Friday, September 30, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday (Take 27)

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Yesterday I took a tour of a local crisis pregnancy center in the area to learn about their volunteer opportunities.  They have many opportunities to volunteer with administrative work, but I also have the ability to go through training next month to be a counselor and work one on one with pregnant clients seeking support.  I would really love to work as a counselor, but I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to make an adequate time commitment once the baby arrives in a couple months.  Whatever I decide to do, I am very excited to be involved.  What great timing that I'm starting during the 40 Days for Life!

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I wrote a post yesterday about how I'm finally getting this housewife thing down.  As soon as I finished writing it, I realized that everything is going to change in a few months once the baby is here, and I'm going to have to relearn all over again.  Of course, I'm so excited for the baby to arrive, but very anxious about adjusting to the change.  If it took me over a year to figure out how to keep house, how long is it going to take to figure out motherhood?  Or is that something you ever really have "figured out"?

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I've tried several recipes from Pinterest so far, but haven't done much in the way of attempting the many amazing craft/DIY projects I've pinned.  I'd love to make one of these monographed/initialed wall decorations for the baby, but not knowing the sex makes it difficult.  I'm not saying that if I could do it over again, I would find out the sex, because I definitely wouldn't - I love the mounting excitement that comes with the surprise!  But now it leaves me debating whether I should make one of each of these (with the respective initials for the boy and girl names we've chosen)...

Source: via Mandi on Pinterest

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Earlier this week, I bought my first Groupon deal.  I feel like I'm probably the last person to get on the Groupon bandwagon, but I tend to be a little slow in understanding the new "it" things on the internet/social media (I was a slow starter on Pinterest and Twitter too, but I think I'm getting a handle on those too!).  I bought two tickets to a comedy show for $8 (the deal was for $18, but Groupon sent me $10 off code for opening an accound just  few days before).  Did you hear that?  Date night for only $8!

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I picked up this book, Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet, at the library a couple weeks ago and only got the chance to start it the other night.  When I saw it on the shelf, I just couldn't resist - a book about the history of ballet!  Oh man, I am such a history nerd AND a girly romantic that once told my parents I wanted to be a ballerina when I grew up.  I probably couldn't have picked a more perfect book for me.

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I like reading articles about athletes that are strong in their Catholic faith.  I recently came across this one about NFL player Philip Rivers.  I love that he attributed the strength of his marriage to Natural Family Planning.  While much of the news about sports players has become focused around their various sexual daliances and affairs, I found this to be refreshing!
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My husband is working until at least nine tonight.  I know that many wives often have to endure their husband working long hours or being gone on business trips, so I feel like I'm being a baby about it but I just don't know what to do with myself while he's gone because he's never worked later than six o'clock or so.  I have a long, lonely evening ahead of me!

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  1. I read about Philip Rivers a while ago and this past weekend they played the Chiefs (my team) so I was googling him. I am so impressed with him! It made it so much harder to cheer against him. :) Anyways, I came across these videos he made:

    Those wall decorations are so cute! I love that Pink one with the buttons. Also, that's so great of you to volunteering at the Crisis Pregnancy Center.

  2. #3 - I am obsessed with this idea and have been wondering if I can make one myself. The woman with the button letter monograms on etsy...she's been on my favorite list for awhile now. Update if you decide to make one yourself.

    #6 - I did not know that Phillip Rivers is Catholic! I work at NC State (his alma mater) so people keep an eye on his career. This is even better!

  3. JLee, my husband is a grad student at NC State! What a coincidence!

  4. The hubby being gone until late in the evening is something I've never gotten use to. Hang in there. Only a little while to go!

  5. #6 seriously makes my day! He is one of my favorite NFL players and now I look up to him even more! :)

  6. Ahh, that's awesome that you are volunteering at the crisis pregnancy center! My daughter and I were just at our local crisis pregnancy center for our first time volunteering. I can't really do any counseling right now because she's always with me, but I did some cleaning, and hopefully in the future I'll be able to help with mailings and other work like that. I hope that it goes really well for you!
    It was hard for me to get the housewife thing down, too...I don't know that I ever have. You're right that it can be hard to do with a baby! But you learn to manage. :) I don't think anybody completely figures out motherhood, but I do think God and Mary help us A LOT and we get better as we go!


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