'm diving right in!
i need more mornings where my prayer time looks like this

and the view is this

...and that is all.

for more 'simple saturdays' head on over to iris and friends

Worst Run Ever (and indulging my flare for the dramatic)

So today was the big day or running glory. I had myself all psyched up to run 20 minutes straight. 2 miles!

So I get my favorite running pants on, tie my shoes, and I'm ready to go!
Went to a new spot on the f. It is a gorgeous path to run... Was so excited to run in the shade of the forest. See...

Beautiful right?
It was hard to begin but I got going. Running by great houses along the creek. Getting a real pace, like a real runner for the first time ever. 
The I come to an underpass and I see a lake of water covering the sidewalk. I should have turned around. Oh boy how I should have. Oh I would not be in this situation right now. I could have even gone through the water. But no, I decided to go 'round it.
I thought of my favorite running place by UNCC. There aren't as many trees but its really pretty.  And by the underpass there's a thick pile of rocks.  So solid you could run right over it.  Very pleasant!
So I thought of the underpass there and said to myself, &qu…

7 Quick Takes Friday, May 24th

- 1 - This is a great post from Jon Acuff this week about satan's favorite word...I agree!
And there’s one word I keep seeing over and over. I think it’s satan’s favorite word. What is it? “Enough.” This is such a 'hot button' for me that each morning I wake up to this song each morning to remind me that I am enough for Him - enough for the Lord and Savior of my life, the only one that matters.

take a listen - know that you are enough ... whatever you don't think is 'enough' about you, it is!

- 2 - I was listening to The Catholic Guy tonight and it touched on a hot button issue with Mark Hart when he was on regarding Ordinary Time and the lack of GREATNESS in the Church.  Now, I know what you're saying, "Katie, what authority do you have to talk about Liturgy?"  Well, none really ... just that we need to be more excited, more focused on what we're really about, who we are, and whose we are.

I read this post yesterday and was taken aback ... a…

The Office

Well I'm not even a week behind the rest of the world ... surprising, I know.  The past few days I've spent my evenings watching the last half of the last season of The Office.  I enjoyed seeing things wrapped up after all these years ... well, to be honest, I watched the entire series within the last year so it hasn't been years as much as it's been year.

I loved watching Pam and Jim fall in love...

and get married.

I cannot get over all of the FANTASTIC pranks that Jim pulls on Dwight!  My favorite was faxes from future Dwight.

Watch at right around 2:40 for my favorite!

And The Finale was no disappointment.  I love that everything was resolved and all are doing well - also that Michael Scott made an appearance...check it out if you've got 42 minutes to spare!

Bye gang ... enjoy the life of success.  When I'm having a moment jammed down at work, I'll channel some Michael, Andy, Dwight, or one of the other interim Managers for the good old paper company!

How to be Annoying...

Remember Pope Francis' words from last week?

The church doesn't need couch-potato Catholics, it needs believers with "apostolic zeal," willing to preach the uncomfortable words of Christ, Pope Francis said.
"And if we annoy people" with this zeal for Christ, then "blessed be the Lord," he said in his daily morning Mass homily May 16.

Well, I saw this post today and he tells us all about how to be annoying without actually being annoying...weird, slightly annoyed by that explanation, but anyway ... I'm just going to quote from the post - and enough to get you weirdly hooked so you'll have to click over to to finish the rest of the story or you won't be able to sleep!

HOW TO BECOME AN ANNOYING CATHOLIC (IN EIGHT EASY STEPS)BY  If you were paying attention last week, you’ll recall from  my newsy little post on Friday, that Pope Francis has charged Catholics with asking the Holy Spirit for “the grace to be anno…

How C25K is trying to kill me

So I got out on the greenway after work tonight and opened up my beloved couch to 5k app and almost had a heart attack when I saw this:

Go from 5 minute jogs to 8 minute...but that's not all-NO that's not all!
This is the Week 5 Day 3 task:

Yeah so I thought today was going to be rough...tomorrow is practically going to destroy me. 
But I showed them today...I ran for 3/4 mile like a beast! Tomorrow I will conquer!

Happy Belated Birthday to John Paul II!

Some lovely quotes from Blessed John Paul II:
The Church needs resolute, consistent, and faithful witnesses who, in the face of widespread doubts and disbelief on many levels in society today, will show in word and deed their commitment to the ever living Christ. It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness. Holiness is not perfection according to human criteria; it is not reserved for a small number of exceptional persons. It is for everyone; it is the Lord who brings us to holiness, when we are willing to collaborate in the salvation of the world for the glory of God, despite our sin and our sometimes rebellious temperament. Man's life comes from God; it is his gift, his image and imprint, a sharing in his breath of life.  God therefore is the sole Lord of this life: Man cannot do with it as he wills.

