Archive for December, 2011

December 30, 2011

Heaven Looks A Lot Like Jersey

I’m sure most of you have heard some news flying around about Bon Jovi’s death. You’ve probably also heard that it was just a  rumor started by one of the rocker’s biggest haters. To put everyone’s mind at ease, Job Bon Jovi decided to post a picture of himself online with a sign saying “Heaven looks a lot like Jersey,”. I must say I agree with him. I don’t care who says that Jersey is the armpit of America. This state will always be the beautiful Garden State to me. Here are 12 new reasons why New Jersey just might be the best state in America.

1. We’ve got the luxury of being close to two big cities without the hefty price tag – at least not as much as a city.

2. Easy access to some of the country’s best food, such as the cheesesteaks, pizza, empanadas, subs etc.

3. People have actually heard of the state. Be honest. When was the last time you actually thought about Wyoming or North Dakota?

4. Yea we don’t have to pump our own gas, but what’s even more important is that our gas is much cheaper than other locations.

5. We never have to travel too far for some great entertainment with several theaters and stadiums scattered across the state. Plus many popular music acts frequently travel here to perform.

6. Got the gambling bug? A trip to the Atlantic City casinos is only a car ride away.

7. We make more money. Jersey natives typically have much higher salaries in comparison to those from other states.

8. New Jersey towns often occupy most of CNN’s, Best Places to Live, list.

9. We stand a chance to run into many A-list celebrities since many of them choose to make the Garden State their home.

10. New Jersey is home to some of the best healthcare in the country.

11. Jersey natives have the opportunity to live in several environments from city areas to suburban to farm areas.

12. New Jersey is part-owner to the historical Ellis Island.

December 27, 2011

Catching the Bouquet Works

In case you were wondering, catching the bouquet truly does work. Yes, I speak from experience. I am proud to announce that on December 17th I became engaged to the love of my life for the past five years and it was all thanks to that bouquet I caught at an island wedding celebration during the summer. I remember it like it was yesterday…

On August 12, 2011,  I was fortunate enough to travel to the lovely island of Trinidad to fulfill my duties as bridesmaid for one of my cousins. In addition to the hot weather, I had the opportunity to enjoy late night girl talks, scenic limo rides, and that great walk down the aisle. But then the amazing part happened. The beautiful bride made a call for the single ladies to fill the dance floor. Of course, some were reluctant. However, three bridesmaids and five friends decided to be a sport and join in the festivities. Within minutes, the song  Single Ladies was jumping through the speakers and I found myself lunging for that floral prize that promised  a ring on my finger in the near future.  It paid off. Coincidently, at another wedding during the summer my intended caught the garter belt. Little did I know, it was meant to be.

Now some may argue that it wasn’t the bouquet that lead to my proposal, but the combination of my catching the bouquet and his receipt of the garter belt. Others may say that I just got lucky, and my cousin’s bouquet was just magical. Regardless of the reason, there was no denying that I caught the bouquet in August and four months later I became an engaged women.

So girls if you truly want to get engaged, you better dive for that bouquet like there’s no tomorrow. And to be on the safe side, make sure your hubby of choice does the same for that garter belt.

Needless, to say I will NOT be striking the wedding activity from the day when it’s time to celebrate the sharing of nuptials with my best friend.

December 21, 2011

Give the Gift of Thanks

If you are anything like the 77 percent of Americans who didn’t finish holiday shopping, you’re scrambling frantically for the perfect gift. With Chanukah here and only four days left till Christmas you are probably feeling hopeless; especially if you are a business owner giving gifts to employees or clients. The solution: Keep it simple by giving thanks.

It’s amazing what a (handwritten) thank you card can do. The gesture says so much more than any other store bought gift. Not only is it simple and inexpensive, it almost guarantees a smile by the recipient. It’s also the perfect excuse to buy pretty stationary and corny cards. While you can purchase thank you cards with a message, I prefer blank cards so I can personalize it. Giving each note a special touch makes all the difference… and it’s good for business. Clients really do appreciate the effort business people make in getting to know them and building a relationship.

