Saturday, January 28, 2012

I Love Lucy Or Why I Fold Laundry In The Family Room...

Lucy loves hot laundry...fresh from the dryer...when she hears the beep beep beep of the dryer...

well...she sort of looks at me in anticipation.

I am putty in her paws...

I race to the dryer.

I pull out the laundry.

I place it just so...
in this spot...
if it is the way she wants it she will make a tidy little nest and take a nice little kitty nap. If it is too bumpy...I will try has to be just so.

Lucy likes things right in her world.

We have her trained...LOL.

Notice the naked Christmas tree in the back ground?
Two weeks and is truly amazing how we don't notice it...seriously.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Rainy Days And Fun Days!!!

I try to allow myself to let Friday be a free errands, no commitments, no complicated dinner.

It's a time to reconnect, chill, catch up on DVR'd tv and talk about the weekend.

January is such a weird month...and in spite of being on top of everything...our deornamented Christmas tree is still in the middle of the family room!!!

The sad thing is we don't even notice it!!!

Part of the problem is that my hero wants to take it outside on a Monday night...just before trash day.

And we have not remembered for the past two Mondays.

Seriously...ornaments and all signs of Christmas are neatly put away...everything is in order except for a tree in the middle of my living room!!!

Should I laugh or cry?

This day has the makings of a yummy reading I am off to find a cozy nook to read in...

Happy Friday!!!

Oh...just got this book...loving it!!!

It's by bloggers!!!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Hero!!! I Have A Hero!!!

I love love love my iPad2...but yesterday I did not like it at all. Suddenly it stopped allowing me to send emails from my AOL account.

I spent hours with 4 different technicians...all very capable...I am sure.

I deleted and added AOL...twice.

We reset my iPad2...twice.

I waited while each tech talked to another tech...about a million times.

One tech even talked to AOL.

I made new passwords because they wanted me to.

I established a gmail account because they wanted to test to see if it was the software or AOL.

I continued to get the same annoying message whenever I tried to send an email.

I had a massive headache.

I ate lunch at four.

I gave up...threw in the towel...tried to adjust to my shattered world and a foreign email address.

Then my husband said...and I will never forget these words...I really think they meant more to me than his marriage proposal...anyway...he said...

Let me look at your settings...I almost can't breathe right now...

He clicked something and...I could send emails again!!!


I have email sending capability again!!!

All is right in my far.

And here is the best part...he can't remember what he did to fix it!!!

So if it happens again...I shudder...I tremble...I can't even think about it!!!

But for now...he is my hero!!!

And I now have two email addresses which means more places to check mail?

Not sure if that is good or bad but...

Question of the day...who is your hero today?

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As If We Need More Books...Part Two...

I have got to stop blogging on my iPad...but at least I've discovered why
my posts disappear and then resurface...

There is a fine line on my iPad...literally a line...and if you accidentally touch sort of changes the post you are working on to a past post and turns it into a draft and to get it back on it has to be republished...


I hope you stopped reading that halfway doesn't even make sense to me...

But it is so much easier to blog from my iPad sometimes...other than that fine line I have to learn how not to touch. There also is a Blogger app for iPad that is forever changing...but that's the case with regular Blogger, too...if I had a clue as to how to do it...I should change to Wordpress...but, alas, I fear the vast unknown...

Don't touch that line!!!

That's for me.

More amazing titles hit me in the face this week end...authors must never never ever ever take a break from writing!!! Don't they need a break?

This is described as...

"A sophisticated page-turner about a wealthy New York family embroiled in a financial scandal with cataclysmic consequences.". OMG!!!

Ranches, two women trying to get along, a returning prodigal son, resentment, broken relationships...and more...much much more. It's that prodigal son thing that is going to make this one delightful!!! And probably steamy?

This one is described as an "utterly riveting modern gothic on marriage and belonging". I adore gothic, utterly and modern!!!

Now for this one... The setting is wine country...the premise is two women claiming to be the mother of the same two children? Wow!!! To make it even more yummy the women have suffered an "unspeakable loss".

The description of this one says...
"Poignant, funny, and heartbreaking, A Good American is a novel about being an outsider-in your country, in your hometown, and sometimes even in your own family. It is a universal story about our search for home." Double wow!!!

