Saturday, April 7, 2007

In Other News......

I got up this morning to an email from Colleen Gleason, author of The Rest Falls Away (The Gardella Vampire Chronicles #1). I had entered a contest at her blog For All The World To See for an autographed copy of her book. AND I WON!! Yeah for me! I don't usually win anything, so I'm pretty psyched. And I've read some excellent reviews on this one. Book 2 hits the stores in June. If you haven't read her book, you should check it out. And the contest is still going on if you would like to enter!

On the downside, I'm fighting the oncomings of a major migraine at this point. I have a million things to do this weekend, so it's horrible timing. I'm getting ready to head out for some last minute Easter Basket shopping. I still have some little presents for the kids to wrap and ALL the basket stuff to put together. I need to grocery shop and put together something to take to my Aunt Peggy's for Easter dinner tomorrow. The thought of spending 5 hours with my family is actually making my head hurt worse. Don't get me wrong. I love my parents. But it's hard to be a mother and a career woman in my 30's, and spend time with them. They have a way of making me feel 13 and awkward all over again. We are polar opposites, my parents and I, in just about everything from politics to religion. Seriously. My mom reads Ann Coulter!!! It makes my stomach turn to just here her name!! My mom actually had the audacity to try to get me to read one of her books. I told my mom in no uncertain terms that as much as I love books and abhor book burning, I'd torch it page by page if she left one in my possession!! So yes, I tend to stress at the thought of spending time with them.

The one bright spot, is the fact that my baby brother Luke will be there. He and I are really tight and I haven't seen him since Christmas. You know, when Luke was born, I never in a million years thought we would be close. I was 12 when he came screaming into existence. When Luke started kindergarten, I was starting my Senior year in high school. I left for college that next year, and didn't look back. In actuality, I've always felt a bit guilty about leaving him. It was a crazy time in all our lives, with the loss of my other brother Chad. My parents went incredibly protective over Luke after that. They almost smothered the poor kid. Now...he's in college after 3 years in the Army, and he's awesome!! Smart, hilarious and a liberal to boot! (of course, Mom blames that on my influence, like it's a BAD thing!) And I know he'll have my back tomorrow when Mom and Dad start in on me. (Unless it's a Pick-On-Luke-Day....which means I'll have HIS back!)

In the meantime, I'm popping Excedrin like candy....while I'm hording the Maxalt just in case my head actually might explode. Wish me luck!

Later!

15 comments:

Kristy said...

Happy Easter Stephanie. I hope you feel better and that it's not too cold there. It's a little chilly here.

Chris said...

Congrats on winning the book. I have no luck in that department. Hope your head feels better soon. And think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts...

Andi said...

Oh, crap, Stephanie. Did you say Ann Coulter? I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Good luck with the migraine. I had one yesterday (that even Excedrin wouldn't kill), and I feel one brewing again as we speak.

Kailana said...

How cool that you won! As much as I wouldn't mind having an autographed one, I didn't enter because I think it is only fair that people that haven't read it win. In my opinion, anyways. :)

Bookfool said...

This is a crap week for migraine sufferers. Chris, Andi, me, you. Blecch. Chris (at Stuff as Dreams are Made On) recommends something called Head On Migraine. I need to look it up.

Congrats on winning the book - it's a goodie!

Rhinoa said...

Yay you on winning! I hope the migrane goes away, I get them sometimes and know how awful they feel. Teh best bet is to go and lie in a dark soon and try and sleep it off.

Kim said...

Happy Eatser! I hope your migraine went away and that you have a decent time with the family. I just received a call from MY mom saying I never call her anymore..I swear I just talked to her 2 days ago! Gotta love family :0) And I totally understand what you mean when you said that you feel like a little kid again whenever you get around them...do we ever get to grow up???? I am 30 years old, married, and live over 500 miles away from my family and whenever we go and visit them it is like I am back in High School all over again!

kookiejar said...

Hope you survive Easter with the family. I avoid family functions like the plague. Ugh.

Hope you feel better, too. I've been a migraine sufferer all my life, I'll be sending happy thoughts your way.

Bellezza said...

Perhaps a dark chocolate rabbit will assuage that headache; I hope so anyway. Congratulations on winning the Gleason book!

Marg said...

Congrats on your win! Hope your migraine disappeared and you had a great time with your brother!

Shelly Kneupper Tucker said...

Hey Stephanie, I hope your Easter wasn't as bad as you feared. Maybe that migraine is gone, and you can just sit back and be happy that you won the book!

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Carl V. said...

Congrats! I have a feeling you'll enjoy the book, it was really fun!

Quixotical said...

Congrats on the win - it's a really fun read, I loved it!

Anonymous said...

I won a copy of this as well. I loved it! Very surprising that I liked a romance :) I never thought I'd read one. It was more of a suspense/thriller kind of book to me. Can't wait to hear what you think of it.