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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

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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,

Cutest Kitten Noms

Video from the greatest Web site ever: I Can Has Cheezburger

Vote for Max

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Vote for Max.

What are you waiting for?

Vote Now!!!

Don’t you know writers need wine and lots of it.

Vote. Vote. Vote.

Stolen Survey


I’ve been in a blog rut lately, actually more of a life rut. I had a wisdom tooth out and the painkillers dulled my brain and made me think my body was made of wood. I can’t handle medicines. I can’t even take two aspirin at the same time. I’m much better off with wine. Anyway, my imagination has been turned off by some prescription evil force. So, I am borrowing this survey from Max. Go read Max’s blog. It’s much more interesting than mine.

The A to Z Survey.

A is for Allergies – none
B is for Beer – Guinness, but if that doesn’t count because it’s technically stout, then Boddingtons. And that starts with a B as an added bonus.
C is for Career – journalist, editor, answerer of questions
D is your Dog’s name – no dog, but my favorite dog ever was named Holly
E is for Essential item you use Everyday – lip gloss
F is for Favorite TV show – hmm, I’m working my way through The Wire
G is for Game – pheasant (just kidding)
H is for Home town – originally Philly, then New York, now L.A.
I is for Instruments – can’t play anything, got good vocals though
J is for Juice – that thick green stuff that looks gross but tastes really good
K is for whose butt you’d like to Kick – everybody’s
L is for Last place you Lived – does that mean previous to now? Beverly Hills adjacent. Only L.A. people will understand that Westside Rentals term
M is for Marriage – never been a goal of mine
N is your Name – it’s not Grace, my lovely readers just started calling me that
O is for Overnight hospital stays – none
P is for Passion – wasn’t that the show with the puppet that came to life?
Q is for Quote – “Brevity is the soul of lingerie” (Dorothy Parker) It’s all I can think of on short notice. Heh.
R is for Regret – I regret everyone I never punched in the nose who deserved it. Jeez, I’m in a bad mood.
S is for Status – almost sober
T is for the Time you woke up – not yet
U is for Underwear – right now? blue lace
V is for Vegetable – mashed potatoes
W is for Worst habit – biting my lip
X is for X-ray – just had a full head one at the dentist
Y is for Your favorite sport – it used to be hockey, then it was baseball, then Formula 1, now it’s nothing
Z is for Zodiac – Virgo, but I have a thing for Pisces

Waiting for the Sun


Sephora has a new sampler kit that features a whole bagful of premium sun protection products.

I just purchased the kit so I can review the products for you.

100% of the net profits from the sales of this set will be donated to The Skin Cancer Foundation

Sephora Sun Safety Kit

Set includes:
0.14 oz Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15

0.23 oz DDF Protect and Correct UV Moisturizer SPF 15
0.5 oz Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20
0.25 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Lotion SPF 30

1.0 oz Anthony Logistics Facial Moisturizer SPF 15

0.1 oz Clarins UV Plus Day Screen High Protection SPF 40

0.34 oz Korres Watermelon Sunscreen Face Cream SPF 30

0.33 oz Cosmedicine Medi-matte Oil Control Lotion SPF 20

0.08 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 PA+++

0.25 oz Ole Henriksen Herbal Day Cream SPF 15

0.4 oz Philosophy Hope in a Jar SPF 20

0.25 oz Smashbox Photo Finish UVA/UVB SPF 15

0.01 oz Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Well-Rested for Eyes SPF 30

expandable, brightly colored beach bag made from recycled plastic.

Stay tuned for more after the kit arrives.