Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Parting Words

We DVR'd Conan's last Tonight Show on Friday night and I was more than eager to watch it Saturday morning when I woke up (unfortunately for Larry, this was before 8 am). I didn't love the entire show but some of his parting words definitely caught my interest. As a self-proclaimed negative person (who was second runner up as most pessimistic in my senior class in high school - shameful) I thought his final words were a great way to put an end to the late-night TV show drama:

"All I ask of you is one thing: please don't be cynical. I hate cynicism- it's my least favorite quality and it doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen."

Good stuff, COCO. Good stuff.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

How Do You Roll?

When I saw the Cottonelle Roll Poll commercial on TV a few weeks ago, I felt like they were speaking directly to me. Because this is a big debate in our house. Larry and I have never been able to agree on which way the toilet paper roll should hang. I always knew we probably weren't the only crazies who bicker over this stuff. And judging by the response on the website, it looks like this is a nation divided (unfortunately not in my favor).

I prefer to roll under, because I think it flows better. Larry prefers to roll over because it provides... umm... easy access for those who stand to pee. So far the only thing we've ever been able to agree on is that whoever is the one that replaces the roll gets to put it on the way they prefer. Compromise in marriage at it's best, folks.

This is the second best solution to disagreement that we've ever come up with - first of course being rock, paper, scissors has the ultimate say in all arguments/disagreements/we're both too lazy to get up from the bed to turn the light off.

Monday, January 18, 2010

I Think It's A Little Early...


But I'll take it anyway. Pretty sure Easter isn't until mid-April but that doesn't mean it's too early to buy the best Easter candy of all time. Larry's personal favorite candy (and I have to admit it's grown on me too). 2 mini bags purchased Friday, 2 mini bags gone by Sunday (and honestly, I'm surprised they made it to Saturday). Maybe I should keep track of the total ounces of Cadbury Mini Eggs that are eaten in the Ciccarelli household this year?

Friday, January 15, 2010

In Case You Were Wondering...


that is all. not that I am EVER awake to watch...

Monday, January 11, 2010

To Kindle or not to Kindle, that is the question.



I'm trying to become more of a reader. When I was younger, I used to spend hours on end reading. I guess as it became more of a requirement for school, the less I wanted to spend my free time doing it. Nowadays, if US Weekly counts as pleasure reading, then I'm a weekly reader. But I think that it doesn't.


One thing that has perked my desire to get back into reading is the Kindle. The things looks pretty cool, the price does not. At this point, I can't justify dropping a few hundred bucks but it defnitely is sneaking its way up on my "want" list. So far, the only downside to this thing seems to be that you can't share books like you can with the new Nook by Barnes and Noble but I'm sure it will only be a matter of time before it's available. A few friends did clue me in recently that you can use your iphone as a Kindle and download books but the thought of only getting to read 15-20 words per screen makes me have nightmares of getting carpel tunnel from constantly flipping through the screens just to get through one chapter.


So I guess until I can kick up my reading habits to justify spending some money on one of these things, it looks like I'll be going old school and hitting up the library because I just can't justify spending $15-$20 bucks for a book at Barnes and Noble either. If you're still on the fence about the Kindle, I suggest you take a peak at this article written by one of my favorite authors (when I actually do get around to reading her) which makes a solid (and humorous) case for both the Kindle and the good old paperback.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I Miss You Food Network or Another Reason to Hate Cablevision


So while most people were celebrating the start of 2010 on January 1st with smiles and laughter, I was mourning the loss of the Food Network. Let me explain...

Cable options in CT are pretty dismal. There is only one provider (aside from Satellite TV) in our area which is Cablevision. I can't remember why Larry started hating them or why I joined in (I think it has something to do with their beyond obnoxious rap song commercials) but now I definitely know why I will continue to hate them forever. It seems that has of 1/1/2010, their agreement to air the Scripps Network programming (Food Network and HGTV) ended because of contract negotiations. So I guess that means that Cablevision misses out on some income but what it means for all their subscribers is that we can no longer watch these channels. And it.is.devastating.

I love the Food Network. Always have. Every show (well not anything involving Guy Fieri). Now, when you flip to the channel, all you see is some dumb message from Cablevision apologizing for the inconvenience. It is terrible. I almost shed a tear on New Years Day when I was flipping through the TV Guide and saw that the lines for Food Network and HGTV are just blank. They look so sad and dejected. I miss them and I want them back.
It seems like I'm not alone. There are facebook groups, online petitions and websites dedicated to this travesty. I hope they bring it back soon because I feel like I've lost an old friend. You know, the kind that always wants to eat.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Welcome Home (Brazil Sucks)

One night last winter I got caught up in a Dateline NBC special about David Goldman and his fight to bring home his son Sean who was abducted by his mother and being held in Brazil. You can read about the whole story here, I honestly could not believe my eyes and ears when I heard this tragedy. My heart broke for this poor father just trying to be with his son. I've followed the story off and on for the last year or so and watched as tears were brought to my eyes last week when father and son were reunited on Christmas Eve. I think it's nothing short of a miracle that these two were reunited on one of the best days for family in the entire year. So glad to actually hear something good on the news!

Now given this situation, I have given some recent thought to my future children's travel. Brazil is a no. Thanks to Natalie Halloway, Aruba is out as well. And really, we should just rule out all of Europe since Liam Neeson kicked some serious abductor ass in Taken last year. Sorry, unborn children, I'm not budging on this one. I might give you spring break in Mexico but given my own experiences there, I'm not making any promises.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year, Happy Birthday!

January 1st 1984 - Larry's First Birthday

Another January 1st is upon us which means the fresh start of a new year. 2010 has all the makings of a big year for us. I can't say much about 2009 - sure we went to some great weddings, larry got a new job, we paid off all of our credit card debt and we saved alot of money but.... that's it. I guess 2008 was such a big year that 2009 was more of a quiet year for us. The decade brought some good things though - we both graduated high school and college (plus a masters for Larry), moved to CT to make a life together and got married - so I guess I can't complain about the 00's (if that's what you call it). I won't even lie and pretend to say that we're going to make resolutions, because we won't keep them. It's not worth it, I know we won't. And that's OK. But we've got some big goals for 2010 and are very much looking forward to seeing where this year takes us.

January 1st also marks the 27th anniversary of the day that Lawrence Anthony Ciccarelli III graced the earth with his presence. Coming in as a teeny baby and growing up to be a wonderful and loving man. Happy Birthday, love. I know that the only thing you want to do today is to sit on the couch in your South Park pajamas, watching movies and drinking Pepsi and being generally left alone, but you're just going to have to excuse me because I'm going to help you celebrate your birthday the best way I know how - loving on you and enjoying the start of our new year together. The only thing that is sad about this day is that it also reminds me that I will have to turn 27 in a few short months....