Monday, September 22, 2008

Well, Aren't We Just the All-American Family (Updated)

My husband drove over to St. Louis, MO for an Ace Hardware Convention this past weekend. Okay, fine. He wanted me to go, but it's just too hard for both of us to go anywhere during the school year. It feels really weird when we're not together, but I lived.

Unfortunately, about a week ago, the significance of the weekend he'd be gone dawned on me. OMG! That's HOMECOMING WEEKEND! Me... with the 16 year old demon spawn... alone... getting her ready for... THE HOMECOMING DANCE! Nooooooooooooo! This could get very, VERY ugly! Fortunately, my oldest demon spawn decided to come home for the weekend. PHEW! Another bloody battle averted.

Back to the dance in a minute... This is what I did for my 12 year old son at 6:30 Friday morning for Ultimate Spirit Day:


Then that night we went to the Homecoming Game. I am sooooo not a sports fan, but the 16 year old is a cheerleader and each cheerleader has to make a scrapbook for one of the senior football players. So my task at the games is to take a bazillion pics of someone else's kid!

Then Saturday was the Homecoming Dance. GAK! I seriously paid way too much for the 16 year old's dress just because we found something she liked and the extra $50 or so meant no more shopping. Her date doesn't go to her school, so that meant I had to shell out another $70 for tickets (on top of dress, shoes, tanning, photographer). So I told her I wasn't paying for her to get her hair done too. Oldest daughter to the rescue again! She did the 16 year old's hair beautifully. Anyway, here's the gang meeting up before the dance. No, sorry, I won't point out which one is my very own demon spawn.

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A quick update to the Amazon saga of the sofa bed for my oldest son (detailed here and here): it arrived with no problems! The cover is actually more tan than the green as shown in the pic, but it still looks okay. At least that's what the demon spawn told me... he's yet to send me the pic I told him to take on his camera phone so I could see it too.

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I've won a couple of giveaways lately- WOOT and HUGE Thank Yous!

Running from the Past

Over at the DIK blog, I won Sarai's "identify the abs" contest (no surprise there) and scored a copy of Katie Reus' Running from the Past (cowboys!).

The Lost Duke of Wyndham Mr. Cavendish, I Presume

And over on The Book Smugglers, I won BOTH The Lost Duke of Wyndham AND Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn. I've been hearing so much buzz about these two books!

Lord and Master 2Jules Jones also sent me a review copy of her latest, Lord and Master 2: Taking Work Home (I'm getting to it, Jules!). It's been way too long since I've had a Jules Jones fix- I love her characters! (Must get eInk eReader to save my tired old eyes from my PDA or computer screen; I've really been missing a lot of good eBooks). Some of you may notice that this is the cover art inspired by the 2nd pic down in this post. Don't ya just love it?!

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Hokay, back to work for me. I'm hoping to get my commentaries for the rest of the Highlanders audio books and Faefever posted within the next couple of days.

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UPDATE: Oh Good Grief! I forgot to mention this even though it's sitting about a foot and a half from my head!

The Darkest TouchI also won a review ARC of book 3 in Jaci Burton's Demon hunter series, The Darkest Touch. It doesn't release until October 28th, which gives everyone plenty of time to catch up with this series. See my index for links to Commentaries on the first two books. And expect a Commentary on book 3 right before the release date.


LissaNY said...

I know which one she is!
She looks beautiful from what I can see in the pic, and big sis did a nice job with the hair.

My big question is...
Where the hell did she inherit those legs from?!

Bev(QB) said...

Definitely from my Dad's side. Definitely NOT from Tim's side. Her poor older sister inherited those short little dachshund legs though.

I just emailed you a pic of the two of them.

MB (Leah) said...

I know you're not gonna say, but I'm gonna go with the girl to the right of the amazon blond in the middle. Dark hair and cute.

Although, seriously, all those girls are cute, but I'm ruling out the blonds and lighter haired girls. You dark hair, hubby is Italian = dark hair. :D

You did a great job with your son as well. Boys- much easier huh?

Oh you scored some good loot there. Running From the Past looks like a good one.

Bev(QB) said...

AHA, MB, but let me point out that your logic is flawed since there are 4 girls with dark hair and I happen to know that all 4 have Italian fathers!

"Boys- much easier huh?"

*snort* Boys are bigger Drama Queens than girls.

Katie Reus said...

Hi, I got a Google alert about RFTP and saw that you won a copy! I hope you enjoy it :) Don't think I've been to your blog before, but I'll be back! Cheers :)

Bev(QB) said...

Hi Katie! Come back anytime, my door is always open!

You know, I don't enter contests unless it's for a book I want to read. I'm not a big contemporary fan, but I am a cowboy fan. So, with cowboys, plus all the glowing buzz I've been hearing about RftP, how could I resist?