Thursday, April 5, 2012

ENERGETIC and ENTHUSIASTIC - A to Z Challenge

It’s the third A to Z Challenge! Blog the letters of the alphabet in order every day except Sundays The participation list is HERE – start with the blog after yours and visit at least five blogs a day. Mostly, make new friends and have fun!

My theme – I have selected a word for each day and will present to you blogger buddies who fit that description, along with movies, music, etc. My theme is to give back, highlight some awesome bloggers, and have fun in the process.

ENERGETIC and ENTHUSIASTIC

No one has more energy and enthusiasm than Kitty. You may think I am the blogging Ninja, but she is everywhere – every day! She is just so full of joy and wit. I don’t know what I’d do without a comment from Kitty. We may only be graced with posts once a week from her and Charlie, but her energy lasts all week. Kitty, you are a true blessing! I can’t give you Daniel Craig in person, so hope this will suffice. (And enjoy, as it’s the only man shot I intend to ever feature here!!!)



Her icon says it all – just look at that smile! Nancy is also a total blogging Ninja, pouncing with glee. She judges not but approaches every person as if he or she is a good friend. Her posts are always upbeat, as are her comments. No matter what I post, I know Nancy will swoop in and say something encouraging. She’s one cool ball of positive energy! And soon to be a published author… her book comes out October 18, 2012.

Kvelertak
Take a dash of punk, rock, metal and hardcore and stick it in a blender. The tasty concoction is the Norwegian band Kvelertak. This is my go to music whenever I need high energy. The album is pure fun start to finish. Don't expect any English though - all of the lyrics are in Norwegian!

Ninja News!

Thanks to everyone who posted for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group yesterday. The group now has a life of its own.

And apologies to anyone I missed yesterday. I blogged a little in the morning before meetings took me hostage. When I came back after lunch, there were a hundred and fifty unread posts in my blogger buddies folder alone. I really do wish I had clones to keep up with everyone, but I gave it my best shot yesterday. And I know so many have left comments here – I will visit you by this weekend!

Are you following Kitty and Nancy? Ever heard of Kvelertak? Having fun with the Challenge? Forgive the Ninja if I can’t get to your blog today? (I’m really trying!) Who or what would you call energetic or enthusiastic? And tomorrow I announce my next blogfest! (Relax, it’s not until mid-May.)

127 comments:

Yadin Bromberg said...

Amazing post ALex :) I can't wait for Nancy's book release :D

FIRST COMMENT WOOT! :D

Check out my post on E.T. :)

Cheers!
-Yadin

Ron Easton for Dads UnLimited said...

I think you are pretty energetic to keep up with as many of your blogs as you do, on top of the full time job! Well done to you. I have never heard of Kvelertak. I am going to check out your other links right now.

L.G.Smith said...

Following both. And I say more man shots on the blog!

M.J. Fifield said...

You can never go wrong with pictures of Daniel Craig. That's actually my life's motto...

Never heard of Kvelertak but from your description, it sounds like something my friend would love.

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michelle said...

Hey Alex - you epitomise energy and enthusiasm... hands down!
Sorry but I couldn't post for IWSG yesterday... the A to Z just gobbled up all my time...

sue said...

Not another blogfest! Argh. Nooooo, not even in May. How do you do it? Must be all that Ninja food and hanging out with such energetic souls.

The manpic doesn't do it for me - reminds me too much of one of our politicians who likes to be thought of as fit and healthy...ick ick ick (at least yours isn't wearing budgie smugglers)

Sue: An A-Z of Climate Matters

Cassie Mae said...

Supa excited about blogfest announcement!

And I love Nancy. She's one of my favorite blogs to stop by. I haven't met Kitty yet. I must change this. Me likey the energetic ones!!!

A Daft Scots Lass said...

I've having truckloads of fun with this A to Z Challenge. Met some very cool bloggers already!

Denise Mitchell said...

Was already following Kitty whose blog I love and now following Nancy as well.

Thanks for the recommendations.

Medeia Sharif said...

Old Kitty and Nancy are awesome.

I'll check out the music of Kverlertak.

Kyra Lennon said...

I would like to apologise for skipping the IWSG post yesterday. I did stop by and comment on others, though. I will be back on it next month, I promise!

mindthagap said...

You had me at Daniel Craig in a swimsuit. :)

C.M.Brown said...

I often visit Nancy's blog. I like this type of music myself, but I haven't heard of this band. I will have to look them up.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Being Energetic is what one needs to keep up with the challenge.

