Best Three Ways to Fight Boredom

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Yes, this seems like a pretty funny topic but it’s something that I’ve come across hundreds, even thousands of times in my life.  I get bored.  I get bored with things I’m doing (namely work); bored with people (yes, I’m talking about the lady in the grocery store that needed to rant today at this teenage cashier – she made me bored – so bored, I tuned out and started to daydream in the line); bored of the routine of life – get up, shower, get dressed, have breakfast…I could go on but everyone has experienced this before.

So my time spent daydreaming also helped me with the idea for this post.

Boredom is a real and supposedly there are 5 types of boredom – check out the attached http://www.fastcoexist.com/3022134/there-are-5-types-of-boredom-which-are-you-feeling

So to combat my boredom I wanted to share some of the best ways you can.

1.  The minute you feel boredom creeping up, go to something – anything –  play a game, go for a walk, do the dishes, laundry.

2.  Do something ‘out of the ordinary’ for you

3.  Read

Yes the first thing I put on the list is a surefire way to alleviate boredom.  It takes my mind off the boardroom and gets me thinking and focusing on something else.  Games I find are great for this.  I’ve become obsessed with FarmStory 2.  It keeps me totally involved and I don’t feel bored anymore.  Walking my dogs also helps – just being outside – I’m forced to interact with nature and people.  Yes, even doing dishes – I get the music going and I get the dished done – plus I dance around.  Bye bye boredom.

My second best way is to do something ‘out of the ordinary’ for you as an individual.  For me, that is going to a mall.  I don’t like malls.  I go because there is lots to see.  It keeps me busy and not bored.

As for my last way, this is an old-fashioned way to cure boredom – reading.  Reading lets me escape into the story and consumes me – and I don’t feel bored anymore.  The only thing I caution is that you need to be reading something good otherwise boredom can creep back in.

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Best Three Reasons Why Celebrities Make Me Mad

imagesGYAQZI94There (see title of my newest post)…I’ve admitted my problem to the world (and the first step of any good program is to admit you have a problem).  Yes, celebrities make me angry.  Not all of them but a lot of them. 

The 21st century celebrity differs from celebrities of the past – nowadays we have the ability (thanks to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook) to know everything about them.  Do a quick search of celebs on Twitter – its amazing how many are on and are providing us with views into their world.  Celebrities of the past held a little more mystery and were a lot more private.  As Bob Dylan put it so eloquently – “the times, they are a changing” or have already changed.

The more and more I go through my ‘average’ existence, the more and more celebrities make me mad.  Maybe its because of what they are showing me of their life and realizing that my life will never be like that and unlike them – I will struggle day in and day out with the everyday ritual of life.  Trust me, this is not envy or jealousy (those are deadly sins – I wouldn’t go there) – its more of a growing anger – because celebrities have an immense influence in the world (and on people) and I sometimes which that was used for more good.

These are some of the best three reasons why celebrities make me mad

1.  The amount of money they are paid

2.  The amount of influence they have in society (and with the younger generations)

3.  How they use their money

Firstly, no person is worth a million dollars – that is ludicrous.  Yet some TV actors and actresses (Two and a Half Men, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, etc.) are and have been paid that some – per episode for their hit TV shows.   Someone please explain to me how they are worth that…because they are good actors – NO; because they draw in viewers – NO.  There is no actual logical reason for it.  Think of how many people will never see a million dollars in their lifetime – millions and millions of people.  This makes me mad.

They are paid to make appearances; to promote a brand; get expensive gift bags at award shows (for presenting) – LIKE THEY NEED ALL THAT SWAG – why not donate it? or refuse it?  I would like to know if anyone has ever done that before.  Here let’s give rich people stuff they can easily buy themselves!  Great logic…see it makes me mad.

