Archive for January, 2007

New Cover!

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Sweet heaven, but the art department at Harlequin keeps giving me great covers!!!  Check out the face of my May ink and paper baby!



Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

A snippet of conversation between myself and my husband this morning:

“Did you know that Harper Lee makes an annual appearance in Tuscaloosa every year?” I ask my dh.

Him, baffled.  “What’s a Harper Lee?”

I love To Kill A Mockingbird so much I would have named our next son Atticus had we had one…and he has to ask me this????


New Toy…

Monday, January 29th, 2007

My new computer will arrive via UPS tomorrow.  I am torn between elation and dread.  Elation because this sucker has a dual processor–yippee!!–and a 22 inch LCD screen–bigger YAY!!! 

Dread because I’m going to have to reload all of my software–provided I can even find it–onto the new baby.  I have an external hard drive which backs up everything at night, but I’m not sure that it does the program files.  I’m pretty sure that it only backs up documents, pictures, etc…  Then there’s the wireless router.  My uncle actually took care of that for me, but it hardly seems right to ask him to do it again.  I’m taking the Pollyanna approach and am convincing myself that I can take care of it.

Anyway, I will try to blog first thing in the morning before the UPS truck runs, but don’t be surprised if I’m AWOL for a couple of days. 

In the mean time, wish me luck.

Because I Have a Twisted Sense of Humor…

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Here’s the note that went into my daughter’s lunchbox today:

Dear Daughter,

     I love you more than oatmeal.



PS–I think you’re pretty.

(Daughter shares her mother’s twisted sense of humor. )

A Letter…

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Dear Wagonwheel Ice Cream Parlor,

I wish I had never discovered the convenience of your drive thru and your banana split.  It’s a struggle to make it past your driveway, one that I’m sure you’ve noticed I don’t always win.  If your banana split was messy and couldn’t be inhaled, er eaten in the car, I don’t think I would be as tempted.  I don’t know whose idea it was to put the split in a tall cup, with the bananas already cut into bite-sized peices, but it was sheer GENIUS.  Add to the fact that your ice cream is homemade, not the soft serve stuff, and you put the good sryupy nuts on top…

Well, a girl simply doesn’t have a chance, does she?

See you later this afternoon.


Whine About it Wednesday!

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

My husband came home from work a couple of days ago and mentioned that he was more than likely going to start a new schedule.  Instead of working half a day on Saturday, then going back for a few hours Saturday night, he was going to work a full day, then have Sunday and Monday off.

Since he’s never had two full days off, on the surface this would seem like a good thing, right?  As it stands Saturday is pretty much shot, anyway.  Plus he’d have Monday off as well.  He could schedule check-ups and dental appts without having to take off.  It would be great for him.

But it’s the Monday that’s bugging me, and I’m being purely selfish here, I know.  No doubt I will win the Bad Wife Award for what I’m about to share, but…

I can’t work when he’s here!

He’ll have the TV on.  He’ll be loud.  He’ll need me to find things for him.  He’ll want more than the peanut butter and jelly sandwich I normally fix for myself for lunch.  In short, he’ll need attention. 



Monday, January 22nd, 2007

My baby sister is pregnant!!! 

I’m going to be an aunt again!!!  This is sooooo cool.  I only have one niece, who was nine in December, and considering that my brother and sister-in-law don’t plan on having children, I’d given up hope of having another little niece or nephew around. 

Rhonda, off to google new baby gadgets…


Friday, January 19th, 2007

So I’m looking at my checking account yesterday and am pleasantly surprised at the extra cash I find in there.  Wow, I think.  I’m much better at this budgeting thing that I thought I was.  I’ve got all this money left over.  What should I buy?  What should I do?  I called my husband to preen and brag.

“I’ve got lots of extra money in my checking account.”

“Good.  Pay more bills.”

“Nope.  I’m going to splurge.

“Why do you have extra money in your checking account?” he wants to know.  “We just finished Christmas and a big vacation.  You shouldn’t have any extra money in your checking account.”

Dammit. he’s right.  I shouldn’t.

“Have you paid all your bills?”

“Of course!” I shoot back, annoyed.

He starts ticking them off, then gets to one that makes my stomach clench.  “What about your car payment?”

Car payment isn’t due yet, but I suddenly realize that I haven’t paid it.  I paid all the other ones before we left for vacation because I knew they’d come due before we got back.  Everything but the car payment.


“I knew you shouldn’t have any extra money in that account,” he tells me.

Me, in a total state of disgust.  “You’re such a know-it-all.”

A Moment of Weakness…

Thursday, January 18th, 2007


 I’d been doing so well on my resumed diet.  Oatmeal for breakfast, a simple sandwich for lunch, normal portions at dinner.  No snacking just for the heck of it, though I have to confess at one point I went to four–yes, four–convenience stores looking for the new Reese’s candy bar.  Don’t even know the name of it.  Don’t care.  I just want to eat it.  It’s that good.

But I digress.

Anyway, last night I went to my Mom’s for dinner and guess what she’d made for dessert?  Cream puffs.  I heart cream puffs, especially the homemade kind with chocolate frosting.  What I didn’t manage to eat while at her house, I brought home.  And guess what I’m having for breakfast this morning–right now, in fact?

A cream puff.

Clearly I have no will power whatsoever.

Whine About it Wednesday!

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Here’s my whine for today–it’s too cold to get out of bed!!!  What is with this weather???  Is Mother Nature suffering from ADD?  Saturday is was 72 degrees here.  Gorgeous.  Yesterday it never broke 30.  This morning…  I don’t even know what the temperature is this morning, but I absolutely dread taking the dog out. Of course, I don’t dread it so much to face the alternative, so I’ll have to, but…

Argh!  I want good old mild temperatures.  Is that too much to ask for?