Friday, July 31, 2009

Hitting the Road

I'm going to read the latest Elizabeth Amber (Dominic) poolside and have a few frozen drinks... The kids are super excited to be getting out of town. You all have a great weekend and I'll be back in a few days...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Spiders on Drugs Video

Click to watch. Too funny...

Word of the day... Email Courier

An individual who approaches someone's desk or workstation in a work environment almost immediately after sending them an email, usually to confirm that the email has been received.

Bill: I just sent you an email. Did you get it?
Mike: Probably, I haven't checked.
Bill: Can you check?
Mike: Uh yeah, looks like I got it.
Bill: Thoughts?
Mike: My immediate thoughts are you're an email courier and a douchebag.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Quote by Marilyn Monroe

I was asked the other day to find this quote and post it by a reader... Here it is... Hope it helps! (And btw... I never knew she said this. I like it though. I think it's true!)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Graffitti in the 16th district

I took these myself near where I live. Neighborhood is changing and not in a good way...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hey, the Jerk Store Called...

Click to watch.

Recovering from last night...

Posting will resume later... I'm recovering from the wedding I went to last night. Lots of wine was involved. (Which will explain all the random, crazy texting I did last night to lots of people... including ones with pictures... ugh....)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

White Wedding Literal Version

Click to watch.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Burger King and graffiti

So I drove by that Burger King and they never did anything about the graffiti. I just got off the phone with their corporate office to complain and we'll see if they do anything... Guess that's life in the big city. No one gives a sh*t about stuff like this I guess. It bothers me though... I don't want my kids seeing this and thinking it's "normal". I need to find the pictures I took last year of the graffiti that was in my alley. Now that was some major f*cked up stuff... I've read on some other blogs that my district is going down the crapper, and man, it really appears that it is.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Attacked last night in Chicago

This is one of many bruises a good friend of mine received after she put her car away last night. She was attacked from behind, had her throat choked, and was thrown to the ground. She said she fought as hard as she could and in the scuffle elbowed the asshole somewhere... not exactly sure where because she never got a good look at him... But she definitley felt the contact. Thank God she was able to get away without any major injuries. I'd like to say thank you to the Chicago Police and detectives from the 25th district who were at her house and helped her.

Brown chicken, Brown cow -- Definition

An onomatopaeic imitation of the guitar riff commonly heard in 1970's porn movies.

Jim: "Hey, where are Abby and Jake?"
Tom: "Brown chicken, brown cow."

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Kiki Dee and Elton John- Don't Go Breaking My Heart

Here's a blast from the past... I was seven when this song was popular. This is a classic video, and does anyone else find it painful to watch these two attempt to dance towards the middle of the song? LOL

Definition of the day... Facebrag

To use Facebook as a platform to brag. Normally about a job, internship, trip, purchase or anything else that nobody really needs to know but you'd like to tell everyone because you're awesome.

Sample Facebook Status: Jane Stephens is headed to London with her new iPhone for her 2nd JOB INTERVIEW!!!!! :))))

"Hey, did you see Jane's newest Facebrag? Eesh."

My .2 worth... I HATE Facebook, but I am on there for my books. If you let it, it can be a huge waste of time suckage. Plus, I don't like the fact that everyone sees everything you do on there. I think it's kind of creepy.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Joe McIntyre- Easier

These lyrics are incredible. He is perfect "hero" material... Click to watch video below... And btw, yep this is Joe from New Kids on the Block fame... Damn he sure grew up!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Is This Hot? Guest blogger... Marianne LaCroix

I should run the vacuum in my house, but instead I am going to take the kids to the Springs in Wakulla. I'm going to work on my synopsis while they play.

Have I lost my touch for a hot scene? You tell me. Here's a snip (unedited) of my wip that was requested at Nationals:

When he stepped away, Brooke loathed to give up contact. He took her hand and led her upstairs. In the bedroom, Daniel backed her to the bed and they fell on the soft comforter laughing.

“Thank you,” she said, touching his face.

“For what?”

She sobered slightly. “For being here for me. Making me laugh.”

“I’m not all business all the time, you know.”

“It’s nice to see this side of you.”

He pressed her into the bed as he lay atop of her and kissed her. She splayed her hungry hands over his shoulders and back.

He moved downward to her breasts once again and slowly laved one tip with his tongue and then the other.

The ache built within her, a painful need to be filled.

“Daniel,” she panted. “Get a condom. I need...I need you inside me.”

He sucked her right nipple into his mouth then released it with a pop. “Soon. I want to taste you more.”

