January 17th, 2013

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Randomness -- Loads of Links...

Time for a totally RANDOM entry, I think...

I think I really want to buy Scrivener -- even though it's $40 for this software and I'm really broke right now (and for the foreseeable future), and even though I rarely buy new applications... But I have to say it sounds AMAZING -- and like a tool that could really be helpful to a writer. And I want to WRITE this year! That's one of my RESOLUTIONS for 2013 -- to spend more time on serious writing...

Query letters seem pretty terrifying to me. There! I've said it! (And I'm not alone, of course!) But in facing my fear, I find SlushPile Hell delightful! Hahahahahaha. Humor can only help the situation, after all...

On a slightly different subject, agentquery.com seems like a great site for searching for a potential literary agent -- and if you plan to be published, you'll need to plan on having an agent at some point.

Turning in an entirely different direction, I like how this Mom Gives Her 13-Year-Old Son An iPhone For Christmas — Plus An 18-point Contract To Go With It -- way to go, Mom!!! I don't necessarily agree with every point she made, but I love that she's willing to have RULES about the cell phone (and to enforce those rules). As another person said to me recently, the world would be a different place if there was reasonable and loving discipline for children and youth. (In other words, I had rules and discipline when I was growing up, and it didn't hurt me! Hahahahaha.)

Swing around again, please! Did anyone see Kim Ramsey appearing on "The Jeff Probst Show" (she has Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder)? You can read about her shocking condition HERE...

Well, she was 94, so there's no point in being upset about it, but it is the end of an era! Dear Abby (columnist Pauline Phillips -- better known as Abigail Van Buren) has died. (Her identical twin sister -- Esther "Eppie" Lederer -- was famous as columnist Ann Landers. She died in 2002...) I'm just hoping Mom gets to meet her in heaven, as she just LOVED Abby! (smile)

Okay, dog fans! Here's a touching TALE (tail?) of a loyal dog that attends mass where his owner (Maria Margherita Lochi) went to church daily before her death late last year.

The first PRAYER on THIS PAGE ("Safely Home") is a favorite of mine. It comforted me back in the 1980's when my beloved Aunt Dorothy passed away -- and many times since then when I've experienced losses. If you've lost someone really close to you, you might find comfort, too...

Well, I guess that's it for randomness!

I hope some of you are taking time to enjoy the Australian Open, by the way! There's been some good tennis! Maria Sharapova plays Venus Williams in the third round tonight at midnight (Pacific Time)...

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Sisters ROCK My World...

Saw sister Sue today -- we went to Freddies for a deli snack and Starbucks. We like to see each other at least once a week, so it was really nice!

She also took me with my HUGE box of stuff to the Goodwill. That microwave box held a lot of STUFF that I hope others will enjoy. I'm sure glad to get that out of here! (smile)

Sue's car needs a tune-up really bad (!!!), which will hopefully happen soon! She's doing well with her exercise program/class. I'm excited for her!

Marilyn put in a long day (with no lunch break!!!) today. She's still hopeful we might get away early tomorrow and head to the beach, but I'm fine with it if we don't. I was hoping to go in to the office tomorrow, but that's not happening. That's okay: I have a lot to get done that is easier to do here in my home office, frankly. The IT work will wait until Tuesday...

Looking forward to the three-day weekend, that's for sure!

I was just OFF today, I'm afraid. I felt tired and emotional and not-my-best. I used my Estrogen cream last night (before bed), and it seems to have that effect on me the following day. (sigh) I'm still thinking I need oral Estrogen to get balanced, because this is driving me crazy (not literally, but damn close!). I guess we'll see what happens when I go in to see the doctor (well, my Nurse Practitioner) next month.

I did dishes today, but no laundry (!!!). I need to get some laundry done, but I'm too tired to face it tonight... (sigh) I guess I'd better get with it tomorrow morning!

Talked to Donn at length today about IT and whatnot. I really love that guy!

Tomorrow is Rosanna's last day with the festival. She might come down to see us while we're at the beach this weekend. That would be nice! She's never seen the home since we had it painted and got furniture, so we're excited for that to happen...

I worked on festival website stuff today. I need to do more of that tomorrow.

Today was garbage and recycling day. Well, this week isn't what I call a 'real garbage week' -- meaning we don't put out the actual garbage can until next week. Only recycling and composting goes out this week. (Don't get me started -- I really HATE the system.) Anyway, I did the cat boxes and gathered and put the garbage in out in the can (which will stink by next week!) -- plus did do the recycling and composting, too. Sister Sue was lucky! Her daughter Candy is doing the garbage and recycling at her house today!

Candy also gave Sue money so she could afford to go to cribbage tonight. She has a tournament over the weekend, so can't go with Marilyn and me to the beach house (we'd wanted her to, but that's okay...).

Several neighbors have offered to watch the house for us this weekend -- they're all so nice about it! We have neighbors who have keys, so they can come in and out and make sure things are as they should be...

I guess that's it for now. Nap time!