Friday Fascination

Spring Fling Blog Hop

Welcome to the Spring Fling Blog Hop! 1st Grand Prize – Paperwhite Kindle. 2nd Grand Prize – $25 Amazon Gift Card. Good luck!


Let’s be honest, Spring has its goods and its bads. It’s the season for romance and allergies. Winter clothing clearance and colorful posies. Renewal and the ticking-clock approach of …(horror movie music here)…swimsuit season.

Photo courtesy of Kristin Nador - WANA Commons
Photo courtesy of Kristin Nador – WANA Commons

I don’t know about you, but my winter hibernation weight doesn’t care that it’s Spring—sometimes clinging all the way into Summer, making that bikini tough to put on. The string of holidays just do me in. Okay, it might be my inability to resist pecan pie, fudge, New Year’s Eve boatload of snacks, and V-Day chocolate. I need to blame something. But I’d prefer not to scare people when I go to the lake or the beach, so I’m thinking up ways to get rid of the extra poundage while enjoying Spring. Here’s the best five I’ve come up with so far:

1.  Take the dog for a run instead of clomping it out on the treadmill. The scent of freshly mown grass, the bright array of blooming flowers, the fresh, crisp air on my face…Spring almost makes running not suck. I said almost.

2.  Dance in the rain. Which would be another fantastic way for me to scare people. I’ve got the “Elaine” dance (from Seinfeld) down. Ever see a nerd hit it on the dance floor? I didn’t think so.

3.  Chase birds and/or set booby traps. There’s this annoying bird that torments me come Spring. As soon as dawn breaks, it’s yapping its beak. Right. Outside. My. Window. Mornings and me don’t mesh. This year, the bird’s going down.

Photo courtesy of Kristin Nador - WANA Commons
Photo courtesy of Kristin Nador – WANA Commons

4.  Train my cat to go for a walk. It can be done. Probably get a great arm workout too while the cat’s flailing like a maniac on its harness.

5.  Weed instead of watching Supernatural reruns and noshing on Cheez-Its. The army of weeds has been taunting me. Time to armor up with my iPod, rubber gloves, and clippers and do battle. Maybe my back will survive, but if I’m defeated, there’s always the new season of Game of Thrones to watch while lying flat on the floor.

Dean Nope

What do you do to burn off the cold-season hibernation pounds?

Rules, rules, rules…for your chance to win , stop by one of the participating blog hop stops and comment with your email address (March 7-11, 2013). Each hop has its own prize, but to increase your chance of winning the Grand Prize visit EACH blog and comment. The Grand Prize winners will be chosen at random and notified no later than March 15, 2014.  I’d love to give Wonderfully Wicked as my blog hop prize, but since it won’t be available until May 13 (mark it on your calendar – or better pre-order, I won’t mind :)), I have to go with an extra-special-something-else:  your choice of $10 gift certificate to iTunes (for tunes to inspire a killer workout), Starbucks (for that skinny, sugar free latte, of course), or Amazon (sure, you want it for a healthy cookbook. I believe you).

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1. Books To Go Now 2. Danica Winters
3. Sharon Kleve Romantic Ramblings 4. Joanne Jaytanie~This is not your mother’s romance
5. Calinda B – Wickedly hot, dangerously fun 6. Rhonda’s Doings
7. Dawn Luedecke-Always Have Passion 8. Inside the Secret World of Allison Bruning
9. H. A. Somerled 10. Stories About Love
11. Mindy Hardwick, Author 12. Not Necessarily In That Order
13. Iyana’s Rainbow 14. Amber Daulton
15. Natalie-Nicole Bates 16. Paranormal Hockey
17. Draven St. James 18. Knight Blindness
19. Mina Carter 20. Marilyn Conner Miles Author
21. Lisa Chalmers 22. Jean Joachim – Author
23. Library of the Seen 24. Romance Beckons
25. Draven St. James 26. Writer Wonderland
27. LENA HART 28. Living the Dream
29. Jess Schira 30. Jennifer Conner Writer
31. Kristina Knight, Romance Author 32. Romance and More
33. Scandalous Stories 34. David’s Gift
35. Sasha Hibbs-Author 36. Cowboys and Indian Romances
37. Jade Barnaby 38. Rayna Noire
39. Musings 40. Write Stuff
41. A.R. Von 42. John Zunski
43. The guardian an angel story 44. Robyn Neeley
45. Kooks Nook 46. K C Maguire
47. Krystal Shannan 48. Sue Lyndon
49. 50. CJ Burright – Author
51. More Romance Please 52. Rhenna Morgan – Author
53. The Official Website of Tista Ray 54. Zoe Forward
55. MYTHICAL BOOKS (INT) 56. Hilda Huru
57. Jess Buffett 58. Willow Brooke
59. Sinfully Sweet Romances 60. Danielle Belwater Author
61. Angela Ford Romantic Escapes 62. Jackie Marilla
63. Kelly Ann Jacobson – Author 64. Aymaran Shadow > Behind The Scenes
65. Donna M. Zadunajsky 66. Donna Augustine



  1. Nurmawati Djuhawan says:

    thx u for hosting ^^

    1. CJ Burright says:

      My pleasure! Glad you popped in! 🙂

  2. Judy Thomas says:

    Walking. The best exercise ever 🙂

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Hi, Judy – walking is definitely easier on the body than running. Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Once spring arrives, I try to get outside as much as possible to walk our dog and burn off some extra pounds from the long winter.

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Yep, getting outside seems to help (rather than lounging on the couch). Have a great weekend, Kelly!

