Monthly Archives: November 2012

The truth about Black Friday

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I’ve never been Black Friday shopping.

Until last night that is.

My friends Emily and Rachel and I decided this year we were going to try it out this year as we heard that there were all kind of amazing deals that were going on during that time. For years we’d heard of glory stories of coming into stores and walking out with insane saving. 

 

Well, Rachel Emily and I did have a good time, although we didn’t wind up with too many of those deals. We were able to avoid the majority of lines on Thursday night by strategically planning our shopping trip.

 

What we learned was that the majority of the people who go Black Friday shopping have specific purpose’s in their shopping. Unlike Emily,  Rachel and I they weren’t just shopping, they had a plan, a strategy. They walked into a store, knew exactly what they needed and wanted and walked out right after. 

It was impressive really. I’m so glad I experienced the Black Friday experience, even though we went late Thursday night/ early Friday morning and missed some of the other sales that started a little later on Friday morning. 

It was the fact that we went there, we bought $4 movies and presents for all of our family members, and saved 75% on scarves. 

So much fun.

Now, I wouldn’t do it again, but I’m thankful for the experience.

In the future I think I’ll stick to baking cookies on Black Friday with my family instead. 🙂

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and The Breakfast Club

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I never considered myself much of an 80’s fan. As a teenager my cousin Rachel was obsessed with all things 80’s –the clothing, the music, the movies – but I wasn’t so much. Going in to college I met one of my dearest friends, Nicki, who loved the 80’s as much if not more than Rachel did.
 
Over the course of the next couple years Nicki has been trying to slowly culture me in all things 80’s, although I’ll admit I’m rather resistant.
 
The other week, however, I watched the movie “The Breakfast Club” which is from the 80’s and tells the story of a group of teenagers who all have to serve detention on Saturday and the experience they have there.
 
I’ll admit, it was a pretty good movie.
 
This week we watched a more modern movie, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” which is about a character named Scott Pilgrim who has to defeat seven evil ex boyfriends in order to essentially win the heart of his latest love interest Ramona Flowers.
 
Now, I know what you’re thinking, how do these movies have anything to do with anything? The truth is I found two characters in the movies strikingly similar – Ramona and Allison.
 
Ramona is this quiet awkward girl who works for Amazon delivering packages. Allison is one of the girls who is in detention in “The Breakfast Club” and spends her day shaking her dandruff on her art and eating Pixie Stick coated sandwiches.
 
They’re both awkward.
 
But what I realized is that they are such strong bizarre characters, yet they are still beloved characters in the movies. We as the audience are still captivated by what they do, even though they are characters in movies that were made decades apart.
 
So, I can love the 80’s, even if I love modern movies more because we will always have those interconnections.
 
And I think that’s kind of cool.

Checking out different worlds

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It’s easy for me to stick to things I know, especially when it comes to music. I love listening to all different kinds – country, rock, pop, hip-hop, rap, Christian, classical, instrumental, Irish- but I’ve never really ventured in the the dub-step or alternative/underground band area.

Until recently that is.

My brother Logan is generally a straight country or rock type guy, he doesn’t really venture out of his comfort zone when it comes to music.

Until recently that is.

That’s when his best friend Josh introduced Logan to AWOLNATION and their song “Sail.” This group is more or less an underground band that is kind of alternative/ dub-step type thing. But it’s pretty cool. I hadn’t expected to enjoy this music as much as I did, but after listening to a couple times the song got stuck in my head and encouraged me to listen to it more.

This “Sail” song was a great way for me to delve into this genre of music and to experience new music that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

I’d encourage all of you this week to not only listen to this song, but check out other songs that are way different genre’s than what you usually listen to! 🙂

Love the 80s

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I work in the cafeteria at Cornerstone Univeristy. Six hours a week you can find me, on Tuesday and Thursday morning, getting the deli area between 7 and 10 a.m.. Now I love this job especially because of two managers that I work with, Jo and Liz. Not only are they lots of fun, but they also expose us to a multitude of music.

They’re passionate about listening to music while they work (which I love) but they also have a love for 80s music, 80s pop music. So we’ ve listened to a lot in the past three years I’ve worked there.

One of the more recent songs we heard was this one, “Down Under” by Men At Work. It’s one of those catchy songs you love singing along with on the radio even if you don’t know all of the words. My co-worker Tyler told me I should look up the video if I wanted an experience and some enjoyment.

So I did.

It was a hilarious music video. It made very little sense but was a great video to watch and laugh over. I would recommend this video not only because it truly is a classic song but it has amazing entertainment value. 🙂

‘Boy Meets World’ Sequel

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‘Boy Meets World’ Sequel

Lately along with the politics that have been flowing around campus another conversation has also been floating around….the fact that Disney is making a sequel to ‘Boy Meets World’ a series a number of us grew up knowing and loving. I remember as a child how much I desired to be Topanga and to have a relationship like she and Cory had. haha, I was so young!

 

Anyway, word on the street is that Cory and Topanga will be reprising their role and that now they have a son and daughter, Elliot and Riley. Riley will be the new star of this show along with her best friend Maya (think Shawn here). It’s essentially the same storyline as the original version which makes me wonder if people will be as willing to watch it as the original? 

 

In the world or reruns what will ‘Girl Meets World’ have to do to differeintiate itself from the original? Will be be able to find amazing characters like Mr.Feeney, Shawn and Eric? I’m trying to have faith in you Disney! So I’m looking forward to the next generation of Matthews. 

Reality TV shows : Same Shows Around the World

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Recently I was talking to my old exchange student brother, Nikusha. We got on the topic of boyfriend and girlfriends. I was telling him about my boyfriend and he was telling me about his girlfriend Nini.

Now I didn’t think much of Nini until Nikusha posted this video on my wall. It’s his girlfriend, Nini, singing for a reality television show that you may be familiar with… we call it The Voice. It was made popular with judges like Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green.

The twist of all of this? This version of the voice is from Georgia. No, I’m not talking about the state of Georgia, I’m talking about the country of Georgia, a little bitty country that’s right inbetween Europe and Asia.

What I’m trying to say in all of this is that this reality TV show started in the United States and now it’s all around the world. Similar reality television shows have a similar pattern. America’s Next Top Model now has different version in countries like Australia and Germany.

It’s kind of cool that countries have their own versions of our reality television show, it makes me feel a little more connected that countries are trying the things that we have and vice versa. I think of like The X Factor that Simon Cowell brought over from the United Kingdom, it’s so cool that we are so interconnected.

The song that rocked our world

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On Halloween my roommate Nicki and I were driving to our churches Trunk-Or-Treat. We were listening to the radio when a song came on the radio. The beats and melody of the beginning of the song made us both think it was the theme song from the show “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” Any second we were expecting to hear, “Now here’s the story….” but that’s not what we heard.

Instead, the song took on a much creepier sound and started telling the story of Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street. What was awesome about this song is that Nicki and I had a double connection. We recognized the beat and sound from the Fresh Prince, which made us think of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, which took us back to childhood memories of watching the show with our siblings. We also connected it with the movie Nightmare on Elm Street which had it’s own set of memories.

Plus, the song sparked conversation about the commercialization of Halloween as a holiday. We all accept that Halloween has been incredibly commercialized, and we accept it, we don’t try to make Halloween into something it’s not. Kind of like Christmas, even though it is overcommercialized we still try to deny the fact. Halloween, we at least admit that it’s a commercial holiday.

Anyway, this song was a great chance for us to just enjoy the holiday, get a little scared, and thoroughly enjoy the time that we had together.

Until the next time. This is Arianne going over and out. 🙂