I was in the same room as Alcide…

NOTE: This post does have a season finale spoiler of last seasons true blood. You have been warned Further Disclaimer… the man was so beautiful and the lighting was not the greatest so needless to say NOT the best photos… I was semi shaking… seriously.. Keep reading for the 4-1-1

I was in the same room as Alcide….  yes ladies the beautiful man that plays Alcide… God he makes me want to watch True Blood right now on this cold, dark chilly day in October.


How did this happen you ask? Well let’s flash forward 2 weeks before San Diego con.

Like every nerd on the planet I was patiently awaiting to see what panels Nerd HQ was going to offer.

My days in the dreaded cubicle were the same, sit at my computer…ignore a phone call, get on Nerd Machine’s website, go to Nerd HQ for announcements…

Refresh… Still Nothing… Refresh again…. Still nothing… After about 145,854 times of checking the website, finally the panels were listed.

When all of the sudden I gasped very loudly, to the point one of my co-workers asked if I was ok…

I squeak “Joe Manganiello is going to have a panel at Nerd HQ”. (For the record, my co-worker, said that was something worth squealing about and she wanted to know what his butt feels like… yes Sheena, we all do)

I quickly stop everything I am doing told the attorney I had a computer glitch and I was going to have to call him back (this is Alcide we are talking about here) and called my mother, and nearly had an all out nerd panick attack. ‘OMG OMG Mom we have to go, you want to go right?” . Umm duh, of course she did!

So when it came time to get the tickets, I rubbed my hands together, signed on, snagged the tickets, get to the check out and then BAM the tickets disappear… I freak out, tweet Nerd HQ a million tweets freaking out. Go back to get tickets again and received a message that the event sold out.

What? No this can’t be? This is a joke? They had a glitch… NO!!!!!!! I am going to try again… just in case

So after about 20 minutes of pretty much an all out nerd breakdown, I tried again. I am glad I did, because I snagged two tickets. Mom and I were going to be up close with Alcide himself.

Then came the waiting game…

See here is the thing.  I think he is the hottest thing going in Hollywood right now (him and Chris Hemsworth!) he has the body of a god, a killer smile, and based on his education, I am willing to bet every dime in my checking account he is highly intelligent, Carnegie Mellon University is no joke.

In fact, the only reason I watch the train wreck that is True Blood is for him. True Story, ask Ashley Nemer.

FINALLY it was time for SDCC, and finally I was going to be in the same room as one of my top five hottest male actors (at Nerd HQ nontheless, home to another one of my top 5 Zachary Levi).

Don’t worry I don’t have my thoughts on Joe twisted, I know this post is coming across borderline obsessive, but come on guys, he is HOT!

Mom & I enter the room and much to my surprise Alan Tudyk was moderating.  I love Firefly, Dollhouse and Serenity, so I of course was nerding out about him too.

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The panel was hilarious, those who say men are the perverted got it all wrong. Women are insane, when they get in a room with a hot guy, and told to ask away. These women did not hold back when it came to questions.

When is the next time you will get naked on True Blood? was pretty much the first question asked.

We would also find out what his costume is when he does nude scenes.


I gotta give it to Joe, he held it together.  He told us he would get naked one more time on the show….. SPOILER ALERT if you have not finished True Blood’s last season go to the next paragraph!!!! He totally gets it on With Sookie *screams with glee* cause that means way more nakedness next season ***END SPOILER***

He told us he has a she-wolf in real life.  He even teased us that he was going to take his shirt off, but then just put the shirt he received over the one he was wearing… Ugh.. Jerk.  Hot men should NOT be allowed to tease  like that! Seriously!  THANK GOD I OWN MAGIC MIKE!!!!

Trust me ladies I snapped AWAY hoping to get photos of that god like body he has…

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Honestly I was too busy snapping pictures of him, I didn’t catch everything he said.  I was texting Ashley during the event, and Ashley wanted me to ask if that was his ummm thing in Magic Mike…

In case you were wondering, I didn’t ask. So we still don’t know.
Told you women were perverted.

 In fact I was trying so hard to not hyperventilate, my pictures were not turning out…  Mom kept having to tell me to calm down and I didn’t even speak to the guy…

Then to top this all off Zachary Levi dashed out quickly at the end of the panel, ladies I am not kidding, I felt like I was in Heaven.

Then Joe tosses stickers to the crowd which signaled the panel was over.

Now if I can just meet the man. Seriously.

Until Next Time.

