Him: Do we have any wrapping paper?
Me: In that box in the living room.
Him: What box?
Me: That box of Christmas stuff.
Him: What box?
Me: That big box in the middle of the floor that's normally not there and looks like Christmas exploded inside it.
Him: (a minute later) I can't find it.
Me: It's there. Look.
Him: I can't find it. I'll just use the newspaper.
Me: (goes into the living room, finds it in two seconds)
Him: Are you making coffee?
Me: No, tea. Do you want coffee?
Him: I'll have some if you're making it.
Me: I'm making tea. Do you want coffee?
Him: No. Yes, if you're making it.
Me: I just need to boil water and grind beans. Do you want some?
Him: No. Yes.
Him: Where's the mayonnaise?
Me: In the fridge. Blue lid.
Him: I can't find it.
Me: Blue lid, top shelf.
Him: It's not here.
Me: I'm going to come out and find it in two seconds. Watch.
Him: It's not here.
Me: If I find it, you owe me a million dollars.
Me: (finds it in two seconds, does not yet have million dollars)
Him: What are you doing after your shower?
Me: Maybe writing awhile. Why?
Him: Don't come out of the bathroom until I say so.
Him: It's a surprise.
Me: (after shower) Can I come out now? (peeks around corner, sees roses, wine, chocolate, and a card on the bed) Oooooo! *happy sigh*
This is why I can't write when he's home.
I've spent holidays in hell. Okay, maybe not quite hell, but some really scary versions of heck. I've been sick, alone, with the wrong man, with a sick man, wanting to be alone, with family, without family, with crazy family, you name it.
In Don't Say No, Amber starts the holidays on a low note. She has to deal with a drunk on Thanksgiving and ends up hanging out with her cousin in a bar on Christmas Eve, playing pool with a creepy guy. But don't worry. Amber is a smart, tough cookie and manages to bring her life around the way she wants. My hero! How about you? Have you had those holidays that just about drove you over the edge?
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Mixing business with pleasure has never been so much fun
Amber’s life sucks. Her ex got her thrown out of college, then fired from her job. When she’s hired for a mystery shopping assignment, she hopes this is exactly what she needs to kick-start her life and get her back on track.
Jaeger is all business when he hires Amber to check out the spa he’s purchasing. If she can help him prove that the venture will be a success, then he can build his own future, not the one his family has mapped out for him. Becoming attracted to his sexy spy isn’t part of the plan.
Amber can’t see how she fits into Jaeger’s world, and he’s too uptight to ever fit into hers. Circumstances bring them together, in bed and out, but when a secret from his upper-class life is revealed, Amber must decide if she can trust him. Or is her life going down in flames all over again?
Phryne Fisher...my new favorite heroine. We've been Netflix pigging out on Blacklist and Agents of Shield, which are two great shows, but with the additional holiday stress creeping into my brain, I decided it was time for something a little more mellow. I must have intrigue and excitement in my television viewing, so I'm delighted to have found Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.
Phryne Fisher is a lady detective in Australia. When I saw the blurb for the show I recall reading a book that sounded very similar to this subject. There can't be too many lady detectives in Australia, right? Sure enough, Miss Fisher is the same fabulous heroine I'd discovered long ago in a book by Kerry Greenwood. Phryne (Essie Davis) is described as "...a glamorous and thoroughly modern woman of the 1920s." She loves exercising her deductive talents, so she teams up with the local Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, a delicious hunk of man played by Nathan Page. Read the show's summary at the ABC link below.
Phryne is the perfect romance heroine. She's brave, likes to have fun, and oh yes, she takes lovers without guilt. In fact, she does everything without guilt. My kind of woman! She's wealthy, which means she's able to to buy a gorgeous motor car and an even more stunning house. Part of the fun of the show is watching life in the 1920s. There's an electric romance building between Phyrne and Jack. They can't act on their mutual attraction because...no, I'm not going to ruin it for you. Watch the program.
This really happy news? Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries will be continued for season three. Go Phryne!
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Romancing Christmas: 10 Love Stories to Spice up the Holidays
Multi-author boxed set
Release Date: November 3, 2014
Genre: Holiday Romance
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Do you like your Christmas nice...or a little naughty? Bring the season into your heart with love stories to match your mood. This boxed set from 10 of today’s hottest romance authors will warm your heart even on the coldest night.
When Charmin Marvin wonders when Christmas Day would be in their new time frame, he sets events in motion no one could have expected.
Dani and Charmin lost a lot when they were brought 200 years into the future. But nostalgia brings the possibility of Christmas back into Dani's life – if she can make it happen.
Levi hates to deny Dani anything, but all holidays were removed from his society by the government decades ago. He has no idea what she's talking about – and when he does research and finds out – he wonders if something can be done. And someone outside of their small family wonders, too…
Dani has the best of intentions – but creating Christmas in a world that no longer knows what a holiday is makes her life very complicated very quickly.
