7 Quick Takes: (Almost) Summer in the City

Linking up with Kelly.

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It’s still technically spring, but it feels like summer in New York City, and the season of street fairs is upon us. Two weeks ago, there was a Ukrainian festival on the street where I work, and I ended up buying a new purse, which I really like, and a Marian icon.

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I’ve been using the purse since, and I really like it. It’s the perfect size—big enough to hold a book or two and expandable if I have something bigger to carry.

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I spent a lot of time outside during Memorial Day weekend (and successfully avoided sunburn). On Saturday, I went hiking with a friend. It was hot outside, but we mostly walked in the shade, and there were some beautiful views!

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I’ve been hanging out in Astoria Park, too, now that the weather is nice. There was an international festival there a few weeks ago, and this past Sunday I wandered around at sunset—the river is always really pretty on summer nights.

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I’ve been doing some babysitting with the Sisters of Life, which is a lot of fun—the kids are adorable! This week the Sisters celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary, and I was able to stop by their block party for a few minutes during my lunch break.

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I just finished reading Fr. Jacques Philippe’s book Searching for and Maintaining Peace, and I wholeheartedly recommend it. A few of my friends read it last year, and they kept mentioning it so often that I had to buy myself a copy, too! It was worth the hype—it is a very small book and a super-quick read, but it’s just brimming with wisdom. It’s written in a way that’s simple and easy to understand, yet very profound.

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I mentioned reading more about the four temperaments a while back, and recently the Fountains of Carrots podcast did an episode discussing them in depth. They had some great insights, and it’s worth a listen!

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I’m now on a Summer Friday schedule, which means I have off every other Friday—I’m working today, but I’ll have next Friday off. I’m excited to have more long weekends and time to relax!

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