January 2012 Archives

Daily Distraction

The Guys at the Concession Stand Didn't Like the Competition

By Bob on January 31, 2012 3:51 AM | Read More

Must've been screening that new mystery thriller, "The Queso the Missing Enchilada."

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Don't Try This At Home

Here Come Da Judge

By Bob on January 30, 2012 5:15 AM | Read More

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I have this annual ritual that I've done since being diagnosed with cancer about eight years ago.


Every year about this time I go in for my annual checkup. Charlotte calls it "my appointment," but I know it by another name - it's the day I go before "Da Judge".


"Da Judge" in my case is Dr. Justin Lee.


Dr. Lee is a gifted urologist and surgeon who monitors my progress, laughs at my lame ass jokes and does his damndest to keep Karl out of my life (if you've read my book you know that "Karl" is the name I gave my cancer).


I'm happy to report that "Judge" Lee is eight-for-eight in kicking "Karl's" ass. My PSA doesn't show any sign of recurrence which means I've dodged the cancer bullet for another year.


YEA! (I'm dancing as wild as any 56-year-old can dance right now). For those of you having trouble imagining what this might look like, I'm the kid in the orange shirt in this video. 



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Score a Sexy Scent ... Free!

By Charlotte on January 27, 2012 6:10 AM | Read More

WD_VDay 300.jpgWant to score with that special someone? Nothing beats a sexy scent for stirring up lovin' feelings except, of course, getting a glam gift for FREE.


That's why we're giving away some stunning scent-sations just in time for Valentine's Day:


·         Three Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds Gift Sets ($77 value)

·         Four 1.7-ounce bottles of new Heidi Klum Shine ($35 value)


Perfect for Boomer Babes, these flirty floral fragrances say "you're beautiful, exciting and treasured." They're just the thing for turning heads and hearts.



Shine 2 243.jpgTo celebrate Valentine's Day, we're giving away these Boomerlicious floral fragrances:


·        Three Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds Gift Sets ($77 value)

·        Four 1.7-ounce bottles of new Heidi Klum Shine ($35 value)


Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Contest ends Feb. 9!


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Voli Vodka

By Bob on January 26, 2012 6:26 AM | Read More

As a lifelong resident of the South, I grew up watching the grownups sip bourbon on the back porch. But, when I reached (legal) drinking age I rejected their caramel-colored concoction and chose vodka as my drink of choice. And never. Looked. Back. BOO YAH.

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Don't Try This At Home

Celebrity Beach Sighting

By Bob on January 26, 2012 3:49 AM | Read More

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Here's the Dish

The Everything Mediterranean Diet Book

By Charlotte on January 25, 2012 6:23 AM | Read More

If your New Year's resolutions involve losing weight and getting healthy, The Everything Mediterranean Diet Book (Adams Media; December 2010) can help. 

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Daily Distraction

Sounds Like a Good Idea to Me

By Bob on January 24, 2012 3:45 AM | Read More

Their other sign read: "In case of fire, yell FIRE!"

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Don't Try This At Home

Beach Seen

By Bob on January 24, 2012 3:22 AM | Read More

Beach Time-625.jpgCharlotte and I just got back from our favorite beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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Dust Jacket

The Bastard

By Charlotte on January 23, 2012 6:35 AM | Read More

Marrying for money's a major mistake. That's a lesson 18-year-old Jeannette Boucher learns on her wedding night in Brenda Novak's Valentine's-right historical romance The Bastard (Amazon Digital Services, December 2011).

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...Rebecca Stark Nugent

By Bob on January 20, 2012 6:18 AM | Read More

Rebecca Stark Nugent is a Boomer ball of fire. She just completed her first novel, If the Devil Had a Wife and then wrapped up filming on a feature length documentary about the novel.

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Sarah's Key

By Bob on January 19, 2012 4:18 AM | Read More

Sarah's Key, is a powerful new film by French director, Gilles Paquet-Brenner. It's an emotional rollercoaster that fans of Schindler's List, The Reader and The Pianist will embrace and never forget. Yes, it's that good.

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Guest Room

How to Accomplish Anything

By Bob on January 18, 2012 5:27 AM | Read More

(Spoiler Alert: It's all in the strategy!)

By Amy Wood, Psy.D.

It's that time of year again for me and psychologists everywhere. The New Year is picking up momentum and our phones are ringing off the hook with calls from New Year's resolution enthusiasts who haven't been able to follow through on their good intentions.

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Daily Distraction

Do as I Say, Not as I Do

By Bob on January 17, 2012 3:42 AM | Read More

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Not In My Lifetime

By Bob on January 16, 2012 4:12 AM | Read More

Downsized - New Yorker Cartoon - 194.bmpThe other day ANOTHER of my Boomer Bro's called to say he'd been downsized. Dontcha just love that word DOWNSIZED?  

Whenever I hear that word I get a mental image of a fractured fairy tale where some innocent schlub walks through a magical forest and stops to drink from a clear mountain stream. Then BOOM! he's an inch tall and a bullfrog's eyeing him for dinner.


When you think about it the real DOWNsized is kinda like that, too.


I'm beginning to think that this whole DOWNsizing thing is never gonna end. At least, I'm thinking it's not gonna end for us Boomers.


I have so many friends that've been DOWNsized that I've lost count - and I can count as high as 20 (when I take off my shoes).



Pretty soon I'm sounding like AM Talk Radio and even I don't believe my bullshit. 

