Monday, January 30, 2012

Yo-Ho-Ho and Yee-freakin'-F'g-Haw!

Someone of you know that I've been in Texas for the past month or so, helping my recently-widowed grandmother go through my grandfather's things.  And... we're hoping to get her to move up to Seattle.  She knows that she has to move, and that Rat City is where she needs to go, considering that both of her adult children, her granddaughter (me), and her great-granddaughter (Bev) are there.  Oh, yeah, and that weird pirate stalker guy who follows me around and insists on calling me "Mrs. Dr. Winant" is up there, too.  I'd give him the boot, but he keeps cleaning the kitchen after Hurricane Zanne all the time.

That being said, I have now switched my return flight for the second time (open-ended at this point).  My grandmother lives in a kick-ass retirement and assisted living complex, and I take part in everything that I can from the social calendar.  One really sweet man, Tracy, asked to be my Valentine's party date.  Since he knows I'm married, I think it would be safe, but I'd rather have my grandmother to escort.  She never leaves her flat.  Maybe tomorrow's hair appointment will get her sociable.  She's always been so fun.  I guess it's obvious who my favorite grandparent is. *S*

So, we've covered the V-Day party, agoraphobia, widow-dom, and Gran's next apartment.  Can I please just go home and hug my mommy?

I'm still working on recipes for the latest Zzyzx Road Kitchen Chronicles book: Around the World on Three Chords or Less (you'll get the title when you read the table of contents on Amazon).  If I were at home, it would be a two-day job, but without stable 'net access, it could take weeks.  After that, it's typsetting, editing, embedding photos, and creating a cover, index, glossary, Table of Contents, measurement conversions, once more to my infallible editor (Our Lady of the Red Felt Pen), and plenty of celebration when the first copy rolls of the press.  My brain hurts.

For those spice-obsessed fans out there, The Zzyzyx Road Kitchen Herb and Spice Conpendium will be released in late March.

Yes, I'm still in Houston - six-ish weeks before I see Mt. Rainier again.  I love being around my Gran and siblings, but I want to kiss and hug and squeeze my husband, , Mom, and Uncle Billy.  Hell, at this point, I'll hug our favorite beer server at The  Dog and Pony Ale House.  Especially her.

Keep reading, kids - I have written and posted new recipes, finally figured our how to use my DVR (not the TV-recorder, the voice recorder), and feel inspired to finally finish these three books.

Eat, drink, and hide the bar receipts from your spouse (changing the online banking passwords as soon as you stumble home helps),

Zanne Rose

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