Secrets, lies, boarding school intense still my heart!!!

Vampires...rock stars...and an extremely intense vampire/human relationship!!!
Yum!!! I still do love a good vamp/human drama!!!

My little list of tasks is done for the day...slow cooker split pea soup is simmering away...I know...I am not sure about split peas...I got distracted reading about all the legumes at the Whole Foods dry bean bar and these looked so pretty...
the verdict is still out on them...
Needs something...doesn't it?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Love Being Edumacated...

Hey, Patty:
Just read your review of Edumacation on Goodreads and breathed a huge sigh of relief afterward. Someone likes me, someone really likes me! Well, you like my book, which is 500% better (approximately). I've been seeing a small load of anti-sarcasm sentiments of late, and I feel like I'm bound to become the reluctant figurehead. Unfortunately, I forgot to develop my "thick skin" before becoming a writer. Perhaps I should moisturize more often...or grow a beard? 
Anyway, I appreciate you taking the time to read my little book. You rock. 
Jay Clark 

Can I love stuff like this?
I love stuff like this.
I loved this had all the stuff I love in setting, an out of the box teacher and Jay Baker...the boy who had much to say.
So much to say.

Here is a quickie summary from Amazon.

Meet Jay Baker . . . or, as he is not-so-affectionately called by his opponent in the freshman-class presidential election--no comment.

A few random bullet points about Jay:
  • He is stupidly in love with his best friend, cheerleading dynamo Cameo "Appearance" Parnell.
  • He is also trying to score (points) with earthbound tennis-playing goddess Caroline Richardson.
  • He is fighting a losing battle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • He rocks a touché array of pop-culture references, jokes, and puns.
  • His family life cookie is about to crumble.
Root for Jay as he exchanges ego-blows with his mortal enemy, gets awkward around his dream girl(s), loses his marbles in a Bermudian love triangle, watches his parents' relationship implode, and, finally, learns to keep it real and be himself(ish).
I am offering the book for a giveaway.
Or rather Jay is...
Thank you, Jay!!!
The book releases on Jan. 31st.
I will edumacate you about this giveaway.
Leave a comment...say hi...nothing major.
Contest runs for a week...
ends next Tuesday.
Book will be sent to you by Jay on release day.

Monday, January 23, 2012

As If We Need More Books!!!

These books caught my attention this week...

Take a look at this one...disappearing mother...turbulent childhood for her daughter...and Maine...even lobsters...sounds like a must read!!!

And this one...described as a sort of gripping tale of a marriage that is falling apart and a wife who will do anything to prevent it from happening...

Yo!!! This kind of dysfunction has my name on it!!!

This one is another family too has been described as gripping and intense...

Oh boy!!! I love gripping!!!

I love intense!!!

I love triple exclamation points!!!

Doesn't it convey my excitement?

Wait...I am excited over dysfunction? Well...kind of but only in books...not my own...


I finally finished reading this...really is on Goodreads...

I started this on Saturday and due to its INTENSITY...
I just finished it now...whew...a fast paced quest kind of book that I normally don't read but did read and did love...lots of bad guys and good guys trying to find something called "anatomicgold" or white ash...which can ultimately alter the history of civilization...

I have no clue what I will be reading next...I think I need something mellow...
like this...

What are you reading today?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Disappearing Hot Chocolate Post or Way Too Much Technology!!!

I have to apologize...I was trying to edit my Sunday post but instead...

I "disappeared" it...that is what happens when I try to do it from both my laptop and my iPAD...Blogger on iPAD can be a little bit wonky...but thanks to a friend I was able to restore it...I was trying to divide it into two posts...which I am doing now...and actually just did...


I know I am truly boring you right now...


But the hot chocolate was so good it's worth a post on its here it is...

A faint yet yummy chocolate memory...

We are/were sipping on mugs of really delicious hot chocolate.

It is not too sweet but sort of just right. We made it from a glob of chocolate on a stick. Mine was salted caramel. My husband's was hazelnut.

We topped them with hand made marshmallows from Whole Foods.

They were yummy.

But now they are done...finished...emptied.


We made them from these.

They sort of resemble a chocolate spoon.


We only bought two and the store is far far away in the next town...

Enough said...

This post is done!!!