Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Are we blind?

Anyone else noticing a LOT of product placement on TV...really really obvious stuff too. It's not just a character wearing a shirt with a logo or something in the background anymore.

Today I finally got around to watching "The Closer" season finale on my DVR and in the middle of the interrogation scene, suddenly the camera panned to a "Soyjoy" granola bar sitting on the desk. I think it actually zoomed in on it!

Another awful example...did you see "The Starter Wife" miniseries that was on last summer? Drove me nuts how Debra Messing's character was getting ready to go out and the camera zoomed in on her washing her face with Loreal products and using their make-up. I mean, come on, just because I'm watching mindless TV like "The Starter Wife" doesn't mean I'm mindless lol.

And the worst show of all...Biggest Looser. I can't even watch it anymore because I'm so sick of the trainers telling them how great it is to chew gum, only 5 calories...blah blah blah and then they zoom in on the gum package and it's Big Red, or whatever brand. See, I can't even remember what it was! Just that I was annoyed by it.

I wonder how dumb do they think we are that we aren't going to notice this stuff? Of course I did miss a key thing in this video: check it out if you have a minute- it's pretty funny.
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Genius!

I'm a night owl. I'm one of those people who just don't do mornings...meaning don't call me in the morning, don't knock on the door, don't try to wake me up...it doesn't work. All you get is a cranky woman with bedhead comin' at you lol. As a teenager I was the same, a night owl who could never get to school on time.

So...if you're like me or have a teenager with the same "can'tgetoutofbed-itis" check these out- they may be considered cruel or genius depending on which side of the bed you wake up on :)

1. The Sfera Alarm Clock -- The clock hangs from the ceiling above your bed. When the alarm first rings, you can easily reach up and hit the snooze button. But every time you hit the snooze button, the clock retracts towards the ceiling, making you reach higher -- until you eventually are forced to get up.

2. Rumbling Alarm clock -- When the alarm goes off the clock rumbles intensely and bounces away, forcing the user to get out of bed and chase the clock around the room.

3. Clocky Alarm clock -- Instead of bouncing around the room, this one rolls on wheels and searches for a place to hide. It hides in a new place every time so you are guaranteed to get up.

4. Blowfly Flying Alarm Clock -- When this alarm goes off, the clock flies around the room, making an irritating buzzing sound. The only way to stop it is to wake up catch it and put it back in the cage.

5. Puzzle Alarm clock -- At the top of the alarm clock is a puzzle made up of four pieces. It wakes up with the alarm and by firing the four puzzle pieces in the air. Until you put them back in order the alarm turn off.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Crazy Drivers

Ok- so I'm not the best driver...but I'm really working on getting better especially after seeing a few things recently that made me wonder why some people are even on the road.

Today I was driving to work and this guy on a bike...I'm talking about a bicycle...pulls out in front of me. Okay- you're not Lance Armstrong, you can not pedal faster than my car so pulling out in front of me, not such a great idea. To steal Karen West's phrase...You big dummy! Oh, and he threw his hands up at me when I passed him...like I was in the wrong.

Then on the way to Williamsburg a few days ago, I was on the HRBT and saw a girl reading a magazine...I'm talking both hands on the mag, no hands on the wheel...going across the bridge and through the tunnel. What the heck?! She was swerving into my lane and I just thought, if you don't care enough about your life to try to drive safely, well I care about mine...so get off the road!

So what's the worst thing you've seen while driving?

Monday, September 8, 2008

My favorite CDs from people you've never heard of...

I love music! That should be obvious by what I do for a living lol. But really...I love all forms of music. I went to see Brad Paisley last week and then took a road trip this weekend to see Steve Earle in D.C. (which by the way was one of the best shows I've ever seen!)

So although I love mainstream country artists like Sugarland, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban...there are other artists that you may never have heard of that make my list of top favorite CDs of all time.

Feel like checking out something new and maybe a little different? Here are my top 10 CDs you may never have heard of :)

1. Steve Earle "Guitar Town" Classic Steve Earle! www.steveearle.com
2. Reckless Kelly "Under the Table and Above the Sun" Is it country or is it rock? Who cares it's great :) www.recklesskelly.com
3. Buddy Miller "Universal United House of Prayer" a little bit of everything gospel, rock, folk. www.buddyandjulie.com
4. Bruce Robison "Wrapped" You know his songs "Angry All the Time" (Tim McGraw) Wrapped and Desperately (George Strait) www.brucerobison.com
5. Hayes Carll "Little Rock" a great songwriter who's funny too. www.hayescarll.com
6. Thad Cockrell and Caitlin Cary "Begonias" Harmony at its best! www.caitlinandthad.com
7. Kelly Willis "What I Deserve" She's married to Bruce Robison- they're kids are going to be oozing talent lol www.kellywillis.com
8. Sarah Borges "Silver City" a rockin' chick! www.sarahborges.com
9. The Drive By Truckers "The Dirty South" Get your southern rock on. www.drivebytruckers.com
10. Jack Ingram "Hey You" before he hit it big with "Wherever You Are" Jack was rockin' Texas www.jackingram.net

Check 'em out and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Chicken woes

I've been a vegetarian for...well I can't keep count of the years anymore...but I think it's around 15 years. Ever since I sat in a Denny's restaurant in 6th grade and realized I could not eat an animal. Coming from a family of hunters, this did not go over so well lol. But I stuck to my guns, they could eat whatever they wanted, I would eat...or not eat...what I wanted.

Most of the time I don't even think about it, it's just natural to me to not eat meat. But sometimes even after all these years, it's tough. I was craving Mexican last night so I Brian and I went to a new place that we hadn't tried yet. I sat down, looked at the menu and under the Vegetarian headline it said "may contain chicken stock." Ummm what?! I asked the waiter about it and he said "well just for flavor." Ok I know meat eaters like the flavor of chicken- I love soy chicken patties- but if it has real chicken in it, you can't call it vegetarian!

So we left and went to another Mexican restaurant...still craving fajitas I asked if they could specially make veggie ones, since it wasn't on the menu. They said sure, a long wait later, out comes my sizzling hot plate of veggie fajitas...with chicken in it. Oy!

It surprises me how often this happens. I got to a restaurant, order the vegetarian stir fry and am asked, "would you like chicken or beef with it?" Seriously?

So if anyone could tell me a good restaurant in Hampton Roads, where vegetarian and meat eaters can co-exist...after gotta feed my carnivore fiance too...let me know!