October 2009 Archives

Daily Distraction

A Remake of The Shining Just in Time for Halloween

By Bob on October 27, 2009 6:01 AM | Read More

Trust me, this will have you thinking about The Shining in a whole 'nother way.


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Out of the Closet

Rowenta Steamer

By Charlotte on October 22, 2009 10:13 AM | Read More

Growing up, my mother paid me ten cents a shirt and five cents a pillowcase to iron.  (Yes, rates have really gone up since 60s!)

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop

By Bob on October 21, 2009 6:15 AM | Read More

I have a confession to make. In my college years I actually worked in one of the largest malls in Texas. It's not something I'm proud of, but it did leave me with a yearning to see Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

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Sunset / Sunrise by The Dutchess and the Duke

By Cole on October 21, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

"Literal" may not be the first adjective to spring up when listening to folk-rock duo The Dutchess and the Duke's new album Sunset / Sunrise.

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Daily Distraction

Imagine Jurassic Park Directed by Jerry Lewis

By Bob on October 20, 2009 6:17 AM | Read More

If you found Jurassic Park just a little too scary, this video will let you have your revenge.  All I can say is HEY! 

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Daily Distraction

Ricky Bobby Gets Down With The Big Guy

By Bob on October 13, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

Our friends at The Daily Beast came across this clip from Will Ferrell's classic "Talladega Nights" and it gave me the best laugh of the day.  As any Boomer guy will tell you, Talladega Nights is no "Caddyshack" when it comes to quotable dialog, but this scene shows why it's a close second. 

So, click on the video and watch Ricky Bobby say grace.  Maybe you can decide which version of the deity you like best.  Me, I'm going with John C. Reilly on this one.  You just can't beat an eagle-winged deity singing Free Bird...

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Here's the Dish

Pumpkin Bread

By Charlotte on October 12, 2009 4:37 PM | Read More

Laced with four savory spices, this moist, fall-favorite is perfect for celebrating the season.  Plan to share with friends because one small can of pumpkin makes three, luscious loaves.

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New in Town

By Bob on October 5, 2009 1:52 PM | Read More

There isn't anything "new" about New in Town.  That's its fatal charm and fatal flaw.

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Don't Try This At Home

The Sandwich Generation is Baloney

By Bob on October 5, 2009 8:16 AM | Read More

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My mother was admitted to the intensive care unit in a large metropolitan hospital recently. 

One minute she's sitting in her living room.  The next minute she has more wires coming out of her than the back of my entertainment center. 

In between the flurry of activity I received updates from medical professionals of different shapes, sizes and nationalities.  It was like watching CNN during a global crisis.  We had our own U.N. Security Council inside the Neuro ICU.  

I wished for one of those funky U.N. earpieces that allows the translators to speak directly to you.  Maybe I would have made a little more sense of the situation.

This miracle blanket is invisible, she explained.

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Diana Krall - Quiet Nights

By Bob on October 3, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

Diana Krall has a voice that's the perfect pairing with a good glass of cabernet and a rainy night.  No, this isn't rock and roll, but you'll like it - assuming you like sophisticated ballads and bossa nova rhythms.

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Red Thong Strong: Girlfriends Little Secrets to Smoothing Lifes Panty Lines
Guest Room

Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Playing Favorites

Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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