Tag Archives: Lani

Krissie: Squalor on the Lake with Sisters

16 Sep

Nanny Ogg, Magrat, Granny Weatherwax

Here we are — Terry Pratchett’s three witches. Nanny Ogg, Magrat (Lani) and Granny Weatherwax (Jenny). I’m the lustful one, of course. We’re off to Kathy’s for a divine breakfast, then to Home Goods, where I don’t need anything at all, and then back home again. I cleaned out my fountain pens so they’re ungunked, and I’ll start the new Rohan book later today.

I turned off the phone when things from home got stressful — before Jenny and Lani could take it away again. They’ll probably steal it, so if someone tried to call me and I don’t answer, that might be why. It also might be because I never carry the cell phone with me because I’m not used to getting a signal.

BTW, my default cell ring is “Ma-na-ma-na” by the Muppets. Very cheery.

My waist is small, I’ve been constipated for weeks, pancakes await. I feel a lot less stressed down here, and it’s so great to have Lani here as well. I miss her so much, but I know what it’s like to have a lot of people need me, and family has to come first. But she’s looking gorgeous and happy, she loves teaching and she’s been doing the couch to 5k chased by Zombies running program, so she just glows with health. Jenny and me, not so much, but we’re getting there.

And Jenny’s house is looking wonderful! You should see the kitchen. It’s lucky she can see the big picture, because I would have given up long ago, but slowly but surely she’s turning her magic cottage into a gem. And man, it has the best mattresses and the best show in the world. Plus the best dogs. And the best friends.

I’m going home on Thursday because Richie is blue and missing me (because he’s dealing with the same loss and he’s a worried and if possible, he loved Phantom even more than I did, but I don’t know if that was possible). And I want to see as much of the grandchildren as I can before they go, and we’re off to the PNW for three weeks in October. Which I hope will help me let go, because it’s a good move on their part.

Anyway, I hear Lani’s wonderful laugh coming from the kitchen as she and Jenny figure something out. Sisters are the best thing in the world, if you open your heart to them.

Jenny: The Power of Un-Positive Thinking

23 Feb

Lani and I were in the living room the other day:


ME: I’m getting discouraged.  I can’t eat anything, I can’t smell anything, and pretty soon I’m not going to be able to see anything.  This sucks.

LANI: You don’t know that.  You can do anything.  I bet you don’t lose your sight at all.  And you can eat lots of stuff, you’re making all those new recipes–

ME: Oh, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.  Are you ever not chipper?  Is there ever a time you’re not upbeat and happy?  DOES THE CHIPPERNESS NEVER END?

ALASTAIR (on the other side of the living room giving sub-q to our terminal dog): Snerk.



LANI: Oh.  That does work better.

ME: Yeah.  I”m not sure what that says about me, though.

ALASTAIR (still on the other side of the living room giving sub-q to our terminal dog): Snerk.


Thank God I have sisters.  And Alastair.


30 Jan

I love Hyperbole and a Half and my favorite post there is “Why I’ll Never Be An Adult.”  I’d try to describe it, but really, you should experience it yourself if you haven’t already.  Go ahead, follow the link.  I’ll wait . . .  […]

Jenny: The Family You Make

19 Jan

I met Anne Stuart online first through the GEnie RomEx boards in 1993.  My first book was just out; she was on her . . . I don’t know, fiftieth maybe?  Of course she’d been publishing since she was eight (not kidding), and I didn’t publish my first until I was 43, so she had a headstart.  She was a role model and a mentor; she talked me through bad times, gave me great career advice, and told me who to get for my first agent.  She was wonderful.   […]

Jenny: We Were Always Going To Be Here

4 Jan

I’ve been having really disconcerting dreams that I couldn’t remember.  I knew they were disconcerting because I woke up disoriented, distressed.  Then last night, I finally broke through.  I’ve been time-traveling.  Every night for the past month or so, I’ve been dreaming that I’ve been going back in time and changing something I’ve regretted and then playing out the new future that would have resulted from that.  I only have pieces of some of them, but in the end, I always end up back here, not just because I wake up but also in the dream.  Because I was always going to be here. […]

Jenny: Listening Skills in 2012

1 Jan

My best friend, Krissie (aka the fabulous Anne Stuart) emailed me this on Dec 29:

I want to do a blog like Lani’s, though only for a year, and I want it to be about personal transformation. Losing weight, getting healthy, changing my reality. I want a place where I can post daily, get support, keep myself honest, and I think a community and feedback would help me in the process.

Then she asked me if I wanted to journal-blog with her.   […]