Saturday, October 3, 2015

All the Things

I need more than my ten fingers to count all the new things that have happened to me this summer. A lot has happened, and I can't believe that it's all already over. I think Chicago is always beautiful, but it's especially so in the summer. Everyone comes spilling out of their homes to soak up all the beautiful weather while they can, filling up the streets, celebrating the silliest things (the nude bike race comes to mind...), and just generally being happy.

But fall is pretty awesome too. It's the season of boots, knitted garments, and all the cups of tea, all of which can be categorized under my love language.

Yesterday David stopped at Mariano's after work to buy me Peruvian lilies (some of my favorite flowers!), and he asked me out on a date. So tonight, we're going to Lula Cafe which will check off another restaurant on our list of Bib Gourmand restaurants to try. It's pretty rare that we have such a fancy meal out since we're all about home-cooked meals, but every routine has to be shook up every now and again :)

And now that I think about it, I don't think I ever wrote here that in June David asked me to marry him! We took a long weekend to Door County, WI, and while we were walking the Lake Michigan shoreline in Cave Point Park, David got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I cried, and you didn't hear it from me, but David cried too. It was such a perfect moment. Truly the best start to the rest of our lives together :)

Oh, and I started grad school! Gosh, I've been negligent with news recently. I'm studying secondary education with a focus in math at DePaul University, and it's been so great so far. I love my professors (one is really more like a mentor), and despite the crazy workload, the past few weeks of classes have really reaffirmed for me that I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be right now.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Little Paris Bookshop // A Blogging for Books Review

When I picked out this book to read, it felt like the perfect book. The main character, Monsieur Perdu, is a literary apothecary--from his boat he runs a bookstore designed to prescribe books are remedies to peoples' ailments, whether they have broken hearts or downtrodden souls. However, the one heart Monsieur Perdu can't mend is his own, so he sets out, casting off his boat from the pier in Paris, and searches for the answers to life that books can't necessarily answer.

Being a great lover of books, I felt drawn into the idea that books are the prescription for life, and that if a book helps just one person, it has served its purpose. I also loved that The Little Paris Bookshop included a list of books at its end as suggestions for certain life afflictions, allowing the reader to take these suggestions into her own life. My only complaint about this book is that the plot seemed to diverge from it's original point--it became less about books as a remedy and more about living life itself be the remedy to a broken heart. I guess it speaks more to life as it is, however, as oen cannot grow just from the experiences read about in books.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

It's been a while since I made an appearance on the weekly yarn along, partially because this summer has been crazy and partially because I haven't had anything new to show-and-tell. I'm still making flowers, and (if you remember it from March) I'm still make this Texture Throw. It's just one of those times of life where time is flying by and I'm just trying to get by on grace.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

On My Bookshelf: September

I did a lot of reading during August. The first week of the month, I was at the beach with my family, and I underestimated the number of books that I was going to read. I had only brought two books with me, and I ended up leaving with two more that I borrowed from my sister, Colleen. The first was The Rosie Project which I loved. It was an easy read that was perfect for the beach, and the characters were instantly likable. The second book was Me Before You which I also devoured whole but it proceeded to rip my heart out. Don't get me wrong, I loved it; it was definitely one of my favorite books that I've read so far this year, but it continues to haunt me with its rawness.

This month, I'm mostly going to be geeking out over the Throne of Glass series by Sarah Maas:

The Assassin's Blade - This book is a collection of five novella length prequel stories to the Throne of Glass books. They're relatively short reads and an amazing way to learn more about Celaena (the main character) and about how she became an assassin.

Heir of Fire - This is the third book of the series, and I cannot wait to dive into it!

Queen of Shadows - This is the fourth book of the series, and it literally just came out. As in today. Thank goodness for pre-ordering on Amazon and having the book arrive on your doorstep the day it comes out.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Encountering Truth // A Blogging for Books Review

Pope Francis ranks really highly on my all time favorite people right now. Catholicism can sometimes get a bad rap in today's modern world, but Pope Francis is transforming the face that Catholicism presents to the world for the better. He's such a people's pope, and even non-Catholic's that I know are professing their love of him.

His new book, Encountering Truth, is only making me love him even more. This book is a collection of his homilies that he gives every morning in St. Martha's cathedral to lay peoples. The homilies are completely unscripted, and they really give a new light to the gospels. Pope Francis gives messages of hope and advice to everyday Catholics, and he always delivers his message in a loving and open way.

What I especially like about this book is that it includes the bible readings from the day that the homilies are coming from, making the book a daily devotional of sorts as one can first read that verses and then read the corresponding homily. As such, this is a book that I know I will constantly be coming back to in order to gain more wisdom and guidance.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

On My Bookshelf // August

It's my birthday month! And I'm currently on a week long vacation with my family which means that all my books this month are 100% for pleasure. Bring on all the devourable beach reads!

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
This is the second book of the Throne of Glass series, and I am totally addicted. This series is AMAZING! A co-worker recommended them to me, and then I found out that my sister had the first two books, so I promptly borrowed them from her and can't put them down. If you haven't read them, I highly suggest that you do. Definitely the best fantasy series that I've read in a while.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
I love everything that John Green writes, and this is the last book of his that I haven't read yet (until he hurried up and writes something else!). I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

Encountering Truth by Pope Francis
I think Pope Francis is amazing. Even if I wasn't Catholic, I would still probably think he is the bee's knees because he has such a powerful message for all humankind. This book is his sermons that he gives every morning, and I can't wait to read it and gain his wonderful insight into my life.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tuesday Tea // 51 Simple Pleasures


Oh, the resurrection of Tuesday Tea! Although this post has nothing to do with tea other than the fact that I'm on my second cup of earl grey for the day, haha :)

But I recently found a list that I wrote during high school about 51 things that seem small that give me great pleasure. It can sometimes be hard to find beauty in every day life, but I know that life is a whole lot better if I slow down and give thanks for the simple things. I've already listed these 51 things on a previous blog post, but I thought I would update it with 51 new things, with maybe a couple repeats.

1. squishy, gorgeous yarn
2. Gilmore Girls re-runs
3. big cups of hot tea
4. tall glasses of iced tea
5. re-reading a favorite book and getting something new out of it
6. Anthropologie candles
7. paychecks
8. old recipes
9. sinking into bed after a long day
10. thank you notes
11. rolling the money in your change jar
12. this beautiful print
13. crocheted flowers
14. good hair days
15. salt water taffy
16. getting magazines in the mail
17. dressing up for no reason
18. rooftop dinners
19. dandelions
20. my favorite mug
21. using loose leaf tea instead of teabags
22. Milano cookies
23. my Kitchenaid stand mixer
24. finishing a Rubik's cube
25. maxi skirts
26. finishing an amazing book
27. grace
28. dahlias
29. kitty cats
30. banana babies
31. card games
32. a fresh haircut
33. compliments
34. spooning
35. ceiling fans
36. dishwashers
37. hand-me-down clothing
38. blog comments
39. knowing you're going to spend the rest of your life with your best friend
40. Etsy stores
41. an intricate cross-stitch
42. snuggles
43. looking at baby photos
44. perfectly clean and organized living spaces
45. guitars and ukuleles
46. clean slates
47. waking up early by accident
48. good guacamole
49. good Mexican food in general
50. ceiling stars
51. dreamcatchers