Interrupting the Regularly Scheduled Programming …

h1 January 15th, 2017 by jules

This may be the first Sunday ever in the blog’s history that I don’t have art to show you, but I’m under the weather and being vertical and at a computer is not good. So, I’ve no art (well, I had some planned, promise), and I’ve no kicks. I’m going to go lie down again. Do tell me your kicks. They will be cheery to read.

[As a reminder, 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.]

11 comments to “Interrupting the Regularly Scheduled Programming …”

  1. Oh no! Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well. Feel better soon!

  2. Jules, sorry to hear you’re under the weather. That’s no fun. Feel better soon.
    Jama, hello.
    My kicks:
    1. Bright sunny days with snow.
    2. Organizing.
    3. Successful multilingual telling of The Mitten for Family Library Night just before the massive snow storm.
    4. Sipping tea.
    5. Watching the sunrise on the Clouds in the west.
    6. New Year Postcards.
    7. Haiku and photography.
    Have a great week.

  3. Get well soon, Jules! Hi Jama and hi Jone! Organizing works for me, too, Jone. My kicks:
    1. desk is organized, small hutch on left is day job, small hutch on right is art
    2. reworked a manuscript successfully (#1 must have had a part in this?)
    3. hot cocoa with marshmallows
    4. cute pets
    5. 2017 calendar with so many blank squares of potential
    6. new friends
    7. hope

  4. Oh, Jules — very sorry to hear about the extremely local weather (ha) hitting you right now and hope that storm cloud passes soon! “I’ve no kicks” is just about the saddest thing I’ve ever read here.


    1. I’ve been pushing this kicking song [SoundCloud] onto the attention of everybody within earshot for the last couple days — including you, on FB, but other musically inclined 7-Imp visitors might also like it. (My blog post about it is here.)
    2. The Missus gave me a quadcopter (drone) for Christmas, and I’m hoping finally to take it up for the first time today.
    3. While I haven’t been happy with the NEED for it, I’ve been delighted to see some of the crystallization of resistance — at least sentiment — against events of the upcoming Friday.
    4. Long Poochwalks. She just turned 10 in December, so they don’t come as often as they used to. But I’ll take them as I can get them. (We did a 70-minute one yesterday, which may not sound like much… until you factor in her 3- to 4-inch legs.)
    5. Speaking of The Pooch, she has suddenly taken to guarding our deck from squirrel incursion. She never pays attention to them when she herself is outdoors; it’s only when she’s in the kitchen, looking out at them through the sliding glass doors, that she goes nuts. This has been so entertaining that we’ve taken to distributing nuts all over the deck, railing, and various other objects in the morning, so she’ll have plenty of “TV” to watch.
    6. We finished our mad march through all the ‘Friends’ episodes (one episode a night, starting about a year ago) — bittersweet, but when the show was actually being broadcast we missed the last few seasons. So it was fun both revisiting the familiar and experiencing the new.
    7. The recaptcha word pair at the moment is CARRER CLINTON. I don’t know what to make of the first word, but overall: awwww…

  5. Jules – so sorry you are feeling under the weather!

    Jone – the sunshine on the snow has been beautiful.

    Dow – hot cocoa with marshmallows, cute pets and hope are wonderful things.

    JES – long dog walks are wonderful. And agree wholeheartedly with kick #3. Have fun with the drone.

    My kicks this week:
    1) Made a lifelong dream come true, finally got to use my passport for the first time ever, and went to Australia.
    2) Saw the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Sydney, which was spectacular.
    3) Met a couple of koala bears, fed some wallabies & kangaroos.
    4) Went to the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne & am desperately trying to come up with a research project that would require me to work in that library for a year. I was in book heaven.
    5) Did a day trip on the Great Ocean Road & saw the 12 Apostles, and wild koalas in trees and the beautiful coastline.
    6) Met wonderful people and made new friends along the way while I fell in love with such a beautiful country.
    7) Coming home to sweet Daisy.
    7.5) Snowstorms, snuggles with Daisy and so grateful for a safe warm house in the cold when others are so less fortunate.
    8) John Lewis’s book selling out on Amazon yesterday. Gives me immense hope for the coming days, weeks, months.

    Feel better Jules! And stay safe and warm in the winter cold Imps!

  6. Oh Jules…I am so sorry you are feeling ill. I am sending you mass quantities of TLC.

    Jone: I think haiku and photography sound intriguing. Good luck!

