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March 2011 Archives

DVDelicious

Inception

By Bob on March 31, 2011 5:11 AM | Read More

Inception, is one of those WTF movies that strains even the wildest imagination. Academy Awards aside, this is a spell-binding, acid trip of a film where special effects rule the screen and the plot is muddier than the Brazos River after a spring rain.

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Surfin' Without a Net

By Bob on March 30, 2011 4:46 AM | Read More

Charlotte is the queen of online shopping. She can sniff out a shoe deal faster than an airport security dog can locate a kilo of coke. She's just. That. Good.

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Daily Distraction

Here's what happens when you blow the music video budget on drugs

By Bob on March 29, 2011 6:02 AM | Read More


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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on March 28, 2011 6:58 AM | Read More

New York Times-200.jpg#64 Only post it on the internet if you wouldn't mind seeing it on the front page of the New York Times.

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Don't Try This At Home

Maui NOW-ee

By Bob on March 28, 2011 6:24 AM | Read More

Napili Kai on Napili Bay -500.jpgCharlotte and I had lunch with some travel folks the other day and they were nice enough to let us in on a HOT TIP.

The Beach at the Napili Kai Beach Resort

 

Since this never-ending recession is hanging around longer than anybody expected, there are some great travel deals to lure you out of the Boomer bunker.

 

I know, you're saying to yourself, "How can we even THINK about a vacation y'all, what with the recession and stuff." To which I would take a deep breath and reply, "Have you ever been to Maui? I'm talking about that 48-mile-long, 26-mile-wide, emerald island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Mau-Freakin-EE!" Here's the tip: THIS LITTLE SLICE OF HAWAIIAN HEAVEN IS ON SALE. 

 


The Napili Kai will even deduct the cost of your airline baggage fees...

(Grrrreat....now Charlotte can pack even more shoes)


 

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Silver by Tim McGraw

By Bob on March 25, 2011 6:22 AM | Read More

In addition to being a country music legend, all-around good guy and husband to Faith (I-wish-I-could- claim-her-as-a-relative-but-sadly-I-can't) Hill, Tim McGraw is now in the fragrance bidness. Know what? He's pretty good at it. Tim McGraw Silver Cologne - 238.jpg

 

Tim's just launched his new cologne called, Silver and his people sent our people (OK, we don't really have people here in the Boomer blogosphere, but you know what I'm sayin') and we gave it a test smell drive. Gotta tell you, I really liked it. It's a fresh clean scent that's not overpowering. 

 

 


 

We're giving away 5 FREE BOTTLES of Tim McGraw's Silver Cologne.

Enter by emailing your name and shipping address (no PO boxes) to: Enter@BoomerBrief.com.

Hurry, promotion ends April 7!

 



 

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Dust Jacket

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough

By Bob on March 24, 2011 5:50 AM | Read More

I don't usually review "chick lit" but since Charlotte's knee-deep in tax returns I decided to take one for the team. Confession: I'm glad I did. Because that meant I got to read Ruth Pennebaker's wonderful new novel, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough.

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Corkscrewed

Riedel Glassware

By Bob on March 23, 2011 5:31 AM | Read More

I have a wine-related confession to make. Back in the day (as Cole would say), I spent one summer as a dormitory resident in a converted hospital in Granbury, Texas. No big deal really. Just a bunch of college kids living together in a run-down place where a lot of people died.

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Daily Distraction

When good turkeys go bad

By Bob on March 22, 2011 6:06 AM | Read More

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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on March 21, 2011 6:55 AM | Read More

You don't have to learn everything-200.jpg#63 You don't have to learn everything today.

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Home Runs

Makes Scents (or not)

By Bob on March 21, 2011 6:05 AM | Read More

Charlotte likes to make fun of my "super sniffer" but joke all you want - my nose, knows - if you get my meaning. Of course, this high-powered olfactory prowess is great when it's barbecue season - not so much way back when we were in the baby bidness.

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DVDelicious

New British DVDs

By Bob on March 17, 2011 7:03 AM | Read More

Acorn Media has just released a couple of timeless classics from its British film library that will have you reminiscing about the good ol' days - when secret agents smoked, drank and shot up your 12" TV - and British scoundrels, were, well, British scoundrels. If you like your action from the Austin Powers side of the Atlantic, you'll love these two gems.

