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Note to Readers: Everyone needs a day off now and then

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Dear Everyone Reading This,

Since Paddy's passing, Lucian and I have worked day and night to keep The Political Carnival going. We've invited a number of very generous, very talented guest bloggers in to help fill the painful void, we've been working like crazy behind the scenes to introduce a new format (while still keeping the old one, so no worries, longtime readers!), and we've been doing all of this while experiencing a roller coaster of emotions.

Today, we're taking the day off. Lucian has actual work to do, and I managed to screw up my neck again. Trying to relax newly pulled neck muscles that are pressing on 3 slipped discs while my kitchen and front yard are simultaneously being demolished and renovated is nearly impossible. So instead of grabbing the nearest bottle of wine (which I'll get to later, trust me), I'm going to back off for the day.

Again, we apologize for the light posting, but our blogging schedule will have to be like this for several weeks.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Love,

Laffy

we love you

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Note to Readers

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Dear Wonderful Readers,

Presenting our big bummer Note O' the Day:

Poor Paddy is huddled with her space heaters, trying to survive in minus-kajillion degree Indiana weather (See? She's cold! And it's winter! So she should be cold! So clearly, there's no such thing as global warming, duh!).

David is very flu-ish, feels like crap, so he can't do anything but lie in bed and feel completely miserable. Ugh.

That leaves yours truly whose day is crazy, but will try to make every effort to hold down the fort.

Hence, apologies for the spotty entries, wishing both my TPC pals a speedy thaw/recovery, and asking for your kind patience.

Thanks for understanding. Hopefully we'll be back in full swing tomorrow.

As for all of you, please stay warm and well,

Laffy

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Note to Readers

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Just a quick note to our wonderful readers:

For personal reasons, I'm cutting back on the number of posts I write every day. As you know, TPC pumps out product every day, all day, including holidays.

Paddy and David will still be churning out news, commentary, and information on a regular basis, but since my dad died, things just haven't quite been the same. Priorities are changing, and I feel a need to alleviate stress where I can. I've pushed myself to maintain a self-imposed fast-paced schedule since 2007, but something's gotta give, as the saying goes.

It's you, our amazing, supportive, loyal readers that keep all three of us going (and Lucian, our tech wizard and all around cool guy). We appreciate you beyond words.

This won't be a huge change, just fewer TPC posts. I'll likely still be all over the Twitter Machine, still be on the radio with Nicole Sandler every Tuesday morning, and still be fighting like hell for progressive causes.

Thanks, that is all. Not a biggie. Now, back to writing.

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Laffy M.I.A.

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Dear Everyone,

I thought I better pop up a quick note explaining my absence over the past few days.

I just had a physical, and it went pretty well, with one test needing a redo in a couple of months, so for now at least, all is well.

But the day after my physical, my shoulder and right hand became inexplicably painful, some kind of muscle strain, since it only occurs in certain positions. I can't attribute it to anything I did specifically, nor has it been responding to treatment.

I assume that it's from a combination of extreme stress building over the past couple of years due to my dad's illness and recent passing, along with pushing myself too hard. So I've forced myself to pop some muscle relaxers and stay off Mr. Computer until I can see some improvement.

I'm a total wimp, so the meds put me right to sleep during the day, but I am seeing minimal improvement, so I want to keep this up for a few more days.

There could be a million reasons for this, so to all you caring, sweet, pals of mine who love armchair diagnosing on Twitter, please don't feel you have to in this case (although I truly appreciate it). I have the finest doctors for that, and I do, despite my goofy pseudonym, have a lot of common sense and experience with this kind of pain, plus I've worked in doctors' offices and lived with Dr. Dad and his doctor friends for my entire life. I should get an honorary M.D. by osmosis.

For now, I'll be M.I.A. until I see a real change or until my doctors tell me to STFU and get back to work.

Until then, thank you for all your positive, kind words here, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Please note: On Twitter, my LaffyBot will continue to automatically tweet "Miss This?" links to our TPC blog posts. Our Facebook page also has them up.

I'll check in from time to time when I am not comatose.

And please be good to Paddy and David whose posts are wonderful, thoughtful, hilarious, goofy, informative, and appropriately defiant when called for.

Your readership matters, so keep it up!

And I hope you all had a happy, safe Fourth! See you asap!

Love,

Laffy

i love you so much

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Note to Readers: Update on @PaddyK 's broken arm, surgery, and complications

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So many of you have asked about how Paddy's been doing since she fell and broke her arm. She had surgery to have a rod inserted, and that went well.

Yay

What didn't go well was the amount of bleeding that occurred twice following the surgery, starting on her trip home from the hospital.

booo

That was remedied, and she is fine, but she has to keep her arm immobile, in a sling, until the wound heals. And of course, she's in pain and on meds, which means she's in a pretty good mood. Oh, but I kid. Sort of.

So I'll be holding down the fort for awhile longer, with the invaluable help from my dear friends lwdgrfx, Cathi Peyton Erman, and FreakOutNation's Anomaly.

Please be patient with the slower pace and different content (which is really cool, IMHO) until Paddy has the use of her typing arm again.

And please send wine. I need it.

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Note to Readers: Paddy is back in the hospital. Posting will be limited for awhile. /// Please scroll down past this 'sticky' post.

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note to readers smallerPLEASE NOTE: Paddy fell and broke her arm, and is currently in the hospital. I'm on my own here, so please be patient with the minimal posting overnight and in the morning, since I'm in California and Paddy usually gets all the early news up before I'm awake. This note will stay up for awhile, all our posts are under this one.

Thank you. Love, Laffy

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Update on Paddy's health and more

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As our regular readers have noticed, Paddy and I have been M.I.A. a lot over the past two days... mostly Paddy. Here's an update...

I did finally speak to her this morning, and she sounded great. She's still in the hospital getting checked out, resting, and being "fitted" for meds, but should be back soon. Whew!

I've been barely dealing with her absence with the incredible generosity and help of David Garber, Freak Out Nation's @Anomaly100, and our own @LWDgrfx. But I've also been pretty overwhelmed taking care of my dad, my own doctor visits (I'm fine) and helping a dear friend deal with some pretty major stuff, so I've barely kept up with my writing here, my radio spots, the news, Twitter, Sulia, Facebook, my own life, and everything else I juggle as I post at TPC.

Pant, pant, pant!

Things should get back to near-normal very soon (my dad won't, but the other situations should improve gradually), so again, please be patient. We never forget you, our causes, or anything else that matters deeply to us.

Thank you as always.

Love,

Laffy

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