The more we practice being thankful, for ourselves, others and for life itself, the easier and more natural the feeling becomes. Successful relationships require us to develop particular skills: To understand how to traverse the slippery slope of good boundary management is essential to healthy connection. The reach of such skills extends to our relationships with other loved ones, and carries over to enhance the power and meaning of our interactions in the workplace and in community life. In the wellness space, we're swamped by information overload about what to do and what not to do in order to remain healthy and live longer.
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Intellectual Health Intellectual health involves increased alertness, knowledge and common sense. So I have a nook, and I will click on over to Barnes and Noble and see if your masterpiece is there. If not, Husband will have to share his kindle. As always, you inspire, Bloggess. Franny recently posted What is this bloggy place? Surely, you can understand this dilemma, right? I truly want time to enjoy your novel. And untangle my brain from what I am sure will be many brain tangling passages. I need your advice, Jenny. Help me make this decision….
Jett recently posted What then, when your whole life is scripted as apology? I have so few heroes, but you are one of them. And further, I love that you put the wrong year on the Christmas ornaments. Lauraszoo recently posted jenny, the blogess. I already use your blog to help me feel like I had some laughs in my hectic responsibility-laden life. You remind me of all the crazy friends I had back in the day, and all the crazy things we had done.
Those were the days! The paperback version maybe but not this one……. Anyway your blog has brought a lot more laughter into my life. I hope you do a book tour so I can come see you in NJ in person. I can tell you without hesitation that this book is so not made for children. Jenny the bloggess recently posted Are there sweeter words? That is not failure, but unmitigated success. The bladder, in this instance, WINS.
Claire J recently posted Dreadlocks: I will absolutely buy your book, but I would especially adore having an autographed copy. You should do a book signing tour where people stand in line at the door to book store restrooms, they hand over their books through the cracked door, and then you hand them back through the door. You could even use stunt hands! My 17 yo son is getting a Kindle for Christmas.
Then I can read it on his Kindle while his melted brain reforms and we can all go on about our daily lives. You have no idea how bad-ass it is to finally see this book coming out. Congratulations on making it to the long, grueling end of publishing. Now, when are you writing the next one?
And it better not be a crappy contract filler a la Prince. Matthew McGarity recently posted Golden Grahams: The Currency of the Realm. Thank you, Miss Jenny. Buttface and the Pink House. Or when I call someone a douchecanoe. They need to join the crazy side, where we also have cookies just like the dark side, but ours are better because we also have milk.
I mean, have you seen those udders? If I send a Beyonce to knock on random peoples doors would that get me one? How about putting my kid in a ballet dress and giving her a toy gun and putting her on top of a car, ready for the apocalypse? I just got a Nook Tablet for christmas and this is going to be my first big purchase!
I am soooooo excited! Angelina recently posted Random Observation of the day Chris Illuminati recently posted Photo. Maria recently posted I could listen to a three year old talk all day long. And then see me furiously happily squeal with glee! That will be awesome. You are such a rockstar! I preordered your book as soon as it was available, and I absolutely cannot wait to read it… my husband is completely sick of hearing me talk about it.
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Because it is awesome. That is the kind of power this book has. Besides, it will come out just in time for your birthday. I will get you a copy. My birthday is in August. I am getting a head start. I am trying to be motivated. Stop trying to stop me! Christene recently posted Stuff I Did.
Have been told you are the funniest thing since sliced bread. Read the bloggess, and was hooked. Saw that you had a book, and went to Kindle. Not available until April ! Jenny I am so excited for you. Will there be trucker hats to go along with the book tour? Jenny, I have a Kobo. Glad you are feeling better… Hate for your angst to entertain us… but you know it is part of who you are…. She has a book coming out in a couple of months, […]. This book will be required reading for my staff. Thank you for the 11 year journey to complete this book.
That is my calling in life. You are my sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. Please dont take my sunshine away. Mayor Gia recently posted Mayor Gia Meme ! I totally preordered my copy this morning. Cheree recently posted Track 7 Brewing Company. Congrats Jenny on getting it finished and published. Jenny, You are my idol. There are days I find myself laughing at the absurdity of life after which I immediately question my sanity.
The tales you tell — especially the conversations with Victor — make me feel perfectly good about myself. Rock on with your bad self!!! You were part of the inspiration for me to start my blog: I will fail every single time. Marci recently posted More food. But better this time! Totally ordering this on my Kindle. Really hoping you do book signings in the future too.
