Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
- Flip the mattress
- Wash pillows
- Organize cupboards
- Clean out refrigerator
- Exchange linens - put the flannel sheets and quilts on the high shelf ;)
- Change thermostat, smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries
- Open the windows - as soon as it gets barely warm enough
- Vaccuum the ducts and vents
- Clean the carpets
- Wash the outside windows
- Take plants outside and spray them down to remove dust
- Air out rugs, or get them cleaned
- Box up the winter clothes
Bonus -- plant annuals. Violas and pansies are my favorites, but this year I might try something new
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
David tried to remember the last time he’d been to a grocery store. College maybe? If there was anything at all in his fridge, his sister put it there. Kelly was wonderful about leaving ice cream and chips in her wake.
“If we split the list it will go faster.” Sophie smiled up at him.
“Okay,” he shrugged, taking the torn piece of notebook paper from her hand. He scanned the items. All produce. “What’s on your list?” he asked, taking it from her hand. More produce. He knew it. Women ate weird. His sister was the only sane woman in the entire world.
“The joy of having a nutritionist for a brother in law. Craig’s using me to test his latest diet plan,” Sophie explained.
David took a step back and looked at her again. Even in sweats she looked fit. “Why?”
She waved her hand. “Who can keep track of Craig’s reasons? I just indulge him. To a point.”
“You should do his Deliver-ease. It actually has real food, not just vegetables.” And since the plan was run through Strong Gyms, utilizing the plan let him do a little quality control.
Sophie raised a dark eyebrow. “You’re on his diet plan?”
“You’re not the only one who indulges Craig. Besides, it’s easy. Comes right to the office. I don’t even have to think about it.
She looked at him in disbelief. “But why are you on a diet?”
“I’m not.” David pushed the cart forward, away from the lettuce. “Craig decided twenty years ago that he knew better than I did what I should be eating. It’s a habit from way back.” He didn’t want to get into his bodybuilding days. It had been an obsession for him for a while, something he and Craig did together. But it was not an arena he had ever excelled in, just gotten by. He wasn’t comfortable being average.
Sophie began to study the different lettuces so David attacked his list. How did one pick out a cantaloupe? He looked at the melons piled atop one another. Do you just grab the one on top or did you study the specimens the way Sophie was now sizing up the citrus? He picked up two, weighing each in his hands. How could a person possibly know which one to buy? He moved his hands together eying the fruit, trying to squeeze them to find some difference. They looked exactly the same.
Sophie was suddenly in front of him, taking away the cantaloupes and replacing them with grapefruits. “This is much more realistic David, unless you’re into fakes.” It took him a minute to realize her insinuation.
“I was not, not…” he stammered
“Feeling up the fruit? Sure you were. It’s okay; your secrets are safe with me.” Her smile told him she was teasing as she turned the cart toward the apples.
He stomped after her. “I thought you weren’t into apples.” He smiled as she blushed, obviously recalling her earlier lecture.
“Apples can be good. As long as they are part of a whole bowl of fruit and not the only thing in the dish.” She gave him a cocky grin.
He laughed, full and deep. This girl was a piece of work. “You handle the fruit since you are the expert. I’ll stick with the vegetables.” He couldn’t help himself. As he brushed past her he leaned in and whispered, “Just how big do you like your cucumbers?”
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Falling in love is the last thing on his busy agenda…but compromising positions can lead just about anywhere.
David Strong knows how to do a lot of things—run an international fitness company, finesse stock portfolios and stay out of emotional entanglements. That is, until he gets tangled up with Sophie Delfino and her Sensational Sex workout. He’s supposed to help her demonstrate Kama Sutra positions for her couples’ yoga class. The rigorous postures require more than just physical control. And his co-instructor unexpectedly tests his control to the limit.
Sophie’s been fantasizing about David since her teens, but she never dreamed she’d actually be expected to run through her intimate desires—with an audience! The class is very professional, tame even—or it would be, if she’d been in any of the positions before. But she hasn’t—except in her wildest fantasies about David. Sophie knows she wants David in every way, and she’s flexible enough to use whatever she has to get him.
David can’t afford any unexpected distractions. Besides the sensual positions he has to endure without embarrassing himself in public, there’s an embezzler stealing from his company. And then there’s Sophie—who is well on her way to stealing his well-guarded heart.
Warning: This is one exercise program you won’t need to consult your doctor before beginning…unless he’s hot and available for house calls. The Kama Sutra isn’t for the prudish or faint of heart, and neither is this story.
