Hannah’s Tanning Paradise.

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Hannah's Tanning Paradise.

Zeke (left), 10-year-old Black Lab/Greyhound, Hannah (middle) 9-year-old Black Lab/Pitbull, and Charlie (right) 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, enjoying the Florida sun.

Hannah is a professional in the art of GTL, and often has her brother and sister packmates over for spa days.

Vote Vets Reaction to Mrs. Obama’s Military Families Initiative on MSNBC

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Vote Vets Reaction to Mrs. Obama’s Military Families Initiative on MSNBC

As the wife of a US Army veteran (Go Artillery!), holidays that honor our nation take on a special meaning.  They are more than an opportunity to grill meat, watch fireworks, enjoy cool beverages and spend time with friends and family.    They are a time to reflect on the sacrifice our young men/women and their families make, so we can enjoy real freedom.   

On this eve of July 4th, my sincerest wish is that we bring our troops home quickly and safely, that they have the full medical/health benefits they have earned, are hired into their chosen career field, and never go hungry or homeless.  

Thank you and I support you, through Votevets.org.


Contemporary vs. Historical Novels

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I prefer contemporary heroines, with all the bells-and-whistles, trials-and-tribulations, and you-go-girl attitude of contemporary novels.   Bodice rippers on pirate ships, featuring Fabio (or Fabio II, Fabio III, mini-Fabio, Fabio Jr,. etc.) can kiss my ass.   I’m not attracted to periods of time without hydroelectric power or hot/cold running water, massage therapists and fast cars.  That’s all.

Sorority Recruitment – To Rush or Not to Rush

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Sororities, on college campuses, have begun to experience a resurgence.  As the children of Gen-X Greeks seek a similar type of college experience, as their parents (i.e., people my age) they are “discovering” the benefits of Greek life.  I am a member of an NPC group and continue active involvement, as an Alumna.  Neither of my parents were involved in GLOs (Greek Letter Organizations), but both encouraged me to meet as many new people, as  I could.  They also understood the value of being affiliated with international organizations, after college graduation.

Recently, I was asked by several friends whose daughters are ready to attend college, whether these young women should go through Sorority Recruitment, or not.  My answer is an unequivocal, enthusiastic YES!   

In a nutshell, Sorority Recruitment is the process by which these fraternal women’s groups seek out new members.  Typically, the process is governed by the local Panhellenic Council, made up of all the NPC (National Panhellenic Conference) on campus.   Each campus is different and recruitment will reflect that campus’ “style.”

So, why do I encourage young women to participate in Sorority Recruitment.  Simply put, it’s an easy way to meet potential friends.  Whether they are invited to join (accept a bid) a Sorority, or not, it is an experience in learning how to market and present themselves, under pressure.  Women should focus on being themselves, and highlighting their accomplishments and interests.   If you know Alumnae members of any group, ask them for references.   

I recommend the following three websites for more information:

http://www.sororityparents.com/ – Information/FAQs for parents of potential new members.

http://www.thesororitylife.com/ – Information for young women interested in participating in Recruitment.

http://www.recruitmentprep.com/ – Step-by-step instructions on the Recruitment process, what to expect and how to get ready, for potential new members


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It’s finally available! The first novella in the Sole Regret series, featuring drummer, Gabe “Force” Banner was released today. It’s available in ebook format from the following retailers.

For the five sexy rock gods of Sole Regret, finding love is easy, keeping it is hard.

Melanie has no desire to meet the members of the rock band, Sole Regret, but her groupie of a best friend gets them both backstage and then rushes off with the band’s lead singer. Left alone at an after party with a bunch of scary tattooed and pierced metal-heads, sheltered Melanie is relieved when the only normal-looking guy in the room insists on keeping her company.

