Friday, January 1, 2010

Big Ideas


Be straight with me - did you have corned beef or pork loin or sauerkraut or cabbage or any combination thereof yesterday? For reasons I can not explain, Cory was not aware of this tradition until yesterday, right around noontime. Even more perplexing is that this tradition has been active in most of my adult life. Even more perplexing than that is the fact that I have been married to Cory for most of my adult life, yet he somehow missed this for the past, say, 15 years.

Yesterday, we rocked the Reuben slow cooked corned beef, home-canned sauerkraut and homemade rye bread-style, courtesy of my Mom. With bottled Thousand Island dressing on top, because you just really don't want to know what's in that stuff. And may I take this opportunity to humbly, bossily suggest that the only acceptable use for Thousand Island dressing is the Reuben sandwich?

Thank you for your time.

But I'm not done.

I promised a list of thoughts for the New Year and I may be a day late and a dollar short, but I'm here now, and I'm ready to dish.

To set the stage, picture me in a hideous green fleece half-zip with my eye a garish shade of plum. It's true what they say - sometimes things have to get worse before they get better...

1. I want to cook more new recipes.

I already do this quite often, but I also have a habit of tearing things out, stashing them in a file and forgetting about them. No more. I may even be inspired to bore you all to tears with an inaugural 2011 ed. Grocery Store Confessional.

2. I'm still on my new-found color kick.
I don't know what this means for the new year, but one thing is fo sho - it's gonna be zesty.

3. I am already daydreaming about Valentine's Day.
This isn't a NY goal, but it is a truth of my life and it feels worthy of being listed. Stay tuned.

Number Four requires a few disclaimers:

Disclaimer 1: I am very nervous to talk about it.
Disclaimer 2: Because I have a legendary fear of failure.
Disclaimer 3: I tend to prefer talking about scary things after I already know that they've been a success.
Disclaimer 4: But what's the fun in that?
Disclaimer 5: Plus, I'm ready to be tough and brave.
Disclaimer 6: It might be due, in part, to the fact that my eye is hideously purple.
Disclaimer 7: Did I mention that I'm nervous?
Disclaimer 8: My sweaty palms are sticking to the keyboard.
Disclaimer 9: What sounds good for dinner this week?
Disclaimer 10: OK, now I'm just stalling...

4. I'm writing a book.

I'm not even a quarter of the way in. There are still hundreds of pages of potential failure yet to be written.

I alternately think my words are Divinely inspired/deserve to be shoved to the very bottom of the trash heap.

My book is fiction, which until the day I started writing it, I swore I would never, could never write. I just may prove myself right.

Have mercy, I feel exposed. Is it just me, or is it drafty in here?

Please send prayers. And salsa.

95 comments:

  1. You go girl!!!!!!!! Number 4 will happen! I hope I am among the firsts to be able to gaze upon the manuscript! I'd be a good critic, right? :)

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  2. Yay! I'm so glad you've started your book!!!!

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  3. I will SO buy your book and read it!!!!!

    proud of you for putting it out there...
    praying for you every step of the way!

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  4. I've been waiting for that book! :)

    Chris

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  5. WOW! Good for you!! I have no doubt it will be fabulous in every way!

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  6. woohoo!!! I am ready to buy it... I adore fiction and you have a great way with words my dear!
    And no... I didn't have corned beef or cabbage. But I have heard of the tradition
    Write on, girl, write on!

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  7. #1 - I'm with Cory, I have never heard of such a tradition, but by sheer coincidence, I made a pork tenderloin yesterday. Go figa.
    #2 - I'm right with you about cooking new recipes, and I may or may not attempt ONCE AGAIN to make something different everyday for a year. I've only made it four months in the past, before I really had to have meatloaf. AGAIN.
    #3 - I'm realizing I'm all mixed up on your numbers.
    #4 - Target has all of their Valentines Day merch out - it's red. That's color. All I'm sayin'.
    #5 which is your No. 4. We've already discussed this. Don't forget. I'm the chef on the road (remember the french toast), I'm also the nanny.
    #6 - I fear I'll never get caught up on your prolific blogging!

