Monday, December 31, 2007

The Best of the Best of the Best (2007)

Everyone, everywhere is busy accumulating "best of" lists and the "top ten" or twenty, or... You name it, there's a list associated with it. Google "Top Ten of 2007"...I dare you. I've made my own list that I'd like to share.

Here it is, my list of The Top Best Lists of the Year:
  1. Time's 50 Top 10 Lists of 2007
  2.'s Top Searches of 2007
  3. The New York Times Ten Best Books of 2007
  4. Top Ten Gadgets of the Year
  5. PGA's Top Ten Finishes of 2007
  6.'s Top Ten Out of Print Books
  7.'s Most Popular Opinions of the Year
  8. 2007's Top 10 Weirdest USB Drives
  9. AFI's Top Ten Movies of 2007
  10. Top Ten Astronomy Pictures of 2007
  11. Bore Me's Top Ten Viral Videos of 2007
  12. Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2007
  13. National Geographic's Top Ten News Stories of 2007
  14. MSNBC's Top 10 Films of 2007
  15. BBC News: Top 10 Artists of 2007
  16. Foreign Policy: The Top 10 Stories You Missed in 2007
  17. NPR Music: Best Children's CDs of 2007
  18. New York City Search: Top 10 Restaurants of 2007
  19. Fox News: Top Ten Celebrity Meltdowns
  20. Top Ten Celebrity Mug Shots of 2007
  21. Money Magazine's Best Places to Live in 2007
  22. Top Ten Funniest Quotes by Politicians in 2007
  23. American Institute of Architect's Top Ten Green Projects
  24. Top Ten Music Videos of 2007
  25. Glamour's Top Ten College Women 2007
  26. CNN Money: Best Cars of 2007
  27. PC World: The 100 Best Products of 2007
  28. US News: Best Children's Hospitals of 2007
  29. New York Post: Top 5 Trips
  30. People Magazine's Best of 2007
  31. Travel & Leisure: 2007 World's Best Awards
  32. Business Week: Best Product Design of 2007
  33. Rolling Stone's Best of 2007
  34. NPR: Best CDs of 2007
  35. Esquire Magazine's Best and Brightest of 2007
  36. Best of 2007: Surfing the Net with Kids
  37. TreeHugger's Best of 2007
  38. Library Journal's Best Books of 2007
  39. Working Mother's 100 Best Companies of 2007
  40. The 40 Best Albums of 2007
  41. Real Estate: The Best and Worst of 2007
  42. 2007 America's Best Restrooms
  43. Rotten Tomatoes: Top Movies of 2007
  44. National Geographic: Best Parks 2007
  45. ESPN's Horse Racing's Best of 2007
  46. Parents Magazine: Best Toys of 2007
  47. Best Books of 2007: Parent & Child's Top Picks
  48. AAA: Parents 2007 Best Cars for Families
  49. New York Magazine's Best Parent / Kid Activities
  50. The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books 2007
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!



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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Resolutions for Raising a Reader

Elizabeth Kennedy of Children's Books reminds us how important it is for us as parents to set a good example in order to help our children to become lifelong learners and lovers of literature.

Her resolutions can be found in full detail in her latest posting, but here is a quick outline of what she recommends for ways to get ready for a New Year of reading with our young ones:
  1. Read aloud to your children every day.
  2. Get a library card.
  3. Take your children to the library once a week.
  4. Discuss children's books with your children.
  5. Take your children to story times, author visits, and other public programs.
  6. Buy books that you know will interest your child.
  7. Create a comfortable reading space for your child.
  8. Visit the websites of favorite authors and illustrators.
  9. Once a week, cook together using a children's cookbook.
  10. Buy your children a good dictionary and use it regularly.
These are all fabulous ideas and ones that I plan to incorporate in our weekly routine. Spending time reading together is a great way to bond. My son once told me that he liked it when I read to him because I kiss the top of his head.

Today's his birthday. I have two new books to read with him and I can't wait for our trip to the library later this week so he can bring home his own discoveries from the library.

Thanks to Elizabeth for this wonderful reminder.

Four Years Young

My son turns four today. Everyone tells you - when your baby is first born - how quickly he or she will grow up, but it's not until you experience it for yourself do you truly understand how precious these early years really are.

