Super Bowl LIII

Let’s pretend two things:

1) Super Bowl LIII wasn’t utter crap. 😑

2) I wrote this on time. 😂

A m a z o n

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y-1h_C8ad8

If Harrison Ford is involved, I’m a fan. 😍

A v e n g e r s : E n d g a m e

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iFq6IcAxBc

The only time you will see grown men cry during a sport 💔

. . . although this particular Super Bowl made a lot of people shed tears of boredom. 😭

B u b l y 

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRfsJi_0HHA

This is a reminder that Michael Bublé is a North American treasure. 👑

B u d   L i g h t

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoLiRI5swVk

Where does your allegiance lie? I bend the knee for House Stark. ❄️ 🐺 ❄️

C a p t a i n   M a r v e l

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCoPycawxUk

Another moment that made grown men cry. 😉

C B S

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvr8IyGuSVE

The Sheriff is a man of many talents. 🤠

C o l g a t e

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3QQnqI2Ee4

I just can’t resist Luke Wilson. 🙃

D o r i t o s

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTMzIZhI7q8

🎵 I’m not a huge fan of the rap section, but this is a great commercial overall. 🎶

H o b b s   &   S h a w

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvAyMzXQ6n0

🔥 Dwayne. Helen. Idris. Jason. Roman. 🔥

H y u n d a i

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5FzKB5TW0Y

I’m in love with Jason Bateman. That is all. 💘

M i c r o s o f t

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YISTzpLXCY

There’s something in my eye. 😢 💕

N F L

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJjiIuH1VnY

For once, NFL fans can all agree on something: This commercial is F A N T A S T I C ! ! !

O l a y

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMkdqm4FFVw

The timing of the face ID malfunction is modern day horror. Genius!

P e p s i

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sYElEbRzKA

This is basically a Michael Scott SBLIII commercial, & I’m here for it.

P r i n g l e s

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDakI68u2xE

If a company transformed me into a virtual assistant: Debbie Downer 🤪

S t e l l a   A r t o i s

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=439muvajodg

This is on the list because of Jeff Bridges’ fashion choices & use of “Stella Artoes.” 😂

T – M o b i l e

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTEIPTnb7lE

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_hfxPnmgjM

This may or may not be me . . . 😂 😂 😂

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Thank You Peyton

Vandelium. Peyton Manning. 2013. Web. 7 Mar. 2016. http://vandelium.deviantart.com/art/Peyton-Manning-423458039.

Vandelium. Peyton Manning. 2013. Web. 7 Mar. 2016. http://vandelium.deviantart.com/art/Peyton-Manning-423458039.

I’m going to try and get through this without crying.  I am super weird and emotional when it comes to sports so please excuse me if this turns into a blubbering love fest.  I could do the expected and list Peyton Manning’s stats, but I think we all know what he did for the National Football League on the field.  If you don’t know, get out!!!  I honestly don’t remember when, why, and how I became a Peyton Manning fan.  I just remember being a fan (he was still on the Indianapolis Colts).  Because of him, the Colts became my honorary #3 team behind the Denver Broncos and New York Giants.  His skill and leadership were mesmerizing.  How could I not be a fan?!!  When he became a Bronco, I flipped out.  Best.  News.  Ever.  It wasn’t the smoothest road to win a Super Bowl, but the entire team put in work and made that happen.  Peyton wasn’t his usual self, but I don’t think it’s an accurate statement to say he did nothing.  If you deny the effect his leadership has on players, go back and watch footage from the San Diego game in which he replaced Brock Osweiler.  I mean no offense to Brock because he stepped into Manning’s shoes and led us to the playoffs.  But, when Peyton stepped onto the field and took his rightful place with the team, the change was palpable.  The players woke up, picked up the pieces, and finished the game with energy.  Now look where they are:  Super Bowl Champions!!!  I was worried because Peyton took his time making the decision to retire.  I can’t even imagine how difficult it is to let go and walk away from something that has been your life for 18 years.  However, it is the right time, and I’m glad he realized that.  He is too great a player to come back and have one more mediocre season.  Take the Super Bowl ring and run.  What a way to go out!

Manning left a mark on and off the field:  the way he carried and expressed himself, the standard he set for himself and the players around him, and the impact he made taking advantage of his position and success to bless others.  The only reason (crazy) people hate him is because he’s so respectable.  They hate that there is nothing to hate about him!  There will always be a Peyton-shaped imprint on the NFL.  Will there ever be a better quarterback?  Maybe.  Will there ever be another Peyton?  No because Peyton is Peyton.  It would be impossible to name all of his stats and records so here are a choice few:

• All-Time Career Passing Yards

• 1998 #1 Draft Pick, Indianapolis Colts

• Fastest Player to Reach 40,000 Completions & 50,000 Career Yards

• Fastest Quarterback to Beat All 31 NFL Teams

• Five-Time MVP (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, & 2013)

• Fourteen Pro Bowls

• Most Career Touchdown Passes

• Oldest Starting Quarterback in Super Bowl History, 2016

• Only QB to Lead 2 NFL Teams to a Super Bowl Victory

• Super Bowl MVP, 2007

(Davis, Helling, Hyde, “Peyton Manning Biography.”, “Peyton Manning’s Career Accomplishments by the Numbers.”, “Peyton Manning’s Career and Legacy.”)

