Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
My daughter and one of her friends were talking the other day. Since they're really too old to dress up and go trick-or-treating, but not too old to want candy, they said they were going to not dress up and trick-or-treat anyway. When anyone asked what they were supposed to be, they would reply, "The future of the country." Now that's a scary costume!!
Friday, October 3, 2008
My RWA CDs are in and I've transferred them to my iPod. I have hours of listening ahead of me. Some of you may think I'm crazy to look forward to them so much, I know my kids do! But I get so inspired by the talks, it's almost like being a conference again--only much cheaper. And I can listen to them in the car, or while cleaning house, and when I sit at the computer later, I am more inspired to write. Sometimes when I sit at the computer it's far too easy to waste my writing time surfing, playing games, or blogging :-) . And before you know it, writing time's been frittered away and I have to get up and do something else. So anything that makes me want to sit and get to my writing right away is a good thing!
What tricks do you use to drive away the procrastination demons?
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I also updated my MySpace page. Mom's chemo is over so I traded the pink background for one with leopards on it, since my current WIP features a leopard shape-shifter. Today momma told me that she's supposed to begin her radiation treatment soon. Oh, well. I like the leopards, so I'll leave them for now.
And I've become completely addicted to Twitter. Come on over and follow me. There's a link in my sidebar.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Anyway, I have promised these eager young readers that I will take them all to see the movie when it opens. The original date was in December, but the Official Movie Site list the date as 11/21/08 now. Suits me, I'm impatient by nature. But we'll be going to see the movie without my daughter.
No matter what anyone says, no matter how much her friends beg or bargain, she won't touch these books, or the movie. Because I read them first. Because I mentioned, after reading the first one, that she would probably enjoy it. I didn't insist that she read it, didn't try to force it on her, just commented in an offhand way that I thought she would like it. I should've known better. Nobody can get her within 10 feet of these stories now.
She doesn't know what she's missing. And I've learned to keep my mouth shut.
What about you? Are you addicted to Edward and Bella too? Do you even know who they are? Are there other books you can't put down or movies you can't wait to see? (I'm also waiting for the latest Harry Potter movie!)
Monday, August 11, 2008
Of course, my family didn't want me cutting conference short to rush home, as Momma wasn't in a life or death situation, and when Mom was finally responsive again, she didn't either. Still, I couldn't help but be worried, and looked forward to my daily updates on her condition. She is much better now, but still in the hospital. A lot of her problem at the moment stem from infection she most likely picked up after the ruptured ulceration which led to her last stint in the hospital. But she is getting stronger every day and is looking better than she has in a long time.
This has been such a long year for her. For a woman who has never had to deal with being sick to go through so much in such a short period, well, I'll just say that she's a trooper.
Now, I should take advantage of the kids being gone and get to work. I've got a submission to get ready!! I'll be back soon with pictures!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I'm just so happy that she's still with us. The chemo did it's best to kill her, but she didn't let it. And we're going to do all that we can not to let the cancer have her, either.
I don't know if any of you remember my post a few months ago when I wondered how her hair would grow back. I know the answer now. Dark. My born blonde mother has a lovely cap of nearly-black, very wavy (and very soft) hair. I love to rub my hand over it and feel how soft and fine it is.
Monday, June 23, 2008
But they're best served warm, with the maple icing sliding through the layers of sweet cinnamon coated dough...
If you bake, here's the recipe. Icing, too. You'll note that some of these measurements aren't carved in stone. That's because you may prefer a different amount of cinnamon and sugar or may need more or less flour depending upon humidity. You good bakers know all this though!
[SUSAN MEIER'S] MOTHER'S CINNAMON ROLLS
1 qt. milk
3 level tbsp. of yeast (or one 3-package strip)
4 egg yolks
1 lb. oleo
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp. salt
10-12 cups of flour. This amount varies. You add flour until dough is very soft. (Remember dough loses stickiness when it rises.)
Cinnamon and sugar blended for shaking onto rolled dough. (This should be a ratio of cinnamon and sugar that suits your taste!)
Heat milk until it's hot to the touch, but not so hot you can't keep your finger in it (though I'm not sure why you would want to) and add yeast.
After yeast has grown "fuzzy" and milk is cool, add egg yolks, oleo, and sugar.
Begin to add flour until dough is very soft--remember you must be able to roll it, but it should be very soft.
Set aside. Let rise until double in bulk. Knead again. Let rise.
Take about 1/3 of the dough, roll out on flat surface (some people can do this with their fingers, others will need a rolling pin), then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Use your fingers to spread the sugar and cinnamon evenly. Remember: This is to your taste. If you like more cinnamon feel free to add!
Roll into a jelly roll.
Cut into 1" segments.
Place segments on greased cookie sheets, leaving at least one inch of space between rolls.
Continue until all dough is used.
