Ten Pounds in Ten Days - My Trippy Italian Trip

Spoiler Alert: Ten pounds were not gained. Ten days were not spent. Something went wrong with my trip to Italy. But a lot of things, eventually, went right.

Click to begin...Nearly two months after it began, I have finally finished the blog about my "mindblowing" trip to Italy, in which my friend Jenny and I went to alternate universes instead of on a frivolous birthday trip to have fun and eat.

In the Ten Days...Ten Pounds blog (or as my mother calls it, 10x10), it only took 33 posts to do justice to 8 short and mostly uneventful days.  If you would like to see why, you can start from the beginning, get the overview of what happened, my travels, or Jenny's travails... or just jump in anywhere:
  1. The back story: A Longtime Dream
  2. The right companion: Traveling Sister
  3. Planning a trip: Imagine Italia!
  4. Extricating myself from my life: Mambo Italiano
  5. The day before we left: Italy vs. Jenny's Brain
  6. Derailed but moving forward: 10 things
  7. Sorting out the crises: My Vacation vs. Mercury
  8. In a strange place: Rome if You Want To
  9. It's like a different country: Postcards from Italy
  10. I'm home before I know it: Torna California
  11. Memories of Friendship: Sunday in the Suburbs
  12. Sending prayers: Candles for Jenny
  13. What happened inside her brain: A Tangled Mess
  14. Healing on the outside: Frankenbeauty
  15. It's all about the shoes: Take A Walk in My Scarpa
  16. My adventure begins: The Call of Vesuvius
  17. Best Day Ever: Cavaliere Della Neve
  18. I have it out with Italy: Veni, Vidi, Vici Vesuvius
  19. Different ways to get there: Driving While Italian
  20. Adventure never ends; neither does work: HUB Away from Home
  21. My religious infrastructure: Hail Mary
  22. My dream date: Eternal City Ramble
  23. European living: The IKEA Lifestyle
  24. Eye candy: Italian Shop Windows
  25. Last night in Rome: Birthday for The Bunny
  26. Back home and healing: In Jenny's Eyes
  27. Mind blown by Venice: Grokking Carnevale
  28. Pictures: The Floating City. City of Small Canyons. City of Glass.
  29. Finding myself: Being Vesuviette
  30. Out of this world: In My Element
  31. All's well that ends well: Commedia Dell’Arte
  32. Going home again: In Thin Air
  33. But can you go home again? An Acceptable Level of Ecstasy
Buon Viaggio!


Awareness Month

So. In addition to Bullying Prevention, Breast Cancer, Caffiene Additction, and Kale Awareness Month, October is also ADHD Awareness Month.

Adopt A Shelter Dog Month | AIDS Awareness Month (President Reagan) | American Cheese Month | Antidepressant Death Awareness Month | Apple Month | Bat Appreciation Month | Breast Cancer Awareness Month | Bullying Prevention Month | (World) Blindness Awareness Month | Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month | Celiac Disease Awareness Month | Celebrating The Bilingual Child Month | Children’s Magazine Month | Church Library Month | Church Safety and Security Month | Class Reunion Month | Co-op Awareness Month | Cut Out Dissection Month | Domestic Violence Awareness Month | Down Syndrome Awareness Month | Dyslexia Awareness Month | Eat Better, Eat Together Month | Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month | Emotional Wellness Month | Employee Ownership Month | Energy Management is a Family Affair-Improve Your Home Month (10/1-3/31/13) | Fair Trade Month | Financial Planning Month | Feral Hog Month or Hog Out Month | Kale ...... via October.

And that's not even the first half of the alphabet! Just not enough days to be aware.


This Is Not Photoshopped.

As football season begins, I would like to salute my fantasy football league (The 69ers, The Nutcrackers, Team Nice Dynamite, XXL Cheerleaders, Slaughtermelons and more...) with the one of the best things I ever saw on TV...

Do not doubt my commitment (yet) to Sparkle Motion!


So, This Blog.

What is Wandering Pie?
(note: it's not just a food truck in Nashville.)

I started this blog almost ten years ago when I had something to say about the movies and didn't have anywhere to put it. Since then, I've built an official website, a store, and quite the online empire... but this space has been the place where I can share non-specific thoughts that take more than two sentences of stuff to say.

I don't know who reads it. (Oh! Yes I do: My dad does; he's a subscriber. So's my husband.) (Hi Dad! Hi Dave!)

But I'm notoriously bad at sending stuff out to be properly published, so although blogging scratches half an itch about having a thought "out there" where people can read it, the other half itch so often remains unscratched.

I've gotten better at getting the full feel-good experience of writing, in which it feels good both to write and be read, both with my books and my whatnots. Which...to my relief and delight, people seem to like! My friends send me emails and tell me! And the first time a stranger wrote me it was aMAZING—though I can still count those comments on two hands, and I still itch for more actual reviews. But who reads a blog? And I've got so many. I do promote some of my more topical blogs like The Zorgos Reader. One time I wrote a post about attention on Life in the Fast Brain that was shared/recommended like, 1000 times! Woot!

But with Wandering Pie, I can't really expect a loyal readership, since I blog so very, very occasionally. The counter says it's had two million hits, but the lack of comments tells me they are probably from spiders, and those machines that quote part of a paragraph to make it sound like there is an interesting thought in the "content" of their site that secretly wants to steal your good life.

Anywho, enough about me. I know this guy who blogs regularly, daily in fact, with no need for recognition or payment, but just to journal, to ponder and think things through, and to entertain! There's always an interesting insight on some current event, or his own life (in which I am proud to say I am featured often). He has a readership of about nine, and he's happy with that. Just before mother's day, half of us took him to dinner to celebrate his tenth year of pushing into our lives and telling us his thoughts, ranging from boring (when they are about his sports team for the tenth time that month) to fascinating (when they are about us).

But I am bursting with excitement. The author of Entropical Paradise, who is indeed the aforementioned husband of mine, was identified by researchers as being what they call a megablogger. He too, has written for nine years... but he, unlike me, writes consistently. Which, to me, queen of every-which-way, is incredible.

Here's what else is incredible. He is a person who loves loves loves movies, and has always secretly (and not so secretly) wanted to work in the biz, either as a critic looking in, or better yet, a creator writing movies. (There are several in a drawer, fyi...) And now something astonishing has happened. He is featured in a movie that is about people like him! Just by doing what he does—head down, noticing the little things, nose, effectively, to the grindstone—he's been "discovered."

You'd think I'd be jealous, since I am constantly promoting myself and feel I have to work my butt off for every $5 book sale, beg my friends for every review and comment, and spend more time marketing myself/building my platform more than actually writing (though it's never quite enough). But I'm not jealous. Dave works hard, and has always been clear that he writes for the joy of it. I am thrilled he gets to share that joy with more friends now.

Read about Friends You Haven't Met Yet. When you meet Dave, you'll love and admire and marvel at him. I sure do.