Thursday, April 30, 2009
2. Went to see Britney Spears last night with some girlfriends! It was a good show, but I saw her Onyx Hotel tour and I have to say it was better. Her costumes were amazing, though, and the opening by Perez Hilton was so fab. :) My husband called me when we were on our way to the arena and sang "Ooops, I'm the oldest one there", which made me giggle. Surprisingly, my 30 year old girlfriends and I were NOT the oldest ones there (okay, so the older ones were moms. To teenagers... KIDDING), and there were lots of groups of girls around our age. I think if a single guy wanted to meet girls, there may be no better place than a Britney concert.
3. I took today and tomorrow off. Just for the heck of it. :) Off to enjoy! Talk to you all soon! xoxo
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
*****fine print - this is not actually my husband. I googled "sick" and this is what came up. Awesome huh? :) The article that came attached explains that this is a bodybuilder named HUGO and that he wasn't feeling well and was debating whether or not to work out. Looks like someone needs to get to the gym to me... I mean, how out of shape can one man BE? ;)
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Give it a watch - I almost cried the first time I saw it. The looks on the judges faces are truly priceless. Sorry, I couldn't find an embedded link, so you'll have to click to see it. The surprise comes about 2 or 3 minutes in...
Rating Scale: 1 – Didn’t Finish. 2 – Meh. 3 – Kept my interest, but probably wouldn’t read again. 4 – Would Recommend. 5 – LOVED IT! Added it to my list of favorites!
I struggled with the rating scale on this one. I'm not sure if it is possible to "love" a book like this. Like "Still Alice", it was pretty tough to read. I have to say, I've never read a poorly written Picoult book. She's one of those authors that has a gift for words, and also a drive and professionalism that shows in the VAST amount of research that appears throughout her novels. Given those factors, I can't responsibly say it wasn't a good book, because it was an EXCELLENT book. I just probably wouldn't read it again, because it was so incredibly sad on so many levels.
"Handle With Care" is about a family with a little girl who was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or brittle bone disease. It is a disease that very few people have, but it causes the bones of the victims to break at almost any moment - from turning over in bed to bumping a leg on a couch. Obviously, the story is also about the effect that this disease has on the family. The teenage sister struggles with self-image and feelings of jealousy and abandonment. The parents' marriage takes a dark turn as the Mother explores a lawsuit that, if won, would change the family's financial situation dramatically. In addition to the family's struggles, "Handle With Care" explores the moral dilemma of whether or not to sue the family doctor (and the Mother's best friend) for "wrongful birth", which essentially means that the parents would have chosen to terminate the pregnancy if they would have known about their daughter's disease in time.
One of the signature features of a Picoult book is the exploration of all sides of a moral dilemma. Each of her novels explores a different issue, but instead of presenting only one arguement for or against, Picoult manages to lay out the moral landscape from a birds-eye-view, thus allowing you to draw your own conclusions of which side is right and which is wrong. "Handle With Care" left me unable to decide what I would have done if I were in this Mother's position. On one hand, I can understand why she would want to change her family's dire financial situation (if for no other reason than to provide a better future for her disabled daughter), but on the other hand, I don't think it is right to essentially lie (she had to say she wished her daughter was never born) in order to win a lawsuit.
Not only was it difficult to read about the pain and difficulties this poor little girl has to go through every day, but as a newlywed, I found it truly heartbreaking to read about the marital difficulties that this poor couple dealt with. As the reader, you can see that both parents love each other deeply, but they can't agree on a fundamental moral issue. I wanted to reach through the pages and shake them. Because of these painful issues, I have a tough time telling people to read the book. It harbors so much sadness and so much reality that it isn't able to provide the "escape" that I treasure so much in my reading travels. On the other hand, I would absolutely NOT discourage you from reading this wonderful novel. Just read it with the understanding that it will probably make you cry.
