Category Archives: Entertainment

Picnics on the Lake

I’m usually not really a sucker for romance, but these picnic baskets by Picnic at Ascot make me want to grab a bottle of wine and a hot guy and spend some time on Lake Michigan! the sale going on at features a number of options, including sets for 2 or 4 people, along with detachable wine and blanket compartments. Check out some of the cool styles featured below and hurry over to if you want to purchase one for your honey or for your family at a cool discounted price! (The sale ends Tuesday night and prices for sets shown below range from $25 to $79)

Picnic at Ascot Aegean Picnic Cooler Set for 4 Picnic at Ascot Picnic Backpack Set for 2 Picnic at Ascot Collaspable Cooler Picnic at Ascot Vienna Coffee Tote Set for 2 Picnic at Ascot Santa Cruz Picnic Cooler Set for 2 Picnic at Ascot Picnic Pack Set for 4 with Blanket

Happy Picnic-ing!!!!


I have nothing against Lady Gaga….

But her stylist and the designer of this outfit just moved to the top of my fashion HIT LIST…. Creativity went a little too far on this one. LOL

Please Vote Today (MONDAY)

Hey folks, there is a contest going on in the Chicago RedEye newspaper today only. “Bobby” has a song that is up against another one. For those of you who like hip-hop music that you can dance to, please check out “Never Love You” and cast your vote TODAY! Click here to vote:

If you listen to the song, please feel free to come back and let me know your thoughts! I will be sure to post a follow up tomorrow with the results. Lets help Young General get those votes in!


Have you ever been stuck at a light…

… and the car in the gas station next to you is about to explode, RIGHT NEXT TO A GAS PUMP???? The cops were laughing at me crouched down in the drivers seat with my hands by my face the whole time. My car must have pulled off and went 0 to 60 in about 1.3 seconds. Whew!!! Close call!!

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Girls Trip to Orlando

Anyone who has followed this blog knows I absolutely LOVE my girlfriends and even more I LOVE to travel with them!!! Last month 9 of my lovely line sisters and soror-friends decided to terrorize the city of Orlando like no other girls can do! We got an awesome deal from Thursday-Sunday at the Mystic Dunes Resort in Kissimmee/Celebration, FL area. For the 9 of us, we rented the Three Bedroom Lockoff with gave us a 3-bed, 3-bath, 2-kitchen space with lots of room and a great balcony. The rates were VERY affordable and when split among the group we spent nearly half of the cost we paid for admission to Universal Studios! We also rented 2 cars for the weekend which was a great idea that provided for plenty of flexibility for the group. (Although in this pic below I was sitting on the floor of the backseat because an extra person jumped in the “mall” car at the last minute and there wasn’t enough space for 6 in a Ford Focus! Long – and funny – story short, it was NOT a comfortable ride!!!)

While some of the girls ventured to Cocoa Beach (it was still a bit too chilly for me) the second car spent the WHOLE day at the outlet malls! I am OBSESSED with Orlando’s Premium and Prime outlet malls and found so many great items and great deals. I brought Rob back a couple of shirts from the Thomas PINK outlet store (priced at $59 each, versus the normal $180+) and grabbed myself a new pair of black and white Pumas to replace the ones I’ve had for about 5 years by now. I saw many other great deals and was a little upset that I didn’t snatch up the gray Chelsea skinny jeans at the Joe’s Jeans outlet store or the blue fitted blazer at Off Fifth.

All in all, we had a great time!!! There is nothing like getting away to celebrate with good friends. Check out some of our fun times:

Fresh off the plane and in an alley somewhere trying to find trouble…
It was 2AM and we were looking for something to get into
The guys at Panchero’s moved the tables so we could have a dance competition
The BEST pop in the world – The Coke in the bottle from Mexico made with SUGAR and not that high fructose stuff
Trying out the pedicab at Universal Studios
Peer Pressure – Emily trying to convince Candice to ride one of the rides
Head to head Dance Dance Revolution competition!
Posing for the camera right before Kiana KILLED me at Guitar Hero in the arcade… it was my first time playing but it was fun!
I went to the doghouse looking for Bobby but he wasn’t there so I was sad…
Cap’n Joe from Big Toho Airboat Tours – our tour guide on the alligator swamp ride. He stopped in the middle of the swamp to collect payment and he had a credit card machine in his pocket… just in case. LOL
Gator coming towards us and the front row huddling and screaming!
The family gator, we all got to take pics with him… he was pretty nice!
The trip ended with a FUN and FILLING dinner at Benihana followed by what else???? A SLEEPOVER!!! LOL!!! 
What a weekend!!!!! I can’t leave you without an item of the day, so here it is….. After a year of speculation it has been announced that the disgustingly crazy “sandwich” offered by KFC, which replaces the typical two pieces of bread with two chicken patties and keeps the rest of the goodies in the middle, will be released this month. You do have the option of grilled or fried, because we all know, two grilled patties is way better… right? This just grosses me out!! Is anyone planning to try it??? The KFC website Nutrition Guide lists the health content near the bottom of page 1 which is summed up as: 
Original Recipe Double Down – 540 calories, 32g of fat,1380mg of sodium
Grilled Double Down – 460 calories, 23g of fat,1430mg of sodium.