She whimpered in disappointment and he chuckled. “Patience, sweetheart. We have all night.”

She relaxed back on the comforter and closed her eyes, surrendering to his touch. He glided one hand down over her hip and thigh to her knee. She bent her leg and he caressed her calf before feeling his way back up her leg. When his fingertips brushed the apex of her thighs, she gasped and arched her back against him.

“You’re hot. So hot.”

At this point she thought she’d spontaneously combust as he slid his fingers through her folds. She clenched her hands over his back and he sucked harder on her nipple. He slid a finger inside of her and she bucked against his hand. She raised her head from the bed and held his head. “Now you’re killing me,” she whispered to him.

When he brushed his thumb against her nub, she cried aloud. She clutched the comforter beneath her and fought the urge to come too fast.

“No,” he said huskily. “Don’t fight it.” He kissed his way down her abdomen and she was completely lost. His warm breath caressed her mound and she held the comforter tighter, stiffening her body in readiness. “I want to hear you come. Relax, honey.” His voice soothed her and his touch eased her to relax, opening her thighs wider for him to continue touching her.

Then he pressed his mouth to her nub and she felt the beginnings of her climax roll through her body. She surrendered her body to his skilled touch, and when he rose from her to position himself above her, she recovered just enough to help him sheath himself with a condom.

He groaned as he entered her and she pulled up her knees and urged him in further by encircling his waist with her legs.

He moved within her, and each push and retreat sent her closer to another climax. His tempo quickened and she flexed her hips to meet his thrusts.

She opened her eyes and was met by his stark blue ones gazing down at her as he thrust into her. The intense heat touched her, deeper than she’d like to admit.

She shut her eyes, surrendering to the sensation of him filling the emptiness within her. She ground her pelvis upwards, needing him closer, wanting him to find his release within her.

He crushed his mouth upon hers, lips grinding, tongues stroking. She held his head with one hand, needing more of the taste of him as his movements became more frantic. With the pulsation of his release, she surrendered all conscious thoughts to the rhythm of her climax.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Jude the Obscure-My favorite movie ever...

This is my favorite movie ever... Click to watch the "abridged" version. Even though it makes fun of the movie, it is truly brilliant in it's full form. The soundtrack is haunting, the novel amazing...

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Christmas in July at Lover's Lane

This is a great sale that they have twice a year.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Remember this? Mister Microphone commercial

"Hey good lookin', we'll be back to pick you up later." I'm sure a lot of you remember this commercial. Click to watch. (And don't you love the guy dancing down the street? LOL)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The 'Big Willie'? Sears Tower Gets New Name

Chicago Icon Now Named Willis Tower, CEO Suggests We Now Call It The 'Big Willie'

Like it or not, it happened today. The nation's tallest building has a new name. The Sears Tower officially became the "Willis" Tower on Thursday after a vibrant opening ceremony.

CBS 2's Susan Carlson reports that the official name change happened today when the new owners, Willis Group Holdings, took over at a vibrant opening ceremony complete with the Chicago Children's Choir, Mayor Daley and over 1,000 spectators crowded into the lobby.

The London-based insurance brokerage is leasing 140,000 square feet inside the building. They will be moving in about 500 employees.

They also announced that they plan to strive to achieve the highest level of green certification, and hope to bring in 3,600 green jobs and reduce energy by 80 percent.

In opening remarks, they also tried to convince die-hard Chicagoans that the name change is for the best.

"This town is a town of neighborhoods, it's a town of ethnicity, it's a town of feisty fighters," said Willis Group Holding CEO Joe Plumeri. "You can call it anything you want. I said on TV yesterday, you can call it the 'Big Willie' for all I care. As a matter of fact, I wish you would."

Others aren't so enthusiastic about the new name.

"I've only worked here for about a year, but I don't like it," said Willis Tower employee Bill Whitmire about the name change. "Sears Tower has always been 'Sears Tower.' Willis Tower, I don't know, it doesn't do anything for me."

"If it wasn't illegal and I had an egg, I would throw it at that new sign," said Chicago resident Willie Jones. "First, Comiskey, now Sears, Wrigley will probably be next."

Plumeri says he is not surprised by the controversy over the name.

"This has been a part of Chicago for a long time. I understand 'Willis' is not a household name," Plumeri said. "But hopefully over time, as we become good corporate citizens, as we contribute to the community, as we do the job we're supposed to do, hopefully over time, people will look back and say that was a great idea, these are good people."

The 110-story skyscraper has been known as Sears Tower since it opened in 1973.

Plumeri says he never considered keeping the 'Sears' name.

