About Me

Why did I write the books?

Okay, so first things first. If you’ve been here before you may have noticed that I went from a strawberry blonde to a raven-haired chick. Well, I’ve always been dark haired. I donned the red for the books but no more going incognito for me. Now I just get to spend the next 10 years being a graphics updating fool! For those of you who are new here, nothing’s changed for you so you can just ignore this entire first paragraph!

Think of me as an ex-80s rocker chick, former high school teacher, and in your face author, all rolled into one. Yes, I donned Farrah Fawcett hair back when it was cool. I wore shoulder pads with pride and had a combination Baltimore/Virginia accent that HAD to go.

Having survived many wild experiences with a strong sense of self and a wickedly saucy sense of humor, I ended up with an axe to grind and a story to tell. Luckily, through all the craziness along the way, I took notes and it’s those notes that helped me write Intimacy: How to Get More of It and Sex: How to Get More of It.

It always seemed to me that people made life so much more difficult than necessary. Pride, game-playing, abject stupidity, thoughtlessness…all of these things combine to turn good people into lousy mates. So, I paid attention. I tracked what types of behavior and language could produce a genuine smile or a rolled eye or a shed tear. What I noticed was that in most cases, people responded to stimuli in a similar way. There are always going to be exceptions, but if the rule holds true 8 out of 10 times, then I thought I could put a checkmark next to it.

For example (and this is so very obvious to women and yet somehow not so much to a lot of men), if a husband/boyfriend/lover checks out another girl while he is with his significant other, at least 8 out of 10 times the girl gets angry. She may not say anything, but I’d see her eye twitch uncontrollably, or a grimace fly briefly across her mouth and I’d know she was at a minimum annoyed, at a maximum livid. I’d immediately think several things:

1. JERK!
2. Poor girl.
3. Why would he do that? Is he mentally challenged?
4. JERK! Oh, I already said that one.
5. How does he not know that is bad behavior? Someone should tell him. I’m going to tell him.

Sex: How to Get More of It and Intimacy: How to Get More of It both take a no holds barred approach to relationships for all of the men and women out there. What can you do or not do to bring joy to your significant other? How can you “work it” so that both of you are happy and getting what you need? The titles may be blunt, but I believe in getting straight to the point. Men typically want more sex. Women typically want more intimacy, security and love. These books unlock the mysteries on how to achieve all of that in, believe it or not, 20 easy steps.

Now, as for writing the cookbook…who would have guessed?? I’ve spent the vast majority of my life trying to avoid cooking! Then I met my hubby Grant who loves nothing more than spending 3 hours in the kitchen concocting some amazing dish that makes my mouth water as soon as I smell it. I must admit, that concept is as foreign to me as enjoying a root canal, but he simply loves cooking up a delicious meal.

When I began contemplating writing a cookbook, it occurred to me that Grant and I couldn’t be the only couple in the world that is made up of one cooking lover and one cooking hater (disliker? avoider?). And then, ah ha! That thought sparked an idea. How about if I write a cookbook that is half-written for people who enjoy spending time in the kitchen and half-written for people who wouldn’t mind never entering it again. That’s how Darn Good Eats: The Cookbook for Creative Chefs (hubby) and Reluctant Cooks (me) came into being. I figured this way, the cookbook would be perfect for anyone as it contains super easy recipes and fantastically complicated ones too. So whether you love to cook or hate it with a passion (but have to do it sometimes, even if it is against your will!) this cookbook has recipes for you!

Regardless of which books you get, I hope you enjoy them and that they make life a bit brighter, happier and fun. Hugs!

440 comments on “About Me

    • Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Thank you!!!! You are such a dear. How freaking cool. I’m going to go click on the link now. Really, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! :)

  1. It’s going to be a wild ride and an interesting journey going through your blog! Thanks for visiting and following Shadows. I am honored.

  2. Jodi, Thanks so much for following my blog. I’m honored and hope you find it a worthy read. Now, your topics are so much more interesting! I look forward to being informed and entertained. Thanks, Jamie

    • Hi pretty Jamie! What a beautiful profile picture! :) It’s my pleasure to follow your blog! Your topics are wonderful. I’m glad we can get to know each other. :)

  3. Looking forward to reading your Blog and hope you will enjoy mine. Always nice to share a little insanity her, keeps ya from going crazy!

  4. Hi,

    Thanks for signing up for my blog! If you’d like the report on the 7 most useful books for writing fiction please email me at lpobryan@googlemail.com and I will send it.

    I can’t find your email address anywhere!

    I hope you enjoy my blog posts and I look forward to any comments you make.

    All the best from a writer in Ireland.

