Don’t like Valentine’s Day? The good news: at least it’s also Friday. I’ve written blogs in the past where I ranted about how silly Valentine’s Day is or, even more dramatically, how I don’t believe in romantic love. I know, which Bridget Jones movie was this in? If not there needs to be one! Now, for the second year in a row, I have an adorable valentine who, after three weeks of separation, I’m flying to see for a quick weekend. Long distance is tough, but we are very much in love. Alright, enough of the gushy stuff, I have to share one of the funniest valentine’s gifts I’ve seen. A friend of mine bought these cuff links for her on again/off again love interest. Yes, that’s Biggie & Tupac.
And appropriately they are called:
They aren’t on as of two days ago when the came in the mail. The good news, I think they will work for any holiday.
Also, one of my girlfriend’s has some temporary work in Memphis and has been staying with me for a little while. She’s there when I’m not, and says she watches my birds, Lenny and Leona, all day. I knew they were very close, but she says they are so in love it’s almost annoying. Apparently, all the couple does is sit, smooch and put food in the other’s mouth. Well, actually my friend says the male feeds the female all day. Jumps off his perch to get food from the bottom of the cage, and hops back up to sweetly deliver it right in her mouth. Hey, I like being fed, too.
Then, after she and I talked about my birds, I saw these love birds on display at the MET. This is from 1889.
And I have to thank my mom for sending me a very thoughtful gift full of sweet little trinkets from cookies, bar-tending tools, since we love our martinis, and candy. She’s my original valentine.
However you spend your day, I hope you do something you love and remember to count your blessings. That’s my goal for the day. All my love,
This is a song I think probably 99% of the population can’t help but love, at least sing along with when it’s on the radio.
Despite its unlikely role in a newsroom, our morning crew has been singing it non-stop since Thursday morning when one of our photographers let the cat out of the bag. We aren’t sure if it’s always his ring tone or just for a special caller, but when his phone rang in the middle of the newsroom, we were loudly serenaded by George Michaels, Never Gonna Dance Again. He couldn’t hit silent fast enough.
This “Fantastic Music Friday” is for you, our unnamed photographer. You brought us a lot of fun these last two days. We sang at our desks and during commercial breaks. Keep taking those calls, buddy.
iPhone and iPad apps
The latest and greatest apps usually come to iOS first and here are some.
- NBC Sports Live Extra: The official app is focused on providing video coverage of the event. You can use it for streaming live events, setting reminders for your favorite sport, and replaying events you missed. It is ad-sponsored so you will see some at the bottom.
- NBC Olympics Highlights and Results: This is the kind of application I will likely use more than streaming video where you can easily view your favorite sports and check out the results, latest news, videos, medal counts and more. It also serves as a second screen experience when you are viewing nightly NBC coverage.
- Sochi 2014 Results: This app is purely for those who want the stats and to see competition results, medal counts, and athlete profiles. You can also setup your own coverage schedule.
- Sochi 2014 Guide: This application is designed to aid those who might actually be at the Winter Games or who want to find out a bit more about the venues.
- 2014 Team USA Road to Sochi: This app covers Team USA and gives you information on how the athletes made it to Sochi, including Olympic and Paralympic competitors.
Info from a www.zdnet.com article written by Matthew Miller
I always enjoy going out on stories, but this one was really cool.
Can you imagine getting the chance to pick out the foods your school cafeteria would serve?
Shelby County School kids got that chance. I walked in and was instantly a kid again. It was like a giant buffet, and it all looked amazing.
There was pizza, chicken sandwich patties, chicken nuggets, you know, all the items you’d expect in the lunch line, but with a healthy twist. Most everything was whole grain and reduced fat. With at least 50 vendors representing food distributors from across the country, the gymnasium was packed with kids, teachers and FOOD. As a food lover it was great to see the kids so thrilled over fruit cocktail without syrup. They let me try it, and it was wonderful. What a smart way to get kids excited to eat healthy food. A+ idea!
To see more of the event click on the link below!
This weather has been insane. I really don’t mind changing in and out of spring/winter clothes, but my head can barely handle it. Today was one of those days. It was almost confusing how nice it felt. Add in the sun and I forgot where I was. Drove to Oxford to visit with two college friends. One has a one year old daughter who I finally got to hug!!! The other friend is expecting her first baby late spring; Clearly there was a lot to talk about. I’m just thrilled for both of them. Baby Audrey was a doll. The picture at the top was taken in Square Books Jr. My first time in there. So many books and toys! A child’s dream.
I had this strange memory follow me all day. I was a Sophomore at Ole Miss. It was the kind of winter day just like we experienced today : warm, sunny, breezy. I got on my bike and peddled to the Oxford library and spent hours sitting by the window reading books about container gardening. I remember how good it felt looking forward to the days of all the colorful flowers and spending hours outside. Today I drove most of the way home with my windows down. Spring is coming; I can feel it…just in two months and with several cold weather days ahead of us! Days like these offer hope, though.
