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Towel Animals of Carnival

If you have ever been on a Carnival Cruise you know one of the fun parts of the cruise is the evening towels that the steward make for you! Here are the animals we received






When we were in port at Belize, they covered all the outside chairs with the cute little towel animals…




Some of the towel animals I have no clue what they are, maybe you can tell me 🙂

Book Review Sunday

before there was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there was Anita Blake.  When I decided to start trying to read this series.  I did not expect the delightfully disgusting moments in


Man this book juicy. Really juicy.

Anita is of course the usual badass that you know and love in the prior books.
Jean Claude is the manipulative vampire he is in the prior books.

What made this one special to me is the fact that it had some juicy gut wrenching moments.

The cringe worthy moment is the detailed watching of a SPOILER ALERT snuff film END SPOILER. AS I was reading that scene my stomach was feeling sick. I was not expecting this scene, and I really hope I can get the images out of my mind.

So anyway, yeah I wanted to warn you of that, because I wish someone would have warned me on that.

Why did I love this book. Richard and Jean Claude.

I think Richard is a great fit for Anita and I think Anita needs Richard to maybe drop a little of guard.

Jean Claude is a great vampire. In fact I would say with all the vampires out there…. he is the best (except for maybe Spike) He is how I expect vampires to be written, cold, demanding, protective, cruel, manipulative and hot… not ummm SPARKLY. I will never understand the sparkly vampire thing.

Also I am loving the alpha male battle going on between Jean Claude and Richard right now.

I say if you like a little gore, read this series, but honestly you can do without reading that snuff film scene. That was gross and I seriously wonder Hamilton dreams about.  This book was by far the most graphic of the books I have read in this series, but I think that is how a book should be, especially when it comes to things that go bump in the night.

My rating?


The Carnival Magic

I love cruising.  To me it is one of the ways I loose complete control of time.  When I was on my recent cruise I didn’t wear a watch, my cell phone was never on, and I could NEVER tell you the time. In fact I didn’t care.

By time my cruise was over, I was beyond relaxed and stress free (2 hours back in my cubicle Monday morning and all that was gone in a snap, but that is is neither here nor there)

We sailed on the Carnival Magic.  It was a beautiful ship.  There was so much to do on the ship it was hard to get bored.  I took a more relaxing approach on the ship, reading on the deck, taking regular naps & meeting the crew of the ship.  If relaxing is not your speed, the ship offered many opportunities to do something a little more active.

I recommend sailing on the ship if you are ever able.  Here are some of my favorite pictures of the ship. 🙂

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