Wednesday, June 29, 2011

True Blood Recap

The wait is finally friggin' over!


No go and click on the banner and help me sort out all the craziness that went down during the season premiere.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tune in Tuesday

This weekly meme is hosted by Ginger at GReads and is meant to showcase my other passion: music.  Each week you can post an old or new song so that it gains more interest or is discovered by new ears.  So let's help Ginger spread our love of music.  Oh and don't forget to submit a link to your post over on Ginger’s site by clicking on the banner.

I've been in a dance music kind of mood lately so I'm gonna hook you guys up with some club music this mornin'.  Enjoy party people!

These dudes are mad silly but, you can't help moving your feet when most of their music starts to play.  The get bonus points for putting Quest Crew in the video.

I know, I know there's not much lyrical content to this song.  Sometimes it not so much about the words as it is about making your body move.

I normally dislike most of what Pitbull puts out but, I'm really liking this song.  It probably has something to do with Ne-Yo.  *shrugs*

It's Britney b*tch.  'Nuff said.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

SYTYCD Saturdays - Week 2

So You Think You Can Dance



Smash     and  Jen D.


Week 2 Competition
Aired 6/22/11


Jen:  Welcome back SYTYCD fans!  Thanks so much for joining me and Ash for another week of dancing fun.  Normally we’d have this shindig over at Ash’s site but, as some of you may know, she’s got some stuff to take care of over the coming weeks so I volunteered to take over the recaps until the dust settles on her end.  So without further blahdy blahing let’s get on to the fun stuff.  The judges for tonight’s show were Nigel, Mary and the legendary Debbie Reynolds, who was full of zany and colorful commentary.  There were no injured dancers this week so everyone was able to perform with their respective partners.  Tonight’s episode also had the dancers revealing their partners’ most embarrassing quirks and/or secrets.


Jen:  Ricky and Ryan opened up the show with a Mandy Moore Jazz routine.  Ricky revealed that Ryan’s leg hair grows back super fast and Ryan revealed that Ricky’s real name is Roderick.  Although the dancing was good I felt the emotion was lacking.  Especially from Ryan who had a smile pasted on her face the whole routine.  I believe Mandy wanted smoldering.

Ash:  I find this duo to be quite the powerhouse, and they both dance so beautifully. However, I couldn’t get past the costumes for this routine and the chemistry is just not believable.

Song:  Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer


Jen:  Next up we had Caitlynn and Mitchell dancing a Stacey Tookey Contemporary routine.  Mitchell revealed that Caitlynn has a pair of boots that dye her feet blue and Caitlynn revealed that Mitchell likes to wear a zebra print Snuggie.  Everything about this routine was spot on.  The technique was on point and the emotions were perfect.  For me, this was the routine of the night.

Ash:  This was a unique routine and I thought it was danced beautifully. I preferred them dancing apart, however, at their separate chairs. Loved the light switching off at the end. Drama!

Song:  Turning Tables by Adele


Jen:  Missy and Wadi followed with a Jean Marc Genereux Cha Cha routine.  Apparently Wadi has a video of himself removing his chest hair with Nair and Missy has a funny laugh.  Unfortunately for Missy and Wadi this routine never came together for them.  It was slightly messy and a tad boring which is sad because their both really good dancers.

Ash:  *yawn* Other than Wadi looking mighty fine, this routine was the pits. Debbie was quite content with taking Wadi home. Get in line, lady!

Jen:  See what I mean about Debbie’s colorful commentary…

Song:  Cannibal by Ke$ha


Jen:  Iveta and Nick were up next with a Nakul Dev Mahajan Bollywood routine.  So Nick has a thing for shorts and Iveta talks to herself often.  I’m not sure I’m surprised by either revelation.  The routine was just okay for me.  I’m normally a big fan of Bollywood but, I’ve seen it danced much better so it was hard for me to fully get into their routine.

Ash:  Please, don’t ever – ever – put Nick in a vest again. Now that that is out of the way, this was a noble effort. I mean, Bollywood is a tough ass dance, but Katee & Joshua have spoiled me (in many other genres too!)

Jen:  LMAO!  I second the motion on the vest.

