Archive for May, 2010

Tea & Company

May 29, 2010

At our monthly Supernatural Tea Party we talked about magical, mythic, mystical places. Was Atlantis a real city? And if so, where was it and what destroyed it? Could some magic lands from literature actually be based in truth? Are some “places” not wholly tangible or intangible? Is there something in between?

One idea that I don’t believe but that intrigues me is the Hollow Earth theory. Was Shangri La a warm and green paradise at the top of the world because it existed on the inside of the planet?


Of course, as usual, we digressed (often the most fun) and touched on many subjects including my sister’s idea that A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT might actually help the dead – could a stuck soul, like Helen, read SLANT over someone’s shoulder and learn a way to let go and move into Heaven?

We ate tea sandwiches, banana bread, blackberries with cream, and chocolate mints. We drank three pots of Earl Grey. We had one new visitor, Penny, teacher, friend of Goody and Jessie, one of my sister’s writing cruise buddies. Binny (my four month old son) enjoyed himself greatly and was particularly talkative during the Atlantis discussion.  

In June we’ll talk about supernatural people (mermaids, witches, werewolves, zombies, vampires, shape-shifters and the like.) Might be time to bake scones again!


New Mommy Brain

May 17, 2010

(Notice the Min Pin nose in center bottom -- Max tries to get into most photos with his boy.)

I LOVE being a mother and I ADORE my son. I do have to get used to certain things, though. I used to be Miss “Johnny on the Spot” — I arrived early to rehearsals and appointments, I kept up with sending family and friends gifts and cards at birthdays, I had my rooms organized, I answered fan emails the same day I got them, and I could write a list of thirty things to do each day and get twenty of them done.

Ever since my son was born, however, I’ve become embarrassingly disorganized about certain things. Sure, I steam his bottles and always have plenty of diapers and wipes and powdered formula on hand. But I’m still just sending off the last two of my thank you notes for a baby shower that took place two months ago. I do laundry but never seem to put it away – I just keep dressing baby and me from the stack of clean clothes. It took me over two months to send in some paperwork that should have taken one afternoon. I write a list of thirty things to do each day and do four of them! What’s the matter with me???

Apparently, I have New Mommy Brain. It’s not just a chemical phenomenon that afflicts women who give birth. I adopted my son, but as you can tell, I’m suffering from an acute case of NMB. Not that I’m complaining – becoming a family with Binny is the best thing in the world – my favorite part of life. No, I’m not complaining – I’m apologizing.

I apologize to the two websites that I forgot to send guest blogs to and to the two that I meant to send donations to. And to the Give-Away winners who had to wait until I got back from Chicago to get their prizes mailed out. And to my friends and relatives who watch patiently as I try to get ready to go somewhere. Much harder to get out that front door with a baby. (And, seriously, if you sent us a baby gift and I never sent you a thank you note . . . PLEASE email or call or drop by and ask how we liked the gift. I know we loved it! I want to thank you! I do!)

And Thank you to all the patient people in my life as I figure out how to organize my things, my work, my time. Thank you, people I said I would call and haven’t yet, for being so nice. Thank you, Binny, for being such a good sport about Mommy’s flustered moments. Thank you to my dog, Maximus, for waiting, being quiet, making room for baby, and being so sweet when left at home as Binny and I drive off for errand trips on which you were once invited. Thank you to the calm doctors and nurses who listen to me and answer my questions. Thank you to everyone who cheerfully helps me out when I say, “I know you sent me that info before, but could you possibly resend it?”

You are all angels. Bless you. And I vow to get my act together. This evening is about picking up my space. I’ll keep you updated. Wish me luck!

May Give-Away

May 3, 2010

Congrats to Nafisa of Walsall, England, the winner of the April drawing. In May I will give away another audio book of SLANT. In addition, if you speak/read Spanish, Korean, or Polish, and would like a copy of SLANT in one of those languages, email me a little about yourself (was S/K/P your first language, are you just learning, do you teach the subject) and I’ll also draw a winner for each language at the end of the month.

And now, because I can’t resist, here is another picture of my son.

Binny takes turns napping on the guests at his baby shower.