Saturday, February 27, 2016

Let's Sit and Have Some Tea Together


If I have to choose between a blogger I like no longer blogging or just becoming casual and chatty...I'd pick casual and chatty any day, sipping-tea-together anyday. I feel like, ever since dear Christy admitted what we were all thinking, I've realized how much I like the blog posts that are just chatty, without being deeply reflective. My life is full of too much deep reflection, and when my favorite bloggers post, I just want to feel like I'm checking in with a friend.

Sooooo, I'm hoping that you feel the same. Check in time.

Go ahead and link up to Like Mother, Like Daughter, because these pictures are my {pretty, happy, funny, real}, and to Kelly, because I'm going to share this in 7 Quick Takes. (Side note: Kelly gave my new book the loveliest review AND she's giving away an e-copy...so head on over and enter for your chance to win!!)

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Andrew was gone for several days this week. I missed him to no end. I'll be glad when this season of job interviews is over. Our youngest has begun to assume that whenever he comes home late from work, it's because he's on a plane and we're going to have to go and we've going to have to, "...pick up Daddy, hairport?"

I desperately messaged the lovely Ana a few hours after Andrew left the other day, since I knew that she was in a similar boat. She made me feel not crazy. If you're reading this, Ana, thank you.   

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That being said, there are bits and pieces of hopefulness that make me suspect we will, in fact, have an income to live off of next year. That, and the fact that there seems to be a good amount of interest in my husband makes me happy and grateful. But I must admit...I'm not quite sure what we'll do without the pure crazy that is grad student life! It'll be an adjustment, for sure.

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This is mainly just a note for my future self...the girls' current favorite game is alternating between pretending to be dogs and pretending to be birds hatching from eggs (a.k.a. blankets that I'm supposed to drape over them). The big one even makes a "nest" out of her blankets on her bed, and they perch there and trill "tweek! tweek!" until I go and pretend to feed them worms. It's pretty stinkin' cute!

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My other favorite thing right now is our Pope Francis doll (the little guy wearing a white zucchetto in the middle there). This little one is obsessed with him, and plays with him all day every day. Pope Francis goes for rides in her stroller, tags along to the seminary, is propped in the high chair, and is tucked into bed. The other day, her physical therapist was over and that lovely lady is fantastic about incorporating toys into therapy time. She was amused by no end over the fact that Pope Francis was practicing going up the steps, getting fed play food, etc. "Don't forget to feed Pope Francis! Is Pope Francis going to go up the steps?!"

Pope Francis, I doubt you'll ever read this, but thank you for making my daughter so happy.

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We would not have survived this week without our jolly band of seminarians. Andrew wisely RSVP'ed for us to go to two different events/activities at the seminary while he was gone, and that adult conversation saved me. As a theologian in hibernation, getting to talk to those guys is so much fun, and - since they are being trained in the fine art of pastoral work - they are pros at making our whole family feel valued and welcome. God bless seminarians. Every one.

Especially seminarians who coach my daughters in sports that I have zero talent in, like darts. God bless you especially.

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I always enjoy seeing what other people are reading, so I snapped this shot all stealth-like while huddled in my booth at the coffee shop.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm not really reading The Well Trained Mind or The Read Aloud Handbook (note, I bought older editions of both, since they were cheaper, and for my purposes they work just fine). I do bring them along with me and leave them on my desk or bed and occasionally pick them up and read a sentence or two. They just inspire me, and I fully intend to slowly but surely work my way through them. (We are definitely homeschooling next year and that's a whole other post, but I'm arming myself well with inspiration in the meantime. I've loving a new podcast I discovered and I am itching like crazy for the big homeschool conference in our area! Susan Wise Bauer is one of the speakers and I am so, so excited to hear her in person!)

I usually read my Kindle before bed until I can't keep my eyes open anymore, and I got The Martian Chronicles for super cheap. I forgot how much I like Bradbury's writing. Andrew and I were recently in a futuristic reading jag, and so this one has fit in really well. I don't think he's ever read any Bradbury, so I may need to try to convince him to read this one. (And if you haven't read Fahrenheit 451 yet, add it to your list right now!!)

I don't have it pictured here, but I'm trying to start a new thing where I read a classic children's chapter book on the side. I want to hit the ones that I missed, so I'll be better equipped to toss recommendations out for the girls when they hit that age. I'm currently reading an old library copy of The Moffats that I picked up at a book sale. It's very sweet and innocent, and I've also been shocked by how different our culture is, less than a hundred years later. The Kindergarteners not only walk to school without parents, but they also wander away during recess and ride a freight train, with no one getting too up in arms about it. What?!

