Friday, July 30, 2010

It's 5 o'clock Somewhere!

The bar is open! Come on in and make yourself comfortable! I've got a fully stocked virtual bar today, along with a few platters of tasty appetizers.  Hope you like prosciutto wrapped in cheese and artichoke dip? Of course, I also have bowls filled with chocolate-covered espresso beans for nibbling.  So, grab a drink, put your feet up, and make yourself comfortable.

Today's post was inspired during the comment thread in Tuesday's post where a number of us were dishing about the pro's and con's of conferences, particularly writer's conferences.  The vast majority of us reached the conclusion that the best part (maybe even the fun part?) of most conferences was the time spent kicking back in the hotel bar, talking about anything and everything, usually over several of those colorful drinks with the little umbrellas.   

And what better day to have a virtual Happy Hour than on a Friday?

The sky's the limit today, so let's dish!  Leave a comment about anything you want to discuss--a book you read recently, something you're writing, a fab movie you  just watched, a new restaurant, your summer travel plans, an old boyfriend, maybe even a cool web site or blog that you've discovered (I've found a couple lately.)  Anything!  The best part? You can come to the virtual bar in your pajamas, drink as much as you want, stay as long as you'd like, and never worry about calories or driving home.  What's not to like?!

Quick side note: I'd also like to mention that yesterday I learned that CAPTIVE SPIRIT is up for best July book cover at Happily Ever After Book Reviews! Whoot! Some of you have already voted and for that I am eternally grateful.  If you loved the CAPTIVE SPIRIT book cover and want to vote, please do! The poll stays open till August 6.  Click here.

Meanwhile, grab your drink and let's dish! Like any good hostess, I'll go first. 

See you in the comments...

34 comments:

Liz Fichera said...

Sometimes I like to read non-writer related blogs and web sites, and I found one that I read almost daily that I think is hilarious. It's called WHY I FEAR CLOWNS. Where she finds this clown stuff, I'll never know, but it's sort of like watching a car accident: I cannot look away. Here's the link:

http://whyifearclowns.blogspot.com/

Molly Swoboda said...

I wish to discuss Jury Duty. My first encounter with Chocolate Covered Espresso beans was in the Juror's Waiting Room. Our "How-To-Stay-Awake-In-Court" mentor, strongly suggested we go crank a handful from the repurposed gumball machine. Apparently His Honor was *not* happy about snorers.

Liz Fichera said...

By the way, I'm sipping a virtual vodka martini at the moment. With a blue cheese olive. It's delicious!

Liz Fichera said...

Molly, how come I never get called to Jury Duty like that?? If someone promised me chocolate covered espresso beans, I'd volunteer! True story: The last time I got called for jury duty it was for a public sexual indecency case. No chocolate was offered, unfortunately.

How's RWA??

EC Sheedy said...

It's 7 a.m. here so coffee is my beverage of the moment. :-) And because I am barely awake I have nothing intelligent to say--except congrats on the cover nomination at Ever After Reviews! I am going there now.

Liz Fichera said...

Thanks, EC! And the bar is open all day - feel free to return later!

Lia Bal said...

It’s 9 AM here, so I’m drinking my morning coffee. I have three days off from work so I intend to get some reading and writing done today.

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Lia! Three days? That sounds wonderful. What are you writing?

Lia Bal said...

Right now I’m writing two novels. One is called “Intimate Healing” and it’s a contemporary romance about a woman who has sworn off love and relationships until she finds Mr. Right, but he has a deep dark secret that could tear them apart. The other one is called “Beautiful Venom” and it’s a romantic suspense about a woman who comes home to Louisiana for her older sister’s funeral and to confront her father about her abandonment issues (her father disowned her when she was four years old) but in the mean time she finds out that her evil sister (the only person her father truly loved) didn’t commit suicide like at first thought, and everyone in town had a motive to kill her.

Liz Fichera said...

Lia! Both sound very intriguing! Sounds like you also have the start to two very cool queries. Good luck with both!

Maria Zannini said...

And I've got the perfect place to serve drinks.

...but we'll have to fix it up first. :grin:

Liz Fichera said...

Maria,

That metal saucer thingy you have on your blog is weirdly amazing. And a great place for a bar!! :-) Reminds me a little of places we used to sneak off to in the boondocks in high school over the border in Wisconsin when the drinking age was 18. (Yes, it was a while ago...)

Lia Bal said...

