Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Christina Perri: "Jar of Hearts"

This is for you, Lainy:

Christina Perri: "Jar of Hearts"

i know i can’t take one more step towards you
cause all thats waiting is regret
don’t you know i’m not your ghost anymore
you lost the love i loved the most
i learned to live, half alive
and now you want me one more time
who do you think you are?
runnin’ ’round leaving scars
collecting a jar of hearts
tearing love apart
you’re gonna catch a cold
from the ice inside your soul
don’t come back for me
who do you think you are?
i hear you’re asking all around
if i am anywhere to be found
but i have grown too strong
to ever fall back in your arms
ive learned to live, half alive
and now you want me one more time
who do you think you are?
runnin’ ’round leaving scars
collecting a jar of hearts
and tearing love apart
you’re gonna catch a cold
from the ice inside your soul
don’t come back for me
who do you think you are?
it took so long just to feel alright
remember how to put back the light in my eyes
i wish i had missed the first time that we kissed
cause you broke all your promises
and now you’re back
you don’t get to get me back
who do you think you are?
running around leaving scars
collecting a jar of hearts
and tearing love apart
you’re gonna catch a cold
from the ice inside your soul
so don’t come back for me
dont come back at all
who do you think you are?
who do you think you are?
who do you think you are?
written by christina perri, barrett yeretsian, drew lawrence

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Korean Adoptee, Christopher Staaf, on Jeopardy April 22, 2010

I finally found the episode where Christopher Staaf, a Korean adoptee, was a contestant on Jeopardy. This aired April 22, 2010. Check it out!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Free Amazon Movie on Demand: Avatar

Amazon Video on demand is offering a free movie rental for Avatar! What a generous freebie!
Simply use these two coupon codes during check out: HDNATION and FILMRIOT

This really works! Go to and select Movies: Video on Demand. Type in Avatar. Click on Avatar rental. At the bottom of the screen, it will ask you if you have a promotion code. Enter the first code, HDNATION and then it will give you a message saying that you have $3.00 promotion code balance. Enter the second code, FILMRIOT and you will get another message saying you have a total of $6.00 promotion code balance that will be applied toward your next qualifying order (i.e., Avatar!).

If you haven't seen Avatar, now is your chance to see it FREE on demand at Amazon! If you have seen Avatar, then it's a nice chance to see it again and catch any bits you missed the first time around.

Very Clever Korean McDonald's Commercial

Just wanted to pass on this very clever Korean McDonald's commercial...

Who can resist a McDonald's french fry? (Or, let's just pretend it's any no name french fry or even a homemade french fry.) I can relate to both characters in this commercial!

Friday, June 18, 2010

FREE Sample of Starbucks VIA Ready Brew

Starbucks claims "there’s never been an instant like this. With Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew, at last there’s an instant coffee you can enjoy at home that’s as good as fresh-brewed Starbucks® coffee.This is 100% Colombian arabica coffee, ethically sourced. To enjoy it, all you have to do is tear open a pack and add water. Let the coffee brew 10 seconds and stir. Then enjoy the rich, smooth taste, with that signature walnut-like taste found in great Colombian coffees."

Fill out the forms in the following links (via Walmart and Costco) to get a free sample of Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Coffee. I got a pack of 24 Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Coffee at Costco for $15.99. I use them for a treat every now and then when I want a stronger cup of instant coffee. It's really yummy and the micro brew really dissolves quickly in hot water. It's faster than driving to Starbucks for a coffee and it's faster and easier than prepping my coffee maker for one cup of coffee! I love it!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Where Has Good Customer Service Gone? Kohl's Bad Customer Service