    • Hi Laurence! Thank you so much for stopping by! Ireland? How cool. I’m in Arizona and I miss the green landscape I grew up in. I bet I’d love Ireland!

      While I’m a non-fiction writer, I’d love your list of books. Do you have it in your blog somewhere?

      Thanks again for stopping by and I wish you much luck and success with your books!

  5. Good day ,Jodi,thank you for browsing through my blog,I wish your book will hit the top ten list .i was a teacher ,my son is a teacher.thanks again ………………………..best regards’.J MICHAEL SABBAGH

    • Visiting your blog is my pleasure! Thanks for the kind wishes. :) They are much appreciated!

      What kind of teachers? Teaching is such a wonderful profession. I’m sure both you and your son are/were amazing teachers.

  6. Hi Jodi! Saw you ‘followed’ Letters For Our Daughters and came by to see what you were up to; what a great blog you have! Love your attitude and think you’d have some really powerful messages to contribute to the project; would you be willing to submit a letter? Drop me a line at lettersforourdaughters [at] gmail [dot] com and let me know your thoughts – would love to have you and your sass-mouth on board :)

    • Thank you so much!!! I’m so happy you enjoy the blog and I’d love to talk with you about adding my sass-mouth to your project! I’ll email you this weekend and we can chat! :) Hugs!

  7. Hey Jodi,

    I got to say that you have an amazing blog. So far, I’ve read like 8 of your posts. I’m hooked. I love your writing style very much. Not only is it refreshing but it’s also funny as hell. Any new updates with your mother’s situation? I think it’s great that you’ve published two books and working on your third. I’ve always wanted to write my own book but I could use all the help I can get. Any tips for this newbie? And thank you for following my blog. It means a lot to me!!

    Yours sincerely,
    -Robert

    • Hi Robert! You are so sweet!! I’m so happy that you like my sass-mouth blogs!! :) And it’s my pleasure to follow yours!

      As for book writing, what kinds of books do you want to write? Fiction, non-fiction? What’s your passion, my new friend?

      • I love coming up with mystery/suspense plots. However, the quest for purpose and happiness in life is my goal nowadays. I guess fiction can wait until I have a family and kids. We don’t want to bore them to sleep now, or do we?

      • Oooohhhh…I LOVE mystery/suspense books! That’s what I usually read. :)

        Your quest is the perfect quest. It’s actually what my 3rd books is being written about: how to find happiness and/or how to rid your life of all the muck so that happiness is even an option.

        I think it’d be great for you to jot down any and all fiction ideas you have even if you don’t have the family/kids yet. When you do have them, life may just be too busy at that point! It may be that 3 years down the line you’ll be reading over some of your old ideas and think, “That’s IT! That’s the book I want to write!”

        I wish you much luck!! Writing is a huge challenge, but liberating and wonderful as well. Hugs!

  8. Hi Jodi! Thanks for following. I am just getting started and it’s nice to have encouraging people around already :)
    -Also loooooooove what you are doing here- I will be back!

    • You are VERY welcome for the follow, my dear! We bloggers have to stick together. Really happy you are enjoying the posts. It makes me happy to make others giggle. Hugs!

  9. Good day Jodi,thank you for your reply , my son teaches English,he just got his Masters.I am a journalist and teach Arabic language..I just retired ,but l love music and l love to write ,, what could help the reader to understand few things about the world we live in, and about the Middle East, where l grow up. Best regards.

    • Tell your son he has a kindred spirit in America as I used to teach English too! :) Wow, Arabic–that has to be a difficult language to teach. I wish I was bi-/multi-lingual like you. I’m jealous!!

      Take care and thanks again for visiting with me. :)

  10. I stumbled on over here out of curiosity, since you’re the first person to follow my blog who isn’t actually related to me. Happy to say you are now the first person on my blogroll. LOVE LOVE LOVE your sassy snappy blog.

    • Awww…bliss!!! Thank you!!! I’m so glad my sass mouth doesn’t horrify you. :) I’m really glad you are here; thank you for dropping by. I hope that many more people find your blog and love it too. :) Hugs!

  11. I am a DC gal, transplanted to the Midwest. Our twinnies will tell you that when I get angry the DC accent comes out!!!! And I know about that Ballmyrrh accent

    • Another transplant! :) It took me a few years to drop the weird accent. My sister still has it, now with a dash of Nashville thrown in. It always makes me smile when I hear it.

      Next time you get all riled up, hit record on your phone–I’d love to hear that “Ballmyrrh” (perfect spelling by the way) come out! ;)

    • I love a good typo!!! I have a new laptop and I have to press the keys super hard to actually type a letter. I noticed that on my website I had “to” for “too” more than once. I was horrified!!! :) Typos are welcome here.