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  8. You will rock that book!!! So glad you shared and will feel the love and support from all of us. As long as we get autographed copies ;)

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  9. You are an awesome writer already...be brave, be fearless. This is totally you. Oh and that sandwich looks heavenly. I also tend to go for the roast beef, loaded with coleslaw, drenched in thousand island on doughy rye bread.

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  10. #4.... I'll be sure to share the book with everyone I know. Hopefully, you know that as truth. I like to shrae what I find moving. And you have moved me often.

    Good luck! Just started on my list, too!

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  11. Your book won't be a failure. I will surely purchase it when it gets published. You have a gift with words. You should use it for good and not evil.
    xoMeg
    (an x and an o even though I don't really know you because surely taking a plunge deserves a little love)

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  12. Well, it's about time!! Write that book woman--it will be great!

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  13. #4 Its about d*%# time!!! Good luck.

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  14. YOU CAN TOTALLY DO IT! You are one of the best writers out there! I would buy it in a second! I am praying for you! Hugs lulu

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  15. YES!!! I'm so pumped for you!! You are an inspiration, sweaty palms and all.

    xoxo,
    HBY

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  16. No, we did not eat pork. Wait. We had gross ham and bean soup. Does that count? Yours looked way better.

    And you're writing a book?! Yay! Are you going to give any clues as to what's it about? How long till you wrap it up? One year? A decade? If the speed at which you crank out blog posts is any indicator, I expect you to be a published author in less than two years. Go, go, GO!

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  17. Looking forward especially to #3 and .... #4!!!!

    Good luck!
    Laura

    http://www.paringdown.com

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  18. Girl of the LimberlostJanuary 2, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    First of all...I like to pretend that I really don't like thousand Island dressing...but if you venture back into the 90's and you remember "80's lady" from Steak N Shake...then you will also recall the joy of me always getting a Frisco Melt...which...dun dun dun duuunnn...comes with thousand island dressing on it...and it is actually quite good. And tricky tricky about the book...I look forward to hearing more about this...

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  19. Wonderful! You'll be wonderful, and the process will be life-altering.

    Can't wait to read it.

    And nothing wakes up your senses like a good draught.

    Love,
    Jody

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  20. First things first. I love Reuben sandwiches. But, sad to say, I have never served them at my house because all four of the OTHER people who live here hate sauerkraut. What kind of half-Germans am I raising here?

    Second. I will be the first in line to buy whatever book you write because everything you write is just fine by me. Sometimes you've just gotta say it, don't you?

    Best of everything in 2011, Shannan.

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  21. oh i've always wanted to be an author...sigh...you are amazing dear girl!! CANNOT wait to hold your book in my fingertips quivering with excitement for the adventure that awaits me!!

    prairie hugs,
    kristin

    i just happen to have a bottle of prairie grown and canned salsa in the pantry...shall i come over?!?! ;0)

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  22. How cool! I made a promise to myself to work on a book I've had in my head for 5.5 years, I hadn't started yet .. but after reading your post, I'm hoping off the computer and going to write for a bit :) Thanks!!

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  23. Go, Shannan it's yo birthday go, go, go! That's so stinkin' cool!

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  24. Yea! I'll buy the book right now! Don't ever say the word failure...every line you have written in this blog has been fabulous from the sad to the ordinary to the happy. You are an incredible writer ~
    I wish you a wonderful year filled with armfuls of opportunities and great things!
    xo sarah

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  25. Save a copy of your book for me too, Shannan! Way to go. You can do it. God has equipped you, Girlfriend!

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  26. I only read blogs. magazines, and children's books......but I would BUY yours. You're a fantastic writer. Point blank period.

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  27. #2 yesty to zesty!!
    #4 Yeeha!! I am coming to the book signing. I've said it before and I mean it!! I will be wearing a shirt that says "I knew her before!!"

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  28. Yay for writing a book!! And major props for not waiting to announce it until you were further in (I do that whole not talking about it 'til I know it's a success thing, too...). Can't wait to hear more about it! :)

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  29. drafty is the only way to go... that's when you know you're onto something... :)

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  30. Drat! I had a long comment all typed out (a long, wordy comment from me? i bet you're shocked) and it got deleted! Short version: Love reubens, never heard of this tradition, I'm adopting it. I said something about new foods. ??? Can't remember. Valentine's Day (month) is already being planned here. And last but not least, YAY/CONGRATULATIONS! on writing the book. I heartily volunteer to be an honest proofreader should you need one. I'm often told I missed my calling as an English teacher! :) You're a fantastic writer and your book will be phenomenal! I can't wait to hear more about this story of yours!

