Friday, June 29, 2012

Listen Up! -- Audiobook Week discussion

Audiobook Week is coming to a close, but you can still participate. Check out the most recent discussion question over at Devourer of Books

Where do you learn about great audiobook titles? Find reviews? Buy your audiobooks? Share your secrets with the rest of us!

I have one word for you all: TWITTER. I could seriously write an entire post on how this one social media website has changed how I find books -- both print and audio -- but I'll save that for another time. 

I follow somewhere around 600 people on Twitter, most of them belonging to the book world in some way, whether they're bloggers, librarians, booksellers, etc. A lot of book talk happens on Twitter and I read about tons of awesome audiobooks that I should check out. Some of my favorite bookish Tweeps:

@devourerofbooks of course!

I have many more, of course, but those are just a few off the top of my head. I haven't gotten into reading publications specifically about audiobooks or seeking out Tweeps that only post about them, because I'll simply read about a book and look it up to see if it's available as an audio. That works for me. 

If you're on Twitter, follow me and send more book recommendations my way! A girl can always use a bigger TBR pile ;)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

What Makes a Good Narrator-Audiobook Week

 Another great discussion topic over at Devourer of Books today!

Who are your favorite narrators and why? What do you look for in a narrator? Have a preference between male or female narrators?

The narrator will totally make or break an audiobook for me. If I don't believe in what the narrator is reading to me by the middle of the first disc, I usually give up on the audio and pick up the print book. Or sometimes I just give up the book altogether. Sad.

I've loved many narrators I've listened to over the years, but a few definitely stand out. As I mentioned yesterday, I loved Brendan Frasier's reading of the "Inkheart" series by Cornelia Funke and I absolutely love the full cast audio of Shannon Hale's "Books of Bayern." I also really enjoyed Mark Bramhall's narration of The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass.

I've yet to search out specific narrators, as I've always just gone by whether or not I wanted to read the book, but I really should start doing that. I know a lot of listeners have their favorites, seeking out anything that particular narrator reads, but I'm still just drawn to plot. The more and more books I listen, the more often the same narrator shows up.

My main criteria for loving a narrator is whether or not they really make me believe they are each character they're portraying. Even if they don't necessarily do a specific "voice" for each character, if they have a manner of setting each one apart, I'm happy. The better they do this, the happier I am. In A Discovery of Witches, Jennifer Ikeda manages to pull off French accents, Irish accents, English accents (and different dialects), etc. She does it beautifully and I'm never confused as to who is who.

I really, really loved Grayce Wey's reading of Girl in Translation, because of this. She did Chinese accents perfectly, because she actually has a touch of an accent herself. It was a convincing rendition and many days I would turn off my car, thinking to myself that I could listen to that woman talk all day. Weird, maybe...but so true!

I don't necessarily have a preference between male and female readers, though I do prefer a female reading of a female main character. I don't care if a female reads a male main character, but I don't like a male narration of a female. I'm strange, yes. And again, that's not a deal breaker, just a preference.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mid-Week Meme, Audiobook Week

A mid-week Audiobook meme over at Devourer of Books today! Link up your post to win a prize!

Current/most recent audiobook:

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I'm on disc 14 of 20, so almost to the end!


I'm enjoying it quite a bit, but there have definitely been a few points that were slow for me. Unfortunately, I had an unexpected house guest interrupt my listening time (not really unfortunate about the guest, just the lack of audio time!), so the actual listening is going slowly too, which may not help.

The narrator is excellent at multiple accents, which I'm really appreciating.

Current/most favorite recent audiobook:

I really did love The Help. I wish I could say something a bit more obscure, so you'll all go out and grab a book you haven't yet read, but that was a hands down favorite. So good!

Favorite narrator you've discovered recently:

I loved Karen White's reading of The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen. She did a beautiful job.

One title from your TBL (to be listened) stack or your audio wishlist:

I really want to re-listen to the Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke. I listened about 4 years ago and LOVED it. It's read by Brendan Frasier and I can still remember exactly where I was when I listened to specific scenes. A great book series and a great listen.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Audiobook Week: The essentials of reviewing

Day 2 of Audiobook Week over here! Head over Devourer of Books to check out the schedule for the rest of the week or to add your participation link. Prizes are being awarded! 

Discuss the essentials of audiobook reviewing. What do you make sure to include? What do you want to see when you read other people’s reviews?

