Category Archives: Media

Organic Housekeeping

Organic Housekeeping: In Which the Non-Toxic Avenger Shows You How to Improve Your Health and That of Your Family, While You Save Time, Money, and, Perhaps, Your Sanity Organic Housekeeping: In Which the Non-Toxic Avenger Shows You How to Improve Your Health and That of Your Family, While You Save Time, Money, and, Perhaps, Your Sanity by Ellen Sandbeck

My Review:  3 of 5 stars
This had a lot of good information in it but was really repetitive. Had it been more simply organized, it would make a great handy reference. The author does include resources and websites for some of the products and tools that she recommends, which I appreciated.

Probably one of the best (new) tips I picked up from this book was that there are places, such as Mail Boxes Etc, that accept packing peanuts and reuse them. I don’t know why I never thought to ask! I have bags of that stuff in my garage I’ve been trying to find a use for.

Family Jewels

  • I’ve now been sucked into watching Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels. What is wrong with me?! #
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Seriously addicted to this show!  For someone of super-celebrity status, like Gene Simmons, his family is surprisingly loving, fun, and stable.  They all seem to genuinely care for each other and the brother/sister dynamic between the kids is hysterical!  Oh, and call me a dirty old woman, but Nick Simmons is a little (ok, tall…very tall) hottie!

This is one of the first shows I’ve added to my DVR to record EVERY episode.  I love it!!!

Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult

Harvesting the Heart Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult

My Review:  3 of 5 stars
Paige’s mother left her when she was only 5 years old. When she becomes a mother herself, Paige is frightened that she will be a terrible mother and that she will no longer have a life of her own.

Throughout this story, we see the troubles facing Paige and her husband, Nicholas. Nicholas is on a fast track to becoming a surgical genius and spends more and more of his time away from home. When the baby arrives, Paige is on her own to deal with the day to day trials of raising a newborn.

What bothered me most about this book is that, will Paige is flawed and makes her share of mis-steps, all of the blame seems to reside squarely on her shoulders. Nicholas, to me, seems to be a pompous ass who never even bothers trying to understand what life has been like for Paige. I also didn’t like the way Paige’s future is painted as either having to stay with her husband and child, or “run away” and be with her past.

Too many tweets, not enough blogs.

I recently installed a tool on my blog that is configured to post a daily summary of my twitter activity.  Now, looking at it, I see that I post far more frequently there than here.  Reason being, it’s easy to spout off a short statement at random times throughout the day.  However, writing an entry to my blog requires a bit more of a time commitment.  Not to mention the fact that it is something I would NEVER do from work.

The good thing about the daily twitter summaries is that I can read back through them and often that will help remind me of something that I wanted to blog about.  Then it’s just a matter of carving out a small block of time to actually do it.

I’ll have to try that.  My head is so full of random stuff that needs to be “downloaded” to make some room (for new random stuff, of course)!

Suze’s 2009 Action Plan

Suze Orman's 2009 Action Plan: Keeping Your Money Safe & Sound Suze Orman’s 2009 Action Plan: Keeping Your Money Safe & Sound by Suze Orman

My Review:  3 of 5 stars
If you’ve read any of Suze’s other books, there’s not a lot that is new here. It’s geared towards actions to take in our current economic crisis, although, the advice is pretty similar to what it would be any other time. Only here, the emphasis on having an emergency fund (8 months minimum) and paying off debts is much more crucial.

My Horizontal Life (no, not MINE)

My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler

My Review:  3 of 5 stars
I found this book to be both hilarious and depressing. It’s part independent-single woman takes charge of her sex life and part sad-pathetic-single woman looking for love in all the wrong orifices. It’s supposed to be a memoir, but at times it felt more like it was trying to force a punchline. Either way, Chelsea delivers a fun, racy, read of her sexual misadventures with this one and proves that she certainly is one of the guys.

Masturbation is a touchy subject.

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach

My Review:  4 of 5 stars
I got this as a bookray from bookcrossing and have since sent it on to the next person, but I may very well purchase a copy of my own. This is my kind of non-fiction. Never boring, filled with fascinating stories and research, and funny. More than you ever wanted to know about the science of sex…er, I mean sexual intercourse.

