This day has been so full of events and planning that I almost forgot to blog. First, I made a quick trip to town to accomplish some necessary tasks before my big trip to Ethiopia starts in two weeks. In fact, two weeks from this moment I will be on Emirate Airlines flying for 14 hours and 45 minutes to Dubai. With a long layover there, we get a hotel room and a tour. Then on to Ethiopia for two and one half weeks. Since only wifi is available there and only in a few places, you will hear from me but not all that often.
I bought an iPAD mini to take photos (in addition to a camera) and keep a log of my daily adventures–maybe I will turn it into some sort of small travel book or my friends with whom I am going and I will make a book. When I returned home, I tried to figure out some things on the mini myself, but alas, it is not the same at all as this iMAC. Finally, I gave up and called my ten year old grandson (he has a mini). Of course, he knew exactly what to do and walked me through everything.
About that time the wine guy at Market Street showed up with this huge cooker–it is really large, bigger than my Mini Cooper. Tomorrow night they will have a wine tasting at my house, but with a different twist. Market Street is providing the food: hamburgers, hotdogs, brats, and all the trimmings. My garage has boxes of buns, chips, and I am not sure what all stacked up. In my great room boxes containing 100 wine glasses are stacked. The guests are supposed to bring their favorite bottle of wine to share. I have told several friends to not bother because I have about five bottles of white wine I want to get rid of–I am not a white wine drinker. We expect approximately 100 they told me. They predict thunderstorms. I am hoping the storms, if they come, hold off of until late. Here on the canyon edge storms provide incredible drama including waterfalls. And mud.
While in town, I stopped by Hastings, a chain that sells books, movies, CDs, that sort of thing. This Saturday, the 21st at 3, they are hosting a book signing for me for my new book On the Rim of Wonder. We have everything all set and ready to go. They already have fliers posted, gave me one to display during the wine tasting and said I could bring chocolate brownies to share with buyers. Yesterday, I was in a minor panic because they had spelled my name incorrectly on the flier. Kudos to Crystal at Hastings, she got it fixed quickly.
Now I am going to vacuum even if it is ten at night.