Friday, March 28, 2014

MAY I HAVE A MOMENT OF YOUR TIME?

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Brandon Ax made me very happy yesterday when he announced on his blog that I am now his editor. He's a great guy and such a cute, young hottie (don't tell him that I drool over him, and keep your cake hole shut around Willy Dunne Wooters). I hope you'll stop by to see his adorable drawing at http://baxwriting.blogspot.com/2014/03/editor-wanted-editor-found.html. It portrays Brandon and his dragon presenting a manuscript to me, and, of course, the boys. How could I edit without Harper and Franklin? I admit it: They're the brains behind this operation.

A couple of sucky things have happened this week. My dishwasher is broken. I'm washing dishes by hand. Try not to faint. I realize it's shocking.

Why in the name of all that is good and holy is she smiling?
I certainly don't smile when I was dishes. *shudder*
Insipid woman.
I looked online for dishwasher repair instructions (the dishwasher won't drain) and made an effort to fix it myself. Yes! It is I, fixer-repairer person extraordinaire. A lot of people online said that some pieces in the bottom of the dishwasher might be clogged. That was not the problem.

To put the icing on the poop cake, I hurt my back by contorting my body in strange ways so I could reach inside the dishwasher. If I had to hurt my back, why couldn't I have been doing something fun, like playing Naked Twister with Willy Dunne Wooters?

But at least I tried to fix the dishwasher -- something I wouldn't have dared to attempt once upon a marriage. The effort felt good; I'm proud of myself.

I think the problem is the motor that pumps out the water, which is beyond my Ms. FixIt skills. I'll be on the hunt for a new dishwasher very soon. I was not born to wash dishes. I was born to love punctuation.

Something far more important than a broken dishwasher is on my mind, however.

It's Rita's birthday!

Please stop by SoulComfort's Corner to wish Rita a happy birthday. Rita is da bomb. 

Happy Birthday, RitaPitaPan! 


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

38 comments:

  1. I'm jealous that you get to work with Brandon and will be getting all the good sketches for yourself. But I'm also woman enough to be happy for both of you. Here's to a great relationship!

    So sorry to hear about your dishwasher and your back. Certainly, it's always better to hurt something when there's a naked benefit happening. Unless you were fixing the dishwasher naked, in which case...well. Never mind.

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    1. No naked dishwasher repairs. As for the sketches -- hehehehehehehe.

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  2. Hi Janie .. dishwashers are definitely for washing dishes .. hand-washing is a pain! Go girl and get that new one a.s.a.p. Congratulations on the editorship post .. great news ..

    Happy Birthday to Rita .. and have a fun weekend .. Hilary

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    1. I ordered a dishwasher this morning. It's supposed to be installed next week.

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    1. Thank you. It's so cool to edit for an author who has a pet dragon.

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  4. Insipid woman indeed. Philly Done Hooters usually washes the dishes after dinner. But he got lazy for about a week and I was doing them instead. I was so fearful that he's forgotten how to do them. I expressed my concern and now he's doing them again. We have a working dishwasher, but I like it when he takes care of the stuff by hand. I never see that kind of smile on his face though. I'm thoroughly impressed that you took on the role of Ms. FixIt. And I'm sorry about the lack of naked Twister. And a very happy birthday to Ms. Rita. :)

    -andi

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    1. I can't believe you prefer dishes washed by hand. Dishwashers, when they work properly, get the dishes so beautifully clean with very little effort on my part. Give Philly's Done Hooters a break.

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  5. I, too am a fixer/repairer. I have made this part of my job description for my stay at home gig. I have repaired several toilets! I also had this same problem with my dishwasher and had to get a new one. I don't like the new one nearly as much as the old one!! Hope your back is better soon. I strained my neck doing the 30-day plank challenge. Don't ask!

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    1. I won't ask about the plank challenge because I have no idea what that means. I wasn't a fixer/repairer when I was married because X wanted me to stay out of the way and not touch anything. I couldn't even plant flowers. I like being a fixer/repairer, but I'm not going to contort my body again for the sake of a dishwasher.

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  6. If my dishwasher did not drain I would shut the door and call the repairman. You are so intrepid, and that's what keeps you sink bound in a world of repairmen and even new dishwashers. I understand Dawn keeps your hands looking wonderful.

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    1. I'm using Dawn. I had to at least try with the dishwasher, in case it was something simple. I admit I am pleased with myself for attempting so many new things, most of which have worked.

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  7. I can't get that image of you playing naked Twister out of my mind. I'm imagining you being very limber.

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    1. Smack yourself on the head a couple of times to make that image go away. I'm not one bit limber. That's why I hurt my back trying to fix the dishwasher.

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  8. LOL love the brains behind the operation! Glad Harper and Franklin get along with Axie, the dragon :)
    Yay for being Brandon's editor. As his self-proclaimed BFF I know you're going to love working with him! And your dishwasher...I hope it gets fixed ASAP, nothing good comes out of making you work extra hard. Nothing.