Let rise on cookie sheet until a little more than double in size. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
1 lb. powdered sugar
4 tbsp. non-dairy creamer of your choice ([her] mother uses Coffeemate...but it's your choice...and shhh...don't tell the other manufacturers [they] have a favorite!)
1 stick oleo
1 tbsp. maple flavoring
Enough water to make spreading consistency you desire.
Blend powdered sugar and non-dairy creamer in mixing bowl. Blend in oleo with hand mixer. Once sugar and oleo are creamed, add maple flavoring. This may be "spreadable" as is. If not, add water to the icing in increments of one teaspoon until you have the spreading consistency you need.
Then spread this wonderful icing on your rolls. If you spread on when the rolls are warm, icing will melt between the layers. Some people (like [Susan]) love this. Other wait until the rolls are cool for a less sticky roll. Especially if you plan to serve them to company!
Now it's time to add my own notes to the recipe. I use real butter in all my recipes. I always have, it's just my personal preference. When making the icing, I never have any non-dairy creamer on hand, so I use evaporated milk to thin the icing instead of water. It doesn't take much. And I always make extra icing. For me, this is not enough for all those yummy rolls!!!
Lastly, this makes a LOT of cinnamon rolls, so I bake them in round aluminum cake pans, then slip them in gallon zipper top bags and freeze them, after they've cooled. I also put some (sorry I don't measure this, I just plop some in) icing in a zipper top sandwich bag and put it in the gallon bag too. When we want cinnamon rolls for breakfast, I pull a bag out of the freezer, take out the pan and pop it in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. While the rolls are warming, I put the bag of icing in a glass of hot water. When the rolls are warm, I cut the corner out of the bag of icing and squeeze over the warm cinnamon rolls. Talk about quick and easy!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I guess you'll just have to wait a few more days to find out what I'm reading. Oh the suspense. Do you think you can stand it?
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I will do better in the future, I promise.
I'll try to get back this weekend with a list of what I'm reading now. After all, I'm sure you're dying to know what's on my nightstand this week. <g>
Monday, May 26, 2008
I have continued to try to write through all of this ordeal, but it's been hard. I've slowed my pace considerably. And cooking and cleaning have been done only sporadically. I long to get back to some semblance of a schedule, but probably won't see one until school starts back in August. Yes, the kids got out last week and are officially underfoot 24/7 now. But that's ok. Means I don't have to rush them out the door everyday now.
I'm up too late. I have to work tomorrow and should be sound asleep by now!
Monday, March 24, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Thursday night our daughter had a band concert. He wanted to run through Taco Bell before heading to the concert. Again, I grabbed his Coke (I'm in the South, down here they're all Coke). OMG!! I've never tasted anything so foul in my life! You know how the carbonation mixture can get off sometimes and make the cokes taste funny? It was sorta like that, magnified about 100 times. Plus, it burned.
And you know what I was worried most about? What will I drink at conference in the bar? I generally stick with beer, because it's cheaper. But it's also carbonated. Other than that, my drink of choice is Turkey (Wild Turkey) and Coke. Again, carbonated. Looks like I'll have to stick to screwdrivers or something. Got any suggestions?
On the up side, my appetite is fading. Just a few bites at mealtime and I'm full. But if I'm not eating much, I've got to make the little bit I do eat count, nutritionally! I don't need to get run down, on top of these migraines!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
A friend of mine pitched her Harlequin American aimed WIP this morning and got a request for a partial! I'm buzzing with excitement for her!
I'm still having troubles getting up in the mornings. I'm beginning to suspect the culprit is something other than the time change. I think I'll investigate the side effects of my new migraine med and then call my doctor, see if he thinks that may be the problem.
Happy Hump Day!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Hubby is deep in the middle of an English Comp class. He's finding it a bit frustrating, being so long out of school, to have to re-enter that world. And the same goes for me. I've been trying to help him out, but haven't really been much help beyond some grammar suggestions.
Mother has had her second chemo treatment. She is doing fairly well. This time she's been a bit sicker than the last, but she continues to go to work most every day. She doesn't always stay all day, but she does what she can. She's very tired, though. The chemo has sapped her energy.
We had a great time at the "Look Good, Feel Better" class, sponsored by the American Cancer Society . She got all sorts of makeup tips and a bag chock full of high end, and skin friendly, cosmetics. It was really a lot of fun!
My son's basketball season is over, my daughter's soccer season starts this weekend. It never ends. *smile*
My appointment with Kathryn Lye was postponed, due to bad weather. I will meet up with her in San Francisco this summer to pitch my book, and hopefully she will want to hear about more of my stories!
Oh, and I got new glasses today. I like them, they're a bit bolder than my last pair. And it seems that my right eye is trying to catch up with my left eye. When looking at my old glasses, it was obvious that the magnification for my left eye was more than the magnification for my right. In this pair, I can't tell any difference between the two. Guess I'm just getting more symmetrical.
