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Breaking Bad – The Great American TV Show (Spoilers*)

breaking bad jesse pink man I woke up this morning worried about Jesse Pinkman.

I don’t want him to die. I don’t want Walter White to die either. I don’t want anyone else to die because they are my Sunday night family and watching your family die sucks.

But I’ll accept it if it’s good for the story.

I watched Hank get shot in the head yesterday and I was like WHAT?! Of course I knew he was going to be offed. He had to go. What’s good for the story is good for the gander but it still felt like someone had ripped my heart out, kicked it around a bit before placing it back into my body. With every scene, I was feeling like it had all gone too far. I was uncomfortable much of the episode and I yearned for the comfort and coziness of Season 1.

I’m not ready for the show to end although much like the changing of the seasons, it’s not up to me or my emotional capacity to handle the shift.

It is appropriately raining today in NYC and I’m feelin’ weird. Breaking Bad made me feel weird. I can’t stop thinking about it, trying to put it all together.

I consider it the great American novel but in series form. There is too much to analyze, too much to look for, too much to look forward to. It’s the series you watch again because there are hints and foreboding everywhere.

This isn’t just TV. This IS what TV should be. All TV. All TV should be this good because then I could scapegoat brilliant episodes on my emotional issues.

No, I don’t watch Homeland and I probably won’t. Perhaps Vinny and I will give The Wire a whirl after a sufficient emotional break from Breaking Bad.

So if you think I’m a bit nutty,  you’d be right. But everyone else is a bit nutty for Breaking Bad too so I don’t feel so bad.

Do you watch Breaking Bad or are you one of those “too cool” for school folks who doesn’t own a TV? You’re missing out.

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15 Reasons I Don’t Mind Failing

famous people who have failed

The title of this post is a bit misleading. I do mind failing. In fact, I despise it. Of the many activities I could be doing on a given day, failing is the least desirable option.

But sometimes it happens.

And when it does, it feels like this: like the dark winter clouds have gathered above and they can’t resist pelting depression-filled doom drops down at you. It feels like that dispicable feeling of loving someone who no longer loves you back. Like that feeling you get when you realize you’ve made a major mistake and this is real life and you’ve spent a lot of money and you will never see it again. Ever. Again. It’s that parasitic pit in your stomach and mind that just won’t go away.

It’s feeling like Beck and knowing it’s a truth and not just a negative thought.

For instance, I’m Too Fancy Version 1.0 was a major failure. Majah. For those who don’t know, my attempts to start a budget shopping search engine and affiliate-powered online shop went nowhere. My vision was grander than my capabilities. I also wasn’t known for my impeccable fashion sense so no one really cared what I had to say about budget shopping. I almost didn’t even care what I had to say about budget shopping.

Then I got sick and everything went downhill anyway. I forgot to pay the hosting company and they deleted the entire site but it doesn’t matter anyway because I2FV1 was never going to succeed. It wasn’t authentic. It wasn’t me. What I write about now is more organic and better received.

But it took a while to get back to me. Nights of deep sleep and nightmares. Waking up and realizing that it did just happen. It was like a wound I carried around that wouldn’t heal until I figured out my next step. And with time, I eventually did and still am figuring it out. But at least the nightmares have stopped.

But back to the point about failure – it happens. To a lot of people actually. I have a list of 15 below. People who try fail. The secret of success is that you keep trying.

Famous People Who Have Failed

15 – Elvis was fired by the manager of the Grand Ole Opry in 1954 after just one performance. He was told he should go back to drivin’ a truck.

14 – Steven Spielberg got rejected from film school three times.

13 – Stephen King threw out his manuscript for Carrie. His wife fished it out of the trash and encouraged him to submit it to publishers. Carrie was rejected 30 times before it was sold. His book “On Writing” is a must read for writers, even if you’re not into his books.

12 – Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. This is a favorite quote of mine – “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

11 – Sir James Dyson went through 5,126 failed prototypes over a fifteen year period before his 5,217th worked. The Dyson brand is now the best-selling vacuum cleaner in the US.

10 – Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling was a divorced, unemployed mother raising her daughter while on social security. She is the first billionaire writer.

9 – R.H. Macy started seven failed business before he founded Macy’s.

8 – Soichiro Honda applied for an engineering position with Toyota Motor Corp but didn’t get the gig. Left unemployed, he started making scooters at home and eventually started his own company.

7 – John Grisham was a lawyer before he became a writer. It took him three years to write A Time to Kill and it was rejected by 28 different publishers. The 29th publisher said yes and today he has sold more than 250 million copies of his books.

