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Kate’s Escapades – Top 10 Awkward Moments

The week of top 10′s continues today with Time Magazines Top 10 Awkward Moments. Let me tell you, there are some doosies in this top 10 list. Check out  these moments to see if you think they meet the definition of awkward, which according to Merriam-Webster is: 1. lacking dexterity or skill 2. lacking ease or grace 3. lacking social grace and assurance 4. not easy to handle or deal with. Awkward moment #1 Joaquin Phoenix Bombs on Letterman “Late-night host David Letterman has done his share of bizarre celebrity guest interviews, but a February Late Show appearance by actor turned aspiring rapper Joaquin Phoenix was one for the books. The Walk the Line star ambled onstage in what might charitably be described as a catatonic stupor, sporting a tangled mane, bushy beard … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rant: Top Oddball Stories of 2009

As we continue breaking down our favorites of this year’s top 10 lists, I am compelled to move us toward what may well be one of the most entertaining of the all – the Top 10 Oddball Stories. So let’s, uh, hop right in! When Sweden burned bunnies for fuel this year, all the world was a tad taken aback. Let’s face it – it’s not every day when people gather up a few thousand bunnies for execution (as the Swedes do every year to counter the rapidly multiplying bunny population). But when the bunnies are burned as a fuel source, somehow that makes things worse. While I am not casting a vote in favor or opposition of this practice, I find it odd that the same people that seem to scream … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – about “Auld Lang Syne”

“Auld Lang Syne” is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700′s, it was first published in 1796 after Burns’ death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scotch tune, “Auld Lang Syne” literally means “old long ago,” or simply, “the good old days.” Here are the lyrics: Auld Lang Syne Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld Lang syne, my dear, for auld Lang syne, We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Top 10 New Species 2009

I am a list lover by nature. Lists make me feel like there is some sort of order to this chaotic world in which we live. Lists summarize the overload of information we have bombarding us daily, and Liz can attest to the fact that my brain can only handle so much.  So you can imagine the giddiness I feel at years end, when the Top 10 Lists seem to pop up from everywhere. Today I’ll be sharing my favorites on the Top 10 New Species List from Time magazine’s  The Top 10 Everything of 2009. m m First I present to you… the Histiophryne psychedelica a new species of frogfish from Indonesia. Hands down, my favorite on the Top 10 New Species list. One glimpse at this fish and you’ll see where … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – Celebrating the New Year is the oldest of holidays

The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible crescent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring). The beginning of spring is a logical time to start a new year. After all, it is the season of rebirth, of planting new crops, and of blossoming. The Romans continued to observe the new year in late March, but their calendar was continually tampered with by various emperors so that the calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun. In order to set the calendar right, the … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – about the first Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball

The first rooftop celebration atop One Times Square, complete with a fireworks display, took place in 1904. The New York Times produced this event to inaugurate its new headquarters in Times Square and celebrate the renaming of Longacre Square to Times Square. The first Ball Lowering celebration atop One Times Square was held on December 31, 1907 and is now a worldwide symbol of the turn of the New Year, seen via satellite by more than one billion people each year. The original New Year’s Eve Ball weighed 700 pounds and was 5 feet in diameter. It was made of iron and wood and was decorated with 100 25-watt light bulbs. *Leave a comment on this, or any, post and be automatically entered … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Top 10s, anyone?

Kate and I thought it might be fun to wrap up 2009 by looking back at some of the most notable people and events of the past year – and, when necessary – add a few of our own. We begin this foray with the help of The Top 10 Everything of 2009 as determined by Time magazine. Choosing among the 50 lists offered, I’ll be dissecting the Top 10 Quotes, today. While I found the list a bit predictable, and think with a little ingenuity the magazine could have done much better with this category, here are a couple that are worth a second look. Remember the April earthquake in Italy that killed 300 people while thousands more were left homeless? Well, here’s what Italy’s Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, had to … Read entire article »

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This Week’s Giveaway – Sunshine Kitchen Set

This week’s giveaway - Sunshine Kitchen Set Sure to brighten up your kitchen on a dreary winter day Includes: Lemon Yellow Kitchen Gloves Rubber Handled Scrub Brush Bright Orange Measuring Cups 4 Orange and Yellow Scrub Pads Lemon Scented Ultra Concentrated JOY Dishwashing Liquid Here’s how to enter: There are several ways to enter.  You may choose to enter one way, or you may choose to do them all.  It’s up to you.  The more times you enter, the more you increase your chances  to win. Leave a comment on this post between now and Sun. Jan. 3rd 9:00pm MST. and you’ll automatically be entered. Leave a comment on any other Coffee Break with Liz and Kate post between now and Sun. Jan. 3rd. (9:00pm MST) and you’ll automatically be entered again.  The more comments you leave, the more entries … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 12/27-1/2

