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Anders is packing right now. He's leaving me and taking the kids.


Yes, the annual father-kid ski trip is approaching rapidly. They're leaving on Friday and will be gone for a week. And yes, I will miss them. But first? I'm filling my home with a bunch of internet psychopaths good friends, many of whom I've never met, and having a slumber party on Saturday night. WHEEE!

So many good things going on, I hardly know where to start, although I have to say, it sure is hard to keep up with you people when I miss one evening on the computer! Work is tootling along at a snapping pace, and we started our Bad Girls Walking group yesterday. I discovered that I am at a distinct disadvantage walking with 6 foot tall Swedes, when my short little legs are used to only keeping up with MARTIN. They all zoom out of sight after the first 5-10 minutes, leaving me in what would be their dust, but right now is more like slush. I honestly don't mind, though, as I'm not walking for company...I'm walking for myself. It's not a race or a competition. It is DAMN FREEZING COLD, though.

Yesterday was book group. I love book group. The book was The Giver by Lois Lowry, which I buzzed through in what felt like 15 minutes, and which was disappointing, although I suspect I would have liked it much more if I'd read it first when I was 12. The group is coalescing again, in this new constellation, with some older members and some newer ones, and just the right mix, I think. It's comforting and exciting all at the same time, to be sitting in a circle around a table glowing with candlelight, talking about books with like-minded book people. Amy made me love her by using the word 'dystopia' and then she made me laugh several times during the course of the evening. Geena made me love her by telling Leslie to sit on her hands, and then she made me laugh several times during the evening. Carol made me love her by laughing at a lame joke of mine and then made me laugh several times later, as well. I sat there and fell in love with them, and with Camilla and Debbie and Morgan and all these neat book people over and over again. What treasures!

And tomorrow is payday AND choir! YAY! This week is full of good things!

Really Great Writing Out There Right Now: Bone of Contention

Cracking Me Up: Those 15 Annoying People on Every Internet Forum

REALLY Cracking Me Up: Hot & Stoned in Western Canada
mood: cheerful
music: Ted Leo & the Pharmacists—Ghosts


I am SO jealous.

yeah, me too...and I live here. lol

I know...but there was just no way I could invite everyone.

it's okay. I know I am not exactly friends with all the same people so that is cool. I am setting out to drink this whole weekend. I need some fun and lots of booze after these past few weeks of dealing with the SFI people.

I will, of course, expect pictures...and someone better be sportin' some moose or bunnie slippers and someones bra must be frozen or it just isn't a real slumber party ;)

*smooch* you know if you were here, you would have been on the list :)

Just to have the husband and kids out of the house would be enough for me! The cleaning, the sleeping, imagine!

I read the first sentence and had heart palpitations! You have the most amazing friends. I wish I had a fraction of the friends you have and social life of your family. Enjoy the time without your 3 kids ;)

Sorry about the heart palpitations, but I couldn't resist! >:D And thanks for the compliments, you. :) I will definitely enjoy my family-free week!

You finally get a chance to lie in bed all day and night reading and you go and invite people to your house for a slumber party?! :) You are amazing :) I wish I could come!

I know! That was kinda dumb, wasn't it. I was just suddenly realizing yesterday that I'm not even going to be able to sleep in. O the humanity!


RALPHMACCHIO is superior even to OMGBBQ!

Have a fun kid-free weekend.

I know!! That made me howl with laughter too!


Woohoo! Liz is going crazy! Have so much fun and TRY to behave, won't you? I can't wait until I finally meet some of the Internet people I've fallen in love with. Don't know when that will be, but I can't wait!

Tell those crazy kids of yours to be REALLY CAREFUL!

And payday is definitely something to celebrate. Yee-haw.



Aw.I felt the same way about book group. I came home and was all chatty about how I'm really glad I joined, blah blah blah.


Thank you so much for the "15 annoying people" link. I'm printing that is SO EL JAY! (I'd insert a smiley here but I hate them, too.)

I've got Mindre Panda on my blogroll - it's hilarious and oh so true.

I hope you all have a fabulous time on the weekend. I'm so pissed that poverty prevents me coming, though it's "that time of the month" and I'd probably not be very good company.

I love the sound of your book club - it must be so good to have people to meet up with who share a love of reading and the desire to discuss all these wonderful authors and books.

They're pretty funny, those Pandas.

We will have a great time, but I AM REALLY bummed that you can't come. :( And I'm sorry, too, for getting YOUR hopes up tonight. Stupid train prices.

You got me with your first sentence! I thought, NO!

Choir and payday! Two happy words.

muahahaha! I'm evil that way, sometimes :)


Oh I read that book when I was like 11 or 12 and hated it. yuck :) I don't think it gets better no matter what age although I know some love it. Anyway a sleep over??? ahhh that sounds so fantastic! -Alex

Do you get the Powells bookstore monthly email? It sends me into spasms of delight with discovering new authors. (McSweeney's has a new book out too!)

No, but I get several others. My mom gets me stuff from Powell's all the time, but it's usually used books from favorite authors I've been searching for.

Thanks for "Hot and Stoned in Canada." It was hilarious.


Oh I'm so envious. I want to jump on a plane and be there for book clubs and slumber parties and good sweedish food. Bummer. HAVE FUN!!

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