Yvonne.

Old Kitty said...

I am BLUSHING and not just cos of gorgeous Mr Craig!! Awwww shucks!!
Awwww - I'm all shy now!!!

Charlie would like to say he is truly honoured to be a kitty ninja! Yay!

Take care
x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yadin, I will - and good job!

Thanks, Ron.

LG, not a chance.

MJ, that made me laugh!

Michelle, that's all right!

Sue, ancient Ninja secret. And that's funny.

Cassie, can't imagine why!

Lass, that's great to hear!

Kyra, that's all right - it was a lot for one day. Appreciate you visiting some of the others.

CM, you'll dig them!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kitty, you comment snuck in on me - you and Charlie are most welcome!

Lynn said...

Hi - it's Lynn #148 - I wanted to make sure I stopped by all the hosts' blogs before this thing is over. I'm enjoying the challenge. :) And can relate about needing a clone. Ha!

Marta Szemik said...

The challenge(s) are lots of fun and very inspirational. I can't believe how many people I've met and it's only Day 5. There's nothing to forgive - I still see you everywhere Alex! Off to see Kitty and Nancy.

Leovi said...

Yes, Kvelertak is full of energy, I like.

Rusty Webb said...

Never heard of the band. I'll have to give them a go.

This week has been a whirlwind for me. Only day 5? Wow.

Tonja said...

That's a lot of posts to read.

Laura Pauling said...

Social media is a terrific place when it's used for building up, not tearing down, befriending, not spamming. And just being a kind person!

Brinda said...

I'm not following the bloggers, but I'll check them out. I haven't heard of the band. I can't even pronounce it. Thank you for the Daniel Craig pic.

Danielle B. said...

I'm gonna have to go a meet Kitty. She sounds like my type of person!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Norwegian music! I'll have to give my husband the tip, since y'all tend to like the same type of music. Good luck with the meetings!

teganwilson said...

Enthusiasm is a mystery to me, I never seem to manage it. Those Nords do make some awesome metal though :D

Tegan Wilson

Huntress said...

I'm following Kitty already. Now I'm off to check out Nancy's website.

Thanks for the tips.

Melissa Bradley said...

Kitty rocks! And I am having fun in this challenge even if I am hampered by moving prep and work. :) Can't wait to hear about your blog fest tomorrow.

Susan Roebuck said...

Another blogfest? boy oh boy, you don't need any more energy, Alex. I think you should send some extra to me over here! Okies...I'll take Daniel Craig...

Journaling Woman said...

I've never heard of that music. And yes, I'm having fun reading the posts.

Teresa

Christine Rains said...

I've never heard of Kvelervak. Though the name is cool. I'm off to check out your E bloggers. :)

Joshua said...

Everything in this post is new to me. Except that shot of Daniel Craig. I'm not really into metal, but I'll have to give them a quick listen, just for you.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Lynn! Hope to visit you soon.

Rusty, only day five!

Brinda, you're welcome.

Tegan, yes they do!

Melissa, think you'll like it.

Clarissa Draper said...

Yay Old Kitty!

I read some of the ISWG posts yesterday and they were wonderful.

Karen Lange said...

Will check out Kitty and Nancy. Thanks for the links!

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

It's time for me to officially meet Kitty. I see her comments everywhere!

Play off the Page

Heather M. Gardner said...

I follow Nancy! She is fantastic!

Never apologize! We know you're out there. Always.

Heather

Mina Burrows said...

I'm in awe of your schedule. Before meetings? After lunch? Good lord, do you sleep? Don't answer that. I know. It's that blog demigod thing I mentioned. :)

DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

Well Alex if you're only ever going to feature one man shot you chose a beauty!

Denise

RideToFight said...

I love your go to music! I like Kvelertak and will probably featuring them in my A to Z at some point too. Was lucky enough to catch them live a couple of years ago, very sweaty and very loud - loved it.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, I thought you were the only blogging ninja, but obviously I was wrong. :) These to lovely girls are part of the clan. :)

Anna Smith said...

Will check out both these blogs they sound amazing. Never heard of Kvelertak, not even sure I can pronounce that! :)

Universal Gibberish

Amy said...

Another great post Alex - this challenge has been so fun! :)

Annalisa Crawford said...

I read Old Kitty everywhere - but I don't follow, so I really ought to.

There are currently 397 blogs in my Google Reader - this is so much bigger than I thought it would be - but lots of fun!

