Believe it or not, my mother just fell down and broke her shoulder. There is definitely a black cloud hanging over her head this summer . . . though as David says, at least she didn't break her pelvis, so yesterday we had a "Celebration of the Fact That Alice Didn't Break Her Pelvis Barbecue."
With her laid up and my kids starting school tomorrow, I'm even busier than usual and too busy to write anything much here. But (especially for those in the Chicago area) I want to make sure everyone knows about the second annual OV Books Bash this Sunday, September 10, at the Bad Dog in Lincoln Square, 4535 N. Lincoln, at 7pm. There will be food, drinks, 3 readers (Kate Milliken, Billy Lombardo and Mary Cross) and even two bands. All that and not even a mandatory cover (the suggested donation is 10 bucks, but if you're flat broke we still want you there!)
Kate Milliken is in from Los Angeles, so of course we want to show her that Chicagoans is really STILL the "second city," no matter what the population boom of LA may indicate. And this is the first OV event organized by our newish Associate Editor, Marina Lewis, whose huband Matt owns the Bad Dog--so if you have ANY affiliation with OV (read for us, send to us, publish in us, subscribe to us), Marina wants to meet the whole OV family and wants me to let you know that she expects to see you there. She's got long, curly red hair that'd be hard to miss, so go up to her and introduce yourself and say hello! My mom will probably even be there with her arm in a sling, so any of you who feel pretty damn sorry for her after reading about all her health woes here can toast with her to a rapid improvement in her fortune with the beginning of fall.
Okay, so that's it for my blogging for the day--I have to go give my kids a spelling test now (in between writing their initials on every individual crayon in a 64-box . . . don't even get me started on what teachers require thesedays. Whatever happened to the good old days when, if your crayon fell on the floor and someone else wanted it, you just fought in the aisles? Geez.)
See you Sunday!