Thursday, June 16, 2011

Alright, Alright

Oh man, the neglect! Let's just hope I never have to put you in a nursing home.

BUT! I have been feverishly writing, about to round the bend on 80 pages in the new novel. I'm obsessing about the characters, which is a good sign. I can't chop onions or get the mail without being struck by a snippet of dialogue or a turn of phrase that I must record IMMEDIATELY, dropping everything else I'm working on before I forget it.

Let's see...other things....picked up the first CSA box today (rhubarb, asparagus, early garlic, a decent portion of popcorn). We're also planning to gut and totally remodel our upstairs Bathroom of Horrors. Holmes on Homes could have a field day with that bathroom, and I promise a detailed "Before and After" photo essay on this blog when we get to that point.

My BFF asked if I'd be interested in running a 5K with her this August, and I had a candid conversation with my shins afterward: "Look. I'd really like to run this 5K, maybe shrink the waist just enough that I can fit into the capris I wore last summer. So you're going to have to suck it up and deal with the splints." But now that I think about it, maybe it can be avoided. Does anyone know a good preventative for shin splints? I seem to recall reading something about good running shoes, maybe some stretches, maybe drinking tart cherry juice before exercise.

Today while grocery shopping I ran into a guy I had a mild flirtation with in college. My cart was filled with fruits and veggies, and his cart contained a gallon of whole milk and two loaves of Wonder Bread. What kind of 40 year-old man still eats Wonder Bread? And still expects painless, regular bowel movements? I really dodged a bullet there.

Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there! May all your ties be attractive. If not, may they at least be returnable.


  1. You've got a great voice, Jess. Keep in that writing zone! Consider the very real possibility (in some alternate universe) that the devil posessed your BFF to lure you away from the pull of your new story - resist! (You can use that for an excuse if ya want :-). Either way, good luck with the manuscript. Now quit reading and go write!!! You know you want to...

  2. I had shin splints a little while ago, from exercising sans shoes, and read up on it. Seems like you already know what to do...good shoes, stretching some before, but also really after, the run. I never knew how important it was to stretch AFTER. Cherry juice I've never heard, but I assume you're just looking for as excuse to drink cherry juice. Go for it.

    So you're remodeling...does that mean the person who came by wanting to buy disappeared into the woodwork? And by that, I'd also want to know if she literally disappeared into your woodwork or not...seems like it might be that kind of house.

  3. You're very amusing! And I can very much relate to what you're saying when a line or two just pops-out from nowhere and you suddenly need to stop whatever it is you're doing and write it down before it vanishes away LOL! What are you currently working on ? I'm intrigued :P

  4. very interesting! looking forward to your new book