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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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First let me start by saying that I first heard about this book (and then the trilogy) from a blog that my co-worker had read.  She had come across it by accident but the blogger had been so persuasive about reading Fifty Shades of Grey, that she ordered the book that night.  She is the co-worker that always tells me what I should be reading next…so when she mentioned this book and its genre/subject – erotic fiction, it made me kind of interested.  To be honest, I live in a sheltered world.  I am not that naive to realize this form of fiction is out there but I had never heard of an erotic fiction book about BDSM becoming a best seller (there could be others out there but I really don’t know about them).

For those that do not know what BDSM is, here is the definition/description:

BDSM is an erotic preference and a form of personal relationship involving the consensual use of restraint, intense sensory stimulation, and fantasy power role play. The acronym BDSM combines bondage and discipline (B&D or B/D), dominance and submission (D&S or D/s), and sadism and masochism (S&M or S/M).

(this information was taken from Wikipedia so I cannot guarantee the accuracy – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BDSM)

Before reading, I did a quick search to see what other were saying about the book and ran across a lot of positives responses, articles who dubbed it “mommy porn,” and negative feedback from those that do not believe that a woman should be submission and domineered by a man.  Taking all that into consideration, I bought the book and read it.  That is how we come to today’s post.

So, here are the Best 3…Reasons to Read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ by E.L. James:

1.  The main characters – Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele

2.  The email ‘banter’

3.  The romance/love /sex

Since I exposed myself to some of the critics out there on the internet, I was expecting Christian Grey to be crazy scary and super domineering.  That really wasn’t how he was portrayed.  Since you are only scratching the surface in this book, there is a lot more to Christian and the reason why he is how he is and why he enjoys what he enjoys.  Then you have Anastasia, who is a timid person, inexperienced and doesn’t have a huge amount of self-esteem.  Yet, together, their interactions (outside of the sex) and their emails makes them the perfect couple.  This books makes you want to take the next steps in their ‘relationship’ with them and to see how it will all end (since there is 2 other books).

Let me just say, I was not expecting to laugh in this book but the email ‘banter’ back and forth with Ana and Christian was just hilarious.  Seriously funny and just so unexpected in this type of book.  I am not going to spoil it, so if you have not read the book…go out and get it and read it and then you will understand what I am talking about.

The last reason is definitely the romance, the love that is starting (maybe on one side) and the sex – which there is a lot of.  The romance and love piece is there is the background but it is the sex that dominates.  I will not spoil it (because honestly people should be reading the book) but the sex scenes are graphic, interesting and opens your mind to what is out there.

AG

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One of the uninhabited islands of Lakshadweep

One of the uninhabited islands of Lakshadweep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today I was in a workshop and one of the exercises that the facilitator directed us to do was determine the top five things we would take to a desert island (for some context, this since may people had different things in their top five …there was a lot more to it but I won’t bore you with that).  However this exercise got me thinking about what would be the best 3 things that I would bring to a desert island.  For me, there was an infinite amount of possibilities and in this case my best 3 list was generated by ranking the best things that I would bring with me to ensure that my desert island experience was the best possible one I could have.

So, here are the Best 3…Things I would bring to a desert island:

1.  Books

2.  A man

3.  Infinite supply of food and water

Some people might find it funny that I chose books as the number one best pick but for me, I love to read and this just seemed like a natural choice.  If I am going to be there for a long time, what better way to pass the time but to lounge and read.  These books will be the gateway to other worlds, to feelings, to adventures and so many other things…it is endless and frankly just the best way to spend my time.

My second best pick was for pure selfish reasons.  Hey, if a girl is on a desert island she needs some companionship and to be honest: sex.  Plus, you need someone to interact with.  We all remember the Tom Hank‘s movie Cast Away where his best friend was a volleyball called Wilson, well I wouldn’t want to end up like that.  If I am on a desert island, I want to live it up.

As for my third best pick, this would have to be food and water.  These are elements that are essential to survival and wouldn’t allow me to enjoy the books or the man.  Plus if there was always an infinite amount of food and water, it would save from having to always go looking for it.

AG

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“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”    ―      John Lennon

In my life, there are a lot of things that I am thankful for and a lot of things that have the ability to make me smile.  When I mention a smile, I am talking about the smile that truly lights up my face.  The smile that lights up my eyes, and possibly shows my teeth.  Like I said, a lot of things make me smile but for this post, I wanted to focus on the best 3 things that have the ability to coax a smile out of me, even when, in some cases, I really don’t feel like smiling.  You know that you have experienced the same thing.  For me its just nice to go back and actually put these things in a Best 3 post.

So, here are the Best 3…Things that make me smile

1. The look on my dogs faces, after they’ve done something they shouldn’t have

2.  Reading The Book of Awesome

3.  A child smiling back at you

Honorable mentions: there are so many it would take me hours to write them all down…

My #1 best pic was easy.  If you are lucky enough to own a pet in your lifetime, life is good.  Pets are wonderful.  They love you unconditionally, aren’t judgemental, never get embarrassed and would stand up for you in a fight (ok, that is me wishing, sometimes I think my dog would let a robber into my house if he was carrying a juicy steak) .  The one magical thing that my dogs can do always do, is coax a smile out of me after I catch them doing something they should be doing or have done.  Case in point, I have a gorgeous yellow lab.  She has a great mild temperment, is playful and vibrant when she wants to be and has enough sassy mannerisms that make her the best dog in the world (yes, that is right, my lab is the best dog in the world).

There are a lot of times over our years together when this dog has made me smile but my favorite SMILE moment happened when I left a bowl of plain 2% yogurt on my coffee table because I had to go an answer the phone.  At that moment, I didn’t think that I was leaving the bowl unattended with a dog that loves human food…well that was my mistake.  I don’t remember the phone call but I do remember, walking back to my living room and the site before me made me smile.  There was my lab, sitting, staring up at me with her big, brown eyes, my bowl of yogurt slightly moves from its original place…and my dog’s snout covered in yogurt.  Even writing about it, brings that same smile back.

Cover of "The Book of Awesome: Snow Days,...

Cover via Amazon

My #2 choice was easy.  If you have never had the pleasure of reading this book, I highly encourage you too.  The Book of Awesome is just that AWESOME!  Neil Pasricha, the author, has a brilliant way of taking everyday things that would happen in your life and just labelling them awesome, which if you’ve experienced some of them are.  One of my favorites having the exact right amount of cereal to milk ratio.  This was one of the books stories that just made me smile

The last on my best 3 list is when a child smiles at you.  For some this might not be the case but for me, when a baby or toddler is smiling, its infectious and I cannot help but smile back.

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