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Life lessons from Elaine Benes

Seinfeld is, to this day, the greatest sitcom that was or ever will be on television (anyone who thinks otherwise is completely bonkers).  I could go on and on about what made it the epitome of amazing; the nothingness that was actually everything, the cooky and sometimes ridiculous but always endearing relationship dynamics, the humor in the mundane and the ultimate relatablility factor.

Not a day goes by that I don’t stop and think to myself, “yep, I totally just pulled a Costanza.”

Of course with a zany cast of characters like Jerry, George and “Kozmo” Kramer, you are bound to get your fill of belly laughs and ROTFLs. However the real breakout of the show, the crazy glue that held the even crazier gaggle of friends together, the person who will forever be my girl crush? The one and only Elaine Benes.

Of course when Seinfeld was originally on the air back in the early 90’s, I was far too young to fully appreciate the show and the magnitude of awesomeness that it held. As I binge watch the show (on the regular) now as an independent and quirky 20-something young woman, I can fully appreciate and understand not only the ridiculous comic genius of the show, but also how truly kick-ass the character of Elaine Benes was.

Here are just some of the life-lessons I have learned from Miss Benes.

11. You will inevitably do things in life that will royally embarrass yourself. (If you’re like me, this pretty much happens on a daily basis.) Did you put your shirt on inside-out…again? Walk out of the restaurant restroom with toilet paper stuck to the bottom of your shoe? Get caught karaoking in your car to some T-Swift? No worries at all. It happens to everyone.  The key to owning your “oops” moments is to laugh, laugh, laugh it off.

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10. Sometimes the best thing to do in an awkward situation is to just smile and nod, smile and nod.

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9. Know your priorities in life and don’t be afraid to stick to your guns.

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8. Dance like no one is watching, especially when you have mad-skills like this.

7. Accept that there may be some things that you will never fully understand.

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6. Always be on the quest for answers to the deep, philosophical questions in life.

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5. Never leave the house hangry.

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4. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

3. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you and value the relationships/friendships you have.

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2. Never underestimate the power of comedic timing.

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And most importantly…

1. Live a life that is full of excitement, laughter, joy and love.

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To my fictional forever bestie, I salute you.

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Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: A Book Review

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My grandma and I once watched an episode of MacGyver that ended up with the go-go gadget hero narrowly avoiding certain death in a boat explosion. After the show ended (and just before Jessica Fletcher began flapping her gums on Murder, She Wrote), my grandma turned off the TV and said, “Lindsay (My name is actually Wendi), it doesn’t get any better than this!” Well guess what, my friends, IT DOES. I’m pretty sure I looked silly to strangers (or, more silly than I usually am) by how much I’ve openly laughed while reading this book. It reeks of John Moe’s irascible wit (I think that’s a good thing) and has left me wanting more.

Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences by John Moe is one of those books you look at and think, “Either this is a really, really brilliantly written book that will be jam packed full of side-splitting laughs and entertainment or it will be really stupid.” Well, I’m happy to report that this book was really, really brilliantly written book that was jam packed full of side-splitting laughs and entertainment. It was one of those reads that made me happy I wasn’t drinking anything at the time. You know, the whole milk through the nose laughing thing. We all know how Darth Vader shared his big secret with Luke Skywalker, but what if he had delivered the news in a handwritten note instead? And what if someone found that letter, as well as all of the drafts that landed in the Dark Lord’s trash can?

In this super funny collection, Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth, John Moe finally reveals these lost notes alongside all the imagined letters, e-mails, text messages, and other correspondences your favorite pop culture icons never meant for you to see.   From The Walking Dead to The Wizard of Oz, from Billy Joel to Breaking Bad, no reference escapes Moe’s imaginative wit and keen sense of nostalgia. Read Captain James T. Kirk’s lost log entries and Yelp reviews of The Bates Motel and Cheers. Peruse top secret British intelligence files revealing the fates of Agents 001–006, or Don Draper’s cocktail recipe cards. Learn all of Jay-Z’s 99 problems (I bet you didn’t know he has an aversion to mushy grapes), as well as the complete rules of Fight Club, and then discover an all-points bulletin concerning Bon Jovi, wanted dead or alive—and much more.

Like a bonus track to a favorite CD or a deleted scene from a cult movie, Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth offers a fresh twist on the pop culture classics we thought we knew by heart. You already know part of their story. Now find out the rest.

But please do watch that episode of MacGyver too. It was realllllly good. 🙂

I give this wise-cracking book 4 out of 5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I was asked to write an honest review of this book for Blogging For Books. All opinions and remarks are of my own accord.

Top 10 Harry Potter Moments

As I promised in my last post, here are my top 10 favorite Harry Potter moments (not including the last film…I didn’t want to give anything away for those of you who haven’t seen or read the final movie/book). Now this was one of the toughest lists I’ve ever had to compile.  How  do you possibly go through 10 years of amazing memories and pick only  10?

