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By the time you read this, I’ll be on my way to South Dakota! I’m speaking at St. Lambert in Sioux Falls on Friday at 7:00 and at Immaculate Conception in Watertown at 9 AM on Saturday. If you’re in the area, come say hello!
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How is this for a crazy travel schedule? I’m flying in to Sioux Falls this afternoon (Friday), speaking tonight, getting up early to travel almost two hours to Watertown on Saturday, speaking in the morning, driving almost two hours back to Sioux Falls, then flying back to Austin that night. Within 30 hours, I’ll have traveled about 2,500 miles.
Having a grandfather who is 100 years old really helps me understand just how mind-blowing that is. He remembers life before cars were in widespread use, and the day he saw his first airplane. It’s crazy to think that his great-grandparents spent months in covered wagons to get from the northern states down to Texas — some of them dying along the way — and I can do the same thing in a matter of hours with a latte in my hand.
I could spend hours lost in thought about that.
(…But don’t think that that’s going to stop me from complaining about air travel!)
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Thank you so much for your hilarious and awesome responses to The Shoe Song. People who get my posts by email said the video didn’t come through, and some didn’t realize there was one — they thought we only had audio.
I can’t let such a tragedy stand, so here is the direct link to The Shoe Song video. (For those of you who missed the original post, it’s a song by Marie Miller where the lyrics are entirely drawn from the crazy texts that my husband and I send one another.)
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The Shoe Song was originally recorded on my SiriusXM radio show. Another wonderful thing that came out of that same episode is that I earned the designation of being the only person in Catholic media to cover the BET Hiphop Awards* — specifically, Murda Mook’s call for a rap battle with Drake. I knew that the channel executives would want me to talk about the Vatican’s Synod on the Family that week, so I joined the two subjects to suggest that Church leaders work out doctrinal disagreements through rap battles.
I love having a radio show.
* …That I know of. Maybe Raymond Arroyo was all over it and I just missed it.
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I had lunch with Kim Speirs from the John Paul II Life Center this week to talk about their upcoming gala (for which I’m the emcee!) When our food arrived, she did the most amazing thing:
When the server set down our plates and asked if there was anything else we needed, we both said no. And then she said, “We were just about to pray over our food. Is there anything we can pray for for you?”
He was so moved by her request, I thought he was going to cry. His entire demeanor changed, and he warmly told us of a couple of personal matters that were weighing him down. Kim listened so patiently and so attentively, you’d think that she’d come to the restaurant just to talk to him. Then, after he left, she led us in prayer for his intentions.
It was one of the most beautiful moments I have witnessed in a long time. It made me wonder why I’ve never done that when I’m out to eat.
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Actually, I know exactly why I’ve never done it — because it would inevitably turn into a Jen Moment. I’m sure that 100% of the time Kim does that, it is the soul-stirring experience that I witnessed. I PROMISE YOU that it would somehow end up in disaster if I tried it.
“What could possibly go wrong?” you ask. Oh, TONS. The waiter would ask us to pray for his kleptomania issues, and the manager would overhear it and fire him on the spot. Or the server would be a spy, and “Do you have any intentions we could pray for?” would turn out to be the secret password, and, long story short, I’d end up running for my life in a Bourne Identity-style web of international espionage.
I assure you that these are the best possible outcomes of me asking random people if I could pray for them. (Which is why I think it’s probably best if I spend most of my time secluded in my home.)
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I’m off to South Dakota! As usual, I’ll be posting all my travel escapades on Twitter and Instagram. Come join along! (My posts are all public, so you don’t have to have Twitter or Instagram accounts to view them.)
Have a great weekend, everyone!
YOU GUYS!!!!! I have been waiting not-so-patiently to share something with you:
Last week, musician Marie Miller was a guest on my radio show on SiriusXM. I’ve been a fan of hers for a while, so I was thrilled that she came down to Austin just to do the show with me.
I wanted to do something special to commemorate the occasion, so I gave Marie a challenge:
I asked her to write a song using nothing but texts between my husband and me as the lyrics.
When I heard the song right before last Thursday’s show, I actually jumped up and down... Read More
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Well…that was an insane six months.
Since April, I’ve released a book, done four out-of-state book/media tours, celebrated six family birthdays, co-hosted the Edel Gathering, took three young children to North Carolina for ten days, started the homeschool year, and started a radio show.
Last week marked the end of the Six Months O’ Craziness — I don’t have any major upcoming commitments that would significantly impact our weekly routine, and I’m getting used to doing the radio show. It was a... Read More
I’m not able to write my own post because I was speaking in Houston tonight, but I look forward to reading all of yours!
P.S. I got to meet Holly Ordway, a fellow Ignatius author whose atheist-to-Catholic book, Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms, just came out this week. Check it out if you’re looking for a good read!
See you next week!
