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 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 Three Reasons Not to be Polite for a Change

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All of our lives, we are told to be polite.  Drilled into our heads as children that we need to be courteous and polite to others.  Parents use the famous saying of “Don’t forget to say “PLEASE” and “THANK YOU.”  These are values that are ingrained in us and that we carry into adulthood.  Yet along the way, some people forget the basics – they no longer think they need to say please and thank you to others.  It becomes a distant memory in their minds.  They’ve carved out new values and those teachings about being polite fly right out the window.

There are a lot of these people.  I encounter them on a daily basis.  It’s amazing really the amount of people…and that is why I started to think about this topic.  I explored the reasoning behind why I need to be polite.  Sure my parents told me to be but why I’m I still polite.  I’m an adult.  I make my own decisions, I pay bills, I work, and yet I’m always polite.

That is why this post is a departure for me and I’m venturing into new territory – to a place where I advocate reason why you don’t need to be polite.

1.  It gets annoying when you never get a thank you or thanks back for doing something polite

2. People stare at you strangely when you say please and thank you

3.  Its exhausting being so polite

I don’t know how many times I’ve done something nice and polite – open the door for someone; get out of my seat for someone on the bus; let a car in front of me on a jammed-packed road full of traffic…I could go on and on with these examples and I would say about 5% of the time (that is 5% out of 100%) someone will say thank you.

People do stare at you strangely when you say please and thank you.  It seems likes its a crazy foreign language that they have never heard before.  I get this a lot.

Always saying thank you and please is definitely exhausting.  There are a lot of reasons where you need to say it and it just gets to be so tough to keep it up.

All in all, I’m still going to be polite (that is how my parents raised me) and something I believe makes me who I am but sometimes I really like the best three reasons why not to be polite for a change.

Best Three Reasons to ‘Stop and Smell the Roses’

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the wall with rose. the model of India Gate with roses at Lalbagh flower show 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This has been an odd couple of days.  One that has me questioning a lot of aspects of my life.   A colleague suffered a tragic loss and it brings up a lot of emotions and reflections.   We get so bogged down my our busy lives and we never take the time to truly appreciate the things around us.   I’m talking about a deep and profound appreciation.  I’ve included a post before about the things that I’m grateful for and I stand by those things but I also realize that sometimes I’m so focused on certain aspects that I don’t take the time and smell the roses as I should be doing.

‘Stop and smell the roses’ is a cliché that is widely used in the United States. We are all familiar with its meaning, which is, to take time to appreciate a situation or slow down and pay attention to what is going on around you. ‘Stop and smell the roses’ is commonly used when talking to someone who seems too busy to enjoy life.’

That is why today I did actually ‘practice what I preached’.  I slowed down.  I didn’t worry about what needed to be done. 

1.  You need too!

2.  Life is too short

3. There is so much out there

You need too!  It’s really that simple.  We live in such a high-stress world and relaxing seems like a thing of the past or a luxury that the majority of the world (sorry celebs you do not count in this equation because you are rich and all you seem to do is go shopping – A LOT)do notget to partake in.  How did we become this way?  Why don’t we ‘stop and smell the roses’.  I know why – because of bills, work, kids, etc, etc, etc.  I could do on and on.  The one thing I would like to hear from work is to slow down, take the time to go outside and get some sunshine, go for a walk – sure they try and promote a healthy workplace but that is only when there aren’t things that need to get done – and that is always in my situation.  I admit, stop and smelling the roses is hard and something I have to work on but from today, it will be something I incorporate in my life because I NEED TOO!

Life is too short.  It passes us by (worrying about all of the above).  We need to live our lives as fully as possible.  That is what creates happiness and allows us to ‘stop and smell the roses’.

When I say there is so much out there – that’s because there is.  While we are flying by our life, we are missing all there is and everything the world has to offer. 

So please, I encourage everyone to STOP and SMELL the ROSES – you’ll feel so much better for it!

