Guardians of the Galaxy (Sneak Preview)

Last week I was lucky enough to see a sneak preview of Guardians of the Galaxy thanks to Living Smart Girl. She’s awesome. I believe briefly I met her at Bloggy Boot Camp when it was in Minneapolis last October, but I digress.

Did I love it? Yes. Should you see it? Yes. Why? Go visit her site to read the entire post.

Don’t Treat Me Bad: Living your dream

Living-Your-DreamAre you living your dream? It irritates me to no end when someone puts someone else down simply because of the profession or job they have chosen. Not everyone wants to be a suit wearing cube jockey.  There’s nothing wrong with being a suit wearing cube jockey, but for some reason, many people can’t get past this cliche image of success.

There are people who have a passion for something  and will only be happy if they are participating in that passion.  Sure it might not look like a text book image of success, but if the person is happy, who cares?

Following your passion is living your dream

While at the Saint Paul Saints game last month, there were people in the stands making fun of the players.  Excuse me? Sure, those guys might not be major league material, but they are also playing baseball for a living. They are doing something that makes them happy. How many millions of men are out there who would give their left nut for a chance to play ball professionally? Exactly.

Then I read this article about one of the guys from Trixter. The dude might not be playing arenas every night, but he’s also not giving up on earning a living by doing what he loves.  Sure, it’s not easy, but that’s not why he does it. If he wanted to simply make money, he’d get an 8 to 5 job or find a more reliable way to make ends meet.

And there’s also nothing wrong with trying to make ends meet. People need to feed and clothe their families. So what if they are digging ditches to do it?  Think of all the people in the service industry. They cook your food. They clean public bathrooms. They deliver your pizza.

Every day you interact with people who have jobs that are not necessarily the text book image of success. Yet, these people are successful. Why?  Because they are working. Because they are trying to make ends meet. Because they aren’t a burden on society. They are making your day to day familiarity possible. They make your caramel cappuccino possible. They make that Target run possible.

Random thoughts on my 40th birthday

Why your 40th birthday is fabulous...Holy crap, on Sunday I’m going to be 40.  How did that happen?  Seriously. I can barely believe it’s 2014. It still sounds like a year in the future of flying cars and robots.  Actually, I’m kind of happy that cars don’t fly.  Have you seen the way people drive?  Merging still baffles 90% of the population.

But, back to me. Of course, I don’t feel 40. I feel about 28.  I’ve felt 28 for about the past 5 years. Before that I felt about 20. It’s better than feeling 16. Being a teenager was the worst. No. Being a pre-teen was the worst. It took me until the age of 35 to get over puberty. If you’re a woman under 30, it does get better.

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Five money saving tips for your wedding (that could save your sanity too)

money saving tips for weddingsCongratulations! You are engaged! Now begins the fun of planning the marital celebration. It can be overwhelming, and you’ll probably get stressed out, so I’ve come up with five money saving tips for planning your wedding.

Money saving tips for weddings #1: Make a plan and a calendar

Chart out what you need to buy and when, so you don’t end up like me & my husband a week before our wedding when we realized that we didn’t have wedding bands. Seriously! Luckily, we weren’t that particular about having something fancy and found simple rings online. Set up calendar reminders for these cut off dates. Remember to factor in shipping dates if need be. You will be happy you did!

Money saving tips for weddings #2: Buy online and use Ebates

I bought most of my wedding items online, including my wedding dress. If you do buy online, sign up for Ebates. You will get cash back on all of your purchases, if that store is listed, many of them are. We even got cash back for booking hotel rooms for our honeymoon. It’s easy to use. So far this year, I’ve gotten $35 back. Maybe that doesn’t seem like much, but I’ll take it! (Full disclosure: If you use that link to sign up for Ebates, I get a referral bonus. Thanks!!)

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Don’t Panic. It’s Towel Day.

Towel-DayMay 25th is Towel Day. If you’ve read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books, you are familiar with Douglas Adams and his brand of humor. It’s random yet insightful.

Why Towel Day?

In the Hitchhiker books, a towel is very important to the travelers. Not only can it dry you, but it can keep you warm. It can be used as a pillow or a weapon. Its uses are many. It just depends on your imagination.

Towel Day is the embodiment of Adams’ humor.  It seemingly makes no sense and all the sense in the world at the same time.

Still not sure what I mean?  Here are a few lines/quotes from Douglas Adams that I enjoy.

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.

I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.

It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

I’m spending a year dead for tax reasons.

While reading the books, I tend to get lost in the randomness. It’s just so much fun. Sure, for some people it’s intimidating, but then again so is life.

And as always…the answer is 42.

What would you do with a towel?

Relationship non-advice: relationships are work

Relationships are work...and other obvious statementsWhy are so many people shocked that relationships are work? Didn’t you pay attention to your parents? Do you remember the arguments with your siblings?  Seriously. Relationships OF ALL KINDS are work.  Your friends, your good friends, piss you off sometimes, but you work through it.

Please, for the love of God, don’t compare your life to pieces of fiction.  Romantic comedies are fake. They are edited to make a story interesting, just like the Bachelor…except that’s not interesting or funny, so bad example of romantic comedy and TV in general…but still fake.

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