Some of you will completely disagree with the ones I chose, but  that’s alright.  I want you to pick some of your own favorites and add to  the list!

10. Harry, Ron and Hermione meet for the first time on the Hogwarts Express–Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHsqBiAiR5c&NR=1

Their personalities are set in stone from the very start!  This is one of  the funniest scenes in the entire first film.  Ron and Hermione immediately  form a disliking for each other that obviously changes over the years.  Who  can forget Ron’s attempt at magic and Hermione cooly pointing out the fact that  Ron has dirt on his face.  The chemistry between these three future  superstars was instant and we’ve loved them together ever since.

9. The Take Down of Professor Umbridge–Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3ZwTgOu6wg

We were waiting for this scene from the beginning of Harry Potter and the  Order of the Phoenix when awful Professor Umbridge walked through that  door.  Who can forget when she made poor Professor Trelawny leave?! I thought I had one or two bad teachers in the past but this women takes the cake. She was down right wretched!  The Weasley twins give her exactly what’s coming to  her.  This is one of my favorite funny scenes which shows evil Umbridge, a woman who craves order, thrown into the  utmost chaos.  She doesn’t deal with it very well, does she? High five goes out to George and Fred!

8. Voldemort’s back!–Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPBkcMNnwX4

I think one of the scariest scenes in the Harry Potter series is this graveyard  scene.  Not only is it Harry’s first direct contact with the evil Lord Voldemort, it’s  also the scene where we find out that everything will change for Harry.  Voldemort  goes through quite the ordeal to reinstate his humanly form – up until that  point, he had to rely on other people to live (and how creepy was he?!)  This scene marks a changing  point for the wizarding world.

7. Harry’s First Quiditch Match–Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

http://www.moviefanatic.com/videos/harrys-first-quidditch-match/

It is one thing to picture the amazeballs game of Quidditch when reading the books for the first time, but actually seeing it played out on screen is another thing entirely; it is completely magical. Harry Potter’s natural  talent on the Qudditch field is awesome to watch. Talk about a way to make  yourself popular right away – win a quidditch match for your house. Makes me want to pick up a broom and head out on to the Quidditch pitch right now! Who’s with me?

6. Ron Loves Hermione!–Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

http://www.moviefanatic.com/videos/ron-calls-for-hermione/

Awww! I loved this moment! I (and you did too, don’t lie now) waited for this moment for so long!  Finally Ron admits his feelings for  Hermione, chasing away silly Lavender and her “won won” nonesense.  The best  line is when Hermione is trying to defend her relationship with Ron to his  girlfriend Lavender.  She doesn’t have any legs to stand on when she boldly  announces that she’s his….friend.  Great comeback Hermione!  All  ends well – we get rid of Lavender and Hermione finally knows how Ron feels  about her.  Sadly, Ron doesn’t remember anything when he fully awakes.

5. The Prophecy–Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Deep inside the Department of Mysteries in the Hall of Prophecies, Harry comes upon a crystal sphere with his name on it. As he touches it we hear, “The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches… For neither can live while the other survives.” Harry realizes that this prophecy is referring to Voldemort and himself.We all suspected it, but this moment confirms that Harry is the “Chosen One” and he is the only one who will be able to defeat Voldemort in the end. Epic moment. Epic.

4. Harry Makes His First Protronus–Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban

http://www.moviefanatic.com/videos/harry-produces-a-patronus/

We first catch a glimpse of what Harry is capable of–Harry really lets it all go, unleashing his powers for the first time in this scene – and Harry  doesn’t even know he’s actually doing it!  At first,  Harry thinks his father has returned from the grave to help him.  He soon  realizes that, through time travel, he is watching himself summon the powerful  patronus that saves Sirius’ life. Go on with yo bad self Harry! “Expecto Patronum!!”

3.  Sirius Black is Harry’s Godfather–Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban

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Throughout ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ we are made to believe that Sirius Black is a murderous lunatic and partly responsible for the death of James and Lily Potter. In the end, however, we discover that he was framed by Peter Pettigrew… and he is actually Harry’s godfather.Harry has grown without being able to turn to his parents for guidance, but finding out that Sirius is his godfather and also his father’s best friend fills the void. And how cool of a godfather was he, am I right?

2. Hermione’s Got one wicked upper-cut–Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban

http://www.moviefanatic.com/videos/hermione-punches-draco/

Draco finally gets what’s coming to him from the determined girl he decides to  mess with by calling a Mudblood.  But Hermione is stronger than she looks  and in this hilarious scene, makes sure Draco is put right back in his  place.  Draco cowers like a little baby and runs away when Hermione punches  him square in the face.  Amazing! It’s a great case of bullied against  bully – and the right side wins!  One of the best things to happen in the  entire series, for surely.  You go girlfriend! Although remember violence is NOT the answer kids!   Well perhaps sometimes…

And my number one moment…so far…

1. This is where it all began–Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

http://www.moviefanatic.com/videos/harry-learns-hes-a-wizard/

There is no other scene that can possibly top Harry finding out he’s a wizard  and having his life change forever.  The big guy himself aka Hagrid visits Harry and his family  while they are trying to escape the madness.  Finally, Hagrid finds them  and tells Harry he’s a wizard.  Hagrid: “You’re a wizard, Harry.”   Harry: “I’m a what?”  It’s the start of something truly great.  Eight  films and 10 years later, Harry Potter is still inspiring kids and adults alike to once again believe in the power of magic!

