High Praise

Just a quick update on the writing. I know I have another blog where I’m supposed to put this, but no one ever checks there. Hey, no one ever checks HERE, but what the heck.

I got a response to a query today that I sent out SEPTEMBER 17th. I had sent them a brief synopsis and the first chapter and today they asked for the entire manuscript. Well, ACTUALLY, a reader for the agency asked for the manuscript. But here’s the totally awesome part – on the email exchange between the agency and the hired reader  – the agency wrote this:

MG but solid writing

MG means middle grade vs. young adult. And solid writing means I ROCK! I write SOLIDLY. How cool is that? Oh, what am I talking about? You’re readers, you already know this!

So, ummm…why hasn’t anyone mentioned it before??

Good News for Alaska Ashleigh

and teenagers everywhere! There are job opportunities available, perfect for someone with their skills!



A hotel chain is employing human bed warmers in London to help guests get a good night’s sleep.

The walking electric blankets are dressed in special all-in-one sleeper suits and are sent to warm the beds of guests staying at the Holiday Inn before they get under the covers.

Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, said the idea could help people get off to sleep.

He said: “There’s plenty of scientific evidence to show that sleep starts at the beginning of the night when body temperature starts to drop. The decline occurs partly because the blood vessels of the hands, face and feet open up and release heat.

“A warm bed – approximately 20 to 24 degrees Celsius – is a good way to start this process whereas a cold bed would inhibit sleep. Holiday Inn’s new bed warmers service should help people achieve a good night’s sleep especially as it’s taking much longer for them to warm up when they come in from the snow.”

Holiday Inn spokeswoman Jane Bednall said the idea was “like having a giant hot water bottle in your bed”.

The five minute free bed warming sessions are also being tried out in Manchester later this month.

Awesome! If she can figure out how to get OUT of the bed, she’ll be set for life.

Night-time Battles *UPDATE*


In case you feel sorry for Jay Leno, let’s look back at what he said on his show in 2004, when he announced that he’d be turning the show over to Conan in 5 years:

“When I took this show over, boy there was a lot of animosity between me and Dave, and who’s gonna get it, and quite frankly, a lot of, what I thought, well good friendships were permanently damaged. And I don’t want to see anybody ever have to go through that again. Because, you know this show is like a dynasty, you hold it, and then you hand it off to the next person. And I don’t wanna see all the fighting and all the ‘who’s better’ and nasty things back and forth in the press, so right now, here it is, Conan, it’s yours, see you in 5 years buddy. Clear enough?”

Sigh. Boo, Jay, BOO!

JD and I are deep thinkers and have intense intellectual debates about important issues of the day. Which is why I can tell you that it is with much thought and deliberation that we hereby announce that we are on Team Coco.


Poor Conan, given a job for a mere 7 months, then publicly humiliated as his show is ripped away from him and given to that mean Jay Leno. It’s like being dumped on your honeymoon for the crazy ex-wife that left you for a younger man.

And only getting THIRTY MILLION dollars in alimony.

I don’t know how he’ll survive it.

Bridge is cool

I haven’t played DUPLICATE in a while. Sure, I still play at the retirement community on Monday nights, but I haven’t been to the bridge club in about a year. And what’s weird, is that not ONE person has called to see where I am, or if I want to fill in.

Isn’t that great? It’s so nice to have people respect your decision to stay home and not bother you with invitations to tournaments and team events.

But I do miss it a little bit. I was surfing the internet for bridge blogs and found one that’s just bridge JOKES. Here’s a sample:

“Every night when I go to bed I think about my mistakes at the bridge table.”
“Gee,” his partner said, “how do you get any sleep?”

Q: Do you want to play Lavinthal or Odd-Even or natural discards?
A: Let’s play them all.
I will bid natural and you bid “Big Minor”. When you have a NT opening, you call 1C and I will bid your NT. If you have a major, bid 1D and I will bid your major. This way you will not get the stress of being declarer.
HAHAHAHAHA. Oh, man, could you DIE? Whew, good stuff.  Maybe I’ll swing by the club after all; bridge players are hysterical.

Holy Sunday

I come from a long line of cautious people. If we had a family crest, it would be a chicken holding a white flag on a yellow background. We don’t do risky. In fact, I don’t even do scary or mildly uncomfortable. But I’ve figured out that it doesn’t matter if I never GO anywhere or do anything – the scary can still come to me. Economic collapse, swine flu, crazy people with guns at the truck rental place a few miles from my house, it can drive you nuts.

