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Steve Martin Offers a Cure for Post Holiday Stress

Ahhh, the holidays; a time for fun, good cheer, and merriment for all. It’s a time for people to recharge their batteries and come back to work refreshed and ready to take on a new year. Or, if your holidays were like mine, a time to drive from get together to get together through terrible weather on a marathon visiting session that ends up being too much family in too little time. I love my family as much as the next person but seven days straight left me feeling like McCauley Culkin at the beginning of Home Alone. I found myself wanting to say to them, “I don't want to see you again for the rest of my whole life. And I don't want to see anybody else either.” Okay, maybe I wasn’t that wound up, but I was definitely haunted by images of my family for days.

At the end of it all, I was left with a single day to wind down before getting back to the normal routine. But how would I spend that day? Easy – relaxing with a good book that doesn’t demand deep thought. The book I picked up was The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten. The tweets of Steve Martin from Grand Central Publishing.

If laughter truly is the best medicine and you need treatment, this is the book for you. This book, just as the title suggests, is a collection of Steve Martin’s Twitter posts. Unlike some tweeters (who shall remain nameless) Martin’s tweets do not revolve around shoe shopping, feuding with other celebrities, or posting way too many selfies. Instead, his tweets are pure, unfiltered Martin gold. This is not Steve Martin reading from a script, but Martin delivering his own thoughts without compromise. And man, are they funny! My favourite of his tweets are those where Martin appears to be tweeting from jury duty:

REPORT FROM JURY DUTY: Other Jurors are stupid. They don’t believe in “hexes.” Plus they want me to put my magazines away.

Or those where he tweets about the Martin invented character Creepy Guy:

Creepy Guy

Creepy Guy here fixing basement. Odd that he has to tie me up to do it.

But aside from his own tweets, Martin also trades tweets with his followers, and some of those directed at him are as funny as his own. One follower tweeted:

@youcatastrophe: “I think I’m the only person in the world that truly understands you and gets your humour. That said...you’re not very funny.”

The fact that Martin included this tweet in the collection just goes to show what a great sense of humour he has.

Needless to say, after finishing this book the thoughts of unrest and bitterness about the hectic nature of my holidays were replaced with feelings of contentment and serenity. I only wish that it were a bit longer. Reading it is a lot like eating popcorn: easily consumed, deliciously enjoyable and gone before you know it! Luckily, once this book is finished you can follow Martin on twitter and get your daily dose of medicine. Happy New Year!

Click this link https://twitter.com/SteveMartinToGo to follow Steve Martin on twitter.

New Year, Delicious

Eating in Color 9781617690297
Eating in Color 9781617690297

At the start of the New Year there is a significant amount of pressure and expectation from books, magazines, blog posts, newspapers and, perhaps, even from your most helpful (not HELPFUL) friend to lose ____ amount of weight in ____ amount of days. And, don’t get us wrong, we appreciate the reminder because we have been eating an impressively unhealthy amount of sweet, buttery, fatty foods for two blissful weeks. But, sometimes it's is difficult to get motivated when all you want to do is curl up into your snuggie and watch bad reruns of your favourite 90's television show. Luckily, the beautiful Abrams book EATING IN COLOR has arrived just in time to help ease us back into a healthy and clean lifestyle.  In EATING IN COLOR, registered dietitian and bestselling author Frances Largeman-Roth offers home cooks an easy, fun plan for utilizing the color spectrum to bring more vividly hued food to the table. From deep green kale to vermilion beets, Eating in Color showcases vibrant, delicious foods that have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, some cancers, diabetes, and obesity. Avocados, tomatoes, farro, blueberries, and more shine in stunning photographs of 90 color-coded, family-friendly recipes, ranging from Caramelized Red Onion and Fig Pizza to Cran-Apple Tarte Tatin. Clear preparation instructions and nutritional information make this an essential resource for eating well while eating healthy (read more at abramsbooks.com).

Want to know more? Here's the stunning trailer:

What better way to start the new year than with a gorgeous cookbook that gently encourages healthy eating without the pressure of losing weight. Sounds perfect to us!

