Karen’s Krap

Worst Foods to Heat in the Company Microwave

I’m just sitting here taking in the pleasant aroma of someone heating a blueberry muffin in the break room. I wish whoever it was had brought enough for everyone. But for now, I’ll just sit here and daydream about going to a bakery on the way home from the office.

But…there was that one time when someone…who was trying to eat healthy…heated a small piece of salmon for lunch. Let me tell you, it took several hours for that odor to clear. I’m not going to mention who did that…okay, fine. IT WAS ME. Several years ago. I learned my lesson that any kind of fish is only meant to be enjoyed at home or in a restaurant. People looked at me funny. One even made a nice long rant on social media. So now, any time anyone heats something pungent…or burns popcorn…I’m the one they blame. Hey! It was ONE TIME! Get over it already!

Anyway, the reason I’m bringing this up is simply this. Sometimes, you have to be mindful of what you bring in your lunch bag. Your co-workers may not be as excited about it as you are. – KW

The Shoe is BACK!

Siiiiiigh. I promised myself that I would not get sucked into the internet abyss again after the great viral dress debate of 2015. Yet, here I am…focusing my eyes on a pic of somebody’s sneaker and trying to see what the fuss is about.  We’ve had this argument about this SAME shoe in 2017…and now it’s back for round 2!  Why?????  Let’s settle this.

Aaaaaand…I saw both. Yep. At first, I saw them as teal. And then I saw them as pink.

Apparently, if we’re right brain dominant, we will see pink.  If we are left brain dominant, we will see teal.

Now I’m scaring myself.

The shoe is PINK, btw.  Or…as the description states, Mahogany Rose.  Same thing.

Do you still see teal now?

KW

Chris Pratt Risked His Job for THIS Great Opportunity!

The Avengers cast and crew were told NO PHOTOS OR VIDEOS…NO CELL PHONES during filming. But that did not stop Chris Pratt from capturing a room full of greatness in one video. So…what they gonna do about it? Fire him? HAHA! – KW

How Chris Young Already Ruined My Weekend

Okay…okay fine. Maybe I already knew this, but maybe…JUST MAYBE…I wanted to ease myself into this slowly…

BUT…the man had to go ahead and rip the band-aid off. Thanks…thanks for nothing Chris.

 

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Gonna go cry now. #LeaveJonSnowAndCaptainAmericaAlone

KW

YES! Some “Spoiler-Free” Reactions to Avengers: Endgame

Fortunately, I didn’t fall upon any spoilers for Endgame on the web, but they’re out there. And I don’t wanna know. But…totally okay with getting some strong reactions to the last installment. I mean, I need to know when to take a potty break in that three hour period and judging by this, ya just can’t! You won’t even want to!
Anyway, I won’t be drinking any soda, that’s for sure. 😉 – KW

The Cast of “Saved By the Bell” 30 Years Later

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Theissen, Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez along with their spouses enjoyed dinner together recently with the caption, “Friends Forever.” (Any SBTB fan will get the reference. 😉 ) Anyway, I don’t know about you, but it took me a second to recognize Zack Morris! – KW

 

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Friends forever…

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People Who Owe Me Lunch

Are you one of those people who says, “let’s do lunch sometime…my treat” and somehow, “sometime” never happens? HAHA. Well, I’m one of those people who is still waiting for “sometime”, so I thought the best way to make “sometime” happen a lot sooner is to call out these people. I do this in fun, of course, because I know they’ll eventually pay up. But, I’m a little hungry…ummm…well…rather HANGRY, hence, this blog post.

Let’s start with this guy. Our afternoon extraordinaire JAS. This guy owes me like…I dunno…14 lunches? I’m not sure why, but he said “lunch” and I’m holding him to all of them.

 

Next…is this poor guy. Our fantastic weekend dude Big Red. I just love him. And somehow he got roped into treating me to one of those lunches that JAS owes me. He just kind of fell into it by accident. Hey Big Red: As my grandma used to say, “You are known by the company you keep.” Sorry, dude. At least it’s only one meal.

And finally…this guy. My friend of many years…the wonderful and talented Traffic Wizard, Wynn Evers! He promised me some expensive and really bad for you food. Like a nice steak. It’s been like 4 months now. That would really hit the spot right now, Wynn.

So, there ya go. Lunch shaming at it’s best. Before I close, I would just like to add that any lunches promised by Stephanie Taylor are forgiven. I still remember those mashed potato cookies she made for April Fool’s Day.