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Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
In other news...the princess is still not sleeping and I have to leave her with Grandma for a few hours tomorrow. Yikes!
(because he slept with his boss' wife.)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
- figure out why I procrastinate
- trace my family tree (I started when I was on bed rest with BigBoy...never finished)
- remind myself each day that I matter
- find out why I'm so slack at keeping up with old friends
- spend 48 hours alone
- keep a dream journal
- take 365 days of pictures about my life
- do something that brings me joy every day
- select a theme song for my life
- have a psychic reading
- learn why I am so exhausted
- understand my kids
- accept the things I cannot change
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
March 20th & 21st at Romance Divas
Jennifer St. Giles
Want to know how to write romance that brings a mysterious and paranormal twist to history? Romance Divas is hosting a 2-day workshop with some of the hottest names in the Historical Paranormal genre. It will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
In the middle of the night. I think the whole 'leave her in the crib and sooth her by shushing and rubbing her back' pissed her off more. I don't think it was soothing. It felt like we were mocking her.
Needless to say, Hubba Bubba wanted to give in after about 20 minutes, but we stuck with it...and then after an hour we wondered if we gave in, would that teach her to scream? Ugh, who knows!
We'll be back to our old 'bad habit' of cuddling the crying baby tonight. Here's hoping The Baby Whisperer Solves Your Sleep Problems
Saturday, March 14, 2009
So, in the name of sleep, I'm reading a bunch of get your baby to sleep books. The ones that worked for BigBoy (Self-Calming Baby) and BabyBoy (The Happiest Baby on the Block) don't work for PrincessGirl. The Sleepeasy Solution means checking in with them verbally as they try to sleep -- PrincessGirl does not appreciate being mocked. Better Sleep made me feel better, some kids have actual problems, while her Nocturnal Eating Syndrome and Sleep-Onset Association Disorder were likely caused by the six months of viruses she had to endure. OK. But no real soultion. The Sleep Lady wants us to sit in a chair and pat her, but not pick her up, gradually moving the chair each night.
Um...how is taunting the girl with your presence but not picking her up supposed to teach her to soothe? I tried it at nap time, and WOAH. She was not a fan.
All the books talk about consistency, which we couldn't do because of how constantly she was sick. Now, we want her to sleep. We do not want to get up. But we don't want her to cry so hard she'll puke and cause both of us to have to get up (one to change the bedding and clean, one to clean the fussed baby). Nor do we want the boys to be woken up.
Once I'm done reading The Sleep Lady it's on to Healthy Sleep Habits. I'm beginning to wish SuperNanny came just for nights. But then, with my Dirty Carpet Anxiety, I wouldn't let the crew in the house.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
- read every book I own
- read to my kids every day (now that I have 3, this is getting easier...there's usually one wanting a story)
- listen to more audiobooks
- buy an ebook reader
- host a book swap
- read a book a week for a year (I read lots, but in binges)
- write a note to the authors of books that move me
- pass on books to others, even if I can't bear to part with my own copy
- finish reading the dozen of books I started and then got too busy to finish
- read all the books written by authors I know
- read more mysteries
- read everything by Dr Seuss (I'm real close to this one)
- read more short stories (hence 100 shots of short)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
HEALTHY :: I had a horrid headache today. I'm back to having them most days. In one way the headaches have been a blessing - after the vascular migraine episodes I vowed to finish a novel, and did - but in most ways they are hurdles that I jump over every day. But, they are hurdles on my path. I can either stop moving forward and look for people to remove them, or I can just jump. When I tried the medical route, I only got sicker and gained too much weight, so I think I'll keep jumping. Being in pain does change how I eat (I try to comfort myself) and limit my ability to exercise (my headaches become excrutiating with movement), so I need to work on separating the positive things I do for my body from the things I do to combat headaches. Can't be harder than writing a novel, right?
WEALTHY :: I'm blessed that Hubba Bubba handles the money. With three kids there never seems to be enough, but we're both responsible enough to be comfortable even with my writing income not as stellar as it once was. We want to get into a bigger house to let the kids spread out, but with the economy and the housing market and our complete lack of DIY ability...it might not happen.
WISE :: Having kids is the best thing I did for my personal adventure in education. They ask the best questions, which has me searching for answers. Over Spring Break BigBoy and I are going to work on chess together - we're a pretty fair match, he still beats me, but it's not a slaughter. Maybe I'll start to win. Though, I'm not sure how much glory there is in beating a 7-year-old.