Though that means I will have to buy a second copy of the book. Which is fine, really. Because no one will be able to touch the autographed copy. I think I need to get one for everyone I know. If I mail it to you with a self addressed stamped envelope will you sign it and mail it back? I put in my pre order with Amazon a while back and am waiting not so patiently for it to show up. So happy for you, Jenny! Kat recently posted Elements of My Parenting. I received the preorder for Christmas! So am very excited to get my hands on the book. I am just not fond of the waiting game!
I suck at waiting patiently! Simone recently posted Happy New Year I cannot wait to read this book first and then get to be the one who recommends it to all my friends!!! When is it going to be on Audible. Thank you for the ugly truths and superior humor and for connecting with so many of us that you will never meet. Your rantings feel like home to me. You are a freaken delight. Key Largo is beautiful anytime of year! Thank you, again and again and again…. Hey all — Pre-order of the book can be done here — http: I just received my necklace…Never give up…I too suffer depression and anxiety and am so excited to wear this every day in the hopes that people ask me about it and I can share with them my story.
I blot at http: I love your blog and relate in so many ways. Pre-ordered my copy yesterday. I even got you the link…. Annette Baesel recently posted Enjoying the Bounty of the Market. I will be buying your book. I will probably be buying several. I will be doing this mostly for my hubster and two grown children.
I will hand them the book. I will command them to read it. My Barry Manilow fetish and penchant for screaming at Always commercials seems pretty normal, now, right? Someone who bought your book also bought a giant pack of toilet paper. Why does Amazon sell toilet paper? Happy early Birthday present to me. Kara recently posted Riley on Marketing and Food. Only books listed for me, no other cool merch. Anna recently posted My reluctant experiment in going offline. I discovered your blog when you put up the Found Snake sign.
I laughed so hard I could hardly stop. It still makes me laugh every time I think of it. I live in a very conservative community where your book would create LOTS of controversy. There has to be a way for me to get the library to order it without them knowing how awesomely controversial it will be. Mwah hah hah, this should be great fun! Thanks for your fabulous life, and for sharing your book with us.
I read the advance reading copy of your book one of the perks of owning my own bookstore where, ahem, one could order said book and plan to suggest it with every purchase, sort of like super-sizing an extra value meal. It really works for everyone. Since I am a complete history dork, I have to point out that your paragraph about Abraham Lincoln dying because people put their grubby hands in his bullet wound sounded more like what happened to James Garfield.
Lincoln — massive head wound Garfield — superficial back wound that proved fatal after being probed for months. It even inspired Alexander Graham Bell to invent the metal detector to find the bullet. Do you know if your book will be available is softcover? I pre-ordered it from amazon. I have been very sick lately with no access to your site tear so I am counting the days for the book release so I have a travel edition of your stories. Alison recently posted Welcome! I cannot wait to read your book!! Mostly so I can stop doing drugs. Do you think that maybe you should come up with a marketing plan specifically for drug dealers?
It must be all the drugs. Because they would be so thankful. Emily recently posted Now it's my turn to meltdown. Oh, I think commenter 27 has it absolutely right!!! A book tour with you autographing copies in the restroom. That, would be perfect. Will it be on kindle? The hump on my back is finally going away, because I now carry around 87 books on a tablet… or in it…whatever. Dear everyone commenting about Amazon or Kindles: Right in or your near your own communities?
You can even buy your e-books through them. Support independent stores everywhere! Chicken Buckaww, typically a paperback edition of a book comes out only if the hardcover sells well enough. A few publishers publish both types simultaneously, but not many.
Ann Burlingham recently posted Live Music: It is going to be amazing. It is going to get all kinds of love from all kinds of […]. Oh this is awesome! Just what I need!!! I just bought your book. I feel like I am getting into another Twilight or Hunger Games series. I already have to wait months on end for other books to come out, then I have to wait for those books to be turned into movies and then wait for those movies to be released.
I just thought you were better than those corporate assholes. Which is why I am going to shut up now and wait patiently for your book. Plus days because I was too cheap to pay extra shipping. So really, like, April 21st. Or maybe longer because there could be a holiday somewhere in there or god forbid another national weather emergency. If that is the case, I will be convinced that the world is not going to end and that in fact, the world is just conspiring against me so that I cannot read your book.
