Friday, September 1, 2017

50 Questions You've Never Been Asked

I'm such a sucker for these questionnaire posts! Does that make me a narcissist? Taking this one from Risa at http://risakerslakewrites.com/.

01. What’s your favorite candle scent?
I'd have to say Black Cherry. I gravitate toward fruity/berry scents. Lately I've been loving Cinnamon as well. I'm not sure where that came from.

02. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?
Emma Stone. I just think she is so funny and would be a blast to hang around with. Although her gorgeousness would probably give me a complex.
 
03. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?
I can't imagine having a brother. Right now I'm going to say James Cordon. I've been binge-watching episodes of Carpool Kareoke and I would just love to drive around and sing with him. And his accent is adorable.

04. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?
Well, I got married when I was 22, which was younger than I'd thought I'd be.


05. Do you know a hoarder?
Not in the extreme sense, no.

06. Can you do the splits?
Ha. No.
 
07. How old were you when you first learned how to ride a bike?
I remember getting a "real" bike for my birthday when I was maybe 5? But I couldn't ride a two wheeler until I was probably 10.
 
08. How many oceans have you swam in?
Just one, the Atlantic when we honeymooned in the Bahamas!  I've only been to the ocean once and I can't even said I "swam". Mostly waded around and then rode a jet ski. It was beautiful and so clear, but I did wish I had watershoes, because it was super rocky to walk around in.


09. How many countries have you been to?
Just Canada (and the Bahamas)

10. Is anyone in your family in the army?
No. It's so admirable, but it was scare me to death.
 
11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?
Names are so hard for me. The plan when we had Tyler was a girl would have been Abigail. With AJ, we planned on Annabelle, I think? Right now I would pick neither of those. I'm quite partial to Hannah Rose, but I'm not sure I'd actually use it because I like names with nicknames.
 
12. What would you name your son if you had one?
I don't have another boys name in mind, really. Obviously we've chose Tyler, Alexander, and Gabriel.
 
13. What’s the worst grade you’ve got on a test?
I probably got at least 1 F on some quiz or test.
 
14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?
Probably Full House

15. What did you dress up as for Halloween when you were 8?
Oh man, I don't really remember by year...I was a ballerina, a princess...I don't even remember very many of my costumes. The mind is going, I guess lol!

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?
Oh yes, I've read all three. Harry Potter was huge for me.

17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?
Oh British, I love it.
 
18. Did your mother go to college?
She actually got a college degree in accounting about 10 years ago, accomplishing something she'd always wanted to.

19. Are your grandparents still married?
Both sets of my grandparents have passed away and 3 out of 4 of Adam's Grandparents. All of them were married when the first of each couple passed though. My mom's parents were married more than 50 years when my Grandpa died.



20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?
No, that's not something that appeals to me.
 
21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?
Child of the 80's, of course!
 
22. What was the first amusement park you went to?
I went to Santa Claus Land (Now Holiday World) when I was a tiny baby.
 
23. What language beside your native language would you like to be fluent in?
I took many years of French class, but never became fluent. I'd probably most like to be fluent in sign language, it facinates me.
 
24. Do you spell the color grey or gray?
Oh, I've probably done both!

25. Is your father bald?  
Nope, he's very white though. And in denial about it.

 

26. Do you know any triplets? 
I don't believe so. Lots of twins, though.
 

27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?
I've actually never watched the Notebook. I probably should do that. Titanic is great though. I saw it on a date with a guy in high school and he left the theater to use the bathroom when Jack and Rose were still in the water. I knew our relationship was as doomed as Jack.
 
28. Have you ever had Indian food?
No. Too much spice for me, I think.
 
29. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant?
Texas Roadhouse. Yummy.
 
30. Have you ever been to Nandos?
I don't know what that is. Should I?

31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, Bookers, etc.)?
No. We had a membership for one year and literally didn't use it once after the first time.

32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?
I was supposed to be a boy. They told my mom she was having boy/girl twins. I was going to be Alex.

33. If you have a nickname, what is it?
Liss, Lissy, Mel. Adam mostly calls me Babe.
 
34. Who’s your favorite person in the world?
Three way tie for my boys.

35. Would you rather live in the countryside or the city?
Halfway in between. I don't want to live literally in a city, but not too far from convenience either. That's why I live in the 'burbs.
 

36. Can you whistle?
Sure. I can whistle when breathing in or out.
 
37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?
No. I like it pretty dark but not pitch black.
 

38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?
Week days yes. I sometimes skip on the weekend.

39. Do you take any pills or medication daily?
Yes. I take medication for my lupus, along with a multivitamin and Vitamin D.