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YQpIw6TjUw

This is a bittersweet day.  It is sad to know I have watched Peyton Manning play professional football for the last time, but it was an honor watching him play all these years.  Thank you #18 for 18 years of top notch football!!

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Works Cited:

Davis, Nate. “A Timeline of Peyton Manning’s 18-Season NFL Career.” usatoday.com. N.p., Mar. 2016. Web. 7 Mar. 2016. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2016/03/06/peyton-manning-career-timeline-colts-broncos-mvp-tom-brady-brett-favre-super-bowl/80425320/.

Helling, Steve. “Five Things to Know About Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning.” people.com. N.p., 6 Feb. 2016. Web. 7 Mar. 2016. http://www.people.com/article/super-bowl-2016-peyton-manning-denver-broncos.

Hyde, Samantha. “Top 10 Moments of Peyton Manning’s Career.” foxsports.com. Mar. 2016. Web. 7 Mar. 2016. http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/peyton-manning-top-10-moments-broncos-super-bowl-tennessee-colts-snl-030716.

“Peyton Manning’s Career and Legacy.” wate.com. Mar. 2016. Web. 7 Mar. 2016. http://wate.com/2016/03/07/peyton-mannings-career-and-legacy/.

Wolfe, Cameron. “Peyton Manning’s Career Accomplishments by the Numbers.” denverpost.com. 18 Feb. 2016. Web. 7 Mar. 2016. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2016/02/18/a-few-interesting-peyton-manning-nuggets/38358/.

“Peyton Manning Biography.” biography.com. Web. 7 Mar. 2016. http://www.biography.com/people/peyton-manning-37880.

 

Fall Tag

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I combined three Youtube tags and made my own tag by removing and adding questions.  Enjoy fellow autumn enthusiasts!

I Love Fall Tag by MissJenFABULOUS: http://youtu.be/uBzboXYO0LY (Unavailable)

Sweater Weather Tag by ItsMeLexie1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GznrLPa1Wks

The Fall Favorites Tag by Jaclyn Hill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPJSgxzC-jE

Fall Tag Video: Fall Tag | Lauren Michele ♥

• Q1:  What is the Weather Like Where You Live?

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• A1:  California did not get the memo that fall has begun.  Although it is finally starting to cool down, there is a chance of eighty degree temperatures this week.  NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!  I will cheat on the west coast and move to the east coast if the sun rears its ugly head.  Clouds and chill all day everyday for this girl!

• Q2:  Favorite Fall Nail Color

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• A2:  Black.  I am not picky about brands although me and Essie have a love/hate relationship.  I currently have Sinful Colors Professional in “Black on Black”, and it is a repurchase.

• Q3:  Favorite Fall Eyeshadow

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• A3:  When the air starts to get chilly, I immediately reach for my Milani “Exotic Berries” quad.  These colors not only blend well with each other but also with other eyeshadows.  I am not sure about other eye colors, but this quad does wonders for green eyes.

• Q4:  Most Worn Sweater/Sweatshirt

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• A4:  My USC sweatshirt from Forever 21.  I wore this hoodie so much in college, students made jokes when I showed up wearing something else.  Very funny!  No, I did not attend USC.  Growing up, I was influenced by family friends.  FIGHT ON TROJANS!!

• Q5:  Favorite Fall Clothing Item

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• A5:  Mossimo Supply Co Khloe Fold Over Boots.  This pair of shoes goes with every color of the rainbow and makes me look cool and heroic like Katniss.  ;)

• Q6:  Favorite Fall Drink

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• A6:  Tall, decaf, sugar free Salted Caramel Mocha Frappucino/Latte with soy milk and no whipped cream.  I’m actually drinking a frap right now.  Salty & sweet.  :)

The Official Recipe: Mocha sauce and toffee nut syrup are combined with coffee and milk, then topped with sweetened whipped cream, caramel drizzle and a blend of turbaned sugar and sea salt.

Recipe Source: http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/espresso/salted-caramel-mocha

• Q7:  Favorite Candy

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• A7:  I don’t really like candy, but two candies I can tolerate are M&Ms and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

• Q8:  Favorite Thanksgiving Food/Dessert

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• A8:  Green bean casserole & pumpkin pie.  What more can I say?  These two dishes are Heaven on earth.

