How does this keep happening to me?

So, it’s been a year since my last post.  A year. A YEAR!  Geez, what a slacker.  I can see a month or 2 but 365 days is just sad.  In that year I’ve read a lot of books, drank a lot of booze and done A LOT of bitchin!  Ooh ooh, what did you read (asked no one ever)?  Well, here’s a quick break down of the last year in the Books Booze and Bitchin’ Book Club:

‘Flora’ by Gail Godwin

‘The Interestings’ by Meg Wolitzer

‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ by Paul Torday

‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ by Mitch Albom

‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini

‘My Blood Approves’ by Amanda Hocking

‘Prince of Thieves’ by Chuck Hogan

‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue

‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak

Other none book club books that I recommend from my 2014 Good Reads challenge include:

‘You Better Not Cry’ by Augusten Burroughs

‘Tell Me Where it Hurts’ by Nick Trout

‘The Supreme Macaroni Company’ by Adriana Tragiani

‘Odd Thomas’ by Dean Koontz

‘Men and Dogs’ by Kate Crouch

‘Postcards from the Edge’ by Carrie Fisher

‘The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane’ by Katherine Howe

‘Bravo Valentine’ by Adriana Tragiani

‘Insurgent’ by Veronica Roth

‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth

‘Mennonite in a Little Black Dress’ by Rhoda Janzen

‘One Fifth Avenue’ by Candace Bushnell

‘Very Valentine’ by Adriana Trigiani

‘The History of the Snowman’ by Bob Eckstein

I will try to piece together the 2014 book club month by month over the next few weeks to get everyone (and by everyone I mean me) back on track.  Who knows, I might actually stick with it this time (probably not).  The book club has taken a few months hiatus so this has given me time to catch up on the blog before we start anew for 2015.  For those of you keeping track (is anyone else even reading this?) the current book is ‘The Serpent of Venice’ by Christopher Moore.  If you haven’t read any of his books I highly highly recommend him.  He is witty, funny, vulgar, smart and down right rude and for that I absolutely love him!  If you don’t read anything else this year at least pick up one of his books and read it cover to cover (as opposed to starting somewhere in the middle, which would be utterly confusing).  Hoping that some of you are still with me and haven’t thrown in the towel entirely!  Until next time…

Eat, Drink and Be Yourself!

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Ever so slightly off topic.

No really.  I mean, it’s still about a book, just not “the” book.  I just finished ‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth last night.  When I walked in to work this morning (mind you, this is before updating my goodreads account) I find this waiting for me:

Image                                                How perfect is that!!!!  Guess what I’ll be doing tonight!  Thanks to Ashley Milburn for providing me with books since my New Years resolution was to not buy any books in 2014.  I know I know, I can hear your screams through the interwebs.  I counted up all the books that i have on my bookshelves (yes plural) and found that there are over 100 books that I have never read.  I’m gonna say that again, I own over 100 books that i have never read!!!!  This was alarming to me so I thought to myself “Self, you bought those books with every intention of reading them.  Not reading them will hurt their feelings.  You best get to reading” (My inner voice can be a bit of a diva!).  I’m already a whopping 3 books ahead for the year on my Good reads challenge (I only pledged a grand total of 25 so I wouldn’t disappoint myself) but I’m afraid I’ll fall behind when given the option of watching some random junk sitcom on tv.  Best to plow ahead and hope many of those books are quick reads (you know, like “Candide”, “Julius Caesar”, “The Jungle”, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, “The Kite Runner”, you know, children’s books!).  

As always, eat, drink and be yourself!

Damn Townies!

A few Friday’s ago the girls and I got together to discuss ‘Prince of Thieves’ by Chuck Hogan.  This was an excellent book about a group of hoodlums outside of Boston, Mass.  They’ve spent their lives in and out of jail, robbing, drinking and whoreing around in between bouts behind bars.  The older these four boys get, the bigger their heists.  The main character, Doug, struggles with his current “profession” but doesn’t really see a way out…until he meets “the girl”.  Sure, he meets her behind a hockey mask at gun point but what an interesting meet cute to tell your grandkids about!  With the FBI breathing down there necks at every turn this book is both captivating and heart racing!  It had me sucked in to the end, which happened to be about 30 minutes before book club met!

As always, I planned accordingly and said “Wine be damned, we’re going cheap beer and/or Irish dranks tonight!”  The gals pulled through bringing cases of Miller High Life.  Ugggghhhh!  Have to give them credit though, it was indeed a beer referenced in the book.  They’re nothing if not sticklers for detail!  I stuck to my Guinness thank you very much!

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Keeping with the theme I also made “Cheesy Shepherd’s Pie” from the awesome blog budgetbytes.com!  That Beth girl rocks!  (Okay, so I learned that technically it’s Cottage Pie because I used ground beef instead of lamb but come on, where in East Bumble Fuck Egypt am I gonna find ground lamb?)

