• baseball,  jack,  motherhood,  yorkies

    Night Games

    What’s Jack up to? Jack is taking it slow this morning. I guess he’s picking up on my tired vibe. Thanks so much Jack. I really appreciate it.

    Well, the boys played on and on last night. Not really. It just felt like it. Very Looooog innings. The sun went down and the temperature dropped and the DS’s baseball game lasted until 11:30. We got home about 12:30. Sleep came upon me at about 2AM. Poor DH taking the 7:38 train in to work this morning. UGH!

    It was thrilling for the boys to play under the lights and have their names announced over the PA system. The game really started to heat up in the 6th inning. But in the end our team won 11 to 7 bringing in some safety runs in the final inning.

    Does this mean they are the champions? No. It means they live to fight another night. And I get to drive another night. Oh and cheer another night. So that will be fun.

    And guess what, they just added another tournament for the weekend. Hooray? I’m going to so get a smackdown by the mama police I just know it.


  • jack,  motherhood,  writing,  yorkies

    Monday Monday

    What’s Jack up to? He’s being his usual wild self. I tested Jack to see if he’d be as good for me as he was for Nana when I was away. Can you believe he actually walked to the mailbox and back to the house with her without his leash? I would have not believed it myself if I didn’t see it with my own eyes when I got home. So I thought I’d try it. I did I little test run out back with the laundry first, just for a second. It was fine. In and out no problem. So I go and open the front door, ready to roll and Jack is off like a bolt of lightening proving that everything, all creatures big and small, do better for Nana. Oh Jack.

    This was an all baseball all the time weekend since the DS had a tournament in Connecticut. I’m not bringing up the fact that the season was supposed to be ov-ah a week ago. And it’s back out tonight and on the road since they are in the playoffs. Sigh. Now I truly understand the meaning of the term travel team.
    I’m so starting to look forward to September and days where Jack and I have a few hours alone and my writing time is set with no interruptions. How I miss that.

    What’s on tap for your week?

  • jack,  RWA nationals,  yorkies

    Party Time

    What’s Jack up to? As I’m typing Dear Jack is winding down. He’s too funny. When Jack is on and raring to go he’s raring to go but when he’s tired you’d better not mess with him. He’s so cute curled in his crate with his butt to us in his ‘stay away from me and you won’t get hurt’ pose. We get the hint Jack. Goodnight.

    Here are a few party pics from Nationals. Man did I have a good time. San Fran is my kind of town and these are my kind of people. It was so wonderful to see so many good friends. The funny thing about these writer chicks is that you only see them once and if you’re lucky maybe twice a year, but once you get together it’s like meeting an old friend for a weekly lunch. So great. No strangers here. Notice I threw in the photo of me and Nora again. A girl can’t get too much of that vibe, eh? And check me and Megan out with the fabulous Barbara Vey!



  • fashion,  jack,  Project Runway,  Reality tv,  Shear Genius,  yorkies

    Project Olympiad

    What’s Jack up to? He’s starting to get back to himself and it back to bringing me his toys to play with at the most annoying times. Yay! Are you loving me again, Jack?

    We interrupt this week’s RWA conference posts to talk Project Runway. It feels like home on a Wednesday night with Project runway. Yay. I’m a happy girl!
    The show starts and Korto in not crying over anyone going home and Kenley is thrilled about immunity.
    Sidebar: I have to say after seeing last week’s show I Terri should have won. Kenly’s dress was out there and different I wasn’t into the asymmetry of it.

    I thought Terri rocked it and should have won. The challenge was all about NY inspiration and her model screamed NY cool.

    Now for this week’s field trip and Suede is loving it with his 3rd person craziness and Blayne is going though tan withdrawal which is getting kind of scary. They head to the Armory Track and Field center and are greeted by a skating Apolo Ohno who I half expect to break out in a dance. They are given an Olympic challenge and have to design a women’s wear outfit for the opening ceremony.

    Stella is talking gladiator and leather and fur. Uh oh! Jarell is all about the hats and classics. Daniel is just confused.
    Back in the city and Keith is a big fabric thief at Mood and Terri may have to smack him. Joe is doing a skort and want to win it for his girls and Blayne is moaning about is lack of tan and losing his ability to think or design or whatever he does. Apparently the tan is his special energy. Who knew?

    Stella is doing her whole outfit in black for I guess the Olympic biker chick?
    Keith let it out that he was a competitive gymnast as a young boy and the way he said it was somehow sad and so telling. Was there hazing?
    Korto Goes into her past in Liberia and how America is the land of second chances and breaks all our hearts for a moment making the tanorexic seem so shallow.
    Tim starts his walk through. Tim likes Joe. Blayne showed his pure idiocy by not knowing Sergeant Pepper. Can a boy get a reference and stop watching the WB and MTV? Please.
    Daniel is unraveling. Jarell is doing Lucy Ricardo according to Tim not good.
    For, Jennifer Tim said the word ‘matronly’. Eek!

    Late at night Joe and Daniel got into a machine fight. Then Joe wants to get all mean about the amount of “queens” there. His word not mine. He’d better watch out. This is Project Runway and he still has to walk the streets and get a job in New York when it all over. Be smart Joe.
    Day of the runway show and I have a feeling it is going to be a dozy. I can’t wait to see these babies go down the runway. Korto was right it is a whole history lesson about to walk down the runway. Heidi comes out wearing something short, black and tight. Yeah, I’m slow but picking up on the trend too.

