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Thundersnow?!?!

For those of you who don’t know, New England has been buried with snow this winter. Literally if you took all of the inches of snow we have received in the last few months and piled it on top of the 5′ 1″ that I am you would not see me, AT ALL. I would need more than a straw to reach the top to breath. I would need more than a meter stick!

Needless to say this snow is getting out of hand. I have gotten to the point where I hear snow in the forecast and I just basically roll my eyes and say “welp why not?”.

 

When you are taking a turn on to a road you basically have to roll out to the middle of the road before you can see anything at all. There are absolutely no sidewalks. Sorry joggers. And parking has gotten ridiculous wherever you go! Small parking lot? Even smaller now. Street parking? Forget it.

But if the snow wasn’t enough Mother Nature has decided to throw another curve ball our way. Thunder snow. Oh yes, it is in face a thing. According to the weather channel thunder snow is:

“Thundersnow is a snowstorm event in which thunder and lightning occur”

A few weeks ago I was watching the snow fall, praying it would stop and lightening just cracked across the sky. I think I was in such a state of shock that it did not even register how strange that was. However there is a weather man who definitely noticed how odd it was and he has become a local phenomenom.

I would like to leave you with this awesome weather man. May you be excited about ANYTHING at all as much as he is about catching thundersnow on camera!

 

Happy Friday bloggers!

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

After watching multiple posts on my friend Ronnie’s blog, I decided it was time to finally see Breakfast at Tiffany’s. All I can say is *swoon*. There is so much about that movie that shows we are in a different time but there is still so much to relate to.

To start with, Audrey Hepburn is just flawless. From her appearance, to her acting skills to her voice. Everything about her was just phenomenal. But as with most movies I don’t like to just do a movie review. I like to pick out a part of the movie that spoke to me and explain why. So the part of the movie that spoke to me was something Audrey said:

 “No. The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?”

I had to pause the movie and re-listen to what she said. “The mean reds”. That is the exact feeling I have been having as of late. Things are definitely changing around me. I have been laid off for the 3rd time in 3 years. I am working a direct sales business. And I am doing side jobs to keep my head above water.

Do I have the blues? No, I am really not sad. But the mean reds? You better believe I do. One minute I will be excited about the opportunities ahead and the next I am petrified with no real justifiable reason. Probably because it isn’t stable. Maybe because it is different. All I know is that I am scared and there is very little I can do but swallow it and accept it.

For Audrey her mean reds came from the fear of commitment, the fear of being herself, and the fear of letting herself fall in love. She was all wrapped up in fear that she really never was happy. I am not that far along just yet but after watching it I am certain I won’t let myself get there. She almost lost a pretty great man because of this fear.

Fear holds you back. Fear creates a road block. But positive thinking and positive energy creates a path to success. It might seem crazy, it might seem impossible. But it is there if you are willing to think positive and be happy!

Don’t let the mean reds get you! Do as Audrey eventually did and let go and be happy! It is the only way to move forward in life!

Thank you “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” for an amazing life lesson!

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I have a thing for handles…

One thing I love about this blog is it is a safe place to share my confessions. This one has been weighing on me for some time. I didn’t know who to share it with because I didn’t want to get those odd sideways glances. I didn’t want to tell my boyfriend and cause unnecessary jealousy. So I held it in. But I can’t hold it in any longer. I want to shout it from the roof tops. I have a thing….not a small thing but a large thing…an obsession really…don’t judge me but…

I have a thing for handles.

Phew. There I said it. That was a huge relief. I can breathe a little easier now. It is out there for the whole world to know. No more secrets.

But how did it happen you ask? How did this obsession manifest? Well it all started in Disney (where many things for me have started). A few years ago I was in Disney looking for some dishes to have in my first apartment. I searched high and low for the perfect stuff that would be absolutely me. While in Epcot I stumbled in to a shop in France and fell in love.

Chocolat

The bowl came in both the style pictured above and one that said “Cafe Au Lait” or coffee with milk. I had no idea what I would use these bowls for but I had to have them. And you know what? I use them for everything! They are my go to bowl! Not only do I love the sayings on them but the handles are amazing. Bowl too hot? Don’t worry the handle is just right! Need to carry more than one thing? Don’t worry the handle takes up less space in your hand. The handle makes the bowl a perfect addition to apartment life.

But a handle obsession is more than a bowl obsession. I also now have become obsessed with using mugs (with handles) for everyday drinking. This has extended beyond coffee and tea that it was made for. Juice, why not? Soda, of course. And the list goes on. The handle makes it possible for me to balance more than one thing. It makes drinking on a sofa much safer. And it makes attacks from the dog easier to ward off.

But wait there is more… trash bags. Okay this is about to get weird. But I now only buy trash bags with handles. Yes they do have them. I feel this is logical because I am not the strongest person. The handle gives me a little extra control and makes it a little easier to not break the bag as I head down the stairs.

As I started realizing my obsession I decided to look around for more handle issues…handles on my purse, handle on my planner, dreaming of a handle for my phone case…where else can I put handles?!

So now that I have confessed my dirty little secret it is time for you bloggers to confess. What little obsession do you have in the home that no one else knows? Maybe not even you just yet…

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My famous name twin: Shailene Woodley

When you have a name like Shaeleen, finding someone with the same name is pretty rare. Shailene Woodley does not share the spelling of my name but since she shares the name I was pretty excited to learn about her. When I first heard her name on T.V I was like “I knew my name was meant for fame!”

