Friday, July 20, 2012

Surf N Turf with Lindsay Harrel!


*Note: Scroll down to the youtube so you can listen while you read! Get an island adventure all the way around!


Pillow fights with lots of giggling, goofy dance-offs, roller-skating backwards, and late night talks. That’s what Lindsay Harrel is. Fun, energetic, sweet, deep and full of Jesus. I love me some Linds.

Since the age of six, when she wrote the riveting tale “How to Eat Mud Pie,” Lindsay Harrel has passionately engaged the written word as a reader, writer, and editor. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and an M.A. in English. In her current day job as a curriculum editor for a local university, Lindsay helps others improve their work and hones her skills for her night job—writing inspirational contemporary fiction. Lindsay lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband of five years and a golden retriever puppy in serious need of training.

Did I mention wicked smart, too? Yeah. I know. Today we want you to kick back, toss your flip-flops in the bag (mine are hot pink to match my swim suit and since it’s cyberworld, uh…size 4 thank you very much!) Close your eyes, well don’t really…um…you’re reading, and listen as Jimmy Buffet and possibly Kermit take us to the islands.

Today, Linds and I are hanging at the beach. Which one you ask? Doesn’t matter. It’s a beach. With water. And drinks with umbrellas (loaded or unloaded whatever you prefer).

JP: What kind of sunscreen are you wearing and what proof? I’m wearing my sparking Hawaiian Tropics. I feel like such a Cullen! 15 proof which is a little higher than the proof in my Mohito! LOL

LH: Banana Boat ‘cause the name just rocks—even though I think of coconuts, not bananas, when I think of the beach. And do they make a 150-proof? ‘Cause, girl, I’m pale and I burn. Just a fact of life, unfortunately.

JP: I heard once you get to 30 proof, it’s all the same just more expensive. Don’t take my word though, as you might look very much like Sebastian when all is said and done. So, I know we’re chatting and all, but what genre is that book you’re reading?

LH: Christian romantic fiction, of course. I love all genres, but I sort of find the beach setting a romantic one. So I gotta have fiction to match!

JP: Yes I agree although I’m reading an intense romantic suspense, but I can’t figure out who killed Laura Palmer. *giggle* You missed that didn’t you? You’re so young! (Who else missed that?) Hold up, my bathing suit needs adjusted. Oh, the sand! How many bathing suits did you try on before you found one you deemed decent to go out in public in?

LH: Well, since I can tell on the hanger that about 99% are either for tiny teens or grandmas…not many (since there aren’t many to choose from!).

JP: I so had that issue with my daughter. Either too little girlish or too Kardashian. Sigh. Cough. I’m parched. Let’s order something to drink! What are you having?

LH: Ice water (with the awesome munchable ice like they have at Sonic) with a Coke Zero chaser. Ha. I’m funny, huh?

JP: Seriously? We’re on a beach with a full Tiki bar and you’re having water. With ice. That crunches. You know what else crunches? Celery stalks. In Bloody Marys. LOL I’m kidding, I mean celery does crunch but about BMs. Okay, now that could go lots of places. BM as in Blood Mary, people.  Nevermind. I’m having a watermelon slush. Man, I love the beach. The sand in my… toes, the crashing of waves. Sun on my face. What do you love most about the beach?

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LH: Like you, the sound of the waves. There is nothing more relaxing to me than the sound of running—or crashing—water. Sigh! Like I said above…romantic, no?

JP: Indeed it is, Linds. Hey your shoulders look a little medium rare. I’m thinking you need to load up again. Dude, we need some tunes. What’s playing on your iPod?

LH: You’re going to run away screaming when I say this, but I love all the Glee soundtracks. Especially the ones where they perform show tunes. Don’t hate!

JP: Hate?! I LOVE the Glee soundtracks, have most of them! Crank up Defying Gravity! But not really. It's kinda’s messing with Jimmy. Here's a little island treat for all of us! 





JP: Now that's island fun and it makes me hungry. Lunch should be seafood. I’m having deep fried crab claws, crab legs, and fried shrimp. What’s a little grease when you’re wearing a cyber 4? What’s on your menu?

LH: Um, yeah…the cool thing about surf and turf is YOU can have the surf and I’LL have the turf. (Cough, seafood is of the devil). For me, chicken all the way, baby, especially if it’s seasoned with some sort of Cajun or jerked spices. Yummy in my tummy.

JP: And yet again, you disappoint me. Sigh. SIGH. SIIIIGH! Oh well, more for me! Let’s go in the water! Kayaking! Yes. Hope JAWS doesn’t get us. Ba dump…what do you hope to see out here—minus JAWS? I’d love to see a school of dolphins. Do they actually travel in schools? Herds? Packs? Crowds? Clicks?

