April 23, 2007

Someone Is Grumpy

It’s not me. Sample weekend dialog, Sunday, 8AM:

Me: Morning! ….Aw! Do you hear that? Outside? It’s the little finches. I love the little finches.
Him: Why?
Me: *boggles* Who DOESN’T love the little finches?
Him: Me.
Me: Oh shush, you do too.
Him: I do not love the little finches.
Me: But you have to! They are so round and dear, like twirpy little puffballs, and they come hippy-hopping up and put their heads to one side and say, ‘Might I have a crumb?’
*silence*
Him: And me without my tennis racket.

Very very cantankerous we are, those of us who are in our forties. I am in my thirties, you understand, so the “we” is a courtesy. *beatific smile*

MEANWHILE, since I am still so young and fresh--- practically DEWEY---I don’t understand why I am going this AM to get a mammogram. Oh wait, yes I do. It’s called a baseline mammogram, a good thing to do while you are a nubile thirty-something in the prime of your fertility and vigor (Shut. Up.) When you start your regular mammograms (which should happen the same year you begin to hate perfectly darling little birdies) they will have something to compare, and this can REALLY help with early detection breast cancer. I overshare because I care. Get a mammogram.

I have a severalthings for SHOW AND TELL but I have to go put a delicate portion of my anatomy into a vice now, tra la, so I will get to it as the week progresses. BUT! I did want to show you the REAL TGWSS cover --- footless, as you can see. Also the colors are a little different---she took out the REDDISH bits, which, yay. I heart sparkle diamond this cover. Here’s the amazon version for compare/contrast.
TGWSS-300x466.jpg

Posted by joshilyn at April 23, 2007 6:59 AM
Comments

I'm over forty and I still heart the dear little finches, so maybe hating them is a guy thing. :-)

I must do the mammo thing next month. I just hope the person who does it isn't the one I got a couple of years ago who called my breasts "Righty" and "Lefty" and spoke directly to them as if they were independent sentient beings. That was disconcerting.

LOVE the TGWSS cover!!! If you'd just been describing them to me, I'd have expected to like it better with feet, but somehow cropping the toes (ouch!) makes it more intimate. The colors seem much more vivid on this version too. Now we just need some finished pages to go inside the beee-yoooo-tiful cover. No pressure. Heh.

Posted by: DebR at April 23, 2007 8:43 AM

Wow, you are CHIPPER very early in the morning.

Posted by: Melanie Marie at April 23, 2007 9:06 AM

Ooooh, SUCH a pretty cover! I agree with DebR -- cropping the toes and changing the colors makes all the difference. I love it.

Posted by: Aimee at April 23, 2007 10:54 AM

Beautiful cover. Really--it's just beautiful. And thank you for using your powers for good and reminding women to get mammograms.

Posted by: amy at April 23, 2007 11:13 AM

Young and Dewey, huh? Yeah, I guess I'll buy that. After all, you do mention getting baseline mammograms, and you know that breaking the bonds of breast cancer is something that is very important in my life. My friend Renee finished her final radiation treatment next Friday, so I may never have to shave my head again. Yippee!
Joss is right - if you're mid-thirties, get theeself in for a baseline, then do your regulars as prescribed by your doc, depending on your family history. Take care of yourself, ladies!

Posted by: dee at April 23, 2007 11:35 AM

Beautiful!

Posted by: tori at April 23, 2007 11:41 AM

A very joyous morning, replete with chirpy finches, singing wrens, and a symphony of wind chimes.

When does Swimming come out? and When does the link for signed copies from Alabama Booksellers go up?

Posted by: Cele at April 23, 2007 12:00 PM

Had my own baseline last year, and I could not help but do a little juvenile giggling over several things. First of all, my tech was INDEED dewey--she could not have been over 21. . .and she was teeny-tiny. . .and I am not. And it was her job to direct and smish and hoist and her hands were ICY, ICY, ICY cold. AND I thought, "What a job. You spend all day feeling people up for a living, but you don't get to enjoy it one little bit."

See. Juvenile. Me. Yes. I own it. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, and now it is done.

Posted by: Roxanne at April 23, 2007 12:21 PM

Mr. Husband must not be a morning person. Surely he would not begrudge such adorable and well-mannered finches a few crumbs.

Alas, I liked the feet with toes, but perhaps that was too distracting overall. Also alas, I cannot see the reddishness that disappeared, for I am slightly colorblind. *sigh*

Posted by: David at April 23, 2007 1:12 PM

Lillian and I call getting mammograms "going to the sandwich shop" since they get squished so amazingly between the two lovely hard, cold slabs. Unfun but oh so necessary! Thank you, Peach!

Lovely beautiful cover that I can't wait to get into the shop! March isn't gonna get here soon enough!

Posted by: Fran at April 23, 2007 2:09 PM

Oh, I so didn't need to read that last one, as my baseline isn't until May 16th!

I do not like the little finches and robins and particularly the mockingbirds, since they believe that I should wake up at 6:30 when I do not want to. They are, however, better than the firefighter who decided I should wake up at 6:30 last Saturday, and who was probably giggling as the fire engine passed my house.

Pretty cover, and something new to pass around to the pool moms this summer!

Posted by: dynagirl at April 23, 2007 3:08 PM

I already pre-ordered TGWSS. And then realized that I'll have moved by the time it is out! But, it will still come to this house, where I know the owner because she birthed me. So thank goodness for that!

