To say that being in the throes of baseball season is akin to being a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest is a bit of an understatement. One guy coaching two teams, two guys playing in league and tournament teams, one playing softball and I'm the "ghost runner" making the schedule flow, ferrying people hither, thither and yon. It's a thankless job. If you know a coach's wife, do me a personal favor and give her a shout-out for all she does behind the scenes. She'll appreciate your recognition.
How frazzled are you, Green Girl?
I'm an episode behind watching that drool-worthy Don Draper.
I've got a big pile of mulch to pitch onto the flower beds.
There's a bit of wind damage to tend to after yesterday.
And of course that laundry pile made taller for the dirty uniforms and practice gear.
Everybody needs to eat, but at different times, so prepping dinner is a bigger chore than usual.
Don't get me started on how poorly that fan form is coming along--last night I kept getting my fingers caught between the blades and dropping it--and the test is next Wednesday.
Plus my desk is covered with manuscript revisions and manuscript editing for a fellow writer.
Obviously the answer to this madness is to escape--into the placid, civilized world of Jane Austen. A world where wit and good manners reign, where one frets about Finding The Perfect Match instead of Finding the Matching Sock/Missing Homework Assignment/Chicken I Swear I Bought For Dinner This Week & Hid Somewhere In The Freezer.
So, my bloggy friend Alyssa Goodnight (is that not the best author name ever?) has provided an escape from the madness of Real Life. It's called Austentatious. There's a clever and original heroine (with a really cool scientific job instead of an artsy-writer-y type of job), a dashing hero (who is literally a rock star) and a supporting cast of eclectic folks who do funky things like sing karaoke and bowl. Trust me, if life's swamping you, this book can take you away for a little while, refresh your batteries with a bit of humor and romance.
Green Girl, how can I score a copy of this book? I'm glad you asked! You can either win a copy here this week or buy your own. (I recommend trying to win a copy before you buy your own.)
To win your copy of Austentatious, you have to enter my Frazzled Contest. Entering is easy--each comment in the comment box is an entry to win. That's all. I'll pick a lucky winner Monday and mail them a copy of Austentatious. It's that easy and that awesome.
Spill it, reader. What's got you frazzled this week?