Writing is my life. Life is my hobby. ~Emma Lai

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Margaret Ethridge Names Her Ten Temptations

Material: cashmere, silk, cotton or denim? Cotton. There’s nothing better than slipping between freshly washed cotton sheets.

Hair length: long, shoulder, shaggy, short or bald? I have a shoulder-length Mom-Bob.

Eye color: brown, blue, green or hazel? Blue

Performing arts: 0pera, ballet, Broadway or symphony? Broadway

Jewelry: diamonds, pearls, jade or rhinestones? Pearls. I like my jewelry simple and classic.

Flowers: orchids, roses, lilies or daisies? Lilies.

Alcoholic beverage: Champagne, wine, whisky or beer? I am a beer girl.

Non-alcoholic beverage: coffee, tea, soda or water? Diet Coke – and lots of it.

Favorite snack: popcorn, chips, cookies or candy? Chips! No, popcorn. Are crackers an option? Hell, just give me a salt lick, and I’m happy.

Weather: sunny, cloudy or rainy? Sunny. I don’t like to get wet.

I guess my answers show that I’m just your everyday, ordinary semi-suburban mom. Like my heroine, Tracy Sullivan,  I spend my days toiling away in a bland office, and my evening fighting a constant battle against my laundry hampers.

My husband is a great guy, my kids are happy and well-adjusted, and my house rabbit thinks I’m a right broad. But like Tracy, I too have those moments when I stop, look around, and wonder, ‘Is this all there is?’

Contentment is a story about the doubts that niggle at the back of your mind, the petty resentments that build and build, trusting our choices, appreciating what we have, and choosing to be happy.

This is an After Happily Ever story. It takes place long after Tracy and Sean have come down from the heady rush of first love. This is a story about the constant juggling act we perform with marriage, children, and careers. It’s about hanging on to a little piece of yourself when your hopes and dreams seem to have evaporated. Each one of us have felt it… that little moment when you look at your significant other and wonder What the hell was I thinking?

Marriage isn’t easy. Keeping a marriage alive takes work – and enough self-restraint to keep from clubbing your spouse with a cast iron skillet.

Some days are better than others. Today, I happen to think my husband is the handsomest, funniest man on the planet. Tomorrow he may have reason to fear his pillow.

What kind of a day are you having? Comment below and tell me if you were dressed by small woodland creatures this morning, or if we should hide the knife block.  Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ll give Contentment a shot!


Tracy Sullivan seems to have it all, a handsome, devoted husband, three beautiful children, a steady career, and the perfect suburban home; but she isn’t happy.

The petty resentments that have built over fifteen years of marriage surface when Tracy tells her husband, Sean, that she is no longer interested in sex, and their marriage threatens to implode.

For the sake of their children, Tracy and Sean agree to lead separate lives under the same roof. With the help of a healthy dose of adult-rated fiction and some gentle prodding from a good friend, Tracy begins to rediscover who she is, what she wants, and the reasons she fell for Sean once upon a time.

After two years of soul-searching, Tracy is finally ready to embrace her happily ever after having learned that while happiness may be fleeting, contentment can last a lifetime.


Emma Lai said...

Welcome Margaret. I have to agree nothing beats slipping into clean, cotton sheets, especially after an exhausting day.

Margaret said...

Thanks for having me here, Emma!

Julie said...

Dressed by small woodland creatures. *giggles* I wish they would dress me. I like champagne and popcorn, chips, cookies, and candy. Cotton is great. Oooh, cotton candy!

Contentment is an incredible book! It's my new favourite! :)

suzanne said...

I'm a cotton gal, too. In fact, I line dry my sheets so they feel nice and crisp. I like long hair, but mine's silver and I detest long grey hair. I have brown eyes but prefer blue (both children are blue-eyed). And I'm a rose gal, preferably old heirloom roses.

Contentment is a superb book.

Emma Lai said...

Thanks for visiting Julie and Suzanne. Cotton seems to be winning the day. :)

Christina Wolfer said...

I'm a beer drinkin' girl myself, but lean toward Dt. Mountain Dew rather than Dt. Coke.

I'm sure I've said this before, but I so love the cover of Contentment.