Weekend Reading: You Only Got Two Hips, Ma

April 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

April 28, 2014

It really sucks when your parentals start getting old. The day after Easter, Mom broke her other hip. This happened three weeks after her surgeon who operated on her other hip gave her a clean bill of health. Are you freaking kidding me?

Anyway, what got me through the worry, dread, frustration, and a long day at the hospital, was listening to the City of Ashes audiobook. Saved. My. Life. I am loving The Mortal Instruments series. I’m even dreaming about these characters. It’s ridiculous.


I’ve already started book 3, City of Glass. My plan is to get through the rest of the series before the sixth and final book is released May 27th.

Who else likes The Mortal Instruments series? What books do you escape to during tough times?


Hop Hop Hippity Hop

April 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

April 20, 2014

“Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were—
and Peter.”

Page from a Peter Rabbit calendar. I have it taped to the wall of my office.

This is the opening line from The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. I learned to read from the Little Golden Book edition of this story. But it was after hunting down and flipping through the little pages of the original version, written AND illustrated by Beatrix Potter, that I was inspired to start writing.

My copy of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit." As you can see, this is one well- and oft-read book.

My worn, tattered copy of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.”

This beloved children’s author led the enchanted life. Check out the trailer for this exquisite, under-the-radar biopic, Miss Potter, starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. You can see how Potter’s little woodland creatures were very real to her. And they got her through some tough times.

Here’s to the imagination and all of the wonderful life that springs from it.

Happy Easter, everyone!

Sunday Evenings are for Mad Men

April 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

April 14, 2014

When I first heard about Mad Men and all the rave reviews, my reaction was “a show about a bunch of smoking, boozing, sexing, chauvinistic, high-powered ad executives from the sixties? No, thanks.”

Then I Netflixed the pilot, and it was all over.

Turns out I get a perverse pleasure out of watching expecting mothers smoke cigarettes and toss back glasses of wine. I mean, pregnant women don’t get to do anything anymore. No cocktails, no pain killers, no cold medicine. Is this some sort of punishment for post-sixties liberation?

Screwdriver, inspired by AMC’s Mad Men Cocktail Guide. I even used fresh-squeezed orange juice. Yum!

Screwdriver, inspired by AMC’s Mad Men Cocktail Guide. I even used fresh-squeezed orange juice. Yum!

Haven’t we all had those moments where liquor at the workplace seemed like a really good idea? I can’t tell you how many times my frazzled boss has emerged from yet another hour-long teleconference, wishing I had a flask hidden somewhere in my desk drawer.

As for the sexism, well, some of that really hasn’t changed much. When my girl Joan has to stoically mask her face after her intelligence is insulted or swallow yet another instance of her authority being undermined at the whim of a male superior, I empathize one hundred percent. Because something similar usually happened to me just last week.

Then there are moments like these, from the Season 7 Mad Men premiere:

Weekend Reading: After the “Captain America” Daze

April 7, 2014 § 2 Comments

April 7, 2014


I saw the Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie this weekend and loved it so much it has ruined me for other movies for a while. So this is the perfect time for a “what I’ve been reading” post.

Finished Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas


Loved it. Gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. I read on Kleypas’ website that this book was a finalist for the RITA Award “Best Novel With Strong Romantic Elements”. I’m assuming it wasn’t considered straight up romance because the story was also about the main character’s journey out of the trailer park and becoming head of the household at such a young age. And more than one man played a role in her development. I really love the Strong Romantic Elements category.

Currently reading Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas (the creator of Veronica Mars) and Jennifer Graham.


If you were a rabid fan of the TV show like I was, you will really enjoy the first novel. It picks up right after the movie ends and has all the favorite characters plus some surprises. Well-written with the same snappy dialogue, too.

Am listening to City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments by  Cassandra Clare.


Why have I never tapped into this audiobook thing before? Seriously! I’ve been listening to it while I drive, while I press clothes, while I do yoga! It’s so great!

What have you been reading?



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