Five for Friday

Hello, friends, and Happy Friday. It’s been a mixed bag of a week for me; between avoiding the Pokemon Go craze, the Taylor vs. Kim/Kanye feud, and the latest political horror show, I received my author copies of The Infamous Ratsos (yay!) and received an offer on a manuscript I’ve had out on submission for a while (double yay!). More on that last bit when things become more official. I’m planning on going to the beach this weekend with my family; hopefully it isn’t going to be unbearable for us, given the impending heat wave. In the meantime, hope these linky links cool you off…

Happy birthday, Prince George! You’re not QUITE as cute as my own 3-year-old, but I wouldn’t say no to giving those cheeks a squeeze.

If you want to stay indoors (and amidst the A/C) this weekend, might I suggest a movie?

Whether you’re indoors or outside, chill out with these frosty drinks.

But be careful out there, friends.

You’re welcome.

Have a great weekend!


Five for Friday

Hi, friends. So, it seems we’ve come to the end of yet another week filled with tragedy and sadness. My thoughts are with the people of Nice, and with all of us, that we might find a way to come together and heal our troubled world. In the meantime, as ever, I offer a few links to cheer you:

  1. My queen returns.
  2. I can’t stare at this anymore or it’s gonna give me a migraine. For the love of Steve Jobs, tell me where that iPhone is!
  3. Love this perfectly imperfect Instagram account.
  4. Do you have a flow ritual?
  5. Two words: s’mores tacos.

All best to you and yours for a weekend filled with peace, love, and sunshine. xo

Five for Friday

Hello, friends. I’m trying to find words of comfort in the wake of the tragic events of this week, but all I have is horror, anger, and shame.

It seems frivolous to post a bunch of fun and funny links right now, and yet I will, and I must, because humor is the one comfort I can readily offer. So here goes.

  1. My son also has a little gray elephant, so this is especially touching.
  2. If you grew up in the tri-state area (NY/NJ/CT) and are a nostalgia junkie like me (and are on Facebook), you HAVE to like (or at least check out) this page.
  3. As a storyteller, I love this Game of Thrones theory.
  4. How God created animals.
  5. Spritzers for everyone.

And on a final note…

ATTENTION ILA16 ATTENDEES: This Sunday, 7/10, I’ll be signing The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters: The Jolly Regina at Abrams (booth 2307) from 10-12, and signing The Infamous Ratsos at Candlewick Press (booth 2225) from 2:30-3:30. Hope I’ll see you there! Bookmarks! Tattoos! Rats! Piratical Fun!

Five for Friday

Hello, and Happy Friday! Got any big plans for this lovely 4th of July weekend? As I mentioned earlier this week, I’ll be celebrating my grandmother’s 95th birthday. Also, my family and I will be heading for the beach. But before I get to enjoy my fun in the sun, I have to finish revising my new chapter book. (I am 85% there. Just a few more hours of work, I think/hope.)

Of course, just because I’m working doesn’t mean YOU can’t procrastinate — so here are a few links for your end-of-the-week enjoyment…

  1. What David Sedaris can’t travel without. Also, BONUS: His amazing “stop talking” cards are available here.
  2. A Victorian psycho-sexual ghost story? BRING IT.
  3. Because I am all about handy charts.
  4. Terrifying car seat concepts. Whoa, you guys.
  5. Ladies (and some gents), this Instagram account is one of my new faves.

Enjoy, and have a great long weekend!

Five for Friday

Hello, friends, and Happy (?) Friday. Of course, I question our collective happiness on this day of unrest in Great Britain, in Europe, and in the world — but, as ever, I send my love and support to you all. To distract us from the chaos (momentarily — because we need to be as vigilant and determined as ever in our battle against hate and ignorance), here are four links for you…and a surprise!

  1. What the world needs now.
  2. The perfect “Game of Thrones” character for each state. (Rhode Island is Lyanna Mormont: “SO SMALL. SO FIERY. Only has 62 men.” Sounds about right!)
  3. Now it all (kinda) makes sense.
  4. “The Devil Wears Prada” turns ten, and Variety interviews Meryl, Anne, Emily, and Stanley. I have to admit, I only like the middle of the movie, when Andy has hit her stride and is discovering she has a talent AND a passion for her fashion job — right before her “friends” and boyfriend shame her for it. But I LOVE Meryl-as-Miranda Priestly. And if you need to ask why, all I can say is, “Please bore someone else with your…questions.”

And speaking of all things fabulous, I just got a surprise in the mail yesterday. It’s…


…wait for it…



a finished book! Time to celebrate. (10am isn’t too early for bubbly, right?)

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Are you at or enroute to ALA? Don’t forget to pick up galleys of my upcoming books: The Infamous Ratsos (Candlewick Press booth 1459) and The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters: The Jolly Regina (Abrams booth 1226).


Five for Friday

Hello, all and Happy Friday. My son just finished his first year of preschool this week — hooray! And he starts five-days-a-week summer camp on Monday — double hooray! In the meantime, I offer the following linky-links:

  1. If you’re looking for ways to help Orlando, I’m reposting this.
  2. In the evenings, at the recommendation of many, many others, I’ve been binging on “The Good Wife” (oh, how I love a good, soapy legal drama), and my husband and I just started binging on “Mr. Robot” (since I also love a good edgy, techie conspiracy). During the day, my son and I have been binging on “Shaun the Sheep” (because above all, I love good British stop-motion animation featuring close-eyed barnyard animals). All available via Amazon Prime, folks!
  3. Go, Dog, Go has been on the kiddo’s reading list these days, so I’m getting a good chuckle from this.
  4. Lo! A baby koala emerges.
  5. Tig, I am here for you, and your new book. (No, seriously. Call me. We should totally hang out and talk about surviving cancer and being awesome.)

Have a great weekend, everyone — and Happy Father’s Day to those of you who celebrate it! xo

Five for Friday

  1. It’s been two weeks with Blue Apron, and so far, we’re really liking it. I like that I get to cook without having to worry about shopping and meal planning, and my husband likes the variety. We’re going to do it for a month before we decide to continue; if anything, I’ll have a few new recipes to add to my repertoire.
  2. I HAVE to see this movie. Why is it not playing ANYWHERE in Rhode Island?
  3. Our son is turning THREE (!!!) on Monday. Over the next few days, we will be eating a lot of pizza, his favorite food. Thank goodness we found a place near us that makes (and delivers!) top-notch NY-style pizza — which is really the only pizza I recognize. After pizza, we will be washing down our birthday cake with hot cocoa, as a tribute to his current favorite read, BLIZZARD by John Rocco. (We’ve had this book for more than a year, but these days “the hot cocoa book,” as he calls it, all he wants to hear.)
  4. NETFLIX Binge Alert: Can’t wait for the new seasons of Peaky Blinders (5/26), Bloodline (5/27), and Chef’s Table (5/27), and for the debut of genius comedian Maria Bamford’s new series, Lady Dynamite (premiering tonight!). It’s not as if I need to sleep, right?
  5. “Bravery resides in every heart, and yours is fierce and clear.” Oh, Joe.

So, what are you loving these days?