Ready for your close-up?

C’mon. Who doesn’t like getting their photo taken again and again and again and again? As it turns out, excluding fame hungry celebutants (ahem, Heidi Montag, ahem) a lot of people don`t. Myself included. However when you introduce a professional hair stylist into this equation and then add in a professional makeup artist to be on hand throughout the photo shoot, suddenly getting your photo taken repeatedly becomes very enticing indeed. Who doesn’t like taking a guaranteed great photo? Tally the number in this new group and its definitely gotten bigger. Include me in this new group too (guaranteed? That`s like over 50%!).

The term ‘Boudoir Photo’ elicits mixed reactions from people, depending on whom you ask. To some, it’s reminiscent of old school parlour shots still done at carnivals and fairs today.  But today, boudoir photos can be whatever you want them to be. They can range from innocent snap shots of you in colourful outfits and fun poses, to high art shots with strategically placed feathers (aka fancy nudes). The decision is up to you and the creative potential is unlimited.

You who!!!

I love photography but after toying around with a friend’s $3,000 camera ($1,000 camera with a $2,000 lens) I proved that skill comes not with the cost of your equipment but from actual skill. Humph! 

Luckily we had the very talented Ray Chum from TempestPhoto.com, who came with actual skill, in charge of taking the photos (cost = priceless).

For today’s event, I would not be in any photos but I hoped I would at least get to enjoy some of the fun if not all of the excitement.

As you know, I’ve accumulated several fun roles over the past year and one of them is as a marketing specialist for the wedding products and wedding consulting company weddingblingz.com.

In this role we’ve planned, plotted and attended events but this was our first together involving a photo shoot. Both of us being expert event planners with numerous successful events in our past, we figured we had this one under control.

After all, with all the expertise in the room, what could go wrong?…

ooo la la!

Up at the crack of 7:30am, on my day off, no less, we arrived at the Executive Hotel`s fully loaded penthouse suite.  The sun was shining brightly through the floor to ceiling windows throughout the 2-level suite and we had a clear view of the mountains. The perfect day and backdrop for our photo shoot.  So far, so good.
All the girls arrived for their individual photo shoots filled with excitement and brimming with nervous energy. As the day’s assistant, I played the role of everyone’s beetch and carried bags, poured drinks (only water for once!), and made sure everyone was comfortable, relaxed and feeling great. 

Running around and prepping the sets, getting drinks, and keeping everyone chocolate filled and in high spirits was a lot of fun, surprisingly. I enjoyed pampering the lovely ladies and this sudden selflessness is very rare of and so unlike me. As the day went on and photo shoot after photo shoot took place, I dutifully played the role of helpful spectator despite hearing all the giggles and laughter from the studio above. It was okay this time but next time I definitely want a starring role.

Like I said earlier, ‘So what could go wrong???’

Well like I also said earlier ‘we had a whole bunch of experts helping on this’…

So absolutely nothing. 😉 

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 Top 3 Boudoir Photo shoot tips (as taken from www.weddingblingz.com):

  1. Wardrobe: Bring a few options to try (2 to 4 options) but not too many accesories (earrings, bracelets, etc) as you don`t want them to overpower your natural beauty.
  2. Hair: Wear it down in soft curls or waves if possible. This is the most easily manageable hair for the many poses and positions you might want to try.
  3. Makeup: If doing your own makeup then go heavy on your foundation, powder, bronzer, and/or blush. This shows up better in photos and puts you in your best light.

 

Ready to get pampered and take your own boudoir photo? Contact WeddingbBlingz today! 

Photo sources:  old school saloon, sexy curvy corset

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The Break-Up Guide

As a perpetually single and fun-loving gal, I’ve developed many relationships in my time. To me, everyone you meet in your daily comings and goings has the potential to be a great friend, a reliable resource, a game show lifeline, a credible witness, a useful alibi, a late night contact, a partner in crime, an ex lover, a business networking contact, or even your soul mate (or ‘one of the ones’ as my friend puts it). So unless you’re rude, a moron, or grossly and repulsively unattractive, into my contact list you go.

Never one to waste time differentiating,  I mentally lump all those I meet into the same generic pile: maybes. A growing list of potentials I can one day refer to in my normal (Need name of a local strip bar: call Jeremy) and/or criminal dealings (Need a black market kidney ASAP: call Bucky).

But here’s the twist

So maybe you were hoping for a relationship or maybe one just happens to fall in your lap, but what happens to this list of maybes you were holding onto when your social status suddenly moves from being single to being ‘in a relationship’.

