Look! An official 7 Quick Takes logo, as promised! This is now officially a classy meme, people. (OK, I know it’s not the best meme logo in the world, but I had fun putting it together.)
Feel free to use it in your own 7 Quick Takes posts if you’d like!
I find it interesting that the two of the posts I wrote this week were some of the most popular ones in a while (the one about “hearing” answers to prayers and the one about the prank call with the Christian gone awry), and they were both the direct result of accidentally deleting my ideas list. It was really tempting to go buy some recovery software and spend tons of time and energy trying to get that file back — I was so upset when I first realized I’d lost it — but something told me that I was just supposed to let it go. Now I’m really glad I did. It’s almost like there’s something to that whole trusting God thing!
By the way, if you haven’t scanned the comments to the post about “hearing” answers to prayers, I recommend that you do so. What an interesting, informative comment thread!
In my last 7 Quick Takes post I made the comment that one should not have to deal with both “bitterly cold temperatures” and fireants. Some astute readers, recalling that I live in central Texas, asked pointedly what exactly I meant by “bitterly cold.”
OK…so..yeah, I was referring to 28 degrees while a lot of y’all were living in -28 degree weather. I used to live in North Dakota, where we occasionally saw temps in the -60’s, so I’m well aware that at 28 I should not feel too tempted to change my name to Jennifer Zhivago or anything.
However, what you may not know is that the American Meteorological Society recommends that when calculating the temperature index to estimate the feel of the air outside, you must drop 20 degrees for EVERY FREAKING STINGING INSECT you have to put up with (it’s written in all caps, just like that). Hence, a low temp of 28 degrees + finding your child’s feet covered in fireants on the same day means that it was actually 8 degrees over here. Actually, make that -2 degrees — I’m subtracting another 10 because I’m sure there’s a scorpion around here somewhere that I just haven’t seen yet.
I got the idea from this great list of quiet church toys to bring pipe cleaners to Mass to keep busy little hands occupied. I got some nice, big colored ones from Hobby Lobby, and I have to say that my kids have been fairly amused by them (I tell them to make something special for Jesus each time), and they’re wonderfully silent.
(Lest I give you the wrong impression, these have not been a magic bullet that make my 4-year-old, 2-year-old and 1-year-old act like quiet angels at church, but it has helped a little bit.)
As a thank-you to everyone who participates in 7 Quick Takes, I upgraded my Mr. Linky account, which means that all the links to everyone else’s Quick Takes posts will be visible indefinitely (the way it was set up, I could only display one Mr. Linky list at a time on my site so the links to your old Quick Takes posts weren’t visible after a new one was up). I hope that this helps everyone get a little more traffic from participating! Also, I can now export the lists to HTML, which helps with search engine and other webby rankings.
I found out from Kingdom Mama that I’ve been nominated in the Best Religion Blog category over at Culture 11’s LadyBlogger Awards. How cool! Thank you so much to everyone who nominated Conversion Diary. (But, to be totally honest, I think that Holy Experience should win. Just keepin’ it real.)
Also, Kingdom Mama is nominated for Best Conservative Mommy Blogger. Her blog is definitely worthy of the title, but doesn’t she just automatically win since she has TWO sets of young twins and is pregnant with #5? Or maybe they have a special Lifetime Achievement category for superwomen like that.
I look forward to reading your posts!