Sunday, January 2, 2011

2010 in Books

My goal for 2010 was to read 24 books and I rounded out with 25! The year brought some of my favorite books of all time: The Red Tent and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Looking forward to seeing what 2011 brings in books!

!!!!! - Do not miss it!
***** - Loved it
##### - Good read
:( - Disappointing

1. The Host by Stephenie Meyer *****
2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows !!!!!!
3. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout :(
4. Marley and Me by John Grogan #####
5. The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman :(
6. The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman #####
7. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick :(
8. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant !!!!!
9. Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore !!!!!
10. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson *****
11. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson *****
12. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson *****
13. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler #####
14. Perfection by Julie Metz :(
15. Little Bee by Chris Cleave :(
16. The Giver by Lois Lowry #####
17. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers !!!!!
18. One Day by David Nicholls #####
19. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer :(
20. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult :(
21. Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez *****
22. Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers *****
23. Her Daughter’s Dream by Francine Rivers #####
24. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot #####
25. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah *****

Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring has sprung!

So many things to talk about!

Back to the Flat Iron
He's back!! Couldn't get enough of Ryan Cabrera when he conveniently dated Ashlee Simpson when her reality show aired? Have no fear, he has infiltrated the reality tv circuit once again. He went on a date with one the sisters from Pretty Wild, and now he'll be getting more publicity than ever on the upcoming season of The Hills. I wonder how long it took him to snag one of those media savvy girls. And it looks like he's back to his spike-tastic hair. Look at the height of that! Remember when he tried a more Justin Bobby-esque look? http://awhirlinmyworld.blogspot.com/2008/04/on-his-way-up.html She must be over that dingy look. Not sure if the spikes are a better alternative, but whatever makes you happy, girlfriend!


Stop Pouting and Start Dancing
Does Pamela Anderson know how to NOT act slutty? Apparently not from watching her on Dancing With the Stars. It's almost like she has a nervous tick that makes her pout her lips, tousle her hair, and coyly look over her shoulder. It's hard to watch. Unfortunately, she's a decent dancer. Maybe she should visit Kate Gosselin's rehearsal to help her loosen up and pump up the volume...of her new hair.

Out and Proud
Congrats to Ricky Martin! We've always known that you were shaking your bon-bon up the wrong tree. Glad you're out with it!


Not Going to Answer That Telephone
I'm a huge Gaga fan. LOVE her. But I'm not digging "Telephone" as a song and especially not the video. She can do better than this! All of her videos are edgy and artsy, but this one seems a little lackluster. And in my mind Gaga exists in a world of her own. One that does not include Beyonce. So having those two worlds collide does not do it for me. But the dance moves at the end are killer! But I'm not sure what's up with the patriotic get-ups in the end, and when is she going to ditch the pee-colored hair?

Cruising With Crazy
Have you seen previews for Tom Cruise's new movie Knight and Day? This writer/director is genius! They are totally banking on Cruise's reputation for being crazy, and I am totally digging it. He should do a promotional couch jumping tour.

Hot Mess and Loving It
Ke$ha can barely string a sentence together, but I promise if you put her album Animal on you will not stop dancing! This is not a lyrical masterpiece. Take the lyrics for what they are--poptastic and hilarious. It's all about getting drunk, hooking up and having a good time along the way. We can all relate to that.

Just don't expect her to actually sing. The best thing about her American Idol performance was the Native American headdress.

Now that's scary.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Heidi's Inner Beauty

Have you seen Heidi Montag's new look? Whoa.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Beat-tastic

2009 Remixed

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

LOL

Need to laugh out loud?

Watch the music video I previously posted for "Empire State of Mind" and then watch this video with Stephen Colbert. It is sooo funny!

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorU.S. Speedskating

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tasty Tidbit

While reading a book set in the 1930's and 40's, I learned that the name Charlotte Russe is not only a women's clothing for cheap and trashy trends. It is in fact a dessert that was popular during that time. It is a cold dessert of Bavarian cream set in a mold lined with ladyfingers. Russe is the French word for Russian and it's named in honor of the chef's Russian employer. That's a tasty tidbit for ya!

The Original


Modern Day

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Screaming For Freedom

The temperature outside is falling, so that means it's time to bundle up in our winter coats once again. This causes me great distress. Not because I have to freeze my butt off every day walking around the city, but rather because I have to see coat after coat with coattails screaming for freedom.

Coatttails screaming for freedom? You heard right.

When you purchase a new coat, typically the coattails are sewn together with a couple stiches to keep them in order during shipment and on the racks. These are meant to be cut after the coat is purchased. From my guestimate, 40% of people neglect to snip those stitches. Is it because they forgot or because they didn't know they were supposed to do that? Either way, it drives me NUTS. Do yourself a favor and make sure your coattails are flying in the wind. They want the freedom and you'll look much more fashionable.