1. Vote for me in the Catholic New Media Awards! Voting closes Friday, August 26. You have to register (that’s how they make sure people only vote once — you know how sneaky Catholics are), but it’s very fast and easy, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped me achieve something about which Vox Nova, in a statement entirely devoid of envy, snobbery, or tear-stained, puppy-kicking denial, says, “The absurdity of such awards should be self-evident.”
2. Vote for the National Catholic Register for best group blog! Because, come on, it is the best group blog. Oh, and Best Overall Catholic Website, too! Vote! There are many other excellent blogs and podcasts worthy of your vote, too, but since I already voted, I can’t seem to see the list anymore.
3. Register Radio is coming! Register Radio is coming! This 30-minute program will launch on September 2, and will include all sorts of things: news, interviews, Catholic views on entertainment and the media, and a “top blogger” spot, following up on whatever people got the most het up about in the last week. I’ll have more information soon about how and when to listen.
4. We finally received the replacement part for the broken kitchen faucet. It wasn’t the worst thing in the world to fill a bucket with water from the bathtub and lug it into the kitchen in order to do dishes or clean anything, and then rinse soapy pots and pans off in the bathtub, and run the shower to get the coffee stains out of the bath toys that didn’t get put away, and constantly hear, “GET OUT OF DA BAFFWOOM, I’M FIRSTY AND I NEED A DWINK!!!!” and stuff. For two weeks. But I sure didn’t like it.
3. I gots plenty more to say about Thomas Kinkade, but right now I’m so tired, I’m having trouble completing the second half of blinking (the opening-my-eyes-again part). Hope to follow up soon, but in the mean time, let me say that his work qualifies as shite entirely on its own merits — has nothing to do with Kinkade’s personal success or popularity, or with his personal loathsome behavior. It’s all about the painting. I’m willing to forgive people who enjoy his work, but I’m not willing to agree that there’s nothing to forgive.
6. I just noticed that I numbered these paragraphs “1, 2, 3, 4, 3” and “6.”