Confessions from Norman: Obsession with Twitter

Ever since the Twitter phenomeon started, I was perfectly content not being  a part of it.  I didn’t feel the need to jump onto the bandwagon…start sending out “tweets.”  I mean, I didn’t even know what the heck a “tweet” was…who comes up with this?  Recently I was at a meeting with some colleagues.  The person we were meeting with was brainstorming on some ideas to increase traffic into our arts museum.  One of my colleagues, Kathy, who continuously cracks me up, asks the art museum girl, “Well, are you on Facebook?  Do you tweet?”  I looked at another colleague, Melanie, and silently mouthed, “Do you tweet?  Where did that come from?”  She just laughed.  A few days after that, I went to Twitter and tried to realize what the buzz was all about.  Short messages, little drama unlike Facebook…hmm, maybe I might like this after all.  

Fast forward a few weeks and I am now a serious fan of Twitter.  I was never a huge Facebook girl and can appreciate that people don’t post long, dramatic things on Twitter.  I like that there are only a certain number of characters allotted per “tweet.”  I get to “follow” famous people and reply to their posts…and they even write back.  That’s pretty cool to me. 

For all those like me who used to roll their eyes at Twitter and think, “sheesh, what will come up with next…who has time for all this”  give it a try…you might just like it.

Sincerely,
New Twitter fan

Cristina Ferrare: breath of fresh air

About a year ago, I started reading Realistically Ever After, a book I picked up one day at Barnes ‘n Noble.  It is by Cristina Ferrare, someone I wish I had known about before now.  For whatever reason, I stopped reading it…maybe something interrupted and I forgot about it.  Yesterday, I was cleaning my bookshelf and pulled it out once again. In between some chores, I picked up where I had left off.  It took me no time at all to forget what I was doing before I picked up the book….I was immediately engrossed and wondered why in the heck I ever put it down a year ago.  This book not only made me laugh but also reaffirmed some things for me.  Cristina Ferrare, a former model and tv star, has lived a fascinating life.  While reading her book, I felt like she is someone I could have lunch or coffee with-she gives off that down-to-earth feeling.  There are many pages I wanted to flag and I could share all of them with you.  However, just trust me….you need to read the whole thing.  Just the title alone should get you—Realistically Ever After: Finding Happiness When He’s Not Prince Charming, You’re Not Snow White, and Life’s Not a Fairy Tale.  You’ll love it!

So, my suggestion to you is to pick up this book…I really think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.  In fact, after I read it again, this time from start to finish, I’m sending it to my sister.  If you do read it, I’d be curious to hear your thoughts…

Happy Reading!