Sunday, January 31, 2010

Favorite Things

I'm wondering what are your favorite things? That would of course be you, JP, since we have decided that we are likely writng this blog for our own pure entertainment. But if anyone out there would like to chime in with your list, please do so. This isn't in any particular order.

So here are a few of my favorite things, places, people, etc:
1. Coming up with new story ideas.
2. Finishing a book.
3. Red wine, smoked gouda cheese, and crusty sourdough bagette
4. My horses, husband, and kids and dogs and I suppose the cat. (Not necessarily in that order)
5. My big fluffy duvet cover
6. A mountain view
7. An ocean view
8. New York City (everything from the food to the shopping, the shows, the museums--LOVE it all!)
9. The coral color, super soft, fuzzy blanket, my mother-in-law Sue made for me
10. Puerto Vallarta (in specific Yelapa)
11. Jumping my horse
12. Teaching writing to kids
13. My friends
14. Cooking a good meal for my family
15. The way the air smells after it rains rain
16. Watching my dogs play. Watching my horses play. Watching my youngest play with her friends.
17. My Converse slip on tennis shoes
18. My Lucky Brand jeans with the hole above the knee
19. A good strong cup of coffee
20.A good book (particuarly ones by my friends)
21. Avon lipstick
22. Having lunch with my dad
23. Having coffee with my mom
24. My Gwen Stefani Barbie Doll (read old post in archive about my idol worship toward Gwen)
25. Tuberose, Plumeria, Evening Jasmine and Gardenia

Okay, so anyone (ANYONE) out there want to give us your favorites list??? Please do!!!


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Brad and Angie Split?

Say it isn't so. All of these rumors about Brad and Angie are depressing me. Okay, so yes--I am on team Brangelina. I have nothing against Jennifer Aniston. I think she is a lovely, funny, intelligent woman. And I do think she got the shaft. First off, who knows what goes on behind closed doors. Nobody but the people involved. People fall out of love and that sucks but it's reality. So, Brad and Angelina obviously fell in love and now there's a bazillion kids involved. That is why I want to see Brad and Angie together. They have a family. I wish they were married because they do have all those kids and because I believe that when you're married it might make it more difficult to split up. I don't know--just my take. But parents should try and work things out for their kids. Call me old fashion, call me a moron.'s what I believe. Now there are circumstances where I think it merits a split--abuse (physical and/or emotional) toward a significant other or their children most definitely in my mind constitutes a split. I also am one of those people who say cheating would not work too well for me.

I'm not trying to be holy and judgmental here. I speak from experience. I am divorced and remarried. I have two sons from my first marriage and there were some ugly things that occurred in that marriage. However, the fallout of divorce can be devestating for children. I see some of the affects still today in my teenage/adult sons. I also believe though that my sons wound up better off and happier from the choices I had to make. Some not so good. Oh crap--how did I get off on my stuff?

Anyway, back to Brad and Angie. Yes--I want to see them stay together. I think they're good people who are human, which means, they have made their own mistakes. But the past is the past. And no one should judge. Instead, people should want to see others get their happy endings. I honestly don't think Jennifer Aniston is at home pining away for Brad Pitt. I just don't buy that. The chick is hot. She's having a good time. She's fine. But how are the Brangelina children if Mom and Dad go separate ways? Plus, let's face it--they are both so beautiful that I want that fairytale ending (except I wish Brad would shave that awful beard).

What say you? As if this is the stuff of the world that really matters. Well, it does matter if two humans who loved each other once go their separate ways. I think that matters a lot. It certainly doesn't matter like so many atrocities we see facing the world today. But in some little way it matters because it reminds us that we are all human.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Lucky # 7

It's been awhile since I've been on Adventuresnwriting. Lots of stuff has happened since I've last been here to say, "hi," and give a little tidbit into the life of a writer, mother, friend, et al. Life has been busy and full of all sorts of distractions. But who needs distractions and busy?  Instead, I want to talk about "Who is on my Island." You know what I mean. It's that handful of  people you would want on your deserted island. The ones you won't get tired of gawking at. It's like watching "The Bachelor" without any guilt.  Here is my list.

1. Sting--Um..."Sacred Love" should say it all, or how about "Every Little Thing She Does." Oh, and I know it kind of shows my age because I am not choosing Zac Efron (who's name I am probably not spelling right, but I do find adorable, however, having sons way closer to young, hot Zac's age, just well,...NO) but back to STING. I just think he's hot. No argument. He is.

2. Bono--So way cool and sexy, and what a lyricist and he's Catholic and Irish--so the lilt alone is worth lying on my deserted island and listening to him read prose to me. I am licking my lips. And we can confess together to whatever...

3. Eddie Vedder (yes, I am seeing a pattern here--I was a big time groupie in my past life). Eddie's voice alone makes me swoon. Plus, he loves the Earth and people and he's just so sexy and mhhmh.... So I like rock stars.

4. Kelly Slater--I could watch this guy surf waves all day from my perch on the island. Have you seen that bod? Yeah well, if you haven't, you really should.

5. Hugh Jackman--:"Australia." "Deception." Watch the movies, you will get it if you can't already see that Hugh is HOT and smart and sexy and HOT!!!!

6. Enrique Iglesias. See photo. Need I say more?

7. So I am pretty happy with my little island. But I have to add my lucky # 7. My husband John. He knows exactly how to start off my Sunday morning just right. I get a breakfast burrito from Nico's Taco Shop and coffee in bed--and that's all I'm saying, but yep--he'd be on my island  for sure.

Now, I want to know who you're top seven is? Who is on your island? Guys or girls (as if any guys read our blog--or as if anyone reads our blog)--who could you gawk at all day and likely never bore of them?


Friday, January 1, 2010


I love talking to my son. He's so... so.... interesting. And opinionated.

Kid: Mommy, if you could have any superpower at all, what would it be?

Me (without missing a beat): My power would be to magically clean the house. Particularly the dishes.

The kid shoots me death ray looks. 

Me (scurrying to make up for this hideously stupid remark): I wish I could fly.

Kid (looking pointedly at me and speaking rather snidely): I would have the power to teleport to another dimension.

Shit. The kid totally out-cooled me and he knows it.

Next time I'll do better. I promise.