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Friendly Fill In's Week 57

Now time for the Friendly Fill-Ins. If you do a post with your answers, be sure to add your link at McGuffy's Reader. Fill-Ins... 1. a prop from a tv show or film I would like to own is _____________________________________.
2. My oldest friendship is _________________________________. 3. Whenever I , I always . 4. The best  is .
Another week, from another random spot on in the Fillins.
1) A prop from a TV show or film I would like to own is Spike's jacket from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

2)My oldest friendship is my cousin Cass, because aren't cousins really the first friends you ever have?  She is like a sister to me.  

3) Whenever I watch television, I always have to do something else as well to keep occupied.

4) The best coffee is when you are studying.

Currently: August 17, 2016

Currently.... I have not done a currently post in ages and I thought now would be a good time to revive them as I have got a lot going on and have been blogging a lot more.
Getting more exercise out in the fresh air walking Miss Cat to camp every morning.  It feels great and we enjoy the time together.

Hmm, right this second I do not have a book on the go.  Weird.  Usually I have three or four.  I was just contemplating rereading Ready Player One because I saw a teaser photo from the movie this morning and got all excited about it.
Cat and I have been binge watching Full House on Netflix because Ace is away and we can watch whatever we want.  We are just at the end of Season Five.
Listening To...
Well, we went to see Iron Maiden on Saturday night and missed seeing Metallica on Sunday so I have been listening to a lot of both outside of work.
Thinking About...
I have an appointment to see a nutritionist next Wednesday and I am curious about what they are goi…

Library Book Review: Shopaholic to the Stars

Sophie Kinsella returns to her beloved Shopaholic series with Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) newly arrived in Hollywood and starry-eyed. She and her two-year-old daughter, Minnie, have relocated to L.A. to join Becky’s husband, Luke, who is there to handle PR for famous actress Sage Seymour. Becky can’t wait to start living the A-list lifestyle, complete with celebrity sightings, yoga retreats, and shopping trips to Rodeo Drive. But she really hopes to become a personal stylist—Sage’s personal stylist—if only Luke would set up an introduction. Then, unexpectedly, Becky is offered the chance to dress Sage’s archrival, and though things become a bit more complicated, it’s a dream come true!

Red carpet premieres, velvet ropes, paparazzi clamoring for attention—suddenly Becky has everything she’s ever wanted.

Or does she?

I have always been fond of the Shopaholic books, Becky is sweet if misguided and oblivious to those around her.  This book was no exception, enjoyable fluff readin…

The Carpet Weaver of Isfahan Review

Daniel was wounded while serving in the Israeli Army. Still living with his parents, he cut himself off from the world, holed up in his room and kept his communication with anybody to a minimum. All this changes when their house is broken-into. An insurance appraiser, while checking Daniel's room, proclaimed his small carpet is of the highest artistic craftsmanship, equivalent to a Van Gogh. This sparks something in Daniel and marks the beginning of his adventure. Daniel leaves for Canada and locates the merchant who sold the carpet to his father. There Daniel hears the story of the Carpet Weaver of Isfahan, an Iranian legend that tells of a gifted young girl who wove three magnificent carpets, but met with a tragic fate. Daniel purchases the second carpet from the merchant, and becomes fixated on locating the third carpet. He illegally enters Iran in search for the carpet weaver. In his journey he is followed by 3 secret services (Canada's, Israel's and Iran…

Friendly Fill Ins Week 47

Hi everyone! Time for The Friendly Fill-Ins Week 47. Don't forget to add your link at McGuffy's Reader.
1. The first thing I think about in the morning is _________________________.
2. The last thing I think about before sleep is _____________________________.
3. I am looking forward to . 4. I am so pleased .  Another fun fill in!  I am all over the place with these and of course not on the same schedule as the actual hop but I am checking out those on the hop and hope that you do as well.  
1) The first thing I think about in the morning is that Bailey needs to be fed. 2) The last thing I think about before sleep is clearing my mind, I am doing a new meditation thing to get to sleep now.  It works great. 3) I am looking forward to Fan Expo this year, I am working on a new Cosplay. 4) I am so pleased that Cat and I have so much time this summer to ourselves and that Ace is having a great summer away.

