Guess what Joe did this weekend? He took me on a surprise outing to see Christopher Cross perform with the Austin Symphony Orchestra! He let the fact that I’d never said anything about being a Christopher Cross fan deter him not at all, and hooked us up with front-row tickets. I’m so glad he did, because it was a fantastic show. It was a wonder to see so many instruments working together (probably 100 in all), and Mr. Cross’ personality was as much of a hit as the music. He told the story of the time an airline employee took his ticket, and when she noticed his name she remarked, “There used to be a very nice singer named Christopher Cross. He died a few years ago though.”
And how cool is this? When he saw a scene from 30 Rock in which the character Liz Lemon wishes that she could have a fairy tale ending to her life complete with a Christopher Cross song, he actually wrote a song for her:
When I’m not at Christopher Cross symphony concerts I sit around and surf the web. And here are a few gems I’ve found recently:
– Could looking at human faces in the morning help cure insomnia?
– 6 beautiful ways to carve out creative spaces for kids.
– I know that most of this would go against Simcha’s (wise) caution to avoid getting too cute about our Lenten sacrifices, but I enjoyed reading this list of 25 unique things teens gave up for Lent.
– So you’re gonna have a C-section: details and tips from a mom who’s been through both emergency and scheduled procedures.
– AllRecipes.com’s Top 20 Recipes for Lent.
– But if those recipes look a little too decadent to be penitential, try something from 12 Months of Monastery Soups, which has some tasty yet simple dishes that would be perfect.
– Sarah Sitting Down has a candid post about the difficult realities of life when you’re paralyzed (which ends on a note of hope, as always). I appreciate her honesty, as it helps me understand more of what my friends with disabilities go through.
– I was delighted to see the blog Small Things on Apartment Therapy’s finalist list for Best Family and Kids Blog. I would love to see Small Things win, not just because Ginny is a fellow Catholic homeschooling mom of six, but because because her writing is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement for so many. Go vote for her! (Apartment Therapy does ask you to register to vote, but all they ask for is email and a username — super easy.)
Hope you all had a great weekend, and are enjoying your last couple of days of Ordinary Time!
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