Disney Bound, Donuts, and Ron Swanson

It’s been a sad and very stressful week here. I need all of the cliché autumn things to lift my spirits – socks, fireplace, hot cocoa. We get approximately 24 hours of fall weather before the next heat wave, and I go into full Connecticut mode. (Right now you’re like, Emma Foster sure does complain about the heat a lot! You’re right. It’s part of my charm. You’ll get used to it.) Here’s what I will be doing for comfort this weekend: I'm Reading: this book, which is the most boring title in the world, but so far a really compelling read.…

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Atonement, Aspirational Dinner Parties, and the Popcast

I am typing this with a greenish-grey mud mask drying on my face. It smells like old peppermint and feels like it might be slowly etching the skin off of my skull. But my teenaged daughter, who is my make up and skin care consigliere, swears that it is going to give my face a youthful glow. It’s easy for her to say that shit to me, since she’s not actually the one who pays for these miracles. Elsewhere on the agenda for the weekend: Watching: I mentioned last week that I was re-reading Atonement, now I’m dying to see the…

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Adjectives, Trader Joe’s, and Succulent Jellyfish.

  Before I forget: if you are going to be in Southern California this Sunday afternoon, I will be at the Ripped Bodice reading and signing Moonstone Heart. Also reading this Sunday:  Ann Royal Nicholas, Sarah Vance Tompkins, and Christine Ashworth. Y'all, this event is FUN. This is an ALL ROMANCE bookstore and there are SNACKS. It's practically heaven. Come join the fun! Now, on to the roundup: Last weekend at the beach my daughter was stung by a stingray. I suppose the name should have given it away. They are hateful animals. Big, flat, brown, squishy, mean fish. Did…

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San Diego, Howard's End, and a Story Ninja

How are you celebrating Labor Day? We are spending the weekend in San Diego celebrating my husband’s 50th birthday. According to our kids, 50 is when a person officially turns OLD. When I was a kid, I thought 50 years old was like a million years old, so I get where they are coming from. But for what it’s worth, Joe is rocking his old age – running marathons and going to metal concerts with our teenagers. He’s pretty cool. Did you know that this year is the 25th anniversary of the movie Howard’s End? In case you don’t know…

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