Friday, November 26, 2010

Chronicle Books Giveaway!!!

Since I am a bookworm, you know I had to enter this giveaway!

Post a list of Chronicle Books valued at up to $500 that you’d like to haul in, and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to WIN your list of books! And, one of your readers who comments on the post will win the list too!
Last day to submit entries is December 10th!

Here is my list:
1: The Lifeboard: Follow Your Vision. Realize Your Dreams. ($14.95)
2: Brain Boot Camp: Work Out Your Mind and Boost Brainpower with Your Very Own
Electronic Coach ($29.95)
3: Curious Lists: A Creative Journal for List-Lovers ($12.95)
4: 1,001 Ways to Live in the Moment ($9.95)
5: Smut: Volume 2 ($14.95)
6: Batman: Murder at Wayne Manor: An Interactive Mystery ($24.95)
7: Dante's Divine Comedy: Boxed Set ($100.00)
8: Christopher Walken A to Z: The Man • The Movies • The Legend ($16.95)
9: Obsessed With Football: Test Your Knowledge on and off the Gridiron($29.95)
10: Women Know Everything!: 3,241 Quips, Quotes, and Brilliant Remarks ($16.95)
11: Simple Steps Toward a Healthier Earth ($12.99)
12: DC Superheroes: A How-to-Draw Kit ($16.95)
13: Other Goose: Re-Nurseried and Re-Rhymed Children's Classics ($19.99)
14: In the Garden with Van Gogh ($6.99)
15: Sylvia Long's Mother Goose ($22.99)
16: Atlanta ($29.95)
17: One Line a Day ($16.95)
18: The Ultimate Metallica ($35.00)
19: All My Friends Are Dead ($9.95)
20: Ten Little Zombie ($9.95)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Things I Love Thursday--11/25 Edition

Happy Thanksgiving To All of my Followers and Readers!

Here is what I am so much in love with this week!

--The new Girl Talk album "All Day". I found the download link via Gala Darling. So good...makes me want to throw a party and invite him to be the DJ.

--The Paris Versus New York blog. New York City is my lover, but Paris will always be my darling.

--Hearing my students use "pookie" to describe something terrible. It is cute!

--My new Olsenboye "Royal" boots. So comfy and roomy for leggings and thick socks if I want to.

--Crisp fall air.

--Said it once and I will say it again--THE WALKING DEAD on AMC. If you have not seen this show, what rock are you under?

--Finding the best presents for my friends and family for Chrishankwanzakah.

--All of the energy I have now due to eating healthy and adding apple cider vinegar and coconut oil back into my diet.

--My new knitted ear warmer with a big bow on the front from Forever 21.

--Wearing fishnet tights over regular tights to get a textured look.

--I know I have said it before but Apple Cinnamon tea. Yum!

--Honest Tea Pomegranate Tea. Oh my good.

--The Blogger Draft tool. So I can schedule blogs, forget about them, and then advertise them when I need to. SCORE!

--Winning two Elmo toys at a Sesame Street function and planning on donating them to Toys for Tots.

--Not feeling guilty for taking a day off of work last week. I wasn't feeling well and if I am run down and can't breathe, what service am I to my students? NONE.

--Being noticed in Union Square Park and blushing.

--Brainstorming summer vacations with David. So far. the thought of Los Angeles/San Diego/San Francisco has come up.

--My mom's homemade stuffing.

--Receiving texts from people I have not heard from in a long long time.

--David, Hudson, Sweetums, Mom, Dad, Nick: the biggest loves in my life!

--Reading Kat Von D's "The Tattoo Chronicles" and gaining inspiration for new tattoos!

--The National Dog Show on NBC after the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Love looking at dogs. I want them all!

--Creating my own Boutique on It is addicting though.

--Having the next four days off from work to recharge and clear my head.

What are you so much in love with this week, besides Thanksgiving?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fun Fact Friday #25--50 Questions

It has been a hot minutes since I exposed more of myself to my readers so I found this survey on Facebook and decided what they heck?

1. What time did you get up this morning? 5:45am

2. How do you like your steak? I do not eat red meat, sorry.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Red

4. What is your favorite TV show? 90210, Gossip Girl, Supernatural, TNA Impact!

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Either my lovah known as New York City or my wife known as Paris, France.

6. What did you have for breakfast? A banana, apple juice, and a egg white omelette.

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Italian followed by Mexican/Latin

8. What foods do you dislike? Spinach, asparagus.

9. Favorite Place to Eat? Lately it has been Think Coffee in Union Square

10. Favorite dressing? Oil and vinegar or Italian.

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? #10 Bus or PATH train. (I do not drive)

12. What are your favorite clothes? Black jeans, sweater, oversized bag, Converse sneakers.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? 1)Paris, France again. 2)Rome, Italy. 3)Seattle, Washington.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Half full

15. Where would you want to retire? NYC

16. Favorite time of day? 2:55pm every day

17. Where were you born? Jersey City, NJ

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Hockey, football, professional wrestling

19. Who do you think will not tag you back? Posting on my blog so if my readers decide to do it, cool.

20. Person you expect to tag you back first? See #19

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? See #19

22. Bird watcher? Not really

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Night person by far

24. Pets? Doggies!

25. Any new and exciting news that you'd like to share? Nah.

26. What did you want to be when you were little? A lawyer.

27. What is your best childhood memory? Too many to list

28. Are you a cat or dog person? Dog

29. Are you married? Engaged but in absolutely no rush to walk down the aisle.

30. Always wear your seat belt? Always.

31. Been in a car accident? Yes in Detroit, Michigan and I was the passenger.

32. Any pet peeves? Stupidity, the phrase cool beans, telling me you will call/text and do not, etc.

33. Favorite pizza topping? Pineapple

34. Favorite Flower? Stargazer Lilies and Gerbera Daisies

35. Favorite ice cream? Rocky Road

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Taco Bell

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? Failed the written twice, mind you this is coming from a girl who has two degrees and two teaching certifications.