PS I totally still have the sticker, It is pinned on my board over my bed, it is the first thing I see every morning. I know twisted 😉


PSS Joe (Yes I feel like I know you after going to the panel) I PROMISE I am totally a normal girl if we ever meet. lol


For the blog hop, I decided to talk about something very personal, my regrets.

Truth is I love things that go bump in the night… vampires are sexy, if the werewolf looks like Alcide, he can do whatever he pleases, Loki’s have to be the hottest thing in Hades… These things do not keep me up at night.

Regrets keep me up at night.

My life lately has been a mess. I feel lost, unorganized and I feel as I am just going through the motions.  Somedays I feel as I am existing and not living.

I am not sure if it is because I have a birthday coming up, or if it is because September was one of the hardest months I have had in a very long time. Whatever the reason, I feel as life is passing by and I am wasting any talents and moments given to me.

Truth is September hit me hard.

I had to let Sable go. I loved that dog so much, and yes while she was only a dog, she meant a lot to me. Even right now as I am thinking about her greeting me at the door every single day, I am tearing up. Because of Sable’s passing I found myself having regrets.


I should have walked her more, I should have took her outside more… I should have rubbed her ears more…

At the same time Sable was dying, I found out I needed a major medical procedure, one that cost a lot of money.

Money I didn’t have.

As I was laying in bed crunching numbers I had another set of regrets coming my way… I don’t save enough, I should have taken better care of myself… I should man up and ask for that raise… again. Honestly, I should find another job….

More regrets.

I found out one of my friends died. I have not spoken much about this, because this was something that hit me very hard… and because it forced me to realize all the decisions I have made for others, and once again regrets. When someone your age dies, it makes you realize you are not guaranteed tomorrow. So you should live every day like your last… but as I laid in bed that night what did I think of?

Regrets. Regrets. Regrets

I should have called more, I should have visited more…. I should stop planning trips and go on trips… I should go back to school…

Truth is, in 3 days I will turn 31. Most people at my age have lived a pretty solid life, they have houses, kids, the white picket fence… and if they don’t, they have something to show for it… a passport filled with stamps, a stellar 401k…

I lack all of that. Sure I have a job (that I hate) and amazing family but I lack something.

As I was thinking about what is lacking, a lightbulb went off and I realized I lack follow through. I intend on doing something, will plan it and then stop short of accomplishing it.

Now I know myself, and I know that I often will worry about the bad (my nickname is stormy little rain cloud for a very good reason) so it is time to wake up and realize I control my destiny.

The only one that can force regrets on myself is me. I am the reason I have regrets not others.

So I decided that when I turn 40. I may still have regrets (I am human) but I will have learned to follow through and do what I want in life.

It is time to take control of my destiny.

So how am I going to do this you ask?

Starting in October… every month I am going to pick something I have always wanted to do and do it… whether it is a project, a trip or learning how to write the numbers 1-10 in Mandarin. I am going to do something. As I am a blogger and love my little space in cyberspace I am of course going to share these experiences with the world. I am going to call the series, living life without regret 🙂

This month was about admitting my regrets & issue with following through and OH I am going to figure out how to string that damn sewing machine!!!

Now it is time to do something about it.

What are your regrets? How do you live life without regret??

My 2013 Fall Reading List

Sooo. My first book list went ok… I didn’t finish it, my biggest issue was starting other books.  All in all I read 23 books this summer, and only half them came from my list. 🙂  This season I decided I am going to be ALL about finishing series that I have started but have not finished.  That is the goal this season.  I want to get caught up on unfinished book series.   Plus I have a bad habit of starting new series prior to finishing the old 🙂 It is time to finish what I started and finish all these series this Fall.  My list is huge, so I may not make it through all of them, but given it is Fall and that is the start of the best time to curl up with a book and a drink.  Game on 🙂


1. 50 shades Freed
Honestly I am not a fan of the first two books (I know that will shock about 50 Gazillion women out there) but honestly the books are eh to me, but as I am sick of hearing people lecture me about not finishing the series.  I plan on finishing it.  Plus I need to know before the movie comes out.  If I go see it.
2. Allegiant
Read my Review HERE

3. Bud’s Christmas Wish
Read my Review HERE

4. Reborn
Read my Review HERE

5. Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid Series book 4)
Read my Review HERE

6. Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid Series book 4)
Read my Review HERE

7. Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid Series book 5)
Read my Review HERE

8. Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid Series book 6)
Read my Review HERE

