Saturday, February 17, 2018

TREATS, TRIVIA & TIPS


Have you ever watched The Amazing Race on CBS?  This program pairs exes, couples, siblings, friends and even strangers, as they try to find clues all around the world in an attempt to win $1 million dollars.  Not only is it very entertaining, but it's a great way to find out about other cultures, and to see how different people handle teamwork.

Here are 6 ways guaranteed to NOT win all the money!

1.  Not knowing how to read a paper map because there won't be a GPS in sight.

2.  Don't piss off the other teams because you may get sabotaged.

3.  If you're not prepared to eat scorpions, which have a ton of protein by the way, you're in trouble.  If you're squeamish about bugs crawling on you, just stay home.  

4.  Don't shoot yourself in the foot by losing your passport, because the game will be over before you know it.

5.  It's hard for you to follow directions/instructions, or your memory isn't as good as you thought it was.  

6.  Start practicing aerobics because you're destined for a hard core workout.


Have you ever noticed those ritzy looking lounges in the airport and wondered what people were doing there?  I sure have, and now you can get these deals too by using this app -https://www.loungebuddy.com

BWI LOUNGE

BWI LOUNGE
These lounges are exclusive, but no need to pay for an exorbitant  annual membership.  You can reserve a spot for just one day of luxury with pricing that ranges from $25 up to $143.  What do they include?

Perks can include meals, hard liquor, showers, wine, FREE wi-fi, televisions, sterling customer service and lots more. The only downside is that they're not all open 24 hours a day, so making a reservation is key.  Be prepared if some places are busier than others, but it's still away from the hustle and bustle of the airport.

Roam Fitness in BWI
BWI has the only airport exercise gym in the US, including  workout gear, tennis shoes, toiletries, towels and the use of showers for just $25. 


Heathrow



Dubai
Headed to Dubai? While waiting for your flight, get a drink, eat a meal, check your Internet, and more for just  $39.


Greece

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Transportation, Storage and Distribution Managers earn the highest salary for those employed without a college degree.  If you snag one of these coveted positions, the annual median salary is close to $90,000, and you only need to be a high school graduate.

The New York Knicks are #11 in the league so far this year, but they're still the most valuable team overall bringing in 426 million dollars according to their stats from 2016/2017.  

MAKING MONEY MOVES
If you're a basketball fan, you already know who earns the most cash.  If you guessed Lebron James (aka King James) you'd win all the money on Jeopardy.  His salary is about $32 million, but add endorsements, and he scores a hefty net worth of $85.3 million.

BOOKS, BOOKS & BOOKS
The next time you're in the Boston area, and want to check out a unique bookstore, be sure to visit The Harvard Bookstore, which has been around since 1932.  Once a season they open up their warehouse for HUGE deals and sales on books.

Tony Novak - Chef
                                            TAKE A TRIP
If you're a foodie, and plan a trip to Hawaii, sign up for the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival from June 7 - 10.  Enjoy a weekend filled with celebrity chefs, wine tastings and more.




BUCKET LIST
I don't know if it will ever happen, but it's sure on my bucket list to visit Switzerland, and I already have the hotel picked out  of where I want to stay. (lol) 

It's called the Burgenstock Hotel, located in Lake Lucerne.  It's 102 rooms of pure delight right above the lake, in an area with luxury restaurants, and bars.

Now I just have to save up for the room at $665 per night!

EARN CASH FOR WHAT YOU LOVE
Lots of book bloggers get their books from Netgalley for FREE, but did you know you can actually work there (you're really working from home) and get paid?  The job is actually posted on the Publishers Weekly site. Right now they're looking for aOnline Content & Social Media Associate.   PW JobZone


NEW ORLEANS PRALINE BROWNIES


INGREDIENTS
1 Box Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix
Water, Vegetable Oil and Eggs as called for on the Brownie Mix Box
1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans

PRALINE FROSTING
1/2 Cup Whipping (Heavy Cream)
6 Tbsp Butter
1 1/2 Cups Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans, Toasted
1 1/2 Cups Sifted Confectioners Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla

DIRECTIONS
  • 1
    Heat oven to 350° F. Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • 2
    Make brownie mix as directed on box for fudge brownies, using water, oil and eggs. Stir in chopped pecans. Bake as directed. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 3
    In medium saucepan, mix cream, butter and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in pecans, powdered sugar and vanilla. Cool 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • 4
    Spread frosting over brownies. Allow to stand 30 to 45 minutes, or until frosting is set. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows, or however you like.




