No post … too busy … but I do have THIS for you.

You know those television commercials where the kid soaks the entire kitchen in Kool Aid or pulls a dead, muddy beaver through the kitchen or whatever, and the mother just crosses her arms, gives a little   smile and pulls out a roll of paper towels, like that’s going fix her shithead kid? You know how stupid that is?

That’s how stupid this post is going to be.

I shouldn’t be writing anything at all because I promised myself I wasn’t going to. I just had a lot of extra things to do this week, not the least of which was my very first live, online video course!

Tonight is the last class, a live question and answer session with me.  I love doing it but it is tiring having to look good for precisely 1 hour a day.  Do you have any idea how hard it is to look good in a dark kitchen with nothing but a laptop camera?  Yeah.  Think of how good you ever think you look in a selfie or on Skype.  Bleh.

So I haven’t had time to come up with a scintillating post idea, but what I DID have time to come up with was this … an example of good advertising.  As opposed to the stupid paper towel ads.



And here’s an old commercial that’s good.

Remember her? Hallie Eisenberg? Eisenberg sound familiar to you? Her slightly older brother is Jesse Eisenberg who played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. More interesting than all of that? Their mother is a professional clown. Red nose and all.

Look, I told you this post was gonna be stupid and I do apologize. But if I didn’t put any post up you’d either assume Cuddles had died, there had been a family tragedy or I’d eaten myself into a stupor and was in need of help.

None of these things are true. And just so you know, don’t any one of you ever try to stop me from entering an eating stupor. Next to a traffic jam prior to a yearly physical exam it’s one of my most favourite places to be.


  1. Jocinda says:

    Advertising is just the best. Its one of those things no one claims to like, and then one comes along that just blows a person away. It’s like art, except 98.4% is dreadful.

  2. Katbert says:

    Karen, I am taking your course and it is FABULOUS! Notice, I have the first comment in! I just wish I had my own blog so I could use yours to parlay to mine. Oh well, next time!

    • Karen says:

      O.K., well you’re the second comment. But that’s still really good. 🙂 Katbert is referring to a little tip I gave during my course this week. ~ karen!

  3. Katbert says:

    Now I see … second comment. And hopefully third!

  4. Rondina says:

    I assumed your course was superb and if I had the desire to make money from a blog, I would have been the first to sign up. (Slightly exaggerated.)

    And you are correct. If you had not put up a post, I would assume the worst about Cuddles, who was probably just having a bout of depression—seeing how you surrounded her with a bunch of roosters.

    As far as the number of comments, it seems to me that your post came an hour early tonight.

    • Grammy says:

      I hadn’t thought of that — that Cuddles might have taken ill because she was suddenly surrounded by roosters! Good theory. I’d add that being subjected to adolescent roosters would be enough to send any of us over the edge.

  5. Barbie says:

    You just crack me UP! LOL

  6. Lisa says:

    Hi Katbert and Karen….I’m taking the course too and it’s AWESOME! But really Karen after tonight should definitely eat yourself into a stupor…you’ve earned it. I too will be happy when the day comes that link a blog of my very own….and Karen you’ve made it seem attainable, but man you sure work hard and well at this blog.
    P.S. Katbert – I was planning on trying to comment first but we were still finishing homework. It’s ridiculously late for little boys to be up and working on homework but nevertheless that’s exactly what we were doing, and they were totally hogging the computer!! 🙂

  7. Lisa says:

    Ugh…typos…I need to go to bed!
    P.P.S – Karen you are absolutely darling…and are super smart!

  8. Violet says:

    Oh, please. You’ve looked great every night! You and your kitchen. And your Diet Coke. I never drink soda, ever, and I keep wanting Diet Coke now. Next time, Coca-Cola sponsorship. Just sayin’.

  9. judy says:

    This is a great post! I didn’t even get the porcupine one until I read that the pictures are about advertising, then I saw the very tiny caption and guffawed! That young lady is adorable and very talented. That one cracked me up too. So even when you’re not trying you are a genius. Oh-And I assumed the porcupine one was how he was going to quill the fish out of their little bag sanctuaries and into his hungry mouth. Duh me.

  10. Sometimes commercials are better than the show that’s playing! I used to love the sumo wrestlers washing the car… one of my favorites!

  11. Dagmar says:

    Ok so I’m not taking the course, so sue me. But I love advertising, and I could talk for hours about commercials I love…and the ones I *hate* even more. To this day, I still come home when I bought too much somewhere, and look at my non-husband and say “what, they followed me home!” That was. The best shoe ad ever.

  12. Heather says:

    European IKEA commercials are the best: very risque.

    The only reason I didn’t take your course was I have no blog.

  13. Barb says:

    I’m so glad a took a moment to check out your post before leaving on a short trip this morning! My hubby and I have been commenting lately on stupid and/or disgusting ads…seems the good ones are in short supply. But even more “eerie” is the coincidence that we were out to dinner last night and he ordered a pepsi and the waitress asked if coke was ok…and he said, “No, I want a pepsi!:…and proceded to tease her a bit. Another waitress we knew came over and told him to quit scaring the new girl…it was her first night. By the end of the evening, she understood his sense of humor and all was well. Have a fabulous weekend!

  14. Janet says:

    “shithead kid”. That made me snort my coffee up my nose. 😀

  15. Tigersmom says:

    Yup, would have been worried. Thanks.

  16. Denise says:

    Hilarious still (you and the commercial) , it’s why I read your blog.

  17. Venesa says:

    Eating stupors are my favorite kind of stupors!

  18. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Have a great weekend!

  19. jainegayer says:

    Enjoy your weekend, Karen.
    I will be wiping nose coffee off my keyboard. . . shithead kid!

  20. Toni in Iowa says:

    Oh, those paper towel commercials! Is there anything worse. If my kid was blowing bubbles in the chocolate milk I’d smack him/her across the kitchen. I would NOT be smiling!
    But have you see the Cheerios commercial with the little boy wanting to eat breakfast with his dad who was coming home off 2nd shift? I like that one.

  21. Liz says:

    oh geez… you deserve pass days without getting hassled. Like you could post the blog equivalent of a “do not disturb” sign. Fun remembering that Pepsi ad though 🙂

  22. Sandra says:

    It’s all fun and games until the paper towels come out.

  23. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I see you have learned well that if we don’t hear from Karen..we worry about Karen..I would count that as a good thing girl..Not everybody has people all over the world that worry about them..Have a great weekend and hug Cloe & Ernie for me..sorry..just the Crazy Cat Lady in me..

  24. Barbara Harvey says:

    Where would we all be without you? Probably hiding in the pantry eating ourselves into a stupor. Thanks for keeping me , laughing, crying, and inspired.

  25. Even your “this s not really a post” posts are great!
    Love the 1st ad! Don’t think I’ve seen it before.
    Enjoy your weekend Karen!

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  28. Rae says:

    Who’s Cuddles? I’m new to your blog, and blogs in general really, but, I do enjoy yours. Thanks for… ummmmm…blogging. 🙂

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