• Q9:  Favorite Fall Candle

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• A9:  Cranberry Woods – “Fresh, tart cranberries, blackcurrant and warm cinnamon bark combine in a delightful fragrance inspired by the magic of the woods during harvest time.”

• Q10:  Favorite Fall Song

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• A10:  “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.  First of all this song screams fall/Halloween.  Second, I don’t know of any other songs that are specifically about fall.  Third, after Halloween I listen to nothing but Christmas music.

Fun Fact:  My dance class did a tribute dance to “Thriller” the year that MJ passed away.  We wore old clothes and messy makeup.  It was a fun way to deal with sad circumstances.

“Thriller” Music Video/Short Film:

• Q11:  Football: Yay or Nay

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• A11: YES!!!  My favorite college team is the USC Trojans; my favorite NFL team is the Denver Broncos; and the New York Giants are my #2 NFL team.  :)

• Q12:  Favorite Fall TV Show

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• A12:  DUH!  “The Walking Dead.”  I also love “Once Upon a Time”, but “The Walking Dead” is #1.  Forever and always!

“The Walking Dead” Season 1 Trailer:

• Q13:  Favorite Fall Movie

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• A13:  I am not really a fan of Halloween, but if I were to pick Halloween movies to watch, I can handle “Hocus Pocus”, “The Addams Family”, “Addams Family Values”, and “Halloween” (Original and New version).  However, my favorite fall movie is “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving.”  It is based on a short story by Louisa May Alcott, author of “Little Women.”

“An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving” Trailer:

• Q14:  Scary Movies – Yay or Nay

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• A14:  NAY!!!  I watch some horror movies but only to spend quality time with my brother.  That. Is. LOVE.

• Q15:  Favorite Fall Memory

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• A15: Me and my dad are both November babies so my family always comes up with fun stuff to celebrate both birthdays.  Another great memory is my time as a dancer in the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.  Auditions usually took place in September, and rehearsals lasted until the shows at the end of November.

Moscow Ballet Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nutcracker.moscowballet/

Moscow Ballet Website: http://www.nutcracker.com/

Moscow Ballet Youtube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/moscowballet

You may or may not see me at 8:01 – 9:24 :)

• Q16:  Favorite Thing About Fall

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• A16:  Fall is my favorite season so I love everything about it.  :D

If you want to watch me answer these questions, watch the video:  Fall Tag | Lauren Michele ♥

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Florida Travels Part 1 | Vacation Woes

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My family recently returned from a 7-day trip to Orlando, Florida.  Expect the unexpected because I am starting with the negatives of the trip.  Prepare yourself for ranting and venting.

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1.  I have always wanted to travel the world, but I am having second thoughts.  On the way to Florida, the layover in Dallas lasted four hours instead of one hour; sleeping in an airport is definitely not comfortable.  Despite not having problems in the past, I got extremely sick during the flights.  In a nutshell, I am no longer a fan of flying.

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2.  I lived in Texas for 13 years, and the humidity was unbearable.  Visiting Florida was like reliving a nightmare.  Non-stop sweating, irritability, and face breakouts.  Fun stuff!!

3.  I have heard tales of the hissing cockroaches in the sunshine state.  I believed they were big but thought the size was exaggerated.  NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!  Me and my brother, while exploring the resort grounds, discovered the dead body of a cockroach.  Believe me when I tell you the stories are not an exaggeration.  Hissing cockroaches are BIG.

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4.  Hotel prices are ridiculous.  I paid $14 for SPF 15 sunscreen.  Seriously???

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5.  Where are all the kids coming from??  Is there a fall break from grade school that I have never heard of??  Either that or everyone in Florida is home-schooled.

6.  Sports highs are amazing.  Sports lows, not so much.  Unfortunately, during the trip, the Anaheim Angels came up one game short of the playoffs, and the USC Trojans were upset by Washington.  My heart is still recovering.

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7.  I had a blast at Disney World, but the crowds were both unexpected and annoying.  My family purposefully went during October because it is supposed to be a slow month.  If that is a slow month, I cannot even fathom what summertime is like.  The crowds were massive, and the people were, more often than not, rude.  I had a lot of fun, but I would be lying if I said the amount of people didn’t make me miserable more than once.

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8.  Never EVER wear converse to a theme park.  For the first two out of three days at Disney World, I wore Converse.  NEVER AGAIN!!  I cannot even begin to explain the excruciating pain, limping, and blisters I endured.  Thankfully, my family lifted my spirits by making me laugh and allowing me to sit and rest every now and then.