      Thanks for dropping by!

  12. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and offering your words of kindness and support. It was very much appreciated!

  13. Hi Jodi,
    I just thought I would say thanks for following my blog. When I saw that you are a writer, I got interested. I see you have been published twice. I was wondering if you had any advice for a first time author? How did you get published? I’m very interested in your opinion on the subject. Please let me know.

    Best Regards.

    • Hi Writer’s Dream World!

      My pleasure to follow your blog. :)

      Advice for a first-time author…stick to your guns about the content of your book. My books are sarcastic, funny and straight to the point. I made sure to write them exactly as I wanted them. Too many cooks in the kitchen… :) Also, make sure you have a great marketing plan. Hire a publicist or agent to help you out. You could have the best book in the world, but if no one knows it exists, then it can be heartbreaking for the author who poured everything of themselves into it.

      I wish you much luck with your book! What are you writing? Fiction? Non-fiction?

      Take care,
      Jodi

  14. Hi Jodi,
    Thanks for getting back to me so fast. Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it. To answer your question, I write fiction(fantasy romance). It’s true, if no one reads the book it’s all gone to the wind. How can I make people listen? Did you get an agent to help you? Can you recommend someone reliable? I’ve looked and looked and I just got a bunch of information and don’t know how to use it. Well, except for the blog idea. :) I am glad I got to meet another author.
    Keep in touch.

    Best Regards. :)

    • Hi again! Social networking is important, so Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, StumbledUpon, your blog, your own website (with a name that is easy to spell) are all important. Sometimes overwhelming, but important. Also, sign up for a site called Help a Reporter Out. With your genre their may not be a ton of stuff, but it’s a site where reports of all types reach out for experts in all fields. I’ve gotten several radio shows from it. Also, sign up for Blogtalkradio.com and look at all the different shows available. I’m certain there will be some that focus on your genre. You can contact them and send them excerpts from your book and try to get on their show. Sign up for Goodreads.com, shelfari.com, genrebuds.com too. You just want your name out there as much as humanly possible. You have to become a marketing machine. I lose my friggin mind sometimes with it, but it’s all worth it in the end when someone tells me my books saved their marriage. All that hard work pays off with one sentence from a happy reader.

      Good luck!!!

  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am kind of amazed that you are following it. You have a wonderful sense of humor. Curious as to how you happened upon my blog. I always thought it was kind of obscure. Thanks again and I look forward to your posts

    • You are very welcome! I found you by trolling around on the new post listings on the WordPress topics page. When I see something interesting I just have to follow! I guess that makes me a sheep. Oh well, it could be worse. ;)

  16. Hello, thanks for popping over and following my blog Shedding The Kilos :) means alot to me. I’m going to continue having a nosey around your blog hehe :) have a good day

    • You are welcome!!! And completely cute. Awww…shucks. ;)

      Thank you for the sweetness! I really appreciate it. Your blog is great!!! I think you are doing a wonderful job. :)

  17. Hey thanks for stopping by and liking my recipe. I am glad to have stopped by in return. You are an authour and by the sound of it : a loud one :) I am an aspiring writer with a lot to say, a variety of topics to write about and fear of rejection that holds me prisoner! Interesting combination :) Hope you try the recipe, it really does kick butt :)

  18. Thanks for deciding to follow my blog. Your the 50th person to follow me through WP! Woohoo!

    Looking forward to discovering you blog more :-)

  19. Hi Jodi, just want to say thanks for the “like” and following on my blog. I also love your blog..very interesting reads. I’ve been reading some to my husband and he loves it too. Looking forward to reading some more topics from you.

  20. Hi Jodi, Thanks for stopping by my site. You have really interesting blog posts and I should go now because I’m spending too much time here … good stuff. Will be back soon. :)

    • How adorable are you??? :) Thank you!!! I’m about to settle in for movie-time with the hubby, but I’ll definitely do this tomorrow.

      You are such a doll and I really appreciate it! :) And I’m so happy you enjoy my blog. That means a great deal to me. Looking forward to getting to know YOU better. :)

      • Ah, movie nights. We have a standing Friday night Pizza and Sci Fi date at my house. Hope it was a good one!

  21. neat blog! thanks for following my daily brainfarts to Ellen DeGeneres…looks like we both think life should be enjoyed and not just “lived!” be well!

  22. Hi Jodi, thank you for dropping by my blog. I love what you have on your blog. :) I will be coming back to read more!

  23. Jodi, thank you for coming to Gwichyaa Zhee. It is most kind of you to show interest in our Arctic life. It definitely turns at a slower pace than you (or I, once upon a time) are used to. Best wishes in your blogging. Seems you are widely loved and appreciated.

