Rewind back to 1988 and it's likely I was in my bed, Little Debbie in hand, reading Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. Best. Book. Ever. Well I am thrilled that my favorite gastro-cartoon is now being made into a 3-D feature film. Check out the trailer and save me a seat and some Milk Duds September 18th!
Time for another installment of AFFF. This time I'm spotlighting New York & Company. I used to work at NY&C back in college and at the time learned just how much attention this store gives to pants. Petite, Regular, Tall. Lots of choices and fits. Their jewelry is also stylish and affordable and the newest stores are bright, clean and full of accessories. If you like what you see, be sure to sign up on their mailing list. You'll be bombarded with amazing coupons left and right. Here are my favorite pics from their new, shoppable website. Happy Shopping!
Lots of my awesome friends have recently become moms, and therefore = Awesome Moms. I'm totally loving this buck teeth pacifier and think it would really spice up a pastel and ribbons-and-bows baby shower. Not much else can do that for only $7.99. Hilare! The Buck Teeth Pacifier, get it here
Speaking of vampires lately, shut your little Bella or Edward up in style with this:Vamp it up here
Well I made it one week of blogging before I mention Twilight or post photos of cats! I can't wait any longer to talk about Twilight Fan Fiction. I've asked my friend and Twilight Überfan, the awesome Pam Wong, to write about it. Enjoy!
73,870. That is the number of fan fiction stories on the internet devoted to Twilight. Never heard of fan fiction before this post? You’re not alone. I discovered this little corner of the online universe just two months ago. I had just finished the Twilight series and was suffering from withdrawal. When I heard there was a website that housed stories about the book’s characters written by fans, I was a bit skeptical. I mean, really? How good could these possibly be? The answer: damn good!
What began as an outlet to help wean me off of my Twilight addiction has only fueled it. To put it mildly, I am obsessed! I’ve spent countless hours reading on my computer (my eyesight is totally shot), reveling in the alternative universes these budding authors have created. I’ve read so many stories now that I find it hard to remember what the actual characters Stephenie Meyer created are like. If you love Twilight, I highly recommend you check out Twilighted.net. Once you visit this site, I promise you will become as hooked as me.
To first-timers, this site can be a bit overwhelming. To help you navigate through the Twilighted.net waters, I’ve compiled some information/tips/suggestions I‘ve garnered over the past couple of months: 1) The most of the stories on this website leave little to the imagination. If you are opposed to reading about sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, I suggest you bypass this site altogether. The stories on this site come with ratings, from G all the way to NC-17. And yes, those stories with the NC-17 rating definitely earn it! 2) In order to read stories rated R and NC-17, you’ll have to register on the site. Trust me, REGISTER. Totally worth it. 3) The stories are lumped in several categories: those that take place before, during and after each of the books, as well as stories that take place in alternative universes. There are stories that remove the vampire aspect altogether (my personal favorite category – alternative universe, human) and others that cross Twilight with other books (i.e., Harry Potter). 4) If you don’t know what you want to read first, I recommend looking at the “Top Tens” listing. You’ll find the most popular, favorite, reviewed, etc. stories here. 5) Abbreviations: as you read the story synopses, you’ll see several abbreviations. I had no idea what these meant so I had to look it up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_fan_fiction_terms
Now to the good stuff! Here are some stories I highly recommend:
Well, that's a mouthful. And a mouthful of awesome it will be. My girl Rachael Ray has done it again. My friend Lynn whipped up this dish in a little over 30 minutes. It was great! Nice presentation appeal, easy to prepare, and it makes enough for 6-8. I'll definitely be making for the next dinner party at my place.
Don't get it twisted: Twisted Root Burger is the mecca of hamburger, root beer, irreverent bumper stickers, and fried delights. Saturday, the fam and I hit up the new TR in Richardson. Total hit. This place has delicious, topped with cheese, wrapped in a bun of entertainment. What? I don't know. But I do know that I need to go back and hit my mouth with another Swiss, Mushroom and Garlic Buffalo Burger immediately.
Here's the drill. Order at the counter after deciding just how much fat and chance of heart attack you're jonesin' for. (All burgers can be veggie, turkey, 93% fat free buffalo, a bunch of other animal options, or plain beef.) Just go with it. Then you can decide if you're going all the way with the Fried Ride (a collection of seasoned curly fries, onion rings, homemade sweet potato chips, fried pickles, and fried green beans). The answer will be yes, so just go with that, too. Oh, you can get almost anything on a hot dog, too. Hot dog! While you're deciding what you're eating, there are plenty of funny bumper stickers to read, but the line moves quickly. My personal fave was "I'm having so much fun I could poop." Yummy!
My family got a whole range of stuff, from the turkey burger, my garlic/mushroom/swiss deliciousness, to a buffalo burger topped with feta. We also opted for the Fried Ride and a side of curly fries. And a chocolate shake (awesome). Time to hit the fountain drinks. TR has an awesome watermelon sweet tea as well as two flavors of their homemade root beer. They had original as well as Cinnamon Pecan. Mom had original and liked it. I went for the watermelon tea.
Another aspect of entertainment (besides numerous flat-screens) is that instead of giving you an impersonal number or having to use your actual name (ugh, the monotony), you get a "famous name." My order was under the name Boo-Boo Kitty. Paris Hilton, Dr. Spock, and some other Star Trek character I forgot also dined with me as well. Tell the kids: even Hannah Montana was there! Bonus for an entire roll of paper towels at each table, and a bunch of homemade condiments to boot.
I thought about my burger all weekend. In like that "I'm obsessed with you" sort of way. But this was a buffalo burger. Awkward. But it felt so right.
Twisted Root Burger is awesome. Make the trip to Richardson, or hit up the original Deep Ellum location. Bonus: Guy Fieri from Food Network stopped in to film an upcoming epi of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Awesome!
This wouldn't be a complete post without a true shout-out to Ebony, the original model of Don't Get It Twisted.