Lessons from My Sister, on the 1st Anniversary of Her Death

When my dad was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in March of 2014, we knew right away that he didn’t have long to live. But when my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer that July, just two months after he died, there was never a doubt in my mind that she’d beat it.

Book Launch Party Fun

Last Tuesday was my first ever book launch party and it was better than I expected! I’ve heard horror stories of only a handful of people showing up, so my biggest fear was that I’d be stuck twiddling my thumbs for two hours with my mom and husband. But we had a steady flow of …

Walk the Plank, Matey!

I’ve been pirated. On Friday my friend June informed me that Flicker had been illegally posted to mobilism.org, “the single largest user-powered database of apps, games, movies and books for mobile device users of all platforms!” She received a Google alert that several of HER books were on the site, and because she’s so smart …

It’s Not a Toomah

One of the benefits of working for a large-ish company is we have lots of perks that I never had when working at ad agencies.  A couple weeks ago the Spectrum Health Betty Ford Breast Cancer Bus paid us a visit so I bit the bullet and scheduled my first mammogram. Wheee! Can you feel …

Getting Over the Wall

Getting started is the easy part. You have an idea, you jump in with both feet, and then…. and then… you hit a wall. This is me at our local mud run last weekend. My husband and I ran it last year and I immediately wanted to build an obstacle course in the backyard. We …

Gift Idea

If you’re ever feeling the urge to buy me a present and aren’t sure what to get, buy me this. In bulk. The following conversation may have taken place after a good hand washing: “This smells so good it makes me want to lick my hands.” “It makes me want to *ahem* with my hands.” …

I Made This on My Lunch Break Today

As much as I love putting my house together, I also love LIVING in my house. We’ve taken full advantage of the huge kitchen, making everything from chipolte shrimp quesadillas to blueberry bread to marinated NY strips (we also got a new grill that ROCKS). One dish that’s been requested more than the others is …

Even Hockey Needs an Editor

This past Saturday my grandmother and I helped my mom celebrate her birthday at the Red Wings game in downtown Detroit. This is the inaugural year for the Winnipeg Jets, formerly the Atlanta Thrashers. The original Winnipeg Jets moved Phoenix and became the Coyotes in 1996, but the new Jets team has been welcomed with …

Being Thankful

I should have done this post last week and saved the NaNo update for the final day of the competition, but since when do I do things in the proper order? Over the past week I’ve thought a lot about the things for which I’m thankful. Pretty much every aspect of my life has changed …