Ironically, my name is spelled wrong

but I am overwhelmed with giddiness reading my name mentioned on the acknowledgements page of a novel, My Occasional Torment, by Bee Robb, that I copyedited. I knew there was the possibility he’d mention me by name, but I did not know for sure until my lovely friend, Staci, checked the book out from the library and emailed me that my name was in it. 🙂

And what sweet words: “Also, a grateful smile of appreciation to Amanda Fowle Bindle, a talented editor who possesses not only the mechanics but also the music of writing.” (swoon!)

Now, can I put this quote on my resume as I was recently canned from this dream freelance copyediting gig and would love to find another exactly like it?

Green clean = brown laundry and cloudy glasses

Well, I confess that when I tried “green cleaners” around the house when Caroline was tiny, I quickly abandoned them. Vinegar wasn’t going to get my toilets and showers as clean as good ol’ Comet. I quietly hid the truth. And for some reason, even after that, I recently decided to try making my own laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent. Call it a green attempt. Call it trying to be frugal. Really, I was kind of bored and figured why not? After two weeks or so, I’ll tell you exactly why not. It didn’t work! My clothes still had stains. My dishes were cloudy. I know it works great for some. Maybe our water is hard. Maybe I didn’t tweak my mixture to get it perfect. I’m going to stick with the R&D proven commercial stuff and save myself some time, spend a little dough, and wear clean clothes and drink from clean glasses. THANKYOUVERYMUCH.

2011 Road Trip Vacation

The Bindels and the Satoros (my sister, her husband and two girls) rented a 15-passenger van and drove to California with lots of stops on the way there and back. The girls agreed that the their favorite part of the vacation was being with their cousins (aw!) I can’t wait to do it again!

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