The Big Boo Cast, Episode 79


I think it was last summer when Melanie and I first talked about Last Chance U. We both binge-watched season one of the Netflix series, and in addition to discussing it on the podcast, there were several times when we talked on the phone about it because we were so fascinated by a certain player or could not believe how someone reacted. Then, in episode 78 I mentioned that I’d watched season 2 and found it just as magical as season 1 (however – and I’m not sure if I mentioned this – the language is terrible).


Anyway. All that to say: you can imagine our delight when Brittany Wagner, the academic counselor on LCU, agreed to be our special guest on episode 79.


So, in this episode, Melanie and I talk to Brittany about football and clothes and beauty products. (I should mention that I make a critical error and identify Mississippi State’s season where they were ranked #1 as the 2015 season…but it was 2014…so I beg a thousand pardons.) We also hear about some of the players she’ll be watching play D-1 this fall – and how her new career adventure got started (it’s such a neat story). After Melanie and I finish our conversation with Brittany, we launch into a discussion about music, what we’re cooking, and a whole host of unrelated items.

In other words: business as usual.

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Here’s where you can get more info on the stuff / products / places we mention:

Brittany Wagner

Last Chance U on Netflix

Last Chance UGQ article from 2014

Ronald Ollie (spoiler if you haven’t watched the show yet)

Dakota Allen (spoiler if you haven’t watched the show yet)

2013 Egg Bowl (the beginning of my irrational maternal affection for Dak Prescott)

The Red Cat Coffee House

10K Pencils (Brittany’s new company)

Frozen (and here’s a post I wrote about some of the reasons I loved it so much)

Teddie Organics Rose Hip Oil (I’ve started using it since we recorded this podcast, and I AM A CONVERT)

Allure Beauty Box

Bare Minerals

Too-Faced Better than Sex mascara

Hummingbird Farms lavender body oil

Cool Sculpting

Nichole Nordeman’s Every Mile Mattered

Yum Yum Sauce

Rita Springer’s “Defender”

All in All playlist (and here on Apple Music)

The Popcast – “More Nos of Weddings”


– Melanie’s new book – Church of the Small Things

– Sophie’s new journaling devotional – All in All

– Melanie on Twitter and Instagram

– Sophie on Twitter and Instagram

Enjoy, y’all!

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From time to time – usually when I am certain that I cannot effectively manage even one more second of deadline-related stress – my friends like to remind me that for the first five or six years of this here blog, I vowed and declared that I would NEVER write a book. I didn’t know what I would write about, not to mention that I couldn’t fathom that I’d ever finish writing a book. I mean, I don’t want to put too fine a point on it, but if you looked at my track record in college and in grad school and in just about every home improvement project I have ever undertaken, I’m a solid 87 percenter. I’ll get an idea, I’ll do some research, I’ll get going, and I’ll work hard – but somewhere close to the finish line, I will lose all interest. WHY DID THIS EVER SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA? THIS IS A RIDICULOUS PROCESS. I WONDER IF ANYTHING IS HAPPENING ON TWITTER?

That is why I can say with full confidence that it is only by the grace of God that I have not only started writing four books but, lo, I have actually finished them as well. That whole “finishing” thing is a pretty critical part of books, you know, actually making it to press, and I’m telling you: IT’S A WONDER. If I’d been left to my old habits, the new book would have stopped around page 172 with a handwritten note at the bottom to inform the reader that I was so sorry I was unable to make it to the end but unfortunately had gotten super sidetracked by season three of Chef’s Table on Netflix.

So all that to say: a finished product feels a little bit like an Ephesians 3:20 moment to me.

Today is the official release of book #4, a devotional book for young women called All in All: Loving God Wherever You Are. My hope and prayer is that this book – which has 100 days of devotions, Scripture readings, and journaling prompts – will help cultivate the discipline of spending time with the Lord and digging into His Word every single day. I really wanted this book to be a companion, something that will travel with the people who read it as they move from one stage to another in their lives. It was challenging to write, but in that neat way the Lord works, it was also very healing. I did most of the writing in the first eight months after my mama died, and at a time in my life when I was feeling sort of inward and quiet, writing the devotions gave me a place to process some of that grief and to remember God’s faithfulness. I’m forever thankful for that.

Last night I was trying to think of a way that I could say “thank you” in even the tiniest way to the folks who have helped get the word out or pre-ordered or ordered or thought about ordering or read this book, and after a good bit of pondering, my 80s roots set up shop right here smack-dab in the middle of 2017:


And y’all, I totally did. I got on the Spotify and, in the spirit of having written a devotional book, I made a quiet time playlist – something that might help you ease into your morning, or offer a little bit of comfort as background music when you read or pray, or make your commute a little more bearable when you’re trying not to give way to road rage, or help you to worship in the middle of the day when your to-do list is endless and you really want a nap. You could also share it with your girls for when they’re feeling nervous about the first day of school or packing up their clothes to head back to college (yes, I’m over-explaining, so maybe I should just wrap it up and say that THERE ARE MANY POTENTIAL USES). All of these songs mean a whole bunch to me (even the one that I just heard for the first time yesterday and then listened to about 17 times before sundown), and there are several that qualify as what I like to call “pointing songs” (I get so wound up when I hear them that I have to point in a lot of different directions).

(Perhaps I just overshared.)

So. I hope y’all enjoy All in All, and I hope you enjoy the playlist. You can also listen here.

If you’re an Apple Music person, here’s a link for you, too.

Happy Release Day, y’all!

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