7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 139)
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WE’RE ALMOST THERE!!! By “there” I mean that my husband is almost done with the last of the CPA exams, and by “almost” I mean we have 12 days left. He started taking classes for it about four years ago. Then he started taking the series of four notoriously difficult exams over a year ago. Since that time, he’s needed to spend almost every Saturday studying, so we’ve had six-day work weeks around here. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this process to be over. Also, once he’s done, we’re going to make a big push for me to finish my book. I think I’m equally eager for that process to be over as well.
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Leila at the blog Like Mother, Like Daughter asked an interesting question recently: How do others see your home? It seemed innocuous enough, but when I walked through my house imagining how someone with actual attention to detail would see it, the results were horrifying. Unfortunately I haven’t had the time or energy to deal with said horrifying results, but they’re very much on my mind. So my commentary when I have people over is now something like:
“Hi, welcome! Come on in! And don’t worry, that scorpion is dead.”
“Sorry about the wall there. Someone spilled hot chocolate on it and I haven’t had a chance to get to it.” [Praying they don't consider how long it's been since we've had hot chocolate weather.]
“Yeah, just go ahead and step over that, uhh, thing on the carpet. It won’t hurt you, it’s dry.”
“Isn’t it amazing the way white couches show stains? Heh-heh! I assure you that the decision to buy a couch of that color was made before we had kids.”
“Oh, I see you noticing the manger scene behind the stack of papers on the mantle. We prefer to reflect on the Lord’s incarnation for at least ten months out of the year.”
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On a related note, a friend who is as organized as she is kind came over with her children the other day. The poor kids seemed confused by the Fulwiler way of doing things. They circled around the toy pit in the corner of the living room, unsure how to go about finding something to play with. Inquiring about the nuances of this system, one of the children stared in bewilderment at the heap and asked how we’re able to keep track of all the parts of toys that come in a set. I let out a maniacle laugh in response. They finally chose some fun-looking items and prepared to let the good times begin, but their merrymaking efforts were thwarted because none of the toys had functioning batteries. One that was supposed to play joyous clown music made only a slow wheezing sound. Another just kind of hissed.
My friend’s lovely daughter then offered to organize the toy corner for me. I took her up on her generous offer, but, predictably, the whole thing was brought to an abrupt halt when she unearthed a scorpion and almost got stung. The usual chaos ensued. I grabbed a book to drop on it (not that that ever works), but the toy corner was so cluttered that there was no surface area clear enough that I could get the book flat on the floor. Long story short, the scorpion climbed onto a teddy bear, I got out the Raid, the Raid did not work as well as I might have hoped it would, and the scorpion just frolicked around like a scene in the arachnid version of Singing in the Rain while I hosed it down with pesticide. Finally it went into a clutter-free spot on the floor, and I threw the book on it. The kids seemed to need a moment to take in everything that just happened, realizing that not only had they almost been attacked by a scorpion, but now there was really nothing to do because all the toys were dripping with Raid.
After they left I imagined them arriving back at their house, dropping to their knees, and kissing the carpet, begging their mother never to take them back to that awful place again.
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The best part about the whole thing was that my friend’s son had brought their new camera to play with, and had it handy for all this. He happened to have it on one of the artsy settings when everything went down, and thus we ended up with this sepia-tone classic:
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Remember the aspiring nun that I mentioned in #4 here? Check out this great update on her story over at the Austin Statesman. And for a really cool bonus, I’m meeting her for coffee tomorrow! Thank you so very much for your support. The Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are doing amazing things, and I am thrilled to see another young woman joining them.
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Anna Mitchell and I did another segment in our Kids’ Book Club series, this time covering the Velveteen Rabbit. You can listen here:
And that awesome Chelsea Zimmerman article I referenced is here: Refusing to Suffer is Refusing to Live.
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Don’t forget to vote in the Catholic New Media Awards for your favorite blogs and podcasts. I want to put in a special plug for the National Catholic Register, which is nominated for Best Group Blog and Best Overall Catholic Website. They’re doing great work, in spite of having me blog for them.
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