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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-28
Oscar parties….are you having one?
One of my friends told me about a party
where there will be a food dish from all 9 of the movies.
Isn’t that a great idea?
 
As I said I so love the Oscars that like the Super Bowl I enjoy watching it b myself and
making my lousy nachos. I say that because all I do to make nachos is put chips on a plate, cover with shredded cheese, put on a few dabs of sour cream if I have some and top with salsa. They’re really not that good..LOL, but it’s a treat for me!!
 
So keep this list handy for when you watch.
The Vegas oddsmaker picks.
 
Best Picture- 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor-Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress- Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor- Jaret Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress- Lupita Nyongo for 12 Years a Slave
Best Director-Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity
 
I think this time they might be all correct. We’ll talk Monday Morning!!!
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-27
If there is one weakness I have…and maybe you have it to …is finding a good pair of shoes that are actually on sale. I think I qualify as a shoe-a-holic. I did buy 5 pair this last week, but two of them are walking shoes to take to Italy. As Sam said I got elephant dung on my walking shoes for Thailand…so I needed new ones…LOL
But as many shoes as buy 8 of ten times they’re on sale. Or at least I have a coupon at MACYS!!
 
So tomorrow when actress Sarah Jessica Parker starts selling her shoes at Nordstrom I will not be buy in them. Oh, they’re cute…but the prices range from $195 and $495 per pair. If I remember correctly I did spend $300 on my shoes for Victoria’s wedding…but I gave myself a pass on that one.
 
The funny thing is SJP says her shoes are “affordable” and will look great in your closet. Yeah, I’ll say because you’ll never wear them out…LOL. You might get them dirty!
 
This is what she really said….”So while not as affordable to some as I would like them to be, there is a large group of people that can now reach out and have a shoe like this that’s, you know, in my opinion, beautifully made, lasts a lifetime, will look good in their closet three and four years from now.” 
 
And I’m guessing the SJP shoes will not be on the table top next to the KEDS. Happy to say I just got a pair of those….for $33.
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-26
Still laughing about this….
Science has figured out why we hate Hawaiian shirts.
And I’ve got to say I don’t hate all Hawaiian shirts….Tommy Bahama has great ones. Macys has a copycat brand that looks great, but sometimes you look at the shirts at Hilo Hatties and you think to yourself ….. Really?
 
But anyway, this is what the University of Hawaii determined…and yes they did a scientific study. And it’s not so much the shirts…but the guys who wear them.
 
Just about all the words people used to describe guys in Hawaiian shirts are “not nice”…
Tourist, vulgar, bad taste, foolish, sloppy, inappropriate, inauthentic, bizarre, chubby and low class.
 
I don’t know, I think more study is needed and that I should go to Hawaii and handle it for them…You want to help with the research? I thought so. Let’s make our reservations!!!
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-25
So if you’ve been with us in the morning, or just even looking at Facebook you know I have become a Netflix addict and in just the last three weeks. I haven’t even started to pay for it yet. I’m still on the free month. But I already feel out of control….LOL. Unlike regular TV shows, the whole season is released or at least it is with the two shows I’m hooked on…..Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. So instead of watching one episode a week, I have them all in front of me and can’t seem to stop watching. My daughters keep reminding me the shows will be there for a long long time, but I just can’t turn it off. Is there a 12 step program for me? There’s a lot of time between each season but I feel like I’m playing catch up. And after I get through season 2 of House of Cards, I have 4 seasons to watch of Downton Abbey.  And what else do I need to catch up? It’s become quite complicated now that I want to watch all the other shows that are starting  up again like Dallas, Parenthood, The Fosters, Grey’s Anatomy, Nashville and soon there will be Revenge and the Good Wife.
I so need that 12 step program and quickly. Help me out here. How do you “ration” out your TV shows. And keep in mind, I do need to sleep for 4 and a half hours a night!!!
 
We should all have such problems….right?
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-24
So it’s true, there is a disorder called a “Case of the Mondays”
And I’m guessing most of us had it this morning, except for Toni who at 7:10 won 5th row seats to Lionel Richie on June 1st.
 
But to back you up for next Sunday night when you want to call in sick….
71% of women and 62% of men show legitimate signs of anxiety and possibly even depression on Sunday evening, because they’re THAT upset about going back to work.
 
One-third even drink the night before just to cope….and another one third have to give themselves a PEP TALK to get out of bed Monday morning.
 
One in five people have called in a fake sick day on a Monday in the past year because they truly were suffering from a “Case of the Mondays”.
 
This is the stat we liked today….that Mondays are so unproductive, we only get about three and a half hours of work done. So according to that scenario…Sam and I should have left about 8.
 