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Guest Room

The Case for Falling in Love

By Bob on March 16, 2011 1:17 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I have plenty of Boomer friends who are either single, or have found themselves suddenly single after years of marriage. And while the dating game has definitely changed since I was hitting nickel beer night at Showdown II in Arlington and Charlotte was disco dancing the Hustle...men and women haven't changed all that much.

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Daily Distraction

Don't sing if you don't know the words

By Bob on March 15, 2011 6:56 AM | Read More

That's what our friend Becky Elder says...and you know what? These guys prove she's right!

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Don't Try This At Home

Garage Band of Brothers

By Bob on March 14, 2011 7:00 AM | Read More

So Miss Charlotte and I are about embark on the next great adventure.

 

No, internets, we're not about to start raising pit bull pigeons, we're going to do somethingCluttered Garage - Before Shot - 425.jpg

even more complicated, costly and terrifying than an interspecies breeding program: REMODELING.

 

There I said it. Remodeling is not fun. Can I get an AMEN?

 

I'll be keeping you updated on this project as we go along, but first I guess you need some back story.

 

Boomer Brief HQ will be relocating to (hopefully) spacious new digs in our remodeled home office sometime this summer. To make this magic happen, we've assembled a construction team that Doug, our remodeling company contractor, says, "Will involve every trade except roofing".  

 

In Collywood, that's translated as, "don't plan on going to Costco any time soon, cause most of your money will be going to me." Message received.

 


 

I'm fine-tuning my highly-evolved skill of grunting knowingly when somebody says something I might understand. Desk, good. Fire, bad. You get the idea.

 



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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on March 14, 2011 6:52 AM | Read More

Follow your gut-173.jpg#62 It's OK to follow your gut. It's even better to follow your heart.

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For Your Eyes Only

By Charlotte on March 11, 2011 8:08 AM | Read More

Eye-164.jpgA trip to Stacy's Furniture in Grapevine last week lifted my spirts.

 

All it took to lighten my step was for Deanie, the bubbly, 30-something salesgirl helping me shop for office furniture, to notice my eyes ... in a good way.  She didn't mention how tired they looked (hard to avoid at 50+), the crow's feet that have a habit of jumping out at me from the mirror or  the countless other things I obsess over. 

 


We've teamed up with Acuvue and Neutrogena to give one lucky boomer $250 in prizes, including some incredible new contact lenses and sun protection products. Read on for details. Contest ends March 24!


 

Keeping our eyes looking good can be a challenge for boomers. To pep up our peepers, Dr. Kim Castleberry, OD, of Plano Eye Associates recommends:

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Dust Jacket

Memories - Civil War & Hollywood

By Bob on March 10, 2011 6:03 AM | Read More

I think we all enjoy the occasional walk down memory lane. My Granbury, Texas hometown has a Facebook page dedicated to exploring the nostalgia of this North Central Texas town and the last time I checked it had more than 700 members. That's remarkable, especially when you consider that my graduating class only had 60 kids.

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Here's the Dish

Jovial Einkorn Pasta

By Charlotte on March 9, 2011 9:38 AM | Read More

Pasta helped me survive the fall of 2009. Facing chemo and fighting to keep weight on for a change, I routinely turned to angel hair topped with marinara on the weekends following my treatments. Besides finding comfort in the starchy white dough, I could actually taste the spicy tomato sauce.

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Daily Distraction

Gettin' real with the Man of Steel...

By Bob on March 8, 2011 6:50 AM | Read More


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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on March 7, 2011 6:42 AM | Read More

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#61 Every toolbox nees WD-40 and duct tape.

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Remotely Possible

Wraps & Apps

By Bob on March 7, 2011 4:34 AM | Read More

I love my iPod Touch and iPhone - the Apps and accessories make these gadgets about the best I've ever owned. Like a lot of my Boomer brethren and sisteren, I don't go anywhere without 'em. They keep me organized and entertained from doctor's offices to airline terminals.

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Corkscrewed

The 2006 Hill Family Cabernet Sauvignon

By Bob on March 3, 2011 7:03 AM | Read More

The folks at Hill Family Estate Wines (no relation, but c'mon you guys really need a 55-year-old son don't you?) released their 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon recently and sent me a bottle to sample. Charlotte and I love cabernets and the bigger and bolder - the better.

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Daily Distraction

Yeah, that's the one I want...

By Bob on March 1, 2011 6:36 AM | Read More

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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.

Tips:

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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