Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
After high school, my mom didn't have money to send me to college, so I worked a variety of jobs. At the time, I was really into The Who and my main interest was traveling to England with my friends who liked the band. I got various jobs to earn money to do that. I worked as a hospital housekeeper several times, worked in a hospital laundry, did cashier work at a department store, worked in a deli, was a receptionist at a hospital, which later turned into a full-charge bookkeeping job. Believe it or not, but I liked the housekeeping jobs way more than I liked the bookkeeping one. Oh sure, I got to wear nice dresses and high heels as a bookkeeper, but it didn't matter how good I looked if I made a mistake on someone's paycheck and they got all pissed off at me. Working in a hospital in housekeeping was actually fun. It was like being a fly on the wall because I got to see every department at all different times of the day and night. Unlike other hospital jobs, I wasn't confined to a lab or nurses station or kitchen -- I was everywhere. I got to talk to everyone, from the kitchen staff, to the doctors, to the patients.
My favorite job was when I worked as a veterinary assistant for the Pet Emergency Clinic. It was like an ER for pets, and it was only open at night when regular vets were closed. They hired me with no experience and trained me. My first day there was wild. The vet and an assistant were working on a huge dog on the table, while another assistant was struggling with a ferocious cat in one of the kennels. The vet told me to help the lady with the cat and I will never forget what came to mind. I thought to myself, "Oh, my, God! What did I get myself into? I can't do this!" However, I had no choice and had to help the poor lady with the spastic cat. Turned out, I LOVED the job and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
In my picture book, A New Job for Dilly, there is a little rat who loves sour pickles. The problem is that he hates stealing them. He doesn't like being called a thief and doesn't like being chased. Dilly decides to look for a job so he doesn't have to steal pickles. An honest rat -- who would have guessed! Dilly tries jobs from A to Z to find the perfect one for him. I can't say I've tried as many jobs as Dilly, but I see the reasoning behind his search. There was one thing he loved most -- pickles -- and he was willing to do whatever he could to get them. As I got older, my one thing was my kids, which is why I decided to be a stay-at-home mom so I could be with them. It's definitely been my most challenging job to date, as well as most rewarding.
My host for Dilly's blog tour today is Elysabeth Eldering on her JGDS blog. Elysabeth is the author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad book series published by 4RV Publishing. Today she's featuring Dilly and a job related tour stop. I hope you'll hop over there and check it out. Also, remember you can win an autographed copy of A New Job for Dilly by simply leaving FOUR comments throughout our 7-day blog tour. Now I leave you with this classic, which could very well be Dilly's theme song ...
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thanks to everyone who stopped by Sherrie's blog, Write About Now yesterday. Today we're stopping at Beth Bence Reinke's blog for our tour of A New Job for Dilly. Beth has a lot of fun facts about pickles, Dilly's favorite food, that you won't want to miss, so please check it out. If you haven't checked out Sherrie's blog yet, there's still time for that too. Also, don't forget that you can win an autographed copy of A New Job for Dilly by simply leaving FOUR comments throughout the 7 tour stops. Now I leave you with this classic clip from the movie, The Little Rascals ...
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I had to include Adrienne because she posted that she would have a tough time with this, and I'm sure she was lying. ;)
Thanks to everyone who has left comments on the post below for my contest. Thanks also to everyone who has posted my book tour on their blog. If you haven't left a comment, it's not too late. You have until midnight Saturday, June 20th, to enter the drawing.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
June 22nd – Beth Reinke
June 23rd – Elysabeth Eldering
June 24th – Sharon Spray
June 25th – Adrienne Saldivar
June 26th – Nikki Shoemaker
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
- Judy's real name was Frances Ethel Gumm
- She worked 45 of her 47 years
- Her first performance was singing Jingle Bells when she was 2
- Judy was 16 when she filmed the Wizard of Oz
- She was only 4 feet, 11.5 inches tall
- In films, Judy was forced to wear rubber disks to reshape her nose
- She was insecure about her appearance and weight
- Judy suffered nervous breakdowns and migraine headaches
- She attempted suicide several times
- Judy was married 5 times, 4 ending in divorce
- She died in London in 1969
- 20,000 people lined up to view her body at the funeral home
- Judy left behind 3 children -- Liza Minnelli, Joey and Lorna Luft
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
ALSO -- My publisher has received the final copies of A New Job for Dilly and was going to be mailing my order to me today. So technically, Dilly is OUT NOW and available through 4RV Publishing, LLC and me. I can't wait to see the book in its final stage! If you've pre-ordered it, expect your copy soon. If you'd like to order it from me, email me and I'll get the details out to you ASAP. DILLY is finally here -- I need to grab a pickle to celebrate!