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Summer is by far my favorite time of year. Unlike most New Englanders, I actually LOVE the humidity and the 95 degree days. When Summer actually starts here in the Bean is up for debate. By the end of April, most of us are so miserable due to the winter that we usually ‘pretend’ the weather is summer-like. That is when things get sketchy: girls in booty shorts, flip flops worn in 50 degree weather, guys in cut off jean shorts circa 1990. You get the idea. And I would like to say that things get better here as the real summer weather approaches, but it doesn’t. It just gets worse…

Shit that is Annoying about People in the Summer:

1. Big Sunglasses

I am all for rocking out a pair of nice sunglasses, especially during the summer. A good pair of sunglasses can you from feeling drab to fab in minutes. That being said, sunglasses are just like any other thing you were: they need to ‘fit’ you. Sadly, a whole lot of people missed the memo on this one (men included) and both sexes are wearing some big-ass sunglasses this summer. Some of the sunglasses I have seen are absolutely, positively too big and look, well..  dumb. My feeling is that if your sunglasses literally take up half of your face, you may want to consider getting a smaller pair. Unless you have something to hide…

2.  Tanning

This has to split in two because it just that serious, clearly (thanks Jersey Shore)

Sunless Tanning:

I understand the spray tanning phenomenon, I really do. People are flocking to spray tanning salons because they aren’t really feeling the whole skin cancer thing. That’s cool. What is not cool, however, is all the people walking around looking like they just rolled around in a bag of Doritos. This whole “I am orange and my face and body look dirty” look I am just not understanding…

Extreme Tanning:

Personally, I like a summer glow. I don’t like walking around completely pale, and with a SPF 30 I can still get that summer glow without looking like a complete leather-face. However, I draw the line at those who spend their entire ‘tanning’. It is like the Snooki wanna-be’s are taking over the world..

I also don’t understand those that people I see at the pool and beach who are completely sunburned from head to toe (and still out in the sun) These smarty pants must the people that completely convince themselves that they are brown when they really are red… You know who I am talking about; everyone knows one.

3.  Unnecessary Skin Showing

Summer = warmer weather = less clothing. I get it. I really do. This is more about those that deem it necessary to walk around with their ass hanging out of their shorts/skirts. Or better yet, think I want to see them walking around in public in their two-sizes-too-small swim suit on (and nothing else) Please don’t get me wrong, I am all for embracing our bodies and rocking what our mama’s gave us but on the other side of that, I also feel it is important to know what works for us and what doesn’t and think that we should keep our bodies sacred and not walk around with everything hanging out all over the place…

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Whew, what a whirlwind August has been. And I can’t believe the month is almost over. Where in the world did this summer go? August definitely flew by, probably because we were in Mexico for the first half of it. Speaking of Mexico, although our trip was absolutely magical, the plane ride down and back was not so great. Which leads me to another edition of the shit that really annoys me: plane edition…

I would like to consider myself a well-traveled person. I have been on a lot of planes and on quite a few holidays. Yet there is always that gem that feels it necessary to make the plane absolutely suck-ass for everyone else. Unfortunately, on our flights to Mexico we had a whole boat load of them.


1. The Smelly Food Person

I am a snacker. There is probably never a time where I don’t have a portable snack on my person, and a plane ride is no different. Whether it be chips, a protein bar, or even candy — I get bored on long flights and eating helps my boredom. What can I say. However, on the flight back to Boston the woman sitting in the aisle seat in our row was also hungry. Except she didn’t pull out a little snack — she pulled out the most offensive smelling enchilada wraps. I mean these things literally filled up the plane with the strongest odor of food I have even smelled.. even with a bit of curry for good measure.

In my opinion, I just don’t find this necessary. I feel like on a plane, where you are in a small compartment with many other people, you should take into consideration that maybe not everyone on the plane wants to smell your food. Next time, whip out a bag of potato chips — and not Doritos.

2. The ‘rush to exit the plane while pushing everyone else out of the way’ person:

I know, we have all just sat in a very uncomfortable seat for an extended period of time and are anxious to get the eff off the plane. However, I think it is just plane etiquette that the plane empty out from front to back. Don’t be in such a rush that you block me in my aisle so I can’t get to my carry-on and get off the plane too. It really will only take a few more moments, and I don’t think you will die waiting just one more minute.