    Dow: I like the idea of a new calendar and all those squares being potential…

    JES: Nothing is better than long poochwalks

    Rachel: I too am thrilled that John Lewis’s book sold out on Amazon. It is a true sign of much needed hope.

    My kicks:

    1. This new house has been a true money pit due to realtor and inspector failures but I have new flooring and the painters are done on two floors. They will be back for basement and bonus room when I can afford it. The painted walls are like sunshine in the house.

    2. Mulan is learning to sit, stay, leave it and walk like a hero. Well, at least for today.

    3. I opened up another area of the house for Mulan; little bits at a time in the housebreaking process

    4. Reading aloud to Mr. Sharp’s classes each week

    5. New books

    6. Sunshine today

    7. Blooming amaryllis

    Have a great week everyone!

  7. Hi Imps!

    Sending lots and lots of healthy thoughts to you, Jules. Take it easy today. If you need to take it easy tomorrow, take it easy tomorrow. May you soon feel like a joyful Jules instead of a kickless Jules.

    Sorry for the delay in posting – I just realized I closed the browser window earlier today instead of hitting “submit.” Oops!

    Jone: Are the New Year Postcards a project? Do you collect new ones for each year?

    Dow: Cocoa is the best. Cute pets are the best, actually.

    JES: High-five for helping to provide entertainment for the pooch. Have fun with the quadcopter!

    Rachel: What a great list of gratitude you have this week. Your third kick made me smile most of all, and the first. I’m so happy for you.

    Margie: Have you seen Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House? Not sure if it will make you feel better or worse about your current situation – you have my sympathies! – but it is a hilarious movie. Hi Mulan!

    My kicks for the week:
    1) Tinker
    2) Trailer
    3) Soldier(ing on)
    4) Spy(glass)
    5) Breathing
    6) Sharing
    7) Shine

  8. Thanks, Mrs. B.

    Jone, I love your kicks. Didn’t you and Chuck also have an anniversary? You two are adorable.

    Dow, congrats on the manuscript and getting organized. It’s funny how good that can feel, yes? I like your calendar with its blank squares.

    John: I KNOW! I mean, I ALWAYS ALWAYS share art, but standing up was bad bad bad. I am finally on my feet today. …. I’m so glad you’re dropping this song here again, because I saw my tag on it on Facebook in my deepest sick haze, and then I forgot to go back to it. I’ll listen now. Thanks! Happy birthday (a bit late) to the pooch. Everyone needs such squirrel protection!

    RACHEL! I saw on FB that you were there. How thrilling! Thanks for sharing some of your best memories here; I’m partial to the 4th kick. … I love your last two kicks too. I’m still reading the March trilogy and LOVING it. What a coward Trump is to pick on Lewis. I cannot EVEN.

    Margie, I’m so sorry the house is being problematic. But it sounds like you’re looking on the bright side of things, as always. I’m glad Mulan is adjusting too. And I wish I could hear you read to Colby’s classes!

    Little Willow: Those are some clever kicks. And for the record, I DO have kicks! I really, really do! I was just too often in bed to get up and type them. I’ve slept so much in the past 48 hours; it’s probably a record for me.

    Have a good week, all!

  9. So sorry you’ve been so ill, Jules. Glad you are feeling a bit better.
    Fantastic to read these kicks – so much good stuff going on.

    My Kicks:
    1. finally watching the Benedict Cumberpatch version of Sherlock Holmes. Enjoying it.
    2. surgery recuperation continues, glad to be better every day
    3. voting in the mock Caldecott vote on the Calling Caldecott blog, hard but fun.
    4. inching closer to the actual announcements of this year’s book ALA awards on 1/23
    5. the Reading While White blog – really good and inspiring
    6. working my way through a big pile of picture books in preparation for a workshop
    7. tremendous gratitude for lots of rain in LA – the drought is rescinding

    Best wishes for an amazing week!

  10. Margie – hooray for Mulan and her training progress and new books!

    LW – thanks, and I figured you’d like the animal kicks best. 🙂 Love your first 4 kicks best, especially 3 & 4.

    Jules – that library is amazing. I wanted to pull books off of shelves and sit at the desks/carrels in the reading rooms and stay for days. They also have an extensive children’s literature collection there, I thought of you when wandering around that section.

  11. Allison: I wish I could hear your workshop, and glad you’re feeling better every day.

    Rachel: Ooh!

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