Thursday, April 30, 2009

How to tell if he really likes you...



He actively takes an interest in you and what you have to say. He's not just nodding and smiling and checking his watch every five minutes like you're trying to sell him life insurance. There's eye contact. He's actively listening. He's asking questions, relating things you say to his own experiences. If he's really good, he'll remember something you said and incorporate it in a future date. Try not to act too surprised.

He's forthcoming. He wants you to know about him. This manifests itself in a bunch of ways. He'll share personal details about himself. He'll even be eager to cough up basic factoids such phone numbers, his address and place of work. If he isn't giving up this kind of info, then he doesn't want you tracking him down -- or he's Batman or Superman. So if he doesn't live at Wayne Manor or the Fortress of Solitude, give it up.

He'll mark his territory. He won't pee on you or anything per se, but he will exhibit some animal behavior. If he's decided he wants you as his female, he won't want to lose you. If there's any chance that you might be snapped up by another male, he'll stake his claim. He'll be tactile with you, slipping an arm around you, possibly posturing and standing up when another guy walks onto the scene. Watch out for some regression to a more primitive man. If you hear grunting, don't panic. It's his way of saying he likes you.

He calls you back. Despite the stereotype, he will call you back. If you're a girl in demand, he won't want you to be the one that got away, so he'll call you to set up the next date or ask how you're doing. If you're getting calls for no reason, that's a good thing. However, you may want to invest in a good phone plan.

He'll check you out. You'll bring out his spy skills in a good way. He'll talk to your friends to get the 411 on you. He wants to know more about you -- your past, your present, your likes and dislikes, water hazards, etc. He's doing his homework because he wants to impress you. He's gathering this intelligence so he knows how best to woo you.

He's flirtatious. Guys get playful around women they like. It's a little dance he's doing around you to show his interest and his daring. However, he's not just being flirty, he's also probing. He's putting on a little show for you to see if you'll reciprocate. The more you play, the more he stays. Now shake that tail feather.

He's always planning ahead. If he digs you, he won't want you getting away from him. To make sure you aren't prey to some other guy, he'll be making plans for the next date before the current one is over. A full calendar is a good sign.


He's attentive. He's been listening to you, and knows what you like and where you like to go. He treats you to your favorite things and places. He'll spring surprises.

He'll blow off his buddies to be with you. It's always tricky managing existing commitments with burgeoning relationships. There are bound to be conflicts of interest at the some point. So take it as a good sign when he'll ditch going out with the boys to see you instead.

Acts of selflessness. He'll take one for the team of you and him. These can be large or small acts. They can be as small as holding your hair back for when you've got stomach flu, or as large as suffering through a Celine Dion concert and pretend he's enjoying it because you're a fan. Now “that's the power of love.”

NOTE*** This was not written by me, I found it online. But, I found it extremely eye opening.

Origin of Swine Flu!!




Joke texted to me today...
It was said that a black man would be president "when pigs fly". Indeed 100 days into Obama's presidency... swine flu!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

CB Radios, Frederick's of Hollywood, and the GPS from hell























Michelle and I drove down to Chicago Ridge Mall today. First of all my GPS sucks big hairy monkey balls. It was telling us to go towards the lake instead of to the suburbs. Of course it could have been protesting all the trips to the south side I've made recently...LOL

We had on the CB she has in her car, and it was pretty cool. We heard a huge fight going on while we were driving. Despite her attempts to get me to talk on it, I wouldn't.

At the mall we went into Frederick's of Hollywood and that place rocks. The only bad thing was I really don't want to know what kind of underwear my friend owns... There's just something wrong about that I think...

Now back to the writing...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Awesome time!







Thanks so much for the awesome time today in Naperville! It seems my birthday just won't go away!! LOL And btw... even though I am no photographer, I think I took some great pics today at the shoot! Even though I'm not used to being on the other side of the lense!

Tomorrow... look out Chicago Ridge! Misia and I are on our way!! And I think I am going to be learning how to use a cb radio too... Yikes!

Monday, April 27, 2009

WTF?? Mexican Soccer Club Arrived TODAY to Play Chicago Fire


Team Arrived From Mexico City Monday Night For Wednesday GameCHICAGO (CBS) ―

Amid fears of a swine flu outbreak, a Mexican soccer club, fresh off playing a match in a nearly empty stadium over the weekend in Mexico City, arrived in Chicago Monday night for a game against the Chicago Fire on Wednesday.