Doesn’t that 1/2 look funny up there? Better yet, look at the whole thing: 01/02/2010. It’s a mirror image date! Moving right along… Even though Christmas seems so yesterday, we still have several related holidays. For example, Falling Needles Family Fest Day is Dec. 30. Our house looks to be in good shape for this one, because I’ve noticed more than a few needles on the tree skirt. Unfortunately, the tree to which I allude is artificial. I’m not quite sure what it is that this holiday would have us do with all the needles. With the Craftdown at a conclusion for this year, seems the best plan of action might be to enlist everyone’s help to sweep up all the falling needles and (gasp!) throw them away. How is it, exactly, that … Read entire article »

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel (2009) movie review by Kate

Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel (2009) movie reviews by Kate. Reel reviews for real people. Rating: PG for some mild rude humor Genre: Children Plot: Pop sensations Alvin, Simon and Theodore end up in the care of Dave Seville’s twenty-something nephew Toby (Levi). The boys must put aside music superstardom to return to school, and are tasked with saving the school’s music program by winning the $25,000 prize in a battle of the bands. But the Chipmunks unexpectedly meet their match in three singing chipmunks known as The Chipettes -– Brittany, Eleanor and Jeanette. Romantic and musical sparks are ignited when the Chipmunks and Chipettes square off. Written by 20th Century Fox Starring: Zachary Levi, David Cross, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Amy Peohler, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate Director: Betty … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Our favorite holiday music

Liz and I have been talking (obviously – since we did announce our commemoration of Humbug Day on Monday). Stop for a moment and try to imagine what the holidays would be like without Christmas music. So many of our traditions and memories are tied to the music of the season. We thought you might enjoy a few days of our favorite Christmas songs. So we’ve decided to list 20 of our all-time favorites, in no particular order. And we are probably gonna think of another 3,000 favorites as soon as we post these. Nevertheless, here are a few of our “never get tired of” tunes that seem to get us through the season. We’ll be posting five a day, now through Christmas, providing you with some classics you’re sure to know, as … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Bah Humbug

Attention all Coffee Break readers. Kate and I have made an executive decision. We are going to   celebrate Humbug Day today. In fact, we are celebrating this one to the extent that you may wanna exercise a little caution in our presence. One wrong word and our heads just might spin off our necks. You’ve been warned. While we doubt many of our male readers will be celebrating with us, we’re betting on the fact that many of our female readers will be able to effortlessly relate. Regardless, consider today a day to share your rants if you’re as momentarily overwhelmed as us. We’d love to hear about it (misery loves company), and suspect it’ll do you some good to get your last-minute Christmas worries and frustrations off your chest. Until tomorrow – … Read entire article »

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Get your party on 12/20-12/26

Folks, we’re a little light on holidays this week. Well, not really. Friday is Christmas Day! But as I’m sure you’ve come to learn, we aren’t about traditional holidays, here. We’re about all the bizarre holidays that otherwise would go un-noticed and without celebration. There are weeks where that could be a blessing, but we’ll worry about that later. Dec. 21 is a day that I’m betting could come at several points during the month of December: it’s Humbug Day. Trust me when I tell you I’ve been there, done that, lately. Maybe you know the feeling. Time seems to fly, and the list of things to do just gets longer. And at some point, in an act of sheer desperation, you decide you will never accomplish everything you’d like, so why … Read entire article »

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Did You Hear About the Morgans? – Movie Review by Kate

Did You Hear About the Morgans? Movie Reviews by Kate. Reel reviews for real people. Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references and momentary violence. Genre: Comedy Starring: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen Plot: Romantic-comedy regulars Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker finally unite in this fish-out-of-water laugher. The actors play Paul and Meryl Morgan, a Manhattan couple whose marriage is in danger.The actors play Paul and Meryl Morgan, a Manhattan couple whose marriage is in danger. But it turns out all they may need is a change of scenery: when the Morgans witness a murder and are sent by the government to small-town Wyoming to hide from the killers, their marriage shows signs of recovery. DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? Director: Marc Lawrence Running Time: 1:40 Kate says – 2 1/2 stars “Did … Read entire article »

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Christmas craftdown, week 6

Do you people realize that a week from today we will be celebrating Christmas? Hard to believe. But just in case there are those of you who are still about three months away from finishing shopping, (insert my photo), here’s another great gift idea (which just happens to be in a dead heat with pomegranate vinegar for this year’s favorite in my opinion): Bird Seed Ball Oh the simplicity. This is such a great idea, I could just hug the person who originally dreamed this up. Here’s what you’ll need for one batch: 4-5 inch twig balls 1 cup animal lard 1 cup peanut butter raisins, cranberries or other bird-friendly fruits 3 cups corn meal 1 cup oats sunflower seeds or any other seed (as far as I know…) Press n seal wrap Melt peanut butter and lard in large pot (don’t … Read entire article »

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