I have had it with laundry. HAD IT. Unfolded baskets of clothes have sort of become part of the decorating theme around here, and it seems like every time I think I’ve caught up I open the dryer to behold the crushing sight of an entire load that I’d forgotten about.
I’ve decided that the situation requires a bold move: I am going to invent disposable clothes. I’ll even use environmentally-friendly biodegradable paper material so that we can use them as compost for the garden when we’re done with them.
“But won’t feel like an idiot leaving the house in a glorified paper bag?” you ask. Perhaps. But we’ll see if I still feel like an idiot when I’m kicking back and reading blogs while all the other housewives in the world are doing laundry!
I took the liberty of Photoshopping a preview of my design concept on a model. As you can see, it’s fashion-forward and contemporary with a rustic twist. Look for my new “paper bag chic” collection on runways this fall.
One tip I’ve found for keeping your blog reading load from getting out of control: start a “Waitlist” folder on your reader for new blogs you come across that you think you might want to follow. Then you can keep up with them for a while to see if the content is something you enjoy before you add it to your main list.
Anyway, starting over with the blogs I follow has allowed me to stumble across some great new finds. Some new-to-me blogs I’m really enjoying: Pursuing Titus 2, Owlhaven and Domestic Felicity. I highly recommend them!
I was thinking the other day that I’m not sure if I ever posted the quote that inspired the name of this blog. When I decided that I wanted to change the name I had a few ideas I was toying with, but after I ran across this quote from Pope Benedict (from his excellent book Journey to Easter) I knew I wanted to call it Conversion Diary:
“To be converted” means to follow Jesus, to walk with him, on his way. But let us again insist on the fact that God “brings us back, ” converts us. Conversion is not human self-realization, and man is not the architect of his own life. Conversion consists essentially in that decision by which man ceases to be his own creator, ceases to seek his own self and his self-realization, but accepts his dependence on the true Creator, on creative love, accepts that his dependence is true freedom and that the freedom of autonomy emancipated from the Creator is not freedom but illusion, deception.
A public service announcement for PR people: when you’re trying to personalize a form letter, watch the font changes. I get a surprising number of emails that look something like this:
Hi Jennifer, I really enjoy your blog, Conversion Diary. I was thinking that you might want to tell your readers about an exciting new book called…”
(And the rest of the email is in the latter font.) Personally, I don’t mind. I think that any attempt as personalization is a nice touch. But I just thought I’d throw that out there since it’s a mistake I see all the time.
It has been way too long since I did a “book chat” post. I keep meaning to get to it but those posts aren’t as easy to write. Since I can’t stand going too long without talking about what I’m reading, here’s a list of things I’ve read over the past few months:
- Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck
- Rome Sweet Home by Scott and Kimberly Hahn
- The Duggars: 20 and Counting! by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
- Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
- Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X (currently reading)
- The Rosary: Keeping Company with Jesus and Mary by (fellow former atheist) Karen Edmisten (currently reading)
Reviews coming soon!
It must be exasperating to people who summit Mt. Everest that you often can’t see anything in the background. A friend of a friend recently did it and sent out a big email announcing his accomplishment. When I opened the attached picture it just showed him in a parka with his hair blowing around against a white background. Maybe it’s because I’m so unbelievably lazy that I consider walking to the mailbox exercise, but if I made it to the top of Mt. Everest you’d better believe that I’d want it to be VERY CLEAR from the pictures I sent out that that’s where I was. Shoot, I’d probably pack my own “rugged mountain landscape” backdrop to put up behind me in case the weather was cloudy to make sure that people got the point.
If I’d known this guy better I would have thrown on a parka, turned our box fan on full blast and had my husband take a picture of me against a white wall, and sent it to him saying, “Me too!” But then he might get the impression that I’m some fool with too much time on my hands. I wouldn’t want him to get that impression.
This week’s wine pick:
2007 Louis Jadot Macon Villages chardonnay which we bought for about $14 (seen here with some mozzarella cheese I got to use in a recipe with basil from the Darwins‘ garden). My husband says, “Lots of nice, complex flavors. I think it’s as good as many $40 bottles of Sancerre.” I say, “It’s good and cheap.”
I look forward to reading your posts!