Is this crazy or what? Yesterday, I got to meet, in person, Natalie Merchant. That's all I'm going to say about that. It was a little thrilling to me. OK, that's it.
On the personal fame thing, I've been contacted by a TV show-to-be (does the Society do a fruitcake bake off?), and today the Society got big press in the Sacramento Bee and little press in the Tampa Tribune. what a hoot. I think there's a phone message for the Society as well.
On a different note altogether, but as a result of the Sacramento Bee article, I received email from the Founder of Sinkie.com. What's a Sinkie? The International Association of People Who Dine Over the Kitchen Sink. Their motto: "If it has anything to do with having a quick bite, it has everything to do with being a Sinkie." www.sinkie.com
Last night I had dinner with three friends. One had a gift certificate she "had" to use up and she chose to use it with us. We all agreed to split whatever the balance was. The place was homey, the portions were good and generous and we talked non-stop for like 3 hours. The place wasn't busy and so there was no pressure to relinquish our table, and we weren't demanding, so the waitstaff didn't mind either.
But what a great time - we told our stories and laughed and enjoyed each other and our friendships. We exchanged some gifts, but that wasn't the highlight of the evening.
When we headed out into the sharply cold night, the sky was clear, the moon was high voltage and the stars twinkled merrily. The hugs were warm though and we went our ways home in peace and with a smile.
Pat, Sue, and Naomi - thanks for being part of my life.
And now, what you've all been waiting for - An FAQ for the Society for the Protection and Preservation of Fruitcake.
As a side note, the Society's web page broke, nay smashed, its all time record for daily page views today. Apparently a big ISP put some holiday links on the page members get after logging into their accounts and the Society was one of them. So yeah, that ticking you've heard all day was the visitor counter whirring madly away. Now if I could only attract that kind of traffic to my main pages! Fruitcake meta tags anyone?
Went to the family christmas party Sunday night. My brother and his family hosted it and everyone brought food to share. Lots of people came and ate and talked and had a good time.
It was great to see all my cousins talking amongst themselves and how well their kids all get along. I even got to see the inside of my nephew's bedroom and the cool electric guitar and amp he got at a garage sale. Later I heard that my cousin Joe had "consulted" with him about this, giving him some advice about needing new strings etc. Since Joe plays himself that was a very nice thing. Always good to see my aunts and uncles. In short a good time was had by all.
I brought caesar salad at the request of my brother and hoooo baby, it was a good thing we're all family and like each other because baby - that garlic was serious business! Mike snagged the left overs so I guess it passed muster.
I know our family really needed an occasion like this. It's not all good times, but getting together like this reminds us of our past and what we share and why. Thanks everyone who made it all possible!