taking stock

29 October 2015

29 October 2015

Amazed at: The fact that Kate fell asleep on me totally unprompted (see above photo) and then transferred to her crib without a hitch! Mom win. (Also, I may or may not have shed a few tears of cuteness/baby overload because it was so adorable. Judge away if ye will.)

Eating: David brought me a Chick-Fil-A spicy chicken sandwich for lunch because he knew I was having a bad day...delicious

Listening to: Justin Bieber's new single. Ashamed and proud at the same time because that kid is on a comeback, I swear!

Wearing: Caitlin's old popover, leggings, tshirt. Aka the winter momiform. Hey, my philosophy is don't put real pants on unless you have to!

Cooking: Probably taco salad for dinner but I'm just remembering I don't think we have any ground beef in the freezer soooooo that might not pan out.

Reading: Nothing because my brain is still reeling from The Martian. My uncle, who's a parish priest in small-town NE, and I had a conversation last night at dinner about how much we enjoyed it. (There is language, though, a fair amount of it! But it's worth it, I think.)

Drooling over: This Patagonia popover. All the colors, please! I'm giving myself non-food rewards for weight loss goals and I think it's definitely going to make the list.

Realizing: This weekend is November? Which means October is over?? Where...where did the time go?

Working on: My saint peg dolls! David's been a big help already and I'm stoked to see how they come out. But trust me, my expectations are v v v low.

Sewing: Nothing. I started on a quilt over a month ago and got through the cutting stage but haven't picked it up again since. I'm also itching to start a new embroidery project but I've now given one to every one of my friends soooo if you have an embroidery saying or project you'd like that I can gift you, hit me up.

Watching: TV-wise, I'm in a bit of a slump. I finished Parks & Rec whilst bawling my eyes out yesterday over lunch, and now I'm just depressed that it's over. David and I re-started watching Doctor Who from Season 1 for some flashback entertainment, and holy cow bad production value, Batman! It's so bad but soooo good. I miss Rose. Also disappointed that Parenthood's 6th season is STILL not on Netflix. I got my hopes up for nothing!

Excited for: This year's BIS Advent Journal! I'm seriously stoked for it - it's written by one of my all-time best celebrity crushes, Audrey Assad. Excuse me while I drool for a bit.

<3
HG

Fall fashion...finally

27 October 2015

27 October 2015
Guys, I've been dying for fall fashion for months now. After this summer, I think I'd be okay if never got above 85° here again -- I know it's not happening but I'm gonna keep dreaming anyway because I want to!

Anyways, I've been stoked to be wearing jeans, boots, cardigans, and scarves again. It might be #basic but if #basic just means super fun things that everyone should love, so be it. So I thought I'd send along my current recommendations!

First off, these jeans that just came in the mail yesterday.
THROW AWAY ALL YOUR OTHER SKINNY JEANS RIGHT THIS MINUTE AND WEAR ONLY THESE ONES.


They're 1969 super stretch legging jeans, but they're the perfect mix of jean & legging so you don't feel too far in either direction. They are UBER comfortable, super stretchy, and actually a darker wash than the picture shows (which was great in my book!). I wore them last night immediately after opening them and was just so so happy with them. Plus right now they're 40% off with Gap's code BOO.

10/10 will buy these and never purchase another pair of legging jeans ever again. (I'm usually a size 8/10 and I got these in medium.)

Second, blanket scarves. Y'all, I am all about the blanket scarf trend that is happening this year. I'm so happy with it because it's literally just wearing a really cute and comfy blanket around your shoulders. What could be better on a chilly fall day?

This one is what I have right now (sold online now yay and in stores from Target), which I originally saw on Sydney's blog and immediately fell in love with:


I'm eyeing a few on Etsy (like this, this, and this one, all more expensive than the Target one but soooo cute) to add to my collection. I've always been a scarf girl but I'm not very creative in how to wear them, so I'm hoping to try a few of the ideas found in this post to switch things up.

Kate's been known to take some of my scarves (or underwear, or really sweaty sports bras) and wear them around the house like scarves -- so you know I've been wearing mine a lot, even inside.

In other news, I'm in need of a new pair of booties.
Guarantee when David reads this part he will say "no you don't need another pair of boots!!"  to himself but he is just wrong.

