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It's amazing when my 5-year-old comes home talking about the history behind MLK day. When I was in Kindergarten, we learned our color...

Thursday, October 30, 2008


We had our second date night in a month! Look out, we may actually have some couple time here. Woo Hoo! We've not done that in sooo long. Our fine city has our first NBA league. ESPN has been hating on us for it too. I'm so tired of all the sports media bad mouthing OKC and taking shots at our city. Personally I'm excited for us and the team. The Hornet's record improved drastically when they played here, because our city embraced them and supported them. I know it will be the same with the Thunder.

This pic above is our first shot when we entered the Ford Center, in downtown, to watch our first NBA game! They had bands playing everywhere...entertainers all over the place...C&C Music Factory had a pre-game concert. It was like a big party. We were all loving it.

My bil and sil playing NBA video games. She kicked his butt. They had TV and game systems set up all over the arena.

The view from our season ticket seats. It was in what they call Loud City. We had so much fun.

A little pre-game excitement with fireworks and some lighting. Clay Bennett even came out to say a few words. His wife is sisters with my former boss (well my boss's boss's boss's boss. She owned the company I worked for).
I could see all 4 of them on the front row down a the end of the court.

The tip off to a slow game against the Milwaukee Bucs. The Thunder weren't very aggressive. They re-bounded the opposing team's missed goals, but almost never got their own rebounds. They'd shoot it in and never try to recover it...and 97% of the time...they'd miss the shot. You'd think their coach would enforce - GET YOUR OWN BALL - REBOUND IT OR DO 100 LAPS BOYS! I know they had to be a little nervous, as it was their first game in a new city. I know they did fairly well last week in their first pre-season game. I expect they'll do better as time goes on.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Redemption - Book Style

Do you know how hard it is to write a story from a point of view that you'd never want to see?

My first book, Finding Kylie, is now out which was from my point of view from 'my' what if story in life. Now the sequel is my task, and it's from the opposing side or point of view. Not that I can't do it, because I've made some extra-ordinary headway in the last 2 days...BUT it's definitely interesting to put myself in someone's shoes, who I don't want anything to do with.

So that I don't give anything away in my current book, I won't say too much except that the main character's name is Chastity. She finds some things out in her life and about some family ties that she's not sure she wants or now needs to know. This book takes her on her journey in many ways to discover about life and love through her mother's hidden journals, found after her mother's, Kylie's, funeral.

This new book, Facing Redemption, is from a totally different vantage point...from the black sheep of the family. Whew! It's a daunting task but a challenge worth taking on to show that even the worst of us, with a changed heart, deserve the chance to face redemption.

Whoo! How bout that? Did I perk any interest in anyone with that? I can't wait to see what happens! I already have the third book lined out too. So this first novel is one of three! I'm so excited!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Available for Pre-Order

Ahhhh! I'm so exicted my book, 'Finding Kylie', is now available for pre-order through Amazon.com.

You can either click this link or the pic of my book, on the side of the page, to be directed to the amazon site.


Monday, October 13, 2008

Sweet Moments

At the age of 5, my son has continued to surprise me. He's so wise and silly at the same time. While peering into my eyes to tell me he loves my beautiful brown eyes, he pops off about a new wrinkle he found around them. Talk about a back-handed compliment.

This week has been a doozy as far as his little personality and how it's developing. You can read here about his girlfriend situation. Since then he's proposed to yet another cute young thing on his soccer team.

You can see how he chased and chased her. I was standing with her father, waiting for the game to start, and the next thing we heard was my son asking for this little girl's hand in marriage.

It was too windy to hear her response, but I figure she didn't mind too much. Her dad said she punched the last little boy who asked her. My son is quite the playah. He went in one breathe from asking her ... to waving to the second girl of his dreams on the opposing team ... leaving his new fiance in the dust.

Can anyone say girl crazy at five? What am I going to do in his teens??

Last night topped it all though. We were at a pot-luck dinner for our church volunteers. And a friend of mine and I were talking about his healthy eating habits, and he busted out with, "And I haven't even had a sip of alcohol today!"

Her eye's bulged, and she started cracking up. He then continued with, "Not even in my whole life."

I had to explain that I wasn't a bad parent and how he heard of drinking alcohol in the first place. You can read up on that here. My son's little comment was the talk of the party. Everyone loved knowing that he wasn't an alcoholic. Yay mom!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Finding Kylie Coming Soon ...

The University I graduated from has asked me to be a part of their alumni book signing event, at our homecoming on November 8th.

By no means do I want to rush my publisher, as I feel they've been doing an awesome job with deadlines and follow up work. But ... I needed to let my school know whether I could realistically be there.

I got notice today that they expect to have Finding Kylie available by November 1st!

Yippppeee! I'm so excited that I could pee in my pants.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Meme on!

tagged me with a fun meme, and it's been a while since I've done one. And then I read Terri at her blog with the meme she just did. It inspired me to mix my meme up a little.

Here are the regular rules for the 6 quirky things about me meme:

* Post the rules on your blog
* Write 6 random things about yourself
* Tag 6 people

Here are my rules:

I'm gonna post 5 things, instead of 6, about me that have multiple choice answers. They're all a little quirky, so any of them could be the right answer ... heck there maybe more than one right answer. So have fun trying to figure me out.

I'm extremely competitive and ...

a) get very anxious playing my son or husband in any sport at home because I've got to win.

b) won't bet unless I know it's a sure thing. I've hardly ever lost a bet.

c) can't even relax while learning something new and shouldn't be the best yet, but still expect to be.

d) feel the need to even win 'rock - paper - scissors' or thumb-wars against my DH.

Whenever I mean to do or say something that doesn't come out right, I pop out with ...

a) Oh, did I do that?

b) O, just kiddin'

c) Seriously?

d) Not even!


I can speak these languages:

a) German

b) Pidgin

c) Japanese

d) Spanish


I was once on ...

a) a yaught in the Pacific ocean with photographers, and the owner of it was a friend to the Yakuza.

b) a first date which was held on military ship. The military officer, who invited me couldn't leave, b/c he had to work. He made me dinner, and I got the grand tour.

c) a runway, walking the cat-walk. It was for a nationally televised fashion show in Japan.

d) spring break, where I went bungee jumping in Padre, while in college.


In my life I've ...

a) had to do crowd control at Rick Springfield's concert & ended up doing the bouncer's job by the stage front.

b) sunbathed al-la natural on my parent's back deck, which was upstairs so no one could see me. I though no one was home, until my dad walked in on me getting rid of my sun tan lines. I've never done that again!

c) learned to play the guitar, and the piano.

d) run 3 marathons.

What are the answers? Who should do this next? I'd be interested in seeing how BusyDad does his. Also Meg would have fun with this. Tara, at IfMomSaysOK needs to have a crack at it. And that's it ... I'm not pushing it on anyone else.

I look forward to seeing which of those random facts belong to me!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Daily Grind

So this week my numerous sleep disorders haven't bothered me one bit. I think my job at the restaurant has me so busy that by the time nighttime falls, I'm ready to crash.

I haven't gotten the whole swing of how to eat during the day yet. Breakfast makes me queasy. So I normally don't eat it. BUT now if I don't eat something early, I won't eat until 3 pm. My schedule is 11 - 2:45ish, and I can't eat while working.

Most eat right afterwards in the restaurant, but I try not to do that either as I need to conserve every dime I make in tips. So when it's time to get off I'm either starving or my stomach has forgotten I'm starving ... and I just can't eat then either.

Any suggestions for me?