KW

YAY! Edgar Boogie is BACK!

After a little social media break with daddy Brett Eldredge, Edgar returns to tell us about the world from a best friend’s point of view!

For Your Easter Sandwiches

Heinz has introduced Cadbury Creme Egg Mayo! No, we can’t get it here in the US…yet. It’s being test marketed in breweries in London. I guess they’re banking on folks drinking enough beer to try it.

Okay, c’mon Heinz! Some mashups just shouldn’t happen. 😂😂😂

Sorry…

The 2019 hurricane names have been released…and oh geez.  REALLY?  Sighhhhh.  But, if it’s any consolation, I’m a total lightweight with alcohol, so this one should fizzle out quickly. – KW

Eagle Studio Gets A Makeover!

I am excited to announce that after nearly 20 years of staring at the same decor, the powers that be allowed lil ole ME to choose the NEW paint color for the studio!

A couple of folks joked my choice of “Coral Bells”, calling it “Pepto-Bismal Pink.” REALLY? Reaaaaaaaaaaaally??????

But YOU, Hampton Roads, had my back. Nearly 100 percent of you agreed with me on Facebook. IT’S CORAL! And I think the laugh is on them. It turned out pretty nice!   So, here ya go…the finished project.  Yeah?  Yeah?

Now, if they’ll allow me & Carly to decorate, it could get pretty crazy in there. – KW

Wait…What? There Was an Outage???

So…yesterday, one of my kids sent a freaked out text to the entire family. She thought she got banned from Facebook and wanted us to help her figure out which one of her posts was “offensive.” Okay, I just gotta tell you that this particular kid is Ms. Positivity, so unless FB just got sick of all of her upbeat posts, her chances of getting banned are ZERO. (On the other hand, I’m surprised one of her sisters hasn’t been put in time out! 😂 KIDDING!) Since my FB seemed to be working properly, I suggested that she reboot her phone, reinstall the app, send a problem report to FB…blah, blah, blah.

Later, I was surprised to learn that there was INDEED a HUGE FB & IG outage BUT it DIDN’T happen to everybody! REALLY? Hmmmm…interesting. I wonder who could be responsible for THAT?!!!

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So, if you experienced the outage yesterday, sorry. – KW

 

Hey! We Can’t All Be Bradley Cooper…

If you watched the video of Jimmie Allen & Abby Anderson’s beautiful rendition of Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga’s “Shallow”, you may not have noticed one missing element…as Abby jokingly points out.

HAHA! But seriously…how can you recreate perfection, right?

 

 

 

Having A Bad Day? Rage Yoga Might Be For You

Yoga, like Peeps, seems to be popping up everywhere and in every way. There’s hot yoga, goat yoga, aerial yoga, dog yoga…and now RAGE YOGA! Yes, you can now enjoy yoga with beer, swearing and some LOUD heavy metal. The purpose of Rage Yoga? To help you feel empowered. Does it work? Well, depends on whether you’re okay with practicing a lot of pretzel poses with your beer and potty mouth. Who knows? It might help you finally master that Mayurasana pose.

Rage Yoga is All The Rage

Summer in a Can?

Not counting the revamped diet fare, it’s been over 10 years since Coca-Cola introduced a new flavor. Get ready! Starting February 25th, look for Orange Vanilla Coke & Orange Vanilla Coke Zero! Those who have already tried it says it tastes like an orange creamsicle. Mmmmmm!

Orange Vanilla Coca-Cola is coming!

Viral Video: Toddler’s Corn Dog Dance is Internet Sensation! {WATCH}

Little Baylor Mooney of Reno NV may be only two years old, but she’s already channeling her inner Beyonce complete with the wind in her hair and some pretty awesome moves!

I wanna be like Baylor!

Miranda’s New Hubby Dances In The Street! {WATCH}

Just think. Before Valentine’s Day, we didn’t even know this guy existed! We didn’t know Miranda was even dating anyone! But leave it to the internet to find a little gem like this!

Miranda’s new husband Brendan McLaughlin is not afraid to dance in public, so he’ll have no problem being in the spotlight now.

2019 ACM Nominations Are In!

Did your favorites make the list?

