Final Scent-u-ous contest question! (and some chit chat)

November 3, 2006 | Karin's Blog | 27 comments

What town is Klub Kashmir in?

I’ll give y’all until Monday, say around noon to answer, and announce the winner Tuesday. Be sure to go back to the other Scent-u-ous posts (there are three others) and answer the questions in that post to be counted.

So, Monday my cyber girlfriend, J Carson Black (Jake) is guest blogging. Jake always has something smart and poignant to pass along, not to mention she cracks me up. Jake writes police procedural thrillers. Check out her site. I’ve read DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN and was more than impressed. I have her second book DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, in my tbr pile. Also today is my day to blog over at Murdershewrites, as is every Friday, stop by.

Okay today I have pasta cooking duty, but I won’t be going to the game tonight. Will the Thrill managed to separate his shoulder last Friday night under the lights, so his season is a fait accompli. It’s been an abysmal season anyway, this is just the cake topper. Next week is the last game for hubby and son. For the first time ever, I am glad to see the high school football season, for the Tabke family, come to a close.

I’m really looking forward to the holidays. It’s going to be crazy! We are booked every weekend in December including New Year’s Eve, and beginning next Saturday night every Saturday night this month.

I have several signing events this month and next month as well. It’s that most wonderfully crazy time of year!

The good news? I started Christmas shopping yesterday! Whoo hoo!!

Okay, off to stir the cauldron of spaghetti sauce!

Oh, a question: Do you love, hate or tolerate the holidays? (I have personally always been a bit of a Grinch, but this year? I’m diving in with a smile on my face!)

Write on, chicas,


  1. Cece

    Hated…sad but if I didn’t have to deal with the extended family I’d probably love it….puttering around the house, cooking Christmas dinner, settling in with The Santa Clause, (no step-sisters, no driving, no command performances, no smiling when I don’t feel like it)

    Yeah……..Grinch here

    Hope the youngun heals up okay (and quick!)

  2. Elisabeth

    I like the holidays, but the older I get, the more I view it all as work instead of fun. I’m trying to be better about it for the sake of the kids.

    Sounds like you’ve got a full schedule the next few months. Good luck with all the signings! Wish I were close enough to stop by one.

  3. Karin

    Cece, and Elsabeth, I feel your pain! It’s so much work! And the painted on smile? Argh. Lucky me this year I won’t have any of those encounters.
    Last year I told the kids, you want the house decorated? Have all of your asses in the house the weekend after Thanksgiving and lend a hand and I’ll consider it. Oh, and that also means you are here the weekend after the New Year to put all this stuff away. They delivered. It will be interesting to see what happens this year. They will all be here for Sunday dinner.

  4. Karin

    Raine, every year my hubby and kids ask me, “What do you want for Christmas?” My standard reply has always been “For it to go away.” The commercialism drives me crazy. The pressure to produce gifts everyone will love, to shop? I hate shopping!!. Argh!!! Hate it!! Hate it!! Hate it!!
    This year my take is this: I’m enjoying my dear friends and family. I’m celebrating the reason for the season, and will celebrate what is good in my life and the lives of those around me. I do not want gifts. My gifts are all around me every day. Okay, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t covet the snazzy pair of emerald cut diamond drop earrings at my local jeweler, but I can live without them…

  5. raine

    Holidays—not my thing. :-/

    I think I’m a sorta quiet, private, low-key personality. I like the idea of appreciating the things we have, etc., but all the noise, materialism, fuss, family issues… :-p~~~~~~~

  6. Amanda

    Sorry about Will, hope he is better soon. I love the holidays until they are actually here. I’ll be getting into the swing of things until the hubby starts the ‘is it over yet?’ Let me live in the moment please. Enjoy each day and what it brings.

  7. Hubby

    “It’s the most wonderful time, of the year…”

  8. Kristi

    I’ll be the lone voice who says – I love the holidays. Love ’em. I love the music, I love decorating, the baking…okay, the 10 pounds I’ll probably gain from the baking I could do without…as with the manic working out once New Year’s passes…the shopping I could leave behind because that causes me stress. The pressure! Okay, maybe I do have a love-hate thing going.

  9. Tracey

    Sorry – I have to go with the concensous – I hate the holidays. Here in Australia we don’t celebrate Helloween or Thanks Giving so it’s only Christmas and New Year. But the shops are loaded with christmas decorations, bon bons, and general christmas paraphinalia from September. By the time we actually get there – I’m already sick of it. And the week after Christmas – easter eggs start to how up…geeesh

    I’m taking a punt at the question – Lansdowne – in the Bay Area. Don’t know if that’s right or not — it’s been weeks since I read it.

