Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hallie, who joined a new decade yesterday, does a bit on Wednesdays called "Is it just me...." where we post what we are really thinking. You know how you wonder if there is anyone else in the world who thinks like you? This is your chance to find out. Make sure you pop over and see what thoughts Hallie and everyone else are wondering about this week.

Is it just me or is the crock pot (slow cooker) an amazing gizmo that is really under-appreciated? Seriously, I do about 5 minutes of prep, throw it in my crock pot and come home to a great smelling house and a dinner ready to serve. Recent items in my crock pot have been Black Bean Chili, Pulled Chicken, Beef Stew, meat loaf with cheesy potatoes and "roast" chicken. Chicken today means chicken noodle soup later in the week! Yummy. Note to self - do not feed dog the leftover Black Bean Chili next time. She loved it but got her revenge for days by stinking up the house. (Wrinkles nose).

Is it just me or does everyone put together a "Vacation Notebook"? I put in everything we need for the vacation. It has a zippered pencil case for important papers like the passports (so I don't make the mistake of taking the title to the motorcycle instead of my son's birth certificate again), edocuments (cruise tickets or hotel reservations, etc.), maps, print outs of attractions we might want to do (with addresses, phone numbers, hours, etc.) and maps. I am 99% done with the notebook for the next vacation. Just hope I don't forget it somewhere. Did that one time. Whoops. Luckily, we figured it out pretty soon and drove back and picked it up. Phew.

Is it just me or are you all SICK, SICK, SICK of reading or hearing anything about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie? I don't care if they are together or apart or dating monkeys in Africa. I simply do not give a darn. It is to the point where I would hesitate to even watch either of them in a movie. Enough already.

Is it just me or does it drive you nuts when they make a book into a movie and change it pretty significantly? I remember when I was a young teen being obsessed with "The Other Side of the Mountain" book about an Olympic quality skier who was paralyzed in a skiing accident. I could barely wait for the movie to come out. I was so disappointed because so much had changed from the book. It seemed like the only thing that was the same was that the main character was Jill Kinmont and she got hurt. To this day, I usually hate the movies when I have read the book first. A few weeks ago, I went to see "The Blind Side" which is based on the true life story of Michael Oher and I really enjoyed it. I decided to read the book to get the "rest of the story". I am stunned, to say the least, that the movie was extremely accurate. A few things were done in a different order and they made it seem like he was clueless about football but a high percentage was accurate. Even the scenes that I thought "yeah, this was just for the movie because it is so funny" were accurate. If you haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend it. The book is good also. It does include information on the evolution of the NFL which was much more interesting than I expected.

Is it just me or are you looking for book recommendations for your up-coming vacation? Oh, that is just me? Once again, I am looking to load up the Kindle before I head out to sea. Last August, y'all did such a good job and I can't wait to hear about what good books you have been reading!

Here's to Hallie - who certainly doesn't look 40!
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  1. Is it just me, or am I the only one who is now trying to get to work 15 minutes early so she can check a couple of blogs before the work carnage ensues?

    As far as your vacation is concerned, I would rather recommend that you take me with you, but in lieu of that, I will put these up for consideration:

    The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry. Totally different than what I usually read, but I was transfixed.

    A series by Larsson (I've forgotten his first name): The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, and (I think) The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. I haven't finished them all, but the first one was awesome, and the second one is shaping up to be good, too.

    This one is on my list to read, and I've heard wonderful things about it: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick.

    Alex just read The Hunger Games, which may be a series, and thought it was terrific. Brandon is reading it now, and then it will be my turn.

    Of course there are new James Pattersons to read: I, Alex Cross and Worst Case...and Stuart Woods always makes for fun vacation reading.

    Let's get together - and while you're at it, let me know what you're reading so I can put it on my list!

  2. I have never made a vacation notebook. That would require forethought and organization.

    I do, however, remember The Other Side of the Mountain! Goodness! I haven't thought about that one in years. How I loved it!

  3. I left you some sunshine on my blog....go check it out.

  4. I read the book, "The Notebook" then passed it along to both my daughters for them to read...then the three of us went to see the movie...we laughed through the entire film. Not anywhere near as good as the book. What added to our chuckling was listening to the sniffles of those who obviously had not read the book...which I did sniffle through!

    I too am boycotting all that has to do w/Brangelina. Tired of them. It's that simple.

    Love. My. Kindle! especially love free books!

    Warm wishes to Hallie as she turns 40! Turning 30 was traumatizing-my oldest daughter was 11 (full blown pre-teen) and I knew I was no longer a 'young mother'. Loved turning 40-celebrated with a huge party with all girls dressed in black with me, while I wore a long black gown and a shroud-loved it. 50 was just another decade...I look at it as my half-way mark...great memories behind me, and so many great new memories before me!
    Life is good!

  5. Let's eliminate all Brad, Angelina AND Jennifer Aniston magazine covers...they even had one recently - 'Jen: Five Years After Brad' - for goodness' sakes, she should be over him after that long!

    Why do folks wanna read about them?

  6. I have never done a real vacation, much less a vacation notebook! Sounds like I need to get with the times and do a vacation!
    Mary Ellen already said the books I have read "about" I am getting my kindle today and those are on the list of books I wish for...YAY! kindle...they should give you a commission, it was your thoughts on your kindle that tipped the scales for me buying one. (That and I got my income tax return!)
    I agree with June Freaking Cleaver. Let's just get rid of them all. I have enough to worry about in my own life, I don't need to know who's with who and who broke up with who. Or is it whom?
    Hip hip Hooray for the crock pot. Nothing better than coming home to a great smelling dinner.

  7. well, as I've never done a vacation I wouldn't know...but that folder sounds like a FABULOUS idea!!

    so, is it just me or does the INSTANT you give up chocolate there seem to be free chocolate floating all around you following you saying "try me,...try me..."????
    just wondering.

  8. Would you mind emailing me your chicken crock pot recipes that you guys enjoy? I would love some good, quick and easy recipes!