Fitness Friday

I am still on a no exercise ban until I see the surgeon and get the all clear on August 2.  Have you ever noticed how slow time can go when you are really itching to do something?  That has not stopped my from keeping up with my walking though.  I even set a goal of 365km on Runkeeper by July 2018 and I want to see how fast I can hit it.

This fitbit update is from this morning after my walk with the Cat to drop her off to camp.  Not quite halfway to my daily goal but I still have to pick her up later.  Day camp has really improved my daily step count a great deal, I will be hard pressed to get my steps once it ends. 

How do you get you activity in every day?  Do you have an activity tracker? 

Postcrossing July 13, 2017

This lovely postcard hails from Germany, and it covered in beautiful buildings which are of course some of my favourite postcards.

The second postcard that I received yesterday came from Holland and at first I was not sure what the picture is but those are snails.  On the back, I got a lovely picture drawn for me of a cow.  If my editing skills were better I would show it as well because it is really quite beautiful.  Cows being of course my favourite animal.

Do you collect postcards?  Are you a member of postcrossing?  I find that sending out snail mail is a soothing experience.  You get to be creative with it.  I always draw pack from postcrossing when I am behind on my pen pal letters but when I am caught up I love to send out postcards.

Postcrossing Incoming Postcard July 12, 2017

This lovely card traveled all the way from Finland.  It's not the greatest picture of it but I am still suffering the effects of yesterday's migraine.  I love the happy people picture on the card, a great addition to my mailbox.

Library Book Review: The Demigod Files

This weekend Cat and I took a trip to our local library for the first time since we moved into the neighbourhood.  It was a great experience and we have already been back a second time to trade in for new books.

How do you handle an encounter with Medusa on the New Jersey interstate? What's the best way to take down a minotaur? Become an expert on everything in Percy's world with this must-have guide to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Complete with interviews, puzzles, games, and original short stories by Rick Riordan.

I enjoyed this a great deal.  I have loved all of the Percy Jackson books that I have read so far but the short story style of this one was especially enticing.  

These are among some of my favorite books and I look forward to reading more of his work now that the library is part of or regular routine again.  

Emma Vs. The Tech Guy Review

If you think you know me, you're dead wrong. Yes, I'm driven and calculating and my colleagues see me as a cold, workaholic who has stopped at nothing to create the top fashion magazine in Southern California. But working my ass off isn't the only reason I got there. And those little indiscretions used to be content hiding in the back of the closet.

Then Guy Walker enters my office. Sexy, sweet, and super popular, the new tech guy is taking our office by storm. Sure, I notice him. But I won't risk him derailing every strategy I have in place. If he gets too close, he might discover my secrets, and that could ruin my career and turn my life upside down.

This hilarious chick lit book will pull you into its world and leave you loving its fun, witty characters.

I joined a Facebook Book Club and this was the first book.  Not my usual fare but a great book.  The whole time I thought it was going one way, which was not a way I liked at all and then bang total twist.  …

Friendly Fill In's

I have a whole bunch of these save because I wanted to join in on the hop but I could never find the time.  Finally I have found the time so here I am hopping in but like a month behind.  (as always) Hi everyone! Time for the Friendly Fill-Ins, don't forget to add your link at McGuffy's Reader. 1. My favorite cereal is _________________.
2. My prom ____________________.
3. The thing about  is . 4. I cannot help , but .  I love playing filling in the blanks.  So much fun!! 1) My favourite cereal is frosted flakes. Not the healthiest cereal but so yummy! 2)  My prom I did not attend. 3) The weird thing about life is you know it is not forever but most people do not live that way. 4) I cannot help bouts of depression, but I always try to cram as much life as I can into the rest of the time.   Check out the hop and get involved. Make new friends.  Always a good thing. :)

Throwback Thursday

That time Supergirl fought Darth Pinkie Pie...

Happy Canada Day

Not the greatest shot but Cat made this flag to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday today.  We are off checking out a giant duck and will be sure to post pictures of that later in the week. Enjoy the weekend everyone.

Fitness Friday

I had surgery last week and have not been cleared to head back to the gym yet so no progress pictures this week but I am still getting my exercise in just not as intense.  How you ask?  Walking of course.  I always have my FitBit on and while I may not always hit the goal I have set on it these day I do make sure I am getting a decent about of steps in.

