Monday, January 9, 2012

In which your lucky wishes are probably helping (so keep wishing!)

This morning when I got to work, I discovered that one of my delightful co-workers had left a charming little gift on my desk:

I had no idea, and I think she had no idea, that this little bauble is just slightly magical and more than a teeny bit lucky. 

But it definitely IS.

How do I know?

Well. 

Funny you should ask!

The library was busy enough today that I barely glanced at my "personal" email during the morning shift, and I took myself for a quick walk during my lunch hour and didn't read any of it then.  It wasn't until mid-afternoon, when the rush slowed down a bit, that I glanced at my phone, expecting to see a few post-Xmas ads and maybe a note from Facebook saying that Patty was kicking my butt in Words With Friends.

There were, in fact, a few ads, and a note about WwF.  But there was another message, too.

From a publisher.

Now, before you go all squee, I'll tell you that I don't have an actual acceptance of the Endurance 101 book proposal...yet.  

What the publisher said was that, although they are acquiring horse titles slowly right now, she is interested in my book proposal.   She called it "strong, appealing, and well thought out."

(At this point, I did squee.  Also, I did a teeny little dance in a teeny little circle around the library workroom.)

Then she said that she is going on a 4-week vacation (envious!) and won't be able to discuss it with the publishing committee until mid-February....

...BUT...she asked me to email her after February 10th to remind her to look at the proposal again, once she's back from her vacation.

(insert: more squeeeee and more dancing!)

It's a long time to keep our fingers crossed, but Haiku Farm readers are strong.  I know you'll help me out on this. We are on the right trail towards getting the book published!

Life is good good good good good!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

In which it's that time again already: time to go shopping for PROM!

We had so much fun wearing our thrift-shop prom dresses at the Pacific Northwest Endurance Rides' convention last year that we decided to repeat this experience...

One rack in one store.  We hit SIX thrift stores today in search of fancy frocks!
 And, off we went. 

Note that this is a HORSE-RELATED post:  we met up at Fish Creek Farm, and van-pooled to thrift stores together.  If you look carefully, you will see a horse through the front windscreen of the van. 

Say "hi" to Rocky as we drive past him!
Our plan is always quite simple:  try on everything that looks interesting. 

Dory looks awesome.

Me, in the same dress, looking piratical!
 We tried on dresses of all shapes,
What is the best part of the outfit?  The sports bra?  Or the socks?
 ...and sizes...
I was sooooooo sad that this purple dress didn't fit me!!!


For the really good dresses, we all squoze into them.




The gold dress didn't fit.  Too bad!

We did stop for lunch.  Then...back to the thrift shops!  We still needed to find shoes

Cute, but perhaps not seen to advantage with sport socks?


Not much in the world more fun than red shoes.
We also found some, er, supportive foundational garments.

A lovely example of a holder-upper/squisher-inner

Who knew that you could find such a wide variety of squisher-inners, holder-uppers, strapper-downers, smusher-flatters, and fluffer-uppers at thrift stores?  Amazing!

Last stop: accessories.

Patty's hat is pink leopard print.  Mine has skulls and crossed bones.
Hats, gloves, and tiaras.  We are going to be fancy ladies, fer shore.

Fortunately, we still have two weeks until the event--there's plenty of time to recover from our marathon shopping trip!

We are 'sausted.

Life. Is. SHINY!

and also, good.

(if you're going to be in the Portland, Oregon area on January 20-22, consider coming to the PNER Convention.  Speakers and vendors are free!  Details HERE.)