Before we get to that tantalizing bit of info, I want to post the blogs of all the kind folk who've helped spread the word about our Huge Fiction Giveaway. Note: I'm not linking to their post about the contest as you already know about that if you're reading this blog. Instead, I'm linking to their newest blogs. Broaden your internet circle and check out some new places.
Rel Mollet at http://www.relzreviewz.blogspot.com/
Carla Stewart at http://www.carlastewart.blogspot.com/
Camy Tang at http://www.camys-loft.blogspot.com/
Laura Williams at http://www.laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com/
Ernie Wenk at http://www.ernsblog.blogspot.com/
Michelle at www.shoutlife.com/michellesutton
Jennifer AlLee at http://www.jenniferalleeblogspot.com/ and www.shoutlife.com/jenniferallee
Camille Eide at http://www.camillecannon.blogspot.com/
Naomi Douglas at http://www.naomis-noise.blogspot.com/
Audra Silva at http://www.adashofsassitude.blogspot.com/
Angela at http://www.contestaddict.blogspot.com/
Elizabeth Bussy at www.shoutlife.com/artnsoul
Tina Helmuth at http://www.tinahelmuth.blogspot.com/
Jennie McGhan at http://www.jenslifejourney.blogspot.com/
Title Trakk at http://www.titletrakkbooknews.blogspot.com/
Cathi at http://www.cathischatter.blogspot.com/ and www.shoutlife.com/cathikin
Audra Elizabeth at www.shoutlife.com/katielynnsnyder
Jennifer Griffith at http://www.gumboya-ya.blogspot.com/
Ane Mulligan at http://www.anemulligan.blogspot.com/
Dana McCall at www.johnathananddana.com/dana
Rachelle at http://www.zyphe.blogspot.com/
Donna Fleisher at http://www.donnafleisher.typepad.com/
Novel Journey at http://www.noveljourney.blogspot.com/
and Tammy Bowers at http://www.writesteps.blogspot.com/
Mom and I can't thank you all enough for helping us out. The new contest has been a huge draw and we've added 113 subscribers! We only need 80 more to hold the drawing!
Monday morning I go in for knee surgery to replace my torn ACL. I've chosen to use a cadaver's tendon because the healing time is faster and I won't have a huge scar. (Remember how attractive my legs are, right?) I have one more day to have EVERYTHING done for Christmas. Right after church and before AWANA, there will be a wrapping frenzy going on. Normally I would feel a huge amount of stress right now, but I've been praying and the Lord has been keeping me calm.
I've been too busy to blog because of physical therapy appointments and doing my exercises five times a day and pretending that Christmas falls on the 17th this year. If you're curious, which the aforementioned commenter would insist you're not, I had to have PT before the surgery to restore full range of motion and build the quad muscle in my left leg back up. Between the injury on Nov. 3 and the first PT appointment, I lost a full inch of muscle. I couldn't even raise my leg if I sat with my feet straight in front of me.
But the PT worked and I feel strong and energetic, which makes it that much harder to know I'll be in a horrible amount of pain on Monday afternoon and be out of commission for a week or two. (I'm trying to add feedburner to my blog so you won't have to check to know when I'm back.) I'll try to get a picture of my brace--which Kevin says makes me the Bionic Woman but the kids argue makes me a transformer--and the ultra-high tech cooling and compression machine they prescribed for me.
Kevin and I got in the last date of this year by having dinner and watching I am Legend last night. Our Portland film critic had rated it a C+ and ripped into it. I thought he was completely wrong. It is an intense movie--Kevin showed me where I bruised his arm while cowering by his side and clenching his bicep--but is incredible art as storytelling. The spiritual takeaway still has me thinking. But it was terrifying. I would have left the theater for a moment or two to give my nerves a break but the place was packed. Don't even get me started about the two young boys sitting on the other side of Kevin! I kept praying for them during the worst parts of the movie. If any of you watch it, I'd love to chat with you!