Monday, July 19, 2010

What day is it anyway?

Oh, dear. It's the 19th, isn't it? Which is the day I promised my best friend Beth that I'd write a post for her. I know the date's written down somewhere, there's just a little matter of, you know, finding where I wrote it down.

Beth, being the overly organized person she is, would have written the date on the calendar in her kitchen, on the calendar in her children's bookstore, and probably entered it into her cell phone so it'd call her with a reminder. But since I'm Marina, not Beth, none of that was likely to happen. Silly you for expecting otherwise!

Anyway, Beth wanted me to write something about our book that's coming up for sale in October, Murder at the PTA. As soon as I agreed ("Of course I'll help out, darling. You know how I love blogging!") she kept warning me about telling too much about the book. As if I would spill the beans about...oh, dear. This is going to be harder than I thought.

Hmm. I could tell you about the time we...well, no, I guess I can't. And I certainly can't tell you about the night when....oh, bother.

You know, it's hard to write about a book without giving away too much. But even Beth shouldn't scold me for saying that murderous feelings can be a common emotion when dealing with sticky Parent Teacher Association issues. I mean, I can't be the only one who considers whacking Claudia Wolff with a folding chair every time she opens her mouth. That woman, I tell you! I don't know how Beth has the patience to deal with her. But as the secretary of the PTA and a business owner, Beth has had to develop a thicker skin than she was born with.

Poor soul. But I know I did the right thing when I pushed her to be the PTA secretary. After all, if she hadn't done it, I might have had to. (Shudder.) Can you imagine a worse secretary than me? Of course, the secretary sits at the front table, and Claudia always sits in the front row. Hmm. I wonder how far I can throw a spitball....

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  1. LOL! Something tells me that Claudia may not surive after the first book.

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  3. (This is Marina again, and I'm not doing so well with this reply thing. The one I deleted was full of typos. Bad Marina). (Back to Claudia.) Well, she does survive -- don't tell Beth I said so -- but if author Laura had let *me* choose the victim it might have been a much different book!

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  4. I knew there was a reason I avoided the PTA like the plague when my kids were in school.

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  5. Oh, come now, Shel, what's wrong with a little bitter fighting over what color to paint the cafeteria? Or a near-riot over a proposed building addition? (And, no, I had nothing to do with that little incident, thank you very much.)

    PTAs do wonderful work and I'm proud to be a member of the Tarver Elementary PTA. Of course, I'd be even prouder if we hadn't argued for months on what to give the kids for an end-of-school present....

    --Marina

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  6. LOL! Sounds like quite a PTA!

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  7. The PTA is rife with all kinds of friction, isn't it? I'm called every year and asked to be an officer and I avoid it like the plague! Room mom is good enough, thank you!

    Claudia might better watch her back, I'm thinking...

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  8. Uh-oh! Sounds like my TBR pile is about to grow taller yet again! Can't wait for this one!

    Julie

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  9. There seems to be a common association with the PTA and the plague. Hmm. Methinks my author might be getting some ideas....

    --Marina

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  10. Marina, have you ever thought of running for president of the PTA?

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  11. Dear, dear Janet. If I became president of Tarver's PTA I'm quite sure the earth's polarity would reverse and I don't want to be responsible for the consequences.

    Interesting thought, though....

    --Marina

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  12. Love it! I also love NOT being part of the PTA anymore! Your post sure brought back memories ...

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  13. Hannah, you just gave me an idea for a new fundraising event: The First Annual PTA Alumni Bake Sale. Perfect!

    (Heh heh heh.)

    --Marina

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  14. Guess we'll have to read the book, Marina, to see what it's all about. You didn't spill a bit of the beans! Crafty clever.

    ~Avery

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  15. I'm really curious about who does get whacked. So many to choose from in the PTA...

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  16. Avery, will you puh-lease tell Beth that I can keep my mouth shut when I have to? Thanks!

    And Heather, you're right about the plethora of potential victims in the PTA. Unfortunately, it's not always the deserving who are done away with. Of course, if I ran the world it would be different. First thing, I'd get rid of the color green. As a young red-head, I was forced to wear that color waaay too often.

    Though if I get rid of green, what color would grass and leaves be? Hmm...

    --Marina

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  17. The PTA sounds like a hotbed of jealousy, intrigue,dirty dealings--and murder!! In other words, my kind of place Can't wait to read this.

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