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

November 7, 2014 | 16 comments

— 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 the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist; and we had girl talk with Heather Gardner and Leticia Adams, complete with a bottle of wine.


Like I said: ridiculously fun.

(The whole week of shows are available on demand if you’re a SiriusXM subscriber. If not, there will be a “best of” podcast on Lino’s site within the next day or two!)

— 2 —

In addition to doing Lino’s show two hours a day,  I did my own radio show this afternoon as well. In other words: I am utterly exhausted. Would it be okay if I just post a video of Skeletor’s Best Insults instead of writing anything in this take?

— 3 —

Last week I posted the wrong date for my upcoming Dallas event (another casualty of writing while tired!), so here in the correct info:

I will be speaking at St. Monica parish on Friday, 11/14 at 7:00 PM at a general audience event, then at a women’s event the next morning, Saturday 11/15, at 10:00 AM. If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you!

— 4 —

Here’s a bit of trivia that book nerds might find interesting:

The cover of Dan Lord’s new novel which I mentioned recently, By the Downward Way, was designed by the same cover designer as my book!


The very talented John Herreid did both of them. Isn’t it amazing how he used imagery to convey the different tones of each book?

— 5 —

Speaking of books, thank you so much for your votes in the GoodReads Choice Awards!

Something Other than God

I was so honored to hear that my book was nominated, and deeply appreciate every vote it has received.

— 6 —

How was your Halloween? Ours was great, with one minor debacle:

After the 783 hours I spent getting the six kids into their costumes, we were getting a late start for trick or treating. Without any time to put together a cool costume for myself, I just threw on a blonde wig and a cowboy hat and went as a Cowgirl Who Can’t Deal with Life.


Naturally, I couldn’t start the evening until I posted it on Instagram — but in my haste, I misspoke and said that I was wearing Joe’s cowboy hat. (Any self-respecting Texan man who read that sentence and looked at the hat in the above picture just shuddered in horror.) Joe was so mortified that I attributed that very un-authentic, un-masculine hat to him that he actually stopped trick-or-treating so that I could post a retraction on Instagram — and a whole new picture was required. A mere comment to the original post wouldn’t do.

(And yes. This was coming from the man dressed as a banana.)


— 7 —

Anyway, it was nice to get that Instagram/hat issue out of the way so that we could get back to savoring the joy that is Halloween with young children.


Have a great weekend, everyone!



  1. Chris

    Thanks for hosting,Jen!
    Awesome pics~~ Great QTs this week, as always!


  2. Erin

    had to laugh at the hat story:) Texans are known for their big hats aren’t they?!
    well life wasn’t dull here this week either, if nothing else I had fodder for 7 quick takes;) 1) potential spinal injury 2) son had surgery immediately far far from home 3) husband’s work (timber mill) caught fire in the middle of a work day. I think I need one of your cocktails;)

  3. Kathleen Basi

    That last photo is priceless!

  4. Theresa Breslin

    Listening On Demand now! Didn’t know that was a thing. BEST DAY EVER.

  5. Connie Rossini

    Talk about fun! We are studying about envy in homeschool, so I think that’s all I better say. Prayers for your upcoming talks.

  6. Donna

    Oh my goodness! That last photo is a hoot!

  7. Rachael

    Haha. “the joy that is Halloween with young children” The best!
    I have to say that was a very well done “thrown together” costume.

    • Rakhi @ The Pitter Patter Diaries

      Well apparently I posted when I meant to start another sentence. It’s that kind of week. Anyway, was just going to say our Halloween adventure with littles was a girl torn between Arendale and the sewers. Had a last minute costume change for her school party since her Nonna bought Elsa from head to toe. 🙂 Looking forward to less commercial Halloweens in the future! Maybe we will go as the fruit of the loom in homage to Joe’s banana suit. 🙂

  8. Amy

    #6 – not only wearing a banana costume but CARRYING A PINK CUP!!!

  9. Amanda

    Yay! You’re coming to Dallas! Hope to see you on Friday. A friend of mine wanted to go to but we thought you were only talking Sat morn. The Christ Child Luncheon is Sat so we weren’t going to plan on your talk. But now that I know you’ll be talking on Friday I’m going to message her to see if she’d still be interested! :)Woohoo! And I love all of your other takes but got excited about the Dallas thing 🙂

  10. Kathryn

    Sr. Elizabeth Ann!! And Lino!! Sounds like an awesome week, Jen.

  11. Mary @ Parenthood

    Couldn’t concentrate on the hat; too busy being surprised by the concept of trick or treating in the daylight!!!

  12. Jamie

    I am thiiiis close to subscribing to XM radio just so I can hear your show…which I guess means I would need to go sit in the minivan with all the kids for an hour every week?

    Anyway, if I DID subscribe, are the old episodes available somewhere??

  13. The other Becky

    On behalf of everybody who reads Ramblings of a Crazy Face, thank you for calling Leticia to join your radio show (just in time).

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