A week without celebrity gossip

I’m approaching the end of my test week without reading any of the celebrity gossip sites that I usually peruse daily: The Superficial, People, Us Weekly, occasionally Perez Hilton,…  It hasn’t freed as much time as I was thinking it would, since I’m replacing some of it with other inconsequential online lollygagging.

My plans for today:

— Take the dog for a walk on this beautiful partly sunny, 73 degree afternoon
— Do laundry
— Empty and refill dishwasher
— Bake the famous oatmeal coconut cookies
— Go to the grocery store first if I need ingredients
— Listen to the Paul Simon Pandora station the whole time
— Attend friend’s game night

I strongly recommend checking out pandora.com, if you haven’t already.  It’s a free streaming music site where you pick almost any song, artist, or composer to use as the base for a radio station.  It then plays similar music based on their Music Genome Project; you can rate each song to provide direction.  I have 22 stations so far, including:  Toxic by Britney Spears, Josh Groban, Sade, La Tortura by Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz, Mozart, Bad Girl by Danity Kane, Journey, Paul Simon, and It’s a Great Day to Be Alive by Travis Tritt.  I’ve created other stations and then deleted them because I didn’t end up liking them much, or it was a one time thing (“Monster Mash” on Halloween).

January 24, 2009. Words. 1 comment.

Why does this require an advice columnist?

Here is today’s question from Ask Amy:

DEAR AMY: The Super Bowl is approaching, and, as a woman who likes sports, each year I am stymied about how to get to actually watch the game when hosting or attending a party.

Every year, we either hold a party or attend a party that includes my husband’s male friends and couples we both know.

I would love to lounge on the couch with the rest of the male audience and watch at least part of the game.

What invariably happens is that I end up in the kitchen with the women who would rather chat and clean the kitchen while the men are occupied with the game.

Is there a gracious way to make my way to the TV during the game without seeming rude to my friends who aren’t interested in the game? — Stuck in the Kitchen

How is this even a problem?  Somehow, in a manner completely mystifying to her, she ends up in the kitchen completely against her will?  Oh, if only there were some way she could get to actually watch the game!  If only!

Step 1: Attend Super Bowl party.
Step 2: Sit on couch, chair, floor, or bench.  Alternate: lean on furniture or stand within sight of screen.
Step 3: Watch game.

This woman needs to stop fretting that she’s so important that people will be offended if she watches the Super Bowl game rather than stay with them in the kitchen at a Super Bowl party.  Seriously, I’m pretty sure her friends will get over it.

Perhaps I’m misinterpreting it and she’s looking for a gracious way to exit a conversation and return to the tv when a commercial break is over.  She’s not negotiating a hostage situation here, her attention to delicacy is unnecessary.  “Oh hey, game’s back” is etiquette enough at a Super Bowl party.

January 13, 2009. Words. 1 comment.