The 21st-century 20-something

Monday, August 27, 2012

Rules to avoid roommate tensions

I haven't lived with roommates for about two years, unless you count my mother, but I know what it's like when you have issues with the people you live with that you're not sure how to resolve.

Several of my friends are currently in roommate situations where the degree of familiarity varies but many of the same issues arise. After a lengthy discussion with a good friend of mine about her recent roommate woes, I was inspired to write a blog post about it.

So here's some suggestions I have to make your living situation as amicable as possible.

- Don't eat food that isn't yours. It can be hard sometimes to distinguish whose is whose in a full refrigerator, but if you know something isn't yours, don't touch it unless you ask. When I had roommates, this worked very well for us. If it was something like using someone else's butter or an egg, we knew the answer would be yes, but STILL ASKED. There's a huge difference between communal things like that and eating my last Lean Cuisine Chicken Club Panini when I'm not home. Totally unacceptable. And never, EVER, eat your roommate's leftovers. Not only is that gross, but they kept the leftovers for a reason -- and it wasn't so you could eat them.
I suggest: Having a firm discussion about the rules concerning food and clarify that you would like your roommate not to touch your food or ask beforehand if they need to use something. Label food items if necessary.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Who wants free tickets to the NYS Fair?

I have not been to the New York State Fair since I was 8 years old.

Sad, but true.

But reading about the events and attractions this year I'm happy to say I will be attending! Hopefully, a few times.

The fair is a hidden gem here in Central New York where you can take your kids to have fun in the Adventure Zone and on all of the rides, visit a variety of food and arts vendors, and be entertained by some of the world's best-selling artists performing at the grandstand or for free at Chevy Court! I mean where else could you go see Neon Trees or Mike Posner for free? Not many places.

They also have special fair days to honor the variety of residents that attend including women, veterans, Native Americans and seniors. I guess if you're a Native American female veteran over 60, your set for five days of fun!

I'm personally super excited for all the music -- from the concerts to the talent showcase. I'm sure I'll get on a few rides and eat A LOT of food. I am probably most excited to visit the 'Uncork New York Wine Village,' but who over 21 isn't?

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Watch out...Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

As some of you may know, a few years ago a I had a blog called "Reality Check" where I wrote about reality television shows and the people featured on them.

I'm not ashamed to say I enjoy reality TV, but I do acknowledge the exploitative nature of this genre of entertainment. I don't necessarily support glamorizing teen pregnancy in "Teen Mom" and awarding bad-tempered women in their early-20s by letting them live in a mansion on "The Bad Girls Club," but the entertainment factors are undeniable.

I have, however, always respected TLC for having somewhat more relatable and interesting reality television that doesn't exclusively feature bar fights and 'hooking up.' Most people can enjoy "Say Yes to the Dress" and "Cake Boss" without guilt. While it does feature some low-key drama, as all reality shows do, they provide mostly light, fun entertainment.

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I will say they've made some questionable choices with "Toddlers and Tiaras" and "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding" where they feature a group that is sure to face some judgment and criticism, but nothing like their newest sure-to-be-hit that premiered last night -- "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."

A few months ago they aired an episode of "Toddlers and Tiaras" featuring a 6-year-old named Alana. Show producers will probably say this girl and her family, all from Southern Georgia, where put on the show to exemplify 'the spectrum' of children that participate in pageants. But let's just call a spade a spade -- they were put on the show as a source of ridicule.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Leave Mumford & Sons alone!

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No, I'm not going to make a hysteric YouTube video in their defense, but I will address those drinking excessive amounts of haterade today.

As you know, I've been obsessed with Mumford & Sons lately, and was beyond excited for them to release their new single "I Will Wait" this morning.

Not surprisingly, they were a trending topic on Twitter where you can read all sorts of comments from the hipster enthusiasts to the down right haters.

Most loyal fans were enthralled with the new single after waiting an excruciating three years for a new album. Others were less impressed. Some say this sounds like every other one of their songs.

If by that you mean it sounds effin' fantastic, then you're right.

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