Back in February I found a lovely app called StepBet where you bet money on yourself to hit a step goal for a set number of weeks.  Your step goal is determined by the data from your device be it your Fitbit, Garmin or the internal step counter on your phone, for the last few weeks.  Depending on the type of game you can have varying goals, increasing goals by week or all the same goal every day.

If you hit your goals for the whole length of the game the idea is that you at least win your money back, maybe a few dollars more.  I have personally become a bit addicted to it.  It is much easier now that the weather is warmer to beat my st…

Throwback Thursday

A throwback to last year's trip to Montreal.  Could use another vacation.

Cat's Art

The end of the school year is once again upon us and I have become overwhelmed with tiny pieces of classroom art. This year though Cat and I have struck a deal.  Every piece I share on here I get to recycle.  So once a week I will share a piece of this year's classroom work and it will find a new home that is not in my house.

This is a friendship heart and it talks about her teacher, whose favourite drink is coffee.  (mine too).

Kids in The Zone

On Sunday the Toronto Argonauts played their first game in the 2017 season against the Hamilton Tigercats, and Cat got to go to her first Kids Zone in The Zone of the season. 

Toronto Argonauts Kids Club is an interesting thing, $29 gets you an Argonauts swag bag and a kids club passport and membership card which gains you entry into Kid in the Zone events.  After the game we met up with the other kids club members and their families and were escorted down onto the field.

The kids got to run through a little tunnel onto the field and then met and greet with the players and the Argos Cheerleaders.  Cat was a bit shy so we did not get a lot of pictures but she did get a few autographs for her collection.

Fitness Friday

It was a struggle for me to decide to post this here, I thought about starting a new blog just for this stuff but as I just bought a domain name for this blog I decided that would be stupid. I am back on track and started a new fitness program on Wednesday and this time I want to keep track of my results. 

Sharing it with the world is scary but I figure it will help me be accountable.  I don't just want to be skinnier, I also want to be stronger, I can barely keep up with my kids and my energy is nothing compared to what it was when I was working out regularly.

I started Body Boss this week and I am doing the first four weeks of "pretraining" before you actually get into the real deal. I am very out of shape and felt this was pretty real deal.  I was also still pretty sore on Thursday which was cardio day but pushed through my cardio.

Day One:

Funny story as a side note, Cat is always keen to workout with me anytime I workout as she feels it is fun. (mostly because she i…


Well, isn't it nice when life just makes you want to throw in the towel?

I have been super overwhelmed with things, work, migraines, kids etc.  I have started to tame the lion and so back to blogging I have come.  And with lots of new things to blog about.  I will be taking a super big plunge starting Friday and every Friday and really blogging about my fitness journey.  It's a scary step for me but I need the motivation.

I am also going to be getting back to posting my regular book reviews and other random things. Also more crafts again, Cat has been taking sewing classes and she wants to start making basic stuff at home to work towards making her own cosplay stuff.

I look forward to chatting with you all more.  :)

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A- Z Challenge 2017: S

When the Paradise Falls bridge fell, Jennifer Katzenberg lost her husband and her happiness. The only thing she has left is her job as a high school teacher, but even that isn't safe. Eliot, her abusive brother-in-law, stalks her every waking moment waiting to pounce.

But then she meets him. Jacob, the new math teacher. He's quick witted, sensitive, and smart. But he's also built like an MMA fighter, drives a car worth ten times his salary, and is covered in scars. Something doesn't add up.

Jacob Kane skipped town when the bridge collapse claimed his family too. Everyone said it was an accident, but he isn't so sure.

Now he's back in Paradise Falls. Not to teach math, but to get revenge. Everything was going according to plan. At least until he saw her. Jennifer.

Jacob never thought he would see Jennifer again, but he discovers someone trying kidnap her--Elliot. One of the men he came here to kill. Falling in love was never part of the plan, but there's a new p…

A to Z Challenge 2017: R

When helicopters and armored vehicles filled with soldiers in hazmat suits quarantine the small mountain town of Resurrection, Colorado, Sheriff Rick Johnson feels like the Jihadi wars have followed him home. But while the town follows martial law out of fear of a virus released into the air, Rick isn't buying the official version of events. As he investigates, the cover story unravels and he discovers the military's presence and the salvation they offer isn't what it seems.

