Friday, March 6, 2015

Seven Quick Takes: Mike's New Hamster, My New Skirt, and Lent

It's such a good feeling to have our adoption home-study done and be officially waiting to connect with a birthmom considering adoption. While we wait, here's a little window into our lives:

1. Mike's New Hamster - Mike got a hamster. He loves it!!! We got a little clear ball to put the hamster in so she can run around the apartment. The funniest part is watching the cat's reactions to the hamster's presence. Priceless.

2. My New Skirt - I've had my eye on a skirt like this since last summer, but could never find quite the right one. So excited to find this one! Thank you to Mike for running to Target with me at 9:00pm to get it. My question is, what to wear with it? Any suggestions?

3. Lent - So far this Lent has been going pretty well. One thing I am trying to do is go to bed by 10:15pm. It's tough but it is also SO MUCH easier to get up in the morning and get some prayer time in. I also think more sleep is helping me cope with work stress better.

4. Stations of the Cross - One of my favorite Lenten devotions is the Stations of the Cross. Last Friday I went to an event at a local parish called "Mary's Way of the Cross". The prayers for each station were from Our Lady's perspective (as she watched Jesus suffer on the way to Calvary). It was beautiful. Last year Mike and I prayed these Stations of the Cross - Infertility Style. Infertility continues to be very tough, so I really need these prayers again this Lent.

5. Tax Season - It's tax season at work, so I have been at the office A LOT. Although it's tough to work so much, Mike has been coming in on Saturdays to keep me company. I work on taxes while he works on his dissertation. So sweet.

6. Thumbs - My thumbs have been tingly lately. It all started three weeks ago with sore wrists for two weeks. Now the sore wrists are gone, but my thumbs have a slight numbness / tingly feeling. It's a weird feeling, so probably going to get it checked out. Has anyone else experienced this?

7. My Dad - I have the best Dad. In the midst of tax season my Dad sent me this super cute card and note. I love my Dad.

More quick takes at Kelly's blog

Have a great weekend!


  1. LOVE the new hamster and skirt. :) Don't have any suggestions for what to wear with the maxi, but I bet it'd go with a lot! Also, the tinglies in your thumbs sounds like carpal tunnel!

  2. I'm sure the cat loves chasing the hamster!

    As far as what to wear with the skirt, it looks like just about anything in solid colors would go well, though I would probably stick to something of a knit fabric rather than, for example, a button down shirt.

  3. What a cute hamster!!! What is its name? And good luck with tax season!

  4. Oh my gosh! Love the hamster! Now I want one...and only partially because I think my dogs' reactions would be hilarious. Good luck with tax season, I hear from accountant friends that its rough. Also, I agree that the tinglies sounds like carpal tunnel. My parents (both have it) both wear braces for it.

  5. My cats would have eaten that hamster by the time you blogged about it...hahaha...It is cute. When I was a teacher I wanted a furry pet for the classroom but had to be real about bringing it home and our furry friends at home. We had a fish and had it on the mantle above the fireplace and gosh was trying everything he could to get at it. So I had to move it to my office where the door stays closed (and where my plants live as well).

    Love the skirt...I would think solid black, white shirts would go could try red. I found a cute dress I can't stop thinking about and want...but then I may have to buy new shoes as well...not sure I have anything that I could wear with the dress.....Hahaha.

    Yeah for the adoption h.s to be done and now you are waiting. I will add that once you get that call and are waiting for the baby to be's quite exciting yet scary. I never knew.

  6. I admit that I'm a huge fan of early bedtimes! Sometimes it's hard to stop what I'm doing to go to bed, but it's so worth it. Hamster and the skirt are both very cute!

  7. Tingling could be carpal tunnel. Seek out a physical therapist before you try surgeries if that's it. Congratulations on the complete home study! You remain in my prayers regarding infertility. It's a hard path to walk, but I'm praying your baby finds you soon.

  8. Love the skirt! I think a black top would be perfect :)