So much for my day off. I just got called into work. :( Luckily, I got out of working Sunday, which is even better! :)

Liz Fichera said...

Bummer, Lia! Feel free to come back later. I'll leave the light on. :-)

Dru said...

I stayed home today because of a UPS delivery and this being the third attempt. So I checked the times that they came, around 4pm, and decided to run out at 12:15 and pick up my prescription. Can you see where this is going?

Yes, that darn man in the brown uniform driving that big brown truck came to my apartment with the third attempt.

Lucky for me I ran into my neighbor who told me he was on his way to work and took the package for me.

I don't drink, but pass me a cranberry spritzer.

Talli Roland said...

Yum, thanks for the drinks and snacks! Hm, what to discuss? Well, it's Friday evening and I'm drinking rosé and I'd like to discuss HOW GREAT FRIDAYS ARE!

Happy Friday!

Liz Fichera said...

Dru,

I swear they stay hidden in the bushes, just waiting for us to leave! They're like the cable and utility guys! I had something very similar happen a few weeks ago with FedEx. Turns out they were trying to deliver to the wrong house!

Cranberry spritzer? Coming right up!

Liz Fichera said...

Talli,

Thanks for coming! I've got several lovely bottles of Rose, one of them even comes from a vineyard in southern Arizona (no kidding). Yes, there are actually vineyards in the middle of the Sonoran Desert.

I'm with you: Fridays are the best days ever!

Sherri said...

How fun, I'll have to stop back by when I've got more time today, Liz. Congrats on the cover.

Liz Fichera said...

Thanks, Sherri! Catch ya later!

Shirley Wells said...

Wine from Arizona? I never knew that. I was a bit early pouring my drink but, hey, it's Friday...
Congrats again on the cover. It was miles ahead when I voted. Deservedly so. Good luck!

Liz Fichera said...

Shirley,

It's never too early on a Friday! Have a great weekend!

Cheers!

Sherri said...

*popping open a beer*

Jury Duty...hmm...never been on a jury. Testified more than a few times, LOL.

Wine...can't say I've had Arizona wine but grapes grow really well in the desert. We planted two vines this year, should get fruit next year.

I'm so stealing Maria's UFO house for my boys to play in *g*

TGIF everyone!

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Sherri,

Welcome back! Glad you found where I stashed the cold ones.

Yeah, I'd love that UFO thingy. That would be party-central.

I wish I could grow ANYTHING! But anything that requires even the slightest bit of care or water dies a quick death in my backyard. Don't even get me started on the houseplants that I've tried to grow--and have inevitably killed. Not on purpose. But my thumbs have never been green, despite my best attempts.

Next time I drive down south, I'll take pics of the vineyards. It's really strange to see them growing in the desert but they not only grow, they thrive. Thank god I'm not in charge of those vineyards.

Sherri said...

Well, my garden was an epic fail this year but being in the desest I have a second growing season coming up so will try again.

Houseplant trick: put ice cubes in the pots a couple times a week.

Liz Fichera said...

Ice cubes? Okay, I'll remember that for when I bring home my next victim--I mean, plant. BTW, I tried coffee grounds. Didn't work, at least not for me.

Sherri said...

Coffee grounds are great for roses and blueberries, LOL, never heard of using them in houseplants.

Lia Bal said...

Well, I'm back from work. Talking about house plants, I love them but I can't keep them alive either. Once when I was a teen, my mother got me a cactus saying it's the only thing I could keep alive. *Nope* It died. Now my husband takes care of all the plants, that's the only reason why I have a nice yard.

Liz Fichera said...

Sherri, no wonder my dang houseplants died!!

Liz Fichera said...

Lia,

Welcome back! And you are not alone in the killing of cacti. I do it all the time, unfortunately! And I should know better--I live in the damn desert!! :-)

Lia Bal said...

I started reading Captive Spirit tonight and so far I love it. I'm on chapter 3 right now. Great work so far, Liz. I can't wait to read more of it.

Liz Fichera said...

So glad, Lia! Hope you enjoy the rest of it too! :-)

Talina Perkins said...

Oh, Darn!!! I missed the party! And the cool drinks! that ought to teach me not to be late, huh!

This would be fun to do each Friday, Liz. Everybody meet over at Liz's for drinks, chocolate, and gossip! Of the good variety that is;-)

~Talina

Liz Fichera said...

Talina, no worries! Next time I'll bring the karaoke machine and a chocolate fondue fountain! :-)