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In case any of my friends or family members actually read this Blog, please consider all Names, Characters, Places and Incidents to be the product of the author's imagination and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or locales are entirely COINCIDENTAL...Muaaah!! Now, really, about me: I bring the crazy wherever I go, so I've been told...I make fun of myself more than anyone else ever could. I hate: the awkward silence in elevators, watches with no numbers, picky eaters, Cancer and legalism. I love: coffee, stalking Hugh Jackman, my Spanx, COMMENTS, sarcasm and writing: Middle Grade, NA, YA Paranormal and Urban Fantasy.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Combining our "Super Powers"

Last weekend I hosted a small dinner party for 10. My daughters wanted to have Italian food of course, so I made raviolis and a quick gravy (sauce for all of you non-Italianos) and meatballs. After I put it together, my mom called and told me she was making her gravy too; she put sausage and beef in hers. I told her to bring it over and we combined them.

Holy crap I swear it was like we combined our "super powers" because that was the best gravy I have ever tasted, EVER. It was amazing. I told the husband I couldn't wait to eat it again, with all of the leftovers. I dreamed about it, it was that good. My kids couldn't get enough of it either. Unfortunately, neither one of us thinks we could recreate the magic; it must stand alone in our memories. It is my new plan however, to combine our super powers for all of my dinner parties in the future!

The party was fun, the food was better than ever and all in all it turned out to be a really great night :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Je suis FINI!!!

So stoked I finally finished Book One in my series, "Breaking Cardinale Rules" yesterday. This morning I went to the library and printed it out (thank you Maggie and Adrienne for all of your help) and I am so, so happy!! An awesome celebratory lunch followed with mom at the Stafford Diner.

Now comes the really hard work, the editing, copyrighting and the composing of a golden query letter to interest publishers who generally aren't too crazy about taking on new authors. Wish me luck! This has always been my biggest dream; to be able to get the crazy characters and plot lines that live in my head down on paper and to have other people actually care about them too!!

I will keep everyone posted on my progress....hopefully good news about finding a publisher/agent will follow.

PS-I just want to say a huge "Thanks" to everyone who helped me along the way, like my brother Chris and my sister A for the continual tech support as we all know I suck hard at it; my girlfriend Bonnie who listened to me bitch and moan a lot and my family for my overall psychosis while I'm writing...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wii Miis and small victories!

My youngest daughter has been very busy entertaining herself by making new Wii Miis that are meant to represent family and friends. One Mii looked a little different. Here's how that conversation went,

Me: "Honey, who's that supposed to be?"
Daughter: "Oh, that's my tranny!"
(The husband proceeds to choke on his sip of after-dinner coffee.)
Husband: "What?"
Daughter: "That's my tranny, isn't he awesome?"
Me: "He is amazing honey"
Husband: "Why did you make a tranny?"
Daughter: "Because they are people too."

Touchdown. I consider this to be a huge mom victory. I am constantly pounding it into my kid's heads that people come in all shapes, sizes, colors, religions and sexual orientations. I have always hoped and prayed that they will never judge others by their outward appearance alone. Let's just say The Husband is a bit more, "conservative". He is a lot less open-minded than I am and we often go toe to toe because of it. So this meant A LOT to me. Now, every time we play Wii I can see my daughter's tranny fencing, playing tennis, boxing and just living large. And I'm loving it.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hugh Jackman is AMAZING, Duh.

It's been snowing incessantly and I am going a little stir crazy in the house. I had to put a stop to my watching of the X-men and Wolverine ad nauseum. My lusting after Hugh Jackman has reached an all time scary high and I felt very convicted. We all have our stumbling blocks, some people drink, some people smoke, I lust after Hugh Jackman.

So here are some of my favorite pics of him so I can justify the logic behind my lusting. He's just such a well- rounded guy.... he sings show tunes and loves to dance but can also kick your ass sideways if you make fun of him for it. (Not too many men fall into this special category.) Making him even more endearing is the fact that he really loves his wife and family and is not ashamed to say it. There is never any bad press about him, or any rumors of him messing around with the nanny or any other knob-like behaviour you normally see from Hollywood hotties.

It's snowing again and I have to pick a movie for the husband and I to watch. It amazes me after all of this time the only movie choice we ever agree on is if it has Hugh Jackman in it-I wonder if it's because he is secretly lusting after him too :)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Time for a laugh...

This is Me, in the black tank top, A in black print top...
This picture was taken in my BFF's backyard in CA (in the summertime) Happy to report this is a "before" picture of me, since it was long before I began losing weight. I am laughing so hard as I remember taking this with my sister A. Everytime we tried to stand next to each other our boobs got in the way.. it was pretty hilarious. We decided this was the closest we were going to be able to get! Love you Adrienne, you are the best. xo

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

General musings and a great Superbowl recipe...

