Friday, July 27, 2007

Friday Feast, Pillar News and a Release Date

Death is a debt we all must pay. ~Euripides

Friday Feast One Hundred and Fifty Three

Describe a toy you remember from your childhood.

Would you believe I don't really have a memory of a toy that made any great impression? I don't think I played with toys that much -- I preferred playing with my pets, or my friends. I did have a Barbie doll... and I remember wanting a Ken doll to go with it. You know what I got instead? G.I. Joe! LOL... do you suppose that's why I enjoy military romances so much?

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how observant are you?

Maybe 5 or 6. It really depends on what else I'm doing...

When I was in high school, my drama teacher sat the class down the moment it started and told us to write everything we saw on our way into the room. He prompted us: did we see trees? How many and what kind? Were there stairs? Doors to other rooms? Flowers? And so on.

Then, he took us for a walk to see what was really there. It was amazing how different it looked when I was really paying attention to things -- I'd been going to that school for two years at that point, and had never seen some of the things he pointed out.

Where would you rather be at this very moment?

Very nearly anywhere west of the Mississippi, but preferably in one of the Pacific states (well, maybe not Alaska -- but I'm good with the others). Have I mentioned that I really don't like the Northeast?

Main Course
When was the last time you learned something new

Yesterday? And I imagine I'll learn something new today, too. I love learning. Lately, I've been building a new website, and I'm having to learn how to do lots of things. I still can't figure out the code for those collapsible bits of font -- Yanno, like SBTN does here. Frustrating.

I've also learned that milkweed lasts for about 2 - 3 days once you pick it. And that monarch caterpillars are nearly microscopic when they hatch.

Learning is a lot of fun. And, yes, I was one of those strange kids who actually liked school.

Fill in the blank: I have ____________ but I haven’t ____________.

I have legs, but I haven't started jogging.

I have curly hair, but I haven't figured out how to style it.

I have a dog, but I haven't figured out how to make her live forever.

Okay, I'll stop.


Pillar Place: Swallowtail update -- we had a "Moe" sighting. He was having a sip of nectar on the daylillies next door. And yes, of course I'm certain it was him.

Pillar Place: Monarch had its first death. Thankfully DD was gone for the day and I could do a switch of the name tags. The poor butterbaby who died was Manuela -- named for my DD (her middle name). Another pillar needed a bigger home, so I moved her into Manuela's house and gave her the same name. Manuela II nee Betty is a happy, newly named pillar in a nice roomy house. Manuela is off in that big milkweed patch in the sky.

And DD is none the wiser. Phew.

Otto, OTOH, is about big enough I think my camera might actually take his photo. I'll see if I can have him say "cheese".


I got the official release date for my story, "Pregnancy Cravings" -- It will be available for purchase and download on August 15th! Yay!

No word on "Magic" yet. I haven't even seen the galleys... then it'll be a little while for new stuff. But new stuff, there will be!


You Are Eggs

Traditional and totally grown up, you truly believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
You don't skimp on nutrition or quality. You're likely to take the time to make yourself a decent meal each morning.
You're a great cook, even if you aren't a showy one. You can make a feast out of simple ingredients.
The food you eat may be basic, but you prefer to think of it as classic.


Jen said...

Congrats on Pregnancy Cravings! It's nice to be able to stop by here and be able to send a congrats more days than not. What a great way to start the day!

Sorry about Manuela. Life happens, even in pillar place.

Judy Thomas said...

Congratulations on the release date and I'm glad you were able to switch Manuela. DD has plenty of time to deal with things like that.

Here's my breakfast:

You Are Toast
Old fashioned and a bit of a homebody, you totally go for comfort food.
You're the type who loves to cook for friends, and they love you for it.
You truly know what tastes good, and you can often pick out the best dish at a restaurant.
You don't fall for food trends. You stick with what's been food for a long time!

Yep.. pretty spot on!!!

tegdirb92 said...

pets are wonderful!! Loved all of your answers.

Charity said...

Congrats on the release date! Looking forward to it.

groovyoldlady said...

I am fruit.

Why does this not surprise me?

Granola, anyone?

We are startiing the big hunt for pillars, but we don't have any yet.

Sudden thought: How far are you from Portland, ME? Maybe we could meet at the children's museum there....

Tori Lennox said...

I got:

You Are Danishes
Indulgent and a bit greedy, you eat whatever you feel like eating... nutrition be damned.
You have a total sweet tooth, and you pretty much give into it whenever you feel like it.
While it treating yourself is nice occasionally, try eating a vegetable every once and a while.
Lay off the donuts and muffins, unless you want to be sporting a "muffin top" of your own!

LOL! I'm afraid that's all too accurate. *g*

Brandy said...

I got Danishes too! However, I EAT VEGGIES! *G*
Your answers above were neat.

Sorry about Manuela.

Have a great weekend.

anno said...

I, too, am fruit.

Congrats on that release date -- it's on my calendar, too!

Quick thinking on Manuela. Good work.

Melissa said...

Neat feast, Marianne.

Congrats on the release date!!!! That's not that far away!