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Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love (Reposted)

September 9, 2015 Leave a comment

Reposted from my personal blog, pbspoon.


As I’ve been going through my backlog of books, I have been enjoying my reading revival. I was steadily working my way through my collection of paperbacks and then I hit a bump in the road with Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. It took me a long time to finish this book. I read half almost over a year ago and then abandoned it for awhile and I have recently got back into it. Not surprisingly, the point where I abandoned it was in the “pray” section of the book. This was the part i found least interesting.

Ms. Gilbert is essentially searching for a meaning to her unhappy, privileged life. She ventures to far away lands to find that meaning.

I was interested in her “search for everything” from the eyes of an atheist. I wanted to see how Ms. Gilbert went about her journey for finding some sort of completion in her life. It may seem odd that a staunch atheist is interested in reading about other’s spiritual journey but I actually find these kind of discussions interesting. I often ask others what led them to believe what they do.

However, I have one word for this book: Pretentious.

She takes a trip on the dime of her publisher due to an advance for this very book. She eats, prays, and loves her way through Italy, India, and Indonesia and to be honest, it’s all a bit of an eye roll moment for me. She’s a pretty, rich, American with money to burn so it makes it easy for her to find her spiritual center. I’m not sure what Ms. Gilbert intends for me to take from this piece of work but I suspect that she expects me to feel like she is my new best friend. But I couldn’t feel farther away from that. I find her a turn off, coming from a place of privilege.

I wasn’t sure if this book is supposed to be a “Come to God” book where she is trying to convince me that I need God or if it’s a self-professed account of how she personally came to God. It is probably a mix of both.

I didn’t like how the book wrapped everything up completely and with no loose ends. It’s neatly divided into three sections with each section having a defined theme. Life is messy and rift with loose ends. I felt like I wasn’t reading the real story and  that she was leaving out the parts of the story that didn’t fit in with her vision. This made me feel removed from the narrative and wondering when the other shoe was going to drop.

Now for the good. I find it was well-written. If it was a work of fiction, I might have liked it more. I can imagine those desperately looking for some kind of meaning to life can find this comforting but most people will have to look for meaning without taking extravagant trips (which according to her was impossible for her to do within the physical and emotional noise of her life in the U.S.).

If you are looking for a happy spiritual story to affirm that you have made the right choice in God, then this would probably appeal to you. For those on the spiritual fence, this can probably go either way.

Episode 175 – Walking

April 13, 2015 Leave a comment


The Valentine Cast Show Notes


Coming to you, from Louisville, KY!  It’s the ValentineCast with your Walking couple, J and Renee Valentine.

Intro Music – Who Loves Me by Pretty Lights –

Today is April 13, 2015 and this is Episode 175!

Weekend Wrap-up

  • We have a crawler
  • Family Walk (Really? Have we come down to this for news?)
  • Playing Dice Masters
  • Awkward Renee In the Elevator

Media (Movies, Games, Books, Television Shows, Music)

  • Game of Thrones
  • Daredevil
  • House of Cards
  • Finished West Wing
  • Finished Peaky Blinders
  • Started Lost
  • Finished Parks and Recreation
  • World of Warcraft: Alliance Style

Odds and Ends (Bumper provided by Johnny Feisty)

  • Birthdays
    • Renee – Today
    • Brianna – Tomorrow!
    • Sherri (Wednesday)
    • Carey File (Wednesday)
    • Christopher Real (Thursday)
    • Matt Johnson (Thursday)
    • Julie Lowe (Friday)
    • Sunday (Carolyn Fortuna)

Contact Information

You can reach us by email at You can also see our blog at  The podcast Twitter feed is ValentineCast. The facebook page is You can also call us at (415) 758-2278 Video can be seen at  J’s Twitter feed is theCaoboi and Renee’s twitter feed is theIceflow.

