7 Quick Takes about tax season chaos, an office makeover, and a litany for overwhelmed parents

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — Happy Easter! It is Easter, right? Over here it very much feels like I’m still in the depths of Lent, because it’s tax season and Joe is working about 35 hours per day as a CPA. My two youngest (3 and 2) seem to have been inspired by the intense energy… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about our epic floor installation, the Lent Awards, and the TV show addiction that is bringing my life to a standstill

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — We finally did it: we got rid of the carpet of doom and had hardwood floors installed. The upside? No more giant carpet beetle snack bar in the middle of our living room. The downside? CHAOS ON A LEVEL I CANNOT DESCRIBE. Outside, it was wet with wind and temperatures in the… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about my surprise 2015 patron saint, mourning a great loss, and your new favorite drink recipe

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to check in here on the blog, which means it’s past time for a 7 Quick Takes post! — 2 — As you may already know if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, my wonderful grandfather passed away earlier this month. He… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about eating bugs at Ivy League Christmas parties and the sounds of Lino Rulli’s homeschool takeover

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — We still don’t have a Christmas tree. I just walked by a broken Advent candle in the toy pile next to a naked Barbie. But it’s all good, because I GOT MY CHRISTMAS CARDS DONE! (Not “done” like “sent,” but “done” like “we got a decent picture and the newsletter is… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes with a big announcement, a drinking horn, a gift coupon, and a desperate call for the Advent rock!

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — 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… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about (finally) being on Facebook, the GoodReads Choice Awards, and chatting with Jeannie Gaffigan

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — I am thrilled to announce that my book, Something Other than God, has made it to the semi-final round in the GoodReads Choice Awards! We are on round 2 of 3, and voting for this round ends tomorrow (Saturday). I am profoundly grateful for your votes in the first round. The book… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about co-hosting with Lino Rulli, cool book covers, and the best Halloween moments

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — Well, that was ridiculously fun. Lino Rulli came to Austin and I co-hosted his show with him all week. He tried homeschooling my kids; we talked to Abby Johnson about her crazy life as the activist mother of four kids (three of them under age three); we had a visit from… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about last-minute Halloween costumes, a great new book for Fall, and popping the Dom on a Tuesday night

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — Yesterday I issued a “$10 and 10 Minutes” Halloween costume challenge on my new Facebook page! I asked people to give me suggestions for Halloween costumes that use no more than $10 in supplies (outside of normal household stuff) and take no more than 10 minutes to put together. I got… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about South Dakota, The Shoe Song, rap battles, and why I should not ask people if I can pray for them

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — By the time you read this, I’ll be on my way to South Dakota! I’m speaking at St. Lambert in Sioux Falls on Friday at 7:00 and at Immaculate Conception in Watertown at 9 AM on Saturday. If you’re in the area, come say hello! — 2 — How is this for… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about podcasts, getting back into a routine, and asking your radio guests to fold your laundry

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — Well…that was an insane six months. Since April, I’ve released a book, done four out-of-state book/media tours, celebrated six family birthdays, co-hosted the Edel Gathering, took three young children to North Carolina for ten days, started the homeschool year, and started a radio show. Last week marked the end of the… [Continue Reading]