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Bellybuttons, bathrooms, and book signings OH MY!

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I grabbed a coworker of mine by the arm last week and pulled her into the bathroom with me. There was something I wanted her to see, and lifting my shirt up at her desk just seemed like a rude thing to do to everyone who surrounded us.

It was my bellybutton. It has slowly gone from an ugly, war-torn innie, to an ugly, war-torn outie… sort of solid, hard to hide when wearing a form-fitting t-shirt and, holy macaroni, OUCH! This wouldn’t be so troubling if the rest of my belly had grown right along with my navel. I’m quite familiar with that type of ailment. If I remember correctly, it was accompanied by swollen ankles, back pain, and massive cravings for chocolate-covered pizza.

Yes, my NOT-a-doctor friend confirmed my suspicions for me in that bathroom in front of way too many mirrors… It would appear that maybe I have a hernia. Furthermore, said friend thought it required a trip to the emergency room. Some ice cream. And maybe a piggy-back ride. (I love her.) But I I thought it wise to consult with another well-known doctor before dropping a load of cash at our local ER. You might have heard of him… Dr. Google? I’m being presumptuous in calling it a HE, I know. But he gave me way more information that I asked for and showed me some really gross pictures, so… you do the math. Moreover, Dr. Google didn’t want to talk about anything except swine flu whose symptoms, by the way, had nothing to do with protruding bellybuttons.

So I’ve made an appointment with a certified honest-to-goodness doctor of medicine and have taken to wearing a girdle. What does this have to do with book signings, you ask?

I wanted to announce a couple of events where I’ll be signing my new book Rosetta Stones, and I wanted to make sure that if you happen to go, please understand why I’m breathing shallowly and giving you the one-arm hug while my back appears to be made of oak.

I’ll be looking for you in gorgeous Chama, New Mexico on May 29th and 30th at the Chama Book Fiesta and at the Narrow Gauge Book Store in Alamosa, Colorado on June 27th. I will be updating information at my website as more events are scheduled and you can also find my announcements on Twitter.

Congratulations to A Mom in the Burbs and Melissa Taylor for winning a copy of Rosetta Stones! And many thanks to everyone who dropped me a comment.

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  • comment avatar Amber April 30, 2009

    Catherine, only you could tie in a hernia with a book-signing to eloquently. So excited to stay updated on all your happenings!

  • comment avatar Amber April 30, 2009

    P.S. “Dr. Google.” I love it!

  • comment avatar JoAnn, The Casual Perfectionist May 1, 2009

    All this time I thought Dr. Google was a woman! 😉 Maybe it’s a family of doctors, or a husband and wife team. Either way, I hope the belly button diagnosis and book signings go without a hitch!!

  • comment avatar Lori in Denver May 1, 2009

    I think Dr Yahoo is a man and Dr Google is androgynous.

    Ooh, I hope the belly button bulge is easily remedied, and that I get to meet you soon.

    Enjoy your tour!