Week Wrap-Up | Link Round-Up | October 26 – November 1, 2013

This week started with a lovely, lovely birthday dinner with some close friends from Rochester.  Alan and I drove back for the weekend, and it was such a nice way to celebrate my 30th birthday!

On house-buying/selling: we are SO CLOSE to closing on our Rochester house.  I can’t wait to say that it’s done.  We’re working on stuff for the Hartford house, since our contract has us closing by the end of November.  I actually really like where we’re living now, which seems like such a blessing to me.  It seems like a short-term rental should be miserable, but the apartment is great.  It helps that it’s not strictly short-term housing, we just happened to get a short lease, with flexible sub-leasing options.

Today Alan is working.  He only works every other Friday, and this is a long week.  We don’t have any plans for the weekend, although we’ve been trying to go on a hike every weekend.  I’ll post some pictures if we go.

I’m also starting a 31-day yoga challenge with myself.  I have a delightful 20-minute workout on this DVD (the “shanti” workout) that is such a good stretch and very relaxing.  I’ve been quite sore from going to the gym three times a week, and I think some yoga is just the thing I need.


Here are some links from the last *mumbles* months since I last did a link round-up:

11 Simple Ways To Be Happy  |  Your Super-Awesome Life

Angelina Jolie’s Breasts and the Bravery of Letting Go  |  Storyline Blog

Congo’s Superhero Moms  |  The Daily Beast  |  via Lindsey Cooper

Euphemisms about babies  |  Indexed

How to Cite Social Media in Scholarly Writing  |  Sage Connection  | via I Love Charts

The Incredible Case Of The Bank Robber Who’s Now A Law Clerk  |  NPR

The Rise and Fall of Katharine Hepburn’s Fake Accent   |  The Atlantic

Why You Need to Brag More (And How to Do It)  |  Huffington Post  |  via Anne-Marie Slaughter


Let’s chat!

What are your weekend plans?  How do you feel about daylight savings time?




Week Wrap-Up // Link Round-Up // July 12-18

cherry tree in our backyard; too bad the cherries are mushy and tasteless

cherry tree in our backyard; too bad the cherries are mushy and tasteless

It has been so hot here.  I heard on the radio yesterday that the heat wave has coincided with record humidity here in Western New York, and oh, has it been hot.  Sorry for the absence of posts this week: the heat slowed me way down, which gave me nothing to blog about, and no energy with which to blog!

I’ve been trying to finish up the bathroom so we can get our house on the market.  I got some done Monday and Tuesday, but by Wednesday I just couldn’t be in that tiny room anymore.  I’ll start (and hopefully finish!) again tomorrow, when it cools off.

Alan submitted another paper to be published this week (it would be his fourth), and is working on yet another.  All those evenings we were going to spend together?  Yeah, right.  But at least he’s not working overnights any more.  And we did find time to start watching Orange is the New Black.

My brother, sister-in-law, and niece are going to be nearby next week, so I’m going to try to visit with them some–in-between working on the house.

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Week Wrap-Up // Link Round-Up // Jun 28 – Jul 5

looking at the sky through the leaves of an oak tree

Alan turned in his dissertation one week ago, and wow, what a lovely week this has been.  We had the greatest dinner & a movie at home date ever last Friday night.  Alan was home both Saturday and Sunday, and he didn’t do any school work either day!!  He went for a few long runs, worked on his long-neglected novel, and took lots of naps.

Monday we hosted a casual dinner party for our Small Group.  I made Albanian qofte (meatballs), which was a hit. I also took advantage of my Amazon prime membership to order the workbooks for our next study and ship them for free to everyone in the group!

We had another picnic of Korean food in the cemetery on Wednesday.  After we ate, we laid on the blanket and looked at the leaves, and I took the picture seen above.

We celebrated the Fourth of July with lots of dogs and babies.

I also have tentatively started walking again.  I stretch my heel out for a few minutes before I leave, and several minutes after I get back.  I’m limiting my walks to between 10 and 15 minutes.  It’s not much, but I’ll take it!

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Week Wrap-Up // Link Round-Up // Jun 15-21


Well, for all my hopes and dreams that Alan would be home with me now, he’s still working.  He had a week of cushion built into his schedule, and now he’s using it.  That’s what it’s there for, I know.  I admit I’m bummed, though.  I know it’s just one more week, but I miss my husband!  From 2:30pm Sunday to 8:30pm Tuesday he was at school for all but 6 hours.  He worked 48 of 56 hours!!