Song:  Baaware on the Luck by Chance Soundtrack


Jen:  Miranda and Robert got to work with Tabitha and Napoleon (aka Nappy Tabs) on a Hip Hop routine.  Robert called out Miranda by announcing her crush on Tadd and Miranda revealed that Robert thinks he’s a professional wrestler.  I am a fan of everything Nappy Tabs except for this routine.  And it really wasn’t the routine so much as the way it was danced.  It didn’t move me.

Ash:  I was delighted with Miranda’s spunk. Robert on the other hand, failed hip hop for the 2nd time in a row.

Song:  Break Ya Neck by Busta Rhymes


Jen:  Clarice and Jess danced a Stacey Tookey Contemporary routine.  We learn that Clarice sleeps with her eyes open (creepy) and Jess draws stick figure orchestras (hilarious).  So I thought their routine was okay.  You could tell that the lifts were difficult because of their height difference.  They also seemed to dance better when they were separate than when they were together.

Ash:  Still not a Jess fan but he is a great dancer. I just can’t connect with him. I can’t take my eyes off Clarice when she dances. She is like a magnet!

Song:  Cathedrals by Jump Little Children


Jen:  Next up, Jordan and Tadd danced a Viennese Waltz choreographed by  Jean Marc Genereux.  Tadd called out poor Jordan by claiming that she’s ‘not the brightest crayon in the box’.  We find out that Tadd is OCD about organizing his clothes by color.  A man after my own heart.  I think they danced it well but, I don’t think they knocked it out of the park.  For some reason the lifts seemed a little choppy.

Ash:  Tadd surprised the heck outta me tonight. Well done, Hottie McHottpants.

Jen:  O_o


Song:  Fade Into Me by David Cook


Jen:  My favorite couple, Melanie and Marko, were up next with a Mandy Moore routine.  Melanie has a thing about having her ears touched and Marko reads romance novels.  This guy just earned hella points in my book.  These two did a great job with their routine.  One of my faves of the night.

Ash:  Melanie is my top girl, through and through. I didn’t find the routine all that special but she and Marko are a serious force.

Song:  Sing with a Swing (Raf Marchesini Radio Edit) by DKS


Jen:  Sasha and Alexander got the chance to work with Nappy Tabs on a Hip Hop routine.  Alexander told us about Sasha’s tendency to get really sweaty.  Sasha spilled the beans about Alexander’s obsession with looking at himself in the mirror.  I for one am not shocked.  With the exception of Alexander’s lack of facial expressions they danced the hell out of the routine.

Ash:  Sasha is my #2 girl. I thought she danced the Nappy Tabs routine something fierce, but Alexander was a letdown.

Song:  Coming Home by Diddy-Dirty Money & Skylar Grey


Jen:  The last couple of the night, Ashley and Chris, danced a Spencer Liff Broadway routine.  We learn that Chris has a nervous smile and that Ashley thinks she’s got swag.  (Unlike our Ash who has swag for days.)  Talk about a complete 180!  This ended up being another one of my favorites for the night.  They did 1,000 times better than last week and turned out a great performance.

Ash:  My favorite routine of the night. It was creative, they danced it well, I felt the heat. Those two redeemed themselves in my eyes.

Song:  Please, Mr. Jailer by Rachel Sweet



Results Show
Aired 6/23/2011


The show was opened up with a Dave Scott routine.  It was fun, quirky and brilliantly executed.  Jeebus!  I’m starting to sound like Nigel and I’ve only watched 4 episodes.  *shiver*


Song:  Sinnerman by Nina Simone


Our bottom 3 couples ended up being Missy & Wadi, Iveta & Nick, and Ryan & Ricky.  Once they were sent backstage to get ready for their solos we were treated to an interesting performance by Rage Crew.

Song:  Party Like This by Colton B featuring Mauli B


After their performance it was time for the dancers to dance for their life.  Here’s how it went:



Song: Pon De Floor by Major Lazer featuring VYBZ Kartel



Song: Move (Metronomony Remix) by CSS



Song: Follow Me Down by 30H!3 featuring Neon Hitch



Song: Samba Rock by Gennaro



Song: Riot Rhythm by Sleigh Bells



Song: Moving Mountains by Usher


Next up, LMFAO performed with Quest Crew.  (I loooove me some Hok!)


