Wednesday, May 16, 2007

E Trade Super bowl XLI Commercial ad 2007

This commercial cracks me up. I think it is an accurate depiction of how I feel about my banking institution, the big oil companies and Time Warner Cable.

Namaste,

Samara Leigh

Monday, May 14, 2007

Forty Must Be the New Twenty

Okay, I'm all over Jay-Z's claims that 30 is the new 20. And by extension, 40 has to be the new 30, right? It must be. After all, Usher has his new "mother-like fiancee" - not my words, but a darn good quote. Hey, I'm not mad at 'er. I say more power to her.

I do think it is ironic that not long after the announcment of his engagement he suddenly gives him mom - who has dedicated the last 15 years of her life, at least, to his career - the old heave ho. Hmm... me thinks something foul is afoot. I just hope Usher, one of my favorite entertainers, isn't making a classic mistake by substituting fake mommy for his real one.

Speaking of older women kicking ass and taking names, here's my list of 40+ women making the youngsters sit up and take notice:

Angela Bassett - Have you seen her body lately? I hope her husband, Courtney Vance isn't giving her any lip because I think she could probably take him.

















Madonna - I am still in shock over the fact that the material girl is frickin' 48 and more fabulous than ever.









Janet Jackson








Mariska Hargitay - I just love her!


















Vanessa Williams
















Sarah Jessica Parker
















Liz Hurley
















Which 40 & Fab celeb has you pulling out the yoga mat and bypassing the buffet?

Namaste,

Samara Leigh

Get Your Yoga On

If you love Yoga, or have wanted to give it a try. Here is a perfect way to try your hand at it without venturing to a yoga studio or gym: Yoga Today. This excellent program offers a new high-quality yoga workout each day. The difficulty of each practice varies and is given up front. The segments are filmed in beautiful locations and are easy to follow.

You can watch the streaming video or you can download them - video and audio or audio only - to your iPod or computer.

I got up a bit earlier and worked on the Blissful Hip Openers video, filmed in beautiful Sedona, AZ, today. I haven't done yoga in awhile so I won't tell you how far I made it through the video. However, I will be back on the horse again tomorrow. Gotta go now. It's time for my neighborhood walk. I am working toward achieving two of my 43 things I want to do: get to my ideal weight and be my best self.

What are you working to achieve today?

Friday, May 11, 2007

Time for some tough love

I’ve always resisted the idea of scheduling creativity. Or, maybe it is just the idea of scheduling – period – that has made me so resistant. However, I want and NEED to get my novel finished. I originally wanted to finish it by June 30th and earlier in the year I was on track to accomplish that.

I hit a patch in the book where I really needed to make some major decisions about where I wanted the characters to go. The characters sort of “came to life” and my original plan for them didn’t seem to fit exactly anymore. Instead of soldiering through it, I sort of hit a brick wall and just started working on several other projects.

I want to finish my book and so now I am bringing out the big guns to finish it. I already started a writing group – FocusSpace (http://www.samaraleigh.com/writersgroup.htm ). Now I am going to lay down the law with some hard-core scheduling. Not for the group. For me.

I spent last night writing out the different creative projects that I am working on – my projects, not my clients’. I will set time tables for each today and create a schedule that I will begin following on Sunday.

If anyone is working on writing projects and could use some company, sign-up at the link above. The more the merrier.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Impact the lives of others

The world seems smaller than ever thanks to technology. Yet in many ways we seem more detached from one another. Families spend their time in separate rooms, each the master of his/her own remote control. We hear stories and even see graphics of the poor stranded on rooftops in a disastrous storm, or bodies lying beside a river like leaves fallen from a tree – yet many people are completely numb about it. They’ve seen and heard it all before. What can they do about it? I want to do my share as a citizen of the world to impact the lives of others for the better.

There was a TV show where the hero would help strangers and all he would ask in return is that they be willing to help him help someone else when the time came. (Let me know if you remember the name of the show.) I am grateful for help I’ve received from others and feel that it is my duty to do the same.

We'll Miss You LaKisha


So finally, we lose LaKisha. I was so sure that the finale would be LaKisha Jones and Melinda Doolittle. However, at this stage of the game, it gets pretty difficult. Everyone is talented. Even when someone has a bad night, like Jordin Sparks did last week, fans are inclined to remember all of the really great performances she had in past weeks and keep her in the competition. Then poor Phil Stacey had probably the best performance of the night last week and he's the first to get booted off. That completely sucks. It is a singing contest, Simon, but apparently it is just as much a popularity contest as anything else.

