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A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis by Irene Woodbury


I was really excited to read this book when I was contacted by author Irene Woodbury.  It seemed like something that I’d like and enjoy reading.  Plus, I’ve never been to Vegas before, so I thought that maybe I could live vicariously through the characters in this book.

In “A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis“, mid-40′s newlywed Wendy Sinclair has just moved to Texas from Los Angeles to be with her husband, who she had been dating for seven years prior.   She’s realizing that she doesn’t really fit in with the Texas crowd, especially the rich, snotty wives of her husband’s colleagues that she is forced to socialize with.  She misses working in an upscale women’s clothing boutique in LA with her best friend, Paula.  Wendy and Paula plan a girls’ weekend together in Las Vegas to catch up and let loose and everything changes from there!

Wendy and Paula have a wild and interesting weekend, but Wendy doesn’t want it to end there… she doesn’t want to go back to Texas.  And frankly, she felt like her relationship with her husband, Roger, was better before they got married.  She decides to extend her weekend trip for a few more weeks.  And a few more weeks after that.  Then a few months.  Wendy is offered a job working with one of the casinos, which solidifies the feeling of her being needed somewhere other than Texas.  She makes some friends along the way and enjoys relaxing, eating, working (on something she loves to do!), and being pampered.  The entire time, Roger is none too happy that Wendy is spending their first year of marriage in a different city, and Wendy is suspicious of the daughter of one of Roger’s colleagues who starts hanging around him.  So, does Wendy stay in Vegas and follow her heart and do what makes her happy, or does she go home to Roger and rekindle their marriage?

This book was really easy for me to get into and it was interesting to hear about some Vegas stuff that most tourists probably don’t think about or see.  I found myself getting a little frustrated with some of the characters – I wanted to strangle Paula at some points, and I was going back and forth with being disappointed with Wendy for abandoning her husband and not just talking to him, while cheering her on in “you go, girl!” fashion for being independent and doing what SHE wanted to do.  But I don’t think it’s always necessary for characters to be likable… I think that characters that illicit mixed responses like that from readers are just as good!

Overall, the story was a fun read and was a nice escape from my own reality into someone else’s crazy life!

I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship: Hilarious, Heartwarming Tales About Man’s Best Friends from America’s Favorite Humorists by Wade Rouse


Stories about dogs.  By some of my favorite authors.  Need I say more?  AND LOOK AT THE COVER.

I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship” is a compilation of very short stories from a variety of popular writers about man’s (or woman’s) best friend.  The book starts with a foreword by Chunk, comedienne Chelsea Handler’s adopted pup.  The rest of the stories were told from the perspective of the human.  I was especially excited to read the stories from Jen Lancaster, Jenny Gardiner, Laurie Notaro, Jane Green, and Sarah Pekkanen (particularly because I am a big fan of their other books).  This book also helped introduce me to some new-t0-me authors who were especially hilarious.

These stories weren’t super sad, “Marley and Me“-ending types of stories.  Most of them were laugh-out-loud funny, and if not laugh-out-loud funny, then at least chuckle-and-smile-to-myself funny.  Others were sweet and loving stories that made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  If you have a dog, this book will make you really appreciate your relationship with your furry best friend, and if you don’t have a dog, you will probably want to go out and adopt one right away!  Also, 50% of each book purchased goes to the Humane Society of the United States.  How could you go wrong?

A Holiday for the Rest of Us

I know today is Christmas, but I wish you a happy whichever holiday you celebrate this time of year.  I’ve been waiting for this time of year to come because there’s one book I really really wanted to blog about!  I was traveling to visit family and didn’t get a chance to write this post before I left, so I apologize if it’s a little late.

Festivus.  Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a HUGE “Seinfeld” fan (I watch the repeats three times per day.  My favorite episode is “The Chicken Roaster“.).  Each year on December 23rd, I look forward to watching the episode “The Strike” (even though they didn’t show it last year!).  One of the storylines in this episode is about a holiday called Festivus that George’s father made up when George was a boy after getting into a fight over a doll that he was trying to buy for George for Christmas.  He decided to rebel against tradition and start his own holiday, “a Festivus for the rest of us!”  It involves an aluminum pole instead of a tree (“I find tinsel distracting.”); the “airing of grievances” to your family, telling them all the ways they’ve disappointed you in the past year; and the “feats of strength”, where a chosen family member wrestles the head of household in an attempt to pin him/her.

Last holiday season near Festivus, I discovered that there was actually a book called “Festivus: A Holiday for the Rest of Us” by Allen Salkin.  I had to order it right away.  Basically, the book explains where Festivus actually came from (spoiler alert: it wasn’t made up just for “Seinfeld”!) and how to properly carry on a Festivus celebration.  The book is quite funny and gives examples of real Festivus celebrations.  If I had more friends that were huge “Seinfeld” fanatics like me, maybe I’d start my own yearly Festivus celebration.  It’s a lighthearted look at the anti-holiday made famous by the show and you learn some interesting tidbits along the way.  There were some additional Festivus traditions that I was not aware of that the book details as well.

Oh – and for your holiday gift, I made a donation on behalf of my readers to the Human Fund.  You’re welcome.

Happy holidays, everyone!

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