The Big Boo Cast, Episode 38

Considering that this is our first podcast of the 2014 college football season, it’s really no wonder that we spend a chunk of time talking about, well, college football.

However, it might be a wonder that we manage to talk about anything else. Somehow, though, we covered Melanie’s bathroom remodel, the joys and perils of writing books, the latest developments with our eyelashes, the joys of 40-something eyesight, and some recent beauty product finds.

So basically we’re solving all the world’s most important problems.

Now please do enjoy.

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Happy Labor Day, y’all!

College Football And Other Joyous Events

I realize that most people are probably sick to death of hearing about how I haven’t finished my book yet (assuming that anyone is actually, you know, reading here anymore, especially given my sporadic posting over the last three months). I’ve been sick of it, too, mainly because I feel like the process has dragged out for SO STINKIN’ LONG. I could probably list 15 reasons why the time factor was way more challenging with this one – starting with the fact that I wasn’t doing any speaking stuff when I wrote the first one – but the fact of the matter is that none of the reasons really matter anymore because last night around 10:30 I finished the last of the edits.

ALL THE WAY FINISHED.

WITH THE WHOLE THING.

It occurred to me this morning that when I finished A Little Salty…, my fellas and I high-fived and whooped and celebrated. But when I finished Home is Where My People Are, I put my head down on the kitchen table and bawled my eyes out.

AND IT IS DONE.

So today has been a pressure-free delight. Our next door neighbor came over this morning to play with Alex, so I turned on GameDay, and I planned out a menu for the week (last time that happened: I DON’T EVEN KNOW), and then I went to the grocery store. I made lunch right here in my very own kitchen (as opposed to, for instance, the inside of Chipotle), and then I took a nap. The fellas left to run some errands while I was asleep, and I slept so hard that I had no idea where I was when I woke up.

So that was delightful.

And now, of course, we are AWASH in football. We’ve watched Auburn and Arkansas and Alabama and West Virginia and we’re about to watch my beloved Mississippi State Bulldogs play Southern Miss. The last time State and Southern Miss played was 1990, and when State scored at the end of the 4th quarter to win the game, students started throwing EVERYTHING. I was at the game with my friend Bubba, and as we were jumping up and down and up and down and up and down, we heard a loud “THUD” and realized that I’d been hit in the head by a very large (and thankfully empty) liquor bottle.

Sweet memories.

Anyway, we’re not in Starkville for the game today, but we’re about to tune in to the SEC Network and watch and eat supper and hopefully cheer the ‘Dogs on to victory.

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Let’s go, Dak Prescott.

Thanks for all your sweet emails and prayers and encouraging comments – I am so grateful for them and for y’all and for the Lord being sweet enough to give me some words. And now that the book is finished, we have all the time and bloggy space we need to talk about snack crackers and music and TV and dips and and wide-legged pants and whatnot.

You have no idea how happy I am about that.

Hope y’all are having a great weekend!

What’s Going On

In no particular order:

1. I finished writing the book, OH HALLELUJAH.

2. Now I’m editing the book – and about four chapters from the end.

3. The editing process is my favorite part – I LOVE IT SO.

4. This time around, though, I have been a little emotional during editing.

5. And by “a little,” I mean, “CAN SOMEONE PLEASE GET ME SOME TISSUES?”

6. Alex is playing football this year.

7. In the past I kind of decided that I just wasn’t much of a sports mama, that I wasn’t nearly as obsessed with whatever he was playing as I thought I would be.

8. Make no mistake: FOOTBALL HAS CHANGED ALL OF THAT.

9. What makes it the most fun, though, is how much our little guy loves his team. There’s kind of a neat story about all of that, but I think I’ll wait until the end of the season and maybe let Alex tell it. David and I have been so proud of him.

10. Friday afternoon I drove to Memphis and went to Living Proof Live with Emma Kate.

11. I can’t even write about it yet. But it was a special time.

12. We also got to have lunch yesterday with my brother, sister-in-law, and nephews, and it was hysterical.

13. I went to sleep at 10 last night and then slept for two hours this afternoon, so I think I’ve recovered from my quick little trip.

14. It’s the Green Chile Festival at Chuy’s right now, and I would just like to wholeheartedly recommend the Beef Fajita Flautas if you happen to go to a Chuy’s before the festival thingie is over.