I have a very specific idea of what I want: bootie, with low to moderate heel, in leather or fake leather, light brown but smooth finish...blah blah blah, I'm picky about my boots in other words. Here are some I've been eyeing on Zappos:
G by Guess, $80

Volatile, $70

Dirty Laundry, $70


Clarks, $160 aka out of my price range

There are lots more that I love that are like seriously out of my price range that I won't bother linking to (okay, I know Frye boots are great but $400 for one pair of booties??? crazy talk) and in reality we don't have the budget for any of the listed ones above either. Sigh. 

Problem is, my only pair of booties right now are a fancy black cheap version from Target last year that basically got destroyed with salt and de-icer, and a green pair from Target that I looooove but aren't very neutral or nice-looking, so I feel weird wearing them to church. Blah blah blah. I should try and find a cheaper version somewhere here in town, probably - a new DSW just opened up so I might head there to see if there's some other options.

Anyway, that's what I'm wearing/drooling over recently. Any fall fashion bandwagons I should jump on?
HG

postpartum "weight loss"

22 October 2015

22 October 2015

I know I seem to talk about my weight/working out a lot on the blog. It's a big part of my life right now, so I can't seem to avoid spilling my guts about it a lot. (If you're tired of it feel free to skip this post!) I've written about my P90X3 journey, how literally insane Insanity is, a little about my hypothyroidism, eating better... you name it, I've tried it and written it and it's been hard.

Not the writing about it. The living it.

It's hard to not be jealous of friends or strangers who seem sprightly and immediately back in shape right after they have a baby. I know my thyroid problems and the fact that I don't look like what I did before Kate aren't my *fault* necessarily but the jealousy still comes.

I usually have to talk myself down if I see a mom with a tiny baby and a tiny waist in Target. "She doesn't have the problems you have. She has her own crosses. Live and let live, Hannah," but the nagging feeling remains.

Real talk? I'm still 20 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight, at 17 months postpartum...and about 30-35 pounds away from my ideal weight. It's not kosher to talk in numbers like that but I'm trying to be real around here more so I'm doing it.

The hardest part is realizing how much I'm doing, or trying to do to change it, and not seeing results. Going through P90X3 90 solid days with a change in diet and not seeing any weight loss? Really really frustrating. Emotionally draining. Motivation to keep going is pretty low when you seem to be trying your hardest and nothing changes. Especially being that consistent! Even when I was running on the cross country team in high school I didn't work out that many days in a row ever.

Obviously I'm feeling a bit better about myself since then. I didn't get treatment for my thyroid until after I had completed those 90 days - my thyroid wasn't working, preventing me from losing weight, and that is not my fault. I keep having to repeat that to myself. I was improving my health nonetheless, getting good habits started and feeling more confident.

I do love the other benefits I've gained from working out 6 days a week for the past 17+ weeks (that's over 125 workouts!). I have tons more energy. I don't feel so drained at the end of long days. Most days I am really excited to work out, because I know how much better I'll feel when it's done. I feel super proud of myself whenever I finish an especially tough workout (umm, hello, month 2 of Insanity). And the habit of working out every day is one I've tried to develop for a long time but never have succeeded with before now. So I'm grateful that I had to persevere through it all.

My medications are evening out now, and I'm starting to see the scale slightly budge. (I think the combo of my meds, Insanity, and Trim Healthy Mama are to thank for that.) Seeing it move a few pounds made me realize how utterly defeated I've been feeling up until this point. I was overjoyed to see a 1 pound loss on the scale -- ONE FREAKING POUND, people. And then I thought - how much more excited would I be if this had happened right when I started working out seriously?

But there's no way to change the past. Although there are some things I'd have done differently during pregnancy to prevent some of my current issues, I wouldn't change it for the world because it gave me Kate in all her beauty. All of this struggle has been eternally worth it for the chance to raise and be sanctified by my little girl.

I'm hoping to keep going and lose more weight, no matter how slowly it happens, but I'm also coming to terms with the fact that this is just one of my crosses in life - a very small and insignificant one in the grand scheme of things, I know, but something I will have to deal with for the rest of my life. (Who knew hormones were so important???)

Okay whew. Real talk over. Thanks for putting up with me. And pray for me? I promise to return the favor. :)
love,
HG

honesty + blogging

20 October 2015

20 October 2015
So friends, I have some confessions to make.

But, the question always remains: do I blog about them?

