Friday, January 28, 2011

I'm still alive.

School is burying me.

And I just found a new place to live on Tuesday.

The plan is to move this weekend.

And study for 3 tests.

And write a short paper for English.

Oh and read about 5 books for JYTBB.

Let's not forget my goal to write at least 1K a day on whatever story is currently on my mind.

But first, I need to finish packing.

I would say I need to exercise too, but I consider moving boxes up and down 20 steps a really good workout.

So yeah, I'm still alive.....barely.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The cutest thing ever.

Someone posted this on twitter and I HAD to share it. Seriously, it's so freaking cute!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The gym killed me.

And I'm pretty sure I pulled that muscle in my butt....again.

I made up this post with my BEFORE pictures, but I'm not going to lie - I'm too chicken to post them. At least today, but just know this: I started the YMCA Weight Loss Challenge on Monday. Weighed in and apparently have gained back that lovely 5 pounds I lost a few weeks back. That's okay. I've been to the gym every night so far and plan to keep it up.

Maybe tomorrow I'll grow a pair and post my before pictures. Until then I'm going to put an ice pack on my butt.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #2

I'm still working on The Unexpected Clash of Strangers. I haven't done much new writing to the story, but I am combing through it, revising a few things, and getting myself back into the Gracie mode. (By the way, is one fantastic mode to be in.) If you would like to read my first Teaser Tuesday and learn what the story is about, click here.

Banner made by Cheryl.

Ethan-Dean perches his elbows up on the table and stares at me for a moment. I bet he’s thinking what a loser Stephen is, and wondering why I didn’t leave in the first place. It’s everyone's natural reaction when I tell them the story.

Okay, maybe not everyone, seeing as I’ve only told about five people, not including my family what happened between us. It’s not like I’m this huge movie star yet where everyone cares about my every move.

“But now you’re over him?” I let out a mockingly laugh like he’s crazy for even asking me such an absurd question. “Because for someone who is over their ex, you’re going to some extreme lengths to show that you don’t care.”

“What are you trying to say here, dude?” I demand.

“I’m saying you’re clearly not over your ex-husband.”

My hands curl into fist and I glare at him. “Oh, like you’re clearly over your ex, Mr. Storage Space.”

“But I am over her.”

“Then why is her toothbrush still in your bathroom drawer?”

His face drops. “You went through my stuff?”

I shrug. “Yeah, don’t you look at other’s people’s stuff when you use their bathroom?”

“No,” he snaps. “That’s an invasion of privacy!”

“Oh, sorry. I'll make it up to you. When you come to my place, feel free to roam through my drawers. Just don't look in my top drawer because my panties are there, and that would just be creepy.”

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday Love

The lovely Kelsey from Eat, Drink, Be a Tourist sent me an award. This is my first award for my blog! When I first started my book blog people used to pass around awards, and they always made me feel extra special, and this one had the exact same effect! So thank you, Kelsey!

There are 4 duties to perform to accept this award:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

1. I have several nicknames: Amber Dawn, Amber D, Amber Bamber, Sister, Annie, Granny Gray, Am, Amb, Sammy Jones or Jones. I love nicknames - if you have one for me, give it to me! But one nickname I absolutely HATE is Ambular. There are only three people on this Earth who are allowed to call me by that and you are not one of them.

2. I used to hate reality TV back in the day except for The Osbournes. Now? I watch that crap all the freaking time! It's ridiculous really. I blame Bravo, MTV, E!, and the Style network for having marathons on Sundays.

3. I love to drive. If I'm listening to the radio and a good song comes on I will usually keep driving until it's over. This had made me late to work and other things before, but I can't help it. If I had a nice trust fund set up, I'd buy a van, throw a mattress in the back, and just take off on the road for a month.

4. I can easily become obsessed with things. I don't know where this fangirl type gene came from, but it's here to stay.

5. Seether is my main band. Like my sister says, the day we're able to go to a concert there's a good chance I'll get myself arrested if I run into Shaun Morgan.

6. I come up with a new story idea at least once a week if not more. I wish I could be one of those authors (Stephen King you crazy man, you!) who can bang out a book in under a month because I have a million characters I'd like the world to meet.

7. I will always be a dreamer and a kid at heart. I don't see a point of growing up.

Now I'm supposed to tag 15 people, but guys, I'm kind of new to the whole personal blog community so I'm just going to tag 5 people. But if you stumbled upon my blog, leave me a comment so I can go check out yours. Or tell me a blog that's your favorite so I expand my reader :)

1. Cheryl from a mother; a writer; a dreamer
2. Sara from Babbling Flow
3. Rochelle from Mascara Envy
4. Delilah from Delilah S. Dawson
5. Helen at Helen Kiaya Pemberton

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Since I pretty much failed at writing a novel last year, I told myself this year I will just go with it. Whatever my muse is trying to feed me, I'll bite. Lately, it's been my unfinished story: The Unexpected Clash of Strangers. I dove back into it, re-read all 120 pages I had, and forgot how much I loved this story.

Below you can read a quick summary plus a teaser from it.

There is nothing worse than getting caught in a random winter storm. Especially if by some weird coincidence you’re wearing a red sequin flapper dress and reeking of tequila. How I get myself in these situations is beyond me.

Grace didn't think her day could get any worse until she bumped into her ex-husband, Stephen, and his size-two fiancée. Determined not to look like a loser, Grace does what she has to do: Lie.

Grabbing a complete stranger off the street, she introduces him as Ethan, her big-time corporate lawyer boyfriend. To explain her ridiculous outfit, she adds on another one: She's starring in a movie based in the 20's. What should have been a one-time lie spirals out of control. Now she has to try and keep her fake relationship, and somehow put a movie together. Will this struggling actress pull it off or will she fall flat on her face?

