The beautiful thing about a personal blog is that it is always there. This blog has always been here, even when I haven’t been. There are times when I open up and just start writing … and then something happens and all of the writing just stays stuck in my head.
I sometimes wonder if it’s the perfectionist in me, wanting to work through my thoughts and feeling before revealing them. Which is silly really because the best blogs are the ones where you can follow real people through the real progression of life, thoughts, and events. It’s hard for me-I can’t just toss it on the page and press publish. So, when I’m quiet it’s usually because there’s a sh*t storm going on in my head. Maybe I’m not such an extrovert after all.
Most people online know me first as Bantering Blonde and second as Fiona. I don’t mind this because it’s exactly who I am. We are one, me and BB, so the people IRL really don’t get anything different from me than those who know me through social media. I never chose anonymity and I was never shy about putting myself out there so every time I press publish I know that everyone I know, including my parents and people I work with, will probably read it at some point. There are a million reasons you don’t want the world in your business. My mom will worry, my neighbor will think I’m insane, my kids’ teachers will suddenly have insight into their little quirks, and my boss… well, my boss already knows I’m crazy and I’m pretty sure that’s why she likes me. I want to write about stuff and then move on but when you put it on paper it’s permanent. It’s almost like you should put everything on delay, or publish the resolution prior to the garbage so that people know you’re not a complete basket case.
THIS, is why people journal. But it isn’t the same. I’ve tried journaling but isn’t even remotely the same-there’s something about the community of bloggers I’ve built that makes blogging special and more rewarding. Blogging is interactive. When someone can reach out and say, “I know exactly how you feel”, or “I went through something similar” it validates what you are going through and when you think you might actually be ready for the men in white coats, your online community will tell you if it’s time or not. It’s not for everyone, and obviously we all blog differently but I’m so grateful for the community I’ve built because they’ve been there when I needed them most.
So, yes – there have been a few things going on here and I’m beginning to formulate how BB can use her blog and begin to get some of the crap rolling around in her head out on to the page…..
Do you have a hard time blogging personal when it’s more than just average day to day stuff?
Have you ever had an experience that you know, without a doubt, will be something you and your family will remember for the rest of their lives? Something so unbelievably cool that the sounds and smells resonate in your body for days afterward?
I have and so has my family. Monday night football will never be the same for us. This Monday my son, Henry, was the Red Robin Kickoff Kid for the Broncos season opener against the Raiders. Forget that we lost the game. Forget that the screw-ups and penalties were numerous. Henry and I were the only non-staff members on the field, running back and forth with our “body guard” to be close to the action. A member of the Broncos staff was assigned to be Henry’s coach/assistant and his job literally was to make sure Henry was safe and to pull him out of the way if the ball or gigantic players were in danger of taking him out. I did not have a bodyguard, I had to fend for myself and I was ok with that! This was the best game ever!
Henry’s job for the entire game was to retrieve the tee any time the Broncos had a kickoff. There are some big boys on that field but they are as graceful and disciplined as can be. I created this video because there are no words to describe how incredible it was to be right in the middle of it all.
How on earth was this possible?
You can enter your child (ages 6-12) for a chance to be a Red Robin Kickoff Kid at a Broncos home game. There will be 6 prize packs given away to Colorado residents! If chosen, your child will get to retrieve the tee after each Broncos kickoff and enjoy the game from the sideline. In addition, you’ll receive:
- Two sideline passes with access to the field 1 hour prior to game time.
- Two Broncos jerseys
- Two stadium seats
- One year Broncos Bunch Kids Club membership
Over the past few years, my involvement with social media has brought some incredible opportunities for myself as well as for my family. One of the best brand relationships I’ve had to date has been with Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. When they asked me to be a judge for the Kids Cookoff last spring, I was instantly impressed by how much they believed in their brand, but more importantly how much they truly cared about kids. This is a company I feel good about and I’m proud to have been able to participate in another opportunity with them. Thanks Red Robin!
