Pretty lights on the tree, I’m watching them shine

24 Nov

Thanksgiving has passed and the demented Black Friday shoppers have done their damage. This was my second time playing the role of moral support while accompanying a friend on their quest for good deals. I seldom offer my services for this dreaded mission as the sergeant of arms (I have no qualms fighting Grandma for an Xbox 360), but I was feeling generous this year. Luckily, I didn’t have to utilize my aggression defense training while Josh purchased his Xbox Star Wars bundle pack and I bought my newest addition to my boot collection (Hi, I’m Shannon and I have a shoe problem).

I was quite surprised by the lack of craziness during this Black Friday’s festivities. I witnessed no fights and heard no threats. It was actually quite disappointing; I had mentally prepared myself for a battle of strength if it came down to me going toe to toe over Dance Central 3. I suppose Walmart is the place to go for knockout brawls, however I will never be convinced to wait for 8 hours in the freezing cold to submerge myself in a sea of crazed mothers playing tug of war over Wii U.

While Thanksgiving was a time to give thanks for family, friends, and hopes of good prices on that new 60″ TV you were planning on buying; it is also a reminder of a more important time of year… CHRISTMAS. B97.5 has already started playing Christmas music non-stop (thanks, Delilah) and houses are being decorated with twinkling lights and red ribbon. The best part of it all:  people are more accepting of this holiday cheer now that Thanksgiving is over.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your families/friends and are stuffed with turkey leftovers. I have currently logged 5 Thanksgiving/leftover meals this week (and counting!)

Monday is approaching bringing back the lull of school work and job duties. Here’s a Christmas mix to keep you getting through the week, enjoy!

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Twinkies, Twilight, and Tidings of Comfort and Joy

17 Nov

The end of this week marked the end of two eras: Hostess and Twilight. Both relatively sad and both extremely over-dramatized… and by that I mean Twilight.

Our future generations will never know what a “Twinkie,” “Ding Dong,” or “Wonder Bread” is. It is a major and depressing loss within the confectionery industry for Hostess snack cake fans every where.  Apparently the Twinkie specialists decided to close shop after labor disputes led to an unavoidable bankruptcy. Not to say that I actually enjoyed eating any of these snacks after the age of 12, but I feel as though part of my childhood has died. Perhaps this was the catastrophic event that the Mayans predicted to occur at the end of this year…

As for all you Twi-hards out there, the final installment of the Twilight movies premiered Thursday night to complete the era of vampire seeking teenagers.  Whether you were Team Jacob or Team Edward, the sparkling vampire and baby-loving werewolf have ended their reign as fantasy boyfriends for middle aged women every where. Christian Grey, you’re next! I was unfortunately dragged to the movies with my mom and watched the melodramatic montages project on the silver screen for two hours. Needless to say, this final movie was just as exaggerated as the past four films.

In the midst of these hard time, we can look to the future to find inspiration and happiness. Christmas is 37 days away, so that’s what I’m looking forward to. I am also excited to see how this girl handled the final installment of the Twilight saga.

To brighten the mood for those of you in mourning, here is a little Christmas cheer that will hopefully turn your frown into a smile. Enjoy!

Count Your Blessings

13 Nov

I can’t believe how was this year/ semester has flown by. Only three more weeks and I will have finished my LAST full semester in college. Graduation is approaching as well as another festive time of year. I know what you’re thinking, and no this is not another Christmas comment (42 days, guys!) Thanksgiving is next week and to mimic all of the “thankful” Facebook posts that are surfacing, I am going to dedicate this Monday’s Mash-up to all the things I am thankful for.

1) I am thankful that I will be going home in less than a month! Being away from home and family members  definitely adds an unnecessary stress to my life. I am thankful for the family members I have here in Tennessee, but nothing replaces the feeling of being home for the holidays.

2) I am thankful that this semester is almost OVER! This semester hasn’t been my most difficult in college, however, group projects and 17 page papers definitely have a way of making things more stressful than they need to be.

3) I am thankful for my mother who does my laundry when I go home. Though the lacks the maternal ability to cook, she always makes sure to pamper me. She may complain about it, but I know deep down she loves doing it.

4) I am thankful for my father who does know how to cook. While being in Tennessee I constantly get phone calls about the scrumptious dishes my dad cooked that night. I am ready to go home to stuff my face with culinary masterpieces my dad usually calls to brag about.

