Friday, May 23, 2014

7 Quick Takes, Volume 32

{story of a soul, condensed}

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{1} We're off to Cincinnati next week for the wedding of one of Andrew's best, oldest friends!  He and his gorgeous bride are getting married in a cathedral and holding their reception in a barn.  But you know, a nice, Pinteresty looking barn.  This will be Andrew's and my eleventh (!) wedding together, but most of our close friends got married in the same two year or so span, so we haven't been to some good ol' nuptials for a while now.  I am so, so excited to celebrate their love!

{2} I know nothing about Cincinnati aside from the fact that the Bengals exist and that some sort of chili over spaghetti thing exists.  So, any recommendations for me?  Andrew's brother and his family will be along, too, and my sister-in-law are planning a trip to the Cincy Zoo with our babies while the boys do bachelor camping things.  What else should we put on our to-do list?  Talk to me about food and I'll consider this trip golden before it even starts.

{3} Have you seen Haley at Carrots for Michaelmas' new Book Club series?  It basically involves her and her readers having a book discussion via a Facebook event and comments (they're doing Brideshead Revisited next week, and the discussion has already started and it's awesome--I've tried reading that sucker three times and still haven't gotten through it, but if you're one of the enlightened who found it more readable than I, go for it).  I love the idea of a live discussion!  So, Haley if you're reading this, I fully admit to copping your idea, though with a different subject.  Would any of you be interested with something similar?  I've talked about plenty of books on Catholic marriage and womanhood on this blog, but it might be fun to just pick a topic and do a chat, yes?  Let me know what you think!

{4} About a month after sending in the manuscript for my upcoming book, I got back the first round of edits this week!  It's an awesome feeling knowing my book baby is that much closer to print, though I'm not sure yet about the exact timeline.  I'm sure I'll be cranking up the obnoxious reminders about it as the publication gets closer (and I can't wait to reveal the title soon!), but for now, I'd so appreciate your prayers for wisdom and clarity of mind as I work through the content over the next month.

{5} That said, who better to give their input on a book about Catholic marriage than the intended audience of this here blog?  If you're engaged, is there any untapped area of wedding planning, either spiritual or practical, that you think deserves attention in a book?  And if you're married, what part of planning your wedding was the toughest to figure out, i.e, what do you wish you'd had more information on?  I'm aiming to include checklists and worksheets for brides to stay organized along with the preparation stuff, so speak up!  Tell me what would be the most beneficial, 'cause I aim to help.

{6} I wrote about love song covers earlier this week--I'm dying to know: what's your favorite love song (and if a cover version exists, I'd love to hear about it!)?

{7} Obligatory baby photos wherein Aaron shows off his latest hobbies, standing (seriously, he could be entertained alllll day just by us holding his arms while he pulls himself up and semi-walks--now you know how I spend all day), playing in the piles of clothes that, well, pile up, and nomming on avocados:




Enjoy the weekend!  I won't be blogging next week, but you can follow the Ohio adventures on Instagram and keep up with the articles and pretty stuff I find on Facebook!

14 comments:

  1. I don't think Aaron could be any cuter! Have fun in my home state :)

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  2. ADORABLE!

    As far as wedding planning, I think that planning the actual wedding Mass was hardest. And just recently they made revisions to the possibilities to choose from. That might be a helpful thing to talk about.

    love to you all!

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    1. Ooo, I was unaware of changes to the Mass forms! Thanks! Love to you, too =)

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    2. What I found hard was knowing what I was allowed to choose from (readings, psalms, etc) Fr. Josh posted something about the new forms on Facebook: http://www.foryourmarriage.org/marriage-rite-second-edition-whats-new/

      It might be nice to maybe talk to a priest friend or two and ask what the parameters with regard to readings, psalms..Are there any? Not sure. A brief "how to" guide for planning the liturgy would be super helpful/

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  3. LOL, you're funny. Classic Cincinnati foods include: skyline chili, Graeter's ice cream (their jelly beans are delicious, too), and La Rosa's pizza. Personally, I loooove Skyline Chili (it's one of those foods that only tastes legit when you're in Cinci), but I was raised on it because my dad was born and raised there (and my parents met there, were married there, and I was baptized there). If you've never had Skyline in your childhood, you will probably just think it's weird. That tends to be how it goes. If it's nice weather and you'll be downtown, you might want to head to the Carew Tower. You can ride to the top and get a great view! It's close to Fountain Square (exactly what it sounds like) and there also happens to be a Graeter's in Fountain Square.... :) Have fun!

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  4. Wow, you've been to a lot of weddings! None of my friends have married yet!

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  5. As Stephanie already mentioned above, let me repeat: Graeter's ice cream in Cincinnati! A must!! I especially recommend any of their ice cream with "chocolate chip" in the title - the chocolate is just SO good. I like Skyline Chili, too. (I was raised on it as well!) Hope you enjoy your time at the wedding!

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  6. God willing, getting engaged this summer, and married next spring. when will your book come out???? Soon, please!!!!

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    1. That's awesome! I'm not sure of the exact timetable yet, but you better believe I'll be sharing all the progress and the release date as they happen!

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  7. Really looking forward to your book. And love those pictures of Aaron -- adorable!

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  8. At Last by Beyonce was our first dance song. Modern yet classic :)
    -Kelsey S

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