Determined to share some common ground with my name twin I decided to do a little research. Here are the similarities I found:

1) Passion for the arts: Well this one is obvious. She is an actress and I wish that I was an actress. Basically she made it and I am still dreaming. But knowing my name is already in those shiny lights albeit attached to someone else gives me a little hope!

2) She would rather be naked than dress to impress (according to this interview in Elle): Now I don’t have an affinity for walking around naked but I also really don’t like when I am told to dress up. When that order is given to me I want to walk in like a homeless person just to spite the person. Very similar to how she wants to walk in naked. Our style should be our choice not our employers.

3) She prefers to attend casual events makeup- free (according to this article): I know I have posted about this before but I will say it again. I am not a makeup girl. When I am going somewhere fancy I will get done up. But only then. Mostly, I am seen makeup free. Sure i get comments about it but I would rather be comfortable and not worry about eye makeup getting in my eyes then look perfect for the first two hours of the day when the makeup looks its best.

I am sure there are many other similarities we share but these are the ones that stood out to me.

So I am sure most of you don’t have super rare names like I do. Who is your favorite celebrity name twin and why?

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Stats ruin everything!

I gotta say I am not a math wiz. One thing I hate more than anything is when I am sitting down to watch a game and all I see is stats about the best pitcher, the most homer runs, the most touchdowns and all of that jazz. Stats don’t get me excited. If anything most of the time when an announcer tells you that something hasn’t happened in X amount of time- it happens that game! Basically it ruins everything! Your team hasn’t lost at home in 20 games? Welp they are losing tonight. This pitcher has the best batting average against lefties, tonight is the night lefties dominate. It is just the way it works.

This had me thinking. What other life events would be ruined if we started inundating those events with stats. Here are a few I came up with:

1) Pregnancy: How about in that special moment when you are about to give life you are given the stats of survival for moms while giving birth. How about the stats of baby’s being born stillborn. Stats of giving birth to a kid with birth defects? I am sure those stats would really brighten up that special moment!

2) Weddings: Right as you are about to say “I do” the ceremony stops and you are given the divorce rate stats. How about the financial stats of newlyweds? That is exactly what you wanna hear as you promise to love someone till the end of time.

3) Buying a House: How about before you sign the papers you are given all the stats of new homeowners with a large repair needed within the first five years. Stats for roof issues? Stats for home insurance claims? The list goes on and on.

Stats are a part of life. They are out there and if we want to find them it would be easy enough to do. The fact is there are many stats we just don’t want to be reminded of in the moment. And I am someone who would prefer to not be reminded of sports stats when I am trying to enjoy a game!

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It Works!

I want to start this post by saying I will make it short and it will be the ONLY post about this. I do not want my blog to become a sales blog. That being said, I have started out on a new venture. On top of my part time and full time job I have decided to become a direct sales consultant for “It Works.” I am hoping this company will help supplement my income enough to get myself out of debt. After the unemployment last year it is taking a lot to try and catch up so I am willing to work hard to get where I need to be.

So what is “It Works”? This company sells all types of natural products to help with your appearance. Their flagship product is the wrap. Have you tried that crazy wrap thing? Basically the wrap is meant as nutrients for your body to help tighten and tone you. The common misconception is that it will help you lose weight. This is not the purpose of the product. We also sell products such as protein powder and greens which can help you along this weight loss goal. These products are meant to be used together. There is no quick fix!

One of the best sellers that we have is a product called Hair, Skin and Nails. This product is a supplement packed with biotin that allows your hair to grow healthy and strong. This is such a great product and really who doesnt want to have beautiful hair?

If you want to try a product we ask that you commit to three months. If you do that you will be considered a loyal customer and will receive a big discount off the top. For example a box of 4 wraps sells for $99. If you agree to be a loyal customer you will receive that same box of for for $59.99. It is worth it!

If you are interested in trying any of these products leave me a comment with your email and I will get back to you with more info!

Thank you all for supporting me on my new adventure!

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Why a Boston girl doesn’t want to be called a Yankee!

After my love affair with the movie American Sniper, I decided to pick up the book. I am the type of person that if I watch a movie and there is a book it was made after, I need to read the book. And vice versa. This was no exception. But as I begin to get to the heart of the book one thing has really started to irritate me.

The amount of times I am reminded that I am a “Yankee.”

Now I realize that the definition of the word itself does not mean it is derogatory. In fact the author of the book is really just referring to northerners when he uses the word. He mostly uses it to explain things he doesn’t think northerners would understand.

The definition of the word is, anyone from the US by someone outside the US or anyone from the north by anyone from the south.

But lets start with the first reason I do not like this word. Should we start with the song Yankee Doodle Dandy?

As a kid I thought this song was a lot of fun. But looking at the lyrics a little more it is pretty clear that the song was not praising the yankees at all.

“A-riding on a pony”:

a pony?!?! So what the Yankee is either a child and can’t ride a real horse or he is just an idiot.

“and with the girls be handy!” :

This of course could mean be a handy man, but somehow I think this is a more sexual reference…

I am pretty sure this song was intended to make fun of the Yankees and given that it was written by the British I am pretty sure I am not wrong.

Now for the obvious reason a Boston girl does not want to be called a Yankee:

Yes the New York Yankees! As a die hard Red Sox fan the sight of that symbol alone makes me bubble up with anger. They are the team we love to hate. And the word Yankee absolutely makes my blood boil thanks to them.

So the next time you want to call a Boston girl a Yankee remember that New Yorkers are Yankees (self-proclaimed) and Bostonians are Bostonians. Lets leave the derogatory meanings from the past in the past?

Now that, that is off my chest I can continue reading!