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Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Cowboy Town Concert!

Here's a picture of me and my hubby, Don having dinner with author and good friend Tanya Hanson and her other half, Tim at Bubba Gumps before the show!
The concert was more fun that I expected. I've never seen Brooks and Dunn in concert before and I promised you a recap.

The opening acts were awesome! A new band called Gloriana performed with a great sound, two guys, two girls. Then Jason Michael Carroll came on stage and wowed the audience with some of his biggest hits!

Anticipation stirred in the seats ... and when Brooks and Dunn finally took the stage, the crowd all stood up and sang along with them. I had no idea that Kix Brooks sang so many songs. I always think of Ronnie being the lead singer. They rocked on for an hour and a half, singing all their hits, including, Only in America (amid red, white and blue streamers shooting down from the ceiling) and soldiers coming on stage from all 4 forces of our military, Neon Moon, Red Dirt Road, Proud of the House We Built and It's Getting Better All the Time.

I know, not the greatest pictures, the lighting wasn't conducive to our digital cameras, but that's Ronnie Dunn a'singing! The highlight was when Ronnie sang Cowgirls Don't Cry, a duet he usually does with Reba. Well, to our surprise, amid a standing ovation and cheers from the audience, Reba walked onto the stage to sing the last refrain! She was there and gone so fast I didn't even try to get a picture, but boy, oh, boy, it was a thrill to see the two sing together.
Can you tell I love Country Music yet?

Another thing I love is Wine!
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Confessions of a Shopoholic

Yes, I confess I wanted to see this movie. It's a romantic comedy after all, and it was written by Sophie Kinsella. Now, what author in their right mind wouldn't turn green with envy ! To have your bestselling book become a movie right before your eyes! I have to say I loved it! I smiled during the entire 103 minutes of this movie.

Isla Fisher, the freshly talented actress from the Wedding Crashers was perfect in the role of Rebecca Bloomwood. This poor girl has a shopping problem and what's worse, she isn't even aware of it... buying clothes, handbags, jewelry, designer no less, simply makes her happy. Who can't relate to that? Her credit cards are maxed out and she actually has to find a REAL job.

Even if I didn't care for the premise, I'd love just watching what crazy designer outfits she comes up with. It's Gucci this and Dolce and Gabbana that. But as silly as the story was, it was entertaining. I even dragged my hubby to the show, and guess what? He liked it! We both walked out of the movie theater in a good mood and let's face it, in today's world, what's wrong with a little escapism if it makes you smile?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Do You Love Country Music?

I guess it's natural since this New York born author writes westerns, that I would love country music. This week I'm excited because I'm going to see Brooks and Dunn in concert. I've never seen them live before, but I love Ronnie Dunn's voice so much and the two make a dynamic pair!

It's always fun to enjoy concerts with friends. Author Tanya Hanson and I have gone to every Tim McGraw concert together for the past five years -- that's when he comes to the our city. In 2006, we saw Tim and Faith perform and it was the BEST! This year our hubbies will be joining us and we'll be doing dinner at Bubba Gumps at Universal Citiwalk! At least, I hope so. I don't know about the crowds, though it is Oscar Night, so that means either the freeways and restaurants will be empty or crowded. I'll get back to you on that.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wishing you love and joy and romance today and all days!
Here's a picture of what makes me happiest, my family.


Friday, February 13, 2009

The Best Singles Ad Ever!

This has got to be one of the best singles ads ever printed. It is reported to have been listed in the Atlanta Journal.

SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I'm a very good girl who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand. I'll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me. Call (404) 875-6420 and ask for Daisy, I'll be waiting. .....

Please scroll down . . ..

Over 15,000 men found themselves talking to the Atlanta Humane Society


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Staying Heart Healthy

For the past 15 years I've been a member of the American Heart Association teaching classes in CPR. While I teach childbirth and baby care basics as my main focus is on the infant, I've also taught CPR in a hospital setting to nurses and medical professionals as well as to the public.

It's rewarding work and it gets me away from the computer a few times a week. February is American Heart Month. Sure, we celebrate love and romance on Valentine's Day, but just as importantly we focus on staying heart healthy and getting the word out about CPR.

Have you taken a CPR class lately? Do you know how to stay heart healthy? Do you know the common risk factors that lead to coronary artery disease and heart attack?

My blog at Petticoats and Pistols, called The Heart You Save May Be Your Own ... is a different take on Valentine's day. Stop by for current info from AHA and me about staying heart healthy!

I am also the Spotlight Author on Pam Thibodeaux's Blog on Valentine's Day. I hope to see you there too!!

Oh and if you signed up for the Suite Valentine's Day Contest, this week, please re-enter. There was a techo glitch in the system. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Browse the Book

Hey, now you can
Browse the Book on Eharlequin!
Check it out. You'll get the Dear Reader page, the first two chapters and
some other fun stuff! It's pretty cool!
Let know what you think ... Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The Lost Art of Editing

As a writer, I'm always trying to self-edit. To make sure what I'm writing gets relayed in the proper way to my readers. So when I saw this, I had to post. It's good for a few big laughs.

Thanks to my friend Bea for sending this to me!


Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
No, really? Ya think?
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that's taking things a bit far!
Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!
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Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!
Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendan t
See if that works any better than a fair trial!
War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!
If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Ya think?!
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought!
Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
They may be on to something!
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?Oklahoma's new construction program!
Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge!
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren't they fat enough?!
Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans!
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!
Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!
And the winner is....
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Did I read that right?

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