Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Day!

Happy Leap Day!
Enjoy your extra day of February! :D

Saturday, February 23, 2008

in Pursuit of a Good Picture

* Yep! You guessed it! I was in Amarillo, and this is from nearby Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the United States!

It is very hard to take a good picture of yourself when trying to include a phenomenal background and simultaneously staring straight into the sun. :P

Any idea where this was taken?

Hint: Loads of history here - from Native American to Civilian Conservation Corps to present-day performances that draw hundreds of thousands each year.

Hint: Nearby, if you can finish a 72-ounce steak dinner in under an hour, it's free!

OK - I made this really easy!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Red Tulips

I was in the grocery store this weekend, and they had an assortment of flowers, presumably left over from Valentine's Day, on sale throughout the store. I often will buy a few stems to keep on the kitchen counter overlooking my breakfast area and living room because it creates a nice, bright feeling, I think.
One of the specials they had was on tulips - red tulips. I really like tulips, and the red ones were quite pretty and rather dramatic looking. Since they were offering 30 stems for $10, I bought one bunch of them. Then I got them home and discovered that 30 is a lot of tulips - a whole lot! I realized right away they weren't going to fit into just one vase. Now, I have two big vases absolutely bursting with red tulips brightening up the mood of my house and myself!
For the next couple of days, at least, I look very loved. :P

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Here's a little V-Day cake I made, with raspberries and homemade whipped cream in the middle. Mmmm ... too bad I gave it away instead of getting to eat it! :P

Have a wonderful day celebrating the love in your life - all of it!

Monday, February 11, 2008

This Weekend

I played Laser Tag for the first time this weekend. It was FUN! It was the adults versus the kids we tutor in a two-story, black-lit playing field. We were all running around, trying to tag each other and the "bases." I discovered I'm a little bit of a daredevil in combat - willing to catch the brunt of the opposition forces in pursuit of attacking their base. : )
The kids won both games - BUT we would have had them the next game! It just took us a little longer to get the hang of it, not being experienced in these things. :P They keep pushing for paintball, too, but I have to admit I'm a little scared of that one.
It was beautiful this weekend. I spent a good deal of the afternoon Sunday out walking on Town Lake. It was so nice!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Texas Family Magazine - January/February 2008

All about Love.

That was our theme for this issue, my second now as Editor in Chief. Isn't this cover cute?

Texas Family is now entering its third year, which is exciting! We have some really great stories in this issue - like a winery tour through the different viticultural regions of Texas and a story on adopting from the Texas foster care system. I wrote the adoption story and a travel story on Clearwater, Florida. I'd love to post pictures of those, too, but then you wouldn't go out and buy a copy. :P

Sunday, February 03, 2008


Supposedly, there is some kind of a football game on today, and since I couldn't be less interested, I have decided to hold my own write-a-thon. I'm going to try to write all day for my book (books, really.)
I have had so few opportunities for months now that I am curious to see how well I can get back in the groove and how my perspectives have changed regarding my characters and plots ... Wish me well!