I have a lot of odds and ends to get out, so it seemed like a good time for another Quick Takes post!
— 1 —I went to my first choir rehearsal at church last night. I'm excited to be singing again. The good news is there was one other woman there who looked to be close to my age, and we chatted a bit. The bad news is that one of the returning choir members informed our new music minister, when he mentioned organizing some social events for the choir, that the way they've always done it is to have everyone contribute some money every time they come to choir rehearsal, and then go to a show at the end of the year. Needless to say, this was not what I wanted to hear. However, the music minister didn't seem sold on the idea.
— 2 —If you don't follow me on Twitter (what are you waiting for??), you may have missed the story a while back about the petition to have Bert and Ernie get married on Sesame Street. I agreed with this writer's explanation for not signing the petition; namely, there's no good reason to "out" the Muppets and force them to turn their relationship into something completely different than it's been for decades. However, the official response to this was that this wouldn't happen because Muppets don't have a sexual orientation, and this writer quickly pointed out that plenty of Muppets have been shown to be straight. I thought this was a great example of what glaring heteronormativity looks like: the notion that you "have a sexual orientation" only if you're gay.
— 3 —Another thing that went out on Twitter recently was this question (or multiple questions, I guess): Should I make a Facebook page for Faith Permeating Life? If I did, would you "like" it? What sort of content would you expect to see on there?
I'm seeing more and more blogs get Facebook pages, but given that my most frequent commenters are either anonymous, semi-anonymous, or anti-Facebook, I'm thinking it might not be worth it. However, it would make it easier to share my posts with your Facebook friends, and it would probably contain content similar to my Twitter feed (links to articles about religion, marriage, gay rights, etc. and to other people's awesome blog posts) for those who live more on Facebook than Twitter.
What do you think?
— 4 —Speaking of blog-related ideas, I've been thinking of adding a weekly post of "Five Books on Friday." It could be a linkup, too, I guess. I have lots of ideas for book recommendations, such as "books everyone should read," "books every Christian should read," "books every couple should read," and "books for making a change in your life." I don't know if I could come up with five for every category, but I'd be willing to try. It might only last a few months, as I've read only a finite number of books :) Maybe I could do it once a month instead?
What do you think? Does that sound interesting or would you skip those posts? Would you link up with it yourself?
— 5 —Do you have 5 minutes a week to spare? Or $1 a month? If yes, you can help out with two initiatives that are literally saving lives. I was privileged to hear Nate St. Pierre speak at the 20SB Summit, where I learned about Love Bomb and Love Drop. Love Bomb gives you a mission once a week to comment on the blog of somebody who's going through a tough time and needs some messages of love and hope. Love Drop picks one family a month that needs some specific things to help them through a difficult situation. Nate has seized on the idea that many people each contributing very little can do amazing things together. I highly recommend checking out these sites!
— 6 —Mike built himself an armoire yesterday out of two doors and various other wood he found on the curb in our neighborhood.
It works really well! He's going to add some drawers next. Even though he might drive me nuts by constantly bringing things home on trash night ("It was free!"), I'm happy to have married someone who also values functionality over stylishness.
— 7 —I start a new programming class on Monday. This one is about programming and data, so I'm hoping I'll actually be able to start applying what I learn to my job. So far I haven't been able to show my boss that letting me leave early once a week (to go to class) has any benefit to our department. Fortunately he's cool about it!
Please take a minute to answer my blog-related questions in comments. And let me know how your week was!