      • Fort Yukon. Find Fairbanks, then look 150 miles north and a hair to the east, eight miles north of the Arctic Circle on the big bend in the Yukon River. Don’t look for roads, there aren’t any, just find the river and look for the bend.

      • That sounds awesome! I love the cold. And that is COLD cold!!! I was in Soldotna years ago and loved it. We got trapped in the house because a moose and her kid were hanging out in the front yard. To me, that is the definition of heaven!! :) Enjoy those never-ending days!!

  24. First of all, thank you for visiting and following my blog. I appreciate that a lot. :-) I am pleased to meet you and know about your blog. I look forward to more of your posts.

  25. Jodi,
    I’m so glad you stopped by and thanks for the follow. I’m thrilled to find another open window to crawl through and this one looks to be lots of fun. Can’t wait to explore!
    Rhonda

  26. thanks so much for following my Not in India 2012 blog and hope you’ll have the time to explore it further. Perhaps you’ll find something to help you in some small way along your own life journey. Which seems extremely interesting from what I see in a quick glance at your blog. Will be exploring here further as well.
    with love light and JOY

  27. Thanks Jodi for stopping by my blog and the “like” on my recent post. I like your straight- talking approach. As a visual artist, I like the round-about approach to expressing my point. I will be follwing your work. Stop back by my blog. You may find my work inspirational and interesting.
    Walter

  28. So glad you came by, saw, and liked! Now, I am able to come, see, and LIKE!! Love your blog, your approach and the fact that I too was an 80’s rocker chic that donned Farrah Fawcett hair, shoulder pads, and all that wonderful 80’s stuff … in other words – I relate sooooo … I will follow! :D

  29. Hi Jodi, Thanks so much for coming by my blog. I’ve poked around your cyber-home and just love it! As for the 80’s – I still remember the steps to The Hustle – not sure I have the stamina to make through Ladies Night.

    • Hi Anita! You are very welcome! It’s always nice finding new blogs I like. :) I’m so happy you like mine too! I think I’m going to have to drive my hubby crazy by doing The Hustle around him all day long. ;) As for ladies night–I can do that maybe once every 6 months! I don’t have the stamina either. ;)

  30. Hi Jodi and thank you for your visiting my writing project! Hopefully, you can provide some insight in the relationship between my main character and the woman he lost, insight you are invited to provide!

  31. Those books sound amazing. I liked the discussion you started on emotional affairs. Would love to have heard the show.
    Thanks for following my blog.

    • Thank you, transitionscoachingcayman! (Wow, that’s a lot to type!) :)

      I’ve really enjoyed writing the books and have had such amazing feedback–sometimes reading it makes me all sappy. I’m writing 2 more books now and hope that people embrace them as much as the first 2. Oh, and the radio show on Emotional Affairs isn’t until June 4th at 9:00pm Eastern on Cougar Chat Radio. You can still tune in or listen to the podcast once it’s finished. :) Have a good one!

  32. Greetings! I just stopped by to say hello and really appreciate that you follow my blog. By the way you have a very interesting blog. Be well!

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  34. Hey there!
    I’ve nominated you for a blogger award! http://abetteryeartoabetterlife.com/2012/06/01/oh-hey-girl-im-certified-versatile/
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  35. Thank you for checking out my blog! I am also a teacher, uh…former teacher…teacher in recovery. I’m not sure, but I want to keep writing. I enjoyed your blog.

    • HOLY MOLY!!!!! Thank you sooooo much!!!! I really appreciate it. Dangit, now my heart is all warm and fuzzy. ;) I will definitely do a post this weekend about it. Sincerely, thank you… :)

  36. It’s been good to find your blog…all the way from ‘down under’! I think a good subject for a book may be HOW to find a significant other – people often just assume that everyone has one – it aint that easy! :(

    • Hi isowhey ian! I’m so happy we are blog friends now. :) How to find a significant other is SOOOOOO hard!!!!! It took me 37 years to find the right one and I certainly broke some of the rules along the way. I think that’s why I shy away from writing about the “how.” I’m not even sure I know how. ;) Thanks for dropping by!

  37. Thank you for visiting my blog site and liking one of my posts (the one about Blogging! yes!) Thank you also for alerting me to your work in the so-called blogging world. Happy postings!

  38. Hi I really like the looks of your blog! I wanted to say thank you for following my blog :) I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog!

  39. Jodi, in return for your kind support of my blog, I am thinking of you as an ex-80’s rocker chick, teacher and author, as per your demands. Already, I am obtaining measurable benefits. Am clicking the “Subscribe” button…right…NOW!