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  31. I will read your book! You are such a gifted writer, how can it not be wonderful?

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  32. that's just plain ol' FABULOUS!! go girl - be brave!! i'd love to read your work of fiction - what genre is it??

    my mother's best friend is a published author (several times over) of many works of fiction as well as a handful of devotionals. i'll leave a link to her writing blog for you if you ever want to check it out for inspiration/encouragement. It's called 'Writers First Aid'

    http://institutechildrenslit.net/Writers-First-Aid-blog/

    cheers!
    ~h

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  33. I have delighted in your blog for a while and always always thought, man this girl can write. Be fearless for there is nothing to fear!

    You have it!

    Sandra

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  34. Woo Hoo! Can't wait to read it. You have an amazing gift for words my friend. I'm in awe of the way you pair words together in your posts....keep at it, and thanks for sharing!!

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  35. Those sweaty palms have nothing to be worried about. You.GO.Girl.

    ~Andrea~

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  36. You are my favorite blog writer to read. I love lots of blogs with their photos, ideas, projects, etc., but your WORDS are incredible to read my friend. DO NOT fear saith the LORD, for I am with you. Girlfriend, HE has you right where HE wants you. You funnel HIS love constantly through this blog with your writing. And frankly, I CAN. NOT. WAIT. to read that book. Go for it. Don't throw one word away, just keep writing. We all need you to do this. Please know that we're all rooting for you.
    I knew it was coming :)
    Blessings
    Becky C
    Buckets of Burlap

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  37. I'm gonna say this 'cuz no one else has - maybe they're just not willing to admit it publicly - but I totally starting following you because of those Grocery Store Confessionals. Bring 'em on sista!

    And I think you can write an amazing book! God gave you a talent... you may as well use it, right? And it's supposed to feel a little bit scary; He likes to push our comfort zones. You'll do great!

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  38. go, go, go, that's exciting stuff my friend! you are a writer. God has gifted you! I'm excited to watch this new journey unfold!

    supporting you all the way,
    Jami

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  39. The words that came out of my mouth the instant I read number 4 were...It's about bloody time!

    Apologies for the swearing. It just came out.

    You have no need to be nervous. I get why you are, but you don't need to be.

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  40. Great news! And if I remember correctly the main character will be Amish, right? (wink wink)

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  41. Yay!!! Looks like you can count on 42 sold books according to your comments!!! :) 2011 is going to be AWESOME!!!

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  42. Yay! I have no doubt that your book will be fabulous! And I agree, thousand island dressing is only acceptable on reubens. :)

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  43. Your blog posts on adoption are chapters in a nonfiction book - already written. I vote you go to the first writer's convention available, and pitch it to the many agents and editors looking for undiscovered talent.

    And, go for fiction too. Write on!

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  44. I'm SO glad you are using the gift God has given you to write! I can't wait to read your first book! I love to read your blog and I even RE-READ parts of it just because I like the way you say things! :-)

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  45. I have been reading your blog for a while now and have never commented, BUT just had to say I will be one of the first to buy your book!! (Well here in Aussie land that is lol)
    BTW your family is lovely. Much encouragement and prayers your way.

    ~Hazel~

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  46. you totally crack me up! You are very brave for sharing about the book. If anyone should write a book it's you!

    Never heard of the whole sauerkraut thing. Sounds fun though.

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  47. Our New Years tradition is Black Eyed Peas. However, they just dont grow them right up here is WA. They only taste good in my Mema's kitchen in the south.
    You writing a book...sounds like a wonderful idea! Love ya!

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  48. One breath, one word, one sentence, one page at a time. You can do this and fly!

    p.s. no pork or cabbage on New Year's Day. May have to keep us in your prayers this year ;-)

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  49. soooo cute! I love all of them...but number 4 is wonderful, wonderful...I know it'll be fantastic!

    and yes...my mom always had the tradition of cabbage and black eyed peas...which I have not carried over the black eyed peas...but I can do cabbage in a recipe:) but I didn't this year...yikes!

