Monthly Archives: April 2012

Afternoon Delight

Bed Bath and Beyond

Nearly Natural Large Phalaenopsis Silk Flower Arrangement

Oh man.  Bed Bath and Beyond you slay me.  No really.  It’s like the best and the worst place both at the same time.  I wish I could just go into that store and get the food scale that I wanted, but no.  No, that is not possible.  How can you go into the store for a scale and leave with anything less than a food scale, boot shapers, cedar hangers, a Fresh Brew Travel Latte Mug, and of course a Nearly Natural Large Phalaenopsis Silk Flower Arrangement.  Oh, you don’t know what a Nearly Natural Large Phalaenopsis Silk Flower Arrangement is?  Neither did I until I saw it…and immediately realized I couldn’t live without it (see picture).  It’s just one of those stores that have all the cool gadgets that you never knew you needed until you see them.  It’s almost stressful to go in there.  Even though you know before you go in that you are probably going to get distracted, you still go in with the best intentions.  Anyone that leaves that store with ONLY what they went in for, I truly give props to because you are a better (wo)man than I…

The Time I Had a Pet Praying Mantis

About 4 years ago I was freshly graduated from college and living on my own.  We weren’t allowed to have any pets in our apartment, so you can only imagine my excitement when we discovered a praying mantis who hung out on our front porch regularly.  OK, so he wasn’t technically my pet, but like a pet, he was loyal and was waiting at the door for me every day.  Each morning when I would leave for work, Timothy (yes, we named him), would be on the porch looking at me.  I would try to get close to him and though he did not hop/fly away, he would ever so slowly move over the edge of the rail as to hide himself from me.

Timothy the Praying Mantis

Seriously, how cool is that??  Here’s a couple of lesser known facts about the Praying Mantis:

  • The European Praying Mantis is Connecticut’s State bug…if you already knew that, did you also know that the Carolina Praying Mantis is South Carolina’s State bug?  There are actually about 2,000 species of praying mantis.  No joke, look it up.
  • Contrary to popular belief, it is not illegal to kill a Praying Mantis?  But that being said, why would you want to?  Although their size can be frightening to a non-bug lover, they are a “good bug”.  In fact, many farmers purchase crates of Praying Mantis to unload on their fields to eat all the pests that destroy their crops.
  • The Praying Mantis is completely harmless.  They will not bite, sting, or claw you. You can actually pick them up and play with them if you’re quick enough.

Anyways, that’s enough science for today…it is Saturday after all!  Hope you enjoyed learning about CT’s state bug!  Keep a look out for them!

Afternoon Delight

Vernon School Bus Crashes

I’m sure you have heard by now that a bus carrying a load of Vernon, CT elementary school kids crashed yesterday.

Allegedly she fell asleep.  Falling asleep driving I can understand…but driving a bus with 30 kids on it?  Now that’s one tired woman!

Waiting Room Chair Options:

As you can see from this picture, this is a waiting room.  Now, in this waiting room, there are three different size chairs.  Normal chairs, Bench seats, and strange looking one-and-a-half sized chairs.

All I can say is that I hope this chair is for a mom and kid or a couple who wants to be all over each other and NOT to accommodate America’s unhealthy trend…ya know what I mean?

Afternoon Delight

The Real World

So pretty much my whole life I feel like adults have always told me to enjoy being a kid while I can because someday I’ll be in the “real world”.  No, not the TV show; even my life isn’t f’d up enough to get me on that show.  Plus, my mom always advised me NOT to go on reality TV of any kind because I’d definitely be the one America loves to hate – thanks mom.  Personally, I think my show would be entertaining.  Anyways, the way they talked about the “real world”  I kind of thought that growing up and living my own life would be pretty awful. Wow, I was wrong, and thank god!

Being an adult is probably the best thing that has ever happened to me, and here’s my top ten reasons (in no particular order) why:

  1. I can be my own boss. Well I mean when I get home I am.  Maybe, just maybe it will be that way at work too one day.
  2. I can get any pet I want.  I feel like getting a hamster…done.  If I realize I just can’t live without a gecko…I can get one.  I decide I want a dog…I can go down the animal shelter right this second.  Andddd, the best part about it is that I can get all the cool toys, clothes and other pet supplies I want without having to ask anyon’e permission.
  3. I can drink.  I mean, you don’t have to be an adult to drink, but at least once you are you don’t have to worry about getting caught anymore.
  4. I can do whatever I want on my free time. Once I get home from work, I’m free to do whatever I want.  No homework, no studying, no reading….this is the life.  Ahhh TV, friends, and doing NOTHING, how I missed you!
  5. I can have my own house.  OK, I don’t have a house quite yet, but Ido  have an apartment and it’s amazing.  It’s as clean as I leave it when I leave in the morning.  Or more realistically, the mess is all mine and I don’t have to worry about getting yelled at for it.
  6. I can have money.  When you’re a kid you either are completely spoiled and have money, or you’re constantly asking your parents for money.  Either way, it sucks.  Now, I’ve got it…maybe  not a lot of it, but I do have it, and I can spend it however I want.  Plus, if I want more, its easy…alll I have to do is work more.  Isn’t it fantastic how that works?!
  7. I can travel.  And I don’t mean my family vacation to the beach.  I mean go wherever I want, when I want, and with whoever I want.  Maine for the weekend?  Let me ask my parents…o wait, I don’t have to!  Lets do this!!
  8. I can choose my own friends. I mean not that I couldn’t be friends with whoever I wanted my whole life, but now I don’t have to listen to my mom’s opinions about them.  Now THAT is awesome.
  9. I can have a real job.  One that doesn’t include the phrase “Can I take your order” or require me to work nights weekends and holidays…ahhh paid holidays  – that right there is worth being an adult for.
  10. I can do whatever I want.  This is not to be confused with any of the other reasons.  This is specific.  I can rent a car, have a beer at a bar, buy a pack of cigarettes (not that I’d want to anymore though), go see an R rated movie, watch children, have my own children, have a credit card, get approved for a loan, drive a car…and the list goes on and on.

So as you can see, there’s PLENTY of great reasons to be an adult.  Not, that you should encourage anyone to rush being a kid, but besides it being socially acceptable to throw a tantrum in the middle of Stop & Shop, you literally can still do all the things kids do while still enjoying the freedoms of adulthood.  You want to color?  buy a coloring book.  I color all the time.  OK, not all the time, but sometimes when I’m having a bad day because not to brag or anything, but I’m really good at it…haven’t gone outside the lines since about 1989.  You want to go to school – dooo etttt!  You can never have too much knowledge.  You want to be thin and have a lot of energy?  Work out and eat right!!  That’s easy!  Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you have to be lazy and/or boring!!  Take life by the horns and get everything out of it that you want.  When you look at kids, don’t get jealous, join right in!  They’ll think you’re cool for doing so, and you’ll be happier for following your instincts.  But hey, this is just my way of life and thinking – its not for everyone, but I do highly recommend it – its pretty awesome!

Happy Friday, and hopefully you do something magical this weekend!

Afternoon Delight

Hey…late is better than never right??


I’m not feeling very fun or very funny today, but I happened to see this on Facebook.  One of my fraternity brothers (Thanks Alex) posted about this, and it’s hilarious.  I also went to UConn for my entire college experience, and many (if not all) of these are pretty close to the real truth.  Whoever made this tumbler site clearly went to UConn, and is also hilarious!

So, all of you who are gearing up for finals, are planning on going to UConn, went to Uconn, or if you just want a laugh, take moment and enjoy!  I promise you it’s totally worth it!

Click on this link:

#UConnProblems @UConnProblems

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