Updated! (now even MORE stuff at the bottom)

Welcome to Answer Me This, a new Sunday link-up here at Catholic All Year.

If you missed the big introduction post, here’s a quick recap of the rules: I ask you questions, you answer them. You can answer in the comments, or if you’ve got a blog, you can answer on your blog and link it up. The link-up will be live through Wednesday at 10am.

1. What time do you prefer to go to Mass?

I’ve been all over on this one. I spent some time as a 5:30pm Sunday happy clapper, then as a 7:30am Sunday, “I’ve got kids, can we just get this over-with-er.” But now, I’m a leisurely breakfast Sunday morning, then to 10:30am-type.

It’s been good for me to give over the hopes of accomplishing things on Sunday in favor of family time and focusing our day on the Mass.

2. Would you rather be too hot or too cold?

I get cold very easily, and don’t like it. I much prefer hot weather.

The husband, of course, is the opposite. In the wintertime, he’ll go to sleep in shorts and a t-shirt, and I’ll be wearing a flannel granny nightgown and wool socks and I get the whole comforter, doubled over on my side. Because he doesn’t want it, but I do!

3. How many brothers and/or sisters do you have?

I have one lovely sister, three years my junior, who lives with her husband and two daughters in Ames, Iowa.

4. If you were faced with a boggart, what would it turn into?

Well, I really can’t imagine anything worse than what it does to Molly Weasley. But that’s not, um, any fun . . . soooooo . . . 

I’m scared of being lost, and of letting people down, but I can’t see how it would turn into that . . .

Let’s say labor and delivery nurses. Although, really I’m more infuriated than scared by them.

5. Barbie: thumbs up or thumbs down?

If we’re talking me as a child, thumbs up. Waaaaay up. Barbie was my thing. I had many, and a lovely three-story house that my dad built and my mom decorated. It had little photographs of my mom and dad and sister and I along the stairs, made from proof-sheets (remember those?). 

My sister liked to PLAY Barbies, but I really didn’t, I liked to carefully set them all up at a dinner party, or a wedding, or a barbecue, then stand guard lest my sister attempt to play with them.

For my daughters? Meh. It seems like when I was a kid, Barbie wanted to be a veterinarian, and the president, and get married. And these days she wants to be a “popstar” and a “fashionista,” and become a fairy mermaid.

Which doesn’t seem like progress.

Here is 90’s veterinarian Barbie on the left (Although my prime Barbie-dom was the 80s), next to her modern-day counterpart (who moonlights as a diner waitress, I guess?):

I don’t have much experience with vets. Is this how they’re dressing these days?

My girls have a great castle setup down at my parents’ house, and a fair number of Disney princess Barbies, along with their respective princes. But Betty really likes American Girl-type dolls the best, and Anita loves her baby dolls.

6. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?

People ask me for advice all the time. But usually it’s pretty specific.

RANDOM advice? Not that’s fun.

I will share with you the best advice I have received from each of my grandmothers, and some excellent advice I received just today from a random pre-schooler at the park.

From MamaBet: “Never refuse a breath mint.”

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From Nini: “Buy jewelry on vacation instead of souvenirs, and you’ll be able to keep it for the rest of your life.”

From random pre-schooler running down the grassy hill at the park: “You better watch out for pooooooooop!”


Happy Palm Sunday!

Lacy at Catholic Icing has some ideas for what to do with your Blessed Palm.

And Tracy at A Slice of Smith Life burns hers, then GROWS EASTER GRASS on top of it. Brilliant. How cool would it be to grow real grass in Easter baskets?! 

We tend to go the Palm Frond = Lightsaber route around here. Then they get tucked someplace or other.

Just don’t throw them away. Because they are blessed.


The winner of Gus’ Confession Book giveaway (a signed copy of the book and a confession checklist notepad) is . . . 

Bethany Sonnier for
Two muffins are baking in an oven. One turns to the other and says “Wow, it’s getting hot in here.” The other one says “Ahhh! A talking muffin!” 
Congratulations on your first confession!

and honorable mentions (a confession checklist notepad) go to . . . 

Amelia Bentrup for
Gus: What animal cheats during tests?
– A cheetah! ๐Ÿ™‚

and Betsy for
What kind of cheese isn’t yours?
Nacho cheese!

Send me an email with your address!

And thanks to everyone who participated! We LOVED all the jokes!


And here are the questions for next week, which, of course, is Easter Sunday. But you have until Wednesday to link up, so take your time.

1. What did you and your family wear to Mass on Easter Sunday?

2. Easter Bunny: thumbs up or thumbs down?

3. Do you prefer to celebrate holidays at your own house or at someone else’s house?

4. What is your favorite kind of candy?

5. Do you like video games?

6. Do you speak another language?

By the way, how do you feel about this time for the link-up to start? I thought I’d wait to open the link-up until late morning here in case anyone wants to include What I Wore Sunday, as I sometimes do. But do you prefer the Midnight central of 7QT? 

Arg. Even at 10am, I’m not going to get my WIRS photos up befoe Mass. So if you like that sort of thing, check back around 1pm Pacific.


Here’s What I Wore Sunday!

and what we did with our palms . . .

now we’re off to burn last years’. 

Check our other Palm Sunday best at Fine Linen and Purple.