June 26, 2011

Sunday's Shining Star

I would like to explain how this came to fruition. Hubby and I were having a discussion about the old days, (for the young'ens reading this..a little history lesson) but before the dark age. When Sundays were special and had traditions and rituals. Sunday mornings Church, come home to a big gravy (sauce) cooking on the stove, a big Sunday dinner, then either off to visit relatives/friends or wait for relatives/friends to drop by. We would spend the afternoon sitting around the table, talking, catching up, having coffee, pizza, calzones, etc etc, dessert. And now, how sad, all those traditions are gone. And then I got to thinking, why not have something similar here on my blog. This past year, I have met so many amazing and wonderful people (some I now call friends) through blogging, and how I am in awe of what they do and accomplish. How much respect I have for them, for their honesty, integrity, credibility and so enjoy when a bit of their personality shines through. So every Sunday, here at my place, the coffee will be on, the dessert is on the table and friends will be stopping by. And I will be rolling out the red carpet for my Sunday Shining Star Blogger guest.
I was told when I first found this community of book blogging that "book bloggers were the nicest bloggers there are" and I have never forgotten those words. And over the past year, I have truly met the nicest people. I also believe, even though we live behind a screen, a bit of our personality shines through. That is one of the reasons I am having so much fun with this weekly event, and hoping you are too, because we are getting to know those "nicest bloggers" around and about bloggyland a little bit better.

We haven't traveled in a while, so I thought we might take a little trip.  Plus the guys, Jeff (Lori's hubby aka Dollycas's Thoughts) and my hubby, Steve, have had the past few Sundays off playing golf so they should be well rested to carry our luggage.  And btw...they are both telling us that they had the better golf score..... like Lori and I aren't going to talk.....Men!!!! lol

Today we are going to Canada to visit with our Shining Star.   I really hope everyone is enjoying this event as much as I am, I truly can't wait to draft up my posts to read the bloggers answers and get to know someone just a little bit better.  And I have to tell you, I didn't know what I was going to find out with this blogger!!!  Her sense of humor is one of a will see what I let's get right to's guest and Shining Star is PK from AISLE B.

*When and why did you start blogging?
I jumped into the ocean of review blogging due to an ultimatum from Mrs Q Book Addict: my nebulous blog birth without an epidural was on April 7 2010. 6 hours of labour... sweating words over the keyboards.

*How and what made you decide on the name of your blog?
love of venturing into the aisles at the library and bookstores made me think... hey aisle b... aisle b for books!
aisle b = my love for words. my motto being "Words are my PASSION... so READ IT!"

*What would you say is the main content of your blog?
fascination for Mailbox Monday / In My Mailbox & Teaser Tuesdays are fave memes. aisle b runs the gamut of reads since I don't discriminate against words of creativity.

*If books, what genres do you mostly read?
got words - > will read it. mysteries, thrillers, Ya, guilty pleasures... historical romance... yes love men in kilts and Scottish brogue but please no Fabio. long fangs without glitter and lupine feasts are intriguing as well.

*How often do you post?
5 - 6 times depending on whether hubby lets me out for good behaviour from Tibetan yurt.

*What are some of the things that you love about blogging?
people and exchanging incredible experiences via our readings. by far the most infectious part of blogging is the people you meet & develop "soul reads" lasting bonds. can't beat that!

*What are some of the negatives?
stalkers, red eyes from reading, and overpile of review books. alright my husband is my stalker who constantly hounds me to get off the PC!

*Name 1-3 favorite items/postings that you have/do on your blog?
more GIVEAWAYS... the feeling you get when you get to say ... "And the winner is...." Right-o nothing beats that for me.

India Black is my latest "gotta share that love" shout out.

*Any advice you would give to new bloggers?
grab the passion of books and run with it. have fun and don't get bogged down by the enormity of deadlines. live laugh and READ!

*What draws you to follow someone's blog?
the texture of design coupled with intelligent writing... bam-o consider me a new found follower. crave to widen my world by expanding the reading radar through the help of fellow bloggers.

*Do you have any "pet peeves" that other bloggers do?
pet peeves... comments that have no reflection or connection to articles posted by blogger... take the time to really read and appreciate what is being said.

*Would you please share 5-7 things about the person behind the screen so that we get to know the "real" you!!
1) vertically challenged... ahem... height 4 foot 10 inches... and that's with heels!

2) run in the basement from wall to wall... too cheap to buy a treadmill... which reminds me I've been slacking from my run... hence unable to get into my jeans!

3) love love love love FOOD! see connection to running in the basement (read above)

4) Blockbuster renews my Platinum membership every year free of charge... spend way too much on rentals...clerks have offered to set up a cot for me since this is my second home after Indigo.

5) Coverholic.... step 1 admit your addiction... step 2 control the lust that takes over me as I look at the cover... step 3 buy IT just for the COVER!

6) Able to understand Ewok talk since it has traces of Tibetan interlaced with other foreign languages. impressive n'est pas.

