Sunday, May 24, 2009


I'm home and happy to be here! I missed Jack, but I sure enjoyed those five days of no suctioning. You don't realize how much of your time it consumes until you leave it for a few days and then come back to it. Everyone managed to survive in my absence (with some advanced planning on my part), which is always a good thing.

New Jersey was a lot of fun. We stayed in a house on the Jersey shore and did a lot of eating, drinking, walking and talking. I think it's fair to say I feel somewhat rested. I did find it very weird that in NJ you have to pay to go on the beaches during the summer season. Being an Arizona girl, I've spent many a summer on the free beaches in California, so I find the concept a bit odd. But, my NJ friends tell me they have cleaner beaches than California. (not sure I agree, but ... whatever!)

When I got home, awaiting me was Volume I of my blog that I "slurped" into a book using I started this project at least a year ago and I just now finished the first volume that covers July 2006-December 2007. Getting the blog entries transferred was easy (and automatic), but I wanted to include all the comments - so, I had to cut and paste them all into the book. I think it looks great and I did it primarily as a back-up to my blog in the event I should ever lose it. Volume I is 400 pages! I now need to get Volume II (2008) done. For those of you who blog, I highly recommend saving it in book format using I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Here's the book cover (you design it yourself):

Wishing you all a very relaxing Memorial Day and thank you to all those who serve in the armed forces and who have given their lives for the safety of our country!


Karen said...

Hi Ann,
Welcome home! Looking forward to catching up soon.

Alicia said...

So glad you had a good trip. And so glad you're glad to be home too.

Paying to go on the beaches? Ridiculous!

I've thought about doing the book thing with the blog. My problem is I post a lot of videos. Some posts are all about the videos, so those posts would have to be left out of the book. I might still do it though, I'm sure the book looks great!

Have a great Memorial Day!

shaffersouth said...

OMG, I'm doing that blurb thing! But it'll put my mother-in-law out of business since she's been doing it by "hand."
Thanks for the tip!!
I'm glad you got a little rest. Sometimes I still wake up at night thinking I hear a pulse ox alarming.

Anonymous said...

That book looks so cool. What a great keep sake.
Glad that you feel rested, I am hoping that it lasts for you.

shaffersouth said...

Ann, is that the soft bound or image wrapped? I just ordered a hard bound bc I thought it would be sturdier, but that looks pretty strong.

Susan said...

I love the book, it's beautiful. I had no idea so I'm really glad to hear about this. I'll add it to my list of things to do right now. ;)

Ann said...

I got the soft bound. The cost difference between the soft and hard cover was pretty significant. It's too early to tell if it will hold up well. You'll have to let me know what you think of the hard cover book when you get it.

worthy said...

Glad you got a break, Ann. James and I just got back today and we had a lovely week (on FREE beaches!!)
The book looks great - good luck with the next volume!

Julie x

Melisande said...

Very cool, Ann! (about the book and your trip!)

Anonymous said...

So glad I got to see you! Sorry our time was short, only in NJ can you go for ice cream and have someones water break on the board walk! AAAAWWWWW Memories on the Jersey shore!!! :-)

The book looks awesome, I can't wait to get my copy.

Luv ya!