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Nerd Is The Word

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I wasn’t always a nerd. I mean, I suppose I was and just didn’t realize it. I didn’t attend conventions or read comics as a child, but I “geeked out” over so many things… Duran Duran, The Monkees, Wham, everything 60s, certain book series, and certain TV shows. Back when I was a kid, there wasn’t a great acceptance of being a geek or a nerd, so I guess I was less aware. But also, I’ve completely embraced it in the last 10 years. And now that there’s the internet, I can completely deep dive into things I love.

Things I’m a nerd/geek/fan of: Harry Potter, Star Trek, Star Wars, knitting, Superheroes, vampires, and more.

The first time we went to Comic Con was 2010. This was right before my first book was released, and my biggest motivation was that my publisher was going to be there, and they’d have some marketing materials for it.



We went in 2011 and then missed a few years, because we weren’t able to get tickets. In fact, we didn’t find ourselves with tickets again until last year.


Comic-Con 2016

It’s extremely hard to get tickets, and I know we’re lucky to get any at all, but one my goal is to get tickets for Saturday, where all the big panels I’m interested in take place. Nevertheless, Sundays are great for shopping and people watching.


What was under my Trek boots. 🙂


My youngest as Eleven.                                       The Trek couple.

My daughter and son’s homemade costumes – Batgirl and Clark Kent.


I visited the Outlander booth.


We bought some fun Star Wars art to hang in the house.


As cool as this coffee table was, I had to put my foot down.


We ran into Darth Trump


Heading for the train.

There seems to be more people attending every year, but I’m still going to try to come back next year. Maybe I need to find a way to volunteer, or work there, so that I can spend more than just a half-day there.



Why I Brag About My Kids (and Why I Don’t)

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I remember being an education student, being annoyed by those bumper stickers that said, “My child is an honor student at XYZ School!!” and “Proud Parent of the Student of the Month!”

I have to say I love this one.

I have to say I love this one.

(You can find this sticker here.)

Me and my 3 monkeys

Me and my 3 monkeys

I’m a parent of three children now, and those bumper stickers still annoy me. For several reasons.

First, these days, everyone gets an award. At most schools (perhaps not all), every child gets a chance to have an award. Every child gets to be Student of the Month (or week, or whatever). Then everyone gets a bumper sticker and who cares? Secondly, bragging about your kids is a touchy subject.

I have three smart kids. I’m proud of them all for different reasons.

I’m proud of the good choices they make. I’m proud of my son’s strong sense of integrity and how he’s such a deep thinker. I’m proud of the art that my middle daughter creates, and that she’s so self-motivated. I’m proud of my youngest and how self-sufficient she can be, how inventive and good-natured she is.

I’m proud that they want to do well and work hard.

I’m proud of my girls when they put in long hours of rehearsal and energy, time and work and put on a great show in their musical theater program.

I’m proud of my son when he puts hard work into learning all about the Gamble House so that he can give tours to 3rd graders, and how he takes pride in  the tours he gives and the information he gets to pass onto the kids.

I’m proud of all of them when they play piano beautifully because they’ve practiced and practiced til they got it right.

I’m delighted that they all have their own talents.

They are beautiful, as any mother would believe about their own children. They’re really smart, naturally. They have natural talents at several things. Am I proud of those things? Are they things to be proud of?

Should parents be proud that their children never study and yet get As? Should parents be proud that their children are identified as Gifted? Should parents be proud of their child’s beauty? Or talent? Sure. Should they brag about it on social media? I’m not sure. Here’s a question: would you brag about it in person?

These days, the internet is a tricky thing. Parents love to use social media to brag about their kids. Look at my son’s report card! My daughter pitched a no-hitter! My kids are the cutest kids ever! My daughter’s art is so amazing! My son scored the most baskets! My daughter passed the GATE test and is so smart!

