#7QT: food, books, vacation: you know, the usual Edition

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I’m baaaaaaaack.

Where was I? in New York at my grandmother’s lakehouse. A lovely, relaxing week even if the lake did flood from some torrential rain. The upside was that we could launch the kayaks and the rowboat from the backyard! Family came, we hung out, played cards, made food, talked about food [duh], shared some brewskis, went swimming, went fishing, went for ice cream…the usual.

This isn't the lakehouse, this is the shed. Photo from last month's trip -- this time, the lake water was up over the rock ledge and 2" of it on the floor of that whole cabin.

This isn’t the lakehouse, this is the shed. Photo from last month’s trip — this time, the lake water was up over the rock ledge and 2″ of it on the floor of that whole cabin.

And yes, I know that I am incredibly fortunate to have a grandmother who owns a lakehouse and lets us visit and borrow it for our own vacations, because otherwise we wouldn’t go much of anywhere!

And for my Catholic note of the day: the church in the tiny town is (also) tiny and has no air conditioning, which makes 4pm Saturday evening Mass a little dicey (by which I mean incredibly warm since there is ONE fan in the church). BUT, they just got a new pastor this past weekend so we met him – Fr. Ben! – and he is from Ghana. Pretty cool guy based on the one Mass we got to attend. Of course, nephew told him his name was Larry Boy as we left the church, while brother and I tried to convince him to share his real name, but he insisted it was Larry Boy, so Fr. Ben probably just thinks we’re a rather kooky large family…and we won’t be back anytime soon to dissuade him of that opinion. (Note: I haven’t said that we aren’t a kooky large family).

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I just found this picture randomly on my hard drive. I discovered a while back that the baby girl [aka my niece] is fascinated by the webcam on my laptop, because it’s like a mirror! The upside being that I can snap some cute pictures unawares. How awesome is she? This has to make you smile.

Stripes and polka dots. We're classic kinda gals.

Stripes and polka dots. We’re classic kinda gals.

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I have no idea what a Sharknado is. I assume it was some thing on tv based on the contexts of the tons of tweets I saw about it. Sorry, y’all.

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This article is fascinating — it’s really, really long but worth the read. “How Junk Food Can End Obesity” — via The Atlantic.  I encourage you to read it regardless of your initial impression from the title; I learned a bit and I agreed with some but not all of it. I haven’t read any of Michael Pollan’s books, but I saw my sister reading one on vacation. Have you? thoughts? Should I read some?

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Speaking of books, what are you reading this summer? I’m addicted to Brad Thor, having just jumped into his writing while on vacation in May. I’ve also picked up a number of cookbooks because…well, I enjoy them, and some random fiction novels. None has been so wonderful that the name and title strikes me with a memory recall, but I did decide to swing by the YA section this week and grab a few new finds. While part of me still says “you’re an adult, read adult books!” YA fiction is typically 1) less dark/depressing/dreary, 2) fast paced, and 3) easy to read quickly. All of those are good traits during a busy summer!

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I’m really digging this song, “Hey Pretty Girl”  by Kip Moore. I’m a country gal and that’s where my heart lies [y’all know that] but it’s just sweet and cute and I like the simplicity. Then I looked up the video for it and it’s still cute and sweet and not at all inappropriate like most of the music videos I’ve seen lately. Double win. I won’t embed here so you have the option to click through and listen while reading other 7QT posts! 🙂 Then let me know what you think. Am I just a sap?

Here’s a live recording from a show in Nashville [awesome, in my opinion]:

Here’s the official video! I love the older couple that’s dancing.

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I’ve been fasting since 8pm [I know, I know, that’s nothing really] because I have to get blood work tomorrow. ALL I can think about it how I want some peanut butter. I have serious peanut butter addiction issues — I could probably write you a manifesto of all the foods I’d give up for life in order to not give up peanut butter. Then I discovered this honey-roasted peanut butter…. I’m a goner. Totally. I can’t be the only one, right? RIGHT?! On the other hand… the less peanut butter addicts, the more for me. Mmmmmmm.

That’s all I’ve got this week. For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary! Thanks for hosting Jen! 🙂

6 thoughts on “#7QT: food, books, vacation: you know, the usual Edition

  1. Hope you’ve had your peanut butter by now! What a great “quick takes”! Lots of good stuff here. That Atlantic piece is fascinating. And I love “Hey Pretty Girl.”

    • I used a recipe earlier this week to make homemade butterfinger bars using peanut butter and bran flakes. they were amazing. obviously, peanut butter is a gift from the God who loves us very very much.

      and yay, someone shares my taste in music! 🙂

  2. No need to apologize for not knowing about “sharknado”–if you read those tweets, you got the gist! (Kills fewer brain cells if you ask me.)

    Reading: Just finished a disappointing adult fiction novel (Sophie Kinsella’s latest, sloppy and coarse) and a nonfiction about Louisa May Alcott’s mother that reminded me what a jerk her father was. So I’m turning to YA too. Sarah Dessen’s newest was O.K. and a quick read. I treated myself to the last book of the Starcrossed trilogy (Josephine Angelini) and that’s my next read. It’s gotten a little silly but I like testing my recall of my education of classical Greek stuff.

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