Friday, December 26, 2008

Going a little stir-crazy...

Thanks to the snow (and hello! It's still falling), I've been pretty much stuck at home for over a week now. I've managed to get out for small chunks of time, but never very long as it's usually on foot. This has led to several important discoveries:
-I really hate white walls.
-I can't paint walls, thanks to my hands. They may be getting better, but not that much better.
-Good friends are indispensible.
-Good books are just as indispensible.
-My town is wholly unprepared for this kind of weather.
-Just because my car is out of the garage doesn't mean I can really go anywhere.
-Going somewhere when you don't have a specific place in mind isn't all that much fun.
-Snow is my least favorite form of precipitation.
-It is possible to miss friends and family more than you thought you would.
With all that said, I'm more than a little thankful that through all this I've been warm and safe. I only lost power for a few hours, and they passed quickly. I even got some writing done.
Now, I'm off to find more wood for my fireplace. Best wishes for all in the New Year!

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

From the files of: We need more of these...

This is why I'm proud to be from MI. Check out the article here.
Apparently Brighton, MI jumped on the "don't annoy me" bandwagon, and has set an ordinance that makes it illegal to annoy people in public. All I can say is, brilliant! And, how can we get one here?


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Walking through a Winter Wonderland...

They cancelled school again today...for actual snow this time.
It's been snowing off and on (mostly on) since about 5 a.m. I don't think I'm getting very far today...


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

16 Random thoughts...

The ever fabulous Keira tagged me for the 16 Random Things about Me meme...only I'm not sure I can come up with so much randomness. At least 16 things you haven't already heard. So let's see if I can try...
Rules: Write a note with 16 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 16 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

1. I'm the older sister by 4.5 years.
2. I've known my oldest friend for 28 years, and my best friend for over 20.
3. I've traveled through seven different countries.
4. I studied French for 13 years and am considered fluent (though I've lost much of the language).
5. I must wash my hair in the morning, if I'm going to do anything with it beyond shove it under a hat.
6. My grandmother comes from the Transylvanian region of Europe.
7. This same grandmother was the one to give my first "official" romance novel, a Harlequin Presents. I can still picture the cover, but not the name.
8. Most of my freshman year classes in college had fewer than 20 students (apparently this is quite shocking to some people. I personally don't get it.)
9. My college roommate and I share a birthday...and a love for many of the same television shows.
10. I'm short...but my sister's shorter than me.
11. I was one of only 2 girls in my preschool class.
12. I modeled as a kid. And I was darn cute at it too.
13. I don't like brussel sprouts, but if roasted corn is around, watch out!
14. I love to analyze poetry...just not when I have to agree with everything the professor says.
15. I have studied 3 different languages, mostly at different times.
16. I'm a Hebrew School dropout...but I was still Bat Mitzvahed.

Okay, so here's where I vere off track. I'm not tagging anyone in particular. If you read this, and want to play, come join in!

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Dinner with Mom

Mom's back in town after her jaunt to Mexico over Thanksgiving weekend, and H is on his way back to health and actually traveled for work again. All of this means Mom and I had the place to ourselves when we decided to have dinner last night.
Family relationships have always been interesting. The play a large role in my writing, because they play a large role in my life. Of course, the moms in my books tend to be more of a caricature, than like my own Mom. With good reason, really. She's one of my best friends. If I don't talk to her in a week, it feels weird. If I don't see her at least once in two weeks? Even weirder.
I bring this all up because it's that time of year time. For some it's a time of terror. Trapped with their family over a holiday meal for more than 30 min.? Run for the hills!
For others, it's a time they look forward to all year long.
For me, it's a time of balance. We'll have our family Hanukkah party next weekend, and another one with friends later that week. There are work parties (both for me and the boy), friend parties, non-parties...and a nap.
I'm exhausted just reading my list, but this may be because I'm so very ready for Winter Break already. I want to curl up on my couch with a mug of tea, a blanket, and the rest of seasons 2.5 and 3 of Battlestar Galactica (because no, I have not finished watching them).
So bring on the family time. I'm ready for it! Are you?

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Monday, December 08, 2008

To do list...

  • Finish report cards and comments. Check.
  • Doctor appointment. Check
  • Figure out why Gmail is holding email from possible agent hostage.

Notice what's not taken care of here. I am going crazy in my head trying to figure out why my email won't let me in to my email. Hopefully this will resolve itself soon, or I may just lose my mind entirely. I guess while I wait I could get back to working on my YA, couldn't I? Yeah. I could do that...

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

New book alert! What Would Emma Do?

One of the best parts about being a writer is all the fabulous people I have met, and can now count as friends. One of those friends is Eileen Cook, author of Unpredictable. Eileen has a new book out that I can't wait to get my greedy little hands on. What Would Emma Do.
Check it out:

What Would Emma Do?
Simon Pulse/ December 30, 2008

Thou shalt not kiss thy best friend’s boyfriend…again….

There is no greater sin than kissing you best friend’s boyfriend. So when Emma breaks that golden rule, she knows she’s messed up big-time. Especially since she lives in the smallest town ever, where everyone knows everything about everyone else….and especially because she maybe kinda wants to do it again. Now her best friend isn’t speaking to her, her best guy friend is making things totally weird, and Emma is running full speed toward certain social disaster. This is so not the way senior year was supposed to go.

Time to pray for a minor miracle. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s time for Emma to stop trying to please everyone around her, and figure out what she wants for herself.

What others are saying:

“Sassy and sly and sweet all at the same time, this book made me laugh out loud.” – Meg Cabot author of the Princess Diaries

“Not since Judy Blume’s Margaret introduced herself to God has there been such a funny, geuine, conflicted, wanna-be-sort-good-maybe-later girl as Emma. Eileen Cook’s tone as she takes on the big ones – life, love, faith and friendship is pitch perfect.” – Jacqueline Mitchard author of Deep End of the Ocean and Midnight Twins

“Smart and fun and full of heart.” – Sarah Mlynowski author of Bras and Broomsticks

About the Author:

Eileen Cook spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. When she was unable to find any job postings for world famous author, she went to Michigan State University and became a counselor so she could at least afford her book buying habit. But real people have real problems, so she returned to writing because she liked having the ability to control the ending. Which is much harder with humans.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

Buy the book here!

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Back to reality...

Why is a four day weekend is never long enough? I went down to Cannon Beach with the boy for the holiday weekend...time to meet the family, you know. Four days of forced relaxation.
And it only took a day for him to finally stop telling me I looked bored.
What can I say? I'm used to constant motion forward. I finally did relax, however, just in time for the weekend to end. But no weekend is complete without a walk on the beach (all be it bundled up) followed by hot apple cider. Which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Sadly it's now back to the reality of the end of the trimester...also known as report card time. I'll try to post at least once more before they are do, but it'll likely be short.

Now, enough about me, how about you? How is your December shaping up?

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