In this economy, I can't imagine any retailer hiring people with poor customer service skills, but alas, today I had some bad customer service at Kohl's. I was using up a $10 Kohl's reward money card and unfortunately, my shopping experience was just horrible at the Kohl's in Alameda, CA. Tanya C. was working at the jewelry counter and I asked her if I could check out there and she said, "No, only jewelry customers," even though she wasn't helping anyone there, nor was she doing anything anyway! So I waited in the regular long line with only one check stand open, and decided to go back and ask her again if she could please check me out since the line was long and they didn't have any customers in the jewelry department. So, she felt she had to go ask someone if she could check me out and the other sales lady said, "Yes." She then muttered under her breath, "You could wait in line." Now, at this point, I was already a little weirded out by her rude customer service, but having her mutter under her breath on top of it was just too much! I really don't like it when people mutter under their breaths, so I called her out on it and said, "Excuse me?" She said, "Nothing," and kept up her huffy attitude. I then told her that I never would have asked her to help me if she were helping someone else there, but since she wasn't busy, I asked her. I also told her that the jewelry counter staff is usually happy to check anyone out because they aren't busy, normally. She was so rude and checked me out begrudgingly. She did not say, "Thank you," or "Have a nice day," which is usually standard procedure for good customer service oriented sales associates. This has turned me off Kohl's. What horrible customer service! 

I went to find a manager and I just reported the bizarre incident to him. He said he would talk to her, but I don't know if he will.  Even if he does, she was so unprofessional, I am sure she will continue to throw her bad attitude at other customers anyway.

Seriously, I just don't get it. Where has good old fashioned customer service gone? I didn't do anything wrong except ask if she could help me check out. I can't believe Kohl's hired her. She obviously has no professionalism to her and she was just upset because she had to actually WORK and help me check out! She was quite happy just standing behind the counter doing nothing. That's another thing I didn't get: She refused to help me, even though she wasn't doing anything and it was quite clear that no one else was seeking her assistance in the jewelry department to pick out jewelry! I mean, I wish I could get paid to just stand there and do nothing! That's all she was doing. 


Kohl's has lost my loyalty. I do not want to encounter rude customer service at Kohl's again. 

Monday, June 14, 2010

$1 Superfruit Smoothies at Jamba Juice on June 16th

Jamba Juice is offering a special on June 16 2010: $1 Superfruit Smoothies (Pomegranate, Yumberry and Acai).

What a refreshing way to cool off this summer! 

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Warning about Lead Levels in Kids' Drinks and Snacks

I just found this out today and I wanted to pass this on. This is very important information to share with anyone who buys kids' snacks and drinks. Please read the list and decide how you want to handle this alarming situation. I know I have purchased the Trader Joe's Apple Juice and the Mott's Tots Apple Juice (I don't know if the Tots variety is included, though). I think the only "safe" juices I have purchased that don't seem to be on the list are Juicy Juice Apple Juice, which I buy at Target and "O" Organic 100% Apple Juice from concentrate, which I buy at Safeway.


According to

Another day, another “uh oh.” The latest kerfuffle? Quantities of lead in bottled juice, juice boxes, and packaged fruit could exceed federal limits for the lunchbox-toting set, according to the Environmental Law Foundation. The Bay Area-based environmental nonprofit, which enlisted the aid of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified lab in Berkeley, tested nearly 400 samples from 150 branded products marketed to children, including apple juice, grape juice, packaged pears and peaches (including baby food), and fruit cocktail mixes. The alarming results: 125 out of 146 products—or more than 85%—contained enough lead in a single serving to warrant a warning label under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Prop. 65

More troubling, perhaps, is the fact that the results tar both organic and conventional products:Earth’s Best Organic365 Everyday Value OrganicTrader Joe’s, and Walnut Acres get as fair of a shake as Welch’sMinute MaidGerberDel Monte, and Dole. Plus, most scientists concur that no safe level of exposure to lead exists, especially when it comes to babies and children.
ELF has dispatched notices to law-enforcement officials, including California’s attorney-general, district attorneys, and the affected manufacturers, retailers, and distributors. The notices start a clock for the companies to either bring themselves into compliance with Prop. 65 or to place “clear and reasonable warnings” on the food packages. If, at the end of 60 days, no law enforcement agency pursues prosecution, ELF will file a formal suit.


