Friday Five – April 24, 2015

Friday Five

 

1. Starburst Jellybeans FaveReds

You guys. You can buy a bag of Starburst Jellybeans that are only the red flavors – watermelon, cherry and strawberry. Best invention ever. Just wanted to report on my excitement.

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2. Cats Playing Patty Cake

Crazy cat lady alert! This is worth a watch just for the funny voice overs.

3. 90s Disney with 90s R&B

The perfect mash up – Disney songs and 90s R&B songs. Well done.

4. Pandora’s New Commercial

Ohmygoodness did Pandora get this one right! They blindfolded six kids and told them to find their Moms. It’s adorable.

5. Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s broke up with me last night. I had thought this season was too sad and I was getting a little bit exasperated because it felt like the writers needed some more sunshine in their life – so I was contemplating a break up myself. But they beat me to it. Nothing left for me to see there and I predict many viewers will agree. I don’t want to watch the aftermath of this because I find nothing enjoyable about watching that level of grief and sadness. You can make good television without it. And I am purposely not posting what happened, in case you have taken a vow of social media/television/radio/internet silence and haven’t heard what happened…though I am impressed if you watch the show and haven’t heard/seen/read about it!

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How was your week? Are you still recovering from Grey’s? 

The Friday Five – April 3, 2015

Friday Five

Second week in a row, the Friday Five!

1. Spiralizer

I got a Spiralizer and I am super excited to use it. This nifty gadget does such amazing things as turn zucchini into long strands of “spaghetti” and turns potatoes into curly fries. I’ll update on here and let everyone know if Josh is fooled by zucchini noodles (Zoodles!).

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Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer

2. Friends Furever

This Android commercial has been around for a while, Liz texted me about it in February (Ooh De Lally is kind of our song)…but Josh has just recently discovered it and I can’t tell you how many times he rewound the DVR, or listened to the song. So I figured I’d share, in case you too are a few months behind 😉

3. Snacky Mouse

Nomar & Pesky got a Temptations Snacky Mouse for their birthday and they’d like everyone to know they are BIG fans and all their cat friends and cousins should get one immediately. You fill the mouse with treats and then the kitties bat it around until a treat comes out, which is relatively easy so the kitties give it two paws up!

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4. Back in My Day

Seth Meyers does a skit called “Back in My Day” and he puts on a Mr. Rogers sweater and talks about things “in his day”…and since he’s only 40, his “day” was only ten years ago. It made me laugh, especially the part about Lost. Because you all know how I feel about Lost: The Lost Hours

Can’t get enough of Seth Meyers? Well don’t worry, I watch him and Fallon every morning while I eat my breakfast so I can pull out the funny parts for you every week. So here’s a special 4B: Seth does another skit called “Ya Burnt” where he makes fun of different topics…and this week featured Easter, April Fool’s Day, Tax Season and Duke. Check it out Here.

5. Mime Through Time

These three are a sketch trio (SketchSHE) and just released a new video of them lip synching with some huge hits, starting with the 1940s all the way to today. There’s a song and a matching costume for everyone in this one!

Alright, there’s five things from my week that I wanted to share with you!

Anything you want to share from your week? Have an amazing recipe for me to use with my spiralizer?

The Friday Five

Friday Five

In the hopes I’ll keep myself to a schedule and post every week, I’ll be introducing a new segment called The Friday Five. I’m going to feature five different things from the week that caught my interest, made me laugh, or I want to share. I’ll feature blog posts, songs I like, YouTube clips – really anything that I want to share with you all from my week. Let’s get started!

1. James Corden premieres on The Late Late Show

James Corden was predictably nervous and a little bit odd during his first time hosting, but he did manage to snag a major guest in Tom Hanks and do a hilarious montage of Hanks’ films:

2. Bee at the Table

This new site is AMAZING. It teaches about Once a Month Cooking – a past time that I have never actually done, but really, really want to start doing. Bee has a ton of recipes and advice for meal planning and shopping lists. It even gives you instructions for how to freeze the meals, which is something I always struggle with…Click on over and check it out!

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3. Boom Chicka Pop.

You had me at frosted sugar cookie, but sold me at 140 calories per serving (1 1/3 cups) for deliciously flavored kettle corn. They have other flavors, including sea salt and white cheddar and no this is not a paid blog post. It was just yummy.

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4. Orphan Train

My friend Amanda read this book for her Book Club and insisted I read it immediately – and it didn’t disappoint! It’s a dual story, following a teenager (Molly) in the modern day foster care system who helps an elderly woman (Vivian) for community service. In doing so, we also read Vivian’s story of being an orphaned Irish immigrant in the 1920’s. The resilience and strength of both Molly and Vivian is well-written and heartfelt. (The book above links to the Kindle Edition, the words Orphan Train link to a paperback version)

5. Happy Birthday Nomar & Pesky!

Tomorrow our two fur babies are turning five so they must be featured in my first Friday Five! Thanks to these two little bundles of fur and love for being our best friends and making our days brighter for the past five years.

Nomar & Pesky, 8 weeks old

Nomar & Pesky, 8 weeks old

Nomar & Pesky - Five years old

Nomar & Pesky, 5 years old

Alright, there’s my first Friday Five – let me know if you check any of it out!

