The Friday Five!

1. It is 6:29am, and my daughter just asked for ice cream. Something tells me it’s going to be a long day. Personally, I blame Max and Ruby. In truth, Sasha doesn’t even like ice cream, as the last time she had it she decided it was too cold. But Max was having some, so of course, she wants it. Really, though, I should blame myself. I’m the one letting her watch the show in the first place. But if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to do this blog. See how that works? Welcome to my world. Guilt, ice cream, TV. And repeat.

2. Yesterday I was at Best Buy, picking up some power strips, when I saw Volume One of Season One of Glee on DVD. Now, I know how this works. Once the whole season is over, they’ll release another DVD, with all the episodes, which you’ll then have to buy to get the complete set. (Or maybe they’ll do a Volume Two, just with sectionals, which would be very cool. But I have my doubts.) Anyway, I knew I should just wait and get the whole thing in the fall. I’d already used this argument when I saw it at Target about a week ago and it worked. But then….I thought about how far away the fall is. And how it would be really nice to be able to watch that “Defying Gravity” duet anytime I wanted. The clincher: the last bit of Christmas money still in my wallet. So yes, dear reader, I bought it. It will get me through until the show returns, which I think is not until April or something. I mean, it was almost necessary, right?

3. I want to give a BIG thanks to everyone who went out with gift cards and bought my books after the holidays. Because of you, three of my books were on the New York Times list this week: Along for the Ride, Just Listen and Lock and Key. It was just the nicest, most wonderful surprise, I can’t even tell you. I know I say this a lot but it can never be repeated enough: I really, really appreciate your support and the support you give my books. Thank you so, so much.

4. Last night, we caught the latest episode of Hoarders . It featured my friend Geralin, who amazes me in her ability to not look surprised/disgusted when she’s looking at a kitchen full of mouse droppings that’s also infested with bugs. Her serenity in the face of total grossness is truly impressive. But I swear, for me this show is like a tonic. Every time I watch it, I end up throwing out a bunch of stuff and organizing a drawer or two, if only because I’m afraid if I don’t I might end up with, well, a house full of mouse droppings and bugs. I know, I know, it’s a big jump from a messy junk drawer to infested by vermin. Or…is it?

5. Finally, I was SO excited to go out and buy Anne Tyler’s latest novel, Noah’s Compass, this week. A new Anne Tyler book, for me, is a cause for celebration. I have read no reviews of it: I never do of her books, because honestly, I don’t care what anyone else thinks. I love her work so much. There’s just something real and so well done about every story, every character, every sentence. I also admire her because she continues to write books, one every couple of years, while totally eschewing any of the publicity stuff that most authors do. She hadn’t done a sit down interview or gone on a booktour since 1977, according to this article, which was published when her last book was released, in 2006. She just very quietly writes really, really good books. And though I know it totally goes against her fully private life, I wish SO much I could just have coffee with her for five minutes and ask her how she does it. But of course, I can’t. So I will just await her books, read them quickly, then start the wait for the next one. Oh, and worship her from a distance, very respectfully.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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