My second reason is around the amount of influence celebrities have in this world.  I’ve blogged before about celebrities but lately this influence has just made me mad.  When I see the attention that Kim Kardashian gets – what has she ever done that is worthwhile.  NOTHING.  Sorry Kim, I’m sure you are lovely as a person but use that for something better.  Give away some of your millions (sorry a lot of your millions); try being a role model for young girls – female empowerment – use the business woman side to influence – not the crop top, bikini selfie pictures to get attention .   I hate to see when young kids can barely name the founding fathers or relevant people in history but they can name you every person’s name on Pretty Little Liars.

Finally, how celebs use their money.  All the pictures I ever see are celebs out spending their money – doing what you ask?  well that is easy – SHOPPING.  No wonder we are a society obsessed with what one another is wearing.  Sure, I know that celebs do provide to charity – but they could be doing so much more.  A $5,000 bag is not a necessity – that $5K could help a lot of people.

Sorry for the rant – but this ‘mad’ needed to be vented.

Best Three Super Bowl Commercials (this year)

Every year I look forward to what companies will dream up for the Super Bowl commercials.  They are always inventive, and usually funny (and of course over the top – remember Cindy Crawford drinking a Pepsi!).  To be honest, I’m not really a football fan, so its really about the commercials for me – that is the nice thing with technology (nowadays) – you can get access to these commercials even if you don’t watch the game – THANK YOU YouTube.

So here are the ones that I thoroughly deserved to be on this list:

1Budweiser “Puppy Love” #best buds commercial

2.  Jaguar ‘s British villains ‘Rendezvous’ 

3.  KIA Soul Hamsters

First – I think as probably do so many other millions of people – the Budweiser commercial was the cutest thing!  I love puppies and that one was just adorable.   Well done Budweiser – pull those heart strings a little more and the funny thing is – this commercial is for a beer company.  It won’t make me want to drink their beer (sorry!) but it was just so cute.

For my second choice (and because I have a weakness for British men and their accents) – the Jaguar ad was great.  It’s true – they are villains a lot in films but they make it sound so good to be bad!  I like that jaguar captivated that fact – and it is so different that other commercials.

Last but not least – is KIA’s Hamsters commercial.  This one was hilarious – I especially liked the one hamster shaking its ‘booty’ on the diving board.  This was creative and funny!

Best Three Things I’m Looking Foward Too!

tipstagram_self8It has been awhile since I’ve blogged.  Life has a way of getting messing with my plans but I’m back and I wanted my first post of 2014 to be about the things that I’m looking forward too in 2014 (and beyond).

2013 was a year of ups and downs. Good things happened (like a trip to Las Vegas and the acceptance of a new job) but also some bad things happen (usually involving house problems) but I’ve persevered – because that is sometimes the only way…to pull up those metaphorical pants and get on with things.

So for the start of 2014, I sat myself down and did a big self-evaluation.  A self-evaluation that looked at all of the aspects of my life and how I can continue or approve upon them…it was also a little soul searching because as the year was winding down – I realized that I had lost touch with it .  No, nothing bad just that I hadn’t been paying it much attention.  Feeding the soul is something that I think gets overlooked in our lives and mine need some TLC.   That is why I did the self-evaluation – I needed to have things to look forward to and to strive for.

So here is my best three:

1.  Volunteering

2. Taking ME time

3.  Starting something new

Volunteering.  Something that I always say I want to do but end up making up so many excuses why I can’t.  Not this year.  This year, I’m looking at volunteering opportunities in my community and going to sign myself up.  I think this is something that not enough people do (and should be).  So many organizations need help.  So the question I asked myself, WHY NOT?  What is actually preventing me from NOT volunteering?  I honestly couldn’t come up with anything so now its on the top of my list to look forward too this year.

Taking capital M-E time.  This is something that I also seem to forgot to do or make excuses not to do.  This doesn’t mean I need to book spa time…no this just means that I need to focus on things that make me happy – that separate me from my the world.  For me, this means a solitary walk, listening to music, reading, playing a video game, doing crafts…it doesn’t cost money…its just for me.   I don’t do this enough and this is something I’m changing and looking forward too.