5) I am thankful for my sister whom I fight with on a daily basis. Everyone around us would swear that we hate each other, however, only we know the bond that screaming at each other strengthens. Almost 1,000 miles apart and we still find meaningless topics to bicker about, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

6) I am thankful for my entire family that consists not only of blood relatives, but also the really not really family members I have acquired over the years. From grandparents to step parents and those who have adopted me as one of their own, I have a great deal of people who I know will love me regardless of the blood lines that may or may not exist.

7) I am thankful for all of my friends that I have stayed in contact with over the years, as well as the newer ones I made along the way. From my high school besties to my advertising peeps, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to surround myself with.

8) I am thankful for my boyfriend who I have been with for almost five years now. We fight and pick at each other, but at the end of the day I couldn’t see myself with a better person. I don’t know why we work, but we do and I wouldn’t change our relationship for the world.

9) I am thankful for my dogs. Dogs are the most loyal and loving creatures that God placed on this Earth and I am grateful for their excitement every time I enter the door.

10) I am thankful for social media that allows me to stay in contact with those who live far away. I am also thankful for the late night creeping that distracts me from my studies.

11) I am thankful for True Blood, Glee, and Christmas television specials. Call it mindless entertainment, but I can’t help the joy I get whenever I can watch either of these shows.

12) I am thankful for food. Not only does it fuel my desire to live; it also just tastes so good. I am not a picky eater and love trying news things. I am grateful for the opportunity to try diverse culinary treats.

13) I am thankful for my job and my internship. I may complain about having to go into work or in the office, but I am lucky to have the easy job that I do… and get paid for it. As for my internship, I get to watch hockey. What’s better than that?

14) I am thankful for all of the opportunities I have been granted in life. I am truly blessed for the college I go to, the program I am in, and the possibilities these two things have granted me.

15) Finally (though there are MANY other things I am grateful for) I am thankful for you. Yes, you who is reading my blog. The fact that you gave up five minutes of your time to read my ramblings makes me extremely grateful. For that, I will reward you with a Christmas song.

Wham! Last Christmas

Post Election Problems

9 Nov

Well, the election is over and we have a new president… or I guess not. Obama is remaining president for another term, staying in the White House for four more years. While this will result in many new changes for our country and economy, what does this mean for social media?

Facebook can now resort back to baby posts and first world problems, Twitter will fill back up with useless facts, and Pinterest can start up with Christmas crafts (YES!) and maintain their hilarious cat pictures.

While my Facebook feed was full of bipartisan feuds between Republicans and Democrats, it has now reverted back to meaningless statuses informing me what was made for dinner. Many memes have surfaced post-election and for this, I am grateful.

While many have gone back to not caring about the election, there are a select few who are either totally ecstatic about Obama continuing his presidency and those who are threatening to move out of the country.   As much as the political rants crowded my news feed and begun to annoy me with the redundancy, I am even more annoyed by the angry words be spouted post election. Whether or not you agree with the president’s policies, we as Americans need to come together. Our country should not divide under the differences between conservatives and liberals. Red or blue, we are governed by the same rules, under the same president, within the same country. Our beliefs should not divide us, rather they should create a unique diversity that provides understanding and compassion for others.

Now that I have gotten my political rant out in the open, I hope all of you reading this can do the same and move forward. You may be happy or depressed by the results of the election, but we can all enter an agreement that Christmas is 54 DAYS AWAY. If that fact doesn’t make you happy, then I don’t know what will.

 

 

 

To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, here is one of my favorite Christmas songs:

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)- Michael Buble

Social Media Endeavors

6 Nov

For those of you who are consistent readers of my blog (thank you) you know that my blogging journey got its start through a class I’m currently taking. Social Media 490 is an advertising and public relations course that requires students to not only update a blog of their own, but to also create a social media campaign for a client. This semester our client is Doritos Crash the Super Bowl, and now you are going to hear about the trials and tribulations of creating a social media plan.

Issue 1: What is Doritos Crash the Super Bowl?

This is an issue that my group and I have encountered quite frequently throughout surveys, interviews, and focus groups. Our target audience is college students ages 18-24, my entire friend base. This is a problem. In order to boost participation from this audience, it would help for them to know what the contest is first.

Issue 2: Yes, this target audience is the prime users of social media, but do you know how hard it is to generate responses from these platforms?

