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Reality Check: A Rose Ceremony Won’t Make You Happy

Perhaps its deja vu, or maybe I’m just realllllly fed up with this subject, but this post (mostly rant) feels all too familiar to me.  I apologize if I’m boring you with redundancies.

WTF is up with The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise???  I get it, these people crave 15 minutes of fame and the chance to be seen on the arm of a hottie (not in all cases so hot), but COME ON.  Admittedly, I am a die-hard fan of trash mags.  I love them and the normalcy that strikes me when reading about all the Hollywood drama.  However, lately I find it almost painful to give into the shiny, glossy lure. And all because of one OVER DONE topic:

Vienna.

UCK! Typing her name conjurs a teensy bit of vom.  #1 have you SEEN her? (I’m sorry, its not very ‘southern’ charming to be rude, but I’m conflicted by my natural tendency to be honest *bless her heart* (in the South if you say that before or after a jab, you’re covered) hehe), #2 do we care? #3 are we surprised?? only like 1 couple out of 400 have even remotely stayed together #4 legit, have you SEEN her?  (sorry, I’ll move on).  I mean we all knew it was going to end.  Didn’t we move on to watch that Ali girl he rejected ‘find her own rose lover?’   As if that isn’t enough, we have to be tortured with that ex Hooter’s biotch clogging up our gossip rags and blogs! No one cares, go home, go back to Hooter’s, I don’t care—just stop hogging my guilty pleasure with your tragic love FAIL of ‘he wouldn’t sleep with me’ and other yadda yadda I don’t give a sh*t sob stories.  Seriously, you’re not cute (sorry, I know I promised, it slipped) and from what I read you have no real personality so why in the world would you think I would care.  Also, you went on a reality show on live television looking for love.  Who’s the fool now.

I thought so. So take that Vie–what was her name again??

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Awesome things that hail from my birthplace…

I know many have stereotyped KY as a result of various comedy skits, rumors, ignorance, etc and so on…  I’m not denying that SOME are true, as I’m SURE is the case with every state.  To name a few:

-no teeth

inbreeding

-stupid

-redneck

-blue people

-we fry everything in lard (only the good stuff ;))

-yadda yadda yadda

You should realize that every single state has its own band of characters.  Despite the teasing at times, I love my upbringing and my inability to correctly pronounce ‘fly swatter’ (its sounds like ‘flask water’  and I can’t do anything about it, ask Mr. PC), and I love the roots that have made me who I am.  More importantly, this post is to indulge those who throw jeers with something truly awesome that has hailed from my home state (outside of the best basketball team ever, GO BIG BLUE!, and obvi the bourbon, horses and women)——THE KFC DOUBLE DOWN!

And, according to reports, it’s here to stay!  I actually tried it, why would I not, afterall, I needed to check out all the hype.  And, aside from the fact that I could barely stomach half, it was quite tasty.  I do not think it is wise to frequent this type of feeding, but go ahead, kick your boots off and have a taste!

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Kentucky Fried Chicken!

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Enter the ’10s…my 10 reasons to be excited

A couple days ago I realized that not only are we entering 2010, but we are also entering a new decade.  Wow.  Remember the Y2k hullabaloo?  That seems so far ago to me.  And I lived in a town where everyone hoarded water and bread in preparation.  So much has changed.  The ’00s were good to me.  They gave me a HS diploma, a College education, a Master’s degree, a new life in Boston,  a wonderful, loving Mr. PC (hubby), a sense of who I am more than ever and now a new city to explore and grow.  All in all a pretty ‘meaty’ decade.  And then I started to think about all the things that the ’10s will bring my way.  A strengthened career, a home (hopefully on this side of the decade haha) and the joys of motherhood (or so planned), my 30th bday ( I anticipate this to be a rough one) and hopefully a world of other experiences I can look fondly on in the ’20s (will they also be roaring??).

