The Friday Five!

1. Here we are, at the first Friday of 2009. Personally, I had a very low key New Year’s Eve, and was asleep before the ball dropped. I know. I know! So lame. But I was wiped out. I hope that 2009 wasn’t too upset that I was not there to greet it in person. Last night for dinner, though, we had our collard greens (for money) and blackeyed peas (for luck), as is the tradition down in these parts. I’m not superstitious about many things, but I truly believe it’s important to consume these two things on the first day of a New Year. Can’t hurt, right?

2. Speaking of beginnings, the tiara auction organized by Meg Cabot, to benefit the New York Public Library, will officially kick off on January 9th with a gala event. But you can see and bid on all the tiaras online: just click here to check them out. Personally, I have my eye on the Bobbi Brown one, as I am a sucker for cosmetics. But I am thrilled with my tiara, which—full disclosure!—would not look nearly so pretty if my assistant Parker, who is oh so crafty, had not done a lot of the heavy lifting. Yay for Parker, and yay for a good cause!

3. Speaking of fab authors, Tanya Lee Stone—who wrote A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, among other great books—-is currently looking for stories about Barbie for an upcoming collection she’s putting together. They can only be 150 words, and she can’t guarantee she’ll use yours, but if you’re interested, check out her site for all the details. I’m definitely going to contribute, as soon as I winnow down my TONS of Barbie anecdotes to just one. I was obsessed with my Barbies as a kid, seriously. It drove my mother, the feminist, insane, which inspired the Barbie scene between Boo and Caitlin in Dreamland. Everything’s fodder when you’re a writer. Everything.

4. We finally came to the end of Freaks and Geeks, and although I was SO sad to see the last episode, I have to say it was just about perfect. And that’s hard to do. A lot of shows just blow it when they try to wrap it all up—-exceptions that immediately come to mind are Sex and the City and Six Feet Under, both of which did a GREAT job saying goodbye. I tried to watch Undeclared but wasn’t that into it, so I’m currently working my way through the F&G commentaries on the series set, and there are like, 30 of them. Score! The fact that I am so excited makes me a bit of a geek, I guess. Which is not exactly shocking.

5. Finally, a consumer tip. Now, I don’t get any kickbacks when I tell you about something I love, I do it just because I feel when you find something you REALLY like, you’re pretty much obligated to spread the word. I’ve written here before about our various camcorder trials and tribulations. It’s practically required that you get a camcorder when you have a kid, but each one I’ve gotten has been kind of a pain in the butt. But then, for Christmas, I got my husband a Flip Mino, and it is just plain fab. So easy to use, simple simple, and they make it even easier to upload stuff to your computer and edit little movies. It’s not super cheap, especially in this economy, but if you’re in the market for something easy, check it out. Plus it comes in colors! And patterns! Oh, I’m such a geek….

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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