Saturday, April 30, 2011

Plinky Question of the Day

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The Plinky Question of the Day is a weekly feature I added to the blog to get to know you guys better and vice versa.  Sometimes the questions will deal with books or reading but, most of the time they won’t.  Because, let’s face it, there’s more to us than what we read.

 

What do you do to stay healthy?

 

Since I’m always on a quest to find out about new exercise programs/classes and healthy eating plans, I figured I’d tackle a health conscious question today.  I know it’s kind of boring but, we need to keep ourselves healthy people.

As some of you may already know, as far as exercise goes I try to make it to my kickboxing class three times a week.  It’s a pretty grueling workout but, I love the intensity and the aggression that goes with it.  Another plus for me is that my instructor always has something different for us.  For me, that’s key because I have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to exercising.

kickboxer

Another thing I’ve started to incorporate into my exercise schedule is MMA training/conditioning once or twice a week.  I do it mostly for two reasons.  Reason A) my Dad is in the process of becoming a certified trainer so it helps him create training routines for his future fighters and B) it’s a way for me to bond with my Pops and see him on the regular.  Don’t look so horrified guys.  I don’t actually fight anyone with the exception of my kickboxing instructor and it’s only really light sparring.  In my kickboxing classes I focus more on punching/kicking the punching bags or hand pads.  In the MMA session my Dad focuses more on jujitsu takedowns and grappling work but, it’s mainly on a dummy bag.

MMA training

Wow…after proofreading this post it dawned on me that I might give off the impression of someone who walks around being all angry and ready to throttle someone at a moments notice.  LOL!  I promise I’m one of the nicest, most easy going people you’ll ever meet.  One of the main reasons I keep going back for more punishment is because I love being able to release all my tension, anger and frustration during a workout.  I feel a million times better after an hour of roundhouse kicks and uppercuts.  The other minor and slightly more embarrassing reason I keep going back to class is because I sometimes envision myself as some of my favorite UF/PNR heroines opening up a can of whoop ass on their enemies.  And damn it if doesn’t make me feel all kinds of empowered.  Okay so now that everyone’s looking at me like this O_o I think I’ll shut my trap before you guys are convinced that I’m the conductor on the crazy train.

What do you guys do to keep yourselves healthy?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The End Is Near...



Did anyone else get goose bumps?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

True Blood News

Hey there Truebies.  Need a True Blood fix?  Head on over to Bite Club to see some of the goodies I've found.  Click on the banner below.  Enjoy!


Monday, April 25, 2011

They're baaaack!!

Attention B-Boys and B-Girls.  The Beastie Boys are back!  Check out their 30 minute video for Fight for your Right (Revisited).

Warning:  This video is not for the faint of heart.  Don't say I didn't warn you!


Giveaway: Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse Book 11)

Deanna, my lovely partner in crime for the Sookie Stackhouse re-read, announced details on her blog about our giveaway for copies of Dead Reckoning, book 11 of the Sookie Stackhouse series.  That was my cue to get off my lazy ass and make the announcement on my blog.  Thanks for the swift kick in the pants D.
Dead Reckoning
That being said, I’ll be gifting someone with an e-book copy of Dead Reckoning on it’s release date.  Exciting stuff, no?!  Considering this is my first ever giveaway, I might screw the details up so please bear with me!  Speaking of deets…


GIVEAWAY DETAILS

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

Here are the links to the book discussions we’ve had so far….

Book 1:  Dead Until Dark
Book 2:  Living Dead in Dallas
Book 3:  Club Dead
Book 4:  Dead to the World
Book 5:  Dead as a Doornail
Book 6:  Definitely Dead
Book 7:  All Together Dead
Book 8:  From Dead to Worse
Book 9:  Dead and Gone

*Side note:  For those of you who haven’t had a chance to start the series, Deanna’s giving readers the chance to win Dead Until Dark, book 1 the series.  Click here for the details.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse #9) Book Discussion

Dead and Gone

What’s up party people?!  The discussion for Dead and Gone is underway over at Book and Movie Reviews by Deanna.  Stop by and tell us what you thought about this crazy rollercoaster ride.

