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My First Fun Facts Friday!

TGIF. I am so glad it's here. This has been a massively long week for me. Longer hours at work (Yay overtime?), on top of a couple other commitments including a baby shower tomorrow, for which I need to purchase a cake tomorrow morning. I'm actually pretty excited about the baby shower. It's at LaMesa, and there's a cocktail in my future.

So, to follow in the great footsteps of other bloggers before me, Here is my very First Fun Facts Friday. This will be facts about me, my opinions, the goings-on of my life, and maybe even the goings on with my animals.

1. First and foremost, my garden is Thriving in all the rain we've been getting in Iowa/Nebraska these last two weeks. I've harvested 6.3 ounces of kale (kale loves cold wet weather) and 2.7 ounces of butter lettuce (which love wet sunny weather). I'm going to post pictures of it really soon just to show how big the entire thing has gotten. I even think my strawberries have come back from the dead!

2. I kee…

Chick Lit Author Blog Hop 2013!

Welcome to the 2013 Chick Lit Author Blog Hop! I'm so excited to be a part of it this year. It's my first one. Who knew a year ago I would be making friends with so many talented authors. Be sure to hop along and you could possibly win a Kindle 3G!

 The assignment for the blog hop is to tell your audience "What's going on on Page 25." Here is a sneak peek of my upcoming book (which I promise will be published soon! The goal for the day is to continue to work on edits. So far, a lot of my editors' comments are giving me chills! So awesome!)

 To set you up, at the end of Sugar and Spies, we found Riley moving on from her exhusband, Stan quitting his association with the CIA to be a regular doctor, and Stella quit the CIA for good to be with Riley and her daughters. Book two, The Truth and the Spy opens up a few months after her resignation, and she's not handling things well. She's given the opportunity to get back into work with a private organization…

It's all Current!

I've been so over extended from work this week that I sometimes forget that I even have a blog. Sorry about that. I'm so tired and ready for a vacation. Hopefully come Memorial Day Weekend. That'd be nice. We somehow missed Spring here in Iowa/Nebraska and it now feels like summer. I've been chugging water like a fish, and I think it's been helping. Also had to do it for my garden, too. I've gotten some really dry leaves on my plants, but there's new growth from the center so I'm not worried.

I'm trying to figure out new features to do once a week. I put up a book review earlier today, and I've been looking at Courtney's and Chelsey's blogs for awhile. They both do something called "Fun Facts Fridays." I'm giving serious thought to starting to do that, too.

Today, though, I'm copying Julie, who writes over at Peanut Butter Fingers. Today, she did a survey originally done by the same Chelsey who I'm copying Fun Fact …
Loosely Translated by Simon Hugh Wheeler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am grossly behind in my review of this fun little story, for which, I am extremely apologetic. I was given a copy by the author for my honest opinion, and my honest opinion is that I thought it was great.

Maria and Mike are both authors. Mike is more successful (not by much, but he is), and has a handful of detective novels that do reasonably well. He lives alone and practically out of a bottle. Apparently, success, mild or otherwise, doesn't always lead to happiness. Maria, has never been successful at writing. She had people telling her to give her dreams up, but she just couldn't do it (trust me, I relate). As a last resort, Maria, who is Spanish, gets a job translating Mike's first Erik Hardmann book. She's appalled by how something so bad could be published AND worthy of being seen by other countries (Is this REALLY how you want to represent yourself to the foreign market? She practically asks). She…

Chick Lit Author Blog Hop!

Hey, Everyone! I just wanted to come in and tell you that I will be participating in Julie Valerie's Chick Lit Author Blog Hop. I will provied more details to come as I know more, but I'm excited for this new opportunity and I hope you can check out other blogs that I'll be promoting through this hop.

Color Me Rad 2013

I talk a big talk about wanting to be athletic, and a runner and a lifter, and potentially a cross fitter, but let's face it. Since Netflix got Fringe on Instant View, I haven't been much on the working out and preparing for the race I'd planned on in December (Has it seriously been five months since I agreed to run and get doused in random colors?).

Suffice it to say, when I realized it was May last week, and I hadn't trained for anything, I freaked out. I worried that I wasn't ready, and that I'd slowly finish last. Last week at work, I found out that one of my coworkers was heading up a team. I didn't really want to run it by myself, so I joined her and two other people for the big race.

I was a little bummed that there wasn't a medal with this race, but I did get a tattoo, a T-Shirt, and Fantastic Sunglasses. If you know me, you know that I have a hard time finding glasses, as I have a wide face, and glasses or sunglasses never fit. These were wide …

I'm a Lazy, Shiftless, Idiot

Back in December, I was really getting into the workout frame of mind, if you recall. I was psyched to do Jamie Eason's LiveFit trainer, I'd signed up for my first 5K and I was raring to go!

Fast forward two months. I was so into lifting heavy weights to change my muscles that I didn't watch my form and I hurt my knee. Had to stop LiveFit and running for a bit. A bit turned into three months of being a serious lazybones. Becoming a serious lazybones turned into a weight gain of epic proportions. I'm not going to give my number, because I'm a lady, and real friends would NEVER ask (right...?), but suffice it to say, it was higher than I've ever gotten, and that CANNOT happen. My grandmother died of weight-related diabetes complications. I can't let that happen to me.

Now, that 5K that I signed up for, is this weekend. I am so behind on my training. I did a walk-run yesterday for about an hour, and then a walk/run around my neighborhood this morning. My hamst…