Why I’m Going to My 20th High School Reunion

My 20th high school reunion is coming up soon. Tony and I are planning to attend, along with, I think, about a third of our class. It’s going to be a laid back meet up at a local club with drinks, appetizers and music. The after party will probably be whatever bar my friends and…

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{SQT} Escape to the Shore: Random High and Low Takes

This week’s radio silence brought to you by a last-minute trip to the beach to enjoy unseasonably warm March weather. Gotta love the flexibility of homeschooling and remote work! Even if we’re still studying math or my husband is fixing code, everything is better at the beach!   1. Except the wi-fi and cell-phone reception…that’s…

Big Family, Little Kitchen: How We Make It Work

Already, I’m hesitant to use the title above. I know plenty of families bigger than mine and I know other families with small kitchens. However, we have more than the national average of kids and a smaller than average kitchen so hopefully this post is helpful to someone. But seriously, if you’re one of the…

State of the Blog and “Survey Says!”

You know you’ve arrived in the Catholic Mommy blog world when you attend a homeschool mom’s social and both new attendees recognize you. ——————————————————————————- This February marks four years since I started This Ain’t the Lyceum and this August will mark 10 years since I started my first blog that I don’t tell anyone about….

2016 Resolutions in the Pine Barrens

It’s time for the yearly practice of setting myself up for disappointment! Let’s talk New Year’s resolutions! YAY!!! How’d I do in 2015. To recap, my saint was St. John Bosco, my word was gratitude and my beast was the Jaberwocky. I immediately forgot about ALL OF THOSE THINGS ten minutes after hitting publish on…

{SQT} MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

The Twenty-fifth Day of December, when ages beyond number had run their course from the creation of the world, when God in the beginning created heaven and earth, and formed man in his own likeness; when century upon century had passed since the Almighty set his bow in the clouds after the Great Flood, as…

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{SQT} Link-toberfest, the Finale

Welcome to the end of October! The month that always kicks my butt a little harder than the rest every year. 1.But why should you care? You might have won one of my awesome Link-toberfest prize packs!!! Blogger Prize Pack #1 Winner: Jen from Into Your Will Blogger Prize Pack #2 Winner: Ann-Marie from Ulczynski…

My Capsule Wardrobe, a Year Later

Last year, like almost every other female I knew between the ages of 20-60, I purged my closet and jumped on the capsule wardrobe bandwagon. There were good intentions published online aboutĀ regularlyĀ featuring my wardrobe via What I Wore Sunday, but those promises lasted until theĀ temperatureĀ dropped and I could no longer take pictures outside. You were…

Find {SQT} at Fountains of Home

You’ve reached the home of Seven Quick Takes. Unfortunately, Kelly is traveling this week and unable to write up her usual collection of mirth and merriment. If you’d like to link up a post, please visit Christy at Fountains of Home.  To leave me a message, please state your name, number and the time that…

#edel15 My Family Survived on Frozen Pizza While I Ate Grits

Surprise! I can’t catch up from a weekend away in one day. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that this week is a total loss. Now I can blog with less guilt. How to summarize Edel without rambling on into eternity or spending too much time on “you had to be there” details, while still…

#edel15 The Quotes

As you can probably imagine, coming home after a weekend away means spending all day Monday catching up. I’ve got some laundry to start, some meals to plan, a grocery list to compile and approximatley 1 million social media notifications and messages to respond to. Wowzers. Plus, I’m getting a late start to my day…

Why You Need to Know My Weekly Goals

I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed with habits and their formation, but…. my husband would probably dispute that. Case in point; this book I can’t shut up about: Better Than Before; Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin! I forget where I first heard about it but, seeing as it’s about habits, and…