Something’s Got a Hold on Me

I don’t know what’s got a hold on me, but I sure as heck found something I can get a hold on…and it isn’t reality, People.

Yup. Something’s definitely got a hold on me. And it’s making me behave in curious, refreshing and eerie ways.

Whatever do you mean, Child? You may be asking yourself. Especially if you’re feeling paternalistic and Southern. And by “Southern, I mean “not Northern.”

It’ll be just fine, Child. Don’t go worrin’ yur purty head ’bout things ya cain’t understand. That’s what weeze here fur.

Well, I’m taking some time off from my blog. Just a week or so–don’t call the Blog police and report me missing, or anything, okay?

I’m sure this fine WP security squad would be all over my disappearance like bad analogies in a post, but, really, you don’t need to call them. By the time they responded, I’ll be back anyway.

I know this might come as a shock to many  some  a few  three of my loyal followers. You know I’ve been quite a busy blogger in the past several months. Well, busy blogging has taken it’s toll because I’ve also had other things to do. Let’s just call those other things “life.”

In the process of living life outside of blogging, I’ve managed to:

  • complete editing my memoir at great financial cost (almost $2,000) and personal cost (it was a humbling process, but, as a Buddhist and dizzy blonde, I had lots of practice in this area)
  • become semi-educated about the next phases of getting my book self-published, which made me maxi-stressed about these next phases
  • gone through boxes of old family photos for possible inclusion in the book
  • pull my left hamstring, which is very disturbing for a vegetarian–I don’t want to think about ham anything
  • neglect Scrappy, who is getting too used to sleeping all day
  • delay finding my winter wardrobe, opting instead for the “layered look”
  • plan a trip to Portland, OR–a dream trip for me because I’ve always wanted to visit the Northwest

Well, the trip is coming up and I decided not to bring my laptop. I need a break from blogging.

Why, Miss Lorna! I could not have heard you right. You are NOT taking your lap with you on your journey? Whatever will you rest your delicate hands while you await the attention of your handsome gentleman caller? Oh, pardon me. You are leaving your laptop behind. Whatever is a laptop, Miss Lorna? Isn’t your lap your top?

I want to enjoy my time in Portland and the surrounding areas with Philip, blog-guilt-free. Plus, I printed out the edited version of my book and I have to read the whole darned things again to see if it needs any more spit-polishing and to decide where I need to insert charming pictures. I can read it on the plane . Hopefully people around me will be curious about what I’m reading when I laugh out loud constantly and I can tell them, “Oh, it’s the book I’ve just written.”  It’s a marketing tool I just invented.

See? Kind of contagious. And I’ll be sitting in First Class. I hear they give you bibs and roomy seats.

Smack-dab in the middle of next week (Nov. 14) is my 55th birthday. I’m preparing a post for that day in honor of, well, me. How can I let a birthday like that slip by? But, remember, I won’t be checking my blog until several days after. I just don’t want you to think I’m ignoring you, even though I kind of am.

So, yes, something’s got a hold on me, all right…and it’s the exhilaration of a vacation. To illustrate how I feel and what I would be doing if I didn’t have a broken left butt cheek, watch the following video. If you want, shake your booty for me!

I’ll see you in a week or so! Try to stay out of trouble. I won’t!

~ by Lorna's Voice on November 9, 2012.

54 Responses to “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”

  1. Don’t feel like you have to back this far and comment. Start from where you are!

  2. I loved this and you still got a lot of love and responses! Take a break and get your book and other things completed! Baby was cute, you are back , since this was all started in November! Have I told you that my b’day is November 15th and I turned 58? Well, gotta go! Robin

  3. It is lovely to see you back Lorna and hopefully with lots of naughty additions to your Space 🙂 😉 I will be calling back soon to read all about it, and that too 😉 lol

    Have a lovely evening Lorna 🙂

    Andro xxx

  4. I’m not sure how I’d want to put it toghether… and I wonder, too, about the darker days, if those are stories I should tell?

  5. lololol!

  6. You’ll be getting an email from my TJB email. 🙂

  7. Cha-ching! 🙂

  8. Gosh, you’re even terse in your comments. I envy you! 😉

  9. We’ll get the timing right eventually. We just have to! 🙂

  10. Woo-Hoo!! You go girl!! You KNOW I’m going to buy it…so that’s THREE!!

  11. It does seem cyclical. Now it’s that November write a novel challenge and then it’s the holidays… Life keeps getting in the way of blogging!

  12. We Scorpios are great people, aren’t we? And humble, too! 😉

  13. Oh, I may have popped out, but you know I’ll always be back. I love my blogger buddies too much to stay away for long! 🙂

  14. Thanks, Androgoth, I like it…

  15. Go for it!

  16. Thanks, Tricia. I had such a great time. Now I have to get back down to reality… 😉

  17. I did enjoy it. Now I’m trying to catch up. Oy Vey!

  18. Really? What do you do exactly? Contact me at my email address: I’d love to hear more about what you do.

  19. I did talk to two men who wrote my name and my book title down. They want to buy it when it comes out. It’s a start… 🙂

  20. You may have to call them and have them check up on me after all… 😉

  21. Then start writing, Girl! You have a TON of material from your blog already!

  22. I take so much time off from my blog, I wonder if people ever notice when I’m gone! LOL I think it’s awesome that you have done so much work on your memoir. I’d love to start on one…

  23. Tsk, now I’ll have to call the blog police and tell them its ok, they dont have to go searching for you!
    Be good.

  24. Have a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful,wonderful,wonderful vacation!! I hope that you sit next to a Hollywood producer on your flight and that he/she reads your manuscript over your shoulder!! Thanks for the Christina video…..loved it!!

