Seven Quick Takes

It’s been quite sometime since joined 7QT; though, to be fair, I haven’t had the most regular of schedules in a long, long time. So here it goes…

1 // Kevin and I, after a month of intense/crazy/nerve-wracking/risk-taking transition time, have begun to settle in this week. So much has happened in the past several weeks that has prevented us from being at ease, but this week is different and it feels so good. Within a few hours, I had a the living room and kitchen all decorated to my liking, the books all unpacked, and seasonal decor out in the open. Life is already infinitely better just because of that.

2 // The weather here has been very beautiful considering I was prepared to see snow at the end of September. There have been some colder days in the low 50’s, but that’s really as low as it’s been during the day (except for today…). We have been blessed with a number of sunny days in the 60’s and those days are pure perfection for me! I don’t imagine this will go on much longer, but I’ve been taking in the Minnesota beauty while I can.

3 // Sunday was the annual asian beetle invasion here in Minnesota…nuff said.

4 // Kevin and I are now on season five of Gilmore Girls. We go through our shows, typically ones that just bring us joy (like Parks & Rec), which GG sometimes does…but we’ve been heartbroken and let down lately with Rory’s sequence of poor decisions. We’re hoping it gets better. Our main draw to Gilmore Girls, though, especially right now, is the East Coast small town of Stars Hollow. While we are confident in our decision to move out here, we both have been missing our former home. Especially in the autumn!

5 // I began my first ever homemade batch of Kombucha this week! This has been a long time coming. I bought my SCOBY months ago and traveled cross country with it. But given that we’ve been in limbo-ville for quite some time, I didn’t feel the timing was right with fermented products sitting around for a couple weeks. I’m hoping it turns out okay! And maybe when it’s all ready, I’ll add some ginger or lemon flavoring.

6 // I’ve decided I need to read more. I feel like there was a period of my life towards the end of college and engagement when I read a lot. A lot of spiritual reading, primarily. And then life just got way busier and has not stopped. I’ve read maybe a few books since then (embarrassing to admit) and have just not been able to finish many more. First book? City of God by St. Augustine. I’ve owned this monster of a book since reading Confessions back in 2011 (which is one of my favorites). But by golly, this book ain’t no joke. It may take me a few years, but bit by bit. Second book? The Fellowship of the Ring because everyone needs a good nighttime read. I’ve read LOTR before and loved it, but am eager to revisit the story. And maybe some other quicker reads thrown in there.

7 // I made my own shampoo this week, and I just don’t know. I’ve wanted to eliminate store-bought shampoo for a long time, but it’s just. so. hard. I can deal with other product replacements, and I’ve had good success with some. But my hair. I’m sure there’s a decent time period that one is supposed to just suck it up and deal with the greasy and oily hair feeling but I don’t want to. I like the stripping effect of sulfates even if it’s not good for me! I like feeling like my hair has volume and is not droop-town, USA. So I’m still figuring this one out. Maybe I just need a new recipe; I’ll keep you posted.

Collections // 2

Reading // As is my way, I got a little caught up in re-reading some Harry Potter recently. On book six at the moment – I keep myself to no more than a chapter a day.

Cooking // whatever is in our freezer. We only have about three weeks left actually in this apartment (we’re traveling for another two weeks) and I want to make sure all the meat I bought in bulk once upon a time gets eaten! Which it will. No problem.

Baking // grain-free breads. I’ve found a few good recipes, but this is my favorite. It’s not an everyday occurrence (don’t want to make a habit out of eating “bread”), but it’s super tasty when we have it.

Watching // umm…one of the Marvel films every week. You could say Kevin and I have a problem, but we personally think it’s a fine art being able to watch a film over and over. Especially when the movie is so rich! Last night was Iron Man 3, before that Avengers, before that Thor, before that Captain America…you get the idea. We just really love these films.

Listening // my younger sisters cd mixes. Since she graduated and will not be needing a car in DC, my parents passed the Acura onto us (which we’re so grateful for!). She generously left some fun mixes in her car, and it’s funny what similar taste we have. A fun variety to, from Coldplay to Tupac to the Weepies…it’s all over the place.

Wanting // another Stitchfix box! I had a gift card from my birthday that allowed for two fixes (spent a bit over my allotted amount), and now I’m addicted. I don’t foresee it happening anytime soon, but a girl can dream!

Making // homemade organic & natural makeup! It seems that I go a little bit deeper each month into a more crunchy way of life, and partly because it’s so much fun and fulfilling to create from scratch (and to know everything I’m using/eating/surrounding myself with). I’ve made a pretty successful powdered blush and powdered foundation thanks to the recipes of Wellness Mama. The concealer didn’t turn out as I expected, but I think I know the issue…but it means I gotta re-do it. Another time!

Traveling // the past few weekends have been here in Boston, but August will be the month of travels – a grand family vacation on the Cape followed by another trip to Quebec! Followed by our cross country road trip to Duluth!

Some fun things :)

This past weekend was a busy one…well, by busy I mean I had something to do both Saturday and Sunday. I’ve been trying to figure out my social life as a married woman. It’s different. Given that I work two jobs and Kevin teaches on Saturdays, we try to protect the time we have together. But I’m still an extrovert and I still need my lady friends.

So while it’s an ongoing transition, I’ve tried to reach out a bit more to the friends I haven’t spent much time with since the wedding. And as much as I’d looooove to have one-on-one coffee with everyone, there’s just not a ton of time for that. So the solution for the time being: casual group get-togethers.

This past Saturday, we had a DIY Bouquet Brunch. I have been itching to do this ever since I saw the idea on Verily. Basically, each person brings one type of flower/greenery, and we make our bouquets from the selections. We all brought some brunchy food, hung out and chatted for a few hours, and left with lovely fall-looking bouquets.

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It was so refreshing to have that time with other Catholic women. Some of the women were former roommates, some are younger ladies who have followed a couple years behind from BU, and others are fresh new faces that I’m enjoying getting to know!

Since everyone is so busy nowadays, and rightly so, we’ve decided we need to schedule (in advance) time hopefully once a month for us women to get together. Otherwise, we go 3 months without really seeing one another (ahem, this summer). And an activity like the bouquet brunch was a perfect setup! So I look forward to more of that in the future.