Because here's the thing - I really love blogging. I love the community of far-away friends I've made through writing in this little space. I love spilling my guts about things we love to do. I love feeling connected to women I'd never have met other than through the internet. I love keeping up with old friends through blogs. I love posting pictures of my daughter (see end of this post).

I also really love reading back through my posts (well, most of the time) and recalling happy memories. But lately I've been feeling a little less-than-authentic on this space. Maybe it's my influx of new readers (hey y'all!) or maybe just a glitch in my writing habits...I'm not sure which. But something's been keeping me from being exactly who I am all the time.

There are things I struggle with on a daily basis that I've wanted to write about but haven't found the guts or determination to do so. Like the fact that I have really been struggling with a daily prayer life (aka mine is almost nonexistent, unless you count feverish Hail Marys when Kate won't nap). Like the fact that sometimes being a stay/work from home mom drives me absolutely BONKERS. Like how I'm sometimes not a very good in-real-life friend because I'm an introvert but I should spend more time and effort working on friendships. Like how I feel called to get more involved with my home parish but I'm scared of committing to something, or scared of feeling like we don't fit in.

All of these (and more!! oh so much more...) are things I've been musing on the past few weeks. I think God's calling my heart to be more open about them, especially here for some reason, so I'm going to make a better effort to be real in the future.

That doesn't mean you won't be subjected to millions of light-hearted weekend recaps, or stories of cute things Kate is learning, or random lists of TV shows or books I enjoy in the future. If that's why you're here, I'm happy to have you! Because those are me, too; there's just other things I need to share.

So if you become worried about me in the next few weeks, and want to avoid me like a high school acquaintance you run into at the grocery store & haven't spoken to in 5 years, I'll totally understand. Just know I appreciate you all the same.

Keep on keepin' it real, friends.
HG

angry at me for DARING to take a photo of her...hahaha

oh weekend, where did you go?

19 October 2015

19 October 2015



Oh hey, Monday. I really found myself wishing for more hours this weekend. I haven't had that feeling in a long time but man, I could have used another few hours for laundry sorting, deep cleaning, and just relaxing.

Friday evening David and I took Kate to look at some buffalo & elk at our local nature center (Pioneers Park for you Lincolnites). She kept calling them puppies and woofing at them, especially when one of them came lumbering towards the fence to eat. We let her run around for awhile in the chilly weather and then went on some swings. We also hit up Raising Cane's for dinner on our way home because...yes.

I got David the Cities & Knights expansion for Settlers of Catan for his birthday, and we realized Friday night that we hadn't played it yet. So after an hour of reading the directions out loud, and some frustrated mistakes, we set out playing. David destroyed me. But it was fun anyway.

Saturday morning I headed to Starbucks to try and catch up/work ahead on some work projects. There's something so nice about working like an adult at a coffee shop, without a toddler bringing you toys every 10 minutes and you don't have to worry about them spilling your coffee or dragging your keyboard around the house when you're not looking. The people watching is also a huge perk when you're waiting for files to load. :) The addition of a delicious caramel latte doesn't hurt, either.

We then spent the rest of the day cleaning out our closet & dressers (got rid of 4 garbage sacks of clothes!), watching the Huskers win (ugh, finally, a game that didn't give me a heart attack in the last minute of play), and then played more Catan that night - while binge watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (Yes, David destroyed me again. I'm already planning my revenge...)

Sunday morning was our usual rotation of 8 a.m. Mass, grocery shopping, then breakfast at home. I spent the rest of the day folding laundry, working on my gallery wall (I'm sooooo close!), entertaining Kitty, and making dinner while David finished insulating and sealing our new basement windows. (They still have to be painted inside and out but we're close - we only started them over a year ago...)

Totally unrelated but this Buzzfeed article made me literally laugh out loud. I now understand why people in TV shows don't "recognize" their friends who have tiny masks on because...who is this woman and what has she done with Zooey Deschanel?

Go kick Monday's butt for me.
HG

7QT #43: growing pains, Ben Rector, & baby hacks

16 October 2015

16 October 2015
Another week gone by, another random post gathered up for you. Linking up with Kelly!

1.
This girl, I tell ya.


I'm learning (and really, she's also learning) the ins and outs of her personality as she gets older and develops more into the toddler she is.

