Yesterday, we learned that we may not get our phone or internet connection back until September 28th.  For a web addict like me, this is really not good news, so I'm hoping against hope that the person on the other end of the line was more of a cup-is half-empty kind of person than not.

This also means that daily updating of Chookooloonks is going to be relatively difficult, so please bear with me (perhaps, in the meantime, you might want to update your RSS feed to point to the new blog (actual feed URL:  For right now, though, I thought I'd share the following quote from a book that I've recently purchased and fallen in love with:

"When we focus our energy toward constructing a passionate, meaningful life, we are tossing a pebble into the world, creating a beautiful ripple effect of inspiration.  When one person follows a dream, tries something new or takes a daring leap, everyone nearby feels that energy, and before too long they are making their own daring leaps and inspiring yet another circle."

-- Christine Mason Miller, aka Swirly Girl, from her book Ordinary Sparkling Moments.

Here's to tossing pebbles.

Song:  Jolene, by The Weepies.

Update:  As of 1:17 p.m., we officially have internet!   So, um ... never mind?