CBS 2's Dana Kozlov reports that Mexico's Club America soccer team arrived in Chicago one night after swine flu concerns forced the team to play to an empty stadium.

"It's not good to play without people," said Mexican soccer team player Pavel Pardo.

Mexico City has been on virtual lockdown since the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico has killed nearly 150 people and sickened at least 1,600. Residents have been avoided public places since flu fears became public.

The match against the Fire is still scheduled for Wednesday. Fire spokeswoman Becky Carroll said Monday that nobody on the Mexican team has shown any flu symptoms.

Mexico Club America and the Chicago Fire have entered into a business partnership that will kick off with the exhibition game on Wednesday, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.

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My personal comment here... You mean to tell me they couldn't cancel this game?? So anyone want to guess on how many days until the swine flu shows up here? What a fucking joke, seriously.

The Big One Chicago Made Famous




Today I taught Misia about something a lot of north siders don't know about... Ricobene's. We took a road trip out to Orland this afternoon so I could take her for a breaded steak sandwich. She was so funny once we got our food. She really liked it and couldn't understand how she had never heard of it before. We were talking to the manager for a while and she said it is a south side thing that most north siders just don't know about. On the way home Misia told me how much fun she had and "I could hug you but then you would think I'm weird." Of course I told her I thought she was weird anyways without the hug... haha

Tomorrow I venture out to Naperville for a photo shoot and some late birthday celebrating.

Nakedness at the HIP (Harlem Irving Plaza)






Misia and I babysat for a friend this morning so we went to walk at the HIP on the north side of the city with toddler and stroller in tow. Let me tell you, we have seen some crazy shit there early in the morning, seriously. (Beware of the maintenance guy driving the scissor lift like a kamikaze pilot! He will seriously try to run your ass over!!) This morning was no exception, as you will see by the picture I took at Express Men's. Nothing like explaining this to a four year old... LOL (And btw... I say nice abs, but what's with the small penis?)


And Misia and I are the most kick ass babysitters ever. Cookies, milk, AND a creepy bug toy.


Coming up next... road trip this afternoon to Orland!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A photo shoot to remember




This is my favorite picture of my friend Julian Fantechi. The reason why is because he was looking at me when this was taken because I was at this photo shoot!! LOL Shortly after this photo he accidently spit his gum out and it landed right in the hole of his boxers. Ah yes, lots of fun memories from that photo shoot in Houston!! (Photo by JL Foster)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Children Exposed To Porn May Expect Sex To Be Enjoyable

Watch the video here.

Friday, April 24, 2009

My So Called Love Life (Book Review)


By Allie Pleiter.
My So Called Love Life is a "Love Inspired" book which means it is a "heartwarming inspirational romance." You are not going to find any hot sex scenes here, a few kisses and that's about it. The story is about a woman who does the voice of a character on a popular animated television show. During the course of the book she dates two different men and must decide which one is for her. She does things like pray to God to show her which guy she should choose. There is of course a happy ending by the end of the book.

Honestly I would never read something like this, but I met the author last year at the Chicago North RWA Spring Fling. I moderated the discussion group she lead during the conference. I thought she was funny and a great public speaker. I picked up this book at the conference and finally finished reading it last month.

There were parts of the story that I thought were a bit far fetched. Also, I got confused about the two guys who wanted to date her. In the beginning they seemed so much the same I couldn't tell them apart. I did like the style and the "voice" of the main character. I think this would be a good book to give a teen who is interested in romance but not ready for some of the other steamier books that are out there.

I'd give this a B+.

New Book Cover




Wishes Through Time will be available in June in ebook form, then later this year in a print anthology.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cerulean Blue Booktrailer

Thank you so much to Fran Lee for making this for me!! It's great!
Cerulean Blue is available at Resplendence Publishing.

Should We Be Doing More To Reduce The Graphic Violence In Our Dreams?

This is some funny shit!!! Check this video out and watch the black lady and what she says... LMAO

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

More American Workers Outsourcing Own Jobs Overseas

Watch the video below...



And yes, I know this is from the Onion!!