This week was also my sister’s birthday.  She’s 25 now, which I cannot believe.  I guess I can’t believe that I will be 30 this year.  When did we get so grown up?

Finally, this week was the week I decided to open a solo-practice law firm in Hartford after we move!  I will focus on providing legal services to non-profit organizations that work with the city population.  It will take me nearly a year to get ready: I won’t be licensed in CT until next May.  I am reading books on small business and having a blast dreaming about providing legal services without a middle-man!

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Week Wrap-Up // Link Round-Up // Jun 8-14


Happy Father’s Day this weekend!

Monday I drove to Niagara Falls to have lunch with my old co-workers from an internship four summers ago.  They are the greatest, and it was so, so good to catch up with them.

Last night I talked on the phone with Alan at 10:15.  He told me he was working overnight, as he has for the last six weeks or so (his typical hours are noon – 4am.  Yes, that’s 16 hours).  I asked him if he’d be home next week at 10:15, hanging out with me.  He said he hoped to!  The end of the dissertation is in sight!!!


Are you a journaler?  I just started a new journal.  This post has me itching to start a dinner diary, too. {Dinner, A Love Story}

My Ladies’ Night has just finished watching Wives and Daughters.  Up next, also by Elizabeth Gaskell, is North & South, which apparently has the most romantic ending of all time (check out the post’s comments).

The grammar of this makes me a little twitchy, but I signed up for iDoneThis.  It’s a simple service that emails you daily to ask what you accomplished that day.  You reply to the email and it keeps track for you.  It reminds me of the maxim: What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.    {via Daniel Pink on Lifehacker, via The Well-Appointed Desk}

This has been all over the internet the last few weeks: Why Finnish Babies Sleep in Cardboard Boxes.  It’s a great example of how systematic problems call for systematic solutions. {BBC News Magazine}

With Google Reader closing shop soon, I’ve transitioned to feedly.  While it’s nice to scroll through all the posts and read those that interest me most first, I really, really miss the “next” button in my bookmark bar.

Do you have any mini-series recommendations?  Any plans for the weekend?  Would you use a cardboard box bassinet? 


photo is homemade cream of broccoli soup with cheddar, which is packed with vegetables and delicious
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Week Wrap-Up // Link Round-Up // Jun 1-7

Things are happening with the bathroom!  If I can keep my momentum up, I’m hoping to do most of the tiling this weekend.

Alan continues to work 14-18 hour days, seven days a week on his dissertation.  The absolute deadline to hand it in is June 28th, but he’s hoping to get it in sooner.  After that I’m hoping he can cut his hours back to, say, 40 hours a week (crazy!).


I got the Tom Bihn Aeronaut for my birthday this year.  This video for the Tri-Star and one-bag travel looks awesome!  Maybe I’ll get it for Alan for his birthday or something.  See also Tom Bihn Brain Bag for Law School {via Tom Bihn Blog}

Write where the wind blows, write in the morning.  Do you have techniques for being both creative and efficient?  {Storyline}

I had decided on subway tile on the bottom half of the wall and the entire tub surround, as well as ditching the hanging wall cabinet and installing a new medicine cabinet, and then I saw this bathroom renovation.  Seeing how great it looked was the inspiration I needed to start the project. {Restored Style}

Angela’s Adoption Advice: a lovely conversation between an adoptive mom and her daughter who was adopted as a teenager.  As someone who hopes to foster teenagers in the future, I thought this was fascinating. {via my friend Carrie on Pinterest}

Add to the recipe file: Paleo Pad Thai! {zenbelly}


What are your weekend plans?


 photo is from the Lilac Festival in Rochester this year
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Week Wrap-Up // Link Round-Up // Nov 17-23

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!  I hope you at lots of turkey yesterday (and maybe some pumpkin pie), and are still a little sleepy from it.  I am skipping out on Black Friday–it’s just not my thing.

My sister is in town from Boston, and tomorrow we’re going to get pedicures.  It’s crunch time at school, and I’m looking forward to a little rest and relaxation.

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Week Wrap-Up // Link Round-Up // Nov 10-16

This week continues our saga of trying to graduate!  I submitted my Master’s Project (Urban Planning equivalent of a thesis) for first round of grading and feedback on Monday.  Alan’s been hard at work in the lab.  He got home last night around 11:45, and then went down to the basement to solder some equipment for the lab.  The guy works hard!

Tonight I’m speaking at our church’s monthly young adults gathering on service, and using your gifts and talents.  I have a list of schoolwork that I want to complete before Thanksgiving break.  When we get back from break there are only two weeks left in the semester, and I have four huge projects to finish!

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