Trying to get someone to “like” your brand is almost as hard as getting NHL owners and players to settle a deal already.
(Seriously guys, this is out of control) So what does this mean for a social media campaign? That’s what we’re trying to figure out.

Issue 3: What can we come up with that Doritos can’t?

If you all haven’t heard, this years contest winner will get the chance to work on the set of Transformers 4 with director, Michael Bay. That is a huge accomplishment that will be hard to top. What grand prize will invoke the target audience to enter? What incentives can be given to encourage submissions? Yet another issue we are trying to settle.

After reading this far, I’m sure some of you are wondering what Crash the Super Bowl is. It is a viral video contest that Doritos sponsors that gives participants a chance to have their commercial aired during the Super Bowl. That’s right, consumer generated content aired during the Super Bowl. No substitutions are added nor changes are made; your creation has a chance to air during the most viewed event in television history. Anyone and everyone over the age of 18 has the ability to submit a video. No previous production or cinematography experience needed. Cool, right?

Calling all readers ages 18-24: Try your hand at directing and submit a commercial to Doritos. (and let me know how it goes) You never know, you could be the next grand prize winner.

Here is a video from last year’s winner, look familiar?

Will Disney turn Star Wars to the Dark Side?

31 Oct

It’s official. Disney has conquered another huge franchise, thus making themselves even more powerful than before. Disney has bought Lucas Films Ltd. (the production company that’s mostly known for producing Star Wars), and fans are turning to the dark side.

Now I’m not one who is enveloped within this huge fan base. I never watched the first installment back in the 70’s with Harrison Ford, however, I did watch the newer films with Natalie Portman (the acting in those movies was terrible). While I have no vested interest within the new franchise, my heart feels for Star Wars fans everywhere. I know what Disney does to movies. Pirates of the Caribbean? Should have stopped at three and now there are rumors of a sixth film. (I love Johnny Depp, but come on!) Don’t even get me started on the original animated films’ sequels: Lion King 2, The Little Mermaid 2, Aladdin 3… the saga continues. 

So will Disney do the same to Star Wars? Will they take another franchise too far to a point of no return? I personally love what they have done for Marvel (have you seen the Iron Man 3 trailer??), but Disney can get a tad over-zealous. Seriously, have you seen Bambi 2? For the sake of comic cons, I hope Disney doesn’t ruin this for every fan out there living in their mother’s basement watching The Empire Strikes Back on replay.  Let’s hope that Miley Cyrus can stay out of this, too.

We will find out the verdict to this potential massacre in 2015 when Star Wars 7 is set to be released. Until then, pray to Han Solo that Demi Lovato (or any other Disney child star) doesn’t get cast.

Heavy Winds and Rain with a Slight Chance of Rapture

30 Oct

As many of you know, I am from Massachusetts and somehow ended up in the state of Tennessee.  While currently attending the University of Tennessee Knoxville, the majority of my family is in Massachusetts. Why is this random tidbit important? Because my Facebook is blown up with posts about Hurricane Sandy, so you all are going to get a weather forecast on what is happening in the Northeast.

I am sure it comes of no surprise to any of you how out of control news updates can become when an event such as a super-storm wreaks havoc on part of the country. Similar to the outrageous claims currently being made about the election, Hurricane Sandy comes with just as much baggage.

Not to discredit any major damage that this storm has caused, but from whenever a catastrophic weather becomes headline news people go too far when explaining the causes for such disasters. From what I have seen throughout my social platforms, people have gone so far as to pin this on God as well as the government. Personally, I blame Jersey Shore and the NHL Lockout. Head to your bomb shelters and stock up with preservatives because Sandy is here and she’s heard of our sins.

SPOILER ALERT: The following sentence contains a Mean Girls quote. (Although, if you don’t recognize this quote you are probably living under a rock with no means to read this blog anyhow.)

On the third day, God created the Remington bolt-action rifle, so that Man could fight the dinosaurs. And the homosexuals. According to this source, Sandy has the same motives.

Currently the forecast calls for heavy winds and rain, with a slight chance of rapture. As for me, I’m hoping for this huge snow storm that’s apparently headed towards Tennessee (like that’s gonna happen). For those of you braving the storm and power outages, know that Facebook and Twitter can wait. The world will get to see your post-apocalyptic hurricane posts another day.

On a serious note, keep those in mind who are enduring the worst of the storm. I know that if my sister stops posting political statuses on Facebook I will start praying, because at that point Sandy must have reached her worst.

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