Best Three Reasons to Stay Home Instead of Going Out

As it gets closer to the weekend, I was comtemplating what I would get up to – specifically would I feel like going out to: a movie, dinner, or a bar.  The more I thought about the more I realized that I didn’t want to do any of those things.  I really wanted to stay at home.  Maybe if I was ten years younger, I wouldn’t have hesitated or even thought of staying home but now I do think that way.

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This also made me evaluate the reasons why I like to stay home and hence the topic for this post.  For me, the best three reasons to stay home instead of going out are:

1. You can put on your yoga pants, t-shirts and comfty sweaters (or jogging pants, tank tops and super soft sox)

2.  You don’t need to do your makeup or hair

3.  You can still have drinks and not pay the ridiculous prices you would if you were at a bar

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Anyone who has yoga pants (and I know that is a lot of ladies out there) can understand where I’m coming from.  There is nothing better than getting into yoga pants, a cotton t-shirt and a comfty sweater especially after a long week.  Yet, if I was going out,  I would feel the need to get dressed in some of the more form fitting clothes that I have and would want to ensure that I wear my high boots so that I look taller.  I would probably even change my outfit once or twice just to make sure that I look good.  All that worry and work, when if I knew I was staying home – my outfit would already be chosen.  It’s crazy the trouble we go to when going out.  Don’t get me started on picking the jewerly.

After the clothes (or even before) there is always the need to put my makeup on and that is usually more than I would normally wear.  This takes time and effort  – which is really annoying.  The same goes for the hair.  Yet, if I stay home – its easy – no makeup and hair in a ponytail.

The last things is that I can drink in the comfort of my own home and not have to worry about spending a huge amount of money on drinks.  The last time I went out, my drink was $10 dollars.  That just limits the amount I will drink but at home, there is no limit?

 

 

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Best Three Things that I’m Thankful For

As I get older I’ve begun to look back on my life and realize that I’m truly a blessed person.  I don’t use the word as a religious term but one that I use to help describe the amount of things in my life that I’m thankful for.  In context, there are still lots of things I don’t have but as the years start to climb, I’ve realized that they are just things – things I want but not things I necessarily need.  However, the things that I’m thankful for are truly the things that I need and want in my life.

In a society that is materialistic, vain and consumer driven, its nice to step back from all of that and simply look at my life and see the things that I would be devastated without and the things that I wouldn’t even notice were missing if they were.  That is why I’ve dedicated this post to the best three things that I’m thankful for.

1.  My family

2. The roof over my head and food in my belly

3.  My freedom

I think a lot of people would have their family as the first thing to be thankful for – so I’m not alone.  I have to say it (and I know other may disagree) but my family is the greatest.

I have been blessed with a father and mother who are the epitome of the ultimate parents.  They have raised me, clothed me, fed me and loved me.  They allowed me to grow, allowed me to make good and bad choices – while always there in the background when I needed them.  They always put my needs before their own.  They taught me manners, values, ethics.  They believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself.  They encouraged me, guided me and provided me with every opportunity they could.  They are what every parents should be and I’m lucky to have them.  My siblings, I know would echo my words and sentiments.

I was also blessed with an older brother and sister.  A brother that was always interested in showing me all the things out there in the world and of course an older sister that always looked out for me and is not only a sister but also my best friend.

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I have also been lucky to find the love of my life and someone that rounds out my family.  He means everything to me and there is not a day that goes by that I’m not thankful that he had the patience to wait for me because I couldn’t imagine my life without him.

The second thing that I’m thankful for is the roof over my head (my house) and the food in my belly.  I once went to a lecture that a local university was sponsoring about the life of a Holocaust survivor.  I can still remember the silence of the room as an older man took to the stage and looked up at the audience and said “None of you know what its like to be so hungry, to be humiliated, to have everything taken away…”   They were words I never forgot.  He went on to talk about being hungry and as he talked, he broke down and started crying.  I never forgot that.  That is why I’m thankful to have a house that shelters me from the elements and I’m so thankful that I have never had to feel hungry.

The last thing that I’m thankful for is my freedom.  There is nothing else I can say to that.

Best Three ‘How I Met Your Mother’ episodes

Over the last couple of years, there haven’t been too many television shows that I really enjoy or look forward to watching.   These handful of shows include:  The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, and So You Think You Can Dance (what can I say – I love dancing and they have so many great dancers and routines – its mezmorizing).  Yet, there is one other show that continues to be one of my favorites  and has been since I first started watching it back in 2005 and that show is How I Met Your Mother or HIMYM.

Like many of the sitcoms that came before, namely Friends, HIMYM is full of great characters: Ted (Josh Radnor), Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel), Robin (Cobie Smulders) and of course Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) – LENGEN…wait for it…DARY.  The show does such a good job at really working through the day-to-day lives of these characters and all the craziness that happens to them.  It makes it, not only entertaining (which is what tv is all about) but keeps pulling me back in for more.

Due to my love for the show, I wanted to share the best three ‘How I Met Your Mother’ episodes (so far!).

1.  Slap Bet (Season 2, episode 9)

2. Slapsgiving (Season 3, episode 9)

3. Sandcastles in the Sand (Season 3, episode 16)

Slap Bet was the episode that I can watch over and over and never get tired of.  It was not only the introduction to the Slap Bet in which Barney lost a bet with Marshall about Robin’s past and would suffer five slaps at the time of Marshall’s choosing in which he could slap Barney – it was ingenius but we also had our first glimpse of Robin Sparkles and her famous song “Let’s Go to the Mall”

The second best episode is Slapsgiving where Marshall continues to scare Barney with the impending slap he plans on giving him.  Marshall even created a countdown website and a song for the occasion.

