Archive for March, 2006



Kate and the cops
Saturday, March 25th, 2006 10 Comments »

In my relatively short life time I’ve only spoken to a member of the police force (on official business on either side of the Atlantic) on three memorable occasions.

1. Mr Kate and I got told off for kissing and cuddling in the car by our local bobby in our courting days.

2. Our neighbors went through a messy divorce which ended up with the police visiting us for some information.

3. And this week I got my first ticket-ever…for doing 8 mph on a right turn on a red light without making a proper stop.

Luckily only 17 yr old son was in the car with me-if the other two had been in there I would’ve probably ended up with several tickets due to excessive back seat laughter or something. Apparently I have the option to go to traffic school. We don’t have that in England-somehow it doesn’t sound like fun. The traffic cop was very patient when I had no idea which documents he needed to see-luckily-thanks to Mr Kate-they were all in the car. He said I could do traffic school online-I wonder if this is better or worse? I feel like a real American now.

Its my new car’s fault really-all that sleek German perfection whispering away to me “Go faster Katie, go faster, you know you want to, I’ll keep you safe, I promise.”
I would never have been able to move that fast in my previous kid carriers I can tell you.

Not my best week ever. The cats are still duking it out although no more piles of fur are floating around. Both of the wonderful ATII finalists I had on my blog last week got booted out before the last round-(They were robbed!) Is there a curse on my blog? Who knows.

I failed to final in the RWA Golden Heart contest for the third year running. I don’t know why I thought I might-I had this lovely dream of accepting my trophy from Nora Roberts last night and her lending me Roarke for the evening…sad to say I woke up and no phone call. Of course, the good thing is that I have other fish to fry-as in books to write and get published so I’m not exactly devastated. I promised myself this would be third time lucky or never again and I think I’ll stick with that decision.

Mr Kate is off to Hong Kong tomorrow for at least a week so I’ll have to manage all by myself…sniff. The new kitchen appliances are due to arrive on Monday and Tuesday along with Kevin the fixer/fitter guy who reminds me of SpongeBob without the sense of humor-(I think it was the shorts and shirt combo that did it). Hopefully he will have everything well in hand and there will be no disasters…

Here’s hoping everyone else is doing better than me and that next week will be wonderful!!

Weekends
Monday, March 20th, 2006 5 Comments »

The sun actually showed its face this weekend!

Mr Kate and I spent most of Saturday at a car dealership trying to purchase Mr Kate’s dream car. when we got there, some guy was driving it on behalf of his brother. Believe it or not, the brother put a deposit on it over the phone just after Mr Kate shook hands on the deal and we were sitting down to work out the details-but before he’d got the money sorted. The other guy got it. Mr K was quietly gutted.
He says he wasn’t but I could tell. I suggested that as the guy who was buying it already had one, wouldn’t it be nice if he shared this one with us? Apparently not…
I think Mr Kate was mortified by my feminine logic.
Afterwards, over a cup of coffee he confessed that he thought I was about to burst into tears. I assured him that if it would’ve won him the car I would’ve done it!

We decided to add another cat to our already chaotic family and picked a three year old long haired grey and white male called Elvis from the pound. We already have a twenty pound 8 year old ginger cat called Jasper who loves me intensely but is not quite so keen on the rest of the family. We’ve spent the last week socializing them and were quietly confident that things were going well. Of course today, Jasper lost it and chased poor Elvis up the stairs. We’re now starting again…spray bottles at the ready.

I got my contract from Virgin Black Lace which included a reminder that as part of the Virgin family any poor person who flys, trains or cell phones with Virgin might have to suffer adverts for my book. It also said I had to make myself available for media appearances for a week before the book came out-of course I’m clearing my calender and waiting to hear from Barbara Walters!

In other news-the lovely authors at my Virtual Book Bag (listed on side bar to the left of this blog) are running a fabulous contest to win lots of books. Click on the link and visit the main site to enter.