"Not for a minute. My job is to expand the name recognition and the brand of Willis," Plumeri said. "That's my job."

To try to smooth things over additionally, Plumeri took out a full-page ad in the Tribune today. The ad says that they are committed to Chicago and to give them a chance.

To that end, Plumeri announced that he's donating $100,000 towards the effort for bringing the 2016 Olympics here to Chicago. And another $100,000 will go to the volunteer organization, Chicago Cares.

The new name isn't the only recent change at the tower. Last month, owners announced a $350 million greening effort, along with plans for a 50-story luxury hotel.

Also, the new Sears Tower Ledge was unveiled earlier this month. The glass-bottomed enclosed balconies are on the 103rd floor.

The Ledge is a set of clear glass walkways that extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck windows. Its four enclosures look down 1,353 feet over Wacker Drive and the Chicago River's South Branch.

Despite the name change and new information about the Willis Tower on its website, the URL itself,, remains loyal to its former roots. There's no word on whether the website will change in the future to reflect the Willis name.

Not only did they change the name of the Sears Tower, they donated money to help bring the Olympics to Chicago. I wanted to go check out the new balconies, but now I don't want to spend one dime there, and I won't.

Marianne, Kim and I make the Top Ten!!

Best Sellers for Resplendence Publishing, LLC at
Based on data gathered within the last 20 days.
1. Oriana and the Three Werebears by Tia Fanning [Erotica]
2. Two Plus One [Hot for Teacher Series] by Brynn Paulin [Erotica]
3. Ticket Me More [A Handcuffs and Lace Tale] by Tia Fanning [Erotica/Romance]
4. Male Me by Amarinda Jones [Erotica]
5. Wish Me Up, Rub Me Down [A Desires of the Lamp Tale -- Book one] by Melinda Barron [Erotica]
6. Taken With the Enemy by Tia Fanning [Romance/Suspense/Thriller]
7. A Liar's Truth by Kimberly Garland [Romance]
8. Nuit Aux Trois by Melinda Barron [Erotica]
9. Wishes Through Time by Annmarie Ortega [Romance]
10. The Dark Knight by Marianne LaCroix [Romance]

Yay for us!! LOL Our three stories will be available together later this year in a print anthology called "Medieval Menage"!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Everyday I Write the Book

Ok, well really not so much "the book" as a chapter here and there depending on my mood... LOL Click to watch the video... (Told you I remembered this song!!)

The Dong Bong

Since the inflatable penis was such a hit... Here is the penis shaped beer bong! (And Marianne thought I was making it up I think! Where Mari lives in Georgia stores like Lover's Lane, etc are illegal, so she doesn't get to see this stuff in person...LOL) I love the last line in the description... too funny. (And a tiny bit scarey too!)

From the website:
The Dong Bong is a beer bong you can suck from all night. The Dong Bong is an ingenious invention that will have your guests begging to knock back beer after beer. It's a beer bong just like any other—only the beer shoots into your mouth by way of a giant flesh toned penis. The Dong Bong will make your party memorable. Or maybe you won't remember it at all.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wishes Through Time Number 10 at Fictionwise

My book is number 10 under my publisher Resplendence at
Wishes Through Time [MultiFormat]
eBook by Annmarie Ortega

eBook Category: Romance
eBook Description: When Caitlyn wishes to meet the man of her dreams, she has no idea her wish will take her to medieval England. She is in the armor hall at the Art Institute of Chicago when Morgan, a real live knight, appears and pulls her through time. He believes she is his one true love, and Caitlyn is quickly persuaded to believe he may be right. But Caitlyn discovers that finding true love and adjusting to life in 1400 is much more difficult than she could have ever imagined. Will true love prevail, or will Caitlin and her knight merely be two people passing each other in time?

eBook Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC, Published: 2009
Fictionwise Release Date: July 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

This weekend pictures

We went to Great America this weekend. I haven't been there in a long time, but parts of it are exactly the same as when I was a kid. If you haven't been there in a while and are wondering what the cost is... Tickets from Jewel were 36.00 a piece. (Adult tickets at the gate are 54.99 each!) Parking is 15.00 for the far away lot where Jesus left his shoes, then you have to walk to the park... or pay 25.00 to be closer to the entrance. A bottle of soda was 3.59 (plus tax). A burger and fries was 12.99. Chicken fingers and fries were 9.99. Drinks extra, of course.

The lines were not bad at all and the weather was awesome. We did get a bit of sun, and yep, I got a bit burnt. The kids had an awesome time and we would like to go again in the fall for the Halloween decorations.

