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The Weekly Read: No One Cares What You Had for Lunch – 100 Ideas for Your Blog by: Margaret Mason
I thought this book was great for ideas.  Check out my review on my Goodreads page.

The Weekly Music: Keith Urban – Only You Can Love Me This Way
Keith was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week and played the song.  I thought it was lovely.

The Weekly Movies: Jury Duty – One of my favorite old Pauly Shore movies.  I love his little sidekick dog named Peanut.  I also like Sean Whalen who plays Carl Wayne Bishop in the movie.  He’s got such a creepy look to him….

I also watched Enchanted staring Amy Adams & Patrick Dempsey.  I thought it was a really cute movie.  Though I felt bad for the poor little chipmunk Pip who kept trying to warn Giselle throughout the movie.

The Weekly Time Waster: Michael & I went to the Times Union Job Fair.  They have it a few times though-out the year at a local hotel.  We’re disappointed with it every-time we go, yet we continue to go each time they have it.  Out of about 80 companies that were represented I gave out 1 resume.  You find companies that say “Here’s our web address, go there to apply” (Why do they pay the astronomical $$ to rent the booth to say this) or companies looking for very specialized positions such as Doctors and RN’s.  Then there are the financial services companies that want you to sell investment products and insurance.  We avoid those like the plague.  There was a bank that’s always been there in the past I wanted to introduce Michael to, but of course they weren’t there.  I gave my one resume to a bank in case you were wondering.  (When I gave it to him, he told me to go online and apply)

The Weekly Downer: Watching people I call friends behave like children because they weren’t happy with election results.  No politician is perfect.  We’re adults.  We can agree to disagree without it turning into a blow out.

The Weekly Special Mention: Goes out to my newish friend Ellie – Kudos to you for being able to discuss a hot button political issue like an adult.  Not sure I agree with you, but we can agree to disagree.  🙂  I am trying to learn more about the details of the issue we discussed.

The Weekly Worst Piece of Crap on TV: The Bachelor – What a bunch of needy pathetic women.

The Weekly Tea: The Whistling Kettle’s Strawberry Pepper tea

The Weekly Food: Chicken, Bacon, Roasted Red Pepper Crepe from The Whistling Kettle in Ballston Spa, NY

The Weekly Amazing Fact: New York City has 722 miles of subway track.

The Weekly Birthdays: Mark Rogers, Meghan Sharp, Dan Boyd, Melissa Lane & Ryan McCann

The Weekly No-Shit Moment: Holy Schnike’s Trader Joe’s Wasabi Mayo is HOT!!! Though I might have to try their Wasabi Sliders Recipe….

The Weekly Concert: Joshua Radin & Cavo at The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square – NYC
What a great time!!!  I’m going to tell you more about our trip next week, so stay tuned 😉

The Weekly Activity: Coming up with blog ideas.  It’s not nearly as easy as I thought it would be….

The Weekly Shoes: For half of the week it was my slippers.  Is it weird that I really like slippers that have leather bottoms?  I like them because I tend to trip on carpets with rubber soled ones….
For our trip to NYC I wore my high heeled black boots which usually aren’t a problem.  I don’t think the boots were the problem, but I think my Extra thick Thorlo running socks were.  I got a blister.  Boo!!

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: Joshua Radin Greeblemonkey and Barbara Walters

The Weekly Charity I’m pimping: My friend Maureen is running a marathon for The Arthritis Foundation.  You can donate to Mo HERE

Weekly Grand Totals:
Number of Trivia Games I won:
3
Number of NYC Blocks Hiked: Felt like thousands, realistically it was about 50 or 60
Number of Pandora items purchased: 2
Average gratuity that was added to our food bills: 19%
Number of cool new people we met in NYC: 2
Number of Jets fans we saw: 100’s
Number of chocolate stores we went to in NYC: 3
Number of batteries Michael went through in his Blackberry Storm on our NYC Trip: 2
Amount of battery I used in my HTC Touch Pro 2 on our NYC Trip: 60%

The Weekly Hypothetical: If you could meet your favorite musician of all time (alive or dead) what would you say to them?  (Also tell me who it is)

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: Did you subscribe to this blog yet?  If not, why not?  What are you waiting for?  The box is in the upper right 😉

Isabella was very happy when we came home 🙂

Isabella with her baby puppy 🙂

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Last year I read a blog that mentioned the blogger’s favorite websites.  I figured why hoard them when I can share them with you!  Here’s a compilation of some of my favorites.  Over time I hope to add to it.  I want to know what some of your favorite websites are too!  Comment away!!

