Friday, August 10, 2012

I'll Write A Sensible Informative Post Next Week I Promise

I actually have two in mind.

But this week has been crazy, partly because of the Olympics, which I love on TV and online (do you know, well of course you don't but you will momentarily, that I even watched the Men's Triple Jump online  because the competitor from Haiti is actually from about 20 miles from here).

And if the Olympics weren't enough, my carpet got stretched yesterday (no doubt in training for the Triple Carpet Jump event). I'd been told it would get stretched Wednesday, so I moved all the books and CDs and    DVDs and pictures out of the living room Tuesday night, only it didn't get stretched until Thursday, so I spent last night and this morning moving all the books and CDs and DVDs and pictures back into the living room. The carpet definitely looks better, although it remains old and ratty (the disadvantage of renting).

But in the midst of all this chaos, I made a magnificent change to the right side of the blog. See? I added a slideshow of Scooter at his most intellectual. It took me a long long time to figure out how to do it, and I'll never do it again, since I have no idea how I actually got it up there. But it was definitely my accomplishment of the week, and it merited a line in my Friday gratitude diary.

All right. I still have dozens of plastic bags to put away and my mother's laundry (done yesterday) to take out of the drier, before watching track and field online.

Next week had better be calmer!


Nina said...

Nice display of Scooter at his best!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you Nina. Of course, we all look better with a book in our hands,or our paws, or in Scooter's case, our mouths!

Anonymous said...

I don't get to see it on mobile. So sad!!!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

I hope you'll have a chance to see it sometime, jessiemc82!

Kaitlin said...

I must admit, I am ecstatic over this new book! I do have a few questions that were a little unclear to me in the book so far (I probably just missed a part that explained it):
•what exactly are "coolies" in comparison to "clavers"? Is one group the workers, and one like the overseers? Why are clavers considered better than coolies?

Again, I probably overlooked something, but I just thought I would ask. Overall, I feel this book is extremely well written, and very engaging! An amazing work!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Kaitlin-

You've figured the clavers and the coolies out just fine. My guess is only the clavers think they're superior because they have to justify to themselves the fact that they live so much better than everyone else.

But I'll know for sure when I do the rewrites!

Anonymous said...

I get from what I was able to read of what you posted several days ago that the clavers feel entitled to get the fat of the land, so to speak, especially when it comes to services like health care, with Sarah's dad in the minority, losing prestige and being demoted because he took time out from his job to be with his dying wife. Is it setting up to be a situation where the coolies' health care is rationed, and they only seek claver physicians when they absolutely need it, relying on so-called "healers" who practice nontraditional medicine for the lesser ailments? Or am I asking too many spoilers? If so, I apologize for wasting your time.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Anonymous-

You never waste my time. No one who reads my blog and/or my books wastes my time. Their time maybe, but not mine!

I don't think I'm spoilering to excess to say the book has nothing in it about non-traditional medical practices.

It has soccer games and riots and family issues and love, but not much about medical care.

I hope that helps.

Tracy said...

Susan Beth,
I read your Life as We Knew It series first, then my nephew read it, them my niece, then my sister-in-law, then.... Okay, I think you get the idea. In my family, eight of us have read the whole series! We anxiously await the fourth book so thank you for writing it!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you Tracy and thank your nephew and your niece and your sister-in-law and everyone else in your family for me!