I know that I don't make it a habit to apologize for absences, since you all know that I will post when I actually have something I think you might want to read, and that you would be bored to tears with anything I might throw up here just to have new content.
But I did want to stop in and say that some recent technological difficulties have impacted blogging capabilities more than usual.
The short version is that my three month old MacBookAir was having a glitch that required a full data wipe. Since I am a back-up freak, and have three different backup plans, I was not worried about this. Until I got the computer back and discovered that my three month old Netgear router had fried itself out for no apparent reason and taken my external hard drive backup with it. Apparently my iCloud was also not set up properly, so no backup there. Thank god for Mozy, an online autobackup system which had retained all my data except for all the music in my iTunes, which my computer network guy had luckily kept a backup of when he transferred all the data from my old computer to the new one.
Needless to say it was a full week without a computer, necessitated buying a new router (Oh Netgear, never again) and trying not to worry about getting off schedule on the new book.
Which, considering my penchant for procrastination is sort of a funny thing to be stressed about, but I was determined to not write this book in a ninety-mile-an-hour panic, and have been sticking pretty well to a set weekly goal that up until recently I was able to keep up with.
I am not doing a Thanksgiving-specific post this year, since I have beaten that horse to death previously, but if you haven't seen it before, this post says it all (just remember to ignore the contest, since that is two years old). But I did want to tell you all as we head into the holiday week that I am as always so grateful for all of you who read and comment and enter contests and buy books and follow me on twitter and like my facebook page.
I am going to take a couple of weeks to get myself back on track writing wise, now that my technology is all back up and running, (and that I have uploaded the entire contents to Google Docs as a fourth layer of protection) and to spend some quality time with friends and family. I will be back early December with some great new winter recipes (braised chicken thighs with chorizo and chickpeas? its coming) and some very cool new products and giveaways.
In the meantime, I hope your Thanksgiving celebrations are warm and wonderful and full of delicious.
Yours in Good Taste,