Embracing Christmas.

An article, with quotes from Pope Benedict XVI ( then Cardinal Ratzinger).

Christmas, Sacred and Secular

“The hectic commercialism is repugnant to us,” wrote Cardinal Ratzinger, “…. And yet, underneath it all, does it not originate in the notion of giving and thus the inner urgency of love, with its compulsion to share, to give of oneself to the other? And does not the notion of giving transport us directly into the core of the mystery that is Christmas?”


It began as a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day…

Have you read the book
Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day?

Well, today started like that. It has a happy ending, however.

My mum has had breast cancer. I have mammograms every year just in case.

Well, today there were suspicious areas during the mammogram. I needed an extra ultrasound. I needed extra tests on top of this.

While waiting for the tests, I felt extremely mortal.

The results became available while I was at work. My kind doctor and even more kind husband relayed the results to me, at work, as soon as possible.

Suspicious areas benign.


This good news, coupled with Reconciliation tonight, and then healthy low fat Subway take away for dinner ( no guilt!), made my terrible, horrible no good morning fade.

This evening is spectatcular. 🙂

Deo Gratias.

I am a grump.

A grinch.

My Advent work has been to work on being nice always when speaking to my children.

I am failing . Terribly. Horribly.

I don’t know what is wrong with me, but the more I try to speak well, even in trying situations, the more I fail.

I can relate to St Paul, on doing not what I ought but what I don’t want .

Horrible morning this morning, getting ready for the pool and Group Learning end of year party.

I have apologized and the day was good but my manner of speaking irks me.

During the final session of the Advent programme tonight, Br. mentioned that God gives us all the graces we need, through the Sacraments and especially in the Eucharist.

Well, duh, I know that but, duh, I don’t remember it all the time.


I need Reconciliation – thank heaven tomorrow is the Second Rite of Reconciliation at our church, before Christmas.

I may be failing my Advent work but, hey, I am not failing life. I have the Sacraments and God’s grace.

Hope your Advent is blessed and joyous. 🙂

Workouts accountability.

Monday – Turbo Jam Fatblaster; Turbo Jam Ab Jam.

Tuesday – today – Turbo Jam Cardio Part Remix and perhaps Ab Jam ( running late with workouts as we went to 7.00 a.m. Mass and then breakfast out as a family. I ate low fat!).

Probably something with weights tomorrow – I’ve seen myself in my new swimsuit. Whew! Need weight training.

Eating – okay. So-so. The only downside of being a Kumon Education Supervisor is that all the students keep on giving me foodie presents. 🙂


Our books.

Three of the finished books.
In order, top to bottom ~
Alexander: A Book of Essays ( three essays on topics dear to Alexander’s heart. Mostly music . 🙂 )
Anthony: The World of Amlyka ( a short history of an imaginary, fantasy country)
Thomas: The Not So Naked Chef ( a chatty cookbook, inspired by Jamie Oliver).