Thursday, February 28, 2013

Small break from books.

I'm taking a small break from blogging about books I am reading to bring you a cute story.

Last night we (myself, my husband and our daughter) were driving through a town to fill up our giant water jugs. That's a whole different story really.

Back to my story. My hubby and I were trying to decide what we wanted for dinner when we hit the center of town. We have been out to eat here pretty frequently, but I didn't realize just how frequently until my daughter piped up from the back:

Z: (as we enter the circle in the center of town) Eat! Eat! Eat!
Me: (laughing) Zoe, are you hungry?
Z: Pizza? Pizza?
Me and Hubby: (laughing harder) You want pizza?

I think she wanted pizza...

She continued to ask for pizza until it was right in front of her. And then she ate a giant slice of pizza all by herself. It was pretty darn cute.

At this particular pizza place there was a large gumball machine that had a giant spiral inside. After you put in the quarter, your gumball would spiral down to the bottom where you would retrieve it. Zoe thought these were balls (toys) inside, she didn't realize it was gum. And I wanted to show her how it worked. So we got a quarter from Dada and we got a hot pink gumball. She definitely liked watching it come down the spiral...because when it was done of course she said "Again?".

We didn't get her another one, but she did try and put the gumball back and then when that didn't work she walked away with it.

Then she decided to throw it. Except it didn't bounce, because even though it looked like a rubber ball, it was a gum ball. Instead it shattered. The look on her face was priceless. And then we got "Broken?"...and then "More? Again?"

So it was time to leave. I promised her we would come back and she could get another one next time we came back. I'm just wondering how long until she figures out it's candy and not a rubber ball...

If I remember and if I have time, I'll blog about more books again tomorrow...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion

Wow - where did I go?

I was supposed to blog about more books that I have been reading and I must have gotten distracted last week. That whole "real life" thing must have gotten in the way.

The next book I wanted to write about is Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. I became interested in this book after I saw a news article that described the movie based upon the book as "Twilight with Zombies". And since I am obsessed with Twilight, I figured I should check it out.

Even though zombies scare me. Seriously, I had nightmares for three nights after watching the movie "Zombieland" and that movie is a COMEDY.

So I watched the trailer for the movie and it looked....funny. And was maybe even a romance. And well, being female, I naturally love most romantic comedies. But a zombie romantic comedy?
I let my husband know that a Valentine's date to see Warm Bodies the movie was a good idea.

He didn't agree. And I haven't seen it yet. He has no interest even though I told him it was likely going to be the ONLY zombie movie I would ever watch.

I figured my chances of seeing this movie were slim. Being parents with no babysitters, going to the movies is really a rare treat. I decided instead, to get the book.

I finished the book in two days, I couldn't put it down. I LOVED it.
And now I want to see the movie even more than I did before.

I never really thought about life from the zombies point of view. You do have to feel some sympathy for the monsters that don't want to be monsters. And zombies are usually portrayed as having no thoughts or feeling. It was an interesting follow along on the journey as a zombie falls in love with a human girl.

I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. I liked his explanation for the zombie virus as well. He didn't go into it in plain detail, but he alluded to some reasons towards the end of the story.

On the subject of zombies, movies, and books, I recently saw a trailer for another movie coming out, World War Z. I will NOT be seeing that movie. I'm pretty convinced I'll have nightmares for a very long time. If you aren't sure what movie I am talking about, it looks like it stars Brad Pitt.

I did try reading that book last September. I tried really hard to get into it because it was so well-recommended. I got to a part where a mom is saving her kids from zombies and I couldn't read it anymore. And I did have nightmares.

So in conclusion, I should probably just stay away from all of this zombie stuff anyway. Must find a book about a safe happy ending to read tonight... I hate it when I can't sleep.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Selection - Kiera Cass

Did you see my post yesterday about the Elysium Chronicles by J.A. Souders? If not, take a minute to check it out. It's another series I'm excited about.

What is it about a series of books? I think for me it's that I'm not quite ready to leave that world and it's characters behind. When I finished the Harry Potter books, I remember feeling sad that it was all over. Of course I can pick up the book and visit that world again and again! Which is the best part of books.

