Thursday, January 03, 2008

a brief celebration

I'm squeezing in one more post. First, this is the photo on my laptop screen. It is a New Zealand Romney Sheep. I took this photo in New Zealand. I can stare at it for hours and escape my regular life...ahem. As I was saying...
I've spent a lot of time with this super fast laptop lately. And, as Deb, one of my kind blog readers noted recently, it's been a pretty darn stressful year for me. At most of the points when one would be celebrating...woohoo! Book! I'm writing one! I've been racing out the door to a festival, stunned with relief, prostrate on the kitchen floor with the stress, or chasing after a barking bird dog.

Today, however, I reached a completely meaningless milestone, not a real milestone like a book deal, not the signing of the contract or even submitting all the material--but, whatever, it means something to me. As of today, I've submitted every design that will be in the book to my editors. It doesn't mean I wrote them all (I didn't) but I did format them and organize them all. It doesn't mean we've finished all the photography (we haven't). Nor have I finished every last bit of writing. (just most of it...just the intro and conclusion chapters to go)

Whew. What a big relief. I'm very excited. I am, at this moment, in my chair, wiggling my bottom in a happy dance. OK, you can't see it, but that's what I'm doing. Now, I will shut down the speedy laptop and stop visiting with my friend, the NZ Romney. I've got to pack some bags now and organize some stuff...and you know? It's been a really productive day. Now, as a weird kind of reward? I get to go to an airport or two.

Please, privately, do a little happy dance with me. What's that? Did I see you wiggle your bottom in your office chair too? All together now...Wiggle. Wiggle. Wiggle!


Blogger Nancy said...

Happy dance, happy dance, hap, hap, happy dance.... my Tawny Tornado collie wiggler extraordinaire is joining me in celebrating!

January 3, 2008 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Hot dang! I raise a cup of finest tea to you in a toast! Congratulations.

January 3, 2008 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger DianeM said...

Yay! Congratulations :-)

* wiggles *

Have a great trip, feel better, reward yourself with chocolate or shoes or whatever you like best!


January 4, 2008 at 4:27 AM  
Blogger weebug said...

wiggles waggled, and lots of drooling over the sheep. it's a pretty cute sheep.

happy new year to you and the professor and i hope that this new year is full of fun adventures for you both.

January 4, 2008 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Yea!! I hope you have a wonderful time - you certainly deserve it.

January 4, 2008 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Mrs J said...

Oh yes! My wine glass is raised -well done you!

January 4, 2008 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Oh, happy, happy dance!
The sweet relief of Turning Stuff In.

Enjoy your mini-vay!

January 4, 2008 at 4:45 PM  
Anonymous AlisonH said...

Done! And happy New Year!

January 5, 2008 at 12:03 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I'm wiggling for you! Congratulations on a milestone and have a great trip.

January 5, 2008 at 9:48 AM  

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