7) able to avoid projectile vomit due to years of mothering sick children. trust me it's an important parenting skill you MUST Learn. otherwise eau de puke will be your new scent.

*Any other info you would like to share.
my scorpian style gets me in more trouble than i care to divulge... on that note "i plead the fifth!"

PK, thank you for being my guest today and sharing a bit of you with all of us.  Didn't I tell you about her sense of humor?  I always know when I see a comment or an email from PK, I know a chuckle will soon follow.  However, she is also a very caring and genuine person.  She'll remember bit of info from months ago and inquire if things are OK.  And then use her humor and philosophy to help the situation.  A fun, dedicated, family oriented, yes short, but all around truly nice person.  A very kind and funny Shining Star!!!!


Aisle B said...

Hi Cheryl!

First of all... the yummy tequila is next to the floating rug in the pool - I placed it there since you are eternally reading by the poolside.

Had a blast and thank you for inviting me over. Always love our laughs together - what can I say other than... excuse me THAT TEQUILA BELONGS TO CHERYL! ;)

Kaye said...

PK from Aisle B definitely has a sense of humor. That shows through in her writing. Fun visit!

Anonymous said...

I've run across PK's comments all over the place. Lovely. I do know I'm glad to hear of another "cover junkie", such as myself. I, too, have been known to buy a book for the cover or to slobber uncontrollably over them. What is it about a good cover? LOL

Enjoyed knowing more about PK. Cheryl, a nice feature, as always!

Gigi Ann said...

I am delighted to meet PK, she is truly a new Shining Star to me. I will pop right over and give Pk a visit. It was nice meeting you PK.

CMash said...

Sorry I'm late. Stopped by PK's place and...well.... have you seen the beautiful drinks she is offering? Stayed a bit tooo long and had to call a cab to get back here lol. Hope you all enjoy getting to know our funny blogger from Canada.

dollycas aka Lori said...

Way to go Cheryl, leaving me at PK'S, well we had so much fun after you left, you could have a least sent the cab back for me!!! No worries, the cutest guy ever, picture book cover, hunk in a kilt, is getting me back to the hotel. Hope the guy are still out because Jeff would be so jealous :)

Thanks PK I am so glad we got to meet, you really are a Shining Star and oh so funny!!!

Aisle B said...

Thank you Lori! And ahem... you left the kilt guy at my place... my husband and he are trading... hubby gets the kilt and the hunk is now wearing the traditional Tibetan garb... yep... that he looks quite fetching now in his yak skirt ;P

Cheryl... I'm sending the cab over ... why... you don't think I'M PICKING UP THE AFTER PARTY MESS ALONE Now DO YOU??? This is a duo TEAM party and that means DUO ... so GET BACK HERE ;P

PS Party ends at midnight MTL time :)

Lisa Almeda Sumner said...

Best interview ever!!! Now I know why PK and I get along so well: we are both bookaholics, and we are both vertically challenged. I lied about my height for years, but the truth is I am 5'0". If my family says I'm really 4'11" they are liars!

Bingo said...

Once again, Cheryl, you have give bloggers another quality blogger to go visit if they haven't already..and I had not, so thank you! Great to "meet" you, PK!

Jackie said...

PK so nice to see you this evening, thought maybe you and Damon had run off together forever! I used to be 4'10" for years, thank goodness I had a "growth spurt" at 18 and am now officially 5'2" cause have to tell you being short is no picnic in my house... The people who built it were both 6 footers and did not understand some of us are not so everything has to be reached by using a ladder or a chair if it is in the top of pantry or cabinets....

PK say it isn't so, you really buy books solely for the cover art? I am shocked and guilty of the same thing! LOL

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I love PK! She is one of my favorite people of all time :) She is soooooooooo right about India Black--get thee to a bookstore as it rocks :)

((((((((( hugs ))))))))))

PS Thank god she is married so I can keep all the men in my harem :)

Jennifer | Mrs Q Book Addict said...

Great post! I have the pleasure of knowing PK in real life, and she's exactly as she describes herself. Great post!

I really did give her an ultimatum...but her reviews are great!

Anonymous said...

What a delightful Shining Star! Thanks, Cheryl!

It's very nice to meet you, PK! I am definitely going right over to your blog! I love your sense of humour!

Congrats! Enjoy your day! And your week!
McGuffy's Reader

Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) said...

So glad to meet PK! I love your motto, "live, laugh, and read" !

avisannschild said...

Yay, a photo of PK! I'm a Montreal blogger too, so I hope one day to meet PK in person. Loved this interview!

Aisle B said...

Thank you all for coming out & making me feel TALL ;)

A BIG MERCI to Cheryl.

This is a wonderful forum to meet book lovers each Sunday. Can't wait to meet the next ones :)

Anna said...

I love PK's blog, so I really enjoyed this post. Especially her response "got words -- will read." No wonder I enjoy her blog so much!