Eating in Color Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family

Authors: By Frances Largeman-Roth, photographs by Quentin Bacon Imprint: Stewart, Tabori & Chang EAN: 9781617690297 Publishing Date: 1/7/2014 Trim Size: 8 x 9 Cover: Hardcover Illustrations: 50 color illustrations

New Year, Same You

calvin-and-hobbes-new-years-resolution-comicSo it's a new year and no doubt you have a list of resolutions a mile long: lose weight, get promoted, drink more water, find your soul mate, organize life, closet, and apartment, climb Mount Everest, move Mount Everest with mind, remember how to speak French, learn Chinese, sign language & Chinese sign language, read EVERY classic ever written, be prettier, funnier, more zen, more fashionable, and just all around a completely different and PERFECT human being. OK, so my ambitions last year were a bit lofty - even if our publishers really do carry books that can help you master every single one of these goals. Though commendable, this year my list looks a little bit different. My 2013 to do list: laugh louder, learn how to play air guitar like a pro, dance frequently, love emphatically, and fill the year with happy memories and experiences surrounded by the people I love. Here is my New Year, Same You Book List that will start my year off on a positive note.

313651First up on my reading list is The Unofficial Hobbit Handbook: Everything I Need to Know About Life I Learned from Tolkien (Writer's Digest Books, 1599636506). Hobbits know how to do the whole live long and prosper thing really well (even if they weren't responsible for coining the phrase.) This guide book has some sage advice and some good laughs contained within it's pages. I now know not to pick any troll pockets, what recipes to cook for hearty but healthy hobbit food, and even how to disappear without the help of a magical ring. Best of all, when I went to see The Hobbit at the movie theater I stayed awake for the full 3 and a half hours and enjoyed it even more because of the book.

Fake It FINAL.inddNext up I'm reading Fake it: More than 100 Shortcuts that Every Woman Needs to Know (Adams Media, 1440541094). Just because I don't have those get prettier, be thinner, have nicer hair resolutions this year doesn't mean I don't want to APPEAR as if I do. Lucky for me Jennifer Byrne is on it. If you want it to seem as if your waist is 2 sizes smaller, you have salon-worthy manicured nails, your home is immaculate and magazine worthy, and your hair is gorgeous even if you haven't washed it for 5 days, and still have time to sleep in every morning then this book is for you. Eventually you will probably have to clean up what's been shoved under your bed and actually wash your hair, but sometimes it's OK to take short cuts when it makes lifes load just a little lighter and a little more fun.

ShittyMomOK so I'm not a mom but I HAVE a mom, I KNOW other moms, and I like to laugh - hence, Shitty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us (Abrams, 1419704591). In this frank and hilarious outlet for busy moms everywhere you'll discover that everyone drops the baby... I mean ball... sometimes, and MOST of the rascals turn out okay.

how-to-drive-a-tankThen there is How to Drive a Tank... and Other Everyday Tips for the Modern Gentleman by Frank Coles (Abacus, 0349122237) - an oldie, but a goodie. I DO NOT call myself a man, but having read the book I can safely say that learning how to hot-wire a car, hide a dead body, make things go boom, survive in the wild, and win big at poker can be really helpful in a savvy girl's repertoire (the men in your life may steal it from you, but now you will know how to pick their locks and get it back!)

OneGoodDeed_3DOne Good Deed: 365 Days of Trying to Be Just a Little Bit Better by Erin McHugh (Abrams Image, 1419704176) may seem like a legitimate New Year, New You resolution book, and it is, but it is also a key to my own goals in 2013. This book is an inspirational guide that leaves you more fulfilled. Erin Hugh's book emphasizes what really matters, and encourages you to focus less on yourself and more on others, which is - in fact - a perfect path to a happier you.

The_Mark_of_AthenaAnd LAST on my New Year reading list, but definitely NOT least is The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion Books, 978-1423140603) simply because reading fiction YA makes me happy. I LOVE all the other books in The Heroes of Olympus series and I've been meaning to read it and just haven't gotten around to it.

Now I can't wait for 2013. Happy New Year from Manda everyone!

HAPPY-NEW-YEAR