Monday, April 01, 2013
I look forward to seeing you there!
Monday, March 25, 2013
My aunt’s home was filled with family, tears, laughter and food. Lots of food, most of which I couldn’t eat because I’m a vegetarian and Hoosiers haven’t yet figured out how to cook vegetables without meat. So, my only choices were breads and sweets. I’m not complaining. It was a free pass to drown my sorrows in brownies, cookies, mac & cheese, and cake. Such delicious cake! But seventy-two hours of traveling, eating, crying, family-bonding, more crying, more eating, more traveling and my body was beaten, bloated, and begging for some good nutrition.
However, I had to return to work the very next day where I was overloaded with reports to produce, an audit to prep for, and a board meeting to prepare. For nearly a month straight, I worked long hours, barely leaving my desk to get a drink or to eat. Once home, I was starving and didn’t have the patience to cook a healthy meal, so I just tossed a frozen dinner in the oven and snacked on popcorn, cookies, Easter candy, and whatever else would satisfy my ever-increasing hunger.
The other thing that screwed me up was the time change. You wouldn’t think that losing an hour would so adversely affect my energy, but there is statistical evidence that more people suffer heart attacks when we “spring forward” than any other time during the year, so clearly I’m not the only one who doesn’t react well to it. So, that missing hour put me in a stupor for two weeks. Yes, two full weeks during which I got no exercise because I couldn’t get up before the sunrise and had no energy to work out after work.
The thing is, I know these are excuses. There are plenty of people who persevere in their weight loss efforts under similar conditions. But you know what? It was one month. One month that I got off track. And the important thing is that I’m back on track. I think the lesson here is to give yourself a little slack from time to time, but to know when it’s time to get back to work. When it’s time to face the alarm clock blaring at 6am to get in your morning work out. When it's time to walk away from the cookies and cakes and once again embrace nutritious foods. When it's time to acknowledge that the only sure way to fail is to give up, and then don’t give up. Get up. Get going. It might be slow going, but it’s going. Slow, slower, slow. And that’s okay.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I love to travel! I think growing up in a small town in West Virginia (population 3,500) and then moving to New York City with access to JFK International Airport and Penn Station, created the extreme need to be spontaneous and take advantage of the opportunities. I believe traveling has taught me many wonderful lessons. Over the years, I’ve become more spontaneous, open to new things, a greater risk taker, a foodie, have a better ability to adapt to new things, and an appreciation of other cultures.
Traveling pushes me as a writer in my descriptions. For example, in my first novel, Fake Perfect Me, the scenes in Italy where Isabella Reynolds is enjoying a creamy burrata in Rome... I wrote that scene while doing that exact thing. In my latest novel, For Internal Use Only, I was a passenger in a car on a major interstate in Atlanta writing a similar scene with my protagonist Chloe. With a camera in hand, I walked Central Park pretending to be a photographer. My goal is to transport the reader into the scene.
So, when my fiancé said were booked for Moscow to celebrate my 35th birthday, I was thrilled. My imaginationimmediately traveled to the historical sites, wearing a huge fur hat, and sipping vodka while attempting to speak in my best Russian accent. However, the spontaneous booking of the trip didn’t leave us time to obtain travel visas. We were rejected by Russia!
With twenty-four hours until Valentine’s Day, we were left scrambling with travel arrangements. That’s the beautiful thing about the desire to see the world. Anywhere that requires a passport is a dream destination. At the last minute, we snagged two tickets to a spot we’d never been... Bermuda!
I had a Bermudian birthday to kick off my 35th year. It started with The Salted Cod Fish breakfast (cod, potatoes, bacon, egg, banana & avocado) and sipped Rum Swizzle cocktails (Bermuda’s National drink). The locals warned me that the “Rum can make you dumb.” It definitely made me silly, but hearing my fiancé laugh at me, was worth every sip. The saying is, “You swizzle in and swagger out.”That sounds about right!
