Things I've Learned

What I'm Loving Wednesday
  • What I am Loving Wednesday!

    I discovered the What I'm Loving Wednesday! link on a blog I love to read, Ramblings of a Suburban Mom. She got it from a blog called, this kind of love. I think, in our very negative world, it's important to spend a little time focusing on things we love. This kind of exercise puts our mind in a positive place and - for me - puts me in a better place to work. Positive views, positive outlook, positive day. Give it a try!

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    • Holiday teas. I am the biggest critic of how early we celebrate Christmas every year. I hold out until I see Santa in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade before I even think about decorating or playing Christmas music. I'm a freak about this. Then I took a trip to Teavana yesterday. (I'm Debbie, and I'm addicted to Teavana teas.) Um, yes please I would love to try the White Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos tea. And you have an Orange Chocolate Sweet Spice Herbal Tea? Don't mind if I do. Heck, I'll even sing along with Winter Wonderland while you measure some out for me. Oh, dear Lord, what has happened to me?? (Yes, wrap it up please in the beautiful Christmas tin. It just wouldn't be the same without it.)
                                                          
    • Really great deals. Since we're already talking Christmas, I will admit that I can't pass up a really good deal, and lately a few of the places I shop very regularly have had some unbelievable sales and/or coupons. And I've been able to get them from the comfort of my own home. If this keeps up I won't have to worry about the uproar of stores being open on Thanksgiving Day (something I am TOTALLY against, by the way), because I will be done with my shopping. (OK, that's probably not really going to happen, but a girl can dream, and I am getting a good jump on it for a change. :)
    • Modern Family. I know that I'm a little late to this party, but I didn't start watching Modern Family until it went into syndication. This is a show that leaves me saying, "Dang! I wish I wrote that!" And I can't make it through an episode without laughing out loud. That can't be said for most sitcoms these days. I laugh embarrassingly loud. Seriously, this is one funny show. 
                                           
    • I recently posted somewhere that I had figured out that Siri might be the closest I ever come to having a minion. On a whim I ordered a new case for my iphone and it was recently delivered. Well, Eldest Daughter makes fun of me a little, but I like carrying my new minion with me. It might not fit into my pocket well, but for right now, it makes me smile, and that's enough.
                                           
         
    Well, that's it for me. What are you loving today?
  • What I am Loving Wednesday!

    I discovered the What I'm Loving Wednesday! link on a blog I love to read, Ramblings of a Suburban Mom. She got it from a blog called, this kind of love. I think, in our very negative world, it's important to spend a little time focusing on things we love. This kind of exercise puts our mind in a positive place and - for me - puts me in a better place to work. Positive views, positive outlook, positive day. Give it a try!

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    Since we have been working on this renovation, I have been looking for good ideas on decorating small spaces, and I have been shocked by how much I've found. And Eldest daughter has been doing my weekly manicures, so I've been on the hunt for fun nails. Now today I'm planning a birthday dinner for eldest daughter and where do I turn? Yup, pinterest. Don't get me started on the ways to use Pinterest to build your brand and gain you readers. You just have to be careful or my dear friend, Pinterest, will suck up time before you realize it.

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    Over the past three years I have been very involved in community theatre in Rochester, NY. While I have wanted to move to Miami for several years, it's my theater family and just being around such artistry than I knew I would miss. We've been so busy with getting our new life established here, that I have had to accept that this will be the last piece I put back into the puzzle of my life here. This past weekend, though, I fed a little piece of my soul. I took eldest daughter to see one of my favorite shows, In The Heights, here done by the Miami Children's Theatre. Other than technical difficulties (the sound was atrocious), the show was fantastic. The young man playing the lead role of Usnavi totally killed. He easily rivaled the actor I had seen in the Broadway tour a couple of years ago. It was a wonderful evening - though I may have trouble adjusting to Miami time, when an 8 pm start actually equals opening the theater for seating at 8:05 - and I haven't stopped singing the soundtrack since.  

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    ...the creative process. Too often i just come in and clean and polish the creative process of others. I give my educated opinion on what works and what doesn't work, or I delete spaces and tiny errors and prep their creative processes for the world to see. I have a deep creative side, but I have found my niche in helping others enhance theirs. Then we get commissioned to do a cover, and my fun begins. I get to brainstorm with younger daughter on images and ideas that will best communicate what our authors are saying in their work. Though younger daughter does all the work on the computer, I do get a certain thrill when I see what she comes up with because I know that I was a part of the process. I know that I am seeing the physical manifestation of some of my ideas. It's really amazing.

    It's a good week, and I'm really just loving my life this week. How about you? What are you loving?

  • Five Question Friday

    I have been a long time fan of Inside the Actor's Studio, and my favorite part has always been the questionaire at the end. That is my vision for Five Question Friday. I have come up with a list of five questions, and I will have different guests answer them each week. As a new idea, you might see some tweaking - at least at first - as I try to come up with the right formula. Your input is greatly appreciated.

    Today, my friend, and author, Beth Ciotta has answered my five questions. Beth is extremely talented - and quite prolific these days - as author of The Cupcake Lovers series for St. Martins Press, has published two incredible steampunk novels (Her Sky Cowboy, His Clockwork Canary) and so much more. Visit her webpage to see it all! In addition, Beth is a part of a really exciting Christmas Anthology (The Keepers: Christmas in Salem) with Heather Graham, Kathleen Pickering and Deborah LeBlanc that is out today.

