Thursday, October 30, 2008

That's Amore... Hey, All You Dean Martin Fans Out There!

"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That's amore
When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine
That's amore
Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you'll sing "Vita bella"
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay
Like a gay tarantella

When the stars make you drool just like a pasta fazool
That's amore
When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet
You're in love"

Here's a sweet little offer for all you crazy kids out there who might be looking for a deal on Dean Martin at the Sands. Click the link for a budget-priced 1996 box set "on disky." The collection features 48 of Dino's greatest Capitol hits in a gatefold 6' x 10' long box. You'll reminisce to faves like Dino's 'Volare' (whoa-oh-oh-oh), That's Amore,' 'Return To Me,' 'Young And Foolish,' 'Cha ChaCha d'Amour,' 'Memories Are Made Of This' and 'Dream A Little Dream Of Me.'


The Nose on Your Face Keeps Us Laughing Through the Election

I haven't seen The Nose on Your Face in my BlogExplosion surfing lately, so I droppedby to see what they were providing in terms of "election coverage." Turns out that they've been keeping up the regularly scheduled laughs, with recent posts including "Can We Believe Colin Powell's Endorsement of Barack Obama?" and "Obama to Combat Joe the Plumber with Average Americans of His Own." So if everyone else's political coverage has you down, head over to TNOYF for a hearty election week chuckle.

The Nose On Your Face, written by the blogging team of R.H. Potfry and Buckley F. Williams, is one of my favorite BlogExplosion discoveries. These guys are hysterical, but you may not be familiar with them because they don't participate in Battle of the Blogs or EntreCard.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Twelve Steps to Recovery from Alcholism or Addiction

Consider yourself lucky if you've never had to deal with alcoholism or addiction of a family member, whether through local Alcoholics Anonymous meetings or through private rehab. While this blog tends to be devoted to the best blogs in the blogosphere, I did think it might be helpful to provide the valuable information contained in the original Twelve Steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His Will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

EntreCard Saturdays

I have to admit to being a bit behind on updating my Roxiticus Best Blogs site. When I first started out in the blogosphere, my only real source for finding Other People's Blogs ("OPB") was BlogExplosion, particularly the Battle of the Blogs. Since I joined EntreCard, I must have found over a hundred high quality blogs to read. I hate to make excuses, but it takes so much time to read through the posts, I hardly have time to write up the nice review that each blog deserves.

That said, I've seen "EntreCard Saturdays" in which other bloggers post about the faves they've discovered through EntreCard dropping, and I'm going to try to participate more regularly using my Roxiticus Best Blogs and Roxy's Best Of... Blogs sites. But hey, just like a diet, please don't set your expectations too high!


P.S. -- Oh, and if you have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about when I say EntreCard, how do you keep your laptop charged up in the cave you must be living in? Seriously, just click on the little yellow "Get One" under the Blog of the Day in my sidebar.

Isn't Roxy a Little Too Old for a Pimple On My Chin??!!

I woke up this morning and stumbled out of my bed to find a pimple on my chin staring back at me from the mirror! What's up with the teenage acne? I may be going to see a blast from my teenage past tomorrow night -- Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at the Morristown Community Theatre -- but I certainly don't need any other remnants of my adolescent years coming out of my closet like skeletons on Halloween. The good news is, superzit should clear up in a few days, and I won't have to schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin Sands, a dermatologist with a special interest in researching cutting-edge technologies and incorporating them into his practice.

Updating Roxy's Best Of... Blogs: Lady Java, the Blogger Who Never Sleeps

As my loyal Roxiticus Best Blogs and Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers know, I've been doing my best to transfer all of my faves over to my new Roxy's Best Of... Blogs site, and Lady Java will soon be ready to make the move. For those of you who are not familiar with my good blogosphere buddy, Lady Java is sooo blogalific that she posts regularly to seven (7) different blogs. As we're approaching midnight magic here in the Roxiticus Valley and, unlike LJ, I need a bit of beauty sleep, I can only share a couple of them here.

Lady Java, another terrific BlogExplosion discovery, is one of the friendliest and most prolific (or blogalific, if you will) bloggers in the blogosphere. Her secret to getting everything done is that she nevah evah sleeps...she just pours herself cup after cup of that hot java and delivers her Midnight Magic (and cheerful comments) around the blogosphere. Lady Java's Lounge is where you'll find LJ's ramblings on daily living, home, family, health, love, beauty, shopping and product reviews.

Lady Java's Life Pages are where LJ feels free to let go and be herself. It's a blog revolving around her life, daily activities, special events, love and relationships. Enjoy!

LJ also has a blog about her six furry kitties, but I am so highly allergic to cats that I'd be sneezing while I blogged if I posted a picture, so....just a link to Cat Tales.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Roxy's Back-to-School Fitness Program Update

Since London and Maddie went back to school in early September, I decided I need to get back in shape with a back-to-school workout program that I've been posting about over on my Roxiticus Desperate Housewives blog. I knew that if I didn't get on the elliptical trainer at least three days a week, I'd be signing up for lapband houston surgery to be able to fit into my jeans. Well, I'm now about 6 weeks into the program, and down about 10 pounds from 160 to plus or minus 150, but for all the wrong reasons. I've had little to no appetite from stressing out about the stock market, and haven't worked out for a couple of weeks. Wish me luck...I'm hoping to get back on my workout program this week.

Updating Roxy's Best Of... Blogs with Mariuca: Wishing On A Falling Star

It's been about eight months since Mariuca, the friendliest and most popular blogger in the blogosphere, befriended me through BlogExplosion. Now my day is not complete if I don't stop by and read the latest post and make a few comments at Mariuca's blog, Wishing On A Falling Star. Lately Mariuca has been serving up prizes for her top commenter, leading to a world record of over 500 comments per post!

Mariuca's blog revolves around the ups and downs of her life as a freelance copywriter working from home. She has three adorable cats and loves collecting perfumes & daydreaming! Mariuca writes about anything under the sun. From hobbies and food to love and life, Mariuca has it all.

As I begin the transition of Roxiticus Best Blogs from Blogger to Wordpress, it's time to move Mariuca to Roxy's Best Of... Blogs. As soon as I've done a bit more research on Mariuca's blogging history and love story, you'll be able to read more by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

London and Maddie's Bad Luck with Pets

As my loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers know, Rex, London, Maddie and I just returned from a long weekend vacation in Duck, North Carolina. You may also remember that London is allergic to most furry pets... I am deathly allergic to cats, but so far London seems to be allergic to horses and dogs as well. So when London and Maddie both won small aquariums in a school contest, we decided to try fish as a pet for each of them. Both girls picked out a betta fish (the Japanese fighting fish)...Maddie chose a blue one and London's was red and white. Unfortunately, we just don't have good luck with pets... Maddie's betta required a "burial at sea" before we left on vacation, and we found London's little guy belly up on the bottom of her tank when we returned home on Monday night.

I do know that my good blogosphere buddies like Mariuca and LadyJava (you'll find their blogs noted here at Roxiticus Best Blogs) believe that "Happiness is Pets" and our family will persevere in finding the perfect pet for us. Maddie keeps bringing home books about pets (rabbits, dogs, and fish, to name a few) from the school library, and I've been trying out the options on our loyal readers. If only London outgrows her allergies, at least becomes tolerant of "less allergenic" dogs like cock-a-poos, we would all be excited to have a cuddly puppy in our home.