7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 212)
It’s Procrastinators’ Week here at the 7 Quick Takes meme! The linky list below is in reverse chronological order, so the newest entries will be at the top. I hope you all discover some great new blogs this way!
UPDATED IN ANGUISH AT 11:51PM ON THURSDAY: NOOOOO! After making such a big deal out of saying that I would post the 7 Quick Takes participant list in reverse chronological order this week, I just logged in to the linky program to realize that it doesn’t have that option! I don’t know if I can withstand another betrayal* by the providers of my favorite internet technology! Et tu, InLinkz?! GAAAAH!!!
* Okay, this one is less a “betrayal” than “me not doing my homework before making grand proclamations.” Clearly I’m lashing out over unresolved feelings about Google Reader.
So I guess I’m going to have the insane-o vein procedure done. My OB asked me for my decision at an appointment today, saying that he would relay the information to the hematologist, perinatologist, anesthesiologist, and the vascular specialist (you know you’re having a great pregnancy when it takes five doctors to figure out how to have a baby). Unfortunately he caught me at a time when I was too tired to come up with a smooth story about my decision making process, and so I just blurted out, “My blog readers think I should do it, so I guess I will.” He paused writing on the chart, looked at me for a moment, and said, “I’ll go ahead and leave that part out when I tell the other doctors.”
I can’t say that I’m looking forward to this procedure, especially considering that I’ll have to have a second one to take the filter out again in a few months. If nothing else, it’ll be a journey of discovery in which we learn whether my definition of “no big deal” is the same as that of my doctors. Considering that I’ll be heavily anesthetized (“Can I still get ALL THE BEST DRUGS even though I’m pregnant?” was one of my first questions for my OB), they’ll need to monitor the baby closely, which will add time and complexity to the whole thing. I’m not complaining, though! I’m just happy for the blessings of medical technology. [That's a lie. I felt like I had to say that because it's Lent.]
Speaking of things I’m not complaining about, I’ll have to go into the hospital a day or two before the April 8th induction date to be put on IV blood thinners that are easier to manage than the twice-daily Lovenox shots I’m giving myself now. I told my hematologist that I’m worried about this because I never sleep well in hospitals, and I’m mildly terrified of going through a complicated induced labor on no sleep. Never one to dance around a subject, he said, “Oh, yeah, it’s going to be really hard to sleep since we’ll need to do blood draws every few hours around the clock.” And, inexplicably to those of us who don’t understand medical technology, they cannot get this blood through the IV that will already be jammed into a vein in my arm; I’ll need to be stabbed with a needle anew every single time.
When I relayed all this to Joe I briefly attempted to put a positive spin on it. I started saying, “Well, maybe it won’t be as bad as it…” and then I saw the look on his face and stopped all the silver lining mumbo jumbo. I think my best hope here is if Hallie can find a way to get wine over to me without getting caught this time.
Despite the way I make it sound, there is actually more to my life than getting repeatedly stabbed with needles — not much more, but I do occasionally experience nice things. For example, I met up with Melanie Shankle for lunch this week! I used to refer to her as Melanie “from the Big Mama blog,” or “Melanie who hosts Fashion Friday,” but now I can proudly refer to her as my friend Melanie “FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST.” She was a little startled when I burst through the doors of the restaurant and immediately grabbed her by the shoulders and began shouting that she reveal to me her secret for writing a book that is hilarious and touching, having all the effortlessness of a blog post but the quality of a well-crafted memoir. Oh, wait, maybe I didn’t do that. I think that’s just what I was tempted to do, but instead I controlled myself enough to ask polite questions over fried catfish and iced tea.
Anyway, after the lunch was over I realized that we missed a prime opportunity to throw our weight around here. Last time we met, waaaay back in 2008, we were mere bloggers. Now that I’m a Producer and she is a New York Times Bestselling Author, we really should have gotten more mileage out of that. Maybe if we’d explained this to the staff at the Clear Springs Cafe they would have thrown in some extra hush puppies out of awe for their heavy-hitter clientele.
Melanie and I were meeting in a town that neither of us know well, and I thought I’d get all resourceful and take the lead on finding a place for us to eat. We’re both Tex Mex fans, so I got on Yelp to look for something in that category. Evidently this particular town is not known for its restaurateurs’ abilities to throw shredded chicken and Velveeta into a tortilla, so I had trouble finding a place that got good ratings. Finally I found one that a handful of people said was good (or at least “very authentic”) so I settled on that. I had an email typed up telling Melanie to meet me at this particular address. Then, just before I hit send, something told me to take a look at the customer photos. This is where I almost sent Melanie to meet me for lunch:
What are your favorite book covers? Whether or not you enjoyed the books themselves, what are some titles that had covers that caught your attention and made you interested in reading them?
I’ve been on a book covers kick this week, and am spending way too much time collecting examples for my new Pinterest board. I’ve learned a surprising amount about what makes a great book cover as part of the process. I noticed that all my favorites had the following qualities:
- They’re original without being overly artsy. To my surprise, I found that some book covers were actually too good: I was so focused on the amazingly creative cover that I didn’t even consider what might be inside the book.
- They effectively convey the tone of the book, whereas the title hints at the plot. Rachel Held Evans’ Year of Biblical Womanhood is a great example of this: the title gives you a feel for what subject matter it covers, and the quirky cover lets you know that the writing will have a light and humorous feel.
- They’re hard to do. I noticed that all the best covers — even the ones that look simple at a glance — require an expert-level knowledge of graphic design programs, as well as a master artist’s eye for detail.
I apologize in advance to anyone who follows me on Pinterest: you’re about to see a lot of book covers floating through your feed.
Can you believe that Holy Week is next week? I hope your last few days of Lent are blessed. I won’t be hosting 7 Quick Takes next Friday (3/29) in honor of Good Friday, but I’ll see you back after that!