Book Fairs and German Shepherds and Bigfoot, oh my!

Well, I didn’t mean to vlog and disappear like that!

I’ve spent the past week playing catch up on all the things that didn’t get done while I was away. I’m starting to think that I need to find a way to be comfortable in the realm of not caught up, because I am always falling short of grabbing the “all caught up” brass ring. Is that just a normal state of life, or do you find that you have actual leisure time where everything that needs to be done is just done and you can sit around reading, or watching tv, or go play mini-golf without everything else hanging over your head? Or do you have to push all the to dos aside from time to time to carve out a little space for some down time?

Last weekend, I had a blast at the Syracuse University Bookstore Book Fair at the Downtown Arts & Crafts Festival.

The booksellers were lovely and so much fun to talk with, and I got to sit next to Shane Durgee, who wrote a novel about a Bigfoot hunter.
Since you all know how I feel about Bigfoot, you can probably safely assume how I felt about getting to talk about Bigfoot with Shane (if you can’t, elated would be a good word to start with). Shane was awesome company and he drew a picture of Bigfoot in my copy of NORTH AMERICAN PRIMATES. And, I started reading it and am completely blown away. More on Shane & his book in future posts. Promise!

The Bigfoot novel alone would have made for an awesome day, but there were dogs, too! German Shepherd Rescue of Central New York is an absolutely wonderful group of people who are caring for some absolutely adorable dogs.

I fell in love with Sasha, an 18 month old GSD. She was so sweet, calm, and happy in the midst of the huge crowd of people at the fair. She even fell asleep right in the middle of it all toward the end of the day.
I wanted to sneak her home in my bag, but:
  1. She wouldn’t have fit
  2. I think Stella (and J) would have been REALLY upset if I came home with another dog (Argo would have loved her)
  3. I don’t think that’s how GSRCNY’s adoption process works
If you live in Central NY and are thinking about adding a German Shepherd to your family, please check out GSRCNY. I’d love to hear happy stories about Sasha in her new forever home.
Then, to top off an already fantastic day, The Other 1/4 and The Accountant came to see me at the book fair. I wish I had the right words to fully explain the all-is-right-with-the-world kind of feeling I get when I get to spend time with my Ladies. I wish I could bottle it. I never stop feeling lucky for having the kind of friends who are the most excellent family.
I have a great Other 1/4 story to tell you, which also reminds me that I should explain why she’s The Other 1/4 to begin with. This week. I promise. :)
So, in closing, I want to know if you ever feel “done” with your to dos, I owe you a post about Shane’s book and one about The Other 1/4, and Sasha is awesome and adoptable.
Thank you, and goodnight. :)


  1. I just recently have learned the art of leaving a few things to be done, so I can have a little “me” time… only took me 17 years of motherhood to figure out how to do it! But I’m much better off because of it– the “to dos” will be there tomorrow, and in fact will multiply. The world won’t end if you don’t get it all done. :)
    What a sweet pooch– thanks for sharing!

  2. I have to make the conscious decision to let some things just be so that I can relax. I’ve discovered the hard way that there is no day in my life where everything is “done.” It’s a day and place that simply doesn’t exist for me. So I have a list of things that I call “done enough” that I tackle before adhering myself to the couch with books and/or Gilmore reruns :)

  3. I’ve reached the state of being caught up maybe twice in my life. Then I was bored!

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