Starting something new.  If you’re like me, I usually start something but never finish it.  Or I have so many great ideas, I start but again never pursue.  That is changing this year.  This year I’m going to start a novel.  I’m going to start some new craft projects (from start to end).  I’m going to learn computer programming.  I’m not letting anything stand in my way.  No excuses.

Best Three Things to Say to People that ask when you’re going to have kids

First let me say, this is a post that might offend some parents and the people that ask this type of question (usually its people that are currently pregnant or have kids already – hence the parents).  It is not my intention to offend at all (however it might happen).  I do apologize to anyone that I offend.

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This is a topic that is a constant annoyance and I wanted to put it out there in the hopes that people will understand just how annoying it is to constantly be asked or have to hear “When are you going to have kids?” or “Are you planning to have kids?” “How long have you been married – oh, no kids yet?” or  “Do you want kids?”  I could go on with all the things I’ve heard.  Honestly this really is the thing that bothers me the most – sure I’m bothered by the lack of a clear vision for climate change or when ‘men’ leave the toilet seat up, but being asked about when I plan to have kids is the highest bother on my list of things that bother me.

I don’t have kids.  Would I like them – YES, more than you can imagine.  Will kids be a possibility for me – NO, I don’t think they will.  That is something that I have to deal with on a daily basis.  It’s painful.  It’s heart wrenching.  I just wished that people would realize that there are so many reasons, many of them personal, as to why people might not have children and that they keep their mouth shut.

 

So in order to minimize my pain, I try and find the humor and think of the greatest things to say to the people that ask me these questions.  It might not be the best way to deal with it but it really shuts up the ‘stupid’ people and their questions.

1.  Kids?  Yikes that would screw with my sex life.  Don’t want to mess with that.

2.  I have kids.  Their names are Penny and Mars.  I have to feed them, walk them and love them.

3.  When world peace has been achieved.

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Best 3 New Fall TV Shows

The Fall TV Season is always an impressive display of television networks ideals of what viewers will want to watch.  Honestly, its amazing all the crap that is actually allowed on TV during the fall season.  These networks are ‘green lighting’ awful shows, really awful shows.  It always makes me wonder whether they test the pilots with focus groups…cause that would be a good idea.

However with all of the awful they shove towards us, there are some shows that really end up being great and become favorites – which is why I wanted to devote a post to those shows (with the hope that others agree and continue watching so that they aren’t cancelled.)  The next three shows have impressed me.  They are different, interesting and not the average show that would be on the networks – seriously how many cop and medical drama can be created.

1.  Sleepy Hollow

2.  Betrayal

3.  Hostages

imagesLet me begin with my favorite show of all this fall season and that is Sleepy Hollow.  I love this show and the actors – great casting job.  It is different and that is what I like with my TV shows.  I’m tired of all the old ones (except Scandal – I will never get tired of Olivia and Fitz).  Most people know the story of Ichabod Crane brought to life by “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, and of course the movie starring Johnny Depp.

Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane and Nicole Beharie as Lt. Abbie Mills are fantastic – such a great pairing.  They really make their characters come alive.  The show has it all – drama, comedy, romance, mystery, and thrilling action.  I honestly have not missed one episode and I actually request not to be disturbed when its on.  That is the signs of a good show.  Which is great because Fox just gave it a second season renewal (see article below).

The next best is Betrayal.  This is another show that has taken a concept – a love affair and explored all the drama, intrigue, hurt and betrayal that goes along with it.  You can see it in the characters eyes when they are with their family.  It presents the viewer with a love/hate relationship with the characters committing the betrayal and makes you think about your own values.    Is it wrong?  Could this be love? It will be an interesting season (if this TV show makes it to the end of the season).  Tune in if you haven’t been watching already.  I promise its worth it.

The last TV Show that I’m liking is Hostages starring Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott.  First because I have a huge crush on Dylan McDermott, there is a chance my view is biased.  However, its another show that is different.  The surgeon to the US President is being held hostage, along with her family by Dylan McDermott and his associates.  Its a great premise for the show and did I mention that I love Dylan McDermott.  Check it out.