I’m just a socializing fool these days! Earlier this week I got to hang out with Rocco Palmo and the guys from Austin Catholic New Media at a Theology on Tap event. Tuesday I’m going to the Texas Alliance for Life benefit, where Lila Rose is speaking, and I’ll get to meet Live Action blogger Jewels Green. Word on the street is that I might finally be able to say hi to the indefatigable Abby Johnson, as well as acclaimed author Kristin Detrow to boot. Then Thursday is the Red Mass, a tradition dating back to 1245 in which the bishop offers a blessing for those in the legal field, and there’s usually a nice reception afterwards. I’ve written before about why that is always my favorite evening of the year. Am I going to have my introvert status revoked for all of this?
Our eight-year anniversary was this week! I didn’t need to write about it since my thoughts are the same as when I wrote about our five-year anniversary. Anyway, it’s always interesting to see how different couples celebrate. My friend Hallie’s 10-year anniversary was this week as well, and I was impressed by all the creative stuff that they have planned. I think my husband and I have too many German genes or something. We told each other happy anniversary, went out to a lovely celebratory dinner with my dad, and that was it. No cards. No flowers. No gifts. Actually, wait. I did get my husband a gift: I’m learning how to make fried okra just as well as his grandmother did. Anyway, we are clearly not going to win any “Most Romantic Couple” awards, so I’d be interested to hear what you do: For those of you who are married, how do you celebrate your anniversaries? Do you thrive on the elaborate and the romantic, or do you kick it Fulwiler style?
I need some advice on something: It’s time to get this book of mine finished. Unfortunately, because the learning curve for me and book writing is more like a learning 20, 000-foot precipice, I probably have about 100 hours worth of work left to do on it. (Speaking of which, is there a Pulitzer Prize for trying hard to write a great book? If so, I’ve got it in the bag.) My husband is going to help me get some time each Saturday to work on it. Other than that, there are two options:
- Write less on this blog, which would give me about four extra hours per week to work on the book, and thus get it done faster. Or…
- Keep this blog updated regularly, and take longer to finish the book.
(Either way I’d still do 7 Quick Takes every Friday, since my week just wouldn’t be complete without it. The question is about other kinds of posts.) Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
I was so stunned to hear about Steve Jobs’ passing. What a loss. I didn’t even know he was ill, so it really came as a shock. My husband sent an email that I thought was interesting in reply to hearing the news. He wrote:
I saw him speak at Stanford bschool in 2000. I have never been an Apple guy or a Steve Jobs groupie, but I have to say that his ability to electrify an audience was amazing. I said to someone afterwards, “Now I know what people mean when they say ‘He could sell ice to Eskimos.’ ” He told the story of how he met his wife after another Stanford bschool speech. She was a student and came up and chatted with him after his speech.
He was adopted but later found out who his birth parents were. Interesting that his biological sister wrote Anywhere But Here and was married to one of the writers for The Simpsons.
I knew that Jobs was adopted, but had no idea that his biological sister ended up becoming well known in her own right. Also, how crazy that he met his wife after a speech. (Single ladies, remember that next time you go see a talk by a billionaire!) Anyway, in all seriousness, the world is a less interesting place for him having passed. May his soul rest in peace.
We’re working on Chinese as our language in homeschool right now. Okay, ha ha, I just wanted to type that to see what it would feel like to be one of those homeschool inspiration bloggers. The reality is that we have a Chinese character poster on the wall that I put up to intimidate my homeschooling friends, and bought the kids a Chinese video. However, they love the little DVD, and even I have learned something from it. For example: green apple in Chinese is lu pingguo. It is so exciting and exotic to me that I know this, I am waiting — WAITING — for a moment to put it to use.
I have this fantasy where I come upon some great disaster, police vehicles and ambulances cluttering the scene, everyone running around in panic. It turns out that everyone is okay so far, but there is a space-aged bomb planted somewhere in the area that will turn everyone within a 10-mile radius into hideous green trolls should it go off (can you tell I’ve been watching old Spider Man reruns with the kids lately?) Anyway, the police finally chase down the villain, who dies after some sort of spectacular showdown. In his last moments he is overcome with remorse, and decides to tell the authorities where the bomb is hidden. Only he’s Chinese, and doesn’t speak a word of English. With his dying breath, he tells them: lu pingguo! And, with seconds to go until the bomb detonates, they’re all like, “IF ONLY WE KNEW WHAT THAT MEANT!” and I overhear this and triumphantly announce, “Green apple! The bomb must be hidden in a green apple!” and as everyone celebrates around me, I think, I knew that would come in handy one day!
We got my son a wax seal set for his seventh birthday, and, man, you have never seen a child so interested in the art of letter writing. He wants to write thank-you notes to everyone who got him anything for this birthday, his last birthday, Christmas, Easter, whatever. I think we’re now thanking people for plastic blocks he got when he was three. He spends a few minutes writing each note, then about 15 minutes dripping wax and pressing his seal into about five different places. I think he may have the impression that God gave us language specifically so that we could write letters and close them with fancy wax seals.
If you’re in central Texas, come stop by the St. William’s Oktoberfest this weekend! I’ll be hanging out at the American Heritage Girls booth from 12:30 – 1:00-ish on Saturday, so come say hello if you can make it. (And, most importantly, I have been assured that there will be TV’s on the premises so that you can watch Texas beat OU while you’re there.)