Sunday, January 19, 2014

Vegas, Baby!

We spent the week in Vegas for SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade show), so we were out there for "work".  If you call writing a blog "work" ;)

However, it wasn't all nose to the grindstone.  Once we finished up with the show, we had some free time before we came home, so we played a little bit.  Friday morning, we headed out to the Shark Reef to hang out with some cool critters.

There was a school group there, so you might want to turn the volume for the videos OFF unless you want to listen to a bunch of noisy kids.

Jay got to pet the stingray

Jay has decided that since no humans live under the water that that's where the aliens live, which prompted him to wonder if jellyfish are just alien sperm.  Yep, that's the way my hubby's mind works.  I'm a lucky girl, no?

Friday night, we all went to see Zumanity.  I was pleasantly surprised at the price.  When I looked up ticket prices online, the cheapest I could find was $165/ticket, yet when we went to the ticket counter, we found that we could get tickets for $74 each, so we snatched up the tickets.

Oh my word, Zumanity was so much fun!  I knew it was for adults, but I didn't expect the humor aspect.  I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. 

Saturday was our day to leave, but our flight wasn't until the evening, so we wasted time by driving around not-the-Strip Vegas.  The first stop was Gold and Silver Pawn shop, better known for their TV show Pawn Stars.  Although calling it a "stop" would be a lie.  We saw the lines to get in and opted for a drive-by instead.

5,000 people a day visit.  I bet not all 5,000 are there to pawn stuff.

Our next stop was Count's Kustoms, of Counting Cars fame. They are kind of tucked back off the main drag and a little more difficult to find, so there wasn't a line.  I'm a big fan of the show and am forever amazed at what Danny's crew can do.

After leaving Count's Kustoms, we were just driving around when suddenly both Jay and Mez spotted the most fun store of all ... The Zombie Apocalypse Store.  We had to stop.  What a fun store!  I could have bought everything in it.  Their stock was a combination of fun and useful.  Lots of just campy fun zombie-themed t-shirts and stickers along with ammo, freeze dried food, and non-firearm weapons.

By this time, our stomachs were starting to tell us it was time to find food, so off to In and Out Burger.  The boys really like it, but I'm kind of ho-hum about it.  I like their philosophy, but am not in love with their food.  Since it will be at least a year before they get to eat it again, I didn't raise any objections.  See what a good wife I am?

Even with all of the time we managed to waste during the day, we still got to the airport with plenty of time for me to sit down and read my new book almost cover-to-cover.

Read. this. book.

I'm not kidding.  If you read nothing else this year, you must read this book.  It's a real-life, love conquers all kind of book.  I spent the last few pages in tears, but not the bad kind.  You must read this book.

Friday, January 10, 2014

One More Blog

For anyone who is interested, I've started yet another blog.  SMH, I don't know why, it just seemed like the right thing to do.  As Funder says, "It seemed like a good idea at the time".

The new one is located on my author's page on Goodreads and will be primarily directed toward my books.  When I started this blog almost six years ago, it was not for shameless self-promotion, it was to write about "things" in my life.  Now, with the books, I don't want this blog to turn into, "Oh God, she's talking about her books again", thus the new blog.  Today's post (cross posted at Tales from the Trail) is about how you never know who you're going to meet in a day (which has actually given me a great idea for a post here, but I don't have time to write it today).

So, if you're interested in seeing what goes on in my very little writer's brain, click on over and check it out.

Saturday, January 4, 2014


I'm very blessed in the friend department.  This blanket-turned-tapestry was a gift and I loved it so much I couldn't bear to use it as a blanket, so it's helping to insulate the brick wall.  With the cold weather moving in, I'm sure it will be helpful, as this is the largest exposed brick wall in the apartment.

I just have to say, my next horse has some big shoes to fill.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

I Have a New Favorite T.V. Show

I'm not replacing The Walking Dead as my all-time favorite show, let's not get crazy.

I'm going to go ahead and blame Mom and Bill for this new T.V. show even though I bet they've never seen it.  I was in high school when they got married and that was the beginning of their mental decline. They moved us into an old farmhouse rich with history built in 1879.  The kitchen floor was completely rotten through, when you walked on it, you could feel it squish beneath your feet.  That was the first time I questioned their sanity, though we know is is far from the last time.

But I *loved* that house.  Loved it.  It was the beginning of my love affair with old houses.  I love the history, and the "quirks" that each old house has. When they bought the Lodge, they bought a "new" house, as the lodge was built in 1933 and we all know how beautiful the Lodge is.

I never had the opportunity to buy an old house, but I want one so bad I can almost taste it.  Currently, Jay and I live in an apartment in what used to be an old hotel, built in 1903.  I love our exposed brick and heat from big radiators in each room.  Yes, it can get cold.  When we had our really cold snap in November, we had a hard time getting the apartment over 64*F, but we just put on more layers and grumbled a little bit.

Love of old houses rubbed off on Nebalee, too.  Her house was built in 1890 and is small, but full of character.

I had to tell you all of that so I could tell you that my new favorite T.V. show is Rehab Addict with Nicole Curtis.  She takes old homes and uses reclaimed materials to bring them back to their former glory.

When we win the PowerBall, we're sooooo buying an old, run-down home and re-doing it.