40. What medical conditions do you have?
Lupus, neutropenia (low white blood cell count), coloboma (eye)

41. How many times have you been to the hospital?
I've had I think 7 surgeries, but most of them were outpatient. Aside from being born, I've stayed in the hospital 3 times--when the boys were born and my appendectomy.


42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?
Of course!
 
43. Where do you buy your jeans?
Old Navy, usually.


44. What’s the last compliment you got?
My coworker said she liked my top today.
 
45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?
If I do, it's usually because they are super strange or bad.

46. What flavor of tea do you enjoy?
I haven't tasted a lot of different types. I did have raspberry leaf tea when I was trying to get labor going with AJ and it was quite tasty.

47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?
A lot, but I don't really wear a lot of different ones. Probably about 8 pairs I wear regularly.

48. What religion will you raise your children to practice?
Christian/Catholic
 
49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real?
I don't remember a revelation of any kind, I just sort of knew.

50. Why do you have a blog?
I started one because Angie had one and it was funny. Over time it became a place to document things I want to remember, sort of a diary. No one reads, but I'm okay with that. It will help me remember things and I like that.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Updates and THE BOOK!!!

Life has been SOOOO busy! The book is coming out TOMORROW!  I can't believe it, it's so surreal!  The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Black Rose Writing NOW! We'll be going live on Facebook tomorrow at 8:00 pm EST to do a reading, talk about the book, answer questions, and do a giveaway of an autographed copy of the book!

Take cover! The book is here!

 So exciting! 

Live has been very busy! Time is short, so I'll stick to some photos for now!
AJ wasn't a big fan of the noise of fireworks, so he wore my headphones

On the one year anniversary of my miscarriage, I went to the cemetery and left a little rock with his name on it. <3

The boys have discovered sprinklers and water balloons. They're in love!



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Cover Reveal!

Our book cover is here!

Our publisher was very patient with us--we went through several drafts! We are very happy with it! One month until release!!!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Release Date and Pre-Order!!!!

It's really happening! 

The official release date for our book, On the Edge of My World is July 13, 2017! Even better, the book is available for Pre-Order from our publisher, Black Rose Writing NOW!

Just visit the link below to order. Use promocode PREORDER2017 to get 10% off. Copies will be shipped on or before the release date.

http://www.blackrosewriting.com/childrens-booksya/ontheedgeofmyworld

I'm an author! *mind blown*

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Big Changes

Wow it's been like two months since I've posted. In my defense, my life has been CRAZY! In the last two months:

  • We moved! It actually happened! We sold our house and bought a new one and everyone made it to the new place in one piece!  Moving is terrible! I can't find my stuff! I have a ton of unpacking and projects to do! My new neighborhood is great, though. The house is great too, although we've already had a few hiccups. On to the next bullet!
  • We had a ton of rain and then water leaked into my mom's room in the basement. BOO! Our friend/contractor came over last weekend and he and Adam graded the ground on that side of the house--apparently it was somewhat sloped down toward the house, which isn't good. We've had a good 5 dry days but more rain in expected tomorrow so fingers crossed that it's fixed the problem!
  • We had to have some electrical work that was supposed to be done after inspection repaired, which was super annoying. Then we had our friend/contractor fix it some more. We'd asked that all the ungrounded 3 prong plugs in the basement be grounded, but the replaced them with 2 prong grounded plugs, which these days are pretty useless! Since we needed to plug in computers and the like, our friend changed them out.
  • Did I mention our neighbors are so nice? The realtor that sold the house lives across the street with her husband (who I recently found out is the dad of a guy I went to high school with). Two doors down from them is a guy around my age that works at Tyler's school. He brought over coupons for Macy's the first weekend. We also met the neighbors on both sides of us. There is an elderly lady to one side and a middle aged couple on the other. We are particularly fond of Mary (who is deaf and I'm fascinated by sign language)  and her husband Kevin. Kevin found out that our mower had died (literally the week before we moved) and I looked out my back window one evening and Kevin was mowing our grass. SO NICE!
  • Where did I leave off with the book? I think I mentioned we were seeking out professional editing. Our publisher recommended a couple of people and we ended up working with a guy named Rob. His price was fair and he was very willing to edit without making huge plot changing suggestions. He cleaned up our technical writing a lot (God bless him, I hate that part) and made some great suggestions that we were able to incorporate with only minor edits and additions, but that I really feel make a big difference. And he's just all around a really nice guy and he really seemed to like the book and admire our writing. He was particularly impressed by our synergy writing together.
  • Once we incorporated Rob's edits, we sent the book back to our publisher. About a week ago, we got the edits and their smart-edit report back. This publisher offers this report on all books they publish--basically, it's a list of possible grammatical errors, commonly misused words, works that are possibly overused, and other such things that their computer program can recognize. They are very clear that you can chose to make no changes based on the report. I thought it was pretty helpful and made a good deal of very minor tweaks, most of them on the repetitive word issue. The manuscript went back to the publisher late Sunday night and now we are OFFICIALLY in the production queue! A publishing date should be coming very soon, along with their proposal for our cover art!  So exciting!
  • I got a promotion at work! I've done the same job for 11 years (at least in title, although the job has changed a lot over the years) and I've been searching for a new opportunity with my company for a long time. It's been difficult. We are a large corporation, but my office is relatively small and opportunities are very limited. About a year ago, my boss helped me make a big push to take on leading the group of people that do the same job as I did. The girl that coordinated the group ended up going on maternity leave (she was the one who was due around the same time I would have been with Gabe), so I performed a lot of her duties while she was out. When she returned, she didn't really go back to doing that portion of her job. They posted the job as a hybrid-type role--someone who would have regular shipping and invoicing duties (that's what I do (did)) and also act as coordinator and lead the team--train new associates, update work instructions, liaison with other departments, develop new process, etc. I am very happy that I got the opportunity and I had a lot of support. It's a lot of work, but I'm glad to be more challenged again.
  • Unfortunately on the work front, I'm really juggling things at work now, covering for a coworker that is out on medical leave and preparing to cover for an invoicer that is leaving as of next week. Remember when I did the Canadian invoicing and then went to Ontario to train their new hire. Well, she's leaving. So now I'll be doing that again.
  • Aside from that, there has been birthdays, field trips, and not nearly enough sleep!
Oh, one last thing! Kelly and I created a separate website for author/book stuff. If you'd like to follow us there, just visit positivevoicewrites.wordpress.com . All of our social media is linked there as well.

