As those of you who follow me on Twitter know, our El Paso vacation turned out to have much more excitement than we’d planned. Here’s the short version: My husband was out hiking in the Franklin Mountains State Park, and he climbed a rock wall that he thought was part of the trail. His first clue that it wasn’t part of the trail was that it was dangerously steep, though at that point he was too high to safely go back down. His second clue was when he got to the top and saw not the continuation of the trail that he expected to find, but a 2, 000-foot sheer drop.
It was getting dark, he’d lost his water bottle in the climb and he wasn’t dressed for the below-freezing temperatures that would come at night. He called 911 from his cell phone and rescuers came to get him via helicopter. The whole thing even made the local news! Needless to say, we’re very happy to be safely back home.
Anna Mitchell and I had another fun discussion for the SonRise Morning Show the other day, this time about The Three Little Pigs and the spiritual life:
From the “weird medical conditions” file, it turns out that I have temporary lactose intolerance because of that insane stomach bug that hit our house a couple weeks ago. Evidently sometimes these things can deplete your natural supply of lactase, and it takes a few weeks for everything to get back to normal. Unfortunately I had forgotten this on our vacation, and one night I ate a bunch of stuff with cream in it. Let’s just say that I had a few hours to contemplate secondary lactose intolerance in the bathroom in the middle of the night.
A friend and I sometimes joke that God has predetermined the amount and type of penance you need to do during Lent, and he will present you with opportunities to do so, whether or not you signed up for it. I find it amusing, then, that when I was praying about what to give up for Lent, I kept being drawn to the idea of giving up dairy — so much so that I had a couple discussions with my husband about it. I eventually decided, “Nah.” Per #3, when I was looking up the amount of time these temporary lactose intolerance things tend to last, I laughed when I saw that I can expect it to end right around the end of Lent.
I am so excited that Dr. Janet Smith is coming to Austin to speak. Unfortunately it’s not in the budget for us to go see her, but I think it’s great that our diocese is bringing her out. If you haven’t heard her “Contraception: Why Not?” speech, I cannot recommend highly enough that you give it a listen — here’s a link to listen free online (it’s on the right-hand side, about half way down the page), or you can get a free CD of it here. It’s fascinating. I’d read the text but only heard the audio for the first time the other day, and I was amazed at how much it added to hear it as opposed to just seeing it written.
Here’s my latest recommendation for a great web developer: Kickstart Media. I recently talked to those guys about the possibility of doing a site for me in the future, and was very impressed with their business. Their sites have a rare combination of being beautiful but also easy to navigate (some examples here and here and here), and they power each site with the WordPress engine so that clients can make their own updates. I’m receiving no compensation for saying this, I just wanted to pass on that info since I sometimes get asked for web dev recommendations!
We’re having our family portrait taken this afternoon, and the only time that works will involve waking the kids up early from naps. At least that doesn’t have EPIC FAIL written all over it. I’m going to review this great list of portrait tips and pray for the best.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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