Monthly Archives: April 2009

FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Body Milk: A Mother-Daughter Conversation

Here’s a conversation Annalena, age 14, and I just had about FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Body Milk .

Gina: What do you think this stuff smells like?

Annalena: It smells like peaches and cream.

Gina: The box says: “Our cows eat cookies.” Does it smell like cookies?

Annalena: Not really. I think they just mean that it’s sweet smelling. Like, it’s really, really sweet.

Gina: Yes, I agree. It’s too sweet for me. What about you?

Annalena: I like it a lot.

Gina: Do you think it’s best for teens?

Annalena: No, it’s not a youthful scent, but it smells yummy.

Gina: It says it has almond oil in it. Does it smell like almonds?

Annalena: Not really. There’s a slight hint of it, but the tangy, milky scent over powers the almond.

Gina: What does it feel like?

Annalena: It’s kind of a watery lotion. Not too oily. It’s really nice. It makes your skin freakishly soft.

Gina: What do you think of the package?

Annalena: I like that it comes in a little pitcher. It’s very elegant.

Gina: Does it look like vinaigrette?

Annalena: I don’t know. Vinaigrette comes in lots of different packages.

Gina: Anything else?

Annalena: It’s more cream than peach.

Gina: The copy on the box recommends using it with your favorite perfume.

Annalena: It’s pretty strong. The scent is mild, but it lasts for a while. I don’t know about mixing it with perfume.

Gina: It costs $26. Do you think it’s worth it?

Annalena: Well, to me $26 is a lot to spend on any kind of beauty product, but it’s a nice lotion. I don’t think it’s ridiculous except that spending that much on any beauty product is ridiculous. You’re paying for the package, which is really pretty.

Attention: Antiques Roadshow

We found these vessels in the barn. Anybody guess as to their vintage and original uses?

Spring Green

My mother-in-law says it’s still too early for pots, but the weather was so gorgeous this weekend, Dave couldn’t resist putting a few out.

Second Guessing My Glasses

Glasses Under Consideration – View 1
Glasses Under Consideration – View 2
Current Glasses

I know there are more important things to worry about in the world, but what do you think of this other pair of glasses? I See GB let me bring them home to show Dave and he’s not home yet. I brought a friend into the shop this afternoon for a second opinion and she said she liked my current pair better. She thought the other ones look the same only more boring. I still think they might be better, though — less severe, more subtle in their charm. They are also on sale…just $99…but my new progressive lens prescription is expensive, so if you’re not impressed with them, please speak up.

Movies About Journalists



(Updated November 30, 2015)Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday

Last night I decided to channel my grief about the death of the newspaper industry into compiling a list of movies about journalists. I queried the Twitterverse and Google (which, interestingly, came up with different suggestions). Here’s what I’ve found so far. Please add others in the comments section or email me and I’ll add titles to the list.

Movies About Print Journalists:
A Mighty Heart (2007)
Absence of Malice (1981)
Ace In The Hole (1951)
Adaptation (2002)
All The President’s Men (1976)
Almost Famous (2000)
The Bedford Incident (1965)
The Big Carnival (1951)
The Big Clock (1948)
The Blessed Event (1932)
Blood Diamond (2006)
Call Northside 777 (1948)
Capote (2005)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Continental Divide (1981)
Dan in Real Life (2007)
The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961)
Deadline USA (1952)
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Die Hard (1988)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Fletch (1985)
Five Star Final (1931)
The Front Page (1931, 1974)
Green Zone (2010)
Hellraiser VII: Deader (2005)
His Girl Friday (1940)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (2008)
Johnny Come Lately (1943)
It Happened One Night (1934)
The Killing Fields (1984)
I Love Trouble (1994)
The Mean Season (1985)
Meet John Doe (1941)
The Paper (1994)
The Parallax View (1974)
Park Row (1952)
The Pelican Brief (1994)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Quiet American (1958, 2002)
Reds (1981)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Salvador (1986)
Scandal Sheet (1940, 1952)
Sex and the City (2008)
The Soloist (2009)
Shattered Glass (2003)
Spotlight (2015)
State of Play (2009)
Superman (1978, 2006)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Under Fire (1983)
Wag the Dog (1997)
Woman of the Year (1942)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1983)
Zodiac (2007)

Movies About Television Journalists:
Broadcast News (1987)
The China Syndrome (1979)
Eyewitness (1981)
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Good Night and Good Luck (2005)
The Insider (1999)
Live from Baghdad (2002)
Mad City (1997)
Network (1976)
Street Smart (1987)
Switching Channels (1988)
To Die For (1995)
Up Close and Personal (1996)

Movies About Radio Journalists:
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

Documentaries About Journalists:
Citizen McCaw (2008)
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)
Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)

Goose and the First Pedicure of Spring

Yesterday I endured my annual mammogram. I share this as a public service announcement: chicas, take care of yourselves. The staff at Fairview Hospital make it as stress free as possible and nothing unusual showed up in the X-rays, but still, it’s hardly pleasant. I craved a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream as a reward. Instead, I had a Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle Bar and treated my feet to this pedicure. Cheers to spring and to health.

Berkshires Cat Molly Needs a New Home

If you know of anyone with room in their home and heart to care for a cat, please spread the word.

A note from Jeffrey Borak:

My wife and I are looking for a safe, loving, caring home for our 10-year-old neutered indoor cat, Molly. Because she has been bullied by three adult cats we have brought into the house, we have moved her into a comfortable room of her own, isolated from the others but this is not a good permanent solution.

She is loving and affectionate, once she has learned to trust the situation she is in. She also is easily spooked by loud, abrupt noises – thunder, strangers entering the house.

If you are interested or have questions, I can be reached via cell phone at 413.281.2475.

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