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This may be my fastest version of Quick Takes ever, because I need to get back to preparing for a speech I’m giving tonight (Thursday). A few people have commented that they’re amazed that I’d sign up for public speaking when I have a four-week-old baby. These kind souls seem to have a mental image of me getting the phone call asking me to speak, looking around my immaculately organized house, past my children who are quietly engaging in some educational crafts, and saying, “Well, since I am so completely on top of everything around here, might as well!”
What actually happened was that we arranged this months ago, when the idea of having a newborn was a vague concept that I didn’t have the time or attention span to think too much about. With the way things have gone for the past couple of days, I have this image of me being up at the podium tonight and glancing at my notes, which were written in the midst of utter chaos, and saying during the speech, “And the third most compelling point for the truth of Christianity is DO NOT CLIMB ON THE TELEVISION…oh, wait…”
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My kids have finally found one thing they miss about cable: Getting to hear the Jabber Jaws song that Cartoon Network frequently plays during commercial breaks. They got such a kick out of it because it’s sung by our good friend Dan Lord, a.k.a. baby Pamela’s godfather, a.k.a. Hallie Lord‘s husband, a.k.a. one of my favorite bloggers. He used to be in this awesome band called Pain (which I actually saw one time when they came to Austin in the 90’s), and their catchy tribute to everyone’s favorite cartoon shark lives on on the Cartoon Network. Every time the song came on my kids would jump up and spaz-dance all over the living room, shouting, “That’s Mr. Dan!”
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Now I’ve got one of my favorite Pain songs running through my head, so I offer it here for your enjoyment. Dan is going to be posting some stories about his punk-rock lead-singer-to-devout-Catholic conversion on his blog soon, which I look forward to checking out.
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My dad was having trouble with his golf balls getting mixed up with other people’s on the golf course, so he commissioned four little artists he knows to create some special ball designs just for him. I don’t think he’ll have any problems with mix-ups now!
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Get this: One of my friends doesn’t have cable or internet at home! She said that she really wants her home to be a place where she can completely unplug. I was at her house, and it had this unbelievably peaceful “domestic monastery” feel to it. Now, this probably wouldn’t work for someone like me who’s home all the time (my friend is single and works outside of the home, so she uses the internet there), but I really admired her willingness to take a bold step toward bringing balance and peace to her life. Her example reminded me to remain open to that kind of thing in prayer, in case God ever nudged me to take my own steps to cultivate times of radical unplugging in my life.
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In one of the more surprising developments in recent weeks, I’ve come to really enjoy doing this Lindsay Brin post-partum workout DVD. I was so tired of being tired after that rough third trimester that I’ve been super eager to get moving again, and this DVD is the perfect solution. It offers a 12-week program that starts out very slowly and gradually works up to harder exercises. The most hilarious part is that my kids are fascinated with it, and always want to do it with me. If I were a good blogger who cared about my readers, I would make your week by posting a video of all of us flailing around the living room like the genetically uncoordinated nerds we are, but, alas, I am too vain. The great thing is that the kids actually hound me to do it each day, so it’s like having a whole team of munchkin personal trainers!
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Okay, back to speech prep. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
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