9. The Lunatic Cafe 
Read  my Review HERE

10 Bloody Bones 
Read my Review  HERE

11. The Killing Dance
Read my Review HERE

12. Burnt Offerings
Read my Review HERE

13. Blue Moon
Read my Review HERE

14. Obsidian Butterly
Read my Review HERE

15. Narcissus In Chains
See number 9
16. Cerulean Sins
See number 9
17. Incubus Dreams
See number 9
18. Micah
See number 9
19. Danse Macabre
See number 9
20. The Harlequin
See number 9
21. Blood Noir
See number 9
22. Skin Trade
See number 9
23. Flirt
See number 9
24. Bullet
See number 9
25. Hit List
See number 9
26. kiss the Dead
See number 9
27. Reached
Read my Review HERE

28. City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)
Read my Review HERE

29. City of Lost Souls (The MOrtal Instruments #5)
See number 28
30. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)
See number 28
31. Torment (Fallen #2)
I really loved the first book, but like always I got sidetracked and started to read something else.
32. Passion (Fallen #3)
See number 31
33. Rapture (Fallen #4)
See number 31
34. The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2)
The first book was interesting but due to me having to read a million books at once I have put the rest of the trilogy on the back burner. thanks to SDCC I have heard it gets better so we shall see.
35. The Deathe Cure (Maze Runner #3)
See number 34
36. Dead in the Family (Sookie stackhouse #10) Read
Read my review HERE

37. Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11)
Read my review HERE

38. Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12)
Read my review HERE

39. Dead Ever After
See number 36
40. House of Hades
Read my review HERE

Getting a last minute ticket to Maze Runner

First let me start off by saying, for whatever reason I just can’t get my life under control these days. Texas Travel girl is down and out, can’t get it back up and running, and I just can’t get caught up on here with my posts.

I of course blame my cubicle.

Anyway, I am about to go out of town a lot in September, so needless to say if I don’t get caught up soon… well I am going to be in a mess 😉

Anyway, while I was at SDCC, I stayed on twitter as much as possible, so when I saw the opportunity to get into the Nerd HQ Maze Runner panel I retweeted what they asked me to.

Within 30 minutes I found out I won.

Now when it comes to the movie, I didn’t really know much about who was cast in it, but I do know the book, and know that I love the book. In fact follow the author on twitter, because I enjoy his books & tweets for the #DashnerArmy.

So when I found out I won,  I was pretty excited.

However I was not nearly as excited as the young girls that actually bought the tickets.

It took me straight back to high school, when all my classmates were obsessed with Leo. Except these girls were obsessed with…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Dylan O’Brien… Let me start of by saying I have NO CLUE who this kid is… but believe me the 150 plus girls in here did and thanks to that I felt old. Since I have turned 30 I have never felt old, until I went to this panel.

Sure he is cute… but I am 30… and I don’t even know if he is of legal age… so I am not going any further than that. I will let the teen girl in your life tell you about him.  I promise she knows who he is.

The panel was great, and I feel in love with the Nerd HQ atmosphere. The panel was pretty much Q&A and conversational. If I go back to SDCC next year, I know I will buy more Nerd HQ tickets. The atmosphere is refreshing from the chaotic wonderful mess that is SDCC plus the money goes to a great cause.  Win Win.


As a fan of the book, I was very interested in hearing and possibly seeing the Grievers. For the record we didn’t see them because I am pretty sure they girls just wanted to hear about Dylan, but hey I was a teenage girl once, and I just went with the flow.

However, at the end of the panel  the cast left, then came back and showed us a very raw and uncut footage of the film.

and let me just say… it looks AMAZING, and that was the raw uncut footage.  I can’t imagine what editing will do.

I know what I will be doing on Valentine’s Day.

Also I do want to share, that while I was in the AC watching this panel, my parents & little brother snagged passes to see Escape, the world Premier film that stars Stallone and Schwarzenegger.

My family waiting to get into the theater
My family waiting to get into the theater

So not only did this panel make me feel old as hell, I missed a chance to be up close with two amazing action stars but that is the nature of the choosing at SDCC a choice will make you miss out on something else awesome.

Note: the panel pictures are not great, because for some odd reason I could not get the ISO to work on my camera properly… so just pretend they are some amazing award winning pictures that being said, don’t worry ladies… The pictures are very yummy from the the Joe Manganiello panel. 😉 Now him… yeah I felt very much young at heart… Stay Tuned.

Just escape the cubicle already

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