Shelterrific March 26, 2012 We made it! We did it, fellow northerns! We made it through another winter! The days are getting longer, football season is over, and it’s the home stretch to spring. The only thing that keeps me sane while riding out those long, post-Christmas winter months is my stash of Tealuxe. Tealuxe […]
Chicago Tribune’s RedEye March 23, 2012
When I say “young adult literature,” what comes to mind? I bet it’s angst-ridden teenage girls and sparkly vampires who have nothing better to do with their immortality than to take high school chem over and over again.
The “Twilight” juggernaut has ruined YA lit’s reputation. It has come to stand as a symbol of everything eye-rollingly terrible about the genre. Almost all the blame can be laid on its fictional narrator, Bella Swan. Even a decent percentage of Twi-hards who swear their allegiance to Stephenie Meyer admit they can’t stand the passive (at her best), asinine (at her worst) Bella Swan.
Forget about “Twilight.” Please. A beacon of fabulous hope for revitalizing the YA genre has appeared in the form of Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy and its heroine, Katniss Everdeen. The first “Hunger Games” movie drops Friday, and it will serve as a satisfying antidote to the “Twilight” books and movies. This is especially true when comparing narrators: Bella vs. Katniss. Read more
Shelterrific March 15, 2012 Forget decorating a nursery, I want these flash cards for my bedroom! From etsy user loopzart, this set of 15 flash cards serves as friendly reminders to how to be a better person including: “Read a Book,” “Say Please,” and “Be Kind.” From Hong Kong, loopzart’s store is filled with sweet, […]
Shelterrific March 13, 2012
I’ve been waiting for Friday for a long time. Next weekend, the ‘Hunger Games’ movie premieres and I couldn’t be happier! I, like so many of my fellow Panem-obsessed bookworms, have been waiting for the movie to premiere since I read the last page of Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay. Now that it’s finally here, I’m prepared to celebrate the movie with all the pomp and circumstance of one of President Snow’s parties. Read more
Shelterrific March 9, 2012 I call it Fridge Freeze. It’s that moment before meal time when you open the refrigerator and are stunned into a stupor, standing there in the cold glow of a bare light bulb starring at a yogurt, some chicken, half a bag of shredded cheese, and some suspicious looking leftovers with […]
Shelterrific March 7, 2012 Last year, I called on Shelterrific readers to point me towards the best food in New Orleans. I ate like a queen during my trip (I’m still dreaming about Café du Monde) and so now I’m hoping to tap into your fabulous culinary expertise again. This March, I’m fleeing the chilly […]