Saturday, December 27, 2008

How to Get Rid of Unwanted Holiday Gifts | eHow.com

Now that the holidays are over, we all have piles of unwanted holiday gifts scattered around our homes. Rather than letting our unwanted gifts become forgotten or go to waste, let's clean up and get rid our our unwanted holiday gifts.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

How to See the Upside in a Down Economy | eHow.com

Seeing the positive side of a recession is difficult, and with good reason. Jobs are being cut and the economy is in bad shape. However, that is no reason to give up hope. There are plenty of reasons to keep a positive attitude, and to see the upside of a down economy.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

How to Begin The New Year In a Great Way | eHow.com

The beginning of a new year is a great time for change. A positive attitude and achievable New Years resolutions can help you to start your new year in a great way. This year, forget all of your misgivings from the past. Forget any negativity that you may have. Move forward and be ready for a fantastic New Year.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Exercise is good...but stress undoes the benefits.

This morning, I went to gym before work for forty minutes and during lunch for thirty or so, including taking a quick, 15 minute ab workout class. I felt great after that, until I had to start training on some new tasks immediately. When I say immediately, I mean today was the trainer's last day and if I didn't learn what I need to know, I would be face first in the middle of new responsibility with no clue where to go. So, I studied. I learned. I got overwhelmed.

By midafternoon, I was stressed. So what did I do? Indulged in carbs...and more carbs...and more carbs. It wasn't good. I'm pretty sure I ate back a significant amount of the calories that I burned. And I'm sure being stressed will help me hold on to those unwanted calories. Lovely.

Later, I gave in and had some ice cream. More calories. Please note that I am seriously unhappy with this, but I felt like I needed it and at that point had idle time, so my craving had time to build.

At least my late evening was fun. I got to hang out with a friend for some girl time, which helps to bring me down a notch. We had a healthy dinner, thank goodness, and then indulged in some retail therapy.

Tonight I had to email an eBay seller who sold me a fraudulent item. I hope to hear back shortly so I can return the item and get my money back. It's too bad that I didn't catch the small details that made the item a fake. It's actually a really great fake, but I won't keep it because of the principle of the matter. That and I paid too much to keep a fake.

In any case, soon I will go to sleep and move past today and hope that tomorrow brings good things...although all I hear that it will be bringing is too much snow.

Grrr.

I bought a fake Juicy Couture item on eBay. I'm normally great at spotting fakes, so I'm pretty bummed. Hopefully the seller will allow me to return the item, or a major dispute will be happening shortly.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

How to Buy Inexpensive Designer Clothing

Are you a Fashionista who is forced to shop on a budget? Let's face it - lots of us want great clothing, and we want it at great prices. There's no reason that your designer fashion has to cost a fortune. You can get designer styles without breaking the bank if you try hard enough.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

How to Create Gmail Labels and Filters

Gmail has a lot of features beyond just sending and receiving email. These include the ability to create filters and labels to organize your email. We all receive lots of email each day - we might as well keep our Gmail accounts organized!

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Poker night

Last night was poker night. I called my fifteen minutes, and with forty seconds left, we played one last hand. As the cards came out, I was heading towards a straight. It came down to me and one other person, and he kept bidding me up. I kept going too, because at the end, I had my straight. So, the hand ends, and I show my straight: Q J 10 9 8. Then my friend shows. K Q J 10 9. I was shocked...so close! In any case, I still ended up making money, so it was fine, but I could not believe he had the one set that could beat me.

This proves, once again, that I only win a lot when I'm drunk.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Driving Anxiety

I tend to have driving anxiety. I can't stand driving. In any case, today I had a major breakthrough and drove on new roads, conquered highways, and trusted my GPS to help me navigate and not get me lost. As you can tell from the fact that I am writing, I got through everything successfully, and I feel great now! So, I wrote a how to about how to deal with driving anxiety:

How to deal with driving anxiety

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Legally Blonde: all of the pieces

It may make me a dork, but I am officially a Legally Blonde addict. I've seen the movie a lot, read the book, seen the Broadway show three times, and just saw the national tour of the musical.

My definite favorite was the Broadway musical. The national tour performance was good too, but without the amazing set in the opening, it didn't have that special something. The Broadway musical was just amazing - the harmonies were great, the band was great, and the sets were great.

The national tour was good too, but the harmonies weren't as tight, and Natalie Joy Johnson as Paulette really threw me off. Not that she was bad, because she was great, but she played the role very differently than Orfeh did. (Although I really enjoyed her in the role of Enid, so seeing her in a different capacity was strange.) The music and lyrics were slightly reworked, which threw me off because I know them so well. However, I did like the reworkings. The person who played Carlos was so great, and played the part differently than the performer in the Broadway musical.

I liked the movie, too, but I didn't get so into until after the musical came out. I also liked the book, but the book was very different than the movie and musical. Although the book and the musical did have things in common, like calling the college UCLA, whereas the movie called Elle's school CULA. Also, in the original Broadway demos, Elle's major is revealed, and it's the same as the book: socio-political jewelry design. (I think - have to double check this.) The main difference between the book and movie was that the book had no Emmett character, and Elle had a close female friend instead. Also, she sleeps with Warner, since he's cheating on Sarah (who became Vivian in the movie, and Vivienne in the play).

There were less cast members in the National Tour, it seems, and the sets were majorly scaled down. Overall, the show was still great. People laughed at jokes that fell flat on Broadway, but were silent at the times that normally warrant screaming and cheers: Elle's first entrance and Emmett's change at the department store.

