A Second Chance for a First Impression at Winter X Games

When I heard that Winter X Games would be held in Aspen, Colorado I thought, I missed the Dew Tour this year in Breckenridge. I could still get a second chance at redeeming myself. I cringed at the memory of the last one I had attended.  

A year ago, my husband Danny and I had finished lunch and decided to ski over to the halfpipe to check out the competition. The women had finished their semi-final round so we continued to the base of Peak 8 to see what kind of “swag” (free stuff), Dew Tour was handing out. Tents were set up by various companies giving out samples of energy bars and power drinks. Some had contests to win snowboards. I ducked into one where a couple of pro snowboarders sat behind a long table autographing posters. I couldn’t believe it. One of them with a pen in hand was Louie Vito. Continue reading

Just Another Day – 100 Word Flash Fiction

He felt as if he’d been frozen in time.


“I’ve always had feelings for you Alfred, but…” Sophie pulled her soft hand from his. Her long blue skirt swished as she turned and strode away.

He stood from bended knee and bolted out of the Victorian homestead, then sprinted to the tracks. Continue reading

What’s In Your Future?

When I discovered that the Chinese New Year begins on January 23rd, the first thought that popped into my head was, “Whoa! Another new year, another chance for a do-over!” The second was, “We should go out for a Chinese dinner Monday night.” The third was, “Oh wow! I should check out my Chinese horoscope!” Then it occurred to me that I hadn’t even checked my astrological horoscope for 2012.horoscopes Astrological signs

My fascination with astrology started in the 7th grade when a group of my friends and I walked from school to the neighborhood drug store. The glass display case we dashed to was filled with penny candy. After gazing at the myriad of choices, we each selected our favorite sweets. Then we discovered a cup on top of the counter filled with colored scrolls printed with astrological signs and horoscopes. They prophesied the future for the whole month! One of my friends knew all about them and we deciphered which sign we were. As an Aries, I was pretty excited about being a ram and a leader, but I wasn’t so crazy about the whole head-butting thing. Continue reading

So Close and Yet – 100 Word Flash Fiction

For the beginning of Traxin’s adventures read Into the Vortex.

His second adventure is Crashing.


“What’s that crazy-looking thing?” Tom plucked the insect-like space ship out of Josiah’s dreads and then flicked it away.

Traxin, still rattled from the impact, regained control and shifted gear. One long strand of hair, tangled in the wing, created drag. He slammed the zevot into forward thrust. The powerful vessel gained altitude. Continue reading

My Inexplicable Idiosyncrasies – A Top Ten List

Do you have some ridiculous habits that no matter how hard you try to break, you just can’t? You are not alone. My idiosyncrasies are inexplicable. Since my list is long and time is short, I have listed my top ten. They are in no particular order.

If you look closely, you will find two of these plastic ties

#1. Saying “um, ah, or like,” as I tell a story

Is there some reason why I must keep vocalizing while visualizing? And why “like?” I like hate that expression! I am not like 16 years old anymore. Am I like going into my second childhood?

#2. Forgetting to cut off the plastic tie that holds the price tag of a purchased item

Sometimes the plastic is really strong and if I can’t break it with my bare hands, it stays on the item for eternity or until my husband clips it off. He informed me that he found one hanging on a decorative basket yesterday. I purchased it over 10 years ago. I know. Now do you feel my pain? Tennis shoes are notorious for these kryptonite-strength ties and I own a few pairs of shoes that still sport them.

#3.  Procrastinating appointments

How hard is it to pick up the phone and dial? I am not sure why I don’t do it right away. I wait until my hair looks like I put my finger in an electrical socket or my car’s check oil light has been on for weeks before I make a phone call. I feel tremendous relief after finally scheduling so I can’t believe it takes such a long time!

#4. Not redeeming gift cards

I have a couple massages, a facial, and one for downloading books to my Nook. I love all of these activities so why not use them. Duh!

#5. Not finishing projects

I tend to be very enthusiastic and have a lot of energy. Once I get an idea in my head, I can’t wait to start. The problem arises when one tiny decision gets in my way. I brought up several family photos to hang in the hallway and then I thought, “Do I really want them up here?” So here they are after almost a year!

#6. The elephant in the room

Do you ever get so used to seeing something you meant to put away a long time ago that it becomes part of the décor? I am a neat and tidy person, but my Christmas card project is still on my desk. I wonder if the box will stay on it until spring or summer.

#7. Chewing the inside of my mouth when I am nervous

I have no idea where this habit came from. It is not pretty when I have noticed others exhibiting the same behavior. That is usually when I realize I am doing the same thing! Why not just buy gum?

#8. Crossing my legs

I am crossing them now. In Catholic grade school, one of my teachers insisted that all 7th-grade girls cross their legs because it was ladylike. I can’t think of a worse thing for my leg circulation since I sometimes sit for hours. I think it has contributed to my left knee problem as well. Thanks, Sister Mary Whatever-your-name-was! Which brings me to…

#9. Forgetting names

And speaking of remembering my teacher’s name, it is such a bummer when I run into someone I have met before, but can’t introduce them to my friend or family member. This is especially embarrassing when I recall asking their name the last time I saw them. Many times it is because they have a version of my name. Why can’t I remember other Susies, Susans, or Sues?

#10. Not purchasing everything I need at the grocery store

I stroll in and just like a shot has rung out, I begin racing down the aisles. It always seems like I can’t get out of there fast enough. If I sprint out and remember a forgotten item, I say to myself, “I’ll pick it up next time.” What’s up with that?  There isn’t a record to break for the fastest time in and out of a grocery store, so why not just go back inside and buy the tin of cinnamon for God’s sake!

On a side note, I often lose my list between my house and the store. Then I usually forget to buy the critical ingredient I originally went there for.  The list always miraculously appears at the bottom of my purse later in the week. WHY?

When I think about it, now that I have written about these ridiculous peculiarities, maybe this will be the end of them. That would be like so awesome!


Can you relate to any of my quirky conduct? 

Do you have any weird habits you would like to break?

I challenge you to come up with your own list!