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Monday marks the end of my “maternity leave.” I used the three weeks I’m off from writing for the Register as vacation time, where I felt no obligation to do anything that might remotely stress me out. Interestingly (though I didn’t plan it this way), that meant spending very little time online. I only checked email once every couple of days, and even then only replied to urgent items; I wasn’t on Twitter at all; I didn’t read online news, etc. I was surprised to find that I had a natural draw to do more physical things like straightening the house, taking walks, doing some simple exercises, and so on. I would have thought that surfing the web would have been “fun” and exercise and housework would have been “work, ” but when I paid serious attention to what brings me peace and what doesn’t, it was the opposite.
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I think I need a Pinterest intervention. The one exception to my offline maternity leave has been that I signed up for a Pinterest account earlier this week. To borrow from the way Veronica Mitchell once described Facebook (“crack for nerds”), this site is CRACK FOR PROCRASTINATING HOUSEWIVES. I cannot tear myself away. Every time I’m about to close my browser, I see some new eye candy picture that I must add to one of my pinboards.
Since a lot of the stuff I pin has to do with the house, it gives me this vague feeling that I am actually doing something related to my vocation. To the untrained eye it could look like I’m mindlessly surfing the web, but, nay, I am actually pondering poetic words of inspiration, preparing for homeschooling by looking at pictures of homeschool classrooms run by competent people, and realizing that perhaps our “random pieces of furniture tossed into rooms with white walls” decoration motif could use a little upgrade. I would write more about this but I just saw some more stuff I need to add to my pinboards.
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I’ve decided to put my book on hold for a while. To bring new readers up to speed: I’m writing a memoir and have a literary agent and interest from a few publishers, and in November of last year I finished a second version after completely scrapping the first version. My agent came back with epic changes that will take me a long time to complete. Anyway, I had hoped to have the changes done and kick it back to my agent by the end of the summer, but with a new baby, two blogs, my husband studying for the CPA exam (and, umm, Pinterest) there’s just no way I can get to the book right now. As frustrating as it is to have the timeline pushed back by months and months — AGAIN — I know it’s the right call. I’m going to get back to it in the Fall, when the baby will (hopefully) be on more of a schedule, and my husband will be done with his exams.
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Speaking of books, The Church and the New Media is coming out in just a few weeks! You’re going to love it. Check out this trailer:
I have a chapter in there, and just recently got a chance to see a sneak preview of some of the other contributions. I’m so excited about how well it turned out! You can pre-order it here.
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For those of you who’d like to hear about my husband’s conversion but missed the live interview earlier this week, here is the archived version. It’s 40 minutes into Hour 3.
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Once again, we’ve been so blessed by friends bringing us meals to help out with the newborn period. I’m always amazed at what a huge help it is not to have to think about dinner, and Care Calendar makes it so easy to keep track of who’s bringing what and when. And, man, we know some good cooks! My kids are going to be so sad when they have to go back to meals made by mommy.
Sometimes I’m asked what the biggest difference is in my life since my conversion. This sort of thing is definitely one of them. As people from church gather round to offer support and celebrate with us, I really feel the Body of Christ. There are different community groups in the secular world, but I never encountered anything quite like this. There’s a sense of connection and camaraderie within our parish circles that you just don’t find apart from God.
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What are you reading right now? I’m just finishing up The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring the Sabbath by Mark Buchanan, which I’ve really enjoyed, and am about to start Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman.
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