Fantastic Friday

Fall is for Thanksgiving

While we should be thankful every day, fall is a time of concentrated reflection, where we can look back at the year and count our many blessings. And though our memories will also stumble on some of the non-blessings that have occurred, I hope that those are few and overshadowed by the overwhelming happy moments that have touched your life.

Today I’m thankful for laughter. Couldn’t we all use a little Fantastic Friday laugh to start the weekend?  Here goes:

I recently picked up a copy of 511 Things Only Women Understand by Lorraine Bodger. Some of my favorites are listed below. I hope you enjoy.

Only Women Understand:

  • Amortization: If you wear that three-hundred-dollar suede jacket thirty times, it costs only ten dollars per wearing.
  • That running out of coffee, panty hose, mascara, and gas on the same morning is enough to send you back to bed for the rest of the day.
  • Why it’s unhelpful for your boyfriend or husband to point out that you’ve gone off your diet when you have.
  • Why a woman cannot have too many pairs of black slacks.
  • How to look as if you’re listening attentively while you’re actually planning your grocery list in your head.
  • That finding a pair of perfectly fitting jeans approaches having a religious experience.
  • The alarming difference between 120 pounds and 121 pounds.
  • The tone of your girlfriend’s telephone voice when she means: He’s in the room, so I can’t talk about that right now.
  • Why it makes perfect sense to wear toe-crushing, arch-defying, exquisitely beautiful pumps.
  • The difference between pants, regular pants, nice pants, good pants, and dressy pants.
  • Why it’s essential to pack your makeup case in your carry-on bag , not in your luggage.
  • That it’s impossible to own too much good jewelry. Or even too much bad jewelry.
  • How to ask for directions.

Have a wonderful weekend. Be thankful. Laugh and smile every moment that you possible can.

Terrific Tuesday Contest Winners

First, thank you for all of the wonderful responses and good luck wishes.  We did have more than 20 entries, so I’ve randomly picked 5 winners:

Yesterday’s contest question was, “Tell me the name of the restaurant Nick invites Beth to.”  The right answer was Carlino’s.

The winners are … (drum roll please)

Jan Surban, Starla Young, Sara Campbell, Ann Quinn, and Sherry Fundin.

Each of you need to send me another ‘contact me’ message with your addresses so I can mail you a swag pack.

Thank you again for the great response turnout – please spread the word and stay tuned for today’s new contest.

Fantastic Friday


Do you remember your first kiss?

Did you feel butterflies in your stomach?

Reach up onto your toes?

Close your eyes?

Did you think you might stop breathing?

Was the kiss itself as wonderful as the anticipation?

I bought a book at Mckay’s Bookstore in Nashville a couple of weeks ago called The Kiss – a Romantic Treasury. It’s a collection of poems and sayings that describe one of the most intimate, exciting and anticipated moments in a person’s life. As I read through some of these anecdotes, I laughed, remembered, and a couple of times I even sighed out loud. Below are just a few.

“I have found men who didn’t know how to kiss. I’ve always found time to teach them.” Mae West.

“I don’t know how to kiss, or I would kiss you. Where do the noses go?” Dudley Nichols.

“Women still remember the first kiss after men have forgotten the last.” Remy de Gourmont.

“It is a strange sensation, a clumsy stumbling falling being caught, the broad sunlit world narrowing to the dark focus of his cushiony lips on mine. It scared me to death, but still I discovered how much I had been waiting for it.” Jane Smiley.

“…kisses are a better fate than wisdom.” E. E. Cummings.

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” Ingrid Bergman.

“The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender.” Emil Ludwig.

“I think he is going to kiss me. I wonder how I will breathe. I remember … it’s much better not to think things through too much, just to do them. So I do … He kisses me … His closeness must have an antihistamine effect, because, though we kiss for a long time, I am able to breathe.” Ellyn Bache.

“Every kiss provokes another. Ah, in those earliest days of love how naturally the kisses spring to life! So closely, in their profusion, do they crowd together that lovers would find it as hard to count the kisses exchanged in an hour as to count the flowers in a meadow in May.” Marcel Proust.

“… then I did the simplest thing in the world. I leaned down … and kissed him. And the world cracked open.” Agnes de Mille.

I recently posted an excerpt from Winter’s Magic under the tab above called Music City Hearts Series. I can’t share with you the first kiss yet, but I can reveal a little bit of the anticipation…

How would you describe a first kiss or the anticipation of it?