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It may be the happiest place on Earth, but it’s also peppered with a lot of trivia and there is more than meets the eye. Author David Hoffman takes readers onto a journey into just ‘some’ of the park’s coolest little known facts in his Disneyland guide.

Some of my favorite bits of trivia were:

  • Michelle Pfeiffer was Alice in the Disneyland Electrical Parade.
  • The line for the Matterhorn Bobsleds on the right (closest to the Alice in Wonderland ride) allows you to have the track that’s 30 seconds longer.

For the basic tourist, or even the most rabid Disneyphile, this guide is sure to make a great gift or impluse buy.

I picked this up at barnes and Noble off the clearance table. I’d seen it at the store before and was really excited to finally pick up a copy.

Little Known Facts about Well-Known Places: Disneyland by David Hoffman
200 pages; Fall River Press
Hardcover 2008; Retail: $6.98


This is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey and I’m listing the books that I hope to read this week. What are you reading?

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert
Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor by Chuck Black
The Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber
The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer

When an International flight lands at JFK, then appears to shut down on the tarmac, an employee is called to the scene. Soon, others are called to the plan as  the dead crew and passengers, save for four barely alive survivors are found. The CDC is called in, with Doctor Ephraim Goodweather taking point.

What Eph eventually discovers chills him to the bone–it’s a virus–a VAMPIRE virus!

One of seven ancient vampires has gone rogue, and an elderly pawnbroker by the name of Setrakian helps Eph on his journey to finding out more about the creatures and how to defeat them–Setrakian knows, firsthand, the dangers because he met the rogue vampire decades before.

As Eph and Setrakian try and save the world, they are foiled by the quick conversion of vampires–and soon more vampires are in New York City than their human prey. But the vampires will not stop at NYC–they want the world!

The fast pace of the beginning of this book kept up throughout the novel. Del Toro and Hogan do not disappoint. I devoured this book, and I cannot wait to read the next one.

This copy was checked out of my local library. Once I started it, it was a very quick read!

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
416 pages; William Morrow
Hardcover: June 2009 Retail:$26.99

Wow! Summer is nearly over. It’s hard to believe. And, even harder to believe, I am listening to Eminem and really liking a few of his songs, how did that happen? This is one that constantly makes me want to write. It’s a bit explicit.

Jane Austen Challenge

Haley is having a challenge for Jane Austen novels. I’m going to a fanatic level, which means:

** Fanatic 6+ books by J. Austen, 5+ re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)

The Challenge runs until the end of the year. Here’s what I hope to read:

Austen Books:

Lady Susan
Mansfield Park
Northanger Abbey (Reading with Tequila is starting a readalong with this today!)
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility

Other Books:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters

Jane Bites Back

Dawn of the Dreadfuls

Lost in Austen

Five Crooked Halos is a blog I’ve recently been clued to, and she’s got a really cool thing called five question friday. I’ve decided to toss my answers into the ring. Won’t you?

1. What do you think makes a good friend, or friendship?

Honesty, trust and communication. These are traits that friends will have. These are things that I bring to the table, and that I hope others do as well.  I’m not budging on this. I also like people I’m friends with to share interests with me, but also have others that I can learn about. It’s important to me to learn about new things.

2. What is the last thing you bought & later regretted?

It was a book that I could get on the Nook… cheaper.

3. Have you ever had a prank played on you?

Yes, I’m sure I have. Nothing springs to mind at the moment, though.

4. What is your favorite theme park?

Disney or Universal. They both are cool for different reasons.

5. Have you ever seen someone else give birth?

I was present for my birth, but have no recollection of my mother havinf me oddly enough, LOL. I think I have seen something in a documentary or those health films they show in school, so sure, I guess I have seen someone else give birth, just not really in person.

I’m participating in something kinda big, but totally beneficial. It’s this:

The challenge is simple—read books that you’ve been meaning to read. You know, the huge stacks you have all over the place. I’ve already been doing this, as I’m going to be giving a lot of my bookcrossing books away to my dear friends, but I wanted to actually get something written down and give myself some ownership of this task.

I’ve read a bunch in the last few days, and I’ll post that list here, but I’m going to reset the clock and start with books I’ve finished today.

