Thursday, January 15, 2015

7QT #47: Christmas In our Household, 2015 Inspirations, and New Year Reading List

A pic from last Christmas (2013).


We had been living in this house without dining room furniture for way too long. I had my eye on this particular dining room set but we kept putting it off because it was expensive. I definitely  wanted a large china cabinet since I got a set of very nice china and glass for our wedding and I needed a place to store it. But we kept being too cheap. Until thanksgiving, when the whole set went on sale and they also included 2 free chairs and 0% financing, we decided to finally invest in a dining table and china cabinet set. Plus, I had about 30 people over for Christmas Dinner (yep, spent 2 days cooking and baking beforehand) so I was glad we got the dining table so everyone could fit.
Shortly before that, we also decided to repaint our living/dining room. I decided that the cappuccino color I had did not match anything in the room, since our curtains were silver, our couches and other furniture black...and the decorations black/white/gray...I decided to repaint it a gray color. 

We were also too cheap to get our furniture delivered and assembled ($200) so my husband made two trips to the warehouse and picked it up with his pick-up truck. We had a heck of a time putting it together though. I think my husband spent three nights because the chairs came in pieces and took a very long time to screw all the pieces in together. By day 2 of this mess, I wished we had spent the extra $200, but my husband - the hard worker that he is - was motivated and kept going.

Once the furniture was all assembled, it was time for my favorite part! I gave it a  nice clean and polish...and spent almost an entire day arranging the contents of the china cabinet. I have never before taken out the china that we got for our wedding, so I had to take everything out of boxes and unwrap each individual plate. I then had to clean the china, wine glasses, martini glasses, and our lovely shot glass collection, throw it into the china cabinet, and make it pretty. I had lots of fun doing that...and for sure did not go UNASSISTED. My nosy little kitty was with me every step of the way.

This is how it turned out:

And this is our shot glass collection, which was previously hiding in our office..Now we're finally able to display it:


The little one thought the tree decorations were all brand new toys so she chased everything that I tried to move.



Since "the funds are low and the debts are high," we decided to just exchange very simple presents. I got my husband this red frying pan he always wanted and some clothes, and he got me the book I picked out at Costco, which was Dante's Divine Comedy (consists of three books: Danter's Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso). And they're all written in Terza Rima it kind of reads more like poetry, not prose. And this book made it to my 2015 Reading List (see below). ohh.....and who wants my cat for Christmas?? Comes all nicely wrapped - for free, haha.


In summary, 2014 for me consisted of two major things:

Substitute "hang out" with any activity that normal humans do for fun.

(aka working)

JK...counting pills is not all that pharmacy interns do...haha. I also counsel patients, take verbal prescriptions from doctors, answer questions, deal with insurance issues, try to turn away druggies bringing in fake prescriptions, etc. etc. 

Otherwise it was a pretty calm [read: boring] year. I finished up school and started rotations. Now I have 2 rotations left until THEEEE END. 2015 shall be a bit more fun...I have a lot of things to look forward to (also see below).


  • The Holy Bible 

And I'm also reading 
"The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary: From the Visions of Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich"
on my iPad.


It dawned on me the other day,
That the more I read about the lives of the Saints,
the more I get to know them,
I see that NOT a single Saint I know about had an easy life.
They all suffered, they all fought for what is right; 
And none of them was afraid of what other people think or say.
My problem lately (and perhaps for my whole life thus far) is that I take everything very personally and I really overanalyze what others say about me. I am very, very sensitive and let little, silly things "hurt my feelings." Whatever I say or do, I first think "what will others think of me?"
And that's what makes me afraid...this is what might prevent me from doing God's work.

What if it really is???

I don't evangelize and I don't defend my faith openly at work...because I'm always afraid of being judged by people. I'm always afraid of people attacking me (And it can be quite scary, since everyone at my workplace is either openly an unbeliever, or away from God/faith.) 
But what I need to realize is that NOONE AND NOTHING WILL EVER PLEASE PEOPLE ENOUGH (except if they find God) and that PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS TALK CRAP NO MATTER WHAT. People talk crap if you're a good person or a bad person. Doesn't matter - they just need something to talk about. Perhaps I AM their only light, their only chance of hearing about God or seeing faith in action. I need to be more courageous.

The saints didn't care. They were persecuted and constantly made fun of and plotted against. People made their lives difficult on purpose. They just kept on keepin' on. They were focused on GOD, not on what others say. May I live this new year with the Saints in mind.

The following Saints particularly inspire me by their writings and their way of life. In 2015, I will strive to have more of:

The Silence of St. Faustina
The Joy and Little way of St. Terese of Lisieoux
The Wisdom and Courage of St. John Paul the Great
The Humility of Mary
and The Hard work of St. Joseph

And make up for how boring and monotonous 2014 was...2015 will hopefully be a little more exciting (a lot more exciting if all goes well!). Some things to look forward to in 2015:

Board Exams (Naplex)
Pharmacist License
Starting Residency (?)
Getting Pregnant (?)

We'll see what GOD HAS IN STORE FOR US!!!!

But meanwhile, for more (very detailed) updates about my life, go read my recent DISCERNMENT posts:

My Discernment Journey and My Vocation [Part 1]

My Discernment Journey and My Vocation [Part 2]


  1. I really enjoyed The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands (except the title). I don't agree with everything she said, but some of it was so helpful. Like, just be nice to your husband. Seriously. Need that reminder. Your hutch and china arrangement is gorgeous.

    1. I know...I'm in the middle of reading that book and I'm enjoying her advice. But I agree, the title is funky. The title makes it sound like husbands are pets..that need to be cared for and fed, haha.

  2. 30 people!? that's so impressive...and the new china cabinet is just gorgeous!

    1. Thank you! Yes Patty... I spent 1 whole day baking and 1 whole day cooking for my Christmas day was both my husband's family and our family!

  3. What a beautiful china cabinet! 2015 is bound to be a wonderful year for you!!

    1. I truly hope so and I am really filled with joy and excitement as I await this Spring, and then Fall!!!!! Good things are bound to happen!

  4. Love all the kitty pics! (And yes, they can be so "helpful".)