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Fun for the Soul

Although I’ve spent many hours walking in Central Park over the last 7 + years of so, I’ve always done it by foot. But yesterday, one of my oldest (in duration, not age) friends came to town for business and we managed to carve out some time to spend together.  img_2916

We ate lunch at a great little Italian place on Columbus Avenue (just a few tables away from Anthony Geary of General Hospital fame, I might add), and then headed toward the park for a ride in a pedi-cab. Normally something tourists do, it was so much fun to sit back and see the park in a slightly different way! Our guide was funny and he took time to point out some fun things about the park I didn’t know, as well as share some things about the more expensive real estate that borders the park (including which celebs live in which buildings).  After that, it was off to my favorite breakfast haunt–not for breakfast, but rather a snack.

And talking. Lots and lots of talking.

Six and half hours later, I headed home to the burbs and she headed back to her hotel for what will be the start of a few crazy days of business meetings.

It was a great day. With lots of laughs.

When’s the last time you did something silly (kinda like us taking a pedi-cab through a park we’ve both seen many times) just because you could? If it’s been a while, I highly recommend you change that. It’s good for the soul. 🙂

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

**Side note:  Spent some time last night updating this website. It had been a while since I touched the “news” page, the “events” page, the “books page” and the “projects” page.  But it’s all updated now if you’d like to look around.

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Now and Next

I’m back to writing a ton in preparation for yet another deadline–this one coming up next month. But I can tell you, I’m dreaming about reading, that’s for sure.  Of course that dream also includes; 1) a blanket 2) no chores 3) a mug of hot cocoa and 4) warm, fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies. 🙂

A girl can dream, can’t she?

So what are you reading right now? What’s up next?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Three Things

A kinda busy (in spurts) and kinda not busy weekend around here. And honestly, it took me a moment to come up with three things, although as soon as I did, I thought, “Yes!”

So here we go…

DD # 2 went off to her winter formal with the boy next door (literally) on Friday night. She looked beautiful in her dress as she was getting ready to go…


Saturday, DD # 2 and I decorated the downstairs family room (aka the TV room) with the extra tree/extra ornaments (the upstairs tree has all the special family ornaments/colored lights), and the little light-up village. I don’t spend a lot of time down in that room (not a big TV watcher) normally, but the room develops a real pull for me at night during this time of year. In fact, I spent some time down there before bed last night.



Sunday night, we popped in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and snuggled up on the couch watching the classic Christmas movie.


Your turn. Tell us three things from your weekend…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Cold Weather Bits

snowmanI figured we’d make our bits fit the time of year today (though I hope I don’t jinx myself and entice snow to fall).

  1. Flannel sheets or flannel pajamas?
  2. Hot chocolate or Hot Other?
  3. Favorite Christmas song?
  4. Build a snowman or make a snow angel?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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What’s Going On…

Update time!

*I’m currently working on Book # 3 in my Tobi Tobias Mystery series.

*Book # 1 in that series–DEATH IN ADVERTISING–just landed a spot in a really nice color ad my publisher (Kensington for this series) placed in Publisher’s Weekly. Here’s the ad…

PW C3.indd


*Next Tuesday, my annual holiday E-newsletter goes out. It has a recipe, gift idea, pictures, etc., in it. So if you’re not signed up, go to my website and remedy that:  www.laurabradford.com (form to sign up is on the home page as well as the contact page. Just be sure to follow all the steps.

*I’m waiting on word on a project I’m crossing my fingers and toes about. Hoping to have news soon, although the upcoming holidays could put a delay on that. Stay tuned.

*And then, just because I saw this picture while scrolling through my pictures looking for the ad above, I’m going to share this delightful picture with all of you.  Drool worthy, eh?


Yeah, I just might need to wrap up writing a wee bit early today so I can make one of these. 🙂

Questions? Comments?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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A Little Help With The Shopping Bags…

I’d like to pick your brains today, if I can…shopping bag

I haven’t started by gift-buying shopping yet at all. And while I’m not normally the type to finish super early, I’ve usually started at least some of it by now. It’s been a hard year on many levels and, as a result, I’m even less excited about “things” than ever.

I guess that’s why I’m really wanting to do more experience kind of presents this year. Something my recipients can go and do (either with me or on their own) rather than simply have.

So I come to you for some direction, ideas, thoughts, whatever. In particular for:

DH (aka “a guy”)

DD # 1 (finishing up college)

DD # 2 (finishing up high school)

DS (on his own for the first time)

Thank you!!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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How To ?

If you were in a store right now, and had to pick two How-To books (they don’t have to be actual published books), what would you pick and why?


~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Three Things

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Mine was busy (lots of cleaning, cooking, entertaining) but quite nice.

Surprisingly we got a decent amount of pictures over the weekend, so I picked out three that would give you into my Thanksgiving weekend…

Checking the turkey…



Believe it or not (although most of you who have been on this page for years probably aren’t surprised), this isn’t even all of the desserts on Thanksgiving night…


We decked the halls (inside and outside) on Friday (love, love, love Christmas decorations) and then did the whole Thanksgiving-esque dinner again (only round two had pork, instead of turkey) on Saturday night with my cousin and her husband (and a whole lot of laughing).

And then it was off to the city on Sunday morning for a Girls’ trip to see the Rockettes in their Christmas Spectacular Show at Radio City Music Hall!!


Great weekend, great holiday.

Now tell us your three things…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Turkey Lead-Up

thanksgivingWith the Thanksgiving holiday now upon us, I’m going to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll be back on Monday with my three (maybe more) things and hope you’ll have yours, too.

In the meantime, THANK YOU for being my readers…but, more importantly, my friends.

Love you guys!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Holiday Reading

I’d like to say I anticipate some reading time over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but I don’t see that happening. With kids home, company coming, all the cooking (and cleaning) and decorating to be done, I’m not even sure how much writing I’ll be able to sneak in.

What’s on your reading pile for the holiday?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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