38. From whom did you get your last email? Facebook status comments.

39. At which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Once one?

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Um, not really.

41. Like your job? Yes! Love it!

42. Broccoli? Steamed with garlic please.

43. What was your favorite vacation? Orlando in 2007 followed by Chicago this past year.

44. Last person you went out with? My phenomenal David.

45. What are you listening to right now? Gossip Girl on television

46. What is your favorite color? Dark purple

47. How many tattoos do you have? One that I would love to get re-done by Kat Von D.

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 9:55 PM EST

50. Coffee Drinker? Hardly.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 18 of 30 Days of Thanks

18. I am most thankful for everything that God has provided for me, whether it is good or bad.

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 17 of 30 Days of Thanks

17. I am thankful for learning something new everyday.

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 16 of 30 Days of Thanks

16. I am thankful for the sport known as hockey.

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 12, 13, 14, and 15 of 30 Days of Thanks

Not going to lie weekend with my phenomenal took up a lot of my time and work prevented me from posting. Please do not be mad at me! Here are days 12,13,14, and 15 of 30 Days of Thanks!

12. I am thankful when Maritza Camilo calls me at 8:30am and says “I need you to cover…”
13. I am thankful for my family—the true meaning of the word love.
14. I am thankful for Venti Vanilla Chai Lattes from Starbucks.
15. I am thankful that there is train wreck/reality television because it puts my life into perspective and makes me realize that there are far more crazy and stupid people out there.

What are you thankful for today?

Friday, November 12, 2010

I Heart Criminal Minds!

Criminal Minds Is Captivating

Thanks for the guest post by Donn Schroeder

Criminal Minds is one of those crime shows that captivates its audience. Set as an FBI drama, an elite group of agents travel the country investigating murders. This particular sector of the FBI is the behavioral analysis unit. They specialize in focusing on the criminals behavior patterns and practice to locate and subdue the suspect.

I have been hooked on this show since it began six years ago. Watching it every week, I find that I have become attached to the characters on the show. When they took one of my favorite agents off the show a few weeks ago, I cried. Its kind of strange how someone can become so enthralled in a television show that the characters can actually have an impact on their life, but that is what happens. I sit down every Wednesday night and turn on the satellite TV from to wait patiently for the show to air. After I have watched that episode, I find myself thinking that I can't wait until next week to see what happens. Afterward I talk to my friends about the show, and we all agree that it is a great television show.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 6,7,8,9,10, and 11 of 30 Days of Thanks

Oh my goodness! I have really slacked off on my 30 Days of Thanks Blog Series! I have written down one thing I am thankful for every day so I will post all of the days I have missed right now!

6. I am thankful that even though sometimes the job drives me up the wall that I do have a job to go to in the morning.

7. I am thankful for the food group known as chocolate.

8. I am thankful for my Italian culture and ancestry. Without it, a lot of art, music, and cuisine would not be around!

9. I am thankful for my friends who always try to keep me in balance.

10. I am thankful for the man known as David Cohen—my rock, my support, my Phenomenal.

11. I am thankful for cold nights—that means hot cocoa!

What are you thankful for today?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Day 5 of 30 Days of Thanks Series

5. I am thankful for the food in my stomach, even if it is not healthy!

What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day 4 of 30 Days of Thanks Series

4. I am thankful for the roof over my head. This I am extremely thankful as my house could have burned down on Sunday October 10, 2010 but through my neighbours constantly calling the Fire Department and my parents being home, this did not happen.

What are you thankful for today?

Things I Love Thursday--11/4 Edition

So last week's TiLT was very short and I am so sorry about that. I did not think I would go out on that Thursday and set the post to publish way too early. With that said, lets get to what I am so in love with this week!

*Herbal Revive Tea
*Apple Cinnamon Tea
*My Fiance' David
*Seeing my favorite horror movie on the big screen (the movie is Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho--the one with Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins)
*My two dogs Hudson and Sweetums
*Finally my payroll being correct!
*Paying off vacation debts
*Dogs in costumes (yes I know Halloween was last Sunday but they are so cute!)
*Doing things on my own and not feeling guilty about it
*The Walking Dead on AMC
*My Christian Siriano sneakers FINALLY fit! My left foot is getting better still and I am so happy I can have somewhat stylish shoes on my feet. Will wear these for adventures in Atlantic City!
*Adventures in Atlantic City with my mother. So needed..
*Adventures in Pennsylvania with my brother and my good friend Frances from work. Again, so needed...
*Apple cider donuts while on a field trip with my students
*Long, lingering goodbye kisses from David
*Trying a dessert that does not have chocolate in it. I tried a Orange Olive Oil cake and my goodness was it nummy and moist.

What are you so in love with this week?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 3 of 30 Days of Thanks Series

3. I am thankful for the ability to read critically, especially since I am a teacher!

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy and Grateful Tuesday #7--11/2 Edition

I am so happy and grateful for a career that leaves me with just enough free time to enjoy life.

What are you so happy and grateful for this week?

Day 2 of 30 Days of Thanks Series

2. I am thankful for all of our military personnel for keeping our country (USA is where I am from and live) safe.

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, November 1, 2010

30 Days of Thanks Series Starting TODAY!

30 Days of Thanks
See how your life might change by spending the 30 days in November giving thanks for things in your lives--every single day.

Hi there! For the month of November, every day, I am going to post something that I am thankful for, even after Thanksgiving! I got the idea from this website 30 Days of Thanks So with that, here is Day One of 30 Days of Thanks!

1. I am thankful that I have the ability to communicate well with others.