Better than finches.... I have shirtless men on the roof of the house across the alley. Although I don't like their bangbangbanging early in the morning, I do think they are nice to look at!

Posted by: Heather Cook at April 23, 2007 3:24 PM

Nice cover, but it's only a tease! We have to wait a whole year to read it!
I need it this summer for the beach.

Posted by: Desi at April 23, 2007 3:31 PM

Oh, oh oh! I SO love the cover! The lack of toes and new author color make all the difference in the world. But now seeing that is just teasing! No fair.

Posted by: Michelle at April 23, 2007 4:05 PM

Wow, I love it!

Posted by: Tiff at April 23, 2007 4:38 PM

I read the title of today's entry and thought, yep that's me.

Then I read the rest of the entry and found this. "Very very cantankerous we are, those of us who are in our forties."

Thanks Joss, I feel so much better now! :)

Posted by: Terri at April 23, 2007 5:35 PM

Oddly, me who loves feet, I prefer the footless cover as well. :)

Posted by: Heather at April 23, 2007 5:36 PM

It explains so much about my hubby. I have just a couple of good years left.

I like the cover - very eye-catching.

Posted by: Lisa Milton at April 23, 2007 8:43 PM

I love the little finches and I'm waaay over 30. Either that or I've been thirty for two decades now. Your pick.

As for the difference between the real cover and the Amazon cover - there isn't any. Amazon is quick as a.....as a..... as a road runner... and the images match.

Posted by: Laume at April 23, 2007 9:22 PM

Stop the presses. I can't. Dang.

That last bit was wrong! The photos don't match. I coulda sworn just a minute ago that they did!

Oh man! THAT clinches it. I'm old! I'm old I tell ya. My eyes are going. My brain is old. Old, old old, old old.

sigh

Posted by: Laume at April 23, 2007 9:26 PM

I'm chirpy about finches too...after I'm up for about an hour and am properly fueled with coffee...why THEN they are sweet little feathered friends. BEFORE coffee- I think they'd make just about the right sized McFinch McNugget for my cat!

The new cover is great. More powerful impact and not as cluttered up with the distracting toes which drew my eyes down to check for shoes(!!!) sandals(??) and pedicure(?). MUCH better without the feet. MUCH BETTER!!!

The color of the pool water gave me a mental whack to the head...it looked greenish- like the dreaded ALGAE was waging an invasion. But a quick adjustment for color on my MONITOR took care of it right quick! ... bet ya can tell I've been stressing about correcting pool water . . .

Posted by: jean at April 24, 2007 8:47 AM

Haven't chimed in for a few days. Love the new web page, love the new book cover, can take or leave the finches.

My sisters and I call mammograms "getting your mamms grammed." But my sister calls chicken breasts chicken boobies. (shrug) We are very pro-active in the take care of your breasts campaign. Lost a 44 year old cousin to breast cancer four years ago. Got two uncles who are survivors. Yep, uncles. Gonna get the testing done next month for the brca1 gene. Never hurts to be cautious. Should you be one that thinks mammos aren't worth it, read the research. Long strides have been made but still a long way to go.

Have a good day!

Posted by: Rhonda at April 24, 2007 9:10 AM

Lovely, lovely cover! Now I have cover envy again. This is great, Joshilyn. And I can't wait to read it.

Posted by: Laura Florand at April 24, 2007 9:58 AM

I love the cover too! It has that look of mystery that only a graphic *artist* can do! I love graphic artists. They are wonderful people that make stuff look ever so much more grand. I can write 'till the cows come home, and if it don't look good, ain't nobody gonna read it!

Now on to mamograms. I should have one again this year. My mom had breast cancer when I was very, very little. I remember it as a scary time when she went to the hospital and stayed for days and days. Then she took chemo and was tired for months on end. And over forty years later,she survived and is happily alive to nag me about my hair, kids and job today.

I love her dearly and so for Mother's Day, I will make an appointment to have a mamogram in her honor. If you have a healthy mom-go get one in her honor as well.

Posted by: Gin at April 24, 2007 12:01 PM

He prolly does luv the wittle finches in his heart of hearts. He just wants to be playing tennis, right?

Love the cover, Joss.

I had to get a baseline mamm between babies because I was soooooo old (34 and 37 at their births). I'd only stopped nursing a few months before, so you can imagine what happened when my nursies were squeezed in that vice.

Posted by: Edgy Mama at April 24, 2007 1:59 PM

There's a story in that Edgy Mama.

Posted by: Sabra at April 24, 2007 2:50 PM

In my defense, a plump finch is about the same size as a tennis ball, and pretty much the same shape too.

[whoomp!]

Posted by: Mr. Husband at April 24, 2007 3:02 PM

I am so glad you got your mammogram. You are a Big Brave Dog. And also you reminded me that I was supposed to have mine in November. Pretty naughty since I am celebrating five years of breast cancer-freeness today.

Posted by: Jill at April 25, 2007 4:16 AM

Also, here is an important tip for PC for when it comes time to face the Shade of Aran in Karazhan. (No idea which boss that is, Rising Power is only on the Curator.) http://shadeofaranchant.ytmnd.com/

If you understand that, go outside and get some fresh air and sunshine. You need it.

Posted by: Jill at April 25, 2007 4:21 AM

Wow. You know, my husband SAYS he's flying off to New York or London or wherever for academic conferences and job interviews, but I suspect he is secretly flying to Georgia and being your husband, because that is EXACTLY how he is about the little birdies. Coincidence? I think not.

Posted by: alala at May 2, 2007 5:18 PM