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For Your Entertainment: Zombies, Books, Movies & More

Thanks for all of the thoughtful discussion yesterday’s strength training post. Keep those questions coming and again, please let me know if there are any specific fitness topics you’d like me to address in these “weekly workout” posts.

I’m going to take a little more of a lighthearted approach with today’s post and share with you some things that have been keeping me entertained lately.

1. The Walking Dead


I ran out of shows to watch so I reluctantly started The Walking Dead a couple of months ago. OH MY GOD. I’m now having recurring nightmares about zombies. I’m not kidding…I’ve had three very memorable zombie dreams in the last week. I can’t believe the rate in which main characters are killed off the show. One friend told me, “try not to get too attached to anyone.” I’m on season three and I’m wondering what’s going to happen? So far it’s kind of the same thing over and over but in a new place with different characters. All I’ve gotta say is that I do not wish to be around should a real zombie apocalypse strike.

2. The Language of Flowers


“The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.”

I read The Language of Flowers for my book club this month and loved it so. It’s a heartbreakingly beautiful story and I actually really enjoyed reading about the various flowers and their meanings. There’s even a list of flowers and their meanings in the back of the book.

3. The Grand Budapest Hotel


I wanted to see a movie last night but there’s not much out that I’m interested in. I want to catch Divergent but not on opening weekend! I checked the listings at our local independent film theater and saw they were showing Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. After reading the reviews on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes and watching the trailer, I decided to give it a shot.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

The verdict? HILARIOUS! I laughed the whole way through. The film was so imaginative and the acting was great. I also liked that it had an actual story. I feel like that’s something that’s lacking in many of these more out there comedies.


I discovered CHVRCHES through yoga and my The Naked & Famous station on Pandora. This catchy song is one of my favorites. (Side note: you should also DEFINITELY check out The Naked & Famous.)

5. Sullie


An ongoing source of entertainment and smiles. I just bought her that new pink pig toy last week. Given the amount of enjoyment I get out of giving Sullie a new toy, I can only imagine what it must be like with kids! How do you resist!? She loves to play with one toy while laying on another and is so active with using her paws to hold things down.

What are you reading? What shows are you watching? What are you listening to? Have you seen any good movies lately? 

{ 26 comments… add one }
  • 1
    AC March 24, 2014, 5:30 pm

    oooh love that song! thanks for sharing!

  • 2
    Courtney @ fitness with a fork March 24, 2014, 5:50 pm

    1) I LOVE the Walking Dead! I already have nightmares all of the time, so it doesn’t bother me anymore than usual, ha.
    2) We saw Divergent this weekend and really enjoyed it! (It seemed kind of long though, maybe 2.5 hours?)
    3) I am jealous that you got to see the Grand Budapest Hotel! I want to see it and it’s not showing around here yet! I love Jeff Goldblum! 😀

  • 3
    Joy Thurman March 24, 2014, 5:58 pm

    I have been reading your blog for about the past 2 1/2 years. I love it!! I am beginning the search for a Golden Retriever puppy and I wanted to know where you found Sullie and any advice you have on the breed.

  • 4
    Stacy March 24, 2014, 6:38 pm

    I JUST broke down and started watching The Walking Dead because of all the hype – and had a nightmare about Zombies the VERY FIRST night! I’m not sure whether or not I should forge on! haha

  • 5
    Julie @ Coastal Runner Girl March 24, 2014, 6:48 pm

    I’m trying to get my book club to read ‘The Language of Flowers’!! It’s good to know you loved it. 🙂

    Ummm Sullie is the cutest dog!

  • 6
    Kim @ FITsique March 24, 2014, 6:56 pm

    I am adding that book to my list! What a cutie! I LOVE dog toys, but my two will not play with them and it breaks my heart because they are just so cute!

  • 7
    Matt @ Runner Savvy March 24, 2014, 7:17 pm

    I love The Walking Dead!

  • 8
    Fiona MacDonald March 24, 2014, 7:27 pm

    I loved the Language of Flowers!!!! It was my book club pick and I was so happy when everyone loved it! We are starting to watch ‘Suits’ as we ran through House of Cards and Homeland!

  • 9
    Beverly Buys March 24, 2014, 7:28 pm

    OK – here is a workout question. I am 60 and overweight. I have the beginnings of arthritis in knees and hips. I am beginning a strength training program. I am very leery of squats and lunges. Past experience proves that I am ok at the beginning but after a few weeks I start dealing w/ knee and hip pain. Do you have suggestions for working legs and glutes that will not aggravate my joints?

  • 10
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 24, 2014, 7:38 pm

    The Walking Dead is the only show I watch! It is so well done and amazing. But this current season has been kind of dragging :/

  • 11
    Allyssa March 24, 2014, 7:40 pm

    The Walking Dead is very addicting! I didn’t think I would like it, but I am hooked!

  • 12
    Amanda Bee March 24, 2014, 7:52 pm

    I love that song! And The Naked and Famous. What songs are you loving right now for workouts? I need to switch up my playlists 🙂

  • 13
    Samantha @ The Faithful Runner March 24, 2014, 8:28 pm

    The Walking Dead! Can’t get enough. Your dog is so beautiful. 🙂 I love Goldens.

  • 14
    Chelsea Bishop March 24, 2014, 8:59 pm

    Divergent was incredible!! A must see. Also, try watching The Voice. It’s so inspiring.

  • 15
    Rebekah March 24, 2014, 9:27 pm

    I’m glad Sullie made the list!

  • 17
    Jojo @ RunFastEatLots March 24, 2014, 10:17 pm

    I am currently reading a biography about a woman who’s lived all over the world. Pretty interesting!

    I want to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel, now! The last movie I watched in theaters is The Wolf of Wallstreet

  • 18
    Cheri @ Overactive Blogger March 24, 2014, 10:50 pm

    That picture of the dog is so pretty! I love it – you should have it printed up and framed 🙂

  • 19
    Lauren C March 24, 2014, 11:56 pm

    Hey Jen! This is off topic but I just made your chocolate chip peanut butter cookie bars (YUM) and I’m wondering if they freeze well? While I could definitely eat them all in one sitting, I’d also like to save some for later 😉 Thanks!

    • 20
      elizabeth March 25, 2014, 10:30 am

      They freeze well for me.

  • 21
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun March 25, 2014, 12:14 am

    I wanted so badly to see Divergent this weekend but I too decided against it since it was opening weekend. Maybe next?

  • 22
    Parita @ myinnershakti March 25, 2014, 9:47 am

    I’m currently reading Unbroken – great book, think you’d like it! We currently just finished watching House of Cards – SO good! And I saw Wolf of Wall Street this past weekend – great movie, just expect lots of nudity and profanity!

  • 23
    Tracy March 25, 2014, 1:02 pm

    Have you watched House of Cards or Homeland? Two really really great shows!!

    • 24
      Jen March 25, 2014, 1:33 pm

      yes, both! LOVE! how about this season of HOC? CRAZY!

  • 25
    Erin March 27, 2014, 7:35 am

    Ohhh! Love this post! I’ve been searching for a good book to read. Looks like it’s going to be in the 70’s this weekend, so i’ll be in the back yard on a blanket reading The Language of Flowers (and listening to The Naked and Famous).

  • 26
    Brittany @ proteinandpumps March 27, 2014, 11:09 am

    I could seriously watch my dogs play with toys for hours. It’s so entertaining and sweet to see how much enjoyment they get out of something as simple as a rope.

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