I know the bible says “Be anxious for nothing” (Phil. 4:6) , but boy is that hard!


Has there ever been a book more perfect for me? From the website:

Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.

They’re talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, turnovers at headquarters, downturns in the housing market, upswings in global warming. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror. Fear, it seems, has taken up a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized and rude, fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors. Wouldn’t it be great to walk out?

Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, and doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, when you could trust more and fear less. Can you imagine your life without fear?

No, I can’t imagine my life without fear, but I want to; where the thought of an airplane ride didn’t stop me from going, or the fear of failure didn’t stop me from trying.

His website allows you to download the first chapter. I bought the book and plan on starting my journey today.  Join me, who knows where He will take us if we let Him!

For my Tennessee fans

I use the term “fans” loosely.

Derek Dooley, the head coach AND athletic director of Louisiana Tech (and son of UGA legend Vince Dooley), has been hired by Tennessee to be their next head coach, according to the Sports Animal in Knoxville (via Clay Travis on Twitter).

Since arriving at LaTech, Dooley’s compiled a 17-20 record as head coach, 12-12 in the WAC.

So UT interviewed candidates, narrowed it down to their top picks, and HIRED a coach with a 17-20 record?  I’m confused, I thought the first number was how many you had won. That’s still correct? Gotcha, so 17 and 20 must be a GOOD thing. Wow. That’s nice to know.

In a totally unrelated note, I guess I should keep playing tennis. Turns out I’m awesome!

She’s got issues

MoonPie’s school sets the curriculum for her grammar, reading, math, spelling, Spanish and PE, while we do history and science on our own. Her dad does science and I get to teach her history. Lucky for me, she LOVES it. Last time we were at the library, she tried to get me to check out a huge, non-fiction book on The War of 1812.

We read a chapter or two every night before bed. This week, she had several options to choose from:


Wow, I had no idea that The Civil War was a time to dance. Sounds like fun. No?


It’s the Titanic, are you sure?


How about the Romans? They did some cool stuff. No? Okay, what do YOU want to read?


Jamestown, again? Didn’t we already read Blood on the River? That was all about Captain Smith and the first settlement. Oh, this is what happens AFTER he leaves? Okay.


Umm, that doesn’t sound so good. You’re sure you want to read THIS? Sigh. Oh well, I guess it could have been worse.


Darn it!

Do you know what this is?


This is the latest in punctuation. Move over question mark, see you later PERIOD – meet the Sarcasm mark. That’s right, a punctuation mark to end all of your  sarcastic remarks and ensure that everyone knows you are not being serious.

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich., Jan. 12 (UPI) — A Michigan company announced the release of software Tuesday that introduces new punctuation to the typed word: The sarcasm mark.

Sarcasm Inc. of Washington Township said the SarcMark, which resembles an open circle with a dot in the center, can be installed on computers via a program that can be downloaded from sarcmark.com for $1.99.

This brings up some very interesting questions. Like -How lame are the people that need that mark to tell them they are encountering sarcasm? What if this really catches on? Will I be able to write a paragraph without using one? And most importantly, why didn’t my family think of this first, since it’s right up our alley?? We need to be more creative and pay attention to our natural gift for the zinger.

Between this and the “I’m with Stupid” t-shirts, we could have been millionaires.

Conversation with a Smart Tail


Me: I’m going to call and increase the amount of life insurance we have on me.

JD: Are you going somewhere?

Me: No, but you’d run through what’s on me the first year.

JD: The party alone would probably use most of it.

Me: You’re not funny.

JD: And I’d have to pay extra for the large casket. We might have to get a piano box for you.

Me: I wonder if YOUR policy covers foul play.

Fun with Photoshop

I was surfing the internet the other day and found a guy that photoshops images for celebrities. The original pictures were good, but the retouched  ones were TA-DOW! And I thought – I bet my husband could do that.

Behold –


This is a shot I did of my sweet niece last summer. She already looks like a super model, but I wanted to see if JD could give her the Hollywood Treatment.


Yowzer! Ummm. Let’s just keep this between us. His sister doesn’t really need to see these. She has a hard enough time as it is.