Monday, December 31, 2012

Win a Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker!

Let's start off 2013 by winning!

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I love, love, love my slow cooker and could always use another one so I am off to enter!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

How YOU can pay for the Holidays 2013!

For the past couple years I have done programs on the 'net to help pay for the holidays. Also helps pay for other things through out the year.

I want to share with you what I do to help offset the cost of the holidays.

I will not tell you about any programs that I do not have experience with and know that they do pay. 

The first program I do is Swagbucks.
Search & Win
I love, love, love me some Swagbucks.

It's a search engine that you can earn "bucks" on to turn into prizes.  You do searches, you win bucks, you cash out.

You can also do the daily poll, the No Obligation Special Offers (NOSO), surveys & other opportunities.  They also now offer shopping.

I average about 450 points every two weeks which I then cash out for a $5 Amazon gift card.  That's the best deal in my opinion but they offering all kinds of gift cards and Paypal options plus goodies you can cash out for.  Totally up to you.

At work, my homepage is Swagbucks & I search everything.  EVERYTHING!   I would definitely check it out!

Next up: Opinion Outpost
I've been a member since 2009.  Love it.  It's surveys only.  They pay in points which you can turn in for a check, PayPal, Amazon gift cards, or even donate to charity.

Remember, you will not always qualify for surveys but if you do not, Opinion Outpost will give you another chance to earn 10, 20 or 120 points by "opening" a virtual door to see if you won that way.  I have won quite a few points that way.

In 2012 I may almost $100 dollars through Opinion Outpost.  I cashed my points in for Amazon gift cards.

Then we have MyPoints.

I have been a member of MyPoints since 1998.  I usually earn a few gift cards a year. 

This year I earned enough gift cards to cash out for a $25 g/c to Target & a $10 g/c to Shell...the Shell we put in our oldest child's stocking as he bought his first car this year.  Nothing better than free gas!

MyPoints definitely pays and I've never had an issue with them for anything.  Great customer service.

You earn simply by reading some emails, doing a few surveys and if you want, doing offers.

It doesn't get any better than that!

If for some reason you click on the link & decide to join & they ask you for a referral name, will you use my name: mkw70.  If not, it's cool.  I just like spreading the info so we can earn our "cash" for the holidays!

Last but not least: Send Earnings

I've been with them for about 2 years.

Same concept as the others.  Do searches, offers, read emails, click surveys, earn points.

I took a backseat on this one this year so I didn't earn much but I did manage to eek out a $30.00 check.  Not too shabby for just "fartin" around with it.

Send Earnings is definitely a program that I will vouch for any day.

Hopefully some of these you will check out.

And, hey, if you know of any, let me know & I will join.

I love earning free does my family.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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I have been a member of Send Earnings for awhile.
They do pay.

It's clicking on emails (easy), doing surveys (you're already killing time on the net, earn some moola while doing it), search (why not!) & of course, offers.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Portable North Pole ~ A Must for Your Little One

My littlest one is 6.
He is my believer.

We do the Elf on the Shelf...his name is Chipper.
We sit on Santa's lap.
We leave cookies & milk.

I don't want him to ever doubt the "magic" of Santa.

Recently I was given the opportunity to try out Portable North Pole.

I am so glad I was able to give it a go.

Cheeks needs a little more help in staying off the naughty list.  Not only does it reinforce the need to stay on the nice list, it's also fun as all get out!!!!

And as a plus, each time a Portable North Pole product is purchased, 5% of the sale price will go directly to affiliated children’s hospitals in the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland and France.  Total score right there. 

I was able to personalize the video Cheeks saw.  I uploaded a photo of him, gave some info for Santa to relay to Cheeks and hit send.

Extremely easy & quick.

Portable North Pole has several "packages" to pick from.
Check 'em out!

Portable North Pole’s standard Santa’s Video (Suggested Retail: Free)

A FREE personalized video message from Santa Claus, filled with magic and exciting discoveries for your loved ones. Includes a brand new story and a sneak peek at never-before-seen North Pole locations!

