Wednesday, January 19, 2011


My new find! 

Those who know me know that I love mint chocolate chip ice cream.  Ah, the cool, crisp mintiness combined with the chocolate chips.  Heaven.  When I saw a commercial for mint chocolate chip gum the other day, my first thought was, 'Hmmm, I wonder what that's like.'  And then, 'How soon can I find some?'

I went to 7-Eleven for a bag of ice on Monday and remembered to look for the gum while I was at it.  I have to say the gum is good, no funny aftertaste like I thought there might be.  Not sure the flavor lasts all that long, but it's still yummy.  Simple pleasures...

Here's Mia watching the snowfall in the backyard last weekend.  It's no surprise just how psycho cats are, but this morning I watched her eat from her bowl, casually walk just a few steps away, lie down as if exhausted, and then take off at full speed into my bedroom, across the bed and up onto the window sill.  She's clearly nuts, but very lovable.

As for the snow, it's all gone, but the cold temperatures are sticking around.  I'm so ready for spring!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

More new beginnings

I wanted a new look for the blog and found this cute argyle template.  Something fun with what I still consider a dark edge.  Most of the templates I came across were nice, but too girly for my tastes.

Last night was the husband's birthday.  He wanted to eat at Chili's because they have the best chicken fried steak (his words), so that's where we went.  There's only one thing I eat at Chili's and that's the quesadilla.  We don't go there often, and they've changed the menu since the last time.  The quesadilla I always got before was just chicken and cheese I think.  Now it's bacon ranch chicken.  Guacamole on the side.  Love the guacamole!

My quesadilla.

Skillet queso & chips and salsa for an appetizer.

Molten Chocolate Cake for dessert.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Reading Challenge

As usual, I'm late to my own party.

In years past, I’ve participated in the e-harlequin 100 book reading challenge where the goal is to read 100 books in a year. I lost focus halfway through one of those challenges, and decided to do my own personal reading challenge for 2011.

I wanted to read 100 books, but also wanted themes for each month. I was a little overly enthusiastic as I went about creating my list, ending up with 5 books a month. When I was reading my theme ideas to my oldest son, he said, “You’re going to read five books a month?” I stopped and thought. My reading bubble had been burst. I decided to narrow it down to 4 books since that’s a book a week and I can manage that.  At least that's the plan.

Some of the months have the same authors in them, but most of those books are ones that my mom gave me and they've been sitting around here for years, so it's about time to read them and move them out to make more room.

As for the themes and the books I’ll be reading:

January – A place in the title
The Burying Place by Brian Freeman
50 Harbor Street by Debbie Macomber
The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
Texas! Lucky by Sandra Brown

February – Books with ‘love’ or ‘Valentine’s’ in the title
I Love You to Death by Amy Garvey
Ready for Love by Debbie Macomber
Be My Valentine by Debbie Macomber
The Trouble with Valentine’s Day by Rachel Gibson

March – Young Adult titles
Night Star by Alyson Noel
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Fat Vampire by Adam Rex
Need by Carrie Jones

April – Spring
Rainwater by Sandra Brown
Stormwatch by Jill Shalvis
Texas Rain by Jodi Thomas
Mum’s the Word by Kate Collins

May – The Elements
Dead Air by Mary Kennedy
Oceans of Fire by Christine Feehan
Dark Water by Sharon Sala
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

June – Summer in the title
The Forever Summer by Suzanne Macpherson
The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux
Summer Pleasures by Nora Roberts
One Reckless Summer by Toni Blake

July – Things you see in the summer time
Sail – James Patterson
Lifeguard – James Patterson
Code Name: Bikini – Christina Skye
Swimsuit – James Patterson

August – Titles with numbers in them
One For the Money by Janet Evanovich
Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton
Nine Lives by Sharon Sala
Just One Look by Harlan Coben

September – Titles with male character names
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Martin Misunderstood by Karin Slaughter
Say No To Joe? by Lori Foster
Simon Says by Lori Foster

October – Vampires
Over My Dead Body by Michele Bardsley
Undead and Unworthy by Mary Janice Davidson
The Ultimate Bite by Crystal Green
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

November – Food
Cherry Bomb by J.A. Konrath
Delicious and Suspicious by Riley Adams
Delicious by Susan Mallery
Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay

December – Christmas titles
The Twilight Before Christmas by Christine Feehan
A Very Merry Christmas by Lori Foster
Better Naughty Than Nice by Jill Shalvis (anthology)
Christmas Getaway by Anne Stuart (anthology)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

The Best of 2010

1.  Seeing KISS live in concert for the first time!
2.  Discovering new-to-me authors (Wendy Lyn Watson, Sheila Lowe).
3.  Taking my first college course (General Psychology)
4.  Discovering Adventure Bookshop.
5.  Meeting Sandra Brown for the second time.
6.  Going to my first and second Farmer's Market.
7.  Discovering Painting with a Twist, and a new passion for painting.
8.  Teaching myself to crochet.
9.  Reading more from my TBR pile.
10. The Good Guys.

What were your favorite things of 2010?

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

So, here we are, a new year.  I've yet to make any resolutions, and not sure I will other than to maybe write more. I was already looking at a literary fiction mag as a place to submit some work this morning.  I've considered the mag for a while now, but always put it off.  I think I'll stop procrastinating.

Yesterday for dinner we ate at this new sushi restaurant called Big Tree Sushi and Grill.  As an appetizer, we had edamame (soybeans in a pod).  We also ordered sushi and california rolls.  I only like the california rolls.  The husband and Youngest fussed at me for taking out the middle part of the roll, but I say that's where the good stuff is.  The avocado, crab meat, cucumber.  I don't much care for the sticky rice and seaweed it's wrapped in.  Okay, so I eat like a child taking out my favorite part and leaving the rest.  So what?

Sushi and california rolls.

My dinner.  Shrimp fried rice.

The complimentary, and very yummy dessert our waitress brought us.  Youngest had already claimed one for himself before I could get a picture of all three pieces.  I'm not even sure what it was, some kind of flaky pastry type thing with a whipped topping and chocolate sauce.  It had a slight banana taste.