Thursday, June 12, 2014

7 Quick Takes - Summer is Here!

Thanks to Kathryn for hosting. Here's a little update on what's going on in my neck of the woods.

1. Summer Concert
Our city has orchestra concerts in the park on Thursday nights. We went with some friends and their kiddos last night and it was lovely. Sitting on a blanket, playing with the kids, chatting, and listening to great music. So glad summer is finally here!

2. Sound of Music
One of the songs at the concert last night was a Sound of Music medley. It made my heart soooooo happy. I need to watch that movie again. It's been too long.

3. Camping
We try to go camping once or twice a summer. This weekend we are going to my favorite childhood campground. It is on the grounds of a Christian conference center/retreat house. You can hike to several "prayer towers" and climb the stairs to see a great view.

4. Lots and lots of books
Mike is changing jobs and moving to a much smaller and shared office. When leaving his old job he had to find a place for an entire wall of books. We turned one wall of the second bedroom into a "book wall." Our first attempt was to buy 26 rustic crates (a Craigslist find) and stack them against the wall. I thought it looked pretty nice, but Mike was nervous about his books being damaged from the un-sanded crates. Also it wasn't exactly a polished look. 

Our second attempt was a wide bookshelf we bought at Ik.ea. It cost only a bit more than the crates, and looks A LOT nicer. ...If only we would have thought of this the first time around. 

Below are before and after pictures. ...and it only took 4 days to sell the crates on Craigslist!! :)

Before - Our stacked crates (26 in all)
After - Our Ikea bookshelf
5. Orthodoxy
Speaking of books, my book group is reading Orthodoxy (by G.K. Chesterton) this summer. I have been wanting to read it for awhile, and reading it with a group will hold me accountable.

6. Phone detachment
I'm realizing more and more that checking my phone is a bad habit. When my phone is nearby I find myself checking email and compulsively and frequently. Too frequently. I think I need to detach. I love having a smartphone for so many reasons (keeping in touch, calendar, gps, shopping lists, budgeting, reading blogs, etc), but my constant screen swiping has to go! A friend of mine instituted "No technology Tuesdays." She and her husband put away their electronics on Tuesday evenings. I was thinking of some sort of "turn-off" time in the evening, after which I won't check email or

7. Back to school
Another reason to detach from my phone, is that I am going back to school. I'm starting coursework to become a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and this requires 7 classes. It normally takes two years to complete the coursework, but I found an accelerated program that takes one year. I'm going to try it. I figure I might as well be studying it while Mike is writing his dissertation. Coffee shop study dates here we come!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy this summer weekend!


  1. So impressed by your book go girl!!!!! And your "No technology Tuesdays," a great idea. Have an awesome weekend!

  2. I love summer concerts in the park, I gotta check more of those out this summer! I love books and bookshelves. I love those crates but the I.kea purchase was probably a better idea. Have a great weekend!

  3. Good luck with the CFP course! It sounds exciting.

  4. The new shelves look great! I'm trying not to get too attached to my new smartphone. I'm trying to get on the computer for things like fb and blogging. I don't want to create habits that I have to change later. I'm jealous of your book club! That sounds like fun!

    1. You would be a great addition to our book club, want to move to IL? :)

  5. These are all so wonderful! I actually really like the crate shelving but being married to a PhD husband myself (who looks to have many of the same books as your dh - Ignatius press is pretty recognizable) I get the caution over one's beloved books!

    Also - Orthodoxy is amazing!! I've read it several times, it's that good. And I was actually thinking of picking it up again this summer, so maybe I will! Blessings!

    1. I'm glad you liked Orthodoxy. I'm enjoying it so far!

  6. you are awesome and I LOVE THAT BOOKSHELF. I covet it ;) we need some serious book shelf renovation over here. And wow, way to go on the accelerated program! lastly, I want to hear about this campground! And I am sooooooo glad I don't have internet on my phone (except for calendar and lists)...a laptop is bad enough in the evenings!

    1. We are enjoying the bookshelf too, the books are stacked double deep, to make room for them. The campground is Green Lake Conference Center, in Green Lake, WI. It is run by American Baptist Assembly, and it's my favorite place from when I was a kiddo. God bless you guys!

  7. Summer concerts sounds like fun...there are some around my neck of the woods too...hhmmm...maybe my dh and I can catch one. I have been trying to be tech free on Sundays and use that free time to read, etc. It is hard. Good luck with school. Sounds like the next year will be a busy one!

    1. Tech free on Sundays...that sounds liek a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  8. The hilllls are alivvve with the Sound of Muuusic!

    Love that movie SO much! The music is fantastic. Would have loved to hear it live with you. :)

    Loving the new book case! Looks great! The crate idea was great too, but I can see that the new shelves are sturdier.

    Congrats on going back to school. Best of luck in that endeavor!