3. The seat hogger

This one really drives me crazy. It is almost like people think because I don’t take every inch of my seat, they can just help themselves to my seat as well. I am a firm believer in personal space, and I don’t like it when the person next to me has both arms on the armrest; practically sitting on my lap. We each have our own seat for a reason…

4. The Seat Kicker:

It seems that no matter where I go, what airline I fly, I always, always get the seat kicker. On both flights to and from Mexico, I had the pleasure of a seat kicker. It was like every 4 minutes I would get a nice kick to the back of my seat. Of course, I would love to say that it was a child, and said child didn’t know better. But nope, it was two middle-aged men BOTH times. I don’t get it, do you not feel your foot ramming the seat in front of you?

and lastly,

5. The Crying Child

This one is tricky. I understand small babies are babies and all they do is eat, shit, and cry but when your in enclosed space for a lenghty amount time, a crying baby can really drive me to crazy. Especially when I can hear the cries  from over my headphones, that are blasting so loud in my ears I leave the plane with an earache. However, I am not a parent and therefore no diddly squat about children… but a child crying for 4 hours non-stop? Is that normal?? Whatever it is, it does serve me a personal purpose: birth control.

 

-Amy

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It has been super-duper hot here.. like 100 degrees hot… I love it. The hotter, the better and yes I even like the humidity. It seems like I am the only one though and Facebook has been littered with updates about how “it’s so hot out” and mobile uploads of people’s dashboards with the temperature displayed. Not sure where that one came from. I digress…

Anyways, I have come to the realization that I need to work on considering I have another edition of things that are annoying – gym edition. In all fairness, I realize that people have their individual style and ways or working out but seriously, some of the following drive me effing crazy…

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1. Not cleaning off a machine / Putting Away Weights

This is one of the grossest things about the gym. There have been so many times where I have watched someone get off of the treadmill or elliptical, drenched in sweat, and then they just … walk away. Clearly, I joined the gym to workout in someone else’s sweat. I also joined the gym to practically kill myself trying to put away someone else’s weights.

2. The Cell Phone Talker

We have all come in contact with the ‘cell abuser’. I understand that sometimes there are circumstances where one must use their cell phone at the gym. Yea, I am not talking about that. I am talking about the people that are constantly on their cell phone (talking super loud of course) and just yapping away. This is especially annoying on the cardio machines.. because yes, ma’am I would love to hear about how rash hasn’t cleared up yet.

3. Stinky People

I’m sorry there is no excuse for the some of the stank that comes of people in the gym. I am all for a great, sweaty workout but seriously, some of these people smell like they haven’t showered in weeks. It’s nauseating.

4. Is This a gym … or a club?

There really shouldn’t be a time where I walk into the gym and feel under-dressed. Some of the outfits that gym goers where look like something I would see at a bar. Ultra revealing clothing is just not necessary. And gentlemen, ultra short shorts are also unnecessary.

5. Social Hour

I am not sure why anyone would want to hang out in a sweat-smelling, super hot place like the gym, but judging by the amount of people who just stand around and socialize .. seems to be a really popular hangout. Funny, I just can’t hop on that wagon.

What annoys you about the gym?

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Seriously, sometimes the whole 3-day weekend thing really screws me up. The remainder of the week, I am usually a day late and a dollar short. This would make a lot more sense if I had a job… but I don’t so technically I have no real reason to not know what day it is.

Another hang up I am having? Where the hell is this Summer going? I cannot believe it is already July 8th. We finally had some summer weather round these parts the past few days.. HOT summer weather – like in the 90’s. Honestly, I love it. The humidity, the heat. Bring it on. Sadly, our stretch of nice days ended today when I woke up to a dreary ass day. Figures.

That said, days like this get me a little wonky sometimes, and therefore a little random. So, I figured I would post a bunch of random crap in my post today – because like I said, it is that kind of day.

Fridays Jibber Jabber:

– The Casey Anthony Trial: Yes, I know I will probably get some flack for putting this out there, but honestly I think the whole situation has gotten out of control. I did not even need to put on the news to find out information about the trial, as it littered my facebook and twitter feeds (and it is still all over my Facebook wall days later…)

Obviously, I find it heart-breaking what happened to that little girl, but the sad truth is that a lot of other children are found dead/presumed murdered .. and yes sometimes by a loved one. What makes this story different than the other ones? The sad stats on the amount of kidnapped children (daily even) is horrific, but I never see their stories on my news. Although I do think that Caylee Anthony deserves justice, I also think every other child out there does too.

My issues aren’t just with the national coverage though, as I feel that the uproar in regards to our justice system is unecessary. Yes, we all know that Casey Anthony is a liar, manipulator, and all around big cu next tuesday. Did she murder her child? My opinion only here, but I am not sure. Do I think she had something to do with the child’s death? Yes. Do I think her intent was to kill her own child? I don’t know.

