Dog Sledding!

In keeping with our theme of staying warm because it’s cold outside, I thought I’d share with you a story of our dog sledding adventure with Voyageur Outward Bound in Minnesota in 2006.

It all started because my husband complained about the weather here in Chicago. Fitting complaint, especially since it’s expected to get down below zero this weekend. I wanted to do something fun, unusual, and educational. I picked the Outward Bound class because I’ve always wanted to do one, to experience it and challenge myself. The hallmark of Outward Bound is that you spend some time, one night or more, camping by yourself in the wilds. I thought, what better way to learn how to stay warm and have fun all at the same time?

Two weeks before we left, my husband shrugged and said, “Well, if I don’t like it, I can always hang out in the lodge and drink hot chocolate.”

Lodge?

On an Outward Bound Expedition?

“Didn’t you read the stuff I sent you on the [non-refundable] class?”

Blink. “Well, I looked at the pictures.”

He looked at the pictures.

“DO YOU REALIZE WE’RE GOING THIRTY-FIVE MILES ACROSS THE ICE IN THE BOUNDARY WATERS?” Panting.

Another blink. “Oh.” Pause. “So, no lodge?”

Gritted teeth. “No, dear. No lodge.”

“Oh.”

Cautiously, “So, you still want to go?”

“I suppose.”

Rousing endorsement, that.

So we get there, and the first thing we learn is the Heat Triangle. Here’s how it works:

There are three parts to keeping warm in severely cold weather:

1. Layered clothing
2. Food and hot drinks
3. Movement

You can work on any one of the legs of the triangle to warm up. One of the most effective techniques is to swing your arms back and forth like a windmill. This will bring the blood to your fingertips and warm up your hands. I use this frequently back here in Chicago when waiting for the bus or the train.

And my husband? He survived and had an awesome time with the dogs, the cold, and yes, even the hot chocolate.

Cheers!

Catch a Tiger by the Tale Blog Tour – Day Thirty-One! We’ve Arrived!

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Thank you to everyone who made this blog tour such a success!  I had a lot of fun wandering around the interwebs with you, Dear Reader, and hope you’ll stick around after the tour.  I have posts coming up on the ARe Cafe, Delilah Devlin’s blog, and here at Chez Noony; deleted scenes on Nightlight and Super Sekrit August 1st post on Beyond the Veil.

But don’t despair!  I still have a fun stop for you today.  The amazing Cynthia D’Alba put out a last-minute call and I answered, and she accepted!  Thank you, Cynthia!  My post is on an awesome blog called Everybody Needs a Little Romance and Cynthia asked me to answer the question, what does romance mean to me?  Good question!  To find out my answer, check out “The Meaning of Romance.”

And don’t forget to show Cynthia some love, too!

Catch a Tiger by the Tale Blog Tour – Day Twenty-Eight, We’re a Bestseller!

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Day Twenty-Eight – Tiger Tiger Is a Bestseller! Thank you!
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This is a huge THANK YOU to all our lovely readers out there in Romancelandia.  Without you, we would not be able to celebrate today the fact that TIGER TIGER has achieved bestseller status on the All Romance E-Books lists.  We are so grateful to you for your support, especially with the way things are with the economy today.  You have many choices where to spend your entertainment dollars and we’re tickled pink and purple that you chose to spend some of them on our book.

From the bottom of our tiger-striped hearts, thank you.

Tiger by the Tale – Take a Pause

I just heard this song on the radio, which is up for 6 (!) Video Music Awards. From Wikipedia, “‘Same Love’ is the fourth single released by Seattle-based rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis off their 2012 debut studio album, The Heist.” (1)

Wow.  Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, thank you.  You brought tears to my eyes and chills to my skin.

Macklemore and Justin Timberlake are tied for six nominations apiece.  If you’re curious, after you watch and listen, check out the nominations, here.

It’s easy to forget, when we’re reading romance, even M/M romance, that what we’re doing is a political act.  The freedom to write what we like regardless of where the story takes us is not a right to be taken lightly and was hard-won by our forebears.  It is a right that is currently denied millions of people on this planet in other places of the world, today, right now.  When we take up our keyboards to spread hate and vitriol, it’s easy to be ignorant of the true costs of freedom.  One of the lines in the song talks about how if he were gay, the singer would think Hip Hop hated him.  I know exactly what he means.  As a woman and a bisexual, I do feel bashed by a lot of those lyrics and I think it took balls to sing that song.  I’m gratified, too, that its gotten such a reception in the world.

Sing on, my friend.  Sing on.

(1) “Same Love,” Wikipedia, from URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same_Love Accessed 07/27/2013