Thank You and Goodnight…

January 14th, 2008

After much thought, angst and agony, I have decided that maintaining two blogs is just too hard and time-consuming. One of my goals for 2008 is better time management.  I’ve got lots of great books planned for this year (and next) and in order to accomplish those goals and come close to meeting the deadlines, I need to spend less time on the internet and more time working.  To that end, I’m going to discontinue this blog for the time being and only blog with my pals Jennifer LaBrecque and Vicki Lewis Thompson, over at the Soapbox Queens. 

Thank you so much for hanging out with me here and I do hope that you’ll follow me over. I can promise I still have plenty to say…I’ll just be saying it somewhere else.  Click on over.  The castle is a great place to hang out!


I’m Here…

January 10th, 2008

Just too busy to post at the moment.  More bad weather is on its way and there is still the matter of my roof…

I’m Talking About…

January 8th, 2008

…parking lot rage over at the Soapbox Queens today.  Click over and tell us about the rudest thing you’ve ever seen.

Today Is…

January 7th, 2008

…the last day of Christmas vacation.  Interestingly, I am both sad and overjoyed. 

In other news, I have put a onesie onto my little dog to keep him from chewing himself to a bloody pulp.  Also, the cold weather is absolute hell on my older dog and he is currently hobbling around in pitiful shape, on anti-inflammatories, and generally getting everything he wants, including the summer sausage which was intended for my dh.  (And my poor dh has worked the better part of 70 of the last 96 hours.)

Here’s hoping your week starts off better than mine has ended.    

My Favorite Gift…

January 3rd, 2008

Because it doesn’t take much to make me happy, I took a little of my Christmas cash and bought a really good knife.  (Too much Rachel Ray and Paula Deen, I freely admit.)  I wanted to cut and chop and dice and slice with the same sort of ease, and my dear little paring knife was no longer getting the job done to my satisfaction.

I bring home Super Knife and immediately slice an apple for my son.  Heaven, people, the ease with which this knife worked.  I was, in a word, delighted.  And I immediately made the knife Off Limits to my children.

“Do not touch my knife.  It’s mine, it’s very sharp.  Don’t touch it.” 

Evidently there was a breakdown in communication here, because even though I thought I’d made myself clear, the first time I left the kids here alone with my knife, I came home and found something sticky all over it, the counters, the cabinets and the floor.  But you know what?  It was the strangest thing.  No one knew what had happened.  No one had touched my knife.  No one knew how the sticky stuff got all over the kitchen, much less how it had touched and tainted the beloved blade of my brand new knife.  I threatened to take away TV privileges and my daughter cracked like a stale Saltine.

“He did it!  He was throwing tangerines up into the air and cutting them with your knife!  It was him!”  She even demonstrated for me.  A pause then, “Am I gonna lose my TV?”

I looked at my son and waited.  Finally, a slow guilty smile slid over his lips.  “It’s a great knife, Mom.”

We bonded over the blade in that moment.  I made him clean up the mess and took his TV away for two hours.  Because I am such a hard-ass.

 PS–Raven Hart is blogging at The Soapbox Queens today!  Check it out!

I’m Blogging…

January 2nd, 2008

…at the Soapbox Queens today, where we’re talking about chicken legs, pineapple and tooth whitening today.  Pop on over.

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2008

May the next year be full of joy, good health and blessings!

(And lots of great books!)

Happy New Year, everyone!

No resolutions for me–I’m calling them “life changes.”

What about you?  Are you making any New Year’s “life changes” as well?

New Year’s Eve…

December 31st, 2007

I imagine that I will welcome in 2008 in the same exciting fashion I welcomed in 2006 and 2007–sleeping.


Sad, I know, but staying up is completely beyond me.  I am not a night owl.  I am never too excited to sleep.  I have a set amount of hours that I can go and when those hours have expired–usually around 9:30, right after Everybody Loves Raymond goes off–I’m done.  I “hit the wall” and am down for the count. 

What about you?  Do you have any exicting New Year’s Eve plans?  A fancy dinner?  Fireworks with family?  Or, like me, will you celebrate in dream land, hoping the resolutions you’re about to make will actually stick?

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming…

December 24th, 2007

…to celebrate Christmas!  I’ve got double duty this week at the Soapbox Queens and it was my turn to host our montly contest, which gave me snowychristmas.jpganother day and I thought to myself, “Self, you don’t have time for this.  You have to bake little smokies and make cheeseballs and run from pillar to post and back again and at some point actually celebrate Christmas.”

There might have even been a little cussing in there, but I edited for content because I am thoughtful that way. 

Anyway, I digress.  Frequently. 


So…long story short I’m going to take this week off from my blog and will return with new and exciting posts full of the rambling mediocrity you’ve come to expect from me starting December 31st.

In the mean time, here’s wishing you a very  and a blessed New Year.

Heaven Help Me…

December 21st, 2007

reindeer.bmpThe kids are out of school.  Full-blown Christmas mania starts for our family Saturday at 4 o’clock.  The book is not quite done–though I am getting there–and we’re going be celebrating non-stop until the day after Christmas.

Pray for me and I’ll pray for you.  Safe holiday travel, no high family drama, everyone likes their gifts, etc…

Have a great weekend!