Party Rock Anthem


And then the bomb was dropped.  Wadi, Missy, Iveta and Nick were sent home.  And so it begins….

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

True Blood News

With only 5 days left before the Season 4 premiere what could I possibly have left to share with you?  Here's a hint...

Go ahead.  Click on Alexander's pic.  You know you want to!


Tune in Tuesdays

Tune in Tuesdays

This weekly meme is hosted by Ginger at GReads and is meant to showcase my other passion: music.  Each week you can post an old or new song so that it gains more interest or is discovered by new ears.  So let's help Ginger spread our love of music.  Oh and don't forget to submit a link to your post over on Ginger’s site by clicking on the banner.



Welcome to the Classic Rock edition of Tune in Tuesday.  I blame my Dad for my love of Classic Rock.  It’s pretty much the only genre he listens to so it’s a good thing that I took a liking to it early on.  So here are some of my fave Classic Rock tunes.  Enjoy!


I Put A Spell On You by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Since I’ve Been Loving You by Led Zeppelin
Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Monday, June 20, 2011

Author Event: Lauren Kate

Lauren Kate



I had the chance to attend the Lauren Kate Passion Event at Books & Books last week with some of my favorite local blogging buddies.  Seeing as how I’m not much of a YA buff, I hadn’t read any of Lauren’s books prior to this event.  However, after getting to learn more about Lauren and her books I may just give them a shot.  Lauren was sweet, sincere and friendly.  She has an incredible passion for writing that radiates from her.  She started off the event with a reading of Passion, answered a ton of questions from the crowd and followed it up with a signing session.  She took her time with each of the readers who asked for autographs and was more than happy to snap pictures with everyone.






Of course the highlight of these events for me is getting to hang out with the homies.  Met some new faces this time around which made it that much more awesomer.  (Yay for made up words!)


Lauren Kate Group Pic

From left to right:  Cynthia (@CGarri), Flo from Book Nerds Across America, Isalys from Book Soulmates, Me, Lauren Kate, Ash from Smash Attack Reads!, Nely from All About {N}, Yami (@YamiWami) and Yani from The Secret Life of an Avid Reader who was selected to be the live blogger for the event.  Find the Q & A’s for the event here.


For more information about Lauren Kate please visit the following links:




Saturday, June 18, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance Saturdays - Week 1

So You Think You Can Dance

Hello party people!  Apologies to those of you expecting the Plinky Question of the Day today.  The lovely Ash from Smash Attack Reads! asked yours truly to co-host So You Think You Can Dance recaps with her on Saturdays.  Have no fear my Plinky question lovers.  I will be moving that feature to Sundays until this season of So You Think You Can Dance is over.  If you’re a lover of this show or of all things dance then click on the banner and head on over to Ash’s site to check out our commentary and videos of the performances.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tune in Tuesday

This weekly meme is hosted by Ginger at GReads & showcases music. Each week you can post an old or new song so that it gains more interest! So let's help Ginger spread some music love.  Oh, and don't forget to submit a link.
In honor of my favorite dance show, So You Think You Can Dance, I'm going to highlight some of the artists/songs that I've discovered or rediscovered while watching this awesomesauce show.  Enjoy!
The Garden by Mirah

Choreographed by:  Sonya Tayeh
Gravity by Sara Bareilles

Choreographed by:  Mia Michaels
If It Kills Me by Jason Mraz

Choreographed by:  Travis Wall

Monday, June 13, 2011

Movie Review: Super 8

Super 8 Movie Poster     Super 8 Movie Poster
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 move and soon suspect that it was not an accident.  Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

