Wow. Long time. I'm going to use the excuse of being very busy as my reason for not blogging sooner.
And you can accept that or not. But there it is.
Busy doing what? You ask?
Working. Being on a Relay for Life team. Being the most mobile person in my household. Taking care of lots of stuff and pretty much putting myself (and you) on the back burner.
And that's not about to end yet. But I thought I'd take a few minutes and touch base.
First off - find this book and read it: The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows. Please. Just do it now.
Wasn't that great? A charming and touching look at one of the Canary Islands during its occupation by Germans in WWII. Well. Actually, the charming part was the group of people involved in a loosely-formed reading circle created to divert the soldiers from what was actually going on. Which was simply human contact and a decent meal during a pretty dismal time in history.
Interestingly, the book was the brain child (and only published work) by Mary Ann Schaffer, who became ill and turned the book over to her niece Annie Barrows to finish. Sadly, Ms. Schaffer passed away so this is her only effort. It would have been nice to see what else she could write. Or even find out about these remarkable characters later in life.
Anyway - find it and read it and I promise you'll enjoy it. Have I ever lied to you before? Not hardly.
Also - another part of my busy-ness comes in the form of team spirit and fundraising. Cancer won't just cure itself so we have to help out when we can and that falls under the "give" category.
The Relay for Life is this weekend and it's my first time as a team member. I'm not sure exactly how walking around a track 24 hours at a time will raise money for cancer research, so I'm going to have to go out and see. So far our team at the Lodi News-Sentinel has raised quite a few hundreds of dollars for research, so that's nothing to sneeze at. If we can raise more money by walking around a track - I'm in. If you find yourself out there over the weekend, find the team with the purple tie-dyed shirts and give us a shout. Or come to our booth and give us some money. If you don't have money, give us support. Spot somebody on our team for a lap or two around the track.
Like I said: cancer isn't going to cure itself. Time to make a stand.
See you when the dust settles.