Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | July 25, 2015

Class Reunions

I just realized 2010 was my high school 10th year reunion. I didn’t go – I didn’t know anything about it for one, I moved and never looked back. I was looking thru some pics I had found online for that reunion and while I recognized quite a few people, there were tons I didn’t recognize.

It made me start thinking about why we go to reunions. Are we trying to show off what we have done with our lives? Are we trying to prove that we were the most successful? Are we trying to show that we turned into hot adults? I am not the same person I was while in high school. I don’t miss high school. I don’t miss anyone I went to school with either. Is that bad?

I also started thinking about where I had wanted to be back then. A published author. Period. That’s all I wanted to be. And guess what? I am – I succeeded in achieving my dream. I’m not done either. At first I was depressed because in my personal life I feel like I failed. I am basically starting all over again and it’s not something I wanted to do…again…

But, starting over can sometimes be a blessing. Yeah, financially it does stink, but, maybe this time around I can get more out of life – learn from my mistakes and grow from my successes.

What about you? Did you go to any of your reunions? Why? Why not?

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | July 23, 2015

Old Pics…

Recently I came across several boxes of my old pics. Pics that are at least 20 years old. Ones that I took while on vacations, at the beach, parties…some had old friends in them. Def ones that I would like to keep. So, I have decided to spend time scanning them onto my computer. Not sure if I have to do anything special to them when I scan them, but, a little research later on should help me protect them so I can enjoy them for many years to come – not to mention, I can share them with friends and family.

What do you do with your old print pictures? Are they in photo albums? Are they archived on your computer?

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | July 22, 2015

Kindness Saves Relationships?

I read an article earlier this morning that stated that couples who showed kindness to each other were more likely to stay married than those who didn’t. Studies were done to prove this theory. My question?

Isn’t this logical sense?

I mean, if your spouse points out a gorgeous rainbow and they have a love for rainbows, would you share in her enjoyment? Or would you just say ‘uh huh that’s nice hon’ and go on with your day?

I personally have done both. Depending on my mood, where we are at, what we are doing, etc all plays into my response. I would love to type that I am the most loving, kind, generous significant other, but, alas, I am human and I have done the ‘uh huh, that’s great hon’ response…too many times.

We all want the fairytale relationship. We all want happy endings. But, don’t we have to work at it? Nothing is perfect without work so why do we think relationships are any different?

I think that being kind should be used in all relationships. Can you imagine how different they would be if we did? With our friends? Our family? Try it for a month at least and see if things change. Try showing each other interest in what they are doing, what they love, what they are saying. You would think it would come natural right? Does it?

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | July 21, 2015

Taste in Books

So, my taste in books has gradually changed over the past year. I still love romance but I’ve started reading fantasy – witches, fairies, shape shifters, vampires, etc – and am truly enjoying them. Some have romance but, I’m more into the characters and storyline. I don’t think I’ve changed – no, how about, added to my likes and interests :) there, that sounds better lol …just more variety for those long 12 hour days lol or those days home sick in bed :)

I’ve come across several authors that I am waiting patiently (no, not really!!) for the next book in the series I can’t get enough of. I am the type of reader who prefers to read the entire collection at once rather than one at a time. I devour the story if I’m into it and when I’m done, I feel like I’ve suddenly crashed back to reality – and I wanna go back to that world!!!

How about you? Do you enjoy various genres or do you stick with just one or two?

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | July 20, 2015

Good Monday Morning!!!!

I dunno why I said ‘Good’ Morning – unless I’m off work or getting paid or sleeping late and waking up to breakfast in bed – how is it good?  lol

I’ve never been a fan of Monday mornings – just because it’s the end to the weekend and start to a long week of work, stress, traffic and barely any sleep. Or is it? If you work from home, you still deal with all the above. If  you work nightshift, yep, you still deal with all the above.

I think Mondays should be treated just like any other day. Except for Fridays and the weekend – they are just awesome  :) So here is to putting Monday with Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and not treating them like naughty children – yeah, easier said than done…lol…

How do you see Mondays?

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | July 9, 2015

New Job…

So, I am currently looking for a new job. What type you ask? I have no idea – just something that pays enough to support myself on. Ha…aren’t we all right? I have a very interesting resume – I have more jobs in sales than anything else and yet, I don’t want to get back in sales. I can’t live on commissions right now. Maybe later on down the line, but right now, I need a def paycheck.

I have been looking at property management, assistant manager, inbound call center – even driving a limo!! I did drive a cab so I know I could drive a limo – at least part time on the weekends. This is the reason I ended up driving a cab – because I wasn’t able to find another job.

Well, time to get back to looking for a job – to all those looking – GOOD LUCK!!

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | February 11, 2015

New Home

So, the move from hell is done – lucky for me I had some awesome friends that stuck the last two weeks out with me and my endless boxes and late hours – to them “thank you”.

