Impaired driving news from the week…

Two years ago, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver. In honor of Donna Jean Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

General Impaired Driving News

  • Hamilton, ON: A drunk driver profile – it may not be what you think. According to the news story, police in Hamilton, Ontario say its casual drinkers, not the boozers they’re catching on the road. Hamilton police charged 507 drivers with impaired driving between August 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011. Of those, 83% were men and many fit a common profile. They stop for a drink after work and, several hours and several drinks later, get behind the wheel, not realizing they’ve become impaired. And in Hamilton, ON, the average age of an impaired driver, whether male or female, is 39 years old. Check out the story for some great graphs!

Here’s this week’s line up of impaired driving news.

Impaired Driving Causing Death

  • 1 sentencing hearing
    • Orangeville, ON: Victim impacts statements were devastating at the sentencing hearing for a 19-year-old who pled guilty to impaired driving causing death after he swerved into oncoming traffic nearly 1 year ago killing a 54-year-old woman. Sentencing will take place October 5, 2011.
  • 1 charges pending
    • Aylmer, ON: 23-year-old man initially charged with two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm will likely face impaired driving causing death charges after that the 24-year-old driver of the other vehicle died…leaving behind a pregnant wife (who was due in just a few weeks).

Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm

  • 3 charged
    • Peterborough, ON: 44-year-old man was charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm after 4 people were taking to hospital when he crashed into a utility pole.
    • Elgin County, ON: 24-year-old man was charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm is also in hospital with life threatening injuries while a passenger in the other truck is in critical condition (the driver of the other truck was released from hospital).
    • Barons, AB: 27-year-old man was charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm for a rollover that sent 2 other men to hospital with serious injuries.
  • 1 wins appeal for new trial
    • Monastery, ON: 33-year-old man found guilty of impaired driving causing bodily harm and sentenced to 8 months in jail and 18 months probation with a 4-year license suspension will get a new trial. Upon appeal, it was deemed that his Charter of Rights and Freedoms was violated in the arrest and therefore the breath samples used in trial should have been excluded. New date for trail to follow.
  • 1 pleads guilty
    • Regina, SK: 19-year-old pleads guilty to impaired driving causing bodily harm after driving into a 48-year-old outside his home who says his life has been changed forever by the injuries sustained. Sentencing is October 13, 2011.

Impaired Driving

  • 3 sentenced
    • Sarnia, ON: 49-year-old man gets 2 years of jail time for his fifth impaired driving conviction. He will also be on a year’s probation where he must take substance-abuse counselling and he received a 10-year driving ban.
    • St. Stephen, NB: 50-year-old man received a 1-year driving ban and was fined $2,000 plus a $300 surcharge for victims after being found guilty of impaired driving.
    • Corner Brook, NL: At sentencing, a man who pled guilty to impaired driving told the judge he sold his truck and plans to quick drinking. He was sentenced with a $1,500 fine and an 18-month driving prohibition.
  • 4 charged
    • Grand Valley, ON: 19-year-old and 49-year-old men were both charged with impaired driving in 2 separate incidents on the same night in Grand Valley.
    • Brandon, ON: 24-year-old woman charged with impaired driving when police find her sitting behind the wheeling of a running vehicle drinking a beer.
    • Hamilton, ON: Police say a dozen impaired driving charges were laid during the recent Grape and Wine Festival in the Niagara region. There were 10 roadside suspensions for blowing in the warning range and 15 vehicles were impounded for either seven or 90 days.
    • Wakefield, QC: unlicensed male driver charged with impaired driving when his 22-year-old friend tries to teach him to drive while they are both impaired.

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How has impaired driving affected your life? Please…share…I want to know!

Thursday’s Links Out Loud…

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Blog Out Loud:

  • When I saw Roni Loren’s post “Is Blogging Dead?” I will admit, I nearly had a heart attack. What? It’s dead? But I just got to the party?!?! In essence, she actually points out that yes, the blogosphere is crowded. And yes, the blogosphere for writers is a wall-to-wall crowded room. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start a blog or keep going with your own blog if it’s something you enjoy! Phew…good news cause I really didn’t want to give all THIS up quite yet!!

