Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Proposal


So last weekend I decided that another funny movie was in order to make me feel better. Well that and a HEAPING bowl of delicious pasts from Provino's. I chose The Proposal, this summer's cute, romantic comedy. It was actually pretty good. Lots of witty one-liners, a very special dance scene and who doesn't love Betty White right? If you are looking for a girlfriend matinee or want to drag your man to another chick-flick I recommend this one.

Oh. I heard Sandra Bullock was in this movie too. JK!!

Ryan Reynolds. You're welcome ladies.

Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the FOX


It's that time of year again ... summer movies at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. I am excited about the July lineup for the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival and look forward to seeing what they have in store for August! I think Slum Dog Millionaire, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Night at the Museum are all in my future. If you haven't experienced summer movies at the Fox, you are missing out on a fun Atlanta past-time. Last year I attended my first show with some friends and was really surprised at what an "experience" it really was. There is a sing-along portion, classic cartoons instead of regular movie previews and the atmosphere alone is worth the trip! You can CLICK HERE to see the latest schedules, purchase tickets and sign up for email alerts.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Need some office humor??


Oh boy do I. My friend knew I needed a good laugh today and she sent me this. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks girl.

ONE-POINT OFFICE DARES
1) Run one lap around the office at top speed.
2) Ignore the first five people who say 'good morning' to you.
3) Phone someone in the office you barely know, leave your name and say, "Just called to say I can't talk right now. Bye."
4) To signal the end of a conversation, clamp your hands over your ears and grimace.
5) Leave your zipper open for one hour. If anyone points it out, say, "Sorry, I really prefer it this way."
6) Walk sideways to the photocopier.
7) While riding in an elevator, gasp dramatically every time the doors open.

THREE-POINT DARES
1) Say to your boss, "I like your style" and shoot him with double-barreled fingers.
2) Babble incoherently at a fellow employee, and then ask, "Did you get all that, I don't want to have to repeat it."
3) Page yourself over the intercom (do not disguise your voice).
4) Kneel in front of the water cooler and drink directly from the nozzle (there must be a 'non-player' within sight).
5) Shout random numbers while someone is counting.

FIVE POINT DARES
1) At the end of a meeting, suggest that, for once, it would be nice to conclude with the singing of the national anthem (5 extra points if you actually launch into it yourself).
2) Walk into a very busy person's office and while they watch you with growing irritation, turn the light switch on/off 10 times.
3) For an hour, refer to everyone you speak to as "Bob."
4) Announce to everyone in a meeting that you "really have to go do a number two."
5) After every sentence, say 'Mon' in a really bad Jamaican accent. As in "The report's on your desk, Mon." Keep this up for 1 hour.
6) While an office mate is out, move their chair into the elevator.
7) In a meeting or crowded situation, slap your forehead repeatedly and mutter, "Shut up, all of you just shut up!"
8) At lunchtime, get down on your knees and announce, "As God as my witness, I'll never go hungry again."
9) In a colleague's DAY PLANNER, write in the 10am slot: "See how I look in tights."(5 Extra points if it is a male, 5 more if he is your boss)
10) Carry your keyboard over to your colleague and ask, "You wanna trade?"
11) Repeat the following conversation 10 times to the same person: "Do you hear that?" "What?" "Never mind, it's gone now."
12) Come to work in army fatigues and when asked why, say, "I can't talk about it."
13) Posing as a maitre d', call a colleague and tell him he's won a lunch for four at a local restaurant. Let him go.
14) Speak with an accent (French, German, Porky Pig, etc) during a very important conference call.
15) Find the vacuum and start vacuuming around your desk.
16) Hang a 2' long piece of toilet roll from the back of your pants and act genuinely surprised when someone points it out.
17) Present meeting attendees with a cup of coffee and biscuits, smashing each biscuit with your fist.
18) During the course of a meeting, slowly edge your chair towards the door.
19) Arrange toy figures on the table to represent each meeting attendee, move them according to the movements of their real-life counterparts.

