"I BELIEVE IN PINK! I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."— Audrey Hepburn

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every night, friends. You have done what you could. Let it go.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hard to Come By

Hard to Come By (Hard Ink, #3)Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was given to me as an uncorrected ARC. I cannot say enough about this book! A wonderful addition to the Hard Ink series and in keeping with the other books the hero is to die for and will make your heart melt. Laura Kaye seems a master at the inner workings of the hard assed hero and this time is no exception. Things are not always perfect for our hero, but that's life...This book picks up right where the last one left off and of course leaves us hankering for the next one in the series. I actually find myself envying the readers that are looking forward to the release of the book on the 25th. They have a lot to look forward to!
Get ready everyone you are in for a real treat!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Letting Go, by Molly McAdams

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author returns with a sizzling novel of love, loss, guilt, and forgiveness.
Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.
It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?

About the Author:
Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry daughter. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach, which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. When she's not at work, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom surrounded by her laptop, cell, Kindle and fighting over the TV remote. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm...or under one in a bathtub if there are tornadoes. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Another year, Another success!

Good Morning...Although most of you won't see this until later than that...My title refers to our local Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. I live in Maryland and I have been involved in some form or another since 1996. That would be the year after my diagnosis in 1995. For many years now, with a short break for a stint as race chair I have been the Survivor tent chair. I have also served as Volunteer chair and teams and other things...
I and my small committee plan all year and the the day before the race is set up day! We work all afternoon to make sure we have the tent all decorated and ready for the thousands that will visit the next day! This year I had the added excitement of passing a few kidney stones Friday morning before work...never a dull moment!

So that is some of us setting up the day before...See the pink pumpkins? Cute, huh? Then Saturday night we bravely voluntered to attend a Crab feast to benefit KomenMD...They offered a table to Survivors...we filled it...only to be at the race at 0500...oh the sacrifices we make for the cause...lol...So here is a little shot of the festivities!

We did have fun...and then I fell...missed a step actually...on the way to the buffet...because I don't actually eat crabs...

This is only one of the results there is also the cracked knee cap and the other various aches and pains...oh well...all in the name of breast cancer, right!?!
On to the race!
Here are a few pictures from that day...

The Survivor Picture 

Fun in the Tent

On the Table

All in all it was a good day...It always is...The year can be frustrating< as it can be hard to get people to read and return emails, we have no budget, and I have been doing this labor of love a very long time...My day job has become much more challenging as of late.
There is also the fact that I am very involved in the advocacy side of the breast cancer movement...But I feel that that is a post for another day...
All of that is a very long way to say that this year has been my swan song...It is with mixed feelings that I must say that I am retiring from the leadership of the KomenMD survivor tent.
As Always,