My method of reviewing audiobooks is pretty similar to how I approach all of my reviews. I make sure to include a short plot summary, usually in my own words unless I'm really pressed for time and want to get something up, followed by my thoughts on the story/characters/setting/etc. The only "special" care I take with an audiobook review is to make sure I comment on the narrator. 

When I read audiobook reviews, I want to know how the narrator did. Was he/she animated, convincing of the characters, etc. Did he/she change voices for different characters and pull it off well? Was there a full cast (my favorite)? Any little quirks that got annoying? Like, if I can hear the narrator swallowing at any time, I immediately turn off the book. Ew.

It's definitely not complicated to review audiobooks, but it's definitely a little more involved than a print book review would be.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Audiobook Week begins!

I've been saving up some audiobooks to review for Audiobook Week, hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, Jen at Devourer of Books. Check it out and win some prizes if you participate!

First question to start us off:

Are you new to audiobooks in the last year? Have you been listening to them forever but discovered something new this year? Favorite titles? New times/places to listen? This is your chance to introduce yourself and your general listening experience.

I've loved audiobooks since my sophomore year in college, when I would drive an hour + each way to classes each day. I started with The Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson, but I quickly grew out of those. 

Now, I always have an audiobook going and though I don't spend nearly as much time in the car as I did up until my son was born, I still get through them fairly quickly. I still listen while I drive,  as well as while I walk with the baby, and while I clean.

In my long list of listens, I did get the chance to end up with a few favorites in the past 12 months including:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor read by Khristine Hvam
The Help by Katherine Stockett read by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, and Octavia Spencer
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall read by Susan Denaker

I'm in the middle of A Discovery of Witches right now and very much enjoying that one too!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Week in Review

I haven't been blogging much, but I have been enjoying my family and that's what matters right? And really, that's what summer is for.

 I did have author/photographer Suzi Eszterhas stop by and talk about life in the world of animal photography. So cool!

I reviewed Wife 22.

I talked about some of my favorite workout music for Fitness Friday.


June's Birchbox arrived! I love this program's so much fun! Even though I won't be using a few of the products in this month's box, it's still a blast to get to open a package with surprises inside.

This month, the box contained:

Wonderstruck perfume by Taylor Swift
Stainiac lip and cheek stain
Stila one-step bronzer
Comodynes self-tanning towelettes
Mini Luna bar

I LOVE Luna bars, so I tossed that right in my purse. Didn't last long. The cheek and lip stain is great--I've already used it several times. Perfect for just about any skin tone, I would think. And Taylor Swift's perfume is surprisingly nice!

I won't be using the self-tanning towelettes, because I'm afraid I'll turn orange. Had one bad incidence with self tanner years ago and I've never tried it again. I'm ok being pale. The bronzer is a little sparkly for my liking...being that I'm almost 30, I'd rather not have glitter on my face.

And that's it. Hope you all enjoyed this beautiful weekend. Have a great week!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Fitness Friday

It has been HOT here in Northern VA. Workouts have had to be kept at a minimum, but I'm still chugging along. Running has definitely become my escape at night, after spending all day hiding in the air conditioning with the boy and I'm learning to love it. 

One of the most important parts of running for me (and doing it successfully) is my playlist. I've used the same playlist for the last 10 weeks and though it does get a little boring sometimes, I have a routine down in my head to each song. Some are so upbeat that I can hard through the entire song. Some are great for pacing. And I even have a couple that have such an awesome chorus that I do intervals with it...walk quickly or slow jog until the chorus, then run with all I've got. 

Some of my favorites:

Hero by Skillet
Rebirthing by Skillet
Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
Drive By by Train
I'll Try by Polarboy
Perfect by Pink (the clean version)
Satisy by Tenth Avenue North

Skillet is amazing for a workout, even if I don't listen to them on a regular basis. I'd highly encourage you to give them a try if you need an extra push in your playlist. 

I do need some tips for new workout gear. Tanks, socks, visors/hats, etc. What makes your workout the best it can be in terms of gear?

My first Biggest Loser competition is ending today and I just weighed in. I don't know how I've done yet in comparison to everyone else, but I do know, in 10 weeks I've lost an amount of weight that makes me proud of myself, yet is completely reasonable. And I know I'm just beginning. Biggest Loser #2 runs until September and I definitely have enough weight to lose to carry me though until then, if not a little further if the numbers stay as they've been each week. I refuse to yo-yo diet anymore or practically starve myself to drop weight faster.