Portable North Pole’s Downloadable Santa’s Premium Video (Suggested Retail: $6.99)

Santa has your children on his good list and he has taken the time to send a message of holiday greetings! Little ones will delight in their direct, personalized premium video messages from Santa Claus, featuring their own photos and personal details. Premium downloadable videos include more than five minutes of Christmas magic, a clip of Santa's riding on his sleigh and even a personalized Christmas carol!

Portable North Pole’s Santa’s Phone Call: (Suggested Retail: $3.99 for one call or $6.99 for three calls)

Santa has a very important message for your loved one! He will pick up the phone and call directly to deliver his personalized message. Santa’s call will last approximately two minutes and you can choose between 14 message options.

Portable North Pole’s Santa’s Interactive Letter (Suggested Retail: $19.99)

Santa will write a one-of-a-kind personalized interactive letter sprinkled with a pinch of Christmas magic! Available in Red or Green, each letter is printed in color on soft double-sided, first grade quality paper and includes up to 10 personalized items about your child or loved one.

Exclusive web access (webcam required) will allow the child to experience:

· An virtual reality feature confirming that the letter was sent from Santa’s village post office

· A facial recognition feature that scans Santa’s records to confirm the child made is on the nice list

· A personalized premium video viewable online

Portable North Pole’s Santa’s Nice List Certificate (Suggested Retail: $8.99)

Santa will go over all the personal information provided to make an official PNP customized certificate for your loved one to hang on their wall. The one-page certificate features Santa's official foil stamp and is personalized with the name, age, hometown and photo of the child.

Portable North Pole’s Personalized Christmas Stickers (Suggested Retail: $5.99)

Santa's will create a colorful set of Christmas stickers for your loved one to keep as a fun souvenir, customized with the child’s name. The set includes 12 different stickers, each customized with one name.

Portable North Pole’s Personalized Door Hangers (Suggested Retail: $6.99)

Santa’s elves will craft a festive door hanger for your loved one to hang on their bedroom door. Two messages available are available: (“Santa’s #1 Fan” and “On the Nice List”) and are printed double-sided.

Portable North Pole’s Official Christmas Book (Suggested Retail: $24.99)

Santa's elves will create a one-of-a-kind Christmas book based on the personal information provided about your loved one. The book features 25 color pages and a soft cover. The story will be personalized with the child’s photos and up to 50 personalized items integrated into the story.

Portable North Pole’s Official Christmas Puzzle (Suggested Retail: $12.99)

Santa's elves will prepare a fun and festive puzzle using a photo and the name of your loved one! Available in two themes: “Merry Christmas” and “Keepsake.” The puzzle, which features 20 rigid cardboard pieces, is recommended for ages 3 and older.

Portable North Pole’s Personalized Letter (Suggested Retail: $14.99)

Santa will write a one-of-a-kind letter for your loved one based on the personal information provided. Available in red or green, and printed in color on soft, double-sided, first-grade quality paper, each letter is personalized with name, age, gender, hometown and photo; up to 10 personalized items can be included in the letter.

Portable North Pole’s Christmas Coloring Book (Suggested Retail: $7.99)

Santa and his elves will craft a fun and festive coloring book especially for your loved one, customized with the personal information provided. The coloring book is approximately 20 pages, features a soft cover and is personalized with the name and photo of the child.

Portable North Pole’s Placemats (Suggested Retail $10.99)

Santa’s helpers will create a personalized Christmas placemat, ensuring your loved one will think of you every time he or she sits down to the table! The soft plastic placemat is printed single-sided with the child’s name and photo and features rounded edges. Four messages available: “I Love Santa,” “On Santa’s Nice list,” “Santa’s #1 Fan!” and “Santa Believes In Me!”

Portable North Pole’s Personalized Christmas Carols (Suggested Retail $2.99) COMING SOON!

