Welcome to the Seven Quick Takes ‘Written by the Finger of God’ edition. I’m not in any way implying that these takes were actually written by God (except that He’s responsible for my sense of humor) but that today’s link up is actually hosted over at the blog ‘Written by the Finger of God’. Perhaps Anabelle is insinuating that God pens her blog. I don’t know. Go ask her (and be sure to link up.)
1. Probably should mention I’m hosting a giveaway for an organization that helps women and their families in Ethiopia. If you don’t enter it means you hate poor people in Africa. I’d really hate to see co-workers throw that back in your face at an office holiday party so why not click-through, enter and then shop responsibly?
2. I intended to make it a whole separate post BUT… my planner, ‘The Best Laid Plans’ is now available in 5.5 x 8.5 mini binder size!!!!!!
For everyone who liked the layout of the planner but wanted something smaller to fit in their Filofax or handbag- your wish is my command. The only difference is the smaller size doesn’t feature any of my writing. I’ve tried it out for a couple of months and really like it myself. Download it now for only $5. The full size planner is still only $8 to download. Purchase a full size printed copy at lulu.com for only $16 by December 15th (choose Priority) for delivery in time for Christmas.
3. We wrap up school for the trimester today. Now I can actually start thinking about Christmas preparation. We’ll start decorating this weekend and Tony and I will finally figure out what we’re buying the kids that can possibly top the last two years major gifts. (2013: trampoline, 2014: Kindle Fires). We’re leaning towards experience gifts, with the kids themselves pushing for tickets to Comic Con (though I don’t see us traveling to San Diego any time in the near future.) I also need to figure out what to buy Tony, the man with only rare books on his Amazon Wish List. Some considerations:
But, with Prime I have time so we’ll see.
4. If I ever get a burst of energy I’ve already got a slew of ideas saved on Pinterest and in the archives. Go me! Aim for the stars!
5. We might have room for a Christmas tree if we can sell our piano.
Lemme tell you about the general process of buying / acquiring a piano.
“Wow, look at that empty wall. We really need something to fill that space.”
“Oh look, someone is getting rid of a piano for cheap on: Craigslist / Facebook/ garage sale/ estate sale. I used to play the piano. Maybe I should start practicing again. I’m sure as an adult I won’t hate it as much as I did as a child.”
“Wow. I hate playing the piano. But I’m sure one of my children will love playing the piano.”
“PRACTICE THE PIANO!!! I’M PAYING FOR THESE LESSONS SO YOU CAN LEARN SOMETHING!!!”
[Insert years of silence or other musical instruments being played]
“Wow, that piano takes up a lot of space. I could really use that space for anything but a dusty piano covered with crap.” Calls children on phone; “Hey favorite child, do you want to have this family heirloom piano that you used to play? How can I guilt trip you into taking this off my hands?” All respond either;
“There’s no way in hell I’m taking that piano.” (The trauma of forced piano drills is still too fresh.)
“Sorry, but we already got a piano from Craigslist/ Facebook/ garage sale/ estate sale. I found my old books and I think I might teach Junior to play! I’m sure we’ll enjoy learning together!”
Anyway, this piano came into our possession through family and while it’s lovely, it’s basically become a dusty wheelchair target. I’m praying to the patron saint of piano players that someone makes an offer on it.
6. I’m done at six. It’s my week off so I can cut corners like that. Next week it will be business as usual. Now go to ‘Written By the Finger of God’ to read more takes and link up! I still look forward to reading your posts!