Shopping for Accoutrements, or Embarrassing Things That Happen on Vacation

Readers of this blog might like to know that at this very moment, my mother is likely dying a small death of shame over the title I’ve chosen. This is because, in Mom’s parlance, accoutrements refers to a very specific kind of female undergarment. One worn on the top half of one’s body. My mother, let me note, adopted this term out of her wonderful wry and intelligent sense of humor. She would probably prefer I not write a public blog post about unmentionable undies and so, no doubt, would you, but still I am going to do it. But don’t worry, that’s not the only embarrassing thing I plan to write about.


The “Vacation” part of the title is because my husband and sons are away camping for the week, and my daughter is mostly engaged in the serious young adult business of Going Out Somewhere, which leaves just me and the dogs home alone. All week. It’s wonderful! I wash dishes, and they stay washed. Three days ago, I grocery shopped, and the refrigerator is still full. I have almost excavated the laundry pile down to the place where the floor is visible again. (We had all begun to doubt of its existence.) I miss my menfolk of course, just…not all that much. Not yet.

I’m not actually on vacation vacation. Not the kind where your employer pays you for not working: I still have to show up at my desk 3 days this week. But today was my day off, and I awoke thinking, It’s going to be a great day!

The wrench in the works is that I had to spend a good part of it, as already mentioned, shopping for accoutrements.

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In Which I am Interviewed by Princess Kate Middleton

Okay, not really, but I WAS interviewed by a Cool British blog. This month, All Right Here was one of 2 American CBA books chosen to be featured as part of a summer book club in my favorite favourite Land Across the Pond. To give you an idea of the Coolness Magnitude of this honor, I'll mention that the other featured book is The Third Target by the amazing Joel Rosenberg. (And I can't believe I just got to mention my own book in the same paragraph as one of Joel Rosenberg's.)

Here's one of my favorite lines from the interview: 

So many of us were raised with the idea that being nice and inoffensive at all costs is somehow the same as being Christ-like. This is a ridiculous notion. We should treat ourselves with the same consideration and respect we’d offer to any other person created in the image of God. 

You can read the rest of the interview, if you're so inclined, by clicking on the link to This Cool British Blog Thanks, Great Britain! *waves across the pond* (Apologies in advance for the huge, scary picture of my face.)

Book 2 Delivered to Your Doorstep!

Sephy Darling knows how to take care of everyone but herself. As "the fat Darling sister," she's learned to be comfortable in the background. When a friend's happiness causes her to take a hard look at her own life, Sephy decides it's time for a big change. But transforming the outside turns out to involve more inward metamorphosis--and courage--than she ever bargained for.

There's no doubt that when it comes to launching Copper Cove's new community arts program, Amy Darling is the woman for the job. She may be young, but she has the creativity, drive, and vision to get it done right. Unfortunately, nobody else seems willing to work as hard as she does, and the contractor who's renovating the arts center won't cooperate at all. Meanwhile, a Darling family wedding will test everyone's ability to get along.
Move with the Darling sisters through heartbreak and triumph as each finds her own path into the freedom of being who God made her to be.
Pre-order Better All the Time right here, right now, and get it effortlessly delivered to your front doorstep on March 20th! Otherwise, you'll have to wait until April 1st to buy it at A Bookstore Near You. And face it, who knows what the weather is going to be like on April 1st? Or how you're going to feel on a Wednesday? No, better to pre-order now, and have it all read by the time it hits bookstores. Ahead of the game: that's what you'll be. Happy reading!
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