    That being said, here are Beth's responses to DRE&MS Five Friday Questions...

    1. What are you reading? Sizzle by Julie Garwood

    2. What do you do for relaxation? Walk my dogs

    3. What is playing on your iPod? Various movie scores

    4. What is your current guilty pleasure? Caramel popcorn

    5. What do you want to share? Stories that make a positive difference. Right now I'm focused on my Cupcake Lovers novels. A small town contemporary series with a big heart.

    Please check out Beth and all her great work and stop back next week for another Five Question Friday!

  • What I am Loving Wednesday!

    I discovered the What I'm Loving Wednesday! link on a blog I love to read, Rambling of a Suburban Mom. She got it from a blog called, this kind of love. I think, in our very negative world, it's important to spend a little time focusing on things we love. This kind of exercise puts our mind in a positive place and - for me - puts me in a better place to work. Positive views, positive outlook, positive day. Give it a try!

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    • Watson's new haircut. When you work alone, you take your companionship where you can get it. I get mine from Watson. We've been together a little over a year now and he's the best co-worker (even if he is often sleeping while I work. Yesterday he got a haircut and he looks amazing. My gray roots may very well have me slightly resembling a skunk, but the pup is fabulous! Got to love your furry friends.
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    • Lemon Lime Kampai Tea from Teavana. Only problem with that is it's been discontinued! I bought it for the first time almost two years ago when I felt a cold coming on. I went into Teavana and asked what they recommended for someone with a cold and they gave me this one. Over the last year, every time I have felt a cold coming on, I would drink this tea all day long. By the next day - no cold. I kid you not. It has worked everytime, and I am someone who typically has one or two very serious colds a year. I bought a ton of it during the after Christmas sale last year. I swear by it and have told anyone who will listen to try it. And now it's gone?!?! I find I am rationing like a fiend. "Do I really feel sick enough to need the tea?" "Maybe I should take a hot bath and see if I feel better first." What am I going to do when I run out?? UGH!!!
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    • Pretty nails. The other issue with working alone is you typically don't really care what you look like. I spend a lot of time in sweats (yes, even in Miami. Airconditioning keeps me wanting to be in my favorite VS sweats) and t-shirts and trying to remember when I last brushed (or colored) my hair. Not a pretty picture. But since moving to Miami, and closer to my girls, I have been indulging in weekly get togethers where eldest daughter does my nails. I can't see how bad my hair looks while I'm busy at the computer, but I do see my nails and she has kept them pretty. :) Tonight when she comes over we're doing Halloween nails... Follow me on instagram (deberichardson) and see what they look like!
    I think that about covers it for this week. What are you loving?
  • What I'm Loving Wednesday!

    I discovered the What I'm Loving Wednesday! link on a blog I love to read, Ramblings of a Suburban Mom. She got it from a blog called, this kind of love. I think, in our very negative world, it's important to spend a little time focusing on things we love. This kind of exercise puts our mind in a positive place and - for me - puts me in a better place to work. Positive views, positive outlook, positive day. Give it a try!

    I'm loving...


    Jack Reacher. I know I'm late to the party, but when the Jack Reacher movie was made last year, I knew I wouldn't see it without reading the book first (maybe it's weird, but that's just the way I roll). Since my TBR pile is humongous and I did that whole "starting a business" thing it took me quite a while to get around to it, but on our annual OBX trip this summer I finally read THE KILLING FLOOR and loved it. Of course then I found out that the Jack Reacher movie was not based on the first book. This brings me to my second problem. I don't care what you say about books being stand alone stories, if there is a series of books, I have to read them in order. So it looks like I have eight more books to go before I can watch the movie. With my schedule that might take a while. Good thing I am loving Jack Reacher.

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    Parenthood. I avoided this show for a very long time. No reason. It just didn't scream - "Watch Me!" - to me. Surprising, really, because I love Lauren Graham (i am a Gilmore Girls junkie). But eldest daughter kept telling me I should be watching this and I fought it for as long as I could until last fall when I gave in and watched all four seasons (gotta love Netflix and Hulu). I would laugh and cry and couldn't stop most times from just going on the next episode. Unfortunately, I finished when the season finished last year and had to wait for this year. But it's back and just as great as I remember. Writers should watch this show. The characters are wonderfully developed, the relationships are increcibly real and the dialogue feels virtually unscripted. So glad it is back, and often a little tempted to go back and re-watch all the past episodes over again.

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    a good cup of tea. I am truly a tea addict these days, and Teavana is it for me. These days I am loving Acai Matetini, Caribbean Calypso and Mango Mate Pu-Erh Punch. But I'm thinking about heading back to pick up some Pumpkin Spice Brulee before Fall is over.

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    that the DH, both daughters, one boyfriend and I were able to go watch the Buffalo Bills play - AND WIN! While I am so excited that we've finally moved to Miami, we are - and forever will be - Buffalo Bills fans. I thought going to the game would be a treat for my DH, but it was such a fun day for all, that we've decided to try to make it an annual event. 

    What are you loving today?