A MinD in MoTown

Take your dog to work day!
June 23, 2009, 6:59 pm
Filed under: Adventures in "Motherhood", News Girl, Recommended by yours truly

Her inquisitive self will most definitely be at work with me on Friday.

Her inquisitive self will most definitely be at work with me on Friday.

You read that correctly, and this Friday, June 26, is “Take Your Dog To Work Day.” And if you don’t believe me, you can visit the official site before asking the boss if Fido can accompany you.

I, for one, can guarantee my Sophie girl will be with me at the Tribune office at the work-week’s end, and I hope your puppy can tag along, too. And if you’re curious what the top five pet-friendly employers are, check out this article from Petside.com, which is an awesome Web site filled with tons of helpful information about animals – everything from health and wellness to interesting pet news.

Speaking of pet news, I found quite the gem on Petside as I was perusing the site today: “Indoor Pet Loo: The Litter Box for Dogs.” No joke! Apparently this grass-topped box is “perfect” for the late-worker, the apartment-dweller, the older pet owner or just your average lazy individual, although it got some mixed reviews.

The Pet Loo.

The Pet Loo.

Could it be beneficial? Sure. Sophie sometimes doesn’t hold it long enough for me to get my arse home from work and I’m sadly greeted by a special present as I walk through the door. In times like those, the Pet Loo would be ideal! However, I had cats once and their litter box was not fun, not to mention the fact that this square box (of sorts) costs $200!!!! Last time I checked, grass was free and likely didn’t stink up half the house. So I guess, as with everything, the Pet Loo has its perks and its downfalls.

In other related news, the Associated Press released two articles/polls today about pets, “Americans consider pets family” and “Half of pet owners give pets human names,” both of which I found somewhat duh-worthy and yet interesting. Check them out if you have a chance and are craving a heavy dose of doggy articles today.


Do you wanna get Frosty with me?
May 20, 2009, 11:03 am
Filed under: I am a dork, I watch too much TV, Recommended by yours truly

…You HAVE to watch this. It’s a brand-spanking-new commercial from Wendy’s promoting their Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty, and it’s seriously a riot.

Backstreet Boys, anyone?

The marketing strategy surrounding the “Frosty Posse” is not only hilarious, but absolutely brilliant. And for a company that often seemingly relies on advertising their product quality above all else, it’s definitely straying from the norm. However, I think it just might pay off.

Now, am I going to run out immediately and purchase a Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty? Probably not, but hey, I’m not a coffee drinker – and quite possibly the only journalist who isn’t. But I have spent two days searching through YouTube to find this video before doing so this morning, and I’ve likely watched it ten three times already. Obviously there’s some sort of appeal there.

And to add to the hilarity of the “Frosty Posse,” I found the following video on YouTube to accompany the commercial. Apparently it’s a “behind the scenes” look at the making of their “music video.”

Personally, I think this was a great market ploy for Wendy’s and a nice change from their typical advertising, but what do you guys think? Was it a bit ridiculous? A little laughable? An excellent ad campaign? Or did the folks at Wendy’s fall a little short in their attempts? Let me know! 

Silence! I kill you!
March 26, 2009, 2:05 pm
Filed under: Recommended by yours truly

Because I’m an amazing girlfriend*, I bought the boyfriend and I tickets for tonight’s Jeff Dunham show in Winston-Salem (an hour away) as part of his gift for our one year anniversary last month. And my excitement is pretty damn high.

Not only will this be my first major-comedian show, but I’m hoping for a great night with the boyfriend (::insert aww here::) and, optimistically, a very sore stomach from laughing so much.

For those of you who clearly live under a rock unaware of the talented DunHAM (exaggerated on purpose) – a comedic ventriloquist – I leave you with this 10-minute clip of him and my favorite puppet, Achmed the Dead Terrorist.

*I know what you’re all thinking: “But MinD, remember that anger-filled post from January?” Oh, I do, but it was actually my not so subtle way of informing my significant other of a few minor shortfalls and providing all men in the blogosphere with helpful tips about us lovely ladies. Duh.