Image via Pinterest (no link back)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Wife 22 review

Alice has been married, quite happily, for over 20 years, but lately she's feeling empty. Her children don't seem to need her anymore, despite Alice being convinced they each have major issues, and she feels like she and her husband have become roommates, rather than the crazy-in-love couple they once were. 

When Alice receives an email invitation to participate in a marriage study, she jumps at the chance. It's anonymous and she figures she's got nothing to lose...until she starts falling for the researcher in charge of sending her the questions. Alice is no longer sure if she actually wants to fix her marriage or if the excitement of someone new is more appealing. 

I was so intrigued by this story and definitely enjoyed my reading of it, though I was not Alice's biggest fan. She was completely self-absorbed and irritating and completely flippant about the serious problems she believes her son and daughter are suffering from. I think these quirks were just the writing style, but it wasn't my cup of tea. Alice totally drove me crazy sometimes, but her story was fun and sweet, hope-filled, and definitely something I hadn't read before.

The plot concept was unique and made me keep wanting to turn the pages, even after the little twist became obvious somewhere in the middle. I had to find out what happened between Wife 22 and the Researcher! Definitely a bit of a strange romance-but not-romance that was fun and had me chuckling. If you're looking for a super-serious read, I would definitely pass, but if you'd like a good story with some quirks, tr it out. 

Wife 22
Melanie Gideon
400 pages
Adult Fiction
Random House
Review copy

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Suzi Eszterhas stops by!

Last month, I wrote a review of some adorable baby animal books by Suzi Eszterhas. She was kind enough to stop by the blog and write a little about her time photographing wildlife. Welcome Suzi!
"One of the best parts of being a wildlife photographer is that every day is different. And to get good shots, you have to spend a lot of days in the field. And I mean A LOT. I spent nearly two years following a few different cheetah families in Kenya’s Masai Mara. Spending every day with one family, from sunrise to sunset, you see a lot: mom hunting gazelles, cubs playing, cuddling with mom, and more. But the cheetahs also see a lot of you. 
When animals get used to your presence you become a fixture of their landscape, just like a tree or a boulder. And out on the African plains, if cheetah cubs grow up around you, they treat a safari jeep  like a boulder, climbing on the tires, jumping on the hood, and chasing each other on the roof. The cubs even peered into my open window, hissed and playfully pawed my shoulder. Of course, as a wildlife photographer, I never touch wild animals. But these kinds of encounters are a privilege and a whole lot of fun!

Gorillas are perhaps the best animals on the planet for close encounters. They’ve had a long history of being studied by primatologists like Dian Fossey. This has made them very relaxed around people and they often ignore the fact that you are there. You can find yourself sitting amidst a group of gorillas, watching them live out their lives around you without a care in the world -  feeding on wild celery, holding their babies close, or beating their chests. 

Being an invisible observer is a wildlife photographer’s dream, but there are also times when the gorillas interact with you and this can be mind-blowing. Sometimes they just catch your eye and stare at you deeply; somehow, with eyes locked, you get this feeling that you are staring at something very familiar  – something unmistakably human."

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

No internet!

Reviews will be back soon! Internet has been down at my house for the past couple of days and I just can't write blog posts via my phone. See you in a day or two!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Things I Like (2)


Holy cow. This thing has been a life changer! changer is not exactly appropriate, considering this is a hair styling tool, but seriously, as a person who cannot manage to coordinate a round brush and a hair dryer at the same time, this really does make a huge difference in how my hair looks.

I have wavy hair, but only in certain spots, so if I don't blow dry and use the straightener, I look like a big mess. I started using this and having touched my straightener. LOVE IT. You need this in your life.It's the John Frieda Hot Air Brush.

Look at this necklace!! The price tag is steep and you would have to have the confidence to pull it off, but it's on my love list for sure. The Peg and Awi shop has some really neat stuff.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sea Change review

Ava Whalen has always felt a bit lost. Lonely, even within her own family, she has never felt she belonged anywhere, and was always attempting to gain favor in her mother's eyes. A successful midwife who spends her days and nights assisting women through one of the best, yet most difficult times of their lives, Ava is ready for someone to help her through her own difficult time.

When she meets Matthew, a psychologist that basically charms the pants off of her, Ava is swept off her feet and before she knows it, she has eloped and agreed to move to Matthew's hometown of St. Simons Island, a beautiful place, rich in history. Sounds a tad like The Bachelorette, minus the 25 gorgeous guys. Just one here, folks!