I will do my best to get back to my M, W, F posting schedule.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Unfortunately, when I'm bored, I like to eat. I'm trying not to do that today, because I need to shed some pounds. What do you do when you're bored?
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
These pictures were made by someone who lives near some of the damage. There are 6 pages of them, if you feel like looking around.
This blog is chock full of pictures and videos.
The Jackson Sun has several pictures to see as well.
I took these pictures on my way home yesterday. If reports are correct, the tornado hit here just a few minutes after I drove through. It was a long drive home that night! (Sorry for the poor quality. I forgot my camera and had to use my phone.)
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
I'm doing Fast Draft this week and next, hoping to push through to the end of this WIP. And Candy Havens, the Fast Draft guru, is celebrating the release of her latest book today.
Chapter-mate, Patrice Michelle, has a great cover for her latest book.
Here's an interesting interview another chapter-mate posted to her blog. Psychics, anyone?
Go join my friend Vanessa Jaye and the other Southern Fried Chicas in a discussion on dialogue.
Enjoy your trip!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
edit: Momma made it home, well, actually, she went back to work. She called and said she was feeling fine for the moment. She picked out a few hats and scarves while she was there, they said that she would be losing her hair. I'm curious how it will come back. Will it remain the wavy, blonde locks I'm used to? Will it come back straight, and gray? Will it be as curly as mine and as beautifully snow white as my grandmother's was? Anyway, she's in good spirits and I think that's half the battle!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Sasha had this on her blog and it looked like fun!
1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, iPod etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS
1. IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
Fallin On (Finger Eleven)
2. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
Hell's Bells (AC/DC)
3. WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Red High Heels (Kelli Pickler)
4. HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Before He Cheats (Carrie Underwood)
5. WHAT IS YOUR
Beautiful Girls (Sean Kingston)
6. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
White and Nerdy (Weird Al) *too funny!*
7. WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Pickin' Wildflowers (Keith Anderson)
8. WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Figured You Out (Nickelback)
9. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
The Carpal Tunnel of Love (Fall Out Boy)
10. WHAT IS 2 + 2?
Cyclone (Baby Bash feat. T-Pain)
11. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR EX?
In the End (Linkin Park)
12. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Break My Fall (Breaking Benjamin)
13. WHAT IS YOUR
Eruption (Van Halen)
14. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU
You're Crashing, But You're No Wave (Fall Out Boy)
15. WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU
I Hate Everything About You (Three Days Grace)
16. WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
4th of July (Shooter
17. WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Never Again (Nickelback)
18. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
Heart-shaped Box (Nirvana)
19. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Catch Me When I Fall (Ashlee Simpson)
20. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Now press Next one more time and use it as your title.
Into the Night (Santana feat.
Friday, January 25, 2008
SCATTERGORIES…it’s harder than it looks! Copy and paste into a new email/blog. When you are done, send it on, including to the person who sent it to you. *Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following… *they have to be real places, names, things…nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person in front of you had the same 1st initial. (WHICH BY THE WAY IS HARD IF YOU ALREADY READ THEIRS. You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl.
1. What is your name? Trish
2. 4 letter word: Time
3. Vehicle: Tank
4. City: Trenton
5. Boy Name: Tom
6. Girl Name: Tina
7. Alcoholic drink: Tequila
8. Occupation: Taxi driver
9. Something you wear: Tie
10. Celebrity: Tom Cruise
11: Food: Turkey
12. Something found in a bathroom: Toothbrush
13. Reason for being late: Tree Down
14: Cartoon Character: Tigger
15. Something you shout: ta-da
16. Animal: Tiger
17: Body Part: Teeth
18. Word to describe you: Talented
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Last week my son found a pair on e-bay. He's been begging for these shoes. I gave in and he got his Heelys. It took him about 2 days to become a pro at heeling.
Last night my daughter gave them a try. She was heeling across the floor at lightning speeds in about 10 minutes.
Now it's my turn. I can roll across the floor with them, but I'm not sure the awkward motions I make could be termed heeling. It's more like trying to balance on a tightrope without any grace. But I'm not going to be outdone by my kids. I'll practice while they're at school and I WILL learn to heel like a pro. If I don't break any bones first... Maybe I'll wear them to Wal-Mart this afternoon and wheel around the store like a kid.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
My entire family was also here. It was a real surprise party, and they got me good! I still haven't figured out where they hid all the cars!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
C: Mom, if my phone gets here today, don't open it, ok?
Me: Are you sure? I thought you'd want me to go ahead and activate it as soon as possible.
C: Well, yeah, ok. But wear gloves, 'cause I wanna be the first one to touch it.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Work, 9-5Personally, I'm going for fate right now, 'cause I don't wanna take responsibility....but we all know the truth, don't we?
Straight to Olive Garden for dinner with [aunt and uncle from out of town], then home to help C study science and help J get started with blackboard. Is fate conspiring against me, or is it an elaborate form of self-sabotage?