  4. I pretend feverishly that there ARE no winter pounds. The heat from my brain waves burn off those extra pounds. Yes. They do. Really.

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Hi, Michelle! Love your thinking there…do you have any appointments open for your fat-burning brain waves? I totally want to book an hour or so. 🙂 Nice to see you – thanks for joining in!

  5. Robin Malone says:

    Thank you! This looks so fun!!!

    1. Robin Malone says:

      Forgot to answer question. I burn pounds off with my job and sex. Let me clarify… sex is not my job. It’s another activity. Lol

      1. CJ Burright says:

        Bawaahahaha! Thanks for making my day, Robin! Now I’m curious to know what your job is…

    2. CJ Burright says:

      And thanks for popping by!

  6. Rachel D. says:

    I go on walks..if it’s not raining, lol.

    1. CJ Burright says:

      I’m a native Oregonian, Rachel, so an umbrella is pretty much like an extra appendage. 🙂 I don’t mind walking in the rain, so long as I don’t have to go anywhere fancy. Have a fabulous weekend!

  7. Virginia H says:

    Great blog hop, fantastic prize!

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Glad you stopped in! 🙂

  8. Amber Terry says:

    I hibernate into spring…

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Me too, Amber…but now I’m feeling like a bear with an extra fur coat. Good luck!

  9. Linda S Moore says:

    I walk on my tread mill and try very hard to get on the bow flex machine, if I can put my kindle down long enough. About to wear it out I read so much. If reading was a fat burner I would be to skinny. lol Thanks for this awesome giveaway and good luck everyone.

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Yeah, why can’t reading kill calories? I like to read while on the ellyptical machine, but that’s just not cutting the flab off this year. Hope you win lots of books for your kindle – burn that puppy out!

  10. Mimi Smith says:

    I walk. A lot :). This year I hope to convince myself into running *crossing fingers*

    mimismithblue AT gmail DOT com

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Running’s not all it’s cracked up to be, Mimi, but it definitely shapes up the patooty and legs. Good luck with pumping up your workout to the next level!

  11. Jo Ann Zavala says:

    I exercise by gardening, it is good exercise.

    1. CJ Burright says:

      I love to garden – especially when my back doesn’t protest too much. Thanks for dropping by, Jo Ann!

  12. Elise-Maria Barton says:

    I walk across the causeway that separates my neighborhood from the beach and then I swim to and from the buoys as many times as possible w/o drowning from exhaustion. Then crawl home. Great workout 🙂


    1. CJ Burright says:

      Okay, I’m feeling a little jealous now. First, ocean water warm enough to swim in. Second, living near the beach. Not. Fair. I’d trade running for swimming in the ocean any day!

  13. Joy F says:

    I take walks.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Walking out in the spring air, sunshine on your head…doesn’t really make it seem like a workout, does it? Thanks for popping by!

  14. Love the images on your website, especially the header image.

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Aww, thank you! I kinda love it too–it just fits my brand perfectly. Have a great rest of the weekend, and good luck!

  15. amy bowens says:

    When It warms up I like to walk but for right now I exercise using the Wii fit. Thanks for haring and I love the kitty picture!
    amybowens34 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. CJ Burright says:

      I haven’t tried the Wii fit…my daughter challenges me to baseball and tennis, which I totally suck at, but I rock at golf. Which is ironic since I’ve never golfed a day in my life, but I played softball for years. Not sure I trust you, Wii…. Nice to see you, Amy!

  16. Piroska says:

    I do a lot of gardening. May not be fast-paced, but it sure can get you fit!

    1. CJ Burright says:

      I have about an acre of garden, both flowers and vegetables. It’s great for getting outside and away from tempting snacks. Thanks for commenting!

  17. Renee H says:

    I am doing the Daniel fast starting tomorrow but otherwise, I normally do Hip Hop abs or Turbo Fire.

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Never heard of the Daniel fast, but Hip Hop abs and Turbo Fire sound AWESOME! Might have to check into those to freshen up my workout routine. Thanks for stopping in, Renee!

  18. Trix says:

    I do a lot of walking and elliptical, and I’ll dance if I’m in the mood…I’m trying to get into yoga, though I’m not up for the super-strenuous kind!


    1. CJ Burright says:

      Ooh, yoga. I tried it…and yawned the entire time. Just not fast enough of a pace for me, I guess. And really, how do you hold a book while doing yoga? 🙂

  19. Shannon F says:

    Luckily I’m in southern California, I don’t get much of a hibernation here, too much going on.


    1. CJ Burright says:

      Right, all that sun and stuff. Must be really hard, Shannon. Bathing suit season all year long. You’ve got my sympathy. 🙂

  20. I have never been one for exercising so I am starting slow and stretching. Someone told me to do it for 21 days and it becomes a habit so I am slow but I am trying!

    1. CJ Burright says:

      I used to forego the stretching before a work out, but now? My body protests. Way to go on picking up some exercise – good luck!

  21. Daniel M says:

    can’t wait to get back mountain biking

    1. Daniel M says:

      oops forgot the email – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

    2. CJ Burright says:

      Good idea, Daniel! I should dust off my bike that I got, oh, a decade ago. Thanks for stopping in!

  22. Janie McGaugh says:

    I get back in gear with my free weights.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Oh, yeah. I love my weights too. Wanna see me flex? It’s scary. 🙂

  23. I like to walk, but this staying indoors stuff is getting old! Looking forward to warmer weather. 🙂

    1. CJ Burright says:

      I know, right? What’s really bad is when it’s warm during the week (while I’m stuck indoors working) and then it rains on the weekends. Suckola! Nice to see you, Coleen!

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