Happy New Year…Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

I don’t think there’s any better video to bring in the New Year than Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen).” It’s one of my all-time FAVS! Enjoy!


I’ll be seeing ya in 2012!


Happy New Year…isn’t it about family!

Hubby and I are gone to the camp for the remainder of the holiday season since we are both off work. We plan to break in the New Year ultra urban redneck style. One of the downfalls of being out in the middle of nowhere is that means no Internet access. So instead of my usual posts for today and tomorrow, I shall bring you two videos that I love.

My apologies in advance for the late replies to your comments, my lack of twittering, and commenting on your blogs. I will make up for it in 2012 by going hog-wild social media crazy on your blogs.

Before I sign-off till 2012, I must say that this year has been one of delightful surprises. First, I found all of you and I can’t begin to tell you how much my world has changed. Discovering each of you, my new blog friendships, has made my heart explode with love and appreciation. Each of you makes my world a more enriched and incredible place to be. So thank you!

Second, has been reconnecting to my writing and committing to take myself on the novel writing adventure. All of your support and encouragement (and ass-kicking shoves…MUAH!)has truly meant the world to me. I am not sure I would have dipped my toes into my dream without it. Y’all have made this writing thing a safe place for me….and that’s a gift I will never take for granted.

All that to say…Here’s to YOU! And to our continued friendships, laughter, and fun….to the adventures and memories to come…and here’s to all of our health and happiness!


Urban Word Wednesday: Bettse

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!

Bettse: An undesirable sexual position; uncomfortable; boring; lazy.

Examples Of Use:

Allow me to set the scene. I am brushing my teeth getting ready for bed. Hubby comes up and snuggles in behind me. He whispers in my ear.

Hubby: So…you wanna get it on?

Me: As long as it isn’t bettse-style, I’m game!

Hubby: When do we ever do it bettse-style???

Me: Last week, you had my legs crisscrossing in the air doing the helicopter. I thought I was going to die. Who can hold their legs like that?!?! I’m not a national gymnast honey! The muscle pain was distracting.

Hubby: Sorry. Lord why didn’t you say something?!?! I was just trying to spice it up. I got it…no more helicopter….no more bettse, I promise!

Got any bettse-style stories? Come on….share the wealth…

Yes…it’s a pet peek!

Okay, so y’all know how crazy I am about my furry baby girl….I love to spoil her and shower her with love and attention. And…although I don’t really have a need for this fahhhbulous little ditty, I am IN LOVE! When I saw it, I about fell to the floor in giggles!

Ever had a curious dog determined to see what’s beyond your fence trying to jump over it or constantly digging or chewing holes in fences? Well, here’s your solution. Allow me to introduce you to the Pet Peek, a window for your fence to ease their natural curiosity! Eeeekeeee…

Can’t you just picture your little furry baby peeking out at the neighbors or the park next door?!?!? Eeeekeeee…I love it!!!

And wait…it’s not just used for dogs and wood fences but it’s been used as indoor room dividers. I read on the website that the Smithsonian Museum uses a Pet Peek in a display about the moon…funny but that visual totally makes sense.

I was really intrigued by how the Pet Peek came to be. Like…who is sitting around and suddenly has the idea to cut a hole in their fence and stick a plastic dome in it for the dog?!?! Well, according to the website, the idea for the invention came to Carolin Best in 1982 when she and her husband lived in Aurora, Colorado with two small terriers, Little Abner and Noodles. They had a 6-foot wooden privacy fence that had a small knot hole for peeking out but only one dog could peek at a time. And then one of her dogs wouldn’t share with the other. So, Carolin cut a hole near the bottom of the fence and popped a clear plastic dome (the top of an old rug shampoo machine) through the fence.

Can't you just see this adorable face looking out at you through a Pet Peek?!?!

Low and behold, then both dogs rejected the knot hole and instead went straight to their new peek. Can you imagine?!?! So then she had to install another one and Pet Peek was born. In June 2007, Colorado newspaper Westword awarded Pet Peek “Best Dog Accessory” and I can see why! 