7 Quick Takes Friday, May 16th

- 1 - This is one of the reasons why people think that Christians are crazy people!
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Capt. Rod Farley said the women told officers the Lord had told them to walk down the street naked.  (source) Unbelievable - a woman in her 20s, her mother in her 40s, with a toddler and a newborn were walking down the street in Charlotte stopping traffic.  The stupid things people do 'in the name of the Lord.'  We must talk to a different God each day...

- 2 - Pope Francis has had some pretty amazing quotes/tweets these past couple of weeks, check them out!
The church doesn't need couch-potato Catholics, it needs believers with "apostolic zeal," willing to preach the uncomfortable words of Christ, Pope Francis said. "And if we annoy people" with this zeal for Christ, then "blessed be the Lord," he said in his daily morning Mass homily May 16. and
"Payback with Satan is rotten as he pushes people to be loveless and selfish, fi…

Vocations to the Priesthood

The other day I saw this photo from a friend on facebook:

And it got me thinking about the vocation crisis in our country - and what can be done.  It's also a follow-up to some thoughts I had about this article I found about a month ago.

This year there is one guy being ordained a deacon in the US, another in Italy  and a guy being ordained to the priesthood.  There is a serious issue!  We are doing something wrong, or something else not enough.  So I got to thinking about what can be done to bring more men into the priesthood.

The first issue is even bigger than the number of men in the seminary - it's that boys aren't even thinking about joining the priesthood.  In our diocese, teens were asked "have you ever considered a vocation to the priesthood or religious life?" and they responded overwhelmingly 'no' - 75% of youth.  This is an issue - our children aren't even considering this as a life decision!

So what can be done?  I think that simple foste…

Outer Banks - May 2013

For Mother's Day my parents come down to Charlotte and then we drove the 7 hours over to the Outer Banks and stayed at a friend's house in Frisco, North Carolina.  It was a great trip ... follow the photos to experience the amazingness...

maybe in the coming weeks i'll find some time to post pictures of Savannah at Thanksgiving, Orlando in December, and New York City in March ... to here and facebook (more are there)!

Life's a Mess

Ever have one of those days when life is just a mess?

My bedroom is a mess of clothes left over from an amazing weekend away at the beach...

My living room is a mess with laundry that needs doing from the sheets and towels from the trip...

My kitchen is a mess from the dishes I just despise doing...

My sunroom is a mess from the air mattress and blankets that are still there (and even messier because the Time Warner Cable guy was here) from when my parents stayed this weekend...

My car is a mess with glitter from some fairy wings that got dumped on my from the youth conference I chaperoned a few week's ago...

My office is a mess from, well, just me being me and the fact that I'm moving offices later this week or early next...

My eating habits are a mess because I was away all weekend and ate out at every meal and now I have no source of protein in my fridge or freezer to cook with because I just went to the Farmer's Market instead of the actual store...

This all leads to (…

7 Quick Takes Friday, May 10th

- 1 - A couple of weeks ago I was in The Last Word trying to spend a groupon I purchased - $40 worth of used books is actually harder to pick out than you'd think.  But when this is what the book shelves look like, how are you ever supposed to find one that suits your fancy?

- 2 - I've seen a few quotes that have been really resonated with me...maybe you can get a little inspiration from them too!

- 3 - I'm actually writing my quick takes on Tuesday evening this week because my parents are coming to visit tomorrow and then we are headed to the BEACH!  But on that note, this will be my 5th post this week ... WHAT, unbelievable you say!  You can check them here:

Teacher appreciation Week 2013Duo Lingo...are you teaching me the most important things?Dear Walmart CustomersCraft: Baby Shower Gift

- 4 - I've also been keeping up on my blog reading and am all caught up with the bloglovin' feed ... so please, dear friends - write more so I can read more!  I also just got B…

Teacher Appreciation Week 2013

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Since I'm supposedly in charge of stuff at our parish, I thought I would show the teacher's my appreciation for their good work.  So I made a cute little thing up to give them to say thanks!

I perused Pinterest for a while searching until I could find the perfect little thing and then the Swedish Fish jumped out at me and said:

It's Of-Fish-ial!  You help our students swim to the top! Hope they enjoy it today!

Five Favorites (May 7th)

Found out about Five Favorites from one of my favorite mom blogs over at The Camp this evening.  Figured I was on a blogging roll so why not link up there and make it a full week!

So, some favorites:

1. Swedish Fish - I haven't had them in a LONG time, but tonight I made these little bags of goodies for our pre-school teachers at work and just happened to have a few left over!

2. How I Met Your Mother - I think Ted might actually meet her this season, in just a couple of episodes and I'm just a little excited!  I've been waiting for this - and the entire scene they paint gives me hope for meeting my future spouse.  I mean if a guy with professional writers scripting his love story can't find a gal - then us lowly people without writers surely can be given a little extra time! 

3. Pope Francis - is it not one of everyone's favorites!  I mean, really - today's tweet was:
Do not be content to live a mediocre Christian life: walk with determination along the path of hol…