Note: I have so so so so many other favorite moments in the Harry Potter series and like I said before, it was like pulling teeth trying to come up with just 10. The final film and book of course have some unforgettable moments that will be making the list…you will just have to go and see the movie or read the book to find out 😉

I hope you enjoyed my top 10 moments. Please feel free to add some of yours in the comments section. I would love to hear them!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 hit theaters TODAY!!!! So what are you waiting for…go and see an unbelievable end to an unbelievable series.

 

 

 

 

The End of An Era

Well guys, the end is finally here. Is is a moment that I have waited in anticipation for, yet at the same time, wished it would never come.

After 10 amazing years, one of the most remarkable and  memorable books of our generation is closing its final chapter with the very last installment of its film franchise, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II’ which opens tonight at midnight.

As most of you out there can probably agree, I am getting a little faklempt just thinking about it. I practically grew up with this magical (in more ways than one) book series. Afterall, I was only 13 when J.K. Rowling first introduced us to the Harry, Ron, Hermonie, Professor Dumbledore, Snape, Voldemort (oops, sorry, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named) and the rest of the illuminating characters she brought to life in Harry Potter. Who knew that a simple story about witches and wizards would grow to become one of the worlds most influential books of all time?

Miss Rowling truly created something out-of-this-world. She gave readers of all ages a reason to become excited about reading again. When once the major pass time of kids everywhere consisted of Mario Cart  matches and endless episodes of Sponge Bob, it had changed to sitting, and sometimes even with, dare I say it, their parents, on their comfy bean bag chair, expanding their minds and imaginations with a great page-turner. Rowling managed to pull off this feat by combining the classic themes of ‘Good vs Evil’ with characters and themes that everyone can relate to. I can’t speak for everyone, but there is, of course, the secret wish that you are special, that you are different, that you are destined for more than an ordinary life — and Harry and his friends are. If anything, these books send a  message of the importance of friendship, love, determination, loyalty and that no matter who you are or where you come from, you can do great things.

My Harry Potter Collection has got its own bookshelf 🙂

Over the years, the excitement of a new book or film release has hit fans around the world, creating pandemonium and excitement beyond belief. I myself experienced and participated in such wonderful chaos….I have waited in lines that seemed to go on for miles to purchase a copy of a newly released book, hot off the press. I have attended Barnes & Nobles Potter release parties, complete with costumes, cupcakes, games and readings. It was here that I came in contact with my very first Berti Bott’s Ever Flavor Jelly Bean (and it is true what they say…DO NOT eat the vomit and/or boogar beans…they really taste as titled…ick!. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stayed up till midnight to see the premiere screening of the films, have read and re-read each installment of the books and have held Potter marathons (complete with homemade butterbeer). I even made the pilgrimage down to every Harry Potter fan’s mecca…Universial Theme Park’s new Wizarding World of Harry Potter (which is amazeballs btw! Everyone should make a trip at least once in their life to see it, fan or no fan (if you weren’t a fan before, you will surely become one after leaving this park). Every little detail was taken into consideration when creating this one-of-a-kind park, everything from the food to the costumes to the rides and stores; It was literally like walking into the books or onto the set of the films…incredible! I am already planning my return trip 🙂

Hogsmeade Village was truly magical!

All Aboard the Hogwarts Express!

 

Hagrid's hut. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of the big guy but no such luck.

 

The castle was my favorite part! They did an outstanding job of designing it to resemble the infamous wizarding school 🙂

 

Can I interest anyone in a butterbeer? SOOO yummy 🙂

 

Those darn Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans (and when they say every flavor, they mean every flavor). Great when you are lucky enough to land a Cherry or Pina Colada but not so much when you pick out Dirt or Vomit. Gross!

 

Suffice it to say, I am a fan.Yes, I am 24 and I am a Harry Potter fan (atic) but can you blame me? If you haven’t read these books before, HOW COME?! HAVE YOU LIVED ON THE MOON FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS? Sorry, just got a bit excited there for a moment. But seriously. Go. Go right now. Stop reading this awesome blog and run out to your library or local bookstore and get a copy of every book in the series, starting with HP and the Sorcerer’s Stone (the first in the series) and not stopping till you turn the last page of HP and the Deathly Hallows (the last). You will forever be changed. Plus, you will want to catch up so that you are ready for the last film opening up tonight. At midnight. Did I mention that the last movie was opening tonight? Sorry, I guess I am just a bit excited.

