in nuce: june-july

Yours truly at Universal Studios
What's been going on lately? I decided that Squarespace was too expensive for me, blogging isn't as fun as when you're trying to market yourself (at least in my opinion), so here I am back to good old Blogger. Apart from this shift, here's a life update in a nutshell.

Starting the last week of June until today, Carlo and I have been visiting places north of where we live. We stayed with his aunt in San Marcos, drove to Murrieta for ministry time over at On The Edge, went to LA for Universal Studios, and hung out with some people in Carlo's life here and there over meals.

The Hubs has also been busy with drumming and speaking engagements. He preached at Shepherd's Pasture Assembly on Father's Day. At Murrieta, he drummed for three gatherings--two conferences and one worship service where he also shared from the Word.

Carlo preaching during Father's Day

Cooper, our aunt's dog

Carlo preaching during Koinonia at Murrieta Hot Springs Christian Conference Center
I, on the other hand, have just been reading the DMV manual and getting organized with my life plan (more on that below). Over the course of 3 weeks, I also acquired new books! For my birthday, Carlo's aunt treated me to some books from Barnes & Noble and she also surprised me with a Fitbit (secretly planned with my mom-in-law). Here are my latest literary acquisitions and those marked with a star (*) indicate what I'm reading for summer:

11/22/63* by Stephen King. I could have finished this 1000+ page book in a week, but the story is just so darn satisfying that I keep extending it. I've also seen the first episode of the Hulu adaptation, but some things are sped up so I decided to pause watching the series until I actually finish the book.

A Man Called Ove* and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr. For some reason, I keep evading (missing?) All the Light We Cannot See. I wanted to buy ATLWCS when we went to B&N for my birthday but the book was out of stock. I ended up getting The Shell Collector since it's on sale and I figured it might be a good introduction to Doerr's writing style before I dive in to ATLWCS.


Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. This is really good material on Life Planning. I say "material" because along with the actual book, the authors also put up plenty of resources on their website for readers to implement their life plans more effectively. I'm going through this life planning process with the Hubs as well. I'm in an interesting place right now with all the free time on my hands, but I do need to get the ball rolling with goals.

What Color is Your Parachute?* by Richard N. Bolles. One of my most recent purchases. This book is an incredible resource not just for changing your career or job hunting, but also in understanding yourself better. I got the 2016 edition and I'm currently digesting all the info in it as I prepare for employment here in the US.

Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior. This has been on my wishlist for a couple of years now, I think. I bought it at LifeWay yesterday on sale! I haven't read that many biographies yet and I think Hannah More's story would be ideal to get my feet wet.

What I'm looking forward to for the rest of July:
- Taking the DMV knowledge test and driving practice
- L.A.-San Francisco + Berkeley road trip at the end of the month
- Life planning and understanding myself better.

The past few weeks have been eventful and there's certainly plenty to be grateful for. What's been going on with you? :)

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  1. So good to have this update, Pat! :) Cheers to you and Kuya Carlo!

    1. Thanks, Buena! How's seminary been? :)

  2. OK, I seriously thought the first photo was Carlo! Hahaha! I didn't recognize you!

    P.S. I now see what you're talking about re: the font types. Not a problem; not your fault. ;) Both font types are my favorite (as of the moment). :D


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