Random Books from the Bookshelf

Random Books from the Bookshelf

Random Books from the Bookshelf is weekly feature hosted by Cookies, Books and Bikes.  This weekly feature was created to showcase the first few paragraphs from books that have been sitting on the bookshelf patiently waiting for their turn to be read.  I’d like to send a big THANK YOU to WonderBunny for letting me use her awesome feature on my site.  Please stop by and visit her blog.  Aside from this cool feature, she also posts great book reviews and shares AMAZING cookie recipes!


I’m dubbing this week ‘Library Edition’ week.  Here are some books I recently picked up…

 

Relic

Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

= 1 =

The Amazon Basin, September 1987

At noon, the clouds clinging to the top of Cerro Gordo broke free and scattered.  Far above, in the upper reaches of the forest canopy, Whittlesey could see golden tints of sunlight.  Animals—probably spider monkeys—thrashed and hooted above his head and a macaw swooped low, squawking obscenely.

Whittlesey stopped next to a fallen jacaranda tree and watched Carlos, his sweating camp assistant, catch up.

“We will stop here,” he said in Spanish.  “Baja la caja.  Put down the box.”

Whittlesey sat down on a fallen tree and pulled off his right boot and sock.  Lighting a cigarette, he applied its tip to the forest of ticks on his shin and ankle.

*Note:  A big thanks going to Jen over at My Book Addiction for bringing this series to my attention.  Looking forward to giving it a shot.


*Note:  I’d like to blame, er, I mean thank Ash over at Smash Attack Reads! for the next two book recommendations.  It was hard to resist her enthusiasm!

 City of Bones

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Pandemonium

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest.  He stared down at the boy in the red zip-up jacket and shook his shaved head.  “You can’t bring that thing in here.”

The fifty or so teenagers in line outside the Pandemonium Club leaned forward to eavesdrop.  It was a long wait to get into the all-ages club, especially on a Sunday, and not much generally happened in line.  The bouncers were fierce and would come down instantly on anyone who looked like they were going to start trouble.  Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray, standing in line with her best friend, Simon, leaned forward along with everyone else, hoping for some excitement.


The Marbury Lens

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

I guess in the old days, in other places, boys like me usually ended up twisting and kicking in the empty air beneath gallows.

It’s no wonder I became a monster, too.

I mean, what would you expect, anyway?

And all the guys I know – all the guys I ever knew – can look at their lives and point to the one defining moment that made them who they were, no question about it.  Usually those moments involved things like hitting baseballs, or their dads showing them how to gap spark plugs or bait a hook.  Stuff like that.

My defining moment came last summer, when I was sixteen.

That’s when I got kidnapped.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Plinky Question of the Day

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The Plinky Question of the Day is a weekly feature I added to the blog to get to know you guys better and vice versa.  Sometimes the questions will deal with books or reading but, most of the time they won’t.  Because, let’s face it, there’s more to us than what we read.

 

If you had your own television show, what would it be about?

 

Okay so I know my answer to this week’s question is going to sound crazy to you guys but, I’ll take my chances that you’ll still want to be bloggy friends.  Winking smile  Here goes.  I would create a reality show about administrative assistants.  *blank stares…cricket, cricket*  Okay, hear me out.  I know that being an administrative assistant may seem like a mundane job but, most days it is sooo not.  Hell most days I want to run out of there screaming.  Okay, perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love my supervisors and my respective teams but, I think that they think assistants are magicians or something.  I actually got the idea for this during a lunch meeting I was having with the other assistants.  All kinds of crazy war stories were shared.  Like the one about getting a supervisor stranded in Brazil with an expired visa (I hear the room the size of a broom closet they make you sit in is not so pleasant)…

customs

Or the time someone’s supervisor wanted to rent a 747 for a meeting (who the hell comes up with some crazy shit like that)…

747

Or the one where the assistant had to re-enact a scene from Plains, Trains & Automobiles and literally had to get her boss back from overseas on a series of planes, trains and car rides.

planes trains and automobiles

And then of course there’s that one time I royally fucked up and sent half of the senior management team (including their bosses who were in town) to the wrong restaurant.  Did I mention the place I sent them to was conveniently located in front of an adult superstore?  Yeah, I’m still trying to figure out how the hell I didn’t get fired for that one.

playthings

As you can see, it’s not always as simple as answering a phone or filing paperwork.  Sometimes we have to jump through hoops (which may or may not be on fire) and handle crazy requests and/or emergencies without looking like this…

freaking out

It’s a tough job but, someone’s gotta do it.  Might as well do it while getting paid crazy Jersey Shore money, no?

