Monthly Archives: March 2008

Rockin’ Awesome!– Classic mySpace post

First published: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 via mySpace

Things that Rock

I’m kind of in a writing mood, so I decided to augment my earlier post on “things that suck” with this one on “things that rock.” I have to give Travis credit for the suggestion, and my apologies for taking so long to write it. We might as well celebrate the cool things in life instead of always just bitching about the stuff that sucks…

Just like my “sucky” blog, I’ve tried to stay away from the big stuff… of course things like love and happiness rock, but I’m trying to focus on the everyday things that bring a smile to my face. I also tried to stay away from naming specific people… I could go on and on about the people in my life that rock, but instead, here’s my list. As always, I encourage you to add your 2 cents:

Sunday afternoons—I love nothing more than lounging on a Sunday afternoon, especially if the weather is nice and I’ve had a full weekend. Serious couch time happens on Sundays at my house.

The bleachers at Wrigley—I’m not a huge sports fan, but there’s no better way to spend a sunny summer afternoon than with an $8 Old Style and a bunch of bleacher creatures. Can’t beat it with a stick.

Thanksgiving Eve—Often touted as the biggest party night of the year, it’s an annual ritual that I wouldn’t miss for the world. It’s usually better if your mom doesn’t have to pick you up the next day—lol!

Really good sheets— There’s just something about high-thread count sheets that makes even the least comfortable bed seem luxurious. I can’t actually AFFORD them, so I sometimes just go to the store and feel the “good” stuff. Hey, we all have our vices!

Espresso chocolate bars—I don’t know the brand name, but they have these organic espresso chocolate bars at Strawberry Fields that are TDF (to die for). Coffee + chocolate = true bliss!

Getting accidentally drunk—Ever have one of those days where you go out for a few and end up getting accidentally drunk? Or you go to a shower or something and the punch is just a *little* stronger than you expected? I love those days…they are almost always more fun than the big, planned nights out.

Road trips—Now, I have the patience of a racehorse, so I don’t like extended time in the car, but a good-old fashioned road trip with your buds beats waiting in an airport line any day. Cheesy music, bad gas station food and inside jokes make for a great time!

The ocean/lake/pool—I don’t really get into astrology, but I’m an Aquarius and I LOOOOOVE the water. Give me a body of water, a cold drink, and a high SPF and I’m in heaven. (Unfortunately, I’m of English/Irish/Polish decent so the SPF is crucial)

Nostalgia—Anything that brings back a “kinder, gentler” time or reminds you of being a kid is a winner in my book. That’s why all those “you’re a child of the 80s/90’s if you remember this” emails are so popular. EVERYONE remembers snap bracelets and Smurfette. Some people say music is the universal language. I’d argue that childhood kitsch is more effective.

The Email Circle– I realize that listing my friends as one of my favorite things is kinda like saying I enjoy long walks on the beach and baby animals. But our email circle is special. Although we may spend entirely too much time emailing one another and chatting about mundane things, some of the best times of my life have been shared with that group of girls and I wouldn’t know what to do without them.

Cheesy jokes—I can’t remember jokes to save my life, but there are 2 or 3 jokes that I can’t get enough of: the blue elephant joke, the “what’s this?” joke with the hand (you have to see it in person), and any of the “what do you call a man with no arms/no legs?” jokes. The cheesier, the better. I don’t like to have to feel SMART to laugh. I like simplicity in my humor.

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Oscar Recap 2008

First published: Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Oscar Recap 2008
Category: Movies, TV, Celebrities

2008 Oscar Recap

(note: Due to “technical difficulites,” I’m a little late posting this, but I can assure you I’ve refrained from watching/reading any “professional” commentary thus far. I usually don’t agree with most of the fashion “experts,” which is half the fun!)

Okay, so let me start off by saying I missed the first 45 mins or so of the pre-show, so some of my commentary is coming from the still photos and NOT from my first reactions. Anyway… as they say in Hollywood… the show must go on.

