Sunday, February 7, 2016

J J Virgin Diet - What?!?

So yeah I'm doing it...
You have to give up 7 items

Which is very hard b/c I hate to break this to you but everything pre-packaged has soy in it including some teas...

Started week 1 January 25th
The first week I did shakes for breakfast and lunch with protein and vegetables for dinner and 1 snack

Week 2  February 1st
Shakes for breakfast, lunch has been protein and vegetables same for dinner with 1 snack.

After 2nd week (and in 1 month) I have lost 15 lbs.

Shakes that I love!!

Peach berry almond smoothie
chocolate almond smoothie
chocolate blueberry
rise and shine smoothie
strawberry chocolate protein smoothie

Was super uber rough the first week. I craved cheese like no other. Was angry at anyone eating real food. Had bad headaches and was angry. Second week, was doing much better. My joints feel better, don't crave as much was able to go out to dinner without missing cheese or other things. Sleeping better and able to do more things. More energy etc.

So far I would recommend it. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Currently Reading

TITLE: Isabella: The Warrior Queen
AUTHOR: Kirstin Downey
PAGES: 520
GENRE: history

An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history

Born at a time when Christianity was dying out and the Ottoman Empire was aggressively expanding, Isabella was inspired in her youth by tales of Joan of Arc, a devout young woman who unified her people and led them to victory against foreign invaders. In 1474, when most women were almost powerless, twenty-three-year-old Isabella defied a hostile brother and mercurial husband to seize control of Castile and León. Her subsequent feats were legendary. She ended a twenty-four-generation struggle between Muslims and Christians, forcing Moorish invaders back over the Mediterranean Sea. She laid the foundation for a unified Spain. She sponsored Columbus's trip to the Indies and negotiated Spanish control over much of the New World with the help of Rodrigo Borgia, the infamous Pope Alexander VI. She also annihilated all who stood against her by establishing a bloody religious Inquisition that would darken Spain's reputation for centuries. Whether saintly or satanic, no female leader has done more to shape our modern world, where millions of people in two hemispheres speak Spanish and practice Catholicism. Yet history has all but forgotten Isabella's influence, due to hundreds of years of misreporting that often attributed her accomplishments to Ferdinand, the bold and philandering husband she adored. Using new scholarship, Downey's luminous biography tells the story of this brilliant, fervent, forgotten woman, the faith that propelled her through life, and the land of ancient conflicts and intrigue she brought under her command.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Month in Review January

Books Read in January:
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowlings - audio (re-read)
Doctor Who: Pest Control by Peter Anghelides (audio)
From Shakespeare with Love: The Best of the Sonnets (audio)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

NOLA trip

Wizard World New Orleans Panel...

Captain America: Civil War Panel

Set up

then came the Russo Brothers

Then Frank Grillo

 Followed by Anthony Mackie

Hayley Atwell

Jermey Renner

then the lovely Chris FREAKING Evans AKA Baby Daddy

The following is just random goodness that I managed to capture there are a few and most are of Chris Evans but deal with it. If you want them take them but if you post them just give me credit. Enjoy!!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Page to Screen ~ Argo

Title: Argo: How the CIA & Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue In History 
Author: Antonio Mendez
Copyright: 2012
Type:  fiction
Pages: 310
Series: no

Reason for Reading
Saw the movie and wanted to see if it was like the actual book

The true account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran

On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and held dozens of Americans hostage, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics that still reverberates today. Beaneath this crisis another shocking story was known by only a select few: six Americans escaped the embassy and hid within a city roiling with suspicion and fear. A top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them before they were detected. Disguising himself as a Hollywood producer, and supported by a cast of expert forgers, deep-cover CIA operatives, foreign agents, and Hollywood special-effects artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake science fiction film called "Argo." While pretending to find the ideal film backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees and eventually smuggled them out of Iran.

After more than three decades, Antonio Mendez finally details the extraordinarily complex and dangerous operation he led. A riveting story of secret identities, international intrigue, and good old-fashioned American ingenuity, Argo is the pulse-pounding account of the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.

