“I gotta put up something new to replace the My Car Wash Is Like Tron post,” I said. “People might stop by.”
But, of course, I didn’t put up something new – until now, I guess. Everyone’s out shopping for cranberries so I’ll just throw caution to the wind and toss up a new post.
Announcement One: It’s my distinct privilege to join the board of Dappled Things as their new Web Editor. The last couple of weeks were pretty busy as I was redesigning their website (because I just have to make everything everywhere WordPress.) Please stop by, SUBSCRIBE TO THE PRINT EDITION oh was that shouting I just meant please join us in what shall become the online literary salon for the Catholic literati.
We’re going to roll out some more interactive elements, starting with the ability to comment on our news updates and on past content. You can also browse the archives by genre – poetry, fiction, essays, art and photography. The process of bringing over everything from the archives will take…a little while, so please be patient. Dappled Things also welcomes a new managing editor, Janice Walker. Like all of the other members of the editorial board, she is at least ten years younger than I. BUT I’M TOTALLY FINE WITH THAT.
Announcement Two: In a coincidence both fortuitous and, erm, non-fortuitous, last week also marked the launch of the newly redesigned AmazingCatechists.com. I met Lisa Mladinich this spring at the Faith and Family Mom’s Day Away and we talked about the possibility of making her site more interactive, and I think we are both pleased with the result. The new website makes it easy to see the most recent columns from the panel of contributors, and after registering you can also submit your own ideas to be featured in our “Reader Suggestions” department. Lisa has graciously invited me to come on board as a columnist so my “Catechist Chat” series will now be posted both here and on AmazingCatechists.com.
Anyway, so that is why my children have been subsisting on Cheerios and water for several weeks, and why the family room looks like the scene of a murder…of crows, who brought back lots of shiny objects and cracker packages to decorate their nest.
Housekeeping Is Hazardous: Because my mom flew into town on Saturday, I decided to address the rampant un-vacuuming spree of the past few weeks. I was going to reinvent myself. Reinvent myself as the Queen of Clean Carpet. I changed the HEPA filter, replaced the bag, armed myself with Folex and set to. I’d made three passes at the dining room floor and decided that one more time might do the trick.
And then I tripped a circuit.
Here’s something fun: Our whole downstairs, except for the kitchen, is apparently on one circuit.
Know what’s on that circuit? That’s right: the Internet. The router’s on that circuit, and so we had no Internet, and I was supposed to do…so many things, but alas, it was not to be.
Turns out it was a “sticky breaker” and the electrician didn’t actually need to make a house call, but that’s okay because he did assess several other non-dangerous but annoying aspects of our wiring. “Address,” meaning “tell us a funny number about how much it would cost to fix.”
Temporarily Repatriated: The kids and I are in Georgia now, courtesy of my mom, who flew out for the purpose of driving from Texas with me. I have a good mom. We spent the day at the botanical gardens and will be “hibernating” the rest of the time, since it’s a very short visit. I always feel weird coming back into town and not trying to get together with my friends. Like, should I tell people I’m here? What, I think I’m some big shot, like they care? Like they’re going to be mad if they find out I was here and didn’t call? Who do I think I am? What’s with all these “announcements” around here?
As Long As This Post Is All Braggy: We went to School Days at the Texas Renaissance Festival again this year, and really enjoyed it. This is our third year in a row and it’s a tradition we really look forward to. They run a variety of contests in conjunction with School Days, and this year my older son and my daughter each placed in the Art Contest! I was so excited! Also, huge free pass in the homeschooling department, amirite?