 

How about you guys?  What would your TV shows be about?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

From Dead to Worse Discussion (Sookie Stackhouse #8)

fromdeadtoworse

*SPOILER ALERT*
IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK OR THE PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES, PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE READING THIS POST!

 

If you were unable to re-read the book, go here for a Wikipedia plot summary.  PLEASE remember not to discuss events that occur in books 9 and 10.  We’re trying not to spoil the series for those readers who are reading the books for the first time.

There was a lot going on this book.  So here are some of the questions I chose to get the discussion ball rolling…

Discussion Questions:

1.  Talk about emotional rollercoasters!  How do you all feel about Sookie’s love/hate relationship with her and Eric’s bond?  (pg. 52 – 53)

2.  What’s that sneaky bastard Jonathan up to?  (pg. 26 – 28)

3.  Well, well, well….looks like Sookie’s grandmother wasn’t as um, wholesome as we were all led to believe.  What did you think about Niall’s big reveal?  (pg. 58 – 70)

4.  Poor Maria-Star!  What a jacked up way to have your life end.  Anyone else feel really upset about the way she was taken out?  (pg. 97 - 99)

5.  So Amelia hits for the other team.  Quite inneresting.  Thoughts?  (pg. 112 - 113)

6.  Both D and I loved that Sookie grew a pair called out Patrick Furnan.  Good idea or is she bat shit crazy?  (pg. 126)

7.  I’m all for bad ass fight scenes.  What did you think about the Were throwdown…and Sam turning into a lion…and Claudine’s bad assery…and Alcide’s pack leader declaration?  (pg. 133 – 140)

8.  The big Shifter reveal.  Good or bad idea?

9.  How’d you all feel about the Nevada vamps taking over?  (pg. 159 – 179)

10.  OMG…what the hell is going on in the world when you break up with a man for helping his family.  I need your thoughts STAT!  (pg. 185 – 187)

11.  WTF is wrong with Jason.  Does anyone else want to beat the daylights out of him?!?!  (pg. 255 – 257)

Favorite Quotes:

If I ever invaded a small country, this was the woman I wanted on my side.  (pg. 8)

But I knew Eric Northman quite well. (In fact, at one time I'd known him from his head to his toes, and all points in between.)  (pg. 27)

I was surprised to out find there was a direct line from my palm to my, my, hootchie.  (pg. 57)

I felt a lurch of desire and came very close to saying, "What the hell, take me now, you big Viking."  (pg. 77)

I threw a Nora Roberts hardback at him, whacking him upside his head.  (pg. 124)

"Patrick Furnan?" I said, just to be sure.
"Speaking."
"Why are you trying to kill me?"  (pg. 126)

I danced around like a demented elf, trying to stay out of the way.  (pg. 135)

Impulsively, I bent to give him a kiss on the cheek.  I smelled the smell that was Sam: aftershave, the woods, something wild yet familiar.
"How are you feeling?" he asked, as if I always kissed him hello.  (pg. 145)

"Sitting here on your bed, smelling your scent," he said in a voice so low I had to strain to hear it.  "Sookie...I remember everything."
"Oh, hell," I said, and went into the bathroom and shut the door.  (pg. 182)

"I want to be first. I know that's selfish, and unattainable, and maybe shallow.  But I just want to come first with someone.  If that's wrong of me, so be it.  I'll be wrong.  But that's the way I feel." (pg. 187)

As you can see, we’ve got a lot going on in this book.  Got any answers, questions, comments, favorite quotes and/or conspiracy theories?  Get them off your chest and tell us what you think!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Plinky Question of the Day

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The Plinky Question of the Day is a weekly feature I added to the blog to get to know you guys better and vice versa.  Sometimes the questions will deal with books or reading but, most of the time they won’t.  Because, let’s face it, there’s more to us than what we read.