Which is kinda how I feel already. I am dragging, mostly because my boyfriend pissed me off tonight and by sitting here typing, he thinks I actually have a life and that I am not thinking about how pissed I am at him for being a tard bot. Well me and you and whoever else might, unfortunately, happen to scroll down and read this. Sincerely, Your biggest fan. I just got my ARC through work I work at an independent bookstore in Michigan , and am having flashbacks to visiting yooper cousins as a kid.
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Lincoln recently posted Thoughts on covering Dylan. I will still be buying a hardcover, because books this fancy deserve to be in the best possible format. No paperbacks and none of that e-book bullshit. Oh dear god there IS a Kindle version! But what the F am I going to do with the bookplate. Bloody hell I may have to get both the hard cover and the Kindle version. April 17 is actually my birthday, so happy birthday to me! And very heartfelt confratulations to you, Jenny. I am sure the book will be a wild success. Son of a bitch!
I totally forgot I read this last night and wanted the book plate and preordered for Kindle. Karen W recently posted Lake house laziness. I preordered for Kindle. I asked for a bookplate anyway. Admit it…everyone wants to live in Canada! So I pre-ordered your book with our big local book seller up here in the Great White North and I have to wait until early April! Gawd I hate waiting. Waiting is for, well…. Send more love our way.
Kat recently posted Editrix rhymes with…. Go pre-order her […]. PS, can you make a shirt with the rattlesnake sign? I would totally buy it, or a Poster, that might be better. To make a longs story longer.. Before I found out that he is a sucky sharer, I preordered your book on the kindle. He found out tonight that I ordered it, and is all mad that I will be hogging the kindle for a few days after it comes out. This is why I need to buy a tape recorder. Evidence is the only way to prove how right, smart, or innocent I am.
Also, I might end up with good blackmail material. Probably the second choice is my best argument, since we both already know that I am never wrong. How much bribery would it take to get a bookplate shipped to Canada? I can see if I can find some strange taxidermied animals for you? Put a mini-Beyonce on a Canadian landmark and take photos? Send you my first born? Keep up the fabulousness. And, Happy Birthday Lisa! Were your birthdays always worked around Easter and the first day of Trout Season too? When will it be released to those of us in the rest of the world?
So what about those of us who pre-ordered the Kindle edition? I just ran across your blog and have to tell you that you will be my first Blogger to follow. Thanks for the entertainment! I preordered this book.. Please open a Book Blog for when the book comes out! And just a note: Thanks for bringing the fun back!
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Gutted not to be able to get a signed bookplate — due to being a reader across the pond in the UK — but SUPER excited to have pre-ordered your book. Yours in ardent admiration, the Accidental Londoner. I was going to order the Kindle version of your book, but decided to get the HC edition so that I can share it with my wife.
I wanna signed bookplate!!!!!! I'm ordering on Amazon, but because you are Amazing, I believe I'll allow it. Rachel recently posted So, I write. Are you getting an error message? Will it let you look at the link at all? I see new names coming in. Jenny the bloggess recently posted And then all of my fingers fell off.
As I write this tears of intense sorrow are running down my face — I pre-ordered your book from Amazon. Us dodgie pale faces in Blighty need your wisdom too! Are there any other options for obtaining it outside of the US? Hi from the UK, Jenny. Long have I loved your blog. No-one can make me laugh and sometimes cry like you! So I pre-ordered your book in a frenzy of excitement! Can I please add my plea to those of the other bereft UK people above for advice on how to get hold of the book? Jenny the bloggess recently posted Dreams are assholes.
Can I get this in the UK? Vicky Frankland recently posted Trashing the Memory Palace. I think I pre ordered the book…my iPad closed my browser! I wonder if the apple people will find this and remove it,,,. I almost used zombies to teach my child about Easter, but I wanted to avoid a nasty note from the Christian daycare. Ashley recently posted The birds and the tees. As much as I love Amazon for the hard-to-find soft-core gay tv series hello! Plus, I can talk their ears off about the author and make them sell more books… Just looking for the release date so I can pester the locals.
Love your friendship with Laura. Amazon will not let me. I am deemed unworthy. I think it is because I am Scottish. They will however let me buy it once it is released?!?!? They just refuse to let me pre-order it. I have set an alarm on my Kindle to buy it as soon as it is released. If this is what they do. I totally have them fathomed…………. One of the perks of working at a book store BAM is that I get to peek at the advanced copies sent to the store. Plus, it makes me feel a bit better about my own fucked up childhood, so thanks!