Write Out Loud:

  • Yesterday, I was at the dentist office listening to CBC Radio. One of the things I love about CBC is the nice, drawn out interviews that allow you to be distracted while someone shoves pointy instruments into your mouth. And low and behold, I got to hear a great interview with authors Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith who were there talking about whether young-adult fiction is intolerant of gay characters. These two caused a stir this month with an open letter calling on their colleagues to speak up about an unspoken rule in their corner of the publishing world: that gay characters aren’t particularly welcome. What’s your experience?
  • Jenny Hansen is rocking out over at her blog cause she knows the party is coming! She’s talking about how, in less than one week, the #ROW80 hashtag is going to light up like the stage at a rock concert. If you’re scratching your head, wondering what the hell ROW80 is, check out her blog and JOIN in the fun. I am!
  • Marcia Richards is excited because K.M. Weiland just released her new book, Outline Your Novel…Map Your Way To Success, and she’s having a contest to make the launch successful! Woot woot – who doesn’t love a contest! You could win a Kindle and over $100 in writing craft books. Sweet! Now, as a Canadian I don’t qualify (boohoo!!!) but that didn’t stop me from buying her new book anyway. Given that I am joining the ROW80 party and one of my goals will be to do an outline, this is what I like to call, perfect timing!!

Laugh Out Loud:

  • This week Piper Bayard decided to step up to the plate in a big way. In her post, Ok. I’ll do it. I’ll run for President, she spills the dirty deets on her campaign platform. My favorite line of the entire post: “And remember, great things grow in dirt and manure.” WAHAHAHA!!! Loved it and I am totally going to use it!!! And Piper, I’d vote for ya!
  • Have you visited the ever charming and hilarious Tawna Fenske lately? I nearly died when I read her post on her cat being a filthy pervert. Having been a cat owner for a number of years I can attest that they are all filthy perverts!
  • You all know that I’ve put my foot in my mouth a couple of times. Well Jenny from the blog makes my little “mishap” look like child’s play! She had the Freudian slip of all slips…in a VERY PUBLIC place….in front of children no less! SHE’s my freaking hero! LOL!

Life Out Loud:

  • Ever take on a major home renovation on your own? HGTV meet Jillian Dodd! She’s been working night and day to make her 17-year-old daughters dream room that included requests that it be comfortable, ethnic, casual, trippy, beachy, Asian and bohemian influenced room with black lights and a disco ball that looks grown up (who is this girl…I love her already!) And let me tell you, Jillian delivered in spades! The room is uberlicious and every teenage girl’s DREAM come true – way to go Jillian – you rock!
  • Ever felt overwhelmed by everything on your to do list? How do you make sure you get it all done AND write? Susan Bischoff wrote a great post this week on how a control journal worked for her in the past. I am in awe. I love it. This is totally something that would work for me (cause I am a wee bit of a control freak…I know…shocking?!?!?)! I mean, the name alone…control journal….come on…I must have one!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…

Urban Word Wednesday: Netglow

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Netglow: someone (or something) that is better online than in real life (experienced extensively in the online dating world).

Examples Of Use:

“You remember Clark? I met him in real life and he is really below average without the netglow.”

“Shitty…you’ll have to keep your relationship strictly virtual!”

Ever meet someone with serious netglow? Share the wealth…

Bringing class to your can

As most of you know, hubby and I take part in a lot of outdoor redneck activities. One of our fav past times is touring around in the mud and back woods in our side-by-side Rhino 700.

As a passenger, I like to indulge in the occasional beer and given our 4X4 travels, we always carry cans. The issues I run into with beer cans (until now…eeekeee) is keeping my beer cold while I take my time and savor my fav flavor. At the same time, I’d rather not freeze my hand off (given it comes out of a cooler of ice). Beer koozies are ok but I am looking for something that gives me a wee bit more class on the trail. You know….something a little more urban redneck style! So when I came across this next treasure, I have to admit I was more than a little excited.

Allow me to bring you the Can Grip, the latest craze in can fashion. It’s a plastic handle that snaps onto a 12 oz. can to make it look like you are drinking out of a mug. It will keep your can cold just as good as a koozie and adds that touch of urban redneck class, don’t you think?!

Now the big question I know you are asking; does it actually keep your can cold or would you be sacrificing class for coolness? Don’t you worry…have I ever let you down?!?!