Every year I set the same New Year’s resolutions, blah blah blah.  And every year I’ve given up (or most likely innocently forgotten) by mid January.  Some of them trickle through into Spring, mostly out of boredom with Winter.  But my track record isn’t so good.  I should feel awful about this, but on second thought when I think of all the things I HAVE accomplished throughout the years, I’ve more or less met all my goals thus far.  Maybe not in the year I’d set out to do so, but better late than never, right?  However this year, I whole-heartedly make a vow to stick with it.  This is a new decade, a fresh start.  I’m in a different place than ever before so now is better than never.  I’m in those few ‘selfish’ years that life allows.  No school, my career is settled in a place I’m happy with, my husband is well into his career,  we’re still writing a fat rent check, but its NYC so it counts, and we have no kids.  We are DINKS, and I intend to enjoy it while I can.  So without further ado, my 2010 bucket list:

1.  Explore more.  I live in NYC, arguably the greatest city in the world.  And although I’ve done a lot of exploring, I plowed right into work and routine when we first moved in.  So this year I will make a list of all those nooks and crannies I want to visit and get out and do so!  Weekends are for more than just laundry and grocery shopping.

2.  Make more phone calls.  I’m afraid I’m a victim of the technology rut. Basically, if you don’t text or email, you don’t talk to me too often.  There are lots of people in my life who do not participate in the techage.  For these people, and all those I love who deserve more than a text, I will make a valiant effort to call just to hear your voice.  Or even hand write you a nice note on occasion.

3.  Become one with Betty Crocker.  I love to cook, I always have.  So I will put down my excuses and seduction of ease by way of microwave and pick up the skillet!!  I’ve recently sent out a call to action to my friends and family and asked for their cherished recipes.  I will cook them all by years end.

4.  Write more.  In all facets.  I love to write.  Goodness knows I’ve neglected this poor blog.  Again, I will put down my excuses and tickle the keys more.  Its a nice release, creative or not, just to write and write about any and everything.

5.  Travel far and wide.  2010 might be a saving for coming years kind of year, but nonetheless there is a goal in mind.  We want to visit Israel and Egypt, a return to Turkey and South America.  My passport needs stamps.

6. Capture the moment.  For my 26th birthday my husband got me a camera small enough to fit in my purse because I never wanted to lug my big camera around.  And I never, ever remember to take it out of my purse.  This year I will capture the moments that mean most to me.  I will have a photo album–digital maybe, but an album no less.

7. Stop planning so much and live a little more.  Let’s face it, you’ll never take the planner out of me.  I love my date book, my bbery and making reservations and itineraries, BUT that is not what life is all about.  I will stop judging my life by where I think it should be and just live in the moment where it is.

8.  Enjoy my friends a little more.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my friends so much now.  But I need to set a little more time aside to travel and visit; to shop (ahhh shopping!!), chat and enjoy.

9.  Save for a rainy day.  Okay, hopefully for a sunny day.  In the form of a house.  And a nice vacation here and there.  And start saving for our future children’s education.  We are finally in a place where we can save something to be proud of, so this is the year.  Build a little nest egg for our future little nest.

10.  Lose that extra 10.  Ah, why not, this is a list of resolutions right?  If weight loss wasn’t on it, it wouldn’t be complete.  I am actually off to a good start closing out 2009, I’ve started making healthier decisions and I want to further this.  🙂

Okay, there you have it.  Check in and keep tabs on me. 🙂

2010!!

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Tis’ the season for giving from the heart…OR from cyber space

Since I’ve been an “adult” and able to sustain on more than Raman, I’ve enjoyed adopting an angel from the Angel Tree every year.  Its a nice way to give back to someone who might not otherwise have a Christmas morning.  And because you are actually handling the shopping yourself, you are able to make sure they are well-stocked with clothing and of course have a few toys to enjoy on Christmas morning.

This year, I had a bit of trouble locating an actual Angel Tree to take an angel and shop for.  Granted, most of the time I am able to find these easily in suburban malls…but if you’ve ever been to NYC, you know that those are not really readily accessible.  So a few weeks ago when I started my search, I started to panic a bit because it was not as easy as I thought.

