That Ticking Clock Still Sounds Exactly The Same

Well, last night I watched 60 Minutes, which for some reason made me feel like I was 14 years-old all over again. Couple that with the fact that I watched the Masters for most of the afternoon – something that my daddy and I did year after year after year when I was growing up – and part of me felt like I need to go to my room and try on some new Esprit outfits while I listened to Billy Joel and Phil Collins cassette tapes on my boombox.

I was actually oh-so-happy to be able to lay low yesterday afternoon because I woke up Sunday morning with a headache that WOULD NOT QUIT. We went to Trinity UMC instead of our church so that we could hear Jen Hatmaker speak, and I’m really glad we pushed through with that plan in spite of the headache because OH, MY. Jen’s message. It’s one of those things that I’ll hold in my heart and my mind for a really long time. So encouraging and beautiful. Afterwards I had high hopes that some lunchtime caffeine would knock out the headache, but no luck – so I got home and put on my pajamas and that was pretty much the story of my Sunday afternoon.

Besides that riveting Masters / 60 Minutes part, of course.

I’d planned to write all about the adventure of working on Alex’s DC scrapbook project this past weekend (THE SCRAPBOOK, IT IS FINISHED), but I think I’ll save that for another day. So in the meantime, here are a few things of little to no consequence that might make your day a little brighter.

– I have no idea why, but the Kindle version of Home is Where My People Are is only $8.63 right now. That’s a 46% discount according to what I see on the Amazon page, so it might as well be 50% off if we’re rounding up. AND WHY WOULDN’T WE.

Also, if you’ve read HIWMPA (that’s its catchy nickname) already, would you consider leaving a review for it? Reviews make publishers very happy and provide great feedback when it’s time to start thinking about another book (not that I’d know anything about that, oh no not at all).

And that reminds me: thank you a million times for your podcast reviews last week! I know it probably sounds strange for a podcast where we don’t talk about anything in particular, but it was so encouraging to read your kind words, and we are more committed than ever to continue to provide 50-60 minutes of completely unplanned content as often as we possibly can. Because we are very professional.

– I thought Jordan Spieth was such a gracious, humble winner at the Masters yesterday; he seems unusually grounded. So I loved reading this article about his family and how they’ve shaped him. Very insightful.

– A few people have emailed me to ask about some crackers that Melanie and I talked about on a recent podcast. They’re actually just a step away from a cheese straw, and THEY ARE DELICIOUS: John Wm Macy’s Cheese Crisps. I posted about them on Instagram a while back, and a couple of people told me that they’re also available at Costco. IN BULK.

– My favorite inconsequential thing in the world right now? The flat white from Starbucks. And yes, I just saw for the first time that they, um, have a few more calories than my go-to grande Pike Place, but good grief they’re tasty.

– I keep meaning to do a post about books for tweens (from time to time I get an email that asks about what Alex is reading), and I really am gonna work on that for summer. In the meantime, though, I just want to point out how much Alex loves the Theodore Boone books. They’re a great bridge between books for kids and young adult books, and he’s super excited about the new one coming out in May.

– NEEDTOBREATHE and Gavin DeGraw? Together? YES, PLEASE. (And if you are the mother of at least two boys, good luck getting through this song without a tissue. It’s the best.)

Hope y’all have a great Monday!

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Thank you for the article on Jordan Spieth! In our house we are very proud of our Longhorn brother. Hope you feel better today and YAY the scrapbook is done!
    Hook em!

  2. Love, love, love the song. Especially as the mother of two sons who are very close, in their late 20’s, and on a “walkabout” from the Lord. I pray without ceasing that they will help turn each other back to Him.

  3. Must. Have. Another. Boy. Gah! #wheremytissuesat

  4. I can always count on you to introduce me to new things….mostly because I am at a point in my life that I feel like I may be living under a rock. I don’t think I am but then BOOM, I hear about something I think is new and here it has been “all the rage” forever. Love the song but I was somewhat amused by the filming of it in the box? or elevator? I just found that very amusing and disturbing at the same time. Happy blogging girl! I will head on over to Amazon and leave HIWMPA a glowing review.

  5. You know I love some NTB but this song? And with Gavin? Amazing. I just LOVE what they are doing on this new tour, etc. I think it’s super awesome since Bear and Bo are brothers too. Makes it even more special. Especially if you have watched the video of why they had to take a break before this album!

  6. Those crackers are wonderful! After striking out at several different Costcos, I was able to find them at World Market here in Dallas.

  7. Best song ever. I am admittedly biased, but it’s absolutely gorgeous.

    We’re reading your book for next month’s Book Club! YAY!

  8. Katie C. says:

    That ticking clock takes me back as well, and also creeps me out a bit. What is it counting down to?

    As a former librarian and lover of the YA literature, I’m looking forward to your post. I have to confess I could barely get through the first Theodore Boone. I thought it was so poorly written! But I’m pretty sure that is not the primary concern of a tween boy, so I can totally see how Alex would enjoy them :)

  9. First of all, I love that song! (I have two sons and I pray that they will be friends and champion for each other. That younger brother with his hand on his older brother’s shoulder-well, it did me in.)

    Second- Those are the best crackers. I will be going Costco tomorrow! Thank you for passing that important information along.

  10. Jeannette says:

    I think I cheer even louder when I watch the Masters. I love me some Phil Mickelson. I have been watching him for 20+ years. I love the music they play for the Masters.
    I am also a fan of the Theodore Boone book series. I picked up my first book at the St. Louis airport when I was flying back to Texas. It is an easy read and boys should love it.
    Ta-Ta for Now, going to Amazon to review a book that I recently read and loved!

  11. Joy Brown says:

    Triscuit Thin Crisps Soy Sauce and Wasabi? Oh Yes ma’am!

  12. I do confess that I full on messy cried when Jordan Spieth won the Masters. Seeing him hug is grandpa just slayed me.
    Me, blubbering: “I mean, how many GRANDPAS get to see their grandson win the Masters?”
    My husband: “You need to lock it up”
    Sports cries, they get me every time.

  13. Stephanie G says:

    Thanks for sharing this song. I really like both of those artists and it is genius to put them together. Love it!!

  14. try that flat white with coconut or nonfat milk, it’ll save you 100 calories. I’m all about coconut milk. It’s SO good! Thanks for sharing:)

  15. After all the comments about the crackers I just had to try them. Don’t have a Costco here, but found them at World Market — for 55 percent off. The only kind they had was asiago and cheddar. They are very good, but not addictive good to me, which is a good thing.

  16. So glad I discovered your blog! I have one of your books and the other on the way…love you and would love to listen the CD. I cannot play the radio at work but can play CDs. What a blessing this would be…thanks!

  17. Ooh- I would love to win this! I saw NeedtoBreathe about 5 years ago when they were just playing small concerts- they were on the back deck of a local seafood restaurant on the Causeway in Mobile. We were one of about 40 people there- it was awesome!


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