My good friends at TailgatingIdeas.com put this little ditty through its paces complete with digital thermometers to see if it really does keep your can cold and it passed with flying colors. Check out the demo and be ahhhmazed:

So, as you can see for yourself, you won’t have to compromise style for coolness. You can have both!

And, of course, there’s more. Another cool feature is that the flat base of the Can Grip acts as a coaster. Fabulous! I hate worrying about leaving water rings on someone’s table when I am touring camp to camp partying!

So your Can Grip makes your beer buddy look like an expensive import and keeps your beverage cool while your hand stays warm. Can you say uberlicious! And…wait for it…it’s available in blue, red, green, black and…of course…PINK! Woot woot! You know I am ordering a bunch!

You can order yours here for $3.99 each + shipping; 5 (in one color) for $19.95 + shipping; or a 4-pack of assorted colors (blue, green, black and pink) for $17.95 + shipping (price subject to change).

Steal of a deal if you ask me!

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

What’s cracked you up this week?

Have I mentioned I can be a total douchebag?

Hubby and I golfing

Anyone ever tell you that your competitive drive makes you miserable to be around? I have. I had no idea my competitive drive could be…so…well…ugly! It’s kind of embarrassing to be quite honest. But where better to bare my soul than here, a la blog, with all of you. Therapeutic?

Now don’t get me wrong, competitive drive can be a very healthy and good thing. It can be motivational gearing us to push ourselves harder; to learn more; to be better; to reach higher; to move faster; and to strike hotter. But it can also turn us into blithering jerks.

Four years ago, hubby introduced me to golf at a fun “best ball” tournament. Having been a golf lover for many years, he had always dreamt of having a life partner that enjoyed it as much as he did. He was both stunned and thrilled when I did. I mean, I took to the game like a fish to water. With my newfound golf enthusiasm, I read websites, watched videos, got all the gear, outfitted myself appropriately (a la pink) and off we went…hand-in-hand, waltzing into golf heaven.

But towards the end of last year, it all started crashing down around us. My competitive drive started to turn me into a miserable golfer, no joke. Unless I was having a perfect game, a relative rarity in my third season of golf, I would turn into this psycho golf bitch. I would loudly self-criticize every missed shot. I would get blood-red angry, curse, lash out, threaten to wrap my club around tree, and would bash my club into the ground. You get the picture. It wasn’t pretty. It was downright nasty. I am not proud.

One time in particular, hubby and I were playing a fairly prestigious, tough 18-hole course. It was hot. I wasn’t having a great game. I was frustrated. And there I found myself cursing up a red-letter-storm as I attempted to sock the damn ball up the fairway for what felt like the 99 lack luster attempt when I looked up and saw the course marshal not 10 feet from me, staring. Not impressed.

I grinned, sheepishly. I hung my head in shame. He drove off. I was embarrassed.

Hubby, who had been putting up with this behavior for weeks finally had enough:

“Golf is supposed to be something we do together to have fun, connect, get outside and enjoy life. You are obviously not enjoying yourself. And it hurts me to watch you so upset and angry. If it’s not fun, I don’t see the point of golfing anymore.”

Ouch – touché – so true!

When did winning and playing perfect become so important that I forgot the real point behind the game? Although I like to pretend that someday I’ll be invited to join the LPGA tour, the truth of the matter is that I play golf to enjoy life with hubby! I play golf to get some exercise, have some fun, share in some laughs, and to connect with him (and the people we play with). And in the end, my competitive drive was making me (and everyone around me) miserable!

Happens to the best of us, I know. Whether it’s cooking the perfect meal, having the best cleaned house, being your idea of the perfect mother/wife/friend, or writing the perfect book/blog post/short story, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the urge to be perfect. So much so, we make ourselves miserable doing it. We end up trying so hard that the joy is lost and we forget the real point of anything we do in life is to be happy and to live life out loud and to the max.

Perfection is a matter of perspective and it doesn’t equate happiness.

With golf, I had to get back to the basics of having fun…so I stopped keeping score for awhile. By taking the competitive element out of the equation, I was able to get back to golfing for the sheer fun of it. And this year, when I kicked off my fourth season and I found myself reverting to “Natalie Golf A$$hole,” I immediately threw away the score cards for a couple of rounds and let golf joy fill my soul.

