Monday, November 27, 2006

Thanks, But No Thanks

This week, in my local Sunday paper, a magazine insert featured an article about "re-gifting," that is, the dubious tradition of giving a gift to someone that you received from someone else, but didn't like or couldn't use.

Ick. Sadly, women were more likely than men to re-gift (that statistic surprised me considering the preconceived notions regarding women and shopping.) Northern United States residents reigned supreme in the geographic demographics, if you will.

With the utmost gift-giving season upon us, may I say a few words to those who are considering a "re-gift"? Please, don't. Yes, we're all busy. Time and money may be tight, and maybe I'm the only person left on Planet Earth that finds this tradition tacky. But I'd much rather receive something small, cheap or homemade, that says the giver thought about me when choosing it, and didn't just decide to do a little sprucing up in the attic or basement. Yes, I'm a sentimental softie. (Does that surprise you, dear reader?)

Speaking of sentimental softies, the first round of revisions on A Little Slice of Heaven is completed. This second story for Avalon Books will be winging its way back to my editor before the end of the week, and then it's time to start revising Hayley's story--on the off-chance my editor decides to take a return trip to the fictional Long Island town of Setquott Beach and go for the "hat trick."

Oh...and because the week wouldn't be complete unless I got a chance to boast about one of my kids, here's a photo of Tori taken before a Sweet 16 party this weekend. Note: her baby photo in the background.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Another season ends...

Today was the last football game of the season. And the Wildcats showed top form to come out on top: 13-6!! That makes their record: 6 Wins, 3 Losses, 1 Tie. Yay, Wildcats!!! Nick, who'd spent the entire week home sick after playing in the teeming rain last week was one of the best players out there, tackling players at key moments to keep the offense from scoring. At the end of the game, his coach stepped up to me and joked, "Thanks for keeping him home from school all week so he could light the field on fire today! We really appreciate it."

Of course, with football done for this year, our thoughts turn to the holidays just before lacrosse starts at the beginning of December. Last night I began my shopping list for Thanksgiving and asked the family what they expected to see on the table this year. Dh requested stuffing (as usual) and apple pie for dessert, dd wants my famous green bean casserole (not the Campbell's one--check the recipe section; if I get a chance I'll try to post it here. Trust me, it's out of this world!) and cranberry sauce, ds wants sweet potatoes and baby peas. Both kids want pumpkin pie (naturally.) "What about the turkey?" I innocently asked. Their reply? "Who cares? Just make sure you have the side dishes."

Yeah, that's kinda what I figured. Anyone for turkey soup?

In any event, I'm wishing you and yours a bountiful Thanksgiving and many sales as you start your holiday shopping!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

My newest addiction

Hi, I'm Gina. And I've become hooked on an MTV reality show called Parental Control. It speaks to me on so many levels. As a parent, I can definitely understand the desperation of two people trying to find a better significant other for their teenaged darling. As the child of parents who never really liked my choice of significant other, I can relate to the teens involved wanting to keep Mom and Dad out of affairs of the heart. And the writer in me just loves the humor, the surprise, and the...dare I say?...voyeurism of watching new people getting to know one another, hitting it off, and sparking a new romance.

For those who've never seen it, allow me to 'splain. Two parents who are fed up with their child's boy/girlfriend choose two dates for their child to go out with. While said child is on these dates, Mom, Dad and the Vile Significant Other watch them on television. At the end of the dates, child chooses whether to stay with VSO or ditch VSO for one of the parents' choices. I've seen episodes where child chose VSO (much to Mom and Dad's disgust), where child chooses a new partner (followed by much hoopla from Mom and Dad but some pretty raw language from VSO), where child chooses no one (again, hoopla!) and in one memorable episode where child chose New Person, who then turned him down to leave with VSO! Can you see why I'm hooked? It's an endless supply of teen angst, parental disapproval, and love in the 21st century.

When I'm not plugged in to this show, I'm working on revisions for A Little Slice of Heaven, the second of my manuscripts slated for publication with Avalon Books. Stay tuned for details as they develop.

Oh!...and football's still going strong. We were rained out three weeks ago, lost a heartbreaker to East Islip 13-0 last week, and came back strong with a victory over the North Shore Colts today in the driving rain: 20-6. Record now with one game left in the season: W 5 L 3 T 1.

Go Wildcats!!!