Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Eloisa James SquawkBlog: Keeping The Holidays Romantic

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Eloisa James is a mom, university prof, wife, and author of some of the best romance fiction written. But first and foremost, she's a smart and beautiful woman who today invites us to treat the special woman inside all of us to something wonderful this holiday season. Bellas, you know the drill...Buongiorno, Eloisa!

Decembers tend to pass in a whirl of wrapping paper and exhaustion—a month spent creating beautiful memories for other people, most of whom are under the age of consent and are perfectly happy chewing on squeaky toys.

My point is that we often forget something: ourselves. What would make you really happy? As a woman?

My answer is to feel loved. And my prescription is love yourself this holiday. When your children look back over their memories, they'll see it in a whirl of joy, presents, and love. But you're the key to that. The only way you can be the calm center at the heart of their joy is if you yourself are joyful. And the only way you can be joyful is if you are happy with yourself.

Recipe for Self Love


Lingerie. Buy something and wear it under your sweatshirt. The crucial point: you're not doing this for your partner, but for yourself.

Toes. A winter pedicure is delicious, partly because it's a secret known only to you (and perhaps the man you deem lucky enough to kiss your coral pink toes).

Time. That's the main gift you have to give yourself: time. Put on some music, get into the bathtub, and read. I even have suggested reading material: my latest, Pleasure for Pleasure. My heroine, Josie, is plump and thinks she's unattractive as a result. Plus she has the wrong undergarments: a corset so tight that she gets labeled with the hideous nickname, The Scottish Sausage.

It's my hope that reading how Josie discovers the art of self-love, and how she concurrently accepts the fact that her husband adores her figure exactly as it is – besides thinking she's the funniest, most wonderful woman in the world – will help you find yourself in that most wonderful of places as well-- a joyful, accepted calm still center: you, in the best Christmas season of your life.

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83 comments:

J Perry Stone said...

I JUST GOT PFP YESTERDAY! AS SOON AS MY GIRLIE IS OFF TO SCHOOL, I'M GOING TO LOVE MYSELF (AND YOU, OF COURSE, ELOISA) BY FLOPPING ON THE COUCH UNDER A HEATING BLANKET, PFP IN HAND.

I told you I wasn't going to read ANYTHING until I had that book in hand.

xoxo,

J Perry

PJ said...

Hi Eloisa!

I'm running out the door for work but have been anxiously awaiting your blog to pop up so I could say good morning before I leave. Love your pampering suggestions. I'm way overdue for new lingerie but I do have a pedicure scheduled for next week and plan to ENJOY! It's one of my favorite luxuries.

I'm busy every night this time of year making my chocolates and cookies but that makes me very happy. It's my creative outlet and I love the warm fuzzies I get from giving it all away. Next week, after the presents are wrapped and the packages are mailed, I'll be snuggling into my favorite comfy couch in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate laced with Kahlua and re-reading Pleasure for Pleasure - very slowly. I rushed through it the first time to see what happened. The second time will be for slow savoring of a fabulous love story.

Have fun today! I'll be back after work.

Hugs,

PJ

PJ said...

J Perry, I got mine yesterday too. Thank you! Enjoy the book. You're going to love it. Eloisa, I truly think it's the best you've ever written.

PJ

CrystalG said...

Hi Eloise. I have Pleasure for Pleasure on my to buy list.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

J Perry Stone said...

PJ--I'm SO relieved you got it so quickly...but more so about you feeling better, doll!

marcantonia said...

wanted to drop by before i headed out the door for finals. this is a great blog! and i plan to do all of these over christmas break!

Teresa Medeiros said...

I was a little worried when I saw you were giving us instructions on the art of "self-love", then I realized you were just talking about pedicures and hot baths ;)

Julie in Ohio said...

Welcome, Eloisa!! I love your suggestions. I think I can handle most of those suggestions. The time one however is something that I don't have much of but maybe I can carve out 15 minutes by locking the door and turning the music up *real* loud so I can't hear the kids screaming. *g*

I've read PFP and it was absolutely splendid. I have to admit the Josie/Mayne combo had me worried but they make the most perfect couple. I love them together. I also loved the fact you found someone perfect for Griselda. I'm so happy she got her HEA, too. :o)

amy*skf said...

Teresa! hahahahaha.

Eloisa, I became more calm just reading your blog--I have a gift certificate in my desk drawer for a pedi, no I haven't done it yet Michelle, maybe we should go together.