Awesome Birthday!!













I had been dreading today, but it actually turned out to be a really great day. My friends are the best and they made my day a special one I will never forget. Roxanne made me a birthday cake that is amazing (see picture... the girl has skills... she has a cake and catering company). She also gave me what I think is my favorite birthday card (see picture of that too).

Thanks to everyone who helped make my day a truly special one!! <3 to you all!!

And Kate... we will celebrate next week when I come to Naperville!! :)

More Birthday...







Thanks to my cousin Kim for the lovely gift.

I felt bad for the poor mailman fighting through all the balloons to get up my front porch this afternoon!

For some reason most of the birthday cards I've gotten today have hot men on them... Go figure! LOL

Birthday Part 2






Thanks to Misia and Roxanne for all the balloons and for the blue tooth for my phone. And it was lots of fun going out to breakfast with you! (Even if the waitress was sort of a flake!) You guys are the best...

Earth Day is my Birthday!!





Today is my birthday. I woke up to find the front of my house had been decorated during the night... LOL Thanks to Misia and Roxanne for the decorations. I'm a little scared to see what else you have in store for me today!! (The cake was from my mom on Easter.)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Free Read- "Between Friends"









Here is the link to my short story "Between Friends". *WARNING* Sexually explicit material. Must be over 18 to click on link.

Click here to read Between Friends

Monday, April 20, 2009

Miss California Booed & Cheered For Same-Sex Marriage Answer.

You have to admire her for standing up for what she believes in... Watch video below.


Firearm sales surging since Obama's election

Across Illinois, people are sticking to their guns.

Firearm sales have surged in the state since President Obama was elected, mirroring a national trend fueled in part by concerns over the new administration's stance on gun control.

"It's like when your radiator blows or your pressure cooker boils, that's the kind of spike we're talking about," said Mark Diaz, manager of the Smoke 'N Gun shop in Waukegan. "The joke is that the president is the No. 1 salesman in the firearm industry."

Nearly 80 percent of active hunters and shooters believe firearm purchases would be "more difficult" with Obama and a Democratic Congress, according to a recent survey by Southwick Associates, a research firm that specializes in fishing and hunting statistics.

Across the country, firearms sales in large retail outlets have jumped 39 percent this year and background checks rose 42 percent just in November, according to data from SportsOneSource and the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

In Illinois, the number of Firearm Owners Identification card applications and Firearm Transfer Inquiry Program background checks rose during the first three months of the year compared with the same period last year.

In November, when Obama won the presidency, the state received 30,304 applications for FOID cards, up about 31 percent from the previous November. Another 30,639 applications were received in December, nearly 73 percent more than were submitted in December 2007.

Illinois gun manufacturers can't keep up with demand as more "closet gun supporters" seek firearms, said Todd Vandermyde, the National Rifle Association's Illinois legislative liaison.

Vandermyde said Obama's "track record'' while a state and U.S. senator, along with Attorney General Eric Holder's suggestion that the assault weapons ban should be reinstituted, have led some people to get guns.

"When you tell people you can't have something, what do they do? They go out and get it," he said.

Diaz noticed gun sales starting to pick up in September. But they really went through the roof -- jumping 200 percent -- on Election Day and the following day, he said.

"I think there's a paranoia that there's going to be a lot more restrictions, what you can buy, when you buy," said Craig Bricco, owner of 1st Class Firearms in Zion. "They're buying everything they can get their hands on."

But gun shop owners say they don't believe weapons are flying off the shelves solely because what some believe will take place on Capitol Hill. They say some people worry about their own safety as the economy worsens, about possible break-ins or violent attacks by laid-off workers.

"People who never bought a gun before are coming in, talking about protecting themselves," Bricco said.

Said Diaz: "Sometimes, we hear the most ridiculous things from behind the counter, things that make you think, 'I never thought of that one.' Someone once came in and said they needed a gun because the world's coming to an end."

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Post for a missed friend

















I have a love/hate relationship with April. I especially have a hard time with this day every year. My friend Kelly's birthday was April 19th. She passed away in January of 2003 from melanoma. Because of this I am just going to repost this from a different April 19th posting a few years ago. Thanks for understanding.

