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My Favorite . . Animated Movie

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My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I am not a huge animated movie buff. We watched a lot when Amber was little, but not so much anymore, except fairy tale remakes occasionally.  I’m not even sure what the last animated movie I saw was.

When I was trying to think of my favorite animated movie, one popped into my mind that I haven’t watched in ages: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? It came out in theaters in 1988, but I feel like we probably watched it on video. I know it probably doesn’t count as a true animated movie, but it was the beginning of the “new” Disney animation era. The film is set in Hollywood during the late 1940s in an alternative timeline where animated characters really exist. The story follows Eddie Valiant, a private detective who must exonerate “Toon” Roger Rabbit, who is accused of murdering a wealthy businessman. The mix of live-action and animation was unique at the time and the characters, both live and animated are memorable: the funny, frenetic Roger Rabbit; his sultry wife Jessica; Valiant, the down-on-his-luck detective who hates toons. Characters from “rival’ studios appeared together, like Donald Duck and Daffy Duck and Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny.

I read a lot of mystery/detective novels. I guess my movie tastes tend to mirror my reading tastes.

I should find it again. I don’t think I’ve ever made Amber watch it.

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Readers’ Workouts – 3/21

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I made my step goal for the week and I’m thrilled that it’s almost spring. I did skip the 5K I was going to do on Saturday. My husband helped convince me that the weather was going to be miserable. Turned out I could have gone and he felt a bit guilty so now he’s redoing the upstairs bathroom. I’m not sure how that all worked out, but I think it’ll look nice when it’s done.

 

This week:

Thursday – Elliptical, Weights (My husband taught me how to use a couple of the machines at the gym I’ve been a little afraid of.)
Sunday – Walk with the dog
Monday – Walk with the dog, Pilates

Meal plan:

“Angry Dragon Noodles”
Naan pizza with artichoke hearts and onion
Onion-crusted chicken with green beans
Pork tenderloin with carrots
Fried chicken and grits

Four of those meals are going to be from Home Chef, which I am really pleased with so far. I’ve made three meals, all of which have been good. Amber even ate all of one and most of the other two – she can be a bit picky. It makes it easy to cook good meals and having all the ingredients delivered means no last minute runs to the store for milk or butter or whatever I though I had but don’t. The servings are on the large side, I’d say, which gives me leftovers for lunch.

Year Fitness Goals:

– Lose weight. Goal – Lose 26 lbs. Down 2 lb (starting 141.6)

– Run 2 5ks, 1 10K and 1 half. Completed – none.

– Hit my weekly step goal (56,000 steps) for 48 weeks. Weeks completed: 9

How was your week? Readers’ Workouts is hosted by Joy at Joy’s Book Blog .

Kill and Run by Lauren Carr

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Kill and Run by Lauren Carr Kill and Run by Lauren Carr
Narrator: C.J. McAllister
Series: Thorny Rose Mysteries #1
Published by Acorn Book Services on October 14, 2016
Source: iRead Book Tours
Genres: Mystery
Length: 11 hrs 1 min
Format: Audiobook
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Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a townhome outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed.

Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims, then he can find their murderer.

Before long, the case takes an unexpected turn when Murphy discovers that one of the victims has a connection to his stepmother, Homicide Detective Cameron Gates. One wintry night, over a dozen years before, her first husband, a Pennsylvania State trooper, had been run down while working a night shift on the turnpike.

In this first installment of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, the Lovers in Crime join newlyweds Lieutenant Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday to sift through a web of lies and cover-ups. Together, can the detectives of the Thorny Rose uncover the truth without falling victim to a cunning killer?

The mystery in Kill and Run was good. Carr lets you think you know who the bad guy is, right up until you’re wrong. Everything tied together, although some of the coincidences were a little tough to swallow. I don’t know why I thought this was going to be a cozy mystery, because it’s got a harder edge than that, which is not surprising considering Murphy is with NCI and a member of an elite secret force called the Phantoms. The tone of the narrator made it seem more like a thriller and less cozy, too. It does have a bunch of quirky animals, though, which is a cozy trait and the amateur sleuth – Jessica – who puts herself in dangerous positions.

There are a lot of characters in this. From Murphy and Jessica’s families to the military folks, it’s a lot to keep track of. I listened to the audio, I guess print and ebook versions have a cast of characters in the front, but I didn’t have access to that. For the most part, I could keep track of everyone, but it is a large cast. We do get to know the main characters well.

Jessica and Murphy are obviously in love and make a good couple. They’re both smart and their own people. I did find their pet names for each other a bit annoying. Oh, and let’s not forget that Jessica’s eyes are violet, as we’re told more than once.

It was a good mystery with lots of action and just enough clues. My main complaint is that it does rely a lot on coincidence to get everyone involved in the case. A solid read.

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About Lauren Carr

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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