Let’s get personal! There’s a lot of talk about marriage these days. And about who should and should not be doing it. In my opinion, any two people willing to say I DO through thick, thin, and frequent gassiness, should be committed.
Want to laugh?
WATCH THIS tiny teaser of my new book.
Yep, my new book is an expose on relationships and renovation and, according to reviews, “a romping good read.” This is the story of my first year fixing up a historic old house in the country with Scott. Our baptism by fire, flood, mouse poop, and poison ivy is funny! (Unless you’re the one screaming and itching.)
Need I say more?
Okay. You might have heard that marriage is made in heaven. Well, so is thunder, lightening, and hail!
Oh, for gosh sakes, buy my book. It’ll definitely make you feel better about your own relationship, and I need the money to pay my housekeeper.
This week I returned to New York with a slew of messages from people saying they had spotted me in the National Enquirer. I’m happy to report my inclusion was not due to a) celebrity facelifts gone awry b) cheating scandal or c) UFO abduction… but rather, how to strike gold at garage sales. The funny thing is that every person that wrote to tell me said something along the lines of “I was standing in a long checkout line…” or “I never buy it…” or “I was at my hairdressers…” Oh, come on. Let’s be honest… We are all enquiring minds.
In light of Minnesota joining the cool kids club (!!!) today, listen in to my NPR interview with the wonderful Sarah LaDuke (at left, right after she interviewed Carol Burnett and… me) for The Roundtable. In the interview, she asks a lot of thoughtful questions about my book Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage, including if after buying our house and moving to the country, whether we ever had any trouble with anyone criticizing our relationship. You’ll want to hear my answer. I wasn’t taunted about my relationship, but about myself. Don’t worry. I got over it… And there are plenty of laughs… Like my fight last week with Scott over a breath mint.
I’m having a good time out promoting Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage. And I’m being asked a lot of fun questions. Example: “What’s the silliest thing Scott and you have fought over in the last week?” My answer: a breath mint. Yep. While I was driving, he unwrapped it and stuck it in my mouth along with his dirty fingers. It tasted like minty subway railing.
Anyhoooo, I’ll be on the Roundtable Thursday, May 9 at 11:35 am with Joe Donahue and Sarah LaDuke. (Livestream!) And… I’ll be in Woodstock, NY at The Golden Notebook on Saturday, May 11 at 4 pm. Come! (Say you read this and I’ll give you a free copy of The Bedtime Book for Dogs!) I’ll spin a tale and then you can ASK ME ANYTHING! Oh, and don’t take my word that the book is funny. Read the reviews! Like this one. And the one where it was named a Top Book Worth Reading.
Don’t you just love things that celebrate the underdog? I had fun judging the Go Dog Go Show at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center this past weekend. The yearly dog show, presented by Pause Dog Boutique, gives a chance for ALL dogs to be a winner no matter who their mom or dad was. The dogs all seem to enjoy the competition, which includes such categories as “Celebrity Look-a-Like” “Most Mysterious Heritage” and the ever popular dog & two legged friend “I Think I’ve Found My Twin” parade. I’m at left (Photo by Printz Photography) with the winner of the “Bad Hair Day” contest. And, um, I’m noticing a similarity in stylings. Wait a minute… I think I’ve found my twin! Any day gone to the dogs is a day of doggone fun. Woof!
I had the joy of having two amazing grandfathers. My PaPa passed away a few years back. He was always looking to have a good time, enjoy every day. He smiled and greeted every person he passed on the street in his small town of Woodruff, South Carolina. I definitely inherited my sense of fun from him. Yesterday, my beloved Pop passed away at the age of 93. (At left, my brother & I surprising him for his 90th birthday). Douglas Bruce was a jewel. I never heard him say a bad word of anyone. Ever. His heart was big, his soul was kind. Hopefully, I will live up to his impeccable standard. It’s a high bar, but I’ll try, Pop, I’ll try.
This Sunday I’ll be judging the 2nd Annual “Go Dog Go” Show at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie. This event celebrates the underdog – regardless of pedigree or level of talent – and supports animal rescue and advocacy. Divisions include Bad Hair Day, Most Mysterious Heritage, Celebrity Look-a-Like and more. Last year’s Best in Show, Lincoln (at left with me) a local Pitbull pup who was available for adoption, was awarded the coveted title. His adorable looks and demeanor won over the judges and got him adopted immediately following his success. Created by the Pause Dog Boutique, this is fun for all ages. I’ll be judging with Adopt-a-Pet.com spokesperson Dr. Pia Salk, Catskill Animal Sanctuary founder Kathy Stevens, You Had Me at Woof author Julie Klam, and Miss New Jersey Galaxy Brielle LaCosta. I’ll post the winners next week!
Here I am celebrating the launch of my new book with two gorgeous friends, ABC Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran and Fox News’s Lis Wiehl. That’s right… Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage is out, and if you haven’t ordered yourself a copy, PLEASE do. In honor of its release I’m hosting a fun photo contest on Facebook! Check it out! I’m also doing a giveaway of the book on Goodreads. It’s one of my favorite sites and is definitely a must for all of the book lovers out there! You can enter the giveaway here.
Oh, and kindly help me spread the word.
I went last week to the launch party of my friend Zoey’s new venture, Zoey Byron. She’s handcrafting (hand stitching!) gorgeous leather handbags, belts, jewelry, wallets, and cuffs. I LOVE my new bracelet, and more, I love Zoey’s vision of products that are proudly Made in America. (Ahem! Mother’s Day is right around the corner!) Part of her vision is to employ craftsmen who might be in need or have fallen on economic difficulty, and she makes a practice of giving back to the community. She’s the event chair for “Beautiful Promise,” which supports the PROMISE PROJECT, an amazing nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved children with learning disabilities get the support they need to learn. There’s nothing like making good… and doing good.