Faaaaavorite Things! Part 2

December 24th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I love buying presents! And I definitely know about buying on Christmas Eve as you elbow people out the way and are terrified that you won’t find what you need. Along with Amber’s suggestions, here are some of mine – for the serious, the funny and the young at heart.

MUSIC

The Roots How I Got Over

In addition to the two Amber listed, I’d recommend this. The Roots finally put out a new album and it is amazing. Dear God 2.0 is so deep and one of my favorites of the year.

The Roots and John Legend Wake Up!

Not to overdo it on The Roots, but this also an excellent album. It’s kinda just fun to get pumped up by reimagined songs about social awareness from the 60s and 70s. And most of these are not famous – they’re not the kind that everybody has heard even if they haven’t tried.
Somali-Canadian K’naan has picked up momentum after Coca-Cola used his “Wavin Flag” for the World Cup. But he had to rework it to be more cheerful and pleasant – Coke doesn’t want to talk about poverty :) (here’s the original). This album is great and I look forward to see where he goes from here. Check him out.

MOVIES

Beauty and the Beast
Re-released from the vault, people! Get on that. Cuz you know Disney is tight-fisted and makes the price shoot up by producing a limited number. If you know any Disney lovers, get this for them. They’ll thank you. (PS – It’s also on sale at Target!)

BOOKS

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

It’s not a work of art. I don’t even think the writing is that amazing, but the story is good. It’s the kind of story that slowly draws you in until you can’t put it down….and you still have 150 pages to go. I recommend it for mystery/thriller lovers, if only to be able to say to the millions of other people reading it, “Oh yeah. I read that too.” People don’t wanna feel left out, ya know? 

Say You’re One of Them

A collection of beautiful stories set in different African countries. Told from different perspectives of age, gender, language, I couldn’t put this one down either. The writing is excellent and each story is different from the last. I’m not afraid to admit that I cried on one of them.

TELEVISION

Psych

I love this show. Seriously. Yes it’s quirky. Yes it’s ridiculous. But it’s so funny! Sean and Gus are some of the best characters. The first TV show I ever bought. Everyone I have shown this show to has become addicted.

Bones

You may see a trend here…I like mysteries. So if someone in your life is also addicted to crime shows (and ones better than current Law and Order), this is a good bet. Bones offers more than that though. It has created well-developed characters and even delves into philosophical discussions of faith and science, love and logic, etc. It may not foster as many deep conversations as Dexter (that show is deep), but it can get the gray cells working. 


Avatar: The Last Airbender

Ok, I’ll admit it here and now. And then I’ll never admit it again. I really liked this show. I never thought I would. I didn’t think I’d get into it, but by the second season (maybe the first) I was. I even have my favorite character (cuz I’m totally an earth bender). I have a feeling that there are more closet Airbender lovers like me out there and that some are secretly hoping someone will buy them the series.

HEALTH

French-Press Coffee Maker
Ok, this may not be healthy but whatever. Do you know a coffee-lover? Get them a French-press coffee maker. Trust me. Nothing beats the smoothness and full-bodied taste of coffee made in a French-press.

Good Luck!

Faaaaavorite Things!

December 24th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

“It’s the most WONDERFUL time of the yeaaaaaaar!” Yes, the holidays are just around the corner–food, family, friends, gifts, time off of work, empty wallets until the New Year…Ah, I just can’t wait.

As you last minute shoppers scurry around frantically in attempts to complete your Holiday Shopping lists, we thought that we would share with you just a few of our favorite things in music, movies, television, literature, and health/body, in good old Oprah fashion (well, maybe not quite that exciting).  These gifts are sure to get a warm reception and a genuine smile. There’s no need for a gift receipt, guaranteed.

MUSIC


Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

This album has been on a heavy rotation in my ipod since I purchased it almost a month ago. It is by far one of my favorite albums to listen to right now. Even if you don’t like Kanye, you have to respect his music, and any music lover will definitely appreciate the undeniable talent exhibited through My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

 

Janelle Monae The Arch Android
I’ve played this album more than any other this year and I still haven’t gotten tired of it. I give it two thumbs up.

 

Glee Season 1 and 2 Soundtracks

DOPE. Enough said.

MOVIES

Toy Story 3
This is easily one of the best movies of the year. It was a great ending to the Toy Story franchise, and I can’t remember the last time I teared up on a cartoon (oh, wait…I definitely had some sniffles during “UP”…so, just kidding…). Pixar continues to make quality films and somehow you don’t feel embarrassed when you pay $12 to go see a kids movie, probably because everyone else in the theater is also over 18…


Inception

This is another one of my contenders for best film of the year. It was actually one of the best films (excluding animated) that I had seen in a very very long time. The story was very creative and well written and the the film is visually stunning. It’s also a total mind game the entire time. Warning: See with a friend– you will want to discuss–and make sure you have water handy to help ease that headache afterward.

BOOKS

Their Eyes Were Watching God

OK, I must admit, I haven’t read many recent books this year. Instead, I’ve been doing a lot of catching up on old ones that I should’ve read a long time ago (my list is overwhelming). With that said, Their Eyes Were Watching God is a classic. Every time I read it, I fall in love with it all over again. It’s one of my all time favorites and I just think that everyone should have a little Zora in their homes.

Wicked
Very well written. Imaginative. Creative. An interesting take on an iconic American (according to the Smithsonian) story. I was completely enthralled from start to finish. (P.S. Tickets to see the Broadway show would also make an excellent gift)


TELEVISION

Glee Season 1 DVD Set

I mean, if you’ve been following our “Gchatting Glee” Series at all, you know that we are both a little obsessed. Although I can’t quite say the same for Season 2, Season 1 of Glee was amazing. It was the show I didn’t know I was waiting for, that I didn’t know I needed in my life! I actually don’t own this yet…so, uh…yeah.. *hint hint* ;)

 

Dexter Seasons 1-4 DVD Set
I just finished Season 5 of Dexter and it really does get better as time goes on. I think I will be blogging about how layered and complex Dexter is very soon. It’s mind-boggling, geeze. This is another one that will facilitate lots of discussion.
HEALTH/BODY

Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Lavender Vanilla Dream Bath, Lavender Chamomile Sugar Scrub, and Eucalyptus Spearmint Bath Soak

Bath and Body Works’ Aromatherapy collection has gotten me through many a tough week this year.  The combination of products listed above has done wonders to calm my nerves and help me get a restful sleep. I highly recommend.

Beekman’s C.O.P.A. Soaps

After I thought that I finally gotten a handle on what my skin needs and likes after twenty-three years of dealing with it, one day this year I noticed that it was starting to change, without warning. My decision to try C.O.P.A. Soaps was on a whim and I couldn’t be happier. These all natural soaps are great on my skin and they have a wide variety scents and sizes. Again, I highly recommend.

 
So, there you have it–a (short) list of some of my favorite things. Now that I’ve shared them with you, I hope that you can share them with others. Foolproof, trust. ;)

Happy Holidays!!

Go Bulls!

December 23rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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