J.C. Martin said...

I'm following them now! :) And I'm sure Kitty appreciates your posting a man shot for her!

J.C. Martin
A to Z Blogger

Robyn Campbell said...

Man pic! Thank ya.

Congrads to Nancy on her book release!

I saw Insecure posts everywhere yesterday. I told them I wish I had gotten in on that. :-)

You are a blogging machine man! What is your secret? Do tell!

Will visit your peeps! *waving*

Erin M. Hartshorn said...

I'd never heard of the band, so I wandered over to YouTube. I can see why you describe them as energetic. I have to admit when I feel the need for an energy lift from music, I go back to my '80s roots and put Blondie or Bon Jovi on.

Erin

Siv Maria said...

Booooooooo!!!!!!!! Yep following Nancy and off to check out Ms. Kitty Cat now. Have a great day :)

Jay Noel said...

Cool, I love Norwegian rock. One song that makes me want to get up and start kicking ass is Blodtorst.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I haven't heard of that band, but I'm curious - fan of Volbeat? They are my go to when I need to kick back at life. It's a band influenced by Johnny Cash and Metallica that just blows my mind.

Rick Daley said...

I need to be energetic today, I have to run 10 miles for half-marathon training.

Sarah McCabe said...

Another blogfest in May? Goodness, you people can't give us any time to rest. ;)

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Nancy is amazing. And the greatest thing of all is that we live in the same town and she found me through your blog! That's the beauty of our blogging community. It doesn't get any better :-)

I'm off to visit Kitty's digs now (I always see her commenting here). I haven't heard of Kvereltak, but I will definitely check it out.

Suze said...

I am going to give Kvelertak a listen.

Kela McClelland said...

Haven't heard of Kvelertak, but now I'm curious.

I'm having fun with the challenge, but it's hard to get around-there are so many people and I want to read everyone's posts.

My kids are energetic, if I had just a quarter of their energy I'd accomplish SO much in a day.

Off to check out the people you mentioned. Oh, and I forgive the Ninja if you can't get to my blog ;)

Hart Johnson said...

Yay for Kitty's Daniel Craig obsession! I want a swim now, though...

Nancy Thompson said...

Wow! Thank you so much, Alex! I am truly humbled. And to be in such great company as Kitty, too. She's awesome! I've never heard of that band, even though my husband is Norwegian. I'll check them out though since we have such similar taste in music. And I think you're the most incredible Ninja blogger ever. How you manage to visit a fraction of the blogs you do is beyond me. Are you sure you don't use clones? Ooh, another blogfest! Yay! I love 'em. I haven't been able to visit much during the A2Z just yet since I'm under a revision deadline. I'll makeup for that next week & during your next party! BTW, thanks for the morning jolt of Daniel Craig. Yowza! He looks a lot like my first boyfriend. You're the best, Alex!!!

cleemckenzie said...

Great shout out for those bloggers who shine! Here's to E and all the ENERGY in this challenge.

Gossip_Grl said...

I follow Nancy's and agree on the energy. Congrats to her on her book coming out also. Can't wait for tomorrows posting. :)

Retro-Zombie said...

wonderful a wonderful... thanks for the day of fun...

Excellent! ... to the challenge "E" is for Efficient!
Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
A to Z Co-Host
IZOMBIE: Visit the Madness

Deb Marshall said...

I will be sure to check out both of those blogs, thanks...and Kvelertak.

Ninja is forgiven on not making to all the blogs, lol! My hats off to you on doing what you do.

p.s. totally looking forward to reading your book, hearing such good good things!

Julie Daines said...

Love your A to Z theme. It's so friendly.

Fun to get to know new people. Thanks.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Clarissa, yes they were. I tried to get to as many as possible.

Mary, go meet Kitty!

Mina, just one lone Ninja trying to do his best...

Denise, glad you enjoyed it then.

Ride, that's awesome you saw them live!

George, they are both everywhere.

Annalisa, I won't tell you how many are in mine...

Robyn, please join us next month.

Jay, that sounds cool.

Tasha, I know of them but not their music.

Rick, good luck.

Angela, glad I was a small part of your meeting!

Kela, that is a big challenge.

Nancy, you are most welcome and thanks so much!

Deb, thanks - hope you enjoy it.

Thank you, everyone!

Kelly Stilwell said...

Okay, my new friend, please tell me what kind of vitamins you take and where I might get some today!! E is definitely for ENERGY!

Jessica Salyer said...

