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Holy Brrrrrr!

So it is currently 7 degrees out. Tyler had a 2 hour delay this morning due to the low temperature, and it’s not expected to rise much throughout the day. It goes without saying that it is fucking cold here at the moment. But you know what? I think this is much more tolerable than 90+ degree temperatures during the summer… hell, even 80 degrees is pushing it for me. Just think… when it’s cold out, you can always grab a comfy blanket, put on a coat, hat, gloves, etc. There’s hot chocolate and coffee to warm you up (or your choice of alcoholic beverages- never fails as an internal heater πŸ™‚ ). And you can pump up your heaters/fireplaces. While you always have AC in the summer to cool off your place, that’s about the only effective way to beat the heat. Fans just push the hot air around, and in order to get any real relief you almost have to stand directly in front of them. Swimming pools are nice, but not everyone has that luxury, and after a while your skin gets all shriveled and gross. You can dress in nearly nothing, but even if it were socially acceptable to walk around butt naked you’ll still be hot, and you can’t exactly take off anymore layers at that point. Not to mention the sweaty grossness that comes along with being hot. Summer is just a gross, intolerable time of year. So there, my friends, is my debatable opinion on why winter is easier to deal with than summer. Kindly stop flooding my twitter and facebook newsfeeds about how you’re so cold and put on a damn coat.

There is no doubt in my mind, though, that these people that feel the need to post status after status about how cold it is are going to be the same people come June whining that they’re too hot. Let me also make it clear that this is Pittsburgh. We have cold winters and hot summers… the weather in general may be changing, but that simple fact never has.

January 22, 2013 at 11:20 am Leave a comment

Snooki’s Got a Lil’ Meatball in the Oven!

There may be a U.S. presidential election going on, but everyone seems to be talking about Snooki’s (from MTV’s Jersey Shore, if you’re somehow unfamiliar) pregnancy! I will start out by admitting that I do watch Jersey Shore regularly… like, every Thursday… every week. I can’t help it- it’s pure entertainment for me, and Snooki is my girl. Do I act like her? No. Do I want to be like her? No. Do I think she’s this wonderfully inspiring, brilliant, talented person? No, although in her defense she is most likely much different in real life than she is portrayed on the show. We should all know by now that “reality” television is anything but real. Anyway, I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents on the whole thing that has gotten so many people’s panties in a twist.

I know that she is known for being quite the party girl. That’s pretty much the premise of the show. She’s been filmed doing some not so glamorous things while drinking, and was even arrested for being drunk in public in the middle of the day. However, I don’t think it’s fair that people are placing so much judgement on her and the type of mother they think she’s going to be. Even the most level-headed people can end up being terrible parents, the same way pregnancy and parenthood can change someone’s whole outlook on life for the better. She seems to be happy and excited about it, as does her fiance, so good for them! I’m a tad bit upset just because I don’t see her returning to the show with a child, at least I’d hope not, and without her it just won’t be as good. 😦 Haha. But seriously, I’m happy for Snooki and unless she ends up proving otherwise, I think she’ll be a fine mother and will have the cutest little tan gorilla juice-head meatball baby ever! πŸ˜‰

March 8, 2012 at 8:21 am Leave a comment

KONY 2012

I’ve been seeing a lot of this video going around on facebook, twitter, and just all over the place in general and thought I’d share it on here just to help get the word out there a little more. The video is almost a half hour long, but it’s a really great campaign with a really strong message, so I highly recommend setting some time aside and watching it… if not to educate yourself, then to at least give you a heads up on what it’s all about, since you’ll more than likely be hearing a lot about it this year.

For more information you can check out KONY2012.com, InvisibleChildren.com, and you can make donations to Invisible Children here.

