Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Zombie Kitties

I had awesome mail yesterday.
A Zombie Kitties bookmark!
Isn't it beautiful?

There's also a poem on the back.
I can't wait to use it on my next zombie read!

Thanks M.
I love it!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

10,000 Zombies

As promised I'm going to tell you about my cool new zombie book.
It's called 10,000 Zombies: Create More Than 10,000 Zombies and 10,000 Stories and is written by Alexander Cox and illustrated by David Hartman.

The cool thing is that it has pages that are divided into 3 parts, so you can mix the pages (and zombies) any way you want.

See: same torso as the zombie in the picture above, but another head and different legs.

So this way you can create lots of different zombies, and the stories on the left page also change when you mix the pages.

I think this is a really cool idea, and I'll be mixing and matching lots of zombies, and read the tales that go with them.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mail, a Trip and Books

I'm still alive!
I've been busy reading, and helping my owner to run away from zombies with the Zombies, Run app.

I received some cool mail of which I will show you:

The cool crab card Beanie sent me.

And the piggy card Hammie sent.

And I took a trip yesterday:

I traveled to Utrecht to meet up with Aurian and Maia.
When I arrived Maia showed me a beautiful piece of Utrecht.

Isn't this a lovely view?!

Next we went to IJsselstein to visit the head office of the people who arrange Boekenfestijn, a regular book fair with lots of cheap books.

They had this cool scales at the entrance.

And they had books of course!
We browsed the books they had on sale and after that we went back to Utrecht and I got to hang out some more with Aurian and Maia. We had lots of fun, but in the evening I had to return home.

Here's the stack of books I bought at the Boekenfestijn head office. I even found a cool zombie book, that I might tell you more about soon.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Alligator Mail

Yesterday there was mail for me and my owner.
There was an alligator on the envelope!

It turned out to be really cool swag from Delilah S. Dawson. We have pre-ordered her upcoming Young Adult book Servants of the Storm, so she sent us this swag to thank us.

There was also a dried clover in the envelope for luck, but the mailmen must have mistreated the envelope, because the clover was in pieces.

Isn't this bookplate awesome!
It has an alligator on it as well.

I can't wait for my copy of Servants of the Storm to arrive, so I can put my cool bookplate in it, and then use the bookmark when I read the book :-D

Thanks Delilah!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A trip to a Museum

Yesterday we went on a trip to Leiden to visit The Dutch National Museum of Antiquities.

There was lots of rain when we arrived in Leiden, so before we went in search of the museum we had a box of pasta with pesto sauce and mozzarella.

Then we braved the rain and walked to the museum.

In the hall of the museum there was an Egyptian temple.

How cool!

This is a really big sarcophagus.

They had a really cool Egyptian exhibition.
This is a small funeral boat.

This was the grave of an Egyptian farmer I think.

I spotted a hippo on the wall of a small shrine.

This is the statue of Hatshepsut, a female Pharaoh

After the Egyptian Exhibition we also visited a special Medieval exhibition and the permanent exhibition.

This is the grave of a hunting dog. He was buried with his collars.

Very old pottery.

There were lots of interesting things to see and we had a great day at the museum.

At the end of the afternoon we left the museum and went back to the train station to take a train to Utrecht.

We went to our favorite Indian restaurant to have dinner.

And a nice refreshing drink.

After dinner we went for a walk in Utrecht to see the Dom tower and the canals before taking a train back to Groningen.

It was a wonderful day!

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Picnic, More Food and Lots of Books

Last week it was lovely weather so we went on another picnic.

The insects also thought the weather was nice.
Can you see them?

We had a cool campfire as well.

I hope we get more sunny days so we can go on a picnic again soon.


Yesterday we got a visit from Aurian and Maia!

They came bearing gifts, and we had a great afternoon talking about books, the convention in Berlin they visited, and more. In the evening we went out for dinner.

We went to my favorite restaurant: Ni Hao.

We had lots of yummy food, including my favorite sweet and sour soup.

After dinner they started on their journey back home, and it was time for me to drool over the goodies they brought.

Just look at all the books and swag.
And I also got a cool purple bag from the Berlin convention!

They also met up with Patricia Briggs, and not only did they get her to sign my copy of Fair Game, they also got a magnet and a cool badge for me!

And in Berlin they had Nalini Singh sign two books for me as well!

There were lots of other cool books as well, including Zombies vs Unicorns, and a book about a pig. Keep an eye on my review blog, because I will certainly review those books there.

Thanks, Aurian and Maia for all the goodies and for a really fun day!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Golfing and Food

We went miniature golfing with our colleagues this weekend.
It was fun, even though my owner wasn't very good at it.

After we golfed there was a picnic.
I didn't like my owner's choice in food though...

So I had to get something else:

This is more like it!

Yesterday evening we went on a picnic ourselves:

Not the tiniest bit of ham or other pork in sight, luckily enough. And cider! Yum.