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Welcome to RoseBud, the site where inquiring minds can find out what's new with me, Susan Rose. I started this site to keep my friends and family up-to-date on the progress of my novel, Confessions of a Frog Kisser. Since publishing the book, this site has morphed into whatever I feel like making it at any given time! To find out a little more about me and my goings on, take a look through the site. I'd love to hear from you, especially if I say something in the blog that strikes a chord. So drop me a line anytime.

Monday, June 02, 2008

The Past Comes Back...

With setting up my new Frog Kissers store, my book has been on my mind the past few days. So it was unsettling this morning to get an e-mail from one of the guys who inspired me to write the book in the first place.

One of the last frogs I dated before deciding to figure out why I always dated emotionally unavailable men who didn't want to admit they were dating me has kept me on his e-mail list these last five years. The group e-mail I received this morning was to announce his and his wife's housewarming party.

That's not really the part that has me a little wigged out. No. What has me wigged out is that he has moved into my neighborhood (he lived in DC when we dated). Yep. He moved in just down the street, apparently. Knowing my luck, this means I'll run into him all the time. ugh. I'm not sure I want to.

I'm not sure why I'm feeling so weird about this. We dated for a couple of months a very long time ago. I'm married to a wonderful, wonderful man now. So no biggie. This other guy is just a reminder of what I was willing to accept in so-called relationships, and it hurts a bit to have it right there in front of me.

But I will move on. It feels good just to get this off my chest. Now I'm going to finish having morning coffee with the beautiful, sensitive, generous man who sits by my side every morning.


Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Dangers of Coffee

Or, perhaps, the dangers of setting a hot cup of coffee on the couch while you're trying to type on the laptop.


I don't think I'll have third-degree burns on my backside, mostly because my husband has great reflexes and got me off the couch pretty quick. Boy did it hurt though. I probably deserved it, dumb is it to put a 16 oz. mug of hot beverage on an unstable surface? When is someone going to invent cup holders for the couch. Yes, I have a coffee table, but it's just so far to reach.

I digress, though. What I was doing right before the coffee incident was getting ready to post a blog about my new on-line store. Frog Kisser fans have been wanting more, so I've developed a line of fun gifts for the Frog lover in all of us. Check them out at the Frog Kisser store!

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Avoiding Ourselves

I admit it; I haven't written diddly squat in more than a year. I have some moderately good excuses for that: I got married, my father has been sick, I'm running two businesses and helping my husband market his. Yep, I'm busy. I hadn't really thought about my lack of writing until yesterday, when another writer said something to me that made me pause...

She was telling me about a writing retreat she went on this year. She's been struggling to get her memoir on paper, so she went away for a week to focus on it. In the cute little town where she was sequestered, she found a yarn shop and purchased a ton of yarn. She then spent the first two days of her writing retreat doing nothing but knitting. She hadn't knitted anything in almost 20 years, and apparently couldn't wait a moment longer to pick up the needles.

She laughed when she told the story and said "it's amazing what we'll do to avoid ourselves." She was not letting me off the hook.

I'm not sure that will be enough to motivate me to write in the coming year, although it was enough to motivate me to post an entry here, which I haven't done in more than a month. I continue to struggle with my creative outlets, not sure when I'm really avoiding myself and when I've just got other (legitimate) priorities. Perhaps that will be the thing to figure out in 2008.


Thursday, November 01, 2007

Officially Married

Wow. It seems like yesterday I was anticipating the big day, now I'm getting ready to celebrate my one-month anniversary. Time flies.

I'm still adjusting to being married. Last night Rick asked me how it feels, and I must admit it was hard to articulate. It's great. We've made the transition very smoothly. But the word "husband" does not yet roll off my tongue smoothly. In fact, I still blush and giggle when I say it. Forty-two years old, and I feel like a little girl. I think that's a good thing though.

