This month is busy for everyone. The shopping, the Christmas programs, the work and friend gatherings, the family commitments…etc. The list is endless. For a teacher and a grad student, finals trump. I only tell you this as the reason behind my lack of posts. I have plenty to share, just not enough time to compose.
I can’t let this week slip by without sharing last Tuesday night’s fun. My entire immediate family and my uncle attended the Notre Dame/Iowa game in Iowa City. It isn’t often we can cheer on the Irish close to home, so we made a night of it. With an 8:30 p.m. start, we were able to enjoy pizza and beers before the game, too!
The game was a sellout, and the Irish hung on the entire game. Although the luck of the Irish wasn’t on our side at the end of game, it was the next morning! A fog delay for school occurred and made getting home from the game after midnight manageable. How awesome was that planning! Go Irish!
Sometimes it’s hard to believe we decorate so much for one holiday, but Christmas is not just a day. Christmas is a season, and we’re already enjoying the glow of the lights and the warmth of the fireplace displaying our personalized stockings. As we transformed our house, Pandora Christmas blasted through our house’s surround sound system making every room alive with the holiday spirit. We may have even danced in the living room multiple times. Can this be a tradition, please!
It’s hard to believe it’s December 1st! I hope you’re making mental lists of things you want to do, sing, bake, and watch this holiday season. I’ve already switched to peppermint mocha coffee creamer to jump-start my December mornings.
As for the outside of our house, it was fun to decorate for the first time this year. Last year we had a light-up wreath and that was the extent. This year, we bought a tree for the front (where my porch furniture used to rest), and John hung a few tasteful strands of white lights. Feel free to stop by and sing us Christmas carols. We’ll invite you in for hot chocolate and marshmallows!
Our city’s new library opened months ago, but I didn’t have the opportunity to explore it until this week. I’m in love! Books, coffee, and light streaming in through floor to ceiling windows.
I met Jenny at the library, loving the two-hour free parking with a library card. Just enter the card number in the meter, and you receive two hours per day!
Jenny and I relaxed at the coffee shop as we witnessed the place buzzing with adults and groups of children. It was refreshing to see the library so busy in the digital day and age.
What’s so great about this library besides the fact that it’s new and sells lattes? The layout is genius. The kid’s department is downstairs with low to the ground computers. A play area with dress up and puppet show equipment are located in the back, and even doors that are chalkboards surround the area. The upstairs includes various meetings rooms, quiet study areas for adults, comfortable seating, many computers, and even an outdoor seating area with tables overlooking Green Square Park.
How big of a nerd will people think I am when I start requesting friends meet me at the library?! But seriously, I love it! Add it to your must explore list this winter!
Yesterday was incredible!
Sara and I started our journey early in the morning in order to arrive at Katie and Bob’s just after they arrived home from the hospital. We were more than happy to snuggle the little guy while they filled us in on the last few days of their lives.
I can’t help but reflect where our lifetime of friendship has taken Katie and me. Long before I stood at the wedding altar at Katie and Bob’s side did our friendship begin. From running every day together in the summer in preparation for cross country, to becoming cross country captains our senior year, we’ve been at this a long time. We’ve shared a lot over hundreds of miles. I’ve witnessed Katie win a crazy amount of track meets, be crowned homecoming queen at her college, turn town multiple teaching offers all wanting her, and not only qualify for the Boston Marathon multiple times, but successfully complete it with some of the most amazing runners in the world! Yesterday I watched her hold her proudest accomplishment. There are no words for how happy I was/am for her and her now family of three!
I know our friendship will never the same (last Thanksgiving break Sara, Katie, and I participated in buy-one-get-one free martinis while discussing what the future held! Talk about a fun night!) But I have faith our friendships hold even more purpose as we encourage one another to be women, friends, and even mothers of faith.
We mostly celebrated baby Peter yesterday, but it was awesome to see Katie so close to her birthday! Based on how the last few days have gone, it seems like a safe bet that 28 will be a great year for her.
We all have nightmares. Sometimes we’re even awake during the most terrible moments. We wish we could wake up and the “monster” would be gone. When we’re sleeping, we wish we could shake the “monster” from these nightmares, but sometimes it’s just too powerful.
I wish I didn’t have have personal situations that fit into these categories, but I do. We all do. “The Monster Calls” forces you to think about the monsters in your own life who, whether seen while asleep or awake, make you think about your actions.
The young boy in this book is living in a nightmare and afraid to go to sleep because of the other nightmare he sees in his dreams. Within just over 200 pages, it’s emotional, creative, dark, powerful, and heartwarming.
Read this book! “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness. Read the hardcopy so you don’t miss out on any of the illustrations which add to the story’s eerie mood.
If you ask me, we attended the freezing cold Iowa game. If you ask John, we attended the freezing cold Michigan game. I know for a fact we would not have been risking frostbite to see any other team play Iowa. Thankfully, John isn’t a sore loser. Bar food and beverages after the game helped us thaw out and move on with our weekend. Thanks to Tony and Ashley for braving the cold with us!
As for the rest of our weekend…I’m in heaven! I haven’t graded a thing this weekend because I have all week!
A stress-free Sunday included church, a coffee date, and even the second Hunger Games movie: Catching Fire. It’s a MUST SEE! If you didn’t read the book, you’ll still like it. If you read the book, you’ll LOVE it! With a deeper plot than the first one and more action, it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat. As cliche as it is, I was begging for more as the credits rolled. Do we really have to wait another year for the final book in the trilogy?