What a year I'm having!  The book, the job, and the house have been things I've wanted for a long time and they are all going to become a reality in the course of a few months! It's awesome and overwhelming!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

10th Blogoversary!!!

10 years!  I have been writing (on and off, but I had posts every year) here for 10 years! Granted, I have very few readers, but still, I have to give myself points for longevity. Maybe I just like to hear myself talk?  LOL anyway, I'm still here and man, a lot has been documented here in the last 10 years--high points and low points.  I've documented the birth of my kids, my losses, my infertility journey, the joys of motherhood and marriage, the trials over everyday life, fitness journeys, new homes (more to this coming VERY soon!), and now my journey as an author.  There are posts that are merely funny and some filled with deep thoughts and self-exploration.  I know not many people read my ramblings, but I go back and read them sometimes and I'm glad I have them written here.


So if you're reading, thanks.  And past me, thanks for taking the time to document these memories.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Work in Process

It's starting to feel more real! After signing our contract to publish our book with Black Rose Writing, we started researching professional editors. Black Rose does some editing, but very minor, and the recommend you consider this. We decided it was worth it to put the best product possible out there. I contacted several editors for quotes and we settled on an editor who was really excited about our story. He's working on the book now and should have his edits to us this coming week!  We're setting up a call with him to discuss his suggestions--although we made it clear we were looking for grammar, punctuation, spelling, continuity, etc, not plot or character changes.  He mentioned that he felt we didn't need a lot of editing compared to what he usually sees and also that he was impressed by our synergy--being able to blend our writing styles together seamlessly. I'm excited to see what he thinks!

We also had some photos taken of use last week for our bio. A friend of Kelly's (my friend and co-author) did the photos and I really love how they are turning out so far (she took a ton and is still editing). Kelly and I both hate getting our pictures taken, but I think we got the best shots possible. Some of the shots were from a park right across the street from where I grew up. The rest were done at a business nearby that is covered with professional graffiti.

So by the end of the week we should have the edited manuscript back, then I need to start going over the changes. We also decided to change the setting from a fictional town in Ohio to a fictional town here in Indiana. We've been hearing so much about the issues from our book here where we live that we decided it was important to "bring it home" so to speak. I'm guessing the editing process will take me a couple of weeks. I'm hoping to get the final draft to the publisher by mid April or the first of May at the latest. That time line might have gotten more important (and difficult) as of this week, because we have an offer pending on our house. I don't want to say much yet, but things might get crazy very very soon so wish me luck to juggle all of this!

Once our publisher gets the draft back, they'll put it through their editing process and then we'll start talking cover art, publicity, marketing, etc. Wow, this is for real!

Here are a few of the best shots from our photo shoot.
Besties and co-authors.
Kelly - The creative mind that came up with our novel.


What a cool background!

Us in black and white

This is probably my favorite single shot

Just me