7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 90)
Would somebody please tell me how to operate this newfangled internet thing? Because evidently I don’t know. This was impressed upon me when I checked Patrick Madrid‘s blog earlier this week to see a video of me on there. Umm…I didn’t realize that other people could see that. I’d created a Youtube account to post my blogging video, and I’d just uploaded this new one to get feedback from my husband and a couple friends. We decided that it was okay but not quite “there” yet (if nothing else, I mispronounced Peter Kreeft’s last name), so I didn’t publicize it. “I don’t need to delete it from my account, seeing as how nobody else can see it anyway!” I thought ominously.
This explains a lot, though. I kept getting emails from people with usernames like atheistpimp88 saying “U R VIDEO IS THE WORST CRAP IV EVR SEEN.. YOU SUCK!!!!!” but I thought that they were just anti-banana-suit. Now it makes more sense.
To summarize in case anyone’s not clear:
Video offering serious apologetics advice: did NOT mean to post
Video involving a banana suit: DID mean to post
This is one of the more random questions I’ve asked lately, but: What happened with Tertullian? I know I’m about 18 centuries late on this, but I’ve been wondering about that lately. I read some of his writing from around 200 and it seemed so solid — and funny! The smack-talking in Prescription of Heretics is priceless. Where did he go wrong?
UPDATE: I just came across this post, which has some interesting thoughts on the subject.
The other day my four-year-old daughter was walking like she was injured or something. All the kids were playing in the back yard, and she kept dragging around with her mouth hanging open, eyelids drooping, and a pained, half-dead look on her face. She was clearly imitating something, but we couldn’t figure out what it was. I guessed “drunk Frankenstein”; my husband was thinking “angry zombie.”
She answered the question for us when she turned to her sister and said, “Look! I’m ex-o-cising!” It turns out that she was thinking of the times she’s seen me come up the street while returning from jogging. (I told you I am not an exercise person!) My husband may never stop laughing about this.
One thing that has been surprisingly nice in the book-writing process is to change Word’s page-numbering format to include a prayer for each page. So here’s what my page numbers look like:
Whenever I see it, it really does remind me to say a quick prayer. (And, yeah, if there were a Venn diagram of with circles for “Catholic,” “Writer” and “Nerd,” this take would have to be right at the center.)
I’d been having trouble keeping up with my Liturgy of the Hours prayers, so I finally just got a subscription to the Magnificat. I love it! For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Magnificat is a booklet that’s sent out each month that has brief morning and evening prayer for each day. It also includes daily Mass readings, biographies of saints, topics of reflection for spiritual growth, and a writeup about a classic work of art at the end of the issue. And for those of you with fancy phones, they also have an iPhone app now. (Alas, I presume there is nothing for my $30 Samsung flip phone.)
It is truly a delightful way to keep up with daily prayer. I highly recommend it!
What is your favorite potluck dish?I need to find some good, easy recipes to take to friends who have just had babies and some other folks who might be in need of an extra meal. Some preferences:
- Not too spicy or exotic (needs to be kid-friendly)
- Not terribly heavy on pasta or other processed carbs
- NO CILANTRO (for more on that, see #4 here)
I’d love to hear any suggestions! My current repertoire includes chili made with Wick Fowler spices, chicken rice broccoli casserole, and, uhh…hastily-given gift cards to local restaurants that deliver.
I look forward to reading your posts!