PJ--I do the same thing, rush through on the first pass--and then savor later.

Anonymous said...

Eloisa, your pedicure advice is spot-on. I go to a day-spa in someone's old farmhouse, and her weird little hairy dachshund hops up in my lap while she glorifies my toes. Between the warm dog, foot massage and wave sounds, I drift right away. Which reminds me, I need to make an appointment before Christmas!

Pleasure for Pleasure was well worth the wait and a perfect ending for all the Essex sisters. We now look forward to those Desperate Duchesses---desperately!

Maggie Robinson

Jess said...

OK, I had to snicker at Teresa's comment! LOL!

A gift to myself is going somewhere ALONE. I adore my husband and daughter but it is nice to just go somewhere by myself! If that alone time involved a pedicure or a massage, even better. At this point I think I would take a trip alone to the grocery store, though. :-)

TiffinaC said...

Teresa...hardy har har...I like that line of thought though....

I always treat myself to pretty....underthings *wink*

There never is time over the holidays for yoursef is there? I'm making time for myself this year. I'm having a friend visit, and I've told my family I'll see you the week after xmas, I just can't do all the driving this season...I need some quiet! And a slower pace with my two little ones!

Jess said...

P.S. - I bought and read PfP the day it came out! Poor Josie and that awful corset. I felt like I couldn't breathe correctly just reading about it!

Manuelita said...

Hi Eloisa! I love all your advice. My current read is PFP and I'm enjoying it so far. But I do need to carve out more TIME for myself during this busy season so I can finish it.

nearhere said...

Eloisa,
I love the ideas for self love... particularly pedicures and going and getting the hair done. I used to do that religiously as a way of being nice to myself but have gotten so out of the habit this year. New years Resolution!

As for my Holiday Season.... yick it always is burderened by catching up with work from the previous semester and preparing for Exams and writing Final Papers since that all comes to roost after the New Year for me. No Fun at all....

And I'll jump on the PFP bandwagon. That book was by far one of the highlights of my year!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Welcome Eloisa, official RBtheBlog GuestBlogger laureat! Thanks for entertaining us again, for "giving us permission" to get pedicures and to buy lingerie, and, well, just for hanging with us.

Did I remember to thank you for writing "Pleasure for Pleasure?"

Ahhhh, Mayne. And Josie! I found her so likeable, and it's been fun watching her mature. The combo? Yes, they're a great couple to root for and their conflicts/resolutions are pretty wonderful.

LOL, Teresa! But that would have worked great during last week's Hot Topic theme...

pj, marcantonia, et. al, how cool that you waited for Eloisa's blog this am. Sorry it took me so long to get it posted. Are you -- and is everyone else -- totally buried right now? (Thank goodness I read P4P a couple months ago, or my kids would have to go without presents cause I'd be spending time on the couch like j perry -- only w/out her willpower to get back up again). :)

I'm ashamed to admit, but I'm just not into the holiday spirit yet. I love what Eloisa's saying, I mean, we didn't give up being women when we became professionals, mothers, etc.

But, can anybody add for me what to do in addition to the pampering to just plain get in the holiday spirit? I've already started on the egg nog laced with a little -- OK, a lot of -- Metaxa. I don't know how we started on the M. I think it was desperation. Anywayz, now it's tradition.

Oh, yeah, poor Josie's corset. Reminded me of those Miss America days: duct tape and gowns too tight to do anything but stand in...

ashefrog said...

Eloisa:

Great advice. Women wear so many hats, especially this time of year. We have to remember to take care and time for ourselves.

My kids are fond of saying "If the Mom is happy, then the family is happy."

So I will TRY over the next few weeks to do something for myself everyday and remember what this time of year really means.

Always love reading your books.

La Karibane said...

Ms James,

I like the way you think! I was looking forward to seeing you here but I'm even more happy to see that we're on the same page.

You see, today is my birthday and I decided to take the day off. I've been stressed out of my mind so I think I deserve it.

I might not have PFP in my hands yet but I think an Essex reread would be good for me.

You know, while the nail polish dries...

Julie in Ohio said...

Michelle, I've had a terrible time getting into the holiday spirit. Color me Scrooge.
The kids had to literally force me to put up the tree. Once that was done and the lights were lit, I began to feel a little better. We made cookies and bread, that helped a little.
Little by little I'm starting to deck the halls with boughs of holly...

My suggestion: force yourself to do something festive. Eventually the bells will start jingling and you'll be riding in a one horse open sleigh... :o)

RDCICON said...

