My Crappy Poetry: Entry #32

Tell

Capture every word

As you start a new chapter

In life’s wondrous tale

– M.S. Fowle

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Genre(s): Contemporary Romance

Description: “Josephine Walker doesn’t do drama. All her life she has taken the safe route and done what was expected; she married her college sweetheart, found a great job, had two beautiful children and settled in to her little piece of perfection to live out her life. She was happy with the mundane.

The only thing that seems out of place is her best friend Matt; he is as funny, crazy and impulsive as she is sarcastic, dependable and predictable. Matt’s life is loud and full of chaos. Jo knows his past is as dark as his tattoos, that his secrets are buried for a reason, but all she can see is that he’s always got her back.

When her marriage falls apart, Matt swoops in to help Jo pick up the pieces. At least, that’s what he planned to do. But, Jo has other plans. She’s done playing it safe, done caring what other people think. She wants wild and crazy; and as much as she tries to ignore it, she wants Matt. Together they have to answer the ultimate question; can a man and a woman, who are as close as they are, ever truly be just friends?
Jo adores Matt, she trusts him completely. But, will she risk everything, including their friendship, to take a chance on love with the bad boy that could destroy her heart?”

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About the Author

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Author Carina Adams

Carina Adams has been writing and creating characters for as long as she can remember, allowing her to fall in love with the next man of her dreams with every new story.
Thankfully, fate stepped in and granted her the ultimate wish – a life full of men. Carina lives in a picturesque New England town with her husband, the one man that ruined the thought of all others, and two amazing sons that always keep her on her toes.

When she isn’t trying to juggle being a working mom with karate and football practices, surprising her children with her sci-fi movie knowledge, or writing, you can find her with her nose pressed against her kindle in search of her new favorite vampire story, training for the Tough Mountain Challenge, or laughing with friends.

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My Apologies

I feel like I need to apologize. I’ve been less than active lately. But family comes first.

Our family has faced a number of tribulations over this past year, ones we are facing together, ones we refuse to let overwhelm us. Honestly, I wake up some days and wonder how the hell we keep going. But we do. My husband gives me strength. I hope I give him some in return. But our son, aside from the fact that he is well immersed in his terrible 3’s, is probably the one empowering us both to stay strong. He is, after all, our little miracle. I’ve tried to tell you his tale a number of times, but always end up deleting it. Someday, you’ll hear our story. For now, I’ll give you the gist of what’s going.

My amazing mother-in-law, who watches our son while we work, is ill. She’s having surgery on Monday and will probably be laid up for about a month or more. It all depends on how it goes. My husband and I were each at work when we got the news and we both freaked out in our own way. He kept stepping outside to clear his head, only to realize there wasn’t anything he could but wait. I jumped in my car and went straight to her house. She had to meet with her doctor to arrange the surgery and needed someone to watch the kids, as our son is not the only child she cares for. I was used to one kid, not the multiple children under her care. Luckily, my husband’s cousin came over to help. I honestly have no idea how my mother-in-law does it. But she has a system and it works for her. When she was going through who eats what for lunch, she turned to see this look of lost of my face and laughed. “Just feed them,” she said. I could handle that.

A diagnosis of uterine cancer is never a good one. But they caught hers early. Stage One could most likely be treated with surgery alone. We certainly hope so. My son is with her just about everyday. He loves and needs his Grammy. We love and need her too. I’m proud to say I have three mothers – my momma, my stepmother, and my mother-in-law. They have each raised me in their own way, each taught me something about myself, and each have made me stronger just for knowing them. I need all my mommies. And husband needs his too. But the last thing we want is to see our son lose someone so close to him. That’s why we’re so hopeful of the prognosis. That’s why we’re doing all we can to stay strong – for him.

So, I’ll be getting in plenty of Mommy and Me time while we wait for her to recover. My boss is incredibly understanding, especially since he lost his own mother to cancer six years ago. I thought he was going to cry when I told him what was going on. But we arranged for me to work on my husband’s days off and my mother is setting things up to take him a couple days here and there so I can still bring in some sort of income. Luckily, she’s a nurse – an awesome one. She can explain things we don’t really understand and knows how to lift our spirits as we all face this from different perspectives.

I will pop in during nap times, maybe with a poem or some pretty pictures or just some small anecdote. So all I ask is that you bear with me while we get through this. And even though I don’t actually know any of you in real life, I gain strength from you too. And for that, I thank you.

