The "This Is Not About Italy" post

Although you'd never know it from my Facebook page and this blog, there are other happenings in life versus reliving the Italy trip. A quick recap to bring us all up to date: 

  • This Saturday is the 24-hour run at Hinson Lake. You know, there's a fine line between "bad ass" and "dumb ass" and 24-hour runs are a balancing act.  Last year I ran 54 miles in 11 hours. This year I'm aiming for 70 miles and lasting until midnight. Bored Saturday and looking for something to fill the hours? Come run with me. And bring chocolate. 
  • THE BOOK. Does This Collar Make My Butt Look Big? A Diet Book For Cats is due to my editor October 1st. My writer's group has been handing me feedback all week and I'm in a mad scramble to rip the book apart, incorpurrate (sorry, job hazard) their suggestions and get it out on time. Stress level = 8, but I'm having fun. I do my best work when I can see the finish line. 
  • New Clients. Sensing my absence from the country, several new clients popped up while I was away. I now have the task of explaining why I didn't immediately respond and that while I would love to work for them, my priority right now is coming up with new and funny ways to talk about kibble regurgitation among felines. I won't lie. It's a tough sell. 
  • The car. It's time for my yearly car inspection and this morning Blair handed me a coupon for an oil/filter change at the Infiniti dealership. I called him this afternoon. "The car won't pass inspection without 2 new back tires," I said. 

"Okay," he replied. 

"And the battery needs replaced."


"And the brakes need work."

Silence on the other end, then, "Well, that coupon really came in handy." 

  •  New Write Motivation class started last night. I forget until I get into class how much I truly enjoy teaching, and we have a great group this go round. Looking forward to the next 5 weeks. 

 Other side notes include on-going marathon training, me talking Blair into signing up for a Zombie Run (although I'm seriously considering signing up to BE one of the zombies - how great would that be?), and we're heading to Asheville in a few weeks so I can take a 3-hour organic vegan soup-making class with 5 different fall soups. 

Life is indeed sweet.