And if that wasn't enough for you... How to keep a healthy level of insanity:
1) At lunchtime, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.
2) Tell your children over dinner. "Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go."
3) Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.
4) Put your wastebasket on your desk and label it "IN".
5) Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over his or her caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.
6) Finish all your sentences with "In accordance with the prophecy."
7) Dont use any punctuation
8) Use, too...much; punctuation!
9) As often as possible, skip rather than walk.
10) Ask people what sex they are. Laugh hysterically after they answer.
11) Specify that your drive-through order is "to go."
12) Sing along at the opera.
13) Go to a poetry recital and ask why the poems don't rhyme.
14) Put mosquito netting around your work area. Play a tape of jungle sounds all day.
15) Five days in advance tell your friends you can't attend their party because you're not in the mood.
16) Have your co-workers address you by your wrestling name, "Rock Hard."
17) When the money comes out of the ATM, scream "I Won! I Won! 3rd time this week!!!"
18) When leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot yelling, "Run for your lives, they're loose!"

Post-It LOVE

I love office supplies in general, but these folks just garnered a whole new level of respect for the nifty use of post-it notes. I would like to know the combined man hours that went in to producing this?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Forward

I wade through hundreds of email every day. The number of forwarded emails that I actually find interesting, informative or enjoyable are few and far between. This one just entered my mailbox. I'm not really sure what made me open it, but I did. Isn’t funny how something so simple can give you a little perspective & make your day. I enjoyed it, maybe you will too. Consider this the closest thing to a forward that you will get form me.

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written."

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once
more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, and then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Sandal Sale

If you love shoes like I do (and I think we have previously established a pattern!) then you should sign up for DSW Rewards. It's FREE, easy and they send you great coupons and sale information. I was just telling someone that I was in need of some dressy flats for work and then right in my inbox pops this Kelly & Katie 2 for $40 deal ...



As an added bonus, they are offering FREE shipping for Rewards members with a purchase of $35 or more using the promo code SHIP2ME.

There are also hundreds of women's and men's shows in the clearance section of the website.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Benjamin Moore Launches iPhone App



If you’re more of a Benjamin Moore fan than Sherwin-Williams, then today is your lucky day!The Benjamin Moore iPhone app called ben® Color Capture™ launches June 1st. It lets you snap a picture of any color inspiration and instantly match it to one of the more than 3,300 hues that comprise Benjamin Moore’s color system. Shake the phone when your matches come up, and it'll give you coordinating colors for your new palette, and once you're convinced these are your home's new hue, it'll use the phone's GPS to find the nearest retailers with the Moore paint. SO FUN!



The Sherwin-Williams App
With ColorSnap™, you can discover how coordinating colors and bringing ideas to life is easier than you ever imagined. Find a color you love, snap the photo and receive the matching Sherwin-Williams paint color and coordinating palette. And it’s all FREE!
1: Choose a color that inspires you and match it with one of our 1,500 Sherwin-Williams paint colors.
2: Receive a coordinating palette that complements your color.
3: Find your local Sherwin-Williams store where the experts will help you bring your vision to life.
4: Save colors to your "My Saved Colors" library for future inspiration.

CLICK HERE to download your free ColorSnap™ app from Sherwin-Williams.

The Green & Gold GOTTA GO!



At my house there always seems to be a few lingering home improvement projects that never quite make it to the "take-action" phase. One such project has been plaguing me day after day. Our front door and shutters = UGLY. There is nothing functionally wrong with either, but aesthetically speaking ... really not our style. I take full responsibility for the fact that this has gone unaddressed for so long, but NO MORE I SAY, NO MORE!! After pricing out what it would cost to replace and suffering a hefty slap of sticker shock, I opted for a trusty stand by ... a good coat of fresh paint. As with most projects, the first stoke is the hardest. Especially when, in a moment of boldness (or insanity?) I chose black as the new color scheme. WHAT?! That's right I said it. The weather was gorgeous, so I turned on the ole' boom box, wielded my paint brush and spent the day painting.



I opted to tape-off rather than take-off the shutters. It saved a ton of time and I didn't have to worry about banging up the new paint job on the install.






Removing the disgusting kick plate and sanding was the hardest part. I made sure to sand every corner and groove since I was painting over the door, molding and all the trim. I used a paint brush for the tight spots and corners, but the to make a nice smooth coat overall I used a 4" foam roller.


I even took down the curtains from the side windows and installed some vinyl "frosting". It provides even more privacy, lets in more light and looks better from the inside and outside. *Side note: If you have never installed this stuff ... it is absolutely a two person job. Having an extra set of hands makes a huge difference in the quality of the final product. Let's just say it took a few tries to get this portion of the project right!

So there you have it. Out with the green & gold gross and in with the bold black. I am so relieved to have this project off the docket and now I don't mind being greeted by my front door when I come home!

R&R