Monday, 22 February 2010

Getting in your Facebook

mainly sunny, mild, temps minus 5

Lovely day. got up at 4:15 this morning, and drove in to Montreal with Doug. Him in his car, Michael and me in ours. Doug continued on to Toronto.

The trick, especially for Doug who needs to drive through Montreal, is to avoid rush hour here, and rush hour when he arrives in TO. The best way to do that is leave really, really early. We could have just seen him off and left later, but we quite like getting in early too.

So we arrived here about 6:15am - unpacked the car and went for breakfast at Nick's on Greene Ave. Lorraine served us eggs and bacon. And loads of coffee. Then home to do some copy editing. At 10:45 we decided we needed fresh air so we walked from the apartment along rue Ste Catherine to Michael's eye doc on Drummond street. Great walk...took about 25 minutes.

The doc gave Michael some drops to lower the pressure in one eye, but beside that everything looked great. Always a relief. Thanks to all of you who wrote to give support. You know what it's like.

Then we wound our way home stopped at the Nespresso store for cappuccinos and cookies and to pick up more capsules. What a gorgeous store/cafe. Beautifully designed and even comfortable.

Then to the DVD store - then the bank and picked up sandwiches and salads (and pastries) for a lunch at home...and some magazines. In Westmount Square, where we got the food, they'd set up easy chairs and a flat screen TV and everyone was gathered around watching the Olympic curling.

Speaking of which - Michael, Doug and I watched the hockey last night. Canada vs the US. Canada...lost!!! But what a great game. Fast - clean...hardly any whistles. And while the Canadian team played great, so did the americans...and their goalie Miller was wonderful. See, I sound like I know what I'm talking about. I generally don't watch hockey. Don't really like it. But Olympic hockey seemed a national necessity - as was the pizza Doug bought. Anyway, Canada lost.

However - far more important - Canada defeated the Americans this afternoon at curling.

By the time Michael and I got home we were hitting the wall and just trudging along.

Once home Michael put the curling on, I got our lunches ready, and he watched the Olympics while I spent the next 4 hours finishing the copy edits. Quite easy - but some gnarley issues - like at least one day lost and how to fix that.

Marjorie, from Connecticut - wrote to say she had no idea I was on Facebook. She just sent a 'friend request' and a gentle suggestion that maybe it would be better not to keep my social networking such a secret. I agree. So I'm telling you...I'm on Facebook. Now - I'm also a Facebook luddite...I have no idea what to do with it.

If you could tell others I'm there and they too can friend me, that would probably be a good thing too. And, since Marjorie seems to know how these things work, I've asked her help in also getting the blog up there.

If any of you know how to spread the word better - and how I might better utilize Facebook, please help me. I'm happy to do it, as long as it is absolutely no work. Ha.

I now feel like a stuffed toy...all floppy and tired. Time to sit and watch the Olympics. Go ice dancers. Now there's a beautiful sport!

Hope you're all well...speak to you tomorrow. Storm expected tomorrow night.


Shelagh said...

Hi Louise,

What a wonderful day you have had today, especially news about Michael's eyes!

And you are on Facebook!!! Yea, and thanks to Marjorie. I never thought to see if you were. Great!! I don't know much about it either, but I do comment occasionally! Not too long ago I begged Facebook readers to be sure to put ID on their pets. We had the sweetest greyhound and dachsund show up on our doorstep (my dream-2 more doggies to love!) a couple of weeks ago and it took us 4 hours to find the owners since there was no ID on the little dears. Such loving dogs, and the little greyhound came around to my side of the car to "thank" me for finding their home. She "butted" into me as if to say "You're the best!" Figured Facebook was a good medium to get the message across!

Sorry the Canadians lost the hockey game against U.S. - and yes, both teams played well.

Enjoy the rest of your evening, too.

Hugs, Shelagh

Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like you had a great trip and wonderful news about Michael's eyes.

I'm on Facebook and I'm still trying to figure what to do. I know it has it's good points and I've connected with a lot of great people. Good luck and please share any tips you get that makes it easier.

Have a pleasant night.

lil Gluckstern said...

Great news on Michael's eye, and hope you recover from your long, but apparently satisfying day. Ah the food...
The hockey game was too fast for me to watch, and here in the States we're on a tape delay, so everything "good" is on way past my bed time. The American writers in the NTTimes cannot say enough about the courtesy, and friendliness of the Canadians. That is a lot better than the embarrassing biases of the NBC commentators which is also arousing comment. I'm not sure how to really use facebook; I tend not to check it.
But of course, now, I will.

Linda said...

Hello Louise,

After losing myself totally in your Three Pines world, I had to write to thank you for your creations. I work in a small library in a small town in Southern New Hampshire, and I was hooked from the very beginning. I recommend them to library patrons that I know would appreciate them as I do, and one by one our staff is discovering you as well. It's such fun chuckling over Ruth's comments to... well, to everyone! Your work is a pleasure to read. There's a beautiful, almost spiritual, feel to it. I love these characters!

Thank you!

Louise Penny Author said...

Hi all,

Glad to hear I'm not the only Facebook moron. If I learn anything I'll pass it on. but something I have learned...get Marjorie to do it all. Pass it on.

And Linda - thank you! I am a huge fan of what you do. As you know, I have such respect and affection for librarians I made Gamache's wife one. Thank you for telling others about the Chief Inspector Gamache books. How wonderful you are.

Erica Spinks said...

Louise, I couldn't find you on Facebook - there are many other people who share your name. Any tips for befriending you easily?

Marjorie said...

Erica, Louise has now sent you a friend request. That should make it easy for you! For anyone else looking, you can ask me or just do a friend search for Louise Penny and find the listing with her photo next to it.

Marjorie from Connecticut

Louise Penny Author said...

Hi Erica and Marjorie From Connecticut...

thanks M for steering Erica (corraling her) to my Facebook page. But I know exactly what she means...hard to know too what I look like. I'm the one sitting in the garden with reading glasses on. It's an old photo and I think it should be replaced. Hate it when author photos are 20 years out of date and suddenly a middle aged woman waddles up when you're looking for the gorgeous blonde.

Thanks for friending me, Erica. and thanks for all you're doing, MFC

Anonymous said...

I FINALLY found your Facebook page and have sent you a friend request....hope to be "accepted" soon!!!

in Houston

Lynn said...

I'll send out some friend suggestions for you. If there's anything else I can do, let me know!

Barb said...

Louise, I've been one of your FB friends for awhile now, but admit that I tend to be really sporadic in keeping up over there. I do find it to be fun, though, when I remember to go look. Sometimes it's not until one of my "friends" comments on my wall that I remember. :D