Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Idaho - You Should Go!

We visited DB and VM in Idaho this past weekend. DB is my dad's brother and VM is his wife, which makes her technically my aunt, but as I suspect I'm the black sheep (baaaah) of the family, I want to be considerate about her feelings and not insult her by implying a genetic relationship. As for the rest of you rellos who might happen to stop by, you are genetically related to me so you'll just have to suck it up.



Anyhoo, the weekend was great! DB and VM are great! Idaho is great!

They have a gorgeous house. They gave us fabulous food. VM made beignets! Nothing makes me happier than beignets! Well, nothing except for margaritas, but VM makes the best margaritas I've ever tasted. I had a LOT of margaritas. I even dumped a fresh one on the table in a nice restaurant ... and watched in horror as a sticky lake spread across the table towards DB's lap. Fortunately, most of it went on me (my tennis shoe still has a faint whiff of orange, which is actually an improvement).

VM drove me around on Sunday and we went to all the open houses we could find. I wish I could have bought one. Boise is beautiful; I think it would be a wonderful place to live. Alas, I forgot my camera, so I have no fabulous photos to post. But you can take my word for it. Idaho is way cool.

Oh, and on a totally different note. Thanks for all the nice emails you sent hoping that I don't have a brain tumour. (Well, most of them wished that; the rest I'm planning on ignoring :G:). I'm an annoying person, but I don't have a brain tumour, so I can't claim that as my excuse!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

VD

Today is Valentine's Day and I've seen DH all of 30 minutes in the last three days. He's been doing some noxious work thing all week, and staying out all night, though he did come home to sleep a couple of hours this morning before going back to the salt mines. I had the brilliant idea of texting him a little while ago -- I had an electronic glitch and I think I may have asked the wrong person if he'll be home for dinner! I'm too embarrassed to check my message history, so I expect there may be a bit of humiliation in my future. Thank heavens I didn't attempt to say anything sexy (or even worse, funny)!

Sending a Valentine text to the wrong person pretty much sums up how this week is going for me. I went to the doctor for a sinus infection last week, but he doesn't think I have one. He wanted me to have a CT scan to rule out a brain tumour, which he says he doesn't think I have (thanks, dude). Seeing as how this is the third time he's said the words "brain tumour" to me in the last year, I finally decided to give in and have the damn CT, in spite of the radiation. I know he feels he needs to protect himself legally, and I can respect that. I also know that I'd prefer to be well and truly sure that I don't have a brain tumour since it apparently comes to mind for him every time I see him. I suspect it comes to his mind because he thinks I'm so peculiar -- I obviously need my head examined!!!

And maybe I do. I stopped at the Office Max on the way home and was waited on by a clerk wearing a huge hat edged with fluffy pink feathers. She told me it was for "VD" and I admit that it didn't dawn on me that she meant Valentine's Day until I was almost home.

Hope your VD is nice...

Monday, February 4, 2008

Lagniappe

Seeing as how tomorrow is both Fat Tuesday and Super Tuesday, I'm compelled to post about very little.

First and foremost, elves and vampires are dead. What? You don't believe me? Look at the number of recent deals for elves on Publishers' Marketplace. Zip. Nada. The last one was announced on 30 November. A lot of vampire deals went down in January, but I feel almost certain we've reached critical mass there too. Woohoo! If I never see another query for elves or vampires, it'll be too soon. Spare us all and let the nasty little horrors rest in peace, please.

Ingesting magnets is bad for you. Repeat after me: Don't eat magnets.

The American Civil War is on the upswing in fiction. I think I'd rather eat magnets than see any more of these. The good news, however, is that the Middle Ages are poised for a new upswing as well. Woohoo again! I am SO ready for an historical fiction renaissance and I think we're about to have one.

Washington state holds its elections by mail. This is incredibly boooring. I suppose it doesn't matter because it appears everyone is voting for Obama? Well, we didn't, but I think we're the only ones. For the record, I was for John Edwards, but now that he's out of the race, I have only one thing to say -- to Hilary Clinton: You GO girl! At least two people in Washington State are on your side.

Although we will neither be dancing in the streets tomorrow, nor voting, to everyone who is: Laissez les bon temps roullez!