Summer Plans and Favorite Things

One of my favorite link-ups is back for the summer, and I’m playing along!*


1. Any big plans for the summer?

Well, we are counting down to Moving Day 2015. Two Weeks to go! So, I would say that’s a pretty big plan. There’s a lot of this going on.



But, I’m determined that the summer not be entirely lost to the business of packing and unpacking. I have big plans to spend plenty of time at the pool, at the park, and on nature walks. Earlier this month we enjoyed a weekend getaway and we hope to have another before the school year begins. I need the time to play and relax and I know my kids definitely do too.

2. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

I’ve believed many strange things. Why, sometimes I have believed as many as six strange things before breakfast!*

When I was a little girl, we lived in a house without a chimney. I never worried about how Santa Claus would come, though, because my mother had explained that for me. Tinker Bell simply came through the key hole and unlocked the door for him. She was ever so quiet so as not to wake us – despite the fact that the front door opened up right into our bedroom. She was truly the unsung hero of Christmas, helping Santa bring the presents for all the good little boys and girls.

3. What is your favorite amusement park ride? 

All the water rides, guys. I love them all. I can’t even get into the swimming pool without going down the slide first. Seriously. Can’t. Help. Myself. I love it.

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See that makes me want to go to an amusement park. Right. Now.

4. What’s on your summer reading list?

I’m part of the Stella Maris book club and right now we are reading a few Flannery O’Connor short stories. We just had our discussion of A Good Man is Hard to Find and next week we’ll discuss Parker’s Back. This is my first venture into Flannery’s writing and so far, I’ve got to say, I’m with Haley. (Mostly, her #1 and #7.) The best part, though, is definitely the lively discussion with all the other ladies in the group. It’s so much fun.

 5. Have you ever fallen asleep in public?

Most definitely. Not that I mean to, but it has happened plenty o’times. The worst is when it happens on a retreat or conference when there’s a talk right after lunch. I feel so badly, and I surely want to hear whatever the speaker is talking about but I just can’t keep my eyes open. I hate that.

6. What is your favorite smell?

I love the smell of rain, the smell of the ocean, and the smell of fresh clean laundry.

How about you? Feel free to leave a comment or link a post at Catholic All Year!

*NB: I thought this post was up when I linked it up in June but it was still set to drafts until July. I went ahead and posted it now anyway. I’m sorry if you tried to head here from the link up and couldn’t find this!


What I’ve Been Reading – June 2015

It seems that I read more when life is stressful. When I’m tired from packing, or other details from the Big Move, or when life with four little kids is more crazy than usual… It’s so great to be able to run into an imaginary world for a while.  Besides reading the late great Flannery O’Connor for book club, I’ve also been enjoying these good books.

somedaymaybeThis is the story of a young actress trying to make it in New York. But it was so relatable. It could have been me and my friends, just after college, trying to figure out what the heck we were doing with our lives and who we wanted to have along for the ride. This was the book version of the favorite romantic comedy that you could watch every day. Loved it.


I checked out Eleanor and Park from the library last week. I think I read it in a day. It’s the story of two misfit high schoolers who give love their best shot. The characters were so real. I think we all knew Eleanor and Park in high school. Well, that, or we were Eleanor or Park in high school. I loved the story, the characters, and all of the music references.


I had seen The Rosie Project mentioned a lot over the last few months and decided to give it a try. It’s the story of Don Tillman, a quirky professor who sets out to find his ideal match. Instead he meets Rosie, who is all wrong for him, and she sidetracks him with the project of finding her biological father. I thought it was clever and fun to read.


If you’re up for something with more drama, I recommend this debut novel by Celeste Ng. The story opens with the death of a sixteen year old girl. It goes on to portray all of the family secrets and struggles that led to that point, and that threaten to tear the family apart. I thought it was excellent. As soon as I finished reading it, I texted a friend to recommend it.

I’m linking up for Quick Lit with Modern Mrs. Darcy and What We’re Reading at Housewifespice. Head on over to those blogs for many more book reviews!

**Updated because whoops, I meant to include links to the books on Amazon. I am not an Amazon affiliate. I just meant to do that as a courtesy. Sorry I didn’t get to it sooner!**

What have you been reading lately?