The Friday Five!

1. Well, first, there is this:

In the end, my husband just couldn’t help himself. He knew right before the holidays was a bad time to get a puppy. That we already had a House of Chaos, and this would just make it more crazy. And that puppies are a lot of work, even if you DON’T have a high maintenance five year old. But none of this mattered. When you know, you know. And he knew he wanted this dog. We named him Goose, and he’s barked all night long in his crate for the three nights we’ve had him. It’s like having a colicky newborn, except he doesn’t even cry it out. The boy has STAMINA. When he is not howling, however—which is basically whenever he’s out of the crate—he’s adorable and lovely and poops everywhere but I don’t even care. (See adorable and lovely, previous.) He’s got to get used to his crate, though, for his own safety and well-being. My husband, who is now as sleep deprived as I was when my kid was seven weeks old, is walking around like a zombie, but determined. “It’s a battle of wills now,” he says. But how can you battle with THAT FACE? *squees*

2. In other news, the rough pages for THE MOON AND MORE arrived this week. This the typeset book, my last chance to read it over and make any changes before it’s actually printed. It makes it feel so real!

The honest truth is that, by this point, I have lost ALL perspective on this novel. It’s probably the tenth or eleventh time I have read it since finishing, and it’s all starting to blur in my head. Which is bad, because I really need to catch all these last little mistakes and issues. People often ask me if I ever re-read my books once they are published, other than the excerpts I do aloud. I don’t. Mostly because by the time I finish editing, then talk about the book for a full year or so, I’m ready to move on. But in a good way. Otherwise I’d never start another one. Which I really need to do. As soon as I can get through these rough pages.

3. The other day I heard “Once In A Lifetime” by the Talking Heads on the radio, and I realized it pretty much sums up my life these days, or at least this week. When I was in high school and loved that song, I didn’t really get the whole, “You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife/And you may ask yourself, how did I get here?” But at forty two and change, when I found MYSELF volunteering at my daughter’s preschool to help the kids make ornaments AND baking magic bars for the class bake sale, I almost got whiplash from the realization that yes, this IS my life now. Honestly, I still feel like I JUST became an adult. Like, yesterday. How did I end up at a small table, with small children, showing them how to press a stamp into clay to make a snowflake? Isn’t that what MY mother should be doing, while I, oh, I don’t know, ride around in cars with boys she wouldn’t approve of? Man. Life is crazy. Which I guess is what that song is about, in the end.

4. OH I can’t resist. One more and then I swear I will stop:

I can hear him right now, in his crate, howling. Poor baby. Why do I think he’s going to be the Most Spoiled Dog Ever? Just a hunch.

5. I just clicked over to check my email and found one from Kate Spade, offering 20% today and tomorrow on both sale AND full priced stuff. Oh, dear. I have many weaknesses—Luke Perry, chocolate chip cookies, potato chips, Almost Famous, puppies, the list goes on and on—but lately my Kate Spade fixation has become, um, a bit of a problem. I CANNOT stop stalking their online sale. And buying purses. How many purses do I need? Apparently, enough for my husband to be considering an intervention. I have NO IDEA why I am so fixated. I think their stuff—purses, clothes, the jewelry—just lets me pretend, albeit fleetingly, that I am living a much more glamorous life than I actually am. I might be cleaning up puppy poop AGAIN at 9:20am, but I am doing it with some very cute cocktail earrings on. I am struggling to be crafty in my kid’s preschool classroom, helping little hands make ornaments only a parent could love, but I have a very kicky red patent leather purse to make me feel like I’m still slightly hip. I guess we all do what we can to be what we hope to be, and for me it happens to involve accessories. And the occasional sweater. I guess there are worse things? I can only hope so. I can also hope I will NOT click over to their site. Oh, who am I kidding…

Have a great weekend, everyone!

18 Responses to The Friday Five!

  1. Cindy Gates says:

    Sarah, have you tried a squirt bottle with water and a tsp of Listerine? Cured our puppies from barking in no time. It doesn’t hurt them.

  2. Rachel says:

    You could try putting a blanket over his crate at night. We did that with our dog and it seemed to help her get used to sleeping in the crate faster.

  3. Anna says:

    Sarah, I presume that Elizabeth Gaskell would say that you lead a life of a real LADY !
    And your baby dog is so delicate and fragile.

