7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 16)

January 9, 2009 | 50 comments

— 1 —

OK, I’ll just come out and admit it: the 2008 Weblog Awards have been a slight source of anxiety for me this week. I kept calmly remind myself that the purpose of this blog is really not about traffic or awards and that I need to keep focused on just sharing my experiences about where the Lord leads me in my newfound faith. And then, just as I would be feeling prayerfully detached about it all, some loud voice from the back of my mind would interrupt with, “BUT WOULDN’T IT BE COOL TO WIN?!?!?”

Luckily Fr. Z‘s massive vote count has helped me give up in bitter defeat overcome the temptation to desire worldly blogging acclaim.

— 2 —

I heard that the Catholic New Media Celebration is going to be in San Antonio in June this year. I’m there!

— 3 —

I laugh so hard every time I see this bag of cat food at my mom’s house:

Umm, could I get a little more information about this part right here, the part where we go from slices of juicy beef tenderloin and roasted turkey fresh from the cutting board to the desiccated, amorphous blobs of cat food actually contained in the bag?:

Maybe my little cat food connoisseur could explain the connection.

— 4 —

My 32nd birthday is Monday. One thing about having four children in five years is that it makes 32 sound so young. I feel like I’ve been so busy in the past few years that I should be turning 92!

— 5 —

In part due to my friend Abigail’s inspiring thoughts on attending daily Mass with her three young children, I went to daily Mass today at noon. I was so pleasantly surprised to see that there were about 150 – 200 other people there, especially considering that it’s not a major feast day, the other area parishes also offer daily Masses, and this isn’t the only Mass today. Even though I felt like I “didn’t have time, ” I’m very glad I went.

— 6 —

I was going to write more but the girls are here and anxious to tell me about their days, so that’s it for now.

[This was written late Thursday afternoon and scheduled to be published later, in case anyone glanced at the timestamp and wondered what on earth my 10-year-old neighbors are doing over at midnight.]

— 7 —

I leave you with this thought:


Below is a Mr. Linky list if you’d like to add a link to your own 7 Quick Takes post. (1) Make sure the link you submit is to the URL of your post and not your main blog URL. (2) Include a link back here.

I look forward to reading your posts!


  1. Scarlett

    Haha! First link, first comment, woohoo!

    That’s what happened when you’re up until absurd hours crocheting scarves. Isn’t that what everyone does at 1 am?

  2. Scarlett

    Okay, I forgot about comment moderation. Maybe I wasn’t the first comment after all. Maybe Jen’s just sleeping at 1 am, like, oh, everyone else in the world.

  3. Irenaeus

    Chewbacca on trap set? Y’know, I do feel strangely free, now that all my dreams and goals have been placed in a strange perspective.

  4. maggie

    Oooh, this was harder than I thought it was going to be. Not so quick! But I so love reading these…

  5. Carrien

    We are almost the exact same age!

    I will be 32 on the 31st.

    Happy birthday!

  6. Tami Boesiger

    I love your relationship with “the girls”. How fun.

    Have a great weekend, Jennifer.

  7. Kim

    Oh my gosh, #3 and #7 had me laughing out loud this morning. And I wish I understood Twitter. I lurk around, trying to figure it out, but I just don’t get it. Can you explain how you use it in some future post?

  8. Kate Wicker

    You got my vote.

    I heard that about the CNMC, too, and I’m bummed because I doubt with a 3-month-old baby, tight budget, and my husband’s work schedule in June (he’ll be working nights again like I mention in my quick takes), I’ll be able to swing it. It was on home turf last year, so I was there and it was so uplifting and informative. Plus, I absolutely loved meeting some of my fave Catholic bloggers. Would love to meet you someday.

    Daily mass with kids has been something I’ve struggled with. I used to try and go more, but I found myself getting really frazzled with my youngest who screams (shouts of joy, but screams nonetheless) through the entire service. Most people were kind, but I always seemed to get a few nasty looks. I need to thicken my skin and get back there.

    Preschooler: “C’mon, Mommy! C’mon. “

    Toddler: “Mommmmmyyyyy!!!”

    My wakeup call… πŸ™‚

    God bless.

  9. Jen

    I just have to say over and over again how much I love this blog. That picture is beyond awesome! LOL!

