Truth in Advertising

9 04 2010

Holding onto the glimmer of hope that someone’s summer collection will be baggy enough for me to wear (as I’m almost past the point of just buying bigger clothes as they bigger in the tummy AND every place else), I still scour the ads.

When work out clothes are advertised, the model is doing something athletic; “running”, “yoga”, holding a weight…

However, when lingerie is shown, no one is getting laid or seducing someone (in the ad), they’re typically laughing…
Jammies are hardly ever worn in bed, and not by someone covered in drool with half of their hair matted to their face….
Babies are never covered in spit or vomit or screaming…
Sandals aren’t shown on the beach where the sand gets in the toe area and creates blisters…
Liquor never shows the morning after where you consider chewing your arm off as that 10 has become an 01.

Okay reader(s), tell me, if you had to truthfully advertise something, how would you do it.

Now playing: The Tragically Hip – Ahead by a Century
via FoxyTunes

Let’s talk about meme, A-Z

23 03 2010

Admittedly Stolen from bevchen over at Confuzzled

A. Attached or single? Attached. Quite. At least last I checked… it’s almost play-offs and seeing as he forfeited most of Oct/Nov/December’s games, I’ve been a hockey widow.

B. Best friend? Married to ’em. I think I’m too old for “best friends”… I have “People I can tolerate in large doses”, “People I can tolerate in small doses” and “People I will feign being eaten by a bear to avoid contact with”.

C. Cake or pie? You’re making me choose?!?!? I guess, cake? There’s more options with flavors and frostings

D. Day of choice? Any day that I make it though without putting my foot in my mouth or without having a bout of irrationality.

E. Essential item? Water.

F. Favorite color? This has changed… right now, I’m on a light green kick, as displayed by my tank (under sweater).

G. Gummy bears or worms? Gummy Bunnies! Oh, that’s not a choice, um, bears?

H. Hometown? Buffalo. New York. No, it’s not a borough. It’s on the other side of the state. NEAR THE BIG WATERFALL.

I. Favorite indulgence? All things frozen confections.

J. January or July? I guess July, by default. January sucks and I can’t spell it.

K. Kids? Interesting… been thinking more and more about them, how to raise them, how they get inside the mommy’s tummy….

L. Life isn’t complete without? Lovvvvvveeeeeee

M. Marriage date? 09/25/2004

N. Number of brothers and sisters? Zip Zero.

O. Oranges or apples? Apples. That white stuff on oranges is creepy. Unless we’re talking juice, then pulp-free-low-acid-orange.

P. Phobias? Fire. Drowning. Majorly f-ing up.

Q. Quotes? “Fu^K, even in the future nothing works!”, “What’s new? What’s the 411?! You kids keep me so young!”, “RUN AWAY!”

R. Reasons to smile? Sunshine. Flowers coming up through the mulch. Non-muddy puppies. Lemons.

S. Season of choice? Spring. Summer’s too hot, Fall is too close to Winter and Winter=miserable.

T. Tag 5 people. You can’t make me.

U. Unknown fact about me? How about little known? My grandpa used to run the Zoomobile so I got to go behind the scenes at the zoo and see freezers full of mice and hold snakes.

V. Vegetable? PEAS! And sometimes corn. But peas are so varied and versatile!

W. Worst habits? Short fuse. Not standing up for myself. Ice cream for dinner.

X. X-ray or ultrasound? I’ve only had one out of the two, so I can’t properly form an opinion. Though, I suppose when the time comes for an ultrasound, it’ll be a lot more fun than going in for an x-ray.

Y. Your favorite food? Yes.

Z. Zodiac sign? Cancer, da crab. Makes sense, does it not?

Wordless Wednesday

10 02 2010


10 Things that Make Me/You Happy

1 02 2010

Even though he didn’t quite say I “had” to, I found DennistheVizsula’s 10 Things That Make You Happy fitting for a Monday morning.

  1. Marking places off my “Heard it in a Song, Gotta Go See It” … This weekend, we nixed “Chagrin Falls, Ohio” off the list.
  2. Popcorn
  4. Fresh cold water
  5. Getting photos set-up correctly and having them turn out like I saw them in my head
  6. A warm bed
  7. Cooking/Baking
  8. Funny no-reason texts from Steve
  9. The Gym
  10. My friends

Feed Me Google!

18 01 2010

My love for wordpress runs pretty deep, it’s like vanilla ice cream.
But sometimes, I want/need sprinkles (and NOT jimmies) and that’s where Google RSS feed comes in.
And when I want/need a fresh waffle cone, yeah, that’d be myyahoo.