 

Here’s $1,000.  Spend it in the next hour or lose it.  No online shopping allowed.  (And just to make this a little more challenging, you’re not allowed to buy books.  Yes, I went there.)

 

Stop giving me the evil eye guys.  Even though I took away book buying privileges I’m sure there’s plenty of other stuff you want to buy, right?  Right!  Personally, I’m heading toward the nearest Ikea to pick up some of these…

billy bookcase

What?!  I didn’t say it couldn’t be book related.

After I load up the car with my new bookshelves I’m heading to the nearest electronics store to get my techie fix.  I might just walk out with one of these…

ipad2

or perhaps one of these…

xoom

If I have any money left over I’m definitely following it up with some of this…

manipedi

 

How about you?  Where would you spend your $1,000?

Friday, April 15, 2011

I Had To Share This With You...


That girl is gangsta!  If I ever meet her I'm giving her a double high five.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Plinky Question of the Day

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The Plinky Question of the Day is a weekly feature I added to the blog to get to know you guys better and vice versa.  Sometimes the questions will deal with books or reading but, most of the time they won’t.  Because, let’s face it, there’s more to us than what we read.

Name three things that are worth waiting in long lines for.

What’s up party people?!  So we’re back to our regularly scheduled Plinky question today.  I picked this particular question solely because I was intrigued to see what your answers would be.  But before we can get to yours I need to share mine.  So here goes…

In third place…
Elephant ears a.k.a. funnel cakes
elephant ear funnel cake
I don’t know what it is about this particular amusement park/fair ground snack that makes me salivate at the mere mention of it but, it definitely one of those things I don’t mind waiting for.

In second place…
New movie releases
ticket booth theater seating
I’m all about showing up early to a new movie release and making the line for good seating.  This includes, but is not limited to, midnight releases.  Aside from the main goal of getting good seats, I also like watching all the previews.  What?  Movies are friggin’ expensive ya’ll.  I want to see EVERYTHING that’s going to flash across that screen.  Makes me feel like I got my money’s worth.

In first place…
Book fairs/sales
book fair book sale table
I know, I know you’re SHOCKED right now.  LOL!  Not only will I deal with long lines but, I’ll also deal with huge crowds all in the name of saving money on a book purchase.  Just ask Isa and Vane.  But that’s a topic for another post.  Winking smile

Alright guys, spill it!  What stuff near and dear to your heart gives you the strength to withstand long lines?

Monday, April 4, 2011

They like me, they really like me!

Blog Soulmate Award

I was both surprised and honored when I found out that I received a Blog Soulmate Award from the Book Soulmates today.  They asked me to answer a few questions so they could give their readers a chance to get to know me better.  Poor unsuspecting fools.  Nah, I’m just kidding.  I’m quite harmless.  Go check out my interrogation, er, I mean interview if you’ve got some time to kill and while you’re there check out the dynamic duo in action.  They won’t mind.  They kinda like being stalked.  =D

A MILLION THANKS LADIES FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

Definitely Dead Discussion (Sookie Stackhouse #6)

definitelydead*SPOILER ALERT*
IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK OR THE PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES, PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE READING THIS POST!


If you were unable to re-read the book, go here for a Wikipedia plot summary.  PLEASE remember not to discuss events that occur in books 7 through 10.  We’re trying not to spoil the series for those readers who are reading the books for the first time.

There was a lot going on this book.  So here are some of the questions I chose to get the discussion ball rolling…

Discussion Questions:

1.  Does anyone else think it’s a horrible idea for Jason to marry Crystal?

2.  Okay so if I wanted to junk punch Alcide in the previous book, this time around I wanted to football field goal kick him in the nads.  What did you all think about Maria Star’s confession to Sookie and the run in at The Hair of the Dog?