I advise those who have pre-ordered it to also invest in a pack of adult diapers. I sincerely hope that you wander through Tennessee sometime for a book signing. I have the copy of your introduction letter to Books-a-Million that was tucked between the pages of the book. I am keeping it. I might frame it. It is a literary masterpiece! I only wish I could have it autographed.
Your book is hysterical. I work at a bookstore and we get advanced reads of books before they come out. Publishers send books not yet published to get booksellers to read them and help sell copies when the book does eventually come out. I was torn on whether to preorder or hold out until I am employed again. Now I get to eagerly await packages in the mail, which is my second favorite thing. I thought you would make sure it was avail to me early. Just to prove a point. Why do I try typing things within the first 2 hours of being awake.
What do I want with another book, Jenny? I pre-ordered it — but only because you told me too. I like how being on the internet means I never have to make my own decisions. People tell me what to do and I do it. He needs help in transporting the bulk of his estate over here to Canada. How awesome is that? Kelly L recently posted Filler. Betty Fokker recently posted A distinct lack of justice and mercy. Just wanted to say that A you are awesome B though I follow you on Twitter and read the Blog, it was a tweet from a Canadian publisher which led me here, which, as a Canadian, I find kinda awesome see A and B how do manage to find yourself amongst so many whose work I admire?
You have Wil Wheaton collating paper, Simon Pegg holding Twine which totally blew my mind as he is a Geek God to me until… you got a freaking book blurb from Neil Gaiman! It has made my list of must reads which, because of my financial circumstances and love of physical copies of things, has become a difficult list to gain a space on. I just realized your book comes out on my birthday. Amazon UK now seem to have a listing again.
Paperback only, for reasons not explained. Probably with a bullet. I love the incredibly dramatic mouse on your cover. He reminds me of a terribly sick joke we played on our child shortly after her beloved hamster, Rosco, passed away. We were cleaning the garage and happened across a squished flat dehydrated mouse. What do we do with it? So our poor child comes home and bursts into tears because she thinks we have spray painted Rosco and hung him on a nail in our garage. We told her he had run away. I guess the rat was out of the bag then, huh? I fear getting this book.
I am already forbidden to read anything that jiggles the bed because I am laughing so hard. But then sneaking off to a dark corner to read in the soft glow of my goofy-assed e-reader is an acceptable outcome my preccccciiiiooooussssss. Had to happen eventually. I already preordered my book through amazon when u first told us about it, can i still get a wrist band????
I just went to Amazon to pre-order your book and was excited that I could still receive a book plate — sorry about your hands falling off. I keep meaning to order it and forgetting…growing old, constantly forgetful, procrastinating or all of the above. What do you know? I ordered it way back in November!!!
I actually pre-ordered TWO because I have to send one to one of my dearest friends who introduced me to you. Well, not you personally, your blog — namely Beyonce! Thank you for making me laugh, cry, gaffaw, reflect, snicker and remind my husband that I could have bought more towels! Hoping I can still get a bookplate to go with my swanky new book! Carol recently posted Don't Forget Pretzel! I pre-ordered a couple weeks ago for the Kindle version. Am I too late to get a nameplate? Is it too late to get a bookplate? I was only just able to pre-order.
Ok, so if I pre-order on Amazon, do I get one of the last-ever samples of your handwriting on a bookplate? Jane recently posted Chronic Pain and Catastrophic Medicine. Ray Charbonneau recently posted Bear Pond Books. Jenny, Jenny, Jenny…How happy I am that you are a fellow Texan just up the highway and not too far from me! But not in a stalker-y way.
OH, and please bring Beyonce to said DQ book signing. So two copies coming my way! How do I get a bookplate? Ok, you got me.
I was going to wait until it came out, but i have been worn down in a good way and preordered the book. Now I am going to bug you until I get it. I am horrible with presents. If I know I have one coming, I cannot think of anything else. Now I need to go up my meds…. Hey, are there any bookplates left? In the middle of my writing day, I sometimes take a Facebook break.
I counsel my writing students not to do this. A lonely writer can be connected with a whole range of humanity without ever leaving her desk chair. Still another friend anxiously awaits biopsy results. There are engagements, marriages, anniversaries, illnesses, college graduations, retirements, vacations, and endless photographs of cute dogs. All of these accompanied by responses, some numbering in the hundreds. Prayers and emoticons of hearts and hands pressed together in namaste. A namaste sign instead of a condolence note. A heart rather than a phone call.