Harry Potter #6

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

My Review:  4 of 5 stars
I’m glad I waited as long as I did to read this. All of the spoilers and speculations I recall hearing at the time had completely slipped my mind when I finally picked up my copy to read. The characters have matured and the plot has become more complex without failing to persue the original storyline of Harry vs Voldemort. I’m looking forward to the 7th book as soon as it comes out in paperback!

My First Chuck Klosterman

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman

My Review:  2 of 5 stars
Not as good as I’d hoped it to be. There were some relatable and humorous bits and pieces, but on the whole, I just got tired of listening to this guy “talk.”

P.S. He might have squeezed a third star out of me were it not for him claiming Pamela Anderson is the modern day Marilyn Monroe. May the fleas from one thousand camels infest his crotch for such treachery!

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Not one of Picoult’s finest

Keeping Faith Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

My Review:  3 of 5 stars
While it was worth reading, this was not one of Picoult’s better books. It felt a little too after-school-special and formulaic. Her usual twisty endings felt forced and weak in this story. I still enjoyed it, but after reading some of her other works, this one left me a little disappointed and didn’t have me asking as many questions of myself afterwards.

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I miss my blog.

I know few, if any, still read this, but it has always been a great outlet for me to get things off my chest, ramble, whine, etc.  I haven’t been doing that regularly and boy can I tell!  I must think, at least once or twice per day, I need to blog about this.  But I just haven’t been making the time for it.  Along with all of the other things I haven’t been making time for.  I’ve crawled back into my proverbial shell and, whether I want to or not, I need to force myself out of it again.  Retreat is fine so long as it doesn’t become the norm.  And it has definitely become the norm.  Enough of the funk.  It’s a new year, right?

So, what has been happening lately?  I got a new puppy!  Almost 2 years after I lost Mazzy, I finally decided I was ready to share my home with another furry friend.  A friend of mine forwarded me an email from a lady who fosters dogs.  At the time, she had just rescued a pregnant dog from the pound that was scheduled to be euthanized.  I had no idea they would do that to a pregnant animal!!  The dog had had her puppies and they were now looking for homes.  One adorable little furball jumped right out of the picture at me, so I had to go meet him and his siblings.

 I mean, just look at him.  He’s sooooo cute!!  And of course, I’m a sucker for blue eyes!  There were two other puppies that looked like Rottweiler and beagle mix, one that was all black, and one that all tan.  And then there was Loki, with his blue merle coat and pretty blue eyes.  Definitely the odd man out in the litter.  The mom was a hound mix, but no clue about the daddies.  Later on, I would learn that he, most likely, is an Australian Shepherd, or Aussie, mix.

I went, on a Sunday morning to meet them and, while I was predispositioned to love Loki (or Spot as they had been calling him), I also was drawn to one of the other little cuties.  I spent about 30 minutes in this woman’s backyard, cuddling with the two puppies and trying to decide if I should take one, and if so, WHICH?  Not wanting to make a rash decision, I told her I needed to think about it and would get back with her by that evening.  I knew she had others coming to see the puppies the next day, so I wanted to make up my mind while I still had options.

I ended up going back that night.  Previously, “Spot” was a bit of a concern to me because he just kept biting and chewing everything.  I know he’s a puppy, but he was doing it faaaar more than the other puppies.  So when I went back that night, having decided I was going to take one of them, and having narrowed it down between Loki and one other, I spent more time with those two specifically.   I noticed that one of Loki’s eyes was more blue than the other.  One had started turning brown.  We played, we cuddled, they peed, etc.   And in my heart, I still just knew it had to be Loki.  It helped my decision greatly when the other started biting and chewing just as much.  So, I chose Loki.  I went back two days later to bring him home.  He was almost 7 weeks old and weighed about 9 pounds.

Fast forward to today.  He just went to the vet on Friday for his last puppy booster shots and his rabies vaccination.  At 14 weeks, he now weighs 24.8 pounds.  He’s gained 11 pounds in the past month!!  Did I mention he is going to be a BIG BOY?!  Best estimates from the vet is that he will be between 50 and 70 pounds when full grown.  Mazzy was only about 48 pounds, and what I considered to be a pretty average sized dog.  I knew Loki would be big when I got him.  I mean, his paws are HUGE! 

He’s been going to puppy school for 3 weeks now and is really smart and a quick learner, but stubborn!  He cracks me up on a daily basis though.  I have really missed Mazzy and am so happy to have a dog in my home again.