I definitely still believe LaKisha has one of the strongest voices, her performances in past weeks have at times been less than stellar. It happens. I've got a few less-than-stellar performances under my rug, too. However, I hope that she will still come out on top, like Number Four from last year's competition - Chris Daughtry - did.

I've got to admit that Jordin, for the most part, has been getting better and better (though I felt she was a candidate to be ousted the week of the Gwen Stefani performance and last week when she slaughtered Jon Bon Jovi's tune). However, the girl can blow and I could definitely see her throwing down in the finals.

Blake, too, has really impressed me. I love his voice. This is something I just discovered a few weeks ago. Before that I thought the beat-boxing-to-every-song strategy was quite annoying. While I haven't loved every performance of his, I do like him very much. And I totally dig the dark hair with the streaks. Sexy.

Melinda? Well, she's the hands down winner to me. However, if I forget to vote again, like I did last week, she could end up going the way of LaKisha Jones. Sorry KiKi! I got caught up working and forgot. I'll buy your CD when it comes out, to make it up, I swear.

OxyContin Execs Plead Guilty

Execs of privately-held Purdue Pharmaceuticals discovered through a 1995 focus group that physicians were worried about the addiction potential of OxyContin. Yet, execs told their sales team that OxyContin was less addictive than other drugs. The company is also accused of encouraging doctors to over prescribe the drug. For shame! Read the story here.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Wanna Get Away?

You know it's time for a change when an Google ad like this catches your eye: www.ANewLifeInPerth.com. I've lived in Greater Cleveland my entire existence. I'm not knockin' The Cleve, but sometimes a girl just needs a change. I am seriously overdue for a change of scenery.

Dream cities:

New York



















Santa Fe, New Mexico



















Phoenix, AZ










Coming from the Midwest, the above cities definitely pose a cost-of-living culture shock. So, I guess I am still looking. However, my fleeting fascination with Perth, Australia was cured by a reality check of the city's pros and cons. The last thing I need is to live amidst sand storms, swarms of flies and reckless driving "hoons."

Maybe I should consider Duluth, Minnesota.









Okay, so maybe I am still looking.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Dream Houses

I've taken to walking the neighborhood an hour each day. Partly because we are trying to get to know our new neighborhood, partly because we're always scouting for a next possible home (we want to find a great fixer-upper and restore it). Mostly because I am trying to whittle away some unwanted pounds.

The weather has been beautiful and there is nothing like walking outside. The Cardio Cinema at Fitworks runs a close second. I once stayed on a treadmill for nearly two hours to see The Mexican. Now that's motivation.

One of the reasons I love our new neighborhood so much is because there are some really fabulous homes there. However, unlike those cookie cutter developments where every house is essentially the same, just a different color - MAYBE - these houses are all very different. Yet, each is well-maintained and blends in with the rest of the neighborhood.

I love seeing the different styles of architecture and I've decided that I love the Spanish style stucco homes with clay tile or slate roofs most. This house was absolutely gorgeous! The picture really doesn't do it justice. There are fabulous architectural features to this home. I am hanging a picture as a symbol of what I am working to accomplish, as a way to help keep me focused on nice warm, breezy days like today.

Namaste,

Samara Leigh

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Spring Classes for Men

This post cracked me up. Any woman who has ever dated any man will appreciate this one.

Friday, May 4, 2007

The Warriors Win

Wow! Heart of a warrior? Apparently. Read the details here. By the way, nice Warriors shirt Barkley.

Samara Leigh

Thursday, May 3, 2007

They're Playin' Basketball


I've tried to be a pretty good blogger. Really. But it's the P-L-A-Y-O-F-F-S for god's sake. It's hard enough for me to find time to work and comb my hair. Okay, so I've been finger combing, but it looks great. Really.

