Why didn’t anyone tell me about… Febreze?

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This is a semi-regular series where we discuss things that I was “late to the party on” but now I have firmly cemented myself in the bandwagon of these cultural landmarks.

Why didn’t anyone tell me about Febreze?

I love those commercials where the blindfolded people are in a pigsty and they think they’re in an early 1900s English garden! But I never believed that anything could be quite so effective.

But, just like those crazy erasers, Febreze is magical. I didn’t know until about my 3rd year on the ship. The person I was replacing left some Febreze behind in the cabin, and about a month into my contract I was behind on laundry and had to put on my gorgeous, but very worn orange polo AGAIN and I thought I would just be a little… er, stale smelling that day. Just not so fresh as normal, that’s all. But then I noticed the Febreze.

Might as well try it, I thought.

So I did. And the heavens opened, and I saw the light.

I no longer had to smell stale? I could freshen my clothes with this magical spray? What an idea.

I mean, don’t get grossed out, I still do laundry. But if I’m a little behind, or have to wear an item multiple times (great for work uniforms, production costumes, or your favorite jeans that you never want to wash), boom, Febreze.

But seriously I was 27 years old before I realized that was an option.

Why didn’t anyone tell me about… salted caramel

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This is a semi-regular series where we discuss things that I was “late to the party on” but now I have firmly cemented myself in the bandwagon of these cultural landmarks. 

Why didn’t anyone tell me about salted caramel?

You guys.

it’s salty.

it’s sweet.

it’s perfect.

Why didn’t you tell me?

Do you love salted caramel?

Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me About… Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

Why didn't anyone tell me about

This is a semi-regular series where we discuss things that I was “late to the party on” but now I have firmly cemented myself in the bandwagon of these cultural landmarks. 

Why didn’t anyone tell me about Mr. Clean Magic Erasers?

Seriously, you guys. They work. Why did no one let me know!

When we were first in the house I kept noticing random stray marks on our white cabinets and other annoying spots that I couldn’t remove with cleaner. So one day I went shopping for more cleaning supplies and I notice the magic erasers.

“I bet these things are a scam, there’s no way they work.” I thought.

But then I noticed the store brand (not Mr.Clean) was only $2.50 for 4. So I bought them, convinced that I would feel foolish later.

But you guys! THEY WORK! THEY ARE MAGIC!

Which means that magic is real! And that I should be getting my Hogwart’s letter any day now!

Ok, maybe not, but seriously, these things do work. And they’re cheap. Buy them and start cleaning EVERYTHING! Weird spots on your cabinets, walls, countertop, and annoying scuff marks on your shoes!

You’re welcome.

Oh, you already knew? Well WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME!

Why didn’t anyone tell me about… Harry Potter?

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This is a new semi-regular series where we discuss things that I was “late to the party on” but now I have firmly cemented myself in the bandwagon of these cultural landmarks. 

Today I ask you friends, why did no one tell me about…

…Harry Potter.

I mean, it’s like we’re not even friends.

Ok, to be fair, I can’t put that on any of my friends, real life or internet. Because my mom and brother read them and encouraged me to, and I had friends that were obsessed and dressed up to go to the movies. But I always just said “I never read them.”

10 years later I’m spending all my free time last summer reading the entire series in a month. And then I read them again and watched the movies after I finished each one a second time. And I’m planning to just continue reading them for the rest of my life. I can’t explain it, it’s just something about those books… I’m convinced an owl will stop by this summer and give me a Hogwarts invitation and on September 1st I’ll be on the Hogwarts Express.

While I do feel like I missed out on a lot of great things by being such and HP latecomer (like mostly a lot of awesome theme parties) the one benefit is that I could read them all in succession without having to wait for their release year after year. I remember finishing Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and being annoyed that I had not already downloaded the Deathly Hallows and that I didn’t have any internet access and so I would have to wait a WHOLE day to read Deathly Hallows. And then I felt lame because some of you waited like a year. 

But no worries guys. I may be a latecomer, but I’m all about it now. And what’s more, there’s a whole slew of cultural references that have a lot more meaning for me now (like horcruxes, expecto patronum, and that quidditch match in The Internship).

Have you always been on the Harry Potter bandwagon? Or were you a latecomer like me?

Why didn’t anyone tell me about… Pentatonix?

This is a new semi-regular series where we discuss things that I was “late to the party on” but now I have firmly cemented myself in the bandwagon of these cultural landmarks.

Today I ask you friends, why did no one tell me about…

…Pentatonix?

You guys, they’re awesome. WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME? And they’re from Arlington, Texas! While that Little Drummer Boy video that floated around at Christmas is really good, they are so much more awesome than just that one cover of good cheer.  Here are my favorites.


The Evolution of Music


Cover of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Can’t Hold Us


I think every a capella group is required to do a cover of Royals


An actually good version of Gangnam Style


Maybe my most favorite: The Evolution of Beyonce.


A mashup to commemorate their appearance on Sesame Street!


And if they’re sounding sort of familiar to you, but you’re just not sure where you’ve heard them? Maybe it’s in the new Lucky Charms commercial!

Do you love Pentatonix?