Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday Reads and Exercising Pains

You know, when you’re trying to get into shape, it doesn’t help when your body decides to fight back. At least that’s what seems to be happening to me. On Monday I worked out at the gym for nearly two hours. TWO. HOURS. That included a 30 minute warm-up walk. My knee was fine on Monday night. I got up Tuesday to walk. Stupid knee starts acting up before I even reach the end of my street. Instead of walking 4 miles at a 17 min/mile (a brisk pace for me and a goal I’m trying to obtain), I walked 3 miles at a 20 min/mile. And my knee hurt for the rest of the afternoon. How can I expect to get in shape if my knee protests?

Now, this has been happening to me on and off for the past couple of months, so I got my knee checked out. It’s possible I’m getting arthritis. Doesn’t seem fair. I know, I know, nothing in life is fair. Tell me about it! ***grumble, grumble, grumble***

Here’s what I read this week:

Oct 6: “Hard To Come By” by Laura Kaye, #3 in the Hard Ink series, a romantic suspense at 366 pages. Blurb from book: Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there. When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the sibling she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he’s become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting their desire and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust. As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let it slip away… Great story. Even though there are only the two points of view (Derek’s and Emilie’s—duh), it’s still a suspenseful read with lots of action. Along with lots of sexy stuff. Love the sexy stuff.

So…Have you ever had a body part sabotage your plans? Because I swear, it does seem like sabotage to me.

Happy Reading!


Monday, October 5, 2015

Blogging Temperatures

Hot—lots to blog about. Cold—not so much. Last month it was hot. Right now it’s cold (meaning boring). So what do I blog about?

Hmmm… Did you watch 60 minutes last night? What did you think about the self-driving car? Do you think it’s the car of the future? I remember way back in the 60s, when I was in elementary school, my teacher said we (meaning our class) would experience self-driving cars. Seems she wasn’t too far off, huh?

Would you ever “drive” one of those cars? I’m not so sure I would feel comfortable in one. Probably because of this dream I had, but still… That’s a lot of trust to put into a computer.

Have a great Monday. Hopefully I’ll finish the book I’m reading so I have something to blog on Wednesday! J


Friday, October 2, 2015

Striking Out on the New Season and Some Hockey Fun

I’ve finally watched some new series this year. I’m beginning to wonder why I bother. These are the shows:

The Muppets – I think I laughed at one thing during the first episode (I’ll tell you what, later). It’s supposed to be a comedy, right? I miss the old Muppets.

The Grinder – I fell asleep through part of the first episode. Not a good sign, huh? But I like Rob Lowe, so I’ll give it another try. But if I fall asleep through the next episode… CUT!

Quantico – Really confusing beginning, but I’m willing to give it another episode or two.

Scream Queens – Couldn’t even get through the first episode. It wasn’t scary. It wasn’t funny. It was just bad.

Blindspot – The first episode wasn’t awful, but it just didn’t interest me. Then again, my husband is the one who wanted to record it in the first place, not me. I’ll probably end up watching it because he is.

Rosewood – Haven’t even watched the first episode yet. Wondering if I should, now. Hmmm…

It’s probably just as well I’m striking out. It’s not like I need to add to the long list of shows I currently watch. What do I watch? Well, here’s the list (in no particular order):

Madame Secretary; Sleepy Hollow; Masters of Sex; Rizzoli & Isles; The Big Bang Theory*; 2 Broke Girls*; Hawaii Five-O; Elementary; Mom*; NCIS: New Orleans; NCIS; Bones; Amazing Race; Survivor*; Castle; The Vampire Diaries; Arrow; Flash; Gotham**; Masters of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Agent Carter (if it comes back) and New Girl***

*Not a fan of the show, but Hubby watches it and I’m usually in the room with him (I’ve told him he can watch without me, though).

**Lost Season 1 of Gotham on the DVR (when that thing fried), but liked what we saw of the first couple of episodes, so we’re waiting to see it on DVD (we’re like 90th on the library wait list) and will record & save Season 2 until we can watch it.

***I’m not so sure I want to watch this show anymore.

Hmmm… Did I say I WASN’T a TV junkie? Looks like I am, doesn’t it? Most of the time the shows pile up and we watch them during the winter or spring breaks. Or my husband just likes watching particular series all at once (like Masters of Sex—we have yet to watch the first episode). When he teaches a couple of nights a week, or there’s a hockey/football/baseball game on, we get behind in a lot of our series watching.