Right now it's a lot of random bits of needing-me-to-pick-her-up, even if it's only been 5 minutes since the last session. Lots of outdoor time because it tires her out (win-win-win). Food like RIGHT NOW when she gets hungry or all heck breaks loose. Consistent nap times and bedtimes.

It's a learning curve and we're figuring it out as we go (in super adorable baby overalls, yes please).

2.
Do you listen to Ben Rector? I didn't used to but I've been really hooked on his new album lately. My current favorite from the album is this one:


Fear by Ben Rector - link here if you can't see the video

He's just got a way with writing lyrics that kind of just hit you in the gut and make you think - without being too pushy or obnoxious.

3.
Something I'm not usually into but ran across the other day - this article about motherhood, feminism, and all it entails written by a UND alumnus.

It's long but worth the effort. I've been thinking about it even still 5 or so days later, and that's usually a good sign. Right? :)

4.
I'm 2 days away from being 5 weeks done with Insanity. Thank goodness this week was "recovery week" - aka cardio (Core Cardio & Balance is the title, if you're curious) but not at quite intense of pace, and the same workout 6 days in a row.


There's a lot of punching & kicking, with more breaks in them than most of Shaun T's videos. It's a nice break from feeling like I'm going to die after every single workout.

I'm terrified of Monday's workout though - a full hour and a half of cardio. I'm going to die, I just know it. So if I don't blog anymore after this you'll know why!

;)

5.
This week I quickly worked through two books in order to try and optimize my diet for my hypothyroidism. I sadly had to put away my fiction reads (The Martian among others!) to get through them, but it was worth it.



Both of these worked really well together, which kinda surprised me -- and let's be honest, relieved me because I couldn't handle trying to pick one or the other. If you've got any thyroid problems (or even have an inkling that you do!) I really recommend both of them!!

6.



If you've ever been on Pinterest, you've seen the advice to give a kid an unplugged controller to play with while you're playing video games, and I am here to attest that it works really really well. Kate had SO much fun "playing" with her dad & friend last night. (Like, jumping up and down excited about it.) It was super cute and kept her entertained between bath & bedtime.

Worth. It.

7.
Today's Link-toberfest question is "Who is your favorite blogger that you discovered through Quick Takes?" which is really a harder question than it seems! I know I discovered Jen's blog originally from clicking back through Grace's (:() posts to figure out what the heck 7 quick takes even was, and I was hooked ever since then.

I'm pretty sure I discovered both Theresa and Amy from the quick takes who are now some of my favorite bloggers! But I really credit quick takes for exposing me to every Catholic mommy blogger that I follow to this day. :)

Happy weekend all and head to Kelly's for more and to find more awesome bloggers!
HG

5 internet pet peeves

14 October 2015

14 October 2015
What an enticing blog post, right? #thirdworldproblems, I know, but since I do a lot of work and play on the Internet there are some things that just BUG ME.

1. Political posts

I'm a scrooge but in my opinion, there's no way to properly talk about anything as fraught as politics on the internet successfully. Especially when it comes to Facebook statuses (statii?). Even if I agree with somebody it's still so hard to communicate via a 300-word paragraph! And things can go really really wrong! The fact that election season is creeping up makes me want to hide from my Facebook feed for a long, long time. You too?

2. Google+ and my darn Blogger email profile

Does anyone else have this problem?? For some reason, approximately every other month or so, my Google profile "forgets" my email address and makes my comments on other blogs go to "no-reply," until I do the complicated process of disconnecting my profile from Google+, editing my regular Blogger profile to show my email address again, then reconnecting to Google+. (Here's a great tutorial if that sentence was confusing.)

I don't even USE Google+ that much, besides auto-sharing my posts, but it is helpful for commenting on lots of blogs so I keep it. Except for this stupid problem!! I'm not sure if it's only my blog that has this problem (for some mysterious reason?) but it's been happening for months on end now and only after I comment a few places that I know respond via email and don't get replies do I even think about checking it.

Google searches have been not helpful - trust me, I've looked. Anyone else have this problem?

