7 Quick Takes about clearing churches out of food, admitting that I can’t figure out podcasts, and moving our couch RIGHT in front of the TV for the World Cup
I had so much fun at yesterday’s talk and book signing at the Cathedral here in Austin.
Remember how I made the joke about stuffing food into my purse for the kids? I guess nobody would be surprised to hear that that kind of ended up happening.
At the end of the event, the organizer kindly asked me if I’d like to take any of the leftovers. There was a time in my life when I would have politely declined out of pride while covetously eyeing the food. Those days are long gone. This time, I replied immediately, “I have six kids. I’LL TAKE IT ALL.”
In fact, I ended up with so much food — and the most beautiful bouquet of flowers — that the Dominican Sisters who’d attended the event got pressed into service helping me carry it back to my car!
And the Dominican Sisters’ adventures didn’t end there! Not only did they have to carry food and pose for selfies with bloggers, but then they were going supping!
I had no idea what “supping” is, but the sisters informed me that it is a water sport that involves paddling while standing on a board. They were going as a goodbye treat for Sister Maria, who is leaving Austin to return to the Ann Arbor mother house. And yes, they were going be wearing their full habits. (I TOLD you that they’re the most amazing women in the world!)
I did an image search on this supping thing, and it often ends up looking like the person is standing on water, since the board can sink just below the surface.
I half expect to hear that there were mass conversions on the hike and bike trail that surrounds Town Lake. I keep imagining joggers trotting down the path, glancing out at the lake, then dropping to their knees in tearful repentance of their sins when they saw white-robed nuns floating on top of the water.
I didn’t want to ask this, but there is evidently no other way for me to ascertain this information, so here it is: How can I listen to podcasts on my iPod?
I subscribed to some podcasts on iTunes, synced my iPod, but they’re not there. There doesn’t seem to be a “podcast” category in the Music app where I listen to songs. (Well, now that I type this it makes it sound all obvious that it wouldn’t be in Music. I interpret “Music” to mean “Sounds You Got from iTunes,” so I did indeed expected to find podcasts there. In my defense, I don’t see a Podcasts app, so you can see how I’d come up with that theory!)
In my career days, I was a web developer. I have spoken at conferences as an expert on New Media. A core aspect of my identity is being a Person Who Knows Things About the Internet.
Given this background, let me assure you that there is only one thing more embarrassing than finding myself Googling how to listen to a podcast on an iPod. And that is Googling how to listen to a podcast on an iPod…and still not figuring out how to do it!
If you do not follow soccer, cricket, or football, let me save you time and tell you that there is no need for you to click on that link. But if you were just sitting there thinking, “I wish I could find someone on Twitter who finds the best witty sports banter to retweet and chronicles the intense roller coaster of emotions he’s been on since the beginning of the World Cup”…you’re in luck!
In yet another Nester-inspired move, I rearranged the living room in what I call the World Cup Configuration!
Alas, I did not think to take a before picture, but the couch used to be way on the opposite side of the room from the TV.
With the old setup, kids were constantly walking in front of the TV, and I worried about Joe needing to go away to a special treatment center if this should happen during the final seconds of a heated soccer match.
Also, our television is hooked up to a regular computer, and we watch all our shows and sports events by streaming them through the computer’s browser. We control it through a wireless keyboard that functions as a remote. But, because evidently we’re bad at pattern recognition and enjoy setting ourselves up for failure, we also leave a keyboard over by the TV. This means that the baby or the cat is constantly ruining our viewing experience by stepping on (or throwing, or trying to eat) it, and our lives have become one, long Sisyphean cycle of pulling them away from it only to have them go back and do it again.
This new setup allows the people who are watching TV to focus exclusively on what’s on the screen, it gives the kids a play area that keeps them out of the sports-viewing zone, and it allows for better baby/cat blocking.
I’ll probably change it back after the World Cup, but I’m glad we tried it! I’m sure it’s saved Joe more than a few brain-melting, kid-walking-in-front-of-TV-just-as-game-deciding-goal-is-kicked moments.
I am ridiculously excited about co-hosting Lino Rulli‘s show with him this coming week. Here are the details:
- Monday, 6/30 – Thursday, 7/3
- Live from 5 PM – 7 PM ET, with reruns from 11 AM – 1 PM ET
- SiriusXM Channel 129
Also, we might end up getting folks together in Austin at some point in the week. If that comes together, I’ll update on Twitter — I’m @conversiondiary. (You don’t have to have a Twitter account to see my updates — you can check it from any browser without logging in.)
I can’t think of a better way to start the weekend than with this little video of one of Pope Francis’ unscheduled stops. (via William Newton)
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