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Virtual Race: Cupcake 5k

Race Title: Cupcake Run
Distance:   5k
Company:   Virtual Runner UK
Charity:   Alzheimer’s Society

After walking nearly a mile to find a cupcake vending machine, I decided that I needed to find myself a cupcake medal! There are several out there but I thought this one was the prettiest and would taste the best if it were an actual cupcake 🙂

 

Music Monday: Shawn Mendes Illuminate

Ruin
Mercy
Treat You Better
Three Empty Words
Don’t Be A Fool
Like This
No Promises
Lights On
Honest
Patience
Bad Reputation
Understand

I really like Shawn Mendes.  Something about his voice I really like and even though he is more of a “teenybopper” artist, I’d love to see him live one day.  His voice just sounds so much older than he is.  I really enjoyed his new album Illuminate and have trouble picking a  favorite song, I just love them all! My only regret is that I had planned to listen to and review this CD much, much earlier but got really busy and bumped off a whole bunch of Music Monday reviews that I had planned – I could have been enjoying this CD for so much longer if I didn’t!

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Scrapbook Saturday: My2k Tour 98 degrees

98 degrees solo pages and then 2 pages devoted to Christine on stage with the band!  I want to make something for that empty spot in the top middle but inspiration hasn’t quite struck yet.

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Book Review: Will Big League Baseball Survive?

Will Big League Baseball Survive looks at the evolution of the game of baseball over the past few years.  Baseball stadiums used to be more like “churches” and are now being turned into malls with all sorts of other things you can do while at the game than watch the game.   There is a lot of talk about the drug use in baseball and how much of it happened on Selig’s watch and how much of the game changed while he was commissioner as well. It talked about John Rocker and his comments about New York (which ended up with him getting pelted with D sized batteries at a Mets game!)  There is even some talk about the World Baseball Classic and MLB’s involvement with it.

I thought this book was interesting and enjoyed reading the possibilities of the changes that may come to baseball in the future.  Only time will tell what will happen!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Major League Baseball is a beloved American institution that has been a product of the economic, social, and media structures that have evolved in the United States over the last century. In his shrewd analysis, Will Big League Baseball Survive?, Lincoln Mitchell asks whether the sport will continue in its current form as a huge, lucrative global business that offers a monopoly in North America—and whether those structures are sustainable.

Mitchell places baseball in the context of the larger, evolving American and global entertainment sector. He examines how both changes directly related to baseball—including youth sports and the increased globalization of the game—as well as broader societal trends such as developments in media consumption and celebrity culture will impact big league baseball over the next few decades.

His book ultimately proposes several possible scenarios for what big league baseball might look like. Will it become more global, smaller, or remain the same, or will it transform into some kind of hybrid of the three?

Throwback Thursday: David Cook 5/24/09

Headliner: David Cook
Opener(s): Ryan Star
Venue: Toad’s Place
Cost: $25.50

Setlist:

Book Review: A Shot With You

A Shot With You is the 2nd book in the Bourbon Brothers series.  I had not read the first before reading this one but I had no problems being able to follow along.  This book did get off to a bit of a slow start for me, especially for a romance novel.  The first several chapters were setting the characters up so you got to “know” them, but I would have liked to see more going on before about half way (or more) through the book.

Brandon Morgan works for his family’s bourbon brand in Kentucky and is currently on vacation in Mexico.  Not too keen on going on the fun cruise excursions, he instead books a tour to a tequila distillery.  He is going for work – he thinks that if he sells his bourbon barrels to the distillery they can use them to make their tequila and it is a win win situation.  When he arrives, his tour is led by the owner’s daughter, Lesa, and it seems like both are interested in each other at first sight.

After chatting (and almost kissing), Brandon ends up missing his bus back to the cruise ship.  Lesa and her cousin offer to drive him back but first he talks to her father about his business plan.  As luck would have it, Papa decides to send Lesa to Kentucky to check out the Bourbon company and see if making the deal is a good idea.  What’s also a good idea – Brandon and Lesa get some more time together to see where their relationship goes, if anywhere.

Brandon had been burned in the past by a former girlfriend, so he is hesitant to rush into anything – especially with someone who may be involved with his business.  But Lesa is just too irresistible.  Lesa isn’t sure she wants anything to happen with Brandon either, even though there is a mutual attraction.  She only wants to help the tequila business get back on its feet so she can travel the world. Alone.

