I’m a Romance Novel Junkie

Okay, confession time here. Who hasn’t picked up a trashy novel on a lazy summer day and transported themselves to a sleepy English village in the mid-nineteenth century transforming into a nubile serving wench lusty with desire for the tall and sinewy ship captain who just sailed into port and hasn’t seen a woman for months on end? Haven’t you? Come on! You simply do not know what you are missing. I have been a romance novel junkie almost since I began to read. I started with Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley High Series giggling my way through the innocent little romances and graduated to Johanna Lindsey, Jude Deveraux and Fern Michaels blushing my way through the not-so-innocent little romances. I honestly did not know there were so many different ways to say “bulging member”. Romance novels have done nothing if not enhanced my vocabulary. So, I’ve decided to break down for you some of my favorite romances hopefully motivating you to allow your own transportation/transformation to begin!

Johanna Lindsey
The Malory Family Series (These are some of my very favorite romance novels featuring really fun and seemingly attractive leading men…the Malory brothers)
Tender is the Storm (A New York heiress travels west as a mail-order bride with no intention to actually fulfill her marriage contract…yeah, right)
Brave the Wild Wind, Savage Thunder & Angel (Oh, how I love me a good cowboy romance series!)
A Pirate’s Love (A young girl whose heart is stolen by a pirate but already promised to another…God, don’t you hate it when this happens)
A Gentle Feuding (Scottish highlands, kilts, strong men, need I say more?)

Jude Deveraux
Twin of Fire & Twin of Ice (The Chandler twins, two young ladies as different as night and day…or fire and ice, I guess)
The Velvet Series (Montgomery family, sweeping saga of romance and drama)

Fern Michaels
Texas Rich, Texas Heat, Texas Fury, Texas Sunrise (The Texas Series follows four generations of the Coleman family set on a sprawling Sunbridge ranch. In Texas. Loved all of them.)
Vegas Rich, Vegas Heat, Vegas Sunrise ( The Vegas Series introduces a new family to the Coleman saga…the Thorntons. And you guessed it…this time it’s in Vegas!)
Kentucky Rich, Kentucky Heat, Kentucky Sunrise (Colemans, Thorntons, Kentucky. Just read it.)

I think you would be pretty safe reading any of Johanna, Jude and/or Fern’s books. I’ll update another time with new authors and books to wet your whistle. Trust me. Once you’ve gone romance there’s no going back. After all, everyone needs a little “bulging member” in their lives. Ha.

Love to all, Mindy

What in the Hell was I Thinking? SAHM Woes…

Well, you asked for it so here it is. A glimpse inside my brain…an understanding of my soul…a glance into my psyche…Okay, so you really didn’t ask but I feel a need to talk about it so just deal with it! As I explained in my first entry, I am a stay-at-home mom. (AKA: stay-at-home lackey, used and abused with absolutely no monetary compensation.) I am, ahem, 33 years old and started my very first job as a receptionist/file clerk for a law firm at the ripe old age of 15. I took to work like a moth to a flame, like Splenda to Diet Coke, like a toddler to a cheap plastic toy at a grocery store check-out stand. But, I digress. The point is I liked to work. I liked the challenge and responsibility. I liked learning new things and meeting new people. I liked Liz Claiborne and Clinique makeup. I loved my paycheck. And thus began my love affair with making my own money. I continued to work at mostly full-time intervals until after I married my husband, Jeremy and had our first child, Avery. She was such a sweet child that I honestly couldn’t imagine working full-time and leaving her at daycare all day long. At the time I was working for a municipal court and loved my job. So Jer and I decided that I would reduce down to half-time and essentially live the best of both worlds. And it was great! I would breeze in and breeze out of work without the over-burdened stress of all my full-time coworkers and then pick up my little baby from her daycare without any guilt that I wasn’t the one actually raising her. And this schedule worked for 3 blissful years.

And then we had Jack. Sweet, funny, evil-incarnate Jack. Oh, where do I begin? Let’s start with the cost of putting two children in part-time daycare. It’s a lot. And when you are only working 20 hours a week to start with…well, you can figure it out. It was either work full-time or no-time and we decided to try the latter. What In The Hell Was I Thinking?

Little did I know that I would be joining an elite group of creative-minded parents with an inherent ability of which I was not born with nor would ever possess. Did you know that stay-at-home moms are expected to clip coupons and keep a detailed log of which stores are featuring seedless grapes at less than $2.00 per pound? And then are expected to share the information with other stay-at-home moms while any information not shared is viewed as a form of treason? Well, I know I sure didn’t! I also didn’t realize that certain parental requirements such as potty training and de-binkying (I can’t think of an official name for that one) are supposed to be seen as fulfilling and life-enriching projects. What?!

But now, I have dived in head-first into this world of coupon-clipping and crockery cooking without a look backwards at my old life. In the extremely wise and prophetic words of Popeye, “I am what I am”. But that doesn’t mean I can’t bitch about it. (My words, not Popeye’s. He was a pretty glass-half-full kind of sailor!)

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Love to all, Mindy

Welcome to thesuburbanlife.com!

Okay, so here it is. The “Here I Am”. The “Get to Know Me”. The “Who in the Hell Do I Think I Am That Anyone Would Want to Read About Me?” My very first entry!

I am a thirty-something mother of two kids and a happily married woman of 9 years. I have a 6 year old daughter about to enter first grade and an almost 3 year old son about to drive me crazy. Why, you might ask? Because I spend every single waking minute of the day with him and have since the second he was born. That’s right. I’m a SAHM. For you non-acronymic people out there that stands for Stay-At-Home-Mom. I have been doing the “super mom” schpiel for almost 3 years now and I’m no better at it today than I was the day I started. I actually used to be a contributing member of the work force until I decided to do my part for society and add two more souls to the ever growing over-population problem in this world. Now I stay at home to help “enrich” their lives and make a difference. Right. More on this topic at a later date as I simply do not have the emotional stamina right now to go there. (Edited to add: I do actually love my kids and wouldn’t necessary jump at the chance at a full-time job right now. However, I reserve the right to freely complain as this is all I currently have going for me. Just in case you were wondering.)

I decided to start this blog because I have a lot to say. Just ask anyone. I’m also lucky enough to have a tech-savvy hubby who graciously offered to build my website. Okay, this may be an overstatement. But as any happily married woman out there knows, we’ve got leverage and we ain’t afraid to use it! I plan on blogging about anything and everything that inspires me, confuses me, amuses me or just plain pisses me off! Also, I am just looking for something to fill my time that doesn’t involve cooking, cleaning or wiping up poop. Just sayin’.

So, in conclusion, I hope you enjoy my musings and I certainly look forward to any comments or stories any of you may have for me! I am in serious need of some entertainment people!

Love to all, Mindy