A loyal Verbatim reader complained that lately he hasn't been getting his money's worth from this blog, and he's right. So I'm willing to offer a pro-rated discount to anyone who likewise feels that I haven't been posting frequently enough to justify the high subscription rate.
And you won't be hearing much from me this week, either, I'm afraid. What will I be doing?
I will be working, working, working. I just finished editing a low blood sugar cookbook, I'm nearly done with a vegan cookbook, I'm about to start on a bread baking cookbook, I'm waiting on a panini cookbook, and I'm supposed to be proofreading a novel any day now (well, that's what they've been saying for the last couple of weeks, anyhow). I'm also helping put the finishing touches on Michael Ruhlman's Kindle project, which I can't wait to share with you!
I will be watching as the plumber makes a hole in the kitchen ceiling in an attempt to tackle the horror show that is an ancient toilet in the girls' bathroom directly above, leaking into our pantry. "And it's not the good water," quoth the plumber. He did some exploratory surgery this morning and came away shaking his head.
I will be driving my kids all over the place! Soccer season is over, so now Pete is all about basketball and indoor track. But at long last, Bar Mitzvah year is over—he had two more these past two Saturdays, and now I am done with the 11pm Saturday night party picking up routine (until Julie's turn in a couple of years, that is!). Speaking of Julie, to our delight (and some amazement), she made the All-City Band for clarinet, which is a really big deal. I had told her what an honor it was just to be invited to audition, and then she was accepted! It's for grades 5–8 citywide, and she said there were only about 10 fifth graders at the first rehearsal—that's out of 15 elementary schools in the city! Steph is still volunteering at the hospital, which is convenient because she can walk there, but she also got a real job! She's assisting with weekend birthday parties at Create a Cook, the wonderful cooking school run by Jo Horner. So far she's mostly washed a lot of dishes, but she loves earning her own shopping money, and I don't blame her. (She also managed to make Honor Roll this term, even with this new item on her schedule!) Oh, and she's now taking driver's ed. Gulp.
I will be playing with Violet and Luna, if I can get them out of this box (this is in response to another loyal Verbatim reader's complaint that I haven't been sharing enough kitten photos):
What will you be doing this week?