How can we be in the running to win?

alissa said...

Eloisa,Your advice will do the trick. I am loaded down with too many obligations as well as 50 cases at work. What a life! But I will follow your wonderful ideas and get out for a new hairdo and then just stay home and soak in a hot relaxing tub with Pleasure For Pleasure. Should work. Thanks so much.

ev said...

Nails- every 2 weeks. Pedicure- once a month. going to lunch with a book, BY MYSELF- PRICELESS!!!! Those are my treats to myself and I make the time. Everyone knows you do not schedule anything when I have my standing appointment.

PFP is one of the books on my list to buy- after Xmas. If I go into a bookstore now, I am sunk. I have 2 presents left to buy, all of them to wrap, finish decorating and clean up, then I will start on the rest of the pile too. But I will make time to go out and sit and read somewhere in all that.

ellie said...

These suggestions will be taken very seriously since I am that point that requires intensive love and care, whether it is the lunch out or the indulgence of time at a spa or even new lingerie. Too many things to accomplish with too little time. Of Course, PFP will be my bedtime reading material.

pearl said...

Hi, Eloisa! Your advice will get me out of this difficult stretch that I seem to be stuck in. How can I ignore a lovely pedicare which is definitely warranted at this time of year. I need that extra care and attention. That and a cup of tea and PFP and I will be back to my normal even keel.

Julie in Ohio said...

Yay, Eve! Congratulations!!!

RDCICON said...

Hi Eloisa

Can you tell me when the following novella "Improper Pursuits" will be available on your site to read?

Thanks,
Ri

diane_r said...

I have a strong suspicion that Santa is bringing me some new lingerie this year-I can't wait!
Pleasure for Pleasure was well worth the wait. Thank you, Eloisa.

Di

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

la karibane! Happy Birthday! Buon compleanno! Good for you for taking some time to celebrate you. I feel so honored you're spending some of that time with us. :)

rdcicon: you're entered simply because you commented.

ellie, we SO hear you. I hope you're feeling a little perkier by the end of the day. Do we do perky here, Bellas? If we don't, we should just for today, especially for ellie.

Adriana said...

mmmmmmmm sounds delicious, thanks for that, Eloisa! pedicure coming right up, hadn't thought of that -- and I know just the book to read while the toes are drying: just bought PFP last week, can't wait!

Self care is so crucial for love and romance -- for just living, really. So many things are possible when we feel good!

Adriana

joelle said...

Since it is birthday time, both sons birthdays as well as mine you can imagine the organization required to implement the schedules and important gift selection as well as parties etc. What a hoohaw it is in our house. But I can and will manage this great time of year with the holidays and goodies. I have to make 100 laktes also for a friend's dinner party. So off to the kitchen for fun. Tonite I will have a breather with PFP and a lovely soak in bubbles.

Adriana said...

Here's another thoguth for Michele (and everyone) about trying to get into the holiday spirit -- two different loops I'm on have asked participants to post a favorite/meaningful holiday memory or ritual, and just taking the time to think back over the years of memories to come up with something to write helped me shift into the mood; very restorative.

Who'd have thought being an erotic romance writer would lead to restorative Christmas thoughts!

Adriana

robynl said...

Busy time of the year and one should take time for oneself. Do something for yourself to get rejuvenated and then you can continue on 'giving' and feel good yourself. I like the manicure/pedicure suggestion. I still have baking to do if I want too, not that we need any more.

krissyinva said...

I guess like most moms I don't do a whole lot for myself. Reading is really the only thing I "do for myself". I also haven't really been in the holiday spirit much this year. I really just started on my kids Christmas last night, and I have 4 kids. Yeah alot of my time between now and Christmas is going to be done at the stores. On top of all the shopping I have yet to do, I'm pretty sure my 4 year old is coming down with strep-throat. I'm ready for a nap!!

I loved PFP, a definite keeper!!

Eloisa James said...

Hi everyone,

The sad thing is that I'm reading everyone's comments and thinking: darn it! I can give out the advice, but do I take it? NO!

You are all an inspiration. If only I had a day spa in an old barn to go to (and someone to correct all my exams)...

But thank you, thank you for the kind words about Pleasure for Pleasure! One thing that's making me pretty happy right now is writing the second novel in the Desperate Duchesses series -- there's a moment when writing turns into reading, if that makes sense. If only I could give my heroine a pedicure -- she'd love it!!

Eloisa

Connie Brockway said...

