Sunday, March 4, 2012

Book Review: Lucky Man

Book 6/30 in the 2012 Reading Challenge.  Date completed: March 4, 2012.

Apparently I'm on a celebrity memoir kick.

Somebody recommended this book to me.  I can't remember who, but they shouldn't have had to recommend it in the first place.  This is one of those no-brainer books for me.  I should have had it in my "already read" column a long time ago.  Michael J. Fox is wonderful.

Because my mom suffers from a young-onset incurable degenerative neurological disorder, Michael's battle with Parkinson's Disease speaks to me.

Not to mention, I'd love Michael J. Fox even if my mom was her old self.  He's pretty much the most adorable guy ever.  And who doesn't love Back to the Future?    I mean, really.

So, Lucky Man is about Michael's life and how it changed for the better, ultimately, as a result of (and despite) his diagnosis.  It's an intimate look into his family, his career, his illness, and his life.  How one man takes the crappy hand he's dealt, and makes it work for him without seeking anybody's pity.  Despite his unfortunate affliction with Parkinson's Disease, Michael is still one of the most known and loved faces in Hollywood, has pretty much the most successful marriage in Hollywood, and rightfully considers himself to be a very "Lucky Man".

I admire his honesty and his optimism.  This book got four stars from me.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Souvenir photos

Ok.  I've been searching high and low but have found absolutely no solutions for my newest problem.

A VERY small selection of my problem photos.
Like, just the few I could scrap together from
the kitchen counter.  I love them but I have
absolutely NO idea what to do with them!!
You know how when you're on vacation you lose all common sense and you spend a small fortune on those souvenir photographs?  Yeah, I know about that a little too well.  I've been dropping serious dough on these clever mementos pretty much professionally for quite some time now.

My issue is...  Then what?  You buy the overpriced pictures and you bring them home with you in their cute little where-ever-you-went-themed folders, and then, if you're like me, you stick them in a safe place where you're likely to forget they ever existed.

I hate that.  I don't want to do it any more.  I want to be able to enjoy these pictures, but let's face it:  framing them all doesn't make a lot of sense, and I'd hardly have enough wall space for them anyways.  I can't find an answer on Pinterest or even on Google.  I know I can't possibly be the only person with this problem.  How do you preserve your vacation souvenir photographs?  If anybody has a good idea, I'll pay you a dollar.  Until then, I'm going to have to put some serious thought into this.  Sorting through all of my things, I just can't believe how much money we've put into photos we hardly ever get to look at.  It doesn't seem right.
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