Friday, August 2, 2013

7 Quick Takes {Take 6}

-1-It's August, aaahhhhhh... Long-time readers of this blog know that summer is actually my least favorite season. I have to say though, besides one very humid and uncomfortable week, this summer has been *beautiful*. No complaints. I do enjoy when we switch from July to August though. The air becomes crisper in the evenings, and things start gearing up for the fall. Tea in the evenings, handknit socks, cozy fires... oh happy sigh.

-2-Speaking of August, today is my parent's wedding anniversary. :) They have been married for 44 years! We have long marriages in my family. My dad's parents have both passed away, but they were married for 50 years. My maternal grandma is still living (adore her), but my grandfather passed away a few years ago. When he died, they had been married for 63 years. THAT, my friends, is impressive. I joke with Mike that we won't make 60 years, because you know, we'll likely be dead, ha! My grandparents (and parents) all married out of high school. Mike and I married at age 30, so it's a totally different story. But we're certainly hoping for 50! And 60 years, well you never know. We could be rockin' 90 years olds, still healthy and enjoying pretty much the same leisure activities as we do now (aside from the belly dancing, I'm thinking).

-3-Speaking of old lady activities, this Sunday Mike and Hank are going to a baseball game, and I will HAVE THE TV ALL TO MYSELF. This happens very rarely, dear reader. And what will your Catholic Librarian be doing? Watching Jane Austen's Persuasion, that's what. I selected the version based on the excellent recommendation of my Twitter friend Jane (yes, a Jane Austen aficionado named Jane :)) and I can't wait to report in to her on my impressions. I am such a nerd.

-4- But young ladies do knit, so here is my latest creation, a toddler cardigan for my friend Irene's daughter:

-5- Speaking of aging, I went to the dermatologist yesterday to ask her to look at something (it was fine, btw) and when she walked into the room with my chart, she said "Oh, a new patient, and you're so young and healthy!" Can I tell you, gentle reader, what a refreshing change this was from my visit to the eye doctor this past winter? I beamed at her and thanked her, which she seemed to find amusing. :) This office was seriously the nicest doctor's office I've ever been to. Wood laminate floors, a waiting room of different seating nooks with *real* furniture, a water feature, and a video game console for children? I was impressed. My exam room was even painted a color other than white (mint green, very soothing), had no bad wallpaper borders, and had it's own seating nook with magazines. It takes the edge off of sitting there in that horrible paper gown, I think.

-6- When I arrived home after my appointment yesterday afternoon, a small package from Magnificat was waiting for me. It was my long awaited copy of In Him Alone is Our Hope: The Church According to the Heart of Pope Francis. They finally have this in stock, if you're looking to procure your own copy. I will review it as part of the Catholic Book Club when I get to it.

-7- Ok, so the promised festival photos.  This is what balancing is supposed to look like:

This is what it looks like when the wind is blowing and you are trying to to casually tip your head rather than admit that the tray is about to fall off:

And this is what it looks like when your costume starts to fall off and your dance teacher comes to your rescue:

Could I possibly adore her more? And see all the people watching avidly? Sometimes, this is just your lot in life as a dancer.

Have a great weekend everyone! Head over to Conversion Diary for more 7 Quick Takes!


  1. Happy Anniversary to your parents!! I'm ready to be done with the hot hot hot weather, too, so the rain today is a blessed relief!! Have a lovely day! x

  2. Happy Friday, Happy August, and Happy Anniversary to your parents! (Mine are just a year behind yours.)

    I love, love, love PERSUASION. I hope you like the movie!


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