For those of you who are Potter fans, I am sure that you have stumbled upon these websites before. If not, check them out. They are pretty cool (and a great way to pass a very looooooooonnggggg day at work–not that I do that but…). J.K. Rowling also just recently announced that coming next fall, there will an even bigger and better site all-things Harry Potter called Pottermore which I am SO…already a member of haha.

http://www.pottermore.com/

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http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/

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To commemorate this very bittersweet occasion, look for my next post where I will be sharing with you all my favorite Harry Potter moments. It is something muggles and non-muggles alike will enjoy 🙂

Now if only I knew how to disapparate…

 

My Top 10 Proposal Prospects (A girl can dream, right?)

I present to you, my top 10 eligible (and some not so eligible) famous men that I would more than happily say yes to if they asked to ‘put a ring on it’.

If any of the following listed guys are reading this, call me? I am not famous–unless you count the time in fifth grade when I sang the solo in my spring concert and managed to flash everyone in the audience my sunflower skivvies, making me more infamous than anything (note to self: always do a double-check when leaving the bathroom to make sure your dress is NOT tucked into your tights), nor do I have millions of dollars, but I can make one heck of a chocolate-chip cookie that will have Mrs. Fields speechless. If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, I am SO in 🙂 

Please note that this list is based on the whole kit-n-kaboodle – Looks, personality, humor, intelligence and a special X-factor. Each gentleman will be judged on a scale of 1 -10 in each of these 5 categories.

10.  Prince Harry

Looks: 9
Personality: 6
Humor: 7
Intelligence: 7
X-Factor: 8
Total score: 37

Not only do I have a thing for red heads which makes this candidate a prime choice already, but Prince Harry is a red-headed Prince! Besides the fact that he is a royal cutie-pa-tutie, he proudly serves his country in the military which is so very honorable (in the Air Force just like my dad). Harry is also very intelligent (I would love to challenge him to a game of Scrabble), worldly, has a witty sense of humor and let’s not forget, the dreamy british accent he sports. He could simply recite the ABC’s and I would still swoon.

As a side note, look at how uncanny my cousin Aaron resembles the young Prince. Crazy, right?

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 9. Shia Labeouf

Looks: 7
Personality: 9
Humor: 8
Intelligence: 7
X-Factor: 7
Total score: 38

You may know this next candidate from such blockbuster films as Transformers (where he made fighting autobots look darn sexy) and Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford who?), but I secretly fell in love with this fella back when he was a lanky, goofy and prank-pulling little brother on Disney’s Even Stevens (don’t even pretend that you didn’t watch that show–it was awesome, was it not?). It has been quite a while since his Disney days and Shia has ‘transformed into quite the stud. Not only does he have the whole bad boy thing working for him, but he also seems very easy-going and would be great to hang out with, is smart and very funny! Quite a catch if you ask me 🙂

8. Gerard Butler

Looks: 8
Personality: 8
Humor: 8
Intelligence: 7
X-Factor: 8
Total score: 39

P.S. I Love You. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have watched this movie on replay over and over just because of this next fine gentleman. Every girl wants the bad boy with the heart of gold and Mr. Butler definitely is the definition of that. He can curse like a sailor, likes tattoos and is often seen cruising around Hollywood on his Harley, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a romantic and real sweetheart. His piercing blue eyes, his rugged and manly exterior, coupled with his brooding Scottish accent and incredible singing voice (who knew right?) makes Gerard one great guy.  P.S. I Love Him.

7. Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Looks: 9
Personality: 8
Humor: 7
Intelligence: 8
X-Factor: 8
Total score: 40

Jeffrey had hearts melting in his role as Denny on Grey’s Anatomy (back when Grey’s Anatomy was really good). He played a heart transplant patient who, after having waited years for a heart, was given one in the form of one miss Izzy Stevens aka Katherine Heigle. They fell in love, a pure and sweet love that made fans want to cheer for. Sadly, it was abruptly halted when Denny’s life was taken from him due to complications with his ticker. Ugh it gets me all misty-eyed just thinking about it. Not only did Jeffrey bring to life a character on television that was sweet, funny, oh so charming and quite easy on the eyes, but he carries those same characteristics in real life, away from the cameras and movie/tv sets (FYI: Jeff was also in P.S I Love You with one Mr. Gerry Butler…probably making it THE best movie ever! Darn that Hilary Swank was a lucky girl!).

6. Adam Sandler

Looks: 6
Personality: 8
Humor: 10
Intelligence: 8
X-Factor: 9
Total score: 41

I have always said that a way to my heart is through my stomach…a belly laugh that it. A sense of humor is one of the most attractive things that a guy can have in my opinion and one of the most funny people I know (well, I don’t know him but, well, you know what I mean)? The Waterboy himself…Adam Sandler. I have had a crush on this funny man since I first saw him perform his Lunch Lady routine on SNL. Mr. Sandler can put a smile on anyone’s face and not just because of his jokes. He’s got a one of the biggest hearts, is a devoted family man, is very creative and smart, runs with a pretty great group of pals (Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rod Schneider to name a few) and is a pretty darn good athlete (Bob Barker…the price is wrong). Adam would get my vote any day!

