It’s been a long month. I’m sad there have been no Chapter in a Life posts for a while but I do hope you enjoyed my reflections on life, the definition of my blog title, or my trousers to skinnies post (tutorial included)! Let’s jump in, shall we?
Good Catholic Literature
27 Books for Your Mass Bag (And Tips for Dealing with Your Little Ones in Mass) – Carrots for Michaelmas – Haley gave some good advice for juggling kids in Mass and suggested some great kid reads! I am not yet a parent, but I just couldn’t help loving this post. It’s also part of a series and she lists links at the end of the post to the other educational posts.
8 Tips for Taming the Laundry Beast (or I don’t hate laundry and maybe you don’t have to either) – Better Than Eden – Mary wrote an inspirational post about… laundry! I love posts like this, which take your mundane everyday tasks and help you to have a better perspective on them.
Love Story, Part 1 – The Fike Life – Blythe split up her own personal love story between herself and her husband into four posts. If you like that sort of thing, you will love these posts! I adore personal journal style posts from my favorite bloggers, and so this was an easy favorite in the link lineup! The Fike Life is a relatively new blog to me and I’m really loving Blythe’s tone of blogging! I’m a little fangirl (also, how adorable is her new header on her blog).
On one fine, breezy afternoon, Daniel and I found ourselves on a romantic picnic date at the Nasher Sculptural Garden. Apparently, the Nasher provides one free event a month where families can bring their crew and picnic on the lawn in their quaint little garden. It’s free to get in, and they hire a local band to play for a couple of hours, and then once the sun goes down, they play a family friendly movie on a projector! Daniel and I went for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and although we did not stay for the movie, we had a blast!
The lights were just so pretty! Also, who is a fan of my new camel shirt? I think I’ll wear it on Wednesdays…
Daniel had his first week of Grad school and I think it went very well! I really can’t believe how I managed to marry such a smart guy! He impresses and inspires me all the time with his academic achievements. I’ve been sitting in the lobby many days while he practices, attends class, and does homework. It’s not as cute as you think. I’m actually going with him for selfish reasons. I don’t like to stay home all day alone and I don’t know anyone here yet, so I practically begged Daniel to let me come sit in the lobby to work on Job Applications. It’s quite a change to actually desire the ability to be around people! My natural introversion usually works the opposite way and I can’t wait to get home.
If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen the above picture. I made delicious Mediterranean Chicken the other night and was actually quite proud of the presentation. Generally, my dishes look a little less “restaurant” and a little more “crock-pot.” (Nothing against crock-pots here, though. Mine is definitely a life saver on occasion!) This dish did taste delicious though and between the husband and a close friend, it’s been nominated to stay on the repeat dinner list.
Lastly, Daniel and I got to attend Phantom of the Opera at the Opera House in Dallas and it was just phenomenal! I’ve been to see phantom twice before and this time it was special for two reasons. One: This was Daniel’s first time seeing Phantom and any kind of Musical Theatre since he was a child. Two: They changed a bunch of sets (new sets are fantastic, by the way), introduced new costumes, and even some of the lines were different. I found myself pleasantly surprised and amused by the new stuff! I impatiently flounced out the door with a beautiful dress that was given to me and a head full of curls (not to mention some dramatic red lipstick) and enjoyed being a diva for the night. Bonus points — Daniel loved it!
I enjoyed turning another pair of thrifted pants into classy skinnies and I’m pleased to say that I’ll be able to dress these ones up even more than my green ones. They look great with heels, if I do say so myself. I’ve worn them everywhere already! Unlike store bought skinnies, they aren’t cutting off circulation or making me look gross, and the pockets can actually hold stuff (am I the only one who gets angry at the tiny pockets that are almost always found in women’s jeans?).
I just love how a couple of simple seams can turn a “blah” pair of pants into something you would find in New York and Company. *Psssttt* These were only $1.50 and they are from The Loft!
Becoming a Better Reader
A couple weeks ago, I started “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” and I have to say, I’m really enjoying it! It reads like an Austen novel, but the content is much different. The two men in question are magicians. That’s all I will say about it as I am only a hundred pages into it. (#800pagenovel)
Faith and Spiritual Reflections
I couldn’t decide if I should put this in the reading section or the faith section, because it is both. Just recently, this book arrived in the mail and I couldn’t wait to open it! It is such a great read that my bath water got cold due to time passing rapidly without my notice! As a convert, this book is especially wonderful. It explains a lot of history and culture behind how we are to pray as Catholics, and has a lot of practical advice about how to make your own Little Oratory (and the reason we should have one!). My tiny little review is nothing to this awesomeness that is the book, so if you really want to find out about it, I suggest picking up your own copy and just reading it! Seriously, it’s amazing!
That’s it for this post. Thanks for reading my Chapter in a Life posts. Remember, you can find me on Pinterest to see my latest interests!