3.  Holy crazy plot twists Batman?!  What did you all think about the intense story lines in this book?

4.  How about them Pelts?!  What a piece of work those nut jobs are.  How did you feel about Sookie’s decision with regard to this bunch of yahoos?

5.  Do you think Amelia living with Sookie is a good or bad idea?

6.  My favorite thing about this book was Quinn.  I call shotgun so don’t get any crazy ideas.  What did you all think of this sexy shifter?

Favorite Quotes:

If you’re in the know supernaturally, you’ll spot the ear surgery, and you’ll know Claude is a fairy.  I’m not using the pejorative term for his sexual orientation.  I mean it literally; Claude’s a fairy.  (pg. 3)

Andre might have been thinking about the price of bananas in Guatemala.  (pg. 235)

Got any answers, questions, comments, favorite quotes, conspiracy theories?  Get them off your chest and tell us what you think!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Apologies!

Things were a bit crazy around here over the weekend and I was unable to finish the discussion post for Definitely Dead on time.  Have no fear!  It’ll be up first thing tomorrow morning.  Sorry if it threw you for a loop!

Jen D

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Plinky Question of the Day…sort of

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The Plinky Question of the Day is a weekly feature I added to the blog to get to know you guys better and vice versa.  Sometimes the questions will deal with books or reading but, most of the time they won’t.  Because, let’s face it, there’s more to us than what we read.

 

So today’s question is more of a Jen question than a Plinky question.  Seeing how Friday was April Fool’s Day, I want to know the following:

 

That’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled on someone?  You say you have the misfortune of being the prankee and not the pranker?  Well then what’s the best prank someone’s ever pulled on you?

 

Okay so I come from a family of practical jokers.  I’ve pranked and have been pranked more times than I can count.  One of the ones I’m most proud of is when I helped someone reverse a prank that was being pulled on them.  Hey!  Just cause I pull pranks doesn’t mean I don’t use my powers for good.  The story goes something like this….

One of my friend’s at work decides he’s going to plan a romantic trip for his girlfriend, who also works with us.  They decide that their first trip together is going to be one of those weekend cruises.  Some of our co-workers, who happen to be vicious in the prank department, catch wind of their trip and decide that they’re all going to “join them” on this trip.  These fuckers went so far as to create fake confirmation pages to convince this poor guy that they weren’t joking.  After a few days (that’s right, I said days) of this torment my friend is really upset because he thinks all these jerks are for real going on this trip with him and his girl.  His girlfriend knows it’s a prank but, has gone along with it for so long that she’s scared to admit it to him for fear of getting left on land while he takes off on the cruise.

This is where I come in.  I knew of the prank and thought it was funny at first.  However, when I noticed that they were dragging this thing out for way longer than necessary I got a little miffed.  So I pulled him aside and told him what was going on and mentioned how this was a really good opportunity to get a little payback. He of course agreed and we decided the he was going to tell the pranksters that he was cancelling the trip because he thought it was really messed up that they invited themselves without asking him.  So they get worried that he might be serious and I overhear one of the evil doers talking to another co-worker about their predicament.  This co-worker says that she has a friend who can confirm if what he’s saying is true because, as fate would have it, her friend works at the cruise line they booked their trip on.  I intercept her before she makes the call and give her the low down of what’s going on.  When I see the gleam in her eye I know that I have a partner in crime that’s going to help me pull this thing off.  She agrees to tell her friend to confirm that he cancelled it to keep our prank going.  She makes the call and puts it on speaker.  Can I just say how friggin’ priceless it was to see everyone’s jaw hit the floor when this girl’s friend “confirmed” that he indeed had cancelled the cruise?!

Being the equal opportunity prankster that I am, we let the pranksters stew on this bit of info overnight and the next day, after I dropped them off at their cruise ship, they took pictures with drinks in their hands and sent them to all of their tormentors.  Guys, it was EPIC!!  That prank happened over a year ago and people are STILL talking about it.

Okay now it’s your turn.  I want to hear all the sordid details!

 
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