Being trapped in a giant snow storm two weeks in a row is NOT a good place to be for someone whose dieting. Especially a dieter whose husband eats nonstop and wants said dieter to bake all of his favorite winter treats. Of course, I could always bake them and not eat them myself, but that's asking for a lot, don't you think? On top of the snow storm, it was the freaking SUPERBOWL, so of course, I had to bake some goodies. Here is my husband's favorite dip recipe: (originally passed to me from my beautiful girlfriend Shannon so I can't take the credit for inventing this) If you like Buffalo Wings, this dip is for you.

Buffalo Wing Dip
1 cup Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 cup Marie's Blue Cheese dressing
1 (8 ounce) pkg. cream cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded chicken
Mix all ingredients and bake @ 400 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Serve with Frito's scoops. (They work best picking up this heavy dip without breaking)
If you bring this dip to a party I promise it will turn you into a ROCK STAR. No joke. It's fattening as hell but tastes just like a wing and it's super good. It's so easy to make too, just be sure you shred the chicken really well, it tastes much better even if it's a pain in the butt to stand there with the fork and shred it. Please let me know how you like it!!

So I just heard we are due for some more snow. I don't think I can take much more of it, how do people in Alaska do this day in and day out? It's so hard to stay motivated when it's freezing outside and all I want to do is snuggle up in front of the fireplace with my book and drink copious amounts of hot cocoa with the rest of my family. I'm trying everything I can think of to keep motivated. I actually went out and found a protein bar that doesn't taste like poison but it's a lot more fattening, of course. I'm sticking to my work outs and adding in even more little challenges throughout the day. (extra crunches, extra push ups-which I still suck at)

You would think this would be the perfect opportunity for me to get some work done on my book, however, nothing could be farther from the truth. With all of my family home, the noise level goes way up. Between the Wii and the kids and the husband and all of the demands, I'd be lucky if I have one coherent thought a day. All is not lost since I have been able to sneak in a lot of reading. Which always makes me happy.

This weekend I read: for my biography- Tony Curtis, American Prince, for my leisure, Dark Lover, JR Ward, for my faith, Finding Grace. I also pre-read any books I give to my girls so I also had the pleasure of perusing my daughter's copy of: "The Day my Butt Went Psycho, based on a true story"- which was hilarious. (I am not in the least bit ashamed to admit I sometimes prefer what my daughters are reading to what I have chosen..which kind of solidifies the theory of my inability to grow up)

Having a sister that works at the library is crucial. I would never be able to afford my book addiction if I had to purchase all of the hundreds of books I read. That having been said, nothing makes me happier then when I get a little extra spending money and I can go to Border's, get a coffee and go to town. That's my happy place.

Here's hoping I can make it through the next few weeks without gaining any weight. It would be even better if I could actually lose some. (I believe in miracles) Maybe I should go try on a bathing suit; that will kill my appetite for a month or two :)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Biggest Loser

Why can't I get through an episode of Biggest Loser without crying my eyes out? Yet, I can't get enough of that show. I guess its because I can relate to every one of the contestants. Rationally, I know I don't weigh anywhere near 500 lbs, yet I have had struggles with weight my whole life and I can totally empathize with them. I have no business complaining about having to take off my last fifteen pounds when someone like this season's Michael says "I need to loose one whole fat guy and I'll still be a fat guy!" He has taken off 70 lbs in six weeks! That's insane.

As I sit on my couch, watching, (eating a carton of Ben & Jerry's) I decide right away Bob is my favorite trainer. I love him, he is such a sweetheart. I've been worried about him though, he looks way too thin and a little too tired this season. Someone needs to feed that boy some hot dogs, damn. Anyway, he is definitely the "good cop" wherein Jillian Michaels is the "bad". She might be possessed by the devil the way that tiny thing jumps up in a 500 lbs person's face who's been starving themselves for weeks and yells at them the way she does. She's fearless. They might decide she looks like a tasty little morsel and gobble her right up. Regardless of their methods, kudos to both trainers, for their relentless pursuit to help these people. They are making a difference in their lives forever and the viewers all get to come along for the ride.

I thought it was usually cruel last week when they made the contestants go to Subway for lunch. They are already starving, cripes! Anyone who is from the East Coast knows Subway doesn't know how to make a decent sub. Even my kids changed their slogan to say, "Subway, eat YUCK!" They put one piece of crappy meat on seriously deficient bread and add vegetables to an Italian sub, HELLO? Earth to Subway, get a grip. Whenever my best friend from CA comes to visit, the first thing we have to do is take her for a proper sub. Real Italian bread, oil and vinegar, lots of meat, cheese and yummy goodness. Ah, do you see how I easily digress when it comes to food? If I didn't exercise like a lunatic I could easily be the 500 lbs person on the ranch, picking the remaining pieces of Jillian Michaels out of my teeth with a minty flavored toothpick.

By far, my favorite part of the whole show is watching how much weight they all have lost at the end. The finale is the best. When the contestants look back at themselves and are shocked at how much weight they have taken off. It is so rewarding. I can only imagine how proud they must feel about their accomplishments. It's amazing. I'll be tuning in for sure. I'm their couch quarterback, yelling encouragement and terms of endearment to them from my cozy position on the sofa, while eating frozen treats and thanking God he invented elliptical machines.