It's not easy coming up with a blog topic each week. Or at least settling on one good one. Every week, I leave it until Tuesday or Wednesday and then in a slight panic, get my Thursday blog written. The more panic, the better my writing. Crazy huh?
It's Tuesday night and I'm writing these words as I listen to the local 10:00 pm news. My co-author suggested that I do a blog about Supreme Court Nominee Sonya Sotomayor's reported fondness for Nancy Drew books. But I peeked at Maggie Barbieri's scheduled Wednesday blog and found she'd beaten me to the punch. (If you haven't read her blog yet, just scroll down and you'll find it below this blog entry.) Hey! I didn't mean look at it right this minute! I'm working here!
So back to my topic this week. These are my four remaining choices:
Dumpster Babies - A couple of days ago a newborn baby was found in a dumpster in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Sapulpa is a bedroom community of Tulsa. The baby whimpered and someone cleaning up the day after a veterans' event heard the sounds. The baby was okay. A miracle. But also a tragedy. Oklahoma has a law that allows babies less than seven days old to be left at any hospital, fire department, police station etc. with no questions asked. Hard to believe any mother would put a baby in the trash instead. In this day and age even scared teens know there are other options.
My Big Office Move Part II – It will be Thursday when this blog is posted. The next day, on Friday, the moving van shows up to relocate my "day job" office to a new building. This new building is just new to us. It's an older building that has been gutted and remodeled to meet our needs. Eventually, it will be a wonderful place to spend my weekdays – but as of today it has no windows, no doors, no sheetrock, and I'm beyond panic. I think everything is going to go into storage pods and I'll be working from home or my car for the next two weeks. Sometimes I could do with less adventure in my life.
Last Two Books I Read for Fun – Over the holiday weekend I read Nevada Barr's Borderline and Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child's Cemetery Dance. Both are good, but since I'm not into Zombies, I enjoyed Nevada Barr's murderous raft trip in West Texas best.
Jon & Kate Plus Eight Season Premiere – I confess I watched. I'm not proud of myself. Those kids are absolutely being exploited for the parents' fame and fortune. My co-author has given me many good reasons why this show is a bad thing. But you know, like train wrecks, you just can't help looking. Or at least I can't. The recent tabloid reports about the couple's alleged marital infidelities, made this premiere one of those "gotta watch" episodes. I mean, just last season, the couple renewed their wedding vows in Hawaii while the kids stood behind them arguing loudly over the leis. Just goes to show that if you have eight kids, six of whom are less than five, you can't count on the trip down the aisle going smoothly. And, I'm thinking renewing those vows, was kind of like tempting fate. Monday night's new episode was full of tear-filled, lower lip trembling, angst. That was Kate. Jon was belligerent and he looked like he'd spent way too much time in the sun somewhere while wearing goggles. I swear I could see the goggles outline on his dark red face. Did Jon have an affair? Did Kate have an affair? And the most important question, will Kate have to plan all future over-scheduled, media event parties for her kids on her own, or rather without Jon? (She seems to have plenty of other people to help her, and if not, she could scale down the events. No kid really needs rented bouncy tents, a magician, and piñatas for their fifth birthday party.)
Okay, this blog is done. I'm putting a fork in it. You have my permission now to scroll down and read Maggie's blog. And don't miss Marilyn's blog from Tuesday. She's just back from Mayhem in the Midlands. (I would have gone to that conference too – but you know – there was this office move to deal with. Sigh.)
aka The Southern Half of Evelyn David