Humor

Happy World Nutella Day – February 5, 2014

Posted on Updated on

world nutella dayNutella has always been a part of my food vocabulary.  Growing up overseas, we were exposed to international foods from an early age and items that might have seemed “exotic” to some, were commonplace to us.   Nutella, was one of those treats.    My great-grandmother would spread it on toast, as a dessert with tea. Since it was a memory I associated with childhood, I always assumed it was  tastier than it actually was.  The same way camp cabins seemed so enormous, when we were younger, but grew smaller as we aged.

I was wrong.  Nutella was not only as delicious I remembered, it was even better incorporated into “adult” desserts.

Imagine my surprise when I moved to the U.S. and there was NO NUTELLA, anywhere.  Some Italian specialty markets carried Nutella, but it was expensive and would fly off the shelves as soon as they were stocked.  In some cases, it was like watching a small version of Black Friday sales crowds, before the mayhem and murder.

KeepCalm_NutellaOnFortunately, American fans demanded that Nutella be available and we prevailed!   Now, Nutella is available in our local grocery store and a few American food corporations have created their very own versions, of the luscious hazelnut spread.   I wish them luck, but I am a loyal Nuella woman.

There can be only one!

Eight years ago,  blogger Sara Rosso created World Nutella Day  to extol its wonders.  Other food bloggers soon caught the bug and World Nutella Day became a grassroots success.  Unfortunately, the “holiday” met with some early legal challenges from Ferrero, the Italian company that produced Nutella.   Once they realized that World Nutella Day was not only a celebration of the product, but an opportunity to gain new fans, they relented and joined the fun.   Today, Ms. Rosso and Michelle Fabio  are the coordinators of the festivities, with the blessings of Ferrero.

If you have not tried Nutella, today is the perfect day for your first taste!  To all the other Nutella fans out there, I high-five you with my spoon!

5-Stars and 2 Snaps in Z-Formation for Avery Flynn’s “High-Heeled Wonder” – Book Review

Posted on Updated on

Flynn-HighHeeledWonderSylvie Bissette may be one of Harbor City’s youngest glitterati, but only her best friends know her most closely guarded secret. She’s the woman behind The High-Heeled Wonder, the newest must-read blog for fashionistas everywhere. Gossip, fashion advice, exposés. Too bad some people can’t take a little criticism. When an internet troll discovers her secret identity, Sylvie turns to security expert Tony Falcon for help. The investigator from the other side of the tracks is the olive oil to her Evian water, but it’s not just her temper he’s inciting…

Tony Falcon wouldn’t know a kitten heel from a tabby cat, but since most of the bad guys he tracks down aren’t wearing stilettos, it’s never been a problem…until he meets Sylvie. The feisty fashionista may be his best chance at catching the criminals responsible for his best friend’s murder. But solving that case means going after the people Sylvie cares about, and soon the attraction—and the danger—has him wondering if solving the case is worth hurting the woman he can’t stop fantasizing about …

When Sylvie’s stalker escalates from sending nasty e-mails to trying to run her over in broad daylight, Tony goes undercover as Sylvie’s boyfriend to infiltrate the close-knit fashion community. In a world full of overblown egos and cut-throat ambition, Tony and Sylvie must work together to find her revenge-obsessed stalker before Sylvie ends up with a literal knife in the back.

My Review:

Bogie Meets Gracie Lou Freebush and they “Make it Work”

Sylvie Bissette was the mastermind behind the popular, “High-Heeled Wonder,” a blog that exposed all of the fashion industry’s dirty little, and not so little, secrets.   Her scoops garnered her huge a fan base, the ire of both a magazine’s editor-in-chief and a self-absorbed, talentless designer and her very own cyberstalker.   This troll indicated he/she would stop at nothing to reveal Sylvie’s identity and take down her blog.

After a very public attempt on her life, she relented to having Tony Falcon, former cop turned security expert, pose as her boyfriend to discover who was threatening her.    At the same time, he was trying to track down the criminals who killed his best friend.   Tony, who never had a problem maintaining his distance from his charges, met his match in feisty Sylvie, who was determined to “help” with the investigation.    As the threats against Sylvie escalated, so did Tony’s innate need to protect her.   The more time they spent together, the more problematic their mutual attraction became.   When they finally gave in to temptation, it culminated in a fully clothed, sultry exploration that only heightened their appetite for each other.

Clues were pieced together to deduce the identity of the perpetrator, while Sylvie and Tony continued to become close.  He narrowed down the list of suspects.  Unfortunately, that list included people Sylvie cared deeply for.  Hell-bent on retribution, yet blinded by hurt, Tony uttered one of the most touching boy-loses-girl lines “You’re going to hate me later.  You will and when you do, promise you’ll give me the chance to fix it,” as he broke Sylvie’s heart – along with his own.

