Kimberly C's blog

New Year, New You

exerciseIt’s a new year: A time for new beginnings, big changes and the traditional New Year’s resolutions. The most common resolutions often involve creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Whether your goal is to get moving, lose weight, improve your health or enhance your quality of life, staying active is the key to success. But if you’re like me and find visiting the gym a time-consuming and slightly onerous experience, sticking to a work-out routine seems intimidating. Fortunately, there are DVD’s available for at-home use that cover nearly every form of exercise out there. From walking and dancing, to pilates and yoga, and everything in between, there is a DVD workout to suit almost anyone.

If you’re looking for a new workout, browse the HCPL catalog and request a DVD today!

Biggest Loser

Biggest Loser: The Workout – 30-Day Jump Start
Biggest Loser: The Workout – At-Home Challenge
Biggest Loser: The Workout – Cardio Max

Christmas from Page to Screen

book treeMore and more, it seems new movies in theaters and on television are adapted from novels and short stories. Christmas movies are no exception to this rule. In fact, some of the most beloved Christmas movies are based on the written word. Whether it’s a picture book, a short story or a novel, these books are just as magical as the movies they inspire, and both transport participants to Christmases full of family, love, redemption, traditions, flying reindeer and Whos down in Whoville.

This isn’t a complete list, but it does include some of my favorites (Rudolph!), as well as some more recent additions. If you’re in the mood for some holiday cheer, browse the HCPL catalog and request a book or movie (or both!) today!

 Kimberly’s Movie Picks:

Bradley Cooper = Sexiest Man Alive

bradley cooperIt’s official! Bradley Cooper is People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2011. Each year’s announcement always tends to be a bit divisive among readers, but there is no denying the talent and box office power of the actors chosen. Bradley Cooper is no exception. I first remember seeing him in 2001 when, relatively early in his acting career, he appeared as Will Tippin on the TV show Alias. Since then he’s had a successful career playing a variety of different roles. Whether he’s the romantic lead, the action hero or the comic relief, Bradley Cooper always manages to charm viewers. 

If you have never seen a Bradley Cooper film or you just want to re-watch an old favorite, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Kimberly’s Bradley Cooper Movie (& TV) Picks:

To Write or Not to Write...

journal & penNovember is National Novel Writing Month! Some of you might already be hard at work, racing to reach 50,000 words by the end of the month. Most of you are probably like me, putting your novel off for another year because November is too much to handle on its own. The writing process is fairly solitary and, for those of us who aren’t deeply engrained in the art, shrouded in mystery. What drives a person to give shape to their imagination and pour out their soul on paper? This question has been studied in film for many years and, whether the movie revolves around real authors or fictitious characters, the answers are as creative, varied and inexplicable as the writers.

Whether you are working on your novel and need inspiration, or you need a break from November stress, browse the HCPL catalog and request an authorial movie today!

Kimberly’s Authorial Movie Picks:

The Penalty Box


It’s hockey season! I unabashedly adore hockey. I love the excitement of a perfectly executed goal and the adrenaline of a power play, the broken sticks and dirty fights, shouting at the opposing team’s goalie and ringing a cowbell. Most of all, I love cheering on the home team as they battle their way to victory. Here in Houston, we are fortunate enough to have our own American Hockey League team– the Aeros. Last year the Aeros made it all the way to game 6 of the Calder Cup playoffs; I was in the crowd at the Toyota Center that night, cheering them on. The Aeros ultimately lost, but I have high hopes for the new season!

Farewell Steve Jobs

apple iPodOn Wednesday, October 5, Steve Jobs, the visionary behind Apple, passed away after a lengthy illness. I was late to join the club of enthusiasts devoted to Apple products, but since saving my pennies and buying my first iPod in 2004, I have been a loyal fan. Like many people around the world, I am saddened by the loss of such a charismatic, forward-thinking individual.

And the Emmy Goes To...

EmmyLike many people, last Sunday I watched the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Although not as glitzy and glamorous as the Academy Awards, I do enjoy seeing all my favorite television personalities in one room. Unlike the Oscars, where the top prizes are practically certain a few weeks before the awards show, the Emmys tend to have more surprises. This year the awards were particularly unpredictable, with frontrunners passed over for newcomers and underdogs. It certainly made for an exciting evening!

Comedy Awards:

One-Two Punch

boxing glovesThis weekend, a movie I have been looking forward to for months finally arrives in theaters: Warrior. The story of two estranged brothers meeting in the Mixed Martial Arts arena, Warrior promises to be an intense addition to the inspirational sports movie genre. I always appreciate a good inspirational sports movie, but those featuring fighting are some of my favorites. I can remember watching Jean-Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport on TV repeatedly as a teenager and, to this day, it remains one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies.

School Day Blues...

dorm roomIt’s official! Summer is over and the school year has begun. Like most Americans, I went to a public high school, but I always wondered what it would be like to attend a boarding school. I didn’t actually want to live away from home, but boarding school always seemed so exotic. Fortunately for me and all the other kids stuck in public schooling, there are plenty of movies set at boarding schools in America and abroad. Most of these movies are realistic depictions of boarding schools now, but some are firmly set in a fantasy world. (I know I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter!) Sometimes boarding school really does look like the exciting place I imagined as a kid, but most often it has the same drama as a regular high school.  

Whether you went off to boarding school each September or took the bus to a public high school, there are plenty of great movies set at boarding schools. Browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

Kimberly Boarding School Movie Picks:

2011 Primetime Emmy Nominees

EmmyLast Thursday the nominees for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced. Amidst all the Harry Potter pandemonium of last week, I missed the initial announcement, but I’m glad to see that some of my favorite shows, actors and actresses have been nominated for awards this year. Although I don’t care quite as much for the Emmys as I do for the Oscars, I do have firm opinions about who I think should win in each category (and who I think should have been nominated). A number of categories this year seem to have obvious frontrunners. It will be interesting to see if the safe choices win, or if there are any upsets.

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