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Friday, June 27, 2008


This is my 500th blog post! Woo hoo! It hardly seems possible. We were getting ready to leave Italy when I started this, which seems like a lifetime ago.

In honor of the occasion, please feel free to leave me a comment with any new features you'd like to see or to tell me what I'm doing that you want me to quit right now.

The Boys will be here soon. They arrive tonight and tomorrow, and will be here all week, so I may be scarce. Actually, I may be scarce for the better part of the next month. Five days after the boys leave, I'll be heading east to the rendezvous. I'm actually going to help set up this year; usually I get there too late to set up. I'm pretty sure Dad will be glad for the extra hands, but he might also be thinking it's easier to do it himself! No matter--I'll be there because I need to learn how to put the tent up. I'm pretty sure it's a little more involved than taking it down, only backwards.

I hope to have some pictures to post soon. The kids decided it would be fun to push the limits in personal grooming. Vicky has dyed her hair blue, and Alex has a mohawk with a bleached stripe. Now you really want to see pictures, right? I'll be taking some to tuck away to show their children someday. I had a nosy little punk young man ask me yesterday why I allowed my daughter to dye her hair blue, and I told him it was a battle I chose not to fight. Thinking about it now, I'm wondering why I felt like a kid who was 12 or 13 and couldn't put a ball cap on straight deserved an answer. I guess I'm just nice that way.

I finished the Rogue Pawn read-through the other day, fixed some stuff, and hope to send some manuscripts home with the Boys this week. I still haven't gotten any of the Sword and Scabbard manuscripts back from beta readers. Hopefully soon.

That's about all the news that's fit to print.

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Blogger Jean said...

Congrats on the 500th post!

As for the grooming choices, I guess summer is the best time to experiment with those things. And, really, it's not permanent, so pick your battles.

As for answering the kid that can't put his ballcap on straight, he was probably envious.

If I were a parent, I'm not sure I'd be thrilled with those choices, but when I stop and think about it, does it really matter if they want a striped Mohawk or blue hair? Probably not. Good idea to take the pictures to tuck away for years down the line.

Have a great 4th with the guys as well as a wonderful rendezvous with your dad.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Valerie Comer said...

Congrats on the 500!

And yes, parenting is all about choosing the battles. I hear you there. Some just aren't worth the energy.

11:08 AM  
Blogger EJ said...

I learned to choose my battles when Vicky was a toddler. She asked me yesterday if she could get colored contacts, and I said, "Hmm, well, let me think, no." She's pushing limits and trying to figure out who she is, and I'm tolerating the hair, but I'm not risking her eyes. Lucky for us, when we say no, she knows we mean no, maybe because she hears yes quite a bit.

11:57 AM  

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