The Problems: 
* The movie clearly couldn't do everything that was in the book and of course the movie had to make it more action. 
* The book had a lot going on that didn't need to be in it. There was a lot of back information that wasn't very interesting like about what was happening during the time that hostages were hanging out waiting to be rescued and doing absolutely nothing except working on their tan. 

The Wins:
*The book did explain how the CIA got to point of using undercover with mask and makeup to help with agents and how that department was made. 
*The movie did a good job at showing how serious the situation was and is for hostages and how terrifying it was for those that went through it and those that were the ones on the outside including survival guilt. 
*It was also good to see how well and bad Hollywood was portrayed in this movie. 

Goodreads Grade: 4 out of 5 stars
Would you recommend this book to others? Yes and no I think the movie was better personally and would recommend it over the book personally but if you prefer to read then yes. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Review ~ Churchill by Paul Johnson

Title: Churchill 
Author: Paul Johnson
Copyright: 2009
Type: biography
Pages: 192
Series: no

Reason for Reading
Love biographies wanted to know more about Churchill

An acclaimed historian presents a revelatory look at the greatest statesman of the twentieth century

For eminent historian Paul Johnson, Winston Churchill remains an enigma in need of unraveling. Soldier, parliamentarian, Prime Minister, orator, painter, writer, husband, and leader—all of these facets combine to make Churchill one of the most complex and fascinating personalities in history.

In Churchill, Johnson applies a wide lens and an unconventional approach to illuminate the various phases of Churchill’s career. From his adventures as a young cavalry officer in the service of the Empire to his role as an elder statesman prophesying the advent of the Cold War, Johnson shows how Churchill’s immense adaptability combined with his natural pugnacity to make him a formidable leader for the better part of a century. Johnson’s narration of Churchill’s many triumphs and setbacks, rich with anecdote and quotation, illustrates the man’s humor, resilience, courage, and eccentricity as no other biography before.

Winston Churchill’s hold on contemporary readers has never slackened, and Paul Johnson’s lively, concise biography will appeal to historians and general nonfiction readers alike.

I really enjoyed this audio book. It didn't obviously go into the whole history of Winston Churchill. It did hit on his early life briefly and it hit on his time building up into the man that he was suppose to be and how he became the man he was. The audio did a very good job and building up to help us understand how he became the man he is and how many times he succeeded only to fail and have to pick himself back up and start from scratch. I thought it was well written and it was fantastically done. What was great about it is that every part was needed and not overly written to where you wished they had cut something out. In fact every part of the audio was something that was needed. 

Goodreads Grade: 4 out of 5 stars
Would you recommend this book to others? I think that this is something that you should read if you like biographies and want to know more about Winston Churchill

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Page to Screen ~ Much Ado About Nothing

Title: Much Ado About Nothing
Author: William Shakespeare

Movie/Play: Much Ado About Nothing
Actor/Actress: David Tennant & Catherine Tate

The action is set in Sicily, where Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, has recently defeated his half-brother, the bastard Don John, in a military engagement. Apparently reconciled, they return to the capital, Messina, as guests of the Governor, Leonato. There Count Claudio, a young nobleman serving in Don Pedro's army, falls in love with Hero, Leonato's daughter, whom Don Pedro woos on his behalf. The play's central plot shows how Don John maliciously deceives Claudio into believing that Hero has taken a lover on the eve of her marriage, causing Claudio to repudiate her publicly, at the altar. 

Thoughts: The play is great don't get me wrong and let me just say that it is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE play from Shakespeare and I have seen probably every rendition known to mankind and the movie up top is probably my favorite of all of them. The chemistry between both David and Catherine is exactly what I envision between Beatrice and Benedict. They are the perfect sarcastic duo that make the match just believable. I have to say that with this version I actually fast forward through most of the story to get to the bits with these two. And ignore the other parts. 
And believe it or not it does stay true to the play original words and all. Once I had watch it through a few or 10 times I also read through while watching.

I recommend both for certain!!!