Friday, March 25, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday, Volume 21

This week, the Bright Maidens focused on dating and we were humbled by the response, once again! I appreciated support for my commitophobia, which is great because I had already decided to hang on to this quirk :)

This Tuesday we'll discuss our patron saints: how they affect us, why we chose them, who else we have adopted over the years and more. Make sure you don't miss it and LIKE us on Facebook here or over on the right here--->

I'm officially 24-years-old, even though I've been saying that for over 4 months. Something about 23 sounded off for me, so I skipped ahead a little early. I'm going to regret that in thirty years, I know.

I felt so loved (thank you, friends)!

What did I do for my birthday? All of my brain-saver breaks during the work day were spent looking at pictures of my baby cousins. Are they not the CUTEST?

Yes, it's a little lame to direct a whole quick take to another post, but I wanted to make sure y'all saw the review for Jason and Crystalina Evert's How to Find Your Soulmate.

The short version of this review is: you should buy it.

Marc Cardaronella (you think maybe he's Italian?) is a blogger you need to add to your Google Reader. Not only has he been so kind as to plug the Bright Maidens, but he is very active on Twitter and on other blogs.

This week he posted something about a deep fear I have about parenthood titled, "Why Your Kids Won't Stay Catholic." Check it out!

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a porn star. Whoops. 

Misleading Easter Bunny has nothing to do with Porn
I found her on Twitter and her story is sad, yet inspirational. Shelley Lubben was in the sex industry for years until she converted both her mind and her heart. 

This former porn star is now married to the son of a Christian pastor and spends her time warning the world of the dangers of this glorified industry.

I feel certain most of the people reading this do not support the porn industry, at least not publicly. 

If anyone who may have stumbled upon this blog because of this misleading picture I posted in this quick take... and you still think pornography is harmless, read some of these first hand accounts from sex industry workers. Warning: short, but graphic descriptions.

Not that I would intend to inspire jealousy in your hearts... but guess which city Jason Evert will be speaking in next week? That's right, Richmond, Virginia.

I cannot wait!


I have a confession to make, y'all: I am so vain.

How vain is she? (Yes, I've seen that show)

I'm so vain that I feel the need to get a tan before the April wedding in which I will be a bridesmaid. Look at this picture (goofball me sent this to goofball bride a few months ago) and tell me I don't need a tan in this dress.

I am half-Irish, one-quarter German, and one-quarter Italian. My skin is pinkish olive: not meant to be pale. I'm so vain that I spent an appalling amount of money on a month membership to a tanning bed.

Serves me right, I got a burn today.


not a minx, a moron, or a parasite said...

Jason Evert is coming to your city??? Lucky lady! That's your Bright Maidens assignment for the week, in addition to writing about your patron saints.

"This former porn star is now married to the son of a Christian pastor and spends her time warning the world of the dangers of this glorified industry." That is very brave and noble of her. Will say some prayers for her ministry!

Julie Robison said...

Ahahaha you got burned ahahaha.

::ahem:: Aloe?

Thanks for posting the story of the former porn star, hers is a story needed to be told more readily and widely.

Spence Ohana said...

Happy 24th Birthday! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! You should tan yourself Jersey Shore orange.

Speaking of which, another show on TV that just grinds my gears...

Anonymous said...

I got burned. But on my hand. Being stupid. But that's another story. My kids think that I have some sort of mutation disease or something. :p

I love your short synopsis of your entry! LOL. I passed that link along to the faith formation office at my church...idk if anything will result from it but I hope! I know that the person I sent it to plans on getting one for her daughter! :)

I think bunnies are a good representation of porn. ;)

Liesl said...

WAIT?!?! Jason Evert is coming to Richmond? When? Where? I want to go. Haha.

Marc Cardaronella said...

Thanks so much for the shout out! I really appreciate it! Happy Birthday!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes, y'all!

Trista- I will definitely write about Jason Evert... I hope I get to meet him!

Julie- Haha yeah... the burn went away within a few hours, but it was embarrassing. Yes, people think porn is harmless when it's obviously very harmful to these porn stars.

Homeboy- Yeah, I'm with you. That show... oy. I've never seen an episode and I want to keep it that way.

Tina- Oh no! I'm sorry about your burn! Oh yeah, if y'all can stretch for $90, you should buy a box. VERY useful for teen women.

Liesl- COME ON DOWN! There is a train that comes to Richmond and I would be happy to house you!

Liesl said...

Ahhh I totally would... but if it's this coming week, my friend from home is coming to visit :( That would've been so fun though!

Oh, and I forgot to say before - those babies are ADORABLE! Definitely cuter than the bunny.

The Catholic Couponer said...

I found this post because I'm also reading Jason and Crystalina's book to review and wanted to see what you had to say. Did you end up hearing them speak? I heard Jason speak at a Purity rally I chaperoned with our teens at church almost 2 years ago! Man I can't believe that was that long ago...seems like yesterday! It was a great conference!

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