Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Oxygen. STAT!


Hey, gang!


Great to see you all!


I am a teensy, weensy bit busy this week, but I wanted to pop my head in over here in blogland and say hello!

Wait, here's one:  WWIINNNGAAA!  (Technically, my sisters and I use that one to describe when a child picks up a little projectile like, as a ferisnstance, the dog, and throws it across the room, usually decapitating the ficus but, thankfully, not the projectile itself, which instead widdles on the carpet just below said ficus and then falls asleep in the coat closet.  But speed is definitely involved.)

I'm working on NaNo, and I'm all the way up to - hang on, gotta remove my socks - 967,351 words - which, as you know is totally awesome, not to mention shameless perjury.

I'm also putting my presentation together for Saturday's BBC in St. George.  Kristina gave me a sneak peek at her power point, which then peer pressured me into doing a power point of my own.  When I reached my 43rd slide, my husband supportively said, "Are you providing forehead pillows for when your audience tips out of their chairs, unconscious from the sheer --" he didn't get to finish because he'd been ushered onto the porch with his own damn forehead pillow.

So now I have 8 powerpoint slides, which I'm fairly confident I'll leave at home and remember at some point when I'm doing Warp Eleventy Zillion through the Virgin River Gorge, narrowly avoiding taking out the '62 Volkswagen Bus full of hippies driving cross country as a test to see how slowly a vehicle can travel before being declared a landmark.

And I've found myself in the very rewarding and unbelievably consuming business of starting a foundation to raise money for a very, very sick little boy in our area.  If you're interested in what we're doing, head over to http://www.matthewblanchardfoundation.com/ and say hello!  Once BBC is over I'll be doing a giveaway here on my blog in an effort to bring attention to this worthwhile cause.  If you're going to be in Vegas over Thanksgiving, come out to our Turkey Trot and work off some of that pumpkin pie!  It's all on the site; check out the link.

And I've taken up Public Speaking as a Vocation, about which I'll share more in a couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, I'm working on Private Yelling as a Motivation to Graduate From High School, thus far with an audience of one, although I'll be happy to do birthday parties, Youth Conferences, and christenings.  Let me know, and I'll send you a price sheet as well as a list of "Topics for All Your Yelling Needs."  I customize to guarantee satisfaction. 

Hope to see a whole buncha y'all this weekend!  Come up and say hello, please!  As for the rest of you, I'll swing by your places as soon as bloggily possible.  Just know I'm thinking about you and sending virtual shmoozes your way!

Catch ya on the way back down!


Kristina P. said...

I'm not sure why my amazing Powerpoint, filled with rainbows, unicorns and Hoff references would peer pressure you into not doing something completely lame.

Melanie Jacobson said...

See, you're doing the Space Mountain version of NaNo and I'm doing the Small World version, especially the part with little, adorable, but nonetheless incredibly annoying children.

And yet I still go on that ride.

Momza said...

I wish I was gonna be there.
I know it's going to be something everyone will be talking about for decades as the BEST EVER BLOGGY THING, and here I sit on this side of the Rockies.
I'm sure you'll be great...I should use more adjectives, hold on while I pull up my thesaurus...
here we go:
able, absolute, aces, adept, admirable, adroit, awesome, bad*, best, brutal, cold*, complete, consummate, crack*, downright, dynamite, egregious, exceptional, expert, fab, fantastic, fine, first-class*, first-rate, good, heavy*, hellacious, marvelous, masterly, number one, out of sight, out of this world, out-and-out, perfect, positive, proficient, super-duper, surpassing, terrific, total, tough, transcendent, tremendous, unmitigated, unqualified, utter, wonderful.
And all that.

Jillybean said...

I'm curious about this yelling thing. Do you make house calls, or do we send the kids to you?

T said...

I'll be there... should I bring along my own forehead pillow... I do still have the little one from CBC ;)

Christine Macdonald said...

Good for you!!! I miss you girlie, but am so happy and proud for everything you are, who you are becoming and the ass your are kicking.



L.T. Elliot said...

I wish I could be there. If for nothing else than to see you, Kristina, and Annie. A fabulous trio the world hasn't seen since the original trio, if you catch my drift. *Hey! another life-boat analogy!*

Have a wonderful, wonderful time and give the hippies a peace for me! ;)

Karen Peterson said...

I wish I could go to Bloggy Boot Camp this weekend. Especially now that I know your presentation is not going to be lame.

Kazzy said...

Are you ladies gonna wear fatigues and camo and do the whole boot camp theme? Ugh. I scare myself.

veronica said...

If you decide to take the Yelling thing on the road I'd be happy to open for you. Ya know, warm up the crowd with a little bit of "Private Yelling as a Motivation to Pass the 8th Grade" or maybe a bit of "Private Yelling as Motivation to Earn Your Eagle Scout". I'll start them off small and then let you bring out the big guns. Like a tag-team.
Waddaya say? We can work out the specifics of our routine this weekend. See you soon!

Becca said...

Yea! I made it. I had to restart my computer to find you. That never happens. But I'm glad to be here, as always.
I am eager to hear about public speaking as a vocation. I'm there. Just say where and when.

JoeinVegas said...

Powerpoint slides!! Yes - those people probably do need a nap in the dark.

Garden of Egan said...

Powerpoint? Will you be able to hold the clicker thingy AND your diet coke?

I so wish I was going to be there. To see you in the same room with Kristina................sigh.

Cheeseboy said...

If I were a woman, and in St. George this weekend, and have a ticket, I would totally stop by and say hi.

Only 8 slides? You are in deep, deep trouble. I hope you used a small font.

charrette said...

Have a great trip...as long as it's not down any stairs or over any furniture! I wish I could be there to hear you speak. But I AM planning a trip to St. George in January. Will you come visit me? Please?

--Oh, and good luck on NaNo! I loved doing that with you last year. Sigh.

Wendy Walker Cushing said...

So nice to meet you, my new local LV friend, at BBC yesterday. Assure your husband that we were thoroughly entertained and that you were very engaging and that I didn't hear even one snoring sound in the room! {Maybe a snort or two of laughter!} Great job!

P.S. I love your blog and am now following, even though I am very visual and my new little blog is full of pictures to tell my stories!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Hee hee hee I LUB you so much.

YOU GO GIRL, with your NANO word count. So impressive. And then starting a foundation too! I'm head over to support.

I hope your 8 power point slides rocked the bloggashpere. How was boot camp? How many pushups did you make your class do?

I better win this job because I put NANO on hold for it. ha ha


staceysmotheringmoments said...

Oh the dog. At our house it's the cat, which makes a slightly different noise when traveling at high speeds through the air.

It was so good to meet you on Saturday. I really enjoyed your presentation. It's given me a lot to think about. I think it firmly cemented in my head my desire to continue to pursue writing. I've been submitting things half-heartedly for years and I think it's time I take myself more seriously. But not too seriously, of course!

Oh, and as far as the yelling is concerned, I'm testing it out on gradeschoolers at the moment. The verdict is still out on success rate, but I've got one that should move on to Junior High soon.

Sonora said...

LOL! Sounds like you are really, really busy! You can tell your husband that you weren't boring in the least and were one of my favorite presenters. Thanks for being so kind and so open. It was really great to meet you!