Heavy snow tucked in New York City and all of the Northeast last night. Residents may be getting weary, since it's the second major snowstorm of the season, but we'll never tire of beautiful snow pics. Only six weeks till Spring!
- TV: Buzz readers love AMC's new zombie-centric show, The Walking Dead, which gained Mad Men-like traction during its short first season. It's been renewed for a full, 13-episode season two, so you'll only be hearing more about in 2011.
- Books: Banking on the success Pride and Prejudice and Zombies found by mixing literature and the undead, there are more zombie-literature concoctions in the pipeline. Look for I Am Scrooge: A Zombie Story For Christmas, Alice in Zombieland, and (my favorite) The Adventures of Huck Finn and Zombie Jim. Other notable titles include a cookbook (Zombie Cupcakes), a right-wing rant (Obama Zombies), a children's book (Attack of the Zombies, Spongebob Squarepants), and so many more.
- Movies: Stuck in a few years of planning, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is expected to finally start filming, but there are plenty of other zombie flicks to come, including Bollywood Zombie, World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries, and Zombie Hamlet.
- Art/fashion: Last week Australian artist Jonathan Zawada re-imagined the hottest runway looks for 2011 as zombie drawings.
- Education: This goes back to last Fall, but you can enroll in a zombie class — Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For — at the University of Baltimore.
Are you dreading it?
If you want to get healthy in the New Year but still follow your resolution to cook on a budget, here's my advice: be sure to begin each day with a wholesome breakfast that starts at home. It's all too easy to fall into the routine of buying smoothies, but they're so uncomplicated and economical to make at home. For a refreshing departure from the iconic blend of berries and bananas, opt for a creamy avocado-pear mixture that's so vividly green in color, you know it's got to be good for you! Indeed, it is: This recipe, which comes courtesy of the new book Power Foods, is chock-full of folic acid, soluble fiber, and monounsaturated fatty acids.
Boost your breakfast when you read on.
Today's Wall Street Journal follows several families that tried to reduce their reliance on technology and encourage more face-to-face interaction by taking away all aspects of computerized entertainment (texting, Facebook, Twitter, DVDs, and online videos) for a week. The families all responded differently, but in the end, each found themselves more engaged with each other when their experiments were through.
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Going to the gym has been a little frustrating lately — it's packed, chaotic, and hectic. My normally overlooked corner of the cardio room is occupied whenever I'm there, and it seems that every hour is peak hour. I know that January is typically a crowded time for fitness centers: people are making good on New Year's resolutions, and the best membership deals are being offered. I just wish these resolutionaries knew a little more about gym etiquette. But, whining aside, I am glad that people are making their health a priority; here's hoping it keeps up all year long! How's life at your gym — are you bumping elbows in yoga class and waiting in line for the treadmill?
Bastianich is asking home cooks everywhere to make a commitment to leftovers and, quite simply, not throw any food away. To find out more about her grassroots campaign, head over to Slashfood for the full story.
The start of the New Year was more than a week ago, but I'm wondering if any of you started on your resolutions yet. The date you get going on your goals for 2011 doesn't have to be when the clock strikes 12 on New Year's Eve, and I personally had a late start on some of my resolutions. What about you — have you started resolving for 2011?
- Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
- Waiting For Godot, Samuel Beckett
- Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift
- Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
- Middlemarch, George Eliot
- Dracula, Bram Stoker
- Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
- Moby Dick, Herman Melville
- The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Three Lives, Gertrude Stein
- The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
- A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
- Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
- Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
- The Egyptian Book of the Dead, Robert Winston
Have any to add?
Setting a New Year's resolution is easy, but implementing and following through with that goal is a whole different ballgame. Most of us start out strong but slip as we settle in to postholiday life. How can you keep up the momentum and stick to your goals? The key is focusing on productivity and organization strategies and keeping your effort up. Check out these helpful tips and guides to increasing your personal and professional effectiveness and maintaining your career and finance goals for 2011.
Need a more concrete guide? In the spirit of getting organized and on track, we've crafted a handy Resolution Worksheet for you to keep track of all your financial goals for the new year and help you keep them. Time to make your January list and check it twice!