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Looking for Fringe Benefits

By Charlotte on January 13, 2012 6:36 AM | Read More


Elizabeth Taylor's trademark violet eyes are still an inspiration. When watching films like A Place in the Sun (always a favorite!), I catch myself wondering how she got those full, thick, drop-dead gorgeous lashes. She had to have help, right? 


Look-at-me lashes are easy if you opt for falsies or extensions. But wouldn't it be nice to just wake up with long, feathery eye fringe? And not have to worry about your eyelashes breaking or thinning?

The folks at EnvyDerm want to offer one lucky boomer babe the chance to do just that. They've joined us to give away their gentle Eyelash Growth & Conditioning Serum (a $99.95 value). This safe, nonprescription formula promotes natural eyelash growth to give you longer, fuller, darker lashes.



We're giving away Envyderm, the new nonprescription eyelash growth serum that promotes longer, fuller, darker lashes ... FREE.*


Read on for details on how to enter. Contest ends Jan. 26!


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Remotely Possible

Stretch Yourself

By Charlotte on January 12, 2012 6:59 AM | Read More

Many of my friends are into yoga. Sister cancer survivor Linda DuPre says it's very calming. And after we practiced poses at our last Betty's Bunch cancer support group meeting, I had to agree. My neighbor Mary Schreder loves yoga's toning benefits. EVERYBODY at our Bunco Christmas party wanted that girl's slimming secret. Next thing you know, she's on the floor demonstrating the plank in sequins and heels!

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Here's the Dish

Game-Day Chili

By Charlotte on January 11, 2012 8:00 AM | Read More

When it's cold outside, we turn up the heat with this hearty, tomato-laden mixture.  It's a game-day favorite!      

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Daily Distraction

Dumb as a Bottle of Rocks

By Bob on January 10, 2012 3:39 AM | Read More

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Jack Rabbit Hill Pinot Meunier

By Bob on January 9, 2012 8:02 AM | Read More

Colorado's known for a lot of things, but let's face it - winemaking really isn't one of them. The folks at Jack Rabbit Hill are doing their best to change all that. It's an innovative little winery occupying about 70 acres in western Colorado's North Fork Valley. All of the grapes are 100% organic and winemaker Lance Hanson has a reputation for being an agricultural innovator and a maker of some terrific boutique wines.

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...Ivy Halford

By Bob on January 6, 2012 5:33 AM | Read More

Catching up with Ivy Halford is like roping the wind - she's enigmatic, always in motion and as refreshing as a cool Texas breeze.

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By Bob on January 5, 2012 5:33 AM | Read More

13, the new film by director Gela Babluani, is the cinematic equivalent of the steer-wrestling event at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. It's loud, dirty and blink-your-eye-and-you-missed-it fast. It's also a lot of fun to watch - at a distance.

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Guest Room

Putting Your Best Face Forward

By Charlotte on January 4, 2012 4:30 PM | Read More

I may not be a superhero but I do have a special power. More and more often lately, I become invisible.

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Daily Distraction

That's Why I Call Him "Frisky"

By Bob on January 3, 2012 4:30 AM | Read More

Yep, he's bad to the bone...

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Playing Favorites

Toad the Wet Sprocket

By Bob on January 3, 2012 2:43 AM | Read More

Thanks to Pandora, Charlotte and I have been revisiting our faded playlists and discovering some overlooked gems. We recently found Toad the Wet Sprocket, a 90's alternative rock band with several hits including Walk on the Ocean, All I Want, and Something's Always Wrong.

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Don't Try This At Home

The Cloudy Crystal Ball Predictions for 2012

By Bob on January 2, 2012 5:21 AM | Read More

You know what's great about writing a 2012 prediction column for Baby Boomers? Our brains are so shot from doing-whatever-we-were-doing back in the 60s, 70s and 80s, that by the time we get to December nobody remembers how many I get wrong.


Jeez, I love being middle-aged.


So let's get the Boomer Brief Crystal Ball out of the walled-in closet and see what's coming our way in 2012. Or, as Cloris Leachman might say, Stay close to the candles, the stairway can be treacherous...


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Hey, who you voting for in the presidential election? Lemme stop you right there...IT DOESN'T MATTER. Rick Perry is your new president. What's that Internets? You saying that Good-Ol'-Boy-S*** just won't fly in the General Election? RUKIDDINME? Ol' Rick is tougher than a strip club steak...and slipperier than deer guts on a doorknob...come November you'll be going to the polls and pulling his lever (that's what SHE said) and thanking me for giving you advance warning.


Reality TV

Top Chef will be replaced with a new TLC reality show, Top Shelf. In this show, midget cooks compete to see who can get precariously placed can goods from the highest shelf in the kitchen pantry. From the show's logline..."It takes teamwork, determination and human pyramid building skills to reach the top shelf without getting "canned". Tuesday, 9 p.m. Eastern.  


A scene from TLC's new series, Top Shelf


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The Texas Rangers will sign some hot s*** pitcher from Japan, China, Ukraine...I dunno and he will disappoint everyone in the Lone Star State with his inability to throw One. More. Strike. in Game Seven of the World Series. President Rick Perry will declare a national day of mourning and then invite the nation to the South Lawn of the White House for Sonny Bryan BBQ and cold Shiner Bock. KONICHIWA BEEATCHES. 



Thousands of Texas Rednecks will DEMAND their money back. 


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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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