I think ELoisa must have been a courtesan in an earlier life. She knows more about expensive lingerie than anyone I know and waxes more poetic about it than the best Victoria's Secret advert! Every now and then I catch her looking blissful and wonder to what she has on under that professorial button down shirt to make her smile that way. I suspect faux mink...

Christina Dodd said...

Keeping romance in Christmas? Easy. Be festive. Put a bow on it!

Adriana said...

Hi again Eloisa,

love it! probably no pedicures in that era -- possibly a long luxurious bath, would there be a maid helping with her bath, washing her feet? It's amazing how decadent it is just to have someone wash your feet; she could revel in it!

And yes, I do understand that moment when writing turns into reading. It's a wonderful treat to be moved by what's on the page, especially if you wrote it!

Adriana

Kathleen Eagle said...

Hey, Eloisa, how do you like this Minnesota weather? Hope you brought your umbrella!

I just discovered spa pedicures a couple of years ago. I have a terrible time splurging on such things. I'm terminally cheap. But, oh, the water jets, the foot massage, the lovely green mud, and the flowers pained on my big toenails. Worth every hard-earned penny!

I've been buying "serviceable" underwear in recent years, but having lost a bit of weight lately, I think it's time to pay a visit Victoria's Secret. I've earned it!

flip said...

I totally agree on the love yourself message. I also indulge in nice underwear. I also love nice, long hot baths when I need some me time.

Cherie said...

Hi Eloisa,

Thanks for the reminder. I have a 2 month old baby girl and a 3 1/2 year old boy so it is easy to forget to pamper yourself. Especially right now since I am so sleep deprived courtesy of the 2 month old. :-)

Cherie Japp

Elizabeth Bevarly said...

Um, Christina, just what are you suggesting we put a bow on? Have you and Terri been talking...?

Janga said...

The most self-indulgent thing I can think of at the moment is about sixteen hours of uninterrupted sleep. I am suffering from end-of-the semester exhaustion.

And I too want to join the chorus of praise for PFP. It gets my personal nod as one of the best romances of 2006; it is a perfect gem. I think Maynia should sweep the nation.

On another topic, Teresa Medeiros looks such a picture of dimpled demureness, I am always shocked at the comments that show up beside her picture. (grin)

ev said...

Hubby just laughs at what I can spend on bras and panties- although I can't do Victoria Secrets (I hate underwire) I do buy, and wear, matching sets all the time, either to coordinate with what I am wearing, or just cause I want to feel wicked under my jeans and thermal shirts!! As my daughter hit young adult hood I decided it was time to take care of ME, and I do, and it is worth it. Well, I suppose I could exercise more, but I don't know if I can find time for that. ick

amy*skf said...

Eloisa, the moment you said lingerie, I thought of your article in More Magazine (is that right?) with you buying bras in Italy. What a concept.

Ev--*you're* priceless.

Michelle and Julie I was pestered into the tree thing and crabby the entire time until I remembered... The Chipmunks' Christmas Album--nothing puts me in the mood like Alvin, Theodore, and Simon.

Eloisa James said...

Chrrrrrristina!

Candy bows, anyone?

*g*
Eloisa

amy*skf said...

Kathleen--serviceable underwear? Promise you'll try some pretty stuff--you'd be amazed at how it makes you feel.

amy*skf said...

yes please.

Maureen said...

I believe you're right Eloisa. Your children enjoy the holiday because you make the day fun for them so it follows that they should see you enjoying yourself too.

Jennifer Y. said...

Wonderful post!

Julie in Ohio said...

Amy-- I forgot about the Chipmunks. Thank you for the reminder. It instantly brought a smile to my face... :o)

Eloisa James said...

Oh I forgot -- someone asked above when the free novella would hit my website. I was just confirming it with my design firm yesterday, so hopefully within a week or so!

I do hope you all like it--
best,
Eloisa

orannia said...

Hey Eloisa,

I just wanted to say - AMAZING post! Thank you! Your words really hit home. I struggle every day with how I feel about myself...I just hope one day I'll find someone as wonderful as Josie's husband, although since PFP still hasn't arrived in New Zealand yet I don't know who that is (although I'm sure Josie chose wisely :)... I am hoping it is who I think it is *grin*

It's summer here, so a pedicure sounds like the perfect idea!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year all!

orannia

PS Should I be wishing those of you in the Northern Hemisphere a white Xmas?

ev said...

MUPPETS!!!!!