The last episode that I think deserves to be in this list is definitely Sandcastles in the Sun.  Not only do we get another video (her follow-up) of Robin Sparkles but Robin and Barney kiss for the first time.  I just love them together.

Best Three Ways to Survive the Work Week

As we get closer to the end of the work week and the weekend, I had a few moments today to reflect back on my own work week.  For me, the last three days at work have been awful.  It is just a constant bombardment of things – one after the other, after the other.  Maybe its karma – I’ve always loved my work, loved diving in and getting things done but now (and the last three of my days are evidence of this) I just don’t want to be in my office.  I don’t want to work on some of the projects that I use to love, I just want to be somewhere else.  I know I’m not alone out there – there are probably hundreds, thousands and maybe millions of people that feel the same way as I do.So while I was sitting at my desk (staring up at the ceiling – I’m in a cubicle so no one was watching), I realized that there had to be some positives…there had to be some things that could help me survive the rest of the week and similar weeks that will be in my future (I wish I could say they wouldn’t but I’m a realist) and I was able to come up with three of the best that I would like to share.

1.  A good cup of coffee

2.  YouTube

3.  Earphones (and a good playlist)

My first choice to help me get through a a work week may not surprise a lot of people.  Coffee at the start of my day is essential.  There is just something comforting about that black liquid (with some cream and sugar for me) that just helps calms and comforts me.  I have actually caught myself a few times, closing my eyes and savouring the first taste.  Its great and for me, has a way of getting me through some tough days and weeks.  Thank you coffee!  I salute you (and I wish I could handle more of you in a day but I’m one of those people that need to limit)

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Image representing YouTube as depicted in Crun...YouTube – thank you (and thanks to my employer for not blocking you) because you are an integral part of helping me get through the work week.  Why you ask?  Well, its pretty simple.  Do you know how many hilarious things you can find on YouTube.  Who hasn’t seen one of the hundreds of videos of people doing the Harlem Shake.  Other videos such as the guy running into a frozen pool with the thought that the ice would crack – it didnt.  Or when owners tape the crazy things there dogs do!  It makes me laugh, and laughing is one of the best ways to forget about the work (for just a couple of minutes) and the stress and all the things you need to do.

The last way that I know always helps me get through the worst of weeks (or even a normal week) is teh fact that I always have my iPod with me at work.  I put my earphones in and use the playlists I have designed for such weeks and I just listen to the music.  It not only helps me focus and get done what needs to get done, it tunes out all the other things going on around me – the noise, the gossip, the office politics, the ‘pissing’ contests, etc.  It’s a magical tool and one that I would really miss.

Best Three 80s Movies

Like millions of people out there I was unfortunate enough to catch a cold. I was feeling miserable and spent the day curled up on my sofa with Netflix.While lying there, full of precription drugs, I put together my best 3 80s movies – and here they are.

1. Sixteen Candles

2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

3. The Goonies

In this case, there are alot of honorable mentions such as Dirty Dancing, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Top Gun.

Sixteen Candles is my number one choice.  It has everything – romance, comedy, drama.  It’s a movie that you can never get tired of watching and let’s face it, Jake Ryan is still hot (even in 2012) and he picked her!    There is so much good that I can say about it but I won’t bore you.

      

As for my other two choices, they are the movies that I remember most.  They are filled with great characters, scenes and just what I think a best 3 movie should be made of.

Best Three Novels of All Time (Fiction)

This was a hard category but one that I really wanted to write about. It will definitely not please everyone but that is something that can be expected, especially with this blog.

The following are the novels that I’m choosing as the Best 3 Novels of All Time (Fiction)

1. Animal Farm by George Orwell

2. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

3.  Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Honorable mentions go out to the following books:  1984 by George Orwell; Lord of the Flies by William Golding; Pride and Prejuidice by Jane Austen; On the Road by Jack Kerouac; The Call of the Wild by Jack London; Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury; and The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy.

Animal farm is an allegorical novel that presents the consequences of corruption, indifference, ignorance and greed can have on a society (or farm in this case).  George Orwell does an amazing job of protraying the change in the pigs as they lead the revolation and eventually as they as corrupted by absolute power.  This absolute power is best displayed when the original commandments (listed below) are changed to reflect the corruptions i.e. No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.

The original commandments :

  1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
  2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
  3. No animal shall wear clothes.
  4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
  5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
  6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
  7. All animals are equal.

This novel is timeless and truly can be applied to any age in history (as history has shown us time and time again, how power can corrupt).

For my second choice, I chose Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, which to me is one great book.  I love Captain Yossarian.  There is something in his character and the whole theme of the book that makes this a great read and a great novel.  It has coined the phrase “Catch 22″ that we use in our everyday lives.  It presents themes on heroism, sanity and insanity, the power and ineffectiveness of bureaucracy, etc.

For my last best pick (which was hard because I have some great novels mentioned in the honrables mentions list) but for me it had to be Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.  It is another great novel that highlights themes such as fate, struggle of human beings, time travel etc.  The characters created by Vonnegut and the situations in which they find themselves (other than the time travel) seem so real (which is a credit to his writing) and make you really think when you read this novel.