I mean…I could totally SEE Tess peeking into one of these. Can you say adorable?!! Unfortunately we don’t have a fence to install one but if we did, I’d be all over this little ditty!

The plastic dome window accommodates a snout and comes with a black trim ring. Installation is simple and retail cost is under $40. You can order this patent-pending invention online here.

And even more uberlicious is that Carolin never forgets those animals who need help. She donates a portion of the profits to non-profit animal organizations.

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!

Think your dog would enjoy the Pet Peek? How about any other uses? Share the wealth!

Naughty & Nice: the truth is revealed

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope everyone is enjoying a truly fahhhbulous holiday season. Hubby and I had a wonderful Xmas and Santa spoiled me rotten (I had no idea I had been quite THAT good but I ain’t questioning the big guy!)

Last Monday I followed August McLaughlin’s lead and did a post on being a reformed bad a$$. Today, I thought it’d be a perfect time to spill the beans and give you the answers you’ve all been waiting for on pins and needles.

As a reformed bad a$$, I:

1. Sang the national anthem and God Save the Queen at a college graduation.

TRUE! As a reformed bad a$$, I took vocals lessons for a few years after high school and sang the national anthem and God Save the Queen at my college graduation. Yes, there is a video recording. But no, you can’t see it. It’s on VHS. Darn!

2. Starred in a phone sex commercial.

Oh yes I did! But, get your minds out of the gutter. While I was studying journalism, there was an entire class studying videography. I was a star in many of their class projects; one being a phone sex commercial. Again, yes there are video recordings. No you can’t see them. They are all on VHS. Dang!

3. Was teased for being a “teacher’s pet” and a “nerd”.

I know, I couldn’t believe it MYSELF when this happened but it did. In college I shined like the superstar, suck-up teacher’s pet I was. One time I even argued about a grade on a paper and earned myself 5 more points to get a 95%. Can you say total nerd?!?! My high school friends and teachers would have been shocked because back in those days, I wasn’t anywhere near being anyone’s pet or a nerd!

4. Streaked naked down a street on a dare.

Absolutely NOT true. I’ve never streaked anywhere – dare or not!

5. Got “saved” at a Baptist summer bible camp.

When I was 14 I went to bible camp with my BFF and was saved. I think it was one of my Mom’s last ditch efforts to steer me straight. Hmmm…it didn’t really work beyond the one-week of camp.

6. Won a Remembrance Day essay contest.

Yippers. I can’t remember exactly how old I was but around 13 I think. I won second place and was totally stunned. It was the first time I really started to think that maybe I could do more than just write in my journal.

7. Played the Glock in the school band.

Another all-time shocker! This is true. Yes there are photos. No, they aren’t digital. Sorry. I was in middle school and actually played the Glock at the high school graduation. I had NO IDEA what I was doing, couldn’t read music and just whacked the darn thing periodically hoping for the best. No one booted me out of the band so I must have done alright.

8. Got suspended from high school for an overdue library book.

Again, unbelievable but true. It was long overdue and I got a noticed that I was no longer allowed to attend classes until I settled up with the library. When I went to pay for the book because I had lost it, the Principal lost his mind (no idea) and suspended me for 3 days. To his credit, I was hell on wheels for most of high school so it didn’t take much to set the authorities off by that point.

9. Graduated top of my class.

Definitely not in high school. I was one of those kids waiting for a phone call to see if I graduated. But, in college where I became the teacher’s pet and a total nerd, I graduated top of my journalism class. Proud moments!

10. Have 5 godchildren.

Odd given the fact that I don’t have any children of my own and lack any sort of maternal instinct AT ALL but yes, I do have 5 Godchildren. I assume people are banking on my becoming rich and famous. There’s really no other explanation.

So there you have it. 9 out of the 10 were true. Thanks sooo much for all the fab comments on my original post. This was sooo much fun and it turns out, I think y’all know me pretty well.