Now what?

These days, your phone book contact list is essentially your electronic little black book: a listing of past, present and future, um, ‘potentials’. So what’s the best way to inform them all about your newfound joy?

  • Do you send out a broadcast email?
  • Call them all up to let them know?
  • Do you post it on Facebook?
  • Set up rendezvousc with each of them to break it to them gently?
  • Send out a tweet?

The female consensus was simple: Whenever a maybe makes contact, you can do one of the following:

  • Casually drop the ‘I’m taken’ message somewhere in the conversation
  • Kindly inform them of your new relationship status via reply text
  • Compliment them but inform them that you’re no longer interested in pursuing anything
  • Deflect any non-friendship messages/implications and keep it platonic (Him:You’re hot. You:Why yes it is hot. Global warming is no myth. What are you thoughts on it?)

However, according to the male perspective, the female consensus is not only ridiculous, it’s useless too (gee, thanks).

Not understanding why, my male resource then explained it to me. To help illustrate, I decided to use this forwarded email my mom sent me so all us females will get it:

 

The Male consensus: Cease all contact.

Don’t respond, don’t email and don’t answer any phone calls. It may sound cold, it may seem mean but it’s the only way to drive in your point without leading anyone in the wrong direction. Any response indicates interest on your part and if you have no interest in pursuing anything, then the best thing to do is nothing at all. No contact, no replies, and definitely no alcohol fuelled meetups. No-thing!

Final bit of male advice: If you do feel some crazy female-like need and insist that you must, Must, MUST respond in some way; there’s only one guaranteed message you can send: Tell ’em you’re pregnant…

You’ll never hear from ’em again.

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And just to be fair, women-speak was in there too 😉 

A few of my favourite things…

Ahhh the Internet. We all know it well but do you love it the way you should? After checking your email, doing a little stalkbooking on facebook and searching up dirty jokes and images to send to your friends (ya, we know you do this), how else are you using mankind’s greatest invention? (Sliced bread, take a backseat please).  

After vodka, scouring the web is my next favourite thing to do at work home. So it only makes sense to always keep a list of favourite websites to check out when on the phone with your annoying friend bored. There are millions of websites out there (many of them badly made) which makes finding the good ones very difficult, to say the least. So how do you discover new ones worth your time? How can you find them? What are they about? Where do you go?

You take a gander at my list, that’s how. I’m creating a list and adding to it too. It’s the start of a series of cool links, great websites, and useful cyberspace time wasters. The more time you waste, the better.

So without further adieu, I present to you…

Nelleytimes’ inconclusive list of random favourite websites (pt I)

RottenTomatoes 

  • Passing judgment, giving criticism and counting dollars. Three of my favourite past times all rolled into this great site that amasses numerous critic’s assessments of a movie and the end result is shown via the rotten tomato meter. For example, Little Fockers  is only 10% fresh so it gets a rotten tomato rating.  However, Black Swan is 88% fresh so it gets a fresh tomato rating (fresh being any movie with a grade of 60% or higher). You can also view top rated movies, weekly box office results in dollar amounts as well as fresh ratings for upcoming movies.

Radiotime 

  • I checked this out on a friend’s suggestion and never looked back. This site allows you to make musical selections by genre, location, type, etc. Then it provides you with a list of related radio stations, radio shows and streaming internet options to choose from that are located all over the world. A reggae music station from the Netherlands? Yes please!

Upcoming Movie Trailers  

  • If you’ve ever gone to the movies with me, you know that I love, Love, LOVE movie trailers! Sometimes moreso than the actual movie (I’m looking at you – Couples Retreat!). Now although I’m not a fan of Apple and its related products, I do love this website which provides access to upcoming movies I want to see and some I’ve never even heard of and really want to see. You’ll need to download Quicktime to view the trailers, but it’s a small sacrifice to make to gain access to this content rich site. It’s like a movie trailer buffet, woo!

And the list goes on. Trailers, wheeee!

Bejewelled 

  • Game time!  Never have I wasted so many hours of my life and loved every minute of it. Introduced to me by an equally obsessed friend, I downloaded this game several years ago when it was free but facebook does have a free version too. If you decide to try it out, make sure you free up your evenings and weekends for the next several months. You’re gonna be awhile.

Addiction, thy name is Bejeweled!

