Wednesday, April 22

Time Suck

Got some time to kill? Check out this site and recall that bad dream we call the past 8 years. Just remember to do what you can to make sure we never go back there again.

Here is a little taste of the site. If they weren't so dead on I might be able to laugh harder.

Sunday, April 19

Aah, youth

So this morning I ran across an article that I thought was pretty funny. You know how, in the old days, people at parties used to make out to Barry White and stoner's used to cue up Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon while watching The Wizard of Oz on mute? Well the young hipsters of today have their own new party trend and it's so geeky it flies in the face of all party rituals of the past. What is this new trend? Well, according to the New York Times, kids today like to watch Planet Earth on mute and play whatever alternative soundtrack they have lying around. This is happening in parties and clubs across the country. Having the DVD set prominently displayed on your bookcase is the cool new status symbol for the eco-gens.

I'm hoping this means Scarface worship is finally fading in popularity. I always found that social obsession to be so lame. I'm hoping the kids are finally realizing that shark snatching the seal out of mid air is so much more bad ass than Al Pacino and his "little friend".

Do you think we'll be seeing Planet Earth shoes any time soon or is that too much to hope for?

But here's the really weird thing, when you click on Planet Earth on Amazon the "Frequently Bought Together" option bundles Planet Earth with 300. Huh? I always recommend watching 300 on mute. What does this say about me? I'm so confused.

Saturday, April 18

Well, this is wierd

This past Christmas I received a generous gift but one that's not exactly my "style". I use quotation marks because I wouldn't say I have exactly have a style but I do tend to know what I like and what I don't like. I was therefore perplexed when I received a Louis Vuitton wallet. You know it, it's the brown one with the "LV" stamped all over it. I'm not much of a label person but I was pretty sure it was more expensive than any wallet I've ever purchased for myself. So what did I do with it? I just sort of freaked and tossed it in with the rest of my purses and thought if I'm ever in Beverly Hills again maybe I'll take it in to the store. I don't want money for it, that seems rude. Although, it did come with a gift receipt so I think I was supposed to at least trade it in for something else if it wasn't to my liking. I've just never been a fan of that infernal LF logo. And then there is that awful commercial they sometimes show before movies in theaters. Ugh! I'm not exactly loving the idea of promoting LF by carrying it every day.

On the other hand, I must admit, it's a very nice wallet that would probably last me the rest of my life with a little care. If only those evil LFs weren't all over it.

This evening I finally got around to looking at the LF website to see if there might be something else I could exchange it for. Guess how much that brown wallet is? Just guess... I learned that it sells for $645. Can you imagine?! I poked around the site and found a slightly less LF'd wallet that I could trade up to for an additional $25. Still, do I seriously want to carry around a $700 wallet during a recession, or any time for that matter? Wouldn't I just walk out of the LF store at Hollywood and Highland and get mugged? Who needs that kind of paranoia? I also found $400 key chains and $4,000 watches on the site. Who buys that stuff?!

I did discover a nice Louis Vuitton fun fact. Becuase LF is the most knocked off brand in the world it is estimated that only 1% of the LF product out there is legitimate. That's gotta suck for the LF's corporate.

So, while I'm thankful to the kind gift giver who gave me the wallet, I'm still not sure what to do with it. I mean, I'm actually thinking of buying a car these days. That wallet is worth the equivalent of a navigation/satellite radio/BlueTooth/iPod ready system for the car I might drive for the next 10 years. It seems sort of silly to carry such a thing with me when I've been a miser for so long.

Maybe I'll just put it away and let somebody find a like-new "vintage" Louis Vuitton wallet in a drawer somewhere when I kick off. (Seriously, I just saw my old strawberry shaped Avon lip gloss circa 1979 on eBay for $45. Imagine what this wallet will be worth in 25 years.)

I know better people would sell it for half price on eBay and donate the proceeds to some food bank but I just don't see myself doing that. I know. I suck. I do give to charities monthly but... well I don't know. What would you do?

Saturday, April 11

Have a Good Day!

Here are a few sites that make me laugh:

Cake Wrecks
Overheard in New York
Hidden Pictures (Remember these?!)
Photoshop Disasters
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Married to the Sea
Tramp Lamps
Judge a Book by It's Cover

You've probably seen most but I thought I'd share... just in case.


Thursday, April 9

Oy! What a week.

This week has been a bear. Three big deadlines all came to a head and it's been very busy and stressful at work. My priority has been my financials. We do a quarterly status update on how our year is coming along and it always involves lots of number crunching and loads of 8 pt font sized Excel sheets. These days it involves a lot of RED 8 pt font sized Excel sheets. I've gotten pretty good at it through the years but this time I was really stumped. Our numbers were so far down as of last night that I was convinced I was going to lose my job. It sucked.

Well, this morning I came in to find new and improved spreadsheets. After lunch they were even better. I heart my finance person, her name is Sharon and she ROCKS! Eventually we determined that lots of the loss was due to coding issues. In other words, we weren't getting credit for sales we knew had occurred. At one point my EVP walked by and saw me looking very sullen with my head in my hand. He just said "Lucy, it's gonna be ok." *sigh* Bottom line: My Supervisor and I are feeling much better this evening.

One of the best things that happened is that I received samples of my stuff that will be out there for holiday '09. It looks fantastic! It looks so good that I immediately took it to my Director, held it all up and said "This makes all the pain worth while." She agreed and wanted to show it to our EVP who insisted we immediately take it to our GM. Our GM loved it all so much that she asked to keep it to show the head of our division. It was great! It's a group of product that I was directly responsible for and am very proud of.

In the end, my group and I hit or are ahead of our deadlines. I'm even able to take this Monday and Tuesday off. I'm feeling a bit guilty about it so I'll probably do some work from home but at least I'll get to sleep in.

Oh, and best of all... In Treatment's second season started this week and it's as addictive as ever. Check it out.