6 – The Beatles were rejected by quite a few labels and were told “guitar groups are on the way out.” The rest is history.

5 – Sarah Silverman was fired from Saturday Night Live after only a year on the show. None of her sketches ever made it to air.

4 – Charles Schults was rejected for a position with Disney before he created the famous Peanuts comic strip.

3 – Vera Wang started her infamous bridal design business at 40, only after she was passed up for the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue.

2 – Akio Morita is the co-founder of Sony. Their first product was a rice cooker.

1 – Oprah was fired from her job as a TV reporter because she was “unfit for TV.”

They didn’t give up and neither should I. Or you.

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5 Things I Learned During My First Year of Marriage

5 Things I learned from my first year of marriage

Yesterday Vinny and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. Congrats to us!

In honor of our special day, I wanted to write a post about the wedding. I started writing it but then I realized I didn’t really care. I’m over our wedding. It was beautiful and spectacular and our lovely guests made our night so special. But I’m not a wedding person, not even when it comes to showing mine off.

Instead I’ve decided to write about what I’ve learned after the wedding. You know, when you’re actually married to another person, by law, and you have to live together in peace because if you don’t, the nosy neighbors will call the police on you. Below are just five things I’ve learned. Let me know if you agree.

Weddings are fun but marriage is hard

This is not to say that marriage isn’t fun. It is. Most of the time. But all of the other times it’s hard. Why? Because you’re living with another person. A human being with likes, dislikes and feelings that may not always be aligned with your feelings. It takes a while to navigate those issues when you’re a newly wed just learning to live with another person. And that is hard.

Before you’re married, love is a feeling. After you’re married, love is an action

Saying I love you with words is so special. But saying I love you with surprise tickets to that Broadway show you’ve been hinting about is even more special. Okay, forget Broadway. Any gesture that shows you love your partner goes a lot further than just saying it. Going to the doctor with you, asking how you feel, cooking you a favorite meal, keeping the house clean, etc. Any action you commit that makes your partner happy is a sign of love and that’s the fuel that keeps the heart and loins operating smoothly.

Compliment your spouse as if they were a puppy learning a new trick

We all like to be complimented, don’t we? It’s not a sign of weakness to put your husband/wife on a pedestal, although I do know some people who feel this way. Compliment your spouse and provide positive reinforcement when they do something good. For instance, the more Vinny compliments my cooking, the harder I want to try to make it delicious.  They will like the feeling and will continue doing it. The experts agree! So be proud of them and support them like they were your favorite football team. You know, cheer them on no matter what, even if it’s unlikely they’ll make it to the Super Bowl.

Use mild language when insulting your spouse

Truth is that Vinny and I have said some pretty awful things to each other. We’ve both been known to use creative language to demolish the other person, just to prove a point. But the louder we screamed and the worse we got to each other, the less we heard the others point. Sure it can be fun to abuse your spouse and feel like a victorious gladiator when you’ve sufficiently hurt their feelings but in the end, it’s really not worth it. It hurts and some wounds take longer to heal. Also, if you get too used to being vile, that will become the norm. So instead of saying “you disgusting piece of sh*t motherf*cker. I will destroy your life!” try saying “Babe, I know your legs are working just fine so why didn’t you take out the garbage last night? Can you please do it now? Thanks! I love you.” Do not add “Go to hell” as you leave the room. They will hear it.

It’s easy to get comfortable. Don’t do it.

That means go to the gym. Wear makeup. Get your hair did. Get your nails did. Look hot for your husband. Look hot for your wife. Treat her like she is the golden egg. Don’t break plans with her. Put her first, second and third. Put in as much effort as you can to keep life fresh. Forever is a long time and attention spans have significantly decreased over the years so be interesting and hot for your spouse if you want to keep their attention. Just because you’re married doesn’t mean you can let yourself go.

I love being married and I especially love being married to Vinny. He’s my best friend in good times and my frenemy in bad times but as long as he is my friend in marriage, we’ll be okay.

How about you? What have you learned from being married?

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Beyonce Dishes Dating Advice, Channing Tatum Plays B-Ball w/ a Baby and 13 Fall Shows You Want to See on Links of the Week Roundup

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Beyonce doles out some dating advice in the form of GIFS.

Chobani yogurt started to hiss at people so there was a recall. Oh, and did you know that the Air Force banded Chobani?

This writer hurt herself and couldn’t yoga for 14 weeks. This is her story.

Ugh. I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Ariel Castro committed suicide in jail. That makes me angry.

A rapist in the UK was disappointed to learn that he may have gotten HIV from his victim.

