I have to say it again: thank you.
I got so many birthday wishes for my entry yesterday I still can’t quite believe it. My cup runneth over! It was so nice for so many people to take the time, and I really, really appreciate it. Now I have to stop talking about it, before I get all mushy and choked up again. So deep breath, and moving on…
I did have a great birthday, I must say. Got a pedicure, had lunch with the gals, took a nice nap, hung out with my husband, got to eat at my favorite restaurant AND then come home to watch Veronica Mars. Plus, I had two desserts—one, a peanut butter pie from 411 West, which was fabulous, and then a chocolate souffle kind of of thing from Lantern, also amazing—which felt totally decadent and celebratory. One sign I know that I’m getting older (as if the birthday wasn’t sign enough)? I was in bed by 10:30. Remember the days of kicking up your heels, staying out all night, seeing your birthday down to the last, final minute? Yeah, not happening these days. But oh, well. It was great anyway.
In other news, I’ve recently signed up with AmazonConnect, which is a program where you have a blog on their site (a plog, I think they call it?). I have to be honest, I don’t know much about how all this works, but hopefully I’ll be able to get some content up over there at some point. I should probably check it out and see what other authors do on their pages. Truth is, this journal is probably always going to be my favored way of talking to the world at large. I love Livejournal, because it’s so user friendly, even for someone like me, who can’t tell a jpg from a gif. (Okay, I kind of can, actually. But uploading pictures is still hard for me, and complicated. I know there’s probably a better/easier way to do it, but I just haven’t figured it out yet.) I do have my page on MySpace, which is kind of fun but, I must admit, a little overwhelming. I haven’t even begun to figure out what all I can do with it. And can someone tell me what a kudos is, please? (Forget the 10:30 bedtime. That makes me old, I’m sure.) I have yet to figure that out. Between the blogging and the page and the Amazon thing, this could get awfully time consuming. And, um, I need to get to work on another book, sometime soon. Good thing I have a whole summer ahead of me. I’ll need it.
But regardless of all the ups and downs, and things to do and stressful stuff, every once in awhile something just great happens. Like yesterday, for instance. Late afternoon, as I was getting ready to go out for dinner, we had a huge thunderstorm here, the sky all dark, rain pouring down. I’d heard that there was hail falling like crazy over in Durham, but by the time we left the worst had moved on, the sun peeking out in places, although every once in awhile you’d hit a pocket of rain. As we came into town, my husband said, “Check it out,” and I looked: it was a rainbow, just off to the left, very pretty. But as we got closer, it got brighter and brighter, and bigger: we could see not only the whole arc of it (which is rare) but it was shimmering where it came down, so vibrant and clear it seemed like you could literally take a few turns and drive right up to it, step out and touch it even. It was, seriously, the most perfect rainbow I’d ever seen, and that was before I noticed there was a second one, rising over it, faint but still there.
People were pulling over, it was so amazing, just standing outside their cars and staring up at it. On a day when everyone had been joking (or not) about bad omens, I had to hope that maybe this was just the opposite. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it, and it was just a result of light refracting, and physics, and all that. Still. it was beautiful and pretty awe-inspiring, and of course pictures won’t even begin to do it justice. But if you’re having a bad day, or a bad week, or just a bad time—and I know you’re out there, even if I don’t know you all—then this is for you.