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Monday, March 10, 2014
I don't know why I spend any amount of time watching or wondering about this show, but it is a little escape from my very real life, including all those dishes. I watch The Bachelor and I'm woman enough to admit it.
So I was in the kitchen, in my pajamas and up to my elbows in dishwater. I started thinking to myself, it must be easy to fall in love when you're on an all-expenses paid tropical vacation for two months. The show has been on many seasons and I think it's high time the producers shake things up a bit.
I propose a revised bachelor with the following "real world" scenarios:
1. Bachelor asks the girls out in person. No more cheesy notes delivered via courier. Picture this: Bachelor walks into a room and says “You, you, and you—not you—you, would you like to come on a group date with four other women?”
2. Everyone keeps their mobile. Who is the bachelor texting at dinner?
3. The second date is dinner at Chili’s, not a private picnic overlooking secluded snow-capped bluffs and a rambling river. I love Chili's, but who's paying? While we’re at it, let’s get rid of the chauffeurs. Better take it easy on the cocktails.
4. Bachelor gets tickets to the Super Bowl, and can choose one of the ladies or his best friend.
5. (This one from my friend Mrs. Smith) they should suffer through a good bout of flu together.
What experiences would you like to see?
Monday, February 24, 2014
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Sunday, February 9, 2014
I don't get away with much. I couldn't lie to save my life and I have very little personal time in which to carry out mischievous plots (I am writing this surrounded by dirty breakfast plates and in the next room, two naughty boys are jumping on the couch). Every once in a while, though, I get a rare opportunity to slide past the radar, literally.
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Ha! You're not going to get us!
Granted, I'm obviously abiding the speed limit, I can't help but feel like I'm getting away with something.
I wondered if this was breaking the rules, and depending where you're driving, it might be. However, this week a U.S. District Judge in St. Louis ruled one city must stop citing drivers who flash their headlights. The ruling resulted from a suit filed by one driver who faced a $1,000 fine for the common practice.
Consider this: What is the intent of a "speed trap?" I think the police will say it's a matter of public safety. If you warn other drivers to slow down (through the action of flashing your lights), aren't you contributing to public safety? I have flashed my lights to warn drivers of other safety concerns, including deer and runners on the road. In Ohio and several other states, flashing your headlights is protected under the First Amendment.
No disrespect to the boys in blue, but why would police officers or city officials want to punish this practice? Could it be you are impeding a revenue source? Maybe that's why it feels so good.
Monday, January 20, 2014
"Cincinnatians consume more than two million pounds of chili each year, topped by 850,000 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese." (Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitor's Bureau)
I've eaten my share, but always at the large chain brands of chili (Skyline or Gold Star Chili). This year, inspired in part by the more ambitious adventure 52 Breakfasts, I'm going to broaden my horizons and try some other local chili parlors.
Over the weekend my fiance indulged my curious spirit at Camp Washington Chili. The 70-year old restaurant has been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and Man v. Food, but the walls of the 50s-style joint are literally covered in magazine covers and newspaper clippings collected throughout the decades. It's hard not to feel like you are trying something special!
I ordered my usual three-way (spaghetti topped with chili and cheese) but if I'm in the neighborhood again I'd like to try some of the tasty-looking sandwiches on their menu.
I have a short list of other chili joints to visit but please let me know if you have recommendations!
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Did you know 90 percent of all New Year’s resolutions are doomed to fail by the end of January? Do you feel a little better about giving up on your goals already? I usually refrain from getting on that bandwagon called resolutions because I know it's going to wreck. This year, however, there are so many things I need to improve that I’m having trouble focusing on just one. Here's the strategy: set at least 10 different resolutions, and at least one of them is bound to stick. Right?
OK, maybe not. This article provides some realistic advice for setting and accomplishing your resolutions: http://psychcentral.com/lib/rethink-those-failed-new-years-resolutions/00018625
Some of the things on my list are more important than others, but these don't even touch on the growing list of Things I Will Accomplish or Places I Will Go in 2014. Here's to a great year!
Monday, September 9, 2013
Every chapter of a sorority has a different personality and purpose on its campus. I encourage any coed to get to know the women in sororities on their campus and consider membership for many reasons.
Forget all the Animal House ideas you may have about sororities and fraternities. Members of National Panhellenic Conference or Interfraterity Conference organizations are held to academic standards that, when unmet, can limit participation in the "fun" activities or even cause membership suspension. The chapter as a whole must meet an average grade point average. Our chapter supported academic growth by providing study hours and awards. I was even given a scholarship based in part on my scholastic success.
Most sororities are connected to a cause, providing members opportunities to be involved with philanthropic fundraising or activities. While bettering yourself, don't forget about others. Represent a cause and live with a purpose.
Let's not forget why you are in college to begin with. Imagine upon graduation you automatically have a network of thousands of people connected to the same organization. For years, you met the same standards as these folks and worked for the same philanthropic cause. A network of alumni connections can help you get a foot in the door or find mentors in your field.
For all the fun that college brings, it can be stressful. Every fast-paced day can bring critical deadlines and important tests. There will also be new sources of stress from relationships, work and living away from home. Your sorority sisters will understand these challenges and help you cope.
Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of something great. The women who founded Greek organizations were leaders and who paved the way for many successful women. Why not join them?