Unfortunately, Matthew and the move only fix Ava's lonliness problem temporarily, as she starts to uncover long buried secrets surrounding Matthew's first wife. As she digs for answers, Ava also begins to uncover portions of a mystery from more than deep in the past...a mystery Matthew's first wife was also working on when she died. She falls into the story of Matthew's ancestors, learning about a love and a loss, while also learning what she wants for her own future.

The setting is beautiful and is perfect for a beach read. Matthew was written in a manner that was definitely charming, yet I knew there was something about him that I couldn't quite put my finger on. He had a tad of a creep factor going on...a great quality for a mystery.

Ava had her annoying moments to me, but I give her a pass. I didn't quite understand how willing she was to just give up everything for a guy she barely knew...even lonely she seemed to have a better head on her shoulders than that, but if she hadn't, there wouldn't have been a story, I suppose. I did love her interaction with some of the secondary characters and the way her loneliness poured off the page. White made it so the reader could actually feel Ava's pain. 

Overall, a good read to take to the beach and share with your friends. A touch of mystery, a bit of love, and a nice cast of characters made for a satisfying piece of women's fiction. 

Sea Change
Karen White
416 pages
Adult Fiction
NAL Trade
June 2012
Review copy

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New Releases (3)

New Releases is a feature I've started to showcase some of the awesome books I've been sent by publishers that I am incredibly excited about, but haven't yet had a chance to get to.

 Stunning: A Pretty Little Liars Novel by Sara Shepard

Super popular series! This one has been out for a couple of weeks, but it's still in my TBR and I wanted to make sure fans new it was out. I don't watch the tv show, so I'm not sure how closely the plots compare. 

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renee Russell

These books are great for middle grade girl readers. 9 and up I would say. Funny, cute format, and a sweet main character. Looking forward to seeing what Nikki is up to now!

If you've read them, let me know what you think!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Week in Review

It was a slow week for blogging, but a busy week for life. I had to head into work for a day (which felt SO nice), had church events to attend, doctor's appointments, etc. Living in an area where traffic is a beast, it seems to take all day to head to a doctor's appointment and maybe run to the grocery store on the way home. Add that with the heat and I'm tired, but it's ok. Life is great right now and I'm certainly not complaining.

Elliott had his 6 month checkup last week and is doing incredibly well. 13lbs 9oz, 25 inches long, and perfectly healthy. He's definitely on the small side, even for being a 32 weeker, so the doctor wanted us to start him on cereal. I nodded my head as if I were agreeing, but really I know he's not quite ready. He may be a little guy, but he's not unhealthy and he isn't showing many signs of being interested in food. We're going to take that slow. 

Take a look at this cuteness:

Most adorable child on the planet, duh. Do people still say duh??

I reviewed Drop Dead Healthy

I finally reached a goal I've been working towards!

I talked about all the books Elliott and I have been enjoying lately.

Hope you all are doing well!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Picture Book Saturday

Remember how, awhile ago, I mentioned doing Picture Book Saturday posts once a month, rather than each week, and how I might have more than just 2 or 3 books to share? Uh...well...welcome to the book explosion. Elliott and I have been reading up a storm (prepping for his first Summer Reading Program, of course) and I have a ton to share with you this week. 

I'm keeping it short on synopsis and simply giving you my thoughts on the book as a whole. First up, 4 board books and a picture book that he's loving:

Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson and illustrator Jane Chapman

I think E likes this one, because I obviously love it so much. I read it with extra enthusiasm! That darn bear is just too cute and I really love the rhyming flow....makes it so easy to read. An excellent friendship/sharing/taking care of each other message too and with that and the great rhymes, it's a really nice storytime book, as well. Not just for babies! All of the books are adorable and I'm so glad they started publishing them in board book form.

Are You a Cow? by Sandra Boynton

Her books are always a hit and this one, though it ends a bit abruptly, has great in-your-face illustrations that Elliott seems impressed with. It's super silly, so we go through all sorts of faces while reading and typically get a few giggles out of him. I think our favorite is still The Belly Button Book, but this was cute too. 

Zooborns by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland

Baby animals! Cute, adorable, huggable baby animals! Who could possibly resist this book??? I loved the full-size version when it came out last year and gave it to several toddlers as gifts. The up-close photos are perfect for babies and Elliott likes to quietly page through this one. He loves to stare at the ocelot, but I'm partial to the pygmy hippo. 

