A Monday List.

on February 28, 2011 in (in)courage, I heart books., Sounds good to me. with 8 comments by

1. Thank you for all your prayers on Saturday. It was a good day. It wasn’t perfect. It wasn’t my best showing. It was a good reminder that God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness. [It feels stupid to say that; I know it is true, but it feels like a cop-out way of saying “I failed.”] It just could have gone better- my part, that is.

To say it politely- I’m not perfect. And I got a four star reminder of that.

BUT. It was great to see my friends and it was a wonderful event. I was super glad to be there.

[Big sigh. Moving on.]

2. I drove back to Nashville on Sunday night and for once, I decided that I would make myself listen to FULL albums, no skipping, no This American Life, just albums start to finish. And I made myself sing every song. [I love singing. So this was the easier of the two requirements.]

Here’s what I listened to:

I don’t know that this list matters to you at all. But here it is. It felt like a real accomplishment to listen to five straight albums. Very un-Annie. [I’m a shuffler. A major shuffler.]

3. My (in)courage friend, Heather, is raising money for her daughter. Some of our (in)courage sisters got together and donated a few items. The (in)courage email said “if you have a craft or a book you’d like to donate…” and I was looking to my right and to my left and then suddenly I was like, “Oh, you mean ME? Oh yeah! I have a book.” It my pleasure to donate a few books to help– so check out Heather’s Etsy site and buy some stuff, yo.

4. Speaking of books, my friend Seth Godin has a new book called Poke the Box releasing this week and the KINDLE VERSION OF POKE THE BOX COSTS ONLY ONE AMERICAN DOLLAR [until the end of TODAY]! $1.00. Seriously. So buy that puppy- it will change how you do business. I promise. [You may know the girl he talks about on page 1. I’m just saying. I died- in the good way.]

5. Also- this happened on the drive yesterday. Hair mustaches are all the rage in 2011.

[Do you love my serious face or what? I know. I’m a class act. Fully deserving of being in Seth Godin’s book. Or. Possibly. This picture may cause him to rewrite the first two pages of the book, because I’m a nut job.]

6. Speaking of people who shouldn’t associate with yahoos like me, my (in)courage friend Ann Voskamp hit the NYT Best Sellers list last week with her AH-MAZE-ING book One Thousand Gifts. You need to read this book.

7. I miss Scotland.


  1. posted on Feb 28, 2011 at 6:48 AM  |  reply

    I have to say you rock the hair mustache.

    I’m sorry you feel like you didn’t do well. You aren’t called to be perfect. You planted seeds. Let the Lord handle the outcome.

    Back in the day I would listen to my ALBUMS all the way through all the time. (Unless there was a major skip in a song…) I loved finding the hidden jewels there. I rarely do that anymore so thanks for the inspiration.

  2. posted on Feb 28, 2011 at 11:27 AM  |  reply

    I feel you, shuffler! I have been trying to discipline myself to listen to whole albums, too. Umm…we won’t discuss how I’ve been doing with that. 🙂

  3. Sarah Allison
    posted on Feb 28, 2011 at 1:15 PM  |  reply

    Scotland misses you!! 🙂
    Loved the hair mustache!! i usually skip through albums too. Usually only listening to about a quarter of the songs that are actually on it 🙂

  4. posted on Feb 28, 2011 at 2:53 PM  |  reply

    Ok, I bought the book for a dollar. (Who can pass that up?!) And I checked out the first page on amazon, and all I want to know is – what was your idea?? Will I find it in the book? And will Seth be disappointed in me for needing to know?

    Congrats on being identified as an example to follow. Such an honor… 😉

  5. Madi
    posted on Feb 28, 2011 at 5:59 PM  |  reply

    Done & Done! With what?…reading your entire blog from Day 1 to today. Yup. I did. And I am so glad I finished on a day where you had a hair mustache.

    Ok, I know what I just did may be (is)creepy, but I will send you an email explaining why. Don’t worry, it’s not scary. Let me just say, you were (are) a relief. And I’m nosey.

  6. posted on Mar 01, 2011 at 5:17 PM  |  reply

    ok, the hair mustache almost had me spitting out my drink on my keyboard. you’re a hoot 🙂

  7. posted on Mar 01, 2011 at 9:33 PM  |  reply

    1) I LOVE all of the albums on your back to Nashville playlist. Further evidence that we might actually be the same person. Not really. That would be sad and scary for you, I’m sure.

    2) You did an AWESOME job at InsideOut. My girls and I talked about it afterwards. You were way high up there on our list of awesome.

    3) Because your visit brought Etta to I/O, she and I are going to hang out next week. It makes me super happy to see her, and now, because of you, I get the chance to continue on life’s journey with her. I’m not sure that would have happened if you hadn’t come.

    Alright, I’m done stalking now. 😉

  8. posted on Mar 01, 2011 at 9:34 PM  |  reply

    It turned my semicolon and parenthesis into an actual winky face! I have to figure out a way to get my blog to do that.

    Ok, really done now.

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