I've really been working on studying the craft of writing. There are some great articles on the web, and books on characterisation...here's hoping they help! I need to get writing again. Not just passing out partials. Telling a story from Once upon a time to The End. I miss the writing.
What about you? What is your Healthy, Wealthy & Wise list?
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
March 8-14 is Read an E-Book Week!
To celebrate, head over to the Samhain Cafe for Reader Appreciation Week and comment to win free e-books!
Times and technology are changing -- and changing quickly. While e-books have been around for several years, it took the marketing savvy of the folks at Amazon to really bring the idea to the public marketplace.
Now the big debate isn't paper or plastic, it's Kindle or Sony. The ladies at Dear Author regularly post about e-reading technology and their most recent post, How to Decide Between the Sony and the Kindle eInk Readers, is merely the latest in an ongoing debate.
If the nifty gadgets don't convince you, how about this article from EPublishers Weekly called 30 Benefits of EBooks. Top of the list? Ebooks promote reading at a time when people spend more time in front of screens, than in front of books. Also, they're environmentally friendly.
John Siracuse of Ars Technica gives a clear-eyed view of the changing face of e-book technology over the years with The once and future e-book: on reading in the digital age.
For writers debating the merits of e-book vs traditional publishing, please keep in mind that, as Angela James notes in this article, A Different Way Isn't the Wrong Way.However you choose to read, remember that the platform isn't the most important thing.
It's All About the Story.
~~~special thanks to Sela Carsen
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
I help out at the boys school once a week. This takes away my morning work time - when I usually catch up on internet stuff so I can write in the afternoon if Grace naps. If Grace doesn't nap - and she didn't this week - the entire day is gone, work-wise. Plus there was the fundraising auction at the boys school.
Then there's the non-kid related volunteering. My time with The Pink Heart Society, Romance Divas, and RCRW. Little snippets of time added up all week, and then Saturday was an all day RCRW board brainstorming session. And so...my revisions are not done.
I either need to get the baby to actually sleep, become more productive, or volunteer less...
Friday, March 06, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
- Keep sheet sets together with ribbon - use ribbon from gifts, or left over from projects. Never hunt down matching pillow cases again!
- Use gallon-size zippered plastic bags to keep cloth napkins together in the linen closet.
- Stuff plastic grocery bags in an empty tissue box. Easy storage, easy to grab when you need.
- A travel pill box is a great way to pack jewelry
- Closets look neater when you use only one kind of hanger
- Tuck a sheet of those free, unsolicited mailing address lables in your purse and use them to fill out forms (or raffle tickets).
- A hammock can be strung up in the garage during the cooler months to keep track of the kids soccer balls and other warm-weather backyard paraphanelia
- Hang a shoe organizer on the inside of closet doors to keep shoes off the floor
- Shoe organizers can be used to keep other things tidy too, from hats and gloves to ornaments and craft supplies
- Use bicycle hooks to keep bikes, hoses, and extension cords off the garage floor
- Treat your linen closet like your clothes closet, if you haven't used it in a year - pitch it.
- Keep party essentials - candles, napkins, vases - together to make set-up easier.
- The lid of a large plastic storage tub is great for keeping the dog's dish or wet rain boots off the floor.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Which leaves the mommy hopping out of bed too often at night, doing the Baby Whisperers Pick Up / Put Down routine...which may not whisper to my Gracious. Perhaps she's turned her ears off too...
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
March 2-8 at Romance Divas
Want to know what it really takes to promote your book? Romance Divas is hosting a weeklong workshop with author Colleen Gleason, who can answer that question and many more! It will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register.
Monday, March 02, 2009
Isabo Kelly and I bonded over our babies, and the new joy of trying to write with a baby who demands all of your time. Terry McLaughlin is just as warm and adorable in person as she is in her books. She told me how much she loves the Pink Heart Society, so of course I loved her to bits. Rosemary Laurey aka Madeleine Oh aka Georgia Evans was my favorite. She was hilarious. My favorite moment was when we were learning about dragons and she told us why she once had a dragon hero with golden wings. Fantastic tidbits can be learned in covert whispers...
I hope Celebrate Romance continues. The organizers are having to step back, so it needs new energy to keep it going. I know I'd love to go again.
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Today was full of book talk...why we read romance, why we read weird stuff in romance, the paranormal and erotica crazes and what's next (historical we thinks), the history of sex, is there a romance without sex, and what readers hate to find in their beloved books (unmotivated character choices). I think every author should have to sit in a room with readers and just listen. Better than any workshop.
I snapped this pic of Lacy Danes. She always has great shoes...and I didn't get them in the picture. (sigh)