Can there ever be too much bling??

While I have a very strong tomboy side, my inner girly-girly screams out for attention quite often. I came across a post on GeekSugar that talked about blinged out TVs. Yes, flat panel TVs that are covered in crystals, diamonds or whatever else you can find that sparkles. From the Stuart Hughes signature collection of PrestigeHD. Sadly enough… I want one!

Here are pics of two of the TVS… 

55” TV sets…The Rose edition is the pricier one with the base and outer frame crafted in 28 kilograms of solid 18ct rose gold, and adorned with 72 brilliant round cut 1ct flawless diamonds on the frame, with the remaining area set with Sunstone and Amethyst. The inner screen layer is made up from alligator skin, all hand sewn. The ornate make comes with a matching price tag $2.26 million” –

“… base and outer frame done in 22ct gold and encrusted with 48 diamonds with the remaining area set with Aventurine and Topazthe inner screen layer is made up from alligator skin, the price tag reads $ 1.51 million” –

AWESOME, right????? LOL!!!!

Since those are WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY out of my price range, I’m gonna post an item of the day with the same theme but that I may be able to treat myself to one day (ok, maybe not, but its cheaper than the TVs and absolutely gorgeous!)

That’s the Elsa Peretti Diamond Heart Pendant from Tiffany. How lovely!!!

Corporate Holiday Party Dress

So I promised my friend over at The Working Wardrobe that I would post a pic of my final decision for the semi-formal/business-attire company holiday party that was held last month! I was so “rush-rush” after a couple of weeks of finding nothing that truly inspired me. At 1PM the day of the event I tried on a beautiful dress and made my final decision!! I had some photos take for my birthday and wore the dress in a few shots. Check it out!

Dress: Trina Turk (on sale at Macy’s for 60% off!)
Shoes: Mui Mui (bronze leather with rhinestone heels, a Christmas gift from 2006)
Makeup: Me – Dior Addict high Shine in Chestnut Chic
Nails: OPI – Meet me on the Star Ferry (the new Hong Kong collection)
**The pics are still raw so just ignore the barely-there Spanx line to all of you over-critiquers… LOL

Hot new magazine – Swaggr

Its late and I’m tired… but I wanted to make sure I gave you all a heads up on a magazine I came across in an email link. I was just about to hit “delete” then paused and decided to check out the magazine, in case I saw some interesting clothes for future blog posts. Imagine my surprise when music began to play and the on-screen magazine pages came to life with interactive advertisements and awesome photographic images. I immediately sent the link to a few friends, all of whom has proclaimed this to be one of their new favorite magazines!

Check out for the online issues, which take magazine reading to a level I’ve never seen! The articles cover hip-hop artists, new products and technology tools, industry related fashions and accessories, and plenty of other cool topics.

Check it out and I hope you enjoy it!
**watch the volume if you’re at work, the music plays when the page opens.

FREE Birthday Food

I am ALL ABOUT free food! And your birthday is the best time for it. Last year I was in the middle of a no-spending challenge so the free certificates really came in handy. This year, they are just as great! When the emails come in I print them out and put them in my purse. So when I am driving around and pass one of the places I just stop and eat!

Earlier this week I enjoyed a delicious (FREE) meal from Noodles & Co, where the waiter made the great suggestion of the Pasta Cavatappi dish with a bowl of Tomato Basil Bisque soup. Very tasty!

Today I ventured out solo to use my Benihana coupon which entitled me to 1 free entree. I normally do the hibachi style chicken and shrimp combo and figured that would be a great lunch on a cold day. Since it was lunch the price was reduced to around $11 or so. When I placed my order the waiter said “That is cheap for lunch time. You get up to $30 for a free entree. Why don’t you get something bigger??” I said , “Ok, maybe lobster? I dunno… you have any suggestions?” he immediately suggested the $35 Benihana Ocean Treasure which includes hibachi style lobster tail, mussels, scallops and jumbo shrimp. As a seafood lover, I was sold from the jump….

And it was AMAZING!!!!!!!! I snapped a pic on the grill. Can’t beat that!

Up next: I still have Braxton Seafood, Maggiano’s, Brio Tuscan Grill, Cold Stone Creamery, FlatTop Grill, Applebee’s and a couple of others!

The item of the day just earned me the official title of Girlfriend of the Year!! As a gadget geek, I am pretty sure Bobby loves not having to ever research anything electronic, because he knows I already have and can run down the list of features, how it works and why I/we need it. Bobby has a huge TV and last year I won a BOSE stereo system, which I donated to his entertainment center and hooked up to a receiver a friend of his gave him which gave an almost ultimate experience. The downside, was that Bobby loves his music. So in order to play the music from his macbook through the speakers, he had to hook the macbook to the receiver and essentially leave it there, since the cables weren’t long enough to keep the laptop on the couch. He had to get up and hunch over the mac to change songs/albums and after weeks of watching this I decided to make his life easier for Christmas….