What’s interesting to me is that most of us are posting a lot more about our kids’ accomplishments than our own. Where are all the posts about the new jobs we are getting? The projects we’ve completed? The things WE’VE done? Is it weird to brag about yourself? Is it easier or more PC to brag about our children? Are our children accomplishing things we wish we could be doing – or could have done?

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Okay, okay, I guess posting about my books can be considered bragging. 😛

And what about sensitivity? What if our friends have children that are differently abled that couldn’t physically do what we’re bragging about? Is that insensitive? Is it cruel? I think it can be. If my child was confined to a wheelchair, I don’t know how I’d feel about seeing posts of kids doing amazing physical feats. It might be too hard.

Ultimately, I love sharing things that my kids do that I think are pretty awesome. Whether it’s sharing with their siblings, succeeding at something, or sometimes just being kids. I like sharing photos of what we do and where we go so that friends and family can keep up with us. If they’re performing or getting an award, or being sweet. I will say that sometimes I have to think twice about certain things I post, because I don’t want to hurt anyone else. (I also don’t want to seem like an annoying parent who does nothing but talk about how amazing my kids are, because I think some people may find that ridiculously tedious. I know that sometimes grandparents are the only ones who truly want to hear about some  of those things.)

Maybe it’s something we can all think about before we post things in general. If I post this, who will it affect?

What do you think?


That Moment When You Realize Something Big

A lot is going on in my life right now. Next week, my second book comes out. I’m excited and nervous and am hoping it does well. I have a stack of postcards to bring around to local yarn shops and local bookstores and I “haven’t had time” to take them around. Partially because of late I usually have no more than an hour and forty-five minutes of time to get anything done, as I still go up to help my daughter with certain tasks up at school, and partially because I’m a little nervous to go around and introduce myself, asking people to trust that the book is good enough for people to buy and make their store money.

I know. I have issues.


I have so much to do and – I don’t know about you, but when I have TOO much to do, I get overwhelmed and feel helpless on how to even BEGIN to get it all done. Also, after another failed attempt at Botox injections for my headaches, I think I need to come to terms with the fact that I have to stop looking for external things to help me heal and instead look inward.

I need to find my Inner Zen.

I need to find my Inner Zen.

I think, if I can get a handle on the following things, I might start feeling better:

Get more sleep – 5-6 hours isn’t cutting it for me

Drink more water – I find myself realizing I’m incredibly thirsty after going several hours without anything but coffee.

Eat better – I need to do this for so many reasons. One is to help the headaches and one is to lose some weight.

Organize my life – I’ve recently had a few people tell me they don’t know how I do it all, keeping busy with all our activities, writing a book, volunteering in classrooms, teaching a class, etc. It’s easy – my house is a disaster. In fact, I’m not sure which is more neglected, my body or my house…. I think it’s actually my body/well-being this round.

Get regular exercise – this is huge. I think if I could carve out at LEAST 30 minutes a day to get physical it would make at least a little bit of difference.

Learn to Meditate – a friend of mine tells me she used to have headaches all the time til she learned to meditate. I’m not sure where I go to do this, but I think it’s something that would be good for me for all aspects of life.

So this week I’m committing to start on a path to change all of these things. It seems like a mountain to scale right now, looking at it all in front of me, but hopefully one step at a time without getting distracted by the minutia will get me to the top sooner than later.


Have you made a life-overhaul? If so, what helped you the most? I’d love to hear!!

Happy Monday!


A Preview of My New Book – Once Upon A Knit

Hey folks!

I’m not sure how often I’ve mentioned it here, but I have a new knitting book coming out February 4th. (Two months and one day!)

Today, my publishers let me know that there’s a preview/excerpt of the book on Scribd. Included is a peek at the first few pages, the Table of Contents, and a pattern from the book!!

HERE is the link.

Here’s a hint about the pattern:



Also, if you want to know more about my first book, there’s a preview/excerpt of that on Scribd as well.

HERE it is.


Happy Tuesday!!



Free Knitting Pattern!

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Hi everyone! If you’re a knitter, I’ve got a new pattern available on my knitting/book blog. You can find it HERE.

