"The notion that such persons are gay of heart and carefree is curiously untrue. They lead, as a matter of fact, an existence of jumpiness and apprehension. They sit on the edge of the chair of Literature. In the house of Life they have the feeling that they have never taken off their overcoats."
- James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Okay, don't be mad...

I'd love to tell you all more about the launch party, as I promised last time, but I'm afraid this is going to be a quick post to tell you I'm not going to be telling you much at all, at least not for a week.

I'm off with my family to our annual relaxation: a week at the Gray Eagle Lodge, which is nestled in the Sierra Mountains, about two hours northwest of Truckee, California. We do this with about five other families every year, most of us driving up from Orange County to meet the family who lives in the Sacramento area. Coming from southern California, this is a lengthy trip for us, so we usually take two days up and two days back, unless someone has to blast there/home due to (damned, cursed) work.

We were introduced to this area by our friends, the Russells, who've been going there for, like, ever. I think we started going in 2003, but I could be mistaken. The earliest pictures I can find are from 2004, when we started bringing Mikey the dog. Although he's a couch potato and an inside dog, he's learned to like it up there. Truth be told, I am the center of his universe, so he likes to be with me, where ever that is. Yes, it's good to be the Queen.

I've watched, in pictures, my son go from this (he's the one on the right):

To this (he's still the one on the right):

It has been one of the pleasures of this trip to watch these kids grow, and see their interests, as well as their relationships, change.

The other pleasure of this trip is that I met this guy:

His name is Mark Tieslau, and if you've read Freezer Burn and paid a lick of attention to the acknowledgements, Mark is the bartender extraordinaire who introduced me to the Grey Goose dirty martini. It became Peri's signature drink, the one she saves her money to have. It was also the perfect drink for a housecleaner.

So I'm off for a week with no WiFi, no TV, no cell phone reception. Incommunicado is the word, I believe. Trust me, I'll have plenty to say when I return.

In the meantime, please check out Mr. Dino Martin Peters' blog, whether you're a Dean Martin fan or no. I am truly falling in love with his Dino-speak, and when he posts anything I've done or said about Dean Martin, he refers to me as "Miss Gayle Carline", a moniker I find so endearing, I'd probably loan this man my car keys if he asked. Which would sound a lot better if I didn't drive a 12-year old minivan with 185,000 miles on it (but don't tell DMP).

By the way, I do love my life-sized cardboard Dean Martin. When I get home, I'm putting him in my guest room, just so I can say hello to him every morning. Until then...

Wagons, ho!


Cynde L. Hammond said...

Awww...Your son's a cutie pie. And it's good to have traditions in your family, like going on vacations with the same people to the same places, year after year. That's a wonderful idea! I hope that you all have a fun and relaxing time. You forgot one thing, though...Can't figure out what it is? OK. I'll tell you. You forgot to invite me, of course! (LOL!)

When you get back, please go to my blog here and check out my interview of fantasy/fiction author, "Aylerion" and tell me what you think, ok?

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I'll 'see' you when you get back,
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Patricia Stoltey said...

Hope you have a great trip with lots of fun and adventures (the good kind).

Anonymous said...

Patricia, great looking family. Have fun. I live in Orange County too. Maybe we'll see each other at book signings or other local events.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Have a wonderful time!

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes thanks so much for your gracious words 'bout me and the ol' ilovedinomartin Dinoblog....and for encouragin' others to checks out the Dinoblog....glads you likes bein' tagged Miss Gayle Carline....does think it has a very cool rin' to it.....'bout the car, you just might have a taker here for the car keys, as actually my wheels are vintage 1993.....one of the thin's our Dino and I don't share in common is 'mount of bread...

Acquired my copy of "Freezer Burn" from my local book joint on Monday....gettin' to read just a few chapters that day....and then stayin' up past midnight to finish it last night...couldn't put it down....loves how Peri becomes so protective of Benny...and loves your desciption of Mr. Needles Dinoemulation. Knows that Benny and I coulda be great friends...

Will be workin' on a review of your wonderful book to post at the Dinoblog....hopes you are havin' a stellar time away with some of your pallies.... with Dinoregards, Dino Martin Peters

Enid Wilson said...

No wifi, tv nor cell phone? That's amazing. Hope you enjoy this break.

Bargain with the Devil

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, just a heads up that your bennyheartsdino feature is nows up at ilovedinomartin...hope your vacatin' was real chillin'...

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