Archive for the ‘Random Acts’ Category

I mentioned in my last MaR_advice I will be writing more random posts and straying away from my editorial calendar. As a result, I’ve decided to write more about what’s been going on in my life and more things that interest me.


I am a huge lover of all types of music. For the past couple of days I’ve been engulfed in the good old 80s and early 90s. Listening to the radio made me think of all the songs I have on my iPod. Out of the 1000+ that I have, I only really listen to 10% of them over and and over again. That’s when I decided to create the MaR_Mix. (Pic from Nelly Furtado concert at the Patriot Center circa 2007)

I’m not going to share all the songs on my the playlist, but I will list 25 random songs and why they made the cut for the MaR_Mix playlist. Songs that I tend to repeat remind me of a memory or a person. So here’s my list:

  1. Electric Feel by MGMT: My sister Nicole introduced me to this song. She always had a lyric quoted from the song on her away message. It has an 80s feel to it and I really like it.
  2. Maybe by NERD: I’m a huge supporter of NERD, especially since they’re from my hometown Virginia Beach, VA. This song is my favorite out of all of their songs. Even though it’s never been played on the radio, I think the lyrics are great and I just love the dynamics of the beat and melody.
  3. Dark Blue by Jacks Mannequin: My sister Maureen use to listen to this song almost every day like 4 or 5 summers ago. She always harmonized with the melody and I think that’s what made me like the song and the fact that she kept singing it so much I started singing it, too.
  4. Candy Rain by Soul for Real: In fifth grade we had to perform what was called a Grammar Rap – a song/rap describing a grammar word (i.e. noun, verb, etc.). I performed with my friend Martina and we did a whole dance and rap to this song (our grammar word was ‘verb’). Our teacher, Mrs. Stone, liked it so much she kept the recording of our performance and played it her classes for years to come. I hope she upgraded…that was over 15 years ago! (No, I don’t remember the rap or the dance)
  5. Time of Your Life by Green Day: This was the first song I learned how to play on the guitar (kind of)- and unfortunately the only. My friend Leslie attempted to teach me the basic chords for this song. The only thing I remember know is how to strum the G chord.
  6. Everyday People by Arrested Development: How can you not remember this song? I always wondered what he said in the beginning and I’d make up my words until he said, “Hey.” I never understood how deep the lyrics were until recently.
  7. Just Dance by Lady Gaga: This is a more recent song, but I really like Lady Gaga’s full album. I didn’t start to listen to her music until my BF Christian introduced me. His favorite part of the song is when she sings the “da doops.” She reminds me of Gwen Stefani. Anyone else think that way?
  8. 7 Things by Miley Cyrus: Now before you go and critize, this song is actually cute. I like when she says “sha.”
  9. Chasing Pavements by Adele: This song is great. It’s sooo pretty and I have to credit Nicole again for gauging my interest in her music. She’s a wonderful singer!
  10. Love by Matt White: I first heard this song when I saw the movie She’s the Man. It’s the scene with Channing Tatum sees Oliva (I don’t know the actress’ name) kiss the real Sebastian. Ever since then, I always wondered what it was called and who it was by. Thank goodness for Shazam.
  11. California Love by Tu Pac: I use to hate Tu Pac. The whole East/West coast rivalry was insane. I honestly didn’t like his attitude (too cocky for my taste), nontheless – this song has a great beat and I love when Christian raps it to me.
  12. Always and Forever by Heatwave: One of the most romantic songs I’ve ever heard. Christian called me one night and told me to listen to this song because it reminded him of me. I love when he does that.
  13. Viva la Vida by Coldplay: My favorite Coldplay song – hand’s down. I love the orchestra!
  14. The Middle by Jimmy Eat World: This song is very inspirational. It really reiterates that everything will be okay despite the downs in life.
  15. True Affection by The Blow: Again, Nicole introduced me to this song. For those that haven’t heard it – listen to the beat really hard. It might make you shake your laffy taffy.
  16. Samson by Regina Spektor: Again, Maureen introduced me to this song and eventually let me see the piano sheet music so I could learn how to play it. Regina’s piano skills are dope.
  17. Take On Me by Aha: The video for this song is classic. I used to just love it because it was just plain and simple great, but now it reminds me of the Family Guy episode where Chris is in the grocery store and reenacts the video.
  18. The Truth About Heaven by Armor for Sleep: Nicole introduced this band to me, but I barely listened to them until I saw this song on Stephenie Meyer’s playlist for New Moon. I also love the energy the song gives off.
  19. Lately by Stevie Wonder: This is probably my favorite song by him. Stevie is a legend. I love singing this song in the car.
  20. Konstantine by Something Corporate: This is one of the longest songs ever. The piano arrangement is just crazy great. I prefer the live version over the album cut.
  21. To Be With You by Mr. Big: I remember his hair was long and curly – or was that someone else? Classic early 90s hit. I’ll jam to this song any day.
  22. Hypnotize by Notorious BIG: This is my favorite Biggie song. For the longest time I had this as my ringer. This song reminds me of the movie “Ten Things I Hate About You” when Julia Stiles dances on the table drunk and she hits her head on the chandelier. Do you remember that?
  23. Flightless Bird, American Mouth by Iron & Wine: This is from the “Twilight” movie soundtrack. Love it! The lyrics don’t make much sense to me, but I played this song over and over again once I found out what it was called.
  24. By Your Side by Sade: Such a good song! It’s a romantic and always reminds me of weddings. IDK why.
  25. Fantasy Remix by Mariah Carey and Old Dirty Bastard: This song reminds me of the time I was getting ready to go to my 7th grade dance and all I wanted to do was listen it over and over again. I remember being on the phone with my friend at that time, Jamison. IDK what we were talking about, but we had to get off the phone so I could change for the dance.

