7 Quick Takes: Wow, It’s been a while!!

It’s been exactly two months since I’ve done a Quick Takes post, in fact the last one was done for my birthday back in April. I’m linking up with Jen to let you know what I’ve been up to in the last two months…

1.) I signed my life away….okay, not my life but my month of July, to write a 50,000 word novel. More on that in the days to come!

2.) I’ve crossed seven books off of my Summer Reading List
  • Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler – The story of a staunch atheist’s conversion to Christianity. Jennifer has a way of telling her story that is just so compelling. Once I started this book I could not put it down. 
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I was pretty late to the party with this one, but after getting a free sample of it for my Kindle, I just had to read the rest, and I was not disappointed (have tissues nearby just in case)
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – I absolutely loved this book! It was the first one I had on my list and I finished it in two days. Just like with TFiOS, I was so wrapped up in the story that I couldn’t put it down. 
  • Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella – I’d never read anything by this author, but I picked this up at Barnes and Noble from their “Blind Date With a Book” table. I was not disappointed! (the language can be a little salty sometimes…beware)
  • Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella – recommended by Janssen at Everyday Reading this book had me laughing so hard the whole way through! (It’s Kinsella, again the language can be a bit iffy)
  • I’ve Got Your Number also by Kinsella – another one that Janssen recommended. I am only a few chapters into it, and I think I should have read Twenties Girl 
  • Growing Up Duggar: It’s All About Relationships by Jana, Jill, Jesssa, and Jinger Duggar – this one was so good! It was (as the title suggests) all about relationships; your relationship with yourself, your family, your parents, your friends, guys, and the Lord. Very well written, and very interesting to hear some of the struggles that the four eldest Duggar girls have faced. 
I have to say, I’m kind of shocked that I’ve read through this much of my list already! 
3.) I’ve tested several recipes for a new series here on the blog that I’m really looking forward to starting! In fact, tonight I’m going to test a recipe that I’ve always wanted to try. I will be attempting to make poached eggs with hollandaise sauce…I’ll let you know how that goes…
4.) It’s good to be back to writing here on the blog more often, I have to admit that I’d neglected it for a little while and I’m going to try to do a better job of keeping it up. Now that I have a series of posts planned, lots of projects to work on, and 50,000 words to write I’m going to try to update more consistently. 
5.) In the two months that I haven’t posted, I read Jen’s book Something Other Than God. I’m sure most of you have read it, and I’m so glad I finally did! It was wonderful, and inspiring and I cannot recommend this book enough!! 
6.)       (I’m floundering for Takes…..I can’t come up with anything…..) 
7.) Okay, next week I promise I’ll do a better job with these!! Thanks for stopping by!! 
Hoping you have a great weekend! 


7 Quick Takes: Birthday Edition

Hello and happy Friday to you all! I took last week off from Quick Takes in honor of Good Friday, you can find my posts from Holy Week here. I have a lot to do around the house to get ready for tonight so I’m just going to get right to the takes.

1.) I am turning 21 on Sunday. I can hardly believe it, but WOW time seems to just fly by! Tonight I’m having my family over for dinner and cupcakes. It’s not a huge deal to me to have a “birthday party” but mom and dad want to….

2.) I babysat for the first part of the week, and used some of the money I earned to purchase my own birthday presents…..much to the chagrin of my father : ) I got a board game I’ve had my eye on for a while; It’s called Pandemic, and it comes from the geniuses at Z-Man Games. This game is a co-operative game, meaning you win and you lose TOGETHER. We are a family of first borns (I’m an only, so it’s counts!) and we are incredibly competitive gamers. This is a really nice change of pace for the three of us, because it pretty much forces you to work together to work toward your end goal.

