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Friday, November 8, 2013

Interrogation 101 With Hilary

Some business to see to before we get started. Go on over to Norma's blog for a sneak peek at a work in progress, something that's taking a lot of courage for her to say. And have a look if you will at our joint blog for a humour image post we're calling So That's What They Mean By Traditional Marriage?

Now then, there are questions to be faced today...

No, not those kind of questions....

Not that question either.

For quite awhile I've been following Hilary at Feeling Beachie. She and her husband live out on Long Island with their feline overlord and mistress Lucy, and she's got a book out called Dangled Carat, which you can find at Amazon. It's the story of she and her husband, a look at how they got together and how she converted a commitment phobic dude (Marc) into husband material. Here's a bit about it:

Hilary had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship—why rush into things? She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn’t ready—and their friends’ meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year’s Eve that brought their relationship to an inevitable turning point. In this relatable, lighthearted, and playful memoir, Hilary reminisces about her life before Marc—from the insecure and awkward teenage years she spent in a back brace and dealing with the loss of her father, to her early relationships and, finally, to the day she met Marc and realized that she really wanted to see him again. Through their first date—even though Hilary was technically seeing someone else at the time—and the ease of their early time together until Marc first decided that they were moving too quickly, up until that fateful New Year’s Eve, Hilary shares the details of their relationship and how Marc’s inability to commit led her to find an inner strength and confidence she didn’t know she possessed. For anyone who has ever dated a commitment-phobe, who has found their patience wearing thin with the one they love, or who has sat around wondering if he is ever going to pop the question while trying to remain the very picture of patience and grace, Hilary's humorous and honest story will hit home.

Each Friday she has a co-host with her blog, a Friday blog hop in which she takes four statements with places to fill in the blanks, and fills them in. This week she's asked me to co-host. So go on over to her blog when you're done here, check out her answers for this week, and if you don't already have her on follow, do so! She's a lot of fun. Besides, her Lucy is such an adorable ultimate form of life on the planet.

The Divine Miss Lucy

So then, here we go...

1. I can't believe that _______
2. To celebrate _____ I ______
3. The meaning of life is _______
4. I can't stand _________

And my answers:

1. I can't believe that fans of the Maple Leafs continue to delude themselves into believing their team will ever win a championship again. Give it up, people!
2. To celebrate a good day's climb I start thinking how to get down.
3. The meaning of life is best found while sitting at the top of the cliff, enjoying the breeze against your face.
4. I can't stand idiot ex-brothers-in-law (hello, Mike, you blowhard buffoon)

Go on over to Hilary and say hello! And one more item to see to before I go...

Over at Amazon, you can find Friday Girls by Cathy Olliffe-Webster, and starting today, for five days, it's free for downloads as an ebook. Here's a bit about it:

If Friday wasn't already your favourite day of the week, it will be after you've read Friday Girls.

Every Thursday night for more than a year, author Cathy Olliffe-Webster sat down in front of her computer and wrote a story for #FridayFlash, an Internet meme that involves some of the finest writers in the world. Stories are written and posted on blogs, where other writers (and fans of their work) can read, enjoy, and comment. It's a friendly, positive atmosphere and it encourages writers to stretch their literary muscles.

Cathy's stories took on a life of their own and she began to think of them as her "Friday Girls," mainly because they were published on Fridays, but also because they were usually about "girls."

These are stories that will touch your heart, make you smile, make you cry, make you think. They're just like you, the Friday Girls. They're just like all of us.  

Cathy can be found at her blog Cold Lake Cathy. She's a fellow Canuck, and she's a great deal of fun. I will be back on Sunday with a Remembrance Day blog. See you then!


  1. You've been holding out on me, partner! I know Hilary and the Divine Miss Lucy (I'm promoting her book as well), but you never gave me any links to Cathy's blog! I shall have to check it out!

    Only you would have to have illustrations to accompany your answers....

  2. Oh cool. Thanks for the linkage. I agree with the meaning of life comment. Staring at a stormy ocean usually puts it all into perspective for me too!

  3. hahahahahahahaha... I didn't know the mayor of Toronto was your Brother in Law !

    cheers, parsnip

  4. Commitment phobic! hmm, methinks that may apply to more than a few men William and yes some women also :)I think Hilary's book will hit home to and help a lot of women!

  5. "hello, Mike, you blowhard buffoon"

    HAHAHAHAHAHA....Love it! I'm telling you, we need a blog post about your distasteful ex-brother-in-law. :D

  6. Picking on our poor Leafs and their fans! This could be the year. ;-)

  7. Thanks for the shout-out, William! I sincerely appreciate it! oxoxo And do you love cats or what???

  8. @Norma: now you know about Cathy!

    @PK: that's a good alternative too!

    @Parsnip: well, no, but Mike would probably think Rob Ford is a genius...

    @Grace: it no doubt will!

    @Diane: I could do that!

    @RedPat: oh, it never will, just like the Cubbies will never win the World Series. Makes me think I should write A Day In The Life Of A Leafs Fan...

    @Cathy: oh, cats are such delightful higher forms of life!

  9. I'm glad I did not have to answer those questions. I would have been serious. Enjoyed as usual.

  10. Your cat pics are always hilarious.

  11. I love the cover of Friday Girls. Might need to check this out.

  12. #1 - I think you and I just became best friends!! I have to disown my own father for several months of the year when the Leaf fever is at it's worst.

  13. Jane says: Agree, one of life's greatest highs is hiking up a hill to a cliff and then sitting on top of that cliff with a cool breeze blowing on your face.

  14. William - I loved this post. I just had to walk my laptop over to the ex-commitment phobic dude and show it to him…. Lucy is holding court now that she is the ultimate life form…

  15. Love the sound of Hillary's book! And your answers made me chuckle :)

  16. Yay for the adorable Hilary! And all the best to Cathy too! Enjoy your cliff tops and planning how to get down! :-) Take care


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