*This post was sponsored by Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. My family and I were given the above mentioned prize pack for purposes of promotion. All thoughts and opinions are mine based on my experience.
Weiner. Weiner. Weiner.
I don’t know about you but I’m not shocked by anything anyone does anymore. I have to hope there are some faithful men out there (and the one snoring next to me better be included), but even the faithful ones are horny. All men are horny and juvenile when it comes to sex and boobies and Weiners. Not all of them are stupid enough to take a picture of their snausage, tweet it to the world, and then lie about it but let’s be real here, it could have happened to anyone.
How many times have you DM’d something to your TBFF (Twitter BFF), only to realize that, in fact, the announcement of your most recent yeast infection somehow slipped out to all of your 5,108 followers!! Ah, delete, delete, delete. Uh, ya…. not quite the same thing as taking a picture and trust me, no gal I know would ever take a picture of her yeast infection, so you’re safe.
Friends. Men. Women (women get horny too, I’m sure). There are no “take backs” with Twitter. In fact, there are no “take backs” with pretty much any digital footprint-or Weiner. So, take your horny hormones and lock yourself in a private bug/video-free room ’cause I’m tired of Nancy Pelosi launching ethics investigations on yer asses. If you’d all just keep your horny hormones private maybe the yokels in Washington might actually get a chance to do something of value.
Can we all just agree that there are no ethics, that horny politicians are stupid, and that illicit affairs, phone sex or whatever else that isn’t illegal or harmful to another human being, are all just a perk of the slimy job. Perks for Pervs. Hmm, that bill just might pass.
*Please don’t email or flame me, I don’t actually think Perks for Pervs is a good idea. Well, it might be a good idea but I wouldn’t endorse it.
Since the world is supposed to come to an end tomorrow night at 6pm I thought it would be fun to encourage folks to purge themselves in a confessional of sorts here on BB. I’ll get the ball rolling and reveal 5 of my dirty little secrets….
1. I am a 38 year-old Gleek and not only do I watch Glee regularly, I have dreams at least once a week that I am the girl that turns Blaine straight.
2. I am addicted to Skittles.
3. While I traded my Diet Coke addiction for a Skittle addiction, I still order Diet Coke at restaurants.
4. I got a teeny bit of Botox yesterday for the 11 between my eyes.
5. The training schedule called for a 40 min tempo run this morning, but the world is ending so I decided to sleep in.
Confess, my friends! Tell us all your dirty little secrets!
Do you ever sift through your blog “drafts”? You really should because you never know what gems of fabulous-ness you may find. I was digging through the archives of my own insanity this morning and came across this funny, yet random, bit of drivel that I obviously wrote last year on my way to BlogWorld Expo 2010. I wonder why I never published it? Why didn’t this silly bantering make the cut… or at least warrant editing? And why did I feel an exclamation point was necessary in the title? Hmm, you tell me. Enjoy…..
Here I sit in the most fabtastic airport, DIA, where the girls are pretty and the WiFi is free. I’m headed to Las Vegas for Blogworld Expo 2010 … Vegas Baby! Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, my flight is delayed by a few hours. Like any responsible blonde mommy blogger, I headed to the nearest wall outlet and am now gadget charging and diligently writing….
Sadly, DIA is a Pepsi-sphere and there isn’t a Diet Coke to be seen so I made my usual stop at the news shop for the most important travel necessities-skittles and water. I usually like to grab a magazine like Runner’s World but today I was stopped short as I perused the rack. There, right in front of me, was the most beautiful picture of Rob Lowe! I snatched up the magazine and actually giggled when I realized that it was a copy of Architectural Digest. What? I’m not exactly a regular reader of this particular genre of magazine. I’d love to be someone who could dress a room and match colors but I was not blessed with an ounce of decorator talent.
I’m a total dork when it comes to digging deep for more information on anything that strikes me as curious or interesting. So, of course, I Googled around and found out that this People & Places edition of Architectural Digest, will serve as the last under the direction of the magazine’s editor in chief since 1971, Paige Rense Noland. What a gift she has given her successor by transitioning with Rob Lowe! Out with a BANG!