I also bought Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments. I’d read some great reviews of this one, and I couldn’t pass up the fact that it was a five dollar bargain book : ) 
3.) Mom and I finished watching season 2 of The BBC’s Robin Hood….oh my goodness, the end of that season is heart-breaking! I don’t even want to talk about it other than to say that this show is a must watch! It is very well done, the story lines are captivating, and the characters are engaging! I would highly recommend this show! Unfortunately it is no longer on BBC but the dvd’s are out there, and there is a chance that Netflix might have it as well! Go check it out, you won’t be disappointed……
4.) (I’m really struggling to come up with half-way decent takes to share today) 
     Oh, here we go…I have mentioned before that I’m writing again…well, The Block is gone (thank goodness) and I’m making some progress….I’ve decided to kill a character….It’s not easy, in fact….I haven’t actually done it yet. I just can’t bring myself to do it even though I know that this will bring me to the conclusion that I want. (I’m writing out of chronological order) 
(if I write in chronological order, there is no conclusion in sight) 
(in about a month this will all probably change again….) 
5.) Books one and three are plotted out, and book one is moving along nicely. I’ve written an opening scene and a (sort of) concluding scene for book three….I have to be honest and tell you that I still don’t have any idea what I’m going to do for book two. I could just scrap it, and make book three book two but then there will be a MAJOR gap in my timeline. I’m still really struggling with this, and I honestly don’t know what to do! It’s been driving me nuts that I have a concept for one and three and not a single thing for two, well that’s not entirely true I have characters, well a character and her husband (who I haven’t been able to name…for months). 
6.) That’s it for me today, like I said above, I have some things to do to get ready for family to come over for tonight…if you think about it, say a prayer for me okay! I’d really appreciate it! 
7.) I’m linking up with Jen as always so make sure to check out the rest of this week’s Quick Takes. 

7 Quick Takes: 3/28/14

Another Friday means another installment of Quick Takes…I just finished up an exam for my online class and only have one left to do! This semester is finally coming to an end, and I honestly can’t wait! I have today off, and plan on relaxing, doing a bit of writing, and watching movies with my mom, so if you don’t mind I’m just going to get right to the takes….

1.) Last week I didn’t post because I was extremely tired. I would have written the post Thursday and then published, but I didn’t….then I could have posted live on Friday but I didn’t do that either. You see, I spent all day Thursday painting. First thing Thursday morning I gutted my room, and over the course of 12-15 hours I painted two coats of paint above and below the awful horrible kill-it-with-fire bane-of-my-existence  chair rail, painted the chair rail, and painted all the trim…then I had the joy of putting everything back together. By the end of the night I was sore, tired, and so not in the mood to write. I only wish that I had gotten better pictures to share, but here is what I can show you….

2.) The NCAA Basketball tournament began on Thursday and our church is having a little friendly bracket competition…I spent most of the first weekend tied for first place in a field heavily dominated by the men I work with….I was extremely proud of myself…until Sunday….the wheels fell off the wagon Sunday when the Kansas Jayhawks lost……..and busted my poor little bracket…..
3.) Sunday night my Bible Quizzing kids had their last practice before the big District Quiz Meet on Saturday. Dad wrote a stellar Jeopardy style game for them, and they are all ready for the meet. This season they were studying the book of Genesis, and next year we’ll move on to Exodus….I still have a trophy on my shelf from when I was a quizzer….The last time I quizzed we were in the books of 1st and 2nd Samuel….I loved being a quizzer, and I feel like I’ve come full circle now that I’m one of the coaches. 
4.) Tuesday night I went out with a group of great ladies from church; we went to dinner and then headed to the cinema to see God’s Not Dead. I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend you go see this movie! It was phenomenal. I will try to summarize without spoiling…
Josh is a college Freshman who has to fulfill a humanities credit, so he takes an intro to philosophy class. On the first day in class the professor tells his students that he wants to “get the argument out of the way” so he has them write God is Dead on a piece of paper, sign their name, and turn it in for full credit as an assignment. Josh refuses, stating that he is a Christian and he could never renounce his faith in that way. The professor then tells him that over the course of three classes Josh is to make his argument to the class….prove to the class that God’s NOT dead…..The class could then decide; is Josh right or the professor. Josh makes his case, citing arguments from both sides of the issue, and ultimately the class decides that…………………………. 
(you thought I’d spoil it didn’t you? I told you I wouldn’t) 
There are several other story lines mixed in with the main story, but they all revolve around the main premise that God’s Not Dead…it was a very well done film, and I would very much recommend everyone see this movie. 
5.) I’m going to jump back to Sunday for a moment…
The Good Wife….Will….no……but……why…..really?……there was no other option………Will?! No!
Okay, but really….and fans of The Good Wife out there?? I’d love to hear your thoughts about Sunday night’s episode…are you as grief-stricken as me….
Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman, and only my favorite TV show host) tweeted about the episode on Sunday, and by Monday after I’d finally watched it, I responded to her on a whim….and this just made my day!!
Seriously though….DAY. MADE!!
6.) I have had serious writer’s block this past week….or two….I am so stuck in fact that my character has been left sitting on a bench for the last week….or two….because I can’t figure out where she needs to go next!! I am however working on what I hope will be the concluding book in the series. I am in the process of writing the turning point scene. I hesitate to call it the climax because that’s not really what it is; it’s the scene that changes the lives of my characters, and ultimately changes the direction of the story. That’s why I hesitate to call it the climax, because calling it that suggests a resolution to that scene, which wouldn’t necessarily involve my characters. I have to admit that through this process I’ve gained so much more respect for authors of historical fiction…really authors in general. I’ve had such fun walking this path, and learning my style, and technique, and really working on honing this skill….but let me tell you, it is hard! It gives me  a much greater appreciation for the books that I love! 
7.) I’m about to head out and run some errands, so this is it for me today! OH! Good news for my fellow Michiganders….the snow is melting! 
As always, I’m linking up with Jen and the others over at Conversion Diary. Make sure to head over there and check out the rest of this week’s Quick Takes!

