Thursday, January 28, 2010

Poor Mary Patton...

But her son/daughter won't be writing her back. Especially as long as she thinks she's my mom.

Unless my mom created an alias and decided to e-mail me from that address, let it be known: Mary Patton is not my mother.


In case that is too small to read...I received an e-mail today from this woman asking me if I wanted to attend this "beading" party instead of watching the Super Bowl.

"Want to go? -Mom"

I feel like I'm living the real life children's book of Are You My Mother?

Because surely, my mom KNOWS that I will be watching the Super Bowl and not beading instead.

I've Changed My Opinion.

Wow. Prepare for greatness. And trust me, it's worth the time it takes to load and the anticipation you feel while waiting to see who has changed this world for the better.

This video is amazing.

It makes you think...
thank...
thunk....

Go ahead and be moved.


Then thank Joe Angel for his time.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Connection: Made.

Ah, Craigslist. The list of almost everything.

One of my favorite features of Craigslist is the "Missed Connections" section. If you do not know know what I am talking, immediately open another tab in your window, venture to Craigslist in your city. Under "Personals," click "Missed connections."

Some of them are heartbreaking, a few are hopeless romantics and 96.2% are entertaining.

Enter Sophie Blackwell of New York - who has taken these missed connections and turned them into quirky drawings.


Now, Chicago has some interesting stories to tell of loves not yet but...
New York trumps.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Greek To Me.

Okay, go ahead and sit back.
No need to be at the edge of your seat any longer.

Because my snack update is here!

Since the beginning of 2010, I've made a conscious effort to eat smarter. Knowing that I have been blessed with my dad's sweet tooth, I allow myself certain indulgences. I mean, seriously, who can really say "no" to a conversation heart that says "PARTY TIME"? That's what I thought...

Whilst grocery shopping on Saturday (mind you: I actually *hate* grocery shopping. It's up there with permit parking and pens with non-flowy ink), I four-wheeled by some greek yogurt on sale. Having read the benefits of such a food, I thought I'd be good to my body and give it a go.

Enter: yesterday. I snacked on said greek yogurt and added a touch of cinnamon. And let's just say, the results resulted in me being disgusted with the snack. I was so bummed.

Enter: co-worker Liz who knows all when it comes to food and many other things. "I typically add some brown sugar to mine," she tells me.

Thinking I could handle that (and unknowingly, I had purchased brown sugar on Saturday), I saw the greek yogurt stars aligning.

Enter: today at 4:02pm (also known as: my snack time). Determined to make myself like this greek yogurt, I anxiously added in just a tad of brown sugar and let me tell you this: I was not prepared for how much BETTER this snack had become. Simply by replacing the cinnamon with the brown sugar, I have found my new favorite snack.

It is delicious, healthy, filling and a real treat.

Now, the only bummer (mainly for my wallet) is this makes me want to ship out to Greece so very badly. I mean, if brown sugar has the ability to change my greek yogurt world...just imagine what the entire country could do for me?!

Ahhh....the act of dreaming: I have mastered.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Team Conan.

Conan vs. Leno.

Conan vs. NBC. Well, I've decided to take a stand. At lunch with some co-workers last Friday, we discussed how bummed we were that Leno was not stepping down. This prompted my old noggin to get thinking.

I wrote the following letter and created a mock cover of one of our magazines that we sent to "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" to show our support.

Hopefully, I have the right address and hopefully, he gets our message and support.

Dear Mr. O’Brien:

I work for a publishing company that publishes five trade publications, one of which is Packaging World. Typically we run articles focused on the business of packaging and packaging machinery on all sorts of items. With all the controversy and conversations lately regarding the change NBC wants to make with The Tonight Show slot, I thought I’d show our company’s support through this mock cover I put together. Please see enclosed as a means of our support.

Wherever you end up (on whatever network), I can assure you that you have not lost my viewership. I am and have been a huge fan for a long time as your quirky humor is much needed after long days.

Please keep up the great work and know there is a small publishing company in Chicago that has your back!

Best regards,

Kerri Angel

Promotions and Industry Events Manager
Summit Publishing/Summit Media, LLC
330 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 2401
Chicago, IL 60611
www.packworld.com

And here's the mock cover:

(Photography credit: Used photo of Conan O’Brien as seen here)

Monday, January 11, 2010

I Want To Be The One To Walk In The Sun.

Oooooo girls (and boys), they wanna have fun.

Cyndi Lauper nailed it as did this video:

Friday, January 8, 2010

AIM Talk

What I find funny about the word "tis"...

is that if you are writing it in a chat box online or in an e-mail and you really meant to write "it's," either way you're okay.

I'll give you an example:

Oh I can't wait to see you tomorrow! Tis splendid our schedules worked out!

or

Oh I can't wait to see you tomorrow! Its splendid our schedules worked out!

I mean, really, you're only missing an apostrophe in the second case and that's not too shabby.

Words are so awesome.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Find A New Equation

So months later, I finally saw "The Blind Side." Don't even ask the nonsensical question of whether I liked it or not.

Clearly, I absolutely loved it.

Something about movies based on true stories really hit home for me plus Sandra Bullock was a badass plus the fact that Michael made it to where he is now because someone gave him a chance...makes me almost start choking up right now.

I pretty much cried throughout the movie (no shocker there) but at the end, this song played and it was perfect and wonderful and you need to engage your ears.



"Chances are only what we make them
And all I need
"

Just A Thought

As I accidentally wrote "t.hanks" in an e-mail earlier this morning - extra punctuation! - I couldn't help but think "Tom Hanks!" as soon as I wrote that.

Get it?

T.hanks
...
looks like a shortened version of a certain celebrity who found himself enamored with a volleyball named Wilson...

two words, two syllables...
The art of charades is lost online.


So my question is this:
do you think ol' Tommy Boy likes that his name looks like 'thanks' when written 't.hanks'?
Does he even know?
Does he even care?

More importantly, I know and I care.

Signed,
Sleepless in Chicago

Self-Potato!

I would love to be on "Wheel of Fortune," but my one question is this: how did this contestant manage to qualify when she guesses something so, so silly?

I know - often filters come off when playing games, but "self-potato"? That doesn't even fit, lady!

I also enjoy the real life chuckling by the cameraman.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Not Lost

but found. I pretty much agree entirely with this amazing video:



Ridiculously brilliant and eerily truthful.

I'd say this is a great way to kick off a new year.