Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! I hope you have a blessed holiday season and a wonderful, faith-filled 2011!

See you in January!

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Friday Five

Sign for the T stairs in Pembroke Collegephoto © 2009 Tim Regan | more info (via: Wylio) Okay, so when I scheduled this post, it was for 4 pm instead of 4 am...yikes.  So, here's the Friday Five ahead of when I actually scheduled it, but well behind when I wanted it to post...welcome to my world.
This week's Friday Five is brought to you by The Letter T.

Four things I like and one thing  I don't that starts with the letter T.

1. Tacos. Like those...softshell, with sour cream.

2. TV. I like to watch tv. Sports, movies, shows.

3. Tournament Time. I LOVE the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament and all of the March Madness.

4. Turtle Mocha -- iced. From Caribou Coffee.

And one thing I don't like...

5. Tempers. Not a fan of the hot temper. Glad I'm married to a very patient, easy-going man. We celebrated 21 years of marriage yesterday.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary, Peter! I love you! I can't believe it's already been 21 years.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Tissue box heavenphoto © 2007 Rachel Coleman Finch | more info (via: Wylio)
This is me this week. Snurf, sniffle, sneeze.

I hate having a cold. I'm a rotton patient. I had some Nyquil this week. That's always fun. I have to take it sitting on the side of the bed, or I'd be drunk between the medicine cabinet and my bedroom. I slept great, but awoke with a Nyquil hangover.

And always at the back of my mind is the mantra: You don't have time to be sick.

Are you a good patient?

On a happier note, please check out this delightful write up of my debut novel The Bartered Bride by the fabulous Patti Lacy. (I printed it out to put in my scrapbook. :) )

Monday, December 13, 2010


STOP Snowing!photo © 2008 John Talbot | more info (via: Wylio)
This is representative of the snowfall that pummeled our state this weekend.

Rochester reported 16 inches of new snow, and the Twin Cities got hit with 20+ inches. It all proved too much for the Metrodome which crumpled under the weight of so much snow and burst three of the panels. The Dome deflated like a leaky balloon.

In case you haven't seen it yet, you can click here and watch the roof come down from the inside.

I spent the weekend at home watching it snow. Church was cancelled, piano recital was cancelled.

At least we're pretty much guaranteed a white Christmas.

How about you? Do you have snow? Do you usually have a white Christmas?

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Friday Five

The letter S for TWTME Scavanger huntphoto © 2007 Laura Askelin | more info (via: Wylio)
Today's post is brought to you by The Letter S

Four things I like that start with S and one thing I don't.

1. Swans. Love swans, so graceful and sleek and serene on the surface, but paddling like mad under the water.

2. Soaking. In the wintertime I love to take a hot bath and chase away the chill of the day. I call it making cannibal soup. :)

3. Springtime. In MN this means April and May. The early part of spring is ugly here, muddy, slushy, tempermental weather. But late spring is gorgeous. Lilacs, forsythia, tulips, and finally, green again. I never realize how much my eyes are aching to see green growing things again until one warm spring day when I look at some trees in the distance and see that mist of emerald, jade, and olive that means baby leaves are sprouting.

4. Silverado. I LOVE that western. When I was in high school, I bet I watched it at least twenty times.

One thing I don't like that starts with S

5. Sand. In my shoes, tracked across the floor, clinging to my bare feet, getting between my toes...ugh. Not a fan of sand.

And a BONUS Thing I LOVE that starts with S....SEEKERVILLE! I'm over at Seekerville today talking about when I first discovered I wanted to be a writer. Hop on over to and join the discussion...I'm giving away a copy of Maggie and the Maverick to one commentor.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010


071/365 Cryingphoto © 2010 Oscar Castañón Barragán (via: Wylio)

What was up with last Friday?

I am not a crying kinda girl. I loathe crying. It makes my head hurt, my eyes itch, and my trashcan overflow with Puffs Plus with Lotion.

And yet, on Friday, I cried pretty much all day. Good thing I was alone in the house. (Supposed to be writing, but instead, I was sniffling and mopping my eyes all day.)

For the life of me, I can't pin down why I was so weepy. Pretty much everything made me cry. Happy things, sad things, ordinary see-em-every-day things. I ran through the usual list of culprits for unexplained tears: No, I'm not pregnant (that ship has sailed.) No, I'm not PMS-ing (that ship sailed too.) No, I'm not least I don't think I am...would I know if I was? Is wondering about it a sign that you're not? Or a sign that you are??? More tears.

And my poor husband and son. It snowed hard on Friday afternoon into the evening, and when they got home from work, my husband said we needed to cancel date-night because of the weather.

I promptly burst into tears. Again. For the millionth time that day. Poor man. The son was smart. He scattered.

I apologized for crying, told my husband I had no explanation, and it wasn't due to date-night being canceled (though that always makes me sad.) I was just a sodden mess with no clue why.

Then my husband did the sweetest thing. He put his arms around me and said, "I think we should go sit in the living room with all the lights off except those on the Christmas tree, and we should just talk."

So we did, and in a few minutes, I felt a zillion times better. We talked about Christmas and snow and the kids and work and life and movies and a whole bunch of inconsequential stuff, and poof, my whole take on the day changed.

I love that man.

Have you ever had a weepy day with no clue as to why?

Monday, December 06, 2010

Procrastination, thy name is Erica!

sealphoto © 2006 Alex Shultz | more info (via: Wylio) Enough already! For the past week I've dinked and dunked and messed around, but that's it! No more.

It's time to get that word-counter moving again. Four more chapters to write. The end is in sight. Then I can dig into edits and fix the stuff I KNOW is wrong with this story.

I'm having a rough time getting settled into a new routine with basketball practices and games, squeezing in time to write. And a place to write while the boy is at practice. I had thought the church where the practices are held would work out, but having a stranger with a laptop sitting in the church library a couple times a week spooked the buildings and grounds manager, so I've had to find another place. The North Caribou Coffee in Rochester is a noisy, bustling place where I've found it hard to concentrate. If it wasn't winter, I'd work in the car, but it's too cold. I'm going to have to find some solution though, since the season lasts Nov.-Mar.

How about you? Have you been procrastinating? Have you found it difficult to get into a new routine?

Friday, December 03, 2010

The Friday Five

The letter 'R'photo © 2009 Tim Regan | more info (via: Wylio)
This week's Friday Five is brought to you by The Letter R.

Four things I like that start with R and one thing I don't.

1. Red. I love the color red.

2. Rhombus. When I was in kindergarten, I sat at the orange rhombus table. (Each table had a shape in a different color.) The cool kids sat at the purple ellipse table, and the nerds, geeks, and outcasts sat at the orange rhombus table. I find it a little sad that at five, I was already aware of peer pressure and judging people. Not much has changed, I'm still an orange rhombus, and I always will be...only now, it doesn't bother me. :)

3. Rodeos. I love rodeos. Favorite events are calf roping and team roping.

4. Reading. Ask my mama. I've had my nose in a book ever since I learned to read.

One thing I don't like that starts with R...

5. Radishes. Ick.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010


Happy December! So many exciting things happen this month. My daughter will be home after completing her first semester of college. My husband and I will celebrate our 21st anniversary. My son will play in his first basketball game for the Rochester Defenders. Christmas piano recitals, the Christmas Eve service at church, Christmas's an action-packed month!

Christmas can now officially commence, because I have watched Scrooge with Alastair Sim. I have to watch this film every year for it to feel like Christmas.

What do you have coming up this month? And what is your favorite part of the Christmas Season? Do you have a 'go-to' Christmas movie that gets you into the holiday spirit?