7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 104)
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For those of you who missed my note last weekend, Conversion Diary is on Facebook! Though I still don’t have a personal account, it’s nice to tiptoe into 2010 with the rest of you. My favorite part is being able to see the names of people who’ve liked it. I look through the list of followers thinking, “Hey Tammy! Nice to ‘meet’ you, Jessica! Hi Chris!” Yeah. I’m a nerd.
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Movie season is coming up! I’ve mentioned before that my husband and I only watch movies during a two-month window each year. Normally we’re not really movie people, but we like to have something to play in the background while we work on our epic Christmas card mailout. So…what have we missed? What are some of the best movies of 2010 that we need to check out?
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My husband recently went to a shooting range, and he came home with his paper target. The next day I saw him out in the garage, proudly hanging up this poster-sized paper with the form of a man with bullet holes right in the middle. “Umm, aren’t you worried that that’ll freak the neighbors out?” I asked.
He looked at me in bewilderment. “Are you kidding? They’ll look at it and say, ‘Man, that’s awesome!’”
Unconvinced, I glanced nervously at our neighbor’s house across the street. They can see right into our garage when it’s open, so I hoped they didn’t think it was too weird. Then, the next day, all of our kids were outside playing, and both of our garage doors were open. I looked over into our neighbor’s garage to see that they had a shooting range target hung up too! The husband looked over, saw ours, and said, “That’s awesome.”
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Speaking of things my husband does that the neighbors think are awesome, he finally got some good mileage out of the banana suit on Halloween. We took a family portrait with everyone all dressed up (well, almost everyone — in jeans and a sweater, I announced that I was dressed as a blogger) and he says that it would make the perfect Christmas card picture.
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A friend recently made the comment that “you can tell what people worship by what’s on their walls.” At first I wasn’t sure if I agreed with that, but then, the more I thought about it, I realized that it’s certainly true in our case. We used to have vintage “high life” ads and pictures with connotations of wealth and comfort on our walls. Now much of our art is religious. Anyway, I thought it was an interesting observation. What do you think?
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Some friends came over for dinner last week and brought the most insanely delicious dessert I’ve ever tasted. Between mouthfuls of food I begged them for the recipe. They confessed that it’s actually a simple no-bake recipe that basically involves throwing a bunch of processed food together — but is always a huge crowd pleaser. If you’re ever going to a potluck and want to make sure you bring a dessert that makes people fall to their knees in ecstasy, even if it isn’t exactly the most healthy thing in the world, here’s the recipe.
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An exciting book update: I’m very close to sending the finished manuscript to my agent. He’ll most likely want me to make some changes before he shops it to publishers, but the process should move relatively quickly since it’s a complete work. Whoo-hoo!
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