Cute with Chris    

  • Hahahahahahahaahaha! This is the only way to describe my sarcastic, acerbic hero.  From the pics on his website to the videos on his YouTube channel, he, as his website describes it: explores the ugly side of cute.

Le Love

  • This is my sentimental entry. Now, normally I don’t like love or anything to do with its subsidiaries but I came across this site in early 2010 and immediately fell in, well, deep like. It’s created mainly from user entries so it definitely has the potential to be filled with sappy, clichéd crap but thankfully the readers send in some thoughtful photos, clever quotes, random entries and intriguing snippets representing both sides of love’s cruel equation (the happy side is not = to the unhappy side).

Excerpt from Le love

Onespout.com 

  • I wrote about this back when there were only a few well known websites out there: 
  1. Groupon
  2. Living Social
  3. Social Shopper
  4. Indulge Living
  5. Steal The Deal
  6. Good News
  7. Town Hog 
  • Now that there’s 20+ related sites and growing that I need to check out on a daily basis, OneSpout is the solution to my new age problem. This one site contains info and breakdowns of all the numerous daily deals and side deals in your city, while also providing each deal’s countdown/time remaining clock. A convenience I’m happy to take advantage of and share.

What’s next?

Got a cool site you want to suggest? Just write it in the comments section below and I’ll check it out. If it’s pretty cool, useful or handy, I’ll post it up, credit you for the find and add it to the list!  But if it’s just a site dedicated to you and your cat/man/workouts/weird fetish/etc. still send it in. I’ll just have to file it away a little differently….

As in file ’G’ for garbage.  😉

2011: A great year for ass

Make no mistake though – I mean the whole ass this time. Not just half of it.

 

To half-ass (verb):

  1. The act of doing something without motivation or care.
  2. A rushed task the person could have done better. (Courtesy urbandictionary.com.)

As I said in 2010, I’m not one to make resolutions. I’m partial to predictions, which are much more accurate (especially when you make up your own and make them really, really vague).  My belief is the things you resolve to do on January 1st are things you should be doing throughout the year anyway. After all, no one ever resolves to exercise less or to start drinking more (unless, of course, they mean to start drinking more of the good stuff in which case, woo hoo! Join me for Grey Goose Mondays!)

Champagne Tuesdays, anyone?

Why the whole ass?

So although I’m against resolutions (ewww!!) I was inspired to change for 2011 by the 2010 movie Unstoppable, starring Denzel Washington, in which a train is left to run on the tracks, unattended, at full speed due to the half assed efforts of someone not doing their job.

This movie seemed realistic in portraying how someone’s half assed attitude and efforts in life can, potentially, lead to disaster. What if we pretended that everything we did could be like that runaway train: If we put all our efforts into everything we do, we can prevent catastrophes. But when we don’t… (insert catastrophic life event here).

Kinda puts things in perspective, eh?

We’ve all experienced situations where people have given us half an ass and it’s certainly made us angry. These situations are more apparent in direct service driven industries (fast food restaurants, etc.) where the results of half an ass are obvious and immediate.

Aren’t you sick of being smarter than the food counter person serving you cold fries, soggy lettuce or even the wrong burger?n (I said I wanted a McGangbang dammit! That means put the whole dang McChicken in between the cheeseburgers. Is that so hard??)

I resolve to NEVER eat this!....again... 😉

New for 2011

C’mon and join me on this journey. Look back at 2010 and ask yourself:  Is my resume accurate? Did I always give 110%? (physics be dammed!) Could I have done more in (insert life event here) to make the (insert life event here) better?

Luckily my half assed efforts have done me well so far. With only half an ass I’ve managed to:

  • Get an honours business degree
  • Learn a second language (and I”m currently half assedly working on a 3rd and 4th.)
  • Start a blog! (you’re reading it, yay!)
  • Get a job (plus a couple great 2nd and 3rd ones too!)
  • Drop 40lbs (and literally lose a half ass)
  • Solve world peace (but because I was only half ass’ing it, I forgot to write it down so I forget the solution. Dammit!)
  • And some other stuff too but who really wants to brag about half assed efforts??

Review your own list too and amaze yourself with what half your ass has accomplished thus far (and what the other half could potentially do too!).

My 2009 & 2010 mottos were ‘No excuses’ followed by ‘No sympathy’ and continuing along these themes, I’m adding this for 2011: Put your whole ass in!