March 8, 2012 at 8:01 am Leave a comment

R.I.P Whitney Houston

As pretty much everyone knows by now, legendary singer, Whitney Houston, passed away last Saturday, February 11th, 2012. Even though she’s been known for her erratic behavior and drug abuse problems for the last several years, I have to say I was totally shocked to learn of her death. I wouldn’t say I was a huge fan of hers, I mean I’ve owned only one of her albums, but I, like many others, was in fact a fan of her music and grew up listening to her. I bet if I sat down to make a list of my top 10 favorite songs to sing in the shower or alone in the car, at least half of them would be Whitney Houston songs. πŸ˜‰ It’s always sad when someone dies for any reason, especially when it’s someone with so much talent and so much to live for. I seriously thought she was getting her life together. I know there were photos of her looking kind of sloppy a week or so ago, but in general she seemed to be looking much healthier and overall better than she had in years, and her career appeared to be getting a boost- she had just recently wrapped filming on a new movie, Sparkle, and even had a performance at a pre-Grammy party the very night of the day she died. I know that there is still no official cause of death, but unfortunately I have little doubt in my mind that it wasn’t drug related. I know they found several prescription medications in the hotel room in which she was staying. Even if they were prescribed and legal, drugs can kill.

The only good thing I can see in all of these drug-related celebrity deaths is that maybe, hopefully some people take them as a wake up call and fix their lives. That they realize that drugs are nothing to mess with, and life can be ended at any given moment. In Whitney’s case, she was last seem about a half hour to an hour before she was found dead as she went in to take a bath. You just never know. Now we don’t know for sure that drugs were the cause, we don’t know if she overdosed, if it were a fatal drug combination, or if mixing alcohol with the drugs pushed her body over the edge. Even if she took her medications properly that day, her past battles with drug abuse could very well have left her body broken. Drugs can be dangerous, prescription or otherwise. Thank you, Whitney, for blessing us with your amazing voice and several hit songs that will undoubtedly live on forever. My heart goes out to her family, friends, and fans- especially her daughter, and may she rest in peace. I’m going to leave you with videos of some of my favorite Whitney Houston songs.

I Have Nothing

I Wanna Dance With Somebody

How Will I Know

When You Believe ft. Mariah Carey

February 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm 1 comment

R.I.P Joe Paterno

It’s been a sad, sad week for Penn State and college football fans. Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has passed away at age 85 due to complications caused by lung cancer. Although, if you didn’t know that by now, you’re probably living in a box. πŸ™‚ I wanted to touch on this subject because I grew up in an extreme Penn State family. Just about everyone on my father’s side of my family went to Penn State- my grandfather, father, uncles, brothers, and all of my cousins but one (and myself). My family lives about 1/2 hour from State College, PA, so I am somewhat familiar with the atmosphere there even though I never attended myself. I know a lot of, if not most, people think of the Sandusky scandal when they hear Paterno’s name, which to me is unfortunate. I’m not really going to get into that because quite frankly I am sick and tired of hearing about it. All I’m going to say is that I agree from a moral standpoint he could’ve and probably should’ve done more than he did to address the situation, but at the same time there are FAR more people that have done FAR more wrong that are going under the radar and still have their jobs, so to dumb down the dedication this man put into creating his amazing legacy over a poor lapse in judgement is unfair beyond belief. He was given information, and took it to his superiors AND campus police, who are the ones who should’ve contacted appropriate law enforcement after investigating the issue. You cannot go to the police on hearsay, and that is all he had, so he did what he felt was right. Everyone is so quick to place blame on other people involved, when the fact of the matter is that ONE man raped and molested several children, and he needs to rot in prison for the rest of his life. That’s where the focus needs to be placed now.

OK, enough about that whole debacle. It sickens me that a lot of media outlets are focusing on his involvement in the Sandusky scandal now that he has passed away. He shouldn’t be remembered for this, but for all of the good he has done for the university during his 61 years (holy shit!) of coaching there. He was one of few college coaches known for caring about his players’ academics just as much as, if not more than, their playing. The rate of Penn State football player graduates is one of the highest in the country, and Joe Paterno has a lot to do with that. Penn State even has a library named after him. It’s funny that their football stadium is named after a former university president, and their library is named after a football coach.

Anyway, that’s all I really wanted to get off my chest. Lord knows about 75% of my Facebook friends have been going off about it all week, both positive and negative comments alike. May JoePa rest in peace, and his family and friends remain in my thoughts and prayers. His legacy is not one to be forgotten, or tarnished for that matter.

January 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment


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Hello, I'm Amy! I was born in '85 and live in Pittsburgh, PA. I became the mama of my wonderful son in 2004, and also own 3 kitties that I treat like children. I am a self-admitted cosmetics and beauty addict, but I also enjoy fashion, music, art, and am totally guilty of reading way too much celebrity gossip. :P

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