Thursday, February 16, 2012

Winter is Cold and So Am I

Winter. It's cold, right? In many places, yes, but not so much where I live, which is in North Carolina. I mean, I do have to wear a light jacket here and there, but compared to New York, where I lived for the first 34 years of my life, winter here is like a balmy breeze. No shoveling, no window scraping, maybe a couple of inches of snow for the entire season--and it's all gone within a day.

So why the title, "Winter is Cold and So Am I"? The truth is, sometimes I feel downright cold. Not cold temperature-wise, but cold-hearted.  There are days when it seems that I hate just about everything. Even things I sometimes love!

For example, coupons. They're so much work! You have to remember to bring them, figure out which is the best deal, remember to use them at the register, make sure you have the coordinating rewards card with you. My question is, why don't they just make all the prices cheaper and save us all this work? Stores would be saving work and money for themselves, too, not having to utilize expensive equipment and take up employees' time.

And French toast. That's another thing. Here in NC there's a phenomenon where if there's even the slightest mention of a possible snow flurry, everyone runs to the store to buy bread, milk, and eggs. Because surely if it were to snow, we'd all have to make French toast. It would be a French toast emergency! The problem? These French-toast-supply-stocker-uppers are in the way of we normal people who simply need to buy bread so we'll have it for sandwiches!

Come to think of it, a lot of the things I feel "cold" about have to do with shopping. An activity I normally love! The other day, the heel broke off my favorite pair of sexy boots. Sad but semi-okay, because now I have an excuse to go shoe shopping! (Surely I would not be expected to live without sexy boots, right?) Yet I'm not looking forward to shopping because I know that I have a $10 off thing for my favorite shoe store and since I can't find it, I'll feel ripped off paying full price.

Other things I have a love/hate relationship with include: house flags (which one am I supposed to put up now that Valentine's is over and Easter is so far away?), the Internet (so convenient yet inconvenient), my cats (so adorable, but not when they puke), and many, many other things.

It's become obvious that I need a break from the normal world. A trip to the lake, where I can literally spend an entire weekend and not have to interact with anyone.

Oh, and there's good news, too! My publisher is running a coupon code (gasp!) for 10% off "Momnesia" books. Use code BOOKCLUB10 to get 10% off already reduced wholesale pricing.

See, I told you... there are things I both love and hate!

I am an author whose novel, "Momnesia," will be released 3/16/12 in Paperback and Kindle. I've been a freelance writer, journalist, columnist, and seminar speaker for 15+ years, and also have a nonfiction book, "Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs," published in 2005. I'm a happily married mom of two, step mom of two more, and have two cats, both rotten. Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy my blog!


  1. This sounds like a great read. In my days, we called it informally,mumnesia, but the medical term is "maternal amnesia". The recovery is determined by taking the number of years home with kids X 1.5 years. The improvement can be accelerated or "mumnesia"'s onset delayed by regular kid-less trips to warm beaches, cruises, and scheduled romantic interludes with husband. Volunteering or working full or part time can also delay the onset of "maternal amnesia " but it is likely that all mothers will be touched by it. You can send me your research dollars so I can continue to laboriously scan medical documentation while sitting on the beach having frozen tropical drinks.(alcohol free while researching, of course)! :) :) Therefore I cannot wait to read your research and compare it with the body of evidence that I have gathered over the years. Good luck with this book that will most definetly touch every Mom out in reading land. Non mothers or pregnant ones shouldn't worry as this condition is fully reversible with the treatment outlined above!

    1. What a riot! You literally made both my husband and I laugh out loud at 6:20am (not an easy task, I assure you, as I am not a morning person)!

      Maybe I'll meet up with you on the beach and we can research together! And forget about the non-alcoholic beverages... if it's morning, we'll just have bloody Marys and call it a vegetable.

      Meanwhile, thanks for posting, and for being interested in "Momnesia." I invite you to my full website,, where you can preview the first two chapters free, and find all sorts of other fun stuff!


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