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9.  Vacation is exhausting!  I know that might sound snobby and/or ungrateful, but I am being dead serious.  I need a post-vacation vacation.

Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon.  The theme is Disney World versus Disneyland.  :)

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Super Bowl XLIX

Super Bowl XLIX (Source: http://blogs-images.forbes.com/amitchowdhry/files/2015/01/SuperBowl.jpg)

I am not excited about this post, but I feel it is appropriate for the time of year.  First of all, go Broncos!!!!!  Second of all, the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks on February 1st, 2014, in Super Bowl XLIX; the final score was 28 to 24.  I was for the Seattle Seahawks because they are the lesser of two evils in my personal opinion.  I ended up with no voice and disappointment.  UGH!!!  Super Bowl 50, Denver Broncos.  I’ve said my peace.  Moving on to stats.  I am only listing the basics: Passing, receiving, & receiving.  We all know who won so no need for fumbles, penalties, and records.  Diehard fans can go to espn.com for the extra information.

*Passing

MVP – Tom Brady (#12):  50 attempts & 37 completed passes.  328 yards.  4 touchdowns & 2 interceptions.  1 sack.

Russell Wilson (#3):  21 attempts & 12 completed passes.  247 yards.  2 touchdowns & 1 interception.  3 sacks.

*Receiving

– New England –

Julian Edelman (#11):  9 catches & 109 yards.  1 touchdown.

Rob Gronkowski (#87):  6 catches & 68 yards.  1 touchdown.

– Seattle –

Chris Matthews (#13):  4 catches & 109 yards.  1 touchdown.

Ricardo Lockette (#83):  3 catches & 39 yards.

*Rushing

– New England –

LeGarrette Blount (#29):  14 carries & 40 yards.

Shane Vereen (#34):  4 carries & 13 yards.

– Seattle –

Marshawn Lynch (#24):  24 carries & 102 yards.

Russell Wilson (#3):  3 carries & 39 yards.

(Source: http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=400749027)

Time to address the halftime show.  I thought Katy Perry sounded great and put on a great show.  The song choices were appropriately matched to each stage set-up, and “Firework” was the chill-inducing finale I expected it to be.  And now… the moment you’ve all been waiting for… THE COMMERCIALS!!!  Because my team was not playing in the big game, I was not as interested therefore I missed most of the commercials.  However, I saw enough of them to give you a list of my favorites and honorable mentions.  Companies were really tugging at heartstrings this year.  There were funny commercials, but the commercials that made the most impact were deep and emotional.  Interesting.

*Best Heartwarming Commercial:

Toyota – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un6uP6cykgo  (This commercial is all about dads, specifically the dad & daughter relationship.  It made me appreciate my dad even more!!)

– Honorable Mention:

Dove – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoqWo3SJ73c  (Another heartwarming dad commercial)

*Best Adorable Commercial:

Nationwide Insurance – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8sfGaHrVPA  (Mindy Kaling is so relatable!)

– Honorable Mention:

Budweiser – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAsjRRMMg_Q  (Who doesn’t love watching an adorable puppy get rescued by beautiful horses?!)

*Best Funny Commercial:

Clash of Clans – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpPLOdioG-c  (It’s Liam FREAKING Neeson!!  Enough said.)

– Honorable Mentions:

Sprint – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1FhA9h4G-0  (They were not shy about calling out AT&T and Verizon.  BOOM!)

Snickers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UO2A2p-19A  (Never thought I would see Danny Trejo on “Brady Bunch.”  That is quite possibly bucket list-worthy.)

*So Bad It Was Funny Commercial:

T-Mobile – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTwzsV3I3OQ  (I hated seeing a Kardashian YET AGAIN on TV, but the content was funny.  Kim K. really believes in the cause.  HAHAHA )

*Cringeworthy Commercial:

Nationwide Insurance – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKUy-tfrIHY  (This commercial didn’t make me cringe in a disgusted way.  It’s just extremely sad!)

– Honorable Mention:

Weight Watchers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT_LH3VdY-A  (I’m not overweight, but seeing so many images of fatty foods made me want to join Weight Watchers. I felt sick!)

*Make It Stop Commercial:

Game of War – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuwC-tE_v4w  (I have seen this commercial on the “Trivia Crack” app more times than I can count.  Enough already!!)

I will wrap up with a 2015-2016 prediction.  Denver Broncos, Super Bowl 50, victory.  Realistically, this is more of a wish than a prediction, but if it happens, I can take credit.  Good night readers!  I leave you with this  quote:

“Don’t walk through life just playing football. Don’t walk through life just being an athlete. Athletics will fade. Character and integrity and really making an impact on someone’s life, that’s the ultimate vision, that’s the ultimate goal – bottom line.”  – Ray Lewis

– Lauren Michele :)

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