Monthly Archives: February 2009

Wisdom Beyond Her Years…

So, since I suggested this test to BB, I thought it was high time I actually took it myself.  So without further ado, below are my top five character traits in the scientific opinion of The VIA Institute on Character.  I’ll leave it up to my Southern Fried friends out there to judge its validity.  Regardless, I’d suggest everyone take this test, especially when you’re having a down day.  Having your strengths given to you can be quite motivating!  I mean, it’s not every day that one is told that her friends think of her as a wise sage!  Thanks y’all!  Kidding, kidding… Continue reading

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Life in the “Learn” Lane

On the suggestion of our very own DC Darlin’, I recently took a character analysis test to define my top ranking personality characteristics.  I, for one, find it incredibly difficult to analyze ones ownself, however I’d like to think that this test in some indication of the truth.  I will say, for the record, that I did opt for what is deemed the ‘brief version.’ So, without further ado, my results! Continue reading

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Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Singleville any more

It’s not that I needed an apparition to realize that I’m taken. On the contrary, five months ago I entered into what is turning out to be a wonderful relationship with someone whom I feel like I’ve known forever. I’m having the time of my life and wouldn’t trade it for anything. But last night something happened that made me realize that I am officially settled into a relationship.

My roommate came home from a night on the town and mentioned that she met a guy who got her number. And in typical 21st century fashion, texting between the two quickly ensued. So I’m sitting there, dividing my attention between watching the tube and entering the world of Twitter (yes, I have made the great leap, and I’m clueless about it…feel free to send any suggestions to southernfriedblog@gmail.com) and subsequently tuning out the giddy giggles manifesting seconds after her phone gives off those friendly ‘I have a text’ chimes. After a few minutes of this e-banter, she pipes up, “So what is one completely random question I should ask to find out more about him?” After giving deep thought to this for a few seconds I say, “You need to ask something that’s slightly flirty but not too flirty. Ask him if he likes the toilet paper roll over the top or under the bottom.”

Silence.

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Doug Funnie to Save the World

Over the last couple of years Mr. PC and I have made a concerted effort to collect all the television shows that shaped the ‘we’ we are today.  As children of the 80s, there are quite a few influential cartoons, claymation and other series that have led to the adults we are today.  Smurfs, Muppet Babies, Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Dinosaurs, and many, many others. As of late, our obsession has been Doug. doug_cartoon We make an effort to watch one or two episodes a night before bed (about 15 min each so I can still make my 10:30 bedtime). I realize this sounds totally nerdy of us. But if you think about it, it makes sense. It’s a way for us to forget our stresses and reconnect with a time when life wasn’t so ‘adult.’ And, even more, we feel the need to reconnect with our youth so that we can prepare to raise our own brood.  Doug–in all it’s awkward 10 year old who is dealing with the hardships of life, love and middle school glory– is a jewel that truly communicates a message that we could all take lessons from.  Moving to a new town with no friends, falling in love for the first time with Patty the popular (who happens to be the “pickle on his ‘ip’wich”), the pains of being on the verge of teenageism, creating and living vicariously through an avid imagination with “Quailman, Smash Adams and The Chamilian, “and of course the resident bully who targets you for being the “newbie.”  Yes, life was a simpler time, but the way in which Doug analyzes and eventually solves his problems could teach us a thing or two (and maybe, hopefully, it did in our youth and we are the mature and successful adults we are today because of NickToons).  But the real issue at hand in this entry is this:  Sure, Doug Funnie helped shape the children born in the 80s and growing up in the early 90s, but who will save the world today? Continue reading

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My New Excuse to Indulge in the Best Junk Food I’ve Ever Tasted

So when I said that I’d be back with a vengeance after I moved, I neglected to factor in the first few weeks of madness that occurs when one is moving into a new home.  Now that I have 90% of the pictures hung, I finally feel somewhat settled-in enough to resume normal life, which of course includes giving you a welcome break from your day.

Now if you’ve been procrastinating regularly, you’ll recall that one of my decisions in January was to focus on losing 12 pounds. Since then, I have made a concerted effort to exercise regularly and eat healthily (and in the comfort of my own home, although my 2nd decision has taken me a bit more time to nail down).

But while I have been hitting the gym on a regular basis, I still wanted something to jolt me into tip-top shape.  Enter the George Washington Parkway Classic 10-miler!  On April 26 I will be joining thousands of people at Washington’s estate, Mount Vernon, for 10 wonderful miles up the scenic GW Parkway.  Yes, you read it correctly…I did say wonderful.  Ever since I decided to live a healthy life, I have grown to love running.  But save for a couple of 5K’s, I have yet to run a race that requires me to take my physical stamina to a new level…until now, that is.  Last week was my first training week, and I loved it!  It’s been so refreshing to get outside and run off my problems and worries, not to mention those extra pounds too…well sort of. Continue reading

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A Romantic Venue for a Cliché Holiday

I work in marketing. All day, every day I stratagize ways to get the buzz going, to grab attention and to build a brand so powerful that you’ll make a top-of-mind purchase decision without even consciously knowing.  If you succeed at this, you have done a bang up job.  Having said this, I’d like to meet the creative genious behind the modern day Valentine’s Day.

As a behind the scenes marketer, you’d think I’d know better than to fall for the chinsy glitz and commercial holiday that is February 14th. But I don’t.  I don’t know why we expect that a random day in February will conjure up more love for your honey than any other day of the year. Maybe it’s because I’m a girl? Maybe it’s because I’m a hopeless romantic? Or maybe (probably) I’m just a sucker. Regardless, I expect a mushy card, a few sappy handwritten words and some sort of show of affection.  I go all out with the planning for Mr. PC—bells and whistles ;).  This year, seeing as it’s our first year as Mr. & Mrs. Charming, we decides to seek out something more romantic than a dead cow (albeit fabulous) on a fancy plate. (which we did enjoy, at Grill 23, highly recommended and our favorite steakhouse in Boston). Continue reading

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My Lame Obsession with Crappy Music

I consider myself to have relatively good taste.  I’m pretty conservative with dress (not talking politics), certainly conservative socially, and I suppose I have a rather normal female taste in music.  I did, however, grow up idolizing a brother eight years my senior so I fell into the hairband love affair with Motley Crue and GNR. But once I was old enough to develop my own preferences, I became a lover of Sarah McLachlan, Nickel Creek, Ben Folds, Michael Buble, and the occasional ‘booty song’ from Beyonce and the like.

Then I married my husband.  A firm believer that ‘good’ music was made well before his time on this Earth and has been at a near stand still ever since.  He is gifted with the guitar and a major talent when it comes to lyrics. And a lover of Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon and other grainy voiced old-timers.  Of course I knew of Bob Dylan before I met Mr. PC, but I must say I could only name the hits.  To this day, I find myself enjoying covers rather than the original, but I have learned to appreciate gifted musicians.  Mr. PC has opened my eyes to a new collection of tunes I might have never stumbled upon.  Thanks to him, Jackson Browne and Warren Zevon are now on my most played lists.  Despite my new found tenured tastes, I still fall victim to the occasional crap top 40 tune… Continue reading

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