Now, my definition of the perfect game is one where I have a blast. An improved golf score is simply gravy.

How do you get back to the basics? What scorecards (metaphorical or real) have you tossed out the window?

New blog page for my family’s impaired driving story

Two years ago, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver. In honor of Donna Jean Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

New on the Blog

It’s been a long time coming but I finally created a new blog page (Impaired Driving – Our Story) for my family’s personal impaired driving story with all the pertinent links and information. It was gut wrenching to put together…I cried a lot…

Although having an impaired driving category and writing about it every Friday is great, I wanted to give our story a bit more blog prominence. And for newbies to my blog, it gives them a quick and easy way to get the down and dirty info on why I am so impassioned about impaired driving. Be sure to stop by and check it out and let me know what you think? It’s at the top of my blog, beside Contact Me.

MADD Canada News

  • MADD Canada School Assembly Program targets youth by exposing them to the human and legal impact of impaired driving through the Damages (short clip about the program). The film begins in a courtroom where we meet Jesse, who had a promising future. Jesse has been charged with four serious crimes. He is an impaired driver who caused a horrific car crash. I cried when I watched it! Here is a news story about a high school that was presented with the Damages program.
  • Check out MADD Canada’s YouTube channel for more movie clips.
  • Moncton, NB: MADD holds a memorial service. Families of loved ones killed by drunk drivers call for an end to the madness at the second annual MADD memorial service held at the Fair Haven Memorial Gardens. A memorial bearing the names of a dozen killed in drunk-driving crashes was erected a year ago in memory of those deceased and to help raise public awareness and outrage.
  • Oakville, ON: Pizza fundraiser for MADD Canada. Gino’s Pizza teamed up with MADD Canada to support the fight against impaired driving. On September 22, 2011, every in-store customer got one free slice of pizza for every minimum $1 donation made to MADD Canada between 11 am – 4 pm. Very cool!
  • British Columbia: One year later police say that tougher impaired driving laws are having an effect. As of September 20, 2010 in BC, blowing above the legal limit (.08) meant an immediate 90-day driving ban and a $500 fine. Blowing a “warning” (.05 to .08) meant an immediate three-day driving suspension and a $200 fine. The restaurant industry is upset however saying that the tougher laws are causing a decline in business. Cocktail hours no longer exist and people who use to go after work and blow off steam are gone. (Seriously people??? Lives saved but business has gone down so they want the laws reviewed. I am sorry but these people need to get their priorities straight…or risk losing THEIR loved one to an impaired driver!)
  • President of MADD Canada has blog called Heart to Heart with Denise.

Here’s this week’s line up of impaired driving news.

Impaired Driving Causing Death

  • 1 charged
    1. Hamilton, ON: 61-year-old man charged with impaired driving causing death. After hitting and killing a woman, he stole her purse and 13 hours later made a $113 charge at Bell Mobility on her credit card. (How sick is that?!?!)
  • 2 pled guilty
    1. Edmonton, AB: 29-year-old man pled guilty to impaired driving causing death (3 times over the legal limit) after a February 2010 crash that killed a 43-year-old woman just steps from her home. He will be sentenced September 22, 2011.
    2. Tappen, BC: 29-year-old pled guilty to a series of criminal charges including impaired driving causing the death of his 18-month old daughter in a collision on the on October 23, 2009.

Impaired Driving

  • 1 sentenced
    1. Sarnia, ON: 54-year-old man who pled guilty to impaired driving, failing to provide a breath sample and resisting a police officer was fined $2700 and issued a one-year driving ban with a year’s probation where he must stay away from alcohol
  • 2 charged
    1. Brantford, ON: 16-year-old charged with impaired driving charges after he was found driving at a high rate of speed, failed to stop for a stop sign and narrowly missed a police cruiser before going off the road into a ditch. If convicted, he faces a fine of between $60 to $500 and the suspension or cancellation of his driver’s license.
    2. Bracebridge, ON: 38-year old woman charged with impaired driving (among many charges) after driving to and entering a stranger’s home only to then pass out, partially clothed, in the grass.
  • 1 charge pending
    1. To Keswick, ON: 21-year-old faces impaired driving charges after a crash. Three male passengers in the vehicle were hurt as a result of the crash and a passenger in the rear seat was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. All of the men were in their early 20s.