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  50. Out yourself, did you? I'm one proud momma bear. You are an amazing writer. You can make grocery shopping interesting. psh. There ain't nothing you can't do. Be fearless.

    Also, I'm inordinately excited about a 2011 version of GSC. Weird, I know.

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  51. What would New Year's be without sauerkraut? Sadly though, this is the first year we haven't had it because I was just too lazy to go to the store to get all the fixin's!

    So excited about your book. You have so much talent and I know it's going to be great!!!

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  52. Oh, my word! I'm so excited... for number four.

    And yes! I/we had pork & saurkraut on New Year's Day!! Tradition here. too.

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  53. I love your writing. What a joy a whole book...

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  54. Can I say - finally! I've absolutely loved the way you work words. I marvel at your talent and can't wait for your book!

    Congratulations! The first step is always the hardest...

    You have the talent and certainly the intellect!

    Yippee!!

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  55. This calls for a numbered response, but since Dame Jayme took numbers, I'll go the letter route.
    A. When will I learn. Why in the world would I fall prey to the silly notion that just because you already posted once in a particular day, you'd be done for that particular previously mentioned day?
    B. Did I give you my recipe for Rueben casserole? It's really good and easy peasy. Five minutes to throw together dinner.
    C. Hillbilly Hotdogs have been on my mind lately. I always get a bit obsessed over things I can't have and the fact that the Hillbilly vendor didn't come to your apple festival this year is one of 2010's biggest let downs.
    D. I was hoping! hoping! hoping! that this little tidbit was what you were hinting at having up your sleeve. I'm proud of you for going public, Farmgirl.
    E. Looky here...I almost wrote a book myself.

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  56. I love to read your posts!! Go for it girl!! You are so witty and have such a great gift in writing, you will do awesome! Happy New Year!

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  57. Hi, I don't know you but we are adopting from Ethiopia I linked to your blog awhile back from an adoption blog I read...and I sorta have a girl crush on you now! Lol, seriously I really look forward to your posts and think you have a super cute family. I am excited to hear you're writing a book and can't wait to follow your progress! Jayme Miller -www.jmhandinhand.wordpress.com

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  58. Oh my goodness, your book will be amazing. You TRULY have a way with words and that is a gift from God. BTW, we always have pork & sauerkraut at my in-laws on New Years day. Good luck, right?

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  59. What a great idea for the new year! I think that the book will be a huge success! Look at all these people who believe in you!

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  60. I would like to say that I'm popping in but not reading your blog until I have time to sit down, uninterrupted with a cup of coffee, to enjoy your words the way they should be enjoyed! :)

    Oh, and I've read the beginnings of your book. Pages of failure are not in your future! :)

    love you, friend!!

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  61. 1. i, too, am adding more color to my life/home. i'm about to purchase this shower curtain with my birthday money. i'm excited and scared. :) http://www.echodesign.com/Product/jaipur+shower+curtain/default.aspx?rid=4982&crid=450
    2. um, CAN'T WAIT to read the BOOK! i'm a fiction lover so i'm pretty pumped about this!

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  62. I am so excited to hear you are writing a book. I look forward every day to seeing if you have posted something new and exciting. I know it's hard to think of yourself as that awesome of a person, but I really truly do think you have a gift that deserves to be shared! I can't wait to buy your first book :)

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  63. Psssst....you already are a writer...you just don't have a book published but that's just a teeny, tiny detail that you will soon be taking care of. So go get your author on sister friend!!!! Yeeeee haw! (Apparently I think it's going to be a western?)

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  64. I'll be one of the firsts to buy it!

    Congrats and Happy New Year. :-)
    -FringeGirl

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  65. Yay!! Another Rueben lover!! Ruebens have been a long standing tradition in my family as well.

    I love the idea that you are writing a book. You have such a lovely and funny way with words. I am sending you lots of prayer salsa :)

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  66. Oooooh! I'm so excited! A book. I love the way you write so I know the book will be great. Keep us posted.

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  67. And I will take full credit for kicking you in the butt until you started...ha! I have no doubt it will be FABULOUS! So proud of you.

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  68. How exciting. The book. The color revolution is exciting too, but I can't wait for the book.

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  69. OOOOoooo I am SO excited! Go you! I haven't made one single new years resolution? Is that terrible of me?