Hippopposites by Janik Coat

I have to admit, when I first saw this one, I wasn't impressed. I mean, it looks kinda strange, right? Well, Elliott LOVES it. So much for thinking I knew what kids would like. He loves to look at each page with a single hippo in one color, doing nothing. And then I started to's so simple, it's genius! I do think some of the opposite concepts are way above the head of toddlers (opaque/transparent, positive/negative), but that almost makes it funny for the adult reading it. This has been a huge hit in our house!

I Love My Daddy by Giles Andreae and illustrator Emma Dodd

A super simple, very sweet book about all the things fathers do for their children. Told from a toddler's point of view, I couldn't help but smile as I read this one aloud. Elliott's dad definitely does all of these things and I can't wait for E to think he's the coolest guy around. 

I love Dodd's illustrations with her mix of textures. Gives the book a touch of whimsy!

Finally, 2 books that are a tad over Elliott's interest level at this stage, but I've really liked reading the past couple of weeks:

Victricia Malicia: Book-Loving Buccaneer by Carrie Clickard and illustrator Mark Meyers

Anything about books and I'm typically a fan, but throw in pirates and I'm definitely interested! Some of the rhymes were a bit of a stretch, but I found that quirk charming and funny. I think it was the author's intent to get the reader a tad tongue-tied and I loved that! The main character was charming in her land-loving ways and the fact that all she wanted to do was open a bookstore on dry land was adorable! 

I know we'll sell gobs of this in the store and I'll be keeping this copy on my shelves for when the little guy is a little older. Great for the 4-6 age group. 

A World of Food by Carl Warner

If you weren't hungry before looking at this book, you certainly will be when you finish! Pages and pages of landscapes and scenes constructed entirely from colorful food...from the brown chocolate train scene and gray mushroom mountains to the pink candy land and yellow desert filled with couscous, rice, and yellow beans. So creative!

Pages in the back describe what's in each edible landscape. This could definitely be used as an inspiration for a fabulous art project!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fitness Friday: Reaching Goals

I ran a 5K. I RAN A 5K!!!!!  One of my biggest goals has been to become a "runner." I've always wanted to, but would quit when it got too difficult. This time, I didn't quit...I'm sticking with it and it's paying off. I ran 3.2 miles in 33:30. Not the greatest time in the world and yes, I had to stop a couple of times towards the end and walk, but I never gave myself more than 10 seconds to breath and walk, and I finished what I set out to do. 

I walked in the house, collapsed in a chair, and started crying. This made Aaron start hysterically laughing, so I'm sure it was quite the scene. I just never thought I could do it and I did! YAY ME!

Tonight, I'm heading to a friend's to use their treadmill, to test myself out on there. I've always had better times/longer runs when using treadmills vs. facing the elements/hills/etc. outside and I want to see how quickly I could do a 5K on a machine. I'll report back! 

(Image taken from Pinterest)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Drop Dead Healthy review

A.J. Jacobs likes to take on difficult tasks. He's read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica for his book The Know-It-All, he took the Bible literally for a whole year, inspiring A Year of Living Biblically, and now, in Drop Dead Healthy, we get to see what he does to become the healthiest person possible. A challenge for sure!

Everything from food and sleep patterns, to exercise and skin care regimens, and all sorts of stuff in-between is covered on Jacobs' journey to health. He consultants a huge panel of experts to help make the best decisions for his overall mental, physical, emotional, and sexual health. As all of his books are, this one is incredibly informative, while being laugh-out-loud funny. I read so many passages to my husband, he may as well have just read the whole book himself!

Over the course of this experiment, the author does become a much healthier than he was prior to beginning the structure of exercise/eating/etc. He loses weight, gains muscle, and learns other methods for total healthy living. Definitely a good thing. He is also able to learn that sometimes we're just bombarded with information regarding what is bad for us, what is great for us, and all that jazz. And then, just when you get used to something, it's flipped upside and all of a sudden the same things that were bad are now good. One of my favorite pages illustrates this well:

"Overall health: I'm finding the project exhausting--but oddly, mentally as much as physically. Dozens of times a day, I try to figure out what's the healthiest course of action. But often, I feel lost in the fog of conflicting advice. 

Take the treadmill. After about three hours, my treadmill starts to stink like burned rubber. My son Jasper holds his nose when he's nearby. So are the positive benefits outweighed by these noxious fumes?

If I have an extra hour in my day, should I go to the gym or visit my family? All the health books emphasize the importance of family and friends. 