Along with the nice visit and quality Oxford square walking I found some neat books to keep me busy this week. Never talked about it on my blog before, but I most easily fall asleep to non-fiction. Specifically that of the Russian Revolution, Stalin, the gulags and Hitler. Oddly enough, I don’t really have nightmares. I truly can’t get enough of it. My best bet for sleep aid is listening to an audio book because I can keep my eyes closed. Alright, I’ll wrap this up before I reveal my true obsession with sleep. Who wouldn’t be obsessed on this AM schedule.
If it’s been a while since you’ve listened to Anita Baker, go ahead and turn her up, close your eyes and feel the smooth soul.
This is in honor of my mother. She drove back to South Mississippi yesterday and I didn’t want to see her go. I tried everything to convince her to stay another day. I even went this low, “Mom, you can see we need you.” The “we” being me along with cat and birds. She said I know and meant it, but still went home. Don’t be sad for me. She’d been here a week and a half! Lots of fun. I’ll just have to keep Anita as company. Mom introduced her to me as a tween. I was the only 13 year old with Anita playing through my earphones.
This past Monday it seemed all of Memphis was abuzz with excitement over the Justin Timberlake concert. Whatever. I get it. Am I am a fan? No. It’s just not my kind of music. I didn’t like the backstreet boys either ( was that his boy-band?) Still, do I appreciate all the positive attention he brings Memphis? YES! Anyhow, I digress.
So, while everyone I know was putting on a bow tie I was thrilled and looking forward to seeing MGMT this saturday at the Orpheum. It’s my turn!! I’m even taking mom with me, who happens to have been in town with me all week. I doubt she stays interested in the show long, but it will no doubt be a fun evening downtown. This is hardly the fist time I’ve dragged her along to music shows.
I admit I drifted away from MGMT for the last two records. Still, Oracular Spectacular instantly takes me back to 2008. I was a young professional just starting my news career. I felt absurd and incompetent. What a time of high emotion and excitement. MGMT has released two other records since, and I’m sure after tomorrow I’ll look into them, but for now I’m eager to feel like it’s 2008 again. If you’ve never much listened to them, I’ve attached links below. They are good. Extremely impressive. Plus, member Andrew VanWyngarden is from Memphis. His dad is the editor of the Memphis Flier, what a cool dad. I don’t think this Memphis native Musician gets enough cred for being appreciated worldwide.
Now, I asked my mother what she’d like me to include in Fantastic Music Friday since she’s here with me and happens to be a huge music person. She chose Captain of the Heart by the Swiss group Double ( Kurt Maloo), and I have to agree it’s excellent. I’ve always loved this one. If you don’t instantly know how the song goes just click on the link. You’ll remember it. The instruments, keys and melody will make you melt in the only way songs from the 80’s can. This one came out in ’86. What a nice year that was. Mom thinks he’s cute; I do too.
Mom and I didn’t get to celebrate her 60th birthday together last year, so this was a big birthday for us to mark. Two in one day!
She has been in Memphis for the week and we have gone nonstop from junk shopping, TJ Maxx trips and Downton Abbey marathon viewings. I love having her here with me. Most special person to me.
I took her to dinner at Restaurant Iris in Midtown. It’s in a charming old house. Nothing like an early 5 pm dinner. She’s a good sport with my crazy schedule.
Her bday bread pudding was perfect. Caramel and seasoned pecans.
Side note – I finally got to wear this fall inspired dress I bought last spring in New Orleans. It has fall colors, acorns and this amazing open back with a tie.
Plenty of fun left for the week. Oh and here’s mom’s pretty new birthday monogrammed canvas bag / U.S. made, by the way, my new obsession!
It’s the most stressful time of the year for news people. I can be sorta high strung if not careful, so I’ve come up with visual ways to help myself chill out. Cat pics. The cuter or funnier the better. Doesn’t this one say “girlfriend, you think you have problems?”
They just drop my blood pressure faster than any statin ever could. Andrew, my co-anchor, texts them to me on particularly tough days!! Talk about teamwork. #keepitmoving5 (our morning news Hashtag that, for now, we use more than anyone else)
It’s right there with pumpkins and warm scented candles. Fleetwood Mac just screams leaves falling and cozy places plus maybe a little love in the air. ( hum, my fall association is interesting considering they are pure California)
In the last week and a half, Memphis has just exploded with color. Later today I’m visiting my boyfriend’s Georgia hometown to see how it turns in the fall!!
What’s your favorite Fleetwood song? I think right now mine is Sara.
Matt and I saw them last spring in Little Rock. What a “dream”
This morning meteorologist Ron Childers was awe struck at my on air declaration that skulls are in. It was one of those bizarre chat moments where we were talking about Kanye West’s new tour merchandise that features confederate flags and skulls. Very strange. Still you see skulls all over blogs and Pinterest or nice boutiques. Here is proof for Ron. I especially love the sweatshirt.
I love a lady who makes good / soulful music. Sharon Van Etten played the hi-tone last November. I was there to see someone else, but was just blown away. A mix of beautiful vocals, hard dark guitars, and songs that move in an original direction have made her a favorite. She’s the real deal. Also spent some time studying music at MTSU. TN connection for you and she happens to be beautiful. Enjoy. I love the album – Tramp – so much. The two YouTube links are for my two favorites :: Warsaw & Serpents.