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some days are a little much, plus hey did i mention that My Book is in print?

December 7th, 2011

A stream runs through it

(Photo by Steve Rawley)

“That’s Not It” has been available on Kindle since October, and now you can purchase a genuine printed copy. Alternately, you can buy it on Amazon.

Please buy a copy, or multiple ones if you’re in a gift-giving mood, if it is in the budget. Send me an e-mail if you’d like a free bookmark to go with it. Include your address and I’ll mail it to you. Thanks for your support of this crazy-ass endeavor of mine. (PS I will be updating my author site soon, so bookmark it if you are so inclined.)

So. I don’t know if you’re like me, but I know I am. Aren’t some days just a little too frickin’ much? I was getting ready to start the holiday baking (casseroles, cookies, breads, and assorted everything). Thought I would start by cleaning the oven. Bad call. I broke the oven. (Let this be a lesson to you.) Now we’re in the middle of picking out a new one, and will be converting from electric to gas, only the ovens (ovens!!! finally getting the convection oven I’ve wanted my entire life) will be electric, and ps they don’t make the right kind of gas stove to fit into the drop-in slot the current stove is in and hello, carpenter, bye-bye, countertop and cabinet, we need more wiggle room.

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know how Steve and I are: Why clean the bathroom when you can grow mushrooms in there instead? We do it nice cuz we do it frickin’ complicated. (That particular remodel took the contractors four fun-filled months.)

Today I need to:

* make cooky dough and freeze it, in anticipation of someday having a stove again
* work on my new book (ideas/dialogue that need to be written down before they go away)
* finish Granny’s memoir… still inputting recipes and kinda not into it
* clean the house
* work out
* update calendar
* help the kids with homework
* fix dinner (waffles? soup in the microwave? again? bake bread in breadmaker?)
* work on publicity for “That’s Not It” — reading? book signing? order copies to sell, finish press release, update author site, and the list goes on…
* avoid Facebook/Twitter/politics/the mayor of Portland
* figure out what to get Steve, the kids, and the rest of our family for Christmas
* finish mailing out holiday cards
* oh, right. buy more holiday cards

Honestly, all I want to do is climb into a hot bath and stay there ’til January. Please advise, dear readers: What do you do to rein in the schedule?



edited on Thursday to say: I baked cinnamon swirl bread in the breadmaker — delicious with butter, and not as sweet as a cinnamon roll. (I can’t find the recipe online — it was from the cookbook that came with the machine. But it baked in the breadmaker — no turn out, extra rising, etc.)

I’m baking whole wheat bread right now. I mixed up and froze dough for Mexican Wedding Cakes and chocolate chip cookies (semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips — my secret ingredients) and Spritz are next. Tonight? Burritos in the microwave (not to be confused with microwave burritos, although we have some of those in the freezer ;) and… salad. Last night was waffles. Good thing I mainly survive on protein shakes (blender! also not broken!) and soup. The kids seem to be fine with pre-made mac and cheese, cereal, toast, peanut butter sandwiches, granola bars and… more waffles? Damn. Missing the oven. We can always send out for pizza. It’s not like we don’t do that once a week, anyway.


  1. koreen says

    Ooooh! Congrats on the print edition! I’ve gotta get it! But, thanks to your electronic edition, I put the Kindle Fire on my christmas list, and for some reason I think I’ll be getting it on christmas morning. :)

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  2. WackyMommy says

    thanks, Koreen! happy holidays to you and the family.

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  3. LIB says

    Simplify, simplify, simplify! I choose one really cool thing that works for all the major giftees–cashmere socks. I ordered (ONLINE–another simplifier) 7 (not an inexpensive purchase) and now my shopping is done. For several years now Chris and I, in lieu of gifts to one another, spend time at the beach between C’mas and New Year’s Eve. As for cards–I quit doing them!

    December 8th, 2011 | #

  4. WackyMommy says

    I love the sock idea, thank you, Lib. I like snail mail ;) Always have, always will. But soon I fear there will be perhaps three of us left in the world who enjoy sending cards and letters vs. U.S. Post. At the moment there appear to be five of us, total. Sad to see this fall by the wayside. I do love the funny e-mails, jokes on Facebook, links to magazine articles — but I’m not scrapbookin’ any of them. I have two hatboxes full of correspondence from over the years. I also have a heart-shaped box full of my Grandma’s old postcards, plus some of mine, too. One of my most treasured possessions.

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  5. Nan says

    Your book is in print!? Totally cool! Can I get it to download on my new (cough cough) iPad? Because I really want it NOW in the spirit of Christmas y’know. Let me know. If not I will get it in paper. Love you!

    December 27th, 2011 | #

  6. WackyMommy says

    yeah, as long as you have the Kindle app you can download it, Nan. xoxoxo thank you!

    December 27th, 2011 | #

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