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When the past haunts your present

22 Oct

“Why do you need two mascaras? They are identical,” I told Lumi, my sister the other day while at the mall.

“Cuz,” she said, moving to the next shelf and grabbing two bottles of shampoo. “When ones ends, I have another one handy.”

“But you can also go to the store and buy one when you run out of it, right?”

“That too, but I feel better having an extra one, for when time comes.”

I could’ve continued to argue with Lumi that buying two mascaras is a waste of money, potentially a waste of product if she’d have it stored for too long and it would dry out. Or chose to drop it, which I did because if anyone knows my sister, they also know, no one has ever won an argument with her. Like everrrrr. But I kept an eye on her and her buying habits and, at the end of the day I realized she has a problem: buying several of the same products, never just one.

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I know curiosity killed the cat (they say; I for one never seen a cat killed by that), but I had to know why, so after a day on our feet, and being 110% convinced my arms lengthen by at least a few inches because of all the bags we’ve carried, I teased Lumi, over a banana & nut blizzard, that maybe she needs help with her impulsive buying disorder.

Licking a spoonful of her ice cream, Lumi responded, “Do you remember living back home, in Romania? Do you remember the shortage on everything, the ratio food, the empty shelves and when they weren’t empty, the little that was there was of such bad quality that no one wanted it? Do you remember any of that?”

“I do, but what has that to do with the fact that you pack now like a squirrel on steroids?”

“It has everything to do with it,” Lumi said, lifting briefly her brown eyes at me, brown that when the sun shines, turns to green. “Communism scarred me. I used to tell myself if I ever have money and the possibility to live somewhere else, I will never go hungry, be cold, walk in bad shoes or wear terrible clothing. I used to tell myself I will never have nothing, but will have everything. And that to me means buy at least two of each product. It makes me feel . . . safe, covered, protected somehow.”

I laughed. “You definitely need a therapist.”

Later on when I got home, I unpacked my shopping bags and the more bags I emptied, the more I realized . . . I’m in the same boat as Lumi! I do buy at least two of the same product. I went to my closet, to my drawers, to my pantry and everywhere I looked, I found more and more proofs that I too am a shopaholic.

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And it got me thinking: am I crazy? Who in their right mind buys two of the same dress/shoes—not even in a different color, which might be an excuse, right? Why am I doing this?

Lumi’s earlier words came to mind and somehow they opened a flood of memories from my childhood back home in Romania. The constant fear of authorities, the poisoned indoctrination the Communist Party shoved down everyone’s throat but also the poverty . . . the constant hunger . . . the smothering feeling . . . the emptiness and helplessness I felt on a daily basis, with no hope things would get better.

And yet a lot has changed since then. I lived more than half my life under freedom and democracy, and for the past 13 years I made the U.S. my home, the best country ever (no offense, world!). A lot of the things I had witnessed/experienced during my life in Romania and under communism are just that, things from the past, a past I prefer not to remember too often for it mostly brings sad/bad memories. I also know that some of those things left scars and made me into the person that I am today. And I think for the most part I accept everything, except I would rather blame communism for my buying disorder (the other option would be to confess I pack like a squirrel on steroids and the image is not very appealing…).

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Book Blast–Blog This by Cami Checketts

11 Oct

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I’m A Reader Not A Writer TOURS presents:

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Blog This by Cami Checketts

Will protecting children throughout the world cost Natasha her own family?
Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot works to expose the dangers of Matthew Chrysler’s violent video games, succeeding in bankrupting and humiliating him.
Chrysler retaliates and sends a hit man after her. Natasha is forced to fake her own death to protect her children. But after witnessing another tragedy, Natasha must come out of hiding.
In a race against time, Natasha must expose Matthew Chrysler before his assassin shatters her world and those she loves.

Praise for Blog This

From the very first chapter, Blog This grabs your gut and your heart with surprising action and touching moments. Cami Checketts blends suspense, humor, and good clean romance into a story that will stick with you.
~Daniel Coleman, Author of Gifts and Consequences

LOVED it. LOVED it. LOVED it. Have read all of Cami’s books but Blog This is on the top of my list. Read it twice and enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read it. Just when you think you know what is going to happen you’re led into a different direction. Had a hard time putting the book down and was anxious to see how it was going to end.
~Elsa Akinason

 

Author Cami Checketts

Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction.

Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog: http://fitnessformom.blogspot.com.

Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn’t snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.

 

Dog-Eared Pages–your magical bookstore!

9 Aug

If you didn’t make any plans for this weekend, here a place you might want to check out. I’m talking about Dog-Eared Pages Bookstore located in 16428 N. 32nd Street, Suite 111, Phoenix, AZ 85032 (just south of Bell Road on the west side of 32nd Street). Melanie and Tom, the owners of this fantastic/magic/welcoming bookstore are celebrating the store’s 5th anniversary with tremendous prizes. It will help them a lot if you take the time and stop by. They need the support of all customers and you can be one of them!

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See below what I’m talking about and don’t forget to stop by!

A Rummage Anniversary Sale/Treasure Hunt

This is your chance to take your time and really browse the stacks.

We still have thousands of great books we put on the shelves the first year we opened. Instead of us pulling them off and putting them in the bargain room for $2.00/each, we’ve decided to let you have the fun instead.

Any used paperback book you find with our 2008 label is yours for 50¢!

Any used hardcover you find with our 2008 label is yours for $1.00!

Any rare and collectible book with our 2008 label is yours at a 50% discount!

Sale starts today and continues until August 31st.

It’s a win/win!

A great way to discover a new author to try out, and pick up that book you always meant to read, while you help us make room for new books.

Plus:  a top-secret list of a few of these 2008 books and if you happen to purchase one of them, you’ll get to draw for a special prize!

Come on in and help us celebrate surviving one of our toughest years ever. We couldn’t have done it without you. THANK YOU!

Maxine tells it like it is

14 Dec

Starting to panic…

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New York, New York–here I come!

8 Oct

Over the next few days I’ll be visiting New York. I’m so excited! I’ll be there with two of my dear friends authors Cindy C Bennett and Sherry Gammon to discuss business: the next best-seller, the next venture, the next cover, hero, plot. But not only that. We’ll roam the streets, eat delicious foods, see The Lion King musical, and of course, the mandatory shopping.

I promise to bring photos. Until then you all have a lovely week and don’t forget to smile–life is so darn good :)))))

Many go out for wool and come home shorn

1 Apr

I woke up this morning with a clear plan, pinning all items on my to-do-list: between loads of laundry, cooking and groceries shopping I’d answer e-mails, compose new posts for the blog and continue on the short story I have an upcoming deadline for. I had the energy of a locomotive freshly loaded with coals and nothing could stop me.

Back home in Romania we have a saying, which translated into English might not sound as interesting as in my native tongue, but I found something similar: Many go out for wool and come home shorn. The first change to the plan came in the morning when Patrick asked me if I want to go to B&N and hang out. Are you kidding me? No emails or mountains of laundry could stop me from doing  just that. So off we went. Shortly my niece joined us. I couldn’t been happier. By the time 2pm rolled in and Patrick needed to be at work I didn’t even look over my emails–everything could wait, my spending time with my son and niece no way!

While cooking dinner, my sister called and asked if I’m in the mood to go for a walk, maybe have a cup of tea together. Sure, I said. Emails, posts, chapters–oh, well. All can wait–my spending time with my sister doesn’t. I still have two loads of laundry, and now finally sit at the computer.

In looking back I could’ve not ask for a better day. And how was yours?

Ready

29 Jan

My virtual book tour for A World Apart begins tomorrow, January 30th. I should’ve gotten a mani and pedi. I should’ve had my hair done. I should’ve gone shopping for new outfits, after all I need to make a great impression. I should’ve packed a few suitcases for all the places I’ll be visiting.

Instead I’ve gone tile shopping with my husband. I went to Sam’s club for groceries. Went to Fry’s for even more groceries. In the way home I stopped to fill up my car. Did three loads of laundry. Played with my dog. Cooked three meals for my family. Drove my son to/from work.

I’m excited and ready. I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. Now, where are my glasses?