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What day is it? What’s going on? Where am I? I’m telling you, it’s going to take me a couple months to get into our new Fall routine. We did end up finding a good part-time school for my kindergartener to go to, but it’s meant getting up more than two hours earlier than I did on my lazy summer schedule. I think I’m still in shock. Every evening I think, “Oh, wait, that awful rising-at-the-crack-of-dawn thing we did this morning? We have to do that AGAIN? TOMORROW?” This is going to take some getting used to.
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That reminds me: I think one of the most entertaining discussion we’ve had on this blog was when I asked morning people to explain themselves to me. I thought it was hilarious how some of the commenters seemed to think that I could not possibly be being truthful about my night owl sleeping habits, whereas I had the same reaction to them. I would read the comments out loud to my husband, and then remark with confusion and awe, “Do you think they’re making this up?” Anyway, if you’re looking for an amusing discussion with two very different groups of people, that’s a great read.
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My son saw one of these bug vacuums on TV the other day, and he instantly understood that he’s been living an incomplete life. All his five years on earth have been a waste, a hollow shell of an existence, because he doesn’t own one of these. He mentions it at least once an hour, and every day we have to pull up the Amazon page and watch the video of it in action.
I keep trying to tell him that this is designed for people in states like Connecticut. I mean, look at those measly little bugs in the video! Has anyone even tested this on speedy scorpions or giant centipedes? I can just imagine the macabre results if he were to go after one of our gigantic tarantulas with it. I think they need to make a Texas model with the motor of an industrial vacuum cleaner, a mouth about three times as wide, and a titanium container closed with a two-pound padlock. (Though at least he didn’t want an old-fashioned one!)
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You know how our country has a poet laureate? I feel like Texas should have a position of Complainer About the Heat Laureate (though hopefully someone could think of a more eloquent title). I would really excel at that: I am a proud sixth-generation Texan, but in the summers I spend about 80% of my mental energy contemplating how much I hate the heat. As Complainer About the Heat Laureate, I could compose clever lamentations about the weather for the governor to work into his speeches, and perhaps the newspapers could occasionally excerpt my reflections about how going outside makes you feel like you’re stuck in a bowl of hot water, or my five-step analysis proving that humans weren’t meant to live in this climate. I’m telling you, I would be such a natural at this, it may have been the reason God put me on this earth.
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Here’s an inspiring conversion story to start your weekend. It’s a video from Marcus Grodi’s show The Journey Home: Fr. Donald Calloway was raised without faith, then embarked on a crazy life that involved being deported from Japan, following the Grateful Dead, and ending up in multiple rehabilitation centers. Long story short, he had a profound conversion that led him to become a Catholic priest! (He also wrote a book about it, which I hear is excellent.) Quite a story!
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Speaking of books, I’m stuck on mine: I finished the draft. All I have left to do is finish revisions, and the ball really starts rolling: I’ll send it to my agent, he’ll offer his suggestions, then he’ll shop it to publishers. Yet I keep getting offers to do other (paid) writing projects that take up all my free time. I hate to turn down gigs that are easy and pay…and I don’t have a hard deadline to finish the book…yet I’m really anxious to finish it and move on. Any advice?
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I need some lunch box ideas: my three-year-old is going to be in a Mother’s Day Out class with a child who has a severe peanut allergy, so PBJ’s are out for her. Considering that that was 50% of my lunch repertoire (quesadillas making up the other half), I’m going to need some suggestions. She’s not a fan of lunch meat, so turkey or ham sandwiches are out. What are some other good ideas? Thanks!
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