7 Quick Takes: Catching Up

Linking up with Kelly.


It’s been a while since I’ve managed to write one of these posts—I’ve had a busy fall!

First of all, I’ve updated the URL for this blog—now it’s much easier to remember:



I recently set up a Goodreads account, and I’ve been logging the books I’ve been reading:


I also added a link in the sidebar with some of my recent reads.


In September, I took a trip to Europe with my family. We went to Ireland and Portugal, and it was a great trip! We got to see a Boston College football game in Dublin, visit the Cliffs of Moher, enjoy plenty of tea and scones, explore Lisbon, spend a day at Fatima, and eat lots of Portuguese custard tarts.

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Cliffs of Moher
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Sintra, Portugal
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Cascais, Portugal
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Sanctuary of Fatima
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At Fatima
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At the Tower of Belém, Lisbon
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São Jorge Castle in Lisbon



Notre Dame’s football season is now mercifully over. It was an ugly one! I did get the chance to watch two games in person, though, one of which we actually won.





And now, it’s basketball season. Phew.


I also took a trip to Boston with friends in October. We visited the aquarium and wandered around the North End.








Who else has watched the Gilmore Girls revival? Overall, I really enjoyed it. It was by no means perfect, but for the most part it still captured the essence of the characters ten years later. I thought Haley’s review was spot on. The Gilmore Guys podcast has also been doing extensive discussions of the new episodes.

With our free coffee at the Luke’s Diner promotion in October


I celebrated my birthday in November with a party, a yellow cake with chocolate frosting (the best kind), and a trip to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on the day it came out. When I was growing up, the Harry Potter movies always came out on my birthday weekend (the very first one premiered on my actual birthday!), so it became a kind of birthday tradition to go see them. I was excited to find out that Fantastic Beasts would be coming out on my birthday weekend, too! The tradition continues. And the movie was good—worth seeing if you’re a Harry Potter fan!



Have a great weekend, everyone!

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