  40. thanks for stopping by and looking at my blog, i am now following you , hopefully i can learn a thing or two about writing , then again who know’s, for me blogging is a form of anger management and forced brain activity, ha ha , and your blog is very interesting !

  41. You are absolutely an enlightened spirit! I would’ve found you eventually I’m sure, but you found me first and I’m honored to have someone who cherishes humor and grammar on the same unspoken levels I do following my blog. I’m excited to follow your cynically witty journey and thrilled to have you on board for mine!

    • OOOhhhh!!! “Cynically witty journey,” is about the coolest thing I’ve ever read about my own ramblings! I’m so tickled. :) Thank you so much for the kind words. It is great to have a new friend out there in blog-land.

      I love a grammar-conscious person too. :) I try not to have typos, though I will admit to occasionally making up my own words or speaking in hideous slang because it’s fun. :) Thank you so much for joining me here. Glad to meet you!

  42. Jodi,

    Thank you for liking and following our blog “The Two Bruces”. We’ve looked at your and have decided that Bruce needs your help fast so I suggested he start reading your blog immediately. I’ll do the same to make sure he’s doing his “homework”!

    We hope you continue to enjoy our blog as we will yours.

    Bruce and Bruce

    • Well hi, Bruce and Bruce! ;)

      I love the idea of one Bruce telling another Bruce to read my blog. I don’t know why, but that totally tickles me. :) Tell him no ice cream after dinner if he doesn’t do his homework. ;)

      Thanks for following and and I’m glad we met up in this crazy blogging world. Always nice to meet new friends. :) (PS: I like happy faces, in case you can’t tell.)

    • You crack me up!!! It’s lovely meeting you too. :) Ain’t nothing wrong with the sex part!! :) I sneak in a few tricks for the ladies to get more action too. ;) Sex isn’t just for the boys!

  43. I love your writing style! I leave your blog with a smile every time I make it over here! Keep on keeping on, there are people who hang on your every word :)

  44. Thanks for the blog love. :) Really appreciate it!

    I just started readin’ yours and I just love, love, love it.
    Oh, and did I mention that I just LOVE yor blog ;)

    Nikki

  45. Thank you Jodi for checking out my blog. You seem to be involved in a lot of things like me, but right now I don’t have time for my music or any other writing. Making a living and writing the Scrip-Bit Blog takes up most of my time. I like your open personality. That’s the best way to be. Keep doing what you like to do, once you do it well (smile) cause not too many of us can do that. Hope to hear from you again. Till then, Much LOVE!

    • Hi Randy! You are very welcome! I love finding cool new blogs to explore. :)

      Like you, I’m insane busy! My brain hurts for it most days. At least I can say that life is never boring. Thanks for the sweet words and I hope you have a wonderful day! :) Hugs!

  46. Top of the mahning to ya, Jodi,
    I’m not truly Irish, I guess it’s somewhere in my lineage (maiden name is McCarthy). Thanks for visiting my blog, casuallyspeaking, I appreciate it! Your piece about your Dad was beautiful, it makes me remember my mom (she passed in 1977), it spoke to a special place in my heart. Lastly, congratulations on your book—I hope you enjoy the journey!

    • With a maiden name like McCarthy, you can “top of the morning” it all day long and get away with it! ;) It was my pleasure visiting your blog.

      Thanks for the kind words about my post. I’m sorry you lost your mommy. It’s so hard to lose a parent.

      Oh, and thanks for the congrats on the books. :) I’ve been so pleased by the response they’ve been getting. It warms my heart. :) Have a great week!

  47. Good Morning (id est, EDST) Jodi,

    You blog is wonderful, and your sense of humor is…well…funny.

    I was pleased to receive an email notifying me that you’re following my blog. Thank you–was it something I writ?

    Marty

    P.S. Would it be possible for you to post a photo of your furry little toes? This would also please me.

    • Good evening to you! :) Thank you so much!! What a sweet thing to say. I’m glad you think it’s funny. I love making people chuckle. :)

      It was my pleasure to follow your blog. Every few days I scan new posts and when someone catches my eye, I follow. It’s great meeting new blogging buddies. :) As for the toes…well, I do an annual Christmas paint job on them. I’m sure I’ll do it again this year. When I do, you will see my furry little mutant toesies! ;)

  48. Good Afternoon (id est, EDST) Jodi,

    I was pleased to receive an email that notified me that you are following my blog. Thank you…was it something I writ?

    You have a wonderful site and your sense of humor is…well…stimulating. I have you saved on my favorites bar.

    Thank you, Jodi. If you enjoy the few posts I write half as much…no, no,no, a third as much…no, no, wait…a tenth as much as I enjoy yours, you’ll might find strolling down the adult diaper isle @ Costco time well spent.