Santa and his elves have a great ear for music! They're in the studio now recording a personalized Christmas Carol just for your loved one. Downloadable Christmas Carol is available as a MP3, 160 kbps, stereo and runs approximately two minutes.

Portable North Pole’s Personalized Christmas Ringtone (Suggested Retail $2.99) COMING SOON!

Santa and his elves are so tech-savvy! They're busy recording a one-of-a-kind ringtone especially for your loved one. Downloadable Christmas Carol is available as a MP3, 64 kbps, Mono and runs approximately 20 seconds. The ringtone is compatible with all major mobile devices.

Portable North Pole’s Mobile Applications (Suggested Retail $2.99 to $3.99) COMING SOON!

For iPhone, iPad and Android systems, the newly updated app includes access to premium personalized videos, an interactive Advent calendar, a call from Santa and other surprises that will delight all season long.
I finally let Cheeks see his video the other night.
He giggled his way through it.and looked amazed that Santa knew everything!
I am so happy I was able to participate in this.  I have reinforced the belief and it helped with a little reinforcement of discipline as well.
You can like Portable North Pole on Facebook & follow them on Twitter:
Find them on Facebook:
 Follow them on Twitter: @PNPSanta
Tell me, what do you do to help with keeping the magic alive during the holiday season?
*Disclaimer: While I was given a code for a free video, no other compensation was given.  My opinion is mine, 100%.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Review: Ranger Rick Jr - Magazine for Kids

Do you have an elementary or even preschool child in the house?
If so...HOLLA YO!

I am so street, am I not?

Anyway, recently I was given an opportunity to review Ranger Rick Jr. magazine.

I am so glad I got this opportunity.
Cheeks is a developing reader and this magazine kept his interested and was easy for him to sound out the words as we read it together.

Not to mention, he learned so much about Lions in this particular issue.
Plus other Wacky Facts, like giraffes only sleep 6-10 minutes at a time.  Sort of like me, when Cheeks was little.

What's even cooler...if you have an iPad you can get the new Ranger Rick Appventures

Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures” is an innovative digital storybook series that spotlights a different animal in each app – from lions and pandas to penguins and other favorites – as kids explore an interactive photo story, play games, and create pictures, music, and their own tales. The premier Appventure features Ricky Raccoon and his friend Lars the Lion as they take children to the African grasslands to discover how lions live. The app was developed in partnership with Moonbot Studios, winners of the 2012 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and makers of the award-winning app, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” 

Right now the app is available for only $4.99!
Total Spave!

Even better Ranger Rick Jr is available as a yearly subscription for only $19.95 with digital versions available for the Nook (my personal fave) & the Kindle.  Cheeks loves my Nook so I have already gotten the digital download.

Cheeks is still reading the magazine as well.  I let him read for a bit in a bed before lights out & we can hear him downstairs reading out loud & naming the animals almost every single night.

In my opinion...get the magazine.  Not only is it fun but it's educational.

Tell me, have you already gotten it or did you read any magazines by the National Wildlife Foundation as a kid?

*Disclaimer - I received a magazine for review.  No other compensation was given.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Friday, November 30, 2012

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Sears Cheer Review & Giveaway! Boo-Yah!

I love Christmas.
What's not to love?


Not to mention the birth of Jesus.

I was in need of some updated decor so Cheeks & I headed to Sears Christmas Shop.

This is what we encountered when we got there:

A bevy of Christmas Trees.

We could hear music, specifically the Charlie Brown Christmas Theme, so we walked through the Christmas Shop & ran smack dab into this:


See Snoopy on the mailbox, well everytime the mailbox opened, Woodstock was in there & would peek out.  Snoopy & Woodstock were also playing the music.

I think that would be great to put out in the front yard. 

Don't think that you have to go to the store to get all those great blow up's & trees. No way, Jose...Sears Christmas Shop has a great variety of everything online.

