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Taking a Break


I’m taking a break from blogging for awhile.

You can still access all of the old posts but I’ve turned commenting off.

Thanks for reading.


World Nutella Day: Friday, February 5, 2010


It’s World Nutella Day. Yay!

Thanks to Michelle at bleeding espresso along with Ms. Adventures in Italy and At Home in Rome, we have World Nutella Day.

I’m celebrating by spreading Nutella between two Nilla Wafers. Yum!

Hmm, maybe I’ll buy a package of Oreos and replace all the cream with Nutella. Or maybe I’ll just eat it with a spoon. I wonder if I could stir it into coffee? Perhaps I should just stick to the Nilla Wafers.

What is your favorite way to enjoy Nutella?

Find out more by clicking this image:

World Nutella Day 2010

Stormy Weather

We’ve been getting lots of rain and wind in Southern California. This morning on my way to the office I noticed how high the waves were. So, I pulled out my trusty Flip camera and recorded the action.

Surf’s up!

Hangover Blues?

I repost this every year, because I usually need it myself.
I thought you might, too.

Hangover Cures

My Favorite Blog Images From 2009

January 2009

I love Louise Brooks and think this manga version of her is adorable.

February 2009

Just so cute. What do you think he’s listening to?

March 2009

The 2009 Rose Ball in Monaco. “The prettiest sight in this fine pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges.”

April 2009

I wear this every day in varying degrees of smokiness.

May 2009

Monica Bellucci, so effortlessly beautiful.

June 2009

The Paris skyline. I want to write a story from this gargoyle’s point of view. Imagine what he’s seen.

July 2009

I can’t tell you how many heirloom tomatoes I’ve put away this year. They are so yummy.

August 2009

I love making my own pizza.

September 2009

Here’s to you, Coco.

October 2009

There’s nothing like turning your world upside down to remind you that you’re not the center of the universe.

November 2009

Oh, how I miss New York and the arts.

December 2009
Then I remember why I moved to California in the first place.

Happy New Year.

2009 End of Year Meme

As I did last year, I borrowed this meme from Michelle at bleeding espresso. I left out some of the questions. You can read the complete list at her delicious blog. This is a nice way to wrap up the year.

What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? Started a business on Etsy, killed an unfortunate lemon tree, crocheted fingerless mittens (they came out crooked), drank vintage champagne, drove two supercars (not necessarily in that order).

Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions and will you make more for next year? I don’t think I made any last year. It’s easier that way. But this year, I resolve to concentrate on only 1 of the 4 novels I have started to write.

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? A finished novel.

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Getting my business from concept to reality.

What was the best thing you bought? Scrivener writing software.

What did you get really, really excited about? Christmas, for some reason. I’ve been listening to Christmas music since July.

What do you wish you’d done more of? Write.

What do you wish you’d done less of? Stressed over other people.

How did you spend Christmas? With family.

What was your favorite TV program? Glee.

What was the best book you read? The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson.

What was your greatest musical discovery? Broadway show tunes.

What did you want and get? A backyard oasis.

What did you want and not get? A nutcracker. Every year I ask for a nutcracker for Christmas and I never get one.

What was your favorite film of this year? Does a miniseries count? If so, Lost in Austen. Here’s a scene that was deleted from the U.S. version.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? Ferragamo. The older I get, the more Italian I become.

What kept you sane? Champagne and The Secret.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I’m in love with Alfred Molina and Seth Rudetsky.

Who did you miss? My family and friends on the East coast.

Who was the best new person you met? The characters in my books.

What valuable lesson did you learn in 2009? Life is short. Start working on those dreams.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas.

I hope all of your holiday dreams come true.

Stay Warm

To all our readers who are getting socked in with snow this weekend:
We wish you warmth and easy travels.


Happy Halloween 2009

Halloween background

Have a spooky day!

Contest: The Girl Who Played With Fire


Book giveaway time. Yay!

I have one hardback copy of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Played With Fire, the second book in the international best-selling trilogy.

Courtesy of Alfred A Knopf marketing, I will be giving the book away for free to one lucky reader who can answer the following three questions:

1. What is the name of Lisbeth Salander’s corporation?
2. What beverage do they drink constantly in these books?
3. What is the name of the magazine where Mikael works?

Email your answers to

The first respondant to answer all 3 questions correctly will win the copy of the book and 5 temporary tattoos similar to the one on the cover of the first book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

dragon-tattooI have 20 additional tattoos to give away, so the first 20 participants will get a copy of the temporary dragon tattoo just for playing, so act quickly.

I will not share your private information with anyone and I will delete your info from my records after I have mailed your prize.

Good luck,