Have a wonderful weekend!



7 Quick Takes: Making Lemonade from Lemons

Good morning and happy Saturday to you! Just a quick note, if any of you are planning on heading to a senate meeting today….Beware, the Ides of March!

Normally I try to get my Quick Takes posted on Friday but yesterday was a bit busy for my family; We spent 14 hours at our church catering an event. I didn’t have time to write my post on Thursday because of all the prep work that needed to be done, so here I am on Saturday. I’m currently writing this post from the Library in my church, because around 7:30 this morning power got knocked out for our entire area. My mom is in book club down the hall, while I’m blogging, studying, and writing…lemonade from lemons!

1.) I’m finally getting over the cold that struck me down  at the beginning of the week. Tuesday I came to work and started feeling gross, so because I work at the church in the office and nursery I know where to find what I need. I headed to the nursery area to find a thermometer…I was running a low grade fever; I checked again every hour and it still hadn’t broken, but I pushed on with my work because that was the ONLY symptom I had of being sick at all. When I got home that afternoon my head felt like it was going to explode, and my nose was stuffy…..it is finally on its way out…Praise the Lord!!

2.) Normally I could have stayed home to work today, but my computer wont work unless it’s plugged in. My battery needs to be replaced and I’m cheap so that won’t be happening any time soon. It’s really nice though, sitting alone in a quiet library (a dream I’ve had since I was a kid but the Library in my dream was the one in Beast’s Castle, you know the one….Floor to ceiling books surrounding the room), just me and my thoughts and my writing. I love libraries….I always thought that it would be cool to be a librarian; run my own library, help kids learn to read…and learn to love it! Odd fact for the day: I am actually trained to run a library. I don’t have formal training, it’s more of an apprenticeship, but I can step in and shelve books, check them out to people, return them, and code them for filing….

3.) I found an article this week on Pinterest that I want to share with everyone who knows me….something that I can just hand off when I first meet so that they can understand me a little bit better. 23 Signs that You’re Secretly an Introvert…..except in my case it is no secret. If you met me, you’d never know it; I don’t fall into the stereotypes that society applies to introverts. I’m not shy, quite, or anti-social. I don’t sit alone at parties, I make an effort to meet new people….I do all those things, but here’s the kicker: It’s exhausting! I come home so physically drained from parties, potlucks, and picnics; I love being with people, and talking to people but where an extrovert would be energized by that, it drains my energy….I wish I could explain that to people when I leave a party early, or when I’m so exhausted from a Sunday morning at church that I don’t go back for the evening service. Look at that…another odd fact about me! 
4.) I do have a confession to make…I’m writing this post right now as a way to avoid my writing. I need to be writing, but right now I’ve got such bad writer’s block that I honestly can’t do anything……I should be though….I should be writing. 