    Here are my thoughts as they came down the runway:
    Korto-likie very much
    Suede-like but not practical
    Kellie-question mark for me
    Joe-like very USA slightly too literal?

    Daniel- What? Purple? Party? Huh?

    Jerell Crazy, Lucy is right. Cutness though in its own nutty way. Not Olympics at all.

    Stella-No way Olympics. sleek biker chick.
    Keith-No way.
    Terri- Oh Yes!

    Jennifer- A No-Boring cocktail outfit
    Blayne-Blade Runner redux

    Kenley-Cute dress but not Olympics

    It seems the judges agree with me in most cases. Poor Daniel who has turned temporally colorblind is teary. Now can we talk for a moment about Jerell’s hat? Not the hat he made for his model but the crazy hat he was wearing? What was with that? Too funny.

    My top three Terri, Korto, Joe
    Bottom three: Daniel, Jerell and Jennifer. Me and the judges are totally in sync tonight. Great line of the night came from Michael Kors about Daniel’s dress. “If your sport is drinking it’s a good dress.”
    The winner is… Korto!

    And out this week is… Jennifer. Buh- Buy Jennifer. Tea outfits don’t work for the Olympics.

    As for Shear Genus, No big post for me. Just know that show is crazy. Why are they putting molasses and squid and peanut butter in people’s hair and making them look ridiculous. Once again remind me NEVER to go on that show. You know I do crazy crap like that. Now they are making the stylists cut dog’s hair to match their owners. What? Now you know I love Jack but I so am so not taking him into my stylist for a haircut. She would smack me quick and send me packing and rightly so. Pla-ease!
    In the end the winner was Dee and she did a great job with what she had to work with and the loser was Nekisa who had to go home some day. Why not today?


    Stay tuned for more party pics from Nationals Scroll down for Nora Roberts encounters!

  • jack,  Liz Carlyle,  Marley Gibson,  Nora Roberts,  RWA nationals,  writers,  yorkies

    Inspiration for Life

    What’s Jack up to? Dear Jack is still missing Nana. Yesterday he ran out to circle the car and wouldn’t come inside the house. My theory is that he saw her leave in the car and he was convinced that if he got in he could go and find her. Or her just wanted us to chase him around for a while. Nice work Jack.

    On Wednesday night in San Fran was the Readers for Life charity literacy autographing where fans could go and buy books and meet their favorite romance authors. Over 500 of them! The event raise $58,000 for literacy. How fabulous was that? And here are a few pics from that night.

    The first is my great friend Marley Gibson participating is her first RWA signing for her Sorority Series. How great does Marley look and how fab do those books look? Yay!

    The next is me along with my PIC Megan making a Liz Carlyle sandwich. The amazing Liz totally blew up my DH’s head by signing my book “To Kwana with the HOT husband” how cool and cagey was that? You know my DH happily paid for all my books after meeting Liz and seeing that dedication.

    The final STAR meeting was our encounter with the Nora Roberts. Check us out. First up is me getting a book signed for Nana as payment for watching the Dear Twins for us. She is a huge Nora fan and I must get her a signed Nora Roberts book at every conference. I also must have it signed to ‘NANA’ and not to her real name. She strangely prefers that which Nora found cute and shared with me that she is a ‘Nana’ to her grandchildren also.

    I have to go on a sidebar here and say that this woman is pure inspiration. Her line was a mile long but she was gracious and kind to each and every person she met, always seeming to have a kind word no matter how nutty or how star struck they were.

    During her workshop “Chat with Nora Roberts” I will never forget her words of advice to the young writer who asked what do you tell the writer who some days feel that they can do it and other days feel like they can’t?

    Nora’s advice? “Oh grow up!” I think I’ll have it framed all over my house and maybe made into a needlepoint pillow for my couch. In the very least it will be a screen saver for inspiration along with this picture. Hey, with 193 books under her belt. “Oh grow up!” can’t be bad advice.

    A final pic is the DH with Nora Roberts. He had to get in on the action after waiting with me on that line. He even had to be different and switch sides on her. But he’s happily now reading his first J.D. Robb signed to him and telling all the women in his office about his meeting with greatness. How thrilled is he to meet her?

    And big shout out to the fabulous and patient Laura! It was wonderful to meet you (time and time again!). We hope to see you again next year.

    Sidebar: I have to say here how much I love the DH for being such a sweetheart during the signing. While I gushed over all the the authors he gushed over me telling me that it was just a matter of time before I was in their place signing my own books. How much do I love him for that?


  • jack,  vacations,  yorkies

    The more you know…

    What’s Jack up to? Poor Jack is missing Nana terribly. I hate to say it but I think I pale in comparison to her. I doubt very much that he traveled around whining for me when I left last week.

    Pics from RWA are to come but I thought I’d start off with some photos from the Napa leg of our trip last week. What a beautiful part of the country. And I was so happy to get to hook up with my good friend and fellow writer Wendy T and her DH Matt.

    And later we got to meet up with the lovelies Aryn and Kristen for more wine tours and tasting at Sterling and Cakebread.

    We had a little lesson at Cakebread which was very informative and I walked out feeling quite smug and in the know, but today I can’t recall a bit of it. Oh well. At least I did come away with an expansion of my palette and the ability to branch out from my white zin though I can’t promise to completely part from my first love. I don’t care what the folks say. Love is Love!

    What do you love that you often get teased about but love anyway?