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Hey, I’m speaking in Houston! On Wednesday, 10/7! As in…today! I hadn’t mentioned it earlier because I thought it was a private event, but I just realized that it’s open to the public, so now you need to come and see me. I’ll be speaking at 7:00 PM at St. Michael parish near the Galleria.
A few other updates:
– I’m delighted to be speaking in South Dakota later this month! I’ll be at St. Lambert in Sioux Falls on Friday, October 24th at 7:00 PM. I’m also speaking at a parish in Watertown, SD... Read More
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I’m back from the DC trip! I gave five talks, did two media appearances, four book signings, and hosted my radio show live from SiriusXM’s Washington studio, so it was quite the adventure. Honestly, it wasn’t as stressful as it sounds. I got to meet so many new people, connect with friends whom I’d never met in person, and even enjoy a few moments in quiet hotel rooms!
It’s good to be home, but I’m already looking forward to to get back to the that area one of these days, hopefully bringing... Read More
I was determined to be able to write my 7 Quick Takes Friday post this week, but — to nobody’s surprise except for mine — I have been extremely busy here on the DC book tour. If it tells you anything about how crazy my schedule has been, my hotel is practically next door to the White House, and I haven’t done anything more than give it a passing glance as I run from one place to the next.
It’s been great, though! I have met some absolutely wonderful people and am having a blast. I’ll tell you all about it next... Read More
The big week is finally here! I’m doing my longest speaking/book tour trip yet, and going on my first-ever trip to DC in the process. If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you at one or more of the events!
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Pauline Books & Media
1025 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
As soon as my flight lands I’m running over to Pauline Books and Media to say hello, complain about air travel, and sign books! (Let’s pray that my flight isn’t delayed. And I shouldn’t have any problems with... Read More
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I did my first radio show from my new home studio today!
SiriusXM kindly set me up with a studio in my house, which I put in a corner of my bedroom. I was amazed at how little equipment there is. I just need a mic, headphones, and a little box that hooks up to my internet connection, and I’m all set.
There was a slightly tense moment (read: I almost passed out from anxiety) when we had nine minutes to go until air time and I couldn’t connect the box to the NYC studio, but we got it all worked out. The show was a ton... Read More
When Hallie and I started the Edel Gathering, we thought it might be a one-time thing.
Actually, if I’m completely honest, we sometimes wondered if it might be a nonexistent thing when we pondered the sheer amount of work it would take to pull together a multi-day event for over 200 people. There were quite a few moments, especially early on, when there would be long silences on the phone, and one of us would say, “I don’t see how we can do this.”
What kept us going was the fact that this event felt right — so, so right.... Read More
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Well, yesterday was the big day: my first live radio show!
That picture was taken while I sat at a coffee shop next to the studio, about 30 minutes before air time.
I’ll just go ahead and admit that I was extremely nervous. Okay, “terrified” might be a better word. But then I sat in the chair at the studio, put on the headphones, heard the Gregorian chant / rap mashup, and I instantly relaxed. There were a couple of rough spots, but I had a blast with the show. I’m really looking forward to the next one!
(Right... Read More
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Thank you so much for all the wonderful responses to my big announcement! After I published the post, I was horrified to realize that I forgot to include the most important part:
In one of the demos, I mentioned in passing that my two favorite genres of music are Gregorian chant and rap. The visionaries at SiriusXM heard this, and have created custom intro music for my show based on that statement. Let me put it in all caps in case it’s not clear:
MY INTRO MUSIC COMBINES RAP WITH GREGORIAN CHANT. AND IT IS EVERY BIT AS AMAZING... Read More
I have spent a shameful amount of time offline this summer. I’ve had epiphanies while loading the dishwasher that I didn’t chronicle here on the blog, wry internal commentary that I failed to put on Twitter — I’ve even eaten creatively-plated meals that I didn’t photograph for Instagram! I am really hoping that Fall means much more time for me to stare at glowing screens! (That sounded less pathetic when I said it in my head.)
Anyway, I can finally tell you the reason for my absence (other than the book launch, book... Read More
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Happy back to school week! Or, as we know it here at the Fulwiler homeschool, the week where mommy pretends like she has a principled reason to start school after Labor Day and is not just sitting around and surfing Pinterest to see what’s working for everyone else first.
Also, I am particularly excited about the beginning of Fall. The only way to describe the weather in Austin right now is to say that it feels like you’re jumping into a pot of boiling slime every time you step outside. As if the usual heat weren’t... Read More
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I’m back! I haven’t been blogging much lately because I’ve been savoring my real life. I spend my mornings gazing out the window, prayerfully watching the morning sun filter through the clouds as I sip my coffee. In the afternoons, I bake healthful goodies with the kids before we do crafts related to the Scriptures we heard at daily Mass.
Ha, ha. I’m kidding, of course.
The reality is that having my book release and the Edel Gathering so close together made my to-do list snowball. Then I took a 10-day... Read More