Here is a little taste of it:

“Damn thing!” my father yells then starts beating it against his side table.

“George, honestly, your daughter is here with her boyfriend.” The beating stops against the side table and my father slowly turns his head towards us. His eyes squint then he pulls his glasses out of his shirt pocket and slips them on.

“You a schmuck?” my father asks Ethan-Dean.

“No, sir,” Ethan-Dean replies.

“That’s what the last one said.” I cringe. I forgot to inform Ethan-Dean that while my mother loved Stephen, my father thought he was the prime example of what would happen if two apes got together and had a human child.

To make up for my father’s lack of hospitality, my mother offers Ethan-Dean something to drink. When he replies with the common curosty of Mrs. Holloway, she insists he calls her Ruth. This is a good sign. It means she likes him.

Donnie sits down on the sofa with his arms crossed and stares at the two of us. He doesn’t say anything, just tries too hard to give his ‘I’m a badass’ look so it’s making his eyes cross. I think Ethan-Dean notices this too because he quickly turns and starts to cough a little, but he’s smiling.

My mother comes back in with her hands full of beer, Sprite, apple juice, water, and tea. Thankfully they’re all in bottles with caps or she would be spilling them everywhere. She approaches Ethan-Dean first, and I nudge my head towards the beer. I have no clue if he’s a beer drinker, but if he takes it, Donnie will think he’s more of a man this way. Johnny on the other hand will not be pleased, but I’m taking on one uncle at a time here.

Ethan-Dean follows my command and starts reaching for the beer. “Hey muttonhead,” my father says, jabbing his finger in our direction, “you thinkin’ about drinking my beer?”

Ethan-Dean snatches his hand back. “N-No, sir. I was reaching for the apple juice.”

“Apple juice,” Donnie snorts. “You plan on wanting a nap afterwards there sissy boy?”

“Donnie, please act your age,” Johnny says sternly.

“Good choice,” my father says, wiggling his chubby fingers for my mother to stick the beer in his hand. “That other boob she was married to always took the first beer. I told Gracie next time he did that, I’d punch him in his snot clocker.” My father starts shaking his fist for dramatic effect, and I bury my face into my hands.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Things I want to do in 2011.

I welcomed the New Year with a lovely chest cold that has decided to hang out with me for a while. I don't know why. I'm not being a very good hostess, and I'm hoping at some point Chest Cold will get the hint that its stay has been long overdue.

I'm not letting Chest Cold get me down. I have plans for 2011. I'm not the type of person who sits around waiting for a new year so I can have a new 'me'. I dropped 'resolutions' a few years back because I realized I never accomplish them then feel like a failure when I realize a whole year has passed, and nothing got done. Instead I shoot for goals. And even though I made goals for 2010 that weren't met, I did accomplish a lot of things. Things that weren't even on my list, such as:

Starting School. I'm getting my associates degree in the Medical Office Assistant program at a local tech school. Next week I start my second semester. You know what my GPA was for my first semester? 3.9. I repeat: I GOT A 3.9 GPA! People, this is not me. I was HORRIBLE in high school, but I told myself when I enrolled I would make a 3.5. I would study. I would take this seriously, and I'm damn proud of that 3.9.

Then there were things that I had a goals for like: Keep Your Faith and Be Happy. Maybe I didn't start attending church like I wanted to, but there's still next Sunday to try it. And I kept my temper under check A LOT this year. Trust, me I was tested. Oh good lord was I tested! Between work and family - *deep breaths* Some days I did blow up. Some days I'd walk into the freezer at work and kick the crap out of a box of bred, but then I shook my shoulders and I moved on.

I didn't write a novel. I didn't loose 30 pounds. I somewhat kept my spending habits to a minimum - oh and I paid off 3 credit cards - HOLLA!

So what does 2011 bring for me? Well hopefully everything on this list:

Write. I'd like to write a novel. I'd like to finish two of my already-novels. I'd love to give Gus the beginning, middle, and end she deserves. I'd love to venture into Gracie's story so more, and I would love to start Gabby's story...wait a second. Do you see the G pattern I have with my character's names? What's up with that? Anyways, I want to write until my fingers go numb. I want to write short stories, blog about life, and keep pumping out all those fun shiny new ideas that I may never finish because I'm a writer and that's what I do.

Get healthy. I'd love to loose 50 pounds this year, because I am going to be 26 in April. I know that all this extra weight I am carrying is not healthy. I know if I loose the weight my mind-set will be so much better. That's why you'll be seeing a monthly update of my weight loss adventure here.

Try new things. Whether it's trying new food that makes me want to gag or going to the creek with my friends in the summertime. Just try it. Even if I think I'm going to hate it. Go for it!

Get another tattoo. 

Keep up my GPA.

Go to concerts. Mainly I want to see Seether. I HAVE to see Seether this year!

Dress more girly. I am a jeans, shirt, and hoodie type of girl. I'd love to step out of my comfort zone and dress up more. When I do, I feel so pretty inside and out. 

Don't let it get to me. All those little pet peeves and all those people who know how to push my buttons. Dust them off. It's not worth it.

And most importantly:

Enjoy life and be more productive with it! As much as I love surfing the net and sitting on my couch watching marathons of horrible reality shows (have you people seen Jerseylicious or The Real Housewives? Ohmygosh!!) - I need to get out more. I need to hang out with my friends more. I need to travel, do stupid things, make a thousand mistakes, and then laugh them all off.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Love makeup?

I've been diving into a new obsession: Make Up. Okay, maybe it's not really that new, but thanks to my friend Rochelle (who is giving away a brush set), I've been playing around with new products and scouting out makeup blogs like crazy. I stumbled up Funny Face Beauty who is having one AWESOME holiday giveaway that everyone needs to go check out! Click here to find out how you can win the loot above!