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How has impaired driving affected your life? Please…share…I want to know!

Links Out Loud…more on blogging, writing, laughing and living

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Blog Out Loud:

  • In my wana711 group, we have been talking about the time commitment of blogging. For most, it seems to take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to write a post (not a cutesy YouTube post…duh…I am talking about our 500-1000 word posts). And that is precious time away from the WIP (Work In Progress…keep up people…) In comes Michael Hyatt to save us all. His post on how to write a blog post in less than 70 minutes offers practical and useful suggestions that I am definitely going to implement in my blogging practices. And he’d know…he’s written like over 1000 posts. Talk about keener, eh?!
  • A great resource for all bloggers is the ProBlogger site. Check out this great post by Kiera Pedley on running a contest in 5 steps on your blog as a great way to generate new readership, reactivate stagnant subscribers, and increase the engagement of readers.

Write Out Loud:

  • Jenny Hansen featured a guest post by NakedEditor Tiffany Lawson Inman about the importance of finding your character’s voice and slammin’ it hard right out of the gate. I loved it and plan to run home and create the appropriate yellow stickies for my office.
  • Roz Morris touched on a fear of mine with her blog post on a critique group gone rogue. I am a real people pleaser with some self-doubts about my writing so my fear working with a critique group is that I would assume everyone knows better than I and that I should (and would want to) incorporate every suggestion into my writing; even at its own peril. Roz has some great advice.
  • If you hadn’t already heard (and if you were following me on twitter you’d have heards…right hand menu folks…click FOLLOW…duh?!?!!?) Steena Holmes is doing a FAB series of posts dedicated to formatting for self-publishing. The first installment on how easy it is does make it sound straight forward and it will help you start things off in the right direction. Follow her blog to get the rest of her installments or heck, click on her design tab and hire her to do your formatting.
  • And you’ve all heard me yang on and on and on about taking Kristen Lamb’s Blogging to Build a Brand course and how freaking incredible it was and continues to be. She’s going to be given the 2-month course again, starting Oct 1, 2011, and I highly recommend it (even to non-author bloggers – seriously – tons of good stuff to learn!) Check out her blog post and comments for tons of great info. Just to note, since taking and applying her course my blog stats have doubled (and are still climbing).

Laugh Out Loud:

  • Poor Laural from Laural Out Loud (yes…nice blog name, eh?!?!) is having a heck of a time at her house with mothagedon. An unfortunate incident that included rotten potatoes, maggots (god, anytime I write or say that word my skin crawls…eewww…) and a dryer vent venting directly into the laundry room/pantry. Go and lend her some supportive comments. Honestly…I think I would have just sold the house! LOL!
  • Have you been back to visit Jenny from the Blog? If you haven’t, you should. Her feature last week on how her husband is a metrophobic and her father is a metrosexualhad me in tears! Alas, the challenges we face in life! (Pppssttt…Jenny…yes this blog post is ALL about you girl…shhh…don’t tell anyone, I hate having people go into jealous temper tantrums – it’s between you and me girl! muah!)
  • And again Noa Gavin delivered up a stellar post that had me in hysterics. Seriously. I hate bad drivers and have been known to suffer from bouts of road rage at said stupid drivers. So her letter to death wish drivers was an absolute riot. I want to print it out and let it fly out my truck window!

Life Out Loud:

  • Amber West wrote a fantastic post about how not everyone likes you (what??? Shut up??? Seriously???) In all seriousness, it was a wonderful read on how standing up for what you believe in and who are you means that not everyone is going to like you…and that’s OK!
  • Life is what we make it. You are in charge of your destiny. Last week Marcia Richards wrote a gorgeous post about life being akin to one of those choose-your-own-adventure stories. She gave her readers three great tips on taking control of your life and making it your own best-seller.
  • Forgiveness, it’s a word that slides easily off the tongue but not always so easily from the heart. Read Diana Murdock’s gut-wrenching post on her battle with forgiveness.
  • Traci Bell is a year away from a big milestone birthday so this year she reflected on how she views life today versus when she was in her twenties and the lessons she’s learned. It is a great reminder to keep these things front of mind – we are only here once after all. I loved her note that nobody likes perfect people (what????) and that “this too shall pass” (an oldie but a goodie)!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…

Urban Word Wednesday (via hubby): Blogjacking

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…(or HUBBY for today)…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

True Story: This weekend hubby decided to play Urban Word Wednesday and came up with his own rendition (urban dictionary…eat your heart out).