3. Websites that make you login every 15 minutes

This is really a work-related problem I have, but the hosted site I use for building epubs makes me log back into the darn website every 15 minutes. Yes, 15 minutes!! Aka the time I usually spend in between times that I need to access the website.

Frustrating. And annoying. And something I've been trying to get them to fix for months, but haven't made any progress yet. "Security," or something.

4. Ads you can't skip or close out of

In this day and age, it's amazing to me that there are still ads I'm not able to opt-out of for one reason or another. I mean, I'd rather take a 5-click survey than watch some stupid perfume ad or one for DraftKings.com a-f-r-e-a-k-i-n-g-g-a-i-n. Especially on places like YouTube. I don't even watch that many things on Youtube, save for hilarious Jimmy Fallon skits and tutorials on how to do things. (Check this one out of Jimmy if you haven't seen it!!! Dumb trivia skits are my favorite.)

5. Free trials that end

Let's be honest with ourselves - this one is entirely my fault. I get hooked on a new thing that offers a free 30-day or 2-week trial, and I love love love it during that trial period. And then they get me all sad because the free trial ends! It's really just a genius marketing ploy that I fall for every. freaking. time. but it makes me sad nonetheless, and I can complain about it on my little ole blog if I want to. (Ahem, my most recent culprit is Hulu+, which even hooks to our TV. Addicting for someone who never watches TV that's going on currently, that's for sure.) (Other culprits have been Squarespace, Spotify Premium, PicMonkey...I could keep going but I won't.)

Thanks for letting me vent. :)
HG



halloween vibes

13 October 2015

13 October 2015

It's been feeling a lot more like fall around here recently, waking up with chilly air coming through the window and leaves blowing across our front porch. I got David these Halloween string lights for his birthday, and although he doesn't like them I positively love them. It makes our house feel Halloween-y without being too overbearing. A set of Dia de los Muertos ones is going up soon, whenever I decide where they'll go best.

Speaking of fall, Kate is still fighting a cold from last week. It's gradually getting better but she's still majorly snotty and not sleeping her best. All you who use essential oils: if I were to dive into them (which I haven't yet) and I wanted something to prevent colds or heal them quickly, what would I get? I'm nervous about making a big commitment until I've seen some proof (realist alert) but since you can't give "real" medicine to kids under 2, I'm willing to try anything. (Right now we're using this cold "medicine" but it doesn't seem to be doing much good.)

I jumped on the THM way thanks to Colleen and Theresa's recommendations. (And yeah, I don't want to call it by its full name either.) I'm working my way in slowly, trying to remember what the heck all the acronyms stand for and what kinds of foods fall under carb or fat headings. (Why is that so hard for my brain? idk.) I'll let you know how it goes once I've got a few weeks under my belt!

If you're in need of some fall music to listen to, my three favorite fall artists are Alexi Murdoch, Gregory Alan Isakov, and Nickel Creek. In fact I have a pretty baller fall playlist if you're interested...


I'm itching to do a saint peg doll exchange like Theresa posted about the other day, but lots of moms around here have already been in one and so I'm not sure if I should proceed or not! Has anyone been in one where it's people from all around that you could ship them to? Or how do you work it when someone's out of town? Also if you're interested in joining me (if I ever get my stuff together and do it) email me or hit me up in the comments!!

I haven't been keeping up with this current season of Doctor Who, mostly in protest of how much I'm not really enjoying it lately. Last season was okay - but I miss Matt Smith, David Tennant, and some supporting characters who had a storyline. (Sorry but Clara is just kind of blah at this point!) Should I give it another shot and watch this season? Bueller?

S'all for now, folks.
HG

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To My Husband on His Birthday

09 October 2015

09 October 2015




Dear David,

I know I mention you a lot on this little blog, but I wanted to take the time and write a little bit for you on this, your 25th birthday. By the way - happy birthday, and congratulations! You've lived for a quarter of a century. That's a big feat, but I'm most excited for what's to come - the years we're going to spend together. Years and years of you never escaping me! (mwah ha ha haaaa)

I love you very much and I love all you do for Kitty and me. You're hardworking, hilarious, selfless, goofy, imaginative, serious when necessary, and an all-around great man. You make me better just by being around me, and I'm so grateful for that. You put up with all my crazy, you are a fantastic dad, and I don't say thank you for it enough. So -- thank you. For all of it.