  10. Love2Learn Mom

    Thanks for hosting this. I’ve been meaning to give it a try for awhile and I’m finally here! πŸ™‚

  11. Heather

    I love the awesome poster!

  12. Trena

    Happy Birthday!

  13. Amy

    LOL, love that last one. Makes me feel better about today. πŸ™‚

  14. Party of Eight

    #7 is so, so, true. Thank you!

  15. Heather of the EO

    That cat food thing is SO true. mmmmm…

    I love your takes. You’re hilarious.

    I did my 7 takes for the first time and I LOVED it. This is such a great idea. Thank you!

  16. Debbie

    Hi. Came over from Heather’s. Love your blog. No wonder you are winning things. I also love this theme and may jump in next Friday.

  17. Aubrey

    Thanks for starting this meme! I enjoy filling it out, thinking about it during the week, and reading others’ posts.

    We also had four children in five years. Whew!

  18. Multiple Mom T

    I started having kids at 32 and finished having #4/5 at 34, so you’re quite a bit ahead of me!

  19. Christine the Soccer Mom

    Happy birthday, Jen. If you were nearer, I’d have you and the munchkins over for lunch and cookies. πŸ™‚

    I’m starting to really enjoy Quick Takes Fridays, even if I don’t play every week.

  20. Mary Poppins NOT

    May God grant you many years in peace, health and happiness.

  21. Nzie

    I did it! My first Quick Takes Friday because I finally just decided to get on and make a blog and thank WordPress it made it easy. πŸ™‚ Use a different SN at my own blog – theRosyGardener. πŸ™‚ Thanks for this great idea, Jen! πŸ˜€ I think I even got the linkback right and everything!

  22. beckygiggles

    Finally, I’m back on my quick takes. Due to holidays, sickness, general apathy, I’ve fallen behind. So glad you keep your’s going no matter what! It always makes my Fridays better!

  23. Laura

    Daily mass is very tough with little ones, but I say keep trying! The benefits you will reap will be tremendous. Eventually they get used to going and don’t act up EVERY time, maybe only every OTHER time!
    God Bless

  24. beck'sthree

    Thanks for this idea. πŸ™‚

  25. Tres Angelas

    Your modesty (and probably a concious effort to avoid the sin of pride) have prevented you from engaging in any self-promotion with respect to the Weblog Awards.

    This is commendable, so the following is addressed to Jennifer’s readers and not to Jen:

    This blog is not only a joy to read, but it also has caused me to delve more deeply into my faith, which I too often take for granted. Perhaps you feel the same way.

    More importantly, taken as a whole (comments included), this blog is a fairly impressive body of work, and many of the posts are truly penetrating. I believe that the approach Jennifer takes in her writing — humorous yet reverant, approachable yet profound — could well bring many lapsed Catholics and other lost souls into the fold.

    So, I took the liberty of e-mailing a few of my friends, sending links to my favorite posts, as well as the January 4th post on the Weblog Awards, along with a subtle (OK, it wasn’t the least bit subtle) suggestion that they cast a vote (or two, or three) for our favorite religious blog.

    Why? Not because the Award is important in itself, but because awareness of this blog and spreading the message found here is a good thing. In fact, it could be THE thing that turns many from the path promoted by Hollywood and Madison Avenue to the path of the righteous. (I hope that doesn’t sound too self-righteous.)

    So, fellow Conversion Diary readers, since pretty much everybody in the world has a larger e-mail address book than I, consider spreading the word!

    (BTW, my eldest turns 13 this month. A teenager. I’M OLD.)


  26. Jennifer @ Conversion Diary

    I just have a sec to comment but just wanted to say thank you to Tres Angelas for your kind words about the awards. You are so sweet!

    And thank you to everyone else as well for your kind words and birthday wishes!

    Will write more soon. Chaos to deal with…

  27. Karen

    Wow, I’m REALLY enjoying these! It forces me to think back on my week and then feel guilty for not getting anything done. *sigh*

    (This is a good thing because it motivates me to do better next week!)

    Write From Karen

  28. Anne Marie

    I voted for you Jen!!! Even after I clicked thru on Fr. Dwight’s blog. Shhh, don’t tell him.

  29. Diane

    I do so enjoy the glimpses into everyone’s lives!

  30. Jessica

    That IS awesome. Truly awesome.

  31. Kerry

    The “Awesome” poster reminds me of the opening sequence of KungFu Panda: “His foes would be blinded by overexposure to pure AWESOMENESS!”

