Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A dating show for 'regular" folks?

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that there's a new kind of reality dating show in the offing at Fox. Apparently, producer Mike Fleiss, the guru behind The Bachelor, is working on a similarly formatted show called "More to Love," which will feature a bevy of "real" women (i.e. NOT a size 2!) chasing after the heart of a regular-Joe, schlubby guy in the Kevin James mold. 

"We want to send the message that you can be the size you are and still be lovable," Fleiss said. "We aren't going to thin these girls down so they can find love -- that's a backwards message." 

Hmmm ... this could be must-watch TV, in the vein of The Biggest Loser (which features a cast of real people battling real-life issues) or it could be train wreck.  After all, Fleiss is the guy responsible for the odious 2000 special Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? And, don't if you've noticed, but The Bachelor hasn't exactly had a stellar track record for helping contestants find lasting love.  

Still, it's definitely a step in the right direction! And who knows?: Casting real people may yield real results! 

Monday, March 30, 2009

A new ally in my most challenging battle

Well, here we go again.

I've finally landed another job -- once again, sitting in an office all day, looking at a computer or at printed proofs to be edited. And though it's only been a couple of weeks, I can already tell that I'm in real trouble if I don't watch myself on this job.

The danger? Piling on the pounds.

It's one of those office settings where the kitchen is a red-alert zone: all the Starbucks and canned sodas you can drink, plus copious amounts of any kind of fattening munchie you can think of -- candies, chips, cheese crackers, muffins, Goldfish, trail mix, Asian rice-cracker blend -- not to mention daily platters of donuts, cookies, brownies, etc., as well as frequent b-day cakes for one of the about 100 employees. (To be fair, they also try to have fresh fruit on hand such as apples, oranges and bananas, but ... ho-hum!)


Oh, and did I mention that my office mate keeps a tray of chocolates within an arm's reach of me? These treats are popular with co-workers, so I can hardly ask her to cease and desist.


I've been trying to combat the weight-gain risks as best as I can, by eating a healthy lunch (though I gotta get better at bringing it!), and also by taking a lunchtime walk for about 20 minutes at least a couple of times per week. But, I'm working out a little less overall with this new schedule; and, of course, I'm sitting on my butt for much longer periods of time once again.

One thing I HAVE been trying to do is to drink tea in the afternoons when the Craving Devil is whispering loudest in my ear. They have several flavors and brands in the kitchen, but I brought in some of my own green tea bags. Seems I'm on the right track, judging by a recent posting on RealAge that says regular consumption of green tea can foster weight loss.

The article recommends drinking seven cups of green tea a day. I've got a ways to go to reach that goal, but at least I'm on the right track.

Now if I can just figure out a way to keep my hand out of the chocolate tray ...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fat times for candy makers

The national sweet tooth sure isn't suffering, says a recent New York Times story:  In fact, sales of inexpensive confections are soaring. 

Well, duh!  

It's a well-known fact that people tend to turn to comfort foods in stressful times.  For many, comfort comes in the form of sugar -- namely, candy.  Within this category, I'm pretty sure that chocolate is by far the No. 1 go-to goodie.   I've even confessed my own choco-addiction on this blog. 

But, like many others watching their wallets (if not their waistlines!),  I find myself choosing the economical brands more often these days.  Oh, not the utter junk that you find in discount stores (that stuff is yukky, if you ask me, and certainly not worth the calories!) -- but middle-brow brands like Hershey's and Mars.  

Hmmm .... do I sense a possible buying opportunity on Wall Street??  Now, I'm certainly no financial expert, but heck, if you've got the cash to invest -- and the stomach for the risk -- perhaps a few shares of The Hershey Company, or Nestle?  On the flip side, maybe some shares of weight-loss franchises such as NutriSystem Inc.? (Note: with Nestle you get a two-fer, because it owns Jenny Craig also -- talk about hedging your bets!)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The upsides of getting WILD

Trying to conceive? Get WILD in the sheets, according to a story posted in Britain's The Observer. Apparently, energetic and passionate lovemaking yields better, stronger orgasms for both lovers -- which helps those little swimmers reach their desired destination better (in the form of a more powerful ejaculation coupled with stronger vaginal contractions).

