This will be brief, as the week has been a total whirlwind. We had a wonderful holiday weekend, including a lovely outdoor dinner party with dear friends, and a spectacular meal at Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard's Girl and the Goat (make. reservation. now. eat. everything.). Seriously, I don't know what is haunting me more, my girlfriend's chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting, or Stephanie's ethereal chickpea fritters and luscious green beans and ridiculously yummy short ribs...
Sorry. Distracted by deliciousness. Follow her on Twitter @stephandthegoat
Anyhoo, this was followed by a trip to the Farm for an extended family BBQ on Sunday, and then a festival of preparation for my appearance on WGN. Didn't see me on tv? Check me out here...
Tuesday was book launch day, which started with the above appearance, and ended with a wonderful family dinner hosted by my amazing Charming Suitor at one of my favorite restaurants.
And then of course we headed right into theHigh Holidays.
For those of you who might not be familiar, we just finished Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. And like any new year, it makes you reflect.
Last year at this time I had just initiated contact with Charming Suitor on a whim during a free communication weekend at an online dating site. He hadn't replied yet, but I had made the first move.
Last year at this time my publisher had agreed to postpone the release of my new book by a year in hopes the economy would bounce back enough to give the book a shot.
Last year at this time I had just begun an ambitious new exercise and eating program to try and jump start a healthier lifestyle.
Last year at this time I decided that this blog needed more attention, some new features, and much more frequent postings.
This was an amazing year for me, and I must remember to pay it attention. I met and fell madly in love with the man of my dreams. Proving once again that if you are willing to believe, the Universe will provide.
I have lost a little over 40 pounds, with a lot of up and down and forward and back, and I have a long way to go to get to a true place of solid health, but I am on the way.
My new book is finally out, and getting some lovely reviews from amazing book bloggers and passionate readers, who are always the audience I care most about.
And I have given much more commitment to this blog, and as a result, I am now connecting to many more people like you.
I am so very thankful for all of these blessings, and wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your part in my joy. I write because I have to write. But I always write for you. And when you comment here, or enter a contest, or buy my other books, or post a lovely review on Amazon, or follow my tweets, or mention me on your own blog...it is a gift beyond price.
So thank you, my dear Chickens. I am grateful beyond all my words. And I promise to keep doing what I do, and so look forward to the journey we will take together in this new year.
In Jewish tradition, we start the year with apples dipped in honey, to be sure that the year starts sweet. In many ways, you all are the apples and honey of my heart all year long.
Things will continue to be crazy through next week...so there may not be much posting here, but I will be Tweeting @staceyballis, and updating on my Facebook Fan Page, so if you aren't following or haven't Liked me yet, get on it!
Here are the weeks activites, I hope to be meeting some of you in person so I can tell you face to face how glad I am to have you in my world.
Monday September 13
Indy Style Television
WISH Channel 8 Indianapolis
My Indiana pals, please tune in at 9am to see me, probably cooking and chatting about the book, certainly trying not to yawn during segment
Tuesday September 14
Barnes and Noble Webster Place
1441 W. Webster
Thursday September 16
Barnes and Noble Old Orchard
55 Old Orchard Shopping Center
Friday September 17
Emcee for the Annual Grown Up Spelling Bee (yep, a spelling bee. with prizes. there may be slots available, so call and sign up!)
The Book Cellar
4736 N Lincoln Ave
Thank you again, and there will be more excitement in the coming weeks, so STAY TUNED!
Yours in Good Taste,