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Kiki Overthinks Every Thing
December 17, 2011
My Top Ten Everything!
Mood:  cheeky
Topic: Random Thoughts
Every year, I try to come up with the top list of the most interesting entertainment stories but everyone does that nowadays! So, I decided to come up with the top ten entertainment and pop cultural things I discovered! (Or, maybe rediscovered.) What new thing did you discover in the 2011?

1. I rediscovered my lust for men with accents especially those from the United Kingdom and their territories and commonwealths. 

a.  Representing Ireland: Colin Farrell after seeing a very well done remake of Fright Night.

b. Representing Australia: Hugh Jackman after seeing the surprisingly entertainingReal Steel and his even better one man show--Hugh Jackman: Back On Broadway.

c. Representing Ireland via Germany: Indie-film hottie, Michael Fassbender, who starred in no less than four films in 2011. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve seen 3 out of 4 with plans to see A Dangerous Method before 2012. (Speaking of shame, you must see Michael Fassbender as a tightly-wound sex addict in Shame--a role for which he was recently nominated for a Golden Globe. I smell Oscar-nod.)


d. Honorable mentions goes to the two Scots--Ewen McGregor (for Beginners) and James McAvoy (X-Men First Class).

2. I have to thank the supreme writing talents of one Ms. Edwidge Danticat for helping me to rediscover the wonderful escapism of romance novels and the Harlequin brand. Ms. Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory was so beautiful, haunting and painful that it reopened some personal wounds that I am still exploring in therapy ten months later. I also realized that any other capital L literature would only pale in comparison so I decided to go the genre I knew would always make me feel good--romance. (I got so entrenched in the genre that I went to the Romance Writers of America’s Librarian Day conference in New York this past year.)

3. I discovered that African-American romance novels are not like what I thought they would be. (Yes, the librarian was judging books by the their covers. lol.) I have to thankGwyneth Bolton, who wrote the hot and dramatic Kimani Romance (a Harlequin imprint)Sizzling Seduction (which is about a fireman trying to woo the heart of a bitter divorcee). When I met her at a 2011 Book Expo of America book signing, all I could stutter was “fireman hot” like a super fan girl.

4. I discovered the next hot and sexy Young Adult paranormal romance trend is Angels/Demons after reading Personal Demons. A hot angel and a super demon fight for the soul of a corrupted-Catholic girl named Mary. Talk about your love triangles. Take that Bella, Jacob and Edward. 

5. I discovered blogs about books and romance novels that were well-written, funny, insightful and relevant. My favorites are Smart Bitches Trashy Books and Heartbreakers and Heroes.

6. I discovered that I like technology. I won an iPad 2 and a Clarisonic Plus. The iPad has made surfing the net and personal organization fun for me. Each day I discover a new trick that it can do. The Clarisonic Plus has transformed my skin! I use it only about two times a week, but after a month I saw a difference. My face felt smoother; looked less dull; and my pores appear smaller. The netbook I received as a Mother’s Day gift is like having a personal diary. I whip it out and bang out a story whenever I want. 

7. And speaking of writing, I've rediscovered my joy of writing. So far, I've written an erotic short story and a few poems. I also have another short story in progress. I might have to pull out my romance writers’ phrase guide book to help me with that one. Wink

8. I have been listening to the podcasts of Adam Carolla, Kevin Smith and Larry Miller for a little over a year but it was really this year when I discovered that I can’t go a day without listening to one of Adam’s trademark rants. Why? Because he makes so much damn sense! He yells, complains, and theorises about the same things I want to rant about it to a public audience. 
9. I discovered the TV show Breaking Bad. My husband has watched it from the beginning, but I’ve only started watching with this past season. I’d sit on the arm of the couch next my husband like a bird on a hippo’s back, and quietly absorbed the brilliant intensity of that show. After each episode, I would turn to my husband and whisper “Wow, that was intense.” He would just nod and say “That wasn’t even the illest part.”

10. Thanks to the drug store beauty blog, Nouveau Cheap, I discovered some of the best lip gloss around. It’s Jordana’s EasyShine Glossy Lip Color. For only $1.99, I was able to get rich, high impact, and sexy color. What more could a girl ask for?
Next week, 5 things that I forgot to add to this list.

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Updated: December 18, 2011 12:21 AM EST
December 30, 2010
Promises, Promises
Now Playing: My 2011 New Year's Resolutions
Topic: Random Thoughts

As the year comes to an end and the second decade of the 21st century begins, I decided to come up with my 2011 list of goals. I'm going to go with the word "goals" because resolutions seems too restrictive. Goals are fluid. Cool


Find a new church/spiritual home closer to my house that is inclusive--one part Christian and one part Unitarian Univeralist.

Buy more fresh cabbage because I like eating cabbage, and I'm good at cooking it.

I want to eat better--more vegetables, less cola.

Find an indoor exercise to do Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday mornings until it gets warmer and I can start walking outside again.

To remember to take my daily multivitamin every day.

To yell less at my children.

To get my hair cut professionally more often. (I got a hair cut about 2 weeks ago, and I've been getting lots of compliments. Holla!)



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December 29, 2010
Just A Few Of My Favorite Things
Topic: Random Thoughts

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October 6, 2010
Maintaining Your Status from the Great Hereafter!!
Mood:  mischievious
Now Playing: Otrib, an online funeral planning/memorial site
Topic: Random Thoughts

Now folks, I've heard of everything. But when BzzAgent sent me an introduction to try out the new Facebook app, Otrib, my jaw hit the ground. It was too surreal for me not to sign up. Besides allowing you to honor a loved one's life and help plan and manage your final arrangements on the internet and off, Otrib will help you create a "virtual will." In other words, name someone the executor of Twitter, Facebook, blog and other online presences when you die. They will be responsible for closing or continuing the account.


In my honest opinion, when I die, my Facebook account will not be "carrying on" without me. However, who will remember to closeout my accuont in the middle of mourning me? Although the application requires too much access to my Facebook account for my maintaining my privacy levels, I do see how it could be a good service. If you take a look at it or sign up, please tell me what you think.

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August 22, 2010
I Created a Fall Clothing Database
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: How I Spent My Vacation
Topic: Random Thoughts

My Fall Clothing Wardrobe.


Look who figured out how to use Excel! 




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July 19, 2010
Libraries are cool
Now Playing: Brigham Young University Library Commercial
Topic: Random Thoughts

As a librarian and a fan of the Old Spice commericals, this parody commercial floored me. Enjoy.



Brigham Young University / BYU - New Spice | Study like a scholar, scholar

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