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here’s the thing

Curves works in a circuit. You go around in a circle, either clockwise or counter clock-wise, depending on how they’ve set it up for the day. You do a machine then cardio on the little square thing. Every 30 seconds you move to the next thing. Every 30 seconds you CHANGE places.

So you few people who –

  • go in the opposite direction of the rest of the group

and/or

  • spend 10 minutes on one cardio station

YOU ARE MESSING UP THE SYSTEM!

Seriously. You go the wrong way? We will eventually run into you and you’ll get all miffed if someone is on the machine you were going to use. However we’re about 10 to 1. We win. We’re following the animator’s directions and the blue foot prints on the floor. We’re doing it the way we are supposed to.

When it’s a small room, only 12 (14?) machines, AND it’s at almost full capacity (as in there is a person in every space, both machine and workstation) it is not cool to swim upstream here.

AND if you’re going to hog one of the cardio stations to flail around for 10 minutes or more – MOVE OFF THE CIRCUIT! There is space for stretching and so on off to the side so MOVE OVER THERE. Do not suddenly block the traffic flow of the rest of us.

This is NOT YOUR personal gym, ladies. This is a gym for many, many women and we like to play by the rules.

So get a clue. Because I hate you. So do many of the other members. But I hate you more. Self-centered morons.

In My Mailbox #7

Not much, but something I have been looking for. I’m 1 down with 3 to go for Linda A. Cooney’s Class of ’88 series. I received Junior from Bookmooch! Thank you!! And I am 2 down with 2 to go for the Class of ’89 series.

So this was in my mailbox on Thursday and I decided to play this weekend. Kristi hosts IMMB over at The Story Siren and it was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Both of whom have blogs that I adore and read on a daily basis. Also, pretty fun and awesome people.

In other news – my husband and I rescued a lost dog yesterday and returned him to his person. It was a good day!

And I have completely given up on ever receiving my copy of FOOL by Christopher Moore from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in December. So sad.

do i look familiar to you?

Hi there! I’m Random Male Dog! Today I thought I might run around the city and see what people were doing. I found some people outside with another Male Dog, only he didn’t seem to be quite as Random as I am. These people were about to wash their car. Or, at least, they were using this loud sucking machine thing on the inside of it. I ran right by them with some little kids chasing me, and the Big Bald Guy who was using the loud machine came after me with cookies! He carried me back to the driveway where the Cute Little One was sitting and they tied me up to the railing like the other Male Dog was. Only he wasn’t there this time. I think they put him inside because he was mean. Because I’m not mean. I mean, look at this face? Do I look mean to you?

I am very cute and friendly. But I’m scared and nervous too. But these nice people have sat with me outside all afternoon and gave me water and a Kong to play with. And they let me nibble twigs and they phoned the police to let them know I was here.

Only no one has phoned back yet. Or come to get me. I’d really like to go home. These are very nice people, but it’s just not the same, you know? I have a collar but no tags. I can’t even tell them what my name is. Or if I am English or French. I hope I can go home soon!

HappyCat UPDATE :: I phoned the police back shortly after posting this and got a much more helpful person on the phone. When I explained that I had phoned two hours earlier and I had found this dog, the woman on the other end asked me where I was, what kind of dog and the colour. And then said, she had a report in front of her and after confirming this was the same dog, asked if she could give my phone number to the owners. Less than 5 minutes later a man phoned me relieved to hear we had his dog. He told me he’d be by in about 10-15 minutes. I thought he was walking from around the corner. Apparently not. This dog travelled.

He crossed two very high-traffic streets and this is about a 30 minute walk (or more for me) from our home! Turns out our little Random Dog found a hole in the fence and the guy (very young, maybe our age or younger more likely) had phoned to report him missing around 1:00 pm. He ended up our way about 2:30 and he’s completely unharmed. I phoned the cops around 3:00-ish after Shawn walked around the area (not THAT far away though) with him. The owner even said “The first guy wasn’t helpful at all, but did you just speak with the woman? Because she asked me questions and did some research…” So now I don’t feel so off about the first guy anymore, because he didn’t ask me anything except for my address and phone number and said someone might contact me! I am so glad I phoned back and we were both so happy to reunite Spock (the year-old Springer) with his Daddy! The car never really got washed, though it’s all vaccumed, windexed and wiped down (SHAMWOW!). We’ll save the hose-spraying, soapy wash for the next gloriously wonderful day. We still spent the afternoon outside in the sun in our t-shirts and my pants all rolled up. It was gorgeous out today! Poor Shawn didn’t eat until 6PM though. We drove to the store (since he just didn’t want to do that walk for a 10th time!) and got hotdogs (chicken) to barbque for dinner.

I think this was a great day over all. And we rescued a puppy. All is right with the world for now.

Tantalize

Tantalize
by Cynthia Leitich Smith

I have a few books going at the same time and they have all been “going” for over a month now. I just can’t seem to get in to any of them. Although last night between 2AM and 3:45AM while I couldn’t sleep, I picked up Tantalize from next to the bathtub and finished it.

