"I BELIEVE IN PINK! I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."— Audrey Hepburn

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every night, friends. You have done what you could. Let it go.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dyed and Gone!




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Dyed and Gone by Beth Yarnell

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Hairstylist Azalea March is looking forward to a wild weekend in Las Vegas with her friends. Oh, sure, they’re supposed to be there on business, attending the biggest hair show on the west coast, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun. But fun quickly turns to drama. On the first morning of the show, Dhane, the biggest celeb of the hair-styling world, is found dead. As it urns out Azalea’s friend,
Vivian, not only knew Dhane, but the tale she weaves of how they met is faker than a showgirl’s uh… assets. When Vivian confesses to the murder and is arrested, Azalea knows there’s no way she could have done it and suspects Vivian may be trying to protect someone. But who?


Azalea now has to convince Alex, the sexy detective from her past, to help her prove Vivian’s innocence and comb through clues more twisted than a spiral perm. But the truth is stranger than anything found on the Las Vegas Strip, and proving Vivian’s innocence turns out to be more difficult than transforming a brunette into a blonde.





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Monday, March 17, 2014

An Open Letter to CarMax WhiteMarsh, MD Service Dept.

Dear Carmax White Marsh Service Dept:
You may not care too much, but I need for you to know that you lost a customer today. I had an appointment for routine maintenance on my vehicle today at 10:00 am at your facility. It snowed. Big deal. Today is my day off and I treasure my days off as I have to be at work at 0700 on most days and I like to sleep in. But I got out of bed and spent a great deal of time cleaning the snow off of the car and making sure that I would be able to get to the fore mentioned appointment on time as I had been chastised at least once for being late to an appointment in the past. Let it be said that prior to the cleaning of the vehicle I did call Carmax to try to cancel the appointment as I really did not feel up to it, but was unable to reach anyone. Not wanting to be rude, and just not show up, I proceeded with the plans to arrive on time for said appointment...Fast forward to my arrival at Carmax, car parked, and walking toward the service department door. A young gentleman calls out Good Morning and asks if I am there for service, to which I reply, Yes. He proceeds to explain to me that the service department is closed until 12:00 pm. I look at him and ask him, what about my 10:00 am appointment? He explains that I will have to call at 12:00 and reschedule. I stare at him for a second and say, "Well that sucks, I got up and came in here on my day off" to which he replies, " sorry about that, there is nothing I can do" I ask why they are closed and he says , "Snow". I look around at the barely one inch...and I say, that I didn't get a call...He says that there is no one to call me, they are closed...I say, I called...He says there is no one to answer, they are closed...I ask if the parts dept. is open, as I would like to order a part...nope, closed...At this point, I am speechless and furious...I walk away...and get back in the car and drive away...Let me just say that I will be calling them...but not to set up a service appointment, that's for sure...and they will never again be able to get away with chastising me for anything! 
Let me be clear...I will for sure buy another car from Carmax...I bought a brand new Nissan and want to keep the service on schedule...I will not however, be dealing with their service department in the future...Who ever heard of a service department that doesn't serve on Saturdays anyway!?!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Flaw Blog Tour and Giveaway!


What can be said about Josh Brewster? Nothing good, that's for sure. Just ask anyone. They'll be quick to tell you. Josh is a selfish, sweet-talking manipulator who will charm you in a minute, all the while planning his next move. He uses. He leaves. All Josh desires is things that come easy. Why actually work hard for something when you don't have to?

When Josh comes to face to face with a girl who’s doesn’t make anything easy, Josh begins questioning the game he's played so long. He’s suddenly eager to learn how to work for something he never imagined wanting. Can a player really change his ways? Better yet, will his past forgive? 

Aidan Turner has had a rough life, a life that has only become harsher as he's gotten older. The scars across his face serve as a constant reminder of the haunting nightmares from his past life. Seeing himself as nothing but a monster, Aidan believes no one will ever be able to look past his flaws. 

His reasoning is about to change when his very own beauty comes barreling in, sparking emotions he'd thought he'd never feel. Love sizzles between them, but his friendship with another girl complicates everything, especially after the nature of their friendship becomes confused. Will friendship overshadow his true feelings and ruin both couples’ chances at happiness?