15. They are seriously delicious.

16. SEC football starts this week, so obviously my days will have renewed zeal and purpose.

17. I haven’t gotten to watch the SEC Network nearly as much as I’d like, but as soon as I finish these edits, I will be ALL OVER IT.

18. Travis released a new worship CD, and I have listened to “Take Me To The King” about 492 times in the last three days.

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Oh, it is so good.

19. Back-to-school has been great. I am loving my “new” job (same place – just a different role), and the fifth grader is happy as can be. David will probably be glad when I figure out how to plan a week’s worth of meals again, but between work and writing, the culinary side of things has suffered.

20. Hazel is adjusting to the school routine. She is still the longest dog I have ever seen. And while I was in Memphis Friday night, she somehow grabbed a blue pen off my nightstand and painted her toenails. David sent me this picture.

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Bless her.

21. My friend Lindsay posted this video on Facebook earlier tonight, and it’s still just as delightful as it was back in the 80s.

22. I’ll be back in a couple of days – hopefully to say that edits are finished and I am about to watch so much college football, OH MY WORD.

Thanks for being so patient, y’all!

Love,
Me

So Many Things

Well, it’s 3:47 in the AM. I’m not awake by choice, mind you, but I fell asleep watching TV, and then I woke up around 2, and my body is convinced that it’s time to get up even though THREE FORTY SEVEN. My 40s hate me.

So, since I have been such a wayward blogger lately (I’m still working on the book – and while I hoped that I’d finish this week, my schedule didn’t have much wiggle room for writing, so tomorrow is a BIG DAY O’ WRITING provided that I get some sleep between now and then), I thought I’d link to some stuff and some things.

This is really just an attempt to bore myself back to sleep, but we’ll see where it goes.

And here’s the book cover. I love it a lot.

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This book is much more of my story than the first book. I didn’t plan it that way, but that’s just how it started to turn and move, and I think that’s why it’s taken me so long to write it. I feel like it’s been 85% thinking/praying and 15% writing, and that has been a completely different experience than the first one.

Nobody cares about this kind of stuff, I know. But I feel like I need to explain because I’ve missed blogging a lot and I just want you to know that I really haven’t been just sitting around and watching Bravo.

NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT.

All righty. The things.

- “Only Jesus”

I watched this video for the first time tonight (last night, whatever), and it was the perfect song at the perfect time. I needed it. Still do.

- Audiotree Live Session – The Oh Hellos

Around the 24 minute-mark they sing a new song called “Dear Wormwood,” and I nearly came up out of my seat at the Panera when I heard it. Somebody preach one time.

- Wherever the River Runs by Kelly Minter

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I adore this book. It is beautifully written, it is inspiring, and it is thought-provoking. You will not finish reading it and feel like there are 44 Gospel-driven initiatives that you need to start. However, you will finish reading it and look around your neighborhood and your workplace and your family and your community and think, “Who have I missed?” Can’t recommend it enough.

- The other day my friend Nicole reminded me of this video (opening credits of Music & Lyrics), and it has made me laugh so hard. And here’s the even bigger thing, FNL fans: THAT IS JASON STREET, Y’ALL.

Okay. I’m a little drowsy now. I’m gonna run with it.

Please know that I miss you terribly and I’ll be back soon. :-)

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Just A Late July Update

I’m still not finished.

But I’m close.

I actually hit my word count goal last week; the new book is going to be a little longer than the first one, and I thought I would NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER meet my word count. But I did – and now the problem is that I can’t seem to WRAP ‘ER UP. There are two more chapters that I want to write after I finish the one I’m working on right now, and then that’ll be it.

I think.

Maybe.

Regardless, it’s been so nice to feel a little more focused.

I’m trying to think about what else has been going on, but I guess the answer is everything and nothing. I’m trying to prepare myself for the fact that school starts in less than three weeks (SUMMER, WHERE DID YOU GO?), and when I glance at my August calendar, I have to shield my eyes so that I don’t see all the stuff on all the days at one time.

I believe this is what you call “denial.”

But oh! That reminds me. It dawned on me earlier this week that I have fully transitioned to keeping my calendar on my computer. I’ve resisted it FOREVER, because here are two things I really like: 1) glossy paper and 2) writing with an extra fine-tip Sharpie on the aforementioned glossy paper. But I’ve discovered something in lo, this very tech-y year of our Lord 2014: a digital calendar is like an expression of eternal love and devotion to my husband. He is super organized and likes to plan ahead, so it delights him to be able to look at, say, the month of November and know what’s on the horizon.

