Before I say anything, I just want to mention how saddened I am by Kate Duffy’s passing. She was a pioneer in publishing. She wasn’t one to sit idly by and ride the wave that was cresting. Nope, Kate made waves. Big ones, and everyone rode behind her. While I never had the pleasure of working with Kate, I knew her. She was my smoking buddy at conferences. She was golden. I’m sure she’s up there looking down through the clouds tsk-tsking us all as she’s whipping those angels into a frenzy. After all, if there weren’t romance novels in heaven before Sunday, you can be damned sure there will be soon! I wonder what she’ll name her newest imprint? Rest in Peace, Kate.
I also wanted to thank everyone who asked about my daughter here and privately. She’s fine. Baby is fine. Granny? Well, she has a few more grey hairs today than she did when she woke up yesterday, but she’s surviving. Also, my eldest daughter is going through 181 pictures she took at the shower and resizing them. Hopefully I’ll have something to show you soon. My living room looks like a Bay’s R Us showroom. The kid made out: A beautiful cherry wood crib and changer, an every day stroller plus a Jeep jogging stroller, high chair, baby shower and spa. Yes, a spa! Bottles, brushes, shampoos, lotions, bunting, a mattress, dozens and dozens of outfits, oodles of sleepers, blankets, terry towels and wash cloths. Oh, and a Juicy Baby Couture bag. Yes, she had to have it, and she got it. She received an ExcerSaucer, a Baby By Your Side, cute stuffed animals, bottles, bottle sterilizer, some kind of torpedo shaped dirty diaper thing that is supposed to keep all stink contained (I’ll believe that when I don’t smell poopy diapers!)gift certificates and lots and lots of diapers. I know I’ve forgotten stuff. This Sunday she has another shower, this one thrown by her coworkers and her friends. I’m thinking there won’t be much this baby will need after the next shower.
This morning I took some time for myself and had brunch with my friends Chandra, Poppy and Virna. They helped me get through a few sticking points on my L.O.S.T. story. Thank you, ladies! I love my friends! LOVE! THEM!
I’m looking forward to DWTS tonight. I’m thinking Kathy Ireland will go. Are they eliminating two? Hmm, if they are, maybe Tom, or Michael, or maybe even Chuck? Nah, not Chuck, he tries too hard and has the crowd behind him. Who do you think will go? And wasn’t Castle a hoot last night? I know, I know, campy and over the top, but I just can’t help but smile the entire hour. And with this icky economy and other stressors, a smile for me is worth a million bucks!
So, speaking of smiles, and this is going to be a corny question, but with all the negatives swirling around us today, what makes you smile in spite of it all?