    Marty

    P.S. If you would post a photograph of your ‘furry little toes,’ that would please me, as well.

    • You are pretty dang funny, new friend!!! :) You make me blush. :) I’m really happy you enjoy my wicked, sarcastic sense of humor. I’m sure some people would like to push me off a bridge. ;)

  49. I have nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award and hope you will accept my appreciation. If you choose not to go ahead with the award process, please feel free. It was important for me to help others find their way to your wonderful blog and my way of saying “thank you” for taking the time to share. :-)
    with love light and JOY

    • You are very welcome, huffygirl! Thanks for the well-wishes. I’ve been very happy with all the new people I’ve met. This blog, though still in its infancy, has been very fun and crazy so far. :) Have a good one!

  50. hi Jodi,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, what an honor! I returned the favor and so glad I did. You are my kind of chick! I’m happily going to check out your books now too!
    Thanks!

    • You are so cute, Kristin!! It was my pleasure. :) Thanks so much for following me back. I love meeting cool new people. :) I hope you love the books!! :) Please let me know what you think. Have a wonderful week and thanks again for dropping by. :) Hugs!

  51. Hi, Jodi! You’ve got some interesting books here. :) I look forward to reading more of your works. Anyway, I just want to thank you for taking the time to read and like one of my entries. Even more, I’d like you to know that I am grateful and blessed that a great author like you followed my blog. Wow! I must have written something wonderful. To God be all the glory! May our amazing God continue to bless you, your family, and the work of your hands! :)

    • Hi again! I just saw this comment after your other one. Thanks for the sweetness. Both my books and my blog are mouthy, but it all comes from the heart. I’m glad I found your blog. It is simply lovely meeting you. ;) May your family be blessed as well. :)

  52. Wow Jodi- I stopped by to say thanks for visiting my blog and was blown away by how many others you popped in on in addition to my blog! You are one busy lady when you decide to go exploring through new postings… I love it! Have added you to our list to follow and checked out your FB page. Hope you will check ours out: https://www.facebook.com/the.3.funky.divas I have several blogs and must admit sometimes I get so busy I forget to keep up my entries but have decided to make it a priority in addition to teaching digital design and working on my doctorate in educational leadership. But the Divas WordPress Website and blog is one that I try to update or revise frequently so hope you will stop by again. I will be back to read more from you!

    • Hi Kvalunas! I am a blog reading maniac some days! :) Plus, when the hubby is out of town, I have too much time on my hands, so checking out blogs keeps me busy.: :) I just liked your FB page. Please don’t hesitate to click Like on mine. :)

      You and I both are in education. How cool! I used to teach HS English and have been in educational technology for about 16.5 years. :) Good luck on your doctorate. That’s a LOT of work! Great meeting you! :)

      • I just noticed you said you were in the educational technology field. I got my Master’s degree from University of Florida and am going use my degree as an instructional designer as a missionary in Europe. What do you do in the ed tech field?

      • I’m an instructional designer right now! :) Mostly, I’ve done educational television. Everything from teaching content and software to kids through teaching teachers and parents. I decided to get away from the on-camera stuff for a while as I’m so sick of putting on makeup I could die! ;) The ID job has been fun. While doing the educational tv, I also built a bunch of educ websites and other platform stuff, so the ID job fits right in with my skill set.

        What you are doing sounds phenomenal!!! Where in Europe are you going? How exciting!! :)

      • I’m glad to hear that you have enjoyed ID. I have not officially done any of that stuff yet. I taught Middle school for 7 years 9glad that’s over!) and am now raising financial support to get over to Europe as soon as possible. I will be headed to Kandern, Germany which is almost where France, Switzerland and Germany meet. I am so excited to use my talents in general, but it is even more awesome since it is for God!

  53. I forgot to say… I loved your Father’s Day message and thoughts about your dad! I lost my dad to cancer some 20 years ago and he is also in heaven- having a grand father’s day no doubt with my husband and their Heavenly Father! We sure are blessed to know that they are in a better place and that someday we will get to see them again- whole and without disease or anything wrong!!!

    • Thank you so much. I’m so sorry you lost your dad and your husband. My goodness. That is too much… But you are so right when you say we are blessed to know they are happy in Heaven and that we get to see them again some day. :) That part is the silver lining. :)

  54. Thanks for liking our article on modern or standard mirrors, we are always trying to write engaging and inspiring articles. Your blog is engaging in completly different subject matter and i’ve really enjoyed reading through it. I’ll be sure to keep coming back and having a read.