Facebook
If you don’t know what Facebook is I’m guessing you live under a rock and don’t have a computer.  If that’s the case, you’re not reading this….   Have I lost it?  I’m talking to an invisible person….
While you’re over there check out the new page I made Rose’s Recipe Group.  Moving on >>>

MySpace
You won’t find me there quite so often, but I still visit on occasion to check out the blogs.  KTPP, Namaste Theorist, The Dish From The Spoon and The Carcass Cadaver are some of my favorites 🙂

Twitter
Now I’ll start explaining the sites better.  Twitter is basically a status update about what you’re up to.  What are you reading, what are you watching, who’s annoying you at work, what you’re making for dinner – basically anything you want to tell your followers.  The catch?  You only have 140 characters to get your point across.
Some of my favorite people to follow are:
Albany-ish: Michael Henry, Kristi Gustafson, Andrew BaderaEllie, Jerry, Dom, Emily, Albany Kelly, Cute Ella, Swilly, John Jordan, Cassie Cramer, Terri Rossi Albany/Saratoga Realtor, Tweet Up Albany This is our local Tweetup Group!!, Marcus Molinaro – NYS Assemblyman I went to high school with, Meg Sharp, Bill Swallow
Non Local Cool Peeps: Lone Pine Photo Great Photographer in GA, St. Simon’s Elopments If you want a beautiful place to get married, contact Miss. Carla, Shit My Dad Says HILARIOUS!!, In Tune Guitar Picks Michael’s cousin & her husband manufacture guitar picks – cool huh?, Chris Cactus – great blogger
Celebrities: Megan Ward Kate from General Hospital, Scott Reeves Steven Webber on General Hospital, Logan Neitzel runner up on Project Runway, Carol Hannah Whitfield runner up on Project Runway, Alyssa Milano from Who’s the Boss?  and Charmed, Katey Segal from Son’s of Anarchy – AKA Peg Bundy from Married with Children, Carolyn Hennesey Diane from General Hospital – Also on CougarTown, Sutter Ink Creator of Son’s of Anarchy, Sarah Joy Brown was Claudia on General Hospital, Nancy Lee Grahn Alexis on General Hospital, Derk Cheetwood Max on General Hospital, Nia Vardalos from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Peter Facinelli Carlisle Cullen from the Twilight series – Also was on Fast Lane

WordPress
Obviously I spend time here everyday.  So read my blog, subscribe to my blog, comment on my blog….  And while you’re over there check out Michael’s blog The World Through My Lens, Courtney’s Blog Cute~Ella is Bold, and Cassie’s Blog No Day But Today.  There is one other blogger that really amuses me.  Check out Rude Cactus.

Goodreads
I like to read, though I don’t do it as much as I’d like.  Once I discovered this site it became a place to keep track of what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what I want to read.  Check it out.  I enjoying seeing what books my friends like and don’t like.  I won’t waste my time on a book my friends hated….

Paperback Swap
I don’t know about you, but I hate spending so much money on books.  Paperback Swap is an online community book exchange.  You pay to ship people your books, they pay to ship their books to you.  You earn credits for every book you’ve mailed and can use those credits to request other books.  The only criteria I’ve learned to ask on this site is if the book is from a smoke free environment.

Meetup
Meetup is a great site to get to know people with similar interests.  Awesome for someone who has moved to a new city and/or wants to make friends.  You can join groups all over the country.  If you’re in the Capital Region some of my favorite groups are No Destination which is a motorcycle group, The Capital Region Photography Meetup Group which is Michael’s photography group, and Fun, Fearless Females which is a woman’s group.