Trying not to conceive? Well, I'd say that it's still a good idea to go for broke in bed -- just be extra careful with the birth control!

Past the point where conception is an issue? All the more reason to get WILD -- you can enjoy all the upsides without having to worry about any ramifications. I'd call that a win-win!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Email etiquette made easier

The folks at Google continue to prove they have a firm grip on the habits and needs of the cyber public.  Many times, their innovations are kind of scary in that "Big Brother" way -- you know, things like tracking your every move on the Internet to better pigeonhole (read: control!) you as a consumer. 

But there's a new feature they just introduced that could make your cyber/social life much easier, and maybe save a relationship -- or even your job: They added an "undo" button to their Gmail service, according to Wired.  This is a good thing!  I mean, how many times have you hit the "send" button only to realize -- "oops, shouldn't have done that!"

Let's hope the other email providers follow suit ...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The resurrection of simple pleasures

Want proof that the recession is a global pandemic? How about this:

Even the randy French are eschewing their sex aids, according to a story in Reuters. Vendors at a giant erotic fair near Paris were complaining that their sales were down as much as 30 percent.
Meanwhile, in Berlin, times are apparently so tough at one brothel that the proprietors are offering a flat rate, according to Newser.

I guess consumers worldwide are cutting their personal budgets so much that they're resorting to "the old-fashioned way" of getting their nooky -- at home, with their honey, using what nature provided or what's already in the toy chest. In hard times, it's the simple pleasures that seem to be the most satisfying ...

But that's probably a good thing, for it may cause couples to reconnect and find deeper, more meaningful levels of intimacy.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Recession's booby prize

OK, times are tough. We're all feeling it -- whether the pain of a lost job, or frustration over looking for a new one, or nervousness over keeping the one you've got.

So, what, apparently, are women choosing to do? Why, get a breast enhancement, that's what.

According to a Times (UK) blog I found, boob jobs are up 30 percent in Britain, as women turn to artificial enhancements to boost their chances of landing a new job.

Jeez! For all the gains we've made as a gender, why the hell do women still feel like it's LOOKS that are the most important thing? I mean, really, how exactly are bigger boobs going to help you perform a new job? Unless you're applying as a stripper, porn star or call girl, why not let the size of your BRAIN and your perky PERSONALITY represent you in your job search?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Fun sex facts

Found a fun little quiz on LiveScience.com.  It's 10 questions about sex and sexuality (most from a cultural/anthropological perspective).

I scored a respectable 8 out of 10 -- though I won't disclose which two questions I missed.  (They were ... ummm ... hard, OK?!?)

Check it out when you get a chance ... And lemme know how you did! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Update: The burden of duty

So, I told you about my close brush with becoming a juror on a major criminal case, right? 

Well, the trial actually made the local newscasts on Friday afternoon, after the jury found the defendant guilty on all four charges, including first-degree murder.  The State's case must have been pretty powerful, for it took the jurors only two hours to make their deliberations.  I'm sure the trial must have been unpleasant (to say the least!) to sit through, for it apparently was a sordid story containing prostitution, drug addiction, a vengeful scorned woman, and a knife used as the murder weapon.   

And now the panelists have to return in a few weeks to sit through more testimony before deliberating on whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison.  I'm just glad I'm not one of them! 

But I think we all owe folks like that a huge debt of gratitude.  Surely no one relishes being in that jury seat .... but just think: Where would we be without it? 

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The call of duty: Your turn

Now that my jury service is over (for a year, at least!), I'm curious about what you think of this civic duty. So, please take my poll below!

You want to do it WHERE??

Found this wonderful blog item, and just had to share:

The 16 Most Overrated Sexual Acts of All Time.  

Though I'll admit I haven't personally tried all of them, I find the list to be hysterically funny and spot-on. 

My faves:

No. 1.  What's so great about a sand wedgie? Yuk!  (Although I DO recommend utilizing a lounge chair ... nuff said!) 

No. 3.  Let's just leave the porn to the video screen, OK? (Though maybe it might be useful for a few tips!) 

No. 9.  Face it: They're fantasies, and they should stay that way! 

No. 14.  This should be the best news of all for those male readers out there. (Note to Honey:  you're perfect the way you are ... just right!!) 

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