Blogjacking/Blogjacked: when someone purposely puts cheeky, cutesy comments on your blog in the hopes of becoming the true center of attention.

Sexy cousin to nerdjacking

Examples Of Use (yes…true story):

Hey honey…did you see my awesome comment on your blog today. I totally blogjacked you! Your readers love me…I am the shit…I am the snizzle! I think they come back to see what I WRITE now! Seriously…you are going to have to step it up a notch if you want to keep up with me!

Yes hubby…I saw your comment and yes…it was adorable, funny, cute, and awesome! And while I appreciate and love your support, why don’t you just get your own blog instead of blogjacking me!

Hmmmm…I think I am feeding into his blogjacking ego with this post!! God help me…people…we’ve created a monster. And of course, you won’t be surprised to learn that my friends at the urban dictionary have their own definition for blogjacking.

Blogjack: 1) Blogjack is the G-rated term for blogdick. Blogjack or Blogjacking is to post your comment under the first comment in a blog in an attempt for readers and the blogger to see your comment before reading other comments in the blog. 2) To cut in line inside of a blog. 3) When two people hold a conversation in the comments of another person’s blog and usually the conversation has little or nothing to do with the topic of the blog. 4) When someone steals and idea from one persons blog and puts it on their own without paying appropriate blog homage.

Examples Of Use:

OMG I have been blogjacked!! Kim totally cut in line in the comments trying to get everyone to click over to her blog before mine – what a blogdick!

Did you see how Kim and Natalie blogjacked me this week? What blogdicks! I posted about cheating husbands and they started a whole conversation in my comment section about new fall fashions. Like WTF???

I blogjacked this from Natalie’s site because it was really cool. And I didn’t tell her…I know…I’m evil!

Every been blogjacked? Ever accidentally taken part in blogjacking? Come on…you know you have…share the wealth…

Who wants a cruzin’ cooler? PICK ME!!!

Well, I gotta say, I was a wee bit nervous this week. Ok. Let’s be straight here. I was STRESSED all week. Like my god…how was I going to TOP the trailer hitch stripper pole?!?! Shit, I think I came out to strong, to early. I set the bar to high. And then…I found it. My new fav toy: the CRUZIN’ COOLER!

Photo: http://www.baronbob.com

Can you say HELLO SANTA?!?!?!

This bad boy combines two of my most basic needs:

1. the ability to have a cold beverage on hand, at all times

2. the means to get around without walking (cause I’m a lazy ass…yes)

Can you believe it?!?!?! I know…I couldn’t either. And how am I not the inventor of this little treasure of delightfulness???

At the camp, I’ll be able to hop on my beer mobile and head up the road; drink and transportation in one. Sweet! No more walking. No more running out of beer. I wonder if it comes in pink? And in 4X4?

Check out the Cruizin’ Cooler in action (love the fire suit and helmet…they aren’t included…why I don’t know?!?!)

I know what you are thinking….I thought it to…”THAT screams Natalie?!?!?!” I know, eh?!?! Here are some more uberlicious deets.

    • It holds 24 12oz cans + tons of ice.
    • She has a top speed up to 13 mph and a rider capacity of 250 lbs (but it’s been tested to 540).
    • It’s got a range up to 15 miles so I’ll be able to cover tons of ground at the camp.
    • It weights around 64 lbs (so if it runs out of steam, I can still pull it along).
    • It comes in 750, 1000 and 2000 watt models!
    Wait, there’s more!! You can EVEN get an optional cushion seat and back. Hello to riding in comfort. And a Cruzin Cooler Trailer  so you can tote along more beer buddies!?!?!

I know, I know…you are all dying for one. I’ve been a very good girl so I am certain Santa is bringing me mine but to order yours, visit this website. They run from $449 to $599 (USD).

Note to Santa: from everything I could find, the Cruzin’ Cooler can only be shipped in the USA so take that into considering when you are planning how to get one down my chimney in Canada! I have no doubt you’ll manage something…you’re the bomb Santa!

