Friday, May 27, 2011

At The Grille

On Today's Menu -- Baby Grilled Pork Tenderloin sandwiches on Baguettes, New Red Potato Salad, Spinach Salad, and Sweet Iced Tea. Assorted Melon Slices for Dessert.

Don't I wish I could have that for lunch.

Thanks so much for all your enthusiasm for the last two little flash pieces I put up on the blog the last two weeks. Jim and Callie have been roaming around in my brain for the last couple of months, and I do have every intention of setting more of their story down, but I'm just not that into them yet. I made an outline, so I know where I'm going, and it's a pretty good plot about what happens when you find the 'right one' out of the clear blue. However, the twist is -- circumstances keep them apart. I'm not even sure if there will be a Happily Ever After with this. Women's fiction at its finest.

Question -- Has anyone else been having trouble logging onto Blogger? I can get into gmail, and I used to be able to jump from mail to blogger but now I can't. And so I sign out of mail, and go to Blogger to sign in and it says Page Not Found. So I have to jump to a post I have on my favorites bar (lucky it's there) and sign in from my post. I know a couple of you have had trouble with comments and you have to unsign in from stay signed in, but I never stay signed in. Is it just me?

The kitchen reno is complete. The painting is finished. YAY! However, my mother decided she wants to get the garden straightened out before the weather really gets nasty, and then I get to tile the buffet, and THEN, I get to paint the whole downstairs cave. Don't get me wrong, I love my mother, and would do anything for her, but I am just too old for this. Besides, I can't get any writing done. UGH!

School is out in 9 more days. I'd love to have Monster Child go to camp, even day camp, but I don't think it's fair for her to have to have a regimen during the summer. Last summer she stayed up until 10, and slept until 10, and I got some writing done. Having her at camp would free up my schedule so much, but I'm starting to feel soooo guilty. I do want to spend time with her, but it's just so hard not living at the beach anymore. There was always stuff to do. Clamming, swimming, searching for shells and crabs, exploring. Now the beach is 4 hours away. I'm starting to hate vacation.

And so ends another week here. Hope you all have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend. I'll be working in the garden.


Laura Pauling said...

I've noticed quite a few people having trouble with Blogger. On and off I have trouble commenting on Blogger blogs. Sometimes it eats a comment or just won't post. Sometimes I walk away. Hope they get it figured out.

Christine Danek said...

I had trouble with the comments. When you sign into blogger --uncheck the "keep me signed in" button below the sign in username and password boxes. It has worked for me.
Have a great weekend!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

The problems I have with Blogger are now gone. I couldn't sign into my gmail blogger account, only my main account. Which meant when I posted anything on my romance blog, I couldn't leave comments linking you to that blog. I could only use my Seeing Creative/QT account. I couldn't even sign out of my dashboard (even though I wasn't signed into my Blogger account). Then yesterday, everything magically went back to how it was before the massive Blogger fail. :D

Linda G. said...

I had a lot of trouble with Blogger yesterday, but it seems to have cleared up. Maybe they're doing some sort of rolling maintenance?

Anne Gallagher said...

Thanks girls. Blogger is just being stupid again. I'm hoping they get it straightened out soon. I'm sick of jumping in and out of accounts.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I know the feeling of I'm just too old for this! And I've heard people are having Blogger issues this week. Have you tried using a different browser?

Anne Gallagher said...

Alex -- I don't know what that means. I'm computer/technologically challenged.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

i was having the commenting problem, but now that's fixed. However i can't get into my gmail this morning (most likely due to my work PC) but that is NOT OK for someone who is in the MIDDLE OF QUERYING!!

Rebecca Kiel said...

I'm having trouble following new blogs. Shame, I'm finding some great ones! Meet you for that lunch at noon?

Anne Gallagher said...

Sarah -- No, not in the middle of querying. Although take heart, it is the holiday weekend. I doubt you'll likely hear from them.

Rebecca -- I wish Blogger would just get fixed. I hate this. Absolutley, noon it is!!

Christine said...

Anne, I want to come to your house for dinner! Yummy!! And yes, blogger has been driving me insane for a few weeks. It went whacko last week and I lost some great comments on another group blog. This week I wasn't sure if I could get my Celebration blog up on Wednesday because the page was "gone." But it reappeared. Thank goodness.

As for the summer camp thing? I'd go for it for part of the summer. I have an only who did a theater camp for a month every year from 4th-8th grade. She loved it. And I had plenty of time to write, too. If you have something fun planned, you won't hate the vacation time as much. My Critique Partner in VA has twins. They went to every Vacation Bible School camp she could get them into during the summer. They usually run in July. Her kids were every brand of protestant religion imagined. She's catholic!