..Because I have writer’s block….and I had a blog post to write….and……and……

Okay, fine! I will….as soon as I finish this post!

5.) Tonight our family will all be getting together to celebrate my amazing Great-Grandma’s 95th birthday! She is such a cool lady, and I love being able to spend time with her….physically she is still doing great, but her mental faculties aren’t all there anymore…..it is always so much fun to spend time with her!!

6.) Okay, here’s another odd fact about me….I’m a terrible decision maker. I can’t make a decision to save my life! I’m going to be repainting my bedroom, and I posted this picture to Instagram and Facebook this week.

I picked up paint chips at Home Depot last Saturday and taped them to my wall. I told in the picture that I am terrible at making decisions and Facebook friends rock! Bless their collective hearts! With their input I was able to finally make a decision and I will begin painting on Monday! Now if they could help me decide where to go for my birthday lunch with the staff at work that’d be great! 
7.) If you made it this far I applaud you! Now head over to Conversion Diary to read more (better) Quick Takes!



7 Quick Takes about Writing, Sherlock, and Crazy Weather

Happy Friday! I’m glad to finally be getting back to the blog….I feel like I’ve been neglecting it for a while, but I have a good reason….that I will tell you all about later : )
Until then, here are my Quick Takes for the week:

1.) Housekeeping note: I took the blog back to it’s original design and layout….the green was getting to be a little to much for me, and honestly this look fits me better, and really fits the content of the blog better. Who knows, I may end up changing it again!

2.) There is something to be said for sensory memory! When I study, I almost always listen to music; for one unit of study (usually 8-10 chapters) I will listen exclusively to one album of all instrumental music. I’m taking online classes, so the studying and reading is all on my own time; I usually sit down with my notes and book and turn on that music for the duration of my study time. When I take my quizzes or exams at the end of units, I’ll turn on that same album in my room while I take my exam and the results cannot lie! I have gotten better results while listening to the music that I studied to than nothing at all! For this last unit it was the soundtracks from the first two Hobbit Movies; last unit it was the soundtracks from Sherlock; this last unit it will likely be the Star Trek (reboot) Soundtracks. This method of using sensory memory has always helped me….and it helps that that’s what we were just talking about in this class so I already knew a lot of the concepts : )

3.) Okay, no more psychology talk today….I posted earlier this week that I’ve been avoiding writing, going so far as to not even turning on the computer. I’ve been fleshing out the ideas for my novel in my head, knowing that once I sat down and pulled up the document I’d be making changes….lots and lots of changes. I was sitting in church Wednesday night waiting for orchestra rehearsal to start, and inspiration struck; I took out my phone and opened up a new note….I proceeded to write almost a full chapter right there in the pew before rehearsal. I knew that I’d have to add those changes to the whole document, and that if I didn’t I’d never be happy with the progression of my story.

The changes I made meant losing about five pages total…so my page count is down by half, but I’m happy with the way the story is moving. Before making the changes I felt that the story was too neat, too perfect. Everything was wrapped up for me in a nice little bow (because I’d written it that way) and I wasn’t happy with it….there needed to be a little chaos, some conflict, something other than this perfect plot progression from A-Z…now if I could just figure my characters out a little better….

Via: tumblr

4.) I write late at night….most nights. I will usually spend an hour or so writing just to get the ideas out of my head. A friend of mine gave me some good advice that has really helped me along, she said “Jump around, don’t write chronologically.” This advice has helped me so much with moving my plot. I have already written some of my major plot points and can work backwards from there to fill it in, and move forward with some kind of resolution. I mentioned writing late at night (of course to me, 10:30 is late….), I also sleep with a pad of paper and pen beside me to write down whatever ideas I come up with when I can’t sleep…I haven’t read them yet to see what I wrote but I have four pages from last night alone….I can’t remember what any of them say, so I may not use any of it but it allows me to get the ideas out of my head before I forget them!

