After a day of being thankful today marks Black Friday. The day where crazy shoppers go to get all the deals to make their holiday shopping just a little bit cheaper. As the holiday madness starts don’t we all wish we could come into a big sum of money and not have to worry about the credit card debt that awaits most of us when the holidays are over? A man in Columbia, South Carolina earlier this year won over 400 million dollars in the local lottery- do you think his holiday shopping will be a bit easier?
As much as I would love good fortune like this man, I am writing this post to say I am thankful I am NOT a major lottery winner like this man. I know we all keep our fingers crossed for things like this and we all hope it would happen to us, but do any of us really want the responsibility? I would like to turn to T.V to show why I am thankful I am not the lottery winner this year:
3) Hurley from “Lost”- Who can forget this lovable Hagrid like character? We all loved and adored him but before he was on that island life was far from easy for him. The lottery changed his life and not in a good way. He was worried about his life every second of the day. I am sure if he could turn back time he would have never won the lottery in the first place.
2) All the Characters on “Lucky 7″- While this show suffered a bad fate- it did show how although money might be the answer to our prayers it does also cause so many problems that we may not be prepared to deal with.
1) Charlie from “It Could Be You”- This man wins a 4 million dollar lottery! Only catch is he promised a waitress he couldnt tip that he would share his winnings with her if he won- when he did his wife wasnt exactly fond of his plan. Caught between keeping his word and keeping his wife this man learns that winning the lottery may not have been the blessing he once thought it was.
After a day of giving thanks I think it is important for everyone to remember that the grass always seems greener somewhere else but we need to appreciate what we have instead of yearning for what we don’t. This should extend past Thanksgiving and follow us into the holiday season. Instead of hoping for 20 gifts under the tree lets be grateful for the family and friends we have to share it with.
Happy Thanksgiving bloggers!
Have you ever mis-pronounced a word and had a whole room laugh at you and until they explained you had no idea what the problem was? Yah, me too. Now what if that mistake cost you a million dollars? This happened to Paul Atkinson on Wheel of Fortune. He was ready to solve the puzzle for the “Corner Curio Cabinet” but had never heard of this before and ended up mispronouncing curio. The next contestant then got the chance to solve after already hearing him say the right phrase the wrong way.
To me this is a bit unfair. I realize that they are trying to not favor dialects so there is no injustice in the answers but I think its reasonable to expect people to be nervous and if they get the answer that close you should either give it to them or at least not let another contestant steal it that way. But it got me thinking, are there words or phrases that would cost me to lose the game? As a Boston girl you can bet there are!
1) Anything with an r in the middle of the word:
I realize this is entirely cliche for my region but when I get nervous the r’s drop right out of my words. “Pahk the cah in the hahvard yahd” isn’t just a saying pointing fun at us…it would be torture on Wheel of Fortune.
2) Anything with the word “about” in it:
I really have no idea where this issue of mine comes from but when I am nervous or angry I all of a sudden become Canadian and say “abut” or something to that degree. Lets hope my million dollar puzzle isn’t “Thinking about it.”
3) Anything with the word “adult” in it:
Frankly, I dont even know the right way to pronounce this word. I always say “a- dult” but I know many people who say “ahh- dult”. My way sounds wrong to me because it makes me think we are saying “a dolt” but then again being a grown up and being a dolt are one in the same. Why didn’t we follow Peter Pan to Neverland and stay kids forever?
So bloggers are there any words that you pronounce wrong and could cost you a million dollar prize on Wheel of Fortune? I’d love to hear about it! And enjoy the video below with this poor man’s costly mistake.
Have you ever really liked a song but were really confused as to why you or really anyone in the world liked the song? “Call Me Maybe” was that song for me. I was literally obsessed with this song for the longest time. I would rock out to it in the car. I would watch multiple hilarious video renditions of it like this one. But honestly I could not figure out what the hype was about this song.
For starters the singer is a complete unknown artist. Sure she has a great voice but no one had even heard her name before this song. As far as I know she wasn’t even signed to a record before this song came out.
Added on to that the song is really just “Call Me Maybe” repeated billions of times with a few words added in for the verses. It couldn’t have taken all that much thought process to really come up with the lyrics to the song. And I will be the first to tell you I am definitely a lyric snob. I only like music I can relate to.
The one thing the song has going for it is the tune is catchy. And I mean REALLY catchy. Once you hear it it is very hard to get out of your head. But this now goes full circle- people have to hear it to get it in their head and if the artist is unknown and the lyrics arent stellar how did it get so widely publicized?
And then I learned the key. Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber got wind of this song and they tweeted about it and posted a dance video about it. Then the song took off like wild fire. But this now makes the song an even bigger guilty pleasure. I have fallen prey to the influence of the Biebz?!?! Say it isnt so! But even their dance video is kinda fun to watch… ahhh what does this mean?!?!
I could have gone my whole life not knowing the reason this song got stuck in my head for months at a time but now that I know I would like the Men in Black to come and erase my mind. Please?
Did the Biebz get you on this one too? Please tell me I am not alone!
Every once in awhile in this world there comes a news story that I really need to stop and say, “Did that really just happen?” This is one of those news stories. Apparently, in Freemont, California inmates are being offered the option to pay to stay in a nicer prison. According to the news story, “Under the new program, healthy, nonviolent offenders who don’t have a gang affiliation and have not been convicted of a sex crime can stay in one of Freemont’s cells for $155 per night, with a one-time $45 fee.” This whole thing seriously has me scratching my head.