32 subscriptions on WordPress; pared down from people who went defunct and cushioned up by people I’m constantly meeting.
Another 24 on GoogleReader. Most of those are tumblr because it’s the new crack.
Don’t forget the 16 widgets on the yahoo page. And I counted the three weather areas and two horoscopes (“Today will be a good day Cancer!”) as one each.

The demographic isn’t very, demographic.
Yahoo is mostly food and news (imagine that, right), Google is tumblr, blogspot and blogger sites and well, wordpress is more of the human interest of things.

  • Least Interesting (uh, why don’t I just unsubscribe?): Tragically Hip Tour… it’ some guy who likes The Hip, but basically just posts about his on-line poker club. Yawn.
  • Funniest: right now, I’m all about

  • Six GoogleReader links I less-sign-three* and think you should check out:
  2. Because sometimes the box/bag/photo looks NOTHING like what you get and the taste is nothing like what you would want to eat.
  5. For when you wonder just WTF a lolcat is. (BTW, that’s on my wordpress feeder and I am anxiously awaiting my KTHNXBAI shirt)

So, dear reader(s), do you RSS? What’s your cross section look like?
How about filling out that bullet thing; on your blog or in the comments? And if you don’t use GoogleReader, insert your RSS of choice. And if you want to make your own catagories, well, at Uncle Ted Says, “It’s a free for all!”

It’s a heart!

Six Song Story… Say that Swifty Seventeen Times…

12 01 2010

Borrowed from Sammy25 who found it at A Single Balanced Life (and they tell two people and they tell two people…)

The rules are simple:
Using your mp3 player or ipod, tell a story using only 6 song titles. Each song must be by a different artist. You may change the punctuation, if needed, but cannot add or delete words from the title. Put a list after your story telling which artist performed each song, in the order they appear in your story.

“Broken, beaten and scarred- escape is at hand for the traveling man.”
“Do not go quietly unto your grave! Be thankful for what you’ve got. Control! I’m here!”
“Be quiet and drive far away.”

  1. “Broken, Beaten and Scarred”, Metallica
  2. “Escape is at hand for the Traveling Man”, Tragically Hip
  3. “Do not go Quietly Unto your Grave”, Morphine
  4. “Be Thankful for what You’ve Got”, Massive Attack (version)
  5. “Control I’m Here”, Nitzer Ebb
  6. “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)”, Deftones

oh! fun!

Your turn!

Because I Feel as Though I Owe You Something

4 01 2010

I can’t lie.
Totally ganked from Rob.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Trans-Atlantic flight.
Dealing with that whole what-if-the-plane-goes-down-over-the-ocean-and-I’m-eaten-by-a-shark-or-whale-or-wolverine-and-it’s-all-because-I-thought-going-to-Paris-would-make-my-life-complete-when-I-should-have-just-booked-a-cabin-in-Allegheny.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t make resolutions… it just seems silly… why wait until the new year to make changes? Start now. So the short answer is: n/a

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
“Charlotte” birthed “Baby Teppo”.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
R.I.P. Grandpa

5. What countries did you visit?
Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, UK, Ireland

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Not as much as to have, as to not have… I’d like to shush that nagging, negative voice in the back of my head.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Unless I get amnesia, I’m pretty sure I’ll remember 10/15 (Grandpa, again), 11/25-12/11 (Europe, again) and 12/28 (none of your beeswax)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
See #1.
Also, I think I only had one throw-up-hangover in 2009, so that’s good.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I’m going to say: not speaking my mind out of fear of “losing” a disagreement.
Starting to feel like too much of my life has been spent being a doormat and it’s right about time to start saying “NO and here’s why…”

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
When didn’t I?

11. What was the best thing you bought?
You guessed it, Plane Tickets.
Though, Steve’s Birthday Present was pretty kick-ass too… “Captains of the Aud” signed, framed, COA’d…

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Mine. I am surprised I have any tongue left after biting it.

13. Whose behavior appalled you?
I will plead the 5th as I am trying not to be so judgmental.
Noooo, that is not a resolution, or else I would have bitten my tongue yesterday when I told my in-laws that their lack of vision (as in “What’s that say?”) makes me weary to have our potential spawn in a vehicle with them driving.

14. Where did most of your money go?
To the EU, mortgage, student loans.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
See #1,5,8

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier. Thank you American Pharmaceutical Companies!
b) thinner or fatter? The same… according to the scale, though “toner” wasn’t an option.
c) richer or poorer? Poorer, financially.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Being honest… in the “You’ve agitated me and here’s why” or “I’d really prefer to”

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Heard about how great babies are. I GET IT.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Slept in.
Traveled when we were ready.
Drank wine.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Everyday. (well, with the exception of a few days mid-August when we had a rift)

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Was Allison’s Intervention shown in 2009?