LH: Yay, kayaking is fun! I did that once in Hawaii with my hubby. And yes, wouldn’t it be sweet to see dolphins? I might even be willing to brave my fear of the open water and swim with them…as long as we were positive JAWS wouldn’t attack and bite my leg off. I’d also love to see more sea turtles. We just saw one when we snorkeled in St. Kitts (in a very secure and safe cove…no sharks!).

From the movie: JAWS
JP:  Sounds like a plan. Don’t worry, we’ll be safe. Isn’t that what everyone says before it isn’t safe? What would you do if the undertow kept pulling us out? Or if you were stuck on a beach island for three months? What would you miss most? What would you miss least?

LH: I’d miss my daily dose of Internet and social media/email, since I’m pretty much addicted. What would I miss least? Haha, work.


JP: Yep, this is the life and it’s all in cyberville so join us! You can hang with Linds on land too! At her blog, facebook, and twitter @LindsayHarrel.


What’s playing on your iPod and are you Surf n Turf, or just Surf or Turf? Cheers! Don’t forget your sunblock!


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24 comments:

  1. Yay, too fun! Thanks for having me, Jess. You totally rock! And I'm sorry to disappoint on the drinks and food. Must have taken one too many roller-skating tumbles as I attempted to go backward! And Laura who? ;) But seriously.

    Love you, girl!

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    1. As you can see I had issues downloading the pics you sent so I had to wing it! But yeah, this is too much fun! We'll have to do a fall camping trip as well! :)
      Don't you Laura Who? me!

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  2. Yay, two of my favorite online friends in one blog post. Too fun! Except now you've got me pining for a vacay today instead of a normal ol' day at the office. I've been trying to like seafood, by the way. It just seems like the grown-up thing to do...but when I try it, it always seems like good old chicken or beef or pork (Iowa girl all the way, here) calls me name instead. That should say "my" but when I typed "me" it made me laugh, so I'm leaving it. :)

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    1. The "me" is hilarious! I cracked up when I read it! Because you're so fun and adorable, I'll let the Turf Only slide! :)

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    2. Yay for another chicken lover. You're my kinda girl!

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  3. What a fun interview, but for the record I'm not buying that seafood is of the devil! :D

    So creative & so much fun!
    ~ Wendy

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    1. Some are taken in by its temptation, I suppose...

      :P

      But to be fair, my seafood experience--which has forever tainted my taste of it anywhere else--was in Phoenix. Where we probably don't have the freshest seafood.

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    2. Thanks, Wendy! Yeah, no way is seafood from the devil!

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  4. HA HA HA!! THat was hilarious! :)

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    1. Thanks for thinking we're funny, Jaime. We certainly amuse ourselves. :)

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    2. Thanks, Jaimers! Come pull up a beach chair!!!

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  5. What fun! Almost felt like I was on the beach, there. :) Love both Surf and Turf!

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    1. Well,grab your sunscreen and chill with us! And I knew I liked you...surf AND turf!

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    2. Wish we could all go to the beach together. Wouldn't that just be the bestest?!

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  6. Somehow I knew putting the two of you together (on a beach or anywhere else) would be a scream!

    Fun stuff, Jess and Lindsay!

    I love both Surf and Turf!!!

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    1. Yeah, and we've never even met in person. Imagine how crazy ACFW will be...lots of screamin' gonna go on then!

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  7. Crazy girls!

    You still have to see JAWS, Lindsay. One of these days!!

    Conquer your fears....

    Heh.

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    1. You can't make me do it! And don't go conspiring with Jess to try to force me at ACFW...

      I'm on to both of ya's!

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  8. Not sure who you cracked up more; me or yourself:) Great interview ladies! I am a surf-n-turf gal, love me some Glee (especially show tunes!), and need the 100 sunblock or I do turn a lovely shade of lobster.

    Have a great weekend! And Lindsay, I watched Jaws and wouldn't swim for YEARS!! Not the ocean, not the small inland lake, not even my swimming pool...but I'm sure you'll do fine.

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    1. See, Jess?! See??? Proof right here that I'd be better off NOT watching Jaws, thank you very much. :)

      Come hang out with us, Susan!

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  9. Fun, fun interview, Jessica! Lindsay, I love your sense of humor :-) I'm surf-n-turf, but haven't been to the beach in four years. Can't wait to go again. I love seafood, good music, and ice-cold margaritas. Now I want to go play Jimmy Buffett. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Brandi. Jess makes me way funnier than I am on my own. ;)

      And come join us! A virtual beach is better than none at all, right?

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  10. Lindsay, I love Sonic ice! You know what my favorite summer treat is right now? Ice water w/ fresh squezzed lemon juic and ginger. Yum! So good...especially after a few hours when the ginger's had a chance to truly infuse its magic into the H2O. :)

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    1. Ooo, that sounds yummy! I haven't tried that, but love water with orange slices or cucumber slices in it.

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