1. 365 Everyday Value Organic 100% Juice Concord Grapes
2. Beech Nut 100% Apple Juice
3. Best Yet Bartlett Pear Halves in Heavy Syrup
4. Best Yet Chunky Mixed Fruit in Pear Juice
5. Best Yet Yellow Cling Peach Halves in Heavy Syrup
6. Chef’s Review Fruit Cocktail
7. Del Monte 100% Juice Fruit Cocktail
8. Del Monte Chunky Mixed Fruit in 100% Juice (peach, pear, grape, etc.)
9. Del Monte Diced Pears in Light Syrup
10. Del Monte Freestone Peach Slices in 100% Juice
11. Del Monte Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup (peach, pear, grapes)
12. Del Monte Fruit Cocktail No Sugar Added
13. Del Monte Lite Fruit Cocktail in Extra Light Syrup
14. Del Monte Pear Halves in Heavy Syrup
15. Del Monte Pear Halves, Bartlett Pears in 100% real fruit juice from concentrate
16. Del Monte Sliced Yellow Cling Peaches in 100% Juice
17. Del Monte Sliced Yellow Cling Peaches in heavy syrup
18. Dole Diced Peaches, Yellow Cling in light syrup
19. Dole Mixed Fruit in Light Syrup
20. Dole Pear Halves in Juice
21. Earth’s Best Organics Apple Juice
22. Eating Right Fruit Cocktail packed in Sucralose
23. Eating Right No Sugar Fruit Cocktail
24. First Street 100% Apple Cider from concentrate
25. First Street Apple Juice from concentrate 100% juice
26. First Street Diced Pears
27. First Street Fruit Cocktail in heavy syrup
28. First Street Grape Juice from concentrate 100% juice
29. First Street Sliced Bartlett
30. First Street Yellow Cling Peaches in heavy syrup
31. Full Circle Organic Apple Juice
32. Full Circle Organic Bartlett Pear Slices
33. Gerber 100% Juice – White Grape Juice
34. Gerber 100% Juice Apple Juice
35. Gerber 3rd Foods Peaches
36. Gerber 3rd Foods Pears
37. Golden Star Mixed Fruit in Light Syrup (peach, pineapple, pears)
38. Golden Star Peach Halves in Heavy Syrup
39. Great Value 100% Grape Juice
40. Great Value 100% No Sugar Added Apple Juice
41. Great Value Bartlett Pear Halves in 100% Juice
42. Great Value Bartlett Sliced Pears in Heavy Syrup
43. Great Value No Sugar Added Fruit Cocktail
44. Great Value Yellow Cling Sliced Peaches
45. Hansen’s Natural Apple Juice
46. Kedem Concord Grape Juice 100% pure grape juice
47. Kroger 100% Juice Apple Juice
48. Kroger Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup
49. Kroger Grape Juice 100% Juice
50. Kroger Lite Fruit Cocktail in Pear Juice
51. Kroger Value Fruit Mix (Peaches, pears, grapes)
52. Langers Apple Juice 100% Juice
53. Langers Grape Juice (Concord)
54. Langers Red Grape Juice
55. Libby’s Fruit Cocktail No Sugar Added (Sweetened with Splenda)
56. Libby’s Yellow Cling Peach Slices No Sugar Added (Sweetened with Splenda)
57. Market Pantry Diced Peaches in light syrup
58. Market Pantry Diced Pears in light syrup
59. Market Pantry Mixed Fruit in light syrup
60. Maxx Value Fruit Mix in Light Syrup (peach, pear, grape)
61. Maxx Value Pear Pieces in Light Syrup
62. Minute Maid Juice Apple – 100% Apple Juice
63. Motts 100% Apple Juice