About the Author:

Ryan Ringbloom lives for anything Romance. The passion, love, angst, awkwardness… she loves all of it. When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks off to read a romantic story or write one of her own. Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her five year old are the best part of her day.
SO I have not been able to get to far along in this one, but I have to say that so far I am really enjoying it...It looks like it will be a great read and I can't wait to get farther into it! 
I don't feel yet that it would be fair to give it a rating...so check back later...
here are the buy links


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Goodbye January...Hello February

January was fairly eventful here in the World of the Little Pink Blog...I and my husband both got new computer, and for the first time in years mine is NOT PINK:( not cool... It is a sad day in the land of TrulySimplyPink...bow heads...The damn thing is a wonder but...it is...gasp...BLACK...I do not do black...what to do, what to do...I came home from the store...the one that had only one pink computer in the entire place..Safe to say that I made an impression! Well, don't you worry all of you pink compadres out there! I am pinking it up! I have ordered some tech stickers from Vera Bradley and some Small Warrior in Pink car decals from fordcares.com, they are here and I just have to decide on my plan of action:)
This all came about because of the difficulties my pink computer was giving me while I was working on my 2 groups of grant proposals that were due within a week of each other last month. DH came into the bedroom one morning and actually said "how about you and I go to the computer store tomorrow morning"...How about that!?!
My grants were due and so it was another couple of days before I actually got it out of the box because, well, I am so disciplined and my grants were due...
I ended up with an Asus top of the line laptop! Can you say SALE!?!
I finally got my fitbit out of the box and all set up...it is supposed to track the steps, sleep, etc...I am very interested in the sleep...fascinating!


Oh yes, that is me on the right! The past few weeks have been a nightmare of constant migraines...I am on several medications that are there to prevent them but when they break through I have another one that usually/mostly/almost always takes them away...Not lately...Last weekend I worked...I actually had to call out sick twice, not on the weekend!...once before the weekend and once after, just to get through migraines...the second time it was so bad that I missed a whole day. The pain was so violent that I was throwing up! It has been a long time since one has gotten that far away from me. Finally, I was able to get the Maxalt to kick in and I slept for most of the day. That day I finally emailed my physician and she and I decided to up the dose on two of the meds that I am on preventatively...to see if that will help. All of this, we are thinking, because of the additional stress I have been under since last May. Please wish me some of that pink luck:)
Why yes...Yes, I did...

But on to better, happier things...Remember, positive, is my word, of the year:)

I have been reading Kathy Reichs lately. I read her little eshort, Bones in Her Pocket and followed that up with her latest in the Temperance Brennan series, Bones of the Lost. Loved them both! 
Then, although I have them all, I have not started her new YA series, Virals...I am now into the 3rd one:) So, yes, I like them, Thank you very much! brilliant actually! Maybe, I will showcase them in another post...One of them is over there in the sidebar as my current read:) I have finished Virals and Seizure and I am in the middle of Code. I don't fool around. I had put some of my favorite authors on hold in order to do some romances for the blog and Avon Addicts and street teams etc. But now I am giving them some attention.
I also decided to pick up another hobby that I have ignored for years...cross stitch and needle work. I can't wait to get started!
Here is a picture of a pattern that I purchased.



I think it will take me some time to be able to get back into the stitches but a lot of the fun is the aesthetics of it also...just love the colors, they warm my heart! I used to take classes, until the advocacy took over most of my spare time.
Anyway, this is a pretty good recap of the last few weeks and I am beginning to ramble, so...
I shall say goodbye...
February is pretty special in our house:) Not only is it the month of love, but it is the month that my lovely daughter was born! Almost 22 years ago now...




That's her and Bailey!



Out the front door...


So...






U.S.-trained doctor tries to set new pace | The Japan Times

U.S.-trained doctor tries to set new pace | The Japan Times

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A TrulySimplyPink Happy New Year!

