Sunday, February 21, 2010

Round-Up and Randomness

The snow is melting, and I can see bare ground again. It was sort of sad watching robins flutter about on the white stuff. Although now my back yard is full of black birds, which means my car will be covered in bird poop.... joy.

It's been a rather quiet, dull week in my world. Fortunately, February is 2/3 over and March is almost here--SPRING!!!! I am so ready for winter to be over. I noted last night, around 5:30pm, that it was much brighter than usual. One of my favorite things about spring is how it stays light later and later and later into the evening. It's like a slow progression toward warm weather.

No news on the book or kitty front. Both are sort of in a static limbo right now.

This is a big week for the League of Reluctant Adults, though. Lots of new releases for Leaguers, as well as a theme week masterminded by our very own Nicole Peeler. So run over and check it out!

And if you haven't tried Betty Crocker's new Butter Pecan cake mix, it's delicious! I made cupcakes the other day--subtle flavor, not too sweet. Mmmmmmmm....

I hope everyone's been having a good week. I know I've been scatterbrained on the blog lately, but I have a few things in the planning stages. So stay tuned!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

New Interview

Debut author Jess Haines invited me over to her blog for a fun interview, in which I chat about myself (but only a little, I swear), urban fantasy, world-building choices, and what you can look forward to in AS LIE THE DEAD (7/27).

Jess's own book, HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, is on my wish-list and it looks awesome, so be sure to check it out May 4th!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snowpocalypse 2010

Three snow storms in ten days. I can't remember the last time we've had this much snow on Delmarva, much less two blizzards in less than a week. Down here in southern Maryland, we were at the bottom of the storm and fared better than my family an hour north in Delaware. But we still got more than I was expecting. Work was canceled three times this week. Schools have been closed all week, and will likely remain closed tomorrow, as well.

It's kind of crazy.

I've been taking lots of photos, though, and wanted to share a few from this past Saturday's storm (2/6/10).

The first is the back deck. I drew a line to show the usual height of the deck from the ground, so you can see just how much snow we got and how it drifted around the deck itself. The snow actually drifted our back door shut; a kind neighbor came by to dig us out.


Here's the side of the house and the alley/street, with more lovely drifts.


The front of the house, all snowed in. And yes, there is still three feet of snow/ice between the street and the mail box. I dug it out after the snowstorm on 1/30, but didn't get to it this time. Oops.


Our cars: before the digging began.


Our cars: after the digging. Note the five foot pile of snow produced by said digging.


This is the roof of a glass blowing shop just down the street from us. Some of the icicles hanging from it are four and a half feet long. No joke.