5. Jimmy Fallon

Looks: 7
Personality: 9
Humor: 10
Intelligence: 8
X-Factor: 8
Total score: 42

Before Jimmy hit the air waves, I used to spend my nights in bed with David Letterman; now, I’ve got two funny people to keep me laughing and smiling way past my bedtime.  Jimmy Fallon is one of those guys that you just want to hug. He is so cute and hilarious that you can’t help but smile every time you see him. He is uber talented, works hard for the things he wants, and isn’t afraid to be a goofball (two kindred goofballs? Dare I say a match made in heaven?). I also love how incredibly kind he is; he gives not only with his money, but with his kind spirit and way of making people feel good. Jimmy Fallon, you may write your ‘Thank You’ notes every Friday night, but I think you deserve your very own ‘thank you’!

4. Leonardo Dicaprio

Looks: 8
Personality: 8
Humor: 8
Intelligence: 10
X-Factor: 9
Total score: 43

“I won’t let go, Jack. I won’t let go.” MmMm Leo, you could be the king of my world any day ( and probably those of any of the female populous who have ever seen Titanic.) I think we can all agree that Leonardo is one of the greatest talents that Hollywood has ever seen. He started out at a very young age and has grown to be a very serious and mesmerizing character, both on-screen and off. He has a passion for what he does which shows in the craft of his work. Not only does he take pride in his work, but he realizes that there is so much more beyond the lights and glamour of Hollywood. He is rarely seen out in clubs and partying, and would much rather spend his time at home, doing ‘normal’ things (Leo, I am SO normal it is not even funny!). He is charming and kind and intelligent and terribly good-looking and to top it all off, he is so very passionate about helping others and doing things to save and preserve the environment. No wonder I have a dream within a dream within a dream about this guy nearly every night.

3. Matt damon

Looks: 8
Personality: 10
Humor: 8
Intelligence: 10
X-Factor: 9
Total score: 45

Matt Damon is just one of those all-around nice, smart, charming, guy-next-door guys. He is definitely not your average Joe by any means (an award-winning actor and philanthropist, a total hotty, and a bajillionaire) but the best part about him is he really is your average Joe; he just  happens to be and have all of those not-so-average things. Mr. Damon first stole my heart in his portrayal of Will Hunting in the aptly titled award-winning (and deservedly so) film ‘Good Will Hunting’. Maybe it was the Bahhston accent, maybe it was the naive intelligence that he possessed, maybe it was his charm and determination to overcome adversity. Whatever it was, it struck a chord in me and made me say, “Who is this guy? He is amazing!” Since then, Matt has gone on to star in countless hits and even is a proud papa and devoted husband (yet another reason why this man is so great). He really has the whole package, ‘Bourne’ a tried and true stand-up guy.

2.Ryan Reynolds

Looks: 10
Personality: 10
Humor: 9
Intelligence: 10
X-Factor: 10
Total score: 49

Scarlet Johanson…what were you thinking chica? Ryan Reynolds has got to be one of the best men around (hence, making it to my #2 top guy, a very honorable and distinguishable position I might add). What can I say? He’s smart, funny, has an award-winning personality with a smile to match, and seems to be a very down-to-earth guy. He comes from a great family who he loves dearly, is extremely talented and from what I can tell, wears his heart on his sleeve (Mean old Scarlet. Listen Ry, I am here if you ever need a shoulder to cry on. Seriously. I have been told I have one great pair of ears. That is to say, I am a great listener. Although, my ears are pretty darn cute). If anyone could save the world as a Green Hornet, overcoming fear itself, it would be this guy.

And….

Drum roll please….

1. John Krasinski

Looks: 10
Personality: 10
Humor: 10
Intelligence: 10
X-Factor: 10
Total score: 10

If I had to describe the perfect man, Jim Halpert (aka John Krasinski) would be it. He is smart. He is terribly funny. He is kind and sweet and generous and cute. He is and has the whole package, the whole kit-n-kaboodle. John has this certain gen-sais-quoi about him that makes his so attractive. He is cute but he doesn’t know it. He is funny and he doesn’t even have to try to be so. He is talented and passionate and would go out of his way to help out a friend. I could most definitely picture spending weekends curled up on the couch, doing the crossword puzzle together or planning pranks on our annoying office co-workers. I know he is married to a very sweet and lovely girl, but John , if things don’t work out with Emily, you’ve got my info 🙂

Question of the day: Who makes your ‘top list’?

Kicking it Old School

 

Whaazzzuuuppp? How’s it hangin’? What’s the dillio?