Forget a list of 10+ ridiculous items to fail at achieve (don’t resolve to quit smoking, just accept an early death, woo) and free your mind with this simple mindset for 2011:  do you best, try your hardest, put in the effort and put forth your whole ass in everything you do. Just imagine what we’ll accomplish in 2011!  The plan, as always, is to succeed but even if I fail at something along the way…

At least I did it with my whole ass.

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Click here for funny 2011 resolutions

Related half assed terms:

Halfassidness (adj.): The quality of being half assed  the resultant perception of an individual–or group of individuals–being slothful, ignorant or apathetic.

Halfassitude (adj.): One who has a half-ass attitude towards things, usually due to lack of interest

Halfasstination (adj): To procrastinate knowing that when the deadline comes, you will only be able to do a half-assed job.

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Get your dukes up

Bring on the good times! 

With Christmas now officially over, kaput and done with (stuff it Santa!); we can finally focus on what really matters about this joyous holiday season: the chance to save up to 50% off our favourite brand name items. The time of year has arrived where we can turn those highly desired gift cards and highly undesired crappy gifts into items you truly want. Yes, it’s Boxing Day across the land and all the good (and bad), naughty (and nice) boys and girls can be on this VIP list.

As a veteran Boxing Day shopper, I’ve noticed Boxing Day shoppers can be categorized by 2 types of people:

Those who get it.

And those who don’t.

People who get to the malls right before they open on the 26ththey get it

People who get to the mall at 11am and circle for hours in search of a parking spot and wonder why it’s so busy: they don’t get it

People who bring the biggest car with the biggest trunk: they get it

People who take public transportation and just want to get ‘one thing’: they clearly don’t get it

People who camp out overnight to be first in line: Jury’s still out. While I admire their dedication to the day (because they get it!), I question the sanity of waiting outside in the cold for hours to save $110 off a 32’ Sony Bravia TV (so in this case – I don’t get it)

Boxing Day. What’s the point?

The point is to get as much as possible for as little as possible with minimal wastage

Wastage: (noun)

  1. Spending money on crap you wouldn’t take even if they gave it to you

CAVEAT: Now  just because it’s half price doesn’t make it a great purchase. 40% off crap is still 60% more for said crap than you should be paying for it.

As you know, I enjoy telling people how to do things my way (AKA the right way) so here’s my…

Handy Guide to Boxing Day: Doing it right the first time.

–          TIME:

  1. Plan ahead and as far in advance as you can. Dec 27th of the previous year is definitely not too soon. Starting earlier helps you to learn from your previous mistakes. (remember that time you woke up late? Mistake!)
  2. And for goodness’ sake arrive early! Forget job interviews, funerals (trust me, he ain’t going anywhere), and live births: Boxing Day is the one time when arriving early really matters.

–          PLACE:

  1. Check it out online: Many retailers give you a sneak peak at the potential discounts you can expect on Boxing Day. Can’t find it online? Call the store and ask. It’ll save you time and angry fist waving to know what you can expect in advance.
  2. Make a list and check it twice: (take a cue from Santa) Because you can’t just buy anything. That’s an amateur mistake. Make a list of the things you want and want to buy for less. List everything you would possible buy if it was on sale.  Include condos, pets, and motorcycles too – don’t forget, you drove that U-Haul to the mall for a reason.
  3. Pick your locations wisely. By definition, outlet malls are cheaper and should be frequented first. Malls second, and boutique and specialty shops last (if at all).

–          PEOPLE:

  1. Get the proper team in place: your ideal team is small (2 to 3 people), agile, possess strong elbows, long reaches and upbeat personalities.  There may be high shelves, highly desired items in other customers` change rooms and long lines out there so you need people who can get you through those times (and act as distractions as necessary).
  2. As the day progresses, if anyone in your team shows weakness, drop them off at the nearest food court to keep watch over the bags. This ain’t a joke – it`s Boxing Day. You need to either keep up or keep guard. This is what you sign up for. No bathroom breaks, no snacking, and no naps. You can always stand to lose a few and you can sleep when you’re dead.

New Developments

With the recent creation of a Boxing Week, some people believe they can show up anytime that week and get the same selection and bargains I get on day one, hour one.

These delusional fools obviously had too much spiced nog. That’s the time to get the best deals you’ll ever get. Trust me. The people who arrive early enough to get these deals will NOT divulge them to commoners in order to keep them for ourselves.

