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Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday Morning Updates

Monday morning updates....

1) My 8 year old daughter had her first soccer game this weekend. She was filled with anxiety. Not about her athletic performance. About how to accessorize her soccer outfit. There were actual tears over the fact that her shin guards and socks did not match. At one point the coach asked "Does everyone have shin guards on?" and Nat answered "Everyone but you." I tried to find a good place to hide but it was a wide open field. Even though Nat's team got creamed, she scored the only goal for the Royals. All in all, a nice season opener.

2) As most of you may know, my husband has a wee little fly-fishing addiction. He hired a guide for our up-coming trip to Captiva, and Captain So-and-So just happened to mention that he has been catching tarpon. Much to my husband's chagrin, and in spite of countless trips to the Keys and Belize, he has not yet snagged a tarpon. If you ask him if he's ever caught a tarpon, he will ramble on about how "he made eye contact" with the tarpon, and the tarpon "spit out the fly," how they sized each other up for 14 hours until sundown, yada yada yada, and at the end of the story if you ask "So did you catch him?" he'll shoot you a nasty look and answer "You just don't understand fishing, honey." Needless to say, this latest news about tarpon in them there waters has my husband worked up into a tarpon-fishing frenzy. He has been casting on our front lawn in preparation for the trip - I affectionately refer to this activity as "Casting to Nowhere." Our neighbors enjoy driving by and yelling out "Caught anything yet?" My hubs just ignores them.

3) My preparation for our trip, unfortunately, has involved clothes shopping, one of my most hated activities. Especially if it's for swim suits. Even though I have lost 45 pounds, shopping for swim suits is still a traumatic event. Thank God for Land's End, who has finally figured out that women aren't so keen on wedgies or old-lady skirts. Look what I found in their catalogue this year.....

It's the answer to my prayers! Surfer-style swim shorts. No more wedgies. No more little old lady skirts. Why didn't they come up with this idea sooner? Huh? 

Finally, I am compiling my reading list for Florida. Here's what I have so far....

  • Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole
  • Touch of a Thief by Mia Marlowe (ARC)
  • The Redhead Revealed by Alice Clayton
  • Too Perfect by Julie Ortolon
  • Scoundrel by Zoe Archer
  • Rebel by Zoe Archer
  • This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

That ought to keep me busy! While my husband and children are trying to catch that elusive tarpon, I will be sipping my fruity cocktail near the pool with my trusty Kindle in hand. I would love some recommendations for a couple of extra books to read. Let me know if you've read something spectacular lately! Especially if it's funny. I'm into funny right now.

All My Best,


D.L. said...

I love surfer shorts too, but also because it means no bikini wax required. Using hot wax to rip hair out by the roots on my lady parts? Uh I can think of waaay more fun things to do.

Penelope said...

Ahhhhh! Just say no to wax! I only waxed one time...right before my wedding. I got half of one leg done, and then I said forget it! I got the surfer shorts and the T-shirt. Better cover up and less chance of sun burn! Win! :^)

Darlene Marshall said...

My historicals are set in Florida and are in Kindle editions. They feature a touch of Florida history along with humor, hot heroes and no-nonsense heroines. I often pitch them as perfect beach reading.

Have a great time! Captiva is a lovely spot. I grew up in SW Florida and I miss being so close to the Gulf.

Penelope said...

Hi Darlene....thanks for stopping by. Which one of your books is your top rec? I'll check it out!

BookaholicCat said...

You husband is so funny. I love this part - "he made eye contact" with the tarpon, and the tarpon "spit out the fly," - RFLMAO
Surfer shorts are the best. they are comfy and come in different lengths too.
I hope you enjoy your vacation.

Penelope said...

My hubs just read this post and laughed his ass off. His stories about "almost catching a tarpon" can go on and on for hours. hee heee.....

I can't wait to get the surfer shorts!

Darlene Marshall said...

Asking me which of my books is my favorite is like asking me which of my sons I love the most. I tell them it's the one who'll buy me the beach house when I'm old.[g]

You might try my latest novel, The Bride and the Buccaneer first. It's a stand-alone, though you get to meet a few of the characters from Captain Sinister's Lady. Bride is a Florida set "road book" which was fun to write, and it won the FCRW Beacon Award.

Have a great vacation!

Penelope said...

Got it, Darlene! And I saw Mandi's review at Amazon. Looks great. Looking forward to reading it!

Melissa said...

Athleta has some great mix-n-match swimwear. Tankinis and board shorts galore!


Penelope said...

Hi Melissa...I love Athleta, but those suits are meant for girls with washboard abs who look like they could kick my ass. They scare me. Someday, if I ever lose enough weight, I would love to get one of those suits!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Fun reads, fun fishing and nice swim shorts!
I have a burkini - really, you ought to look into them - it's a one piece like a racing suit. Love it! I'm probably on the homeland security watch list because I made my way there via a Muslim bathing suit site.
But what's a woman to do???
I have a bikini but it's only for the most isolated beaches.

Penelope said...

Julia, you have a bikini! Woo hoo! You are a brave, brave woman.