5.)**There may be SPOILERS in this take if you haven’t finished Sherlock S3, you’ve been warned** It’s been nearly three weeks now and I haven’t talked about this yet….I think I needed some time to emotionally prepare myself for this topic…the Sherlock series 3 finale. OH. MY. GOODNESS!! The entire season was pretty amazing, but that finale had to be one of the best episodes they’ve done! I was so pleased with the whole season; the character development, the story lines, and the humor. I thought that they handled his return nicely; the reunion scene still gives me goosebumps….Martin Freeman is spectacular, and the emotion in his performance of the reunion scene was simply amazing. I loved seeing Sherlock carry out his duties as best man in the Sign of Three; giving his speech while also solving a murder was quite comical, but then you have His Last Vow. The Magnussen was a more chilling, terrifying villain than Moriarty because there was no way to stop him. The way they handled John and Mary’s situation (I really don’t want to spoil this if some of you haven’t seen it) was wonderful. John had his moments (months) of anger toward her, but still forgave her for her past….and then…AND. THEN. THE. END!!!! I am very interested to see what becomes of Moriarty’s “return”. Is he really alive (I don’t see how he can be, he clearly should be dead)? I can’t wait to see how that is handled in series 4…..when we eventually get it! 
Via Pinterest 

6.) The weather forecast for today is snow, rain, ice, and possible thunderstorms. Welcome to Michigan! Yesterday it rained, snowed, freezing rained, snowed, and then we even got some thunder and lightening. Some of the snow is melting which means for the first time in MONTHS we are starting, yes only starting, to see some grass. We still have drifts of snow that can be measured in FEET not inches, but spring is slowly making its way here….I am so ready!!! (Just a note: As I’m typing this it’s snowing, and hour ago it was raining)

7.) I’m linking up with Jen for Quick Takes today, and debating whether or not to link up for her 7 posts in 7 days….what do you think??
Enjoy your weekend, and if you live someplace warm: Walk barefoot outside from me, I miss being able to do that! 

7 Quick Takes: Back in The Saddle

Good morning, and happy Saturday! I’m still here….I really am! I haven’t posted in a while and I know I need to in order to keep my blog current but things are busy, busy, busy around here!!

1.) I’m currently in the middle of my winter semester and the course load keeps me pretty busy, but I know you don’t want to hear about my school schedule : ) I’ll spare you!

2.) Back in the Saddle: No, I’m not doing horseback riding (that will never happen). I’ve started writing again. Not just blogging, actual writing. As a freshman in high school I started writing but got discouraged and stopped. This time feels different though; I have a plot that I like, characters that don’t drive me nuts, and I’m consistently writing a thousand words a day. I’m also consistently re-writing about half of those.

3.) I love that I’m writing again! It’s been so much fun to sit down and do my research, and just type away! I usually write at night before I go to bed. I reserve my day-light hours for work, school, and family but at night in my room I turn on some music and just write!

4.) I stopped writing years ago when I got particularly discouraged because of some criticism fro a professor. She didn’t like my writing, any of it. I never had to write creatively for her class though (and by that I mean, I never had to write an original story concept). I found myself having to work harder, and write more in order to try and please this professor, nothing I wrote was up to her standards though and she didn’t hesitate to call me out on it….in front of the class. That was when I stopped. I was a freshman in college with half a notebook of story planning. I threw it out after that. I started to believe that my writing was terrible, that I’d never be able to write something worth reading.

5.) I was so down on myself for so long…after those harsh words from my professor I didn’t want to write. I was afraid that my writing would never be good enough. Well, I’m getting back on the horse! I have a couple of chapters already written and I’m really excited about my progress!!

6.) Publishing is so far down the road that I’m not thinking about it at this point but it would be cool to see my name in a bookstore some day!

7.) On a completely different note, Sunday night is the finale of Sherlock Series 3 and it’s back to hiatus for the fans. This season has been pretty different from the first two, but we’ve seen so much development of story and characters and I LOVE it!! The only thing I don’t love is that it’s almost over….I hate hiatus!!

I’m linked up with Jen as always!