I, on the other hand, like to fly by the seat of my pants on sort of a day-by-day, need-to-know basis. But that’s not practical for us right now. And I am much more consistent with putting travel dates and game dates and all that stuff in the computer than I ever was with writing them in my calendar and then – this is key - consistently leaving the calendar in the same place so D could check it.

So. We are sync’d and app’d and considerably less frustrated by scheduling surprises. It’s like we’re grown-ups or something.

A few other random things:

- About once a week somebody emails me and tells me that I need to try the YouNique fiber lash mascara. Well, a few weeks ago I spoke in Mississippi, and they gave me a beautiful gift basket with YouNique mascara inside. I haven’t used it because I’ve been intimidated, but today I watched an instructional video, and I think I’m going to try it tomorrow. I don’t want to speak too soon, but I wonder if this just may be the elusive mascara unicorn? I am FILLED WITH HOPE.

- Alex got back from camp last night, and as he’s told me stories today, I have been so tickled. All I can figure is that the Lord loves irony, because Alex’s very favorite parts of camp are all things that I have sworn I will never do. He went rappelling and loved it, and his very favorite activity was a two-hour hike where they went through some caves or something. I really do adore his sense of adventure, and he has made me promise that I will go with him and D on a camping trip this fall. Needless to say, I have already asked D if a cabin can count as “camping.” I am praying that he will play fast and loose with the definition.

- Tomorrow (Thursday) is my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. SIXTY YEARS. I have been thinking about it all day today. I’m the youngest in our family – 14 and 10 years behind my siblings - so I was still in elementary school when Mama and Daddy celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. I really didn’t understand why that silver anniversary was such a big deal. Now, though, I totally get it. And I am so incredibly grateful for my parents’ example and their commitment to each other. This afternoon Mama laughed and said, “You know, there aren’t many people who can live with the same person for 60 years.” That is the truth, isn’t it?

- Consider this my public confession that I have been watching The Bachelorette this season. I can’t decide if Andi will pick Nick or Josh, but I’m leaning toward Nick. Mainly because she has mentioned their “mental connection” about 400 times.

- I have pulled a muscle in my lower back. I’m not exactly sure how it happened, though I suspect it may have been when I made a quick move to pick up Hazel when she would not stop barking at a heron in our back yard (there’s a little lake back there, and about twice a year, a heron shows up, hangs out for the better part of a morning, then leaves). Last night I couldn’t get comfortable, so I slathered Icy Hot on the affected area before I fired up the DVR and watched an episode of House Hunters while I contorted myself and tried to stretch out my back muscles.

I’m not gonna lie. It felt like a low point.

- This post by sweet Holly Mathis made me smile like crazy.

- I mentioned this on Twitter earlier today, but when Alex got home last night and Hazel looked up and saw him, it totally reminded me of this. Sweetest thing ever. They are such good buddies.

- Last thing. This November Melanie and I are doing an event together at First Baptist in Charlotte, North Carolina.  They have an early registration price that’s in effect until July 31st, and I just wanted to mention it in case any of y’all are in the Charlotte area and think you might be able to join us. We really think it’s going to be a great time to dig deep in the book of Leviticus.

Oh, I am totally kidding. We’re planning to laugh like crazy and hopefully learn a few things, too; here’s all the information. We would love to see you there!

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 37

Well, I know that I’m in the middle of a big ole bloggy break, but Melanie and I have been wanting to record a podcast, and the day before our friend Annie’s new book comes out seemed like a fine and wonderful time (Annie book releases July 15th; Mel and I are super excited for her).

Here’s the cover of Annie’s book. I love it a lot.

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Annie and I have a delightful chat about 10 minutes into the podcast. Melanie was supposed to be part of that, but unfortunately we (and by “we,” I mean “I”) could not figure out how to record the three of us at once now that I’m using different software than I did back in the days of FryDaddy.

SO – Mel and I talked a little, then Annie and I talked, then Mel and I talked a bunch more. We extensively examined the beach house vs. lake house debate, our favorite summertime foods, the perils of trying to have grown-up conversations when kids are listening, and, of course, our dogs.

Also, please excuse the awkward sound effect transition that I used at the beginning and the end of the part with Annie. Just know that I did the best I could with an impromptu back-up plan and very limited technical skills.

If I can ever finish this book, I may need to consider signing up to take some sort of online podcasting seminar. I feel like that would be good for all of us.

Bless.

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Hope y’all enjoy!