Best Three Things About Scandal (the tv show)

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For those of you who have not tuned in to Scandal starring Kerry Washington, you are missing one great tv show.  My sister was the one that recommended it to me.  I haven’t been that interested in tv lately, so if I’m going to commit to a show I need to know that it’s worth it.  In comes my sister.  She is great at knowing which shows I like and I have never been disappointed with her advice.  So I decided to download Season 1.  Oh my God!  Let me tell you, it’s been a while since any tv show has truly grabbed my interest and this show did!  I love the concept of the show.  For those that have not tuned in – here its the official description of the show:

Everyone has a secret… and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite and keeping those secrets under wraps. Revered and feared at the same time, Olivia, a former communications director to the President of the United States, left the White House to open her own prominent crisis management firm. She is hoping to start a new chapter in her life—both professionally and personally—but she can’t seem to completely cut ties with her past. Slowly it becomes apparent that her dysfunctional staff, who specialize in fixing other people’s lives, can’t quite fix the ones closest at hand-their own.

Olivia’s accomplished staff, who would follow her anywhere and do whatever it takes to save someone’s reputation, include Harrison Wright, a slick litigator; Huck, hacker extraordinaire; investigator Abby Whelan, don’t let that smile and red hair fool you, she’s as sharp as they come; and Quinn Perkins, the new young woman in the office who is in awe of Olivia, but is initiated in a trial by fire on her very first day on the job.

As Olivia Pope and Associates fights for the reputations and sometimes lives of their clients, Olivia’s former boss, President Fitzgerald Grant, the First Lady Millicent Grant, the President’s Chief of Staff, Cyrus Beene, and the Assistant State Attorney David Rosen are never far from her beat. Her clients aren’t the only ones with secrets, though; surprisingly, she may need to exercise all her damage control skills on her own behalf.

As soon as I was done Season 1, I downloaded Season 2.  When I like something, it always makes it on my best three list and Scandal earns a rightful place.

1.  Olivia and Fitz

2.  The Associates (Huck, Stephen, Harrison, Abby and Quinn)

3.  The Clients

Olivia and Fitz.  There is just something about these two characters that add to this show.  The ‘one minute’ thing is so great.  Just when they look at one another.  Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn are amazing actors.  Its true when they say you just can’t help who you fall in love with and with these two that is the truth.  The scene when they’re on the bus and Fitz says that he wished he had met Olivia first…but in reality he is a married man.  Even though I hate to admit it, I’m not for affairs but with these two, you are just routing for them.   There is so much attraction, so much passion and love, I don’t care about the consequences – I just want to see them together so they can be happy!

The Associates.  Each one is interesting and have great stories (and secrets).  They make the show enen more enjoyable, which is always important in a show like this.  They are a family and they know how to get the job done.

The Clients.  On top of the characters and their storylines – there is always the stories of the clients and those are great and again make the show enjoyable and worth watching.

Best Three Things About Being Home Alone

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Français : Solitude de Paul Sérusier, 1891, huile sur toile, 75 x 60 cm, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve always lived with someone.  I have never had the chance to actually have a place all to myself.  So when I get the house to myself, its actually a really great time for me.  I love it.  I love being alone.  I love the solitude.  I love being quiet.  I like that fact that there is no one around me.  That isn’t to say I always want to be alone, its just that when I get these moments, I cherish them.

For me, there are aways a couple of things that makes this time great and that is the reason for tonight’s post.  These are just three of the best but there could have easily been more.

1.  No Schedules

2.  Going Nude (that’s right walking around naked)

3.  Singing and Dancing (like there is no one around – because there isn’t!)

No schedules.  This is simply a dream come true when you are by yourself.  You don’t need to have dinner at a certain time, there is not set time that you need to get up, no set time to do anything.  That is why this is at the top of my list.  I love being able to let go of the structure of life for those precious days by myself and just adopt a freer, less contrictive lifestyle.

I know that it might be cliché about going nude but really that is a time to be one with your birthday suit.  Its not to say you can’t walk around nude with your partner or whoever else you feel comfortable with but it just seems better when you are alone.  To walk around and not try to hide all the flaws you think you have (which you might do with someone else).  Just getting naked.  Its liberating.

My last item on the list was singing and dancing.  This is one that I truly get behind.  I’m lucky because I don’t have close neighbors, so I can blast my music and I do.  Its so loud and I just sing to the songs on my playlist and dance around my house.  Its fun, great exercise and a grea way to cut out the stress.  One of the best songs for this is Part of Me by Katy Perry.  Another good song for this is Sugar, Sugar by The Archies and of course anything by Lady Gaga.