Amy- thanks!!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Xtina! Eloisa! Elizabeth and Teresa! I remind you once again, young ladies, this. is. not. Hot. Topic. Week.

um, where exactly might one purchase said candy bows?

[cue music] Oh, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

sharon said...

I enjoyed your post since it is so accurate and especially at this time of year when we are under stress from work, family and the season. I have never had the opportunity to have a pedicure nor the spa treatments so that is a wonderful suggestion, ditto the lingerie. I tend to overlook these treats which would spoil me and then I would become accustomed the good life. I love it. But I feel that this year is is important to indulge myself since I never had before. So this week will be it, since it is my birthday and I will soak it up tonite with wonderful PFP.

elyssany said...

Ugh, my last post didn't go through!

Just wanted to say that loved PFP and the ideas of course. Making a note to buy nice lingerie. *g*

Elizabeth Bevarly said...

Michelle, I get mine from a guy who hangs out on the corner of Market and Main here in Louisville. But you have to have the right password. This week, I think it's "archipelago."

J Perry Stone said...

Michelle,

or how about: Deck the Balls????


This is a nice site, isn't it? I'm not allowed back, am I?

Julie in Ohio said...

um...j perry stone, judging by your last question I'd say you weren't around for last weeks no-holds-bar-anything-goes Hot Topic Week, were you? :o)

amy*skf said...

You're starting to scare me Elizabeth. Not really, where's the corner?

J Perry--usually it's me and Marykate that get expelled, you can hang with us in the girls bathroom.

Cryna said...

Love the ideas you gave for pampering oneself. Great blog. Thanks for the advice.

J Perry Stone said...

Thanks Julie and Amy.

Amy, is that a bad-word asterisk in your name?

If so, my kind of girl!

traveler said...

Thanks so much for the great words of wisdom. A little pampering goes a long way moreso during this hectic season when there are 1001 things to attend to. Simple pleasures such as a pedicure or a lovely lingerie pruchase can help out so much, and then just a lovely quiet eveing with PFP and we are all set. Best.

Christina Dodd said...

Candy bows are okay if you don't mind the, er ... never mind.

But be careful removing the stick-on bows because the scream will wake the children and destroy the mood.

Hey, J! How about "Roasting Chestnuts by an Open Fire?"

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

You know, traveler, you make it sound so soothing. I was at the mall a week ago and stopped in front of VS and thought, aw, no, I have too many other things to do. Isn't that pathetic?

No, jperry, truly, as long as you say it nice, you'd be hard pressed to get too naughty here.

Sharon? Another Birthday Girl? Oh, Happy Day, to you! Sounds like you could use some pampering, and we're all wishing some for you tonight. :)


Good for you for feeling you've earned the pretty panties, Kathleen. Today the thong, tomorrow, the bustier! Although if you want them to be edible, you must access Elizabeth Bevarly's connection.

Oh, poor Eloisa. We have managed to drag down her lovely blog, haven't we?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

....aaaaand, we've bottomed out. :)

catslady said...

Does buying socks count roflmao. gee I should have bought some with bows on them!

rachd said...

Ya'll are SO bad!! LOL

Eloisa, I *ADORED* PFP! I snarfed it up the first time and took it slow and easy the second time.

Bows? What about candy canes? Or does the mood have to be just right for them? :oP

amy*skf said...

Candy canes Rach? Never thought of that.

J Perry--well apparently it stands for a bad word now.

Sue A. said...

I loved your Recipe for Self Love. I hope you're taking your own advice, take care!

rachd said...

Ah, Amy, candy canes have all sorts of decorative potential ;o).

Stacy~ said...

Finally, for once I'm one step ahead of the game about books. I picked up PfP end of November in the airport on my way to Vegas, and was so glad to find it. I adored Mayne, and loved Josie's fiesty spirit.

I'm a huge believer in self-gratification, er, instant gratification, and have no problem pampering myself with a spontaneous gift or treat to lift my spirits. Never was big on pedis/manis or lingerie (more on that next week) but whatever works for ya. Nice smelling lotion (preferrably with a cute servant boy to help "get your back"), a pint of my favorite Godiva Belgian dark chocolate ice cream, snuggling under the covers with a good book - oh wait, I do that everyday. Darn, now I'm really going to have to get all hedonistic and fly to a tropical island, maybe sunbathe nude....

Oh, sorry, drifted off for a minute there. It's the stress of the holidays, I'm telling ya. I actually thought I lived a pampered life. Too bad the pile of laundry I'm working on tells me otherwise. Sure sounded nice there for awhile though.