Which is why I’m giving you this handy guide for NEXT boxing day (if you even remember it then-muhahahahaha!). I’ve already gone and done it for 2010. I’ve raided the outlet stores, emptied the malls and scooped up the best bargains and lowest ticketed priced items. All that’s left now are sequined flannel pyjamas, bedazzled ties and edible socks. All at 10% off though so please enjoy your mid week savings.

Are you ready for Boxing Day 2011? Please read the following and let’s find out.

A simple Boxing Day Test:

–          An additional 25% off all sale items!

–          Buy one get one free on anything in store!

–          An additional 40% off all sale items!

–          50% off the entire store!

–          Up to 80% off red ticketed items!

–          Over 500 items priced at $10 or less!

–          Nothing priced higher than $9.99!

It’s a simple test really. If these Boxing Day banners above don’t get your blood pumping, your heart racing or your mouth drooling, it can only mean one thing:

You just don’t get it.

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sale sign picture source

25% off sale sign picture source

The End is Nigh!

Well the end of the year is nigh, at least.  So nigh, in fact, it’s pretty much here already. By the time you read this line, there will be less than 2 weeks till the ball drops for 2011. Rather than dropping the ball and waiting for Jan 1, 2011 myself (how passé!) I want to be the first to drop my 2010 Retrospective highlighting one top  post from each month. So without further adieu, I present to you:

2010: A 2010 Retrospective looking back at a year of blogging in 2010. Retrospectively.

January 2010: Why should polar bears have all the fun?

Tempting fate and Mother Nature by taking an ice cold dip in the Pacific Ocean. If you think a person has to be mad to do it – you’re just about right on that. The madder the better.

Would I do it again? I guess you`ll find out in less than 2 weeks…

February 2010: Please, oh please, won’t you be my anti-valentine?

Inspired by love and all its BS, as well as this hilarious antivalentine’s day card courtesy of www.Meish.org/vd:

 

March 2010: End Game

Olympic Fever hit me as early as January and I had several posts on the Olympics over a 2 month period culminating in this final, sad entry. Olymmmmmpicsssss! Those who lived it just know. Those who didn’t could be better off not feeling the loss of a time when the city of Vancouver was engulfed, enthralled and enchanted by all that was and might never be again. Sigh. So as you can tell it’s a fun, uplifting post. 😉

April 2010: Supporting the Arts

Oh Septocus! How I wanted this great performance art piece to be bad. I’ve never been so happy to be disappointed in my life. (Contrarily, I really wanted this performance art to be good and it was…not that)

 

May 2010: I’ve got your future right here

I paid $40 to be told the equivalent of what I could have discovered using a Magic 8-ball. Thinking of getting your palm read and your crystals analyzed? Simply remove my name in this post and paste in yours. Bam! I just saved you $40.

June 2010: Love thy Father

My heartfelt salute to my most favouritest man in the world – Daddykins! Interestingly enough, he doesn’t read my blog – the bastard! 😉 Xoxo!

July 2010: Festivus of Beer

Ah yes, an alcoholic’s dream come true… Assuming the alcoholic liked beer. Unfortunately I don’t. Read on for the details of this living nightmare.

August 2010: Pie Times

22 pies to taste and one spork with which to do it. As any 12-year-old girl with an eating disorder would say: OMG. Get a napkin ready and read on about the best day of my life!

Pies as far as the eye can see! Wheeee!

September 2010: Peaceful Anarchy

Cycling for hours just for the hell of it. If we cause a little anarchy while we’re at it, so be it.

October 2010: The Grouse Grind®

Took on this bitch and it kicked my arse. Twice! Argh! I don’t take defeat very well. I’ll see you again in the spring, you sanctimonious whore! If you don`t know what the grouse grind is, count yourself lucky. And probably lazy. Yah you heard me. Take the challenge! 

November 2010: Wedding Fever

I finally learned about the fun in marriage Weddings! The glam; the photographers; the planning; the fun; the cake (oh my, the cake!); the party; the gifts; and the most important part of that day – the open bar! Marriages do not = weddings.  A wedding is the drug: an ecstasy pill coated in butter cream frosting, served with free flowing champagne.   Marriage is what comes after the drug fuelled, champagne high. Like the hangover if you will. heh heh heh. Hey, there’s always the simple cure (divorce) and then you can have another wedding, woo!

December 2010:

What? A 2010 retrospective looking back at a favourite blog from each month in 2010? What a great idea. 😉

Is this considered a paradox thingy?  Nope. Apparently it’s called Recursion. Learning is fun! (except when it isn’t)

December 2010 (the real one): `tis the season (pt II)

Get in the spirit with this handy guide that should motivate you to get off your couch!… or stay on it. I have tips for you lazy folks too. And yes, you’re welcome.

