Monday, July 31, 2006

Finally!! A summer movie (more than) worth seeing!

Marrying your own "daughter" aside, is there anyone better than Woody Allen?
Scoop is a must-see! I'm not a big fan of murder mysteries but this movie was so entertaining that I didn't mind. We howled through much of the movie. Nobody does neurosis like a New Yorker and Woody Allen is in a class by himself. Since twice is a trend, I hope we can look forward to more Woody Allen productions which highlight the incredibly talented Scarlett (Girl With a Pearl Earring) Johansson. Also loved Matchpoint! Perhaps the summer movie season is looking up!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

The Summer Reading Continues.....

It's not too late to add to your summer reading pile - here are a few more!

Elements of Style by Wendy Wasserstein. While Ms. Wasserstein, the fabulous playright and author, sadly passed earlier this year she left us with this smart and enjoyable read - just her style!

The Man of My Dreams by Curtis Sittenfeld was an unexpected treat. Unexpected only because after reading a couple of essays by Ms. Sittenfeld I had already formed an opinion that I didn't want to read her stuff. Glad I got over that - this book was well worth it!

A Happy Read!

This book is sure to put a smile on your face! I so enjoyed this new book by author Scott Mebus. ( After a summer of chick-lit it was nice to read from a guy's perspective. Lots of laughs but also much to think about in THE BIG HAPPY!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Fortunate To Have Found This One!

Am currently reading and really enjoying this first novel by author Laurie Horowitz. I must admit, the Jane Austen quote on the front did exactly what it was intended to do-hook me in. (Jane Austen lover that I am!)
It seems that Jane Austen references are everywhere. Wouldn't she be pleased? Or would she?
Jane Austen in Scarsdale by Paula Marantz-Cohen was another fun read which is loosely based on Austen's Persuasion.
The Lake House (Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves) is a bit confusing but I'll see anything that has Sandy in it, ditto for Keanu!) Persuasion is mentioned several times throughout the movie and if you can follow the plot you'll find that it all ties together. All of this has peruaded me to pick up a copy of the original which will be my next read!

Hot or Cold?

I know, I know - in the winter eveyone complains that it's too cold and in the summer we complain that it's too hot. In the winter we SWEAR that we will never complain that it's too hot in the summer and in the summer...well, you get the point.
You might think that it's easy for me to say this as it's about 95 degrees today, but if I absolutely had to choose, I'd prefer to be too cold. That said, I'd prefer the temperature to hover between 68 and 74. That would be heavenly! Those days are few but when they arrive I bask in the perfection.
Of course listening to people ask if it's "hot enough for you" is one of the few pleasures that the heat brings. It's counterpart in the wintertime - "cold enough for you" is equally entertaining. I guess it's just small talk, but I don't like small talk anymore than I enjoy this heat! And that's today's rant!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Just Trying To Check Out (A Robin Rant)

Why oh why do I often get on the "wrong" check-out lines at the supermarket? At this point in my supermarket career you'd think I'd be able to spot the warning signs. Sometimes there are none. The self-checkout lanes, if reliable, would be an attempt to circumvent the possibly over involved checkout clerk. The "if" on that reliable is key. Each and every time I have attempted to fly solo on the checkout there has been a problem. They even have clerks on stand-by furthering my suspicions that even they know it is far from a perfect system. I have all but given up on the self-checkout. Instead, I search for the most harmless looking clerk, one whose line seems to be moving at a reasonable speed. Yesterday I thought I finally found it. Things were moving along pretty well until "you're gonna pay this much for a tomato?" "why....uh...yes." The clerk pretty much rolled her eyes as she continued scanning in my items. I looked around to see if anyone else had heard. The woman behind me was placing her groceries on the belt and eyed me suspiciously. Was I supposed to feel badly? Would she have said anything if I had in my cart pints of Ben&Jerry's and Mint Milanos? Somehow I doubt it. The thought that someone would indulge in something like a tomato was just beyond her. That's fine, to each their own. Maybe the clerks should just stick to scanning and if the mood should move them....bagging!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Steal away for an afternoon with a fun book!

Klepto by Jenny Pollack (www.jennypollack) was like a trip down early 80's memory lane for me! (just the shopping and music part!) Whether you are a teen or an older teen (35 and up!) you will identify with this story about friendship, nutty families and the desire to fit in. If you listen carefully, you'll be able to hear the sounds of the B52's, Squeeze, Blondie and other fab groups who hung out at CBGB!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk info!

Sunday, October 22nd Walking With Robin will be at Roger Williams Park as we've done for the past three years. I hope you can join us for this most important event. Please click on the link above (or paste into your browser) to join the team! More info to follow....

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Sweet Reading!

What better way to spend a summer day than with a great book! Even better when it's in a hammock while sipping an iced coffee! That's how I enjoyed Sweet Ruin by an author I'm glad I found - Cathi Hanauer. I sent an email to Cathi and hope to have her on the show soon! Now, time to choose the next selection!! There is nothing quite like summer reading!

**This just in- Cathi will be my guest on Saturday, July 29th at 7:30am!
Tune into 920AM WHJJ - you can also join in the conversation at 1-866-920-9455!