Lochte vs. Phelps

I am not one to focus on the competition between Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps.  I mean, they are team mates, both representing the United States. Why does the press continue to pit them against each other? I do agree that rivalries make us better, but it seems a little ridiculous to present them as arch enemies.

But when it comes to their choice to appear in commercials, I say, all bets are off. Let the games begin.

Although Michael has been appearing in commercials since Beijing, this is a new one. And it is a gem…

Ryan is a new face to the world of commercials. But let me be the first to say that in this AT&T commercial, he is certainly setting the bar high. (Look out, piranhas!)

Get It Together NBC

Dear NBC,

I made the decision to stick with you and watch the Olympics on your network, not online, but on your “live” coverage on tv. Even though waiting hours and hours to see how the races and events play out, I think it is worth it for the commentary from Bob Costas and Rowdy Gaines (although, I have to admit, the majority of the time I am criticizing Rowdy’s comments).

Well I am sorry, but you have just disappointed me. I realize that you want to boost your total number viewers for your “Today Show” coverage during theses Olympic Games. I mean, I can’t really blame you with all of the heat you’ve been taking from Good Morning America. But really, don’t spoil your own coverage by saying “be there with us tomorrow morning as we interview gold medalist [insert name here]” BEFORE the coverage of the competition!

Honestly, you kind of took the wind out of your own sails there. Don’t make me start a campaigning to switch the Olympic coverage to another network. And yes, I have that much power. Don’t test me.

Consider yourself warned,


Friday Afternoon Round Up

Today is the best day in the last four years. Nope, it isn’t Christmas, my birthday or any other holiday. Today we celebrate the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, in London England.

I consider myself an Olympic fanatic, especially of the summer games. As a result, today’s Friday Afternoon Round Up is dedicated to all of the greatness that we are going to experience for the next three weeks. Go USA!

Four years ago, Beijing set the bar very high. Can London match it?

Thank goodness Abby and I didn’t make it to the Olympics – we saved our parents a lot of money!

Is rickshaw the newest Olympic sport?

While all eyes will be on what the athletes wear to Opening Ceremonies (seriously Ralph, what’s with the jaunty cap?) I am sure a few will be focused on Kate’s fashion.

The US swim team is clearly the coolest team at the games. The US women’s soccer team is a close second.

Maybe I should stage a comeback, a pregnant one!

Nose plugs, hair gel and ridiculous facial expressions. Get excited!

The next contestant on The Biggest Loser? Nope, she’s an Olympic hopeful.

What’s in the London water that is making Matt so giddy?

Thankfully she chose to be all Red, White and Blue!

I’m hoping for lots of scrunchies, color coordinated with their leos of course.

Are we ready? Are we ready? Yes we are!

Nutella saves the Day! (or at least the morning)

Last weekend I woke up a little early and thought it would be nice to make Matt and myself some breakfast. Only problem was we didn’t have much in the form of food in our apartment.

No eggs and no milk – rules out omelets, scrambled eggs, pancakes and waffles. We didn’t have bread either so french toast was out of the question. Suddenly I was faced with a dilemma. I was going to have to go to the grocery store. The closest store is at least an 8 minute walk from our apartment and I wasn’t quite ready to put on read clothes and face the outside.

There had to be something in there that I could transform into something delicious, right?

Then I spotted it – a jar of Nutella and Pillsbury crescent roles. Bingo.

I opened the crescent roles, rolled them out and spread on that delicious hazelnut spread. After rolling the back up, I popped them in the oven for 12 minutes. With a light dusting of powered sugar, they made the most delicious addition to our Sunday morning coffee.



And they are healthy, right? At least that’s what the Nutella commercial told me.

Too Old for Teen Choice Awards?

This weekend, while Matt was watching True Blood, I was holed up in our bedroom watching the Teen Choice Awards. Yes, at age 29 I am still watching the Teen Choice Awards. Here are a few of my take aways/impressions of the evening.


1. I had no idea who the host of the awards show was until they said her name (evidence that I am old).

I don’t really know who Demi Lovato is.. I think she was on a Disney show? But I wouldn’t be able to tell you which one without Googling her. All I really know about her is that she is staging a comeback after struggling with depression and body image. Apparently, this comeback involves the X factor, where she will join Britney Spears as a judge. Really? This girl is in the same league as Brit? I am shocked.


2. Normally, I am pretty good at predicting the winners. Since my taste in music, movies, tv shows and celebs runs along the same wave length as a 13 year old girl, this awards show is usually my sweet spot. Apparently, not this year. What’s worse, I didn’t even know who half of the winners were (more evidence that I am old).

