7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 151)
I am loving this “6 for 6″ thing I’ve been doing! (Well, I was loving it a lot more until the time change came along and — DESPITE THE PROMISES TO THE CONTRARY — somehow made me get less sleep and have less time to myself in the morning, but since I’m trying not to complain about Daylight Savings Time this time around, I’m not going to talk about that.) Anyway, for over a year I’d been in the habit of rolling out of bed at the last minute possible each morning. The impact of getting up at 6 AM each day has been more far-reaching than I could have imagined. Some examples:
- I’m more tired in the evenings, so I go to bed earlier and usually sleep better.
- I’m not as tempted to eat and drink at night. Rather than mindlessly munching on snacks and sipping wine, I just go to bed.
- By the time the kids get up, I have a good handle on what “work” I need to do that day. I’ve checked email, glanced at my to-do list, looked at my calendar, and maybe even had time to pay bills, do writing, or whatever other desk tasks I needed to hit that day.
- When the kids wake up and see me dressed and moving in a clear direction (rather than shuffling around in my pajamas, wondering aloud what day it is), their behavior is better and they seem more cheerful. It gets the whole family off to a good start.
I’m going to the Behold Conference in Peoria, IL again! I’ll be out there for the event on March 10, 2012. Though I’m not speaking this time, the organizers were kind enough to invite me back as an alumna, since I spoke last year. If you have any interest in attending, I encourage you to do so. They’re slowly making it into more of a national gathering than just a local event, so it’ll be a great opportunity to get some encouragement, receive the Sacraments, and hang out with likeminded women. Kate Wicker is speaking, and Hallie Lord‘s coming too. Hope to see you there!
Speaking of fabulous bloggers, how much do we miss Meredith of Like Merchant Ships? I wish I could somehow bribe her to come back to blogging. Same thing with Shannon of Rocks in my Dryer. I really miss their voices in the blog world. (What on earth could they be doing that’s better than sitting in front of their computer monitors?!) Is there anyone who’s stopped blogging who you wish would come back?
Has anyone ever used one of those LadyComp monitors? If so, do you like it? It’s some little device that takes your temperature each morning, then does your charting for you. I’ve heard rumors that it’s great, but don’t know anyone who actually has one.
Speaking of which: The other day I got involved in a conversation between two acquaintances who were talking about Natural Family Planning. The first woman was considering making the switch from contraception, and the second was an NFP advocate who was telling her about how great a certain method is. I nodded vigorously in agreement, emphasizing that I was a big fan of this particular method. But then I noticed a certain look cloud the face of the first woman. She’d seemed so open and interested, and now she looked like she might faint. I quickly interjected “Oh — that’s not the method we use!” She let out a sigh of relief, and resumed cheerfully asking how she could learn more about this practice.
The other day I was going through old notebooks and I found some sketches that looked familiar. I realized that it was a database schema that my husband and I worked on back in early 2001 for this website idea we had. You see, we thought it would be really cool if there were a site where you could see who your friends were friends with, that would connect people’s social networks virtually. “It would be fun,” I recall saying, “if you could post pictures and updates easily so that all your friends could know what you were up to, and then easily connect with other people in your network!” We had the database logistics all worked out, and even knew people at venture capital firms that might have funded such a startup. Instead of executing on this idea, which was basically Facebook, we traveled and threw a bunch of parties instead. Hmm. Not sure if that was the right call.
Sometimes people ask if I ever get stumped after six takes, and find myself unable to think of a seventh…
…The answer is yes.