April is a really strange month for me. I love the spring and long for winter to end....Easter time is always exciting for the kids with Breakfast with the Bunny and baskets. My birthday is in April. My friend Kelly had hers on the 19th and some years at Easter we'd share a birthday cake my mom would have made for us....That's what I miss about April is Kelly. I miss her leaving crazy notes on my car at 3am saying she was just driving by...I miss talking about Michael McDermott and which of us loved him more...I miss our insane roadtrips...I miss doing things like meeting Madonna, partying with Marky Mark's Funky Bunch, going out to clubs dancing until the sun was already up by the time we were leaving...and there are still these strange times when something will happen and I'll think "I have to tell Kelly" and then I'll remember I can't...(Example, I am 100% sure she would have been a HUGE fan of Andrei Claude and she would have freaked out at the Eros Arrow cover) But part of me likes to think she still knows what's going on and despite it all we're still in touch.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I survived Kankakee











I had a really fun time at the booksigning today out in Kankakee. Their library is very impressive. There were probably around fourty or fifty authors there for the event. While I was there I picked up a really cute kids book called "My Dog Burps" by Liese Hearth. It's a great picture book that teaches kids to be proud of their talents, no matter their talent is.

I also got to talk to my cousin for a bit who is also a published author. We had a few good laughs (a few at the expense of our other family members!! I mean, if you can't make fun of your own family, who can you make fun of!?)

The only bad thing about today was the driving. Yesterday I had to drive from the north side of the city to Oak Lawn... then my mom was in the emergency room in a south suburb and I drove down to see her. Then when she was home after the er I had to drive all the way back north again. Then today driving out to Kankakee was a haul. But, it was all good and worth the trip.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Booksigning tomorrow


I will have copies of Shivers and Summer Solstice Scorchers with me tomorrow. The Kankakee Public Library is located at 201 East Merchant Street Kankakee, Illinois 60901. The event runs from 10am to 2pm.

Booksigning tomorrow in Kankakee











Come say hi! Local authors will be participating in this event (including me!). 10am to 2pm. Kankakee Public Library 201 East Merchant Street Kankakee, Illinois 60901. If you have any questions about the event I can be emailed at annmarieauthor@yahoo.com.

Knight Rider Burlesque...

I can't figure out if this is funny or creepy... Kind of both I guess.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Booksigning Saturday!











Come say hi! Local authors will be participating in this event (including me!). 10am to 2pm. Kankakee Public Library 201 East Merchant Street Kankakee, Illinois 60901. If you have any questions about the event I can be emailed at annmarieauthor@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Obama Bill from Tea Party









Front and back scan.
Click on images to see larger views.

I survived the tax day tea party!



Thanks to C.W. for inviting me. You have some great friends, and it was a lot of fun talking with everyone at Billy Goat's before we walked over to the big gathering... I'm just not used to being introduced like this... "This is Annmarie and she writes erotica." LOL

And thanks to Misia for dropping me off downtown because clearly I am directionally challenged! LOL And thanks for getting me at the Blue line afterwards. Break a leg with that final tonight!!

I picked up a bunch of information that I'll have scanned later tonight and posted online.

Tea Party Today!








Here are some pics from February. I'm hoping it doesn't rain because I am going to go downtown and check it out...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party


Tax Day Tea Party
230 S Dearborn 12-2pm tomorrow, April 15th.


The Tax Day Tea Party is a national collaborative grassroots effort organized by Smart Girl Politics, Top Conservatives on Twitter, the DontGo Movement and many other online groups/coalitions.

The Tea Party protests, in their current form, began in early 2009 when Rick Santelli, the On Air Editor for CNBC, set out on a rant to expose the bankrupt liberal agenda of the White House Administration and Congress. Specifically, the flawed “Stimulus Bill” and pork filled budget.

During Rick’s rant (see video below), he called for a “Chicago tea Party” where advocates of the free-market system could join in a protest against out of control government spending.

A few days later, grassroots activists and average Joe Americans began organizing what would soon become the Nationwide Chicago Tea Party effort.

On February 27th, an estimated 30,000 Americans took to the street in 40+ cities accross the country in the first nationwide “Tea Party” protest.

Organizers of the February 27th events pledged to continue on with an even bigger and better protest to follow the first. With April 15th being “Tax Day”, it was decided to schedule the second round of Tea Party protests to ride alongside the tax deadline.