But there is one good thing about Monday. If you’re looking for a job, for some reason, it is the best day to send out your resume. That one I don’t get and I hope I don’t have to remember it…I haven’t looked for a job in 26 years. I don’t even have a resume. I don’t have any wood nearby so is there such a saying as “Knock on my Computer”.  LOL
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-21
I think this might be my favorite story of the day.
Only sad that I didn’t see it earlier in the morning.
Every single one of us has put money in the office vending machine and
Watched as our candy or bag of potato chips get stuck in the wire thingie.
You kick it, you hit it, you put more money in it hoping the old and the new package will drop…and so often neither does.
 
So let me introduce you to Robert of Milford, Iowa. He went to buy a Twix bar in his warehouse vending machine. It got stuck.  After banging it and shaking it to no avail, he put the second buck in. Still nothing!!
 
Then he got the great idea of getting behind the wheel of his 8000 pound forklift. After picking up and dropping the vending machine over and over again his Twix finally fell out…along with 2 more. All of a sudden he had 3 Twix bars.
 
5 days later he got fired. He filed for unemployment but the Judge wouldn’t give it to him saying he showed a willful disregard for his boss’s property and deserved to be fired.
 
 
And the moral of this story?
Bring in your own snacks!!
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-20
You burned up my FB post this morning with the stupid things you did as a kid.
Ever wonder how we all survived?
I have to add the 8 we got online just in case you missed a few of them this morning.
Some of these aren’t that far different from what you did.
 
1.  "I wanted to be a garbage truck . . . so I bit into a light bulb."
 2.  "I came up with a brilliant scheme where I'd always overpay for things so I could get lots of change back . . . and therefore become wealthy."
 3.  "I loved ginger ale, so I thought eating a spoonful of powdered ginger from the spice rack would be delicious."
 4.  "I decided to test our 'no tears' shampoo by squeezing it directly into my eye."
 5.  "I built a little house using an umbrella, bricks, a bucket, and a deck chair.  To prove to my mom how real and functional the house was, I pooped in the bucket."
 6.  "I wanted to see what salt smelled like.  I was at McDonald's, opened a packet of salt, poured it on a French fry, stuck it in my nose, and inhaled.  I ended up running around the McDonald's screaming."
 7.  "When I was eight, my friend and I made a parachute out of my bed sheets . . . and jumped from the third floor of my house.  Both of us broke both of our legs."
8.   "I put my finger in a light bulb socket so I could see my skeleton, like in cartoons."
 
I don’t get that first one either…..What does that mean? The rest of them I totally understood. And sadly, a few of them made perfect sense…
 
Happy rest of your Thursday!!!
And try not to do something stupid. LOL!!!
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-19
Have to finish what we started this morning on Facebook.
The five compliments men hate to hear and why is that?
Because they know we ladies really mean something else.
 
And girlfriends…I think we have used them all!!!
 
“You’re so cute”…
“But I Love you anyway.”
“You’re amazing”
“It’s the thought that counts” or “Thanks for trying”
And the one men probably hate the most..
“You’re the best Ive ever had.”
 
Am I right…we’ve used them all and men you’ve heard them all!!
 
Now, go have yourself a nice day….. 

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-18
We talked about this morning….the things in your house that you could get rid of right now. If you did, you wouldn’t even miss them…but you’d probably have a lot of empty drawer or cabinet space. And then hey…you could start saving the same things again..LOL
 
So here’s the list of 30.
Let me know how many you have.
And just what is the deal about throwing this stuff out. Why are we so resistant?
 
  1. The empty ice cream carton that’s a spoonful away from being empty.
  2. Anything in the freezer that you don’t recognize.
  3. The extra button packets for clothes. I must have hundreds in a drawer. I probably don’t even own half the sweaters and blouses anymore.
  4. Stained t-shirts from college
  5. Old holiday cards that were mailed to you
  6. Plastic grocery bags under the sink. Mine are now all paper!!!
  7. Your 2013 calendar
  8. Plastic cups or glasses you get at fast food restaurants or ballparks.
  9. All the receipts in your wallet.
  10. Stacks of old magazines
  11. Expired coupons
  12. Envelopes you caught because you needed to remember an address. I actually just save the corner that has the address. I’ve got a ton of them in my address book.
  13. Old post-its or to-do lists
  14. Old invites to things you’ve already gone to.
  15. Anything you took from your parent’s home out of guilt.
  16. Supplies for hobbies you never got into.
  17. Old textbooks. Actually not mine but my girls’ from college.
  18. Old paperbacks you’ll never read again.
  19. VHS tapes and DVDs that didn’t change your life.
  20. Recipes you tried but didn’t like.
  21. Expired meds.
  22. Office supplies you’ll never use.
  23. Tupperware without a lid.
  24. Old batteries
  25. Instruction manuals for appliances you already know how to use.
  26. Tea that’s more than a few months old. Mine’s probably years old. I didn’t know it went bad.
  27. Cables and cords that don’t go with anything.
  28. Shopper loyalty cards. Don’t you just punch in your phone number.
  29. Extra chopsticks from ordering Chinese take out.
  30. Single serve condiments you stole from fast food places. And why have we put them all on inside of our refrig door?
 