Pandora Radio
Panora is a great online radio site.  Basically you search for an artist you like and it will play you music from that artist and other artists they think are similar that you may like also.  It’s a nice way to get introduced to new music.

IMDB: Internet Movie Database
This site is great to research movies, or search for movies based on an actor or actress you like.

Wikipedia
You can research almost anyone or anything on this website.  It isn’t always 100% accurate because content can be updated and changed by the public.  Usually it’s pretty good though for a fast answer.

LaDorkas – National Multiple Sclerosis Walk
These women are incredible and walking for a good cause.
Please donate whatever you can.  They have a hefty goal.
Every dollar gets them closer to a cure for MS.

Brooks BBQ
If you live in NY, then there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Brooks House of BBQ.  They come to many churches and schools in Upstate, NY for fundraisers.  That’s how we discovered them.  We eventually visited their restaurant in Oneonta, NY and we enjoyed it quite a bit.  On their website at the bottom you can click on BBQ Events to view their catering calendar.

Other sites I enjoy for shopping
:
Adagio Teas – Loose tea and teapots, etc.
Deals Plus+ – coupons and deals to over 15,000 stores you like to shop at – Best Buy, JoAnn’s, Michael’s, etc.
eBay – online auction site
Half – online bookstore – powered by eBay
New York & Co. – Women’s clothing
Pandora Jewelry – Charm Bracelets
Teavana – Loose tea and teapots, etc.

What are some of your favorite websites to visit?
Comment away!

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The Weekly Read: I have read TONS of websites about my new phone.  I still haven’t found the apps that I really want though.  I got an app for Facebook and Twitter, but I don’t really like either of them, so I’m hoping I can find a different app for each.  I’m also searching for a good one for eBay.  So if any of you have the Verizon HTC Touch Pro2

The Weekly Music: While searching for apps I also found a whole pile of ringtones….  The one I settled on for my main ringtone is the Beverly Hills Cop Theme

The Weekly Movie: I went to see NINE and I blogged about it.

The Weekly Time Waster: Nintendo DS Game – Personal Math Trainer

The Weekly Downer: The weather!  Will we get above 30 degrees fahrenheit this week?

The Weekly Worst Piece of Crap on TV: The Bachelor – Why do women agree to go on shows like this?  They usually come out looking like bitches or whores.  I watched about 5 minutes.  Some had pretty dresses.  As soon as I heard one that said “I’ve never even kissed a man other than my ex-husband” I knew I had enough.  Come on, you’ve only been with one man and now you’re going on national television to find a spouse?  Seriously?

The Weekly Schadenfreude: Someone I know left a mutual friend a comment in a public place today.  She basically said if he wanted to see her topless all he had to do was ask.  Why do people use public forums to advertise the fact that they have absolutely no class?  If I ever wondered (which I really didn’t) she erased all doubt….

The Weekly Beverage: LIPTON Sweetened Lemon Iced Tea – the kind made with the powder mix.  I hadn’t bought a tub of it in years.  I forgot how yummy it was 🙂

The Weekly Tea: I ordered some teas from a company called Adagio Teas I mixed their Chocolate Tea with their Raspberry Tea.  It wasn’t a bad combination, but most likely won’t go down in history as one of my favorites.  I bought 6 kinds of tea from them, so I have 4 more to sample over the coming weeks.

The Weekly Food: We went to Boston Market tonight.  After all these years it’s still one of my favorite fast food joints to frequent….

The Weekly Amazing Fact: If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

The Weekly Birthday: 2 of my best friends have birthdays this week.  Kelly’s is the 8th and Eva’s is the 9th.  I love them both TONS!!  Happy Birthday ladies 🙂

The Weekly Activity: This week it was blogging.  Being out of work it’s nice to have a “responsibility” that I try to be consistent with on a daily basis, though I doubt we’ll really blog on the weekends….

The Weekly Shoes: My new boots that Michael got me for Christmas.  Do you know how difficult it is to find a pair of leather boots (none of that synthetic stuff) with a rubber sole or at least some traction on the bottom?  For under $75.  The answer?  Pretty much impossible.  We went all over the place.  I finally caved in and got a “man made upper” but it’s got a rubber sole.  They probably won’t hold up, but at least they were reasonably priced….

