I have sat here for the last hour and debated just posting one sentence that reads, “I HAVE NOTHING”. But that’s not entirely true. I have a few things I want to tell you but none of them are related to each other and I currently lack the skill and ambition to try to weave them all together like a random patchwork quilt.
Of course, technically, I guess you don’t weave a quilt at all. Which may be part of my problem.
So here are the pieces of the quilt that never will be:
1. For those of you who may have missed the announcement, I chose Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls for our first book. You can get all the details from the original post.
2. Don’t forget about the Red Letter Words giveaway. It ends Friday and you can enter by leaving a comment on my giveaway page.
3. I believe I’ve mentioned that I’m a huge fan of Ann Voskamp. Which is why I can’t wait to read her new book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Where You Are. I have no doubt that it’s amazing.
4. Speaking of books, I’m going to give away a copy of my friend Gregg Matte’s book, Finding God’s Will: Seek Him, Know Him, Take the Next Step, next Tuesday.
I was going to do it today but then I felt like it might be like GIVEAWAYS AHOY and I’d get overwhelmed by all the choosing of the random numbers. So instead I’ll just create a buzz about it happening next week. I read this book in about two days and LOVED every word. It is just so, so good.
5. Is it just me or do I seem to know a lot of people who write books?
6. Yesterday I was driving Caroline to gymnastics. We just watched Princess Diaries last weekend and she asked me why the boy in the movie wasn’t very nice to Anne Hathaway’s character. (I can’t remember any character names. I apologize that I have the short term memory of a gnat, but can remember the words to a T.V. show theme song that I watched thirty years ago.)
Anyway, I explained that the boy wasn’t very nice and he only wanted to be friends with Anne Hathaway after he found out she was a princess.
Caroline said, “Oh. Well why did he do that?”
Recognizing a teachable moment, I replied, “Well there are some people that are like that. They don’t really care about you unless they think you can do something for them or if you have something they want. It would be like if someone was never very nice to you but then heard you had a cool toy and wanted to come over and play with it.”
I continued, “It’s called using someone for something and you never want to do that. You should be genuinely nice to everyone no matter who they are or what they have. You should always look at what’s inside a person’s heart and not who they are on the outside.”
“Okay. Did you know kids eat free at Pizza Hut on Tuesday nights?”
I had no idea.
Obviously my lecture on human kindness made an enormous impact.
7. I just watched American Idol and was pleasantly surprised to find that I like J. Lo and Steven Tyler as judges. I thought he was funny and she was very pleasant and not at all diva-like. We’ll see how it goes as the season plays it but, as of now, I’m in.
Of course some of my fondness may be due to the fact that I once rode in an elevator with Steven Tyler at the Red Carpet Inn in Omaha, Nebraska and have considered him to be a friend ever since even though we didn’t say a word to each other. I was with Gulley’s stepdad, Big, and I think he totally intimidated Steven Tyler. Probably because he was two feet taller than him.
8. I’ve been meaning to mention this to my San Antonio and surrounding area peeps. Priscilla Shirer is going to be speaking here in town on February 25-26th at Alamo City Church. If you’ve heard Priscilla speak before then you know you don’t want to miss it. If you haven’t ever heard Priscilla, I will tell you DON’T MISS IT.
You can register for the event and find out more information on the LifeWay event page. It’s going to be so good.
9. We finally took down our outdoor Christmas decorations on Tuesday. And by “we”, I mean P. I was very busy pretending I had a lot of errands to run. This did not stop him from sending me the occasional text message that read “Seriously? You had to weave the lights in and out of the porch railing?”
He should know me well enough to know that my OCD is going to come out full-force when it comes to that kind of stuff. Obsessive disorders don’t take a holiday, the holidays only make them worse.
Feel free to put that on your Christmas card next year. It’s a tender sentiment.
Y’all have a great day.