Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekly Minutiae~ vol. 19 Our Week + All the Thoughts... And Some Ideas and Changes!

So here we are with volume 19!  Before I delve into this week's post, I have a few thoughts to share with you today.  I hate changing up my style, but I've always got fresh ideas, and with those, come ch-ch-ch-changes. I'll be changing up the schedule, and I'm excited about what these changes will mean for my blog.

In the future, I plan to spend more time crafting posts- that doesn't mean I'll be posting much less- and will probably be a bit longer than they were before.  The second change for this space, is that I am going to branch out into a little bit more unknown territory for me.  I think that will include more in-depth posts, with more research, book write-ups and reviews, and perhaps posts wading into territory I normally do not affiliate myself with. Besides the occasional spiritual and/or theological- more political-type posts. So basically, more Catholic stuff, as usual, with the occasional political post sprinkled in the mix.

I really want to keep it familiar around here. That's just me being true to myself. It wouldn't be true to say that I'm a political junkie, but I respect those of you who may be. However, there is nothing wrong with adding more professionalism, and there is nothing wrong with varying the trajectory of my content a bit... and I'm really ready for this change. At the end of this post, I will explain even more about the changes here. Also, keep reading to find out a little bit more about the book that I'm writing.

Now, onto our last Weekly Minutiae / 19th Recap-type post.
This past week, we took Molly to the symphony. We heard two symphonies and one Concerto, written by Mozart, and featuring a wonderful Flute Solo.  The next morning, Stephen played the Concerto while we were eating breakfast, and Molly said, "Is this what we listened to yesterday? Mozart?" Parenting WIN.

Stephen has created a Spotify playlist for all three of our girls. They listen to their "Daddy Playlists" while taking baths and getting ready for bed each night. Songs include: "What Does the Fox Say?" and songs from The Beatles, Queen, Elton John, and Vampire Weekend. The girls belt out the songs. It is such a fun way to wrap up the day... and it is so fun to see them dancing and singing along.

A bit randomly, this week, I received an offer to make money on my blog. This is not the first time I've been asked to write sponsored posts or put ads on my site. After some serious contemplation this time, I decided to say no. I have a disclosure page that describes my intentions for this space and my stance in regard to making money blogging. Read it here.

It was really (really) rainy this week, so we had some home-bound days, which is ok. On Monday I read the paper and had a little freak out session about Hillary. I usually read the paper, but this time I bought a real one. On Tuesday, I got my haircut (3 inches!) and we had a fabulous babysitter while my Mom was out of town, visiting my sister + family as they moved into their new home in Seattle! On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, it rained. I'm not even going to lie- we watched a lot of Barney, and did a lot of crafts. And ate a lot of bunny shaped marshmallows. Because, Easter. And because, Lent = done.

It rained all morning on Monday, but we still were able to head to the playground in the afternoon.
On Thursday, I had an ultrasound which confirmed that my health problems during this pregnancy have resolved! Huge! What an answer to prayer. I am so thankful.  Also, it is definitely a girl. Most definitely, a girl. #4girls1boy #outnumbered We are thrilled!

On Friday, we went to the Dollar Store. Each child got one thing. It was fun... and always a looked-forward to activity for the kiddos! $3 for little toys to play with all day? Yes, please. Parenting win, again. Paddle ball for Frances, Magic wand for Madeleine, and a toy truck for Anders. They were pleased as punch. 

So what you didn’t see this past week was an AMAZING conversation that happened on a private FB page that I’m a part of in my local parish community. It was in response to my post about being a brat… I mean, you know.... for those of you out there who might have the occasional over-indulged child. ahem.;)   Some people weighed in with some really great insight, as well as some … disagreement about the issue- the healthy kind, of course- which has inspired me to write a sequel post addressing some of the issues that came up, with regard to child behavior. So stay tuned in the coming weeks for that! Thank you to those lovely ladies for your comments on that thread! It really was awesome to hear your thoughts and interact about those issues.

~funny things they say~

Frances (while playing with Madeleine): Darling, we’re not playing right now, we’re eating right now.

Molly (upon hearing the sibling in my womb is definitely a girl): YAY!!!!!!!!! I'm so sorry, Anders.

Anders is starting to use a whole lot of words: Be on the lookout for funny things he says very soon! He is such a talker!

~book update~

This week I've been plowing through working on reading Einstein by Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs.  It is really good! I got in trouble for posting a tweet about how Ripley's Believe It or Not lied and said he failed math. He never failed math. But don't tweet it, or you will soon be deleting your tweet... let's just say Ripley's wasn't a fan of that truth/reality. :0(

The Book I'm Writing
This is a different sort of book update! Since this is the last Weekly Minutiae post, I thought it would be a good time to tell you the working title of the book I’m currently writing.  It is called The Lost Sun: Looking for Light in the Midst of Depression. The title comes from a short story by one of my very favorite authors, Flannery O’Connor. No cover yet, as the e-book itself is still in process. And thank you to all of my sweet friends - Shannon, Rachel, and my sister Kira- for reading it and helping me out as I write, as well. And thank you to my awesome editors! Michele being one!

Look for it in the upcoming months. That’s about as specific as I can be at this point, unfortunately!

And thanks again for following along with my little blog, and for all those who have joined Weekly Minutiae in the past- I thank you again- you are the best fans, ever!

~final thoughts~

So, what specifically will I be changing about this space {Picture a Skyline}? The biggest change is that I'm going to start posting a Monthly Recap at the end of every month, rather than a Weekly Minutiae post each week. I still want to do the cute-pictures-of-my-kids, and the funny-things-they-say, and the book updates. I just think that can happen less often.

The question remains: to keep it a link-up?  I joined In-Linkz, as a 6-month membership, so this deal expires in May- very soon- anyway. I don't think I'm going to renew the membership, as it doesn't seem to bring many extras hits to my blog, or be improving my readership much. It has been a fun almost 6 months though! A shout out to Laura and Amanda for joining the link-up regularly or somewhat regularly! I thank you, my sweet friends! Next time it will be Monthly Recap, vol. 20, even though it is not just WM post, I'll keep using vol #'s, just in keeping with the Recap style. See my updated About Page.

I did a lot of writing the last two weeks. To read what I wrote:
Book Update~ Making Up My Mind < are you having trouble deciding what to read this summer?
Bored of Facebook? 7 Reasons I Love Twitter
Why I Don't Like the Word Brat, But I'll Still Tell You To Read a Book That Uses It

By the way, this week I bought Kelly of This Ain't The Lyceum's Planner, and I highly recommend it! Her writing really cracks me up, and I can't wait to print it and actually use the planner portion of it! :-)

Whew! That was a lot. If you made it through this post, I applaud you. :-)

Last time for a chance at the link up! Here we go...


keep calm and carry on said...

Hi! I love that you took your daughter to the symphony & I'm inspired to make a soundtrack for the end of our day too. I think the kids would love that!
I'll have to join your link up next time. I want to start a link up but don't have the time to look into it... it's on the list :)
Have a blessed week! ~Nellie

Laura {a spoonful of joy} said...

So happy to hear your health issues are resolved for this pregnancy! I can only imagine your relief!

Will miss your Monday link-ups but look forward to the changes you'll be making on your blog!

Tacy said...

Thank you Nellie!

Thank you Laura, for being a faithful reader. I enjoy your blog as well!

Amelia Bentrup said...

Congratulations on your girl!!! ANd so glad your health issues have resolved!

Tacy said...

Thank you Amelia!