Monday, November 26, 2007

The Addiction Known as Dexter

Umm...yeah. I'm a huge fan of Dexter, both the books and the Showtime series. After last week's episode, I couldn't sleep for two days, wondering what would happen next. Last night, Tori and I took up our usual spots on the couch at nine p.m. to indulge our addiction known as Dexter. For fifty minutes we sat enthralled, sometimes gasping, sometimes squirming, sometimes afraid to do more than breathe for fear we'd miss some subtle nuance. And was over. 'Til next week. But we got a sneak peek at the coming episode, which left us breathless, along with the voiceover reminder that there are only three episodes left 'til the end of the season.

Three?! Three?! Oh, my God! Tori turned to me and said, "Mom, how are they going to tie up all the loose ends in three episodes?"

"They're not," I replied, much wiser in the way of television producers. "They're going to leave us hanging 'til next season on a few things."

Ah, the unfairness of it all. Is it too soon to wait for next September when the madness begins all over again?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Vote for Tori!

Tori's friend, Jessica, entered her in a prettiest eyes contest on the Web. Why not stop by and give her a vote or two? You can vote once every hour!

Find my baby's photo here

And thanks to Sandra Cormier aka Chumplet for "tagging" me for my earliest memory. Wow! This one took me a while because some memories aren't memories at all, but stories I've heard about my childhood from my parents or siblings. But here goes: I distinctly recall jumping on my brother's bed at the age of 3, maybe 4. I came from a large family: I was the 5th of 7 kids and we only had a three bedroom/one bath house. So for the first several years, my two younger sisters and I slept on the pullout couch in the living room. My two older sisters had one bedroom, my two older brothers had another, and my parents the last room. Anyhoos, I remember jumping on my brother's bed while he quizzed me on the pictures of his favorite football players at the time. The only one I can remember vividly now is Bart Starr. I'll be checking Sandra's other tags to read theirs as well!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thursday 13: ON HIATUS

Sorry, folks! But with the Thanksgiving holiday and an editorial deadline both looming, I'll be taking a break from the Thursday 13 over the next two weeks. In the meantime, please visit the Thursday Thirteeners listed in my LINKS section for fun and games from those more organized than Yours Truly.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Another Football Season Comes to an End

Sad, but true. Today was the last game for this year's Three Village Wildcats Youth Football League. For my son's team, this was not a stellar season. We finished the year with an abysmal record of 2 and 8, with many games going scoreless on our end. Still, there were lessons learned, good times had, and we'll look forward to the 2008 season as that glistening land of hope far off on the horizon.

What did we learn? We learned that sometimes, even adults can act like kids and need to be reined in. We learned that this is a team effort and no matter how good one individual is, if his teammates don't bring their A game, a win is never guaranteed. But we also learned that family isn't always defined as people with shared blood and genes. And that as long as there's time on the clock, it's not too late to make that touchdown run.

We'll be back next year. Because despite any minor annoyances, we're a family on that field. And there's always a new day, a new opponent, a new game waiting for us.

Next up...LACROSSE.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Thursday Thirteen: NaNoWriMo Essentials

Today is the beginning of NanoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month, wherein authors attempt to complete a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. In honor of my first year participating, I came up with the following scenario. The ideal place to accomplish NaNo would be on a deserted island with no distractions or interruptions. So...if you were to volunteer to participate in NaNo by being dropped on a deserted island, what essentials would you bring with you to achieve your goal?

A few conditions: this fictional island will have no electricity so don't bother bringing your I-pod or laptop. Food will be dropped three times a day by Jenny Craig or Wolfgang Puck or your local Mickey D's, if that's what floats your boat. Health and beauty care essentials: soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. are provided for you. You'll also have an endless supply of tropical fruit, sunscreen, bug spray, and water. Now what would you bring? Here's my list:

1. A supply of different colored pens

2. Lots of notebooks

3. Chocolate

4. My favorite how-to books: Stephen King's On Writing and Noah Lukeman's The First Five Pages

5. My favorite read-for-pleasure books so I can see how the masters accomplish it: Any J.D. Robb, Bertrice Small, or Susan Elizabeth Phillips books will do.

6. Index cards

7. White Out (if I don't have the benefit of backspace, delete, and CTRL + V and/or X, I'll need to edit the old-fashioned way. Yes, I know, you're not supposed to edit while in NaNo, but some habits are hard to break.)

8. Highlighters

9. Photographs of my characters to refer to

10. A comfy chair

11. Rum, tequila, or some other spirit that mixes well with fruit juice

12. Water additives (you know, that 5 calorie powder stuff to make the taste better?)

13. A stable full of cabana boys:

Care to add to the list?