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    1. It's not getting fixed. It's getting replaced. It costs so much for a service call that I might as well get a new dishwasher, so I bought one this morning.

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  9. Congrats on the editing and the new dishwasher and trying to fix the old one! I'd never attempt that type of repair, I don't think. Thanks for the shout out, my friend!! I think I am finally on the mend and over the worst of this crud. Now Dagan has it, I guess. This was the best I have felt all week, so it was a good birthday. I have pics of what you sent to post. ;) Thanks, Janie!! :)

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  10. So happy to have you with me on this journey. Can't wait to see what we produce together.

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  11. I am a follower of Rita's and know she is bloody talented woman who writes a bloody great blog

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  12. I also hurt myself... not in the dishwasher, but sad to say that my libido doesn't know how old I am. To boot... my "clock" decided it was time... while I was at work and in sweatpants. So Tony had to run me new clothes. It's now 115 on Sunday and I estimate that I've been awake about 2 hours. Long enough to cook breakfast and discover that we (again) have loose shingles on the roof, which is making the week of impending rain not so fun. I spent about a half hour in the attic with towels and buckets to get up to Tuesday, when I will be on the roof tarring them down.

    *sigh*

    I really need to go back to bed.

    PS... our dishwasher is also on the outs... something with the seal. We put towels down and cross our fingers when we run it. :(

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  13. I always try to fix things. After all, if it is really broken, how bad can I hurt it?

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  14. I'll have to stoop by and wish Rita a Happy Birthday. So glad Brandon Ax is having you edit his work! That's terrific. Sorry about your dishwasher injuries. I hope your washer and you get well soon!

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  15. Congrats on your new assignment Janie!! You will be GREAT! What can't you do?!
    And what, pray tell, is the problem with washing ones own dishes? We have been doing them for 20+ years now......it came down to : what do we need the most....counter space or a dishwasher? Counter space won! and we have had the cleanest hands in the hood! Besides electric dishwashers haven't made here to the Maritimes!! Kidding....wouldn't want that to get around! lol
    Hope your back has mended and take care.

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  16. Stopping by from Brandon Ax's blog. Congrats on a great editing gig! And sorry about the dishwasher, I know that's a pain :/

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, With Joy)

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  17. I applaud your attempt to fix the dishwasher even when it means hurting your back. That's called character. And I don't mean that in a sarcastic way for I'm never sarcastic when I'm talking to the one and only woman I know who ca get away with saying Willy Dunne Wooters and poop cake in a single post. You must be a wonderful editor leaving that shit um.... poop in. ;)

    Hope you didn't cause yorself permanent damage, though.

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  18. Oh also... I may have spilled some beans... I had a look at the cute, young hottie that you mention in your cake poop slash broken dishwasher post, and somehow I just mentioned your drooling. It just sort of happened. Um...

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  19. Also you're at my show just so you know...

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  20. You, Brandon, and the doggies will make a lovely team, I'm sure. So exciting.

    Hope your back is feeling better. Stupid dishwasher. My house is just over 10 years old w/ all the original appliances so I'm sure it's time for them to start breaking down one by one by one...perhaps you've just inspired me to give it a go myself since the big H is fairly useless about such things. Though the studly neighbor guy is very, very good at them...

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  21. Dear Janie, you usually post much more often and so I'm assuming that you are busy editing the books for your new client and . . . shopping for a dishwasher. I'm so pleased that you are getting to use your skills and help writers get their work out to the wide, wide world. And the drawing was a hoot. You with that pencil raised in command of punctuation and syntax!!!! Peace.

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  22. Congratulation Janie! That's great news.
    Sorry I've been a slacker for my blog-buddies lately. I have a lot of stuff competing for my time.
    Rick

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  23. LOL. "fixer-repairer person extraordinaire," would you like to come fix my kindle? It broke. I'm desperate. ;)

    Sorry for your poop cake, lady. Here. I think you deserve some cheese. It won't even make a mess on your plate. That, or I'll send it over on a paper plate. =)

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  24. Thanks for stopping by, Janie. But I did something really stupid. It's unforgivable and I need to be punished. I wanted to delete the comment you deleted and somehow, well, the whole thing got deleted. Crap. What I hate about blogger: there's no frigging undo button. I loved your Sesame Street comment.

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  25. Hi, Janie,

    Hope your back is al better. I admire your spunk! Congrats on the effort. I'm a Mr. Fix it kind of guy, but I don't think I'd attempt a dishwasher repair.

    Happy hunting for a new one! Have a great weekend!

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  26. There wasn't a real 'poop cake'. Thank god.

    Hope your dishwasher is fixed soon.

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  27. So...I'm going to move into an apartment without a dishwasher. Slightly concerned. Eeeek.

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  28. Hey chicka. I keep coming back to read your wisdoms but no new post. :( Busy editing?

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