Friday, April 26, 2013

Good Intentions Pave the Road

Yes, it really is Friday. And the last one in April, to boot!

Thanks for hosting Jen!


My awesome editor at Ignitum Today, Stacy "The Boss" Trasancos, is the best. These past few months for me have been trying, especially from the personal stand point that I've hardly had time to edit/ publish my scribblings - particularly ones I've been asked to do, like book reviews.

She's given this piece of advice so many times, it almost hit me in the head once I realized it applied to me too: whenever one of the writers freaks out because deadline is looming and something else has come up, she tells them,
Don't worry. Life and family comes first.
Huh. That certainly isn't rocket science. (Her Ph.D. is in Chemistry, anyways.)

But when I was feeling bogged down by work and pregnancy nausea and trying to support my husband while we lived an hour and a half apart most of the week, I remembered what she said and decided to give my two weeks notice at my part-time job. It's the first time I've put my new family before any sort of job before (in a big way, at least), and it feels really right. Begone stress!


Do you follow Pope Francis on Twitter? WHY NOT?! The man is our spiritual leader, and gives us daily tidbits (in multiple languages too!). Today's tweet is: Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!

Oh, and THIS: 

Totes does:


Did I say "pregnancy nausea"? Whoops. Nausea so bad I've been on medicine, naps and 64 oz of water a day since February? Okay, yes. I am pregnant!! Here's a picture of me at 17 weeks:

Baby bumpin'.
You can't tell -- as much -- when I'm with all my siblings:

What a good looking bunch!

Looking for a super awesome cookbook to use? I highly recommend Cheap. Fast. Good. by Beverly Mills and Alicia Ross. My mom bought it for me when I was first living on my own as a statehouse reporter, but I've really put it to use in married life. The recipes are delicious, they use every day ingredients plus tell you how much it will cost to make per serving, and the authors give tons of newbie advice, especially great for those new-ish to navigating the grocery store on a budget (but also for people in general!).


I'm also reading Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman. No, I'm not a Francophile - but neither is the author, which is what makes the book work so well. She was a WSJ journalist who met her English husband on assignment, stopped working for the paper, moved to France and married her beau, and - lo and behold! - had herself some bebes. This book is creative nonfiction and a fascinating study of French parenting. The biggest thing I've taken away is that I will also teach my bebe to sleep through the night by four months, and I can eat sushi and brie if I'm really careful. Yes, my stomach is reading this book too. I really recommend it; read with a grain of sea salt... what am I saying. Read it while eating a baguette!


That book is also encouraging my love of cheese.

Oui-oui, s'il vous plait!


Reminder that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! I'll be publishing something by the end of the month, and if any of you have a story or post, please share it with us on the Bright Maidens FB page. Four days left!

Have a wonderful Friday, y'all! I'm finishing up my part-time job work and then I start a weekend babysitting job tomorrow at 8 a.m. The fun don't stop!!


  1. 1. Stacy is just rad!
    2. Your baby bumb is precious!!
    3. You are awesome and that is all there is to that =)

    1. Thanks Amanda!! My baby bump also changes sizes... I feel like I look way bigger in that picture than I even do right now! :D

  2. I've heard about the Bebe book and it's really tempting to buy. Currently we've put ourselves on a parenting book ban. The only book on child-rearing we're reading is Dr. Spock, which my mother gave us and is just very down to earth. Less parenting philosophy, more child development. But I'm pretty certain that eventually we'll start looking into philosophies too.

    1. Kayla, I got it from the library. If you have one at yours, definitely pick it up. Otherwise, it can wait. My MIL swears by Dr. Spock!

  3. Better Homes & Gardens New Family Cook Book! We have one my mom got when she was first married as well as a copy I bought when I was living on my own, and many members of my family have one as well. It's in a three-ring binder so it lays flat on the counter, and has all sorts of dishes from the simple to the moderately complex, from comfort foods to some different ethnic cuisines. I recommend it very highly.

    Stacy is a marvelous person and a great friend. I want to be her when I grow up.

    You look mah-velous, dahling, simply mah-velous!

  4. I'm reading that book too (I've been reading it for months, but not because it's not good). I'm really enjoying it!

  5. Beautiful photos!!!!! So happy about your bebe! :)

  6. WHAT! Congratulations, Julie!! You are a gorgeous mama and I'm so happy for you! I'll be praying for you three!