Not to mention they have what they call the Sears Cheer Headquarters (psst...don't tell but there is even a sweepstakes you can enter).

Of course, I was on the hunt for ornaments & we came across these great aisles:

While Cheeks was all "Mom! Mom! Look at this! Look at that!" I tried to appease him & look for some bling for my tree.

And bling I found:

Aren't they gorgeous?
I am loving the colors.
Purples, blues, greens...sigh...glitter...all the decor a girl could want.

Not to mention a see though pink snowflake I got for only $2.99.  Hello...$2.99! Spave!

I can not wait to decorate my tree.

Of course, before I forget, being a member of Shop Your Rewards helps me earn while I send.  Ya gotta love that!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Heart of Christmas: Review & Giveaway

I am a huge fan of Thanksgiving.
So much so that I feel it should really get more alone time than it does.
You know, not rush from Halloween to Christmas & sort of gloss over Thanksgiving.

Although I feel like that I do love Christmas & an opportunity to review "The Heart of Christmas" came to me (along with a giveaway...more on that later)

This movie...premiering of GMC in December is wonderful and heartwarming.
It's based on a true story (which I am always a sucker for).

Here's the story:

The Heart of Christmas
Dax Ryan Locke, born to Julie and Austin Locke on June 26, 2007, was diagnosed with AML M7, a rare form of leukemia, when he was 13 months old.

The Heart of Christmas is set in Washington, Illinois and at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly diseases in children. Told in flashback from the perspective of Megan (Candace Cameron Bure), a successful businesswoman, wife and mother of two, the storyline unfolds when her commitment to faith and family is renewed after reading the blog of Julie Locke, (, the online journal that Julie kept after Dax was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

In The Heart of Christmas, Megan, who has been struggling with finding time for her husband Walt (Burgess Jenkins) and hasn't made it to one of her daughter Emma's (Brooke Bryan) soccer games all year, has forgotten that it is Halloween until her son Jackson (Christian Nelson, Hayden Nelson) is standing in front of her in costume, ready to go trick-or-treating. After bargaining with Emma to take her brother door to door in a nearby neighborhood for a few hours so she can finish a business proposal, they race out of the house, only to find hundreds of homes lit up for Christmas on Halloween. Confused by this scene, Megan asks neighbors Mark (Matthew West) and Trish (Erin Bethea), who have rallied the community to bring Christmas holiday cheer to the Locke family upon Dax's (Chris Shone, Nick Shone) final return home from St. Jude, to explain the scene before them. Trish hands Megan a card with Julie Locke's (Jeanne Neilson) blog information on it and encourages Megan to read it. Before Megan is able to react, Trish sends her away with a heartfelt warning, stating, "it will change your life."

Through Megan's narrative, we are introduced to Dax's father Austin (Eric Beck), who is deeply concerned about Dax's prognosis; the type of cancer has poor survival rates in children Dax's age. Austin is committed to being open to new forms of treatment and to staying hopeful for Dax, for his wife Julie, her sister Melissa (Kelsey Marie Kingsbury) and Dax's grandmother Theresa (Anita Renfroe). During their hospital stay at St. Jude, Julie Locke meets Michelle (Dendrie Taylor), whose daughter Elizabeth (Kaya Millar) is also being treated there. Michelle introduces Julie to a support system of other moms, who encourage Julie to blog about Dax's progress and her journey as a way to keep friends and family informed. Days after initial treatment begins, we meet the team of incredible doctors at St. Jude: Nurse Lisa (Sophia Sinise), Dr. Sandler (George Newbern) and Dr. Benson (Karl T. Wright), who is charged with telling Julie and Austin that, after months of treatment and a rollercoaster of emotional highs and lows, the experimental, last chance effort was unsuccessful in curing Dax's cancer. Determined to give Dax one last Christmas, Austin Locke surprises Julie and Dax with a Christmas tree- even though it's October. The neighbors quickly catch on and surprise the Locke's by showing up at their home to give Dax, his family and the community a magical night to remember.