If it's true that the wedding sets the tone for the marriage, then we definitely started off on the right foot (despite my broken toe); the wedding was a blast. We had beautiful weather, which made milling about after the ceremony very pleasant and fun. I actually remember everything, and there are a few things no one will let me forget...specifically my enthusiastic "WE DO" during the vows, which drowned out Rick's "I do." It took a few minutes for everyone to stop laughing. (In my defense, it was unclear to both of us whether we were supposed to say I do or We do.) We got it right on the third try.

Pictures speak 1,000 words, and this one I think sums up the day...


Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Going to the Chapel

The countdown has begun! I'll be walking down the aisle as a bride this Saturday.

Actually, I'll probably be hobbling down the aisle; I dropped a heavy weight on my foot last night and now have a big, purple toe. I'm not sure I'll be able to walk in my lovely bride shoes. No worries; I'll go barefoot if I have too. Nobody is going to notice me anyway because I've got the CUTEST bridal party ever in history and they are going to totally steal the attention away from me. That's what I get for insisting six little boys wear kilts.

So for the next few days I get to be bridezilla. Amazing what people let me get away with because I'm getting married. My sister has also suggested I sequester myself away so I don't do any more damage to myself before Saturday. She's probably begin smart, but I'm going to ignore her.

Wish me luck. When I check back in, I'll be living in a new life category.


Thursday, September 06, 2007

It's Happening....

I'm becoming a bride. Eeeek. Runway!

Today is the one-month countdown to the BIG DAY. It also marks the moment that I have officially become unable to really think about anything except the BIG DAY.

I didn't expect that to happen to me. My wedding plans are relatively simple, so there isn't much to obsess about there. I'm not concerned about anything going wrong, although I'm sure some things will (I'm hoping something dramatic and silly happens concerning the six little boys in kilts).

Everything is under control, yet I still can't concentrate on either of my two jobs, which is problematic since both of those are paying for the honeymoon.

I guess it's just inevitable. I'm so excited about the prospect of life with Rick, and I'm excited about the BIG DAY because I know it's going to be a total blast.

Or maybe it's inevitable because I really am a girl, and girls really do get excited about weddings. Whatever. I'm letting it take over me, whatever that entails.


Sunday, August 19, 2007


Back in June, my father-in-law to be said: "A year ago, did you ever imagine you'd be doing this?" The this he was referring to at that moment was spending Friday night making bolts* for Rick's son's crossbow in preparation for an archery tournament the next day. I had to admit that particular activity wasn't even on the list of things that would have occured to me as a possibility.

I thought of this yesterday as I spent the afternoon doing something else I wouldn't have thought I'd be doing a year ago, although I have to admit yesterday's activity wasn't quite as unique. Yesterday was glorious, so Rick and I jumped on his motorcycle I took a ride to Charlestown.

Since it's pretty hard to converse with someone while on a motorcycle, I had plenty of time to think about things, and what I was thinking about is how much my horizons have been broadened since I met Rick. Not that my life was boring before, but that he has introduced me to so many new things...things I really like.

I was terrified of motorcycles, and now I look forward to hopping on the back of his and going for a ride (even though last week I got stung by a wasp during the ride. Getting stung by a wasp at 35 mph really, really, really hurts).

I always thought archery was cool, but I never did it. Turns out, I'm not a half bad shot. If we ever had the time to practice, I'd probably be pretty good. And it's fun!

Finally, I'm learning how to scuba dive. Me, who has never been a swimmer and who had a healthy fear of the water, can now swim 400 meters comfortably and is looking forward to going 60 ft below.

So, my life has really changed in the last year. I think I've become much more confident in my ability to try new things, much more willing to say "yeah, let's do it!" I feel fortunate that I have someone in my life who offers that encouragement, and who leads by example. It's fun.

Change is good. I'm looking forward to the next 40 or 50 years of it!

*for some reason that no one can fully explain to me, the arrows used for crossbows are called bolts.


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

100 Years!

Can you imagine turning 100 years old? Here at the age of 41, I find it hard to imagine. So much has already changed in my lifetime (can you remember a time when you didn't have e-mail or a cell phone?), I can't even fathom what's to come in the next 60 years.

Last week I got to picture what it would be like to turn 100. I traveled out to California (inland, where it's really, really hot) for my Great Aunt Nora's 100th birthday. It is such a gift to be able to honor a life well spent while the person is still alive and kicking.

