Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

Just last week an old friend (as in we’ve known each other a long time — not old like she’s actually old. I’m sure she would want me to clarify) dragged me to a concert.  I’m half excited and half embarrassed to tell you we went to the New Kids on the Block concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  Eee — I know! So I really didn’t want to go and she made me.  And I’m really glad she did.

It’s was so fun to hear all those old songs again and remember what life was like back in the 90s. haha!  I had a smile on my face the whole time. (Maybe some of that had to do with the Pinot Grigio…but I digress.)  So I wanted to take the opportunity to tell all of you how good for your soul a little trip down memory lane can be!  Whether it’s music, pictures or even clothes — remembering the past can be a blast.

Remember how much fun it was for Carrie and the girls from Sex and the City?

Hunger Games: Will the Movie Beat the Book?

By now you’ve heard of the Hunger Games I hope. It’s a trilogy that was originally written for teens but has a cult following with adults — both men and women alike.  I for one, am hooked.  So are all the women I work with.  We just can’t get enough.  I plan on seeing the movie soon but wonder if it will live up to the excitement in the book.

Here’s a list of some other books that were made into movies and my vote on which one won:

The Book Is Better

  • Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  • Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

What a Great Movie

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  • Donny Brasco by Joseph D. Pistone
  • Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (original)

I Can’t Decide — It’s a Tie

  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Kidd
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

What are some of your favorite books that have been turned into movies?

iPad App Compiles All Kinds of Lists

I found the coolest iPad app the other day.  It’s called Time Populist and it’s an amazing time killer for pop culture lovers…and I mean that in the nicest possible way.

It’s broken up into categories: movies, books, music, TV, games and you can even make your own lists!  It contains a photo view of lists like the “Top Books You Were Forced To Read in School,” or the “Top 10 Terrible TV Moms.”

You could literally spend hours flipping through all the fun lists they’ve compiled. It’s my new guilty pleasure.  I’m always giving you tips on ways to be more productive…this isn’t one of them.  I’ll admit it can be a time suck BUT having a little fun and relaxing should always have a place on your to-do list.  Happy flipping!

Lists Will Organize Your Life

I think I may have met my list-making match! Sarah Welch from GetButtonedup.com is a task master, productivity expert and organizing guru. Her site gives tools to get everything in your life in check. I’ve guest blogged for her and really admire the empire she’s built on being on top of your game!

She’s my featured list producer this month because she’s used her organizing ways to become a great success.

Q: Why do you call yourself a compulsive list producer?

A: If I don’t have a list to work from, the million-and-one to-do’s that I have buzzing around my head, make me feel dazed and confused. If I try to get through the day without a list, I lose my ability to concentrate. I feel overwhelmed because my short-term memory is trying to “remember” things on my list by endlessly looping tasks at random, which ultimately makes me feel I have more to do than I actually do. When I start the day or week with a master list (which I sync up to my calendar), I can crank through things like nobody’s business. I feel sane, productive, and never worry for a second that important things are falling through the cracks. Read more

Amanda Knox’s To-Do List

To-do ListI’m a news junkie — there I said it. Big news happens and immediately my heart starts pumping and I get that “news feeling.” Once a newsy — always a newsy. Years in a control room will do this to you. This is exactly what happened to me when the Amanda Knox verdict was read.  She was set free and cleared of murder charges. Whoa — no matter what your feeling on the case — it’s shocking.

Immediately I put myself in Amanda’s shoes — if I were being released from prison after four years…what would I want to do?  What did I miss? Who should I visit? How do you take all that in?  So I made a list of to-dos that Amanda Knox should consider:

1. Get an iPad: I tell everyone I know that it’s the thing that you don’t need but that you have to have! She should immediately download Angry Birds.

2. Get Twitter & Facebook accounts: Twitter was just a baby when Amanda Knox was first imprisoned and perhaps she had a Facebook page as a co-ed…but things have drastically changed in four years.

3. Catch up on Movies, TV & Music: Avatar, Betty White’s comeback, Michael Scott’s exit, Oprah’s farewell season, Modern Family, Mad Men, Anything on Food Network, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse.

4. Eat Foods You Can’t Get in Prison: Green tea, dark chocolate, Pop Chips (so delish,) Pinot Grigio (I had to.)

5. Update Wardrobe: Buy skinny jeans immediately. Read more