Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Insomnia, Query Letter, and Car Dancing

Hello there! It's 2:50a.m.! I had too much diet coke before bedtime. Or it's the decongestants. My three cats (like my three sons)are sprawled out on various places on my couch.I am so jealous! Anyhoo,sleeplessness is a good excuse to write, anyway. I am sending a query letter to ByLine Magazine to see if they were interested in a column entitled The Writing Librarian. It would be a book-blog-cd-website review column for writers. I hope the editor likes the idea. It would be a good sideline gig besides my library gig. If not, I'll just try a new mag. Since it's been awhile since I perused through my Adventures with Greenie manuscript (admittedly, it's only 19 pages, but you have to start somewhere.) I thought of a new chapter to add to the mix: car dancing! First, let's use the dictionary to define car dancing. Click on Google, type in car and definition and here's what comes up! Thanks to the American Heritage Dictionary Online, here's an exciting definition of car (as in Greenie): Car: n. An automobile. And here's a definition of dancing, again using the same source online: Dancing: v. to bob up and down. I checked to see if there was an actual definition online and did not see one. So I drafted my own. From the Lolo Dictionary: Car Dancing: v. To bob up and down in an automobile. Now that we have established the definition, fess up. You've done it. Yup. Your favorite song to engage in car dancing. You're bobbing up and down, singing along, even at the stoplight. And then it's the booger effect: you think no one is watching. But they are. And most likely, they are giggling. So, what are your favorite car tunes to car dance to? If you like I will publish them in my Greenie Book. Now I'm finally getting sleepy. Time for bed. Love, Lolo

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Family Reunion, Leaves, Cold Sores, Purple Belts and Shards!

Hi there! Where has this month flown? Here are the highlights of this month so far: 1.) Family Reunion: After a community meeting, a person took me over to see my Great Aunt Helen. She had been asking for me, and I finally mustered the courage to go see her. (She is from Steve's side of the family.) She has recently suffered a stroke, and she was so happy to see me! We talked and cried together for a bit. She was also giving things away since she was trying to downsize. I felt very uncomfortable since I hadn't seen her in awhile, but she and our friend insisted. (I didn't want family heirlooms to go in goodwill in case any other family members needed it.) She gave me a lovely painting of Budapest from Hungary, and the back is inscripted in Hungarian. I did take the old album full of Hungarian postcards. 2.) We had our Falling Leaves Festival yesterday. It went well. Many kids had dental prints and fingerprints to stay safe! Around 200 participated. 3.) I know you'll sleep better tonight knowing this, but I have the mother of all cold sores! It is the most annoying, disgusting creature that perched on my lower right lip for a week. If I had a dollar for every person who asked me what happened to my lip, I could retire. I almost went out and bought black goth lipstick to cover the lovely sore. Someone asked me what I was going to be for Halloween and I replied "Herpes." She laughed out the door. 4.) Purple Belt! I am a purple belt! I went through the ceremony and belted up! Now I am working to promote to blue. Yeah! 5.) Shards--We discussed A Single Shard for book club tonight. Carrie is the hostess with the mostess! And I am going to host Swing: A Mystery by Rupert Holmes. I'm very excited! That's all for now! I promise I will post more soon! Love, Lolo

Friday, October 13, 2006

Hello and Testing Tomorrow

Hello there, It's been awhile since I've blogged. This month is flying by! Yikes! Today I lunched with a wonderful friend. She gave me a geat suggestion that I need to reread The Four Agreements. She is wonderful! I also saw her greyhound, Honey. It was great to see them both! Tomorrow I test for purple belt. I am very excited. And nervous. This is my first testing with other people. For the other belts, I tested in class. It is going to be a great weekend! Love, Lolo

Sunday, October 01, 2006

No Deal and Happy October

Hi there, Steve and I had another interesting adventure yesterday. We went to Chi-town to audition for the Deal or No Deal tv show. We arrived on Navy Pier early (before 10a.m.) but apparently not early enough. There were over 10,000 people in line! Rather than a casting call, it was a cattle call. Moo. The wait from where we were standing was 9 hours. Okay, I like money but I'm not GREEDY. Nevermind, we'll send in the videotape. The day was in no way wasted, however. It was a gorgeous day in the Windy City and we had never seen Navy Pier (except at a distance with the large ferris wheel.) It was about 65 degrees and sunny (until a couple hours later.) We caught up with my sister and brother-in-law and his parents. We visited the Lincoln Park Zoo and then dined at a restaurant called Stanley's, another Chicago restaurant we have never visited. It was ok. After we said our goodbyes, we headed back to the Kumimobile. On our way, it started to rain and then the proverbial floodgates opened and it was a downpour! Actually, more like a side pour. We ducked into a corner convenience store and the rain was blowing sideways! The rain eventually abated and we trotted to our car. We drove home. The Lake was awesome, with the dark gray clouds and the water was lighter shade than the clouds. Tres cool. On our mini-trek, Steve has started the habit of counting Priuses on the road. So I combined two characters (The Count from Sesame Street and an episode from Southpark making fun of the Prius car owners who are pious in the land of Smug) and created one for Steve: Count Pius. After we arrived home, we napped for a couple of hours and then headed to a friend's house for a late autumn party. I met my friends newborn, Oliver Charles. He's so cute! We stayed until almost midnight and then crashed. It was a great day. Oh, by the way--Happy October! Love, Lolo

National Lampoon's Garden Adventures, and Last Thoughts on 46

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