Hey guys- long time no talk, right? I miss you all.
I’m here, though as you probably noticed less so than I used to be. It’s by design- lots of stuff in the works as always, and figuring out how this little blog fits in to all of it is always something I think about. People are reading fewer words these days, looking at more pictures, listening to more podcasts. How do we continue to stay in touch in a world whose canvas is ever-changing? Do I even want to try? (Yes. You should always try.) That being said, writing is at the core of what I do; curated hair tutorials, which I think my daughter would respect me for a lot more, just aren’t my bag. We are who we are. I also like to talk, though, so we’ll see what that means for 2017. Stay tuned. 😉
I updated my website last week, at long last, because it wasn’t mobile responsive, and was ready for a little update. Mobile responsive. That didn’t even exist as a concept in 2009 when we launched and now it’s an absolute necessity. So yes- we change with the times, and the site is now not only the blog but the book and the speaking and the other things I’ve been blessed to do because of the blog. But did you see there’s a dog running around on the homepage? Hello, that’s so awesome and worth all the work.
Thanksgiving is a weird one; we’re supposed to go from grateful and all-the-feels to “spend everything” in the space of one day. So now it’s #GivingTuesday, which follows #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday when your pocketbooks are already drafty and cobweb filled from the irresistible Amazon flash deals and midnight Target runs, here like a finger wagging auntie to remind you in your post-spending spree glow that even though you spent every last dime you really should be focusing on the intangibles, like giving.
Nonetheless, here we are, and here we sit, thinking about how we can give. We give money, and we give stuff, and we give time. I think that last one is highly underrated these days. We spend too much time talking and not enough time listening, too busy to stop and really look at what’s going on around us, who is hurting, who might need our help and compassion. Sometimes that person is you, and all that saves you is that one person who’s paying attention and reaches out when you need it most. I feel like we used to be better at that, but now we’re too focused on the phone in front of us that we trip over our neighbor splayed out on the sidewalk. When did this happen? We’ve forgotten how to slow down and breathe.
I breathed a lot this weekend. I spent it binge watching Westworld and The Crown (omg Westworld! BERNARD!!! Someone please talk about this with me) and it was such a luxury because I never have time to binge watch anything. The only reason I did it was because I was too sick to do anything else, which a decade ago would have meant I shoved through and did it anyway, but now I just stop. It’s nice. I wish I could convince myself to do it more often, do nothing, veg out and make the kids scrounge up leftovers for dinner.
I was supposed to be working on editing my next book proposal, which I would love to get a move on but not while hopped up on cold meds. What an honor it is to even have the ability to do that, to have an agent who works with me, and readers who support me in that. You guys are the genesis of all of that, and I am thankful every day for the people who read here. Some of you have been here since 2009, which is nuts and amazing and humbling, so now that I’m on the mend- back to work.
Books are my heart, and I’m working on it. In the meantime, I found All Dogs Go to Kevin at my local Target and that was kind of like the best thing ever. EVER! Me, sharing shelf space with Harper Lee for the space of one brief and glorious month. I may or may not have been followed around by suspicious Target employees wondering why the weird woman spent so much time staring at a line of books in aisle A47 and wiping her nose.
So I give what I can, where I can. Today, I have my books. I want to give some to you. I’ve decided to do it this way:
Five copies to the first five people who email me a receipt for a $10 or more Giving Tuesday donation to the nonprofit of their choice. Animals, humans, environment, whatever floats your boat. Send me a photo of your receipt dated today to email@example.com, and I’ll send you a copy of All Dogs Go to Kevin because who doesn’t want to go to the post office this time of year, right? 🙂 (You’re all worth it.) The book totally fits in stockings, I checked.
And the other five copies here, as a giveaway to whoever wants it, because I’m celebrating that this site is still here, and you’re still here, and we’re still here. Resilience is one of the cornerstones of the human condition, right? And I’m so happy to share it all with you guys.
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So happy to see you again! How cool to have your book in Tarjay 🙂 Your new website is so fancy schmancy and I am still stuck in 2009 but I’ll adjust. I look forward to seeing your next book on the shelves.
Yeah!! This makes me love Target even more than I already do, which is saying a lot!! I’ve always enjoyed your blog and LOVED listening to the audio book. Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures!!
Annette Frey says
Umm, whoa wait, how did I not read your book yet????
So I found this cat Friday, walked 3 miles with her on a broken toe, trying to get a rescue to take her, then to the ER to check for a microchip (none), found her a foster, talked with every cat rescue in this State plus one other, found the woman who’s been feeding the cat at the store she belonged to for 2 years (because they didn’t), did a home visit with her for potential adoption (she passed that and all her veterinarian and other references yay!), am going to Brooklyn to pick up the cat today to take her farther away in Brooklyn for all her medical testing/vaccines/possible spay and any other medical needs I set her up with – in horrendous downpours, then picking her up to go back whenever she’s ready, to the foster until the new owner is back from a biz trip Sunday. Does that count for maybe more than $10 worth of giving today? : )
Wow, who knew cats were so hard in NYC. My friend found an injured red tail hawk the next day and a park ranger picked him up within 30 minutes!
P.S. JaneK, LOL – Tarjay!
Annette Frey says
P.P.S. Welcome back!
Dr. V says
Yes, I’ll take that 😉 Anything for you!!! That is amazing.
Annette Frey says
Haha, thanks! She’s a sweetheart. Our detective work explained why she was off in a corner (at night) crying and not trying to get back in the store around the corner. She was kicked and kicked out. She’s in a good place now and we have her all sorted. Whew!
Diane Christofferson says
Glad to see your post. I’ve missed them. Can’t wait to hear all that comes in 2017.
What makes me happy today? Lots! Being able to walk my Lab and two borrowed ones, living in Central Oregon. Being healthy. And a chance to win a copy of your book for the local vet clinic. I gave them my copy to read (I’m a retired rvt, it was awesome) but they returned it because they hadn’t had time to read it and felt guilty for having it so long!
Today? I just found out that my cousin found out someone was in need and helped them. A man who didn’t have much now has a winter coat and boots. That makes me happy today.
I miss more regular postings on your blog, but I have noticed that my blog list in general is getting shorter and shorter as people’s priorities change or they move on. I still read more than I look at pictures.
Here’s hoping that you continue to contribute here, and that you and your family and Brody are all well and happy.
Susan Gross says
I have loved to read and share your blog posts and hope to see them continue. Your take on end-of-life issues definitely helped me to cope with the loss of my 4 senior dogs in 18 months. I would be eager to read you current book and any new content you come up with.