I can’t begin to express the nightmare that was my move from a three bedroom – 1.5 baths house to a two bedroom – 1 bath apartment. There were days I was hysterical because of the sheer amount of crap I had left to box. I had started boxing things at the end of November and here it was, the middle of January and the house looked like I hadn’t touched a thing!!! I finally had to break down and ask for help and in that form came two females that are soooooo awesome at wrapping and boxing and four guys – two that were my labor guys :) one who had a spacious van that made numerous trips back and forth :) and one who unhooked, packed and hooked up my XBox and stuff – they all tried to make this as painless as possible, and for that, I am grateful :) and of course, dd who made packing her room last the longest lol

Speaking of rooms, my worst room and most dreaded was my office/craft room – I have tons of material and desk stuff and books and papers…sigh…I got into it and then one of the females parked herself in there and just worked magic – everything was boxed up and waiting for me to decide where it was going – unfortunately tons of stuff had to go to storage, but, that’s ok – this apartment is a temporary stop – we will move in a year – but this time, boxing/moving will be for FUN.

So, with the final box loaded into my car, I locked the door one last time and closed a chapter in my life. It was soooooo very hard, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t cry – especially when I said good-bye to a couple awesome neighbors. And as I drove away from the house that had been my home for 14 years, the house where dd learned how to ride her bike, the house I said my marriage vows, the house where I first attempted scuba diving – all these memories – some good and some not so good, but, they helped shape me into the person I am today – flooded my mind, tears threatening to spill.

I drove away from the house, without a look behind me, shutting the door firmly on that chapter of my life.

Where will I go next? On the one hand I’m excited and on the other nervous – petrified really. But, as I keep getting told, I’m strong and I will get thru this.

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | November 28, 2014

Providence in the Fall (book promotion)

Stella Marlowe has always lived a simple life in small town Iowa. She’s got a spot at an Ivy League University, her best friend Honor St. James, and a great boyfriend, but Stella has always kept walls up around her heart. Then she spots Tucker Hastings at a party her first day at Brown, and her world changes.

Tucker was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and is living life jumping from one torrid affair to another. He has a past he fights to forget, and a shattered heart as proof of the night that went tragically wrong.

Can Stella and Tucker repair their broken hearts and learn to love again?

About the Author:
I was born in Providence, Rhode Island and moved to Iowa when I was in high school. Even though I call Iowa my home, I’m always an east coaster at heart.
I work full time and spend all of my free time writing. I have an amazing support system and I can’t wait to share my characters with you! I usually spend all of my time writing in the evening as long as I have my writing fuel (Mike & Ike’s or Thin Mints). I hope you fall in love with Stella and Tucker as much as I have.
When I’m not writing I am reading, watching Top Gear and Doctor Who, and spending time with my boyfriend.

I love to hear from everyone so feel free to track me down on:
Facebook: https://facebook.com/authorjessica.danow?ref=bookmark
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@jessicadanow

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23433266-providence-in-the-fall?from_search=true
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00OP9BQSM/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1416373813&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SY200_QL40

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | November 26, 2014

Moving…Packing…

I hate change – I don’t know many people who actually like or crave change in their life – but, to me, it seems normal for a person to NOT like change. Am I wrong?

I am in the process of packing up a house that I have lived in for 14 years. A house that I have called home. A house that I have many memories in – some good, some not so good. I have come to the conclusion just like I did the other times I packed/moved…I hate packing and moving and all that entails.

I have so many collections – from masks to Snowbabies to Tigger plushies and all sorts of stuff in between. A lot of these items were gifts – gifts that hold memories and will be hard to deal with, much less look at, but, I got these gifts out of love, so, keep them I shall. I’ve been asked why don’t I just trash those gifts – but seriously? Trash an R2D2 Xbox? ummm…NO!?!? I might be a little crazy, but NOT that crazy!!

Packing and moving can bring out many emotions – if it’s a good move, it can be an adventure – still a chore, but, one that holds a much better destination – perhaps a new beginning? A new house? A new country? If it’s a move made out of necessity – like because of separation/divorce, then it’s usually not a happy adventure – it’s filled with dread and the fear of the unknown.

The only way I can pack/move is if I do it one room at a time – it’s overwhelming when you look at a 3 bedroom house completely furnished and decorated – it’s pretty much busting at the seams – yeah, we kinda out grew it…lol…but, it’s about to get downsized quite a bit!! So, overwhelming and daunting this chore may be, it needs to get done and done properly so, one room at a time…got my music on, got bubble wrap that I am trying so hard to not sit and pop…lol…and got plenty of water. Let’s get this done!!

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | November 25, 2014

Mammogram – NORMAL!!

OMG!! Talk about a sigh of relief!! I just had my second mammogram done on November 20th and got an email with the results – NORMAL!! There have been a lot of things going wrong in my personal life and of course I’ve had nightmares about the results not being good, so, for them to be normal, I am so happy…I read the results and felt like I was a balloon letting all my hot air out…lol…and oh yes, I read the results several times before I smiled :)

I do drive a cab that is painted pink for breast cancer awareness so of all people to not get a mammogram, yeah, I’d be looking a little crazy…lol…but, all is good for another year :) Now let’s just hope that I can get insurance of some kind to keep getting these exams!!

Its awesome to get good news in a month that has been full of emotional and physical rollercoaster type rides. This is my rainbow for the day, so, I’m gonna enjoy it as long as I can :)

Remember, save the Ta-Ta’s :) Go get that exam!!

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