Free Stuff!

Who doesn’t love free stuff? Especially when the free stuff is ice cream!

I just got an e-mail from Coldstone Creamery, saying that on September 25, they will be holding their 7th annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social and featuring two new ice cream creations (“Make-A-Wish Creations” inspired by Jack and Emily, two Wish Children) for free! I love it when companies decide to try out some cause marketing and we (the public) benefit 🙂

The two free ice cream creations are:

  • Jack’s Creation – Marshmallow ice cream with OREO® Cookies, Chocolate Chips and Fudge
  • Emily’s Creation – Nutter Butter® ice cream with White Chocolate Chips, Kit Kat® and Yellow Cake

Emily’s creation sounds right up my alley. I love white chocolate and peanut butter and cake. Too bad there isn’t a Coldstone closer to me! Anyone wanna pick me up one?

One Year Ago…

Sometimes I like to think back to where I was one year ago. Take a moment to do so. It doesn’t have to be where you on this exact moment on this exact date, but roughly where were you a year ago?

The reason I ask is because tonight I went to dinner with all the ladies in B’s (the bf) family. Each year, B’s family has a golf outing and some of the ladies choose to stay home and instead get dinner or shop or something instead.

Last year we went to this restaurant called “Mad Greek” which serves (you guessed it!) Greek. AND Indian. That’s right – don’t ask, it’s good. Anyways, the whole day, B’s sister in law and I had gone shopping because she was pregnant and needed maternity clothes. And I had just gotten my job a week earlier and needed professional clothes. I had only been living in Cleveland for just over a month and going shopping and hanging out with his family was still scary new for me, but still fun nonetheless. It was funny going into maternity shops and seeing all the pregnant women of varying belly-size (and B’s sister in law who is a tiny person to begin with hardly looked pregnant).

Well, one year later, tonight, we all went out to dinner again – B’s mom, sister, sister in law and myself. Except this year, her new baby came too. It just made me think how far we’ve all come and how much has happened in a year. For instance:

  • B’s sister – broke her neck in a gymnastic incident, scared us all, but now is starting up again and deciding where to go to colleges
  • B’s sister in law – no longer pregnant or a newlywed, her days are filled with diapers and crying (but adorable) babies
  • Me – been here for a year, settled in my job (and a new promotion!), sorta know my way around Cleveland…still don’t feel like an Ohioan but when I drove to B’s parents’ house this morning I was on autopilot (big deal!)

I’m not trying to be philosophical, but it just boggles my mind how much things change in a year. I may not look too different (besides my young-professional and not just-out-of-college hair cut) but it feels different.

I wonder where I’ll be one year from now?

Sarah Palin looks familiar

I’m not a very political person, so I’m not going to go into detail about how I feel about the upcoming election, or McCain’s VP pick. I will however, say, that although many have mentioned how much Sarah Palin looks like Tina Fey, I think her true doppelganger is Lorraine Bracco. Not sure who she is? You may remember her as the wife from Goodfellas (one of my favorite movies) or as the psychiatrist in the Sopranos (another fave of mine).

Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself!

They even dress the same!

They even dress the same!

Men In Suits

Why is it that I find almost any young man in a suit attractive? Yesterday when I was taking the rapid into work (woowoo public transportation….i’m all about it) 3 men in suits got on together at one stop. My heart fluttered, skipped a beat, yatta yatta yatta and  all that girly goodness, and I realized that these men were not even really attractive! If they had sat down on the train in a LeBron jersey or a wifebeater and shorts, there is no way that I would have had the same rush of emotion. And I know for certain I’m not the only one. Why is this?

My theories:

  • I work in a PR firm that is mainly women. We have NO (i repeat, ZERO) young men in my office that wear suits to work. Therefore, I’m not exposed to this on a daily basis, which makes it more exciting.
  • It’s an evolutionary adaptation to help women survive in the 21st century.