I hope you share your top – maybe not 25 – but at least 5 songs on some playlist you have on your iPod, Zune, etc. and why they’re on your list. Feel free to pass this along to your friends!

MaR_advice: Sharing is caring  – it can be fun. You never know who else loves Prince’s Kiss or OAR’s Crazy Game of Poker…hehehe. Nonetheless, music is a common denominator in people’s lives – no matter the genre. Everyone loves a dope beat!


Helllllllo everyone! I’m back from my hiatus. Guess what product I received for my 25th?

mar A mother effin’ Snuggie! (That is my angry/WTF face, btw). My sisters Maureen, Nicole, my BF’s bro Rolan and his GF Jerilyn gave it to me. Last year, I wrote a post about the Snuggie and how I thought it was awful. Since then, this wannabe blanket sensation has even graced the set of the Today Show and even Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Now that I actually own one, I can definitely give it a review. But before I go on about the Snuggie, Rolan sent me a Tweet about a something called a Peekaru.

According to Gizmodo (pic taken from them), the Peekaru is a “Baby Snuggie.” Hmm…I wonder if your reaction is similar to mine…and NO this is not an April Fool’s joke. Check the date on the Gizmodo blog post if you don’t believe me!


Um…I’m still speechless. A picture really is worth a 1,000 words. That poor kid looks like a baby kangaroo trying to get out! On top of all of this, the Peekaru is $80 compared to a regular Snuggie, which runs between $15-20 (depending where you purchase it).

Although this seems silly, I’m sure the Peekaru keeps you warmer than the Snuggie! The Snuggie feels like it’s made out of felt and is really thin. I do have to admit that I like the freedom of my arms! If I really wrap myself around the extra fabric from the Snuggie, then I am definitely warm.

Anyways, all this Snuggie talk reminded me a Snuggie Rap that my friend Qui showed me. I would like to share it with you now. Enjoy!

MaR_advice: Come back to the blog more often. I finally have time to update more often…and it might just be random for a while….

It’s been a while since I’ve updated, and last week was just really crazy with the inauguration!

I was on Perez Hilton today and found this clip:

MaR_advice: Just because Obama’s in office, don’t expect change to come with a snap of your fingers! Keep praying that he will deliver and provide America and the rest of the world a chance to get out of this economic slump. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this clip as much as I did!

I know a majority of people are in a financial bind due to the economy and might even feel that with the gift-giving season there’s no room to give a little more – especially to those already less fortunate.

Well, you’re wrong. Through the “Be a Voice for Darfur” campaign, you can help end the suffering, the genocide, violence and rape occurring in Darfur.

President-Elect Obama pledged an “unstinting resolve” to end the Darfur genocide.

My colleague Qui notes: “The campaign aims for no less than 1 million postcards to be sent to Obama’s attention within his first 100 days in office. Postcard signatures are due by Inauguration Day – January 20, 2009. The postcards will be printed and delivered to the Whitehouse later in the Spring, complete with a rally. An un-dissmissable reminder that this issue matters to Americans, and our President.”