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

What’s cracked you up this week?

P.S. I gotta send a huge shout out of uberlicious thanks to some fellow FABULOUS bloggers Jenny Hansen, K.B. Owen, Piper Bayard, Barbara McDowell and Kate Wood for giving last week’s little pole party some love and thereby sending me a few new peeps that swung by and said hello. Soooo cool and y’all rock my world!

Shut the front door – I wonder another blog award!

Poor hubby had to put up with me nerdjacking the entire conversation on our way to the camp this weekend about the blog award I won. To his credit, he listened with enthusiasm and congratulated me appropriately. But y’all in the blogosphere would understand a little better. I won a Liebster Award!

Break out the champagne! Woot woot!

I have to admit, I’ve been seeing the Liebster Award being awarded to my some of my uberlicious blog friends here and there and I was happy for them! Seriously…I was!!! I mean, I am!!! They rock and deserve the honor. But at the same time, I wondered “why not my little blog?!?! What do have to do to get your attention people???

And then voila, my good friend and ahhhmazing fellow blogger Tameri Etherton bestowed the honor on me. Thank you!!! I am gushing and blushing…again!

Tameri and I met at writer social media guru Kristen Lamb’s Blog to Build Your Brand course (another round starts in October/November – I HIGHLY recommend it). I gotta just say it straight up, Tameri rocks my world! Her trashy TV recap posts are a highlight of my week because she covers ALL of my favs. And her whimsy Wednesdays are always filled with something hilarious. It’s one of my go-to blogs for great content!

According to the uber fabulous Barbara McDowell, the Liebster Award originated in Germany and Liebster means “dear, sweet, darling, beloved.” The point of the award is to help bring a little more attention to blogs with fewer than 200 followers (what??? You mean I don’t have 200 followers yet??? Hmmmm!?!?!)

Winners of a Liebster must:

  1. Post the award on your blog and show thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them via the award graphic. Check out the award in my right hand menu, it now links to Tameri’s fab blog!
  2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog or send them a shout out on Twitter. It’s all about spreading the love.
  3. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the Internet – other writers (and bloggers).

Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The five blogs I would like to honor with a Liebster Award are bloggers who make my blog world a way better place to be in. I love to read, comment, tweet and follow their blogs because they rock. The content is well written, fun, and informative. And the reciprocating support and the blog luv they shower on me fills my heart with gratitude and joy.

Now, I can’t be 100% each of these blogs has under 200 followers part but I am going with people I believe fit the criteria and that I read, adore, and want to promo. And I tried to find ahhmazing bloggers I love who hadn’t already received the Liebster honor. So, without further ado, I would like to award and congratulate the following bloggers with a Liebster Award:

  • Patricia Sands, author of The Bridge Club, is traveling around France and since we all can’t be there with her to experience it in person, she shares her journey with each of us through her blog. Filled with gorgeous pictures and amazing sights and stories, you’ll think you were right there with her. Merci Patricia!
  • Kate Wood will take you back in time to the glorious days of the ancient Celts, Picts, Druids, Boudicca, and King Arthur. She is captivated by history and legends and you will be to once you start to follow her blog. Take a cup of tea when you sit down with Kate. It’ll just feel right.
  • Diana Murdock, author of Again, writes a blog with posts that are intimate, extremely well-written, and often prompt me to think beyond the ordinary; to dig a little deeper. I love them. She writes from her heart and soul and you won’t be sorry you visited her.
  • Kait Nolan, author of Red (which I just finished – it rocked) and the Mirus series, posts on writing, life in general, and on Operation Goddess in Training. She’s funny, poignant and writes straight from the heart. The blog is easy to read, well written and chalked full of great content. I guarantee, once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop.
  • Wordbitches, with a name like that how could I not honor them with a Liebster. This blog rocks my writing world with amazing posts from three amazing writers (Leanne Shirtliffe, Elena Aitken, and Trish Loye Elliott). These writers use this blog as a means of accountability to their writing goals. Their posts cover a gamut of topics but are all mostly related to the real-world experience of writing with great tips, tricks, and ideas. Keep up the good work ladies!

There you go award-winning fellow bloggers! Enjoy your well-deserved honor! Now go spread the luv!

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