Archive | December, 2010

I Have This Friend……..

22 Dec

I wouldn’t say that I am a big Facebook fan, but it has allowed me to reconnect with folks I haven’t seen or talked to in a very long time.  You won’t find me posting daily status updates or sending pictures from my camera phone.  My main reason for even having a Facebook account is to monitor my kids.  I know, I know, but it is a “Mom” thing.  I am simply amazed at what I see 14 year old girls saying via status updates and commenting on their “friends” postings.  Clearly some parents just don’t care what their kids do.  Anyway, this is not a Facebook bashing post.

One of my first friends when I joined up was someone I went to high school with.  We were not best friends or anything like that.  We had some classes together and we wrote skits for our Senior Follies (that was the senior class version of SNL).  I think I saw her one time after graduation at a wedding.  She moved out of state then proceeded to move out of the country!  She now lives in England with her husband.

About a year ago I was going through a particular rough patch and Kristen just happened to put a quote in her status update which kind of hit home with me, in a good way, and I told her so.  Since then, we chat via e-mail on a pretty regular basis.

So, why am I telling you all of this?  Well, her name is Kristen Ashley and she happens to be an author.  The first three books of the Rock Chick Series have been published and I must patiently wait for the other five!  I have read Rock Chick and Rock Chick RescueRock Chick Redemption is on my Christmas list and in the event that I don’t get it, I will be linking-up to Amazon first thing in the morning the day after Christmas!

When I get my hands on a good book I tend to have a difficult time putting it down and usually finish in about a day and a half (I have to take breaks every now and then to feed the family and let the dog out!).  Well, the first two Rock Chick books fall into that category and I am certain that I will have the same problem (if you want to call it that) with Redemption when I get my hands on it.

Upon finishing each book, I felt like I knew each of the characters personally and that I was right along with them on their wild ride.  The plot is fast paced and fun with some sexy-hot romance thrown in that keeps you turning page after page.  I could give you details but you really need to get the books and read for yourself! 

You can find Rock Chick Redemption here.  This will link you to the first two titles as well.  You can also pay a visit to Kristen’s website,

It looks like it is going to be a long, cold, snowy winter out here in the midwest.  Perfect for settling in with a stack of books.  Just make sure you put Rock Chick on the top of your list!


Do you know what today is?

18 Dec

Happy Birthday my Lovely!

Snow Day!………(almost)

13 Dec

We had a pleasant weekend doing a little bit of this…….

While we were wrapping presents, the dog took the opportunity to climb on the couch for a nap, which is a big no-no…

Alot of times we will find her napping with one of her ears covering her eyes.  Very cute!

Made some Marbled Peppermint Bark……….

(sorry for the poor picture quality, I am using Maggie’s camera which takes better pictures than mine, but still not great)

Indiana got hit with a snow storm yesterday.  The kids were hoping for a Snow Day but they had to settle for a 2-hour delay.  Right now it is 14 degrees, brrr…….It’s days like this that make me wonder why we don’t live somewhere south!


7 Dec

It is Tuesday afternoon and I am so tired I could sleep where I stand. 

Why?  Why was I not able to sleep last night?  We went to bed at a decent hour, I was asleep by 11:30, I know this because the last thing I heard was sports on the evening news, then I was awake by 12:45 a.m.  My husband was still awake too but he has back pain that tends to keep him awake odd hours.  From 12:45 until about 3:00 a.m. I tossed and turned, listened to kids cough, listened while one of them got up to use the bathroom, certain my name would be called, and I had to keep pushing our fat cat off of my legs so I could toss and turn some more.  By 2 a.m. my husband and the dog were both snoring.  Of course the dog had been asleep since she curled up in her bed.

Today I had an interview for a volunteer position with The Indianapolis Children’s Museum.  Yes I said interview.  I had no idea so much would be involved just to allow me to donate my time.  There was the application process, the interview, the background check, something called “first day processing” (which is next Tuesday), then additional interviews with employees that oversee certain areas of the museum.  Whew!  Maybe subconsciously Iwas nervous about that, although I was not thinking about it.  All I could think about was why can’t I get to sleep?

I am excited about volunteering at The Children’s Museum, there are so many areas where I can spend my time, but I won’t know anything until next week.  I plan on volunteering one day per week.  I will keep you posted.

I tried to nap when I got home this afternoon, but I am not a napper.  If I am able to sleep during the day it is usually because I am sick.  So, I just layed on the couch for an hour thinking about all of the things I really need to get done today and the Christmas shopping that still needs to be done.  Now the girls are home and their brother will be here in about 25 minutes, then the chaos begins.  We have plans this evening so homework needs to be done sooner rather than later.

It will be early to bed tonight and hopefully sleep will come easily and last through the night.  Tomorrow is a busy day too!  No rest for the weary.  Isn’t that how the saying goes?

My Favorite 16 Year Old

2 Dec

No one ever told me that when your sixteen year old daughter has a boyfriend, the rest of the family dates him too!

Shelby is always so excited to announce the arrival of said boyfriend every time he comes over.  She will bring him into the family room announcing “Al’s here” as if she is presenting him to us for the first time.  We tease her about this but she does not care.

Her boyfriend is a very nice young man and he treats her well.  He is at our house alot and that is fine with me; I know where they are and what they are doing.  He has never been shy about hanging out with the whole family.  He is perfectly happy to take a nap on our couch, talk sports with John or hang out in the kitchen with me waiting to see what is for dinner.  Seventeen year old boys eat alot!   I never have to worry about what I am going to do with left-overs because there usually aren’t any. 

The two of them are pretty much attached at the hip.  You would think the world is coming to an end if they don’t get to see each other after school every day.  It’s not like they didn’t see each other at school all day, they share a locker for crying out loud!

Shelby has a heart the size of Texas and when she likes (or dare I say loves) someone or something she goes all out to express her feelings.  She is so genuine.  She fights like crazy with her brother and sister but don’t even think about messing with one of them or you will have Shelby to deal with.  She has this amazing ability to connect with the special needs kids at school and is very protective of them too. 

I guess you could say that I am ever so slightly jealous of her.  She is not the least bit shy and never goes anywhere without making at least one new friend.  Where I am a little bit on the shy side and have never been able to just strike up a conversation with a complete stranger.  When she was little she would just walk right up to another child and say “will you be my friend?”.  How can you say “no” to that?  Even now it is not uncommon for her to come home from school and tell me she made a new friend today.  “Where did you meet him/her?” I ask.  “Oh, in the lunch line.”  Like it is normal to make new friends every day in the lunch line!  For Shelby, this is the norm.

She works as a hostess at a restaurant in town.  This is the perfect job for her, she can just chat with every person who comes through the door.  And believe me, she does.

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