He fell asleep on my lap on the airplane the other day. He was completely curled up in a ball and he fit quite nicely in the space between my hips and knees. I couldn't help but think of how difficult it will be in just a few years to get him to sit still long enough for me to hold him that closely.

I count my blessings each and every day. We're happy, healthy and growing to be a more hip family as the days go by. My son's pretty lucky. In fact, I tell him that every day. "Yeah, it's my lucky day," he repeats back to me and smiles.

Those who know him - and love him - are truly the lucky ones.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Hopeless Romantic

I discovered this quiz on the Psychology Today website. Here is my result:
According to your score, you are a bit of a hopeless romantic. Rose petals, poignant poetry, tall glasses of wine, touching moments, and sweet words are all loving gestures that you enjoy receiving as well as offering. Romance is fairly important to you, and likely an aspect that you consider fundamental in relationships. Keep in mind however, that problems may arise if you are with someone who really isn’t the romantic type. If you look forward to Valentine's Day to express your love and your partner doesn't even acknowledge it as a special day, you might end up feeling neglected or your efforts unappreciated. Nevertheless, even if your partner isn't as romantically inclined as you are, try to be appreciative of his/her efforts when she/he does try to woo you. Some people aren’t comfortable displaying their affection in screamingly obvious ways, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t care – they simply prefer to be more subtle.

" You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. " - Henry Drummond

" Romance is about the little things. " - Gregory J. Godeck

" Romance, like the rabbit at the dog track, is the elusive, fake, and never attained reward which, for the benefit and amusement of our masters, keeps us running and thinking in safe circles. " - Beverly Jones

" When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving oneself, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. " - Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Posh Peacock

Stationery, Gift Tags, Cool Cut Cards




Style. Color. Happiness.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Did I Forget to Mention...?

The December issue of Glamour magazine includes the article, "15 Things No One Ever Told You About Being Married." It's good to be prepared...

1. Getting married is not about the wedding.
2. You'll give up some independence.
3. Husbands can't read minds anymore than boyfriends can.
4. You won't be single anymore.
5. You never get to use the "I can't make it, I'm busy" excuse again.
6. Your husband will never take care of you the way your mom did - and vice versa.
7. The "for worse" may come sooner than you expect.
8. You get to share your strengths.
9. The honeymoon phase isn't always sweet.
10. Be prepared to fight for his support.
11. In-laws will show you a side of your husband you would never see on your own.
12. When he does the dishes, you will get turned on.
13. The silliest things will make you fall in love with him all over again.
14. Married men are sexier than single men - when they're married to you!
15. He'll love being married too.

Getting married will either be magical for you or not. Your life will change, for better or worse. Remembering and honoring the fact that you're going to be with the same person for the rest of your life is one of the major ingredients to a successful marriage. And yes, having someone holding your hand along the way, literally and physically, doesn't hurt either.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Soundtracks That Rock

Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
1. Purple Rain
2. Sleepless in Seattle
3. Forrest Gump (1994)
4. Pulp Fiction (1994)
5. The Graduate (1967)
6. Dead Presidents (1995)
7. Trainspotting (1996)
8. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
9. The Crow (1994)
10. The Big Chill (1983)
11. Rushmore (1998)
12. Natural Born Killers
13. Cruel Intentions
14. Easy Rider
15. The Break Up (2006)
16. Mermaids
17. Boogie Nights (1997)
18. Dazed and Confused (1993)
19. Almost Famous (2000)
20. The Wedding Singer (1998)
21. Top Gun (1986)
22. Magnolia
23. Reservoir Dogs
24. City of Angels
25. Twin Peaks (1992)
26. Memento
27. The Virgin Suicides
28. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
29. Tommy
30. Goodfellas (1990)
31. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
32. Pretty in Pink (1986)
33. 8 Mile (Rental)
34. Dirty Dancing
35. Ray (2004)
36. American Gigolo (1980)
37. West Side Story (1961)
38. Riding in Cars With Boys
39. Friday (1996)
40. Walk The Line

41. Laurel Canyon
42. Grease (1978)
43. Garden State
44. High Fidelity
45. Lost Highway (1997)
46. American Beauty
47. Singles (1992)
48. Meet Joe Black (1998)
49. My Life
50. Curious George