And then I found the JC Penney Online Angel Tree — (http://angel.jcpenney.com/).

This is an amazing and VERY EASY way to help out this season.  You can do all of your shopping online, in just a few minutes.  Information on your Angel is readily available, and they will ship it (FOR FREE) directly to a local Salvation Army near you (be sure to include your Angel’s ID so that all your gifts get to the correct child). AND, they even give you a promo code to receive a discount.

If you have 10 free minutes, and anything to spare this holiday season, check it out and please give someone a happy Christmas morning if you can.  I grew up with many blessed, exciting and warm/cozy holiday mornings, and what a great thing to share that with just one child if we can.

Happy Christmakkuh all!

🙂

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Not quite a New Yorker, but learning the ropes…

Okay, so I’ve officially been living in NYC for 10 days. I say officially because I was doing the commuting/crashing on couch thing for a couple weeks until my lease was ready.  There is a reason for this. I got a job!! This is exciting of course, albeit a bit earlier than expected. This has spiraled me into a whirlwind of very quickly taking on the city—but not without a few reflections along the way.  Below are a few things I’ve pondered, noticed, discovered and discussed so far along the way.

1.  The trash in this city–Don’t take that the wrong way, NYC is suprisingly a VERY clean city.  But it is amazing the amount of trash generated in this city. I get it, there are a gazillion people jammpacked into a small space, but  WOW! I’m telling you, if you don’t see the need to recycle then take a stroll down any street on trash day and think about where ALL OF THAT TRASH is going to go. And stay. Forever.

2. Don’t be fooled by the zilliongazillion cabs in this city, you still aren’t guaranteed to get one.  Certainly not at shift change. Oh no, NO ONE works the shift change. Shouldn’t the new shifters come on a little earlier just to cover the basis? Apparently not. And if its raining, just stop whining and walk it, you’ll get there faster and dryer than if you wait for a cab.

3. You can walk a long way when you’re terrified of the subway.  Why are there no maps in the stations? There are in major stations, but no guarantee.  Add in the fact that it all looks like goobldeglop to me anyway and you can see why I walk.  I’m learning. Hubstop rocks though.

4. Rent Control. I’ll say no more, but pick up on my annoyance.

5. McDonald’s delivers. Is this even possible? A fast, fast, fast, fast food. Imagine the caloric intake considering you don’t even have to WALK to get your food.

6. Time Warner is the devil.  I apologize to Comcast for hating it so much.

7. Duane Reed—what the hell is Duane Reed? And where is CVS???

8.  The amazing selection of restaurants. On ever corner. Of every street. Its overwhelming, but I’m so excited to explore.

9. How freaking cool is it that so many amazing things are one or two blocks away from my apt!?!?! (Sorry, I’m not over this one yet)

10. There are no buttons to push to cross the street. They just assume that a million ppl are waiting to cross so its automatic. Smart I know, but I feel like I’m doing something if I can incessantly push a button until it changes. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve smacked a pole out of habit.

Bonus 11. Sample sales. *le sigh*

That is my top 11 for today…I have a running list of ‘observations’ and I’ll post more soon. Night!!!

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Tarantino, the true “Basterd” of dark comedy

Last night Mr. PC and I finally ventured out to see Tarantino’s latest “Inglourious Basterds,” a film we’ve greatly anticipated and painfully endured commentary by our friends who made it to the theater before us. I must say the wait, no matter how painful it was, was worth it.