So I bought him an Apple TV.

FINALLY (over a month after Christmas) he opened the package and hooked it up to the TV today. You would think he won the lottery as he so excitedly called me to run through all the features (which I of course already knew, LOL) and the simple setup (which was a huge selling point for me). So what does all of this mean, in a nutshell??

– he can use wi-fi to connect to the sound system and doesn’t have to hunch over by the receiver. Now he can control it from the couch.
– beyond the couch, he can actually control the music wirelessly from any room in the house.
– he can rent movies in HD without us having to get calls from Blockbuster asking for the movies we rented weeks ago.
– he can watch the videos from his and his friends YouTube channels on the big screen. In HD.
– I can rest until next December knowing I accomplish my goal and my title still stands! 🙂

The proper way to make amends

Today had a conversation with a friend (we’ll call this person Boston), with whom my relationship is a little strained due my “lack of personal interest” (in an effort to be politically correct) in another person (Jersey) with whom Boston is related to and they are an extremely important part of Boston’s life. The conversation was apparently one that needed to happen, as a number of things have occurred, both in and out of Boston’s presence, that have let to this current state between the other parties. Boston’s wish is that we could all be good friends, both together and as individual pairs. While I (I’ll refer to myself as Chicago) don’t think that’s impossible, I think its hard to move on without addresses fundamental issues that have led to the present time, and are likely to reoccur, as the issues seem more personality driven, than situational.

SO… in mathematical terms:

Chicago + Boston= GOOD
Boston + Jersey = GOOD
Chicago + Jersey = NOT GOOD

That being said, there was a recent “attempt”, on Jersey’s behalf, to “squash” the past and move forward with Chicago (me). The comment was made in 2 parts: Part 1 – address the emotions that resulted from the most recent incident, and Part 2 – express a desire to attempt to be more friendly. Sounds great, right? I mean how can you not appreciate someone who steps up to the plate… right?

WRONG. And I’ll tell you how.

The message, so nice in its intent, was actually read over the phone by Boston who claimed to be simply relaying the message from Jersey, because Jersey felt that Chicago would not want to hear from them. So instead of trying to call Chicago, or (e)mailing the note, or even a “can you call me text”, Jersey took the childish way out by saying “I’ll have my assistant do it for me”. And the acting personal assistant, Boston, did it, all the while defending the fact that Jersey had attempted to reconcile and yet Chicago is not cooperating… confused yet?

Either way, I thought long and hard about the situation and still stand by my belief. An apology, reconciliation, discussion to get past an issues, etc should ALWAYS be done by direct contact. To make matter worse, Jersey has a bad habit of contacting Chicago regarding issues that Jersey is not even involved in, often times giving unwanted opinions and voicing unrequested comments… but the one time that there was something worth saying, instead of going straight to the person, they went through a liaison, using the excuse that they didn’t know if their attempt would be welcomed.

This leads me to today’s lesson… while Jersey was not necessarily attempting to apologize, you could look at the rules of communication the same way for a reconciliation.  I found an interesting article called “How to Apologize Like A Man” and took a few pointers to share. I am tempted to print it and mail it to the person, but I think that would be done with the wrong intentions, despite being helpful. This section of the article really caught my attention in terms of Jersey and the past problems we’ve had, along with the way the message was given through a third-party, versus person to person, even if it does mean calling a few times, sending a voicemail or even risking getting hung up on….

Why We Don’t Apologize

Pride. Apologizing can be particularly hard for men because it involves the admittance of fault. It’s hard to say that we messed up. That we were wrong. Our pride gets in the way.
Embarrassment. If we messed up royally, doing something truly boneheaded even though we knew better, it can be difficult to talk about it to the person we hurt or let down. We feel stupid and would rather pretend like it didn’t happen.
Anger. Things that need apologizing for are rarely a one way street (more on this later). We probably did something wrong, but the other person probably did too. And sometimes our anger over how they offended us is so great that we justify what we did and can’t get past it to apologize.
The antidote to all 3 obstacles? Humility. The reason we put up these walls is that we have an overinflated view of our true selves. We’re always right; we always have it together. But it ain’t true. We’re human. We mess up sometimes. You have to accept your imperfection as a part of life. Suppressing it will cut you off from others. Embracing it will allow you to grow as a man.

Pride. Embarrassment. Anger. <- All powerful worlds. For your Item of the Day I give you the message of Humility and some advice… handle your business like an adult. If you can start it, you can finish it, repair it, redirect it, or whatever else needs to be done. Just make sure you handle it. that’s all. Back to your regular schedule programming….

oh, yeah, and ALL COMMENTS/SUGGESTIONS are welcome 🙂