Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Blogs to books....

Has anyone noticed all the bloggers who are getting book deals? You just write the stupid things that go through your mind and- BOOM! You get a book. How cool is that?

I went on a rant the other day about that new dog food that you refrigerate and then cook for your dog...now I love Bella and Annabelle but I am not fixing them a whole separate meal. I hate to cook people food so why would I offer to cook for my pets. I am already a little creeped out that Little Cesar looks so much like people food and I picked up some doggy ice cream once but then I felt a little foolish...goodness people are starving and I just dropped enough coin to buy both dogs a Double Stack!---- This could be chapter 1.

There was also the night I walked the dogs for 30 minutes because the cops were at my neighbor's house for a domestic complaint and I wanted to see who was going to jail.  It took me a few minutes to get Jim to hush so I could hear better. Boy, I thought I knew all of the cuss words, but I was wrong...you can combine them in different ways to give them more zing!  So spying on the neighbors would be chapter 2 (and I could spell out all the bad words in the book). ---Maybe I should cook for my dogs they sure do provide we with a lot of cover.

Books from Bloggers:
Make it fast, cook it slow by Stephanie O'Dea (http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/)
Stephanie makes a resolution to use her crock pot everyday for  1 year... a whole year!

Living Oprah : my one-year experiment to walk the walk of the queen of talk by Robyn Okrant  (http://www.livingoprah.com/2009/06/healthy-wealthy-and-wise.html)
Robyn decides to follow Oprah's advice for an entire year to see if it made a difference.

Straight up and dirty by Stephanie Klein (http://stephanieklein.com/)
Adventures in dating after divorce.

My Fair Lazy: one reality television addict's attempt to discover if not being a dumb ass is the new black, or a culture-up manifesto by Jen Lancaster (http://www.jennsylvania.com/)
Jen gets some culture...you will laugh until you cry!

Julie and Julia: my year of cooking dangerously by Julie Powell (http://blogs.salon.com/0001399/2002/08/25.html)
365 days. 536 recipes. One year of cooking with Julia.

Can you get hooked on lip balm? : top cosmetic scientists answer your questions about the lotions, potions, and other beauty products you use every day by Perry Romanowski and the creators of TheBeautyBrains.Com (http://thebeautybrains.com/)
Based on the blog at TheBeautyBrains.com.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I (heart) Brick Heck....

So you know "The Middle" is my favorite show...I love Brick so much and I am not even trying to hide it. He just loves books. Heck (Ha Ha), books are his best friend.

So I am going to share with you some of my favorite Brickisms:

"Swimming's no fun without a book." - Brick Heck

"It's really hard to find clothes with a book theme." - Brick Heck

"Grandma, I gotta go. A librarian just walked in." - Brick Heck

"So there's not beautiful singles in my area dying to meet me?
I have to update my blog." - Brick Heck

"They're denying me books. No one's taken me to the library in two days." - Brick Heck

"Can one of you take me to the library? I feel like reading about Peru." - Brick Heck

"Cool! A manual. And it's in German, Japanese and French!" - Brick Heck

Mike Heck to Brick: Seriously, Brick, you read a hundred books a day. Can't one of them be about sports?"

Frankie Heck to Brick:
"Brick, I got your favorites. Books and waffles."

Facebook...one more thing I have to keep up with!


Winston and Atticus plotting

So I have finally joined Facebook. I have dreaded this moment and hoped the Facebook fad would pass. I made it through the MySpace faze. I am not computer illiterate - I text and all of the other stuff to stay in touch so do I really NEED the services of a social networking site?

Well, the children have Facebook pages, Jim has a Facebook page...I was really getting afraid that my guinea pig, Winston Churchhill or my satan kitty, Atticus Finch would have a Facebook page before I did! I swear they were whispering about something the other night.

So, yesterday in a moment of weakness I made my page...yeah! Now I have not had time to trick it out and add pics and stuff but I am on Facebook.

Please come be my friend...I am so afraid this will end up like middle school again and I will be in cyber space-- friendless, alone, abandoned.


Anywho...my page is http://www.facebook.com/rondatoddbain. Come and be my Facebook friend.

Books about social networking

The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone)Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale by Susan Maushart
Mom goes crazy and puts her family on a six month hiatus from technology (no cellphones, iPods, PCs, laptops, game stations, or television).

Facebook: The Missing Manual by Emily A. Vander Veer
Here are 5 tips before you go on Facebook----

1. Never check the "Remember me" box when logging onto the site. (Doing so puts your account at unnecessary risk and saves you very little time or effort.)
2. When you register for the site, use your actual birthday so that your friends will get an automatic heads-up a few days before the Big Day (all the better to fete you with).
3. Never add compromising photos or info to your Facebook profile; bosses, teachers, hiring managers, and others can use legitimate means to see your profile *even if* you think you've adjusted your privacy settings to prevent them.
4. If you're on Facebook to find a gig (or a date), be sure to sprinkle keywords liberally in your profile descriptions. Doing so ups the odds of your appearing in other members' searches.
5. Before you fill out your profile, first head to the main menu and click the "privacy" link (little-p) and follow the steps in Chapter 12 of the book to customize who gets to see how much of your personal information.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Out of my comfort zone....

Ok so I hear it is good to step out of you comfort zone sometimes. You know try something different...go to a different restaurant for lunch, dye your hair a different color, read a different kind of book. So I tried a few boy books and a really depressing girl book to see if it made any difference in my outlook point of view...whatever. Well, I did discover a few things....I like chick lit and books by people who have blogs, and books about girls who get divorced only to realize they are better off (and then find a really great guy). I like the Pretty Little Liars series and Sue Grafton and Jennifer Weiner. What is so wrong with choosing a book because it has shoes on the cover? I mean it is called your "comfort zone" for a reason. So I will just staying in mine....ohhh and I like books with desserts on the cover too.

Sleepwalking in Daylight by Elizabeth Flock
Elizabeth Flock brings you face to face with dysfunction in Sleepwalking in Daylight. Cammy is the adopted child of Samantha and Bob. Bob is unhappy. Sam is unhappy and having an affair. Cam is unhappy and doing drugs. As Sam contemplates her affair Cam finds out about her birth mother. It ends tragedy. I think I just kept going because I was so grateful it was not my pumpkin doing drugs in the library parking lot.

Songs for the Missing by Stuart O'Nan
I really struggled with my decision to read this book. 18-year-old Kim disappears on her way to work one afternoon. This book makes you wonder.... is a family still a family if one member is gone? Can things ever be "normal" again? How do you go home when your child is out there somewhere? As he did in The Good Wife, O'Nan puts you in the shoes of people you hope you will never become.

Obedience by Will Lavender
A group of college students have an interesting assignment; given a set of clues they must find a missing girl by the end of term or she will be murdered. The students start wondering is "Polly" is real and is the shady professor hiding something? The story moves at a breakneck pace to a shocking conclusion.

Safer by Sean Doolittle
Paul and Sara move into their new house and are the victims of a break in the very first night. They become part of the neighborhood watch group and befriend the leader, Roger. Paul soon discovers that Roger is conducting secret surveillance of the neighborhood and questions him. Now Roger will do ANYTHING to make Paul go away.