Elizabeth Bevarly said...

Hah, Amy, it was a trick comment, since I KNEW someone from Louisville would run straight to the corner of Market and Main. Fact is, Market and Main run parallel to each other. :oD The guy's actually at...

Hmm. Maybe you should e-mail me...

ev said...

Bows on Candy Canes?? Or edible undies on the candy canes?? Jingle Balls, Jingle Balls...

And crap, thanks for reminding me I have 2 birthdays to still deal with this month.

Santa said...

J Perry! What is it with you? I leave you alone for a whole day and you're already hanging out in the girl's bathroom, getting expelled!

I am so glad to hear PJ and J Perry (how confusing is that)! Confusing enough for me since I originally sent the books to them....except PJ got J Perry's and visa versa!! I feel SO bad!

And I am beginning to wonder if Eloisa gets a cut from the lingere industry because ever since she blogged about it at SR ALL of my bras don't feel right! It's been down hill ever since!!

Oh and by the way....I LOVED PFP!! I adore Josie and Mayne, all the Essex ladies and their men! I knew Josie and Mayne were destined for each other from WAY back when!

Love ya, Eloisa! Keep 'em comin'!
Santa
smbslt!

froggie said...

Hi Eloisa,

Those ideas for taking care of ourselves are really great, but like Kathleen said, I too am terminally cheap. Those things could be asked for as Christmas presents though. Ahhh, I'd just love to get a massage, or a facial, a pedicure too. As for the lingerie, that's something I'd want to get myself, so a gift card from 'La Senza' (you got those in the U.S?) would be greatly appreciated.

As for taking some time for me, well.... remember when you blogged about your daughter and the trouble she's getting in at school? My son's been having problems in that department and I'm totally stressed out in dealing with the whole situation. I can't see myself relaxing until we've settled the problem. Hopefully it'll not be a matter of years!!

laurat said...

Ha! Time... no kidding... Here it is almost midnight, the only time I've found to post! lol. I still haven't found a chance to read all of the fabulous books coming out. Hot Dish PFP, and so on! Anyway, I love this post today & hope that my wish list for x-mas hits the right santa lol. wonder if he can serve up that time! lol.

Playground Monitor said...

Well... it's 11:06 CST and I'm finally getting here. Busy day it's been. I mailed off the last packages, bought a cute Santa plate to give to my 6-month-old granddaughter so that next year she has something to put cookies on for Santa and bought new chrome silverware organizers for my kitchen. Don't guess that counts as self-love, huh? I did get a manicure last week. Maybe I'll swing through the sexy lingerie department and check out some new undies, cause as somebody else said, "If Mama ain't happy, nobody's happy."

Marilyn

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Oh, my. I leave you Bellas alone for a few hours and, what happens? All FUN breaks out. I think we all should try to make a promise to do at least one nice little thing for ourselves before New Year's eve. Like Eloisa said, advice is easy to give, but...

Still, one nice thing shouldn't be too hard to make happen,no?

froggie, nothing is harder than helping our kids through rough times. It's even harder to watch it happen and know sometimes they have to go through it to grow up to be the fabulous, mature, well-adjusted adults we are. ahem. We've been having a tough couple weeks of kid pains here and, lemmee tell you, if Eloisa's got the right of it, I'm ready for a nice pair of tap pants and matching demi bra. Know what I mean?

Buonanotte, Bellas. What a nice day it's' been spending time with you. Grazie new friends and folks we haven't had a chance to enjoy here in a while.

And, thanks, Eloisa, for helping us [at least]think about taking some time for ourselves this season.

Ciao for now!

ReadingAddict1 said...

Eloisa, I totally agree with you. I take one day a month and give myself a home spa day, using natural ingredients, with a soak in the tub with a good book as the ultimate pleasure.

I can't wait to read your "Pleasure for Pleasure" during one of my spa days. :)
Wanda =^..^=

J Perry Stone said...

Santa, well Christina's in the bathroom too...

Christina said: "Hey, J! How about "Roasting Chestnuts by an Open Fire?"

MWhahahhaha

or...."Ding Dong Merrily on High"...although I'm not quite sure what that means, in the gutter sense.

J Perry Stone said...

Eloisa, forgive me, I've just spent a day and half ignoring EVERYONE because I was busy mowing down your book. I wrote you a long email about it you should be getting any moment.

RDCICON said...

Thanks Michelle