Do you like murder and mystery with your mistletoe?
Enter Zach Howard, a man who’s finally managed to get his life on track this holiday season, until that is, he comes across a pair of otherworldly sunglasses. They reveal scenes of a terrifying future. Holly, the one woman he’s never stopped loving, is in danger of a psychopath. This time around, he’s determined to fight for Holly, even at the risk of his own life. But even if he manages to save her, can Zach restore her faith in him? He prays that this Christmas miracles and angels do exist.
Season For Love by Chantel Rhondeau
The specter of death tempered by beautiful miracles is all in a day’s work for head nurse Tess Riggs and pediatric specialist Dr. Dash Brisson. But discovering Christmas is the season for love could be their biggest challenge yet.
A one-man landscape business keeps a roof over Sam Bledsoe’s head and food on the table—and keeps his badly scarred face away from curious eyes. Free spirit Becca Sweet is pregnant—and down on her luck. With Christmas and a storm on the way, living in her car is no longer an option. When Sam comes to Becca’s rescue, they discover that Christmas hope applies to all, even to them. Will hope lead to love, the most precious Christmas gift of all?
A Christmas Miracle (a 2014 Carolyn Reader’s Choice winner) by Sandy Loyd
Megan Jenkins isn't looking forward to Christmas, a holiday that reminds her of what she had and lost, a husband who died right after Christmas the year before, leaving her a young widow with a fatherless son to raise. During the course of this Christmas Eve, Megan experiences her own Christmas Miracle as she learns the true meaning of giving with the help of Kevin Murdock, a long-time friend who's always been there for her.
The Salty Carmel Christmas by Barbara Lohr
Nothing ever changes for Rachel Morgan in Paris, Indiana. And then Eli kisses her. When Rachel returns home for Christmas, she’s not exactly the family success story. The soft-spoken guy with killer blue eyes makes Rachel take a second look. Paris offers her a second chance. Sometimes life can be like a salty Christmas carmel—sweet but with a tang you remember. Sometimes the boy you leave behind is the man you want forever.
Heating Up the Holidays by Marcia James
When Chris Spencer returns home with his daughter, he's not looking for a second chance with his first love. And the last thing Nicky Paxton needs at Christmas time is her high school heart-breaker. But thanks to a hairless dog and a lonely child, they might get their Christmas desires.
A widow of two years, Mallory Gardner is struggling to keep her business alive and still function in her dysfunctional family. Having two daughters, one of which who blames Mallory for her father’s death is enough to test anyone’s sanity. But when Arden J. Miller waltzes into town, he has other ideas—like capturing Mallory’s heart even though love is the last thing on her mind.
Can two irresistible forces deal with immovable objects, or will the effects of the holiday spirit help resolve issues previously thought to be unsolvable?
A Family for Christmas by Tallulah Grace
Erin Matthews returns home to find closure, but she soon discovers truths that change her life forever. Luke Simmons never expected to meet a woman who sparks fire in his soul, even as his heart is breaking. Together, they find healing, and the true spirit of Christmas, in the love of a patchwork family.
Single mother Kelly Kennedy can't afford lavish gifts for her four-year-old daughter, Bree. Homeless veteran Tyler Manning doesn't believe he deserves a Merry Christmas. When Bree asks Santa for a father and picks Tyler, both Tyler and Kelly must believe in the power of love to give Bree her best Christmas ever.
Ready for something totally NOT Christmas? How about a sci-fi movie? Kind of. Interstellar is mostly science fiction, but it's also action/adventure, suspense, way too much drama for my taste, and even a little romance. That's my big problem with this movie; it can't make up it's mind what it wants to be.
I'll share two parts that really turned me off and they won't be spoilers since they happen early on. Oh, did I mention the movie runs over two hours? Yeah, another problem for moi. I can barely sit still for one solid hour let alone two. Add a heaping dose of turkey dinner to that and I was almost in snooze-land. I kept pushing my seat to try and make it recline all the way back.
But on to my review. Our hero, Cooper, played by the yummy Mathew McConaughey, is somehow the only person who can operate this special spaceship, so he takes off and leaves his young children behind with their grandfather. No. Wrong. You don't do that. Find someone else to drive the ship. You stay home and take care of those kids since their mother died and YOU are the daddy. End of story,
Then there's a scene where it very briefly touches on the fact that many people believe the Apollo space program never took place. Huh? I know this is sci-fi and I try to stretch my imagination but come on. That's a little too far fetched for me to buy. I couldn't do it.
My honey loved this movie and you might too. Read the plot at Wikipedia, and my sincere appreciation for whoever wrote the synopsis to this convoluted work. Check out more opinions at Rotten Tomatoes. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who didn't like it!
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