I had way too much fun on my SiriusXM radio show today. I defended the honor of the 1980s masterpiece of primetime, Small Wonder, sang the worst rendition of the Facts of Life theme that has ever been recorded, and — best of all — created a trailer for a movie that needs to exist.
My producer, Jackie, and the assistant program director, Adam, worked together to create a trailer for a horror movie based on one of the most blood-chilling moment in any parent’s life: when the 5 PM witching hour is about to begin, and you see this:
You can hear the trailer they created at about 4 min 30 sec in to today’s “best of” podcast from the show. We called our horror movie Twenty Percent:
(Here is the direct link if you can’t see the player.)
P.S. I put out a “best of” podcast each week, and you can get it for free by subscribing on iTunes or your favorite podcast player (I like Podcruncher).
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It is Easter, right? Over here it very much feels like I’m still in the depths of Lent, because it’s tax season and Joe is working about 35 hours per day as a CPA.
My two youngest (3 and 2) seem to have been inspired by the intense energy that comes with this season, and they’ve been bringing their A-game to make sure the chaos level is dialed up to the maximum degree, every single night. They scream, they fight, they scream some more, they take a five minute break to watch Barney (which plays on... Read More
My mom and I took my daughters to San Antonio this past weekend. My recent New York trip happened to fall during one of my daughters’ birthdays, so to make it up to her I arranged for a special out-of-town trip to the San Antonio zoo with her three sisters.
Since we hadn’t been able to do a big celebrating on her actual birthday, it was important to me that everything go well. A few weeks before the trip, I spent hours planning the Perfect Birthday Weekend Experience to make sure that this trip would be exactly the experience our family... Read More
I was blown away by all the responses to my request last week that you describe your worst church experience in 10 words or fewer. (And by “blown away” I mean “I stayed up until 1:30 AM Wednesday night laughing until I cried.) You can see the HILARIOUS comments people left on Facebook here.
Musician Marie Miller kindly helped me put together a song using your responses as lyrics. She is extremely talented and I am a huge fan of her music — look her up on iTunes when you get a chance! (Her song 6′ 2″ is my favorite.)
Marie... Read More
I’m having musician Marie Miller on my radio show again tomorrow, and we’re looking for lyrics for a little song we’re putting together. That’s where you come in!
Tell me about your craziest day taking kids to church in ten words or fewer, and Marie and I will turn them into a little song for your amusement. You can leave your answer here on Facebook or in the comments to this post.
The last time she was here we had a ton of fun making a song out of actual texts Joe and I have sent to one another, which you can see here:
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We finally did it: we got rid of the carpet of doom and had hardwood floors installed.
The upside? No more giant carpet beetle snack bar in the middle of our living room.
The downside? CHAOS ON A LEVEL I CANNOT DESCRIBE.
Outside, it was wet with wind and temperatures in the 30s and 40s. We had limited access to the kitchen. As the work progressed downstairs, our homeschooling family of eight was confined to smaller and smaller spaces in our three-bedroom house. It was like The Cask of Amontillado, but upstairs and with more fighting over... Read More
We did it! I survived the week of two-hour daily radio shows on SiriusXM last week (with much help from my fabulous producer and the Catholic Channel team), and I only had to pull a sleeping bag over my head to muffle bizarre kid-related background noises once.
It was definitely an intense week, but it was more fun than I thought it would be. I had a blast doing the show, and I hope that came across on the air.
I was able to put together not one but TWO free MP3s with excerpts from the show! Both are available through my free podcast here (also... Read More
Exciting news! SiriusXM and I decided that it would be fun to see what it would be like if I did a daily two-hour radio show for one week! (We’ll talk later about why my idea of “fun” always involves extremely intense activities that test my endurance and the human ability to survive without sleep.) That’s right, that means that…
My radio show will be live from 2 – 4 PM ET on SiriusXM Channel 129, every single day this week!
If Monday’s show is any indication, this week is going to be a blast.... Read More
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It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to check in here on the blog, which means it’s past time for a 7 Quick Takes post!
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As you may already know if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, my wonderful grandfather passed away earlier this month. He was 100 years old.
As blessed as we were to have him for as many years as we did, his passing was still hard to process. I was his only grandchild, so we were certainly very close.
I frequently posted here on the blog about the amazing meals he’d... Read More
When I walked into the ballroom on Saturday afternoon at last year’s Edel Gathering, I was surprised to see a woman sitting in the back row, dabbing tears out of her eyes with a crumpled Kleenex. Soon, almost all the women in attendance would be weeping openly in response to Marion Fernandez-Cueto’s heartfelt talk, but at this point the Saturday event had barely begun.
“Are you okay?” I asked.
She nodded. “I just can’t tell you how much it means to me to see an entire room full of women who understand my life.”
After... Read More
Happy Epiphany! Happy New Year!
I just got back from Nashville, where I was at the mind-blowing SEEK 2015 conference. There were 10,000 college students in attendance, and I had the honor of giving the women’s keynote.
It’s the story of how I used to think that there was only one right way to be a “good Christian,” and the startling moment that God showed me that to be truly Catholic is to by truly myself. (There’s also a Q&A at the very end where I answer questions that were tweeted during the talk.)
I had a ton... Read More
It’s that time of year again!
I spent hours this weekend adding wonderful new saints to the list and updating the code, so the Saint’s Name Generator is cleaned up and ready to go.
Click here to get your patron saint for 2015!
One of my favorite New Year’s traditions is reading comments hearing about which saints people got and what that saint might mean to them. I’d love to hear about yours! I often have to close comments due to an enormous amount of spam, so if you can’t comment here on the blog leave a comment over... Read More
The other day I came across a clip from the end of It’s a Wonderful Life, a movie which has a surprising ability to turn me into a mushy, sentimental mess. I got all teary-eyed to see how the imperfect angel, Clarence Odbody, gave George a new lease on life by coming to him in his darkest hour.
I think one of the reasons I find that scene so touching is because I’ve had so many Clarence Odbodys in my own life. I can’t think of a single crisis I’ve gone through that didn’t involve God sending some “angel”... Read More
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We still don’t have a Christmas tree. I just walked by a broken Advent candle in the toy pile next to a naked Barbie. But it’s all good, because I GOT MY CHRISTMAS CARDS DONE! (Not “done” like “sent,” but “done” like “we got a decent picture and the newsletter is written.”) I’m so excited!
As I say every year, this is one of my very favorite holiday traditions. I love getting everyone’s letters and pictures each year. Even for the families that I already know... Read More
I was surprised by the wide variety of reactions that bubbled within me when I read Kendra Tierney’s post about how she’s not giving her kids toys for Christmas.
In about three seconds, I went from “THAT’S NUTS!” to “It sort of makes sense but I would never do that” to “Maybe I should do that” to “I TOTALLY NEED TO DO THAT!”
After I thought about it a bit more, I decided that the specifics of the idea might not be the right fit for us (at least not for this year),... Read More