Please don’t judge, LOL. Keep in mind that one of my best friends is a fellow geek, and he and I are a little star trek/ star wars nerdy, so some of these books I have to read so I can pass them onto him (his wife will LOVE that, LOL)…

Books Read in Huge TBR Readathon (started 10 June)—GOAL is 25 Books

**Note, books must be over the 150 page mark to be counted.**

Star Trek Destiny III: Lost Souls by David Mack
Star Trek Voyager: Full Circle by Kirsten Beyer

Star Trek Voyager: Unworthy by Kirsten Beyer

Star Trek Titan #1 Taking Wing by Michael A Martin

So, is anyone else brave enough to try this out? Click on the picture above, of that huge stack of books, for the link. And good luck!

I wasn’t tagged, but Kai posted these on her blog today, so I’m answering them. Haven’t tagged anyone yet, will have to do that… Hmmm. So how about you just post and answer if you wish…


1 – What’s in your garden, and if nothing, why not? Nothing. I don’t really garden at this point in my life. I used to…maybe would revisit in the future. A cute little herb garden (an English tea-garden type thing), some veggies and flowers would be nice.
2 – What’s your favorite retro era and why? Just one? I guess I would have to say right now it’s the 40s. Because I’m thinking it’s nearly bathing season.
3 – What’s your favorite thing to do for pure entertainment (e.g. see the Opera, movies, have some beer at a pub with your friends, etc.) I like to go to the movies.
4 – Do you have pets? If yes, what kind and why do you have them? If no, why not? 1 black lab (Sam), 2 cats (Max and Evie/Peeves). I share ownership.
5 – You have a secret. Does it eat at you and you have a hard time keeping it in, or does it settle well and it’s safe with you forever? I am blessed with bliss and peace.
6 – If you could have professional help in any way, what would it be (e.g. professional landscapers, professional cleaning crew, professional chef, etc.) and why? I think it would be either the gardener or the cleaners. Because it would leave me more time to spend with those I care about. However, both practices can be therapeutic, so it would have to be on a need-to-do basis, if you know what I mean?
7 – What one actor or actress, still alive, would you want to have a private dinner with and why? Robert Redford. I have tons of questions for him about process and writing. Or maybe Jack Nicholson (Grandmama would LOVE it), just as long as we could talk about the Lakers. Or, hmmm… Nathan Fillion (do I have to explain why for him?!?) or Diane Lane—I think she would have so much to talk about.
8 – You are behind a locked door, perfectly safe for as long as you need to be. Something on the other side of the door gives you a weird feeling… a little scary, a little exciting… makes the hair on your skin stand on end, you don’t know if it’s good or bad. Would you open the door and confront it, or would you stay behind the door forever? (Deep one, huh?) Confront it. I’ve got something strong in my corner, so I can face anything.
9 – If you could go back in your past and change one single thing within your power to change, what would it be? Commit the most important thing sooner.
10 – What’s your favorite dessert? Please, be descriptive.  🙂  I have a sweet tooth today. Black Forest Cake, or chocolate-covered strawberries.

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I know this has been going around the Blogosphere, I originally saw this on this leg on Mel’s blog.

This is a picture of my Grandmama and her dear friend Marianne. It was taken at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA. It’s an outdoor mall and it’s really lovely. There are people and dogs everywhere!

We’d just left restoration hardware and were on our way to lunch when I said ‘I want to take pictures of you two ladies.’ And they posed, because they’re lovely like that.

Grandmama is on the right.

One of my internet friends, Sammye Jo (of 62Cards) has asked some questions, so here I am answering them. LOL.


  1. What did you want to be when you were little? A writer, or an actress…There was a brief period of time where I wanted to be a lawyer, a paleontologist or archeologist, a pediatric cardiac surgeon or a private investigator.


  2. If you could travel at will….where would be the first place you would go? A beach.


  1. What is your favorite charity or non profit organization? Susan G. Komen or anything to do with Shelter Animals.


  1. Where is your favorite place online to buy crafty supplies? I end up buying from or eBay most of the time. I never remember Addicted to Rubber stamps or a Cherry on top when I place an order, oddly enough, always looking for new stores to check out.


  1. Have a pet peave? Share! My pet peeve is probably people who are mean or rude. I really don’t like it when people are mean or rude, even to friends of mine.


  1. What’s one thing you would change in your house if you could snap and it be done? I would move.


7. What was the theme of your high school prom??? Sadly, I don’t remember. I didn’t go to prom (other than to take some photos of the junior prom that I helped set up, but that was more for yearbook than anything else). I went to a friend’s play with my Grandmother because it was the friend’s birthday and no one in her family was going to see her in the play.


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