Friday, August 7, 2015

7 Quick Takes {Take 87} New chaplet recordings, and blessings of my big trip! edition...

Hi all! It's Friday, and I'm glad of it. It's been an emotional week. I'm missing Cristina something fierce, it's been a tough re-entry. But I've been a busy bee working on small projects to distract me, and counting my blessings. Want to know more? Do read on, gentle blog viewer. :)

-1- The chaplets page is now live! #ThisIsBig!

 In super exciting news, making the rosary recording with Cristina motivated me to do the editing and other "stuff" I needed to do in order to get the Chaplets page up and running. Oh, oh, go check it out! I'm super proud of it. :0 I loved putting it together and thinking that you and I would be praying together for our various and sundry intentions. So far, I have introductory videos and downloadable audio files for: Our Lady Star of the Sea, St. Therese, the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary (collaborative recording with Cristina!), St. Anne, St. Kateri Indian Rosary, St. Dymphna, and Our Lady of the Snows. Coming soon to a Chaplets page near you: St. Cecilia, 7 Sorrows of Mary, Divine Mercy, Sacred Heart, St. Mary Magdalen, and St. Philomena.


-2- This has the benefit of giving me an excuse to buy more rosaries and chaplets...

...which I LOVE doing, and I've been having lots of happy rosary design talk with both Cristina and Allison, our right hand rosary gal. I absolutely love prayer beads, always have. I used to think that someday, I would stop buying rosaries, because I had enough and because I had one main rosary that was THE rosary, and I wouldn't need anymore. Well dear reader, I am here to tell you that it simply does not work that way, at least in my little corner of the universe. ;-) When my budget allows, I love adding new saints into my collection of friends that I pray with on my beads. It's simply joy incarnate. :)

-3- The blessing of friends...

This week I've been thanking God fervently for both Cristina and Allison. If I'm feeling down, all I have to do is look down at my phone for that little notification icon that there is a new message in our chatting string and my heart lightens. Having friends that you feel super comfortable with, and can confide in...there's just no substitute.

-4- Don't forget about the rosary novena if you'd like to pray with us!

 And so, as I pray my 54 day rosary novena, I've been including Cristina's and Allison's intentions too, as well as a few other family/friends who mentioned that they've been praying along. If you haven't started already, no worries! I know of several people who started a few days after us, and simply adjusted their dates accordingly. The majority of the time we will overlap, so it's all good. Thus if you haven't yet started and want in on the praying action, start today! I love praying with friends. :)

-5- Appreciation anew for my family...

 When I got back from my trip, I was of course sad to leave Cristina and her family (who I now consider to be family to me as well; guess who now has a ton more socks to hand knit for Christmas?! :0) but I missed Mike and the kids a ton. The kids had been going through this painful stage in which they were arguing all the time, and/or generally picking at each other...can you say SO PAINFUL. :0 But when I got home I tried to just focus on the good, because I missed them so much. And wouldn't you know it, they've stopped arguing so much. I suppose they really do pick up on our moods. It's been bliss, and this is yet another thing I am SO grateful for this week.

-6- On a totally different topic, I'm looking forward to fun new workouts!

While I was with Cristina, I went with her to a Barre3 workout class at a studio near her house. You all know that I take dance lessons, which I adore and would never give up, and sure, dancing is healthy for your body, but it isn't a workout class, you know?  And Cristina and I totally bonded over this. Nothing says that you are comfortable with a person like sweating alongside them and assuming pretzel-like Pilates contortions. I LOVED the workout, so refreshing. And though there is no studio near me, they have an online option that I am super jazzed about. 15 day free online trial, hello!!! This is a combination of Pilates, yoga and barre workout, and the former ballet dancer in me loved that tie-in. Have any of you tried this before?! Do write in and let me know all about it. :)

-7- Matching water bottles, because why not?

 Finally, post-workout, Cristina and I procured coordinating pink water bottles, because you know. We're nerds.

I get sad now though whenever I look at mine, because it makes me miss her.


But yet it's so symbolic of the wonderful time that I had, and the precious friendship that I treasure.

How was your week, dear reader? Write in to give me feedback about the Chaplets page (I'm asking nicely, pretty please ;-)), about barre workouts if you've ever taken one, and about friendship! I'm dying to hear from you!

I'll talk to you all next week. In the mean time, check out more 7 Quick Takes over at This Ain't the Lyceum. :)


  1. I finally had a chance to listen to your roadie podcast. Very funny and cute. It reminded me that with work/parenthood/chores/what have you, we can all forget sometimes that we all have a fun person hiding in there that needs to come out to play sometimes.

  2. Amy, thank you so much! We really enjoyed recording it. :) It is so totally easy to get absorbed in our roles as wives and mothers, but underneath all of that, we are still the same women we were before. And sometimes it's nice to entertain just that aspect of our identities for a spell, no? :)

  3. You ladies, it is really heartening to see such a great friendship. And I looked at the chaplets page--I saw the downloading instructions and am thinking about downloading a few so maybe I can pray them in the car.

    1. Kate!! Thank you so much! And yep, that's exactly how I'm hoping the chaplets will be used, yay! I love praying in the car, I do so daily. *beams*


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