Like a delightful visit to Imelda Marcos’ legendary shoe closet, High-heeled Wonder (A Killer Style Novel) (Entangled Ignite) took readers on a sexy, chick lit ride worthy of early Helen Fielding or Sophie Kinsella.   Additionally, Avery Flynn added classic thriller plot twists, thrills and surprises.  Her characters were multi-layered, balanced and intelligent.  Sylvie was a fully developed, professional woman who overcame a tragic childhood and Tony was the wounded alpha, with a heart of gold, who needed her to begin to heal.  A colorful and motley crew of secondary characters – their families, friends, and coworkers, provided further action, suspense and comic relief.

Both my inner fashionista and nerd girl appreciated the references to the fashion industry, as well as, the nod to Doctor Who and the gaming world.   High-heeled Wonder (A Killer Style Novel) (Entangled Ignite) earns an old-school, Men on Film, two-snaps in Z-Formation and my recommendation as a great book to curl up with on a cold winter’s day.  I look forward to Ms. Flynn’s next book.

Disclaimer:  I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.   Then purchased the book for my private library.

About the Author:

Author Avery FlynnAvery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

Find out more about Avery on her website, follow her on Twitter and Pinterest, and like her on her Facebook page.  Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the Internet, she’ll be your best friend for life.

Duck and Cover

Posted on Updated on

I am not, nor ever will be, a fan of “Duck Dynasty.”  However, the brouhaha over the suspension of a public figure who made ugly, unthinkable, regrettable  homophobic and racist comments made me long for the days when “A&E” signified ARTS and entertainment, only.   The duck person’s right to free speech was not infringed upon, as he spoke honesty and freely, in the GQ Interview.  As a result, he was suspended from the show (I suspect due to violating terms in his contract with the network).   People face these types of consequences every day, as corporations may create whatever policies they want for their employees.  That is all that occurred, in this case.

Reality TV show “celebrities” opened themselves up for a greater degree of scrutiny when they signed their contracts and agreed to be filmed.  They had the opportunity NOT to participate.   Many who have been interviewed after their shows aired, stated their lives were forever changed and lamented the loss of privacy, relationships and sense of themselves.   Notably, the Osbornes, who were no strangers to the public eye, ultimately regretted opening the doors of their private lives and homes to a television audience.

Unfortunately, the duck person was being touted as a “champion for Christian values,” and the angry mob of his “fans” began calling for boycotts of the network, petitions to be signed and have spewed more hate-filled speech towards A&E and organizations that promote LGBT equality and rights.  This non-controversy will result in more sales for the duck people’s products as their “fans” rush to “support” them, enriching their coffers even more.  Their “fans” will continue to vilify and marginalize people whom they believe are “beneath” them and continue their scorched earth campaign against “others.”   Just as Jesus would do, I’m sure.

“Christians” could follow Pope Francis’ example…but they have already labeled The Pope as “anti-Christian.”  Oops.

The aftermath will be must-see TV, although my sincerest wish is that the duck people, the baby pageants, and the Kardashians are canceled and replaced with educational programming.  Or all shows of that ilk are grouped into a new network entitled “Dumb Me Down.”

Pass.  The.  Popcorn.

Self-Love is NOT a College Course

Posted on Updated on

Raise your hands, if you’re sure!

Today I stumbled upon this little gem Elon University to Sponsor “Self-Pleasure” Course.   The blogger proceeded to describe the course schedule that included toy demonstrations and communication techniques.  Sadly, its initial session was only open to 20 students.

What could possibly go wrong with a college course about personal sexuality?   Nothing, if the course had been sanctioned by the University.  Apparently, students at Elon may create seminars and workshops on topics of their choosing.  Many colleges offer similar opportunities through their student organizations, on and off-campus health service agencies, lecture series and similar venues.

Elon did not actually offer “Masturbation: 101,” and the blogger failed to contact University officials to verify his facts.  In fact, the very first comments on his posts were by, none other than the Vice President for University Communications.   Oops.

Would you take a course in “Self-Pleasure” for college credit?  Post away, let’s talk.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 20

Posted on Updated on

Guest-Blogger
Stop in and leave a note.

When I started this blog I needed an outlet for my feelings.  Not only has the experience been cathartic, it has given me the opportunity to read other bloggers’ thoughts.  But, the unexpected blessing has been the thought-provoking discussions I have had with people all over the world.  Over time, I my readership numbers steadily increased, and I started to find my voice.   Thank you for taking the journey alongside me.

Today is about you.  Whether you focus on books, humor and satire, fashion, or life, please leave a post with your name, the name of your blog and a brief description of it.  This post is a forum to celebrate your blogs and pay it forward.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 18

Posted on Updated on

No Spam Ever
No Spam Ever

As I mentioned on June 12th and June 25th I am indebted to my Spam Blocker for diligently patrolling my blog to keep it free from undesirable content.  Today I send my thanks to those savvy programmers who write the code to keep up with the ever-growing mountain of cybercrap being flung at every website, in hope that some will stick.  Salute!

Giant group recreates ‘When Harry Met Sally’ deli scene: We’ll have what they’re having — VIDEO

Posted on Updated on

Smile of the day! I love the unsuspecting men’s reactions. Some looked a bit frightened.