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Thursday, Thursday, Thursday.

Hi, friends.

I had the best intentions. Really, I did. I was going to tell you about another cookie today, and a really good one too. But a visitor of sorts has been staying with us lately, and he won’t let me into the kitchen. He’s big and burly, nearly 90,000 words tall. His name is Man U. Script, and he’s a real bruiser. He’s bossy and demanding, and he makes me sit at my desk for hours and hours and hours.

But the good news is that, at long last, he’s leaving on Thursday. He’s getting into a FedEx box and going to New York to hang out with my editor. I can hardly believe it. I don’t know whether to open a bottle of champagne, or cry, or curl up on the couch and sleep. Maybe all three? We’ll see on Thursday. Thursday, Thursday, Thursday.

I’ve really been feeling pretty good about things, aside from being exhausted and all. For pure satisfaction, writing a book is hard to beat. But the other night I had the scariest dream. In it, I was meeting my editor for the first time - which I’ll do next week, actually, when Brandon and I go to New York for Christmas - and much to my terror, she turned out to be Anna Wintour. You know - Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue magazine, she of the impeccable bob and severe, I-will-not-smile-I-will-not-smile-I-will-
not-smile expression? She was holding my manuscript and sneering, and then she sighed and said, “Hmmm. Well. I suppose it’ll have to do.”

You’d better believe I woke up sweating after that one. (And for the record, my editor is not Anna Wintour. Phew.)

So, guys, I don’t have any cookies for you this week. I’m so sorry. Let’s try again next week, can we? I’m game if you are.

P.S. If you, like me, are feeling a little pinched for kitchen time these days - and who isn’t? - you might try this salad with butternut squash and chickpeas, or spaghetti with my favorite tomato sauce, or Brussels sprouts and pine nuts with pasta, or celery root soup. They’ve been our standbys lately.

P.P.S. Oof! In my befuddled state, I was unable to contribute a prize to this year’s Menu for Hope raffle, but don’t mind me: go donate and enter anyway, right here.


Blogger Hillary said...

No worries about the cookies! That's soo exciting about your manuscript! I can't wait for the book! :)

3:58 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger Jules said...

The only thing more exciting about spending Christmas in New York City is handing in your manuscript! Well done, you!
House of Jules

4:07 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

You're in the home stretch, kiddo, so not to worry about the cookies! We are all so proud of you, we readers, and we thank you for years and years of pleasure on your way to this triumph! Happy Holidays in NYC and anywhere else!

4:21 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger Casey said...

Oh what a thrilling Thursday. Congratulations. Friday morning you're going to jump out of bed and tap-dance all day long.

4:53 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger Luisa said...

Three more days! Oooh, it's going to feel so good to send it off! Can't wait to see you next week. (You know I'm giggling imagining SM as the Wintour, right?) xo

5:07 PM, December 10, 2007  
Anonymous Gloria said...

Funny dream!

But at least she approved of your manuscript. =P


5:08 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger anne said...

Oh goodness I can only imagine this is something like giving birth - but what a moment it will be when you send it on its way. Good luck in the final stretch!

5:28 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger Kate said...

I am so thrilled for you, Molly! I can't wait to read it! I use your recipes so often, and can't wait to have a real-live-book to refer to. Congratulations!

5:41 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger Lynn said...

I am sure you are happy to have the manuscript finished!! Go ahead and relax!! Looking forward to reading your book!

6:28 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger hannah said...

THURSDAY!!! oh my gosh. i just started sweating a little bit. go molly go!

6:59 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger Maryn McKenna said...

On the day that you actually send it, expect to feel elated. And hollow. And curiously blank. Here's what helped me the first time (now writing second book): Lay in a really good bottle of champagne, and think of a restaurant that is yummy and interesting but not high-end challenging (this is not a night to eat foam). Once the FedEx guy leaves, pop the champagne. And then get to dinner pretty quickly (maybe even drive), because no matter how good the food is and how much you want to celebrate with those who most supported you, you are going to collapse sooner than you think. And you will entirely deserve it!

7:14 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger Michelle said...

