Wow, today was really nice! The day started off with some much needed R&R. In the evening, we headed to church. The Sunday evening mass is held in St. Patrick's (instead of at St. Cyril), but it's a nice change to be in the smaller church every now and then. Father Valdi was supposed to lead the 5PM service, but there was a last minute change and instead Father McQuaid was there. I was disappointed not to see Father Valdi at first, but then Father McQuaid began the mass...and, oh, was it a lovely mass. Our hyms and readings (as well as the homily) all focused on mercy and inclusion. It was a really powerful service and I found myself walking out of there with a smile on my lips and all kinds of thoughts in my head.
As we were getting into the car, Mike checked his phone to see a text from Rachael inviting us to IBC's service. She said that Mike Shrock was in town and would be speaking on Islam this evening. It was ten to 6PM (when their service starts), but we decided to race over to Bolingbrook anyways. We were about ten minutes late, but we still managed to arrive just in time for Mike Shrock's part. We slipped in a pew in the back and settled in to listen. He gave an informative presentation on Islam and Muslims, which was very factual and interesting. A few bits at the end weren't fully accurate, but it was still a nice presentation nonetheless! He's a very animated and loud type of speaker, which made for a fun speech.
After church we had plans to eat dinner and hang out at the Donelson's house. We picked up pizza from Little Caesar's before meeting Laura, Mike Sr., and Charlotte at the house. After we ate, we chatted for awhile about this and that - Charlotte leaving for school and other such topics. Later, we headed u pto the media room where we watched one of my absolute favorite movies ever: Flipped! Everyone thought the movie was super cute too, so I was happy. :)
Scott and Patty went out of town today to visit with Scott's daughter and grandkids, as well as to see the eclipse tomorrow, so Miek and I agreed to care for the dogs again. We headed over to their home after leaving the Donelson's to check on them before bed and let them out one more time for the night. I love that Scarlett and Stanley always seen it remember us every time we visit and are always excited to see us!
Overall, it was a busy day (towards the evening, at least)...but it was a wonderful day.
Tonight Michael and I were bad and watched the leaked episode of Game Of Thrones... ;) BUT! Ahhhh! WHAT. AN. EPISODE. I'd elaborate but currently I'm still freaking out over how it ended and I also don't want to spoil it for anyone waiting until Sunday.
I finally figured out what to do with the open space at the bottom of my daily posts in my Bullet Journal! One half of the space will be for a "word of the day"...hopefully my vocabulary will grow because of it. ;) The other half is for a "quote of the day"...whether it be a random quote, a movie quote, a song lyric, etc.
After work today, Mike and I headed over to the Donelson's place to see everyone! We hadn't seen his family since we got back from vacation, so we were very excited to be going over there! Once we arrived we sat down for a delicious dinner of steak, green beans, and mashed potatoes. Michael, Charlotte, Laura, Mike (Sr.), and I had some great conversation catching up and being our usual silly selves. Charlotte filled me in on all her school information, since she's going to Pensacola (Florida) in the fall instead of back to Wheaton. I am excited for her and all the opportunities...but I'm seriously going to miss her all throughout the fall season. :(
After dinner we decided impulsively to go to the driving range. Mike and Char loaded up their clubs and then we five headed off! Michael, Mike (Sr.), and Char all had fun swinging away while Laura and I sat watching and chatting. Eventually, the two of us took a few swings as well - I was awful (unsurprisingly). But it was all still good fun. We headed to Andy's afterward to get some ice cream custard. ;) The moon was so pretty tonight! We enjoyed gazing at it while we enjoyed our frozen treats.
When we got back to the house we decided, as per the usual, to pop in a movie! We choose Saving Mr. Banks, which I had never seen but always wanted to. It was so good. I honestly loved it so much. (Though, I love just about anything Disney! ;D) It was sad, but so beautiful and inspiring. I adored every minute of it.
All in all, another wonderful night had with all my favorite people. :)
Mike did some drawing today!! I guess all my doodling lately has inspired him. ;) He spent all afternoon drawing this awesome dragon! It turned out so cool - I love it!! I have such a talented boyfriend! :)
Somehow I drew the short end of the stick and ended up with a 12PM - 830PM shift at work today. It was long and the store was very busy...I was exhausted by the time I got home and stumbled in the door. However, as soon as I walked in I was greeted by a clean, spotless house! Mike had spent a good amount of time making the place tidy and neat. He did the dishes, put laundry away, vacuumed, and put things away. I was so surprised and immediately grateful. It was such a sweet gesture and it really meant a lot to me. I have such a wonderful man...I consider myself lucky every single day! :)
Sometime in July I stumbled upon these notebooks called Bullet Journals. I was instantly super intrigued, because these "journals" were certainly not your standard journals. Instead of pages full of lines, these had pages full of dots. Using the dots, you had the ability to create boxes, grids, and all other types of layouts. The people using these Bullet Journals had such bright, colorful, and creative pages! It wasn't just flat text on a page...it was doodles and charts and so much color!
