Friday, July 15, 2011

7 Quick Takes: Volume 44

The idea of 7 Quick Takes Friday comes from blogger Jennifer Fulwiler, who hosts it weekly at her site, Conversion Diary.


Hey — it's the middle of July! The perfect time for this song:

I won't grow up
I don't wanna wear a tie
Or a serious expression
In the middle of July
And if it means I must prepare
To shoulder burdens with a worried air
I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up,
Not me!


If I searched my blog archives for the phrase "Jon Acuff wrote a great post on Stuff Christians Like," I'd probably find more than a handful of entries. I love Jon's work. He's quirky and fun, and his writing is consistently great. He manages to write satire without meanspiritedness, which is quite a skill.

Jon recently wrote a post called Seeing People that started one place and went somewhere entirely unexpected. Even after reading his work for — what, a year? two? — I still found myself thinking I knew where he was going as I read that post's opening paragraphs, and I was way off (and happily so). He does stuff like that, and makes it work.

A few months ago, Jon launched a second blog to talk about topics like creativity and writing. His first post was about perfectionism, and included the following gem:

"90% perfect and published always changes more lives than 100% perfect and stuck in your head."

I think I need that stitched on a pillow.


Speaking of pithy phrases:

Punny bumper sticker found on In a Mirror Dimly.


Last weekend, we watched a documentary on asparagus.

You're jealous right now, aren't you?

You might not think there's much controversy surrounding asparagus, but the movie touched on several issues, including locally produced food, U.S. foreign policy, and most importantly, the reason behind the veggie's... um... aftereffects.

Plus, asparagus-inspired parades, pageantry, and disco.


Take a look at the trailer:

Asparagus! Stalking the American Life (trailer) from Spargel Productions on Vimeo.


When I went to the farmer's market the day after seeing the documentary, I made sure the asparagus I bought was Michigan-grown. (Though I probably would have done that anyway.)

Here, Mark Bittman gives a few ideas for what to do with asparagus.

Me? I like it fixed all sorts of ways. This time I grilled it with olive oil, salt and pepper, then cut it into bite-sized pieces to scatter over a salad of mixed greens and strawberries (also from local farmers). It was great.


Somehow my name got on the mailing list of one of the big casinos in our state. That in itself isn't so unusual, I guess... except that it's addressed to me, at the place where I'm interning. Which is an addiction treatment facility.

I might as well tattoo an "N" on my forehead and an "S" on my feet. I am a magnet for irony.


Speaking of gambling, who's up for a little horse race?

"The hare wins by a hair!"

Happy Friday, friends!


1 comment:

  1. Loved 2, 3, and 4. I've seen a documentary on tea (Meaning of Tea) and was surprised how moving, inspiring, and funny it was! I would have loved to seen a documentary on asparagus. Hee.


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