But I have to admit..I LOVE a series of books. I read so fast that a single novel (unless it's a really long one) just doesn't hold me like a series does.

One thing I hate about a series of books? Finding the series before all the books have been published! I go crazy trying to wait for the next one! I'm currently in the middle of a few series where I JUST CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!! :)

Today's post is about one I discovered after reading the celebrity gossip part of a website. (Yes, I have a small addiction to celebrity gossip...I have no idea why.) The CW has green-lighted a pilot episode of a new television show based upon the Kiera Cass novel "The Selection".

Once I read what the book was about, I was hooked. It's basically Survivor crossed with the Bachelor crossed with the Hunger Games. (though the first book hasn't really gotten into a lot of the political stuff yet.) Now if you know me, you know I don't really watch TV. And I don't watch Survivor or the Bachelor. But I didn't mind reading about it! (next week I'll blog about a Bachelor spoof on Yahoo that I'm enjoying right now.)

The story in The Selection is quick paced, the characters are likable and even though you can see where it's going, I'm enjoying how it is getting there. I honestly really like both guys that our leading lady has to choose from. And having to choose one of them may become an issue.
I don't want to giveaway too much more about it.

Unfortunately it's not a book that I can lend from my Nook, but the best part of the internet? Giveaways! If you follow an author's blog or facebook site or twitter feed, you might find a contest where you could win a copy of their book.

Or you can ask nicely and I'll let you physically borrow my nook. :)

Tomorrow's book...I was a little worried it would give me nightmares...

Monday, February 18, 2013

Young Adult Literature

As soon as I was old enough to start reading "young adult" literature...I was hooked.
I probably got started a little younger than I should...partly because of my advanced reading level at such a young age but also because that's what kids do...try to grow up too fast.

So now I'm an adult...and I want to stay young. Don't we all wish we could be young forever?

Anyway, where am I going with all of this? Recently I have been reading a bunch of young adult literature, mostly aimed at a female audience. I have discovered most of these books by this scavenger hunt type of thing all the authors were doing.

One of the coolest things about the internet is that it allows you to be in touch with people you never would have before. I can only imagine what it would have been like growing up reading the website or blog of my favorite authors. It makes the story (and the author) so much more personal.

I'll be blogging all week about some of my favorite new books that I have been reading. I'm currently stuck waiting for the book 2's or 3's of some of my favorites. kick us off...I'm participating in an author's book reveal for her upcoming book!  How exciting is that?!   AND...there is a contest to win some free stuff from the author! (it makes me a little giddy inside to actually correspond with real's a little dream of mine to write a book.)

So please share my post and enter the contest and visit her page!

.....and here it is!  Book TWO in the Elysium Chronicles!

Revelations Elysium Chronicles (Book 2)
J.A Souders
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen
Blurb to come!

About Renegade Elysium Chronicles (Book 1)

Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.

Her memories have been altered.

Her mind and body aren’t under her own control.

And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

About A Dark Grave: Elysium Chronicles (Book 0.5)

An Elysium Chronicles short story: the beginning.

There is only one place forbidden to the people of Gavin's village; the island just off the shore, rumored to be haunted. Cursed.

All who venture to the island disappear.

But Gavin doesn't believe in such things. He is a hunter; since his father's death, he is the only one who can provide for the family. Silly rumors of ghosts aren't going to stop him from crossing the dark waters to the island in search of fresh game...

About J.A. Souders:
J.A. Souders was born in the heartland with an overactive imagination and an overabundance of curiosity that was always getting her into trouble. She first began writing at the age of 13, when she moved to Florida and not only befriended the monsters under the bed, but created worlds for them to play together.
Because she never grew up, she decided she’d put her imaginary friends to work and started writing. She still lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and their two children.
Where you can find J.A.

J.A is hosting a giveaway of a signed hard copy of RENEGADE, an e-copy of A DARK GRAVE (for those that don't have it, of course.) and signed copies of ARTICLE 5 and BREAKING POINT by Kristen Simmons.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Pizza Hut Perfume!