One of my favorites moments was when one of my sons said "Hey look, there really are six flags!" LOL

Saturday, July 11, 2009

You have to see this...

I found this on youtube last night. It's a short film (around 9 minutes)called Spider. Watch it and I promise you there is a huge payoff in the end. (I think I said "Oh my God" a few times!) Click to watch. BTW... Tell me what you think of the video. I thought it was pretty brilliant, but I am easily amused at times... LOL

Friday, July 10, 2009

Adult Fun With Toys- Guest Blogger Marianne LaCroix

Annmarie's wild post of the inflatable penis (shaking head) got me thinking about toys. Honestly, how could I not? Geez. And of course, I have funny toy stories. And I am not talking ones I included in my books.

A few years ago I was at an RT (oh there's a big surprise) and Dot from Devilish Dot's was there in addition to Sire Don and his Leather and Lace stuff. There were definitely a few surprises that night as two friends and I browsed the tables full of bondage equipment, floggers, lubes, everything you can think of (pretty much). At one point we got to the vibrator collection. Now for my one friend, this was all totally new for her. (She didn't write erotic and was much more easily shocked. In other words, ripe pickin's.) So I picked up a bullet and turned to her and asked, "Have you ever tried one of these?" to her expected reply, "No." So I said, "A woman has to have at least one." I managed to shock her. She got a little...flustered. Then Dot came over to us and started demonstrating for us. (Dot knew me from a...ahem...nevermind.) As my friend was getting a taste of a high octane bullet that pretty much did everything but sing, I walked away. Heh...I got a good laugh out of that one.

Then there is the RT basket I won in Houston when I roomed with Annmarie. That year there was a big stink in the hotel over some of the promo items put out, notably involving m/m books. (Imagine, in Texas, macho cowboy capitol, they had a problem with m/m.) In addition to that hiccup, Annmarie's model friend Julian Fantechi got into serious trouble for carrying around and signing issues of Playgirl at the book signing. (Julian was Playgirl man of the year in 2007.) He was thrown out of the Mr. Romance competition because of it.

(Wait, I'm getting to it.)

So, in Houston right after the book signing, I took the basket I won in a drawing up to the room. I didn't see what was in it as it had all sorts of things in there. I set it aside and forgot it for a few hours. That night, Annmarie and I were in the room so I decided to go through the basket. Julian dropped by to hang out so we were all talking...and out of the basket I pull a bullet, a wood paddle, and then a Rabbit. Annmarie and I laughed while Julian about had a melt down. How was it sex toys were okay and Playgirl wasn't? It was crazy indeed.

Ah, he got over it quick enough when I handed him the paddle and he gave Annmarie a wack.


Notes from Annmarie:

You forgot Kim was rooming with us. How could you forget her sleep system?? LOL

I didn't think it was fair Julian got kicked out of the competition. I was with him when he apologized but they were adamant about him not participating. I don't know how offensive a Playgirl could be at a book signing where more than half was EROTICA!

And yeah, I admit I might have had my ass paddled by Julian... As I recall I thought you were going to die laughing... thanks. ; )

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Captain Pecker the Party Wrecker

What party doesn't need a 6 foot tall inflatable penis? LOL Misia and I saw this at a Lover's Lane once and now I just saw it online at a party store website... They also recommend it is a lot of fun in a swimming pool because it floats!

From the website:
A Blow Up Penis really sets the mood for a crazy, off the charts, wild bachelorette party, doesn't it? Especially when it's the Captain Pecker 6 Foot Tall Blow Up Penis. We like to call him Captain Pecker, The Party Wrecker!

Every bachelorette party should have a six foot tall inflatable penis. In fact, I see more and more of these inflatable penises at the bars and clubs I go to. They are a very hot item for bachelorette parties. It might be a little embarrassing to carry in at first, but we suspect that after a few drinks, you will be introducing it to people as your bodyguard Peter, or something along those lines. Be sure to take lots of pictures, because you won't want to forget the precious memories of your night out with the giant, 6 feet tall Captain Pecker Blow Up Penis.

It is 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 4 inches shorter than it claimed to be. That sounds like a guy, always claiming he's just a little taller than he really is!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

When the original is better than the cover version

Yvonne Elliman- If I can't Have You. Click to watch.

My son thinks LFO is the first band to sing this song. I had to explain to him that it is old and has been redone a few times. I usually don't like older music, but I really do like this version of the song the best. I think it's because I am a fan of Yvonne Elliman from when she was in Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley. I've seen that musical too many times to count, and I even got to see Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson as Jesus and Judas (twice) when they toured with the musical years ago. I still know the lyrics to all the songs in J.C.S.