I fully understand that jail brings in all the bottom feeders of the population. I also understand that some crimes are a bit different than other crimes. But I am fairly certain there is a system in place to ensure the wrong type of people are separated from the rest. But this new system puts in a problem that makes me think of Highschool all over again. The criminals with money get preferential treatment. I am sorry but a criminal is a criminal and they are in jail to be punished- the punishment should be based on the crime not on the wealth a person has.
This also begs the question. If a person robbed a bank- could they use the loot they acquired to upgrade their jail accommodation? How would that be controlled? This also makes me wonder what would the “nicer” jail cell have to offer. I came up with a top three list that I can imagine enticing a criminal to make the upgrade:
3) A bathroom with a door:
Alright criminals, sick of having to do your business with everyone watching you? Well upgrade to the Pay to Stay jail and you will be equipped with a bathroom that has a door so no one will peep on you again!
No more of this!
2) A Twin Sized Bed:
Sick of sleeping on a metal cot used by criminal after criminal? Upgrade to the Pay to Stay jail and you will get a fresh twin sized bed all to yourself!
1) Reputation as one of the better criminals:
We know having a criminal record can be a real stigma for the rest of your life. Well we cant expunge your record for you we can add a little flare. If you choose the Pay to Stay option we will make sure everyone knows you were one of the elite criminals and not one of the crowd.
All kidding aside my feelings are torn on this issue. How do you feel about criminals having the option to pay to improve their jail cell accommodations?
Over the past few weeks I have really been focusing on putting myself first and making a better life for me. Being unemployed has given me time to think and realize the things that are important to me. I have made fitness, education, employment and happiness priorities in life. I think often we take a lot for granted and we end up miserable because we forget what is important.
Over the past few weeks I have written a few blog posts about women and the way they change themselves for men. One post I wrote that got a lot of comments was my response to a One Night Stand Letter. In it I wrote “What makes you sexy is not caring what anyone else thinks. Focus on you. Be happy with you. Then the right guy will come your way.” And the men gave me a lot of flack for it. Apparently they believed this was a very “female” thought and not fitting with the male perspective. I really started to doubt myself until I heard a little speech from Ashton Kutcher. Okay now before you turn away and think I have hopped on the crazy train hear me out.
I recently heard the speech Ashton gave at the Teen Choice awards and I have to say it could not have come at a better time in my life.
In the speech he said that, ““The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap!”
I have to say I couldn’t agree more and he really validated for me that there are men out there who do think that way! I wasn’t dreaming.
Ashton’s speech really is inspiring. He talks about the importance of hard work and the importance of appreciating what you have and making the best out of everything. Its a lesson I am teaching myself and the speech really came at a great time.
Take a listen to the speech maybe its something you need to hear too!
Have you ever heard words of wisdom from a totally unexpected place and couldn’t be more grateful?
As we are creeping our way into November it is hard to ignore that the holiday season is approaching. Now most years I am jumping for joy and more than a little prepared. In fact many years I begin my shopping in June (oh yes I love Christmas that much). But this year, given my current job situation, I haven’t even begun shopping. Not only that but I am panicking that I won’t have the money to do it. This leads me to believe I will be on the last minute shopping train.
Now this is of course not the first time I have had to come up with a last minute gift. One year I was dating someone who I had been on and off with for a few years. We had hit a downward spiral and I did not think we would be together for the holidays. So I had not purchased a gift for his mother. However, I show up to their house to celebrate the holidays and there are not only many gifts laid out for me but also a stocking. Talk about a deer in headlights!
Lucky for me I had been way to prepared this holiday season and bought extra gifts for peopl
e I didn’t actually use. I ran out to my car, grabbed a left over gift, a fancy bag someone else gave me and ran back in the house pretending I just forgot it in the car. Phew h
oliday saved! Icing on the cake? She loved it!
I recently saw an episode of Jimmy Kimmel where the guest on the show was also on the last minute shopping train and gave him some clothing from an audience member. This made me giggle and also made me realize I cannot be the only one who does this. So I am looking to my blogging friends to make me not feel so alone. What is one of the worst last minute shopping scenarios you have been caught in? Did it work out?
Enjoy this clip from Jimmy Kimmel as well to start the weekend off right
I know many times I write on this blog about things that women do to attract men that irritate me. Well this is another one of those blogs. I am sorry ladies but there are some trends I just don’t understand. For this blog I am talking about the sexy baby voice.
Now don’t give me that quizzical look you all know exactly what I am talking about. The girl makes her voice sound about ten registers too high, she adds far to many w’s to her words and her grammar (if she even had a grasp on it in the first place) flies out the window.
Now the confusing part to me is how is this sexy? I get that acting helpless or ignorant every once in a while can make a man feel needed and give him an ego boost. For that reason sometimes the trash bag is just too heavy for me to take out or maybe a can of soup is just too high for me to reach. Let the man handle it. But my intelligence doesn’t suddenly drop dramatically and my voice doesn’t lose its maturity just because a man is around. And frankly I don’t get why I a man would want that.
Ladies if we want respect from men we need to demand it. Little habits like altering our voice to mirror a baby is really not demanding respect. We are literally asking a man to treat us like a baby by emulating one. Isn’t that the exact opposite message from all these women right’s movements and demand to be treated equal?
So my request? How about we stop sending mixed messages. If we want to be treated equal lets act that way. You want to be sexy? Dazzle them with your intelligence and firm grasp on the English language instead of taking dating tips from the nearest Kindergarten class.
30 Rock did a pretty funny episode on this epidemic, check it out here:
So bloggers, what do you think of the sexy baby voice? Do you like it or does it need to go?