First of all, I just want to take a quick minute to thank all of you who take a moment or two (or three or seven or ninety, depending on how long-winded I’m feeling) out of your day and stop by this site. And actually read it. And even better, leave a comment or a question or send me an e-mail. Because I am a shallow, pathetic, self-absorbed, egocentric, needy individual who derives great satisfaction out of the thought that somebody besides *ME* drives the site counter up each day. More on this later.
I do read every single comment and e-mail, and embarrassingly, haven’t answered quite a few in quite a while. So today, we’re doing a bit of housekeeping, which is fancy talk for “OHMYGAWSHWOMAN clean out your inbox and apologize to these poor people for your lazy, slothful behavior already!!”
So here we go:
Rhonda in Texas, who requested book suggestions for her beach trip (which she went on a MONTH AGO do you see what I mean about how tardy I am????) (Sorry, Rhonda, but better late than never):
Books I’ve read lately that I recommend:
Come Back; A mother and daughter’s journey through hell and back by Claire Fontaine
Vanishing Acts by Jodi Piccoult (Basically, I recommend anything by Jodi Piccoult)
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Breaking the Code; Two teens reveal the secrets to better parent-child communication by Lara Fox and Hilary Frankel
Boys Will Put You On A Pedestal; So they can look up your skirt by Philip Van Munching (pretty much required reading for anyone with a daughter -- and, it’s highly entertaining)
Dry by Augusten Burroughs (make sure you’ve read the prequel Running With Scissors)
The Alaska Traveling Companion by Joe Upton (but I only recommend this if you’re actually **going** to Alaska, otherwise, you won’t much care about the steam-powered rotary snowplow located in Skagway which kept the mountain passes open that has recently been restored. Or at least I don’t think you will.)
Ready, Freddy! Don’t Sit on My Lunch! by Abby Klein (Hey, I didn’t say they were all books that I read to myself! I try to help my kids fulfill those required summer reading hours -- quality time, blah blah)
Books I’ve read lately that I do NOT recommend:
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (Am I the only person on earth who thought this was the most boring book ever??? And that this couple was so dysfunctional I couldn’t even care about them and their boring, dysfunctional relationship???)
Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish (gave up after the second chapter … that should tell you something)
The Abs Diet by David Zinczenko (shockingly, after reading this book, my abs did not become ripped and muscled, all on their own, through the power of osmosis, like I hoped they would. Perhaps I should try actually following a few of the author’s suggestions regarding diet and exercise. In that he suggested I actually DO them. Gack.)
Design Ideas for Bathrooms and Design Ideas for Kitchens (while informative, and probably very helpful for those of you about to embark on a remodeling project, they’re not something I’d recommend for a little light reading.)
Additional suggestions welcome. I’m a voracious reader, and am always looking for a good title. Still need to check out The Mitford Series, don’t I? In the meantime, I’m waiting none-too-patiently for my pre-ordered Harry Potter 7 to arrive in just a few weeks!! So do not expect any blog entries from me for however many straight hours it takes me to start and then finish that book, because I will not tolerate any interruptions while I am reading it, because I’ve GOT to know what the heck happened to Dumbledore in the last book, and how on earth she’s going to make Snape into a good guy because I believe with all my heart he’s a good guy he’s just GOT to be, don’t you think he’s a good guy???? And, and, and ….. (don’t get me started on HP … just don’t)
Katie in New Orleans: regarding your question about the bone marrow registry -- first of all, kudos to you and all the people who signed up, or are considering signing up!!! I checked with Cindy of Jay’s Hope regarding your question about herniated discs, and this is the answer I received:
“In some cases, we do accept donors with herniated discs, but usually it has to be just ONE disc with little to no pain or complications. It would also have to be several years out from the injury. With EIGHT herniated discs, I believe they would say no for the donor's protection. When they collect the marrow from the hip, they go in very close to the spine. Any manipulation of an "unhealthy" spine could cause serious damage.
Let me know if I can answer any other questions. “
So, Katie, I don’t think that was the answer you were looking for, but I hope it was helpful, anyway, and even if you can’t donate, thanks for encouraging others to do so with your example of willingness!
Federica from Italy: Not even related to your question, but how cool is it that people from all over the world can communicate like this?? I mean, Italy! That’s like, in Europe! (Europe? Right??? I’m really, really bad at geography. I know Italy is the little boot thing …. Doesn’t it hang down below England? Hey speaking of England, do you know Angela? She reads here, too! Well, no, wait. Angela's in France. See what I mean about how bad I am???) Sorry, off on a tangent. Anyway, Federica, I am not at all offended that you didn’t like Diet Dr. Pepper -- at least you tried it!! Could you maybe teach my kids that lesson regarding all the summer vegetables??? And since you asked, I’ll make it a point to post an occasional scrapbook page or two. If I ever actually completed any lately. Which I probably won’t because I never seem to get my behind out of my computer chair. I tell you, I’m letting the internet suck my life away, and I definitely need to do something about it. But not tonight, because I’ve got to get caught up on my favorite blogs and celebrity gossip sites.
Lisa from a few miles down the road: Hey, girlfriend, when are we taking these kids swimming? Mine are already driving me crazy this summer, whine, whine, whine, we’re bored, there’s nothing to do, blah, blah. Oh, wait. Sorry, you asked a question. That was Kellen in the raccoon Halloween costume, at age one and a half, and if I could just say, he was pretty much the cutest nocturnal mammal EVER! That Halloween we were in Ohio, and I had prepared for the Arctic late-October weather by putting him in that raccoon costume, Brayden in a polar bear costume, and had layered sweat pants and fleece shirts underneath the costumes for both kids, complete with stocking caps to keep their little heads warm. Naturally, it was about 70 degrees that night and I’m amazed they didn’t both suffer heat stroke.
Lyndall of FL and Anonymous, whoever you are: The Tim McGraw song playing was called “Wherever the Trail May Lead” and was from the Disney Home on the Range soundtrack. The first time I played it was on Kendrie’s Caringbridge site, when she started her sixteen months of Maintenance Therapy and I wasn’t sure what lay ahead for us, but felt the words of the song, about sticking together and getting her through, were pretty poignant. When it came time for mine and Blaine’s anniversary entry, I couldn’t choose between that song, or the dance version of “I Was Made For Loving You” by Kiss which really, really, rocks ….. needless to say, poignancy won, and I’m glad you liked it. I agree, it would make a fab wedding song.
Abbie in Des Moines: For your information, missy, that flannel (yes, I said FLANNEL) dress was quite high fashion for the time. We’re talking mid 1990’s, when craft and antique fairs were sweeping the country. Not only was it flannel, PLAID flannel, there were also puffy paint snowmen on the chest, and snowflake buttons down the front. I paired it with a brown turtleneck shirt and brown riding boots and considered myself quite stylish. (Dear Lord, it’s still in my closet -- don’t tell anyone! -- On second thought, contact “What Not to Wear” immediately!!)
OK, more questions tomorrow -- but before I go -- HUGE shout out to Postcard Cindy!!! Do you have any idea how happy you made our girl? She made Blaine re-arrange the furniture in her room, to make wall space, and put the poster up THAT VERY NIGHT before she would go to bed! Seriously --- you hit a bulls-eye with that one and I thank you sincerely!
Now, the rest of you, post your book recommendations in the comments section because I’ve got a vacation coming up, and many, MANY hours of air travel ahead of me, and if you think I’m going to sit and talk to Blaine the entire time, like I ***lurve*** him or something, you’re crazy. Send me some book suggestions!