The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, which Reba will host, will air live from Las Vegas on April 7th on CBS (WTKR News 3)

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Male Artist of the Year

Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Artist of the Year

Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
LoCash
Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum
Lanco
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion

New Female Artist of the Year

Danielle Bradbery
Lindsay Ell
Ashley McBryde
Carly Pearce

New Male Artist of the Year

Jimmie Allen
Luke Combs
Jordan Davis
Michael Ray
Mitchell Tenpenny

New Duo or Group of the Year

High Valley
Lanco
Runaway June

Album of the Year

Dan + Shay, Dan + Shay (produced by Scott Hendricks, Dan Smyers and Matt Dragstrem)
Desperate Man, Eric Church (produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora Jr.)
From A Room, Vol. 2, Chris Stapleton (produced by Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton)
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves (produced by Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian and Kacey Musgraves)
The Mountain, Dierks Bentley (produced by Ross Copperman, Jon Randal Stewart and Arturo Buenahora Jr.)

Single Record of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) / Producer(s) / Record Label(s))

“Down to the Honkytonk,” Jake Owen (produced by Joey Moi)
“Heaven,” Kane Brown (produced by Dann Huff and Polow da Don)
“Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line (produced by Wishire for Rock the Soul Entertainment)
“Most People Are Good,” Luke Bryan (produced by Jeff Stevens and Jody Stevens)
“Tequila,” Dan + Shay (produced by Scott Hendricks and Dan Smyers)

Video of the Year (Awarded to Producer(s) / Director(s) / Artist(s))

“Babe,” Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift (produced by Roger Hunt, directed by Anthony Mandler)
“Burn Out,” Midland (produced by Ben Skipworth, directed by TK McKamy and Cameron Duddy)
“Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne (produced by Nate Eggert, directed by Wes Edwards)
“Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson (produced by Ben Skipworth, directed by Jeff Venable)
“Shoot Me Straight,” Brothers Osborne (produced by April Kimbrell, directed by Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver)
“Tequila,” Dan + Shay (produced by Christen Pinkston, directed by Patrick Tracy)

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriter(s) / Publisher(s) / Artist(s)

Cole Swindell, “Break Up in the End” (Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill, Jon Nite)
Chris Stapleton, “Broken Halos” (Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton)
Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be” (David Garcia, Tyler Hubbard, Joshua Miller, Bebe Rexha)
Kacey Musgraves, “Space Cowboy” (Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves)
Dan + Shay, “Tequila” (Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers)
Russell Dickerson, “Yours” (Casey Brown, Russell Dickerson, Parker Welling)

Music Event of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) / Producer(s) / Record Label(s))

“Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne (produced by Ross Copperman, Jon Randal Stewart and Arturo Buenahora Jr.)
“Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert (produced by Michael Knox)
“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” David Lee Murphy feat. Kenny Chesney (produced by Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney and David Lee Murphy)
“Keeping Score,” Dan + Shay feat. Kelly Clarkson (produced by Scott Hendricks and Dan Smyers)
“Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line (produced by Wilshire for Rock the Soul Entertainment)

BACON

I knew that would get your attention. It sure got mine!

Trending on Twitter right now: #TakeATuneToBreakfast

Users are changing the titles and lyrics of popular songs and adding breakfast fare.

Some hilarious examples:

* I would do anything for love, but I won’t do decaf
* Don’t go bacon my heart
* Count on Chocula
* Pour some syrup on me
* Omlettes go crazy
* Hash brown eyed girl

All this breakfast stuff is making me hungry. Gotta go!

CHEERIO!

Still??? People Can’t Stop Arguing About America’s Best French Fries

So, this viral thing has lasted longer than “what color is the dress”, it seems. A publication released a list of favorites in order of best to worst and social media users are not having it!

Personally, I never thought about who had the best fries. I usually don’t order any, but when I do, it’s because I’m so hangry that I need something to take the edge off before the next meal. But if I had to choose…hmmm….

Taco Bell’s Nacho Fries! Don’t @ me. Or do. Twitter/IG/FB @karenwest973

America’s Favorite French Fries Causing Mass Hysteria?

If Ya Gotta Eat A Salad

There’s nothing worse than getting a loaded salad with the lettuce falling off the plate every time you take a bite.  Makes your eating space look like a toddler just played with his lunch.  IMO, Michael Ray is 5000 percent CORRECT.  What do YOU say? Does your salad belong in a bowl?  Tweet your response!  @karenwest973  @973TheEagle – Karen

 

How to Celebrate National Drink Wine Day…

Yeah, like we really need help with doing that, right?  HAHA!  But…have you ever wanted to pretend to be an authentic wine snob?  Even for just a day?  Well, here’s your chance! This blog post contains all kinds of great ideas to celebrate the day like a boss! Enjoy some 3 buck Chuck in a fancy glass! Impress your friends! Just do so responsibly, okay?

