7 Quick Takes Friday

7 Quick Takes about last-minute Halloween costumes, a great new book for Fall, and popping the Dom on a Tuesday night

— 1 — Yesterday I issued a “$10 and 10 Minutes” Halloween costume challenge on my new Facebook page! I asked people to give me suggestions for Halloween costumes that use no more than $10 in supplies (outside of normal household stuff) and take no more than 10 minutes to put together. I got a bunch of fabulous suggestions, which you can see here. Who knew being on Facebook could be this fun? — 2 — We had our pastor, Fr. Dean Wilhelm, over for dinner on Tuesday. We talked, laughed, got blessings for our house and... Read More

7 Quick Takes about South Dakota, The Shoe Song, rap battles, and why I should not ask people if I can pray for them

— 1 — By the time you read this, I’ll be on my way to South Dakota! I’m speaking at St. Lambert in Sioux Falls on Friday at 7:00 and at Immaculate Conception in Watertown at 9 AM on Saturday. If you’re in the area, come say hello! — 2 — How is this for a crazy travel schedule? I’m flying in to Sioux Falls this afternoon (Friday), speaking tonight, getting up early to travel almost two hours to Watertown on Saturday, speaking in the morning, driving almost two hours back to Sioux Falls, then flying... Read More

7 Quick Takes about podcasts, getting back into a routine, and asking your radio guests to fold your laundry

— 1 — Well…that was an insane six months. Since April, I’ve released a book, done four out-of-state book/media tours, celebrated six family birthdays, co-hosted the Edel Gathering, took three young children to North Carolina for ten days, started the homeschool year, and started a radio show. Last week marked the end of the Six Months O’ Craziness — I don’t have any major upcoming commitments that would significantly impact our weekly routine, and I’m getting used to doing the radio show. It was a... Read More

7 Quick Takes about driving in DC, meeting fabulous people, and outing myself as an airplane stalker nerd

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— 1 — I’m back from the DC trip! I gave five talks, did two media appearances, four book signings, and hosted my radio show live from SiriusXM’s Washington studio, so it was quite the adventure. Honestly, it wasn’t as stressful as it sounds. I got to meet so many new people, connect with friends whom I’d never met in person, and even enjoy a few moments in quiet hotel rooms! It’s good to be home, but I’m already looking forward to to get back to the that area one of these days, hopefully bringing... Read More

One quick take from my hotel next door to the White House

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I was determined to be able to write my 7 Quick Takes Friday post this week, but — to nobody’s surprise except for mine — I have been extremely busy here on the DC book tour. If it tells you anything about how crazy my schedule has been, my hotel is practically next door to the White House, and I haven’t done anything more than give it a passing glance as I run from one place to the next. It’s been great, though! I have met some absolutely wonderful people and am having a blast. I’ll tell you all about it next... Read More

7 Quick Takes about cool vintage books, a radio studio in my home, and the only five things that really matter when you host a party

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— 1 — I did my first radio show from my new home studio today! SiriusXM kindly set me up with a studio in my house, which I put in a corner of my bedroom. I was amazed at how little equipment there is. I just need a mic, headphones, and a little box that hooks up to my internet connection, and I’m all set. There was a slightly tense moment (read: I almost passed out from anxiety) when we had nine minutes to go until air time and I couldn’t connect the box to the NYC studio, but we got it all worked out. The show was a ton... Read More

7 Quick Takes about my first radio show, punk rock dads, and a desperate plea for birthday party ideas

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— 1 — Well, yesterday was the big day: my first live radio show!  That picture was taken while I sat at a coffee shop next to the studio, about 30 minutes before air time. I’ll just go ahead and admit that I was extremely nervous. Okay, “terrified” might be a better word. But then I sat in the chair at the studio, put on the headphones, heard the Gregorian chant / rap mashup, and I instantly relaxed. There were a couple of rough spots, but I had a blast with the show. I’m really looking forward to the next one! (Right... Read More

7 Quick Takes about dog whispering fails, a hilarious interview moment, and why my radio show will have the best intro music ever

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— 1 — Thank you so much for all the wonderful responses to my big announcement! After I published the post, I was horrified to realize that I forgot to include the most important part: In one of the demos, I mentioned in passing that my two favorite genres of music are Gregorian chant and rap. The visionaries at SiriusXM heard this, and have created custom intro music for my show based on that statement. Let me put it in all caps in case it’s not clear: MY INTRO MUSIC COMBINES RAP WITH GREGORIAN CHANT. AND IT IS EVERY BIT AS AMAZING... Read More

7 Quick Takes about back to school, veggie choppers, a great DC event, and recording radio spots under dicey circumstances

— 1 — Happy back to school week! Or, as we know it here at the Fulwiler homeschool, the week where mommy pretends like she has a principled reason to start school after Labor Day and is not just sitting around and surfing Pinterest to see what’s working for everyone else first. Also, I am particularly excited about the beginning of Fall. The only way to describe the weather in Austin right now is to say that it feels like you’re jumping into a pot of boiling slime every time you step outside. As if the usual heat weren’t... Read More

7 Quick Takes about a special vintage dress, a hiphop wedding, and that moment when all your cards are declined at Wal Mart

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— 1 — I’m back! I haven’t been blogging much lately because I’ve been savoring my real life. I spend my mornings gazing out the window, prayerfully watching the morning sun filter through the clouds as I sip my coffee. In the afternoons, I bake healthful goodies with the kids before we do crafts related to the Scriptures we heard at daily Mass. Ha, ha. I’m kidding, of course. The reality is that having my book release and the Edel Gathering so close together made my to-do list snowball. Then I took a 10-day... Read More

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