By the time Melanie discovers that Gabe is the band’s drummer and not as normal as she assumed, she has already made a complete fool of herself. She can’t help but be interested in him, not as a rock…

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Ever feel overwhelmed by “stuff?”   I do, especially after watching episodes of “Hoarders,” on A&E.   I’m a pack rat. Always have been.  But, I don’t have trouble getting rid of the ubiquitous pile of paper, usually junk mail, that creeps onto the dining table.  Once the pile reaches critical mass, it’s gone!

Cleaning up my eating habits, however, is a different story.  I like food.  ALL kinds of food.  I’m the person to call, when you want to try a new restaurant and no one will go with you.   Unfortunately, I have the belly fat and chunky butt to show for it.   So, during this short break from RN school, I’m cleaning up my diet.

This has been easy and hard.   Easy, in that, I already like food, spices and vegetables.   Hard, in that, I REALLY like carbohydrates.   With sugar.   With salt.   With sugar and salt.  With a side of carbohydrates.   Especially, those found in bakeries, with sprinkles.

For the past three weeks, I’ve cut out all white carbs and added enormous amounts of vegetables.   By enormous, I mean, enough to substitute for the white carbs.  Which actually means smaller portions, because fresh vegetables bulk up faster in the body.   On days 2 and 3 I was a miserable, cranky, moody, harpy witch.   Sugar and unknown chemical detoxing is a bear.   In fact, the mood I was in, bears would have stayed far, far away from me.

I made it through the initial detox.  My next step is to find new recipes for lean proteins and vegetables.

Striving for progress, not perfection.


Summer Reading List

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TGIS!!  I’m off for a couple of months from school and can be a “grown-up,” again.  Which means the possibility of searching for a “real” (professional) job, which may/may not impact school, taking on a volunteer position at a local hospital or Planned Parenthood, or learning how to be a housewife.   The latter is not really an option.

In the meantime, I’ve already devoured “Bear Meets Girl,” by Shelly Laurenston, my new favorite contemporary paranormal author.  Shelly writes strong, sexy, independent, intelligent female lead characters who are in their thirties (or a little older).   I appreciate that she continues previous characters’ stories, as the series progresses, so we can revisit old, beloved characters.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her Magnus Pack series, her Pride series and the first in her Gathering series, “Hunting Season.”   She also writes a dragon series as G.A. Aiken, but I’m not a fantasy fan and have never been able to get into that series.

The second book I read was Christine Warren’s “On the Prowl,” latest installment in The Others series.  This series also features paranormal characters, in contemporary situations, and follows a group of female friends as they find themselves, their leading men and HEA.  The heroines are smart, sassy and able to stand on their own, so their men have to be true alpha males.

A newer series I started reading, even though the characters are younger than I typically like, are Olivia Cunning’s “Sinners” series, which follows a naughty rock band and their lady loves.   The themes are stronger sexually (some BSDM), than Laurenston’s or Warren’s.  I was surprised I enjoyed them as much as I have.

I’ve downloaded the “50 Shades of Grey,” trilogy, to see what all the hype is about.  However, I already have some doubts about the relationship in that series.   I am not a fan of women who are unable or unwilling to refer to their own body parts in anatomical terms and use “down there,” or “my privates,” to describe their female organs.   Furthermore, I feel it is irresponsible to introduce said women to a D/s lifestyle, without a great deal of coaching and sex education.   The premise of the books and the character’s too young ages, give me pause.   We’ll see.   (Lorelei James and Maya Banks have a better understanding of this lifestyle and extensive libraries, that are responsibly written and cheaper).

My newest find has been the “Savannah Coven,” series by Suza Kates.  Again, my favorite theme – female friends who find their mates and HEA.   It explores some paranormal themes and is a travelogue for the beautiful city of Savannah.   The first three book are available: “Whisper of the Witch,” “Conviction of the Witch,” and “Binding of the Witch.”  There will be nine books when she completes the series.  It has been unexpectedly engaging and entertaining learning each character’s personalities and unique abilities.  I am looking forward to reading more.