I hope your birthday is amazing and I love you!

your wife,
Hannah

P.S. If you see him today, wish him a happy birthday! :)

our days [currently]

07 October 2015

07 October 2015

Right now our days are down to a somewhat predictable rhythm. I thought I'd take a minute to write them down, because they are constant for now but I'm sure that will change soon (don't they always get messed up as soon as you're in a really good rhythm??).

Right now they go a little like this...

8:00-8:45(or 8:15 if we're lucky): Kate wakes up, comes to cuddle in bed for a few minutes, or at least until we are both awake fully, then gets changed, eats breakfast, and Daddy leaves for work

8:45: I shower while Kate entertains herself, try to look somewhat presentable

9:00-10:30: I eat breakfast, Kate plays, and I work at my computer and try not to interrupt her for fear she'll get clingy & not let me work anymore

10:30-12:00: Kate naps easily and quickly, so I can work in peace, OR we spend an hour and half battling about her morning nap, frustrations on both sides as you can imagine

12:00: Kate and I eat lunch, me at my desk while still working, Kate in her high chair

12:30-3:30: I work at my desk, Kate pushes various wheeled toys around, empties her bookshelf of books, dumps toys all over the house, rips up napkins when she can find them, and I try to let her play as independently as possible (aka I don't interrupt her if she's being quiet, even though there's a high likelihood she's destroying something while doing it)

3:30-5:00: Kate naps, usually dependent on how good (or bad) the morning's nap was. If David's working late that night I work out now, or if he's not then I spend this time working as fast and as furiously as I can

5:00-6:30: Daddy's still usually at work, Kate has a snack and lots of days an episode or two of Octonauts, I keep working if there's more to be done or try to wrangle some idea for dinner (aka take chicken out of the freezer to defrost, wayyyyy too late in the day), or I clean up a tiny portion of her destruction from the work day, then dada gets home

6:45-7:30: If I didn't earlier, I work out now, Kate eats dinner, watches mama & dada clean up her messes, takes a bath, reads a book, and is in bed by 7:30

7:30-10:00: David and I eat/finish cooking then eat dinner, do various chores around the house (or procrastinate them for the weekends), watch TV, crash in bed around 10:00.

Whew. 

All of this fluctuates a LOT depending on David's work schedule - this is based on a good day. Sometimes multiple times in the week David works past 10 or 11 p.m., which is hard for me single parenting but good for his business. Some days he travels far away so he wakes up at 5 a.m. to be on the road, and those days are the longest. Some days Kate is super fussy all day during the day and I have to spend the hours after she goes to bed catching up on work because she's needed my attention all day. But, because we both make our own schedules, we try to get our work hours in early in the week and spend Friday afternoons together, so our weekends are a little longer than most.

I was reminiscing the other day about how easy it was to get my work done when Kate was a newborn - sure, I had to take a lot more small breaks to nurse her, but she just sat there contentedly watching me when she wasn't sleeping (and she did a LOT of that - sleeping). I think in some ways I'm still adjusting to working with a toddler in the mix, which sometimes makes for a Target-break-needing mama by the end of the week.

But I want to appreciate this while I've got it, because I know not everyone gets the luxury of staying at home with their sweet cutie pie toddler and working at the same time.
HG

walk it off, walk it off

05 October 2015

05 October 2015
no, not a pregnancy announcement! just a throwback photo. :)

There's nothing that puts a smile on my face quite as much as watching a pregnant mama and her husband walking together. This happens pretty frequently in our neighborhood - we live in an area with great schools and pretty modest houses, so there are lots of new families always moving in and lots of kids around (which we absolutely love!). In the last few weeks of cooler temps, I've seen to-be moms and dads aplenty around here, enjoying an evening walk together.

Every time I see one of those couples walking down our block, I'm so reminded of all the millions of walks David and I took during my pregnancy with Kate. It's really one of the things I miss most about being pregnant - I felt vindicated each time I took a walk, because let's be honest, I didn't do a lot of other movement during pregnancy. (Hopefully that won't be true for future pregnancies.)

It's the "stereotypical" thing to do but really was always my favorite part of every day. We got to know our neighborhood during those walks - the older couples waving hi, the houses and yards we admired, the different ways people decorated for the seasons. Most of our walks consisted of us debating on baby names or talking about the future with our baby, with lots of healthy arguments thrown into the mix.

