Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday Obsessions... Or Free Netflix (Kind Of)!

In the summertime my movie watching and book reading goes on overdrive because of the extra free time on my hands. It's been this way since I was in high school. Call me a nerd, but I love being up to date on movies and have old classics under my belt...

OMG so many movies!!!

I bought a Netflix subscription back in 2005, but it kept getting more and more expensive and they would make you wait weeks, some times months for a new release. Andy finally convinced me to stop wasting $25 a month on the DVD's and Blurays that would just sit on our coffee table... sometimes for months...

I remember a few years ago when Shine a Light came out... I had that in my house for a record 3 months... 3 MONTHS!!! I never watched it... I recently did though and it was terrible (I'm just not a Stones freak I guess) but that made me think... I spent $75 for a movie to sit on my coffee table for 3 months! I could have purchased it 4 or 5 times over! I still have the streaming version of Netflix for my Appletv.  It's only $7.99 a month and for whatever reason I can't bring myself to cancel it.

It's been only over the past couple years that I've discovered a new **FREE** way to watch movies.....

Behold the Broward County Public Library System... Or as I like to call it FREE NETFLIX!!!

It's absolutely 100% the most amazing thing ever. Do you have a library card? Great! You're all set to get started! All you need to do is access the Broward County Library Catalog, search for your movie, place a hold and choose which branch to pick it up... Seriously, it's just that simple!!

The Broward County Library Search

The library staff will transfer, pick up and hold the movie for you. You'll get an email when it's ready and all you have to do is drive your pretty little self to the branch, go to the front desk and voila! It's yours for about a week! As a matter of fact 10 can be - 10 is the limit for checking out movies... Not too shabby!

My Holds... Don't Judge

Last year I remember watching What Dreams May Come and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang... Two movies I had wanted to see since I was little... Crazy right? Who goes through childhood without seeing  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!?!

Of course this system works for any other thing that the library has to offer you too. Of course it could also cost you just a little cash money if you return the movie late. If you want it longer though, you can renew right from the website. When you're done with your item you can also drop it off at any Broward County library and they will return it to its originating branch. They basically do all the work for you!

Sooooo call me a nerd, but I love my free books and movies! Do you have any secrets like this to share? I'm all ears!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Back to School...

Lack of blogging because of start of school.... This couldn't be more appropriate.

A return to regularly scheduled programming shortly....

Friday, August 17, 2012

Key West... OMG

Can you believe I had to wait until Friday to feel back to normal enough to write this post?! I'm getting OLD!! I also write this post having not even seen most of the pictures from this past weekend.... Get on that Carl!

Nerd Alert!

We all had an amazing weekend in the Southern Most Tip of the US celebrating Keith's Birthday...

Southern Most Strangers

Casa Marina was more than excellent to us loud people at the pool...

Casa Marina views... Including Carl on her balcony...

We ate, we drank... We saw, we conquered... Friday night started with a trip to Sloppy Joe's....

This is the only pic I took there... Riveting...

Then to Rumor Lounge where they have a Men's and a Whoever bathroom...

Yet another riveting photo....

And then to Hog's Breath and a couple other unmentionable places... :)

Saturday consisted of pool time and Keith's Birthday dinner at Conch Republic... Yum!

Conch Republic Shenanigans

Sunday, time to go home... Breakfast with the roosters at the amazing Blue Heaven and shopping at Wanderlust across the street. I got an amazing mermaid shirt by a local Key West artist... Love! Reviews on both of these places to come!

Outside at Blue Heaven

So Monday morning rolls around.... I'm in the drive through line at Dunkin and what am I behind?

Key West Cluster...

You can check out my Yelp on Casa Marina here.... Reviews of others to come!

My only question is... When are we going back?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Most Hilarious Book I've Ever Read....

In lieu of a Wednesday Obsessions blog I had to share with you one of the most hilarious books I've ever read... I literally couldn't put it down and finished it within a 24 hour period.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened - By Jenny Lawson

First off let me say I can't believe I read something on the NY Times Best Seller list! (without realizing it of course)! It's the little things....