The Nigh at the End

There you have it. A non-comprehensive 2010 retrospective on the year 2010 (a retrospective).

What’s next for 2011? What’s next on the agenda? What will happen over the next 12 months? What predictions or speculations are on the horizon for the coming year? I haven’t a clue but after seeing that fortune teller back in May 2010, I do know one thing for sure:

Neither does she.

`tis the season (pt II)

‘Tis the season to pretend to care, to fake niceties to those you’d rather not, and to show love and affection to people you`d normally ignore in the street (in-laws & coworkers anyone?). ‘Tis the season where everyone is forced to be generous, to show goodwill towards mankind and to repent our selfish ways (relax though- it’s only for a few weeks).

Yes ’tis the season of guilt.  Face it – when was the last time you donated to a charity because you wanted to? Gave money to a homeless person on the street because you felt like it? And dare I ask: When was the last time you donated your spare time to a worthy cause out of the goodness of your heart?

What`s that now – feeling a little guilty? Perfect because ‘tis the season for it.

You should also feel pretty normal too because only 33% of the population volunteers their spare time to worthwhile causes (compared to 26% of our American counterparts). But don’t go cheering and patting yourselves on the back just yet because within that 33%, the majority of them are at least in their ‘60s and 10% of this entire group do most of the work.

Alas, my fellow young/lazy folks (young being aged 59 & under, lazy being lazy), we can’t just let those active sexagenarians show us up. What we need to do is both painfully obvious and obviously painful: We need to get out there and give. We need to do more than plan on doing something one day and actually do something right now.

Volunteering can be hard and I sympathize with your hesitation. We have to pencil in the time, find the money to give, donate the hours, and worse yet – actually show up as promised. We can’t TIVO giving and we certainly can’t PVR our volunteer time (trust me, I’ve tried).

JLo posited correctly when she sang about love not costing a thing. Something else that don’t have to cost a thing: Volunteering! That’s how much you get paid too so everyone is equally @ $0. Equality rules!

So put your wallets away, get your butts off that old couch and tell your tired excuses to go to bed. It’s Volunteer Time.

Get your butt off that dirty thing!

Nelleytimes’ Lazy-Guy/Gal guide to volunteering:

Lazy-Guy/Gal Complaint #1:  Do I have to leave my couch?

Heck no!

  • You can sponsor a child online
  • Heck, you can sponsor a whole gosh darned village online
  • Sign online petitions (use your JohnnyBong or Emma6969 email addresses for extra points)
  • Send emails to friends and family members to donate to various causes you’ve signed up for
  • Clothing/toy/appliance donation pick up – right at your front door. Get rid of that old 42″ flat screen to make way for the 52″!
  • Make an online donation to a charity of your choice

Lazy-Guy/Gal Complaint #2 Do I have to spend money?

Heck no!

  • You can help pick up toys at drop boxes
  • Go through your closets and give your 2 sizes-too-small pants you`ll fit into again one day to someone who can actually fit into them now
  • You can be a Santa (you might even get paid in some instances!)
  • You can donate those dusty cans and boxes taking up space in the back of your cupboard
  • You can be an xmas meals on wheels driver
  • Ask any charity in the area how you can help out
  • How about serving or preparing food at a soup kitchen?
  • You can box up donations at a local food bank
  • Volunteer as a clown/helper at a local hospital

Lazy-Guy/Gal Complaint #3 – Hmmm. That all sounds like too much work. What else can I do?

What you can do is get the hell off your lazy ass and get out there and pick something to do and give back to your community you no good son of a …Er -what I mean is, if none of the options above are available to you for whatever reason, then please feel free to check out other options online:

So there you have it. Problem solved. Pick any 10 items from the above lists and get to it. This is a great start. If everyone gets involved, we can conquer Christmas! (cuz that’s the point, right??). Plus, once that’s done we can start working on bringing about world peace, ending world hunger, and then fix this whole global warming thing we used to hear so much about (if that’s still even broken). It’ll be lots of work, it may take up a lot of our spare time and it might just be a thankless task. This won’t be a problem though because who do you think is up to this challenge and is ready to sign up?

Well personally, I volunteer you.

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I was originally very charity minded in last year’s ’tis the season.

Couch pic source/ gift pic source