Just in case you missed yesterday's post:

I got a package in the mail for Valentine's Day:

I was just a little excited...because inside was this:

I tested the perfume by spraying it on the does smell like pizza. I'll be trying it on myself this weekend. I might even spray Anthony with it..I do LOVE pizza. :)

And of course we went to Pizza Hut with my daughter for dinner last night. (which was crowded, apparently I am not the only woman who thinks pizza is very romantic) And Anthony got me a TON of chocolate covered strawberries.

I tried sharing them with my daughter but she didn't care for them. They had this chocolate stuff on them which was ruining the strawberry part. :) I'll update you next week on how the perfume works on me....! :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I Love Pizza. Like a LOT.

Remember the story of how my husband proposed?

This story gets even COOLER.

A few years back, maybe a year or so after he proposed, the local radio station was looking for romantic proposal stories and I entered mine, because I thought it was pretty darn romantic for me...and we won a gift certificate for a bouquet of flowers!

And...don't know if I'm allowed to say this...but it also inspired another person's proposal.
That is all, not saying anymore. Just in case I'm not allowed to tell.

But really, it's obvious how important pizza is.

It is VERY important to me.

BUT...the story gets BETTER!!!

You see, this week, Pizza Hut is doing a promotion...
Where if you tweet them (it's a twitter thang..start following me!) and ask them to send you a bottle of their new perfume (Pizza Hut Perfume, it exists!) then you might get lucky and they will send you one.

And guess what?  I WON!!!

I told them that I love pizza so much that my husband proposed with a pepperoni pizza. On twitter you are a little limited on how much of the story you can tell, but they got the gist of the story...and they picked me as a winner!!! How COOL is that?!

So you can expect another post from me about pizza, and Pizza Hut Perfume. I'm very excited to try it.  And I think this means my Valentine's Dinner will be pizza.  (yes!!!) :)

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Monday, February 11, 2013

True Story

Last night we went out for chinese food. I ordered a Mai Tai. That's one of my favorite parts about going to a Japanese or Chinese restaurant..I get to have a Mai Tai.

The waitress took our drink orders and walked away. When she came back with our drinks, she looked at me and very apologetically (is that a word? If not I just made it up) asked me for my ID. She must have decided after she walked away that she should have asked me.

Me? I was flattered! When was the last time someone asked me for my ID?!
I pulled out my drivers license and handed it over with a HUGE smile on my face that had nothing to do with the Mai Tai (after all, I wasn't allowed to drink it yet...drunk smiley face hadn't happened yet).

She looked at my ID...and then with a very genuine look of shock said:
"Oh wow, you are the same age as my daughter! I never would have guessed, you have such a young face!"
I'm pretty sure I was beaming for the rest of the night. The Mai Tai *might* have had something to do with it at that point.

I got home and promptly posted it on facebook and immediately it got lots of likes. I also realized after the fact that I hate facebook and I should have put it on Twitter. But I don't have any followers on Twitter.

Want to follow me?  My handle is: DaniDoIt.
I'll get notified if you follow if no one does it...I probably still won't use it. :)

So this was all well and good. Until I woke up this morning and I realized that people should really be asking for identification if anyone looks under 35, isn't that the new rule? Do people not do that?

Because I'm thinking I should be bothered that I'm not carded MORE...maybe I look like I'm over 35? (which really..not a big deal..that's the birthday I'm facing this year....)

It must be the gray hairs...I'll have to go do something about that.

And speaking of hair, I have recently taken to wearing it curly. A LOT of people like it. I'm undecided. But I realized last night while watching the Grammys why people like it. Because Taylor Swift (she's so darn cute!) has taken to straightening her hair...and I thought it looked better big, wild, and curly.

And then I was like, "oh! I get it!".

Curly hair it is. :)

True story.

Friday, February 08, 2013


I live in New when I hear the word Blizzard...I think a Dairy Queen Ice cream treat of course.  Blizzards here are just snow storms. Some bigger than others.

Take precautions, don't be stupid, stay home, etc.

Anyway...I'm about to go pick up my daughter and do that stay home thing.  If I have an opportunity, I'll add an extra post today!

Monday, February 04, 2013

My turn..

Last week Zoe was sick. This week it's my turn.
I felt it coming on this morning...I was hoping it was just leftover yuckiness from too much junk food that I ate while watching the Super Bowl.

But now it's later in the day and I can feel it...this isn't going to be fun.