Happy to say that Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage is a WINNER of the 5th annual “Living Now” book awards, celebrating must-read books that encourage better living. Moving In won the bronze award in the relationships & marriage category. I’ll take it! The award gives me street cred as I continue my efforts to convince Scott we can’t go into winter without a new hot tub! If you’re in a relationship, what’s your current BUDGET battle? (And please don’t mention a debt ceiling!)
Gossip presented without comment. Okay, one: “Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.” (From Game of Thrones) Let me also say if you’ve ever loved, you MUST take the time to read 93-year-old Roger Angell’s piece in the New Yorker. You’ll thank me. You’ll also probably take the time to listen to the next elderly person you’re in the room with… And if you’re in a couple, you’ll definitely get into bed tonight and appreciate the sweet warmth of a hip or the gentle brush of a foot beneath the covers. Just knowing they are there.
Y’all might have seen my nephew doing his TV tips on The Better Show…. teaching men how to put some romance in Valentine’s Day. Well, I have a bone to pick with him. Seems like my nephew is GETTING PAID FOR STEALING MY IDEAS! And here’s the video to prove it! Watch Aunt Jean’s Valentine Secrets for Men.
*with this post Aunt Jean agrees to drop all litigation against Mr. Littlefield.
Valentine’s Day is what I call a “high pressure holiday.” Let’s face it, it can make or break a relationship… or at least a night.
I have the secrets every man needs to know… and a big one for my women friends too. Check out some LOVEly ideas as I join The Better Show with hosts JD Roberto and Rebecca Budig. Let me know how it works out!
#QUOTE TO REMEMBER:
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
–Charles M. Schulz
I think it’s fun to see how people live and work. Here’s a snap of me and my office in the city.
Hansel & Gretel By Paul Heath, the artist known as Dumb.
“Bruce” My sister’s framed 3rd grade essay in which she proclaims me the world’s best frozen French fry chef and ends with “He likes me to just be myself.”
Balloon Santa My doctor’s husband made him for me after my back surgery. (That was two days before Christmas and I’m feeling much better than balloon Santa).
Handmade dog A gift from my friend Barbara when Bedtime Book for Dogs came out.
Fun in a Bottle A game I created and sold years ago.
Middle school yearbooks I’ve been picking away on a memoir.
A WWII Army towel Inscribed with my grandfather Pop’s name.
Assorted photos Scott, Westminster and me (and an early modeling shot)
What does you work space look like?
Meet the Mikearoon, delicious brainchild of my British pal Chef Michael Ian Hales. I met Michael vacationing in Greece. He’s adorable and his handmade Mikearoons are unbelievably delicious. At left, my Tutti Fruity collection, a rainbow of flavors: licorice, strawberry, pistachio, cotton candy, lemon, orange, blueberry & popcorn. There are lots of flavors and designs, as well as color themed for weddings. If you want something unique for Valentine’s, he makes heart shaped and personalized. Best part: all his Mikearoons are Gluten Free and with discount code: “Bruce” they are also 10% off!
Providing you with life prescriptions to make life happier, simpler, and cheaper.
Today’s Home Rx :
DID YOU KNOW? Aluminum foil can take the place of a dryer sheet and will eliminate static in your clothes. It can also be crumpled up and used as a scrubber for pots and pans!
QUESTION OF THE DAY asked by my pal Pam: “A woman in my office talks on her cell in the bathroom. It drives me nuts and grosses me out. Should I tell her to knock it off?”
My advice: “If someone wants to have the ambient flatulence and flush, that’s her dirty business. Just do your business and move along.”
And those are your life doctor’s orders!
Move over Rudolph… there’s a new Christmas classic that’s come to town. And, I must admit, she’s toting out some fantastic tips! Click here to watch AUNT JEAN SAVE CHRISTMAS. And if you like lighting it up, check out how to get a signed copy of my book Merry Christmas, America! Ho ho ho!
From Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage: When Scott walked into the restaurant where I was working for our prearranged meeting, I remember my eyeballs wiggling in their sockets. I put down the candlestick I was polishing and whispered to my fellow waiter, “That’s my friend Deb’s ex. Soon to be known as ‘my new husband.’”
Scott remembers seeing me walk down the staircase clad in my elegant tuxedo and instantly knew that I was the one. We said “hello” and never said goodbye.
That was twenty-one years ago today.