Ramblings….Wine weekend and prison tats…sheesh

Well followers, I got to ramble a bit….

So yesterday, there was a wine festival in the neighboring town. This is the second year that we have gone and we have soooo much fun.  Enjoying wine, laughing with friends and buying endearing yard art and other crafted items….this year my yard art will include swinging roosters…I will have to post a pic when I can get my hungover ass outside to put it up.

After the festival, we decided to do a little bar hopping…so we stop we go in….and here’s where my musing will happen.

As you can see from my blog logo, I have a neck tattoo….it’s something special to me and it’s says “Bibliophile”.  Now since I have gotten it, I have been asked repeatedly what it means and I happily explain the definition and proudly tell them it’s a badge of honor for me…now some people thought it meant something about bibles, and I say I have read that too.  And I have had a few idiots thinking it said pedophile, like I would brand my body with that…people see “….phile” and go dark fast.

So back to the bar with my girlfriends…I need a refill so I meander up to the bar to get fresh cocktail, Grey Goose, Sprite and lime. (Can’t go too exotic in a small town.) Now yesterday was hot, I mean hotter than five kinds of hell hot, sweating like a whore in church hot.  I wore my long hair up in a messy bun with a cute bandana so my neck was exposed for all to see.  Now, I am a 46 year old, slightly “fluffy” gal, and not to stereotype myself or anyone else, I am the LAST person you would expect to do hard time in a state or federal penitentiary.

I am waiting patiently at the bar (I really was!!) for my refill when a gentleman (I use the term sarcastically) asks me if I have been to prison.  At first I wasn’t sure if he was talking to me because I wasn’t looking or interacting with him at all.  So when I did look at him and said “Excuse me?” I realized he was talking to me.  I looked a little confused and he said “Well you have a neck tattoo…” Now I don’t know much about “prison” rules/regulations but I didn’t know that a neck tat was an admission to serving time. I wasn’t sure to be amused or pissed at the assumption so I go to my “go to” persona, Sarcastic bitch, Lola….and Lola proceeded to say “Why yes, yes I was, for stabbing a man who asked stupid questions…I didn’t hear your question….”

Now I am proud of all my tattoos, well except for my first and I am in the process of fixing it.  They have meaning, they have history….I love them.

 

Eden Books…An Alternative to Corporate Online Booksellers!!

I have to give a big shout out to this new and incredibly amazing idea! When I found out about what Eden Books was going to be about, I read up on it and I was honored to receive an invitation to be a reader/blogger advisory member.  
What is Eden Books you ask?  Well take a look at what they say on their website:

Eden Books will be an online bookstore dedicated to romance and women’s literature. We’re a multi-vendor marketplace with a social media component.  

In a time when the large online book retailers are restricting, hiding, and even disallowing the availability of certain books, an alternative to the status quo is needed.

Eden Books seeks to provide a supportive and encouraging environment that will allow the largest genre read to continue to spread hope, love, and happily ever after.

No limits, no restrictions. 

 

www.edenbooks.org

 

I want to shout from the rooftops about this fantastic project!  They are starting their KickStarter campaign on September 1 and I will be proudly donating to the cause!  I hope you do too!
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Squeee! So excited, so I’m gonna ramble a bit….

So this weekend is my first ever author event! When I started this blog, I was hoping that I would get the courage to travel to a few of these! And I AM!!

I am scheduled for three this year:

Twin Cities Author Event – This weekend!! So, so excited! I will be posting to my Instagram with all my favorite authors and new friends I hope to meet!

Renaissance City Author Event – October 6th, I am hoping to meet my one of my all time favorite authors there!!

Love N Vegas – The weekend of October 26…this is the cremé del a cremé of author events! I am actually volunteering for this one and it’s gonna be EPIC!

That’s all for now…I have to go finish packing for this weekend….did I pack enough pens for autographs? Did I pack enough business cards for my blog? (This is gonna be a great networking opportunity!) I hope to remember to pack clothes!  Just kidding, I did that first!

 

 

Memorial Day…

All Gave Some, Some Gave All…

I am a proud Army veteran and married to my combat Army veteran. Like most veterans, Memorial Day is a tough day for us. People tend to confuse Veterans Day, with Memorial Day. I am not gonna lie, my husband and I both cringe a bit when we get thanked on Memorial Day and here is why….

Veterans Day is a time to celebrate veterans, this is the time to “Thank a Vet”.

Memorial Day is a day to reflect on service men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice to our country. This is not a day to thank a vet, this is a day to reflect on the above saying. This is a day to go to your local cemetery or national cemetery and take a minute to think of the families that were left behind. To think of what they sacrificed to give us the freedoms that we hold dearly.

Take time today, when you are with your families and enjoying the unofficial start of summer, to appreciate the land of the free, because of the brave.

Wait until November 11 to thank a veteran, to shake a hand, to visit a VA hospital or nursing home.

I will get off my soap box now…embrace your loved ones today. I hug my husband and kiddos a little tighter today….