Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ho Ho Hodgepodge

1. Are you doing anything special to mark this season of Advent? If so please share.
This year we are using Ann VosKamp's new book...and ornaments I made to go with it.  
2. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen...and of course you recall, the most famous reindeer of, which reindeer name best describes you this week?
Prancer...I'm dancing in one spot, trying to tell myself to be calm. 
3. What's worse-too quiet or too loud? Which have you had more of lately?
Yes!!!...I've had quiet days and loud nights...
4. This question comes to you from Zoanna over at A Penchant for Pens-thanks Zo!
When you are administratively gifted, how often do you find yourself not trusting less gifted people to do what they've committed to do?  If you are not so gifted that way, but are reliable, how do you feel when the stronger person (in that area) goes ahead and covers it before giving you a chance to come through? 
I've grown in this area...I hope.  I think I realized that I was hurting people by not trusting them.  The way other people do things, while not the way I would always approach things, is still just fine.  I also learned to be careful when I select people...reliability isn't everything.  You can be burnt, and I have been, by not checking more carefully on what you've delegated.  Bottom line in any kind of leadership...PRAY...and Trust God.  It's a journey to do that more fully.
I do not handle it well when people go over my head and do what they gave me to do...but this is rare, as I am often the strongest personality present and am liable to just openly communicate my problems.  Hopefully, with more grace these days...
5. What is your most dreaded task relating to the holidays? Your most looked forward to holiday task?
Traveling to see family.  It's not the seeing family that bothers's the traveling.  Not that I particularly want to live closer...(I don't, I like my space)....I just dread the weather and drive...and feel like I come home exhausted.  When people ask me how my holidays were I generally say, "Well, they're over!"  Ugh.
I most look forward to celebrating advent with the kids.  It's a special way to say NO to all the consumer crazy nutsy counterfeit christmas junk.  Lighting candles...breathing calmly...singing sweetly...praying!  Ahhhh...
6. Facebook has released its list of the 'most talked about' topics of 2013. Pope Francis took the number one spot.  Does that surprise you? He was followed by election, royal baby, typhoon, and Harlem Shake. Your thoughts? What was your most talked about topic in 2013? (Facebook, around the kitchen table, or wherever it is you talk)
I was very surprised.  I wonder if that means that the majority of those on Facebook are Catholic?!  Although...I'm not really sure what else I thought would be "most talked about"...
7. What's something you consider a necessity that others might view as a luxury?
The first thing that comes to mind is my smartphone...gasp...I've been won over to the dark side.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Oh, just look at my babies from advent past!  CUTE!


Joyce said...

I am loving her book. It is speaking right to my heart this year. Your wreath is pretty. Mine is very simple, but I am really enjoying it. I've never done the advent wreath at home, although our church always has one. Enjoy your littles!

Barbara H. said...

I admit I tend to do things myself because I have had such a problem with well-meaning people who drop the ball. I know it's not good administration to do everything oneself, and I do try to avoid going over people's heads and consult them first about whatever it is, but sometimes that doesn't go well, either. I'm not a strong personality and it's easier to just do it myself than ask for help and then have it not get done or get done wrong. ((Example: once our ladies' group was making "Wordless Books" for our missionaries, and one table got the order of the pages wrong. When I discovered that, one person's response was, "Oh well, they'll get the idea." Sigh.)

I am not a fan of traveling, especially in winter. I like visiting people and places, just not the process of getting there. When will someone invent that transporter from Star Trek?! :-)

I don't think the talk of the pope on FB means it's primarily Catholic people - most everyone I personally saw talking about him wasn't Catholic. I didn't have any interest in the subject as a non-Catholic, but I guess many do.