Of course I know Kitty and Nancy. :) they are great! Never heard of Kvelertak though.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Great post, Alex. Energetic and enthusiastic are two words I would use to describe you. I am repeating myself, you and Stephen are my blogging heroes :)

baygirl32 said...

Kvelertak I can't even pronounce it! Lol

Charles Gramlich said...

Energy! Yes!

Claire Hennessy said...

I don't think you need to apologize, you seem to do an amazing job of commenting - anyway, this challenge is about meeting new people. Will go meet the people you recommend now. Have a great day :)

Hektor Karl said...

You never lead us astray! :)

Empty Nest Insider said...

So true about Nancy and I hope to meet Kitty soon! Julie

Bryan Russell said...

150 unread posts... my brain just melted out of my ears. You are a better man than I, just for pondering the attemtpt.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Yowsa...that's a risque pic of Daniel Craig. You are feeling courageous today Sir Alex! I applaud you for embracing Mr. Craig in his shorts.

Spacerguy said...

Wow, I guess its fun being Head Honcho of the Ninja club. Long Live the Ninja!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I think one of the most surprising things I didn't expect to find by visiting blogs was all the cool music and new bands I've been introduced to.
Another blogfest??? Oh, boy.

Elana Johnson said...

I need some pure fun for my writing today, so I think I'll look into this Kvelertak you speak of.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Yes to following both of those great ladies.

mooderino said...

Yay Nancy and Kitty!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kelly, I just eat right and exercise!

Rachna, thank you!

Bryan, that might be good fodder for one of your strips. And I attempted and conquered!

Michael, only for Kitty. I will have my day when "N" rolls around.

Susan, that's a good thing!

Elana, don't let it scare you.

Rekha said...

I see Kitty's comments often out here. Go easy on yourself, you are not expected to visit everyone everyday.
As for my IWSG post, cross my heart and promise will be a positive, even humourous one next month. My nephews are visiting me in two weeks and I doing the Jive already. ;)

Ella said...

Great E post! Kitty is a rig. I'm off to check the others.

You asked what movie, I'd like to see 'Hunger Games', but daughter has seen it. She is on vacation starting tomorrow...but she did say, "Mom, I want you to see it. It is sooo good."
One can hope...

Roland D. Yeomans said...

You are the King of Energetic, Alex! Kitty is a sweetheart. Nancy an icon. Great post. All three of you, take in a deep breath. I want all three of you around for a long time!

Pat Tillett said...

NOBODY has more blogging energy that you my friend! I think you must have clones doing some of the work...

Julie Dao said...

Great post! I am following Kitty!

The Golden Eagle said...

I've been following Kitty and Nancy for a while now; they're two of my favorite bloggers! :)

I can't wait to find out what the blogfest will be about.

Sara said...

I need some energy today! Now I have two new blogs and a band to check out to give me some!

And I have no idea how you do this without clones. Writing books, blogging every day, keeping up with all of your blogging buddies & having a full time job?

I'd long been laboring under the idea that you had multiple clones. One for each task.

S. L. Hennessy said...

Kvelertak sounds like something I'd like running to. Thanks for the heads up! And the Craig pic. Always appreciated.

Tracy Jo said...

Amen to Old Kitty! She is the biggest bright spot and I can't imagine my days without her either. I wasn't following Nancy so off to check her out. I would call YOU energetic! :-) Have a great day!

Rachel Morgan said...

Do you kow what? I've seen LOADS of Old Kitty's comments around the blogosphere, but I've never actually visited or followed her blog. So thanks for the link! I'm about to fix this problem :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Nancy and Old Kitty have provided consistent bursts of energy and support for a while. Good picks, as is that first manly photo. Thank you, Alex. Smile.

xoRobyn

Cherie Reich said...

I haven't heard of Kvelertak before. And although I skipped out on this month's IWSG, I plan to jump back in next month.

Off to make sure I follow those bloggers. :)

D.G. Hudson said...

Those two words could also define you, Alex.

I'll check out the two blogs but I've seen both Nancy and Old Kitty on many of the blogs I frequent.

M Pax said...

Nancy I know. I'll have to check out Kitty.

I like punk. I'll have to check Kvelertak out.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Rekha, I know I can always count on you.

Ella, go see it then!

Roland, trying not to kill myself...

Pat, I wish!

Golden, you'll like it.

Sara, I'd need at least ten right now...

Rachel, go then!

Kittie Howard said...