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-14
This doesn’t seem right. A lawyer in Michigan gives away a free divorce for
Valentines Day. Did it last year too…to the person with the best break up story.
Of course he’s doing it for publicity….and it’s working. I don’t by the “generous” spin he’s putting on it… “Im hearing stories about people that don’t have the money to get divorced”. Yeah, right!!!
To enter you have to be a Detroit resident and can’t have any potential child custody issues. Last year, he had 1000 applicants.
 
And finally the last of the Valentines Day “stuff”
Even I’m getting tired of it..LOL!!!
 
So here it is…Valentines Day in a “nutshell”
 
   -Americans will spend $18.6 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day this year.
   --The average person will spend $130.97 on things like candy, cards, gifts “and more.”
   --20 to 30 percent more condoms are purchased on Valentine’s Day.

   --36 million heart-shaped boxes will be sold this Valentine’s Day.
   --$1.6 billion in candy sales is expected today.
   --$4.4 billion in jewelry sales today.
   --Two in five Americans will buy their pets Valentine’s Day gifts
 
Can we now move on to President’s Day (Monday)
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-13
This is fun….the survey on happily married couples and what the average “happily-ever” life is all about.  So let’s see how average you are.
Check off how many of these apply to you and your spouse:
 
1.   Says "I love you" 10 times a week.
2.   Kisses 10 times a week.
3.   Has sex three times a week.
4.   Has 10 deep and meaningful conversations a month.
5.   Has three date nights a month.
6.   Drinks together twice a month.
7.   Has three arguments a month.
8.   Spend two nights out apart with their own friends per month.
9.   And goes on two bigger vacations and two mini-vacations together per year.
  
So how average are you? The 5 things listed that make for a perfect marriage..
Accepting each others faults, trust, honesty, respect, and supporting each other.
And if that’s average…average sounds pretty good to me!!
 
BTW…I hope this “average” survey made you smile and not frown.  
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-12
So maybe this advice isn’t so useless after all?
Everyone is always giving their “two cents”, but these
5 pieces of advice may actually be worth at least a dime maybe even a quarter.
 
“You just need to watch what you eat” and since I am always on a diet how many times do you think I’ve heard that one?
“You just need to cheer up”
“You just need to believe in yourself”
“Just be yourself” (even if it is how you got in trouble to begin with)
“You just need to find out what you’re meant to do in life”
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Sam and Lissas Blog 2-11
I was looking at my FB comments this morning on Starbucks..
So many of you spend so much time and money there. I will stop by occasionally, usually when I’m with my daughter Victoria, but it’s not a must for me. I actually buy more McDonalds coffee than anything else. Every  weekend morning after the Gym. Can’t beat $1 a large!! Peets is too strong for me and Philz is really too strong for me. At the grocery store, I usually by Dunkin Donuts coffee which is pretty mild.
 
But here are the 6 things not even Starbucks fans usually know.
  1. For the past 27 years, Starbucks has opened an average of 2 shops a day, every day.
  2. Santa Fe Springs, down in So. Cal has the highest concentration of Starbucks in the country. 560 within a 25 mile radius.
  3. A Grande coffee has 330 milligrams of caffeine… 4 times more than Red Bull.
  4. They had a profit last year of $1.25 billion dollars, which works out to 2 Grande coffees bought by every single American.
  5. For some iced drinks you can get a 31 ounce Trenta which is larger than the capacity of the human stomach.
  6. 2 out of 10 customers go to a Starbucks at least 16 times a month.
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And that is a  “latte” money!!! 
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-11
So all the talk this morning was about the Beatles Tribute
and the Olympics but what about Leno and Fallon?
 
Jay’s final episode drew 14.6 million viewers. May be misleading as I think a lot of people were like me and DVR’d it so didn’t get included in the numbers. It was his shows biggest audience since May of 1998, when Jerry Seinfeld  was a guest the night of the Seinfeld finale. That night 15 million watched. I’ve got to say it was a great final show for Jay. Wonder when Letterman’s is coming?
 
As for Jimmy Fallon who had a final night too of Late Night since he’s moving on up….he drew a record 6.6 million. I Didn’t even think of watching as I  didn’t think of it as his farewell show.
 
Did you hear Fox has cancelled “X-Factor? Simon Cowell out of a job in America although he is still the mastermind behind America’s Got Talent.
He should have never left American Idol!! Or am the only one who still wishes he were on?
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-7
My friend Kathy sent me this today.
And I just need to share!!!
And feel free to do the same!!!
 