Of course, this strategy isn’t only reserved for holidays. Sending notes all year is a great, fun idea. Try sending two thank you cards everyday. I know what you are thinking… “I don’t have time to send two cards to clients everyday.” Trust me. It doesn’t take a lot of time. I spend about ten minutes five days a week sending personalized thank you notes. And I must admit that they are ten minutes well spent; especially since I they seem to be well-received judging by the responses I receive. I also love the tingly feeling I get when doing something to bring a smile to someone’s face.

December 14, 2011

A Freelance Writer’s Christmas List

It’s that time of year where  the smell of mistletoe and pine fill the air. It’s also the time where all the best bargain hunters

scramble around to present those nearest to them with the perfect gift.

Just in case you were wondering, us freelance writer’s aren’t terribly difficult to shop for. In fact, it’s practically a walk in the

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park.  And I’ve been especially good all year. I’ve turned in stories on deadline and even did the extra legwork to find amazing sources so I know I deserve something good! 🙂

Not sure what to get someone like me? Just take a look at my list for some direction:

1. To have the time to write two books that I’ve had on my mind for a while

2. That all future assignments pay at least $2 a word (Thanks Michelle V. Rafter!)

3. That all publications I work with pay on receipt rather than on acceptance

4. That I get a ton of client referrals so I’ll almost never have to market myself again

5. A subscription to all my favorite magazines

6. The ability to keep churning out amazing story ideas

7. To get two assignments for every pitch sent out

8. An external hard drive and time to back everything up

9. A loving, lasting relationship with all of the most fabulous editors and clients

10. The opportunity to interview a high-profile person for an article

11. Have a column syndicated

12. Have a movie created that is based on one of my stories

13. Time to travel and write about my travels

14. That a bunch of people re-tweet this post

15. Make friends with lots of other freelance writes in the area

16. To be able to retain some rights to everything I write that is published

Am I missing something? Hey fellow writers, what’s on your list?

December 2, 2011

Life’s Greatest Mysteries. Do You Have the Answers?

I think most can agree that we are all deserving of some down time every once in a while. Well, consider this blog post it. This

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Take a crack at answering the questions to life’s greatest mysteries. I’d love to see your thoughts in the comment section!

1.Can you cry under water?2.How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?3.Why do you have to ‘put your two cents in’… but it’s only a ‘penny for your thoughts’? Where’s that extra penny going to?4.Once you’re in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

5.Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

6.What disease did cured ham actually have?

7.How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

8.Why is it that people say they ‘slept like a baby’ when babies wake up like every two hours?

9.If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

10.Why are you IN a movie, but you’re ON TV?

11.Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

12.Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They’re going to see you naked anyway.

13.Why is ‘bra’ singular and ‘panties’ plural?

14.Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

15.If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

16.If the professor on Gilligan’s Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can’t he fix a hole in a boat?

17.Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours?  They’re both dogs!

18.If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn’t he just buy dinner?

19.If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

20.If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

21.Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

22.Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

23.Why do they call it an asteroid when it’s outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it’s in your butt?

24.Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

25.Why, Why, Why,Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?

26.Why do banks charge a fee on ‘insufficient funds’ when they know there is not enough money?

27.Why does someonebelieve you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

28.Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

29.Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?

30.Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

31.Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

32.Whose idea was it to put an ‘S’ in the word ‘lisp’?

33.If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

34.Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

35.Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

36.Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

37.Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

38.Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

39.How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

40.When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, ‘It’s all right?’ Well, it isn’t all right, so why don’t we say, ‘That really hurt, why don’t you watch where you’re going?’

41.Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

42.In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

43.How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends — if they’re okay, then it’s you.

Do you ever wonder why you gave me your e-mail address in the first place?


Hope you cracked atleast a little smile while reading this!