Fabulous Finds

Today is the best day ever! I finally found some amazing housekeepers (probably because God got tired of my whining), and they have the very unenviable task of coming here today to do a major deep clean. I even got some sage advice from Auntie Leila herself when I asked on Twitter about how to keep their services:

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On top of that, I am so pleasantly surprised by how the comments to the veils post have been going. With only a few exceptions, I thought the responses were constructive and charitable. Thanks for a great discussion!

Let’s celebrate with some gems from the treasure chest of the internet…

- I cried when I first read this, and now I have tears in my eyes again after re-reading it. A mother writes about adopting an older child, saying that she had no qualifications to undertake something like that. Yet she says of meeting orphaned children waiting for families: “We couldn’t offer much, except ourselves, which is all they wanted.”

- Aspiring authors, take note: Tracey Garvis Graves self-published her first novel after getting 14 rejections from literary agents, and it did so well that she ended up with a seven-figure, two-book deal from a major publishing house.

- The photo tour of the house of an American mother who’s raising her kids on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. I’ve read this post about five times. It’s so fascinating to see such a different life!

- The last words of a young woman who fought against the Nazis, before she was executed: “How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause?”

- How knowing Latin helped one reporter get the scoop of the century (via Anne).

- Speaking of which, here are some short, clear explanations of how the conclave works.

- I think I’ve linked to this before, but need to link to it again to be sure that no one misses the awesomeness: The Nietzsche Family Circus, quotes from Friedrich Nietzsche paired with random Family Circus cartoons.

- As someone has been suffering through bitter 50-degree temperatures over here, I can really relate to the people who live in Oymyakon, the coldest village on earth.

- I love how Shawn Coyne describes failure as “the currency of creation.”

- If you need a laugh, you can read through the police blotter for America’s third most expensive zip code.

- Want to know what true love looks like? Watch this video.

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14 Responses to “Fabulous Finds”
  1. Katie @ NFP and Me says:

    That police thing in Atherton was hilarious! “The hawk was quiet and enjoying his dinner.” I’m dying!

    Electing The Pope has been a godsend! I’ve referenced it so often these past few days it’s crazy!
    Katie @ NFP and Me recently posted..Coolest Conclave Happenings

  2. Juliana says:

    Yay for housecleaners!! We have 50 degree weather today and I ditched my coat and have on 3/4 length sleeves–all a matter of perspective, I guess!

  3. Joseph Moore says:

    The police blotter was funny and true. I knew people who lived in Atherton, even visited one (a live in cook for a famous rich guy) once. Their neighborhood problems are not our neighborhood problems.

    Nietzsche can never be mocked enough.
    Joseph Moore recently posted..What We Tell Our Daughters

  4. Catherine says:

    Speaking of the conclave, Jen, here is a pretty entertaining short video on “How to Become Pope”. It’s been viewed by, oh, about 1.5 million people so far. This is how most people apparently get their information about the Catholic Church… ;-)

  5. Catherine says:

    Hmm…. It might be good to share the URL, yes? LOL. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF8I_r9XT7A :-D

  6. Alishia Hanson says:

    I guess I’d have to read it to really know, but that self-published novel seems to be about a 30 year-old woman and her teenage student…should I be offended?!

  7. I remember my first tweet from leila too ;)
    priest’s wife (@byzcathwife) recently posted..Keep Calm- You’re a Good Mom, but you’re homeschooling for all the wrong reasons

  8. Patty says:

    I LOVE that video too! so beautiful…I like when he puts the crown on her bike helmet ;)

  9. Carrie says:

    I love the Tiny Green Elephants! I’m glad you found them too! :-)

  10. So who else is ready to up and move to Kenya afters seeing that house?
    Alexandra Wright (@HawthorneDiary) recently posted..Party Across the Street

  11. Ed says:

    ADOPT A CARDINAL.
    The following website assigns you a Cardinal for you to pray for during the papal conclave so that the best person (please God) is chosen for the next Pope.
    http://www.adoptacardinal.org/

  12. Barbara says:

    I’m guessing I did not add to the conversation ;)

    I am currently having the same problem you are with finding domestic help. I’m not physically incapable of doing the work, just occupied with our baby’s various therapies and appointments, etc. Oh if it were only as easy as lassoing the first person who walks by my house.
    Barbara recently posted..Mariana is the Dictator of my Life Quick Takes

  13. I’ve loved reading the Atherton police blotter for years now (since it’d printed in our local paper).
    My all time favorite was when someone reported to the police that a deer had crossed the road at about 8 am.
    At about 9:11 am it was reported that the deer had crossed back over the road AGAIN.

    Every week, it’s priceless.

    They call in “suspicious people with unusual tools” – their neighbors housekeepers with mops and vacuums(look out Jen!) and even someone casing a house from a parked car (turns out it was a stuffed animal in the back seat of a car).

    Talk about #firstworldproblems&toomuchtimeonyourhands
    Tricia Jennings recently posted..Kid in a Candy Store

  14. Elizabeth says:

    50 degree weather?!?! This time of year, around here in Central New York (upstate) that would mean shorts and flip-flops, and I’m not even kidding. If you’re ever planning travels this way I’d highly recommend coming in July, August, or September — any other time and we can’t promise it won’t snow. ;)

    PS – I loved “Minor Revisions.”