Eleven Favorite Finds Of 2011

Happy New Year, Everybody! Yes, I know it’s not Monday, but it FEELS like Monday.

I love the New Year, so I wanted to share a few of my favorite things about the last one. These things made me happy last year, and I ran all over the internet’s half-acre getting their links. Maybe they will make YOU happy, too.

1. Yuzu!

I hate scented things. I almost cancelled a movie date because my girlfriend got in the car wearing too much perfume, that’s how much I hate most scents. Hello, headache. Hello, nausea. Blech. But my high school BFF and the finder of many good things, introduced me to KleanSpa Extreme Moisture Shea Lotion in the scent of Yuzu, the olfactory equivalent of nectar and ambrosia. You have to smell it to believe it. Japanese citrus, I am your love slave.

2. Adele

So I was driving home from the gym and a song came on the radio. It was “Someone Like You” and the raw emotion in Adele’s voice captured me. I pulled over to listen to the song, then went home, Googled the lyrics and ordered the album “21” from itunes. My favorites song is “Turning Tables.” Songs about love gone to hell, about survival, about growing. Unflinching.

4. The Bloggess

The high school BFF I mentioned above also introduced me to The Bloggess. I was venting in an e-mail about everything that is wrong with my heavenly life, and she wrote back. “That sucks. Here, this might cheer you up.” It was this. I bet all of you already know about Jenny, The Bloggess, but I just discovered her. She’s hilarious and real. Charitable in the most honest, self-effacing, efficient way ever. She’s got issues, real issues I think, and she puts it all out there, but not in a cutesie look-at-me way. She’s smart and she’s nuts. I’m totally buying her book when it comes out.

5. Edible Massage Candle

The girl at the porn shop recommended this candle to me. As you may know, I listen when porn shop girls speak. I got one in peppermint (that scent thing again). Very relaxing and sensual. There’s something about lighting a candle that really does it for me. Could be those twelve years of Catholic schooling. Could be all that camping in tipis when I was a kid. Who know? Who cares? Yum.

6. Anchors Away Anal Beads

Since we’re already at the porn shop… you can’t feel the seam on these bad boys. And I like the smoke-gray color. Nice, big handle. Not gonna lose ’em. ‘Nuf said, right? 😉

7. wagthedad

wagthedad is, as one of his followers declared, one funny fucker. I tune in on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to see what he’s up to. Then I read the comments because his people are as funny as he is. He blogs on sex, is pro-breastfeeding, loves his wife and kids (and sex). He rants and raves but is smart about it. I think that’s what gets me. And the sex.

7. The Siren

So I was tweeting about a great novella I read – Seven Day Loan by Tiffany Reisz and somehow or another, her agent popped up and asked me if I would be willing to blurb her first single-title, The Siren. My first thought was why the hell do you want a quote from me, but I was flattered and eager to read more Reisz. Oh my fucking Gods. That book. Her characters will be with me for the rest of my life. Warning for the, um, religious? A Catholic priest is the leader of the BDSM underground. Here is my blurb: “Dazzling, devastating and sinfully erotic, Reisz writes unforgettable characters you’ll either want to know or want to be. The Siren is an alluring book-within-a-book, a story that will leave you breathless and bruised, aching for another chapter with Nora Sutherlin and her men.” The Siren will be released in August. And Mira used part of my quote for the freaking cover!

8. Smashbox Baby Pout Lip Enhancing Gloss

It’s not even a color. It’s just a hellasparkly shimmer. I love it even though my hair gets stuck on my lips when the wind blows. Normally that stuff bugs the crap out of me, so that should tell you something.

9. Liquid eyeliner

It cost $100 bucks in hair and makeup to make me look as good as I do in that picture at the top of my site, but I felt like a million bucks. Sooo…I went back to the salon and got a makeup lesson! Who knew things had changed so much since I learned to apply eyeliner when I was fifteen? Holy shit, they aren’t even putting it on under the eyes anymore! Apparently, you should apply it on the TOP lid in a gradually thickening line toward the outer corner. If you want to make your eyes look bigger, extend the line past your eye. And not that pencil stuff – black LIQUID eyeliner. Then brush a bit of gold or bronze eyeshadow under the outer corner of the eye. And put on lots of mascara. My girl recommended L’Oreal black liquid eyeliner and L’Oreal Volumizing Mascara, not even the expensive stuff! Love it.

10. E-readers

I got a Kindle for my last birthday! Other e-readers are just as good, but my husband won playing poker, and he bought me a Kindle. I love it. I love to download sample chapters and get hooked on a book. I love to cruise the Kindle store and hit “buy.” I love instant gratification. Yup. Love.

11. Aveeno Smart Essentials Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment

Not because I’m worried about getting wrinkles, although I am as self-image damaged as any other American woman. On my deepest level, I don’t believe my sexy is tied to a wrinkle-free face, big boobs and a flat tummy. I’ll never have those again, so I’d be fucked for the rest of my life. I like this stuff because it smells good and the feel of the little roller-ball thingy under my eyes makes me happy.

In other news, I am going to cut down on my blogging schedule in 2012. I blogged weekly for a year, and I love you for following and reading. Thank you – THANK you. But I don’t want to bore you, and for the last few weeks, I have had to dig deep for blog topics. I’m not really a blogger; I just play one on WordPress. I am dying to announce the sale of Book Three and Four in the Come Again series, not to mention Book One in my Super Smut series – but to do that I have to sell them. Oh wait…and finish, polish and…it’s time to regenerate. Soooo… Bi-monthly Miranda it is! I’m hoping to have some real news by the time I talk to you again.

Beloved readers and friends, I wish you happiness in 2012, the good kind, the kind of happiness that endures and empowers, exhilarates and humbles, the kind of happiness that makes you feel safe and loving and loved. XOXO! Go forth. Be happy!



  1. Thanks for the awesome list, Miranda! Going to have to try that eyeliner thing–never got it down very well, but am willing to give this new stuff a try! Especially now that I can use some extra beautifying more than ever 😉

    Hope your new year’s off to an awesome start! 😀

  2. So I am so late in finding this, but it was all the SEX that kept me preoccupied. Seriously, though, thanks. But a man who’s into SEX? If I were a congressman,I would totally tweet you naked sexy photos of myself to be published in your erotic fiction. But I am neither that sexy nor a congressman, so my blogginess will have to suffice. Thanks!

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