7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 113)
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What a week! My talk for Legatus International on Tuesday went very well. It was such a pleasure to meet everyone there. I was very impressed by how warm, humble and welcoming all the members were.
The kids and I got back in town yesterday (Wednesday), and then I leave for San Francisco at the crack o’ dawn Friday morning, where I’ll meet with my literary agent, catch up with Hallie and do a whole lot of sitting around and reading. (In typical fashion, I haven’t given a single thought to packing, and I’m writing this late in the afternoon on Thursday.)
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One great bonus for this trip is that I have a long layover in Phoenix, which means that I finally get to meet my blogging friend Leila in person! Very exciting. I just love her blog, Little Catholic Bubble, particularly for her willingness to dialogue with people who hold diametrically opposing viewpoints (see her welcome to atheists / liberals / secularists). Should be fun!
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So I pored over every single comment to my request for nonfiction book recommendations, and my Amazon wish list is now officially out of control. There are so many I want to read RIGHT NOW, I was overwhelmed at the prospect of choosing just a few to order. Deciding somewhat randomly, I ended up with:
- Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life
- Carry On, Jeeves (Not nonfiction, but I got approximately ten zillion comments and emails expressing some mix of shock, disappointment and pity that I had never read P.G. Wodehouse. I felt like I had to remedy this evidently grievous error in order to be part of polite society.)
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Look what my husband got me for Christmas:
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My dad emailed us with a great question this week: If you could invite any eight people to dinner, who would it be? I didn’t have time to put a whole lot of thought into it (and these are the kids of questions that I can be really neurotic and overly analytical about), but here’s my answer off the top of my head:
- Pope Benedict
- St. Thomas More
- St. Catherine of Siena
- Alexander the Great
- St. Juan Diego
- Mother Teresa
(I decided not to count anyone from the Holy Family, figuring that it’s a given that we could always find some extra chairs if, say, Jesus asked if he and his Mother could join us.) Anyway, who would you invite?
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I need this:
(If there’s anything you don’t understand about how it functions, please immediately view the video on their website.) I don’t mean I need it for my trip. I need it for my house! I could just explain to the kids that when you see only mommy’s nose sticking out of the special blanket, that means it’s time for mommy to have some quiet time. This thing is indispensible. I mean, we introverts could take it to parties and put it on when we’re feeling overstimulated. The possibilities are endless. Thanks to Rachel of Testosterhome for altering me to this amazing invention.
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Off to pack for my trip! I’m hoping my leg pain doesn’t get too bad, but, as I was telling a friend, it’s fine either way — even while travelling, I’ll have more chances to sit and put my feet up than I do around here. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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