Never heard of this movie – Choice Movie: Action, “Abduction”

Never heard of this  – Choice Movie Actress: Action, Zoe Saldana, “Colombiana”

No idea who these people are –  Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Ian Somerhalder, “The Vampire Diaries”  and Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Nina Dobrev, “The Vampire Diaries”

Do I really need to start watching more ABC family and the CW? I thought I already watched enough crappy tv.


3. Let’s talk about Miley Cyrus’ staying power? She was nominated for Choice Female Hottie (I am not even going to get into what a ridiculous category name that is) and was going up against some strong contenders Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Kate Upton. Now I think that in a non-teen world Kate Upton would win hands down. However, I figured Selena Gomez was going to the be clear winner. So when they announced Miley’s name, I was shocked. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big Hannah Montana fan, but let’s face it, that was so 2010. I then figured that the fans had voted for Miley because they voted her super cute fiance, Liam Hemsworth as the Choice Male Hottie. Nope! It was that guy who I didn’t even recognize earlier – Ian Somerhalder. I’ve got to hand it to Ms. Cyrus… you are staying strong among the tweens and teens who raised you.


4. Why didn’t Bieber and Selena sit together? And why didn’t the Biebs wish her a happy birthday after his performance? Justin Timberlake SO totally would have lead the crowd in Happy Birthday if it was Brit’s birthday. Sorry guys, but this generations power teen couple is not living up to the expectations set by Justin and Brit.



5. Taylor Swift. You crushed it. Your dress was awesome. Your audience dancing was awesome. Unfortunately your dates wasn’t. Please tell me that was your brother. You need to stop turning your ex-boyfriends into pop country songs. No one wants to get famous that way.


6. Jonah Hill – stop taking yourself so seriously. You were pretty much the only person who had a polished acceptance speech and thanked anyone besides the fans. Yes, I like you and you are funny but I am 29. Gain those 40 lbs back and stick to being funny. That’s how you win over the tweens.


7. Nice job Rob Pattinson for creating mass pandemonium when you “gave” your surf board to a group of dozens of screaming fans. How do you think this ends? By then all making a deal to share the surf board equally among the group? No – it ends with a fight to the death over a crappy surf board. Man – didn’t you learn anything from Bieber’s adventures in Norway?

And way to think for yourself K. Stewart and do the exact same thing. You really are an incredible role model for young girls everywhere. Wait a second, maybe you two would be good to play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel in the 50 Shades of Grey movie. You’ve got that dom/sub thing down already.

8. The show ended with a great performance by Carly Rae Jepsen. while her performance was cute, I want to know what Canadian styled her. I know you “just” burst on to the scene and are still getting used to being “famous” but come on – you can do better than that. I know you can.



9. The most famous actor at the show was Crystal the Monkey.

This little lady has a CV that blows George Clooney out of the water:

Year Title Character
1997 George of the Jungle Baby monkey
1998 Dr. Dolittle Drunk Monkey
1999 American Pie
2000 Terror Tract
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Drunk Monkey
American Pie 2
2004 Garfield: The Movie Pet monkey
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Test monkey
2006 The Shaggy Dog Capuchin
Night at the Museum Dexter
2006 Failure to Launch Forest Monkey
2007 3:10 to Yuma
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Dexter/Able
2010– Community Annie’s Boobs
2011 The Hangover Part II Drug Dealing Monkey
Zookeeper Donald the Monkey
2011 We Bought a Zoo Crystal the Capuchin
2012 Animal Practice Dr. Zaius

Who knew this was all the same monkey!


10. Sophie Grace and Rosie. Enough said. You stole the entire show.

Pigging Out

On Saturday Matt and I went to Blue Smoke, a BBQ restaurant in NYC that I have been wanting to go to for a while. Although the food isn’t the healthiest, it was pretty tasty.

Matt had gone for a 92 mile bike ride earlier in the day and I had done an 8 mile run in the mid-morning heat. We didn’t eat a lot during the day, so when we showed up to the restaurant, we were both pretty much starving. Well, we knew how to fix that – by ordering a ton of food!

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While the food was good, I have to admit that I think the BBQ at Fette Sau in Brooklyn is far superior. And a lot less touristy!

Secret Psych

On both my high school and college swim teams we had secret psychs. It was freaking awesome. One a week or before big meets, someone would leave you some inspiration in your locker. It could be a homemade sign, a mixed CD or a delicious treat. While I miss being in shape, competing at a high level and the team atmosphere – I have to say, I miss getting little surprise presents.

Monday night, Matt and I were treated to a gift from a not-so-secret psych. And it was freaking awesome.

Thanks MIL! You are amazing.