Think about it, Anne. It's a few weeks for you and for her to make new friends. You might find a fun thing that she totally loves and looks forward to. Mine had her school year friends and her theater group friends from all over the area. Really amazing bonds!


Stacy McKitrick said...

What's wrong with having a regimen during the summer? I always had to put my kids in some kind of summer activity - I worked all day. They seemed to enjoy it, too.

Don't feel guilty. A stress-free parent is a happy parent!

Lydia K said...

I had a lot of trouble with Blogger (oops, I just mistyped that as Blooger--maybe that's more appropriate for when it misbehaves?) but when I stopped using Explorer and switched to Firefox, all the problems went away.

Although now Blooger is glitchy because nobody's followers widget is showing up.

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Blogger is doing seriously funky things lately, and it's ticking me off. I hope they get it sorted out soon. Of course, it is free. I shouldn't complain, hah.

I know how you feel with the guilt thing. Darcy's last day of school was yesterday.

Anne Gallagher said...

Christine -- I'd like her to go part-time, maybe 2-3 days a week anyway. I'll have to check into it. I know she'll be bored if she has nothing to do all day. Unfortunately, they just changed the school year too, from going back at the end of Aug. to Aug. 9 so she ends up being shorted two weeks this summer.

Stacy -- Nothing is wrong with her having a regimen, it's me who doesn't really want to get up in the mornings. I know she'll love it if she tries it.

Lydia -- Blooger is what I type all the time. I seriously think the glitches are because of the tornadoes. I just wish they'd tell us what is going on instead of us having to figure it out. Or not.

Michelle -- I know, it is free. You get what you pay for. I wish we lived closer, at least they'd have each other to play with.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ahh, I so read that wrong! I thought you didn't want HER to have a regimen, when it was YOU! Ha ha!

I guess I just didn't see that as a problem. I'm a morning person, you see!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Blogger tech support says they're working on fixing these "known issues" with signing in, posting comments, etc. Hope they work a little faster. It won't let me make comments on my OWN blog, and I can only make comments on some blogs while using Internet Explorer, and others while using Chrome. (using Chrome now) Frustrating!!!

Enjoy summer with your youngun.It'll be over before you know it.

February Grace said...

*hugs* be sure you get some time in there taking care of you while you're taking care of everybody else!


Anne Gallagher said...

Stacy -- I am a morning person, however, right now I get up between 5 and 5:30. I'd like to sleep until at least 6:30 just once or twice.

Susan -- Thanks for the update on Blogger. I appreciate it greatly. I really really want to just completely go crazy this summer and hit the beach for the whole month of July but with 3 dogs, a cat, and 187 houseplants, that's kind of impossible with no one to watch them.

Bru -- You're so sweet to think of me. xoxo

notesfromnadir said...

Blogger was acting odd last week. I wasn't able to log out. It's working fine now.

So you still have some stuff to do in the kitchen. But at least the majority of it is done.

I was shipped off to day camp--it's fun & she'll have adventures, make new friends, & you can write in peace 'n quiet! :)

Liza said...

How about a short stint at camp...two weeks or three? Even though it is a regimen, I've learned from quizzing my daughter that while I suffered agonies of guilt over her being there, she loved it.

L'Aussie said...

Hey Anne, I think most people have been having probs but with each other's help we worked our way through. Yesterday I couldn't send attachments to emails.

So many people told me to load Google Chrome as Internet Explorer is not really compatible with blogger. It works so much better now!

I came by to ask whether you'd tried visiting me again. I've streamlined my blog and was hoping to get a few testers!

Let me


Dawn Simon said...

That menu sounds so good!

Wow, you are doing a ton! I helped seal the deck yesterday, but that's nothing compared to all you're doing!

I hope you have a nice week, and you get some solid writing time! :)

Anne Gallagher said...

Lisa -- After much deliberation, she's decided she wants to take Karate. And we're planning a trip back to the beach, so I guess we're nixing day camp.

Liza -- I'm doing a post about this issue tomorrow.

Denise -- I have yet to try that, so I think I shall. Just have to figure it out. I'll be over to your blog in a little while.

Dawn -- I have yet to seal the deck. As soon as my father is done with the pressure washer, I am all over it.

Stephen Tremp said...

My parents would ship the four of us off to summer camp without fail. Chase us with a broom to make sure we were not late for the bus. Good memories though. Not of the broom. Of camp.

Jennifer Hillier said...

Sigh... don't even get me started with Blogger....

Hope you had a great weekend, Anne!