Seven Quick Takes

Linking up with Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum today for a recap of my week!

1. We found a church downtown which we think is The One – the parish we’ll attend while we live in Buffalo. And that, folks, is a relief for me, after visiting many parishes during the year and a half we’ve lived here. I’m so ready to put down roots and make some church friends I get to see each week. Which brings me to my next bit …

2. Not only have we already meet other young families, but last Sunday I was invited by two very warm and friendly ladies to join charity group dedicated to St. Zita that collects food and sundry items for the two cloistered orders here in Buffalo – the Carmelites and Dominicans. It’s funny; I have been longing to make some connection with the nuns for the past year I’ve lived here – and then I meet these wonderful people who invite me to do just that.

3. I’m finally watching Downton Abbey. Mostly so I can discuss it with my friend Emily, but partly because I feel like I can’t be a true BBC fan and lover of all things British unless I do.

4. Party planning has been keeping me occupied lately – my brilliant, wonderful husband is turning 24, and whereas his last few birthdays have been fairly quiet, this year I’m throwing him a party. Buffalo-style, which means pizza and wings are in order, obviously. It also means that I’ll be playing hostess and that makes me kinda nervous. I just have to remember that I’m not solely responsible for entertaining people. Once they’re here, they can talk amongst themselves, right? And I can scuttle off to the kitchen and make birthday brownies …

5. The other thing keeping me busy is preparing to fly to Houston for my friend’s wedding. I’m used to flying, but having Ellie along is a game-changer. I gotta be prepared. Naturally, I turned to my guru of all things motherhood-related, Kendra of Catholic All Year, for sage advice on how to fly with a baby. She’s traveled quite a bit with kiddos, so I figure she knows what’s up.

6. In other baby-related news, the Bean had her well baby visit yesterday. She weighs twenty pounds, in addition to just being an all-around perfect specimen of babyhood. It’s strange to think that nine months ago I was agonizing over her lack of weight gain (she was a slow-gainer … I think because she insisted on sleeping through the night instead of feeding but probably because that’s just the kind of newborn she was).

7. Lent is coming, and after a year of reading blogs on how to celebrate the liturgical year at home – mostly Carrots of Michaelmas, but some others, too – I’m actually going to *do* it myself. I’ve found this post very helpful, but also discovered a nice idea from Susanna at Living with Lady Philosophy about making a Lenten wreath inspired by Tenebrae, which I think I’ll try. I’m really so excited to start …

Happy Friday!