The Shepherd’s Pie was a big hit but we needed snacky foods too and AGAIN my girls didn’t disappoint.  Anna brought Movie Theater Popcorn because in the book the group knocks over a multi-plex!  She also brought mixed nuts and tater tots (think Potato Famine!).  I set out some bagel chips (because they were a dollar at ‘Dollar General’) and Pub cheese to round out our makeshift meal.

And finally, as if we hadn’t had enough beer to drink already, I concocted a shot to round out the ‘Booze’ section our our book club.  I think it’s usually called an Irish flag but I didn’t have any Grand Marnier so I used Grenadine.  The shot is layered with Grenadine, Creme de Menthe and Irish Cream.

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Pretty neat, huh?  This same weekend was also St. Patrick’s Day (how fortuitous) so I thought I’d round out this post with some pictures of my dog, Kirby, from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Onancock, VA.

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For our next book club we picked (from the giant glass punch bowl) “My Blood Approves” by Amanda Hocking.  This is part of the reason I love this book club, we read books that I may not choose for myself but ultimately enjoy in the end.  Plus I have some great vampire themed ideas for next book club!  Feel free to read along with the gals of Books Booze and Bitchin.  Go ahead and bitch in the comments section if you like, we certainly do enough at our “meetings”!

Until next time, Eat, Drink and Be Yourself!

I’ll be back!

Sorry, I just watched a video of Epic Meal Time with Arnold Schwarzenegger!  Have I mentioned that I’m a horrible blogger?  If not, I’m a horrible blogger.  I don’t write anything for months and expect people to still be waiting here to read whatever dribble I come up with.  This trying to catch up from the original book club thing is getting ridiculous.  I find it hard to motivate myself to write about book clubs that happened over a year ago.  So, in an attempt to be a better blogger (I feel like I write this every time I blog!) I’m going to skip all those other books we read (periodically slipping one or two in during the month) and just write about this months book club book.  We have a meeting tonight!  The book is called “Prince of Thieves” and its by Chuck Hogan (I was so hoping this was a cross between Chuck Norris and Hulk Hogan!).  

 

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It’s the book that the movie “The Town” was based on.  You know the one…with the bank robbery…with Ben Affleck…outside of Boston…no not The Departed, that was Matt Damon!  Anyway, I’m excited to get caught up and tell you all about it before the weekend is out.  So until then…

Eat, Drink and Be Yourself!

So where was I…

It’s been so long since I’ve posted that I’m having trouble remembering which book was next on my Book Club list.  I think my last actual book club post was about ‘Sugar Queen’ by Sarah Addison Allen.  Then there was a long stretch of randomness with the Rocky Horror Picture Show outing, the takeover of Stunt Zombies blog (which was short lived as I’m a super slacker!) followed by my rant about why children may not be evil but the people who want me to have them are!  Which brings us up to…oh my… “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James!  WARNING: The pictures you are about to see are not suitable for children, or adults, or pets.

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It was bound to happen.  You get this many women together under one roof and throw booze into the mix you’re bound to land the topic of conversation on some S&M, right…right?  Okay, maybe that’s just me and my ladies but while there were mixed reviews on the book as a whole the book club meeting was flipping amazing!  My girls really pulled out all the stops.  Just check out some of the cookies that my friend Shannon made:

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That’s right, those delectable little treats are penis cookies.  Still not sure why my boyfriends was the only black one but I think the less I know the better.

Since I’m so fond of themes I decided to decorate with gray ties I found at the local thrift shop.  I think I cleaned them out!

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And I decided to play a little game.  Each girl partnered off with someone they “trusted” before being blind folded by their choice of gray tie!  It was a game of High Low.  I purchased a high priced and low priced wine in the categories of white, red and sweet.  The girls then had to choose which they thought was the high priced and the low priced wine.  And the prize?  Wine of course!

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We had a blast and struck up some great conversation as well.  Personally, I enjoyed the book.  I mean, not the writing, or the editing, or the complete lack of a thesaurus apparently!  But the premise and the story line were pretty okay for a taboo subject.  What myself and my book club couldn’t get over was the constant use of the same adjectives and descriptions over and over and over ad nauseum!  I mean come on!  How many times can you say “Oh My” or “Holy Crap”?  And why does she have to bite her lip so many God damn times!  You’d think she’d wear a hole through it by now!  Apparently my book club and I are not the only ones who feel this way. While researching today’s post I stumbled upon this review by The Sarcasm Goddess!  Nail on the head sister, Nail on the head!

There were a few in my book club who were just straight appalled by the subject matter.  Not because it was too dirty or controversial but because the protagonist is basically allowing herself to be beaten, not figuratively, literally.  That was a concept that some of my book club babes just couldn’t get past.  No man should lay their hands on a woman in a violent manner, no matter how much she wants it 🙂  But seriously, I see where they’re coming from and agree that physical abuse isn’t something to be taken lightly.

