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I just have to say that it is like summer here, and even though I KNOW it’s a tease, and we’ll be back to normal spring behavior by this weekend, I am really happy about it. The only downside are the same ones of a real summer: ticks and pollen. We’ve all already gotten tick bites, which is just part of living in the country, and this morning I stepped outside to see the yard covered in what looked like a yellow fog. SO.MUCH.POLLEN. I want to sneeze just thinking about it. But, as you can probably guess, I would rather be pulling off ticks and sneezing than having to wear mittens and a scarf. Although MAN those tick bites itch. Not fun!

This week is a big one for some fellow Viking author friends of mine. First, John Green’s new book, co-written with David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, is now in stores, as is the paperback of Susane Colasanti’s Waiting for You. All these new releases are so exciting that I’m wishing I had a book out as well…until I remind myself that having two out in two years pretty much wore me out, and me worn out is not pretty for anyone. So I’ll be sitting back and enjoying watching everyone else do the pub day dance and cheering them on.

In other book news, I continue to listen to celeb memoirs on my iPod. Yes, I know it’s weird that’s what I like to listen to, but whatever. I just finished Howie Mandel’s Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me, which was about his OCD and other things, and now I’ve moved onto Kristin Chenoweth’s A Little Bit Wicked. I am only a BIT into her book but she has pretty much already vaulted onto my list of People I Would Love to Have Lunch With If Anything was Possible (along with Anne Tyler, Kathy Griffin, and Taylor Kitsch, among others). She’s just so bubbly and funny and smart. I’ve never seen Wicked (I KNOW!) but I loved her on Glee and Pushing Daisies, among other things. So great.

In other other book news, I’m still waiting to see the new editions of Along for the Ride that have my essay and playlist in them. I have no idea if they are out, so if anyone happens to see one, will you let me know? The essay I wrote is kind of personal—it’s about how I got worn out last summer, actually, among other things—so I’m sort of wanting to know when people are going to start reading it. Neurotic? Yes. Normal? You bet.

Finally, a request. My mom is having hip replacement surgery next week, and understandably, she’s a little nervous about it. (And so am I, because that’s how it works with us, as I guess it does with a lot of mothers and daughters.) We know it’s a very routine surgery, and that she’ll be fine, but if you have any reassuring stories about someone YOU know that’s had a hip replaced, feel free to pass them on, as we could use them. If you have really depressing stories, no offense, but don’t feel like you have to share those.

Okay, time to make bean salad. Have a good night, everyone!

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