  4. Lisa says:

    Let the pictures of Goose keep on coming; your dog is too cute for words! And I’m glad you recongize your life is ‘beautiful’. Sometimes, it can be hard, if not impossible, to see yourself changing over time. But I think that is a good thing. It means you’re becoming more yourself. Can’t wait till your new book comes out!! I hope you’ll be touring Boston, or New England at least! I’m from that region.

  5. Jodi Turchin says:

    love Goose! What a FACE! :)

  6. Kinzie says:

    That puppy is gorgeous, and the name’s soooo cute!

  7. Congratulations to your family on your adorable new addition. Hope everyone – bipeds and quadripeds alike – are getting along. Happy (early) holidays to your household! :)

  8. Jaden says:

    Oh goodness Sarah! Don’t you know? Boxers are like potato chips, you can’t have just one! Take it from me, I have 3 of those little sinkers (:

  9. Julie S. says:

    I got a Kate Spade purse on super super sale last year (The Bow bridge kennedy in black, in case you were wondering) and it my absolute favorite thing I own. I don’t use it everyday, but I keep it around for when I need a little pizzazz. You’re right – it just makes everything more glamorous. Shop away, Sarah! You can never have too many purses.

  10. Emily says:

    OMG!!!!!!!! THE BOOK IS (kind of) HERE!!!!!!!! I CAN’T WAIT!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
    P.S. You have to admit Goose is adorable. :P

  11. Vanessa says:

    Please visit London,England and do a reading of your new book.My favourite character of yours is still Colie -what happened to her and Norman and Cat Norman and Isabel?Please consider writing a sequel about Colie and the others – in England this book is entitled “Last Chance”. Take care of you,your husband,children and Goose the cutie!x Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Joy says:

    I agree with the other. You cannot just have one boxer! And he will be your kid’s best friend. I have so many pictures of my boxers letting my little girl do ANYTHING to them. And them still being her protector.

  13. danielle says:

    I’m sure this is going to be the most annoying comment ever…but APA says we can write website now and that it doesn’t have to be Web site…lemme go check my CMS now (as that’s what the book publishing world uses)…and CMS says it can be website too.

    The editor in me never turns off.

  14. Jessica Cotterell says:

    hey a tip for crate training put an analogue clock in the crate with him hell think the ticking is a heart beat since he’s used to sleeping with the litter he’ll be used to having others around him and the clock will simulate that for him. they also make heart beat toys which beat and warm so hed think he’s not alone :)

  15. Diana says:

    Hello Sarah. My name is Diana and I am a great fan of your books. I have been writing most of my life as well and I am actually in the process of choosing a publisher that best suits my needs. Of course, they are all self publishing companies, not mainstream, so I was hoping that maybe you would be willing to suggest a few good publishers that do not require much payments and the necessary steps I should take in order for this to become successful. If you do choose to help, my email is [email protected].

  16. aurora says:

    where can i but some of your books ive been looking everywhere and i cant seem to find any?? i lived in sa tx …. help!!

  17. chauncey says:

    for holiday shopping check out the new BohemianCuriosities on Etsy. With a puppy and an almost published book…it’s nice to just make things simple and not think too hard about gifts. Handmade gifts are such a treat…I’m sure you will find something for someone.

  18. Elise Matson says:

    Hi Sarah,

    My name is Elise Matson. I’m emailing on behalf of my twin sister Emily, though she doesn’t know it. Emily and I are both 19. Last year, we were both students at University of Denver when she got really sick and was eventually diagnosed with leukemia. It’s hard for me to talk or I guess to write about, it’s just so scary, but she is amazingly strong and about to go through another round of chemo. She is not doing well. Her cancer is aggressive and we can only hope this round of chemo works better than the last.

    My sister has always been your BIGGEST fan. She has all your books and reads them religiously. She says that like “Pride and Prejudice” she always gets something new out of your books every time she reads them. That is high praise because she loves Jane Austen. She would never ask something like this, but I know it would mean so much to her to be able to read your next book while going through this round of chemo. I was wondering if there is any way she can receive a copy in advance? It is one of the only things that I know would really bring her joy…and that’s something I want to see her have again.

    Thank you so much for your time!

    Sincerely,

    Elise