February 10, 2008

Zoom Zoom

< ------- HEY! Look what Scott did. TGWSS is up on the sidebar. Huzzah! And speaking of TGWSS, only 3 weeks and change left to get in on the VIRTUAL SIGNING!

Me, I am off to New York this evening. I have some business to do to make it all righteous (and here, we understand, “righteous” means “tax deductable,”): a photo shoot, a lunch with my agent to strategize our latest plan for world domination, etc etc.

BUT! On Tuesday. My best friend and writing partner for a decade and a half Lydia is joining me and karen for a couple of days. She can SEND PICTURES to her blog using her phone and ….elven magic? Bond-like gadgetry she gets for being secretly a super spy? Dunno, but she can, so hopefully we can show you all the parts of New York we have time to go gander at. That will be the AFTER pic. Here is the before, taken maybe 12 years ago?


As I recall, we are at a bowling alley for DISCO-BOWL or somesuch nonsense? We went there to meet AN INTERNET BOY that we had been playing online Euchre with.... I was married to Scott, but Lydia was still single and certified dangerous, and I was like the friend who came along to make sure the boy was not A Slavering Fiend or Serial Killer or Both. It was a LONG time ago, and as I remember it, the boy was nice enough, but God love him, he had a MULLET. An ACTUAL real alive mullet and the back part touched his shoulder blades. YIKES.

THIS trip, we plan to go to the top of the empire state building on Valentines Day and hold hands and spin really fast around as if we were playing Ring-Around-The-Rosey, which I think is actually a rhyme about dying of scarlet fever? But still. I am not sure why we always said we would do this – something to do with a Meg Ryan Before She Got Hit By The Bus In That Terrible ANGEL Movie Homage? Maybe?

???????? < ---- spare question marks because I didn’t have ENOUGH in the above paragraph.

We have not seen each other sans kids and husbands in…oh….8 or 9 years now? Perhaps more. SO we are going to celebrate my birthday. Oh. Did I mention I am going to be 40 this month? Did I maybe bring it up casually? In Passing? While hurling myself off a bridge? The comments from the last entry indicate that I MAY have. And PS, those comments caused the MOST calls to Scott to tell him to read the latest comment in Kudzu history….Thank you!

Lyd and I are going to stay with My SUPERFUN doubleplus extra groovy friend Karen who abandoned me to move to NYC all three of us piled up like gerbils in her Swankish Manhattan Apartment. I say swank-ISH because it is the size of a pantry. But a SWANK pantry! *vigorous nodding*

ANYWAY – I will try to update form NYC and AT THE VERY LEAST I shall point you at Lyd’s blog if pics go up.

Posted by joshilyn at February 10, 2008 3:23 PM

I hope you have a great time! New York is my favorite city and going with your bestest friend will make is even more grand. Be sure and make lots of memories, some you will never share with your daughter until she is oh lets say 18! Love you.

Posted by: Sharliss Arnold at February 10, 2008 6:32 PM

"Ring-Around-the-Rosey" is actually about the Bubonic plague. The line "ring around the rosey" refers to the sores characteristic of the disease in which a black ash-like ring surrounds a red boil on the skin. "Pocket full of posies" refers to the fact that people carried flowers with them in hopes that they would ward off disease. And "ashes, ashes..." refers to the fact that once those sores spread, you look like you're turning to ash and then you die. So cheerful!!

Posted by: Haley at February 10, 2008 6:51 PM

I wish I was a big enough person to not be jealous. Sigh.

Posted by: Amy-Go at February 10, 2008 9:18 PM

I cannot figure out how an Alabama/North Florida girl would know how to play Euchre. It must be that period of time you spent in Chicago. ONLY people from the midwest know how to play Euchre. It's like a cult. I'm also intrigued as to when Karen moved to NYC. I was hoping for a visit from her this year at my book club (we're reading her book next month) and I thought she was still local. Looks like the North won again! Finally, you must publicize this birthday of yours. Like you, my husband and I both turn 40 in this Lenten period.

Posted by: Kim at February 10, 2008 10:34 PM

You look fat in that picture too 'Josh'!!

Posted by: atty at February 11, 2008 1:31 AM

no, no, no.........not josh....no..no..no...no..

Posted by: jean at February 11, 2008 7:03 AM

It amazes me that the before pic is from 12 years ago. Other than hairstyles, you two still look exactly the same!!

Posted by: DebR at February 11, 2008 8:46 AM

Haley beat me to it -- yes, it's about the plague! What a chipper little song!

Um, Atty, I hope you're joking, and that it's some sort of inside joke between you and Joshilyn. If you're not joking, a ROSY PLAGUE upon you for saying such a mean-spirited (and UNTRUE) thing.

Posted by: Aimee at February 11, 2008 10:30 AM


I will be FORTY ONE this month.

40 was a piece of cake - AND I celebrated my 40th in NYC just like you, AND it was FAB-u-lous!

40th birthday dinner at Gramercy Tavern is mandatory. Bridge optional.

Yours Truly, Old Grandma City Girl

PS - I won't be 41 until the 27th - will we be 40 together for a few days?

Posted by: City Girl at February 11, 2008 5:35 PM

Joss says to tell you NO! You will not share 40 for even a day -- you do however, share a birthday. She turns 40 on Feb 27!

Posted by: karen abbott at February 12, 2008 12:39 AM

thank you Aimee... i thought so too.

Posted by: jean at February 12, 2008 12:35 PM