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  70. Praise the Lord and pass the Hallelujah! A book, a book, by the Lady I've dreamed would write a book!

    Your words ARE divinely INSPIRED and that is why they must be SHARED. It's a gift! A gift!

    Hooray, hooray!!!

    From,

    Your numero uno book begging Canadian.

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  71. Sooo glad you are finally putting all those beautiful words into a book. I will buy it and buy others for family. I'm anxious for the world to know you and what you have to say about life. You regularly make me cry, laugh, sigh and others deserve this chance!!!! You'll be great, Flower.

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  72. Yay! You CAN do this! You SHOULD do this!...so glad you're doing this.

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  73. Your book will transpire when you get rid of the negativity. I look forward to reading it. :-)

    LesleyAnn

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  75. be careful with the sweaty palms and the risk of electrocution. if there was ever anyone that needs to write a book, it is you dear. your style is divine. i'll buy it. i'll even buy it from a book store and not amazon.com.

    have you tried newman's own lime salsa? i had it for dinner tonight. scrumptious.

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  76. This does not surprise me at. all. You go!

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  77. you're a fearless kind of girl! i can't wait to get my hands on this book. happy new year, love!

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  78. YES!!! Do you have an agent? An offer? Oh, this is so exciting! It's going to be a fantastic read! Can I proof the advance readers' copy? and can I have it autographed? Oh, God is goooood! Now you need to get a typewriter and hole yourself up in the "fox room" the rest of the winter with an electric tea kettle, right? We'll try to wait patiently.

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  79. Hurray!!!! I am so excited that you are writing a book! I can't wait to read it! Wishing you the best of luck, and sending lots of calming prayers your way!
    Hugs, and happy new year!

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  80. Okay, I don't even know you except for Blogland, and I'm sooo proud of you. This is so exciting and am looking forward to reading it. I'm into this whole doing things even when we're scared...so you go girl!

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  81. I'd read your book in a heartbeat! :) I love the way you write.

    No, no cabbage, corned beef of that sort down here in the south. I think we stick to turnip/collard greens (representing dollar bills I think) and black eyed peas (representing pennies?).

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  82. I've heard that unless I comment on a blog that I read regularly, it's just "stalking". I don't want to be a stalker, so I'm (FINALLY) commenting. :)

    I found your blog a long time ago through our mutual friend Jessica Flores. (She was my college roommate.) I can't tell you how often I've laughed while reading your blog; and it's the only one I read DAILY (shhh...don't tell jessi). I enjoy how transparent you are and that you have a son named Silas (I do too). I can't wait to hear more about your book.

    Tarah

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  83. "I know the plans I have for you, to bless you and not harm you..."You have taken the step of faith and you will reap success. It can't be easy or you wouldn't lean on HIM. I am so proud of you and know it will be a success in a big way!!

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  84. Yes. I believe a book is something you really must do!

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  85. I can't wait! You know how I love to read, and I will totally be waiting with baited breath for this. Wow, just think....our very own local author!

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  86. can i pre-order the book?! the way you share your real world happenings is delightful, i can only imagine what will come with the world you create in your book.

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  87. Listen sister, just print off your blog posts for the past forever and there you have it - a fabulous book. No need to sweat all over your keyboard! You are a gifted writer and I can't wait to read it. I'm so glad I found you this past year.

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  88. There is nothing wrong with Big Ideas. Or writing a book. If it's anything like your blog, it will be great!

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  89. Call me a liar if you wish, but honest to goodness, I was just thinking to myself today and wondering if you had ever considered writing a book. I haven't read a book in...a long time, but I will definitely read yours! Looking forward to hearing about it.

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  90. 1. We had cioppino. {And grilled steelhead for me, I'm allergic to all things wonderful.}
    2. Your need for color is contagious. Since the removal of the Christmas tree the house is drab and monochromatic. sigh.
    3. I know. I've been looking over all of those cool Valentine's Day swaps. But would I actually want to display the swapped goodies in my monochromatic house? Maybe I should pass. I'm neither a pink nor a red person.
    4. GASP! YAAAYYY! HOORAY! Sign me up for a copy, please! It will be a best seller! {Because; you have a voice that we all clamour to hear, we bloggers are a loyal bunch, we love deeply and we support our own!}
    Calm your heart. We all love you. :)

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