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Are you appreciating it all? #LiveLifeNow

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This is a picture of me at my parents' house. My favorite place to be in the summer is in that pool. I have a special floatie that puts my feet and bum in the water, so I can read/tan for a long time. It also has a cup holder. For Starbucks. Or a margarita if I'm really feeling festive.

I can't see my parents because a. I'm in another state and b. my brother is immune-compromised.

And yet, I know at this time, we have to focus on the good things. The world is dark and depressing. The news will suck you under so I've been focusing on my book. Which is done today. It needs a lot of editing, but I hope that it will be done and out so I can be in that pool on July 4th. It's where I belong.

That photo represents everything I don't have. My family, the pool (it's 110 in Phoenix, thank you very much) their dog (she died at Christmas) and espresso without a creepy line and weird rules. I'm so over this virus.

But I'm alive. My family is alive. They're not in a nursing home/hospital where I can't see them even if I was close. The pedicure place is open (so the mani/pedis can be back, thank goodness.) I've had plenty of time to write, but I do have to keep the news turned off because it affects me too much. I can't stand cruelty in the world and it seems like that's all there is right now.

None of these hoarding shenanigans affected me because I'm a hoarder by nature (cleaning products, paper products, makeup, etc.) so that helped me.

What are you appreciating these days?


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Thanks to Christina Greenwalt for this great picture!


#MyBrilliantFriend -- Again

To say I'm obsessed with this show that I randomly started watching on HBO would be an understatement. I love this book and story so much that it is up there with "The Thorn Birds" for me. This week, season 2 wrapped up and I pray that they're filming season 3 -- which is supposed to come out in April of 2021, but who knows with this virus and Italy?

Anyway, the show ended in such an unexpected way that my mouth literally dropped open. I was like, "NOOOOO!" to the television set. Not that I'm above talking to myself while in quarantine. My characters have conversations out loud, what can I say? My dog STILL stares at me like I'm nuts. Who needs a judgmental dog, am I right?"


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As soon as the season ended, I went right to Amazon and bought the third book because I need to know what happens next.


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The author writes under a pseudonym and there is a great mystery in Italy to find out her true identity. How cool would that be? To have people love your book so much they NEED to know who you are? How do you stay quiet when you're on every bestseller list in the world? It just ups her coolness factor in my book.

Once, I had a literary detective (to find the truth author) as a heroine in a book and my agent told me it was boring and weird. Okay, then. I thought it was kind of cool. I heard the same thing about my physicist hero -- and this was before "Big Bang Theory." Physicists are naturally weird and brilliant. They are perfect for my books. I love a nerdy hero.

I also started watching "Outlander" since the book has rated higher on the PBS list than "Pride and Prejudice" -- "As if," as Cher from "Clueless" might say. (Emma.) Anyway, I have tried to get through the books, but I just drop them. They don't interest me. No offense to Ms. Galbadon, it's clear she does not need my approval. So I watched a bit of the show. It's just not for me. The Scottish hottie doesn't appeal to me at all. I want that hot professor husband of hers. I think you're supposed to like them equally.

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I mean, he's in a Fedora!! With swing music playing in the background. How does a dirty castle compare? Maybe it's different in the books so I give you Scot/Outlander fans your due -- I have not read them, but there you have my take. If Frank is a jerk in the books, I get it. I will probably not find out, even the show is too dark for me. And I have Elena Ferrante novels to catch up on at the moment.


#30 Day Song Challenge

As entertainment, my daughter and I are doing the 30-day song challenge on Instagram. It goes something like this. Every day you're supposed to post something according to the challenge.

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Example? What's a song you never get tired of:

Elle's: Troubadour by George Strait
Moi: Come On Get Higher by Matt Nathanson

Then, it's usually followed by Elle's making fun of my music taste. Yesterday's was a song from your preteens. So I said, "Summer Lovin'" from "Grease." To which, my daughter sent me a text merely saying, "You're old."

I mean, who raised this kid?

Anyway, I love what she said about George Strait. She always had a crush on him -- because I mean, well yeah. Who didn't? But she said she has to give that up because on his latest song, he's got the "full grandpa sit" going. Then, she brings up the picture. "Look Mom, I mean, it's a full grandpa sit. Look how deep he is on that bench."



We should all look so good as a Grandpa. And that tequila is over $100 a bottle.

Today's challenge is a song from the 70's, which I feel is too redundant. I already said, "You're the Biggest Part of Me" by Ambrosia for something, and "Back in Black" for playing something loud and then, there's Grease. But I'm glad my daughter knows good music from the 70's. Her song to drive to was "Fortunate Son" by Creedence. Mine was "Circles" by Post Malone. How backward is that?

What are you doing to entertain yourself as this shutdown gets longer?

I'm almost done with my book, Room at the Top, and I hope it have it edited and available by June 1st. Lots of love to you out there!