Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Birthday to My Hair...

 
                             September 2011                                                      Right now...

Winners from Christie Craig's blog: Abigail Beal, you won the $25 gift card. Cat, you won a copy of Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis. Sally Felt, you won a copy of The Things Called Love by Susan Andersen. Barbara E. You won a copy of Lori Wilde's The Cowboy and a Princess. And Marilyn Lopez, you won the copy of Sophie Jordan's Lesson's of a Scandalous Bride. Please contact me at Christie (at) christie (-) craig.com



I'm 46 today. Sigh. Four years away from 50 - or as my kids tell me - death by old age. Looking back, I can see that it has been a good year, full of transition.

I finally feel like my writing is back on track and I'm learning more about marketing my work - I've embraced my new indie status. I LOVE that the books rejected by my agent for the past few years are possible to publish now. One's already up - and doing well. I can actually publish the stuff my agent and editor said were, 'too over the top,' 'too far fetched,' and 'no one should ever read that...ever!'.

My hair started out red and turned totally silver. 

I discovered that I'm descended from 4 people who came over on the Mayflower - only one was a Puritan, and one was hanged for murder. I discovered that on the other side of the family my ancestors settled at Jamestown. So I guess that means my people gleefully hopped aboard disease-riddled, leaky ships to go starve and be hunted by Indians in the New World.  I'd like to think I'm more evolved in my decision making than they were.  Oh yeah, and I'm way too lazy.

I discovered that my kids have turned out surprisingly well. They're both confident, athletic and musical. They speak up for the little guy and get along with everyone. They may even be funnier than me. I'm pretty sure there's a secret, dwarf nanny in the attic who has raised them this well - because I doubt I had anything to do with it. At all.

It'll be Mr. Assassin and my 23rd anniversary in November. We are now realizing we have to do something rather epic for our 25th in two years. I'm open to suggestions.  Make sure your suggestions involve sitting on a beach, sipping martinis and eating cake.  Other than that - anything goes.

And what do I have to look forward to in the next year?

Well, I hope to have at least three new books up by this time next year (REALLY weird stuff). Mr. A will be in Afghanistan for 9 months. I'm going to tear out the carpet and put in ceramic tile (not me, of course - someone 'qualified' will do it). We're finally going on a long anticipated trip to Disney World - our fourth as a family - Mr. A says we do this just for me because I have a 'weird obsession' with WDW.

So happy birthday to me!

The Assassin

12 comments:

Kathy Bacus said...

Happy birthday, Ms. Assassin! And, as you know, I LOVE your hair!

Celebrate in a BIG way today, but please stay out of trouble (and, er, out of the slammer.) ;)

~Bullet Hole

Leslie Langtry said...

But you'd bail me out, right? Kathy? Helloooo? ;)

Sabrina Robert said...

Happy Birthday, Leslie. Mine was yesterday but I have you beat by 8 years.

In response to your 25th anniversary. I say book a weekend at the Hotel Coronado in San Diego. Beautiful hotel where a few old movies filmed. Rooms oceanside. Just walk out your door.

Nancy Northcott said...

Happy Birthday, Leslie! I hope you enjoy that trip to WDW (we have a friend who goes every chance she gets) and Mr. A returns safely from Afghanistan.

TerriOsburn said...

For some reason, I can't see the pictures. Not that I don't know what you look like, but I still feel robbed.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

I'm thinking Aruba for the 25th. Has all the ingredients you require. I've never been there, but you can send me a postcard. Hope Mr. A stays safe, the floors turn out fabulous, and the nanny turns out to be a really hot guy. With superb maternal instincts.

Leslie Langtry said...

Sabrina! That does sound wonderful! And happy belated to a fellow Leo!

Leslie Langtry said...

Thanks Nancy - I'd go every chance I could too...

Leslie Langtry said...

Terri,

You can't see them? Just kidding. I guess they were up this morning but not now. I've tried to repost but Blogger won't let me. And on my birthday too.

Kristi said...

Happy Birthday Leslie. I'm 44 and a firm believer that you are only as old as you feel.

My dream vacation is Scotland, but if you like beaches how about the Virgin Islands?

Sabrina Robert said...

Thanks Leslie, for the belated birthday. When I read that part I had to laugh, because my sister's birthday is tomorrow the 16th so growing up we usually celebrated on the 15th. So it's sorta my birthday.

Brandy said...

Happy Birthday! As for your 25th Anniversary, well, you idea sounds pretty darn good!

Barbara E. said...

Happy Birthday Leslie - to me you're just a young 'un. Hope you have a wonderful day.