The Power and The Glory is for a book club I'm a part of (with two fellow theologians-turned-moms). It's been on my list forever, and I remember really enjoying Graham's writing when I had to read The End of the Affair in college. It hasn't disappointed so far. The three of us have been kind of shocked that we didn't really know much about the (relatively recent) persecution of the Church in Mexico. This book took place in the 1930s! And it's based on historical fact. The basic premise is that the reader is following the last priest in Mexico, as he tries to elude the authorities. It's fascinating, even more so because it's based on a true period of history.

Finally...Gilead. I thought I was done with this book. It was my reading-while-watching-the-girls-in-the-kiddie-pool book last summer (with the water damage to prove it) but I lost interest halfway through and put it aside. Then suddenly it seemed like everyone was Instagramming it, Facebooking it, or blogging about it. THEN, my mother-in-law and I were talking about books recently, and she said that she'd recently picked up a copy of Lila and loved it, but that I had to finish Gilead before I could read that one (since they kind of go together). Rats. Since she's the one I have to thank for encouraging me to plow through (and ultimately enjoy) both Kristen Lavransdatter and Middlemarch, I've come to trust her book recommendations. So, finish Gilead I will, so I can get to Lila. And probably, I won't regret it. 

Finally, I downloaded a Kindle copy of The Spirit of the Liturgy because I wanted to follow along with Auntie Leila. But I haven't gotten to that one yet...

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Finally, I've added a new component to my Saturdays - walks outside, preferably at one of the many gorgeous parks in our area. Today I was at a park that used to be a rather large, wealthy farm. A sign explained, in great detail, how opulent this farm was. It honestly sounded like something a lord or lady would live in across the pond (Downton much?). Do you know what's left of that farm? The picture on the bottom. A little bit of worn out sidewalk and those stairs. That's it. As I was walking away from it, I had St. Teresa of Avila's prayer in my head, 

Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing. 
God never changes.
Patience gains all things.
He who has God, find he lacks nothing.
God alone is enough.

In the midst of so much uncertainty these days, that prayer is bringing me so, so much peace.

Bonus!!!

If you haven't watched the new OK GO video yet, drop everything and watch it right now. It is the coolest thing ever, and it has our family's official stamp of approval. (Watch how they did it, too. My brain just got a little smarter...)


PSA, if you watch the video of their first flight you'll have a pretty accurate idea of what hyperemesis gravidarum feels like. I felt nauseous just watching it. (And I get nauseous on normal plane rides! Oh, man!)

Have a lovely rest of your weekend! And for goodness sake, join Rosie tomorrow!!!

6 comments:

  1. Love love love The Power and the Glory. I just read The Lawless Roads, Greene's travelogue to post-revolution Mexico, and it illuminated how accurate his portrayal of the persecution was. I recommend it!

    And my husband is off for academic interviews this weekend too, but we're just getting started with his theology PhD in the fall. I like reading your blog and Ana's. It gives me hope for 5-7 years from now! :)

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  2. I think my comment vanished--apologies if it duplicated instead. Sister ND theologian (MA and PhD, mommy track of writing plus intermittent teaching and a wonderful fellowship at a Benedictine university next year) delurking to say how much I love your blog--chatty and serious alike! Hang in with the solo parenting weekends and enjoy reading the kid books for yourself as well as recommendations--I did something similar with my teen daughter cause I love good YA fiction. Though this year she has become passionate about reading and writing anime fanfiction instead which we are working into homeschooling (first year for us, freshman in high school). She will take a Brave Writer fanfic class this summer and is doing Living Language Japanese in the car (great program, I am using it to turn my read French into spoken since we are doing a family roadschool trip to Europe in June) and will take it at the state university near my fellowship next year with hopes of earning a summer study trip after that.

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  3. I liked reading your post, although I have to say that calling for return to chattier blog posts sounds like a mom blog concern. I read Christy's post, and I wasn't surprised to see that very category at the end. I've been blogging for 13 years. Even though I'm not a mom, I used to write those kinds of posts when I was in school and had more variety to my days, but I don't anymore because my days are, well, more boring now.

    The guy I'm currently dating (who I met through my blog by way of What I Wore Sunday posts) has commented that I don't write much about my day-to-day life. My days are basically all the same, though. Work, evening activities (with other single young adults or retirees), all the household business, and sleep. There would probably be more interesting things in my day-to-day if I had other *people* in my days.

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  4. I totally understand the whole absent husband interviewing time. It is so wonderful and hard at the same time! Hopefully he will get an offer soon!

    I read Gilead a few years ago, and then received Home and Lila for Christmas. So read both of those and am rereading Gilead right now. They are an intriguing set, and Marilyn Robinson has a gift for really getting her readers into her characters heads.

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  5. Here's my chatty post--you inspired me. :) http://veilsandvocations.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-little-chat.html

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  6. Keep going with Gilead! I know you'll like it in the end!

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