I am a big fan of Candace Cameron Bure...she's such a cutie.  Plus her character & I share the same name...although it's spelled wrong for her character...always remember the "h"!
Not to mention any movie with children in it always catches my interest.

I have a 13 year old and this movie really hit home for my family.
We all watched it from the 41yo Bobster to the 6yo Cheeks and we totally loved it.

This is definitely a movie for the collection.
I fell is a movie for the collection so much so that I am able to giveaway one dvd of "The Heart of Christmas"

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Monday, November 5, 2012

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Christmas is Coming: Get in on Brad's Deals

I love, love Brad's Deals.

With the holidays coming this is just another way to save moola for some gifts.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

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The town is filled with rumors claiming that Bradbury Inn is haunted by the spirits of Claire and Matilda Bradbury along with a man named George Walker after a fire destroyed it eighty years ago.
Jillian Levy came to Bradbury Inn to discover the truth. Shortly after she arrives the other person who was at the Inn all those years ago returns.
Mathew Nixen has returned to find his true love, Matilda. He believes the only way to break the curse the inn is under is to find her. He knows that George used voodoo to protect the woman he loved and now they must use voodoo to protect Jillian. They must get Jillian out of the inn before Death comes to take the souls he was denied so long ago. Can they save her in time?
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

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Monday, October 8, 2012

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

DownEast: Beautiful and Modest

Beautiful and modest.
It's as if I am writing about myself.

Growing up, I was always modest in my appearance.
No low cut shirts, short short skirts, skimpy clothes in general.
It just wasn't me.  For the love of God, I used to sleep with my bra on.  (Trivia fact for when we play "fun things you didn't know about me.")

Being raised LDS also contributed to my modest dressing.  Going to church on Sundays we are requested to wear a dress for Sacrament meetings.  The 80's lead to some horrific dresses, modest or not.  Thankfully, DownEast has stylish yet modest casual dresses.  I like to casual some Sundays.

What I like about DownEast is that the dresses they have can even be worn on the job.  While I don't see the public in anyway shape or form and feel I should be allowed to go in pj's to work, the owner doesn't quite get that idea so he requires four out of five days we dress business casual. The fifth day is jeans day...yay!

Also I am a little, how do we say, fluffy.  Ok, fine, I am overweight.  It's a fact.  I own it.
Well DownEast also tells you what dresses flatter what shapes.  No more Omar the tent maker for me!!!

I have fallen in love with this dress:

Reminds me of the dress Julia Roberts wore to the polo game in Pretty Woman.

I digress.

Really, in this day & age, it's hard to dress modest at any age.  Skin is in, as they say.  What is so great about this modest casual dresses is that they are in style for any age.

Check this dress out...perfect for on the job:

Pair with tights and flats...perfect ensamble for a fall work day.  Or running errands if you want to dress up but not go over the top.  Even knee high brown boots would look good.  No nude hose though, I am anti nude hose.  Personal choice but that is just the way it has to be.

Modest goes a long way I think.  Always leave them wanting more.

Tell me, check out DownEast & tell me what your fav item is...anything at all.  I'm dying to see what you pick.

*This is a sponsored post for Downeast, however, all opinions and views are my own.*

Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Friday, August 24, 2012

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Monday, August 13, 2012

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Near & Dear to my Heart: Support for Teens with ADD/ADHD

For those that are new to the old bloggeroo, many of you do not know the struggles the Bobster & I went through with Cheeks since he started daycare.  He was kicked out of many & from the second day of Kindergarten he was in the principals office...every. day.

In March of this year we got the diagnosis...he is ADD/ADHD.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Roll Call

Recently I got a chance to read "Roll Call"...about life in a Mexican Prison, the Mexican drug cartel, you know all the fun & fluff you would expect.

I am still in the midst of reading it.  So far, so good.  It takes a bit to pull you in but when it are. in.