Old Kitty and Nancy are truly inspirational choices. And, surprise, I've heard of Kvelertak - from a Swedish friend. Kevelar is a take on a combat helmet. Works!

Jemi Fraser said...

Old Kitty rocks! She's truly a joyful presence! Great choice :)

Cate Masters said...

What a cool blog name Kitty chose. I'm off to check it out!
If you had to select a man shot, that one's a pretty darn good one.

Maxine Aux-Arc said...

Yay! for the challenge and leading me to this blog. I'm an unofficial participant (didn't hear about the sign up until it was closed), but it's still an adventure filled with surprises, like this blog.

I'll definitely add you to my small but growing list of followed blogs.

Max

Grammy said...

Hello, Alex! You are going great guns! I'm trying to visit all the blogs this month. Taking time off from quilting. thanks for all you do. Ruby

Miranda Hardy said...

Gosh, I love your features. So many great people.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kittie, thanks - that's good to know!

Cate, glad you liked it.

Max, welcome! Sorry you missed the cutoff.

Hi Ruby!!!

Tara Tyler said...

i'm surprised i've seen you more than once! how many are you hitting a day?

way to go mr host!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Great post Alex! I've never heard of Kvelertak . . .and I doubt my 100% Norwegian father-in-law has either - he likes jazz and broadway classics.
I may have to look them up just for him.

Jocelyn Rish said...

Hee - man shot - I love it! I've never heard of Kvelertak - I'll have to look them up. Hmm, who do I think of when I think of energetic and enthusiastic? Even though I've only recently found your blog, I'd have to say YOU are one of the first people who pops into my mind!

Carrie Butler said...

I love Nancy's blog! I'll have to check out Kitty's, too. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tara, I'm trying!

Tyrean, they might scare him...

Jocelyn, thank you.

Alexandra Heep said...

I am far from ninja-dom, so I always appreciate when you stop by. Never heard of Kitty and Nancy, so thanks for shining the spotlight on some awesomeness.

Prog, eh? Me too, stay tuned, there'll be some of that ...

The other Alex

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

LOL - love your man shot. :D

My E

Jennifer Lane said...

I love highlighting energy and enthusiasm. Those qualities are so important! Thanks for the Daniel Craig photo. :)

Chuck said...

I am following Nancy (and not just cause she has my sister's name) and enjoy her blog. Another A-Z connection!

Lindi said...

I am not following Kitty or Nancy but will check them out! Love that you are doing this on the challenge.

Chuck said...

Alex I forgot to mention that my high energy band recently is the Danish rock group Volbeat. Man do they jam! Check em out:

http://youtu.be/uO_Go9GCZPo

Ciara said...

I know both of the bloggers you've highlighted. Thanks for the picture. :)

Dawn Ius said...

Great post...and if you're going to feature a man chest, you couldn't have picked a more solid one than Daniel Craig's :-)

Jackie said...

I'm on my way to check out the two blogs. Thanks for the info! :D

Laura Barnes said...

I love Nancy! I'm glad you spotlighted her. :)

ediFanoB said...

Could not find time to visit blogs yesterday.

That means double effort today which is a public holiday in Germany. So I have a bit more time.

Now I will visit Kitty.

Jamie Gibbs said...

I've never heard of Kvelertak - you know what that means! *heads to YouTube*


Jamie Gibbs
Fellow A-Z buddy
Mithril Wisdom

Stephen Tremp said...

Kitty is amazing! Gotta love her cat Charlie too! I do not know Nancy or Kvelertak. I'm off to visit them now.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Two great new bloggers to visit! I'm up to 1.44% of the list. It's going to be a long month. LOL
@Yadin, you're E.T. post is great
- Maurice Mitchell
The Geek Twins | Film Sketchr
@thegeektwins | @mauricem1972

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Alex, that sounds cool!

Jennifer, you're welcome.

Dawn, only for Kitty.

Jamie, they rock!!

Maurice, it will take a lot of effort to get through that list!

Shannon Lawrence said...

I've never heard of Kvelertak, but will have to look into them. I need some high energy! Will check out Kitty and Nancy.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

Tracy Bermeo said...

Loving the A to Z. Just wish I could clone myself and read through more blogs. I've found some great ones so far. Just signed up for the next Blogfest. YAY!
A2ZMommy and What’s In Between

Rick said...

I promise I'm pitching during the next A-Z challenge. sounds like too much fun to miss!

Damyanti said...

Energetic and Enthusiastic? that'll be you, Ninja Cap'n :D