Oh, and now he only has a half-blue eye.  The other is completely black.  I really hope the blue stays!  His black patches on his back have started…expanding.  He has a long black, mixed with grey, stripe down his back now.  But still has little spots on his legs and head.  It will be interesting to see what kind of patchwork pattern he ends up with!

P.S.  Loki is the Norse god of mischief, and he is certainly living up to his name!

Books I Read in 2008

I had been keeping track of these on bookcrossing, but want to clean up my profile over there and not lose the list, so I’m putting it here for safe keeping.  😉

Books Read in 2008:
41. Me vs Me – Sarah Mlynowski
40. Life Laughs – Jenny McCarthy
39. The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy
38. Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs
37. The Good Guy – Dean Koontz
36. BOOKRING: Vanishing Acts – Jodi Picoult
35. The Night Crew – John Sandford
34. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
33. Blood Test – Jonathan Kellerman
32. She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb
31. The Darkest Evening of the Year – Dean Koontz
30. The Dead Fathers Club – Matt Haig
29. The Innocent – Harlan Coben
28. The Copper Beech – Maeve Binchy
27. Sex With the Ex – Tyne O’Connell
26. The Husband – Dean Koontz
25. The Voice of the Night – Dean Koontz, AKA Brian Coffey
24. Mercy – Jodi Picoult
23. 2nd Chance – James Patterson
22. True Believer – Nicholas Sparks
21. The Mark – Jason Pinter
20. Talk Talk – T.C. Boyle
19. How to Be Good – Nick Hornby
18. BOOKRING: The Book Thief
17. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
16. The Brooklyn Follies – Paul Auster
15. BOOKRING: Burnt Toast – Teri Hatcher
14. Hidden Prey – John Sandford
13. The Mermaid Chair – Sue Monk Kidd
12. Void Moon – Michael Connelly
11. The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night Time – Mark Haddon
10. Here On Earth – Alice Hoffman
9. A Million Little Pieces – James Frey
8. M is for Malice – Sue Grafton
7. BOOKRING: The Pact – Jodi Picoult
6. Naked Prey – John Sandford
5. Echo Park – Michael Connelly
4. The Room-mating Season – Rona Jaffe
3. Brother Odd – Dean Koontz
2. Perfect Nightmare – John Saul
1. Christine – Stephen King

Books Read in 2007
Books Read in 2006 (starting in May)

Goodreads: Me vs Me by Sarah Mlynowski

Me vs. Me Me vs. Me by Sarah Mlynowski

My Review:  3 of 5 stars
When Gabby Wolf wishes she could keep her fiance AND move to New York, she gets what she asked for in the way of living two seperate lives. Each night, she goes to sleep in one life and then wakes up in the other.

The double-life aspect of this was interesting. Like other reviewers have mentioned, I found myself loathing one Gabby and wishing she would grow a backbone. While one version of her grew, the other became more shrew-like and timid.

When the two “universes” collide, which of the Gabbys will remain? The confident, single television news producer or the engaged, jobless one who lets everyone else get their way?

I’m not telling.

Merry Christmas Eve!

Yet again, I have been ever-so-absent on my blog.  I’m heading to Beaumont today for the holidays and, since my parents finally have high-speed internet, I may actually try and blog from there.  We aren’t having Christmas until Friday since my brothers have to do their family things first.  So I should have some downtime.

Until then, if anyone actually still reads this, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy time spent with your loved ones.

One of Jenny McCarthy’s books

Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On by Jenny McCarthy

My Review – 2 of 5 stars
I’ve never been a fan of McCarthy, but received a copy via bookcrossing from a friend of mine and decided to give it a chance.

This is a very short book, filled with several very short chapters that are really each very short stories. There is no cohesiveness between chapters. Each one reads as its own anecdote.

Perhaps because I am neither married nor a mother, I wasn’t as amused by Jenny’s quips on life. It didn’t make me laugh but there were a few chuckles. And I really don’t care if Jenny has a ring-around-her-asshole.

Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Running with Scissors: A Memoir Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

My review:  3 of 5 stars
Dysfunctional doesn’t begin to describe this story. It made me laugh, as dysfunction is wont to do, but it was like reading a porn magazine in church. Horrible living conditions, inappropriate relationships, mental breakdowns, chaos. I’m sure similar situations have happened in reality, and I shouldn’t laugh. But I did. I didn’t really care about any of the characters, and I’ll forget them by tomorrow, but I was entertained for the moment.

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