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Mar 09

Some things never change

liverA package of grass fed cow’s liver has been taunting me for the past 6 months.

We ordered a quarter of a cow last year. It came with all the trimmings, bones and liver included.

I haven’t had liver since I was a child. I despised it to the point where I’d rather have licked the floor behind the refrigerator than eat liver.

We’ll I’m a grown up now, or at least that’s what the mirror tells me, so after six months of being taunted by the liver in the freezer, I thawed it and found a recipe that just had to be delicious. It had bacon, garlic, and onions, and those three ingredients can make anything palatable, right?

I should have known…

The moment I placed the liver in the hot bacon grease the scent of the cooking meat hit my nose and my stomach flipped. Still, I was confident that my adult palate might appreciate liver and so I waited. The meat finished cooking and I cut myself a small piece. I gingerly place the bite in my mouth, chewed, chewed some more, but I just couldn’t swallow. I tried. My twelve year old self gagged and I had to spit it out.

I’d still rather lick the floor behind the refrigerator than eat liver.

Oct 22

Haunted Real Estate – Trends and Topics

According to an article in Realtormag more than a third of people have lived in a haunted house. Considering all of the people who have died in their homes, I guess this number doesn’t seem crazy but it does seem weird. I’ve never lived in a haunted house. No one I know has ever lived in a haunted house. So who are they interviewing?

Reading the article, there were other “facts” that gave me a bit of a giggle including the idea that while most people are willing to buy a haunted house, they’d only buy it if they got a discount. Really? What kind of discount does a haunted house warrant?

Here’s a bit from the article:

“More than half of home buyers say they’d be OK buying a “haunted” house, according to realtor.com’s 2013 Haunted House Report, based on nearly 1,400 respondents’ views regarding spooky homes. In fact, more than a third of respondents say they’ve already lived in a haunted house.

But if they’re going to live in a scary home, buyers expect a discount, the survey finds. Thirty-four percent of respondents say they would buy a haunted home if it were discounted 1 to 30 percent, and 22 percent said they would buy a spooky house if it had a discount of 31 to 50 percent. Nineteen percent of survey respondents say it would take a discount of 51 percent or more on a haunted house for them to buy it.”

You can read the rest of the article  if you’re interested. Here’s the link - http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2013/10/21/35-say-theyve-lived-in-haunted-house

More On Haunted Real Estate

In other strange news there is now a site that will tell you if someone died in a house that you’re interested in. It’s called DiedInHouse.com and all you have to do is enter the address and it’ll tell you if anyone died there.

As a paranormal researcher it may be a great initial tool to help identify some potential spirits. And if you absolutely don’t want a haunted house then you can make sure no one died there. It’s not free. A single address search cost $11.99.

So there you have it. If you’re interested in buying a house and you want a discount you can use the website to demonstrate that someone died there and maybe get a discount. Or you can finally find that house that is wickedly haunted and enjoy the spooky ride.

Sep 10

Cheating Time Book Trailer

Sep 02

Quotes from Sara Jane

Cheating Time Sara Jane Semientkowski is far and away the most fun I’ve ever had with a character. She acts and speaks before she thinks.

This quirk means she often says what most people want to say, but don’t because they don’t want to offend. She’s honest to a fault. Here’s one small example of Sara Jane:

Patrick clenched his fists in his lap and struggled to remain calm.

“Was the weather involved in my dad’s crash?”

“No.”

“Why did it crash?”

“Pushy. You’re definitely a lawyer.”

“And you’re like no woman I’ve ever meant.”

 

 

 

 

To read more about Sara Jane including the first chapter, check out Cheating Time at:

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Aug 25

Things That Go BUMP in the Night

Bump in the Night

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