To Celebrate or Not Celebrate Valentine’s Day

– by Karen West

I haven’t celebrated Valentine’s Day in it’s traditional manner for many years. When I do celebrate, it’s usually about a week after the big day. The sales are fabulous and the restaurants are less crowded. That’s a win-win as far as I’m concerned. The main reason I wait? My daughter Allison was born on Valentine’s Day, so I’ve always set aside that day specifically for her. Her birthday. For me, it’s all about her.

I brought up this example because there are many reasons some people do not take part in the big day. I believe EVERYDAY is the opportunity to show love whether we do so with gifts or not. And celebrating Valentine’s Day at a later date definitely has it’s perks, that’s for sure! But here is something that’s heartbreaking. According to this survey, 53% of women would dump their significant other if they didn’t receive a gift on Valentine’s Day.

So, what do you say? How important is receiving a gift on Valentine’s Day for you? And would you take into consideration your significant other’s reason for not celebrating the day?  Tweet your response to @karenwest973

 

And…Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!

When You Can’t Control the Photos People Post of You

Don’t ya just hate it when people write something really nice about you but then post the worst pic they can find of you? ME TOO!!!! Chris “Captain America” Evans had the best reaction!

But Netflix Canada came to the rescue and fixed everything.  HAHA!

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How To Heal Your Valentine’s Broken Heart?

We’ve all heard about naming a cockroach after your ex on Valentine’s Day, but I’ve never heard of this one…until now.

You can name a salmon after your ex and it will be fed to a thousand pound bear! And think about it! You’ll be helping out wildlife rehabilitation in the meantime! So, chin up! Wipe away those tears! You’ll be doing something good for the animal kingdom and the bears will be very grateful. Want to know more? Here ya go!

Feed The Bears for Valentine’s Day

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I’m not ready for this. A little help please.

I’ve never had chicken and waffles before. Well, not together anyway. I’m not sure I would have it since fried foods, bread and sugar don’t fit into my diet. However, not saying I don’t like chicken and waffles. I think they’re fabulous. But I don’t think everything belongs in a cereal. And that’s what’s going to happen very soon. Post is releasing “Chicken and Waffle Honey Brunches of Oats” sometime in March and exclusively at Walmart. I hear that there’s NO actual meat in it, but there are fun drumstick shaped crunchies.

I am curious to find out if this DOES taste like chicken. So, if any of you try it, would you please enlighten me if it has even a hint of poultry flavor? I’ll take your word for it. #IAintEatingItYOUEatIt

 

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Best Ugly Holiday Sweater EVER!

But…of course…these are not the kind that Grandma would get you for Christmas, so you’ll have to go get ‘em yourself. I’ll take TWO please! 🙂

Why are we so addicted to Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Believe it or not, I asked that very question to my friend yesterday. I mean, really! They’re cheesy and we know it. They have virtually the same plot and we know it. But for some reason, we can’t seem to drag ourselves away from them at this time of year. Amirite? Or am I the only one?

Maybe the bigger question should be what kind of chocolate goes with Hallmark Christmas Movies? Oh I knowwwwwww the answer to that one.

All of it.

Christmas Story Fans!

The Deranged Easter Bunny pajamas are for sale just before the holidays. Stay warm and toasty in this pink nightmare while celebrating good tidings and joy with the family. They may want to have a couple of egg nogs first, tho.

BTW, saw a guy walking around the store wearing his. Guess he couldn’t wait. Haha!

Christmas Prince! Part 2!

I watched the original last year on Netflix. Yes, I know it’s cheesy. Yeah, the acting is kinda bad. Yeah, same plot as every other romantic Christmas movie, but gosh darn it! I LOVE them! It gets me in the Chriss-massy mood!

TOMORROW, November 20th…Christmas Prince, The Royal Wedding! Gotta get my snacks and wash my fuzzy pajamas!

I know I’m not the only one.

It’s Never Too Early

So my daughter says, “it’s too early for pumpkin spice lattes in August but it’s not too early for Christmas movies in October?”

And I said to her…”priorities.”

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