    • Hi Kingsbathroom! You are very welcome. :) We are going to be redoing one of our bathrooms in the next year or so, so I’m always out there looking at stuff. Thanks for the great info and I’m really happy you enjoyed my blog too. It’s always a bit crazy over here. :)

  55. Hi Jodi,

    Thanks for stopping on my blog. I’m flattered that some as accomplished as you liked it. Would love to hear any of your thoughts as I’m relatively new to blogging :) Really enjoyed reading your blog, your sass and wit is delightful :)

    • Hi Zee! It was my pleasure stopping by your blog! You are far too kind. :) You know, the very best advice I can ever give on blogging is to be a real as possible, respond to every comment you get (if possible) and never try to write anything with a hidden agenda. People can always tell if an agenda is lurking around the corner. I don’t think you have anything to worry about in those regards, though. :)

      I’m actually new to blogging too. I’ve only been doing it for about 3 months. So I’m still learning a lot too. I probably make horrible mistakes all the time! ;) Good luck and I’m really happy you enjoyed my crazy blog!

  56. Hello. I was stopping by to say thank you for the follow and support. I appreciate it. It’s nice to see writers visiting me as well. Just wish I had more to offer them. Maybe they could write about what I post? Who knows lol.

  57. Hey,

    Must honestly say I was drawn in by your title “Author” in front of your name. Before investigating your site I jumped into Google and briefly looked you up.. I could not find a legitimate email address and, since I murdered my Facebook contacting you seemed a little worrisome.

    soooo, Long story short let me first address your blog background.. Props on the creativity through Microsoft paint.. A lot of people pay for what can be easily created with a little time and it does not draw away from the main focus of the site. .

    I am currently looking for a cougar as much as minimum wage sucks, paying rent,going to school, and keeping up with any type of social life can be completely exhousting! Totally joking about half of that but, I wanted to say thank you for subscribing. My writing seems a little distant from yours so what ever you found appealing in it muchas gracias! :)

    -Luke

    • Hi Luke! Yeah, if you google me I’m freaking everywhere. It’s kinda creepy! ;)

      I used to have my email address on my website, but got yelled at for doing so, so I took it down. I figure there are a zillion other ways to contact me, here being a great one. Thanks for the blog background sweetness. I actually did it in Photoshop so that I could easily have varying opacity on the red stripes. I agree with you that it’s easy to do stuff like that on your own…no need to pay people.

      Hope you find your cougar as your life does sound quite busy! ;)

      Have a great weekend.

  58. I really appreciate the “like” you gave my Father’s Day post. Thanks!
    I appreciate it even more after seeing what you’re about. Thanks, again! :)

  59. Jodi Ambrose. I really enjoy your posts. Actually, to say ‘I really enjoy your posts’ is quite possibly the under statement of the year – I think they’re mazaing! Which is why I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Just follow this link… http://wp.me/p24LWs-6l that should hopefully help you acquire it. Enjoy!

  60. Regarding Monty Python, a funny story. But you need to get an updated movie life. Try Rock of Ages especially if you lived through the 70s and 80s. It is hilarious. Keep in mind it is supposed to be a musical.
    Mike

    • I saw Rock of Ages and thoroughly enjoyed it. Just like I did the movie Rock Star. :) The reason I posted about MP was that my hubby and I were having a discussion about it and I just could not figure out why on earth people (men, mostly) were so addicted and fascinated by it. At least I learned I’m not the only girl who’s not a fan.

  61. Dear Jodi,

    Thank you for being a bff (boyfriend factory friend)

    Congratulations on all of your success, I think your blog is incredible and I am happy to have found it.

    Thank you also for following my blog and I hope that you will tell all of your friends and followers about the factory so that we can open the doors for as many people as possible

    Ty

  62. I am enormously happy, for I had read. Nothing could ever be the same. I have drunk at the clear and pure waters and my thirst appeased. I have seen the Light. I have felt compassion which heals all trifles and anguish; it is not only for me, but for the humans. Love in all its glory is fascinating and my heart can never be closed. I am intoxicated by joy and Eternal Beauty. I am love intoxicated. Beauty is absolute order, but most of us have not that sense of beauty in our lives. We may be great artists, great painters, expert in various things, but in our own daily life, with all the anxieties and miseries, we live, unfortunately, a very disordered and derogatory life. We have our own problems, struggles, pain, anxieties and the rest of it. We are asking, is it possible to live in complete order within, not force discipline, control, but to find out the nature of this disorder, what are the reasons, and to drive out, move away, wash away the source. Then there is an existing order in life. Independence and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is do business, a thing to buy in the market; it is not feeling affection for. To love is not to anticipate whatever thing in return; not even to experience that you are benevolent to something—and it is only such love that can know freedom…I am intimate, secure and in love with humans.

    • You are very welcome! My pleasure. :) And yes, we have some crazy times here, no doubt about it. :) Thank you so much for dropping by.