Rapunzel's Rampion Hat.

Rapunzel’s Rampion Hat.

Happy Knitting!!


I Missed Comic Con

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I never thought I’d say this, but I was bummed I missed Comic Con this year.

Several years ago, I remember my brother and his friends discussing some comic book convention in San Diego. It didn’t sound fun. It sounded super nerdy and of course I was too cool for that sort of thing.

Then I had kids and a husband who loved Star Wars, and we started doing things I never thought I would do.

Like go to a Star Wars convention.

My middle, trying on a Clone Trooper mask, while my oldest looks on.

My son with some troopers.

Granted, we didn’t dress up, but as you can see, I did wear a SW shirt.

Once we went to that, we thought, “Maybe it would be fun to take the kids to Comic Con.” So, a few years later when they were a little older, we went.

I wrote about it HERE.

It helped that my publishers were promoting my upcoming book, so that was neat.



The husband and I had a good time. The kids had an okay time, too, but they weren’t big fans of the crowds (which I understand – if I came up to waist level on that many people, I’d feel the same way).

So, the next year the husband and I went without the kids. The kids got a bonus day with Grammy and Grampy and we got to explore a bit more. We didn’t get to see any panels, because our time was limited, but I did get to talk to people who actually wanted my book.

That year I signed books.

That year I signed books.

Since then, we haven’t been able to go. I’ve lived vicariously through friends and others who’ve posted about fandoms I’m a part of – whether it was Twilight, Star Trek, Once Upon A Time, or Vampire Diaries. I also got to see friends who had their own books being sold, or who were there as media.

This year, I would have loved to see Marvel, anything Star Wars, and my new favorite podcast host discussing Star Trek.

But alas, it wasn’t in the cards.

It’s so hard to get tickets if you’re not attending as a vendor or an exhibitor.

So, we’re doing another Con this year – Stan Lee’s Comikaze. We have no idea what it will be like, but hopefully it’ll be fun. Who knows, I might even dress up (it is the day after Halloween after all).

And of course, I’m holding out hope that next year I will be signing books again. Fingers Crossed.




Bucket Lists

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Until a few years ago, I’d never heard of a “bucket list.” Then the movie came out and suddenly it became a commonly used phrase. In fact, my kids have started using the phrase (and no, they haven’t seen it, nor have I). Example – we went to the Petrified Forest and my son said, “Well, we can check that off the Bucket List.” Did you know you can add your own bucket list to a website?

Do you have a bucket list?

I don’t. Not really. I did make a list of things I’d like to do awhile ago HERE. I suppose you could say some of it could be considered a bucket list, but they’re not something that I think about a lot, or plan for because “I have to do this before I die.”

Here’s the last part of the post, where I made my own list of what I’d like to do…

Now, are there 50 I want to do before 50? How about I just add some things I’d like to do before I die?

1 visit England

2 visit Ireland

3 visit a real castle

4 visit my “homeland” of Croatia

5 visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

6 write another book

7 publish a children’s story

8 get down to my ideal weight

9 donate my hair again (spose I should have put that on the first list)

10 visit New York and meet my publishers

11 get myself organized to ALWAYS have a clean, sparkling house (hahaha)

12 celebrate my 50th anniversary with my husband

13 meet my grandchildren

14 feel completely at peace

Now that I look at this, I can say that I can cross two things off this list and bring it down to 12.

#5 – Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Us with the Hogwarts Express at Universal Florida.

Us with the Hogwarts Express at Universal Florida.

And #6 – Write another book

If you’ve been following my progress, you know it’s on it’s way to being published. It’s been put together and edited once through. One more time and it’ll go to press!

Here’s the working cover – the font might change, but the photo won’t.

The cover has the Red Riding Hood I designed.

The cover has the Red Riding Hood I designed.

I’m working on #7 and #8 right now (and somewhat #11). I’ll post if I can keep any of these up.


So, do you have a bucket list? Post a comment with ONE thing from your bucket list! 🙂