I've had a Ten on Tuesday in my head ever since Monday, but it's Holy Week, so I'm probably ahead of schedule by posting it on Good Friday.
1. There was a snafu with the Amazon system - the books didn't quite make it to their warehouses by the stated publication date, which means they went from pre-order to back-order status. If you did pre-order, you might have gotten a mildly ominous email saying something to the effect of THIS ITEM IS MYTHICAL AND WE'LL CANCEL IT ON MAY 3RD IF WE CAN'T FIND IT. I promise it's on the way! Patience is a virtue, right?
2. I've started hand-selling my copies. Which means people are actually beginning to read it. Ack! Ack! Ack!
One of my colleagues stopped by and told me she'd started reading. She told me that she liked the writing, and then added, "It's really personal!"
"How far along are you?" I asked.
"The first chapter."
Oh, you haven't read nothin' yet.
Another colleague knocked a little later. "I could never be so courageous. I have to give you a hug."
And then a church member who had made it all the way through the third chapter called to invite us out for sushi to celebrate.
I'll take hugs and raw fish. But still: ack!!
3. I clearly need something to take my mind off of all this, don't I? Which is why I am officially training for an all-women's sprint distance triathlon in June. I was on the fence about it for a couple months, as it's an intimidating goal. But the moment I signed up this huge well of excitement showed up out of nowhere. I'm jazzed enough that when I woke up in the middle of the night last week, I was thinking swim/bike/run, not PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY BEGINNING TO READ IT. I can do the run and the swim, but the 12 mile bike ride will be a challenge. And, um, doing all three together.
4. I checked a triathlon book out of the library and discovered that I am not particularly interested in super detailed training schedules or exercise physiology. So, I found another one written specifically for women, and was soon bawling about Julie Moss's 1982 Ironman finish:
5. Genevieve is still pretty quiet most of the time, which is why it was so fun to catch an uncharacteristically noisy moment.
6. Juliette's vocabulary is so much fun lately; she'll refer to big things as HUGE! ENORMOUS! GIGANTIC! She often will hear a word and say, "Hey, I learned that word on Sesame Street." For a mama who has always been suspicious of so-called "educational" television, that's a nice thing to hear. This morning she referred to her white grape juice as "actually kind of yellowish." Age four is just so much fun.
7. Erica started a fantastic group Pinterest board: "Church Ideas, Crowd-Sourced." If you are the creative churchy type, you should definitely check it out.
8. I joined Twitter, and have absolutely no idea how to use it. But, if you are so inclined, feel free to follow me at @kwpershey. And you can follow Ben, too: @reviseyourlife.
9. I am going to start a new weekly blog series about Jesus. That's as much as I know.
10. This Eugene Peterson quote from Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places has been the focus of my Holy Week meditation: "Without the Eucharist as focal practice, it is very easy to drift off into imagining Jesus as our Great Example whom we will imitate, or our Great Teacher from whom we will learn, or our Great Hero by whom we will be inspired. And without the Eucharist it is very easy to drift into a spirituality that is dominated by ideas about Jesus instead of receiving life from Jesus. The Eucharist says a plain "no" to all that. The Eucharist puts Jesus in his place: dying on the cross and giving us that sacrificed life. And it puts us in our place: opening our hands and receiving the remission of our sins, which is our salvation." I have literally been reading this book since I graduated from seminary, a little bit every few months. I don't think I have ever read a book so slowly. I can't help but savor the richness of Peterson's spiritual theology. And I also think that I needed to read it slowly because there are certain theological claims I might have rejected if I'd read them too soon after seminary.
Blessings upon these holy days, friends, and Happy Easter.