7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 96)
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I’m heading out to Ann Arbor, Michigan next week for the taping of The Choices We Face (which will air on EWTN in a few months). I won’t have a whole lot of time, but is there anything I shouldn’t miss while I’m there? (Other than visiting the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, of course!)
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I bought a new outfit to wear to the taping, but just today had the chilling realization: I didn’t order shoes! What was I thinking?!
As I’ve mentioned before, respectable establishments don’t carry size 12. I have to order my shoes from special Sasquatch stores online — and now I’m out of time to have them delivered unless I take out a loan to cover shipping! (I mean, there are a couple boutiques around here that carry my size, but they mostly cater to the local drag queen community, and five-inch leopard-skin platform heels won’t really work with my outfit.) Anyway, if you notice that I’m wearing old flip-flops on the show, that’s why.
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The Dukes of Hazzard solution to my door problem seems perfect, right? I imagined myself sliding across the hood and jumping right in through the open window to escape the law (my version of Boss Hogg perhaps being a Mother’s Day Out administrator who needs overdue paperwork). Alas, I have learned the following:
- My upper-body-strength to lower-body-weight ratio is drastically different than that of Bo and Luke Duke.
- My minivan is much higher off the ground than the General Lee
- Evidently the Duke brothers did not keep anything of value in their vehicle, hence their ability to keep the windows down at all times.
- Evidently it never rains in Hazzard county. (But it does here, as I was reminded when I sat down in a pool of water from my open window yesterday.)
It really did not go as expected when I tried this technique after picking up the kids from Mother’s Day Out this week. The other people in the church parking seemed startled to see me hanging backwards out of the window of my car, lumbering around with my leg stuck in the steering wheel, yelling “Call 911 if mommy falls!” to my perplexed children inside the van. Also, when I get out of the car that way, it loses a lot of spontaneity when I have to go back around and climb in through the passenger side to roll up the window.
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I’m finally getting around to reading To Know Christ Jesus, and, WOW. I almost gave up on it during the first 40-odd pages since it’s kind of dense, but I’m so glad I stuck with it! I don’t know if a single book has ever made the Gospels come to life so vividly for me! I’ll talk about it more in my next book review post, but if you’re looking for something to refresh and enliven your understanding of the life of Christ (that doesn’t veer off into unfounded speculation), this is it.
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Last night, for the first time ever I gave a talk covering my entire conversion story. I have to say, I am thrilled with how well it went. It was a great chance to appreciate the power of the Holy Spirit: I only had a few days to prepare the talk, and only rehearsed it once. The rehearsal wasn’t good: I was 20 minutes over time and constantly lost my train of thought. I was horrified at how the actual talk might go. But I got there, and I felt filled with the peace of the Holy Spirit. Even though there were twice as many people there as I’d expected, I wasn’t nervous — and, amazingly, it ended up being exactly the right length. Anyway, I recorded it and will post it this weekend. Can’t wait to hear what you think!
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I try to post this every few months or so. You’re welcome.
Have an awesome weekend.
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