I stole the idea for Seven Quick Takes from Jennifer Fulwiler, one of my favorite bloggers EVER. She usually does them on Friday, but since I am an ENFP, I don’t get around to it until Sunday. Like, the 17th Sunday since we started this blog. Ah well!
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Speaking of Jennifer Fulwiler, I’m going to listen to her talk on Friday!!!!!!! AHHHHHH I’m so excited! Brianna and I are going to the Catholic New Media Conference in Arlington at the end of this week.
So yes, I’m excited, BUT. At the same time. It’s one of those things that I REALLY did not want to do.
Because I am deathly, deathly, deathly afraid of writing. So yeah, I didn’t want to go to this thing because I was afraid. Afraid of what, exactly? Um… being inspired to write more? Maybe? Finding out that I don’t have what it takes to cut it as a writer? Finding out that the glamorous world of writing is actually not glamorous at all?
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I don’t know, but what happened was that at three different times over the past month, three individual people have approached me specifically to tell me I should go to this Conference — my sister Selina left me a note by my coffee pot (DARN HER THAT IS MY HAPPY PLACE), my friend Brianna emailed me about it (enticing me with the fact that she would be there too), and my friend Gabbi called me immediately after seeing a church bulletin advertising the Conference.
Now, I don’t want to be reading into this or anything… but when I’m, like, super scared to do something… and it’s probably related to my career/vocation… and three wonderful people suggest I do said activity… and (again) the only thing keeping me from saying “yes” is fear… well, I’d wager it’s God’s will that I go.
Maybe. I make these things up sometimes, but… better safe than sorry??!?
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Anyway, I don’t know quite what this Conference is going to be like OR why precisely I’m so afraid to go.
What I do know is that when and if I meet the famous Jennifer Fulwiller, I am going to tell her three things: 1) I happen to know that you have a significant following of college students and recent graduates that you may not know about, 2) Do you know about the University of Dallas? It rocks, 3) did you know that you follow me on Pinterest?? I’M LIKE, SO HONORED. I FOLLOW YOU TOO. YOU’RE SO FUNNYYYYYY
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Speaking of Pinterest, I have a Pinterest Rule that (if you are on Pinterest) will change your life.
Sidenote: When we first started this blog I was convinced that Pinterest and how awesome it is would be main topics of my writing. Since then I have been having horrible internal crises about how I feel about Pinterest because I like to check it like, 5-10 times a day, and, well
Sigh. So, I end up wasting I-don’t-even-want-to-think-about-how-much-time on Pinterest a day. Seriously upsetting. End Sidenote.
Anyway, the Pinterest Rule that Will Change Your Life Is:
The rule is simply this: ANYTIME you see either Mary Kate or Ashley Olson on your Pinterest newsfeed… you’ve been on too long… and you have to get off IMMEDIATELY.
Ah the Olson Rule. It’s saved me many an hour.
You may be thinking, “This rule cannot be so effective as Teresa is saying, because, seriously? How often can the Olsons be on Pinterest??”
Oh. Oh my. You pnovice.
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Okay okay I gots to wrap this up because my family is awakening and taking over the gym. And how am I supposed to stay in shape for DECEMBER 15TH if I don’t hit up the gym?
What’s December 15th? Um, if you’re reading this blog you probably know but I’ll say it anyway. December 15th is
My wedding day.
I’m so excited. We’ve got: the dress, the bridesmaids’ dresses, the photographer, the DJ, the venue, the church, the priest, the NFP class (whoop!), the sponsor couple, the wedding party, the processional music, and the honeymoon. All bought, booked, decided or certifiedddd, as the case may be.
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We are pretty stoked. And I think I could get a whole lot of blog content out of the wedding preparation process– how to save money, how to not go crazy, how to tell people that you are not currently living together, how to tell people that you are planning to use NFP, how to not compare your wedding to other people’s weddings…
The list goes on. For now, I want to tell you about how my baby brother thought my parents spent all our money on my wedding.
My brother Joseph is 7. His eighth birthday is in October, and he is PRIMED and READY to go. He wants a DS, which as I understand it is some sort of video game? Or… video game platform?
He wants a DS, and Thursday morning before school he told my Mom that he would give up his allowance for an entire year if he could have one. She told him that he did not HAVE to give up his allowance for a year, because she and my dad WANTED to give him a gift for his birthday. And he said, “But… you don’t have any money…”
Turns out he’d heard us talking so much about budgeting for the wedding (um, D-town is swanky! We’re just figurin’ it out over here!) that he thought my parents had spent 100% completely totally every last penny of their life savings… on Teresa’s wedding.
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Speaking of Joseph and video games I promised him I would play Mario Cart with him before I worked out. I hope he does not choose one of those games with the cliffs everywhere. I fall off every time!