I’m sure celebrities are not a rarity on the cover of this particular publication, but to choose Rob Lowe as your final cover gift is brilliant! I’m almost 40, I’m aging, my children are old enough to wipe their own bottoms (although, Lord knows when they’ll be coordinated enough to aim accurately and remember to flush) – the timing for this cover is perfect! I picked up the magazine because I wanted to touch Rob Lowe but I’ll actually read it because I’m interested in turning my house into a home. This mag is filled with pictures of home libraries decorated with couches that just scream “Come on in, put your feet up and read a good book.” Of course, it also look like nobody has set foot in any of the rooms. Nobody has dropped a granola bar wrapper on the floor, there’s no science book with yesterday’s math homework crammed into it-propped open by a lone sock ….
It’s OK though, because we’re finally past the stage of family-hood where safety gates grace every doorway and 4-ply bumper pads protect every possible exposed corner of death. I’m free! We’re free! Free to have glass tables and WHITE furniture… well, maybe I’m a little premature with the white….
Head to Architectural Digest to see more photos of Rob’s home and read the article. There’s also a tour of director Oliver Stone’s Manhattan apartment, Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn’s new duplex villa, Yankee pitcher C.C. Sabathia’s New Jersey residence, oil legend T. Boone Pickens’s Texas ranch, hotelier Jason Pomeranc’s renovated midcentury LA home, and more.
How about a wallet app? You got it! Starting today, at any of the 6,800 Starbucks and 1,000 Target stores across the country, you can pay for your caffeine kick with your phone, using the Starbucks Card mobile app.
Let’s all calm down though. Can we truly call this a wallet app?
All the excitement about phones replacing wallets is fun and very buzz-worthy but let’s be clear about how the app works. It is not a direct line of payment from your credit card or bank, you must have a Starbucks card (or get one) and connect it to the app, which then displays a barcode for Timothy the barista to scan for payment. The app isn’t a magic money drip of caffeine happiness but it does replace the need to carry around yet another plastic card. Customers can reload their cards using PayPal or Credit/Debit card, check balances, find nearby stores and earn starts for purchases to trade in for free drinks. That’s pretty cool. Although, the app is only compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Blackberry phones. Sorry Droid-er peeps, you’ll have to use the real stuff-no virtual pay for you.
The app is extremely cool and if I drank coffee or frequented Starbucks I’d be geeking out and buying all of my friends a coffee just because it would be fun. In fact, I have a meeting at Starbucks in about 45 minutes and have downloaded the app and will buy an over-priced tea just to see it in action.
Is this the start of something huge? Is it really all that cool?
Starbucks can afford the scanning technology and since they don’t have to pay credit card fees for using their own debit card it’s likely a very smart investment. If every other large corporate chain follows suit you’ll no longer have a million plastic cards in your wallet, you’ll just have to flip through pages of apps to find the one you need and make sure you load it before you go to pay. MAKE SURE you have it loaded! Have you ever been at the front of the grocery line, watching your groceries scan and suddenly realized that you left your wallet and checkbook at home? The embarrassing feeling as the cashier sights and the people in the line behind you stare suspiciously are NOTHING compared to the riot of cranky customers waiting for their morning jolt and the crushed expression of the barista who has just made your art, I mean drink, as he realizes that the liquid creation of bliss he just created will be cast aside and stamped “WASTE”. So, friends, just be sure you keep your phone loaded with money.
The app is cool but mobile payment is not a new concept. Companies like Paypal and others like them have given it a crack and none of them have become a mainstream method of mobile payment. So, unless someone can make it mainstream and accessible we’ll all be stuck with mobile gift cards. I have about .50 cents on a Starbucks card, $40 on a grocery card, and probably four gift cards from Barnes and Noble with anywhere from $1 to who knows how much on them and I always forget to use them. Will mobile gift cards be any different?
Am I alone? Have you tried the app yet? Tell me what you think!