It has been such a busy weekend for me that this week’s Friday update is happening on Sunday night! I haven’t really had a moment free since maybe Wednesday evening? So much has been going on, let’s dive right in!
1. Illinois Day Trip
Last Saturday, I took a trip with the (future) in-laws to visit Prince Charming’s grandfather who lives in a tiny town in Illinois. It was about a two and a half hour drive, which isn’t too bad of a drive. We spent a good part of the day there, visiting, having lunch, and exploring the town. This is where PC’s dad grew up so it was interesting to see all of the places he knew and how things had changed.
2. Symphony at the Park
On Thursday of last week, I was invited to attend the Symphony in the Park concert with PC and his family, which is apparently a tradition for them. Turns out this year’s concert was Broadway themed, so I was positively ecstatic. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, despite the temperatures dropping quite a bit after the sun went down. The concert ended with fireworks, which made me happy because I somehow managed to miss most of the fireworks that happened around the 4th of July.
3. Vocation Appreciation
An interesting topic that has been on my mind recently is the idea of vocations and how different vocations are perceived. I follow many Catholic twitter accounts, so naturally some are discerning some form of religious life, whether it is becoming a sister, a nun, a brother or a priest. The people behind these accounts are very passionate about their calling and are not afraid to express it on Twitter. This leads to comments such as “A woman entering the consecrated life is the most beautiful thing in the world!” or “The most pure and glorious joy is found inside the walls of a convent.” I have nothing against these types of comments and I understand the emotion and feeling that prompts them, but I see these as belonging a school of thought that seems to promote the idea that a vocation to religious life is a more glorious, more holy and more desired vocation than a vocation to married life. They don’t specifically say it, but particularly in more conservative circles, the thought is that if you truly want to be holy, you’ll enter the convent or become a priest. But if you don’t think you can do that, well then of course you should get married so that you can have babies who will become sisters or priests. I’ve struggled with hearing these sentiments and sometimes they have made me feel that my calling to married life is inferior. I think this is unfair to those who are called to be married, because their vocation is no less beautiful or joyous than those who enter the convent or the seminary. I have so much more to say on this topic, it may have to be put into an entire post. Stay tuned!
4. I bought an iPad.
On a lighter topic, I bought an iPad. Well, I bought my dad an iPad. And I ended up with one for me. It’s a long story. So my dad wanted an iPad 2, 16 GB with 3G capabilities. He doesn’t care about the newest model, he just wanted something with a bigger screen than his phone, and he wanted it as cheap as possible. I found a refurbished model for about half as much as a new one and bought it. Yay. Few days later, the iPad arrives, he opens it and starts playing around. Notices a tiny detail on the back of it and says to me “Hey, did you order a 32gb?” No, I did not. So I take the iPad from him and start inspecting it. Lo and behold, what do I notice but the charger, which happens to be a Lightening connector, the updated charger port that is only on the iPad 4. Lots of sputtering and screeching ensues. Turns out, we somehow ended up with a most likely brand new 32gb iPad 4 with Retina Display, only without the 3G capabilities. Since he wanted the 3G, I went back to Amazon to purchase another iPad from the same person, just in case we happened to get lucky twice (we didn’t) and he ever so graciously allowed me to keep the iPad 4 that I managed to get for almost $200 less than the cheapest one we could find on the internet. So now I have an iPad.
5. Despicable Me 2
Last week also included a trip to the movies with two of my siblings, one of which I had promised an outing for many weeks and failed to deliver. We caught an early afternoon showing of Despicable Me 2 (Yay, $5 movie tickets!) and stopped for frozen yogurt on the way home. The movie is cute and quite funny, definitely worth $5!
6. Swing Dancing!
Friday was the big event of the week with a planned outing for Swing Dancing, the first time we’ve made it all summer. In honor of Bridesmaid Sassy’s birthday, which was the weekend before, we got a whole group together of Mini-me, Best Man B, GM Sporty, GM Snazzy, BM Giggly, BM Classy, BM Sassy, not to mention The Mex and Foxy, of course Prince Charming and myself, and MOG Charming was tagging along as chaperone! It was quite the evening, with laughter and hilarity the whole night through. Not to mention some pretty sweet dance moves.
7. Adventures in Groupon-land
Before we made it to the actual swing dancing event, Friday included some other adventures. BM Sassy and I had hair appointments scheduled for 1pm to have a blowout and hair style for the night out. I had a groupon for a new salon and I wanted to treat Miss Sassy for her birthday. Not only did we (and by we I mean me) have trouble finding the correct address of the place, we went to the wrong location anyway. Luckily we were early so we had time to make it there and not be late, but let me tell you, we (I) was struggling something fierce all day long. In the end, it all worked out because I may have found the salon I’ll use for my wedding day hairstyle and despite all the struggles, I even managed to squeeze in family photos before going swing dancing. Though, after doing it, I would not recommend scheduling such things all on the same day. It makes you just a bit crazy.
That’s all folks! Check out last week’s 7 Quick Takes!