Linking up with both Kendra and Fine Linen and Purple on this sunny Sunday afternoon! Sunny but chilly; it was 46 F as we were leaving for Mass this morning, and it's only warmed up about 10 degrees since then.
Maybe it's because it has not been so hot, or maybe turning two brought some slight increase in maturity, but Little Bear has had several well-behaved Sundays in a row now. He stayed pretty still most of Mass, and didn't talk at all except on our way back to the pew from Communion when he walked over the tiled section of floor in front of the votive candles and decided the clattery surface was prefect for tap dancing: "Dance! Dance!" he insisted, but he didn't complain when I made him keep walking.
I really enjoy many of the original pieces and covers by a handful of YouTube artists, particularly Peter Hollens, Tyler Ward, Lindsey Sterling, and Tanner Patrick. Right now, my favorite is probably Tyler Ward and Lindsey Sterling's music video of "Some Kind of Beautiful."
2. Who taught you to drive?
My dad did, mostly, although I took a couple of lessons right before my driving test from an airplane pilot who teaches driving in his free time. Driving the instructor's car was a piece of cake compared to driving my dad's huge pickup truck! After learning in the truck, though, I was really good at backing big vehicles.
3. What's your favorite thing to cook?
I don't think I have a favorite; I like making meals where I just throw a bunch of things in a skillet without really measuring or more than glancing at a recipe. There's a higher likelihood of turning out with something a little bit weird for supper that way, so I do try to be good and use recipes most of the time, but I hardly ever follow them exactly. I love being able to know what foods go together, what spices will blend well with what foods, how to make different types of sauces, how to look at a recipe and overhaul it to fit with the ingredients and time that I have available. Creativity; my favorite thing to cook is something creative.
4. Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? Why?
Maybe a little bit of both? I tend to worry that others aren't comfortable with hugs, or that maybe it's not acceptable/appropriate in X setting, and so don't offer hugs at times that I personally would have been okay with it. I don't generally mind when others are the ones to instigate hugs, though.
5. Where do you pray best?
Right now, the only reliable block of prayer time I have during the day is in the evenings when I lay down on the bed next to Little Bear to put him to sleep. I try to make brief prayers throughout the day happen, and we do pray together before meals (and sometimes in the middle of meals, when Little Bear is messing with us), but the only extended time when I'm actually able to concentrate on prayer is when I'm lying in bed at night.
6. When is the last time you saw/spoke to your grandparents?
I grew up thousands of miles away from extended family, so I really never had a close relationship with any of my grandparents. My mom's mother is the only grandparent I have left; I last saw her in August 2010, when Matt and I were in Virginia for a friend's wedding. I spoke with her in April to tell her about Alex. Matt did grow up seeing his grandparents frequently, and we often see his grandmothers when we Skype with his parents on Sundays.
What I wore Sunday:
- cropped sweater: Boden, thrifted
- sundress: Speechless, thrifted
- sunshine! It finally stopped raining!