Now for that joke from The Muppets: A female Muppet said to a male Muppet, “Did you know the band’s original name was Imagine Dragons?” He said, “That is their name.” She said, “I know. They kept it.”

For some reason it made me laugh. Too bad the rest of the show didn’t.

Last night I watched “Slap Shot” for the first time. Heck, I’d never even heard of the movie until Tuesday (and if you’ve never heard of it, it’s a crude hockey movie starring Paul Newman made back in 1977). The Penguins were playing Tampa Bay (on TV!) in Johnstown, PA, the winning city of the Kraft Hockeyville contest. Well, Johnstown’s War Memorial Arena is where “Slap Shot” was filmed, so of course they were showing lots of clips from the movie. I told my daughter I wanted to see the movie. I shouldn’t have been surprised that she owns a copy. Fun movie! Don’t know if I would have appreciated it as much before I became a hockey fan, though, so maybe it’s good I didn’t watch it until now.

Still, I’m shocked I didn’t know about this Paul Newman movie. Shocked, I tell you! J

So… Do you watch any of the same shows I do? Which ones? Have you ever watched “Slap Shot”?

Have a great weekend! I think I’ll be watching some football. Go Bucks! J


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wednesday Reads

I’m almost finished with my novella, which I’m currently calling A Vampire Wedding. Still don’t know if I’ll keep that name, but I haven’t gotten any better suggestions (yet). Anyway, here’s what I read this week:

Sep 26: “Midnight Awakening” by Lara Adrian, third book in the Midnight Breed series, a paranormal romance at 369 pages. Blurb from book: With a dagger in her hand and vengeance on her mind, Darkhaven beauty Elise Chase prowls Boston’s streets in search of retribution against the Rogue vampires who took from her everything she cherished. Using an extraordinary psychic gift, she tracks her prey, well aware that the power she possesses is destroying her. She must learn to harness this gift, and for that she can turn to only one man—the deadliest of the Breed warriors, Tegan. No stranger to loss, Tegan knows Elise’s pain. He knows fury, but when he slays his enemies it is with ice in his veins. He is perfect in his self-control, until Elise seeks his aid in her personal war. An unholy alliance is forged—a bond that will link them by blood and vow—and plunge them into a tempest of danger, desire, and darkest passions of the heart… I’m really getting hooked on this series. I was just buying one, read it, wait for a B&N coupon then buy another. Now I’m thinking I might want them all on hand!!! Yeah, this series is very similar to J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, but who cares! I love that series, so why wouldn’t I love something similar? Lots of romance and action with just the right amount of sex (yeah, sometimes there can be too much). I’ll be reading this series to the end, for sure.

Sep 29: “Hard To Hold On To” by Laura Kaye, #2.5 in the Hard Ink series, a contempory romance novella at 166 pages. Blurb from book: Edward “Easy” Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves—which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna’s the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago. Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can’t describe how he makes her feel—and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her stretch far beyond gratitude. When the pair is thrust together and chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: The things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to. This was a gut wrenching little story. Had me in tears many times. Most of the series probably falls in the romantic suspense genre, but not this one. Still a good story and I look forward to reading #3.

So… It seems I can’t think of a question to ask today (my brain gets that way sometimes). Got a question for me?

Happy Reading!


Monday, September 28, 2015

I Used to Love Fall TV

When I was younger, I couldn’t wait until the TV Guide came out showcasing the new Fall television season. I’d go through that thing, picking which shows I wanted to watch and then moaning when some would be against each other. Because this was before the world of VCRs and DVRs. Before there was a zillion cable channels to choose from. Before series could start any time, any where.

Somewhere along the way I’ve lost interest. I stopped getting the TV Guide when it stopped listing the local stations, but I think I just used that as an excuse to finally cancel my subscription. I still watch TV, but not with anticipation. If it weren’t for my hubby, I’d watch way less than I do. But he likes watching and I like watching with him. I just wish he didn’t like to watch so many shows.

If someone had told my younger self that I would eventually feel that way, I would have said they were bonkers! Because I was a television junkie and I was sure I’d always be one.

Anyway, I did see one of the new shows last night (from a recording): Blindspot (I think that’s the name of it). Hubby wants to watch a few more episodes before he decides he wants to stick with it. I could quit it right now and be okay. Although the guy in it is kind of appealing. J

So… Did you see the lunar eclipse last night? I saw parts of it. Pretty cool.

Have a great Monday!