Outro Music:  Pretty Lights – If I Gave You My Love from the Pretty Lights Music

31 Weeks – Valentinecast Surprise Baby Shower

June 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Valentine Mom:


Last night, J and I got one of the surprises of our lives. A month or so ago, our awesome friend Kim Price said she wanted to come on our show June 9th to make an announcement. She wouldn’t tell us what what it was but we love having her on the show in general so of course we agreed. We tried guessing but she kept her lips tightly shut! We guessed she’s getting married, moving, having kids, etc. Nothing!

June 9th arrives and by text earlier that day, she tells us she’s nervous. Now we are really stumped. Why would she be nervous? We call her on Skype and shit talk for a little bit before the show (we love that chick.) There are sooooo many people in chat room but I didn’t think anything of it because it’s Kim! Of course there would be a lot of people…

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Stevens and Stevens Deli serves up local, lunchtime realness

November 13, 2013 Leave a comment


Daaaw Thanks @AsheleeEats for highlighting such a wonderful lunch we had with you! Can’t wait to go again for another adventure!

Originally posted on Ashlee Eats:

Sometimes, I get by with a little help from my friends. These are friends who love food as much as I do and introduce me to their favorite places to eat in the city.

I have Jay and Renee Valentine, fellow bloggers/podcasters and past guests on Deliciously Louisville, to thank for introducing me to Stevens and Stevens Deli, a hidden gem of a lunch spot on Bardstown Road. The Valentines raved about this restaurants wide selection of sandwiches, tasty toppings and good prices and invited me to join them for an early weekday lunch. They had me at sandwiches.

I’ve driven or walked by Stevens and Stevens dozens of times without noticing this restaurant. I blame the odd restaurant/roommate situation. The deli shares a space with Ditto’s Grill near the busy intersection of Bardstown Road and Grinstead Drive. The Ditto’s whimsical sign eclipses the simple Stevens and Stevens masthead…

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Photo Shoot with Lance Nelson Porter

October 4, 2012 1 comment


This past weekend we had the opportunity to do a photo shoot with Lance Nelson Porter! We took some props with us with us being the gamers that we are we took some dice, some controllers and a mouse. It was a blast helping him out as he’s doing a 365 day project. We are so proud how they turned out! Please check them out here!

Renee –

J –

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Episode 058 – Caper Dropping

April 30, 2012 Leave a comment

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The @Valentine Podcast Show Notes

Coming to you, from Louisville, KY!  It’s the @Valentine Podcast with your Caper dropping couple, J and Renee Valentine.  

Intro Music – Who Loves Me by Pretty Lights –

Today is Monday, April 30, 2012 and this is Episode 58!

Weekend Wrap-up

  • Gardening
  • Home Depot gives back to the paver fund!
  • Don’t drop the capers
  • Diaper party
  • Dance Recital
  • Renee is Famous! (Really!)

Tech (Gadgets, Computers, etc.)

  • Hulu requires you to pay

Media (Movies, Games, Books, Television Shows, Music)

  • Movies By Chance: Result: 148 – Primal Fear; 120 – Punch Drunk Love – FAIL!!!
  • Movie for Next Week: 67 – Mary and Max; 63 – MILF
  • Back into Tera
  • Dominion
  • Transformers Prime


  • Buckheads returning fries (how I hate returning food)
  • Captain’s Quarters

Odds and Ends (Bumper provided by Johnny Feisty)

  • Correspondent’s dinner. Jimmy Kimmel cross eyed?
  • Thank you Darrell!
  • Lock n Lock experiment
  • J got snobby
  • Norah Butt’s Birthday Tuesday

Podcast of the Week (Until we run out of Podcasts)

Contact Information
You can reach us by email at You can also see our blog at  The podcast Twitter feed is ValentineCast. You can also call us at (415) 758-2278 Video can be seen at  J’s Twitter feed is theCaoboi and Renee’s twitter feed is theIceflow

Outro Music:  Pretty Lights – If I Gave You My Love

LA Noire Trailer: Looks Awesome!

April 7, 2011 Leave a comment

I tend not to buy games the day they are released because I’m so behind on playing them.  But I might have to make an exception for this one.

It looks like a movie!  Can’t wait!

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