So as many of you know and others are about to find out...New Years is a dubious holiday around here...lol...New Years Eve is an anniversary for me. It was 19 years ago today that I found a lump while in the shower...and the rest, as they say, is history...I have told my story a few times here and that is not what this post is about...so that will not happen here...not this time...Let me just say that Chinese Food is no longer on the NYE menu in our house...lol...
Anyway, we have had a lovely holiday around here in Pinkville thus far:) I have been home from work since last Friday and the Bowl Games have been on the screen non stop. I love them! 
Christmas was a low key affair. My daughter is a grown up 21 and so we arise as we wish and leisurely open gifts and then have a breakfast casserole. This year we went tech for gifts. My husband and daughter were very good to me and I am the very spoiled owner of a brand new Galaxy Tab3 and  the rose gold Galaxy Gear watch!
I call it my Dick Tracy watch...lol...
But he also surprised me with a diamond and pink sapphire bracelet! I cannot complain! My daughter gifted me with a new pandora bracelet and Christmas charm. She also gave me an Alex and Ani stand up to cancer bracelet!
WOW! I told you that I was spoiled! 
We had a very nice visit with my family last Saturday as my sister was down from New York State:) 
This week I have kept it very low key. I have done some reflecting and a lot of thinking about 2013 and the coming year also.
So what about it!?! 
I have mentioned in a previous post that 2013 was a challenge at the workplace. That is a rather mild way to put it...
However, I have decided that I need to make some adjustment with regard to the situation...I have already taken one step and have spoken to my MD about that...
Now the rest is up to me...
So, I hear that the thing to do now a days is to pick a word for the year. I have chosen Positive to be my word...I am not generally known to be a negative person. I am known to be a usually funny good humored person, I think, but it is easy to be sucked into a negative atmosphere...and that is what I am after avoiding!
Sometimes that is hard to remember.
I am not making resolutions really. I just want to try to live a certain way...Perhaps a list of suggestions? I am very dedicated to the things in my life that are important to me. Sometimes too much so...I need to learn to limit myself and manage things so that I am not so easily overwhelmed. I believe that because of that feeling some of the things that are important to me were becoming a burden.
Perhaps I need to prioritize or cut back a little. This needs work. 
I may need to revisit this post in the future and spruce it up...
I think I may be talking a few lifestyle changes here.
I have already gotten a few needlework patterns with the intention of getting back to a hobby I used to enjoy very much before the advocacy bug bit me:)
 But, enough for now...
Here's to 19 years...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

All She Wants for Christmas: Blog Tour!

About ALL SHE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS: George Clauson is Santa's daughter, but she can't stand Christmas. All that ho-ho-hoing, caroling and people's greedy wants? No, thank you. She's left the family business and struck off on her own in the human world finding her niche as a humble second-grade teacher.

Ebenezer Herod is a descendent of King Herod. His family has never stopped trying to destroy Christmas. This year they may actually get their wish, but not if Ben can help it.

George wants nothing to do with restoring balance to the Christmas season, and she certainly isn't interested in the shockingly handsome and devilishly rich Ben. A determined do-gooder, Ben's used to saving the day, but he can't rescue Christmas alone. Can George and Ben find a way to work together despite their opposing heritages to make the Season bright?

 
Excerpt:
The sound of his voice sent a visible shiver catapulting up her spine and she quite suddenly lost her balance. She clung to the banister, cringing at the snapping sound made by her narrow heel as it separated from the body of her shoe. “Blast!”
In a heartbeat’s moment, she felt two hands on her waist, stopping her from falling. “Whoa there. Easy. Are you all right?”
In the night chill, George could feel his warm breath on the back of his neck. It made her mind whirl and she felt woozy and faint. “Sorry about that,” she said, feeling the utter fool. Her hands touched his and while her mind said, you don’t need his help, every other fiber of her being howled Don’t let go!
She turned enough to face him. Standing there on the step above him made her slightly taller than he. A sensation she was quite familiar with, but not with someone she knew to be quite tall himself.
They stood with their faces inches apart. In the night air, their breath rose in white clouds and became one, dissipating into the night, forgotten.
“I’m not usually so clumsy,” she admitted, praying her voice would work. She needed something to work, but evidently her blood had stopped flowing because she felt frozen in her spot.
Ben blinked once, then again. “Neither am I.”
She was about to ask what he meant when their lips met. Had she moved, or had he? She wasn’t sure. The only thing she knew for certain was that her heart was pounding so hard that at any moment it might burst right through her skin. As she breathed in, she sensed herself drowning in a distinctly masculine scent, one she had noticed before but hadn’t felt consumed by. No man on earth deserved to smell this good. Oh…but every woman on earth deserved a moment like this.

           OK...So...Whew....I read this with someone singing "Baby it's Cold Outside" in the background!...lol...I don't think so!...lol

So I think that maybe you should run out and pick this one up..it sounds like a winner to me:)
 
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So thanks for stopping in and as always