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Well, it has been a long time since I’ve posted anything.  In large part that had to due with it being summer.  I have to say it was hard for me to actually sit in front of a computer and write when the sun was shining and the warm weather was calling my name.  That is why I wanted to devote this post to the Best 3…Things about Summer!

No matter where you are in the world, the fact that summer has a power over people.  A way to make us feel better.  I don’t know whether it is the weather (and all the warm days and nights), the longer days (that is always a bonus) or could it be the fact that we are able to get away from our day to day lives and take vacations or just extra long weekends.

So, here are the Best 3…Things about Summer!

1.  BBQ

2.  Just Being Outdoors

3.  Sandals

Yes, BBQ is my number one choice as the best thing of summer.   For me, I don’t think I turned on my oven all summer.  All that meal planning that needs to take place during the year – out the door when summetime arrives.  I always know what I’m having for dinner – BBQ!  It’s great, easy and tastes so amazing.  Aaaahhhh my mouth is watering as I write this.

 

My second choice is the ability to just be outdoors.  The warm weather allows you to do so much things outside and that is what summer is meant for.  Road trips, camping, lounging on the beach, going for a swim and whatever else you like to do.  That is why it is my number two choice.

My last choice could have easily been number one.  Summer and sandals go together like salt and pepper.  Being able to always wear them, never having your feet confined to shoes and sox, getting pedicures…thanks to summer for the sandal!  Whatever preference of sandal you have (and yes, as many other women, I have a large amount of sandals that are in my closet and I’m not going to feel guilty because I wear them all!)

 

AG

 

 

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Continuing with the recent post on my blog, I want to explore who I believe would be the best 3 actresses to play the character of Anastasia Steele.  I should say that I have been getting a lot of views on the Fifty Shades of Grey topics so this is a good indication that I am not the only one out there that is really excited for this movie to come out.

I have though long and hard about the choices that I have included.  There is something about all these actresses that embody the character and that I think could do a really good job.  I just hope that these actresses are open (i.e. nudity) because this is a role that cannot be PG – that would just not work and I don’t think people will tune in.  This is also a role that can make a career or break it.

So, here are my Best 3…Actresses to Play Anastasia Steele (from Fifty Shades of Grey):

1.  Alexis Bledel

2.  Allison Williams

3. Amanda Seyfried

My first choice is Alexis Bledel because she has the look, the eyes and that ability to bring out the innocence of the character.  I think that she is a good enough actress that she would be able to deliver a great performance and really make the character come alive.  She would be amazing.  Even though she is thirty  – I think that she could easily portray a 21 year old  (my only worry is whether she would agree to any nudity – if it was a requirement – that is also a worry with all the actresses that I picked – although I think that if they had done the research on the character, they would agree).

My second choice might be different for some.  Allison Williams is the daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.  She currently is on HBO’s Girls.  I don’t know much about her yet she fits the look that I see for Anastasia.  She is relatively new at acting and this would be a career making role.  I just don’t know if she would take it specifically because of who her father is (hopefully that wouldn’t be an issue…but I don’t know her and I don’t know her family).  I like the idea of a new actress taking the role.

As for my last choice, I think Amanda Seyfried (with her hair dyed brown) could really pull off this character.  She is a great actress and I know if she was cast, she would do an amazing job.

All I can say is, I feel really bad for the people casting the movie…this is going to be such as hard choice.

AG

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I have been thinking about this post for awhile.  Really since I wrote the post on the best 3 reasons to read Fifty Shades of Grey.   From all the buzz around Hollywood, there are a lot of people who have a big interest in playing this character.  I know that Universal Pictures and Focus Features were the successful studios that secured the rights to the film version of the book.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features now have one of the most difficult jobs to be performed – casting Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.  I am sure this is kind of like how it was to find Bella and Edward from Twilight.   I do not envy the job of the casting agents – that will be hell and they are probably going to get some form of negative press for whoever they pick (because we all know you can’t please everyone).  However, I did want to add my own opinion as to who should be on that list (and I really want to hear from others also!!!).  Since I am going to be one of those people that will definitely be checking out the movie, I thought that it would be appropriate.

