Thursday, May 5, 2011

Where might i adopt an elephant?

The sun shone yesterday - can i get a woot woot?
Its a bright and cheerful day here at LRT because

1. The sun is shining - did i mention this already?

2. BF is coming home from West Virginia today!!! He isn't normally away so much and I seriously miss him like crazy every time he goes - this time the trip was for work and i hope he comes back in one piece, i can't say what BF does for his job but I can say last time he went he came home with a video of himself being tasered, fun right?

3. Yesterday i got to spend time with one of my besties and see a movie, I love getting to spend time with Mandy, she is seriously one of the sweetest, loveliest girls i know and her love for animals is immense!  Whenever something is wrong with fur baby she is the first person i call not just for advice since she is a vet technician but for moral support, she has more then a a few fur babies of her own!

So of course we had to pick a movie with the hot guy from Twilight AND animals in it win/win! - We saw Water for Elephants!

Water for Elephants Book Review

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My lovely friend (and brand new bride Amy) lent me this book a couple of weeks ago and i might have devoured it in a few hours, i am that girl who once i have a good book in my hands i respond to nothing and nobody until i've turned the last page!

The book was written by Canadian author Sara Gruen, go Canada! 

Book Flap Summary:  so and so did this and that (don't you love how in the draft form of my posts i write things like this, i left it in here today for your amusement)

As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie.
It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

About the Author: Sara Gruen moved to the United States from Canada in 1999 for a technical writing job. When she got laid off two years later, she decided to try her hand at writing fiction. A devoted animal lover, her first novel, Riding Lessons, explored the intimate and often healing spaces between people and animals and was a USA Today bestseller.
Sara Gruen’s awards include the 2007 Book Sense Book of the Year Award, the Cosmo Fun Fearless Fiction Award, the Bookbrowse Diamond Award for Most Popular Book, the Friends of American Literature Adult Fiction Award and the ALA/Alex Award 2007.  Sara Gruen lives in the south with her husband, sons, horses, dogs, cats and a goat.

My review:  I really really enjoyed this book, i have heard a few people say it was hard to get into but i was sucked in immediately, i turned every page eager to find out more, i felt compassion, i felt horror, i felt love, i just felt through the entire book

The ending was not a surprise but there was a lovely bit that i was not expecting

During the book i was able to picture the actors who play the characters as I had seen the movie previews and knew Reese Witherspoon (love her) and Robert Pattinson (love him) were playing the lead characters!  It doesn't bother me too much that I didn't get to imagine the characters myself

Water for Elephants Movie Review

Normally i hate watching movies right after reading the books, the movies always end up feeling "empty" does that make sense?  Instead i actually prefer watching the movie then reading the book - but i truly enjoyed this movie, it followed pretty closely to the book and we might have been a little bit whole lot weepy at the end!


Todays Thirsty Thursday! is my version of a whats in my fridge/oh yes this/ lets throw it all together/ smoothie

Liquid Sunshine Smoothie

Abandoned peach yogurt from the fridge
1/2 Cup of Vanilla Soy Milk
5 Pieces of Frozen Mango
Handful of Spinach
Dollop of Orange Avocado Pudding

Blend to your hearts content and pray to a higher power that the expired yogurt won't kill you in your sleep


So i'm completely incapacitated today, Christina and I hit up the UFC class at our gym yesterday and now i remember why i have a love/hate relationship with this class, its only 45 minutes so the minion from hell instructor packs as much in as she can, it was about 5 minutes before i was drenched in sweat and 10 minutes into it felt like i had been there for an hour already - i am really excited for the class though, i love having this feeling, you know the one where you can't actually lower yourself onto the loo because your thighs hate you THAT much - fun times!  I'm hoping they will loosen up in time for Zumba with my favourite instructor tonight!

Okay - Have a happy day everyone, enjoy the sunshine, vitamin D all around :o)