When I read through the Quick Takes posts each week, I’m surprised at how often other bloggers express the need for cohesion in their posts. It’s somehow troubling to them to throw up seven completely unrelated statements, and so they carefully choose a unifying theme that will weave all of their items together. This is undoubtedly the sign of an organized, intelligent mind, perhaps one with an artistic bend as well. I, on the other hand, have no trouble at all with steaming heaps of disorganized randomness (something that anyone who has been to my house can confirm), and so I don’t have the slightest inclination to make my takes have anything to do with one another. Behold the themelessness!:
I’m now on Instagram! And I don’t really know what that means! But I thought I would say it with an exclamation point to make it seem exciting! I can’t figure out how to follow people who don’t follow me, I don’t know how to tell you to find my account, and I am so uncreative that I can’t find anything to take pictures of*. But it’s really cool to be able to make my photos look all professional with those filters!
* Okay, it’s not entirely due to a lack of creativity. A significant contributing factor is that I can’t find any areas of my house that are clean enough to be involved in photographs.
One of the first pictures I took was of this, a recent attempt to drink tea:
I went to a lovely local tea house, run by real British people, and thought that I would have this lovely experience of quietly sipping tea and looking classy. I am still trying to figure out where, exactly, things went wrong. Was it in the pouring? I could have sworn I saw the liquid actually bubble out of the pot on its own, but I know nobody would believe that. Anyway, the situation completely unraveled. I ended up splashing around in a mess of hot liquid, tea all over the table, on the plates, covering the silverware, a vague feeling of wetness on my shoes. So, basically, I thought it would be like this:
But it ended up being a lot more like this:
Wait. This is concerning. As I typed #3 it occurred to me that this is actually not the first time I have had an issue with drinking tea. Remember this? What is my problem?? I have heard of people getting banned from bars, but I may be the first person in history to get banned from a tea house.
I’ve received quite a few questions about homeschooling lately as parents begin to think through school choices for next Fall. I was thinking I would write up a little “How we decided to homeschool” post, but then I remembered that Sally Thomas did all the work for me. If you haven’t read the homeschooling magna carta she wrote for First Things, you must. It’s called Schooling at Home, and you can read it here. (And she has a blog, too!)
I have said this before, but I’ll say it again: Someone could get rich by starting a ruthless babysitting cartel. All you would have to do is get the phone numbers of all local households that have had a baby in the last three years. Each weekday morning you start calling around 6:30 AM, and when people answer, say, “We’ll come over right now and take good care of the kids so that you can sleep in. Our rate is $250/hour. We take Visa.” You cannot tell me that that would not be an extremely lucrative business.
My present circumstances enlighten me to the idea that that babysitting cartel could rake it in with bloggers, too. They could place calls to moms with blogs around mid-day, saying, “We just wanted to make sure that all your babies and toddlers are taking their schedule naps so that you could update your blog this afternoon! If that is not the case, we could be there in five minutes to help out…at the usual rate.” Man. There is a real business opportunity there.