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My friend Em Falconbridge is hosting this delicious women’s retreat. In Bali! I can’t make it this year, but maybe you can… For more info, check out her website.
The winner of the REUNITED Book Club Giveaway is Jill the O.W.L.! Jill, I’ll be emailing you separately to get your address. Thanks so much to everyone who entered.
Yoga is not a competitive sport, nor is there any shame in relaxing into Child’s Pose when a posture becomes too strenuous. But even though I’ve been practicing yoga for seventeen years, there still are times when I find this difficult to remember—times when I glance around the studio as I’m setting up my mat and make mental notes about the relative fitness of my classmates in order to see where I rank in comparison. If I judge myself not to be the least in shape and/or chubbiest, I take it as a personal victory. If I am, it’s a great reminder to practice loving kindness. And maybe some day, if I keep on practicing it, I won’t feel the need to rank myself at all.
So I was proud of myself yesterday, when I walked into a yoga class I’d never been to before—in southern California, no less!—and snagged myself a spot right up front. If my fellow classmates wanted to judge me, so be it. Though anyone distracted by my flabby parts should probably spend a little more time (soft)focusing on their own practice.
It was a blissful class, and afterwards, I was happily surprised when two of my classmates complimented me on my practice and asked how I learned to do Crow. Because these two gorgeous 20-somethings with 0% body fat couldn’t do Crow Pose and I totally could! Not that I’m judging anyone.
Thank you all so much for entering the YAmazing Race. Winners will be announced on the Apocalypsies’ website tomorrow (10/30), but due to the hurricane and the possibility of people losing power, you will have a full week to claim your winnings.
The winner of my personal giveaway is Christa S. of Christa’s Hooked on Books, who will receive a signed copy of REUNITED just as soon as I can get a plane back to the east coast.;) Though there could be worse places to get stuck than with my friend Leah in Austin.
If you’re in the hurricane zone, please stay safe!
I’m still riding the high from last night’s excellent reading/book-signing at Blue Bunny Books & Toys. Or maybe it was all those cupcakes I ate.
So happy I got the chance to meet some local tweens & teens as well as some lovely and enthusiastic booksellers.
Of course, no Road Trip Book Tour stop would be complete without the obligatory Pea Pod photos.
Overall, I’d say Kristen-Paige and I had a very successful (albeit slightly exhausting) week. Thanks to all the booksellers, friends, and readers who came out to join us!
In just one month from today, REUNITED hits the shelves! So, in celebration of the final countdown, I’m offering four straight weeks of giveaways, either with a music theme, a road trip theme, or both!
Since Level3′s reunion show is the thing that motivates Alice, Summer, and Tiernan (ex-best friends) to hop into a van together and drive 2,000 miles cross-country, this week’s contest takes place on Level3′s website. All you need to do is head on over to Level3theband.com and answer this question in the COMMENTS SECTION (of their blog or mine): If you were on a road trip, what band would provide your soundtrack?
One winner (selected at random) will receive their very own REUNITED T-SHIRT, available in your custom size, plus signed REUNITED bookmarks and a Road-Trip Mix CD. Two runners up will also win signed REUNITED bookmarks and a Road-Trip Mix CD.
Winners will be announced here on May 22nd, when I reveal the next giveaway. Good luck! And while you’re at Level3′s site, don’t forget to download three free chapters from REUNITED and TWO FREE SONGS from Level3!
My husband is a Cheez-Its fan, and since he brings his lunch to work every day, we often have a box in the house. Which is how I became aware of the Cheez-Its “Vote for the Top Cheese” campaign currently on the back of the box, where snackers are urged to log on to Facebook to vote for one of the eight candidates, each personifying a different flavor of cheese.
There’s Colby, the bowtie-wearing “people’s cheese,” and Cheddar Jack, adorned in a bowler tie and cowboy hat (not to be confused with Pepper Jack who wears a top hat and monocle, because the guy apparently thinks he’s Brie). The whole thing is completely cheesy. Maybe it’s supposed to be. So why am I so upset that only one of the candidates for Top Cheese is a woman?
Poor Mozzarella, batting her long eyelashes demurely in her matching pearl earrings and necklace. She looks more like Baby Swiss’s mother than the next Commander in Cheese, even as she promises to be a “cheese for change.” Surely such a bland cheese will never win the office of Top Cheese. But I know that someday there’ll be a female Cheez-It worthy of that role.