64. Mrs. Brown’s Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup (peaches, pears, grapes)
65. O Organics Organic Grape Juice from concentrate
66. O Organics Organic Unfiltered Apple Juice Not From Concentrate
67. Old Orchard 100% Apple Juice
68. Parade 100% Juice Apple
69. Polar Mixed Fruit
70. Polar Peach Slices
71. Polar Pear Halves in light syrup
72. R.W. Knudsen Just Concord Grape Juice
73. R.W. Knudsen Organic Just Concord
74. Raley’s 100% Grape Juice
75. Raley’s Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup
76. Raley’s Premium 100% Apple Juice not from Concentrate
77. Raley’s Sliced Yellow Cling Peaches in Heavy Syrup
78. S&W Natural Style Fruit Cocktail in Lightly Sweetened Juice
79. S&W Natural Style Pear Slices in Juice
80. S&W Natural Style Yellow Cling Peach Slices in Lightly Sweetened Juice
81. S&W Premium Peach Halves Yellow Cling Peaches in light syrup
82. S&W Sun Pears Premium
83. Safeway 100% Juice Apple Cider
84. Safeway 100% Juice Apple Juice
85. Safeway 100% Juice Grape Juice
86. Safeway Diced Peaches in Light Syrup
87. Safeway Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup
88. Safeway Light Sugar Fruit Cocktail
89. Safeway Lite Bartlett Pear Halves in Pear Juice
90. Safeway Lite Fruit Cocktail in Pear Juice
91. Safeway Organic Grape Juice
92. Safeway Pear Halves in Light Juice
93. Safeway Yellow Cling Peach Slices in Pear Juice
94. Santa Cruz Organic Concord Grape Juice
95. Simple Value Yellow Cling Peaches in light syrup
96. Stater Bros. 100% Juice Apple Juice
97. Stater Bros. 100% Juice Grape Juice
98. Stater Bros. 100% Juice White Grape Juice
99. Stater Bros. Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup
100. Stater Bros. Yellow Cling Peach Halves
101. Stater Bros. Yellow Cling Sliced Peaches in heavy syrup
102. Sunny Select 100% Apple Juice
103. Sunny Select 100% Grape Juice
104. Sunny Select Fruit Cocktail in Juice
105. Sunny Select Pear Halves in Pear Juice
106. Sunny Select Yellow Cling Sliced Peaches in Pear Juice
107. Trader Joe’s Certified Organic Apple Juice, pasteurized
108. Trader Joe’s Concord Grape Juice made from fress pressed organic concord grapes
109. Trader Joe’s Pear Halves in white grape juice
110. Trader Joe’s Yellow Cling Peach Halves in while grape juice
111. Tree Top 100% Juice Apple Cider
112. Tree Top 100% Juice, Grape
113. Truitt Brothers Pacific NorthWest Bartlett Pear Halves, in pear juice from concentrate
114. Valu Time Grape Drink from Concentrate
115. Valu Time Irregular Bartlett Pear Slices
116. Valu Time Yellow Cling Peach Slices
117. Walgreens Apple Juice from concentrate 100% juice
118. Walgreens Grape Juice from concentrate 100% juice
119. Walnut Acres Organic Concord Grape
120. Walnut Grove Market 100% Apple Juice
121. Walnut Grove Market Grape Juice
122. Walnut Grove Market Natural Peaches Sliced Yellow Cling in Light Syrup
123. Walnut Grove Market Natural Pear Halves in Heavy Syrup
124. Welch’s 100% Grape Juice (from Welch’s Concord Grapes)
125. Welch’s 100% Red Grape Juice from Concentrate