Anyhoo, I love an underdog. Always have. And I've found myself a new underdog. The Golden State Warriors. What?! I honestly can't remember EVER watching a Golden State Warriors game. No matter who they were playing. So, I certainly didn't know who any of their players were. Now I'm all about Baron Davis. This dude is fierce. I still love the Mavs, and of course my team is still the Cleveland Cavaliers. But the Golden State Warriors have a lot of heart. Who can't respect that? Even hatin' Charles Barkley is practically riding the Warriors train. One suggestion for Baron: hook up with Ice Cube's barber and lose the super-thick beard. It's hiding like 65% of your face.

I so wanted Golden State to win when they played in Dallas the other night. They came so close to wrapping things up right there in Dallas' house. Mark Cuban would have had a coronary. He practically did anyway. This guy definitely needs to take up yoga or something. They couldn't quite pull it off in Dallas, but now they are at home. I fully expect them to take care of business tonight.

Other Play-off Observations

The Miami Heat - WTF? Not even ONE game? Then again, Miami is like an NBA Retirement home. Peyton, Zo, Shaq. Love them all, but seriously guys, it's not like being a postal clerk or accountant. You're not supposed to play until you're 65. You guys have got your ring already! Now go play bocce ball or something. And Dwyane, get the surgery already.

The Denver Nuggets - I have long been an Allen Iverson fan. I would love to see AI get a ring. The whole Nugget meltdown was kinda sad - even before all the 'Melo tears. At least he can go home and play with La La and the baby.

The Cleveland Cavaliers - Okay, despite the fact that we swept the seriously disabled Washington Wizards, it wasn't always so pretty. But we got the job done. Major impressed with Z and Drew Gooden. Hell, I'll even stop talking about that weird throwback from the eighties square he's been wearing on the back of his head. (Is that the black version of a mullet?) Anyhoo, I'm extremely proud of my boys. This is our year. Can you feel it?

Oh snap! I've got a Warriors game to watch. The Warriors -vs- The Cavs in the Finals? I'll take that bet.

Peace out,

Samara Leigh

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Things They Don't Ask on Compatability Tests

First of all, I have not taken a compatibility test of any kind. This a just a theory, so correct me if I am wrong. I am betting there are no questions about moving. Yes. Moving. Packing all of your belongings and shuffling them off to new places makes for interesting conversations. It is also the perfect place for the clashing of minds...

What should go and what should stay. Where should you move? When should you move? How should you move? When should you begin packing?

That last question was a sore spot in my move this past week. As a little background... my husband and I couldn't come from more different experiences when it coming to TIME.

My house: We were late for everything. My mother would be in the tub soaking at 10 minutes to time for her to be at work and her job was more than a 10 minute drive away. She was up washing and packing her clothes all night - the night she would leave for a trip. And me? I was the closest one to the bus stop in junior high, yet I missed the bus more than any other kid on the bus.

GQ's house: If they had to be at worship services at 7PM (a mere 10 minute drive away) his Dad would proclaim that they were late if they weren't in the car leaving by 6PM. His family was always early for everything.

Do you see where this is going?

First of all, I've never been quite as bad as my mother on this, but tardiness has been an issue for me in the past. That having been said, I've made a conscious effort to turn a new leaf this past year and have been doing quite swell in the on-time department, thank you very much.

However, I guess some habits just won't die. So we were moving this past weekend, and I was totally cool with that. However, I didn't begin packing in earnest until... okay I didn't start packing my stuff until Wednesday, truth be told. And I was quite annoyed that GQ packed up the kitchen and bathroom stuff. A girl has still gotta brush her teeth, right?

I now realize that I should have:

  1. Stopped working no later than Thursday, so we could pack up my office.
  2. Stopped trying to be Mahogany Martha Stewart and just bought fast food the last couple of days.
  3. Taken into account that moving requires actual sleep.
I'm betting that if moving related questions were on a compatibility test, GQ would have gone running for his life. Here are a couple of possibilities:

When should you begin packing?
  • When you first decide to move.
  • Two weeks before the actual move.
  • When the moving truck shows up in the yard.
Which of the following should you pack?
  • Clothing you haven't fit since the DeLorean was in style.
  • Emotional island purchases made after two or three drinks at the swim-up bar.
  • Items that can actually be worn and that don't scare small children.
The match sites can have those two for free. Any others you can think of? I'd love to hear your exciting moving adventures. No need to start with the line... "Hi, I'm XXX and I am a recovering procrastinator."

Peace be the journey,

Samara Leigh