What caught your eye this week? Anything you want to share with me? Also, let me know if you like the Friday Five and want me to keep doing it, or would prefer a Satuday Seven 😉

 

 

 

(This posts contains affiliate links – by clicking on the Amazon products and making a purchase, this blog is compensated. It has never happened before, but I still feel I should let you know…and there’s always tomorrow.) 

The Nightmares of a Crazy Cat Lady

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Josh was out of town last weekend, and so it was just me and the kitties…I had a nightmare and called Josh the next morning to tell him about it:

Me: “I had a nightmare last night…it was so scary. I had a dream that I woke up after hearing a noise, opened our bedroom door, and looked to the left and saw the cat litter box in the middle of the hallway. I was puzzled and walked out towards it and a serial killer grabbed me from behind and put his hand over my mouth! I woke myself up screaming, it was AWFUL.”

…Josh bursts out laughing…

Me: “Why are you laughing?! It was terrible, I woke up actually yelling!!!”

Josh: “I’m sorry, I’m sure it was scary. I am laughing because of the cat litter box. Do you realize that you’re such a crazy cat lady that your version of a ‘distraction’ used by a serial killer is the cat litter box in the wrong place?”

Me: “I concede your point.”

Me: “But it was still scary.”

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How could these furry faces NOT make me a crazy cat lady?

Lessons Learned the Hard Way

I was inspired to write this list a few months ago after my luggage was misplaced coming home from Disney World. And we’ve all been told and reminded by airline employees not to check anything irreplaceable…but I got complacent because I’ve never lost luggage. I had run a race and received a super cool medal and I put it in my checked bag. And then the airline lost my bag. And I was heartbroken. My luggage was later found but it got me thinking about lessons it seems us humans just have to learn the hard way – after you’ve experienced it.

1. Don’t check anything in your luggage that’s irreplaceable.

It seems like such a “duh”… right up until you do it and you’re like “I CAN’T BELIEVE I DID THAT.” I was lucky and escaped this tough lesson with just a warning, but you better believe I have heard you Universe, and will pay more attention next time!

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2. You lose friends, sometimes inexplicably.

Until you’ve lost a friend for what seems like no reason, and sometimes without closure, you don’t really understand what it’s like. But the older I’ve gotten and the more people I’ve talked to, the more I know this is a common occurrence. They either outgrow you, or are upset with you and never address it, or you just lose touch. It happens. And the hard way is experiencing it and learning how to get past it and let it go. I have had a few friendships end this way and I learned a lot from mourning the loss of those friends and dealing with letting it go.

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3. Don’t cut your own hair.

I have mentioned this before (read about that here), but just don’t do it. Unless you’re a professional. Otherwise, you’re going to learn the hard way that cutting your own hair is a mistake you probably won’t make twice. And you’ll be growing out those bangs forever.

4. Life isn’t fair.

I know, I know – people say this all the time. You were probably first told this at five years old, and repeated it in your room while staring at your poster-covered walls and listening to angry music all through high school. But until life hands you a poop sandwich and tells you to eat it – and you HAVE to eat it – you don’t really know. And even when you’ve learned this lesson the hard way — it stays hard. <stamps foot> It’s just so… UNFAIR.

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5. Loss and Gratitude.

Speaking of life being unfair – the loss of an immediate family member is a devastation that you’ll never understand until it happens. It’s not a fun topic, so I won’t dwell on it, but I will say this – The strongest I’ve ever seen some of my friends and family was during a loss. They felt broken, but as a bystander who has watched several people lose parents/siblings/husbands/wives? They’ve never looked stronger to me and never seemed more grateful for life and the loved ones still in it. It’s a lesson we will all learn – and the only way is the hard way.

6. It’s okay for dreams to change.

You have a plan, you have a goal, you’re on your way – and then you realize it’s not what you wanted or not going to happen. I experienced this and can tell you that no self-help book would have prepared me for the confusion and depression. It went a little something like this:

“But… this is what I wanted! I worked so hard to get here! And now I’m here and I hate it. Oh dear. I’m a ship without a course! I’m a board game without directions! I’m a architect without a plan! What am I ever going to do?”

Make a new plan. Dreams change. Okay Universe, duly noted.

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Dream big, buddy!

7. Debt.

Ugh. No one wants it, plenty of people have it, and people that have it and get out of it usually learn from that hard-earned lesson. And it’s another thing you are warned about  – but you don’t really understand it until you’ve been under a mountain of it and need to dig your way out. Then the lesson (hopefully) has sunk in.

8. Tackle the nagging task before it’s a huge task.

Oomph, we’ve all done this right? Kept forgetting to update your insurance and then you get in an accident the next day? Put “Backup computer” on your To Do list for 6 months and then your hard drive crashes? Or something smaller – promised yourself you would take the trash out before it got overstuffed and put it off just long enough to spill said trash all over the kitchen floor?  Or let your precious cats’ rabies vaccinations go up by a few weeks and then a bat gets into your house and Animal Control has to take your beautiful fur babies to the POUND for FOUR days and SEPARATED them while they get the bat tested for rabies, resulting in FOUR days of tears, depression and guilt. No? That one is just me? Fine. Well consider that lesson learned.

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Nomar & Pesky are besties and did not appreciate being in a scary place all alone.Their mom was equally unappreciative.

Have you learned any of these lessons? What other lessons do you think we have to learn the hard way?