One room at a time, a new series of the EO, books, CBC '10, Listen To Your Mother, and Moving House

1. So, that One Room at a Time thing? We're still doing that, it's just that it's taking a really long time to do one room at a time. We've been working on the dining room for a while now. I still plan to do some Big Reveals complete with riveting before and after pictures, but stuff keeps getting in the way. Like life. Silly life.

I'm really excited to be starting something new here on the ol' blog. I'm going to be interviewing people, about their life stories and then writing about them here. You know, like I'm a jouranlist of my own making or something. I'm actually interviewing my friend Jen this very day about her journey with breast cancer, starting in her early twenties. She's absolutely beautiful and a complete rock star and I can't wait for you to meet her. I want to call this series something but I haven't come up with what to call it yet. Something like, She Should Be Famous, but less lame. Help is appreciated.

3. I think I'm addicted to reading. I've always been addicted to reading, but it's worse now. Or should I say better? Because at the height of my drinking (or should I say the lowth?) I would read a couple chapters before bed and then not remember them the next night. (Not awesome.) Now I'm gobbling up books and remembering them, so I'm really excited that I won Plan B by Pete Wilson in a giveaway and that my lovely friend Aidan Donelly Rowley is kind enough to send me her debut novel Life After Yes even before it's available to the rest of the world. I love Aidan's writing and heart and I can't wait to read it. I'll be sure to tell you all about it.

4. Tomorrow it will be May. This means May 28th and 29th are getting closer. That means that I'm getting really excited and really nervous at the same time because I'll be at The Casual Bloggers Conference meeting lots of amazing blogging friends and also speaking in front of them. I'm speaking with the likes of Moosh in Indy on one panel and Kristen from Rage Against the Minivan and Allison of OMyFamily on another. (Those aren't the only bloggers I'm a huge fan of that I'll sit with, but I'll leave my not-so-subtle name dropping for another day.) (Um...because I can't believe the fine folks of the CBC would really want me to do this!) (Seriously. Please don't tell them that I get really nervous and sometimes that means I go mute.)

5. Speaking of CBC '10, if you can swing it, especially if you live near Sandy, Utah, you should totally come! I think there are like 5 tickets left, so hurry!

6. I'm also fantasizing about showing up in Madison, Wisconsin on Mother's Day to go to my friend Ann's show Listen To Your Mother and to see my Maggie.
Listen to Your Mother is going to be an amazing show, I just know it. SO, if you're near Madison, you don't want to miss it. And neither do I...therefore, I fantasize and check flights and consider driving the 7 hours. I mean, really. You only live one wild and precious life!

7. We brought my Mom to the airport yesterday and then we went to IKEA and then to see some friends and then to see our old Best Neighbors In The Universe. (I'm sorry we didn't see more people, but it was quite a packed day from thing to thing.) It was a very good day and also bittersweet because I'm still grieving living there and Miles told me he doesn't like it that we moved and then I cried. Moving is so hard. It's like we didn't just move on to another chapter in our lives, it feels more like we stopped writing a book altogether and then opened a blank one. That's been both really good and really hard. Speaking of Miles, he also said, "When is Martyr's Day?" Seriously, that's how he pronounced Mother's Day. Hilarious.

The End.

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Jennifer @ Conversion Diary said...

I'm going to be interviewing people, about their life stories and then writing about them here.

This is a fantastic idea!! I can't wait to read that. Very cool.

And #3: yes, yes, yes. It's funny, today promises to be a loooong, un-fun day, but it put a spring in my step this morning to remember that I have an awesome new book just waiting for me to retreat to it. :)

Love your blog. Keep up the great work.

Lindsey said...

Looking forward to reading the interviews! And to reading Life After Yes myself. And I am also an addict of the book. For sure. xo

Heidi Ashworth said...

You are one busy lady! How fun to speak at the CBC. Yay for you!

Kristina P. said...

I can't wait to meet you at the CBC!

mandiegirl said...

Cute Miles. ;) Happy Martyr's Day! ;)

Becky said...

OOH! Don't tease! I'd love for you to come to Madison to see the show! It's going to be so amazing! During rehearsal I was hysterical with laughter and tears. I almost forgot my own stage fright, yet not really.


sara said...

oh girl, moving is so hard. your analogy of the book is perfect.

Maggie, Dammit said...


And I'm so glad you decided to do the interviewing thing! I have a very good feeling about it, my girl.

Ann's Rants said...

Please? Oh please oh please?

Please do come!!!!!


Kazzy said...

What? You are speaking at CBC? I am hopefully volunteering! Yay!

K and/or K said...

Can't wait to read about Jen. Likely the most optimistic person on the planet!

Did you mean "She Should Be Famous" but less SHAME? Ha! :-)
There I go calling out that dirty word!

How about "Women Who Wow Me?" But wait, are these interviews going to be with women who indeed "wow" you? I am imagining them to be. Maybe my idea is the lame one. Ok, I'm done now.

Happy Weekend!

ps--Did you hear Katie Holmes is going to play Jackie O in a History Channel mini series? Can you interview HER?

Robin Arnold said...

I think there should be a moving test that places values on things and helps determine whether to move, and how to handle the big ticket items, like awesome neighbors, a cool church, excellent high school, grocery stores with fresh produce, no breakfast tacos for days. We are doing move #20 in May. I've felt very blank book about the last year since we left Texas and have intentionally not made connections knowing about this coming move. As logical and smart as I've tried to be, I could have used a dope slap that I'd need to cope in certain ways. Yeah, I've been weepy. I very feel your move angst.

moosh in indy. said...

That thing is less than a month away.

I'm not even well stocked enough on the Xanax.

*cue paper bag breathing*

Anti-Supermom said...

I think that the interviewing will be awesome and you will be fabulous at it. You are so easy to talk to, such a great listener. I'm excited to see the first interview.

And Miles, how cute can he get?!

wendy said...

WOW -- you get to be at the CBC and will be speaking. Wonderful.
I would love very much to be there but miles and miles stand in the way. It will be a wonderful event for sure.

good luck on the continued one room at a time project.
and I love reading too, so WHY am I not leaving more time for me to do that

Duane Scott said...

#2 looks exciting :)

Lee Vandeman said...

I love everything but I adore # 7. My mom acts like a martyr and I have to admit I have the same tendency. So Martyr's Day it is. :-)


Kelly said...

You'll be fabulous at CBC. Wish I was going!

Miles + Martyr's Day = Awesomeness. That kid is too dang cute.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I keep trying to finagle a way to Ann's show, too. I so wish.


Boy Crazy said...

You might come to Madison?? Oh, girl. You better let me know if you're here.... >:| (that's a stern face.)


Kristen@nosmallthing said...

I love the new series idea. There used to be something like this on tv years ago, and it was called Everybody Has a Story. I loved that segment. Good luck!

Also, on Martyr's Day, you know, Miles is kinda right...

Also, I can't imagine how hard it is to move far away. We've only moved to the neighboring town, so it really hasn't been like that...and our kids were so little, they don't even remember the old place. Hang in there.

Belle said...

She Should Be Famous is not lame. Exciting project!

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