Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Getting there...slowly but surely

The last seven weeks have been crazy / busy, but it's all good. Here's the scoop: My newest book, Life Is Short, I WISH I WAS TALLER, will be coming out in the fall. So, everything else aside, I'm in the throes of book publishing. It's all good though! I have lots  of speaking gigs and book signings coming up, but could always book a few more. J

In order to keep my sanity (if there is such a thing), I've been busy lately with various and sundry activities, in other words—STUFF!

SUMMER RECREATION: hosting family visits, going to the beach, swimming in the pool and hanging out with friends. The most fun has been sharing Grammy Camp with our beautiful and precious granddaughters, Madison (almost 9) and Carly (almost 5).

HOBBIES: I WON Bunko last week with 3 bunkos total for the night. This was a fluke as I am the unluckiest player you ever knew. We girls gathered at Cindy's beautiful waterfront home near Emerald Isle, N.C., and had a blast! Don't tell Russell I won because he'll expect me to buy him dinner, since I don't cook much these days. (Unless you call fixing oatmeal cooking.)

GARDENING: still getting lots of cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers and a few cucumbers here and  there. My watering has been erratic (sort of like my entire life), so it's no wonder the veggies seem to be giving up on me (rather than the other way around). Hey, what can I say? It was good while it lasted! Plus it's HOT here! Remember that song, "Oh, I Wish that It Would Rain." And, I do!

READING: Am into (fiction) "Home Safe" by Elizabeth Berg. I LOVE HER!!! She is my favorite author to date, tied only with Anne Tyler. Also reading (non-fiction) "Style Statement" by Carrie McCarthy and Danielle LaPorte, dahlin'.

MUSIC: The Highwaymen by Willie Nelson. Also, Smile by Lily Allen. And Zimbabwe by Toni Childs.

HEALTH: Speaking of pounds—I'm lifting them, too. Weights, that is. My aerobics class, Fit Over Fifty (I am not making this up) is keeping me sane and somewhat buffed. Okay, I can hear you laughing and it's not funny! Hub Russ has lost 40 lbs., so I'm just trying to keep up with him. He did P90X this summer, then Insanity and now he's just running a lot, (mainly away from me when I show him the honey-do list).

Stay well, dear readers and friends.
Ann Ipock
Author, Speaker, Humorist
Life Is Short, I WISH I WAS TALLER (Fall 2010)
Life Is Short, BUT IT'S WIDE