Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Attack of the Killer Computer

I'm sure you guys are dying to know where I've been lately. Well, my blog title probably gives you an idea. My computer has had one problem after another until I finally reformatted and caused even more problems, including the fact that it no longer recognized my ethernet card. I wanted to write, but it's kind of hard with a rebellious computer. Today I've spent reinstalling all the software I need so that I can get back on track.

I've had a few fun days in all the chaos. My friend Jill (Hi Jill!) kidnapped me on Friday, took me to her salon and paid for a wonderful cut and style, including a luscious scalp massage. It was awesome. After that she took me to lunch and to the new Cheesecake Factory for dessert. I had the most AMAZING piece of cheesecake there. I think it was called something like "apple caramel streusel", only it was longer. Every bite was sheer bliss. I told Jill that getting fat never tasted so good. lol She took me home for a couple of hours and then kidnapped me AGAIN, blindflold and all, for an early birthday celebration with some of my favorite people. I was supposed to stay overnight, but nobody told me to get off work on Saturday, so I couldn't. I was bummed, but it had been such a wonderful day that it was okay.

So, today is my 37th birthday. I remember turning seven years old on November 7th, 1977 and how cool I thought that was. It's not quite so cool to be turning 37, but still neat that I've got 37 happening on 11/07/07. I don't know why that tickles me, but it always does. Not much going on today for a celebration except that I've had most of the day to myself, which has been nice. I'm about to the point now I can start writing, but the kids are out of school early, and I promised to make manicotti for dinner. I know, I know, I should probably insist on being taken out to dinner, but the fact is, I like my own cooking better than any of the restaurants around here. I haven't had manicotti for years and very much look forward to sharing its flavors with my children. This will be their first experience with it.

So, Dad is off with the kids to find me a present and Grandma already asked me what I wanted and purchased it yesterday-the new disney movie Ratatouille. LOVE it! Hopefully my computer will keep breathing for a while now so I can catch up on my writing. I've missed you guys!


Marta O. Smith said...

Is that your baby picture? Adorable!

April said...

Happy Birthday! I'm with you - my food is much better than any of the restaurants that are within our budget! enjoy your time to yourself!

Julie Wright said...

Happy Birthday my friend!! I wish you several book deals and all the happiness in the world. No one deserves it more. I love you!

Tristi Pinkston said...

Happy, happy birthday, Karen dear!
Thirty-seven's great, don't shed a tear!
Cheesecake is the best, you know it's true --
Glad you had a great day, awesome you!

(Were you singing? If not, go back and do it right!!)

Karen Hoover said...

You guys are awesome. Thanks a bunch! I had a great day and it just keeps going.

April, the manicotti turned out awesome and it was a total experiment. I took two different recipes, combined them, and added italian sausage to the sauce. It was AWESOME. Maybe I'll post the recipe today.

Julie, I'm really hoping your wish for me comes true! lol I was standing at the sink yesterday and told myself I was going to have a contract before my 38th birthday. I'm going to submit like crazy this year. Love you too, my friend!

Marta, yes, that is my baby picture. I was two weeks old. I was going to post my very first picture, but I look a little shocked to be in the world. this one looks much nicer. I think it was my blessing day. Glad you like it! When I was about that age a sweet little old lady came up to my mom and commented on how cute I was. She said, "her head is so round, it looks just like a little bowling ball." LOL It always cracks me up to imagine that conversation.

Tristi, you crack me up. Thanks for the birthday song, and yes, I did go back and sing it the second time once I realized what tune you were writing to. Thank you, thank you!

You guys are the best!

jenica said...

happy birthday sweet lady! i miss seeing you! i'm so glad to hear that you were so pampered!

Anonymous said...

Hey hun..I loved the manicoti. How did you get to be such a wonderful cook? I'm glad you belong to such a supportive writers group. I wish you the best in your writing..Hugs and kisses..Gary

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Happy Birthday, Karen. Sounds like your friend treated you right! Holy cow, what an incredible day you had.

Sorry about the computer troubles, very little can make you totally crazy as much as trouble-making computer. Glad you have it all worked out.

Have a great day!

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Ooops, I forgot. We really missed you last night. Please put January 10th down for lunch with the Blogging Babes. Deets on my blog.

Jennifer Wilks said...

Happy Birthday! My sister-in-law turned 30 recently on 07/07/07. Too bad she wasn't 7 years older. That would've really been something. :D