Wednesday, February 14, 2018

GASLIGHTING - DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?


This is a repost because I continue to run into people who go through this particular experience, which is very unpleasant.

Have you ever fallen in love with someone who made you question your own sanity?  Have you caught your significant other in a compromising position, yet you somehow ended up being the one who is guilty?  Have friends you've had for years suddenly stopped calling because they've been told you're "crazy" or a "psycho bitch"?  You're not alone, and NO, nothing is mentally wrong with you. But you are in an emotionally abusive relationship.  



If you've ever seen the black and white classic movie Gas Light from 1944, you may remember how Charles Boyer did everything he could to make his wife Ingrid Bergman go insane in an attempt to gain her money.  
I watched this movie and was horrified at the things he did. The technical term for gas lighting is someone who repeatedly tricks a person into questioning his or her memory or perception of events with the use of lies, omissions of the actual facts, or falsehoods. 

Your husband told you he would be home to pick you up for dinner, yet when he arrives late, he said he told you he had to work late and you must have misheard him.

You know you heard your lover in the background with another woman in your home while you were on the phone, but you're accused of being delusional.  You're emphatic that you left $35.00 on the bed stand, and now it's mysteriously missing.  Your best friend took a picture of your man driving around town with another woman, but he'll tell you it's his cousin whom you've never heard of. With your own eyes, you've seen another woman walking across the street to get into his truck or car, but he denies your claims. 

Right in front of you he texts at certain periods of the day, and when caught, he yells that you're a nag, then tells you "that's not what I was doing". If you tell his family how he's been acting, no one believes it.  These are some of the stories I hear about all the time.

 
Meanwhile, he tells anyone who will listen that something is wrong with you.  The close friendships you had are now over.  


That's the gist of being emotionally abused. It's a covert tactic to control and manipulate the victim, who just happens to be you. It's difficult to see, so it may be very hard to prove. 

In my opinion, a man who does this has no balls, and it makes me angry.  Instead of being truthful, he gets joy from making you think that you're imagining things. You're put down, degraded, called names, and yelled at for no reason.  Normal conversations are very rare. 


Sharing your own feelings are nonexistent. Nothing you say or do is right.  If something goes wrong in life, you get blamed. When he loses his car keys, it's all your fault. Maybe you've gained weight from the stress, and told that no one will want you anyway. You should be lucky he's even around. There are days the tears are endless, hoping he will treat you with the dignity or respect you deserve. You just want to be loved unconditionally. Sadly, you feel alone. 

Living like this can be a nightmare, but all is not lost.  Some women reach their breaking point and just walk away.  But the thought of having no money or a place to live can be frightening. The fear of what people may think  makes you want to curl into a ball of despair.


Starting today, look in the mirror and believe that you are beautiful and strong because you are.  Keep telling yourself that you deserve to be happy every day. Think about all the things you used to do.
Then document, document, document!  Keep dates, places, situations and names if you can. Be specific. Use a Planner, notebook or a diary.  Even better, send emails to yourself or a family member, and make sure your password is protected. Not only will this make you feel better, but you'll also have a detailed record for legal reasons.
If you have access to cash, send yourself a Moneygram or Western Union. You are the only person who can ever gain access to those funds. Walk around the block to clear your mind every day. Even if it's just for 5 minutes. Look in the mirror to remind yourself how beautiful you are.  Try to make a safety plan.  If you are unable to speak with a pastor or close friend you can trust who supports you, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 

They are experts in all phases, and will provide shelter to those in need. They also have a Chat Line. There are also local places to contact wherever you live.

It's 2018, yet there are literally thousands of people who minimize this type of abuse or think that it's okay. "Words will never hurt me" is a lie. In fact, I hear that "it's not that serious" all the time.  Verbal abuse is still considered a part of domestic violence.  It is what it is.

You deserve the joy that life has to offer. It doesn't matter if you're 18 or 80!

Remember, 2018 is your year to start over!




















