• La Vida Loca

    Pretty in Pink

    I won’t take up your time and bandwidth with the hundreds of photos I took of the kid and his beautiful prom date/girlfriend. Instead I will just share my absolute favorite. That look. It’s the stuff YA books are made of.

  • Yumminess

    Guinness Chocolate Cake with Bailey’s Frosting

    When my mother asked me what cake I wanted for my birthday this year, I asked her if it would be okay if I made my own. She laughed and asked why. It’s because of this Guinness Chocolate Cake recipe I found at A Beautiful Bite.  The most important part of a birthday party is the cake. I don’t need presents, decorations, or ton’s of guests. Just the people I love and a good chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. Keep your Red Velvets, Double Chocolates, and Italian Cream Cakes. Don’t even try to bring me an ice cream cake (too cold) or the worst possible choice, a “cookie cake”. Cookies are my favorite, but a giant cookie from a Super Store is not a cake. Seriously. I followed the recipe as written in the link above, except…

  • Wordy Words

    One Post at a Time

    This blank page makes me feel inadequate, as if the blog police are lurking somewhere waiting to issue me a citation. “Young lady, you’ve had this domain for well over a year, where are all the witty posts you should have created by now?” “Well, Officer, I uh…” I reach into my draft box and pull out several unfinished posts. “Ma’am. Please take your hands off the keyboard and exit the blog now.” In days past, I was a prolific blogger. My day wasn’t complete unless I blogged. Back then, as an expat in Sweden, and later a cynical 30-something going through infertility treatment, I had plenty to talk about. But being back in my hometown with no major drama in my life (knock on a forest), the words felt harder to come by. After getting…

  • Books are Life

    Review – For This Life Only by Stacey Kade

    I received an ARC of this book today at #RT16. I planned to read just the first few pages and then go out with friends for one of the evening events. Four hours and so many tears later, I finished it. This is the kind of book I live for, a book that pulls you in from the first line and won’t let you go until the last. The story was beautiful and heart wrenching. Sara was so real to me that my arms physically ached to hold her and try to give her some type of comfort. Gah, I’m sobbing again now just thinking of her. It’s probably a good thing all books in this world aren’t this well written, or I’d never get anything else done. Stacey Kade, I bow at…