And with that, the “Tax Day Tea Party”, the second round of the Nationwide Tea Party protests, moved into reality.

Monday, April 13, 2009

A life of maybes... some things to consider...



Thanks to Misia for sending me this tonight...

Maybe ...we were supposed to meet the wrong people before meeting the right one so that, when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift.

Maybe . . . when the door of happiness closes, another opens; but, often times, we look so long at the closed door that we don't even see the new one which has been opened for us.

Maybe . . . it is true that we don't know what we have until we lose it, but it is also true that we don't know what we have been missing until it arrives.

Maybe . . . the happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Maybe . . . the brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; after all, you can't go on successfully in life until you let go of your past mistakes, failures and heartaches.

Maybe . . . you should dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go, be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you dream of, and want to do.

Maybe . . . there are moments in life when you miss someone -- a parent, a spouse, a friend, a child -- so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real, so that once they are around you appreciate them more.

Maybe . . . the best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had.

Maybe . . you should always try to put yourself in others' shoes. If you feel that something could hurt you, it probably will hurt the other person too.

Maybe . . giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they will love you back. Don't expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart; but, if it doesn't, be content that it grew in yours.

Maybe . . . happiness waits for all those who cry, all those who hurt, all those who have searched, and all those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of all the people who have touched their lives.

Maybe . . . you shouldn't go for looks; they can deceive; don't go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Find the one that makes your heart smile.

Maybe . . you should hope for enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, and enough hope to make you happy

Maybe . . . you should try to live your life to the fullest, because when you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling; but when you die, you can be the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

Maybe. . you could send this message to those people who mean something to you, to those who have touched your life, to those who can and do make you smile when you really need it, to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down, and to all those to whom you want to show how much you appreciate them and their friendship.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter




Have a great Easter. And enjoy the Peep Show! ;)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Justin Timberlake and Ciara- Love Sex Magic Video

Justin Timberlake is bringing sexy back... again! And that Ciara is one ummmm... limber girl!! LOL

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Pop Up Book of Sex


I was at the Borders Express at Chicago Ridge Mall today and saw this book in the bargain book section. It was the last copy and the seal was broken so I had to take a look...(of course)LOL. I thought it was hysterical because it is just like a kid's pop up book, even with tabs to make parts move. It was only $4.99 so of course I bought it. I asked at the counter if they had any more because I know a few friends who I'm sure would love a copy, but it was the last one they had. Sorry. :)

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Walking on Sunshine



Better than the original. My boys think this is a brand new song. LOL

For Misia on the Full Moon



I am still laughing over our conversation in the parking lot at Red Robin today. When are you going to learn I know nothing about cars?? LOL

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

CHIA Obama on CNN



If you missed the Chia Obama head on CNN, here it is.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Book Review


The PTA: Sex, Intrigue, and Designer Handbags by Carol Olson and Cherie Rodgers. While I thought parts of this book were funny since I am active in the PTA, other parts were so far fetched I found them annoying. (Too many to list here.) I had a few chuckles at how the different officers interacted with one another during awkward moments because I've seen some of that happen first hand. Basically this book makes the PTA and it's members one big stereotype. I think if you are in a PTA you will find it amusing. I think if you are not in a PTA you will think anyone who is a member is a complete nutjob.

This book is a POD (print on demand), so if you want to get it you need to special order it.

Final grade is a C.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Music to wake you up on a Monday morning

Hush played by Kula Shaker. Hush, hush, I thought I heard you calling my name....

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Keira Knightly Domestic Violence PSA



I read this is going to be shown in movie theaters starting next week.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Thank You Misia and Marianne


Thanks to Misia and Marianne for being great friends to me this week. I've had a hectic week between the book fair and personal stuff. You were both there for me through it all and I thank you. I consider myself truly lucky to be able to call you both friends. And thanks for putting up with this crazy blonde!! (And thanks Misia for being my texting teacher!! LOL)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

WTF


This is part of why the world is so f*cked up. This week at my kids school we are having a book fair. A (young) kid got caught stealing something from the fair and was suspended. Today his dad came and bought the item for the kid when he came to pick up his report card. I was amazed.