Until next time, take care of yourselves and each other. 😉

Freeport Fun – Our Random Journey

As some of you know, I just recently celebrated 10 wonderful years with my husband. Our ambition was to take off for Vegas, renew our vows and have Elvis (obviously an impersonator) give me away. But then we realized we don’t drink and we don’t gamble, so Vegas wasn’t really doin’ it for us. That and we didn’t really have the money. So we decided to drive somewhere in New England and take a few days for ourselves to relax. Then came the question of where to go and what to do. At this point we discovered that we are either master procrastinators or the most spontaneous people on Earth. Or both.

Awesome Accommodations!

The day before our departure was when we finally decided where we were going. We dropped off the kid and the dog, got in the car and headed for Freeport, Maine. Once our journey was underway, I asked where we had hotel reservations, only to learn we didn’t have any. But the husband had found a nice place for about $100 a night and it’d be fine. Except when we got there, we found it was not the hotel he thought and the rooms cost almost twice as much. He gave me an apologetic look, to which I replied, “How often do we get out and do stuff together?” So The Hampton Inn it was!

It was awesome! Free hot breakfast and all the coffee and snacks you could consume. And the staff was wonderful! Even the kitchen workers were asking us how we slept and how they could make our stay more enjoyable. The maintenance man found us the cookies I could smell from down the hallway! But ya’ know what – that’s just Maine. It’s how we roll, as the kids say. We’re laid back and friendly – everyone’s our neighbor.

Get Your Shoppin’ On!

Freeport, Maine is the birthplace of L.L. Bean – the top of the line for anything and everything for all lovers of the outdoors. Their casual wear isn’t my cup o’ tea, but they’re the ones to see about camping gear and winter coats and boots. And we bought absolutely nothing there. It was more of a site seeing adventure for us, since we hadn’t been there since we were kids.

In my opinion, the local “Mom & Pop” shops are where to be. They’re quaint and cozy, the staff is always friendly and the goods are all about Maine. We got a few little things, mostly because we know the prices are a bit higher to feed off the tourists. But it was fun to poke around. We did spend quite a bit at the local book store, though. I picked up some light reading for my son, one of my favorites being Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey. If you know a little one, GET THIS BOOK! Every kid in Maine has read this book. It’s a staple, like bread or milk.

But the Magic Kingdom part of our trip was a stop to Cabela’s. Also a staple in many New England families, my husband was a kid in a candy store. Luckily, we’re very mindful of our budget, especially since it dwindled so quickly the second we got our hotel room. But he found a few things, wandered around and dreamed, and grabbed a little something for the boy. We also shared a humorous conversation with a war veteran. He said to my husband, “There are only two kinds of men in this world: handsome men and men with beards.” We all laughed and he thanked us for that, since my husband has a beard and the last bearded man he told that to didn’t find it so funny.

Let’s Eat!

I was paying attention whenever we stopped somewhere to eat. We arrived our first day just after lunch, so we were starving. Our first stop was Johnny Rockets. We’d never been. As I hinted at before, we don’t get out much. To sum it up: friendly, affordable, and delicious. We were in burger heaven. After popping into some of the outlet stores, we decided on a little local place by the name of Freeport Chowder House for dinner. “The Best Clam Chowder” was plastered across their sign. We stepped into the tiny shop at 5:54pm. But when my husband tried to order fish and chips, we were informed that they (and by they I mean she – the only girl working there) stopped serving fried food. Why? Because they close at 6pm. No joke. Oh and that chowder… no. Combine that with the outrageous price of the lobster roll my husband was essentially forced to order, a lobster roll that was merely a roll with lobster meat tossed in it and a few packets of mayonnaise on the side, it was not our most pleasant experience.

Day 2, however, started off right as rain with our free breakfast of omelettes and hash browns. And it only got better with lunch. There is a little place tucked away, off the main road, called Petrillo’s Italian. Oh. My. God. Seriously – you should make a trip to Freeport JUST to eat there. The place is small, but the food is amazing! And I haven’t even talked about dinner yet! Our final foodie stop was at Buck’s Naked BBQ. How can one NOT eat at a place like that? It’s an experience all its own.

Set Yourself Free!

I have a point. This is our 10th Wedding Anniversary we’re talkin’ about here. Some of you may be thinking we should’ve planned it better, done something romantic, take a cruise, fly to Europe. But not everyone can do that. And frankly, even if you can, maybe you shouldn’t. I get it – it IS a big deal. But all we needed was each other. The rest could just happen the way it was gonna happen and that would be that. Sure, not everything went swimmingly. But we didn’t really care – we didn’t let it bother us. Don’t adhere to some schedule. Don’t try to fit in a million activities and leave yourself exhausted. Go with the flow. Take each day on a whim. If you want to make a dinner reservation, or even actually book a room before you get there, then go for it. But be spontaneous.

Just be happy to have the one you love to share it all with.

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