So to wet your whistle, read a little snippet:

Vince wrapped his body around Candy’s in a spoon

position. She was facing the other way and he breathed

in the fragrance of her shampoo and thought about

things. I’ve been out of prison for almost three years;

I’m off parole and back in Orange County. Why did I

feel so drawn back to this county? Why didn’t’ I just

stay in Bakersfield with my Mom where parole and life

was so easy? I know why, life is boring out there and I

missed this area.

Feeling Candy’s heart beating too fast and her foot

kicking, Vince thought about being released from

Pelican Bay and then High Desert. He remembered

paroling with Damon and the pact he made not to

do any more speed no matter what! He remembered

telling Damon how he could see that speed the biker

slammed into his vein clearly, how it sent him off on a

path that went in so many directions, but guaranteed

that it would end in prison. Now here he is, discharged

from parole and back in Orange County with this

gorgeous girl, Candy for the past two months. Her

heart is beating too fast.

Vince thought, Candy got out of rehab two months

ago and seemed to fall in love with me instantly. Now

I know I’m in love with her. Vince looked at the alarm

clock he’d set up with the small mirror angled just right

until he could see Candy’s face. Her eyes were open and

her eye lids were flashing open like a butterfly’s wings.

Vince thought about what he’d heard about Candy.

There were rumors she had been an escort, a high priced

one. It was said she used to have a route through the

most expensive gated communities in south Orange

County where she stopped and did what she did to get

her bills paid and clothes and other presents bought for

her. Supposedly she didn’t have sex with any of them,

rather she was more like a mobile stripper who teased

and flaunted her way through wallets and credit cards.

Vince laughed, I should have known, with her name,


Vince looked at the alarm clock right as it went

off at six am... He watched her pretend to just wake

up, yawn and get up. He watched her sexy voluptuous

angular body walk to the bathroom in a G-string and

thought, she is a candy bar, though. As soon as the door

closed Vince reached over to the table and looked in the

handbag she seemed so protective of. Her paper work

for the lawyer she worked for was in there, so were two

pairs of stiletto heels, a mini skirt, lingerie, and a video

camera. Vince pulled out the small video camera and

slid it under the bed. A half an hour later Candy walked


She walked out dressed in a tan business suit looking

like a model receptionist and sat on the bed. Vince

looked into her brown eyes and kissed her pouting lips

possessively for a couple of minutes. Then he stared at

her curly brown hair and angel shaped face as she said,

“Vince I want a family life with you honey. That’s my

dream, so don’t forget it. I have to go to work; I’ll be

home for dinner. Love ya.”

Vince pulled out the video camera. The little blue

hand held camera had the name Candy 007 on it in

glittered stickers. He hit play and watched Candy in

her other life. The video showed the footage was from

two days ago. Vince thought, right when I felt her

feet kicking and her heart beating too fast. The video

played. Vince watched Candy video herself driving in

her Range Rover to the Smut Peddlers playing on the

stereo. Candy was wearing strappy stiletto heels, a mini

skirt, a top that showed off her uplifted breast and tan

skin, her hair in pony tails, sucking on a sucker while

dancing to the music. Vince saw her pulling up to a

gated community. A gate guard came to the window

and Candy said, “I’m Candy for Vladimir. He should

have called me in already.”

Vince stared at the gate guard and knew the

community. It was the most expensive gated community

in Santa Margarita. He watched the gate guard hand

over a pass and Candy drive in. The video stopped and

started again. This time, someone Candy called Vladimir

was holding it and following her around. Candy walked

into an extravagant kitchen right to the refrigerator and

pulled out a bottle of Stolichnaya Vodka like she knew

the place well. Candy asked, “Don’t you have any Grey

Goose Vodka? You know that’s my favorite.”

Vince heard the man holding the video’s deep voice

say, “I’m Russian, what do you expect... Are you back

on your mobile escort tour now that you’re out of rehab?