As many of you know, I love being organized, Making lists and schedules and charts...it's my favorite. I mean, I have two calendars! I've always wanted to journal, but I've never been too attracted to the boring, repetitive pages in a boring, mediocre book. I suppose that's why I opted for a bright Blog with pictures! ;) But the Bullet Journal (or "BuJo" for short) was definitely something I could get onboard with.
I received my BuJo midway through July. I didn't want to start it in the middle of a month, so I decided to wait until August to officially start. Until then, I started to look for ideas on what kinds of pages I wanted and how I would lay out my entries. As of today, I have officially established a daily layout in my BuJo! The start of each month includes:
Daily Doings: Brief words giving a summary of each day.
Memories: I will illustrate the highlights of my month with cute little doodles. :)
"Make Each Day Sunny!": I will write one thing that made me smile/I am grateful for from each day.
Habit Tracker: A grid layout that lists all the "habits" I want to keep track of. Currently, I have 18 listed to try and accomplish each day!
When it comes to the daily schedules, I displayed an image of my layout above. At the start of each new week I will list the days the week covers, along with a few things I'd like to track that week (this includes my sleep, water intake, and work outs). I also put a general "To-Do" box at the bottom for things that need to be done that week, but not on any specific day or time.
For each day, half the page is designated. The top box lists all the events and things I need to do for the day (from work to cleaning to appointments). The next section is where I will list "what day it is"...meaning, if it's someone's birthday or a holiday. If it's not any special day, I have decided to look up fun, silly "holidays" or events that happened on that day in the past. :) Below that is weather information. I'm going to record the day's high and low temperatures, plus what kind of general weather had that day (sunny, cloudy, rainy, etc). Beneath that I have a big white space...because I don't know what else to fill it with yet, lol. I might just save it for a daily doodle. At the bottom I have a place to write down some scripture from my daily devotion. Beside that, I will list what I read (for fun) that day, and how far into the book I got.
Overall I am really happy with how my journal is coming. It's so cute and creative...I can't wait until August is done and I can look back through all my colorful pages! :D
This morning we had to head downtown for Mike's orientation at Columbia. It was a boring morning, as expected, but we luckily got out of there after about three hours. It was only noon, so Mike said we should take advantage of being downtown. So we headed to Navy Pier.
Today is national Girlfriend Day, and Mike said he wanted to treat me to a fun afternoon! :) We arrived at Navy Pier and simply enjoyed strolling around and checking everything out. We did the mirror maze, which is corny but always fun. We also got Garret's Popcorn (of course!) and cinnamon roasted nuts. Mike hurried us over to the rides where he bought us both tickets for the carousel. "No better way to celebrate National Girlfriend Day than to get my lady on a carousel!" he had said. :)
We had yummy pizza for lunch before heading home. We happily spent the rest of the evening together, watching our favorite shows and enjoying one another's company. We had a really lovely devotional reading together in the evening that left me feeling all kinds of wonderful. It was such a wonderful day. I am so lucky to have such a sweet boyfriend who celebrates "holidays" like this with me.
I beat Mike tonight in mini golf...once again. ;) It seems I have claimed the mini golf crown and have decided to keep it! Maybe one day I'll let him win... ;)
Also! We finally watched Descendants 2 tonight!! Call me a nerd, but I have been super excited to see this ever since I heard they were making a second movie. Once again, it was super cute. :) The songs didn't seem as catchy as the ones from the first, but I figure after a few listens I'll grow just as fond of them.
We left the lake this morning. :( The morning sun was reflecting all pretty off the calm water as we packed up the car...it was so pretty! It was definitely sad to be leaving, but I was looking forward to being home. I missed our home!!
We left earlier than everyone else (at 8AM) and caught no traffic on the drive back which was awesome. We dropped off some things at my parent's house before finally heading home to our own place. It was such a relief to be back! We spent the afternoon watching all the old Planet Of The Apes movies, which were incredibly corny but very entertaining. It was nice having all evening to just relax and unwind after the trip. I'm super glad tomorrow is Sunday and not Monday - that means more time to kick back before work starts back up!