far better than through mortal friends. - Dawn Adams
So... I've been reading this romantic comedy series by Kasey Michaels. It was an accident of fate, really. My mom found a beat up copy of one of the books at the senior center near her house, read it and thought I'd like it. I didn't like it -- I LOVED it.
I've been trying to read it as a reader AND a writer, which is tough. The books are so good, I forget to be a writer and just get sucked into the story. I seldom do that anymore, which is why reading has lost much of its pleasure for me, so when I find a book that is good enough for me to shut that part of me down, it's amazing.
Still, I've been trying to watch how she creates her characters because she does it so well. There are no "walk-on" parts in the book -- everyone is someone memorable, even if they only have a place for two pages. Each person is so unique and interesting ... I have serious author envy. I haven't loved an author this much since Jenny Crusie and it's possible that Ms. Michaels is vying for first place in my heart.
If you're interested, here's the series:
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
Too Good To Be True
Love To Love You Baby
Be My Baby Tonight
This Must Be Love
This Can't Be Love
I want to be her when I grow up...
Brandy mentioned she wasn't old enough to get them yet. I wasn't either until two years ago, but I've been getting them since my mid-twenties (lucky, lucky me!) because there's a family history: My mom had breast cancer. The rule is -- I needed to start getting mammograms 10 years prior to the age when Mom had cancer. Unfortunately, Mom had cancer VERY YOUNG.
So, for the past 15 years or so I've been fighting to get an exam every year. It was an ordeal -- call the radiology dept, ask for an appt, tell them my birthday. "Ma'am, you're not old enough." ... "I have a family history." ... "Your insurance won't pay." ... "Yes they will, it's medically necessary."
Do they think I'm doing it for FUN? It was a relief to turn forty and not have to have that problem any more.
But, seriously -- early detection is the key, folks. Self-exams. MOST cancer is caught on a self-exam. And you're never too young to get it. So, take care of you.
/end public service announcement.
You Are Potato Chips
When you're stressed out, you seek food that is quick and easy.
Life is pretty overwhelming at times, so you prefer comfort food that you can just grab and eat.
You're the type of person who takes on too much, and you don't have a lot of free time.
So even when you have junk food as a meal, you're just thankful that you had any time to eat at all.
They know me so well!