But the two can’t resist each other forever! (Although it did kind of seem like they would for a while there!)  I did really enjoy this book, even though it did get off to a rocky start for me and I wasn’t sure if I was going to push through or give up on it.  I am glad that I didn’t give up on it because I did like the story and the characters.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Bourbon is in Brandon Morgan’s blood. His family owns the best bourbon brand in the country—or it will be with his marketing genius. And after meeting the fiery daughter of a tequila distillery owner, he’s never been more sure.

His barrels, her tequila. It’s a match made in heaven. But only if he can keep his hands off the owner’s daughter…and his secrets to himself.

Lesa Ruiz will do anything to keep Little Possum afloat, but one look at Brandon’s gorgeous dimples and Lesa knows two things for sure: forever is not in the cards with this man and he’s way too sexy to resist for long.

Well, three things… Brandon is hiding something, and she’ll need to get a lot closer to figure it out and save her family’s legacy. Shots, anyone?

Virtual Race: Kruger National Park Safari

Race Title: Kruger National Park Safari
Distance:  117mi
Company:  Yes.Fit
Charity:  NA

I started this race in June or July and finished it in December.  It took quite some time and I was kind of bummed I didn’t see any animals on my safari as I went through the actual area on the Yes.Fit website.  Ah well, someday I will get there for real and see animals 🙂

Music Monday: Lady Gaga Joanne

Diamond Heart
A-Yo
Joanne
John Wayne
Dancin’ in Circles
Perfect Illusion
Million Reasons
Sinner’s Prayer
Come to Mama
Hey Girl
Angel Down
Grigio Girls
Just Another Day

 

Joanne was one of the CDs that I gifted my Mom with for Christmas and was the only one of the 3 she had requested. (Reviews on the other 2 coming soon, hopefully!)  This CD is a little bit different than what I am used to from Lady Gaga, a bit more stripped down from her usual over the top songs.  My favorite tracks are Perfect Illusion (which reminds me of another song but I can’t place it – Madonna maybe?) A-Yo is a very catchy track as well. Hey Girl with Florence Welch is another great track too.  I think this a pretty decent CD though I’m not much of a Gaga fan, I will tolerate it when it inevitably ends up on in my Mom’s car.

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Scrapbook Saturday: My2k Tour OTown

Since there were so many boyband photos to be had after the My2k tour show, each band member got their own page.  A bit of a vacation from my typical “unless a M&G fit everything on 1 page” rule.

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Bon Jovi This House Is Not For Sale Tour Rehearsal

Wednesday night Bon Jovi held a rehearsal for their This House Is Not For Sale tour at Mohegan Sun.  They had been rehearsing for 2 weeks at the casino and opened up the rehearsal for radio winners, family and friends.  “I’d call it a dress rehearsal, but I couldn’t find a dress” Jon said welcoming everyone to the show, remembering how they kicked off their last tour at the casino in the middle of a blizzard.

While the radio station emails said that it would be a 45-60 minute performance, it was a full blown approximately 2 hour show with 23 songs.  The band went through the first 21 with no breaks at all and came out for the encore to play a couple of their biggest hits – Wanted Dead or Alive and Livin’ on a Prayer.  My friend Miriam had won the tickets and is a Bon Jovi fan, I on the other hand am not, but can’t say no to a free show, plus I figured it would be a good time. (It was.)  When she asked me what my favorite part was I said, “the end”, but not because it was over – just because that was really the only time I knew 2 consecutive songs and could really sing along.

The beginning of the show may have been having sound issues or maybe my earplugs weren’t properly sitting in my ears because things sounded a bit muffled.  A few songs into the show things started sounding better and it seemed like Jon had gotten more comfortable with being back up on stage in front of a crowd. We were told there were about 1,000 fans in attendance – including Patriots owner Robert Kraft. The floor was standing only and a couple of the sections around the arena seemed to be filled in as well.

Part of the set Jon stopped to tell some stories about the songs and why they were written.  I don’t care who the artist is, I always like hearing that background and behind the scenes stuff. He talked a bit about the name of the new album, This House is Not For Sale and how the inspiration for the song and the album cover came about.  He talked a bit about how one of the songs was about the record label and now they are back with them.

The setlist is below, although Jon did mention that they change it for every show so I’m not sure how much of a ‘tease’ this is for the full tour. (And a setlist posted on twitter from the show did seem to show a couple more songs that they skipped)

Bon Jovi Setlist Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT, USA 2017

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