Mad points given for the person who can guess what all of the above phrases have in common…

This past week, I decided to take a hop, skip and jump down memory lane by having a movie marathon of some of my favorite, all-time cult classics including none other than the hilarious “Wayne’s World”, “Clueless”, “Space Balls” and of course, “The Breakfast Club”. As I was digging in to my popcorn and peanut M&M’s–which, on a side note, are AMAZING mixed with one another. If you haven’t taken part in this heavenly experience before, I give it two thumbs way way up and it’s really simple to make: all you do is take said bag of M&M’s, pour into said bag of popcorn, shake and let the salty and sweet party in your mouth commence–, sprawled out on my sofa, I couldn’t help but think of two things…

One: How old I feel. Can you believe that it has been 16 years since everybody first  met Cher Horowitz, Dionne, Murray and Tai? I was 8. 8! I remember going with my besties to the theater to see CLueless for the first time, all decked out in our mini skirts and bubblegum pink headbands. The movie was amazing but even more so…Cher’s revolving closet! It had me at first turn and I knew that one day, I would have one of my very own. Ha Ha…as if! But seriously, time does fly. I wasn’t even born yet when  Mel Brooks was space-ballin’ it out and when the misfit gang at Glenbrook North High (trivia tidbit for you…this was the high school in Chicago where The Breakfast CLub took place) were all brought together in Saturday detention. Craziness!

The second thing I thought of while taking in these flicks was how much the times have changed, and yet somewhat stayed the same, since then. 

The outlandish fashion choices (can you say hair spray and acid washed jeans?), technology (boomboxes and Atari) and house decorum (wallpaper to the max), and the  music (still rocking in this chica’s i-pod) all made me laugh out loud. These are the things that normally everybody thinks of when reflecting on the past, but what really made me chuckle, what some may not pay so close attention to, is the language that was spoken.

Ass-sphincter says what? That’s right, one of the most blatant examples of the times having changed and evolved is the language.  Not only how we speak and communicate (whether it’s by phone, letter, email, text, and now even Tweet) to what is actually said. I began to think of all the current phrases, words, and lingo that is spoken today that should have stayed in the time period from whence it came, as well as those that should tote’s magoats stick around. In addition to those that are currently on most everyone’s must-say lists, I found some that I kinda sorta really want to bring back from retirement.

Below are my lists of ‘old school’ phrases, words, and lingo that I want to keep, delete and retrieve. So if it’s all good with you, I am going to crack-a-lack at this thang…aiight?

Just to be clear, I am in all senses a grammar fiend; I abhor when people write and/or speak with incorrect language. I am not encouraging the following in everyday speak ALL OF THE TIME, nor in any professional or educational setting. However, they are a guilty pleasure and can be used every now and then. Ya dig?

Slamming sayings–Keep

All that and a bag a po-ta-to chips
Expression.  “I’m the best and then some.” Be sure to add the finger snap and hand wave in for good measure.

Chica
n. Means “chick” or “girl”. i.e. “Hey what’s up chica?” One of my fav’s.

Chick-Flick
n. Any movie that has NONE of the following: graphic violence, a high-speed chase, or disgusting bodily humor and has ALL of the following: romance, heartbreak, tears, and highly likely to star Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

Cool Beans
Expression, adj. Not sure where this comes from or what this exactly means but it makes a regular appearance in my vocabulary and is just plain fun to say. Because what is cooler than a bunch of beans? That’s what I thought.

Don’t go there!
Expression. Someone has just hit a touchy subject and the other person doesn’t appreciate them getting in their business. Also appropriate to include the neck bob and finger snap.

Eat my shorts!
Expression. Used most famously by Bart Simpson. Bart Simpson rocks. Basically.

It’s go time!
Exclamation. Bring it on. Makes me want to put on my fighter suit and fly with Maverick in Top Gun.

Nice!
Really Cool or Amazing “Nice Dude!”

Not So Much
Expression. “Umm…try again”, “Not cool” ; lame or bad idea

Oh My Goodness!
Exclamation. A sign of surprise, such as “Ohmygoodness, why is she wearing that.” Or a sign of excitement such as “Ohmygoodness guess what?!” Much better than the abbreviated and Gossip Girled OMG or Oh my God.

Oh snap..
Phrase. Oh yeah, that’s right.

Score!
Exclamation. You got something you wanted or you did really well at something. (i.e. “Score!, I got 80% on my math test.” Or ” Score!, Jeff said he’d go to the prom with me.”)

Shiznit and Shnikies
n. A different way of saying shoot or the other popular four letter word.Can be used for anything

Shwing
Exclamation. If you see a hot chick/dude, you would say shwing while humping mid air. Thank you Wayne and Garth. Thank you.

Talk to the Hand (because the face don’t want to hear it)
Exclamation. I’m not listening to you/I’m not talking to you! Take hand, place palm side out, stick in face of person you’re ‘not wanting to hear it from.’

Triflin’ (and/or trife-trife)
adj. Pathetic, weird, absurd. Reminds me of pudding dessert. And who doesn’t enjoy a good pudding dessert every now and then? Although, pudding dessert isn’t at all pathetic or weird or absurd. Hmm…

Word
v. Understood; I agree. Most commonly used in such phrases as, ” Word up” and “Word to your motha”.