  25. I’ll miss you for a week!

    If you are looking into self publishing your book… you should have come to me my friend. 🙂 That’s what I do!

    Good luck on getting the booking going. I wish you everything with it!

  26. I know what you mean, Lorna. Real life has been knocking me upside the head lately, leaving me unable/unwilling to devote much time to blogging. Enjoy the unplugging!

  27. Enjoy always as you venture far and away. See you later, gator friend of mine.

  28. Actually i think that I will have a
    look at this theme, it’s wicked 🙂 😉

    Andro xxx

  29. How do you mean Ursula? It is sheer perfection 🙂

    Andro xxx

  30. Typical I call in for a bit and you have left the building (OKAY A WEEK OFF BUT DON’T BE GONE ANY LONGER, OR ELSE? 😉 ) Right now that I have shouted that out rather loudly I will return to My Gothic Realm but I will be back again to find out what you have been getting up to, really getting up to I mean so there 😉 lol

    Have a nice break Lorna 😉 🙂

    Andro xxx

  31. I know you have a soft spot for Charles but it might perk you up (not that you need it, God knows) to learn you share your birthday with a friend of mine who’s also sensational.

    Happy travels, Lorna xx

    PS. love this gem “… be all over my disappearance like bad analogies in a post”.

  32. Everyone’s going away! It’s a going away time all round!

    Have a good time, and I shall withhold my birthday wishes until your birthday post next week.

    Happy birthday to y… (oops, it started to slip out!).

  33. Enjoy your time away, your birthday and hopefully a healed butt by the time you get to Portland, Lorna. Ah life…just as I return to the blogosphere…you are taking a much needed break. I’ll see you when you return my friend. 🙂

  34. LOL 😀

  35. I’ll do my best! I might be a little lop-sided, so I’ll be sure to stay off of tables. 😉

  36. Thanks for the GPS tip. I would never thought of bringing it. I’ll pack it now! 🙂

  37. You’ll love Portland. (I’m in Wenatchee, Washington but my daughter lived there for many years) I just hope you have GPS. All those rivers and bridges and exit ramps that suck you off to someplace you don’t want to go.
    Enjoy your respite from blogging too.

  38. I’m so happy for you, Lorna!

    Shake your groove thing out there in the Pacific Northwest. Awesome!

  39. U, I’m so glad that you told me about how difficult it is to read my blog. The theme I picked came with the white font on black background. I just love the swirling colors of the theme and wouldn’t want to give that up, but maybe I can do something about the font size.

    My book, if I get the conversion techno-babble correct, should come out looking like a regular, not-for-the-vision-impaired reader. But, you never know…

    I don’t think anyone has warned the officials in Portland that I’ll be making landfall this weekend. It’s good to surprise a place to see if their emergency systems are really up to snuff.

    Yes, I know that Mr. Diana Spencer and I share a birth date. Thank goodness I’m not as old as he is. Or as old as your old boss is… As it is, I have to find room in my luggage for a heating pad for my butt. 😉

  40. I’m glad you can live without me for a bit. I feel the guilt slipping away already… 🙂

  41. I will once I get through the airport security. I have a titanium plate in my head–I hope that doesn’t make me a terrorist suspect! 😉

  42. I just finished the post and set it up to hit on my birthday, so the reminder is all set up for you, Gerry! A quiz, eh? great idea. I’ll have to remember that for next year! 🙂

  43. Well, that’s the way I wrote it…let’s just hope readers read it as griping and, at least at times, funny. 😉 Thanks for your support, Peter! 🙂

  44. Aw, that was so sweet! I especially love the flower. I’ll miss “the gang,” too. 🙂

  45. I sure intend to! Thanks Diana! 🙂

  46. Well, get into some trouble and think of me–I’ll do the same for you! Thanks, Al! 🙂

  47. Have a great trip and great B-day. Miss ya already, gal.

  48. Enjoy your trip!

  49. Bon voyage! I do hope you enjoy the getaway, though many of us will indeed miss you. Since the gang is here, I thought we’d sing for you as you will be missing on your birthday without us around:

    OK everyone – SING IT LOUD!!!

    Enjoy! 🙂

  50. Have a brilliant trip away. I’m quietly optimistic about your book. I bet its going to be a gripping read

  51. If i forget happy birthday next week, but if you do a post i wont forget will I. I did a birthday post back in June for me, as well and made it into a little quiz.. nice post as usual Lorna…

  52. Have a blast!!!

  53. Happy Birthday… for when you are away… and enjoy yourself without us… we don’t mind…

  54. Dear Lorna, I am in the mood … to give you something to consider. Whilst I shall miss you terribly during your absence at least my eyes will get a rest too.

    I have been meaning to ask you this for some time but usually get so sidetracked by your fascinating life story and wit I keep forgetting: Why so small and why so white on black? One theory I can put forward that you want to force your readers to read slowly and concentrate. Most commendable and what I expect from my readers and commentators too. Except I don’t make their eyes water with the strain of it. You strike me as a pretty generous person so why not EXPAND a little.

    What font, size and background colour have you chosen for your book? Black on white will do fine. And don’t make it too BIG because then people will assume you think they are blind. Which is only marginally worse than you making them feel the are going blind when reading your blog (particularly the comments).

    Have you issued a stormwarning to Portland that Lorna (minus her laptop) is making her way?

    Happy Birthday, Lorna. You do know, of course, that you share the day with Prince Charles, don’t you? Remember that sexy Scorpio (my boss of a long time ago) I told you about? She has done one better than you: Not only does she share the day with Prince Charles, she is the same vintage: 1948.


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