Friday, September 20, 2013

#7QT: Kill with Kindness

Four days till my due date... and that's all the baby news I have. Holla back to Jen!


Pope Francis and his awesome interview - my thoughts here at Ignitum Today, "Whom Would Kindness Kill More: Them or You?" on the interview and the spiritual work of mercy of comforting the afflicted.


This week I made two larger meals out of the ground beef we bought. One was spaghetti and meatballs, the other was a casserole. Will does not like cooked vegetables, which is a good reminder to me to think more before I make a big meal of foods I like, because then I have to finish them. Since we don't eat meat on Fridays, this pushes leftovers back even further. Sadly, I am already over both these meals (and ground beef) and onto my next culinary adventure dreams...

Crock pot time!

Will requested a rump roast, and I found this recipe for Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Pot Roast; its only flaw is that it lacks potatoes, though, which we have an abundance of - it seems like I could add more vegetables too (for my own benefit).

Natalie of The Busy Budgeting Mama posted Round 3 of her freezer crock pot meals, and they look delicious. She also posted the recipes + grocery list, because she is an angel.

I also found this recipe for balsamic vinaigrette, Will's favorite dressing, so we can eat happy salad this week. BOOM. VEGETABLES.

Do y'all have any favorite crock pot or make ahead meals?


The Myers-Briggs test - have you ever had yourself personality tested? Will and I took it at our pre-cana retreat, and I'm glad I wrote it down for reference! I am an ISFJ (married to a ESTP! Which, I was thrilled to read later, is the natural pair to my personality - isn't that fascinating?).

I mention it because Jen asked in her 7QT, if our personality was a song, what would it be?

I've picked Natalie Merchant's "Wonder":

What is your personality type?! What is your song? (It's subjective - just pick one!)


The coolest part of reading my personality "portrait" were my different career starting points:

ISFJs have two basic traits which help define their best career direction: 1) they are extremely interested and in-tune with how other people are feeling, and 2) they enjoy creating structure and order, and are extremely good at it. Ideally, the ISFJ will choose a career in which they can use their exceptional people-observation skills to determine what people want or need, and then use their excellent organizational abilities to create a structured plan or environment for achieving what people want.
One of my possible career paths is child care, and as silly as it sounds, it was exactly what I needed to read today. Nannying for almost two years was my most favorite job - more than writing, more than editing. I have high hopes for this mommy job!


Here is a just found picture from my MIL's camera! Will and I where we got engaged, 6 months into our marriage, right before we moved to NOLA.


Okay people, taking a poll about my bloggy-blog. I'm thinking of changing the name to "The Julie View" (same as my Twitter handle) from "The Corner with a View" (for simplicity's sake). I'm not in the mood to start a new blog, just fixin' up the original for now. May even add a tagline... and an actual, personalized header!


I miss my family! But they're having a good time anyways.

Four of the six of us

The dogs in my sister's high school uniform shirts

Oh hey, E!
Happy Friday, everybody!!


  1. Hi Julie, I saw you came to my blog, then I saw you went to Hillsdale (my sister did, too) and so I came here to meet you better:o)
    If you want to learn more about this personality stuff (btw ISFJ is a perfect match with ESTP), I have a blog about that kind of thing here: Not much there just yet- I give talks about personality and decided it would be a good tool.
    Take care of yourself and that kickboxer!

  2. Wow, my favourite Natalie Merchant song. :)

  3. I like "the Julie View"! And what in the world does no cooked vegetables entail? Only salads? Our husbands are the opposite --Homere doesn't like raw veggies (and a lot of other things). :) Can't wait to see pictures of the baby!!!

  4. I'm an INFJ, currently dating an INFP :)

    That picture of you and Will where you got engaged is just precious!

  5. I love freezer crockpot meals! They are my favorite. Right now we eat all our meals as freezer crockpot--it helps with both time & money budgeting! My favorite cookbooks on freezer meals are the Mama and Baby Love freezer to slow cooker cookbooks. They are all very healthy--she tries to focus on eating whole foods, so that is a big plus.

  6. Well, I go between and ENTJ and an ENFJ. I think I'm more the ENFJ, though....and I married an ENFJ. Oh boy ;) Yay for crock pot meals!!!

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