Saturday, January 16, 2010

All Grown Up

There are certain milestones in life that you are supposed to accrue to be deemed a grown up. These may include, but are not limited to, attending/graduating from college, getting a *real* job, getting married or being in a long term relationship, having a child, buying a new car, buying a home. The sort of things that make your parents, guardian or parole officer sigh with relief of a job well done. Everyone is different, of course, so your milestones may vary.

Recently, I've added another two items to my personal list: buying a new living room set and installing new carpeting in the vast majority of the house.

You'll notice I have the word "set" in bold. That's because until now, we have purchased furniture one piece at a time and none of it actually went with the rest. Never an entire three-piece set that goes together. That all arrives on the truck at the same time. It's a heady experience, I tell you, to see all that lovely matching upholstery in one room.

And new carpeting? Bliss! So clean, so cushy. New carpet smell is not as pleasant as new car smell, to be sure, but it is just as significant as a sign of adulthood.

Granted, with two kids, two dogs and two cats, the newness of the furniture and carpet will fade quickly, but for now I feel all grown up. Well, mostly.

What makes you feel grown up?


Monday, January 04, 2010

Bad Girl Finals in Beacon Contest

Woo hoo! My SFR Bad Girl has finalled in the First Coast Romance Writers Beacon Contest for unpublished writers. The final standings will be announced in February. Go here for the complete list of finalists:

Many thanks to the chapter and first round judges. Having been a contest judge, I know it's not an easy task.

Best of luck to all the finalists.

What a great way to start the new year : )