And here is the version my son thinks is the original... LOL

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

DaLee Trinketry

My friend Debra has finally started selling her handmade jewelry online. She has a shop set up at Check out her beautiful, hand made one of a kind items which feature glass and metal.

Click here to go to DaLee Trinketry

I was able to get one of the bracelets like the one pictured above today. It is absolutely beautiful and I love it.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Definition of the day- "take a digger"

1. Commonly used to describe an ungraceful fall.
2. Fall forward or trip and land on one's face
Derived from the volleyball slang- a Digshot is a desperation diving hit that results in a faceful of sand.

I wasn't paying attention and I took a digger when I tripped on the crack in the pavement. I can't believe I fell flat on my face.

On a personal note, I "took a digger" when my dog Max tripped me while I was carrying a basket of laundry a few weeks ago. Even when I fell I didn't drop the clothes! LOL. Don't let his super cute looks fool you... Max is nuthin' but trouble!!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

ELO Evil Woman- The Misheard Lyrics

Or like the version I found... MEDIEVAL WOMAN!! This is for Kate, who made me laugh so hard the other night talking about this song... Watch video below.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th of July!!

Have a safe and happy holiday!
Click below to watch video.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Slide show from parade yesterday

Thanks so much to K. for inviting us last night to the parade and fireworks! And thanks you to Mr. and Mrs. E. for letting us take over your backyard for the night! The boys and I had an awesome time. We can't wait to do it again next year! (I should have more pictures later...)

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Man Calls 9-1-1 Over McDonald's Order

(MYFOX NATIONAL) - Several months after a woman called 9-1-1 because of a " McNuggets emergency ," another person is in trouble for calling 9-1-1 and claiming McDonald's robbed him. reports that Jeremy Lloyd Martin, 23, called 9-1-1 repeatedly last Friday after he said an employee at McDonald's failed to fulfill his complete order and cheated him out of $8. Martin claims that he gave the employee $10, but only got a burger and fries.

The 9-1-1 dispatchers reportedly told Martin that he was abusing the system and should stop, but Martin kept calling back. Police arrived shortly thereafter and took Martin into custody.

In March a Florida woman called 9-1-1 three times after she found out her local McDonald's ran out of Chicken McNuggets. The "McNuggets emergency" is just one in a group of infamous 9-1-1 calls that have been made over the years.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Computer Problems and City Stickers


First, it was the new Chicago parking pay boxes going on the fritz, frustrating people trying to park on city streets. Now, it's the new computers used to print city stickers that have Chicagoans tearing their hair out.

People waited in long lines to get stickers Tuesday and eventually many just threw up their arms and gave up.

CBS 2's Dorothy Tucker found shorter lines Wednesday, but more problems.

The computer that spits out the stickers at the currency exchange on Wacker Drive near Madison Avenue was hit-or-miss Wednesday, but Tuesday was even worse. The currency exchange and more than 300 others that operate on the same computer system stopped working for nearly four hours.

"One of our contractors had a server go down," said City Clerk spokeswoman Kristine Williams. "They're working hard to get the problem fixed."

Tat contractor is a company called Electronic License Service. They may be working on fixing the problem, but they're still having problems.

Clerks at a currency exchange on the West Side also complained about intermittent service this morning.

"We're trying to work with them to make sure it doesn't happen again," Williams said.

And the process to get a city sticker online hasn't been much more successful for some.

"It's been a real joke," said Martha Thompson.

She's the poster child for the problems the city is having filling online sticker orders.

"I went online May 27. I've just been waiting and waiting," Thompson said.

In fact, just last week Thompson got an e-mail from the city admitting it was experiencing "an unusually high volume" of online sticker sales. Some 235,000 city residents ordered stickers online. That's a 60 percent increase from last year.

And guess how many people were initially processing all those orders.

"We had a couple of people to process the online orders like we did last year," Williams said.

That's right – only two people to process hundreds of thousands of orders.

"We didn't anticipate, we weren't able to anticipate, the number of stickers that were going to be sold online this year," Williams said.

To keep up with the orders the city had to hire an outside vendor for a few days to help the two city workers. City officials insist it now has the orders under control.

Thompson, however, is still waiting for her sticker. If you're still waiting for your sticker and you don't get it soon, the city suggests you keep calling, send an e-mail or visit the city offices to pick up a temporary sticker.

I went and got my sticker from a currency exchange around a week ago. I had no problem getting it at all. I thought they way they were printed this year was cool, but still a rip off.