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After playing with a compound interest calculator all afternoon while working on a post called “Starbucks or a House?” to be published next Wednesday – I decided it was time for a mental break. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a “musings of Bri” post, so I figured I’d snap a few pictures of things that have been elements of my life lately and give you an update about what’s been going on around here.
Probably the most exciting thing for me this week has been a composite of
- cookbook preorder ending,
- final approval of cookbook material (no more editing!).
- learning that business phone conversations actually aren’t that scary and get more accomplished than emails do (#introvert),
- getting some good wholesaler orders,
- and realizing that I’m not going to have to borrow any money for this project!
As I shared when preorder opened a month ago, I really wanted to sell enough books before printing to pay for the entire print run without having to borrow money. Not knowing what kind of response I’d get, I really had to idea whether I’d be going into debt or not. I was prepared to do so because I knew it would only be for a short time, but the thought was a little daunting. But God came through yet again, and it looks like this print run will be cashed off! I’m so thankful! Thank you to each and every one of you who ordered. God used you!
^^The White Company (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).
It’s what I’ve been reading. I never knew Doyle wrote anything other than Sherlock Holmes until a friend told me about this one. It’s quite well-written.
^^Doing some more “adventurous” sewing than usual. I used to really dislike sewing, but after being away from it for a year because I just haven’t had time, I’ve discovered that the older, wiser Briana actually enjoys it. I don’t usually mess with fripperies on my clothes, but I decided to indulge a little and experiment with a few unique elements for a special-occasion dress. I get to go somewhere really special next week, and if I can get this dress finished before I leave, I’ll probably wear it there (if the extra gathers I added in the front don’t make the dress look like a maternity outfit). The photo above is of the sash I made. If the finished product looks all right, I’ll try to remember to get a picture in it.
^^Scoring my little sister’s Spanish homework
^^Chocolate Truffle Fudge made by my mom
^^Ash, the blue heeler puppy that my family bought while I was at music camp…(ahem…I’m not a dog person)
But she is kinda cute. When she’s not dragging an entire deer’s skeleton worth of bones, half-eaten decomposing turkeys, and the neighbor’s beer cans into our front yard.
^^We had a bumper crop of acorns this year. #aspainfulasLegos #butprettier
^^Enjoying my Granny Smith apples!
Isn’t it interesting how so many different elements come together to make a life? God uses so many (seemingly insignificant) things to shape us.
I’m heading to Lancaster this Saturday and will be there for two weeks. What will I be doing? Well, among the plans are attending a week-long youth Bible school, maybe visiting a few stores about selling my cookbook, special singing events with friends, visiting Carnegie Hall (did I just say that??), visiting my relatives on their island, and videoing a concert.
Speaking of that concert, it will be livestreamed, so you should visit the Crown Him Facebook page, like, and follow it so you can get an update when the concert is streamed. Click here to see a playlist of videos from this spring’s concert.
And speaking of music, remember when I sang with Laudate this summer? Well, those of you who preordered my cookbook got a coupon for $3 off the new Laudate CD that is going to be released within a month or so. If you’re going to use that coupon, would you please do so within the next week? This would help Cliff and Trina out and help fund the cost of the CDs! Thanks so much! I just saw a sneak peek of the cover and it looks a-maz-ing. I’m so excited for its release! You can click here to contact Laudate and order your CD(s). The previous Laudate Mennonite Ensemble CDs – Walk on My Children, Wondrous Love, and Light – are available on iTunes, by the way. The new CD will be available there as well after release.
If you want a sneak preview of one of the songs on the CD…