It’s 7:06 am as I write this. Does that mean it’s too early to start thinking about the Carolina-Duke came which begins fourteen hours from now? Nope. Not at all. In fact, back in the day, I would have been thinking about this game for days already, reading all the articles I could find, worrying as I drove or went to the grocery store about our depth or lack of it, and how well Duke’s been playing, etc, etc. Now, of course, I have other things to think about, like Elmo and diapers, so basketball isn’t QUITE the preoccupation it once was. Still, I woke up this morning and had that same nervous feeling in my stomach: we play Duke tonight. That never goes away. GO HEELS!

In other news, thanks to everyone for your very kind responses to my first ever video reading. So far, according to YouTube, it’s been viewed 1900 times or so, which seems pretty impressive to me, but then again I don’t know what normal viewing numbers are. I must admit, again, that I was REALLY nervous putting the video up. It’s one thing to write these blog entries. They are words, and I am really comfortable with words. But to put my own face, and all my weird little quirks, out there for everyone to see…well, it’s a bit of a leap of faith. A big one, actually. For those who said I should do more videos, well…we’ll see. I DID have fun geeking out with iMovie, though. I am such a nerd, I swear.

Finally, I’ve been a bit stressed lately. Maybe it’s putting my big face up on the internet, or the fact that all these ARCs of my book are now out there, being read, and all I can do is wait and hope people like it. Or it could be the Carolina-Duke game. But for whatever reason, I’ve been a bit on edge. Exercise helps, I find. So do cupcakes, although they kind of cancel out the exercise. (On a side note, I made some red velvet cupcakes from a Duncan Hines mix this weekend and they were AMAZING. I highly recommend, along with cream cheese frosting. Yum.) But then, this morning, I turned on the TV to watch GMA, and for some reason it was on this channel called HDNET, which was showing….a sunrise in the Peruvian rainforest, in high definition. There are exotic leaves and branches. Brightly colored birds. And just this quiet, peaceful chirping. Ahhhhh. Maybe if I watched this instead of the news every morning, I wouldn’t be so tightly wound?

The truth is, right now, my house is too organized, my desk is too clean. I’m caught up on my reading and correspondence, for the most part. I’m watching the Peruvian rainforest and looking for higher meaning. I’ve been here before (without the rainforest). I know what it means. Time to start another book. We’ll see how much longer I hold out.

Have a great day, everyone!

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