Thursday, 31 January 2008

Where art thou rat?

I have something dead under the house. I can smell it. Contrary to popular belief it’s not the place I hide the bodies of those who have pissed me off. They are in another location. I think it‘s a rat – the four legged kind. I saw something scuttling quickly away one arvo and I thought bugger. Why bugger? Well, I have to kill it and then dispose of it. Ick. This is when you need a man. I am an incredibly independent woman who recognizes men are very good with rats. In fact, men are extremely useful for all distasteful chores. Anyway, I dumped Rat killer and now the smell under the house alerts me to the fact the rat has carked it (died). But where? I cannot find the body. Most annoying. The little bastard has obviously thought with its last dying break “I’ll fix her.” I am thinking of calling in Horatio Caine to find the rat. In the interim I have dumped Naphthalene flakes everywhere to drown out the smell. Yes, very proactive - make another problem over the existing problem.

I bought some vitamins today and they had cotton wool stuffed in the top as most pills do in Oz. I hate cotton wool. I cannot touch it – it gives me the irrits. It’s like touching fibreglass fibres to me. Urrrgggh…why do manufacturers persist on stuffing it in medicine bottles? What’s that about?

I got a contract from Ellora’s Cave for my latest manuscript - Penned Again. I’m happy with that. It’s about a demon that takes on a bet he cannot get his mortal wife back – yes, true life stuff.

I don’t take a list with me when I go shopping as I believe I have such a superior mind that I will instantly know what I need. This is the third week I have come home with another container of butter, I now have 8 tubs of Cheesecake flavoured yoghurt in the fridge and you can never have too much toothpaste. Yes – that’s me – the woman with the superior mind.

Across the street from the new job is a St Vinnie’s store. I don’t know it you have them where you are but they are an op shop – second hand shop -and the proceeds go back to charity. I am on op shop girl from my childhood. As a kid it did not occur to me, until nasty arsed Julie Mason pointed out, that everyone else did not wear second hand clothes like I did. So, I have history with all things second hand. Although I do buy new clothes, I still take a squiz in the op shops as you never know what you will find. Oxfam in London used to have the best once-worn, perfect condition satin shoes. Debutante’s would wear them once then chuck ‘em. I had, along with waitress friend Teresa, the best collection of satin shoes. Where do you wear satin shoes in London? Anywhere you bloody want. I had a penchant for wearing them with socks. I was a tad strange back then. Now I’m merely weird. Anyway the op shop across the road had brand new clothes being sold for $2. Bargain. Back to my roots once more.

Speaking of all things rooted…I saw this horrible woman I used to work with at Promptel as I turned the corner yesterday. I was tempted to run her down as she had been such a hag to so many people, not me of course because I don’t allow that. I refrained from giving into instinct though when I saw how much weight she had put on. I love Karma.

I’ll have the winner of the random contest on my blog tomorrow. If you think what is Amarinda talking about? Scroll back to Tuesday’s blog entry about Barbie. I have had a lot of emailed responses. There is still time to enter to win the first copy of Shades of Gray – released 6th Feb through Ellora’s Cave.

Eternity contest

What could you spend an eternity doing? What is your passion? Your hunger? Your deepest desire? Each day beginning February 5 and running through February 14 one of the ten authors will complete the line, "My darling I could spend eternity…" on either their blog or website. Collect all ten answers and e-mail them to with Eternally Yours in the subject line to win some hot, romantic books. There will be three lucky Valentine winners.

The prizes.........

1st prize--5 books

2nd prize--3 books

3rd prize--2 books

The books

Sandra Cox
Mona Risk
To Love a Hero
Brynn Paulin Tribute For the Goddess
Bronwyn Green Mystic Circle
Cindy Spencer Pape Stone and Earth
N.J. Walters Seduction of Shamus O’Rourke
Elyssa Edwards Mating Stone
Amarinda Jones Shades of Gray
Kelly Kirch Time for Love
Anny Cook Honeysuckle

Entries must be in by February 16 at midnight EST. All books and prize winners will be drawn randomly.

Kelly has the blog saga on and Anny is being all existential on
Go ahead: Live with abandon. Be outrageous at any age. What are you saving your best self for?


Anny Cook said...

Yes, I too have extensive experience with second hand clothes. Some of my favorite outfits from my teen years were second hand. For sure my family could never have afforded them. They don't have such neat stuff now--at least no where near my size!

As for the rat... I will just say GOOD LUCK!

Phoenix said...

Ditto. My kids are in that mindset too. If they need new clothes or shoes, they ask to go to the co-op. They don't say, "Mom, Bobby Jean has sketchers and I want a pair too." They say, "I need shoes, can we see if anything fits?" Great kids. I rarely buy new unless I have to.

Anny Cook said...

Damn! I was standing in the shower when it occurred to me that I didn't tell you congratulations on the new contract! I'm so glad as I'm WAITING for this one. Excellent!

Unknown said...

Congrats on the contract! Good for you.

I also love second hand stores. I can never find shoes in good condition (though Mr. Rebel REALLY wishes I could). But it is a great place to get my sweater fix, as I am obsessed with big fluffy sweaters and can never find them new when I need them.


Bronwyn Green said...

What are Naphthalene flakes?

Some of my favorite clothes have come from second hand stores. However, I have a sister in law who refuses to use ANYTHING that has been used by anyone else. Ever.

Molly Daniels said...

Congrats on the new contract!

We do some of our clothes shopping at GW Fashions...GoodWill!

Unknown said...

Second hand clothes are great and I love perusing the GW. Also, my husband hates the cotton stuffed in vitamin bottles. He always brings the bottle to me so I can remove the cotton for him. I insist he mow the lawn since I don't like lawn mowers.

Congrats on your new contract!

Sandra Cox said...

Congrats on another contract!
Second hand stores are our friends:)