Friday, March 13, 2009

Random Tidbits

-My blog friend Kerri makes and sells her own so-good-you-could-almost-eat-them homemade soaps and bath products, and she recently launched her Messes and Mudpies website for selling them. I can personally attest to the high quality of her products: in December I ordered some of her things, and they were all wonderful. They also arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I couldn't have been happier with the Warm Pumpkin Spice soap bar (which cleaned and gently exfoliated my skin and left the nicest light scent on it), the pretty cupcake bath bombs, and the two fun lizard and fish soaps that I got for John. I will definitely be a repeat customer, and I hope you'll check her site out. It's worth it!

-My sister Elizabeth had her first baby last Thursday, March 5th, and it made the news in Boston because she, the baby (Rocco Anthony), and the father (Justin) all were born on the 5th of March, and it's a pretty rare thing for mom, dad, and baby to have the same birthday. Rocco showed up a week early all on his own--what great timing! We've been surprised at just how much attention this has received: their story has been on three different Boston TV channels, aired nationally on the Fox News Channel last Saturday, there were two newspaper interviews, and even The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Oprah, and The Today Show have contacted them! Here are the links to two of the news stories:

"Couple Beats Odds, Hits Birthday Trifecta" (ABC)

"Mom, dad and new baby all share same birthday"

A picture of Justin, Elizabeth, and Rocco from the NBC interview.

-From a pleasant subject to an unpleasant one (sorry!), I've been really ticked off this week at HBO and the continuous crap that it spews out. They've totally crossed the line now with an episode of that horrible show Big Love that they plan to air soon. In it, they show the details of what happens in the Mormon temples. As a Mormon, I'm highly offended by this. What takes place in our temples is private, special, and very sacred, and they're taking that and using it as sensationalized entertainment. So I called HBO headquarters in New York City to leave a message letting them know how I feel and why I feel that way. If they hear from enough people, maybe there will be a chance (albeit small) that they won't air this especially offensive episode. What are these people thinking anyway? It seems that working for HBO has diminished or obliterated any moral compass they ever had.

-Speaking of TV, you've heard of the Nielsen TV ratings, right? They contacted me awhile ago to be part of their monitoring program, and I got the materials in the mail this week. Starting yesterday I have to keep a diary of whatever we watch on TV and then send it back to them after a week. In exchange they already sent me $30 in cash. Cool! I think it's a neat thing to be a part of. I've always been curious as to how exactly they come up with those ratings, and now I get to find out firsthand. (I bet you can guess which channel's shows won't be featured at all in my TV diary! Not that we even get HBO. Why pay for garbage? Sorry, just had to get in another dig. I'm done now!)

-I'm up in Massachusetts visiting my family for the next week and I may not be around in the blogosphere as much until the week after next. Originally for our spring vacation we were going to go on a Caribbean cruise. Then the economy tanked, so we thought about Disneyworld instead, and when the economy still didn't improve, we finally decided on my mother's house 90 minutes north of us in Mass., because it's FREE! : )


Kristina P. said...

Congrats to your sister!

And I have never known anyone who was a Nielsen family. How fun!

Lisa K said...

How fun for your sister! And I'm so jealous that you get to be a part of the Nielsen Ratings. Don't they know that I would be the perfect candidate? =)

dougandcheryl said...

I did the Nielsen ratings last year. It was cool.
I think that sounds like a really nice vacation!
Oh, and I'll need your address to send you whatever homemade goodie I decide to make for you so will you email your address to
Have a fun weekend.

A New England Life said...

Lot's going on in this post!

First of all, I think it's amazing they all have the same Birthday! I've heard of mother and baby having the same birthday but not all 3. No wonder they are in such demand! My husbands first two girlfriends had the same Birthday as his mom, April 15. Odd, isn't it? He was relieved to know my Birthday is in July : )

I hear you on the vacation. My hubby would love to go to an island somewhere but we'll have to settle for NYC. Not the relaxing vaca he had hoped for. I remember back when he used to get big bonus' from work and we would take vacations or buy a car, something like that. Now he gets nothing. Nice, huh?

Nothing is sacred anymore, not in this media crazy world. It disgusts me sometimes. Have you heard the new Brittany Spears song? If You Seek Amy? It's a main stream song being played all the time. The letters stand for FU** Me. Can you believe it? And this is the song my 12 year old loves! Rediculous.

After all that, hope you are having a nice week-end Donna, and are feeling well : )

Sarah Laurence said...

Congratulations to your sister! The close timing will be so nice for these cousins. Enjoy your vacation!

Kerri said...

Donna, Thanks so much for saying such nice things about my stuff! That's so cool tht they all share a birthday! And I'm also upset about HBO. I hope they do not air it. Have a fun vacation!

Anonymous said...

That is so cool about your sister! How random!!!

I've been thinking about you lots, hope you're feeling well!

Laura said...

I hope you have a most fabulous vacation!!!!

Karolynn said...

Sooooooo cool about your sister! How are you feeling? I am mad at HBO too! I guess mad isn't the word. I am hurt!

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Alyson (New England Living) said...

So cool about your sis! I remember when you told me about your sister's pregnancy and the remote possibility of this happening, but it's so funny that it actually happened!

I didn't get super riled up about "Big Love". My friends in Queens are loyal watchers of "Big Love", so I asked them all about the episode when I was there this weekend. I took the oppurtunity to explain some things and from what they said, I don't believe the show has damaged how others view us. While I don't love it, we live in a free country and that's what happens sometimes. In the meantime, I'm not giving up my HBO because I must have my "Flight of the Conchords"!! :)

Donna said...

My MOM watches Big Love too! She didn't watch that episode though, although she might have if I hadn't been staying with her when it aired. I'm glad that it didn't seem to damage your friend's opinions of us. Hopefully it wasn't as bad as it seemed.
It was funny, while I was up in Mass., my brother Nate watched "Flight of the Conchords." He loves that show too!

Kristina P. said...

Donna, I hope all is well. We haven't heard from you in a while!