Stumbling in Flats is a fancy blog about MS. Barbara is highlarious and we will be guest blogging on each other sites soon. I’m super excited about it.

Channing Tatum and a baby play basketball. Collective “awwwww’s” ensue.

Buzzfeed introduces us to the man who perfected the selfie.

13 Fall pilots you and your DVR might want to know about.

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My Husband Wants to Go Speed Dating

Vinny and I were watching Hitch for the millionth time (thanks, TBS) and I was giggling as usual. I don’t know why but I just adore this movie, especially the scene where Hitch takes Eva Mendez character to Ellis Island. The way she cries when she sees her uncles name gets me every time.

hitch the movie

We were up to the speed dating scene, where Eva and Will are flirt fighting. I guess I also wanted to get into the spirit of flirt fighting, except minus the flirting.

Diana: I know this is a weird question but would you go speed dating?

Vinny: Sure, why not?

Diana: Uh, so now you want to go speed dating?

Vinny: What? No!

Diana: So now that you don’t have a ring, you want to go date other people.

Vinny: No! You asked me.

Diana: Lie next time.

Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer.

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Mister Sunday Meets Candy Crush: An Epic Tale of a Labor Day Staycation

Mister Sunday in Brooklyn

Me flirting with the camera.

Howdy, ya’ll! Hope you all had a nice Labor Day weekend. I, for one, had a stupendous time. Vinny and I decided to enjoy all Brooklyn has to offer so we had a staycation. Usually I would be a giant cry baby about staying local during a holiday that just begs for you to spend a weekend in nature but since we were active, I didn’t mind.

On Saturday we celebrated my dads 75th birthday (woohoo dad!) during the day and went bowling at night. Then on Sunday I went to a hipster party sans Vinny. He was busy drafting his fantasy football team in New Jersey. If you think I think drafting a fantasy football team is a sufficient way to spend 1/3 days of labor day, you’d be wrong. But it is what it is. Vinny had fun picking tight ends and I had fun wearing a tight skirt that showed my tight end. Hahaha. Get it?

Everyone I met at Mister Sunday was from Texas. Or rather, they were from Brooklyn via Texas. It was interesting to say the least. The party was at Gowanus Grove near the famed Gowanus Canal. It didn’t smell and I was pleased. I drank red sangria the entire night but everyone else was too cool for school and drank trendy Brooklyn beer. Outside, an elderly Asian woman collected the cans to recycle. I’m pretty sure she is richer than us all.

Mister Sunday Brooklyn

She’s rich.

The rest of our weekend was spent watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix and hating playing Candy Crusher. Vinny and I just recently started playing so we’re really not that far along. Okay, we’re in the 30s. I know, I know! With 400 levels, it’s almost as if we’re not even playing at all.

Sometimes I love the game and sometimes I hate it. Usually the hate comes when I can’t beat a level. Luckily, my friend Victor beat one that I was perpetually stuck on and I rejoiced with delight. Now Vinny calls me a cheater but when he does, I just wave my arms up in the air like I just don’t care. Because I don’t. I am further ahead because of it and if unearned success is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Lesson learned? Cheating is okay if it gets you ahead in life.

Your turn. How was your Labor Day weekend? But more importantly, do you crush candies?

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A NY Icon Dies, Celebrities Get Bangs & Birth Babies, and Mean Girls Goes Disney on Links of the Week Roundup

Gus, the Bronx Zoo Polar Bear

This is a beautifully written farewell to Gus, the celebrity Bronx polar bear who passed away on Tuesday.  I never met the icon, but RIP buddy.

Check out the first issues of 10 famous magazines.

I have a strong desire to ruin my life and get bangs. This slideshow of 25 celebrities with bangs is inspiring but I know my hair will never look as good.

On a more serious note, there is a problem in Syria. A very big problem.  I have no opinion that I wish to share but just wanted you to know that I’m an intelligent woman with interests besides bangs.

Just kidding! Here are more celebrities with bangs.

Smart and successful women fascinate me so my new obsession is Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.  She has man haters. Shocker.

Love having sex in public? So does this South Caronlina couple. They got busted for doing the nasty at Home Depot.

Fergie and Josh Duhamel had a baby boy and his name is Axl.

Ross Gellar (David Schwimmer) is moving to the East Village and this enraged all of the really cool people who currently live there.  Eh. Maybe it’s because he demolished an almost-landmarked building.

This is super adorbs. Like, super. Mean Disney Girls is a Youtube video of…you guessed it…Mean Girls starring Disney characters.

The cost of raising a baby is too damn high.