For a quick read about the book signing I went to for "Handle With Care", just click HERE!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday night I was feeling the culinary itch, so I decided to try a recipe I read about on a blog last week (sorry, I can't remember which blog!!) for spinach gnocchi, which turned into a bit of a debacle. It took me about three pounds of butter and cheese, two hefty glasses of cabernet and 4 hours. The sauce was pretty excellent, but the gnocchi just wasn't quite right... We ate it anyway, but it was definitely not my best kitchen performance... :)
Saturday was SO much fun! My girlfriends and I threw a joint baby shower for two of our best friends at the Drake in Chicago! It was a library-themed shower, so we got them Bukushuns (bookends that look like fluffy pillows!) that you see above for the group gift, and each got them a children's book to go with them. Since they're both having little boys, I got them "Where the Wild Things Are", because, well, it's awesome! Favors were candy and Book Plates, and in general, it was all pretty fabulous. How can you go wrong with tea at the Drake? Here are some pics of our fabulous shower. Don't you love the flower arrangements we chose for them? haha
Friday, April 10, 2009
So for those of you who LOVE to read, both books and plentiful blog posts, I highly recommend that you follow THE BOOK RESORT! She is a BookWorm fan, and she's posted the nicest review of her BookWormz HERE - you should definitely give it a peek! I love that she reviews just the kinds of books that are so fun to read (Twighlight anyone?), and she is a super active member of the blogging community. She leaves lots of comments which make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! :)
The second blog recommendation I have today is KEEP THIS ON THE DL! She's an American living in Italy, and is currently giving away two BookWormz HERE! First, we're very grateful that she's ok after that horrible earthquake in Italy, and second, she's MORE than ok, since yesterday was her 25th BIRTHDAY!!! :) She writes book reviews and funny, cute little tidbits about her life.
Check these two awesome bloggers out today - I don't think you'll regret it! :) This weekend should be a very busy one for me (helping to host a baby shower, 30th birthday dinner and Easter!), but I'm REALLY going to try to get the "Handle With Care" review up! Ok, have a great day, all! :)
Monday, April 6, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
In other news - I am try try trying to eat healthier in preparation for bathing suit season...er...summer. :) Seeing as how I can rarely motivate myself enough to get to the gym more often than once every 6 to 8 days, I figure my only chance at fitting in to last summer's clothes is to eat like a rabbit. Breakfast was 0% fat greek yogurt topped with fresh mango, blueberries and almonds (YUM - if only all healthy food was this delicious - pictured below, just before I ate it all up), and lunch was a delicious Quinoa salad with lemon, cucumber, olive oil and other such delicious roughage. Anyone have a favorite healthy recipe???
Also, I promised to share the name and location of the ONLY current place you can buy BookWormz retail .... drumroll please....... Gallimaufry Gallery!!!! If you're a Chicago dweller, or if you're visiting our fair city (we have the peeps from the Olympic Committee here this weekend deciding whether or not we'll be the hosts of the 2016 Olympics - Oprah is said to be helping entertain them. If that doesn't get them, WHAT WILL??), you can find the Gallimaufry Gallery at 4712 N Lincoln Ave in Chicago. Go check it out - they feature all hand made and fair trade products! Pretty cool shop!
Ok, don't forget to link me up to your fav. healthy recipe!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
As I read on, however, I started to really like Burbach's message. I was an English major in college, and while I clearly am not the best writer, I did learn how to use structure to give my writing (letters, blog posts, book reviews) shape. What I think I forget is that not everyone has that background, and thus could really use a refresher course. Also, although some of her advice seemed a little common sense (like "While you don't need to be too clever, charming, or poetic in your profile, you do need to sound like yourself."), I began to realize that many people DO need this advice. I REALLY liked the fact that she explained what she meant and then followed her advice with both good and bad examples. Actually, by reading her do's and don'ts, I started to critique some of my own writing and realized I could use some brush-ups myself on how to make my writing interesting to the reader.
I am happily and newly married, so I definitely wasn't the target audience for this book, but I would have to say that anyone who is currently looking into online dating, or isn't satisfied with their current results, should pick up a copy of Burbach's book. It really is like a cheat-sheet or instruction manual on how to create a compelling online profile. This book offers guidance and an outside perspective of what makes a successful profile. Outside perspective is invaluable when you're creating something so personal; it can be all too easy to overlook your own mistakes without guidance like Burbach's.
You can find this book at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, or from the publisher HERE