Congratulations, Molly. I'm looking forward to reading your book and can't wait to go into Barnes and Noble and find your book and tell my friends, Hey, I know that gal! Sort of. You will have a wonderful Christmas in New York. I'm adopting your pledge of handmade gifts this year. Excluding books, of course. I found some beautiful pottery at The Paseo here in OKC. Have a happy Thursday.

8:14 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger Leah said...

Oh hooray! So close now - and that means for us too, who can't wait to read it. Go team! (And go eat a brownie!)

8:22 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger Anali said...

Now wouldn't that be weird if you really ended up meeting her? I always have vivid dreams too. I'm so excited about your book and can't wait to get it!

9:24 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger UmberDove said...

Ahhh! Huge congrats! I've been wondering when the manuscript would be finished (and then when the book would be available - can't wait!) and now, knowing that its Thursday, well, FABULOUS! Such an enormous amount of work, so don't worry about cookies for us until you have had wine, tears, and sleep.

Let us all know just when and where we can pre-order it - and there better be A LOT of copies!

10:25 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger Victoria said...

CHAMPAGNE DEFINITELY! (And maybe a few potato chips.) Congratulations.

4:02 AM, December 11, 2007  
Blogger shari said...

oh molly. it's right around the corner! yay! love seeing your table with the grapefruit and the maira kalman book. makes me smile. congrats a few days early on finishing your first book. hugs.xo

4:17 AM, December 11, 2007  
Anonymous traderjanki said...

hey molly! I made both the brussel sprout pasta and the butternut squash and chickpea salad last week. both were so yummy! good luck!

6:20 AM, December 11, 2007  
Blogger Ann said...

How exciting! I hope you celebrate like it's 1999! :-)

Ann at Redacted Recipes

7:09 AM, December 11, 2007  
Blogger Katy said...

congratulations!!! and thankfully, there is only one anna wintour. i've noticed that every time i have a nightmare about something important in my life (not getting a job, failing a test, etc), it ends up turning out great. so maybe your nightmare is a good sign!

7:39 AM, December 11, 2007  
Anonymous Jess said...

Congratulations Molly! What a gorgeous end to the year. And congrats on your nomination for Best Food Blog Post. Definitely one of my favorite posts from you! :)

And everyone should vote! http://wellfed.net/2007/12/10/vote-best-food-blog-post/

7:56 AM, December 11, 2007  
Blogger Cakespy said...

Gosh, bet it felt really good to send that one off. Congratulations, I can't wait to see it in print!

9:25 AM, December 11, 2007  
Blogger s'kat said...

Hooray, the end is in sight! Just in time to wrap it all up for the New Year.

9:35 AM, December 11, 2007  
Blogger charlotte s said...

best of luck finishing your manuscript- im sure its amazing!!! just a few days left, hang in there! and celebrate celebrate celebrate come friday!!!

9:37 AM, December 11, 2007  
Anonymous EB of www.spicedish.typepad.com said...

That is SO ENTIRELY AMAZING AND EXCITING!!! Way to go Molly. And we'll be getting those cookies soon right? RIGHT?

11:19 AM, December 11, 2007  
Blogger marie said...

bon chance!

12:34 PM, December 11, 2007  
Blogger MissGinsu said...

Wow! You're already done? That seems like record time. (Though I'm sure it seems like an eternity to you. That's perception for you...)

Congrats! Looking forward to seeing the fruits of your (considerable) efforts.

1:34 PM, December 11, 2007  
Blogger Juree said...

Hooray! I am so excited to see the book, and you must be incredibly relieved. Since you will be in NYC next week, I will once again say that you should seriously consider visiting Al di La in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Their homemade pastas are the best I have ever had-- especially their squash tortelli in sage butter, but everything is out of this world. There is a wait as they don't take reservations, but it is so worth it!

Congrats again!

1:43 PM, December 11, 2007  
Blogger Shelby said...

Congratulations Molly! I'm so happy for you that you can finally relax, and the selfish part of me (and I'm sure that of a lot of others here) cannot wait to have you back full time here. Enjoy it!

2:02 PM, December 11, 2007  
Blogger Lucy said...

Thrilled for you.