    Thanks again for hosting such a fun Mr. Linky!

  32. Heather

    love this!

  33. Shelly W

    Sorry I can’t play today, but I’ve sure enjoyed yours! Have a happy birthday weekend.

  34. Kristin T.

    Regarding #1, congrats on getting so close to the top! I’ve been having arguments with myself lately about what blogging success looks like and what I should be striving for. I’m nowhere close to a Weblog Award, but I do pay too much attention to numbers–how many visits, how many comments, etc. I just wrote a blog post on the topic, after reading about a small church with a big impact, and being really inspired and humbled. I’m trying to keep it all in perspective, while at the same time wanting to share my understanding of God with as many people as possible. It’s a balancing act!

  35. regan

    i REALLY love that last picture. my boys would probably want that painted as a mural on their wall.
    thanks for doing this whole thing. i always read, but this week i think i’ll actually participate!

  36. Kate Wicker

    P.S. Had to go tend to the kids before I had a chance to wish you a happy birthday!!!


  37. Amy Jane (Untangling Tales)

    I think the going out (e.g. to daily mass) is for some personalities the perfect “break” in the day to reset to brain and spirit.

    Add that you’re focusing (in heart at least) on “things above” and it seems hard to go wrong.

    Kudos for “getting out,” I’m still working on that… maybe we’ll try for McD’s Playland… far less spiritual, but more running around involved and that’s good too.

  38. Hannah

    That picture is, indeed, utterly awesome.

  39. bfarmmom

    This was fun!! Thanks!

  40. Christine

    50 folks already! Wow – you have started quite a sensation with the quick takes. And it’s great. Thanks again.

  41. Aimee

    Happy Birthday! My 33rd birthday is on Sunday — January babies are so awesome πŸ˜‰

  42. Angel

    Ok, that picture IS really awesome. LOL Caused quite a stir around here.

  43. Maria

    Happy birthday!

  44. Emily

    Just found you. Will be back to read more…

  45. Nicole

    Um…hilarious! As I read #7, my husband is in the living room watching Star Wars on Spike. Awesome!

  46. Melanie B

    Catholic New Media in San Antonio…. Oh I am so there, I thought. And then I looked at the date. I don’t think the airlines or my OB are going to let me go a month before my due date. Oh well. πŸ™

  47. Melanie B

    Oh and a very happy birthday to you!

  48. Ariane

    I came across your blog browsing religious blogs but I noticed what you said about wondering how the pictures of the juicy meat get to be the amorphous kibble in a bag of cat food? Good question! The truth is it almost certainly does not come from meat that looks anything like the images of high quality meat shown on packages. In fact it may be from sources we’d rather not think about. (but one piece of kibble is not likely to do any harm to a curious human “kitten”) But for a cat eating it as a regular diet, there are potential problems. Cats are “obligate carnivores”, made to run on animal-sourced protein and fat. Almost all dry kibble cat food has WAY more carbs than a cat’s body is meant to handle.

    I finally learned about feline nutrition when my cat became diabetic, probably partly due to years of a high carb diet. If you are curious about what cats need to eat — and have a few minutes between all your responsibilities to your 2 legged kids πŸ™‚ — check out the site of veterinarian Dr. Lisa Pierson, at http://www.catinfo.org.

    Best wishes to you and yours

  49. Tres Angelas

    I can just post random, unrelated comments, right?

    From another blogger in another category (Third place, Best Humor Blog):

    January 13, 2009
    I won!
    The votes won’t be tallied until tomorrow, of course, but it looks like I received more votes for Best Humor Blog than anybody except a couple of other guys. Woo-hoo!

    Thank you to everyone who voted for me, and congratulations to Josh at The Comics Curmudgeon for the commanding win. He’s a funny guy.

    [scattered boos from crowd]

    No, no. No, no. Hold on. I understand that you’re disappointed. You worked hard for what you believe in, and I am deeply indebted to you. But this is no time for recriminations. It’s time for all Americans to put aside our differences and work together. Only by uniting can we build better humor blogs for our children and our children’s children. As for our children’s children’s children, I haven’t really had much time to think about them, but I’m sure they’ll figure something out.

    Thank you, and God bless you, and God bless America.

    Posted by Jim Treacher at 02:05 PM

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