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Holiday Love/Hate

There’s just something about the holiday season that seems… magical I guess. But every year there are things that raise the stress levels to the max that result in a love/hate relationship with the season.

Love

1. Decorations. Everything looks so pretty during the holidays and as outside gets dull and dark the color and sparkle that comes along with the decorations we put up are very welcome.

2. Seasonal smells and tastes. There are some candles that can only be burned this time of year just like there are some treats that can only be baked this time of year.

3. Anticipation. I feel like there’s so much to look forward to for each celebration.

4. Time with family. There’s a huge family focus on the holidays and I can’t say I’d have it any other way.

5. Rest. I feel like we get a much-needed break at the holidays then a fresh start for a new year.

Hate

1. Travel. Teleportation would be a welcome development to ease holiday travel. Driving here, there and everywhere can be exhausting and expensive. Thankfully, we don’t have to fly for holiday visiting.

2. Scheduling. It’s tough to balance when to see people, trying to equitably split time with each side of the family is absolutely impossible. Not to mention trying to see friends too.

3. Crowds. There are at least twice as many people at stores and restaurants this time of year. I don’t know where they call come from!

4. Traffic. This is indirectly related to travel and crowds. Not only does it seem like there are more people on the road, driving skills and attention behind the wheel do down the toilet this time of year.

5.Cold. Snow and ice are pretty to look at, but I’m not a fan of anything else they bring with them. Once the holidays are over… we know that winter is going to be in full force.

What about you? Anything about this time of year that makes you love it, hate it, or both?

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Don’t hate my jeans

… my genes either.

I’m incredibly supportive of nurturing positive body-image among young women but sometimes I start feeling hated for being thin.

I saw this today (please excuse the profanity):

Found on Facebook

Ouch. I don’t particularly look like either of these models, but I own and wear size 0 jeans. Read the rest of this entry

My Rocky Relationship with the Post Office

If you follow me on Twitter (if you don’t maybe you should!) you’ve probably noticed some periodic tweets about the post office, including:

I have no desire to pay the Post Office a dollar online to change my address when I used to be able to do it for free there!

 

I’ve never had much luck with the U.S. Mail… now it’s followed me to work!

 

The Post Office hates me. Family members tried to send me mail and it was returned! But I’m getting mail for someone else…

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Watching the Game for the Ads

I’m pretty sure as many people tune in for the ads during the Super Bowl as they do for the game.

I felt like weighing in on my favorite and least favorite commercials, ones that we’ll be seeing n television probably until even the next Super Bowl.

My personal favorite: the Chrysler 200, Made in Detroit commercial. I don’t know if it’s my personal attachment to Chrysler, the my excitement for new cars, or the different positioning of Detroit as the product more than the car is the product. But it’s a pretty cool commercial, plus there’s Eminem not being Eminem exactly.

My absolute least favorite commercials: Go Daddy. I have always pretty much hated the Go Daddy commercials. They are always very sexist and offensive. But it seems to have just gotten worse this year. Adding Joan Rivers and naked Go Daddy girls, they even know that they’re offensive! They need to just stop and actually sell what they sell, not sexy girls.

You can watch the 2011 Super Bowl ads here.

What’s your favorite?