So, here are the Best 3…Actors to Play Christian Grey (from Fifty Shades of Grey):

1.  Alex Pettyfer

2Alexander Skarsgard

 3. Henry Cavill

I have to say that I thought long and hard about this (because this casting will determine whether I actually go and see the movie) and Alex Pettyfer is at the top of my list.  Not only is he the one that I can picture immediately as Christian Grey, the others are far behind him.  He is younger than Christian Grey but there is something about him that exudes the characteristics of Grey and all that he is.  Plus he has the looks down and I can definitely picture him with no shirt on…so I am Team Alex!  I know that he doesn’t have the best reputation but with landing a role like this hopefully he would understand how lucky he is and all the doors that this role will open!

My second choice is someone that is a little older (because he is in his 30s) but Alexander Skarsgard still has the looks and the talent to pull off the character.  He also has a way of really getting into character and making you believe in who he is portraying.  Plus, Alexander looks amazing without a shirt and without anything on – plus he is the one actor who has shown a lot of skin (on True Blood) and doesn’t seem to shy away from it if that is what the role calls for.

My last choice was even a surprise to me but the more I thought about it, the more I could picture Henry Cavill as Christian Grey.  Plus after the Immortals, I know that he looks great without a shirt on and those eyes just draw you in.  There would have to be a change in the hair color but with Hollywood movie magic that shouldn’t be a problem.

Who do you think should be cast as Christian Grey?  I really want to know what others are thinking out there – so leave comments!

AG

 

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I haven’t talked a lot about this show in my other posts but it is one of those crazy and amazing shows that I love to tune in to.  As an avid book lover, I have read all The Southern Vampire Mysteries series by Charlaine Harris – which as many people know provide the basis and characters for True Blood.  From the very first book I read, I was hooked.  I loved the storyline and the characters.  I especially liked how the books progressed with certain characters.   I will not  say anymore about that because I don’t want to spoil the books for people – they should be read.  When True Blood first came out, it was my awesome big sister that told me about it…the two of us have a habit of sharing all the shows that we think the other would like…she told me about Legend of the Seeker (which I absolutely love now – many people might not be familiar with it – another show based on a book series by Terry Goodkind – which unfortunately only had two seasons but epic characters – Richard and Kahlan!!!).  I, on the other hand, introduced my sister to Sons of Anarchy – which she now watched and loves.  So, I took my big sister’s advice and watched True Blood.Well, I was hooked.  Although not totally like the books (which was to be expected) – the writers have done a good show of integrated some of the core aspects in.  Some storylines I could do without but understand why they need to be in there.  From all the seasons, season 4 was the best for me (you will understand why by the best 3 provided) but I am excited for Season 5 and that is why I wanted to dedicate a post to True Blood.

So, here are the Best 3…Reasons Why I Can’t Wait for a New Season of True Blood:

1.  Eric, Eric, Eric and Eric

2.  Russel Edgington returning

3. Sookie‘s love life

Eric Northman

Eric Northman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ok.  I am going to say it…I am Team Eric.  I have been from the very start and let me say, Alexander Skarsgard plays Eric Northman perfectly.  I can’t picture any one else in the role.  He is just great.  He is one of the main reasons I continue to watch True Blood, plus I love his character.  Since I don’t want to spoil anything for other people who may not have watched the show…let’s just say, Eric and Sookie are just meant to be…Again, I want to say it…I am Team Eric.

 

 

 

 

 

I am just so excited to see how Season 5 will progress for Eric and Sookie…there are feelings there that cannot be denied…and I think are a lot stronger than with the other guy (Bill).