I love the cover. I love the font used for the title. I love the size and feel of the book. But did I love, or even like, the story? I don’t know. I don’t think so.

It started off well, I was intrigued and into the flow of narration. I do like the way the book was written, but just when things started to pick up and the mystery was unfolding in the middle, the story just sort of took a turn I wasn’t expecting and I honestly don’t think I like where it went. You can imagine my surprise last night (or, rather, early this morning?) when I read the chapter that sort of changed everything and went, “Um, WHAT?”

The story in a nutshell – Quincie Morris is 17 and after he parents died, they left her the restaurant and in the care of her Uncle Davidson. It’s decided to change the theme of the restaurant to a vampiric one and with her close friend and the master chef of the restaurant (Vaggio), Quincie helps try and plan a menu for the new theme. Until the chef is murdered and then the only person Quincie has is her Uncle D, who doesn’t seem to pay much attention to her at all because he’s fawning over his vampire-wannabe girlfriend Ruby. Quincie’s best friend Kieren is a werewolf hybrid and though she loves him, he’s keeping her away from him because he’s about to go off and find a wolf pack that will accept him. So as Kieren pushes Quincie away she spends more and more time with the new chef Bradley and starts drinking a heck of a lot of wine. It seems as though in every scene she’s wine-ing it up.

People are dying. Police are trying to find Vaggio’s murders, and everyone is pointing at Kieren.

And then? Everything just flips. And I was confused and I wondered where the hell did this come from? How did this person end up here? I don’t get it??

I don’t like the author’s take on vampires – how they are created and so on. I know that people get bored of the same old mythology, but it’s tried, tested and true. I don’t always have problems with deviations from the original myth, but somehow this one seemed a) out of nowhere and b) flat.

And come to think of it, I don’t think Vaggio’s murder was ever solved. I don’t think anyone admitted to it.

And also? Werearmadillos? Werepossums? I find that idea funny, don’t get me wrong, but it just seemed to be thrown in there randomly. Though it made me smile.

I thought the flow of the writing and narration was wonderful. It lulled me into this content reading space. But I think the end of the book was disappointing and out of the blue. Rushed, even.

I thought Eternal was a sequel to this one, but upon reading the description on amazon.ca it does not appear to be so. I will likely read it when it’s in paperback because I did enjoy Smith’s writing style.

I might be quiet this month, but someone loves me!

And it’s Kristi our wonderful Story Siren! Imagine my surprise earlier in the month when I saw my name mentioned in a post in my google reader!

Here are the rules:

List five things you are obsessed with/addicted to and then nominate five other fabulous blogs to pass on this award on to!

My Addictions (excluding books and reading):

1) My dogs. You’ve seen them a couple of posts ago. They are my heart and soul. I could talk about them forever AND talk about the breed forever. They are Finnish Lapphunds and since I discovered this breed by accident I have been lucky enough to be able to adopt older dogs. Annie is 11 and she had the first litter of Lappies in Canada in 2004. Jinx is 4 and he was a wedding gift from my breeder friend. He was only 4 months when we got him. Annie was also the flower girl in our wedding and her brother, Dan came up from Memphis (with Jinx and my friend! Family shot!) and carried our rings down the aisle!

2) Playing games at BigFish Games. I am especially addicted to BigFish Slots (no money involved!). I love flash games. Puzzle games and adventure games!

3) (Hey, this is hard!) My hair. I am constantly changing it. I just fiddled with it again this weekend. First time in almost 4 years I don’t have any purple, magenta or blue in it! I feel way too normal now. I might have to rethink this. 😉

4) Bubblegum pop music. I have a Bubblegum playlist on my iPod. Heh. It’s currently got songs from Taylor Swift, Mylie Cyrus, Pink and Britney Spears on it. If I am not listening to that to pick me up, I put all my Sarah McLachlan songs on repeat. But I have a secret love for bubblegum pop.

5) It’s not an addiction really, and it’s not something I’ll be obsessed with for ever, but currently? I am completely enamoured with this McDonald’s filet o’fish commercial. I can’t get the song out of my head. It makes me laugh and laugh and laugh!

As for nominations I pick the following:

LadyTink – The Movieholic &  Bibliophile’s Blog
DarlaD – Books & other thoughts
Sassymonkey – Sassymonkey Reads
Pam – Bookalicious
Alea – Pop Culture Junkie

You might think I paid Kristi for this, but she also just mentioned me for another award!

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate up to 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award.
5. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

I have to say that I don’t actually KNOW 10 blogs – at least not in bookblogs and without including the 5 I mentioned above. I have discovered so many new book blogs lately due to the In My Mailbox weekly thingy, but I haven’t done much more than just add them to my reader and not have time to get back to them since (family stuff, etc!). But I would also mention Ashley at Pikealicious Books, Clare of Confessions of a Book Addict, Jenny of Wondrous Reads and Liviania at In Bed With Books!