Even though the majority of people in our nation think she is guilty the truth of the matter is that she was found not guilty by a jury. There was reasonable doubt, according to said jurors, and it is done. As for our legal system: yes the prosecution made some errors and probably over-charged her for the evidence they had that was eligible to be introduced to the jury.

But on the opposite side of that, our system is put in place so we can’t just pick up some Joe-Smo and find them guilty of a crime. There has to be evidence, and there has to be enough of it to find a person guilty. The jurors did not feel that was the case here and entered a not guilty verdict. And speaking of the jury and the slack they have been receiving…

They were doing their civic duty as Americans. I find it a bit hypocritical that all sorts of people can trash on the jurors when the fact of the matter is that when most get jury duty, all they do is bitch and try to get out of it.

Moving on to someone equally as terrifying

Jillian Michaels: Oh Jillian.. how I really haven’t missed you at all honestly. I did the 30 day shred video a while back and saw some results in terms of toning. I actually don’t mind her dvds that much and only sometimes do I feel the need to punch my tv. I decided that I wanted to do the 30 day challenge again (starting at the beginning of July)

Why a challenge? Well, a few reasons actually:

  • I am completely vain and wanted to do some toning before my 2 week vacation beginning on August 1
  • I know that during said vacation, I plan to enjoy myself to the fullest and need a detox afterwards
  • I was getting extremely bored in the gym, and this was demotivating me something fierce

So I started the Shred DVD on Monday (not quite the beginning of July clearly) and plan to do it daily for the most part. I also started on Level 2 and have gone back and forth between the first 2 levels. One thing I do like about any workout DVD is that it tells me exactly what to do. That is a major problem when I try and do strength training because I am clueless and usually just give up. At least I have a screaming lunatic who needs better sports bras to keep me doing the strength moves.

and lastly,

– Cape Cod Potato Chips: One thing that really annoys me is when I find a food item that I really like for it only to disappear from the shelves. Case in point: Cape Cod Five Cheese Chips. These chips were amazing.. as greasy and good as a cheesy chip can be. Of course, after a few weeks buying them at the grocery store all of the sudden I couldn’t find them anywhere (except a random small bag at a gas station – yes they are that good)

Then, I found my beloved cheese chips on Monday but quickly realized they had been changed. To whole grain sunchip-wannabe garbage.

Why?

Seriously Cape Cod? I am not too sure what you guys were thinking on this one but it is major fail. First off, your whole grain version is not even good and secondly, if I wanted a whole grain chip — I would eat Sun Chips. At least there chemicals are great-tasting.

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-Amy

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Well, Boston is alive and in full party mode due to Boston Bruins winning the Stanley Cup. Even though I don’t follow hockey at all, it is pretty cool that they won and I must admit it makes the city a great place to live in at the moment. The weather has been warmer too, so that means I am not a total bitch more time has been spent outdoors instead of stuck inside. Now if only that beach weather would come this way…

So, I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about today but had the urge to write. Good thing I had to go food shopping and it sparked my post for today: shit that annoys me at the grocery store. I am sure some of you sympathize.

1) Aisle Blockers

We all have seen these gems at the grocery store: Talking on their cell phones, reading box labels, or looking for an item way down the aisle all while completely blocking aisle. These people drive me crazy, and I have resisted the urge many times to move them out of the way myself.

2) Terrifying Kids

Now, not being a “kid person” may influence my annoyance about this one but there is nothing worse than being near a kid in the grocery store who is having a complete meltdown. Of course, I get that being a parent is hard work but I guess feel that if you can hear a kid screaming because they can’t have chips throughout the whole store and the temper tantrum lasts more than like, 8 minutes, maybe a parent should take their child outside.

3) Express Lane Abusers

I will admit, that I have gone through the ’12 items or less’ lane with maybe 2 extra before. My number 3 is not those people. Number 3 is about the people that have a grocery cart overflowing with groceries. These people know they have a lot more than 12 items, but just do not care. This just means those of us with a gallon of milk to purchase are shit out of luck.

4) Oops, I forgot…

Have you ever been in the line at the grocery store, your items half on the conveyor belt when the person proclaims, “oh I just have to run and get ___ I’ll be right back!” Yea, this is asinine. If someone forgets something, they shouldn’t be able to hold up the line for 20 minutes for 20 minutes while they go and search for whatever they want.

5) Checking Out.

I feel like every time I go grocery shopping the store has like 1 cashier open. The rest of the ‘open’ lines are self-checkout. Now, in theory self-checkout lines would be a brilliant and time consuming part of shopping … if they actually worked! I am pretty sure 98% of the times I have used a self-checkout machine it has stopped working and turned into a huge fiasco.