If you have not seen the trailers for Season 5, I have added it.  Russell Edgington is back…and I don’t think he is happy – so that will definitely make for an interesting season.

True Blood Season 5 Trailer #1

True Blood Season 5 Trailer #2

Sookie’s love life is my last best 3 pick because as you can tell from my first pick, I want her with Eric and I would like to see more scenes of them together.  They have chemistry and she is able to love both the good and bad of Eric.  Something needs to be done this season where Sookie’s love life either gets better (with Eric) or with no one at all.

AG

 

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to Tammy from The Nourished Seed (thenourishedseed.wordpress.com/) for nominating my blog for The Versatile Blogger Award.  It is really appreciated.

The Rules of Acceptance:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award (done)
  • Include a link to their blog (done)
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award (9 done…6 more to go)
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself (done)
  • In the same post, include this set of rules (done)
  • Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs (done)

Here are the blogs that I would like to nominate for The Versatile Blogger Award:

1. weightlossandcorinne.com – This is a great blog and gives me a lot of hope on my own weight loss journey

2. adventuresforlife.wordpress.com – I just discovered this blog and think it’s great – the business cards that are really life cards is great

3.  readmorebooks.wordpress.com/ – love this because I love reading

4.  http://capturingaverage.com/ – This is another great blog that speaks to me – the average girl

5.  http://listography10things.wordpress.com/ – How could I not like this one!  I love lists!

6. http://tryingnottobefat.com/ – The title of the blog says it all – it is something that I can identify with and that is why I follow

7.  http://domesticdivamd.com/ – This blog has great posts – love the recipes

8. http://coffeepoweredmom.wordpress.com/ – Lots of great posts and lots of coffee!

9.  http://nightbites.wordpress.com/ – Love this blog because it is dedicated to The Vampire Diaries – and yes I like that show

The other 6 remaining blogs will be posted soon….

Here are the 7 things about myself:

1.  I love to be outside – doing something like hiking, swimming, etc.

2.  I am the baby of my family

3.  I have two wonderful dogs

4.  My favorite tv show is Sons of Anarchy

5.  I hate celery

6.  My favorite book is Animal Farm by George Orwell

7.  I love to blog and read all the other interesting stuff other bloggers are writing about

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Well I have a few posts under my belt and have really embraced blogging.  To be perfectly honest, I truly am an average girl.  I get up, go to work, come home and go to bed.  I do not live an exciting life – sometimes I wish I did but no…I am just your plain average girl.  So that is why I changed things up and started this blog.

So, here are the Best 3…Reasons to Start a Blog:

1.  Everyone has opinions, thoughts, dreams, stories, etc…Why not YOU! Why not ME!

2.  Blogging is a healthy escape

3.  Blogging is a way to connect to the world

I think my first best 3 pick is self-explanatory.  Why not you and I sharing about the things that make up our life.  We are so different, all of us, and it is just nice to see what interests others have.  I love looking at all the other blogs out there because there are so many interesting ones to follow…and that is why I created my own.  I wanted to share all the best 3 of everything and that is what I am doing.  I don’t get the audience like some of the blogs (and I have yet to make it onto the Freshly Pressed page) but I continue because it is something that I really like to do.

   

Blogging is a healthy escape.  An escape from the world that surrounds us where bloggers can express what they are feeling and that is healthy.  Blogs are a place to vent, to talk about your feelings, to discuss difficult topics and however else they might be used.  I know there are some people that don’t use them as a healthy escape but those are the few…and we cannot let those be the ones to spoil.

Blogging does connect you to the world.  It allows you to interact with others all over the world from viewing other blogs to responding to comments.  I like the fact that anyone in the world can view my blog.  That is exciting and another awesome reasons to start a blog.  Plus there are so many interesting things out there is the world and blogging (and some of the amazing pictures) on some blogs help bring the world into a better view.

I hope that blogging does stick around and is not overtaken by Twitter because it is hard to only use 140 characters.

AG

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