Why do I have a variety of friends who are all so different in character?
How can I get along with them all?

I think that each one helps to bring out a "different" part of me.
With one of them I am polite.
I joke with another friend.
I sit down and talk about serious matters with one.
With another I laugh a lot.
I may have a drink with one.
I listen to one friend's problems.
Then I listen to another one's advice for me.
My friends are all like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
When completed, they form a treasure box.
A treasure of friends!
They are my friends who understand me better than myself,
Who support me through good days and bad days.
And at times we all pray together and for each other.
Real Age doctors tell us that friends are good for our health.
Dr. Oz calls them Vitamins F (for Friends) and counts the benefits of friends as essential to our well-being. Research shows that people with a social circle have less risk of depression and terminal strokes. If you enjoy Vitamins F constantly you can be up to 30 years younger than your real age. The warmth of friendship tops stress and even in your most intense moments it decreases the chance of a cardiac arrest or stroke by 50%.
I'm so happy for Vitamin F!
In summary, we should value our friends and keep in touch with them.
We should try to see the funny side of things and laugh together,
and pray for each other in the tough moments.
Have a great day!
Thank you for being one of my favorite Vitamins!
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-6
Big discussion at work this morning…not around the water cooler but in
A cubicle…LOL
4 of us ladies discussing the “merits” of watching The Bachelor with Juan Pablo.
2 of us do…2 of us don’t. I’m in that group.  I just can’t get with the program of
Dating multiple people…kissing them all and I guess sleeping with them too.
Sheree loves it…loves to watch the romance unfold. Rebecca who married her high school sweetheart umpteen years ago watched for the traveling. She loves the sites and loves to see the out of this world date…..but me and Janna. We don’t get it. And I know you all love Juan Pablo but after watching him on one show…I felt all “greasy”. I know he’s darling but he reminds me of a smooth operator. Plus I’m not a fan of Chris Harrison and he keeps popping in like he’s the Love Czar!!!
 
SO tell me why you watch or don’t watch the Bachelor. I watched the season with Trista and Ryan and that really was it. I think it’s silly….unrealistic…and …
I would so much rather watch the Real Housewives…LOL!!! But I do have an open mind…do tell me what I’m missing!!!
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-5
This is just so darn cute!!!
The 12 rules for being a good boyfriend…
According to two girls ages 6 and 9.
 
1.  Nice handwriting.
2.  "Cuteness."
3.  He should like his girlfriend's parents.
4.  He's not living with HIS parents.
5.  Gives "Nice jewelry." 
6.  He doesn't pick his nose.
7.  He doesn't try to kiss you on the first date.
8.  He's ALWAYS happy.
9.  He respects different religions.  (that’s a weird one)
 10.  His last name is "not weird."
 11.  He brushes and flosses.
 12.  He doesn't tattle tale. 
 
And then once they become a husband, make sure you tell them to key to a happy marriage…..Laughed about this today… A Texas study says the key is a husband works long hours…..one-so you have more time to yourself and two-so he makes enough money for you to hire a maid!!! Hard to believe anyone took this seriously!!! Good for a smile though.!!! 

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-4
Here’s the question…Is it time for a chubby Disney Princess?
A Virginia High School girl thinks so and I so agree.
 
Jewel Moore is a high school junior from Farmville, Virginia and has on her own started a petition on Change.org to convince Disney to make a movie about a plus-size Princess.
Her stand is “ It would be revolutionary for Disney to show support to a group of girls who are otherwise horrendously bullied by the media. It would make young girls feel confident and worthy to see a strong character that looks like them.”
 
Jewel is plus-sized herself and obviously one mature young woman. She says in her petition that if Disney would do this many young girls seeing a strong character that  looks like them  would feel confident and worthy not to mention Disney making itself look good. And who knows she says…”Disney would probably have a ripple effect in people all around the world”.
 
I like this Jewel!! And why not?  What would be so terrible and on the flip side.... What could be so wonderful?  And the answer is plenty!!!
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 2-3
For the shopaholic in your life…and for me too!!!!
 
There’s a new high tech purse that will lock itself up if you spend too much money.

This bag contains a sensor to track your spending. It automatically locks if it senses you’re walking into your favorite store. It also flashes lights and sends text to your “responsible other” if you enter a danger zone like a mall. 
This was good enough for the OMG this morning. Wish I had seen it earlier
 
And did you hear about the teen in Maine?. She sat down with her iPhone in her back pocket. She heard a popping noise and saw smoke. The phone battery actually shorted out when she she sat down….and caught on fire. The boys had to leave her classroom so she could take off her pants. She had first and second degree burns. Don’t you think there should be phone app that automatically causes 911 when it sets its owner on fire?http://www.facebook.com/SamVanZandtKBAY
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