7 Quick Takes: The one in which, Things get back to normal

…or as close to normal as possible. I realized that I haven’t posted in a month….I also realize that most people won’t have noticed that, and that’s totally okay with me, but I need to keep up my writing/blogging…..so,  Okay, enough off topic talk, I’m back and it’s Friday, and that means Quick Takes so let’s get to it…….

1.) The Holidays are over…and have been for a while…I’m back to work and school, and I’m finally getting back into some sort of a routine. I’ve enjoyed my time off, plus the extra time off that I got due to an ice storm, and subsequent snow storm that shut down our county for a couple of days. It’s nice to finally get back into the swing of things; going back to school albeit on-line, back to work, and normal daily activities!

2.) Last year I began the transfer process for changing colleges and changing my major, I completed my first semester at the new school, and on Monday began the winter semester. All of my credits transferred except for Developmental Psychology which I’m retaking this semester on-line.

3.) For Christmas I surprised my dad with all six seasons of The Big Bang Theory on DVD. Between Christmas, New Year, and all the time stuck in the house due to snow, we finished all of them!! Dad was pretty happy on Christmas morning, and it kind of made my day….that and the look on mom’s face when she opened the box of new pots and pans from dad! It was a great day all around!

4.) I used a combination of Christmas and babysitting money to buy myself some books. I bought The Hobbit and Mary Poppins, She Wrote. I’ve started The Hobbit, and I am so looking forward to starting Mary Poppins, She Wrote before going to see Saving Mr. Banks!

5.) I talked a bit about what I was looking forward to this (now) past Holiday season and one of those things was the Doctor Who Christmas special. It did not disappoint! I was surprised to see the Doctor age so much throughout the episode, but was entirely pleased with how they did the whole thing! It was very well done and I can’t wait to see Peter Capaldi play the Doctor!

6.) Downton Abbey is back….and boy did the first episode deliver! I can’t wait to see what is in store for the rest of the season! I was so sad for Mary at the beginning but after a good cry with Carson she was back in a fighting spirit and this is looking like it will be a great season!

7.) I couldn’t think of anything for number seven so….here.

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Sherlock series 3 premiers on January 19th and I am waiting with great anticipation!

As always, I’m linked up with Jen! 



7 Quick Takes: About Sound of Music Live!, Dead week, and Children’s Musicals

Happy Friday (though, it may be Saturday by the time I publish this)! I hope you all had a great week! I’m just going to get to the takes today and hopefully I’ll be back to a regular posting schedule when things settle down a bit here…….so January!

1.) The Sound of Music Live was amazing! That is my opinion and here are a few things I’d like to clear up:
Yes, Julie Andrews made the role of Maria famous, but she was not the original Maria. Carrie Underwood did the role justice! The move was adapted from the Broadway show, what was broadcast live to us was a version of the Broadway show NOT the movie. There was no editing, sound mixing, or scene cuts….it was LIVE! That is such and undertaking and on national television to boot! Again I say, it was AMAZING, The Sound of Music will forever be one of My Favorite Things!

2.) It’s dead week….that is, the week before finals…need I say more? I’m running on coffee, coffee, and more coffee.

3.) Saturday is the dress rehearsal for our children’s musical, The Great Christmas Giveaway! I am playing the adult lead in the show….I haven’t done anything like this since about the sixth grade, it’s been fun to jump back into it again.

4.) Sunday we are performing…..months of work all coming down to one performance! I have really enjoyed working with these amazing kids, and being able to present the story of Christmas to the congregation is such an awesome opportunity!

5.) Right now, as I type, there are 18 days until Christmas! 18!! Is it just me or did November and December just fly right on by!?!

6.) My brain is fried, so instead of a 6th take I’m just going to show you a picture….this is me 20 years ago celebrating my first Christmas

7.) I’m linking up with Jen like always! Head on over to check out Takes that are decidedly much better than mine! 
Have an awesome weekend!
Merry Christmas!

7 Quick Takes: Favorite Christmas Movies Edition

Happy Friday! I was inspired this week by Shay at Mix and Match Family, and her post about her top 10 favorite Christmas movies.  So, this week for my quick takes I will be giving you my top 10 Christmas movies….(or, movies to watch at Christmas, some may not necessarily be Christmas-y.)