Long baths, fresh air and holidays to look forward to - you will, no doubt, be relieved to see it hop on that plane...

2:08 PM, December 11, 2007  
Blogger Zarah Maria said...

All the best of luck to you and Man U. Script - you're in the home stretch Molly! Can't wait to see the book :)

2:48 PM, December 11, 2007  
Anonymous kristen said...

Wow. Way to go Molly...almost there. You can do it girl!

7:10 PM, December 11, 2007  
Blogger J said...

You and Brandon remind me of the kind of life I love to live. I know you probably won't even have time to read these millones of posts from today's entry, but either way, I'd like to express my gratitude for you words, courage, passion and absolute love affair with life and the source of it. I've been tearing up at every post, just like i did your entire weddin' - You're book is going to be so incredibly perfect - i have not one doubt. Just give it lots of hugs, before you send it away. Congrats!
Julie (from le boat streetz)

12:29 AM, December 12, 2007  
Blogger Astrid said...

pbquxpoI'm so excited for you!

3:06 AM, December 12, 2007  
Anonymous Corie said...

Hi Molly,

You're a superstar! I'll be thinking about you tomorrow. Thank you for letting me be part of your life by sharing your ups an down, and doing it so eloquently on paper. I"m really excited about seeing the book, and I think a big part is I had a tiny glimpse of it from the author's point of view during the process. The recipes are just an added bonus, wink wink.

By the way, I saw your ever-so-talented friend Shauna at the farmers market this past weekend. I let her know that i picked up her book several weeks ago from your recommendation.

You go, girl!

5:51 AM, December 12, 2007  
Anonymous Laura said...

Big, burly, bossy and demanding? Sounds like my kind of guy! At least in your dream she accepted your manuscript...if you're going to have a nightmare, that's a good one.

Congratulations on being so close to the finish line!

9:18 AM, December 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi everyone,

This is a great blog, and all of you bloggers out there have inspired me to start my own: http://stomachgrowl.blogspot.com/

It doesn't look like much right now, but I literally just began it; I will be updating it throughout the holidays, so please feel free to leave me a note!


1:09 AM, December 13, 2007  
Anonymous brett of IPOS said...

Oh, that is great news! I'm so happy for you (and Brandon). My advice: first cry, then champagne, then sleep. Repeat as needed. Happy holidays!

11:22 AM, December 13, 2007  
Blogger Sarah said...

It's Thursday, so......CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I think the best way to celebrate is with wine and something delicious taken from the pages of your manuscript.....I can't wait for the book!!!!

YAY!-DC Sarah (now seatwo through Google account!)

12:42 PM, December 13, 2007  
Blogger Jessica said...

Congratulations-- it's done!

Can't wait to buy my copy.

Now take a deep breath, and revel.

12:47 PM, December 13, 2007  
Blogger Brian Gardunia said...

Good luck on the editing. I don't know which is worst, the forcing it all on paper or the massaging it into a publishable mash.

Congrats on getting it done!!

12:59 PM, December 13, 2007  
Anonymous Nora said...

Congratulations!!! I hope you've put on your pj's, taken a nap, and ordered take-out for dinner.

I cannot wait to buy my copy of your book!

We are so proud of you.

7:47 PM, December 13, 2007  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Congratulations! That's superfantastic.

11:50 AM, December 14, 2007  
Blogger Blair said...

Molly, I am so excited for you and your changing relationship with Man. U. Script. Isn't it about time he left anyway? ; )

Hope you guys are well. Christmas in New York, ah, enjoy! xo

8:16 AM, December 15, 2007  
Blogger ews said...

Congratulations on getting it done!

9:59 AM, December 15, 2007  
Anonymous foodwoolf said...

You are such an inspiration. Keep writing, keep cooking and sharing your beautiful insights!

11:39 AM, December 22, 2007  
Blogger kellypea said...

Congratulations! I am most likely one of the only people in the world who hasn't regularly read this blog (absolutely not for lack of interest -- just forgetfulness and isn't that sad?) but when I do stop here, it's always so pleasant and I just wanted to wish you well with your book. Much success to you with it!

10:52 PM, January 21, 2008  

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