So I don't LOVE Oprah, but I was watching a few weeks ago when Sean Penn, who I also don 't particularily care for, was on. He just directed a movie called "Into the Wild" which was based on the book written by Jon Krakauer. Its a true story about a kid who ditched his well off family, donated his savings account to charity and spent 2 years hitchhiking across the country. Eventually he was found in Alaska because he starved to death. On the show they talked to his sister and his parents and it was very very intriguing so of course I had to read the book. It was written by the same guy who wrote "Into Thin Air."
The next item I can't take credit for discovering. I credit Angie for this awesome little machine. Its called a Cocomotion and its a hot chocolate maker. It mixes and heats your hot chocolate, using milk (which is always my preference) or water. Its the best thing ever, but they can be tricky to find since they're sold seasonally. Wal-Mart's your best bet if you want one.