What 5 things absolutely drive you insane?
I get a chance to vent! Awesome!
1) Mean people.
Well, meanness in general, really. It totally bums me out. Let’s all put a little extra kindness out in the world whenever we can. In a way, that’s part of what Veiled Intentions is about. Let’s all stop spouting hatred and see if we can try to understand each other a little better instead. Tiny things that we do each day send out ripples that can eventually become waves.
2) People who don’t return their carts at the grocery store.
It’s not that hard, people. They have the little corrals and everything. I actually think it’s kind of a symptom. People seem to forget there are other people in the world with busy schedules and other challenges in the world. It’s a tiny consideration to not block parking places with your cart.
3) People who don’t use turn signals.
We all spend a huge amount of time hurtling down the roads in giant hunks of metal. Let’s be as safe as we can. Letting me know you’re changing lanes or turning lets me make sure I leave you room. Unless of course, we’re all in Los Angeles where using turn signals means that people will cut you off rather than let you in. That upsets me more than not using turn signals in the first place.
4) Misuse of semi-colons
I am not terrific at grammar. I really only recently learned what the proper rules are for semi-colons. My friend Tai is the one who explained them to me and now it makes me twitch a little when I see them misused.
5) Misplaced “x”s
Expresso is not a thing. Expecially is not a thing. S is an awesome letter. It’s a fun front of the tongue sound and I love the way it winds around on the page. Let’s drink our espresso especially.
But you know what? There’s bad crazy and then there’s good crazy. Here are a few things that drive me good crazy.
1) Having both my kids home at once.
There’s something totally satisfying about knowing they’re both under my roof even if it’s only for a few nights at a time. I love it even more when I walk in and find them doing a jigsaw puzzle together on the dining room table or playing with their Magic cards from grade school. My heart beats like crazy it’s so happy.
2) Peanut butter with chocolate
I don’t care if it’s a Reese’s cup or homemade fudge or even just a spoonful of peanut butter jammed down into the chocolate chip bag. That combination makes my tongue do a crazy happy dance.
3) A book that makes me laugh and cry
by Eileen Carr
When a Muslim high school student is accused of a crime she didn’t commit, her school counselor gets involved to clear her record in this ripped-from-the-headlines novel.
When Lily Simon finds cops in the lobby of the high school where she’s a guidance counselor, she’s not surprised: cops and adolescents go together like sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. But when the cops take Jamila, a Muslim student, into custody for a crime she didn’t commit, Lily’s high school becomes a powder keg.
Police think Jamila is responsible for a hit and run, and since she’s not talking, they have no choice but to keep her as the main suspect. And since the victim—a young soldier recently returned from Afghanistan—is lying unconscious in the hospital, the whole town is taking sides on whether or not Jamila’s arrest is religious persecution. Determined to find the truth, Lily teams up with a reporter to uncover what really happened the night of the hit and run.
Lily read Daniel Richardson’s article with a horrible sinking sensation in the pit of her stomach. She brought up Facebook on her computer and started searching.
She found the “Jamila Is a Terrorist” Facebook page by following a fairly long line of comments among other students. Despite being incredibly computer savvy, it surprised Lily to see how few kids had much regard to their privacy online. Even the ones who had made their profiles private didn’t seem to realize that if they commented on a page that wasn’t private, someone could have limited access to their information.
She felt physically ill when she found the page. Scrolling through it made her feel even worse.
“Cast your vote! Which one of these Darby High students is the most likely to bomb the place to the ground?”
Lily’s stomach dropped when she saw the poll. At this moment, Lily wasn’t sure what horrified her the most. Was it the fact that someone had created a poll like that on Facebook? Or that so many of the kids at school had already voted on who they thought was most likely to commit an act of terrorism against the school. Two hundred and seventy-nine votes had already been cast.
Four of the five choices were Muslim students. Jamila, of course. Then Hakim Massoud, Abdul El-Sayed, and Fareed Bahri. The fifth choice was SpongeBob SquarePants.
SpongeBob was trailing by quite a few votes.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Eileen Carr was born in Dayton, Ohio. She moved when she was four and only remembers that she was born across the street from Baskin-Robbins. Eileen remembers anything that has to do with ice cream. Or chocolate. Or champagne.
Eileen’s alter ego, Eileen Rendahl, is the award-winning author of four Chick Lit novels and the Messenger series.
Eileen will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to five randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.
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