7.) Numbers 10, 9, 8, and 7…..

                  10.) Elf – I like it, but I don’t love it. I usually only watch it once a season……

                   9.) The Sound of Music – Not technically a Christmas movie but one that I always watch right                             around Christmas. The Sound of Music is one of my all time favorite movies!

                    8.) The Santa Clause – The first in the series. This has always been one of my favorite                                       movies,                          
                     7.) Christmas Vacation – I watched this for the first time last year. I don’t think I have ever,                                EVER laughed as much as I did while watching this movie!

6.) Mary Poppins – I know that this one isn’t a Christmas movie either, but it is another one that we watch every year right around Christmas. Mary Poppins is one of my favorite Disney Movies (I might just do a post on those too!). I love the music, the story, all of it!

5.) The Santa Clause Two – I LOVE this movie! The story in this one is so fun! I just really enjoy how they did the sequel to an already awesome movie….what you won’t see on this list is The Santa Clause 3. I did not like that one at all…

4.) The Christmas Shoes – I cry every time. It is such a heart wrenching story but it is so so good! (and it has Rob Lowe in it, which doesn’t hurt )

3.) Pride & Prejudice – Also not Christmas….I watch it each year around holiday time. I love this one so much. I don’t know if it needs much explanation, but how can you not love Darcy and Lizzie!?

2.) The Christmas Card – A soldier receives a Christmas card while over seas. Soldier comes back to the states, moves to a small town and unknowingly meets, and falls in love with the woman who sent him the card. I cannot say enough good things about this one!

1.) White Christmas – Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Ellen. This is without a doubt my most favorite Christmas movie!

This does not mean that I don’t watch any other Christmas movies, I do but this list would be far too long if I were to list every movie I watch at Christmas. These are just some of my most favorites!

What is your favorite Christmas movie? Any that you don’t like? Please share, I love to hear from you guys!

As always I’m linking up with Jen for 7 Quick Takes!!

Seven Quick Takes: 11/15/13

Hello all! In addition to my usual Quick Takes post today, I have also posted a Pintester Movement post so make sure you check that out as well……you can find that RIGHT HERE. Now that I’m done with my self promotion let’s get on to a Holiday Edition of Quick Takes…..Holiday? You may be asking…..yes, Holiday!

1.) I love the Holiday season….Thanksgiving, Christmas, snow, the lights, the music, hot cocoa, candy canes, baking cookies, wrapping and giving gifts, turkey, mashed potatoes…..I could go on, but I won’t. I think you get the idea….I love the Holidays!

2.) This Holiday season I’m also looking forward to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special….I’m a nerd, this should not be news to you…..I have gotten completely hooked on Doctor Who and the thought of David Tennant coming back makes me pretty happy!

3.) I’ve been playing Christmas music since Halloween, the tree and lights will go up on Black Friday, and we will be watching Band of Brothers like we do every years while we put up the decorations. It is a tradition that we started a few years ago, and we can get through the whole series in a weekend so it just kind of works.

4.) Also in December (and, I know this has nothing to do with the Holidays, it’s just something I’m really looking forward to) The Hobbitt: Desolation of Smaug comes out! I am can’t wait to go see this one with my family!

5.) We are gearing up for the Children’s Christmas musical, and our Choir and Orchestra concert in just a few weeks and they are going to be so much fun. As soon as the director can find me a husband someone to play my character’s husband I will be able to start rehearsing with the kids, and I am so excited!

6.) I volunteered to bring a sweet treat to my next book club meeting, and I’m looking for some kind of coffee cake, or brownie, or a bar of some kind to take. I’ve been scanning Pinterest (not that I really needed a reason to do that) and have come up with a few ideas but I was wondering if you had any tried and trues recipes that you use, anything that is your favorite, or that you just want to share!

7.) As I always do, I’m linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary. Go check out all of the other Quick Takes, and (*Warning* more self promotion ahead….remember to check out my Pintester Movement post)!

Bonus # 8.) Check out these hand painted shoes I posted about last week…you won’t regret it!

Blessings for warm and Happy Holidays!