An opportunity to review this book fell into my lap just before the challenge started and I was so excited.  Jeff Gunhus holds a special place in my heart as an author due to my deep love for his Monster Hunter series.  This book is far from a  kids book but I enjoyed reading it just the same, his writing style really draws you into the story.

A to Z Challenge 2017: Q


Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but f…

A to Z Challenge 2017: P

This is the romantic office comedy that human resources warned you about. Florida resident Rebecca Blake works as an assistant to a group of psychologists. She is strikingly beautiful and athletic. People see her as a nice, likable girl who is fine in her role but who could never really aspire to more at the company. Rebecca is told in her performance review that in order to get promoted, she is going to have to work on her credibility. As part of her career development plan, she is sent to a behavioral training course (nicknamed 'Club Detention') at company headquarters in Virginia. In error, she is partnered with Foster Diamond, who has the highest intelligence scores in the company. Even though he is a genius, Foster has own issues around interpersonal skills, attitude and his perception overall. Rebecca and Foster have nothing in common, but between his weakness for her beauty and her admiration of his intellect, they forge an unlikely bond. During the course they find tha…

A to Z Challenge 2017: O

To save their parents they will have to travel to unknown worlds. Too bad the natives on each world all seem to want them dead . . .

Zachary and Jenna Lane are a brother and sister pair who would much rather tease and trick each other than work together. But when their parents vanish before their eyes through a mysterious shimmering portal, the two kids join forces and adventure through a series of fantastic worlds in an effort to rescue them.

But each world is more treacherous than the last, and staying alive for even a day will prove to be the ultimate test of their wits, courage, and determination. And when they finally puzzle out what is happening to them and why, the impossible happens: things get even worse. Because far more is at stake than just their lives. And the odds against them could not be any greater . . .

Out of This World is a fast-paced adventure sure to delight young and old alike, packed with breakneck action, brilliant escapes, thrilling cliffhangers, and plenty of h…

A to Z Challenge 2017: M

Several days late as I was a little under the weather over the weekend but I refuse to just skip it.

Ready to two-step under the mistletoe with a hot cowboy? How about a gorgeous tycoon? Spend a white Christmas in Montana with eight heartwarming, contemporary romances. This limited edition collection features sweet and sexy holiday stories from bestselling and award-winning authors. You’ll find eight romantic heroes to fall in love with in A Montana Born Christmas boxed set. And all for less than a dollar! 

Christmas at Copper Mountain by Jane Porter
Life has been tough at Copper Mountain Ranch and widower Brock Sheenan's kids have never had a proper Christmas. His new housekeeper, Harley Diekerhoff, is determined to change that--but she doesn't count on falling in love with her taciturn boss. 

Come Home for Christmas, Cowboy by Megan Crane
Christina Grey Cooper has finally given up on her marriage and returned home to Marietta to lick her wounds. But Dare can’t let the love of his…

A to Z Challenge 2017: N

Anna Nesmith believes she has it all--a great marriage, a dream job and a home of her own. When an investigator begins asking questions, Anna’s ordered world crashes like Jenga blocks. Frank Caburn is man to the bone and manufactures testosterone like Frito Lay does chips, which seems not to impress Anna one whit as she picks through the rubble of her shattered life. Attracted to Anna, Caburn determines to make her his own--But how to tell her without tripping over a layer of secrets is beyond him. Falling in love has never been more difficult.

I picked this booked because I love the cover, the description threw me off a bit but the book turned out to be alright.   Worth the read.

A to Z Challenge 2017: L

Let it be is a touching tale of loss, longing, and forgiveness that chronicles the breakup of a marriage, the destruction of a family, and the struggle to come together in the aftermath of what remains.

Searching for the love and happiness she feels she deserves, Michelle Jansen leaves her abusive, overbearing husband behind and takes her two kids to Amarillo, Texas, where she begins to learn how to stand on her own two feet, supporting herself and her children with the money she earns from a low-paying job as she becomes increasingly involved with a coworker who is an even bigger fan of the Beatles than she is.

But Michelle doesn’t realize that her ex-husband is willing to do whatever he can to destroy her new life. When Michelle is betrayed by her very own son, this already fractured family will be damaged in an almost unimaginable way. Can they find forgiveness in the midst of so much sorrow and guilt, or will love give them the strength that they need to let it be?