  10. cathy

    I know the story takes place in the Bay Area, so my guess is San Francisco for Lansdowne.

  11. Cece

    Karin…when my hairdresser’s kids got old enough, her family decided to go skiing for Christmas. They get stockings and that’s about it. She doesn’t have a tree, she doesn’t have to decorate, she gets to play in the snow and spend time with her husband and kids. 😉 Gotta tell ya, that sounds more and more like the way to go!

  12. Edie Ramer

    I enjoy the holidays, probably because I’m Jewish and we didn’t have this growing up–although my mom put up Hannukah decorations and we did get presents. Christmas is just more fun, the presents are part of it, plus I like all the visiting — and then I’m glad when it’s over and I can go back to my routine.

    Sorry about Will’s injury. I hope he’s healing well.

  13. Karin

    Amanda, I’m usualy chomping at the bit to get the tree down.
    Hubby, you’re the biggest kid of all! It’s because of you I get sucked into this!
    Kristi, you and my husband both. He absolutely loves the holidays. I hate shopping as well. Okay, it’s not the actual shopping it’s the crowds and the foul mouthed kids who invest the malls.

  14. Karin

    Tracey, do you get snow? Oh wait a minute you are in your spring right now. When I lived back east the holidays were more holidayish, out here? Well, palm trees and rain don’t set the mood for me. That said, I love Tahoe during the holidays.
    I think I’m bi.

  15. Karin

    Cece, I think your friend has the right idea. We’re in the process of building our dream house in Tahoe, I see many holidays in the snow in my furture. I just wish my kids would get busy on the grandchildren front.

    I enjoy the visiting too, Edie, and I love to entertain.

  16. spyscribbler

    I was never much into them, but DH loves them. In fact, he’s so enthusiastic that it really makes my year. We go all out with the decorations and the cooking.

    He teases me about what he’s going to get me for Christmas incessantly, and plans for it from August on. He even watches those Christmas movies tirelessly (last night we watched the first two Santa Clause movies), and is extra special sweet to me during the season.

    Oh, did I mention? He’s already got the Christmas lights up outside.

  17. Tracey

    We get no snow and it’s usually hot being summer – so we don’t usually have turkey or a hot dinner – our tradition (when I have christmas with my extended family) is to cook everything the day before and serve it cold the next day.

    Lunch starts about 12 and goes for a couple of hours with lots of drinking of cold beer or other alcholic beverages. Then it’s a game of backyard cricket or a nap (depending on how much beer is consumed with lunch).

    Another Aussie tradition is to have a BBQ and go to the beach. But it’s always hot, and we always were shorts. This year I’m not going to my family – I’m having it at home with hubby and our 2 sons. Which means not much fuss, boys are older and fairly grinchy so don’t want a huge deal. Yay pressures off for me.

    I have always dreamed of having a white christmas. Maybe one year.

  18. Tracey

    Sorry to here Will the Thrill has been winged. Here’s hoping to a quick recovery and a super season next year.

  19. Karin

    Spy, my hubby can recite every spoken worl in IT’s A WONDERFUL LIFE. Then there is the incessant Christmas CD’s, that one day I am going to hide. He is worse than all of the kids put together.

    Speaking of kids, thanks everyone for the well wishes for Will. Tracey you nailed it, he has been winged. He’s a trooper though, he suffers quietly. He’s going to need surgery and I’m having a problem with that. Of the four kids, while we have experienced broken bones, stitches and a stay in the hospital for pneumonia, I have never had one of the go under the knife.

  20. Hubby

    It’s the decorations, the sights, the sounds and the gatherings. The anticipation of good food, good friends and eternal hope that mankind will always rebound and take care of it’s self. Look at “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “A Christmas Carole” and how can you not love the holidays. It’s the Lord, moving each and everyone of us to look upon our fellow man with kindness and charity. Oh yeah, and I love a little charity coming my way… “God bless us, everyone!”

  21. Karin

    See, I told you.

  22. Mary


    I’m with hubby I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE HOLIDAY SEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And with the internet to help me shop it is a breeze. Although I do have one thing I am doing this year that I swore I would never do, but #1 daughter asked me to go with her on Black Friday early in the AM to shop with the Crazies.

    Sorry about your football season and Will, but we’re going to the play offs again this year third year in a row we are D2 Champs!

    Love ya – give us a call soon so we can catch up.


  23. Karin

    Mar, does that mean you are getting up at the butt crack of dawn? The day after Thanksgiving? Wow, I am impressed. And congrats on the championship!
    Hee hee, get mom’s butt out of bed and take her with you. Oh wait a minute, she *is* up at the butt crack of dawn! You people are sick.

  24. Rachael from NJ

    I think the answer is San Francisco for Lansdowne.

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