Order up!
March 5, 2009, 4:33 pm
Filed under: Recommended by yours truly

For the last several days, I’ve been addicted to a Yahoo! online game and I think it’s about damn time I passed it along to you fine folks.


After all, who doesn’t want to pretend to be our 43rd President of the United States, flinging hot dogs for the masses?

Off with her head!

Via the WordPress Dashboard, I discovered a link to Unreasonable Faith quite some time ago, but never made it a blog I regularly read. Then, a few weeks ago, it popped up on again on the dashboard with an article I just had to check out: How to Stump Anti-Abortionists With One Question.

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that my liberal self is very pro-choice, but that “one question” – “If abortion was illegal, what should be done with the women who have illegal abortions?” – made me think quite a bit even though there’s zero possibility of me ever believing on the most minute scale that abortion should be illegal. I’m still fairly uncertain how I’d respond and I read this blog/watched the video within nearly two weeks ago.

I recommend checking it out and, if you feel up to it, letting me know your thoughts.

Personally, I could not believe that the majority of these anti-abortionists featured within the blog’s video did not have a response when confronted with questions of punishment for illegal abortions. Perhaps that is something those who are staunchly pro-life should consider before taking a visual stand against a woman’s right to choose. In my own opinion, a religiously or morally based stance on the issue is quite understandable, but I truly think one should have a fully formed judgment on the matter and that includes potential punishment for women if abortion were to become illegal.

Fortunately, I’m fairly certain – and will remain as such – that pro-lifers will never win their argument in the court system. Or at least I’ll hope and pray (you know, when if I do) that that never occurs.

EDITED: This one comes highly recommended.
October 29, 2008, 5:03 pm
Filed under: Recommended by yours truly

A vital editor’s note exists at the bottom. The italicized portion is my original post, which required editing following a major revelation.


I never do this; honestly, I don’t. But after utilizing nearly two hours of my “work” day – don’t tell the Boss man – to read this blog, literally every entry, I feel this strange, unexplained need to pass it along to others.

If you’re in the 20-something bloggers circle, you may have already heard about it, but if not, head over to My Super Hopeless Romance immediately, and start at the very beginning, as the writer recommends. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200.

Reading her blog felt more like reading a fiction novel pulled from the shelves of Barnes & Noble, as opposed to an aching 20-something’s real life adventures in loving her best friend. It’s well worth the time in reading each previous entry, because if you just start at the first entry you see – the most recent – you will lose a lot of the emotional pull her blog contains, and it’s that attachment that makes the whole thing more surreal.

If you are of the male persuasion – i.e. you’re a dude – you may not enjoy the blog as much as those of us who are females and can relate to the writer’s words. Heed that warning, although, if you want an in-depth look into the female psyche, perhaps this would be a good read after all, because, without a doubt, it offers a woman’s perspective on love/relationships/dating, etc.

I cannot believe how intertwined I became with this blog while reading it. I literally felt as though I was feeling the same emotions … the anxiety, the sorrow, the joy and the confusion. It’s that powerful, at least in my humble opinion.

And apparently it’s so amazingly crafted and told that I felt the need to spread the news and encourage others to check it out. I’m done now, so go read it. Seriously, DO IT THIS MOMENT … or else. Bwah ha ha.



I wrote that entry less than 15 minutes ago, then ventured over to the site myself and was greeted with a link that inevitably explained this blog was fiction.

And, unlike the “Lonelygirl” followers, it didn’t bother me in the least bit. To be honest, that notion existed in the back of my mind – though I hoped it were real – and to find out it was simply a creative work … kudos to that writer.

Thousands of us logged in for “Cordy’s” tale of woe and love, and enjoyed every moment! And hell, it burned through two hours of my work day today (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that). So I still recommend checking it out, even though reading it through a fictional lense may take away that same luster I, and so many others, perused it with. But if you care for well-written, emotionally-intense, romantic fiction, it’s still a worthwhile read from a woman who hopes to one day finish and publish a manuscript. You can find her at Navel Gazing at its Finest, and here is the link where she reveals the truth about her not-so-super-hopeless romance.