I am sure myself and everyone else out there could come up with a few more to add to this list. This list is what I encountered just today while shopping! There is also the customer who holds the line up by sitting there and having a full blown conversation with the cashier. Or what about the coupon-crazy lady? I am all for the extreme-coupon craze and can appreciate a good savings – but if someone is going to spend 30 minutes organizing and using their coupons; then maybe they need to open a separate line. And of course, I forgot to mentions the gems that decide to wait until their entire order is bagged to deem it necessary to ‘put a couple things back’…

Am I forgetting anything? What annoys you most about food shopping?

-A

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Summer is by far my favorite time of year. Unlike most New Englanders, I actually LOVE the humidity and the 95 degree days. When Summer actually starts here in the Bean is up for debate. By the end of April, most of us are so miserable due to the winter that we usually ‘pretend’ the weather is summer-like. That is when things get sketchy: girls in booty shorts, flip flops worn in 50 degree weather, guys in cut off jean shorts circa 1990. You get the idea. And I would like to say that things get better here as the real summer weather approaches, but it doesn’t. It just gets worse…

Shit that is Annoying about People in the Summer:

1. Big Sunglasses

I am all for rocking out a pair of nice sunglasses, especially during the summer. A good pair of sunglasses can you from feeling drab to fab in minutes. That being said, sunglasses are just like any other thing you were: they need to ‘fit’ you. Sadly, a whole lot of people missed the memo on this one (men included) and both sexes are wearing some big-ass sunglasses this summer. Some of the sunglasses I have seen are absolutely, positively too big and look, well..  dumb. My feeling is that if your sunglasses literally take up half of your face, you may want to consider getting a smaller pair. Unless you have something to hide…

2.  Tanning

This has to split in two because it just that serious, clearly (thanks Jersey Shore)

Sunless Tanning:

I understand the spray tanning phenomenon, I really do. People are flocking to spray tanning salons because they aren’t really feeling the whole skin cancer thing. That’s cool. What is not cool, however, is all the people walking around looking like they just rolled around in a bag of Doritos. This whole “I am orange and my face and body look dirty” look I am just not understanding…

Extreme Tanning:

Personally, I like a summer glow. I don’t like walking around completely pale, and with a SPF 30 I can still get that summer glow without looking like a complete leather-face. However, I draw the line at those who spend their entire ‘tanning’. It is like the Snooki wanna-be’s are taking over the world..

I also don’t understand those that people I see at the pool and beach who are completely sunburned from head to toe (and still out in the sun) These smarty pants must the people that completely convince themselves that they are brown when they really are red… You know who I am talking about; everyone knows one.

3.  Unnecessary Skin Showing

Summer = warmer weather = less clothing. I get it. I really do. This is more about those that deem it necessary to walk around with their ass hanging out of their shorts/skirts. Or better yet, think I want to see them walking around in public in their two-sizes-too-small swim suit on (and nothing else) Please don’t get me wrong, I am all for embracing our bodies and rocking what our mama’s gave us but on the other side of that, I also feel it is important to know what works for us and what doesn’t and think that we should keep our bodies sacred and not walk around with everything hanging out all over the place…

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I love the Fourth of July… I feel like it is one of those holidays that has always meant so much to me, especially being from Boston where the celebration is weekend-long event.


One of the best parts of any holiday, especially the 4th of July, is getting to see my family. I not only get some beach time with a few fine ladies, but I get to see my Dad and his family as well as my cousins and Tias/Tios (aunt and uncles in Portuguese) on my Dad’s side. (There is nothing more entertaining than surrounding yourself with a whole bunch of Portuguese family members, FYI)

Another favorite part of the 4th of July is of course, the food. From cheeseburgers off the grill, pasta & potato salad, and fresh fruit – it seems that everything I eat the whole 4 day weekend just tastes that much better. The adult beverages are also that much more delicious

But my all time favorite 4th of July food item? Watermelon. Hands Down. It is so freaking good around this time that I have been eating about a watermelon to the face every other day… yea – straight addicted.

So far this weekend, I have a beach day and bbq under my belt – and I have another bbq at my Daddy’s house on the 4th. Sadly, I will be watching the fireworks from afar this year. Tommy has to work so we won’t be taking the walk to the Cambridge bridge to catch the fireworks display at the Esplanade. Kind of a bummer, but I am just thankful that I get to spend some time with Tommy on the actual 4th of July, as he has been working a lot. I have defintely been missing him lately…

 

And of course, the 4th is like the real start of Summer around these parts. I am excited for more summer fun and the hotter days to come… but for now I am going to enjoy the 4th with those that I love. and stuff my face with copious amounts of watermelon and alcohol

Happy 4th of July!!

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