Super 8 2
Super 8 1

Okay so I have a confession to make.  I really didn’t want to watch this movie.  My boyfriend had been talking about it for months.  Months I tell you!  But every time I would see a trailer I wasn’t convinced it was something I wanted to check out at the theater.  How very, very wrong I was.  We went to watch it Friday afternoon and we’re still talking about it today.  The movie was reminiscent of some of my favorite childhood movies.  If you rolled up The Goonies, E.T., and Close Encounters of the Third Kind you kind of end up with Super 8.  I say kind of because although there are elements that remind me of these movies, J. J. Abrams turned it into something that wasn’t a copy cat version of those beloved flicks.  The acting was excellent.  The action sequences rocked.  The suspenseful moments had me jumping out of my seat.  I laughed, I got misty-eyed, I swooned and I sat on the edge of my seat.  If that’s not enough emotional bang for your buck then you, my friend, are hard to please.  So do yourselves a favor and go watch this movie.  Seriously.  You won’t regret it.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Plinky Question of the Day


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 are the first things you notice about people you just met?


I thought this was a pretty interesting question so I thought I’d throw it out there.  When I meet someone for the first time I usually notice the following 3 things and usually in the order I’m about to list them:



They say the eyes are the windows to the soul and I believe that to be true.  You can perfect your poker face but, you’re eyes never lie.



I don’t care about whether they’re straight or how bright they are.  What I’m more interested in is if that smile is genuine and given easily to strangers.  It’s one of the easiest things you can do to spread a little positivity.



Interaction with Others
Are you big on please and thank you?  Do you offer a helping hand to someone who’s in need?  Willing to go out of your way even if it’s not convenient for you?  If the answers are yes then I’m pleased to meet your acquaintance.


What about you guys?  What are some of the first things you notice about people you’ve just meet?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Birthday Flash Giveaway Winner


Before I get to the good stuff I just wanted to take a sec and thank everyone who stopped by to share their fondest birthday memories.  Also a million thanks for the birthday love.  You guys definitely know how to make a girl feel special.  Okay enough with the mushy stuff.  After creating a list of all the participants, then adding them to the list randomizer and then using to help me pick a number the winner of $15 worth of books from The Book Depository is….


RainMaiden (aka Jen) who said:

I would have to say my most favorite birthday memory was when I was younger and my little brother put his whole hand in my birthday cake. I was so pissed at the time, but now I have to laugh. Chuck E. Cheese will never be the same with out that memory.


Jen I will be contacting you shortly.  Thanks again to everyone who participated!

Jen D

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Another Year Wiser

Happy Birthday
At least that’s what my parents tell me.  I’m 31-years-young today and I feel like the perfect way to celebrate is to have a Flash Giveaway.  I’ll be giving away $15 worth of books from The Book Depository.  Here’s how to enter:


What are you doing just standing (or sitting) there?  Get those fingers moving!  Time’s running out!

Jen D.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

True Blood News

Make sure to stop by Bite Club for this week's True Blood News update.  All I'm going to say is 'man sundae' and '6 minutes'.  Got your attention?  Well, put an end to your burning curiousity and check out what the hell I'm talking about.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Random Acts of Kindness: June Edition

Book Soulmates
I had a lot of fun with this last month so I decided to give it another try this month.

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Let's keep our International bloggers in mind and in our hearts.  Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Plinky Question of the Day


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.


Share the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done for fun.


A week ago I would have said sky diving but, since my friend’s husband pulled the plug on our little death defying adventure, I’ll have to go with snorkeling in the Florida Keys with my Dad.


Before you ask, nope that’s not a picture of us.  I don’t think we have any so I had to you use a generic Florida Keys snorkeling picture.  In our defense my sister and I were both on the younger end of the age scale and Pops had the two of us to worry about so I’m sure taking pictures wasn’t at the forefront of his mind.  But, I digress.  I know, I know snorkeling doesn’t sound very dangerous but, I assure you my friends it is.  Especially if you’re doing it out in the middle of the ocean where other boats can easily run your ass over or if you come face to face with a fish that would happily much on you like a Slim Jim (beef jerky for those of you not familiar with the “Macho Man” Randy Savage commercials, may he RIP btw) like that one time I came face to face with a barracuda.  *shivers*  Have no fear.  I walked (or swam) away with all my appendages intact.  There’s also the minor detail of you not being the top of the food chain thing.  Don’t get me wrong.  It’s a very fun activity to participate in but, you have to be careful and vigilant while you’re doing it.


How about you guys?  What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done for fun.