1. Everyone is extremely polite. Saying Good Morning or Good Afternoon to everyone is considered good manners.
2. Rainfall generates Bermuda’s only supply of fresh water. By law, every house must collect 80 percent of the water that falls on its limestone roof.
3. Bermuda is home to more golf courses per square mile than anywhere in the world!
4. The island has beautiful pink beaches created from Red Forams and which tiny-single-celled animals that live under the coral reef. They resemble small strawberries. When they wash ashore, they mix with the white sand creating the pink hue.
5. Bermuda has a National 2-day holiday called Cup Match! It’s an annual cricket match between the two ends of the island.
6. It’s home to the smallest drawbridge in the world. The Somerset Bridge opening is only about 12-inches wide, just wide enough for a sail to pass through.
7. There are over four hundred shipwrecks dating back to the 1500’s to explore!
8. Fast food chains are not allowed! Except for KFC, who got in before the ban was put into effect.
9. Bermuda has a dress code! You cannot walk around in your bathing suit and men must wear shirts at all times. Also, if a man is wearing Bermuda shorts without long socks he's a tourist.
10. When shopping you can pay with American dollars or Bermudian dollars.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Love is in the air . . . and it can be on your Kindle, too!
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Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey - Daytime talk show producer Jamie Ross is beyond fed up with her toxic bad boy turned metrosexual boyfriend. Spurred on by her gang of quirky friends, she goes on a hilarious, at-times disastrous, and totally life-changing hunt to track down the ”one who got away.” But are some loves best left behind?
In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister – Handling the problems of hysterical hypochondriacs, lovelorn neurotics, and compulsive man whores is all in a day’s work for super-shrink Pilar Alvarez. But can she deal with her crazy Cuban family, a trio of unsuitable suitors, and a threat to her practice without ending up on the couch herself?
Rita Hayworth’s Shoes by Francine LaSala – Jilted bride Amy's down on everything until she convinces herself to purchase a cute, ridiculously expensive pair of second-hand shoes. Once she does, life starts looking up, and she falls into an unexpected new romance with the last man she'd ever expect to love. But can a pair of shoes really be magic? And is her new prince really just a frog?
Breaking the Rules by Cat Lavoie – When Roxy Rule shares a passionate kiss with her lifelong best friend, she must come to terms with her feelings for him while dealing with two sisters in full crisis mode, a boss who makes her want to stab herself with a letter opener and a fiancé who can’t wait to walk down the aisle. Can she keep it together–or will she break under the pressure?
The Green Ticket by Samantha March – College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty, but her good fortune quickly turns disastrous when she realizes her job is filled with lies, betrayal, and cover-ups. Keeping up with classes, her girlfriends and a budding romance, Alex feels the pressure – but will she overcome the challenges?
Unmasking Maya by Libby Mercer - Disgraced New York fashionista, Maya Kirkwood, is fashioning herself a new life as an artist in San Francisco when she's hired to do an installation of her work by dorky, yet dashing dotcom executive, Derek. The sparks soon start to fly... But is this a good thing?
A State of Jane by Meredith Schorr - Jane Frank is newly single after nine years and looking for a second chance at love. But when she dives head first into the NYC dating scene and finds it infested with flakes who are interested today and gone tomorrow, it may be time for Jane to turn the tables!
True Love Way by Nancy Scrofano - When her high school sweetheart, Josh, suddenly returns after twelve years in Paris, Marlo Spencer travels to her hometown to try to rekindle their relationship. But when dreams of a blissful reunion are shattered as old secrets and betrayals are revealed, can she forgive and forget, or will true love find a different path to her heart?
Picture Perfect by Lucie Simone - Lauren Tate’s perfectly planned life quickly unravels at the seams when a smear campaign threatens her career as a top TV executive, but she learns just how cutthroat showbiz can truly be when the hottest scandal in Tinsel Town turns deadly and the Hollywood hunk who’s stolen her heart goes missing.