Jenny Lawson, originally from Wall, Texas is full of some of the funniest stories you'll ever hear. She admits herself that she had to call it a mostly true memoir to protect the people within the book. She claims, "the moment you think you've heard the most fucked up crazy stories... Those are the true ones" And it's true!

Her stories range everywhere from childhood in the most rural of rural towns (including a class in high school where she had to inseminate a cow and gets her arm stuck up in there) to stories of childbirth, her obsession with oddball taxidermy and her loving and hopeless husband Victor.

Jenny... A Self-Portrait

She has a sarcastic tone that carries throughout the book and is so refreshing to hear. If you love Jenny McCarthy or Chelsea Handler books, this one's for you!

Jenny was also named one of the Nielson Top 50 Most Powerful Mom Bloggers and Forbes listed her blog as one of their Top 100 Websites for Women.

After finishing the book, the fun and hilarity continues on her blog - - You'll get daily shenanigans that will have you rolling in your office chair.

5 foot metal chicken named Beyonce? Of course!

Do you have a favorite funny book? Have you read Jenny's book or blog?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Key West Anticipation....

I just can't wait..... Just can't can't can't wait....

We're leaving for Key West on Friday morning! I haven't been down there since I was about 15 years old which is a CRIME being that we live only a few hours away!

We're going down to celebrate Keith's 40th Birthday and staying at Casa Marina. I've heard so many amazing things about the hotel, I can't wait to experience it in person. Also can't wait for the drive down - It's supposed to be an awe inspiring drive. When you're 15 you could care less about that...

Casa Marina - Amaze!

Moreover than anything else, I'm excited to go on vacation with some of my favorite people on Earth.... Shenanigans abound! Oh! Did I mention Lobster Fest is this weekend down there too? If I come back 20 pounds heavier you'll know why!

Have you been to Key West? Any favorite restaurants? Bars? Shops?

Saturday, August 4, 2012

I'm a 2012 Elite Yelper!

Huge thanks to Johnny T for voting me an 2012 Elite Yelper - I've even got a new shiny badge to prove it!

Of course, as always, follow my reviews all around town on yelp here.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Happy Birthday Maria....

Today is the birthday of one of my closest friends and partners in crime, Mrs. Maria Gerecitano Geiser Tagliarino.... :)

LOL.... It doesn't fit love....

I just wanted to make a little post dedicated to her and all the fun we've had over our last 6 years of friendship. See there was a time back in 2006 when we were supposed to go out to dinner with Keith and Cari for my birthday and they brought along another couple... The rest is history. I love Maria from the bottom of my little heart.... I have to say it was hilarious going through old pics for this... There's def some oldies and goodies.

Happy Birthday Mrs. T...  Can't wait to celebrate and watch wieners chase yizards with you tonight!

Our first official pic together on that fateful night.... 2006
A Tatu night in 2008

My 25th Bday - 2008

Cari's Shower
Sunfest 2010
We heart nuts!

Another Maria's Bday dinner!
Seat, Peepee, Hotdog  Est. 2008
Cari's Bday - 2008
Cari's Bday 2008
Just another night at the Hard Rock - 2010?
Deering Seafood Fest - 2010
Cari's Bday 2010
And especially memories like this..... I can't wait for more! Love you Maria!

Halloween 2011

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Obsessions Wednesday... The Wayfarer

I know I know, I'm waaaaaayyyyyy behind the boat on this one.

Last week during my amazing week off vacation I made a trip to Boca Town Center with Mrs. Doopiemoos for a little retail therapy. Within this retail therapy I had a little inkling of what I had set out to buy.

Behold the Wayfarer....

The originals 

The little black dress of the sunglass world, I had always admired them, those that wear them and the classic chic look that they bring, but had never realized the history behind them. I'm talking way deeper than just a little Risky Business.

They've been around since 1956 and have adorned the most classic of classic (and some maybe not so classic)...

Just a sampling of the appeal...

My beauties are the Wayfarer RB2140 which are the originals, taken from the original design.

Want more history on them? Wikipedia is more that happy to oblige!

Missed the boat or not, I'm in love! What are your fave pair of sunnies?