Sunday, February 21, 2010

Gaining motivation and interview excitement!

I can't believe the weekend is really over already!  Wow.  That one was quick.  And I didn't get much of what I wanted to done.  Being sick really seems to throw me out of balance.  Especially my multi-tasking skills.  Normally I'm up to date with my awesome critique groups, working full time, writing here and there, reading, and still managing to spend time with my family.  I get sick, feel miserable, and barely manage to work at my normal job and sleep.  Really all I want to do is lay around.  Something about not feeling good just sucks all of the energy and spunk right out of you.  It's sad really.

I still feel a little funky (head still pounding) but seeing as how I managed to get some work done tonight I'm assuming the worst is over and I'm back on the multi-tasking mend.  One can hope.  Lacking energy is a bummer.

One of the fun things I did this weekend was go to Trader Joe's for the first time.  Anyone else been to this store?  It's like a very small grocery store with all kinds of funky things at good prices.  I think one of their main selling points is the fact that they have these pre-made frozen dinners that have no preservatives, no artificial colors and no artificial flavors.  Everything in the store seems to be health conscious and different.

SO - we get the flyers in our mailbox all of the time advertising their products and today we finally decided to check it out.  Might I add that everyone else in our town must have decided to do the same thing because it was packed?????  Seriously insane crowds.  Even still...I'm a new fan.  Very cool.  I made a list of items from the flyer that looked interesting.  Oh, and need I mention that they have amazing prices???  I know I sound like a walking advertisement...but it's totally true!

Among the items I bought today and have already tried: 

Guacamole.  I was skeptical on this count because I have yet to find a pre-made guacamole that tasted fresh enough to spend money on.  (I normally make my own) What drew me in this time?  They claimed to have over 5 avocados in each package.  Avocados themselves are quite expensive and this 2-pack of quac was less than $4.00.  It was amazing.  Hubs and I loved it.  It tasted amazingly fresh, had large chunks of avocado throughout and just the right hint of salt.  By far the best packaged quac I have ever tried.

Apple Clusters - These are interesting.  It's like these little round balls of dried apples that are quite chewy.  They are pretty good - taste exactly like apples and are crunchy if you want a snack that's not so bad for you.  (Much better than a real chip)

Dark chocolate pomegranate seeds - Yummy!  Like a little tiny crunch in the midst of a dark chocolate heaven.  Apparently rich in antioxidants and the bitterness of the pomegranate is awesome with the dark chocolate!

We have quite a few items we bought that we haven't tried - but so far the store has won us over. 

My only tip if you have one near you and decide to go???  Don't tell the cashier it's your first time!!!  She literally rang a bell two to three times and shouted "We have a land-lubber here!" to which the workers and other shoppers responded "Welcome Aboard".  I thought it was quite funny but the hubs was embarassed.  So beware!

In other news - make sure to check out Kristin's blog on Monday where my The Wolf Within interview will be posted!  And only a few days to go to enter TWW prize pack give-away if you haven't already!  Click the cover above and follow the directions to enter!  I can't wait to find out who the winner will be!

Hope everyone had a great weekend...

PS-in other disappointing weekend news - I searched for Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightley in two different stores and they were sold out this weekend.  Bummer.  Still on my to-dos.



  1. Yea it really sucks it is over.

    One day closer to your release date, Congratulations once again.


  2. I wish we had a Trader Joes : ( I'd probably spend a lot of money there. We have a Central Market, which is a very health conscious store (with mega high prices, too) but I love it! Every time I go in there I buy something I don't need and probably will never eat or drink. Such a cool store!

    Anyway, I'm glad you had a great weekend and this weekend I watched the Kiera Knightly version and Pride and Prejudice and loved it! I hope you find it soon. : )

    Can't wait to see your interview with Kristin tomorrow!!!

    Happy Monday!!

  3. yeah... you may have to buy P&P on Amazon. I know I've seen it at Walmart (though i try to avoid that store like the dentist)... but who knows how long ago that was. I'm sure Amazon can get it to you maybe in time for next weekend!!!!

    And I MUST try dark chocolate pom seeds. gosh that sounds amazing.

  4. I am awful because I have not e-mailed you yet, then I went to and put in the e-mail address wrong so it rejected it and I got irritated. Can you e-mail me to remind me because I really would like to have you stop by my blog. Sorry I'm such a spaz. Have a good Monday!

  5. Congratulations on your blog tour and release date. That's very exciting!

  6. Someone was just telling me about Trader Joe's yesterday! I need to get to Raleigh and visit that store soon.

    Glad you're feeling closer to normal again.

  7. I haven't been to Trader Joe's but have heard all good things about it! I guess I'm a land lubber

  8. I agree, this weekend went by way too fast. I’m behind on everything.

  9. Just read your interview over at Kristin Creative. Great job! I didn't realize you were being published with Black Rose. My brother-in-law just published a book with them in November. That's exciting. It's something I've been thinking about too.

  10. Yum. Now I crave quacamole. But congrats on the interview. And hope you feel better soon.

  11. Oh, I've heard such good things about Trader Joe's. We don't have oe readily available to us, but I'll have to be sure to stop when we pass one. And, oh my word, if you can find good pre-made gaucamole, that's nothing short of a miracle, really.

    I can't remember if I signed up for your contest yet. Will have to check it out.

    And yes, You MUST watch the Kiera Knightly Pride and Prejudice. Work of art. One of my favorites! Good luck finding it.