So looking past the complete lack of editing what I really didn’t like about this book, this oh so risque novel that must be hidden under the mattress when not being read, this lock yourself in the bathroom so the kids don’t catch you reading it best seller, was that when you got right down to it there wasn’t much sex at all!  A few spankings, some give it to me rough parts.  But that “Red room of pain” gets used like twice in the whole book.  I mean come on.  I was expecting way worse (or better?)!  Try reading “Submission: A Novel” by Marthe Blau or “The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty” by Anne Rice.  At least you’ll know the writings better!

Continuing with the theme we had BYOSM (Bring Your Own Steak or Meat).  I had already shelled out a bit on wine so it was up to the girls to provide the substance!  We grilled out back (seeing as it was July of 2012, God I’m so behind!) and got to eat our meat as we liked it (Oh my!).

AND we hit a milestone, our first (and so far only) skype book club meeting!  My girl down in Florida got her lovely FL ladies together for a book club meeting of their own complete with wine and food.  We got to skype up and down the East Coast while throwing back some grape and enjoying some rather interesting conversation!

In summation, good book, way better book club, and on to the next one!

Next book…“Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden.

Until next time…eat, drink and be yourself!

I’m so important…

that my guest post will be on ardenrr’s blog today!  

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Okay, so I’m not that important but Arden has been gracious enough to let me ramble angrily on her blog while she writes for NaNoWriMo.  Just giving you fair warning, this is not my typical Books, Booze & Bitchin’ post.  I took the opportunity to go way off topic and write about something that really drives me bananas…children!  So check out Arden’s post, follow her blog, leave comments, etc.  

Stunt Zombie Blog Takeover Day 4(ish)

Ahhhh.  Sit on the couch.  Pull the lever and recline.  Pop my feet up and let the dog jump up for some cuddles.  Turn on the TV and surround sound and find something on a Saturday night that doesn’t completely suck.  Turn on the computer and connect to the interweb.  Crap.

Crap. Crap. Crap.  
I still have to write a blog about Halloween as promised.  After all, I crossed my heart and hoped to die and I certainly don’t hope to die.  But come on!  I just got home.  I’m four beers in.  I just want to sit on the couch, watch meaningless television and play candy crush!  Is that so much to ask?  
As (regrettably) promised I would do a real Halloween post for the Stunt Zombie blog.  Since I’m just the littlest bit buzzed I thought the best idea would be to find a Halloween snacky food to go with my beverage of choice, Redd’s Apple Ale.

 

 While rooting through Chris’ bag o’ Halloween goodies I came across something that intrigued me:

Kraft Jet-Puffed GhostMallows (It’s really hard not to type Jet-Stay-Puffed!)The flavor of these marshmallows is supposed to be Vanilla but aren’t all regular marshmallows vanilla flavored?

 

 While I thought that these would be super yummy I also started to rethink my beverage of choice.  Fruity beer plus vanilla marshmallows?  I think not.  Thank God the back of the bag had suggestions for what beverage would go best:

 

 So I brewed me a cup of Suisse Mocha (close enough to ghostly hot chocolate) and popped a few of these ghoulish marshmallows on top.

 

 

 

 Aren’t they so cute?!  Although, now that I’m looking at them from this angle they slightly resemble ghostly sperm, no?  As I began to sip on my chocolatey beverage I had the sinking feeling that something very important was missing.

 

 Ahhh, that’s better. 
Now, since most of you (make that all of you) don’t know who I am you probably have no idea that I am completely obsessed with another marshmallowy treat, Peeps.  Who doesn’t love Peeps?  They’re sugary, chewy and full of Peepy goodness (and yes, I do realize that I turn a lot of nouns in to adverbs!).  Anyway, the reason I bring up Peeps is because one of my favorite Peep activities (yes, there are more than one) is Peep jousting.  For hours upon hours of fun you pit your Peeps against each other in head to head combat.  Simply place the marshmallows on a plate, shove toothpicks into them, pop them in the microwave for a few seconds and crown a victor.  The Peep who doesn’t get skewered is victorious.  I simply applied this basic concept to the ghostly marshmallows:

It didn’t work out as I had planned.  With no clear victor I decided to crown myself the winner, mashed my melty marshmallows together and stirred them into my mocha!  While I do love a good marshmallow I didn’t find anything particularly special about these sugary snacks.  Sure they’re cute and slightly colorful.  Yes they’re ridiculously addicting and I ate half a bag in one sitting (don’t judge me, I’m drunk).  And would I get them again if spotted in the snack food aisle of the grocery store?  Of course.  But did they stand out from all of the other marshmallows on the shelf?  No, not really.  So, while I did enjoy snacking on them individually I think I’ll stick to drowning them in my coffee.