85% of Kids' drinks and snacks could contain high levels of lead

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Stephen King's House on Google Maps

Google Maps has opened a whole world of views up to the public, including Stephen King's house! This is so trippy to be able to see Stephen King's house online! I love his gates that look like spider webs and the creepy bats that sit ominously guarding his castle home. Luckily, Stephen King is pretty secluded up in Bangor, Maine.  Who's even heard of Bangor, unless you've lived there or know someone who lives there?!  Most people just pass right through Bangor to fill up their cars with gasoline and grab a bite to eat.  Little do they know Stephen King's house is perched on West Broadway!

Click here to see Stephen King's house on Google Maps.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill Coupons

Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill is offering two coupons:
$1 off Big Burrito Especial
Buy a Burrito Especial and get a second burrito FREE!
(offer expires 06-20-10)

What is a Big Burrito Especial?

A Big Burrito Especial = GrilledChicken/GrilledSteak Guacamole, sour cream, black beans, rice, salsa fresca and chipotle sauce.

What a great way to take a friend out for lunch or dinner! YUM!

Click to print out Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill Coupons

Find a Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill near you

View Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill Menu

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Free Shipping at Anthropologie for Anthro Card Holders!

Attention all Anthropologie fans: Free shipping on online orders if you link your card to your account! I don't know how long this promotion is going on, but now's the time to get your $19.95 gems with free shipping!

Happy June shopping!

Happy, happy, happy, happy!!! Bring on those summer skirts and dresses!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Rubio's Free Reusable Tote Giveaway on June 8, 2010

Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill is giving away free reusable totes on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 to celebrate World Oceans Day. What a great promotion (no purchase necessary!) to get more people to use reusable bags when shopping!  

Plus, Rubio's has a fish taco special for $1.25 on Tuesdays from 2:30 pm to close at most locations!  That is a terrific bargain--Rubio's has some of the best fish tacos around, especially for fresh fast food!

Valid 6/8/10 only. One FREE item per person. While supplies last, no purchase necessary.
Not valid with any other offer/discount. No cash value. Offer BC 332

Bring in this coupon to any participating Rubio’s
restaurant during World Oceans Day and redeem
for one FREE Rubio’s a-Go-Go® Reusable Tote Bag.
It’s great for the beach or shopping – and
environmentally friendly.

Click to print out coupon for FREE reusable tote

Find a Rubio's near you.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Michael Buble, "I Still Haven't Met You Yet"

Michael Buble's "I Still Haven't Met You Yet" has been going through my head's just a fun, upbeat song.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Life Inside the North Korean Bubble

This is a terrific article about a documentary on North Korea.

Watch the BBC News Documentary. It's worth a viewing. My heart sank when I saw the starving children. I know I probably wasn't starving in the orphanage I was in, but I know I wasn't fed much and I was so small that I looked like I was only 1 year old when I was 2 in Korea.

The following article is courtesy of BBC News.

