Haven’t “seen” you, really, for a week or so. I know I’ve been around, but with all of the Advent Calendar activity plus guest/promo posts it’s been a while. How have you been? Are you staying out of trouble? Sassy Twatter, if you say one more time that you’re text-commenting while driving…I swear I’m going to send Mrs. Claus to you! Even if you *did* send me that cool picture of Vennie by the fire.
If you were promised an Advent Calendar prize and haven’t gotten it yet, please email me to let me know. I’ve delivered all the ones I did directly, but after some miscommunication with Blushing I’ve now taken control of those deliveries as well. If Blushing never sent you the prizes, let me know and I will send yours to you.
Yesterday’s conversation with Patricia Green made me realize that I know very little popular culture. I think I knew three or four (at the most) names. Patrick Stewart (how could any Trekkie not know Picard?), Cameron Diaz (only because I saw her on movie advertisement posters), and Hugh Jackman. That’s about it. Are the rest of you really old, or am I out of touch? 😀
Yesterday marked Day 5 of the Great Ana Clean-Up. My new shelf liner arrived! Get this. It’s MACHINE WASHABLE. I know it’s silly for someone on my budget to pay $8 to line five drawers, a cupboard, and a medicine cabinet…but this stuff is amazing! The checked pattern makes it easy for my astigmatic eyes to cut straight lines, the grippy bottom side won’t leave sticky ickies when it’s time to move or take stuff out, and it’s pretty!
Plus I have new washcloths. I couldn’t find the red-and-white check I wanted, but I got black and white instead. My old dishcloths are my new cleaning cloths.
Oh, and I think I’ve figured out what to get my parents for Christmas. What do you get the people who never like any gift and who only are really interested in Bible study? Theologian trading cards, of course! A sneaky little Santa’s helper sent me an Amazon gift card when I know full well she doesn’t have much herself. She refuses to take it back, too. Buying a gift for my parents with the gift certificate will make me very happy.
Speaking of parents, guess who will be coming to town? (No, not Mrs. Claus. I’m sending her to Cara this year. Think you can hide the wooden spoons, do you?)
Yup. Hence the Great Ana Clean-up of 2012. I thought I did a thorough cleaning/reorganizing for the Slightly Less Great Ana Clean-up of Summer 2012 right before the annual carpet cleaning, but this is serious stuff. It’s like a scavenger hunt to find things I no longer knew I owned. I figure that by the time I need to move, I’ll have everything perfectly organized. 😀
I did, however, accidentally take a drawer off its track (to measure liner). Now instead of closing properly, it tilts downward. I’m not sure how to fix it. (Big surprise. This is the woman whose TV/VCR/DVD player/Wii have been unplugged for five months since she re-arranged furniture and couldn’t remember which wire went where.)
Vennie now has TEN five-star reviews on Blushing! Six on Amazon, and I’m not sure how to find the reviews on Goodreads. Yay! Plus the five chocolate-dipped-strawberries from Guilty Indulgence. Bottoms Up and one Blushing reader gave it a 3/5, but that’s okay. We have to leave some room for improvement by Vennie 2, after all.
Vennie is down to a 170K rank on Amazon this morning, but Gabrielle Bisset claims that Amazon ranks are bogus because her book that is no longer for sale has been rising and falling in the Amazon ranking. I don’t mean to sound like a case of sour grapes, but it would be nice if Vennie’s sales are better than the 170K figure would indicate.
I guess that all of my friends are done buying their copies, so the numbers went down. Heh.
But hey…you pushed Vennie to an 18K rank! That was the best that I saw. So thank you.
We have two more guest question posts, Six Sunday (another Vennie snippet, I think), and then a Fika with Kat and Natalie on Monday. Yes, they will be answering questions.
On Tuesday, not only will I post the results of the Advent Calendar but I’ll also have a very special Christmas present for you all. No, it’s not Kat and Natalie (you’ll get them on Monday). You’ll just have to wait and see. I hope you like it!
And I shall return to my cleaning.
Be good! It’s Mrs. Claus’ busy season, and if you make her chase after you she will be very vengeful indeed.