Weekly Grand Totals:
Number of days I didn’t leave the house: 4
Number of people who had headaches: 2
(and we think Bella had a sympathy headache along with us)

The Weekly Hypothetical: If you could star in a movie that’s already out there in the theaters or on DVD, which one would you choose?

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A fellow blogger I follow named Chris writes a blog called “The Weeklies” every Friday.
It’s basically a wrap up of his week.
I haven’t gotten his permission to post his link on here yet, but hopefully in the future.
This is my weekly list for the week ending January 1, 2010.
I wish I had thought to do this starting the first Friday so I’m backtracking a bit and am going to post another one as well for this week.  Sorry if that’s confusing….

The Weekly Read: I’ve been reading after Christmas Sale fliers

The Weekly Music: That Beyonce song Single Ladies.  We went to see Alvin & The Chipmunk’s – The Squeakquel and the Chipette’s sang it….

The Weekly Movie: Alvin & The Chipmunk’s – The Squeakquel – What a cute movie!  I think I almost liked it as much as the first one.  I LOVE Theodore!!

The Weekly Schadenfreude: What is a Schadenfreude you might ask?
scha·den·freu·de
Pronunciation: \ˈshä-dən-ˌfrȯi-də\
Function: noun Usage: often capitalized
Etymology: German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy
Date: 1895:
enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others

The Weekly Tea: Teavana’s Peach Cran-Tango

The Weekly Food: My yummy Italian Goulash – Rigatoni topped with crushed tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, ground beef and garlic powder along with Italian seasonings.

The Weekly Craft: I got a big pile of yarn for Christmas so I’ve been crocheting….

The Weekly Shoes: Slippers!  I got 2 pair for Christmas

The Weekly Hypothetical: If you could do one thing to make your holidays easier that doesn’t involve finances, what would it be?

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: What Christmas gift did you want as a kid that you never received?

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NINE

I went out with the Fun Fearless Females meetup group tonight to see the movie NINE.

Here is the IMDB Plot Summary:
Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With only a week left before shooting begins, he desperately searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, his muse, and his mother. As his chaotic profession steadily destroys his personal life, Guido must find a balance between creating art and succumbing to its obsessive demands.

Here’s my take on the movie.  If you enjoy movies like The Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge you’ll most likely enjoy this movie and the way it was filmed.  I think Daniel Day-Lewis did a good job as Guido Contini.  The movie was easy to follow and uncomplicated.  I loved the locations in the movie.  As Emily mentioned on Twitter – this movie made me want to go back to Italy.  The movie had an all star cast.  In addition to Daniel Day-Lewis, the movie also stared Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Sophia Loren, and Fergie.  The costumes were incredible!  I think my favorite was the gown that Nicole Kidman wore in the movie.  I loved the back of it.  Very beautiful couture!  (I just searched online for about half an hour for a picture of the back of it, but I can’t find one….)  All in all it looks like they had fun filming this movies.  I’m not saying it didn’t have it’s serious moments (it did) but many of the performance scenes looked like they were enjoying themselves.  ESPECIALLY Kate Hudson.

Other observations about the movie.
Marion Cotillard – She’s a gorgeous woman who’s been in many films, yet I’ve never heard of her.
Penelope Cruz – Damn that woman if flexible!
Nicole Kidman – I loved her voice in Moulin Rouge and I loved it in NINE as well.
Judi Dench – What can I say about the Dame – she’s so classy and dignified.  I love her!
Kate Hudson – Lovely as usual.  Her character was flirty and damn can she strut her stuff!
Sophia Loren – Still doing it well.  I hope I look that good when I’m her age!  (73)
Fergie – She didn’t look as pretty in this movie as she normally is.  I’m not sure why they did that….

If you saw this movie what did you think?  I enjoyed it but I know there are many people out there who didn’t.
It’s okay to wait for it to come out on DVD if you’re on the fence.

If you haven’t seen this movie, what movies have you seen lately that you thought were good?
In the theater or on DVD – either is okay.

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