Nora isn't as spry as she was at 75, but she still gets around. She is still the first to find humor in any situation and to laugh at her own jokes (some of which are funny). She loves children, and they ADORE her (my 10 year old nephew couldn't get enough of her). She has seen a lot over the last 100 years, and takes it all in stride. It was a ball watching her as she sat in the seat of honor and everyone told stories about how she has impacted their life.

Nora's greatest gift to me is the example she has set for how to live. Throughout her life, she has always been positive, and has always treated people with respect. She has always been true to herself, not worrying about what other people think. She is kind, and quick to tell you the good she sees in people and things. She has opinions (many of which I don't agree with), and she isn't afraid to voice them. But they're her opinions, and she loves it when people have their own.

I hope we all have a chance to celebrate 100 well-lived years!


Friday, June 29, 2007

Heavy Heart

I'm a little sad and hurt today. I'm not sure how to describe the situation that has my heart heavy; there are many aspects to it. The very short story is that a person I have known for a few years, and have liked very much, is threatening to sue my fiance for trademark infringement and is accusing me of conspiring with him.

Reading that sentence, I realize how woefully inadequate it is to describe the situation. But I don't really think I should say more about it here.

The thing that has me sad is that this person never called me or him to discuss this situation. She went straight to a lawyer, who sent one of those threatening legal letters. So, without any warning, we find ourselves in a nasty situation.

I guess the takeaway right now is the whole issue of communication, and our human tendency to avoid confrontation. She felt wronged and decided she knew what was behind our actions, but didn't talk to us to learn the real story, which is so far from her idea of it. I suppose she felt like the confrontation of that conversation would be too hard and stressful. So she took the "easy" way out (at least for her), and involved a lawyer. In the end, that's not easier for anyone, and she's still going to have the confrontation to deal with.

So...lesson learned. The conversation you need to have may be hard, and you may not want to do it. But maybe it offers a chance to clear up a miscommunication and you can resolve the situation before it gets out of hand.

I'm hoping we can still salvage this situation. It's not too late, at least as far as we're concerned. I know that I at least will use this as a reminder to do the hard, but right, thing when a difficult situation faces me.


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

My Friend Just Got Published!

About a year and half ago I met fellow writer Kristen at a writer's conference she hosted. We became fast friends, and set about reviewing and critiquing each others' work. The other day I got an e-mail from her announcing that she has published her first short story, "Moonlighting." I'm so excited for her. I purchased it the other day, and it's really a fun read. And for only $3.99, a total bargain! You can check it out here.

Now if you follow that link, you will soon realize this is a short story of the erotic variety. So not only did my friend get published, she went WAY outside her comfort zone to write this story (at least, that's what she told me ;)). And it's great, thus proving that living outside the comfort zone is always a good thing.

Congratulations Kris Eton. I know there will be many more stories and books to follow.


Sunday, May 06, 2007

Since last we met

I can't believe it's been more than three weeks since I wrote that little excuse about my wedding-induced absence. I'm still in shock about how much time this takes. And I'm in shock about other things how much it costs. Yikes.

I was operating under a very delusion set of expectations about what I could get things for. Silly me.

My friends tell me $55/head for catering is basically free. We have different definitions of free.

But really, things are going well. I had got my dress (sorry, no picture cuz Rick might see it). It's very pretty, very bride-y, and I totally had a breakdown after I ordered it. Then I had a breakdown at the florist. And I think my shoulders got a little tight when I saw that catering bid. Getting the photographer was a breeze (and I found one for my delusional expectation on price).

Best yet, we booked our honeymoon! Yep, our priorities are straight. We're going to Puerto Rico, where I am (apparently) going to learn how to scuba dive. Fun! If you're interested in the details, you can check it out on our honeymoon registry page.

Hopefully I'll resurface sooner than the next three weeks. Wish me luck as we visit the wedding cake lady, talk to the caterer, and try to find a DJ!


Me on my wedding day. I was just a little bit happy.

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