For MORE Naughty & Nice fun, check out Tameri Etherton’s post.

So, did I surprise yas? Are you more naughty than nice? Where do you fall on the spectrum? Feel free to take part in the naughty or nice fun and write a post of your own. Come on…surprise us!

Great impaired driving awareness initiatives

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.

Project Red Ribbon Update

I am so stoked that Irving Oil and MADD Canada are not only continuing their Project Red Ribbon partnership but they are EXPANDING it. How you ask?

Last year, from December 16 to January 3, Irving Oil’s fleet of trucks in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick featured MADD Canada’s symbolic red ribbon to remind people that road safety is everyone’s responsibility. And, as part of Project Red Ribbon campaign, around 70 Irving Oil drivers throughout the region received special training by police departments on how to spot and report dangerous drivers.

Well this year, Irving Oil expanded that specialized training to include all of their drivers and other employees in an effort to help keep impaired drivers off the road. Over 100 Irving Oil fleet drivers and other employees were taught how to identify and report potentially unsafe or impaired drivers.

Isn’t that uberlicously wonderful! Join me in raising your hats to Irving Oil and MADD Canada! Woot woot – keep up the great work!

Have you see TLC’s new show; DUI?

With a COPS-type format, DUI is a new TV series brought to us by TLC set in Oklahoma. The show follows police battling impaired driving while also following suspected drunk drivers through the legal system. It showcases the harsh realities of impaired driving arrests including the personal, financial, legal, social and emotional consequences for individuals. Twelve episodes have been produced with the first 6 airing December 2011 and the next 6 in 2012.

Hubby and I have been setting the PVR like clockwork to make sure we don’t miss an episode. I will tell you, seeing how impaired drivers are handled south of the border has been refreshing. These people know how to cut to the chase. Ain’t no messing around.

If you haven’t watched it yet, be sure to check it out on Thursdays at 8/9c on TLC.

In the meantime, here are a few clips.


A huge thanks and my kudos to TLC for doing their part in helping prevent impaired driving by creating awareness! Uberliciously cool!

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), and on the Web.

For 2012, I would like to use my blog to highlight what IS being done to eradicate impaired driving and to bring awareness to this crime. I want to focus on the good…so hopefully it grows! If you have any stories, websites, videos etc that made you sit up and say “wow”, please share them with me….so I can spread the word!

Thursday’s blog love fest…

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

Social Media Out Loud:

  • You’ve seen it around WordPress: Press This. I know…what the heck is it? Well our furry friend, Woodie (on behalf of Carrie Spencer) brings us the deets. Thanks Woodie…phew!

Write Out Loud:

Life Out Loud:

  • Last week I wrote about living our passion. This week I read an amazing post by Liza Kane on the art of letting go, which was super timely for me. It’s about letting go of the sometimes automatic overachiever in each of us so we keep the real priorities in sight.
  • So…I’m always worried after cleaning my bathtub how much residue is left behind that I end up soaking in!?!?!? Ever thought of cleaning your bathroom with a grapefruit and some salt??! I know…me either! Well, Myndi Shafter tested this little ditty out and says it works like a charm!! I can’t wait to give it a go!
  • This time of year, a lot of people lean towards the idea of giving puppies as pets. And who wouldn’t want to pass along that ADORABLE little face?! But is it the best idea?!?! Our resident pet expert, Amy Shojai, gives us some amazing tips and resources on puppy gift giving you must check out IF this is something you are considering.
  • Fears. They can wreak havoc in your life sometimes totally unbeknownst to you! Barbara McDowell wrote a fantastic post with some uberlicious resources on how to run toward your fears!
  • Have you heard of the Layaway Angels? I cried when I read this post by Diana Murdock and then the subsequent news piece. Wow. I had no idea and how cool is that?!
  • Christmas. A wonderful time of year for most people. But for some, it’s an extremely painful time of year dealing with grief and loss (my family still struggles with the pain of our third Christmas without Mamma K). Debra Kristi knows about that pain too well herself and she offers some most amazing suggestions on how to deal with grief through the holiday season. Thanks Debra – loved the candle burning idea!
  • Did you visit August McLaughlin’s blog and check out her ORIGINAL Holiday Tune (her gift to each of you). Ahhhmazing and beautiful!!! Thank you August!