Yadda Yadda Yadda
Phrase. popularized by the greatest sitcom ever to be created on the face of the earth “Seinfeld”. Often used to make a long story short, thus leaving out uncomfortable details. Ex. We went to dinner, yadda yadda yadda, and then I never saw him again.

You go!
Exclamation. Good for you! More power to you! (usually. used with “girl”: “You go, girl!”) Yay for the Spice Girls!

Bombdigity
n. It means that something is good. Example: “That outfit is bombdigity! or “The bomb.”
 
Cowabunga
Surf term, get ready here we go/up for the challenge. righteous: something really good. I learned everything I know from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Gnarly dude!
 
 
 
It Gots to Go–Delete
 
fugly
Adj: Extremely ugly (i.e., f’ing ugly). This is just not nice.
 
Wicked
Adj. A lot or very as in “That movie was wicked good” or “that guy is wicked hot!!!!”
 
Whassup
Ad.v. Asking how someone is doing (usually. between two guys talking).. also might refer to asking if the other person is having a Bud…or Budlight.
 
Trippin’
Ad. v. Going off; overly critical of something or someone. Ex: telling your mom “Quit trippin’ over my tattoo”
 
Super
Used to make something much more than it is. Super loser, super huge, super cool, super cold, super funny, etc. To me, this word is super overused and super boring.
 
Shady
Someone who acts cool with you, but really isn’t. This to me is a cool and refreshing place to sit, perhaps under a tree, to retreat from the hot, hot sun.
 
Scrub
A guy who thinks he’s fine, which is also known as a busta. He still lives with his mom and is always broke. I think this went out with TLC.
 

Psyche
Not, just kidding; used at the end of a sentence “Yea I did all my homework. Psyche!!

Phat!
Adjective. Cool, awesome, your hip or pretty hot and tempting. Bleh.

OMG
Means Oh MY God (see above)

Freakin’
A slightly nicer term for another four letter term. i.e. “Brrr! It’s freakin cold out!” Words I so often find myself saying living in the great state of WI. Wait, maybe I should keep this…

Duh!! or No duh!! or No Doi!!
Didn’t you know that? Ish this makes my skin crawl just hearing it.

Chillin’
It means that you doing O.K., your fine. Can also mean hanging out or relaxing.

Bling-Bling
Wearing nice jewelry, usually of the big clock around the neck, diamond encrusted, mammoth sized jewels P. Diddy rapper variety.

Beeotch
n. phonetic variant of “a female dog,” usually used as a term of endearment toward someone you’re too macho to address more politely.

As if!
 Exclamation. Yeah right! Phrase immortalized by Alicia Silverstone in “Clueless”. Sorry Cher.

Whatever!
Again, sorry Cher.

Like
An insert in sentences when no other word is available. This. Drives. Me. Bonkers.

B.F.F.
Best Friends Forever. Too Paris Hilton. Ick.
 
You Know It
I agree. But what if you don’t know it?
 

Pond-de-replay: Retrieve

Fantabulous
It’s basically Fantastic and fabulous married; it’s something that is sarcastically good!

What’s the dillio?
What happened, what’s going on (Note: It’s how to ask “What’s the deal?” while throwing in two unnecessary syllables)

Tight
Great, The best. NOT as in what my pants be feeling at the moment. That Chipotle does it to me everytime…but SOOOOO good!

So
adv. Very much. Traditionally used as intensifying adverb for lone adjectives, usage expanded to intensify whole clauses, predicates, phrases, etc. Usage may have gained popularity on TV’s “Friends.” (Chandler: “That is so not the opposite of taking somebody’s underwear!”…Joey, jokingly: “So didn’t know that, but you should have seen your faces”). I SO love this (but it is SO unkind to grammar).

Props
Kudos, credit. “I hate the Yankees, but you gotta give A-Rod his props.” Often used with “Mad” (“Mad props for this website, man!”). Origin: from “proper respect.”

Off the Heasy
 Adj. Otherwise known as off the hook; unbelievable or different

Mad
adj: very; a lot; soooooo; shows extremism; Example: That dessert was MAD good. Mmmm…dessert 🙂

M.A.S.H.
Noun (Acronym for: mansion, apartment, shack, house.) An elementary/middle school game that provided random futures. Example: “Last night I played MASH with Susie and I got Johnny as a husband!” Awe!!! Remember this?! I always ended up living in a shack. Just my luck.
 
Motor or Boogy or bounce
Used when leaving a social situation in a hurry. “Look at the time, I gotta motor” basically, “I am so busy and in such a rush, I must leave now.
 
Spiffy (Spiff)
cool, awesome.
 
Trunkicular
Means Cool or sweet. I’ve decided this is my new favorite word.
 
Whoa…
A word you use when all other words fail you. A step above radical or tubular.
 