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No. I’m over it.

24. What was the best book you read?
I dunno… nothing really stood out. I did read “Ahab’s Wife” by Sena Naslund, which was quite an undertaking seeing as it’s near 700 small print pages.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
There was new music with listening to in 2009?

26. What did you want and get?
DSLR. Swoon.

27. What did you want and not get?

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I’m not much for movies as I think the only new releases I saw this year were “Gran Taurino”, “The Hangover” and “Taken”.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

M&D were in town, so we went downtown. I purchased a Tragically Hip poster and then we went for a couple drinks. Later on, we had dinner by the water while Steve played volleyball. I turned 30.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
For people to let me/us live our lives as adults. While I appreciate your trying to help, we’re grown-ups now.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

32. What kept you sane?

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
uk. none.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Stop blaming the current administration for not being able to fix the prior administration’s faults within 10 minutes.

35. Who did you miss?
M&D, G&G

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Did I mean anyone new this year? How about my trainer(s) at the gym.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
If you think you should, do. If you don’t think you should, don’t.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“Clearly his teeth were bare, he could have been yawning or snarling.”

Another meme

1 12 2009

1. Where is your cell phone? Desk
2. Your hair? Testy
3. Your mother? Precious
4. Your Father? Lifesaver
5. Your favorite food? Yes.
6. Your dream last night? Irkful
7. Your favorite drink? Water
8. Your dream/goal? Travel
9. What room are you in? Front
10. Your hobby? Creative
11. Your fear? Alone
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Traveling
13. Where were you last night? Bed
14. Something that you aren’t? Mute
15. Muffins? PLEASE!
16. Wish list item? Happiness
17. Where did you grow up? Buffalo
18. Last thing you did? Drink
19. What are you wearing? Pants 😦
20. Your TV? Noisy
21. Your pets? Adorable
22. Friends? Awesome
23. Your life? Awesome
24. Your mood? Delighted
25. Missing someone? ‘rents
26. Vehicle? YOT
27. Something you’re not wearing? Garter
28. Your favorite store? YES!
29. Your favorite color? Depends
30. When was the last time you laughed? Yesterday
31. Last time you cried? October
32. Your best friend? Husband
33. One place that I go to over and over? Home
34. One person who emails me regularly? Daffy
35. Favorite place to eat? YES!

Electronic Album Art

25 11 2009

In this age of iPods and whatever, I feel as though the art of Album Art has gone by the wayside.
I was putting some of my CDs on iTunes last night and the case for Violator (Depeche Mode) was HEAVY. BECAUSE OF LINER NOTES.

Some “albums” didn’t have art associated with them (mainly because they came off of very old/pre-piracy CDs) and that grey note box is just, depressing.



By right clicking on the “album” and then picking “get info”, you can choose what to use for the album art.

I spent way too much time last night applying the following:

“90s” album

For "80s"

"reps" (for the gym)

Do tell reader(s), what silly album art do you incorporate?


Inside the StopBouncing Studio

28 07 2009

Taking a cue from thatgirl over at  standing by, we’ll pretend that I’m so interesting that I’ve been interviewed by James Lipton of “Inside the Actors Studio”…

1. What is your favorite word?
I don’t know that I have a favorite word… “Warmth”… does that work?

2. What is your least favorite word?
“Rory”. Because it’s hard for me to pronounce. Also, “hamburger”, for reasons unknown.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Playing off someone else; Whether it’s seeing something happen, watching people, wondering how whatever-it-is-got-wherever-it-is, making up stories…

4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Repression/Failure. But then again, isn’t that the point?
(“Help help! I’m being Repressed!”)

5. What is your favorite curse word?
“Shit”, Without a doubt.
I’ve taken keen to saying “Well shit on a stick!” when things don’t go my
way. I’ve been trying to use “poo” more.

6. What sound or noise do you love?
The tips of tall field grasses touching one another in a gentle breeze.
(Come on now, you didn’t think I could be all gloom and doom!)

7. What sound or noise do you hate?
“I can’t”.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
In the perfect world (in my head) I would travel around the world, photograph what I’ve seen, write about what I’ve done and cooked such as the locals.

9. What profession would you not like to do?
Geriatric Respite Care

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“I knew you couldn’t screw up that much. Come on in! It’s happy hour!”

Fellow bloggers, readers, and lurkers, it’s your turn.