Laugh Out Loud:

  • I nearly died reading Leanne Shirtliffe’s naughty letter to santa…OMG!
  • Piper Bayard and Holmes did another hilarious rendition of holiday survival advice that had me snorting coffee!
  • Are you at a loss at what to get that hard-to-by-for person on your list? Well then I have a real treat for you. Ellie Ann Soderstrom did a holiday gift buying guide for JUST that person…it’ll be just perfect! I nearly peed myself!
  • I don’t have children but I still got a huge kick out of Paige Kellerman’s post on how to have a cup of coffee after children. Thought all you parents out there might enjoy it!

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: Freeboobing

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!

Freeboobing: The act of not wearing a bra under a shirt.

Kissing cousin to freeballing (not wearing underwear for men).

Examples Of Use:

Last night, hubby hugs me from behind.

Hubby: baby…what is this…are you freeboobing?

Me: yes…I’ve had to since last week when I re-injured my rib cleaning The Dude’s area. Bras sit right on the muscle that’s sore so I can’t wear one until it’s healed.

Hubby: sorry about your rib but…I like it when you are freeboobing!

Me: I bet you do!

Ever have to freeboob for a long period of time to let an injury heal? Come on…share the wealth…

ROW80 – Round 4 – 80 days in review

Well, I can’t believe it came so fast but it’s time for my last ROW80 progress update.

I’ve continued with lounging over in Slack Land with Jenny. Work, Xmas and some family stuff going on sort of took over. In the end, it’s all one big excuse….the bottom line is no words on the page. But let’s have a total Review of Round 4 Goals and I’ll share with you what I learned.

Work In Progress Goals:

  • Set up writing room (clean out DVDs and crap from office and set up laptop).
  • Get a new office chair.

I did get my office all set up for writing – it’s beautiful really! I didn’t get a new chair although in the end, with some rugs in there, the old chair is fine.

  • Read through old journals (7) to see if there is book material there.

Only read through 2 of the 7 so far…and I’ve come to realize my mother is a much greater SAINT than I previously realized. Someone give that lady an award already…please!

  • Read: Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland


  • Spend 5 hours a week on WIP outline – complete ½ outline including:
    • Define outline method
    • Craft premise
    • Create scene list
    • Develop key story factors – stakes, motive, desire, conflict
    • Determine setting
    • Define audience

5 hours a week for 11 weeks is 55 hours. I counted a total of 33.5 hours on my WIP outline…not bad. Not great but not bad either.

As far as ½ an outline is concerned, it depends on your definition. When I made this bulleted list, I had just started reading my first craft book and I had assumed that the outline ideas would work for me. And although it was great, I sort veered more towards James Scott Bell’s plot methodology. Since starting his book, I have completed major plot point outlines for 2 story ideas and I’ve roughly developed about a dozen story ideas (1 paragraph each). So I would say I’ve done “okay” on this goal.

What I haven’t done, is moved beyond THAT.

What I learned: I went a little askew in my planning. Although plotting is important and an hourly goal okay, without a word count goal and/or daily writing goal, I allowed myself to get quite literally lost in plotting. I just spun circle after circle when I needed to be spending time writing (ANYTHING….). I could have started with character interviews, bio, scene ideas, practice writing dialogue, done flash fiction etc. Whether towards one specific story idea or not…the point is, I could have been writing….which is what I need to do a lot more of.

Last night, I read a post by Jody Hedlund about how to drive yourself crazy as a writer. She said that (for the most part), your first 4 to 6 books are practice and are about learning your craft. This just brought home the point Jenny Hansen made to me last week about having thousands of lines of crap to get OUT before the good stuff would start flowing.

