Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Can You Hear Me?

Lately, I've spent a lot of time listening to the sounds around me. One of our clients, New York Eye and Ear, is running a Favorite Sounds campaign that has allowed me to appreciate my hearing. I spend parts of my work day listening to clips of birds chirping and the waves crashing on a fake beach..and even found myself closing my eyes listening to the taps against the hardwood floor at last week's dance class.

But then there are some sounds that really irk me. The sounds that keep me up at night and haunt my dreams. So while I am thankful that my hearing is top notch, here are my top 5 list of sounds that make me shake in annoyance.


2. My alarm: There's a reason I snooze for an hour every morning. The sound of my alarm means my peaceful hours of rest are over and I must leave the comfort of my warm, cozy bed.

3. The house phone ring tone: Who still calls this thing? Why is it ringing? Why must it ring at the most random of times? Cell phones, grandma. We all have them.

4. Airplanes: Even before 9/11, I hated the sound of airplanes flying over my house. They always seem to be a tid bit too close by and I've literally have had nightmares about this sound.

5. Spotify Ads: We listen to Spotify for the entire 8 hours of the work day and every 15 minutes the ads come on. It's at least 50% louder than the actual music and urges you to try premium service free for 30 days. We can pretty much recite the ads by heart and have all considered chipping in a few bucks a month just to make the guy's voice disappear. I vow to one day find the Spotify ads guy/girl and make them pay for interrupting our jam.

What sounds interrupt your day and make you mad? What do you do to stop them? Comment below!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Goodbye My Lover

Breaking up is hard to do.

I remember the days when I used to break up with my junior high school boyfriends via notes in class. Then it evolved to text messages and voice mails (yes I've done that, don't judge). Now, breaking up with someone can be even more fun! With a ton of social networking sites, there are endless possibilities to tell your lover "we are no longer dating".

Facebook. The easiest of the relationship ender - a click of a button and Shari has gone from "in a relationship" to "single" without having to say a word to the poor guy. And now with FB integration, you can declare singledom in multiple ways. You can "read" an article about how to find Mr. Right. You can mupload a picture of GIRLS NIGHT OUT where you and some rando you found at the bar are making out. AND you can tell everyone: Shari listened to the spotify playlist "Ridin Solo" (yes I have this playlist IRL, it's genius.)

Twitter. Oh so many tweeting opportunities... some examples below.
  • hey @boyorgirlimdating - it's not you, it's me #sorryimnotsorry
  • HMU me and @mynewex are over. #movingon #callme
  • newly singly and nowhere to go tonight #singlegirlproblems
  • @lyingdouchebag i found out you cheated on me and i can't believe you thought you'd never get caught. i thought you were different. i thought what we had was real. you're an asshole and i hate your guts and i want the whole twitterverse to know #getoutofmylife
ok well that last one is over the 140 limit but you get my drift..

Google+. Abraham Manichevitz is now in your circle "exes". Allowed access to view only your pictures. Done.

Pinterest. This would be great if you and your significant other allowed each other access to post on each other's boards. For example, Shari & Josh's Love Board - full of pictures of puppies, home decor, cute love sayings, and a complete vom fest. Wanna end it? Start pinning things like "Keep Calm and Break Up" with caption "sorry babe, not working for me anymore". Or maybe pin a picture of the diamond bracelet he bought you with caption "come pick this up later with a box of all your other shit". OR if you're a guy, pin a picture of yourself with a huge grin saying "finally happy because I realized I no longer want your nagging ass in my life. later bitch". Pinning possibilities are endless.

Foursquare. Check into a bar. Declare you've met your soul mate on the dance floor. When your sig. other comments on your check-in telling you to stop drinking and come home you respond with "hell no. and never call me again". Clearly, the classiest route to a break-up.

Youtube. Make one of those "Shit Single Girls Say" Videos but with a personalized twist. Pretty much use it as a way to vent about all the things you hated about your soon-to-be-ex. Make it go viral by sharing it with all 800 of your facebook friends, post it on your blog, and tweet it to the world. You better believe him and all his friends and family will see your video and you will be single and ready to mingle. Be prepared for lots of controversial comments in that comment box.

What social networks did I miss? How would you use social media to break up with your significant other? Comment below!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February, already?

It's February 8th are you on track with your New Years Resolutions?

I AM! (kinda)

Clearly, I have done a horrible job at keeping up with this blog. But before publishing this, I have written 2 other blog drafts and have recently been inspired to write. I even wrote a poem last night for the first time in 5 years #inspired. I hope this creative spark stays longer than a week.

Fitness wise, 4 days a week has been tough. I have neither gained nor lost any weight. I've been doing more like 2 or 3 days a week, but I have stuck to doing more of a variety in my activities. I do Zumba once a week, I tried power vinyasa yoga, and have taken a tap class at Broadway Dance. With 15 more Zumba classes left on my pre-paid class card and my love for tap stronger than ever before, I can imagine this is the one resolution that will stick with me for the next 11 months of 2012.

Reading? Does reading blogs count? Guess not. Gotta put my kindle to use.

Moving out is officially on hold so I can go on a nice vacation, but it WILL happen before 2013.

Are you on track with your resolutions for 2012? What are you doing to make sure you stick to them? Please share your insights in the comments!