Has anyone else wondered if it was a coincidence that Elle's last name is Woods and Emmett's is Forrest?

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Life changing events

Life changing events are scary things. I've recently decided to pursue a life changing event. (Essentially, it involves a lot of commitment and money.) I am ready to do it, but it's still a scary thing.

I don't think it helped that I had a headache last night when I got the final news that my purchase request had been met, and my first inclination was to throw up - not sure if that was due in part to my headache and accompanying nausea, nerves or the fact that I'd just gotten two numbers right in a major lottery drawing (although I now think those two numbers translate out to a three dollar win).

New, big things are happening - we'll see what the future brings!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Paris Hilton's My New BFF

At first, I thought the concept of the show Paris Hilton's My New BFF was awful. And, well, it is - but in the way that most reality TV is - in the good way. At first I thought all of the girls on this show were just desperate, but you know what? This same stuff happens in life everyday. In school, at work, wherever, people compete for friendship.
There was a lot of benefit for this show: Paris Hilton got a chance to control how her image was portrayed on TV, and some girls got their much wanted 15 minutes of fame.
In any case, Brittany was chosen as the winner. I think she was a good choice, although the whole show (unless I'm wrong) is totally fake. Vanessa would have "yessed" Paris all day. Brittany was pretty legitimate in what she wanted. She wants to be Paris' friend, but she also wants to be a rockstar. I can't fault her for that because she was totally open about it, and didn't appear to be shady about it at all.
It's funny when the girls called the other girls fame seekers. I mean, this is reality TV. Everyone on the show is a fame seeker. If these girls weren't fame seekers, they wouldn't be on reality TV. And this was a great opportunity to grab 15 minutes of fame - you don't need skills or talent - you just need to exist.
Overall, the show was a bit painful to watch but I watched the whole thing. I would like Brittany and Paris to actually be friends, as I think Brittany would be a good friend.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A True Life Episode

Did anyone see True Life - I'm in a Love Triangle? That show made me go "What?!?" The first group was a girl, Felecia, her ex, and the girl that her ex got pregnant. Okay, so here's what drives me nuts about it. Felecia and the guy broke up, then she's mad at the guy for getting another girl pregnant. I can see why she'd be mad since they're trying to get back together, but he didn't cheat or anything. As noted above, they were broken up. But, the plot thickens. This guy got Felecia pregnant previously, but she had an abortion. So, I think she felt slighted because this other girl, Kelsie (who was 18) was keeping the baby. So this guy (forgot his name) wants to date both of them because he "loves" both of them. Okay, so props for staying with Kelsie, who he got pregnant. No points for still dating Felecia again when trying to be with his pregnant girlfriend. Kelsie says she's okay with dating both of them together, and she may be - but she's 18. You change about a million different times between her age and Felecia's (which was 22, I think). This guy wants them all to date - like, all be together. Props to Felecia for not wanting that, and besides, how does that work? Would she have to pay for and babysit Kelsie's baby? The guy says that Felecia's just not "ready" for this kind of relationship, but I think she was smart to walk away in the end - love is one thing, but being 'the other woman' in this situation is another entirely.
The other guy was not really in a love triangle, I think - he was dating one girl who he kind of liked, while he was really into his ex. He played one against the other for a while, and ended up with neither, while claiming he's now single to keep his options open. I think it's just not knowing a good thing when you have one. Lesson learned: don't play girls against one another or you'll end up with none. (These were nice girls, by the way, or so it seemed on TV.)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Britney Spears: For the Record

Did anyone see "Britney Spears: For the Record?" on MTV? It was kind of interesting. Of course, it was made up of very select footage, but it really painted her in a positive light, which is so different than the way that the media has been portraying her for the past few years. Yet, simultaneously, gossip magazines are still portraying her as out of control.

She did look decent in the video - normal, not crazy or anything, which is a good thing. I'm looking forward to her new album. I was never really a fan until the last album...I can't remember what it's called, but I liked most of it, especially Piece of Me.

In any case, today was back to work after the long weekend, which I realized is quite difficult. Don't get me wrong - I really enjoy my job - but after so many days off, it's hard to wake up on Monday morning ready to face an entire week ahead of you. Monday's over, though, and Tuesday should be easier.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Feelings & Actions

I've noticed that people act differently than they feel. Essentially, people defy their feelings in favor of doing what they perceive as being correct. For example, a friend is involved with an organization that drives her nuts, but she hasn't left it yet. She doesn't get paid, and it causes her an incredible amount of stress, but somehow she can't walk away. It's like a bad abusive relationship or something, and I want to tell her that she deserves better and should walk away.

Not that I'm any better. Lots of things bother me, but I don't walk away from them, or confront the situation. For example, my fiance's mother got us tickets for a show a few weeks ago and I so did not want to go. Still, I went, and spent three hours wanting to fall asleep from boredom.

I think we do things because they're right and helpful, but in my friend's case, she should leave because she's unhappy, and in mine, I should have found a way to politely decline because someone else might have enjoyed the ticket more than I would have.

On another note, I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving weekend and enjoyed eating a lot of food. I messed up pretty badly on the weight loss front, and I need to improve that quickly. I have to lose five pounds in the upcoming months, which should be a reasonable goal, but isn't easy when you love to eat. One size smaller...that's all I need. Although a few sizes would be nice.

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