I like to think those walks introduced Kate to her place in the world, and her place in our world. She maybe wasn't as aware of everything as we were, but she was always calm and stopped kicking when we'd set out.

I really treasured those times with just us 3, and it was definitely easier toting her along inside rather than in a stroller or carrying her like nowadays. I think those walks will always stay some of my most treasured memories of pregnancy - the calmness of ending each day with a walk, watching the sunset, holding the belly up when I grew tired.

If we're blessed with baby #2 some day in the future, I'm already looking forward to the pregnancy walks that will happen. They might not be as calm with a toddler in tow, but they'll have some of the same effects - introducing him or her to the world they'll be a part of, whether or not they realize it.
HG

7QT #42: the really fast edition

02 October 2015

02 October 2015
1.
I had no plans on writing a quick takes post this week because of a shortened work day and a super-long ebook project that is just DETERMINED TO DRIVE ME CRAZY (which is a long and very very boring story so I won't include it here) -- but then I saw Kelly announcing Link-toberfest and I couldn't resist!

For the themed question of the week: my first Quick Takes post was posted January 10 of 2014 -- wow that seems like a long time ago! I had just recently begun blogging again and was already an avid reader of the Quick Takes formula, so I decided to just nervously jump in like the introverted blogger that I am.

Also, I'm not sure what my theme was at that point but wow, the center-aligned paragraphs are driving me nuts. If I had the time or energy, my OCD would make me go change all of that...

2.


Like I talked about in that post, and much to David's chagrin, I am still addicted to Target. Sorry (ahem, not sorry) honey. I was so excited to find this scarf in stores (the second outfit's scarf) because they don't sell it online, and I had immediately fallen in love when I saw it on Sydney's blog.

It's just the perfect mixture of fall & plaid & loveliness, and it just hit the fall spot in my heart, you know?

3.
Thanks to my sister, I'm now also crushing for one of these beautifully crazy-patterned Patagonia popovers.

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I know it's too early for Christmas present shopping (or Christmas anything, really), but if you're looking for a great gift for the women in your life that makes you feel crunchy and stylish and warm all at the same time, this is it. Also, half off! What more could you want?

4.
Kate's been a crazy mess of all-over-the-spectrum emotions this week. As per usual, in toddler-land, I suppose, but still makes for an exhausted mama at some points.



She's gotten into this adorable habit of imitating me and putting on any headband she can find, just like I do. (I wear headbands constantly now because I stupidly got bangs again...remind me never to do that ever again, because I am way too lazy for the amount of work having bangs is.)

5.
I'm almost done with week 3 of Insanity and I think I'm starting to feel things! Not emotionally, haha, but physically - I'm feeling stronger, with more endurance, although I still end up sweating buckets by the end of each workout. I don't feel too bad about the sweating though because even Shaun T. is dripping by the end of each workout - and even in low-def streaming you can pick out each and every ab muscle on his body, so that makes me feel better about myself.

It's funny to compare the motivating styles of Shaun T. and Tony Horton, who did P90x3. Tony was always very encouraging, cracking jokes, making small talk with the other demonstrators, showing off his muscles but in an encouraging way. Shaun T...., well, he kind of just yells at you and himself and everyone else. His vocab during the workouts consists of "GO FASTER PUSH HARDER STOP SUCKING" (basically). Like I told David, I feel like he really wants to be cussing people out but is refraining because he's being taped. It's hilarious - and kinda scary.

He's all:

this is about as positive as he gets

And I'm like:

Chris Pratt, I love you.
It's definitely a change. I didn't think I'd like his style the first time I did one of his workouts, but now I love it. It makes me feel like I can do anything! Which, after Insanity is pretty much true. :)

(Also, it's kind of a boring topic to talk about, my working out, but it's helping keep me motivated to keep going so you are just going to have to suffer through it. Sorry not sorry.)

6.
Currently Kate's trying to get me to open a package of toothbrushes I bought the other day and that she somehow pilfered off the dining room table, and is very upset that I won't let her have one. Toddlers, man!

7.
Well, I've run out of things to say so I'll cut this post short. Have a wonderful weekend - and of course, linking up with Kelly for Link-toberfest! Head there for more quick take bloggers!
HG

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