Whoa. 175 comments and counting on the excerpt from WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE. Yikes! And mostly all positive as well. To say I am grateful is to put it mildly. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the kind words. I will see what I can do about getting a bit more up in the coming weeks, although so many of you said you were trying NOT to read it in order for the whole thing to be fresh that I might reconsider. Chapter One is a taste, an appetizer: but two full chapters is like a small plate, or even part of an entree, you know? Less can sometimes be more. So we’ll see. But again: thank you.

The big news for me right now is that as I write this, the sun is out. YESSSSSSS! I have such admiration for those of you who live in places like the Pacific Northwest, where it is overcast much of the time. We had a stretch of that weather and I honestly felt more sad than I have in ages. And I KNEW it was weather related because 1) I don’t have any good reason to be sad and 2) just looking at pictures of the beach made me feel better. But nothing is a cure like real, live sunshine. I’ve spent the entire day craning my neck towards the window, like a dog hanging his head out of a car, soaking up every little bit I can. I wish I could bottle it like fireflies.

In other news, American Idol starts up tonight, and even though I am intrigued by the mix of J. Lo, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson, I am going to try and stay away. Idol is always a TOTAL time suck for me, and the audition process over the last few years just got so…I don’t know, cruel. It was mean-hearted and there is enough of that in the world. I don’t want to be depressed! I just got the sun back! But maybe this will be the beginning of a kinder, gentler Idol. If it is, tell me. Meanwhile I will be trying to convince my husband to watch The Bachelor, even though I get voted down every single time I try to sneak it on. Now, though, I have even MORE of a reason to try to watch, as my friend Dana says there is a girl on it that totally reminds her of me. It’s Jackie Gordon and apparently she rocks her ponytail JUST like me. I will take that as a compliment! Normally people tell me that I look like someone they met once, or somebody’s sister or cousin. I never get celebs or even quasi-celebs. Just ONCE I wish someone would tell me I looked like anyone from Friday Night Lights, though. Even Tim Riggins! That’s my goal.

Okay, the sun is going down now and it’s in the upper fifties. I am going outside to chase the rays over the horizon. Or, you know, just stand there for a few minutes.

Have a good night, everyone!