On My Mind: November 19, 2013


The Happiest Place on Earth

We just returned home from a weeklong trip to Disneyland.


View of California Adventure Park from our hotel room

We have precious few pictures of the three of us together, but we were all there.



We must have walked 100 miles over the course of the week. In one day I wore holes in a brand new, never-worn pair of socks. We passed out early every night and took Advil every morning.

We had a lovely time.


A few weeks ago the New York Post ran an article declaring giraffes to be the new “it” animal. That must be why they seem to be everywhere! Ruining everything!

To combat this invasion, I created a Pinterest board depicting things that I see being ruined by giraffes. If you would like to contribute, please email your original photos (ones that you have taken yourself) to heidi@franticallysimple.com with the heading: Giraffes Ruin Pinterest.

Giraffes Ruin Shrubbery


I love this little girl. You will too.


If you are not busy on September 16th, you could use that day to maybe buy Hook’s Revenge. I mean, if you want. (It releases just in time for International Talk Like A Pirate Day–9/19!)

I’ve had a few people ask if it is available for pre-order. Not just yet, but I will let you know as soon as it is.


Speaking of Hook’s Revenge, I saw some early sketches of cover art last week and I loved them so much. I can’t wait to see and share the final.

They did not look at all like this, but I felt like I should put something here, so:

Closet by *Sheharzad-Arshad on deviantART


Even though it is actually raining outside, I still keep listening to this. My favorite mix is Rain on the Roof, Thunder, and Frogs.

What’s on your mind today?



  1. The giraffes are taking over Pinterest now, hmm? Can’t keep them hooves off of ANYTHING.

    Did you get a picture with Captain Jack? I had too much to drink one night in Disneyland and kissed him on the cheek. It was awesome.

    • Ha! Nope. No characters at all. Hannah wasn’t into them this time around. They took too much time from rides. 😉

  2. OMG, Heidi, the nature sounds??? BEST THING ON THE INTERNETS!
    I am now listening to Owl Snowstorm N. American Flute Tibetan Bowl. Thank you for sharing this. It is fantastic and also awesome and now you are my hero for the whole day.

    And also, I love DisneyLand. I accidentally got engaged there on my very first-ever trip to the place. And I’m not sure how you got my cousin, Sandy, to be your child. That’s sort of freaking me out.

    • Erica, your comments always make *my* day. Now tell me about this accidental engagement. 😉

      • NO! I cannot.
        Because it’s the subject of a future blog post.
        But I can assure you, it wasn’t supposed to happen.

        But I’m glad you enjoy my comments. And also, I am glad I have a new addiction (I’m filling the Newest portion of the Nature Sounds page)


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