1. Â Happy Ash Wednesday! Â (That sounds odd, doesn’t it? Â Maybe “Blessed Ash Wednesday” is better.) Â Â In keeping with the day, here’s a great little two-minute video from BustedHalo. Â They do a wonderfully succinct job of explaining the meaning behind the day, and even got me reflecting on Lent in a new way.
2. Â Remember that housecleaning post I did a few weeks back? Â I’m happy to report that our house is looking neater than ever before. Â I think this is because I’ve made cleaning more of a priority than I used to, and because Scott is now willingly pitching in to help. Â (We’ve also started demanding more toy pickup from the boys, which we should have done a long time ago.) Â This house will never be mistaken for the set of the Martha Stewart show, but it is amazing how much even a half-hour of intensive cleaning/organizing can help. Â (It’s also amazing how much Â more relaxed I feel, without those bathtub rings gazing at me reproachfully.)
3. Â “Downton Abbey” is over. Â Sniff. Â The withdrawal is Â painful — it’ll be a whole year before I find out what happens with Mr. Bates, and whether Mary and Matthew really do pull it off, and before I get to see whether poor overlooked Edith ever finds her man. Â It is amazing how involved one can get in the lives of people who don’t really exist, isn’t Â it? Â (Thankfully, Scott gave me this book for my birthday, which is supplying me with a much-needed DA fix.)
4. Speaking of books, I was thrilled to be interviewed recently by Lisa Hendey about my book Mary and Me. Â You can check out the interview on CatholicMom.com. Â ( More info about the book — plus a PDF guide of book club questions — is available at this blog page.) Â It makes for great Lenten reading!
5. Â Since I think that Â any day is better with a little Mary in it, here’s an image to lift your spirits. Â It’s from a window at Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Boulder, Colorado, where we attended Christmas Eve Mass. Â Â Beautiful, isn’t it?
Have a blessed Lent!