Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Tuesday Saddle

I've been missing you. I've been riding around Boston Town trying to drum up new things to write about.... anything from interesting to intriguing to what keeps me up at night. But, I'll admit it. My well is dry. Maybe it's the February. Maybe it's the almost-to-midterms-halway-through-the-semester-say-what?! Maybe it's the five loads of laundry in the past 48 hours... But, I'll get real. Nothing keeps me up at night. Thanks to whatever ancestor or hereditary love I received in never having sleep issues.

So, today I'm popping in. Back into my Tuesday Saddle. Popping in to say that my Mardi Gras pumpkin cinnamon rolls reached a new level this year:
They were baked all the way through and not over done or tough. I was a proud Mama this morning. Yes. I ate two.

But, ever the fun, I also wanted to pop in and say that I'm still enjoying photography amidst the madness of life. So, feel free to enjoy it with me:







I hope you have a blessed start to Lent!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Take 236

7 Quick Takes Friday
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In my junior year of high school, we set out to translate Le Petite Prince, but like so many curriculum and lesson plan dreams, we never got around to it. 15 years later, I finally got around to reading the English version. 17 pages later, I couldn't believe it. This book is about 1/10 of the length I thought it was! And I didn't like it! And it was weird. Someone, help me. Did I read the spark notes? Is it really really a kid's book?!
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There are some things Brian and I do so wonderfully. Small plate restaurants is one of them. That fantastic man takes me out to dinner and I get WOWED like you'd never believe. He picks the perfect restaurants and we always eat small plates of amazing food or amazing sushi. 
I have only one confession: I kind of miss the doggie bag days. The better the food, the smaller the portions, split between two... and lunch tomorrow is always... grilled cheese sandwiches and not reheated fettuccini alfredo.
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Elevators that stop only every three floors? How does campus housing get away with that sort of thing???!!! And what does it save them?! Side note: we don't have any elevator. And we're on the third floor.
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Brian and I celebrated five years of marriage this week and enjoyed seeing Della Mae in concert... Very fun!

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Rowan refuses to continue eating dinner until you add Sriracha to her meal. Every night.

[Sure, it's only a drop... but she eats it!]
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This week, my Apple Watch was 24 hours behind and told me all day on Monday would be 60 degrees. LIES. ALL LIES. It was a high of 40. It was 32 degrees when I left the house! And I froze all day thanks to trusting my Apple watch. Hah!
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I sat on the bus this week, and the man sitting to my right is leaning on his knees, leaning over... and he turns his phone towards me and the phone's FLASH goes off... THREE TIMES. Awkward. "I'm sorry sir, I'll need to see that camera so I can take the film out."

Friday, February 17, 2017

Take 235

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Five Years! Tomorrow we'll be married five years and with Tuesday being a celebration of love, I thought I'd put you through the mushy ringer, if you don't mind...
I thought I'd start off with a good laugh though:
Yes. It was cold on February 18, 2012. 
This is also one of the few photos of my awesome shoes. I got rid of them in the move because they were too big. I was so afraid I'd face plant on my wedding day... Thankfully, I didn't! 
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Brian Phillip, I love you to pieces. Thanks for inviting me on the adventure of life with you. We've got so much ahead and our story has been such a joy already, and I know it's only just beginning! Thanks for starting a family with me and showing me just how much Christ loves me, too.
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Thanks to our photographer, Deana, who made us look like the billion bucks we felt like.
I'll be forever grateful to you!

If you're getting married... spend the money. You'll never regret it.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Take 234

7 Quick Takes Friday
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When it comes to being a pedestrian, I'm happy to let car traffic flow. I get it. If the light is green and my crosswalk is halfway between two lights (and I always have the right of way), I may have the right of way, but it doesn't make sense for everyone to stop just because I want to cross the street. However, when it's cold or raining... I'm walkin'. hah.
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It might sound silly, but I'm a little sad that Scopa is closing. Mary Calla took us there when we visited in 2013, and boy, did we fall in love with their awesome food. I ate rabbit meat that day. And loved it. WHAT?! I know. (I'm happy to hear when people decide to make choices for their growing families in order to simplify life. That's beautiful.) Wish I could go eat there one last time!
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When I come home, I have the option of two buses: the Harvard bus and the city bus. And you know what? I hate the Harvard bus. It smells like a chemical lab. 
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It's true that the snow has kind of complicated life, but I'll admit it: I got a nice nap yesterday, I got to cook dinner at the normal time of day (5 pm!) and this. is. beautiful.
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I created an email filter so that all of my clothing email advertisements end up in a folder. (I'm looking at you LOFT). It was genius. I haven't seen a clothing ad in months. However, I also haven't taken advantage of them, either.
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Magda Gerber says that the best toys are 90% child and 10% toy. I like that. Bring on the play dough, blocks, snow, crayons, etc, etc, etc.
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I have a cold this week, along with my two poor kiddos. I got on an elevator and forgot to push a button. I called our river the Cambridge river. Nope. It's the Charles. I walked in the building after walking in the rain and slipped on the marble. I've served leftovers because  I didn't have anything else in me. It's been quite the week. Friday, you are welcome here. Praying for health for my family!