Friday, September 6, 2013

7 Quick Takes, Volume 28

{story of a soul, condensed}

Head over to Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes!  Linking up with Jen.

{1} I am so proud of my husband!  It's Andrew's second week of his PhD program and he is such a hard worker in his classes and in getting things ready each night for the freshmen undergrads he teaches.  He spent last year teaching no less than six classes while taking some time off from school, so in some ways, his new workload feels like less, though he's back to writing papers and sitting in classes himself.  There have already been days, though, where it's hard finding time to just relax together--student-teacher life means there's always something else that needs to be done!  Hopefully we'll get into a groove soon, though I expect that once our baby comes (in about six or seven weeks!!), things will change for us again in the best way.  For any other grad school wives out there, I'd love to hear your take on prioritizing each other while still focusing on school!

{2} Maybe it was that busyness of this week, but I've found it hard to feel truly restful in my soul lately.  That said, I'm going to take most of the next week or so off from blogging to just unplug and retreat a little, but do check back for new stuffs on Monday--Jen and Morgan ask, for their Not Alone Series, is it possible for a woman to pursue a man?  It's a question I'm really excited to answer.


{3} I don't talk about it much on my blog (where do my personal hobbies fit in with weddings?), but I am a huge knitter (though I'm sure Tiffany could smoke me).  I've made baby blankets for my friends over the last few years, and I'm so happy to say I just finished my first one for my own baby!  It felt really special making it, knowing my own children will use it, and I can't, can't wait to cozy him up in it.

{4} Speaking of our little guy, he's working on his sleep habits, building up his immunity (I'm trying to load up on the probiotics, which I hear are important in the third trimester) weighing in at about 4 1/2 pounds this week, and I'm starting to feel every ounce of it--his new hobby, it seems, is kicking my ribs!  I know that everyone feels her baby in slightly different spots and at different points in her pregnancy, but these harder kicks that I can feel higher up are brand new to me.  If it's any indicator of his activity after he's born, I think we'll have quite the mover on our hands!

{5} Other pregnancy updates...I have been craving, and making, Eggs Benedict like nobody's business, kickboxing a lot because I love it and to offset the Eggs Benedict, my friend Ashley took some wonderful bump photos last weekend that I can't wait to share with you, and somehow, I managed to paint my toes a few days ago.  It might be my last DIY pedicure for a while...

{6} Back in college, I listened to a fair amount of Christian music and enjoyed it, but in the past few years I've become less drawn to worship music specifically and more to musicians, secular or Christian, that aren't afraid to get real about the harder, sometimes uglier and more wounded, aching parts of our hearts (thank you Josh Garrels, Mumford, the Avetts, and The Head and The Heart).  It's just the turn my spirituality has taken, I guess, but anyway, I found this interview with Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins pretty interesting (though also a little pretentious, in my opinion) in the way of what makes for good Christian music and searching.  Thoughts?

{7} We're looking forward to a relaxing weekend exploring our still newish neighborhood after a week of much, much running around and catching up on things around the house after spending Labor Day weekend away--am I the only one who feels it all week long if I don't spend most of my last weekend day at home getting things like meals and chores ready for the week ahead?!  We're also off on a double date with my brother and sister-in-law for Mediterranean food.  My appetite is so ready.

Tell me what you're up to, as well!  Enjoy the weekend!




12 comments:

  1. Luke is working full time and in school full time right now. I'm teaching and in grad school. It's rough. Finding that balance between work/school and home life is nearly impossible. I think very sequentially(if you do this, then you can do this) which sometimes allows me to make the mistake of letting my quality time with Luke get lost in the mess of it all. We work to schedule time together, packing up all our school work early one evening, even if it means waking up extra early the next morning to work on it. It also means allowing yourselves to not get everything done...which is hard!:) Best of luck to you both! Saying some prayers for you both this semester! I hope we get to hang out soon!

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    1. It really is hard to put stuff down when you aren't finished yet! But, that's great advice--thanks so much for your prayers! And wonderful to see you this weekend ;)

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  2. I love knitting too! Props to you for finding the time to knit your little guy his own baby blanket. I wanted to, but time has just gotten away from me. Luckily, we have lots of knitting relatives, so I know he won't go without :) Cannot wait to see the bump photos!

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    1. It's incredible how many knitters come out of the woodwork when you have a baby!

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  3. What a beautiful blanket! Your little man will definitely be cozy in there :-) And thanks for the shout out! You pretty much made my day! haha

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  4. Ooh, yay! Excited for your entry in the Not Alone series! And also, in re the hard, ugly, achy parts of our hearts, how great is White Blank Page by Mumford? I've also been listening to Avril Lavigne's second album, Under My Skin, another good one. "Don't Tell Me," which has unintentional echoes of Love and Responsibility teaching, is kinda my favorite. :P

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    1. Thanks! I haven't heard the Avril song but I'll have to look for it.

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  5. That blanket is a beauty! Super jealous because I tried knitting once and it was an epic fail :).

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  6. My husband agreed to paint my toenails when I couldn't reach them anymore...I never actually took him up on it, but he was willing. :)

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    1. So sweet! I'll have to show this to Andrew =)

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  7. That blanket is beautiful! I had no idea you could knit - that is so special that you'll have that for your boy! I have a feeling our little one is going to be on the move as well! :)

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  8. Awesome blanket!!:) And the Not Alone Series is Tuesday, not Monday! :) Just thought you should know!!

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