On October 2, 2008 I wrote my first “7 Quick Takes” post. Soon after that I made it a link-up, meaning I put some code on the bottom of each of my own 7 Quick Takes posts so that other bloggers could submit links to their own posts of the same format. In the six years since then, not a single Friday has gone by that I haven’t written a 7 Quick Takes post and hosted the linkup (or at least posted a note with a lame excuse about why I couldn’t).
The 7 Quick Takes blog party has been part of my life week in and week out since I was pregnant with my child who is now a Kindergartener, and it’s probably the writing project I’ve loved the most.
And now it’s time to pass the torch. So…
I am thrilled to announce that Kelly Mantoan of This Ain’t the Lyceum is the new permanent host of the 7 Quick Takes Friday link-up!
One reason I wanted Kelly to take over is that schedule changes have made it difficult for me to have each week’s post up in time for other people to link up. But the main reason is just that it felt right. Kelly is a brilliant and hilarious writer who brings a ton of energy to everything she does, and it seemed like everyone would have a lot of fun with her as host. Those of you who aren’t already familiar with her are going to LOVE getting to know her!
I still plan to write my own 7 Quick Takes posts regularly, I just won’t be hosting the linkup. This is a big change for me after hosting 7QT for over 320 weeks in a row, but I’m super excited to follow the fun over at Kelly’s place!
I had to look through the 7 Quick Takes archives to find the date of my first post, and it ended up being a trip down Memory Lane…if Memory Lane is a street in a Felliniesque world where people like me find ourselves in the most ridiculous of circumstances. Here are a few of my favorites:
Top 5 Moments from Early 7 Quick Takes Posts:
4. Finding a black widow spider in my grapes at the store (#4 and 5)
1. Sharing my surprisingly impassioned views after an encounter with Trucknutz (my all-time most popular 7 Quick Takes post — do NOT miss the comments on this one)
I finally got my desk set up for my radio show! My favorite part? That lovely picture in the center of the wall:
It was sent to me by Jennifer, an artist who’s shop is StudioJRU. I found it to be deeply moving from the first moment I saw it. When you think about it, that one simple word — known — says so much about who God is and what our relationships is to him.
After I raved and raved about my new artwork, Jennifer kindly offered a special discount code for me to share with you guys! You can find the Known print that I have here, and you can see all her other prints here. If you enter the code Jennifer15, you’ll get a 15% discount off of all of her prints!
I am so inspired every time I look at the one on my wall. I highly recommend this as a decoration for your house, or as a gift for someone special!
Another item for my “best gift ideas EVER” file would be this drinking horn that I found on Hallie’s annual Gifts for Guys list. Beholding this item was one of those jaw-dropping moments of wondering how I could have possibly gotten this far in life without having one of these items in my house. And just when you think it couldn’t possibly get any better, there are the reviews. A highlight:
After a long day of crushing your enemies and seeing them driven before you, nothing goes down better than an ice cold brew. With Das Horn, you can hold TWO beers without using your hands utilizing the included neck strap, and when your thirst is satisfied you can press the drinking vessel against your ear and hear the lamentations of their women.
At the time of this writing, the drinking horn is ranked #742 in the Amazon Housewares section. It makes me despair for our society that people have managed to find 741 items that are more valuable to them than a sturdy drinking horn.
Between this and the StudioJRU prints, I think your Christmas gift list is pretty much set.
I got the Advent wreath down from the attic this weekend. I actually remembered to store the candles indoors this year, so they weren’t melted like they usually are…although they were the wrong colors. I’m not too worried about it, though, since the traditional purple color is meant to symbolize sacrifice and penance — ANY candles that I put up in this house are an exercise in sacrifice and penance on my part.
Anyway, this is how it ended up:
I got the Advent calendar out too. It’s one of those awesome wooden ones with the little doors with precious magnet figurines that fill out the manger scene day by day.
…And the cat knocks it down every single night, and I wake up to magnetic figurine manger scene carnage every single morning — which is, frankly, better than when it’s time to open the doors.
I had the kids do a re-enactment for my radio show of what it’s like when we open the door on the Advent calendar each night. Here’s what it sounded like:
What is with all these liturgical year objects that are breakable, flammable, have lots of tiny pieces to get scattered all over my house, and/or are traditionally stored within the reach of young children? I need some new traditions that involve objects that are a) simple, b) indestructible, and c) stored in a place that is impossible to access if you’re shorter than 6′ 0″. Therefore, I have a proposal for a brand new Advent tradition:
THE ADVENT ROCK.
Each year on the first Sunday of Advent, families will get out a ROCK. The rock symbolizes…the, umm, the rock upon which Christ would eventually build his Church. The Advent Rock will traditionally be stored in a titanium cage, which symbolizes…the protection that Christ offers us from evil. And the cage will be hung from the ceiling to symbolize our desire to be closer to heaven.
THIS is an Advent tradition I can actually handle in this house. Who’s with me?!