I am sure I am missing a dog-diggity amount of verbage from my collection, but I think I hit on the majority. It is amazing how time can alter one’s speak so much. It’s also interesting that by just changing a few syllables or adding a dope prefix or suffix (ex: shady, how’s it hangin’, ect), it take on a whole notha meaning and significance.
 
Crazy cool!
 
With that, I leave you crazy cats. I’m outie 😉
 
Question of the day? What are some of your go-to old school phrases? What are some you’d like seen thrown in the gar-bage?
 
P.S. How many mad back-in-the-day words and/or phrases can you find within this blog post? The winner gets a cupckae 🙂
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

To Bang or Not to Bang…

…that is the question.

I thought that might get your attention.

(get your minds out of the lint trap) 

I am in a serious pickle. I am about to face one of the most hard-pressing, life-altering, brain-wracking decisions that anyone could possibly  face. I am not talking about silly things like choosing what type of career to pursue, which house you should buy, or deciding who should be the next president of the United states.

Oh no my friends, what I am talking about is the end-all, be-all. It is the difference between sink or swim, rise or fall, sing or croak (yeah, I’m not sure about that one either…if you can’t sing, I guess you would lip-synch?). I am about to decide whether or not I should….

GET A NEW DOO!!! Hair, that is.

Like I said. Life. Altering. (Girls, you know what I am talking about.)

When it comes to my hair, I am as basic and low maintanence as it comes. I really don’t like to experiment with color. Or cut. Or shape. Or style. Case in point: I am a tad boring when it comes to that kind of stuff. I don’t take too much stock into how I look (not that I go around looking like a she-monkey–although let me tell you, I have my days where I just want to roll out of bed in my Sponge Bob pj’s and call it good– I just am less concerned with things like make-up and hair and clothes).When my friends were all getting highlights and lowlights and weaves and bobs, I was getting a trim, maybe a snip here or there.  I would pass on the glittery-fancy-curly Q updoos for all of the school dances, weddings, birthday parties, etc. and do my own thang…which usually consisted of a pony tail or when I wanted to get super fancy, a french braid (yeah, I pulled out the big guns every one in a while). The only conclusion that I can come to is that the funky-spunky-new-hip-and-ultra-chic gene must have skipped me and went straight to my little sister. She has the  best fashion sense out of anyone I know and changes her locks more often than she changes her socks (hey, that rhymed). We used to joke that if she ever got lost, we wouldn’t know what to tell Search and Rescue due to the chameleon-like tendencies that her hair seemed to take on. But for her, it totally works. She rocks it every time. Don’t get me wrong, I have taken a few cues from her and switched it up from time to time.

I’ve gone from super long hair to super short hair (and every length in between)…

 

I’ve banged in a tree and in a boat. I’ve even banged while taking home first place in my  softball league (can you guess which one is me? Bottom right hand corner *cough cough*)

 

Boy were they hot! When I was a wee one, I had uber bangs. Uber in the sense that they started from the very top of my forehead, were stick-straight (unless I attempted to curl them in which they would be stick-straight with an iron crease in the middle–I never, ever got the hang of curling my hair and probably  never will but I have accepted that and am ready to move on, hard as it may be), and went down to my eyes. I  made the fatal mistake once of allowing my dad to cut my bangs. Bad idea. HUGE! I think I would have done better if  my eyes were closed, I was standing on one foot, balancing an egg on my head while recreating the Mona Lisa with my free hand…no offense poppa. I also received an unannounced hair cut while babysitting my little cousins one time (Nick, I love you to pieces but I could tell from little on that a career in the hair business you would not make). Apparently, childrens’ scissors are not as dull as they are made out to be. Lesson learned: do NOT fall asleep on the couch while looking after a rambunctious three year old boy.

A new ‘doo can be a big change. I used to be pretty fickle when it came to any kind of change, whether that be a change at school or work, change in location,  change in hosts on American Idol (yes, I was a Simon fan but how could you not be…he was the guy you loved to hate, not to mention he and I shared the same-size t-shirts) to even something as simple as a change in my hair. However, over the past few years, I have grown to accept it more, embrace it even.  Spontaneity in life is so important because that what life is; unpredictable, ever-moving, and exciting beyond all words. To live in a state of fear or panic when it comes to change can be debilitating if you let it affect you. Sometimes you just have to lift your hands up, close your eyes and let the wind “whip your hair back and forth” on this wild and crazy ride we call life.  

So, the ultimate decision. To bang, or not to bang? Maybe I should take a leap out of the ordinary, do something crazy and wild and unpredictable. Do it for me (because a new thang is good every once in a while, plus it feels amazing to get your head massaged like that and the shampoo they use at the salon always seems to smell way better than suds I use at home). Do it for everyone out there who is afraid or hesitant on change, a “One small cut for my hair, one HUGE step for mankind”  sort of thing.

In a case like this, it only seems fitting to look to Willow for guidance, my mini-hair Yoda 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh9XgGGh4L4

Question of the day: Have you ever made a drastic change in your hair? Was the result a ‘flaunt and flirt it’ or ‘baseball cap it’?

 

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