  63. Hi, Jodi, there’s a lot of fun happening on your blog :) Got you on my reader now. Thanks for following my blog. I’m so new at this WordPress stuff and was so surprised that someone found me but you did. Let’s blog away.

    • We are crazy here over on my blog! :) You are very welcome for the follow. Every once and a while I prowl around looking for new blogs and I came across yours. :) Good luck with your blogging. It sure can be fun!

  64. Hi Jodi, Thanks for coming by to visit Where the BlueBoots Go. Hope you enjoy reading and coming along for the stories and more :). It looks like you’re growing as a person and chasing your dreams enthusiastically from what I see on the blog -awesome work! Congratulations on scoring a segment on WGN – I grew up in Chicago and am happy to hear that!

    • You are very welcome!!! My pleasure to drop by your blog. I love meeting new blog buddies. :) Thanks for the congrats on the WGN TV spot. I’m soooooo excited!!! Chicago is awesome. I’ll be there most of December on business. Good thing I like cold weather. :)

  65. Hello. Thank you for visiting our little blog. I’m always curious about the readers so I thought I’d take a look at your corner of the WP universe. While our blog might look as your typical naughty stories blog at first glance, it’s more of a journal; a documentary of the journey we’re on. Thank you for the follow! You seem like an interesting lady I’d like to learn more about.

    • Hi Karen! You are very welcome. I love finding cool new blogs to follow. :) I hope you enjoy the insanity over here on my blog. We gab about everything under the sun. It is a land of filter-free mouthiness. :) Hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for visiting. :)

  66. Hi Jodi, just popped by to say thanks for checking out my blog. I totally love your frank and funny style of writing, it’s great, will definitely be back for more!

  67. I will have to look into your cookbook!! That sounds awesome. What a great combination to put together an easy/hard cookbook. So many couples are in yalls shoes with one hating to cook and the other loving too. Like you said though, at some point we all have to do it! :)

    • Awww…thank you! It’s a fun cookbook–I didn’t want to put some dry thing out there that didn’t have any giggles in it. Especially since the idea of me cooking, in and of itself, is laughable!

      I hope you love it and find a bunch of super-easy things to cook that are also totally yummy! :)

  68. Wow, you’re a beautiful, sophisticated young woman with so much inspiration overwhelming my hopeless romantic mind. I am so glad I stopped by! I wish the best of luck in all your blogging endeavors for 2013. Take care, love.

  69. Hi Jodi,
    I’ve decided to follow any WordPress members who commented on or liked my past posts, in an effort to be more community minded. Don’t feel compelled to hit me back, but if you do I hope you enjoy and say hi.
    bcpkid (pettiplays)

  70. Hey there…
    Just dropping you a note to say “I hope my Blog didn’t over load your inbox recently’.”
    I think I had something set wrong and as I was creating a post it may have sent out an email to every “follower” of my blog as I made changes. If this happened to you, I am so sorry.
    And in case I haven’t said so yet…Thanks for stopping by my site.

  71. Thanks for the follow, Jodi; it’s quite an honor! I’m new at this, so I’ve got a lot to learn. I like your style, sass mouth and all! Funny always wins me over, so I’ll be joining. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Hi there! Thank you for coming by this way too! :) It’s lovely meeting new blog buddies.

      I’m glad my sass mouth didn’t send you running. Drop by any time. Have a good weekend yourself! :)

  72. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog and subscribing to it! I’m a newbie to blogging and am still learning so much about blogging, that I was so surprised and happy when I found out I have a follower already. How did you find me?? I’m adding your books to my Summer Reading List!! :) Happy Thursday!!
    ~Violet

    • Hi Violet! Congrats on being so new to blogging! It can be a great deal of fun and goodness knows I’ve met some pretty wonderful people. I wish you all the luck in the world!

      I’d love to tell you how I found you, but your comment is coming up as being posted by Anonymous, so I don’t know what blog you are from. I’m sure you wrote something that caught my eye and made me think, or giggle, or ponder. Those usually grab my attention.

      I sure hope you enjoy the books! They are playful and fun and from what I’ve been told, actually work. :) Big hug to you, new friend! :)

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  75. Augh! I was thinking the other day that I hadn’t read anything from you in a while and I found out somewhere along the line I wasn’t following you any more. :( I don’t know how that happened, but I am back and beg you to forgive my unexcused absences. :)

    • WHAT??? WHAT??? NO forgiveness! Off with your head! ;)

      Quite okay, my dear. I was on vacation and then came home with the plague. I’m just today feeling human again, so I haven’t been around much lately myself. I hope all is wonderful and happy with you! Hugs!

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