Part family saga, …

A to Z Challenge 2017: K

A shocking murder. A web of deceit. A twist even Hitchcock wouldn’t see coming.

It starts with a phone call – Sondra Ellis’ beautiful baby sister, Tracy, has disappeared during a jog along Chicago’s snowy lakefront. She’s even more devastated when Tracy’s mangled body is found days later, the victim of a mugging gone wrong.

A year later, Sondra continues to struggle with Tracy’s death. Her trauma deepens when she discovers series of odd and unsettling cracks in her sister’s seemingly perfect life: puzzling messages, inexplicable meetings, and secrets and lies at every turn.

As Sondra continues to dig into the mystery of what happened to her sister, she has no idea she’s on her own collision course with life and death. 

For fans of Patricia Highsmith, Mary Higgins Clark, and Alfred Hitchcock, Killing Me Softly is a page-turning psychological thriller that will keep you up long past your bedtime.

I did not have many K books to choose from but this one caught my eye, such an interesting cover…

A to Z Challenge 2017: J

This is Lady Matilda Darcy's first Christmas since the fire—her first Christmas without her parents, the Marquis and Marchioness of Darcy. She only has her little brother Clarence and her dour Aunt Alda, who thinks that Christmas decorations are a useless frivolity unless the decoration is for a Regency Romance Ball. Aunt Alda says, “No one will see the Christmas decorations if there is no ball, and she is not having a Christmas Ball at her home.” Matilde wheedles her way into hanging a single Christmas ornament:a Christmas mistletoe, but what is the use? No one will kiss her under it. Matilda desperately wants to feel loved, and just one Christmas Kiss would make a Merry Christmas for Matilda.

I found a real love for regency romance last year when I was doing a lot of reviews.  This is just a tiny one but it is sweet and there is nothing quite like a Christmas romance.

A to Z Challenge 2017: I

A popular, young royal couple can't produce an heir? INCONCEIVABLE!

When Ozarks native Hatty goes “whole hog” during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. He isn’t what she expects the heir to a small European nation to be: he's affable, witty, and isn’t put off by her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be short lived, but a force stronger than fate—Hatty’s newspaper editor—assigns her to cover the royals. After spending time together, she and John soon begin dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines instead of writing them. 

But challenges loom that are even more complicated than figuring out how to mesh Hatty's journalism career with life at Belvoir Palace. Hatty and John soon find themselves embroiled in an unusual sex scandal: they can't produce an heir. Tabloids dub Hatty a “Barren-ess,” and the royals become irate. Hatty politely tells them to shove it. But beneath her confident exterior, she struggles to cope with a heartbreak that …

A to Z Challenge 2017: H

Richard Carrack received the title of Marquis of Stonemede upon his father’s death six months ago. Knowing of the duties associated with the title, he decides to marry and spend the remainder of his days tending to the estate. His requirements for his bride are simple; he wishes her to be obedient and calm-spirited. When circumstances place him in the path of Lady Brianna Denton, whose wild ways make her an unsuitable candidate, he lies about his identity to discourage her from pursuing him for his title.

Brianna Denton knows what she wants out of life. She wishes to marry an untitled lord and live the remainder of her days in the country with no obligations. Only then can she spend her free time painting. When she meets Mr. Richard, she decides he would make the perfect husband. Little does she know, her boldness puts her in a position where she must decide between what she always thought she wanted and what her heart is telling her.

Choosing a H book was hard, I had so many in my kind…

A to Z Challenge 2017: F

A couple days late but still trucking on.

When Cassie finds a magic pair of glasses that allow her to see fairies, she has to figure out where they came from . . . and what the fairies want her to do with them.

Daisy wanted to be able to see fairies. But when she comes across an old compass, she gains the ability to sense them magnetically instead.

Amanda doesn't think she's slow, but everyone else seems to. When she finds a pair of magic earmuffs that allow her to hear fairies, everything changes.

When Maricela's grandmother comes to stay, she finds a magic barometer that gives her the sense of fairy pressure. But more might be going on than she realizes.

Bianca thinks she has the worst fairy sense ever. But when she decides to brave her task, she starts to learn the incredible power of itch.

Sunflower's always been good at everything. But her brand new gymnastics slippers are throwing everything off, because they give her the sense of proprioception.

When Georgina finds a …