7 Quick Takes in which I demand beverage service during turbulence, laugh way too much on the radio, and try to decide whether to root for Argentina or Germany


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — Last week Lino Rulli brought his SiriusXM radio show down here to Austin, and I co-hosted it with him all week. For your listening pleasure, here is a “best of” audio clip: Podcast (catholicguyshow): Play in new window | Download (129.2MB) As you can hear from the multiple moments when I was… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about clearing churches out of food, admitting that I can’t figure out podcasts, and moving our couch RIGHT in front of the TV for the World Cup


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — I had so much fun at yesterday’s talk and book signing at the Cathedral here in Austin. Remember how I made the joke about stuffing food into my purse for the kids? I guess nobody would be surprised to hear that that kind of ended up happening. At the end of the… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about wearing triceratops hats, signing Kindles, and standing in the middle of Times Square wearing an epic selfie t-shirt


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — I am sitting in the Chicago airport, headed home from the NYC book tour trip, and I promised myself that I will not use the entire post to complain about air travel. I will merely note that I just got off of a flight whose terribleness was at a level that… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about movies on the lawn, my life being a Mensa puzzle for the insane, and why I do NOT recommend peppermint oil for eyeball massages


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — For those of you who missed it, I posted the details of my NYC / CT schedule for this coming week. If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you! — 2 — As I plan this, it occurs to me that, once again, my life has become a living… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about spicy ebooks, awesome Twitter bios, getting foot-jacked (and other reasons why it’s not “going by so fast”)


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — We survived end-of-year awards season! My five-year-old daughter had her pre-K graduation today, which was our final awards-type event for May. This one was particularly meaningful because she is our fourth child to go through this Mother’s Day Out program. As I paced the back of the church with the fussy… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about winners, 100th birthdays, blue-blocking glasses, and my desperate need for Youtube recommendations


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — Today marks the end of the official launch party for Something Other than God! To celebrate, we arranged for the book to go out of stock on Amazon just this morning! Okay, we didn’t arrange that. And I stared at my computer and screamed, “WHYYYYYY!” in my head. But the timing is… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about hanging out with The Glitch Mob, a new meaning for #SOTG, and that terrible moment when you get cilantro bath soap and nobody cares


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail (Okay, okay, it was less that I was “hanging out with The Glitch Mob” and more that I was “staring at them while they ate.” See #5 for details.) — 1 — I was looking over the entries for the Something Other than God release contest today, and it dawned on me that I missed… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about your awesomeness, saints working through Youtube, and me buying you a banana suit


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — It’s the first 7 Quick Takes Friday since Something Other than God has been released! Thank you so, so, so much for the tremendous outpouring of excitement and support. It has been ridiculously fun to hear everyone’s thoughts as they read, and it’s fascinating to see which parts resonate with different people…. [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about the big day, a trailer for a trailer, and a dare to come up with a better prize than a Segway vacuum


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — TUESDAY!!! The day that I have been waiting for since July of 2008 is now a matter of hours away. I am beside myself with excitement that Something Other than God is finally going to be released. I’ve been racking my brain for what we can all do to celebrate. After… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes about going to the East Coast, embarrassing myself in interviews, and losing my ability to write the letter F


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — People of New York City and Washington DC, get your margarita glasses out and dust off your dress banana suits, because I’m headed your way! I have the all-clear from my publisher to visit your area, so now we just need to decide what we want to do while I’m there!… [Continue Reading]