There are not many writers in the world who are naturally best-selling authors from the day they sit down pen and paper in hand. It’s a craft. It’s earned and learned through hard work, perseverance, and practice. And it’s not that I arrogantly thought I was this miracle writer. It’s just…I don’t think I realized how little I DO know, how big the learning curve is, and how much practice is required IF I am to take this “I am a writer” thing seriously!

I think I have a much better idea now and I will adjust my goals for 2012 accordingly!

  • Complete 2 character sketches with back story

I sucked at this goal AS WELL!

  • Find and order 3 highly recommended writing craft books (ask others).

Check! Now to read them.

Blogging Goals:

  • Blog 5 times a week.
  • Read, re-tweet/tweet, and comment on at least 10 blogs per week.
  • Report on ROW80 progress twice a week.

So here’s where I did kick butt. I am in love with the whole blogging and social media thing, and I nailed every single goal here.

As of tomorrow, the end official end of ROW80, in 11+ weeks I will have posted 59 non-ROW80 posts (maintaining my Monday through Friday schedule) and 23 ROW80 progress update posts for a total of 82 posts in 80 days. I am not sure how many re-tweets and tweets I did or how many comments I left but my guess is I average reading and promoting 20 to 30 blogs a week.

I reported on my ROW80 goals twice a week (although I think I was late twice). 

What I learned: this is also a bit of a weakness because I can easily get swept away in social media stuff rather than writing. It’s a crutch. My adjusted writing goals will help prevent this for next time but I’ll also be adjusting my blog schedule slightly to accommodate a more planned writing schedule.

Healthy Lifestyle Goals:

In the next round, I’ll be taking Kerry Meacham, Gene Lempp and Marcia Richards leads (like a lot of you) and I’ll be adding some healthy lifestyle goals to my plan!

How did you make out with your ROW80 goals? Plan to join up for January’s round?

Bringing a little Dominican-feel to the trails

Picture this. Hubby and I are out on the Rhino. There’s a gang of other ATVer with us. We stop to enjoy an adult beverage. Hubby cranks up the tunes and we’re all rockin’ it out! I drop the tailgate and in a few minutes, hubby and I have set up our very own MOBILE TIKI BAR!


Thasss right! Hubby and I will be whipping up drinks with our drill blender and serving up the crew in STYLE….in the middle of nowhere…with the HarKen Tiki Bar (HarKen is a combo of our two last names)! It’ll be like bringing a little taste of the Dominican Republic everywhere we go. I love it! Instant party!

When assembled the bar top is nearly 60” long and around 22″ deep. The counter height is 39″ tall. With the roof, the total height from the ground to the top is 86″.

So this is no tiny little bar – it’s packs a punch!

The makers of the Mobile Tiki Bar say it can be assembled in only 6 STEPS and in less than TEN MINUTES. Wowzers! Check out the video the guys at Mobile Tiki Bar.com put together:

Impressive guys!!!

It’s custom built to order and made of solid wood and pvc so it’s sturdy while still very light!

Hmmmm…I wonder if it’s strong enough for me to dance on?!?!

HOLY balls – wait a minute!! I could purchase 2 Mobile Tiki Bars and create an L shape or get 3 and create a horseshoe shaped tiki bar. Then….I could whip off the roofs, fire up the ol’ karaoke, kick up my heels and I’ll be the Coyote Ugly of the trail!!! Woot woot!!!

I know, eh?!?! I’ll be PERFECT!

And best of all, when packed away, the Mobile Tiki Bar fits into a large duffel bag (included with purchase) and weighs about 60 pounds.

This bad boy has been featured in Consumers Digest and Tailgater Monthly so you know…it’s the real deal!

Unfortunately, the Mobile Tiki Bar ain’t cheap. It costs around $650.00 US plus actual shipping costs. But I think it’s totally worth it. If you are interest, visit the Mobile Tiki Bar.com and order yours.

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!

Could you use a Mobile Tiki Bar in your backyard? Ever Coyote Uglied it up? Come on…share the wealth!

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