There are two types of movie-goers these days: those who like Tarantino, and those who don’t.  I happen to be quite the fan.  I consider myself an ‘surprised fan’ because frankly I had no interest at all in his gory display of cinema roll until Mr. PC sat me down on a rainy Saturday and introduced me to “Kill Bill, Vols. 1 &2.”  I admit that at times I must cover my eyes, because I do get squeamish with blood and guts, but the overall plot lines are sometimes worth it.  For those of you who don’t know, his latest, starring none other than our heavenly-sent star Brad Pitt, is a historical inaccuracy take on Nazi Germany.  Originally meant to be a western (pay attention and you will certainly pick up on this), Tarantino portrays his own, unique idea (perhaps desire) as to what really ended the war and reign of “The Fuhrer.”  And man wouldn’t it have been something if that really was the ending.  Tarantino takes a daring shot at a big, fat ‘F*$& YOU” (southern belles don’t use profanity) to Nazi Germany.  And boy was it GLORIOUS.  His wit and humor play throughout and humanize a dark period in our history books.  Pitt shines as a slow talking southerner (southernfried!) who uses his Apache roots to take on the Nazi party with gorilla military tactics—even so much as obtaining scalps as trophies.  Despite his mass popularity and dashing, drooling, dream-every-night-worthy good looks, Pitt is brilliant, never breaking character and really personifying a passionate, perpetual hate for Nazis and those who stain our history.

Perhaps the most convincing (=brilliant) role was played by Christoph Waltz as “Hans Lander,” or affectionately (or not) nicknamed “The Jew Hunter.”  Originally set to star Leonardo DiCaprio as Lander, Waltz delivers a performs that is so convincing I found my fist tensed in several cases and truly, with all my heart, hated his guts from start to finish.  He is the Reese Witherspoon of Election, the Rachel McAdams of Mean Girls and all those nasty biOtches who take on the silver screen—and he’s a damn good actor. Tarantino even quips that Lander just might be his best character ever written—and I can imagine he is patting himself on the back for his casting.

Other, more familiar faces include: Diane Kruger, as a clumsy-but-trying-to-help actress/spy; Mike Meyers, a commissioner to the grand finale; B.J. Novak of The Office!; among others.  A performance not to be forgotten is that of Melanie Laurent, who plays the owner of a humble cinema and a Jewish French woman on the run. She has changed her name and banished her Jewish roots out of need for survival.

I could talk for hours, but I won’t b/c the box offices might sue me.  So take my word for it, go see it. You will not be sorry. If anything, it gives hope for a better humanity.  We need to remember our blemishes as humans, even if they are hurtful and scary—it will force us to evolve past our heathen beginnings.  And of course, it stars Brad Pitt. 🙂

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Love is no joking matter…unless of course its on reality TV

Reality TV on trial again as ‘Megan Wants a Millionaire’ is canceled

I just stumbled upon the above headline and have to say that I’ve had enough (the fact that this guy is wanted for murder is the icing on the cake here).  I will be the first to admit that I enjoy crappy reality TV as much as the next person. However, I do not and have not ever taken any of the gazillion reality ‘let’s find you true love’ shows seriously (not even the one couple that is seemingly a success–Trista & Ryan).  My comment here is: Love is such a delicate and serious matter that it begs the question— is it wrong of us as a society to make a mockery of it with a cheap reality competition??? Reality’s answer: YES!

reality-tvI can see that The Bachelor and The Bachelorette at least TRY to make an effort so that it seems somewhat legit, but let’s be honest, just HOW successful can ‘true love’ be when it develops over 2 weeks in some lavish resort in front of a parade of cameras. Exactly.  And let’s not even discuss the not-so-reality-for-most-of-us shows that lock people in a house with gallons of booze and embarrassing contests.  I am guilty of watching reality TV by way of Project Runway, ANTM and American Idol—but I draw that line at shows that promise to match make. Furthermore, these shows give us unrealistic expectations of “love.”  These men/woman are given studio $$ to present lavish gifts and getaways to create the perfect fairytale–ON CAMERA.  I know that a few years back some might have thought the same of internet dating, but I have since had changed opinions (mostly from attending a few weddings as result of on target virtual matchmaking)—but people, let’s face reality, LOVE isn’t something to be found on a by-the-budget-for-seasonal-ratings contestant show.  Love is a battlefield, not a studio set. 🙂

-Big Apple Belle

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