#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


On Second Thought…

Remember how I was so eager to write yesterday?  Well, one little thing got in the way.  My cough, which I thought was caused by allergies and fatigue from the big trip, turned out to be bronchitis instead.  Yikes.  So now I’m on antibiotics and determined to write today.

The travelogue continues:

New York, Day four (July 19)

As you know from yesterday’s bulletin, my cell phone took a header down an elevator shaft at the Waldorf and was never recovered.  Meaning, of course, that Jeremy and I set out first thing the next morning to arrange for a new phone.  It’s crazy how dependent on the thing I turned out to be–though I seldom actually TALK into it, I use it all the time.  In New York, it was about the only way to keep track of six other people, for one thing.  So, anyway, the AT&T people fixed me up–the guy there told me that these phones are always getting lost or broken, but this was his first elevator shaft.  :)

Since Grand Central Station is right down the street from the Waldorf, Wendy and Jeremy and I went there to check out some of the shops, etc.  We had the most brilliant, fabulous, noisy lunch at a place called the Oyster Bar.  The restaurant is one of several in the basement of the station, and probably because the building is so old, there is no air-conditioning.  So it was sweltering.  I had a rare treat–soft shell crabs–served on this lovely mixture of grits (of all things) flavored with garlic and a few other elements I couldn’t identify.  DELICIOUS.  (An aside: when we were kids and Mom got tired of us running in and out of the house, no doubt slamming the screen door each time, she’d say, “What do you think this is?  Grand Central Station?”)  Sally and I got some chuckles out of asking each other that during the trip.

I think I made it another early night on this day–there’s some rubber stamping in my art journal, along with an artist trading card, but nothing about going out on the town.  :)

And today BIG SKY MOUNTAIN is in the stores!!!  Yes!!  I can hardly believe it.

More tomorrow.  (Unless, of course, I get hit by a meteor or come down with bubonic plague.)

Be kind to yourself and others.  In the long run, that’s all that really matters.

9 comments to “On Second Thought…”

  1. Sherry Nan Wallace
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      · July 31st, 2012 at 2:05 pm · Link

    Haha! Grits are a staple down here in the Deep South where I live in Oxford, MS. Try shrimp & cheese grits – yummy!! Do you ever ride your horses? I love 2 trail ride, but horses get summers off w/Heat Index of 100> :-0 !!
    Blessings,
    Sherry Nan



  2. Crystal
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      · July 31st, 2012 at 2:10 pm · Link

    OH LINDA, I DO HOPE U GET TO FEELING BETTER. I TELL U AFTER A COLD OR ANYTHING THE COUGH IS THE ABSOLUTE WORST!!!!! SO EXCITED FOR TODAYS RELEASE MAYBE WE CAN GET U ANOTHER NUMBER 1!!!!!! HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!!



  3. Michele
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      · July 31st, 2012 at 2:11 pm · Link

    3 chapter in and I’m hooked! I wish I had taken the day off work so I can continue reading!!



  4. Juanita Rice
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      · July 31st, 2012 at 2:39 pm · Link

    I’m going book shopping today!!! Wahoo!! :)

    I’m sooo jealous! Have been to the Big Apple many times but have yet to visit Grand Central. And I do love soft shell crabs! I also found out that there is a restaurant there that serves red (Manhatten style) clam chowder…my sister’s favorite. Looks like she and I will have to plan another trip. :)

    So sorry you still aren’t well, Linda! It’s a bummer not to feel good when there are so many things you want to do! Get better.

    Hugs!!
    Nana



    • linda
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        · August 1st, 2012 at 11:53 am · Link

      Gotta get me some of that clam chowder! Is the restaurant at Grand Central?



  5. Gloria
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      · July 31st, 2012 at 2:46 pm · Link

    Linda, I hope and pray you will feel better soon.



  6. Lois Rotella
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      · July 31st, 2012 at 7:50 pm · Link

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. Being sick with a nasty cough is no fun. I started the new book and liking so far. Be well :wink:



  7. Hilda
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      · August 1st, 2012 at 11:17 am · Link

    Hi, Linda. This morning, on the bus going to work, I opened Big Sky Mountain to read it (literally, cover-to-cover) and read your dedication. Tears rolled out of my eyes! I hurt for you, I’m sure you still miss your Sadie-Beagle. I did manage to read two chapters – what a hoot of a beginning!!! I too wish I could take the day off, sit out in the sun, and just read. Take care, Hilda



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