New York Then & Now is fun look at what once was and what now is.

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An MS Poem by Val

Remember that time I showed off and published fan mail from Zohra to me? Well, I’m not done showing off. Today I bring you two poems by my best friend Val. This is significant because the poems are about me and were written shortly after I was diagnosed. Also because Val is an exceptional poet who has the ability to dig deep into the soul and find the perfect words to describe her complicated emotions. I hope she shares more with the public but until then, I’ll be forcing her to write poetry inspired by me since being a muse is a personal life goal of mine. Enjoy.

MS

my best friend has MS
not yet a Mrs. but she’s got stress
we make jokes and we progress
but when shit strikes then we regress
she’s the yin to my yang
the bread to my salty butter
she’s my sanity in times of trouble
but now she’s seeing double
I’m looking straight
ahead to the curved road
we both travel
and despite the gravel
it will be smooth for us

Miss Poet

“I’d rather be free than responsible” my friend said
Now go write me a poem Miss Poet
But that was before she was upset
Before the doctor told her
Why she was in bed
Before life became restrictive
Before drugs became addictive
“I’d rather be alive than free” my friend said
Now go write me a poem Miss Poet

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Us.

I love the poem and the way it intertwines the delicate nature of friendship and the many things that can go wrong in life. How about you?

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Can Long Distance Relationships Work? Yes, They Can

How to Be in a Long Distance Relationship, Do long distance relationships work?

Is physical closeness the only answer to a successful relationship? Experts say not really. Turns out it’s not about your geographical proximity to one another but how intimate you are with each other. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

A recent study in the Journal of Communication found that those in long distance relationships “felt as much or more trust and satisfaction” as their physically close counterparts. Like any relationship, near or far, the answer is communication. How often do you talk? And what do you talk about? Annoying passenger on the train? The wrath you feel for your coworker who “accidentally” called you out during a meeting with the boss? In fact, yes. Couples who share their days, even the minutia, are likelier to succeed.

The key, though, is to do so regularly. You want each other to know the mundane, even inane details, about your lives, says Robert Navarra, a California-based certified Gottman therapist for The Gottman Institute, a research, training and counseling center to promote better relationships.

The dry cleaning, your boss, what you had for lunch – who cares? Well, you should. Part of intimacy involves knowing the details of the other person’s daily life, big and small, because you’re that important to each other, Navarra explains. But it’s not so much about the daily accounting of groceries or child care or even the mechanics of each other’s jobs, as gauging each other’s emotional standing, he says.

– Source US News

Sounds complicated but life is such so if you want it bad enough, you can make it work. Just ask James and Jude, a lovely couple who fell in love on Tumblr. Yes, Tumblr. It makes sense since the vast amount of technology available today makes it easy to connect and stay connected. Check out their story on The Date Report because the two started out as strangers living more than 1000 miles away from each other and today they are engaged. Cue the awwwww.

Are you currently or have you ever been in a long distance relationship? Did it work? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

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Beyonce Screams at P. Diddy. Inspires Blog Posts Around the World

Beyonce & Jay Z Party in NYC

via Gawker

I love how anything Beyonce does makes news. This time she yelled for a fight to stop at the Dream Downtown at the VMA after party. The reason this is more interesting than your average fight is because, DUH! Beyonce screamed. Also because the fighters in question were P. Diddy and some guy who got too close to P. Diddy.

After it was reported in the Daily News, Gawker went and created a one-act play with all of the characters involved in the scuffle. They really did a great job of making the entire fight come alive. It’s quite charming.

Persons Represented

Sean John Combs, a wealthy rapper, record producer, and the United States brand ambassador to Cîroc vodka.
Cassie Ventura, his girlfriend, a former dELiA*s model.
Jay-Z, his friend, a famous rapper and entrepreneur.
Beyoncé, Jay-Z’s wife.
J. Cole, a rapper.
Jamie Foxx, Pharrell, Will.i.am, Russell Simmons, Busta Rhymes, Bodyguard of Busta Rhymes, party guests.

ACT I

SCENE: Manhattan. The Ph-D rooftop lounge at the Dream Downtown hotel. A party is being held to mark the occasion of the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Many stars of videos are in attendance, and everyone smells good. SEAN JOHN COMBS and CASSIE VENTURA dance. VENTURA whips her sleek black hair over her bare shoulders and draws invisible hearts in the air above her head. COMBS mostly nods at VENTURA and at the room in general. He thinks about the 1970s, because he is 43.

Go on over to Gawker to read the entire play. It will be the best wasted minute of your day.

 

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