All you have to do is sign the petition at or through Save Darfur’s Facebook Petition Page and spread the word via Twitter (use hashtag: #voice4darfur) or email your family and friends. I encourage you to get involved and help make a difference.

As a Gen X/Y-er, it is important to raise awareness for efforts such as saving Darfur. You saw how vital and pivotal our votes were for the Presidential campaign. Let’s show our country that we care.

We’ve already generated over 200,000 signatures for this campaign. Let’s show the world that America is a Voice for Darfur.

MaR_advice: The spirit of gift giving doesn’t necessarily mean spending money – help end the genocide and Save Darfur:

DSC02030 Disclaimer: I know yesterday’s post said I was going to start the editorial calendar on Monday, but I really wanted to weigh in my thoughts on this subject matter…so the editorial calendar starts today.

I went to NYC this summer to watch Rent on Broadway. I stayed at the New Yorker and found myself two blocks from a Gray’s Papaya and snapped this picture.

At that time, the economy was in ‘decent’ shape. Soon enough gas prices posed as Chicken Little and forewarned us about a recession rather than the sky falling. I presume for some people, the sky could fall and it wouldn’t help them with this current state of economy.

As a young professional, it’s hard not to worry. My boss prepped the team and even developed a plan months before America’s economic state was officially deemed a recession. His plan safeguarded the company from any obstacles this recession presented. For every plan A, there’s a plan B.

I’m not an expert, but this is my first time experiencing a recession and I’ve learned a few things from what I’ve examined, read and heard.

  1. Be positive. No one wants to be around a Debbie Downer. We all know what’s going on with the economy. Even the people who don’t read the news know what’s going on! We have to keep our head up high and not let this recession hinder us from being better at our jobs, personal lives and better in general.
  2. Ask questions. No question is a stupid question. You need to ask questions if you’re scared about what’s going on. Talk to someone who’s been through tough times like this (i.e. someone who experienced the dot com bust in the 90’s). Figure out what they did to rise above.
  3. For the jobless: keep searching. For people who are still looking for jobs, don’t lose hope. Be patient. You’ll know when a job is a good fit for you.
  4. For the employed: work even harder. Now is the time to show your boss, clients and customers what you’re made of. Take your work ethic to the next level and give 120% instead of 110%. Show your commitment to your job and your clients/customers. Remember, a little can go a long way.
  5. Give Back. You can’t help everyone who’s heavily effected by this recession, so go out there help those you can – especially the homeless and the needy. There are many soup kitchens, food drives and other volunteer services you can participate in. You can save the world, with one random act of kindness at a time.

We can get through this. We just need to keep our head in the game (BTW, High School Musical 3 comes out today!).

MaR_advice: One of my tips to help find a solution for this recession is to vote. People are scared and they need some type of reassurance that they’ll all get through this. No one knows what the future brings, but we all can make a difference. Gray’s Papaya might be giving away $1 recession specials, but if you don’t vote – you’re giving away one voice that will help shape the future this country and economy need. What tips do you offer to help people get through this economic state?

It’s been a huge obstacle for me to start actually writing in my blog. I’ve learned that dedication is key if you want to fully engage, contribute, and build relationships within the blogosphere.

The main reason for my procrastination was this simple question: where to begin? As I started formulating ideas in my head, I decided that the most appropriate post would be an ode to ‘firsts.’

Here are three of the ‘firsts’ I’ve experienced this year that I’m proud of:

  • Obtained a fulltime job – which I love. I have to say, I am blessed. After a rocky start on the job hunt it felt like I was never going find a job suitable for my needs: a place to learn, strengthen my skills, and a great working environment with awesome co-workers/bosses.
  • Took a flight – by myself. I’ve already flown twice this year own my own. I went to Miami for a bachelorette party (good times!) and Atlanta to visit the CNN studio, Georgia Aquarium and Coke-Cola Factory. Sitting next to strangers isn’t so bad; I’ll just refrain from wearing my “Bloggers Talk to Strangers” shirt next time…
  • Sponsor a child. Through the Christian Foundation of Children and Aging, I help a little girl in the Philippines receive proper education.

What are some of the ‘firsts’ you’ve experience this year that you’re proud of? Did you get your first real job, too? Start your first year in college? Buy/rent your own place?

MaR_advice: No matter what you’re proud of – whether it’s something big as getting your first real job or something little as flying on your own – you should always be happy to share it with your family and friends. Celebrate!