so I'm not dead

Things have been quiet around here for a couple weeks for a few reasons, so I figured I’d give you guys an update. Hopefully I should be back to regular blogging this week, but we’ll see.

Two weeks ago was The Week of Agony (also known as menstruation), and I spent the week curled up in the fetal position reading fantastic books and dealing with insomnia. Thank you, everyone, for the book recommendations in the comments and on twitter. I’m going to the library this week and I’m going to check all of them out.

Last week I was out of the house pretty much every day– running errands, helping pack away freezer meals for a friend who’s going to have a baby soon, giving another friend a ride because she was in a bit of a pinch…

I also found a pair of blue jeans that fit, miraculously. I decided to try on a pair of Lucky Brand flare jeans… and I walked out of the store with them, because those jeans were the first time in my life that I’d put on a pair of jeans that fit. I’m a “curvy” woman, which means that my waist is much smaller than my hips, and on top of that I have a large butt and thick thighs for my weight. I’m pretty thin-looking, but I do not feel thin when I can’t find a pair of pants that fit. If the jeans would fit my waist, it’s impossible to get them around my thighs or over my butt– but if they fit my thighs and butt, than there’s a Grand-Canyon sized gap in the back that no belt can close and they bulge around my inseam and make the front of me look like a boat. So when I pulled on those size-6 (size 6!) flare jeans and they made me look curvy and beautiful and feel skinny . . . well, there’s no saying “no” to that. Also, they were on sale, which helped me justify spending $85 on a single item of clothing.

I’ve  had a few pretty cool opportunities come up– I might be presenting at a conference in Minneapolis if they accept our panel (which they should). I’d be presenting with Addie Zierman and Elizabeth Esther, which would be incredible, because I love them. I also might be taking a trip out to California to speak at a Christian college about sex and consent this Fall or Spring, which would be absolutely mind-blowingly wonderful. Positive thoughts or prayers for these two opportunities would be much appreciated.

I’ve been working hard putting together everything I need for the YouTube channel. I was able to hire the marvelous and fabulous Dani Lee Kelley to put together a brand/logo set, and I’m excited to see the finished product. An early draft of what she’s been working on looks like this:

daughters of eve

And I think it’s beautiful and perfect so far.

I’ve finally settled on what my first video is going to be, and I’m excited to get that up sometime in the next few weeks. As I get closer to putting the first video up the more nervous and excited I get. When everything goes live I’ll get you all the social media and links stuff.

That all said, things are probably going to slow down around here. Between the YouTube channel and my job-that-actually-pays-me-some-money picking up a little bit, I’m not going to have as much time to write. I’ll still probably be able to manage a few posts a week, but the 1,200-words-a-day schedule I’ve been keeping is probably going the way of the do-do bird.

Anyway, love you all.

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