By Sue Lloyd-Roberts 
BBC Newsnight, North Korea

As we arrived at Pyongyang's airport our mobile phones were confiscated and throughout our stay in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea there was no access to the internet.
At the hotel our government minders had booked rooms alongside ours, and on the one occasion that we tried to leave without them we were reported and reprimanded.
From exchanges with our minders, we also learned that our rooms were bugged.
But then we were not being singled out, the entire country lives in a bubble of unreality, cut off from the outside world and watched by an army of informers.
There are only two mobile phone networks. The diplomatic corps and NGO workers use one of them to contact one another.
A relatively small elite of North Koreans use the other system, but this still denies them access to foreigners inside the country and to anyone outside.
Breakneck speed
Newsnight had been invited to North Korea for the celebrations marking the birthday of the Great Leader, Kim Il-sung, the founder of the country.
 Thanks to the Great Leader we are allowed to watch English and American films, like The Sound of Music 
North Korean student
But the invite came with a catch - we were only allowed to film model farms, model villages, model schools and model homes.
We were instructed to film statues of the Great Leader, who although dead is still president, and portraits of his son the current Dear Leader, Kim Jong-il.
We were never allowed to film anything off the official programme or speak to anyone unscripted.
When we headed into the countryside we were driven at breakneck speed past towns and villages in various stages of dilapidation and not allowed to stop.
In Pyongyang anyone who came near to the camera who did not fit the image the North Koreans want to project - particularly anyone who appeared to be returning from one of the private markets which are an embarrassment to the Communist regime - was shooed away.
Meddling minders
Initially I was simply irritated by our minders who seemed to have no concept of the expectations of a television film crew.
Girls in a kindergarten in North Korea
But my irritation slowly gave way to a realisation that their expectations of us were because they simply did not know any different.
North Korean TV only broadcasts hagiographies of the two leaders and pictures celebrating the country's army, model farms, model villages etc.
Our minders had probably never seen any other kinds of news item or documentary about their country or the rest of the world.
They were not allowed to, and they could not, because no-one has access to the internet in North Korea.
Instead, the North Koreans have a special internal intranet which I was shown at Pyongyang University.
A postgraduate metallurgy student who spoke good English explained that he could not compare his research with a fellow student in say, London or Los Angeles, because the system would not let him.
But, he added brightly, "the Dear leader has kindly put all we need to know on our intranet system".
At the university's foreign language department I asked the students how they had managed to learn such good English.
"Thanks to the Great Leader," one young man replied, "we are allowed to watch English and American films, like The Sound of Music."
'No secrets'
When asked which world leaders - other than the Dear Leader - he admired, he quickly answered "Stalin and Mao Zedong!"
North Korea's version of the internet
However, the students had not heard of Nelson Mandela.
No wonder the 3,000 or so North Koreans who escape this, the most isolated and secretive country in the world, and arrive in South Korea every year feel as though they have landed on another planet.
South Koreans can use their mobile phones to pay in the supermarket, there are more and faster broadband connections per person than in any other country in the world and, if you are feeling frivolous, there are cameras and touch screen key boards along the main shopping streets to allow you to send a photo to a friend!
All new arrivals from North Korea spend months in special government schools to learn how to cope with the 21st Century.
I met Sena, who arrived just five months ago, in a computer and mobile phone shop in Seoul.
"I love the internet," she said to me, "because there are no secrets. Everyone can know everything!"
She loves her mobile phone, she said, because she no longer has to walk miles simply to give a message to a friend.
Her friend, Garam, is most struck by the food: "In South Korea, you can eat anything anytime you want. In the North, you can never find anything you would want to eat."
But many defectors from the North complain about how they are treated in the South.
"People look down on us here," another recent arrival told me. "They treat us like poor, badly educated cousins with funny accents. It is hard for us to get work here."
People in the North tell you that they long for the two countries to be united again.
"It has been 60 years since the country was divided by the civil war. Unification is our dream", a university student in Pyongyang told me. "It must happen one day".
A bit like the attitude of West Germans towards East Germans prior to unification, the South Koreans are not too keen of the thought of 23 million hungry and badly educated cousins pouring across the border.
And the sinking of the South Korean naval ship, the Cheonan, by North Korea has brought relations between the two enemy countries to one of the most dangerous points since the end of the war.
The chances of unification have never looked so remote.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Zagg Free Apple iPad Giveaway Contest

If someone asked me if I wanted a free Apple iPad, I wouldn't say, "no." Here's your chance to win one free! Enter your e-mail for a chance to win a FREE Apple iPad in the weekly Zagg Giveaway Contest!

I don't know if this is legit, but I've been entering, hoping to win an iPad.  If any of you enter and win one, let me know!

I've received coupon codes for 20-50% off at the Zagg website, too, just for entering.  Zagg makes super cool cell phone and gadget protective cases. They have a lifetime guarantee never to scratch and if they fail in any way, Zagg will replace the cover, free.  They mean it, too. They really do replace your cover by sending you a new one immediately.  You just have to send your old one back to them.  It's easy and they have superb customer service.

Now, just cross your fingers so I'll win an iPad this week!

May 30th- June 5th

      Apple iPad

          Win an Apple iPad and a chance at a 50% off discount code

Each week in April, May and June, ZAGG will be giving away an iPad, Apple's newly released tablet computer. Winners will be selected randomly from the email addresses collected during the contest week. After entering the contest, check for an email from ZAGG with a discount code good for up to 50% off products on

Another Round of "Guess Who?"

Okay, so while rummaging through my old goodies at my dad's house, I found this OLD ink painting that I did in high school.  It was perfectly preserved in my closet, so I decided to post it for another round of "Guess Who?"

So far, only one person has guessed it correctly.  Not too shabby, considering I painted it in high school!

Leave your best guess in the "comments" and we'll see if anyone gets it right!