{SQT} Don’t forget these things!

Who knows the best way to launch a book? If it requires following a plan to the letter and showing your face on social media 50 times a day – not me!!! I’ve waited so long to get to this point, I want to enjoy it and not worry about whether or not I’m “doing …

{SQT} Book Party, Book Chat, and Book Inspired Food

Eighty copies of my book finally arrived at my house this week! Everyone in the house was excited for me for all of 60 seconds before asking what was for dinner, what were we doing that night, did schoolwork need completed before screen time, etc. It was a nice 60 seconds. View this post on …

{SQT} This Week Wound Up Being Better Than OK

Because I write my takes chronologically the most important Take is at the bottom so be sure to read to the end! My goal last week was to get a Quick Takes post up sometime Friday evening, however just before 5 p.m. I got a call that let me know my apostolate Accepting the Gift …

{SQT} The Van, College Decisions, and Now Hiring!

Where is the summer going? How is July almost over??? At least I got one, nice relaxing week in. On Sunday, on the way home from Mass, we had trouble with our van again. Thankfully, we made it home going super slow; no gross hotel room overnights required. We dropped it off at our mechanic …

{SQT} Packing and Writing

PACKING, PACKING, PACKING! It’s all the fun of packing for camp, while also packing and planning for a 16 hour road trip. There’s also the constant worry that something will go horribly wrong and derail all my plans for the week. But how about a few Takes to keep me from fretting for a bit??? …

{SQT} Reveals

If you don’t follow me anywhere but here, then you might have missed the announcement on Saturday night that my apostolate Accepting the Gift was named one of the 25 semi-finalists in the OSV Challenge. It’s a HUGE deal. I’m going to get a mentor, spiritual direction, business guidance, and funding to help grow the …

{SQT} Beach Wheels, Surprise Reveals, and Surgery Deals

It’s been an exciting week. We settled on a beach chair! We’re going to get a kit from Hotshot Products that will allow us to turn Fulton’s old powerchair into a motorized beach chair. (It’s a disabled run business! Learn about the founder here in this video from Inside Edition!!) We’ll still have the option …

{SQT} Cats, Food, and Some Back Story

It’s the first week of summer break, which means I’m trying to accomplish all the things I couldn’t accomplish since Easter break. So, it’s not much of a break at all, I’m just redirecting all my empty threats towards file folders, random drivers on the road, and my cats. Why am I angry with my …

{SQT} Highs And A Low

Starting with the most important update: we lost our third level insurance appeal. The outside agency agreed with the insurance company’s decision to reduce our hours from 12 to 10. I believe there is another level of appeal I could go for that involves courtrooms and judges, but, based on the explanation letter from the …

{SQT} Drinks, Movies, and Dissections

Happy Friday! Time for some Takes. On Sunday Tony and I finally tried the new distillery in town. Like everything else, we could walk to it. We enjoy supporting local businesses, and were prepared to force down some pretty raw stuff, but thankfully it was all really good. They’re specializing in fruit liquors, many of …

{SQT} Food, Movies, and Books

Happy Easter Friday! Enjoy some meat!  We had a beautiful Easter Sunday. The kids woke up and immediately gorged themselves on candy (and maybe I did too). We attended Mass, came home and ate some appetizers including the amazing crab rangoon dip from Aldi’s (definently snag some if you see it). We wound up with …

Good Friday Takes

Yes, I redesigned the blog again. I was looking at some other “author” websites and realized I wanted something a bit more “I’m a real author.” and less “I blog in my bathrobe with a cup of cold coffee when I should be educating my kids.” Getting a professional headshot is still on the to-do …

{SQT} An Important Date, Current Watches, and Pep Talks

Mark your calendars, we have a date for my book’s release-OCTOBER 8th! Which is also Teddy’s birthday, so ideally I remember to celebrate both things on that day. Things are getting real! My celebration GIF was chosen because Schitt’s Creek is free on Prime right now and it’s my current binge watch for when I’m …