Should I get a carpet because it blocks noise, or will that send allergens into the air?

When I have water at a restaurant, should I ask for a twist of lemon, because lemon juice lowers the glycemic index? Or demand that no lemon get within a yard of the glass, because microbe experts say restaurant lemon wedges teem with germs?

I bought a steamer, because you can't get much healthier than steamed vegetables. But my steamer is made of plastic. Am I making myself some hormone-disrupting broccoli?

I need to relax." (pg 138)
Therefore, the overall lesson is one that I am also living right now: everything in moderation and don't freak out.

If you've never read an A.J. Jacobs book before, I highly recommend all of them. Funny and educational! A great mix of wit and information, this one definitely taught me something, encouraged me on my own health journey and made me giggle. Loved it!

Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection
A.J. Jacobs
416 pages
Adult Non-Fiction
Simon and Schuster
April 2012
Library copy

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Week in Review

It's been an interesting Sunday at this house. Aaron decided it would be a good idea to set the carseat on top of the stove after church and when he took out Elliott, hit the burner knob with the seat handle. 10 minutes later I hear him yelling for me and I smell burning plastic. *insert big sigh* The good news is... no one was hurt, the stove was not ruined, the floor was fine (after having  a 10lb piece of melting plastic thrown on it), and I kept my cool. The bad news is...we need a new carseat pronto. Not in the budget, but we're making it happen. Accidents are a part of life, right?

We finally just sat down to finally relax and discovered our one and only tv has died. Between the issues with both cars, Zoey needing the vet, the flea issue that I spent a bunch of money fixing immediately, the car seat, and now the tv, I have a feeling we will never have money again. 

Anyways...the point of this post is to talk about what happened on the blog this week, right? So, here ya go:

I talked about In Honor by Jessi Kirby. 

Things I Like, a feature over at YA Library Tales, became a new feature on this blog, as well. I like sharing things I'm enjoying.

I reviewed Rotters by Daniel Kraus. Creepy, dark, and incredibly detailed.

Fitness Friday: Biggest Loser Edition. I ended up joining a 2nd Biggest Loser competition and wanted to invite others to join. I found out about it kinda late though, so we only have 8 participants. I neeeeed to win money, so I'm working my butt off for another 15 weeks. If I do win, that will replace the money for the new carseat ;)

Cross your fingers nothing disastrous happens this week!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Fitness Friday: Biggest Loser edition

I'm giving my latest Biggest Loser endeavors a huge plug today. As you all know, I've been participating in a Biggest Loser-type competition for the past 8 weeks and have lost about 9lbs now. Slow, but steady wins the race right? 2 more weeks and I find out if I won...which I highly doubt, but it would be nice. Since it's based on percentage of weight lost and not pounds, there's always a chance I could have pulled it off. 

A friend of mine decided that she wanted to start one up, so starting today, I'm involved in two! The stakes are a bit higher in this one, which is going to make me work even harder. We're broke (stupid car and poor dog) and I could use a big money pot.

If you're interested in joining us, excellent! It starts TODAY, June 1st, so make your decision soon! Here are the guidelines:

1. Everyone needs to weigh in on the same scale that they start with at the same time of day for every weigh in. This keeps things consistent.

2. We are measuring the percent of body weight lost. The calculation is the take your actual weight (today) and subtract it form your initial weight. Then divide that number by your initial (starting) weight.

2. The first weigh in will be on June 1, 2012. (TODAY)

3. The final weigh in will be on September 14, 2012.

4. Weigh-ins will occur every Friday.

5. There is a $20.00 registration fee which “MUST” be paid during your first weigh in.

6. All monies owing to the pot should be paid during the time of weigh in or prior to the following weigh in.(So if you have a bad week, be prepared break out the spare change)

7. There will be a penalty fee of $1.00 applied if your weight stays the same.

8. There will be a penalty fee of $1.00 added for each pound gained. (i.e. Gain 3 pounds, you owe $3.00)

9. The winner will be the person who loses the largest percentage of body weight.

10. Every week, you will email your weight after the weigh-in to a third party. He will then calculate your percentage of weight loss and email a list of the contestants ranking for that week and overall. He is the ONLY one that will know how much you weigh...and since you don't know him, it's ok :)

If you're interested and do end up signing up, please let me know and I'll send you the third-party email address for your weigh-in. I didn't want to link it up here. 

If you want to sign up and are ready to pay your money (again, deadline is today), click here.

Join me!!