This morning I sat on the couch while Matthew and Leah fought over who got to take up the most space on my lap. Sensing he could win the battle, Matthew looked up at me with great big puppy dog eyes and pulled out his trump card: "Mommy... don't feel good."
Not to be outdone, Leah immediately chimed in, "Mommy, Matthew don't feel good but I sick!"
I told them there was room on my lap for both of them. (There is. I don't eat all those brownies for nothing!) So Leah tried a different approach. She pointed straight at me and said: "Mommy, elephant!"
Um, Leah, I understand that you love elephants, but let me give you a few hints about manipulating your mother. Hint #1: Never point at the woman who gave birth to you and say, "Elephant!"
So I got off the couch and decided my wounded self-esteem needed a distraction. Something fall-ish and crafty, which meant a few minutes later I was letting the kids use their fingers to stamp fingerprint leaves on skeletal-looking trees. I thought the craftiness of it all would cancel out their neurotic need for hand cleanliness, but I was wrong. Total artwork distraction time: 3 minutes.
Darn it! I thought I was being so fun!
But since that didn't satiate my need for something fall-ish, I ate leftover apple crisp for lunch. Ahem, I mean with lunch... And then I picked up the latest spooky release from four-time Whitney Award winner, Stephanie Black. Yes, that's FOUR TIMES she has won the award for Best Mystery/Suspense novel. In your face, Anne Perry! (No, seriously, Stephanie beat out New York Times bestselling author, Anne Perry, for the award last year).
So you should read her new book, Shadowed, because it's awesome. Also, because my name is in the acknowledgements, which means I am awesome by association. And did I mention I'm giving away a personalized, autographed copy for free? Just leave a comment on this post and I'll put your name in the drawing. Leave a clever, amusing, or obsequious comment and I will put your name in twice. Possibly three times, as long as you don't compare me to an elephant.