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“I’ll take things that Suck for $100″ please–classic post

First published: Wednesday, January 23, 2008
via mySpace

I’ll take “Things that Suck” for $100, please

So today I was trying to avoid actually working at work, and I came across Why Things Suck from Wired magazine. In it, they list 33 different things that drive them (and us) crazy.

While I agree completely that batteries, office copy machines, and traffic truly suck, I take issue a little with their section on “junk mail.” As someone who makes their living off sending junk mail (I mean direct marketing pieces) to thousands of people every year, I’d like to think my work is a little less “sucky,” but I can certainly appreciate its suckiness from the consumer perspective.

But I digress. This list made me think about what things I would put on such a list. Obviously, there are things like death/disease/racism/inequality/hunger/war/global warming etc. that suck… but what about the little every day things?

So, here’s my list… in no particular order:

Mexican Food (or at least what they call “Mexican” in Central Illinois)

I think I’m the only person I know who doesn’t LOVE Mexican. It’s not that I’ll never eat it… but it would never be my first choice

Illinois Winters

The only good thing about winter in Illinois is that it’s over relatively quickly. Yeah, the snow is pretty, but we rarely get it. Usually we’re stuck with cold, gray, dreary days.

Quentin Tarantino Movies

Sorry… but it’s true: they suck. I realize I’ve lost hipster cred with that statement. Not that I had any to begin with.

Litter boxes

I totally want a cat. And I’d get one if I didn’t have to deal with the suckiness of a litter box

Cleaning

Yeah, I like a clean house… and I like the lemony-fresh scent of cleaning products, but cleaning itself just sucks.

Buffets

I could actually spend a whole blog on food-related suckiness, but I won’t. And I actually had a buffet today. But, in general, they suck. Bad food. Poor presentation. Questionable sanitation. Suckiness abounds.

Jagermeister and Kahlua

Again, I sound like a hypocrite ‘cuz I’ve had both of these recently. But they both suck. Seriously!

Hangovers

The older I get, the worse they become. No one *likes* to be hungover (see above suckiness of Jager and Kahlua)

Camping

Face it… camping sucks. Yeah, it’s fun to be with friends, drink beer, and “get away,” but what part of sleeping on the ground with a bunch of animals and dirt is appealing?

Boredom

I’m not talking the “I’m so bored I filled out this mySpace survey” or “I’m so bored I was reading Wired magazine online” type of boredom. I’m talking REAL boredom where even your time-suck activities bore you. Green Day once sang: “When masturbation’s lost its fun, you’re fucking lazy.” Similarly, when you’re too bored to waste hours online… it SUCKS!

Owner’s manuals

Who reads these things? They’re poorly written, useless, and at least 4 times longer than they need to be due to the multiple languages.

Dieting

Yeah, it’s great to eat healthy. And it’s great to lose weight. But dieting sucks. Period.

Shower games

I’m glad you’re having a baby/getting married, whatever. Just don’t make me play a sucky game.

Performance Evaluations

Who has *ever* looked forward to being “critiqued” on their “performance”? Yuk.

Debt

It sucks being in debt. Even “good debt” sucks. I hate owing people anything.

Medical Shows

I can’t stand to watch anyone get cut open, stitched, stuck with a needle, etc. Especially not on TV.

The Outdoor Channel

My brother watches it… A bunch of guys walking around the woods/mountains/lakes waiting to catch/shoot an unsuspecting animal. What’s the point?

Sweat

I love laying out in the sun. I find working out tolerable… But I can’t STAND sweating. It’s gross. And don’t give me that “it’s sexy when guys sweat” line. ‘Cuz it’s not.

Fat-free cheese

I can handle a lot of fat-free/low-fat/low-calorie/healthy food. But fat free cheese just plain sucks. It’s like non-alcoholic beer. What’s the point?

Waiting (for anything)

It just sucks. Do you know anyone who actually ENJOYS standing in line? Didn’t think so.

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