I’ll go with hypothesis #2. Think about it – how many articles have you read today that say more and more young men are living at home with their parents for as long as possible, playing video games, drinking beer, etc. In fact, according to the Census Bureau, fully one-third of young men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents — about an 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. No such change has occurred with regard to young women. In order to survive, women need to make it in the workforce AND (or) get married to a rich, successful man. Now, I’m not saying I’m going around looking for guys with money (my boyfriend was a History major), but what if there is something inside us, that “lights up” when we see such a guy? Perhaps it is a form of “survival of the fittest” we are more attracted to young men in suits. Could it be that the same theory we learned in high school (well if you went to a public high school at least), and the same reason that female peacocks mate with male peacocks with brighter, bigger feathers, is the very thing that makes me attracted to young men in suits?

Just a thought.

Next time: why am I also attracted to young construction workers/men in uniform/handymen?

Wentworth Miller

Case In Point: Wentworth Miller

Doesn’t Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) in a suit give you butterflies?

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day was awesome. No time to go into all the details, but the are highlights:

  • The Patriot Bowl (more about that below)
  • BC friends visiting!!!!!
  • Cleveland Air Show
  • Beautiful weather

Patriot Bowl

My alma mater, Boston College, was represented in Cleveland at this past weekend’s Patriot Bowl! The game was BC v. Kent State at Brown’s Stadium.

I’d been counting down the days for this football game for quite some time, especially because about 50% of the people I work with went to Kent, and because I love college football.  Some of my coworkers had been talking trash for some time, especially in the weeks before the game. But…..if you haven’t heard… BC won! 21-0!

The weekend was fun, not only because BC won (though that helped) but also because I had 5 BC grads from out of town come to visit, 3 who I hadn’t seen since graduation. We picked a muni lot spot Saturday and tailgated all day leading up to the game. None of these friends had ever been to Cleveland before, so with the airshow, the game, and the beautiful weather, I am pretty sure they were impressed.

To hear the BC fight song (“For Boston”) or just some good old Dropkick Murphy’s, click here.

The Twitties!

Just how interesting can you be in 140 characters? Now introducing the twitties, awards that will be announced late September for all you fellow twitterers out there. Some of my favorite categories (as noted on the web site) include: Most Informative Tweet, Best Use of Twitter to Break News, Best Putdown and Best Use of Twitter for Business.

I am interested in seeing who the “winners” will be, especially best use of twitter to break news. There have been so many occasions where I have found out news a few minutes (or even a day) before from twitter. Most recently, the news of the GOP VP pick Sarah Palin was announced the night before by some twitterers. I also found the news of Tim Russert’s death on twitter before it was posted on NY Times or any other websites that I frequent.

Which categories do you find interesting? Are there any new categories you would suggest? And are you planning to vote?

Don't you wanna dance

Social Media Find of the Week

I love things related to social media. As a PR professional, I’m constantly trying to keep up with all the newest media trends to find uses for clients, and also to have fun.  I can’t tell you how many times have I heard the question, “What is social media?” and though I haven’t struggled to come up with an answer, it’s always nice to have something on hand to show people.

I found this great slide show, “What the F**K is Social Media” (sorry for the language!) for your viewing:

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This Should Be Post #1

So I started this blog at some sort of PR New Media Boot camp and forgot about it for a few months. I’m an active twitterer (follow me at and thus a “micro-blogger” I suppose. A few people have told me that since I tweet, and love it, I should create a blog. My main hurdle in creating a blog is not the act of writing a blog, not titling the blog, not worrying about people reading my blog (if you don’t wanna read it, fine..I don’t wanna waste your time!)…no, but it’s coming up with a topic. There are so many things I could and want to write about:

  • Cool things to do in Cleveland
  • What it’s like to live with a boyfriend
  • Public Relations in a social media world
  • Fun food finds and product finds
  • Cool social media related websites
  • Celebrity gossip
  • Music
  • My extremely exciting life

The truth is, I want to write about all of these. There are blogs that specialize in one or more of these areas (which I will link to occasionally for your enjoyment), but I don’t want to limit myself.  Those who know me can attest to the fact that in my every day conversation I can jump from one topic to another without any obvious connection between the two thoughts. Those who know me will also tell you that I am very indecisive and hate being presented with decisions. So this is my blog – a mismatch of ideas, no one topic, no one theme, but instead a potpourri of wonderfulness.

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