Monday, February 12, 2018

WHAT DO YOU EAT NOW, THAT YOU HATED AS A KID?


When I was a kid, my parents made sure I ate just about every vegetable known to man, and it was the pits!  As I got older though, Woolworth's (Cheeseburgers/Fries) or Kentucky Fried Chicken became my favorite restaurants of choice.  As a popular and perky social butterfly, I was very much involved in community activities and clubs, causing me to miss out on dinner in many instances, so I wasn't mad about missing all those meals.



Yes, it's much much healthier,  but I'll never be a vegetarian because cheeseburgers call my name all the time. (Sorry all my veggie friends-lol) Still, these days I enjoy broccoli, collard greens, tomatoes and brussel sprouts to ensure I get those vitamins everyone says you're supposed to have.   I've even been known to eat a nice salad - but it must have some steak or chicken in it, please. Oops, I almost forgot about my kimchi.  Yes, yes, I love that stuff!

What about you?  Is your diet entirely different now that you're an adult?  Do you crave certain foods?  Do your kids like vegetables?


APPLE'S SIRI
The other day I read a really good article about a kid's fascination with Siri, and it was really funny.  As the story unfolded, the mother said, "it's not like Siri is real". Well... Susan Bennett, the very famous and probably very tired by now voice that you hear at Delta Airlines, or even for Coca-Cola ads, walks around the neighborhood just like you and I. And nope, she's not a computer. But she had no idea that her voice would be used as the North American Siri, the voice we all know and hear pretty regularly via the iPhone. 


In fact, Apple didn't pay her, other than for the initial US text to voice recording that was completed all the way back in 2005. That's how Apple originally heard her voice.  But sometimes the enunciation of a word or name is not quite right.  Most of us probably live with it, but not Barbra Streisand. Nope - she got irritated enough to call straight to the top to have the way her name was pronounced changed.  Sure enough, during the next update, that correction was made. (lol) Despite that, Ms. Bennett does pretty well, but don't ask her to explain exactly how well! (lol)   Did you also know that there are Siri's all around the world? You'll find a different voice in Japan, Australia, China and more! Isn't that neat?!


2018 OLYMPIC FACT MAY SURPRISE YOU
A new record has been set that's not well known, and no medals will be awarded.  Slightly over 2900 athletes are participating in the Olympics this year, and over 110,000 condoms have been distributed. Wow!


YOU TUBE
While it seems as if YouTube has been around forever, it was actually created in 2005.  Learn how to tie a tie, find out about the latest news, watch a movie, or learn about some new makeup tactics.  The sky's the limit in what you want to find.  Youtube is so popular throughout the world, that it's worth a whopping $75 billion! 



Are you a fan The Antiques Roadshow and have been dying to find out what your old clock is worth?  If you live in Sarasota FL, Louisville KY, San Diego CA, Rochester MI, or Tulsa OK, they're coming to you! Sign up for FREE tickets by visiting http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/ontour/



Sometimes I can't help sharing a recipe strictly based on a catchy name, and this is no exception.

Callie Blount
THE FERTILE BLONDE



INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Orange Wedges, divided
  • ½ cup lightly toasted shredded coconut
  • ½ cup Cubed Pineapple
  • 2 oz Fresh Orange Juice
  • ½ oz Coconut Syrup
  • 2 oz gin

Coconut Syrup

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 cups coconut sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Scatter most of coconut on to a plate. Rim a martini glass with 1 orange wedge; dip rim of glass in the coconut. Set aside.
  2. Muddle pineapple, juice and Coconut Syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add gin and ice; shake 10 seconds. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with remaining orange wedge and shredded coconut.

COCONUT SYRUP DIRECTIONS

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add coconut sugar. Reduce heat to low; simmer 6-8 minutes or until mixture reduces by one-third. Remove from heat; cool. Transfer mixture to a Mason Jar. Refrigerate up to 3 months.


Clean Cocktails by Beth Ritter Nydick and Tara Roscioli, excerpted in Parade.






RO's Planner
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I use a planner to relax and organize, but some people use them to track budgets,
Inside of RO's Planner
create food diaries, developing art, keeping track of business endeavors, writing and more.  


Even better, they're not just for women these days.



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