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