And what’s up with your job working as a receptionist

for that lawyer, is it just a front?”

Candy smiled for the camera while she poured half

a glass over a couple pieces of ice. “You ask a lot of

questions. Yes, I’m back in business. It’s hard to let go

of the kind of money I’m worth. The lawyer I started

working for uses speed and heard of my infamous

reputation. He hired me because of it, so you can assume

what kind of work I do for him. Now back to business.

Do you have any more speed for me and can you pay my

Range Rover payment Vladimir?”

“It depends. Take off your G-string and throw it

to me. You’re going to have to go up to my room and

dance for me for a couple hours. Are you going to let

me taste you yet?”

Candy lifted a leg and climbed out of her G-string

and lifted the other one and did the same thing. She

threw it toward the voice and said, “Eventually, if you’re

really good to me, I might let you taste my candy.”

Vince felt a pain foreign to him as he heard the deep

voice laughing, following Candy up the stairs with her

ass swishing back and forth underneath the skirt. Vince

realized what that foreign pain was, his heart breaking.

He took a deep breath that got caught in his throat

thinking about how long he’d been lonely, locked in a

cell. His saw his hand holding the video camera shaking

and set it down right as the phone rang.

“Vince... Did I... Leave my video camera?”

“What camera Candy?”

Vince detected in the tone of his voice the knowledge

of the camera and gritted his teeth.

Vince heard Candy’s tone of voice signify she knew

he knew. “I’m sorry Vince...”

“It’s okay! We’ll deal with it!”

Vince detected the desperate tone of his voice and

hated it.

Vince heard Candy’s voice crying, “No it’s not okay.

I can’t be trusted, I’m too dysfunctional.”

Vince said, “The story of my life,” to the dial tone.

Vince paced Candy’s apartment back and forth just

like he did in his cell for all of those years. He thought,

I should call Damon at Crossroads sober living in San

Clemente. I’ll call after I call Candy again. Candy still

didn’t answer and Vince found himself remembering

the hundreds of cell searches he lived through in the

many different cells he’d lived in with Damon. Instead

of calling Damon he found himself going through

Candy’s closet. He searched every inch of every hand

bag and purse, checked every pocket in jeans, jackets,

and sweaters, went through the seams of every hat and

then remembered something. Candy was wearing one

of her favorite dresses three days ago when she first

started acting wired. A Gucci dress, a Valentino dress

and there it was, the Oscar De Larenta. It was a black

sexy dress that had tassels that could be tied around the

dress or left to hang. Inside one of the tassels there was

an opening and a small bag of crystal speed wedged


Vince pulled it out and dumped it on a table. He

remembered Candy saying, “I want to have a family life

with you honey.”

Vince thought, “I’ll find you and make that family

life happen” as he snorted every granule like a vacuum.

He felt the pain burn a trail up the nasal membranes

that triggered all of the insane memories just under

the surface. He thought of those six years in prison

with Damon, the hundreds of cell searches, bus rides,

court trips, politics and survival strategies, and realized

something. I can’t call Damon, I’m high, and I’d be a

bad influence.

Pacing around in circles Vince found himself

stopping at Candy’s nightstand drawer, opened it and

found her cell phone bill. There were two numbers

she called with the most frequency, and the times

developed the first part of a mental map. He brought

every trash can in the apartment and filtered through

everything and found notes containing more pieces

to an investigative puzzle. Vladimir’s name, phone

number and address were there. The search intensified

into a meticulous dissection of Candy’s apartment; and,

Vince thought, her own personality. There was a drawer

full of legal briefs from the lawyer’s office where she

worked. Upon closer inspection, Vince realized, Candy

is filtering through his most high profile clients. Good

girl. Vince pulled the drawer all the way out and off the

hinges and found a flash drive hidden on the frame of

the drawer with a piece of tape. Really good girl, let’s

see what’s on it.

Tell me, does it wet the whistle or no?