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Reality TV – An Escape from Reality

2 Sep

 

SEPTEMBER…

Back to school for many,

Back to Reality TV for many more.

We know that Reality TV bears no resemblance to “real” reality – as in “the” news, world events, family problems, and friend dramas – hence it’s wide appeal and immense popularity.

Yum. Reality TV is junk food for the brain. […]

It’s Summer – My “Chuck It” Bucket List

20 May

Cover of "The Bucket List"

Cover of The Bucket List

 

Summer Time and the livin’ is… easy?

Maybe if you ignore your mile-long “TO DO” List.

Chuck it – Yes! – Chuck that Summer Sand Bucket List!

My Summer “TO DO” List is starting to resemble my annual “New Year Resolutions.”

Not a bad time to recycle.

The Endless Summer

The Endless Summer (Photo credit: MacQ)

 

My TO DO List for SUM-SUM-SUM SUMMER:

  • Do nothing. (Unfortunately, so much harder than it sounds. Like meditation or quitting caffeine.)

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Portlandia: Kindhearted, Clever COMEDY

13 Mar

 

Do you prefer your COMEDY kindhearted or edgy?

Snarky (snide and sharply critical) humor can be funny in the moment…

BUT like junk food, I suspect a steady diet of snark is ultimately bad for your health.

I subscribe to the philosophy that “At the heart of comedy is a happy idea.”

Positive humor is a powerful tool in your life survival kit.  Comedy and laughter can heal!

I LOVE the IFC TV series Portlandia – it’s smart and kindhearted.  Have you seen it yet?

 

 

Great interview with PORTLANDIA stars CARRIE BROWNSTEIN and FRED ARMISEN. […]

Stir Crazy! Cabin Fever!

20 Feb

Cover of "Stir Crazy"

Cover of Stir Crazy

 

Prisoners of winter… I feel your pain.

The frigid weather is getting you down.

You are sick and tired of ice, sleet, snow, and single-digit temperatures.

One blizzard is a novelty; five is torture.

You may be going clinically stir crazy from being confined inside.

Feeling irritable, listless, achy, unproductive, homicidal?

More than usual, that is?

Your symptoms could be due to something totally unrelated:

PMS, hot flashes, African equine fever, tax time, or writer’s block.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (aka cabin fever, stir crazy, bonkers) is common… especially where the sun don’t shine – like the East Coast.

Let us diagnose you…

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE CABIN FEVER

  • You’re reading your friends’ blogs.
  • You’ve done so much online shopping – your mail carrier has a hernia.
  • The light on your cell phone screen doubles as a therapy light box. […]

If It’s January, Those Must Be Vitamins You’re Popping

11 Jan

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It’s January.  You are especially mindful of your health. You are exercising. You are resisting being seduced by the Valentine’s Day chocolate that is (don’t look!) everywhere.

And like a good little soldier, you are taking your multivitamins and supplements.

Hmm. What do you think of the name of this multivitamin for boomer women 50+?

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“Alive!”  Not setting the bar too high there, are we?

Guess the one for women 60+ is called “Barely Alive!” […]

What I Learned In 2013

26 Dec

Life is a teaching moment. Or a learning moment. Whatever. I feel your pain.

Here’s what I learned in 2013:

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  • Do NOT purchase a dining table on the internet. Not unless you and the family enjoy the novelty of Thanksgiving Dinner picnic-style on the living room floor with the pets.
  • “Try yoga. I hear that helps!” is the new “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.” […]

Food Network’s Damaris Phillips of Southern at Heart

8 Nov

To celebrate November (OMG it’s November!) and the joy of food…

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English: Logo for Food Network (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is an entertaining interview After The Show did with the FUNNY & CHARMING Food Network star Chef Damaris Phillips.

Enjoy!

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I caught up with Chef Damaris Phillips, star of Food Network’s new show Southern at Heart and the winner of last season’s Food Network Star.

Damaris shares her take on the relationship between food and music, her favorite Louisville bands and venues, and the best Taylor Swift karaoke songs.

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After The Show: Do you ever listen to music while cooking? Would you recommend that people use music as a way to enhance the cooking experience?

Damaris: When I am throwing a party, I always listen to pop music of today OR the ’90s. I like to dance around the kitchen singing and gearing up for fun. For mass quantity of cooking, I’m going modern country, not too loud, but perfect for singing along and breaking up the monotony.   <MORE… CLICK HERE>

 

 

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Extreme Dental Floss

1 Nov

 

Moderation isn’t “in.” Everything has to be extreme.

I’ve personally witnessed “extreme googling,” “extreme kvetching,” “extreme tweeting,” and the worst of all… “extreme karaoke.”

Lady Gaga epitomizes this extreme spirit with her fashion sense.

Where's the beef?

Where’s the beef?

 

In this economy, “You can’t take it with you, so WTF spend it now” and “Shop ’til you drop” has bitten the gold dust.

Trim that fat in your budget with a buzz saw. […]

I Feel Your Pain

20 Sep

 

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PAIN. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it.

Pain, of course, is entirely relative.

PAIN – THE NOUN

1) A feeling of marked discomfort, a distressing sensation in a particular part of the body: “She has severe pains in her arse, most probably due to sitting at the computer/at work/in the car all day.”

“Jury duty can be quite a pain in the neck.”

“Her boss gives her the most excruciating pain in her head and eyeballs.”

2) Mental suffering or distress : “During the holidays, I am plagued by the pain of listening politely to relatives pontificate on politics, religion, and reality TV.” […]

True or False?

23 Aug

BOO!  POP Culture POP Quiz!

TRUE or FALSE?

1.   The TLC TV Show “Extreme Cougar Wives” is revolting.

2.   “Extreme Cougar Wives” is encouraging!

“Extreme Cougar Wives explores the exciting lives of women who love much younger men.” – TLC

 

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3.   Next season, you’ll be able to vote one of the wives from TLC TV Network’s “Sister Wives” OFF the show.

The title card for Sister Wives, a TLC reality...

The title card for Sister Wives, a TLC reality television series about a polygamist family. (Photo credit: Wikipedi

4.   Tangerine is not an actual color.  Neither is avocado. […]