Music Monday, Immortality by Pearl Jam

Music Monday is a meme started by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. Pick a song you really like and share it. Continue reading


Music Monday: Off He Goes–Pearl Jam


Music Monday is a meme started by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. Pick a song you really like and share it.

Evidently it’s Grunge Day. Drew is presenting Alice in Chains, “Would?” with the incomparable voice of Layne Staley. And I’ve got Pearl Jam covered. Continue reading

No Excuses. Let’s Have Tea! #weekendcoffeeshare



First off, I have so many new followers lately and I’ve been remiss in visiting your blogs so I’ll try to catch up. But I want to thank you for following! Thank you!

I wrote up a blog post about this week, which has sincerely been the week of CRAZY, but I felt like it was a downer and I’ve pasted it in Word and may revisit it at some point. Continue reading

Did I Say That I Want You? #amwriting

# 17 and the finale

#17 Snooty and the Book Cover


Did I Say That I Want You?

That weekend was a gift that disappeared too quickly. Back in DC, I use all of my free time to fill in applications online. I’ve found an apartment, which, although on the small side, will suit me. While I hope that Steve will be part of my new life in Virginia Beach, I’m not taking it for granted, or sharing the news with him just yet because why disappoint him?

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Plans Left Beside The Road #amwriting

#14 Snooty and the Book Cover



Plans Left Beside The Road

The setting sun washes the ocean in pinks and lavenders. Sunbathers have retreated from the beach, but the rowdy nighttime crowd rumbles, powered by the liquid refreshment from their coolers.

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I Won’t Back Down #amwriting

Ah, another luscious unique cup of latte thanks to Mrs. Eldridge and the trusty Keurig. We share pleasantries and then she leaves.

I sit there a moment, watching people pass by. I watch through the door that Mrs. Eldridge has left open. I glance around the interrogation room, wondering if someone is watching me. Is this a test? If it is, I’m about to fail because I don’t even think twice about my next move.

Standing, I straighten my shoulders and grab my Styrofoam cup of goodness and walk through the door as if l have every right to be leaving through the door. I walk down the hallway.

“Hey, Annie,” says my old schoolmate Hugh, who’s now a deputy. “Very sorry about Ry.”

I clutch the hand he extends. “Aw, thanks, Hugh. Give my love to Tiffany.”

Another hallway and then the front door where sun shines through the large glass panes. I keep walking, expecting to feel a large hand grip my shoulder. What’s it they always say about confidence? Act like you have it and no one will question you?

As I open the door, I half expect some alarm to go off, but nothing does. A cursory glance around shows no one paying attention to me as my pace picks up and I dart around the corner of the Sheriff’s office toward Lakeland Park and the woods.

I go to the swing and sit on it, sip my coffee and watch as about fifteen minutes later suddenly a few deputies spill out of the office and tear along the street. No one looks toward the swings, not even Linc, who stands tall and capable among them, recognizable even from this distance. For just a moment he does glance my way and my heart stutters because I’m sure there’s hell to pay for a jail break. Is that what this is? I didn’t break anything. Oh, I hope poor Mrs. Eldridge won’t get into trouble for this.

But really, I had no choice, did I? Who better to save me than me?

My daddy always called me the tenacious one. I don’t think it was a compliment because he said it when I wouldn’t leave a topic alone. So, call me tenacious but this really is one of those times, I won’t back down.


end 4/9/ 2017

S. Darlington

Black Cat Blue Sea Award

In these past few weeks I have been pretty much overwhelmed by the support and awards I’ve received from this community. I’m a little dazed, disbelieving and another “d” word by it all. Thank you, thank you, thank you! It’s just an incredible feeling! 🙂

Yesterday evening I received a nomination for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award from Aliz97 at Small World, Smaller Girl. Thank you again for being so kind to nominate me for this lovely and oh-so-amazingly-cute award. It’s just adorable! And, if you all haven’t checked out her page, yet, please do. She writes so beautifully!


The Rules: 

  1. Anybody nominated can nominate eight other bloggers.
  2. The nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator.
  3. The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
  4. If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

The Questions:

  1. Who is your favorite musical artist and why? Give me a link to one of their best songs!
  2. What’s your favorite food? Do you happen to have the recipe? If so, totally share it!
  3. What’s one funny/cool/random fact about yourself? We want to know!🙂


Question #1 is probably the hardest question for me. How does one ever pick out just one musical artist? Okay. Because I am a rule breaker. I’ll give you two. First, I’ve become a Hozier fanatic. He writes, he sings, he composes. All great. The lyrics can be a little freaky (corpsely so) sometimes and I even shut off one of his songs when it comes on because, well, ewww. Here are youtube linkies to…err.. 3 (it’s not because I can’t count…again…just because I can’t decide) of my favorites Hozier songs.

Like Real People Do

Someone New (acoustic)

Cherry Wine

My second favorite is Pearl Jam. Again three links to completely differently flavored songs.

Even Flow

Yellow Ledbetter

Just Breathe

These videos are kind of like watching Pearl Jam through the years.

And, if you asked me in a year who my favorites are, the answer could very well be different. (A year?! Maybe next week!) 😉

Question #2: what’s my favorite food? Heh! Another hard one. I’d have to say that it’s currently mushroom risotto. As a person who doesn’t eat meat, going to restaurants can be an interesting adventure. I found a bistro that had the best mushroom risotto (unfortunately they’ve closed the bistro to concentrate on their main restaurant. 😦 ) I have been making it myself based on this recipe. Mushroom risotto. And I love cake, especially Tres Leches Cake. If you haven’t gathered by now, nothing is easy with me so I combine two recipes: first and second. I don’t put any fruit on it. I’m not even going to pretend that fruit would make it healthy and the cake really doesn’t need it. It is lusciously moist and very yummy!

Question #3. What’s one funny/cool/random fact? I believe that rules are meant to be broken. 😉 As long as the breaking doesn’t mean that you hurt someone in any way, you end up in jail, or you have to write an overly long, begging, and humiliating letter of justification.

My Nominations for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award:

You don’t have to accept the award, but it’s so cute! How could you not? And, I’m not nominating the total suggested as I have been making a lot of nominations lately and, while I shouldn’t feel like it’s an imposition, because it’s a really cute award and an honor, I’m not sure that everyone feels that way. (Maybe I’ll do a poll.)

Always Booking

Comma Hangover

Devil Doll Musings

Blame Chocolate

Annette’s Place

Very Simplistic Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite movie?
  2. What song, if any, have you listened to on repeat?
  3. What’s your “dream” vacation?

if you prefer just book-oriented questions feel free to substitute any (or all) of these….

  1. What book do you wish they’d make into a movie and who would your dream cast be?
  2. What book has stayed with you long after you read it?
  3. Have you ever watched a movie that was better than the book, and, if so, which one?