Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My motto for 2014.

I heard this quote a few weekends ago, and it stuck with me.

After having a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad year last year....

I've decided this is my motto for 2014.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guess what I did yesterday?


I freaking love this place.

I could spend a week in this store, and probably drop about a grand. Or two.

It's an addiction.

Admitting you have a problem is the first step.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday, Monday...

....can't trust that day?

Grab a copy of my latest, The Art of Being Indifferent, to escape. Here's the link.

It's all about two teens from opposite sides of the tracks. Posey is a foster kid about to age out of the system, and Drew is the Golden Boy son of a small town mayor. They can't stand each other. That is, until they discover that their abusive pasts are way more similar than they would think. Love blossoms from the tutoring assignment from hell.

Hope you enjoy Posey and Drew's story!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Man Candy Friday!

Hooray! It's Man Candy Friday again!

As always, I bring you some lovely specimens, without the icky bonus of banana hammocks, sweaty nipples, or awkwardness. You're welcome.

This week's Man Candy comes in the form of Ewan McGregor. I've been in love with Mr. McGregor since Moulin Rouge, and I prefer his less posey pictures. I like the ones where he's busting a gut laughing, mostly because his grin is so deliciously goofy.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello 160's.

I haven't weighed in the 160's since the mid to late nineties. The last nine months have been filled with some of the worst, most agonizing grief and emotional turmoil that I've ever felt, and some of the hardest work I've ever done.

Getting healthy, feeling better (physically) than I have in 15 years, recovering from major health issues, moving more, working out & exercising, fitting into sizes I haven't seen since my late teens, and joining my kids in physical activities that I've literally never done before....

All of these things add up to the reasons why I am so glad and grateful that I decided to have weight loss surgery, and change my life. I am determined to make this a lifelong change. I am determined to enjoy my years with my four remaining children. I am determined to live a long, healthy, and active life. Moving around, doing things, and being active feels 10 bazillion times better than sitting around and watching life go on without me.

My husband snapped this picture last Saturday. I was shocked by how small and young I looked. I don't see that when I look in the mirror. I see a woman who is almost 40, covered in wrinkles, hiding her bald head under a wig, and who still has a big tummy that needs so much toning, it's not even funny. I don't see *this* person. My husband does, though. My kids do, too. I guess that's all that matters. :)

I'm just grateful I can have moments like this with my kids. A year ago, and I wouldn't have been able to fit into a booth. No, really.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


My daughter (who is 12, and quite the tween fashion dish, if you ask me) and I are waiting for this book to come out....

I wish I could say we're being patient, but we're not. May 6th is coming very slowly. We've enjoyed this series so much. I love being able to read books WITH my daughter. So. Much. Fun.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Going on an overnighter!

Oh, I'm so excited to get away today!

Yesterday was the start of my children's spring break, and so we decided to do an overnighter in a lovely Washington State gem that I haven't seen since I was six or seven years old!

The last time we were in Leavenworth, my family ate at fondue restaurant (and my dad was ticked, because he thought it was "frou-frou food") and my parents bought me a nurse doll. I wish I still had that doll. I named it Jane, after my aunt (who was, in fact, a nurse) and I treasured it! I remember especially loving her little white paper hat. *sigh*

Sadly, my hubby has a lot of important pharmaceutical things happening at his job, so he's staying home with our fluffy, dumb dog while the kids and I travel to the mountains. I'm taking my retired mother, too, which will be interesting. She always comes up with hilarious things to say on road trips. I'm certain I'll come home with plenty of one liners to snicker at for weeks.

We are also going with another family that we consider close enough to be relatives. These people have been with me--and after I got married, us--for years, and for that, I am eternally grateful. I love that we take a few vacations a year with this family. They're almost the only people, besides my brother in law and his family, that I don't mind sharing our vacations with.

Is it spring break for your kiddo's, too? What will you be doing during this lovely spring-y week?