Monday, November 17, 2014

A Little Commercial I Had the Opportunity to Be a Part Of

I obviously don't put everything that I am up to on this blog...and sometimes it is due to non-disclosure agreements being involved so you won't be finding out until after the fact....

That was the case with this commercial that I had the pleasure to be involved with on a piping hot day this summer.

A Guiness Record was involved so that made it all the more exciting.

You can see me in the commercial at :09 (sunglasses gray dress)  :22 right side lower right corner back to camera :38 far right next to domino  :47 at the end with hands up to mouth



...and in the behind the scenes video, where I am recognizable at :39 leaning over the table and :55



added bonus: got to get my photo taken with the handsome director when the shoot was completed :-) 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Above and Beyond What Should Be Expected

Currently discussing on Facebook the ridiculousness of this recent ruling

Parents being required to pay for their estranged 21 year old daughter's college tuition? They SHOULD be outraged....

What a bad precedent is being set by the courts. Since when is having your tuition paid for a RIGHT???? Even if the child is well behaved and you on on good terms, it is still not the obligation of the parents. We are more than happy to pay for VC's tuition and he covers all of his other incidental expenses, eating out etc., but then we are close to him and he is a respectful kid.

In this case, I'd be "sorry babe, you are on your own - especially since you are not speaking with us!!!!!!"

I wish the parents well with their appeal of the case, of course by then they will have paid out the same amount in attorney's fees and the daughter will probably have graduated..... What are your thoughts?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Dr. Oz - WTH Happened???

Poor 'ole Dr. Oz has been taking a drubbing lately, most recently on Twitter yesterday when he asked for questions under the hashtag #OzsInbox.

This was the question/tweet he proposed: What is your biggest question for me? Reply with and I'll answer my favorites on http://
DoctorOz.com .
He probably was not expecting the responses he received, some questioning him remaining to be a doctor in light of some of his endorsed treatments/products.

Some of the responses were quite clever, such as "I just read that my new detox regimen might be toxic. Can you recommend a detoxification to detoxify my toxins? You can read more about it here.

Here is are just a couple of the ridiculous items that I have purchased on his recommendation:

What have you purchased that the good doctor has endorsed??  How did it work for you?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Uncommonly Good Products: A Review

You know that you have found a fun new addition to your home when you are out and about and your husband calls while he is home mowing the lawn to ask what the new doormat says ;-)

I had the opportunity to partner with Uncommon Goods, a unique company, featuring unusual items, many that are not seen elsewhere . Half of what they sell is made by hand and most of their products are made here in the USA :)

The excitement started building the minute the box arrived....


.,..and out came of of the thickest, plushest door mats I have ever seen, the Guard Cat doormat. Even Pumpkin was impressed!  (the mat reads: I guard this house - in French) Luckily I had the cat inspector on hand:



The mat looks super snazzy at our front door! Seriously, observe the thickness!



The package arrived just in time, as we were readying the house for a pizza party this past weekend. A party which provided the perfect opportunity to test another Uncommon Goods product- a steel pizza cutter..

MB's brothers and their families were both in town so we ended up making 16 12-inch pies (they need to be that size to fit in our outdoor pizza oven). Often when you have a pie loaded with lots of toppings and you try to cut it with a regular pizza cutter - the toppings get pulled off into a big blob as you cut...

This type of steel pizza cutter is specially designed to sidestep that problem. sidenote: I was thrilled to discover that many of the products at Uncommon Goods, such as this one, are made from recycled products, in this case, recycled steel. It was handmade by a blacksmith in Vermont.



we had many perfectly cut pizzas!


From the minute our guests stepped on our welcoming new door mat, to the well-cut pizza dinner, I'd say the party was a big success!

To learn more about Uncommon Goods, click here.

Disclaimer: I received products for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The New Bad Dream



In a recent dream, someone I knew was talking to someone who I felt was bad news so I was trying to alert my friend not to get too cozy with this other indivdual. Not wanting to have the discussion in person, I was feverishly trying to send a text, which was no small feat since I type with one finger, something VC teasses me about. (Apparently I look like a "noob" when texting with one finger. In my defeinse, it is very difficult to type with two fingers on my Samsung keypad.)

Have you had a dream like this too? Where you need to get out the text quickly and it just isn't happening fast enough? 

This is the new age of bad dreams....

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Get Out and Vote!!!

I was kickin' back thinking I would head out to vote around now when a facebook friend alerted me that the best time is around 10:30 - so I threw myself together and headed out the door with my ballot in hand.

Although it is a mid-term election, there are so many issues to be concerned about and to have a say in.

*above is my serious "I voted" face. With election peeps all around, I thought it was best to avoid a goofy grin. So I maintained some decorum....

Remember to pack your own pen to avoid the germy ones they have at sign in ;)

It took all of about 35 minute since there was a bit of a line, but part of the fun is bumping into neighbors I rarely see - and this one is a fun guy who is the same party affiliation as I am - his wife is not. So he joked that he told her to vote tomorrow....

For what is likely the 10th year in a row, I also signed up to be a poll worker. I do this every time I vote yet for some reason have never been called despite sometimes being the only one on the list...hmmm...my party affiliation perhaps...

or maybe demographics. I noticed today that most of the poll workers at my venue are a good 20 years my senior. Maybe I need to give it another 20 -- that shouldn't be a problem, I'm known for my determination......


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Project: Stop Excessive Blinking

I have tried some obscure things over the years and this one is right up there.

Those of you who read my post a week or so ago about the excessive blinking that is making me uncomfortable in my film class - when I have to watch myself back on film...It is bad.

Seems that i have developed this nervous habit over the years and it gets exacerbated when I have to remember lines on the fly and am hoping I do not screw up - or just in general getting stressed due to being evaluated by the instructor.

Bottom line is that my eyes are blinking uncontrollably and uncomfortably.

I came home from class last week, where, by the way, I had a semi-breakthrough and was halfway decent!!!  - anyway, so I came home and googled, "how to stop excessive blinking."

At which point I came across a hypnosis mp3 download promising to help with my problem.

So I ordered it, and a second one too (on a different topic), since I saved $6 by ordering two ;)

I have listened to the download 3 times already. The first week you are supposed to listen to it every day. Had to skip one, but I am back on track.

The hypnotist has a British accent and he is very whispery. He draws out words such as "urrrrrrrgent" I don't think I've been in a hypnotic state but it is very calming, barring the constant phone/facebook interruptions....and my husband coming in and out of the house etc.

30 minutes is a lot time to devote to listening to a download, but if it will be of help, I am going to make the effort.

Will keep you posted on my results. If I can move beyond this my life will change considerably in terms of my confidence level.....
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