7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 206)
Aaaaaaaand it’s a wrap! The third and final episode of Minor Revisions aired last night and, as always, it was tons of fun to live-tweet it with a bunch of other folks. The surprise hit of the evening was my conversation with our parish’s adult education director, Noe Rocha, in which he told the story of how God delivered him from his life as a bordertown heroin dealer (starting with him walking into a priest’s office with the intention of hustling him out of enough money to buy a gram of heroin). The best quote of the whole series is what that priest said to him in that moment: “I’m not telling you that Jesus has all the answers. I’m telling you that he’s your only answer.”
If you missed it, you absolutely have to watch the archived version when it’s up, if nothing else to see that scene.
But I know what you’re all really wondering about: “WHERE CAN I GET ONE OF THOSE MUGS?”
As you know, the artist behind their creation is a mysterious man of the arts who has henceforth refused to go commercial with his work. However, with much pleading about the good it would do for humanity, I finally convinced him to set up a Cafepress shop. You can buy your own mug here.
Earlier this week I was complaining to Joe about some scheduling issues I was having with live-tweeting the show, and agonizing about how certain scenes would play out. It occurred to me that this officially makes me queen of the #FirstWorldProblems meme. You think you know what First World Problems are? Excuse me while I chuckle condescendingly. You don’t know First World Problems until you find yourself STRESSED OUT ABOUT YOUR REALITY SHOW.
Melanie’s book comes out today!!!!! For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, she blogs at Big Mama and has written a memoir about motherhood called Sparkly Green Earrings. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy, and let me tell you, it is fantastic.
As you know, I have been a student of the blog-to-memoir genre for many a moon now, so I am something of an armchair expert on this subject. And I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone make the transition more flawlessly. It has the effortless, light tone of her website, yet is polished enough that it doesn’t read like copied and pasted blog posts. Also — and this might be the hardest thing of all for a writer to pull off — she is even funnier in the book than she is on her blog! I was reading it during some extremely rare time for me to sit by myself in a coffee shop a few weeks ago, and I actually had to cut my precious cafe time short because I kept laughing out loud and disturbing the people sitting near me.
If you’re looking for a book that’s funny, inspiring, super easy to read, and will make you feel a little less alone in this craziness we call motherhood, go buy this now. It’s not just a great memoir by a blogger, it’s a great memoir, period.
Joe pointed out the other day that this is his first year as a CPA. He warned me that he’s going to be doing intense work alongside a more experienced CPA to overcome the last of his learning curve, and told me that I should basically not plan to see him much from mid-March until April 16. He had forgotten one little thing: we have a new baby coming the first week of April.
We’re now trying to figure out what we’re going to do about that. He’s pretty sure he can take the day off for the birth, though I wouldn’t be shocked if he brought some forms to look over while I’m in labor (which would actually be fine with me, since I’m more into Tupac and epidurals than supportive gestures from my husband as pain management techniques). But the last few weeks of this pregnancy and the first couple of weeks after the baby’s born should be…interesting.
I’m trying to think of something to give up for Lent that will challenge me spiritually without expecting too much of myself. I asked Joe what he was giving up, and he looked up from cleaning vomit out of the carpet from one of the latest stomach-flu-related incidents, stared into the distance, and said, “There’s nothing left to give up. My life is Lent.” I’ll, uhh, wait until he feels like there are a few fewer snakes on his plane to bring it up again.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who voted in Bonnie’s “Sheenazing” Blog Awards! I was delighted to see that 7 Quick Takes won Best Link-Up EVAH. I was a little surprised to see that I won Coolest Blogger, though. You do know I still listen to Backstreet Boys, right?