Sunday, August 31, 2008

I'm soo glad I got to be in World Famous Creative Strategy again!

Hello all, I'm Brittany! First off I'm trilled to be in this class again. I love the fact that we can basically do whatever we want to have the best presentations ever! I don't want to be like everyone else since this is a creative class, but I really think that this list thing is a good way for everyone go get to know each other a little better! Soo here are 10 things you should know about me:::

1. I have two of the most beautiful nieces in the world with one of them being my god-daughter. Not only are they beautiful they are so smart and have the best personalities. 

2. I also have a dog named Coco Chanel who is basically my daughter. She is a pom-a-poo which if you really want to know is a pomeranian poodle mix and is probably the strangest looking dog you will ever see.
3.I absolutly love Florida. I was born in Fort Myers. I've been all around the state and I think it is the best one in the United States! 

4. Since I love Florida, I also love the beach. Its one of my most favorite places to go. 

5. I can't wait for Florida State football too! I'm a die-hard fan and have been watching games since elementary school. GO NOLES!! 

6. I love to go on vacations! If you ever ask me go somewhere I more-then-likely will go. I think there is so much to do and see and life's to short not to do it all! 

7. I love eating. I only thing that I hate about this class is the fact that its from 6-8:30...primetime dinner time. If you hear my stomach growling..sorry.

8. I think college is the best experience of my life! 

9. I have two sisters and one brother and none of us look alike. My sisters have blonde hair, my brother has red, I have brown and they all also have blue eyes when I have brown. Its really funny actually and when I was in high school people didn't believe we were related. 

10. 007 Agency rocked last semester!!!  And everyone that wasn't in our class should really look at all the presentations so you understand how awesome this class really is! Just ask Jeff where the links are, but its also on YouTube. 

I'm looking forward to another amazing semester with everyone! Its going to be great! 
(ps: for those of you new to this you can put up pictures too)

I'm soo glad I got to be in World Famous Creative Strategy again!

"Life is short. Buy the shoes."

I love the idea of making a list, organization is one of my favorite things (to-do-lists, color coding... you name it); and it seems like a good way to get my feet wet with blogging and my first real post.

Okay, a little bit about me...

*I love random foods that the majority of people don't like - tofu, licorice, mushrooms - but I don't eat any seafood. If it comes from the ocean, I hate it. Most people don't understand that. They'll say, "So you don't like crab/shrimp/lobster/insert other type of seafood here?" The answer never changes. (NO!) :) Why is it more acceptable for people to not eat red meat, but not liking seafood always seems like a sin?

*I like to read. The Outsiders is my all-time favorite book and I also adore Carl Hiaasen. He was born and raised in Florida and writes a lot about the Everglades and places in Florida that I am familiar with. I would highly recommend him - especially if you are from south Florida. He went to UF and currently writes for the Miami Herald. One of his novels, StripTease, was made into a movie with Demi Moore (it's old & I've never seen it - but the book is great). Haha I feel like I am selling him but I just wanted to give everyone a little info about him.

*I can't spell. (Maybe should have started with that as a disclaimer - spell check on this blogpage will be my saving grace).

*I love arts and crafts & scrapbooking :} Glitter/sparkles rock.

*I'm a total girly girl (see my previous point).

*I am the oldest of 6 and I adore my younger siblings. The youngest two are twins (one boy/one girl) and turned 9 months old on the 29th. My family is super important to me and my sister is my best friend (IDK, my BFF Jill - haha that commercial cracks me up).

*Will Ferrell is HiLaRiOuS. I think funny movies are the best and I really want to see Pineapple Express.

*A few of my favorite things: the color purple, sour patch kids, good quotes, on-line shopping, road trips, cooking & baking, and shoes.

"Life is short. Buy the shoes."

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Andrea rhymes with mitochondria!

I hope you guys don't think I'm a nerd for blogging twice in one week! I saw the comments on Justin's blog so decided to try my luck at making a list! Here are some random facts about yours truly!

I love pineapples with all of my soul. I love decorating with them and also just eating them. After my senior year in high school I was able to go to Hawaii and went to the Dole Plantation and let me tell you, it was incredible. They are just so cute and tasty!

I’ve never been a good nap taker. I hate waking up feeling more tired than I was when I went to sleep and that always happens when I nap.

People mispronounce my name all the time and I’ve never known how to correct them without sounding snobby. It’s actually pronounced “On-Dri-Ah”, not “Ann-drea” and have been correcting people my whole life! I joke with my parents all the time and say they did it to me on purpose, haha. Just remember everyone, Andrea rhymes with Mitochondria!

Some people tell me I laugh too much. I think they are just jealous. : )

My boss has bad taste in music and makes our entire office suffer. Ha.

My roommate thinks she’s super cool when in actuality she’s only moderately cool. Ha, just kidding, she’s the best.

I truly believe an accessory can make or break an outfit.

I’m so excited for football season to start for FSU! Woohoo ‘Noles!

I love when men folk make lists to go to the grocery store. Don’t ask me why, I just do!

I used to absolutely love huge lecture classes but am now incredibly thankful for my small advertising ones.

The city I’m from is the Shuffleboard capital of the World. Fear not, jealousy is completely normal. ; )

I love love love love office supply stores. Call me crazy but I just can’t get enough!

I desperately want to host a murder mystery party but am deathly afraid of murder. No pun intended.

My grandpa taught me how to count to 21 by playing blackjack. It’s probably not the most orthodox way to teach, but hey—it worked!

My sister and I have a ridiculously close relationship and I have no idea what I would do without her.

My roomie and I went to the Capitol building today and I absolutely loved it. I am all about museums of any kind and truly enjoyed the Capitol. If you haven't been there and looked around, I highly recommend it.

Well, that's basically me in a nutshell!

Andrea rhymes with mitochondria!

To all of you out there confused about blogging ...

Hey guys, the best advice I can give you is to take a look at some of the previous blogs. Also, take a look at our Catch Your Limit blog. Blogs are a way to express yourself or share something of interest with everyone else.

If you're having trouble blogging, you're probably thinking too much.

Occasionally, we'll have assignment blogs. But for now, just write about anything. If you're not sure what to write about, here are some ideas to get you started:

Who is the most creative person you know and why?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
What inspires you?
What makes you sad?
Is there a current event that you have opinions about? Maybe the presidential election? Global warming?
Do you have a favorite artist, writer, photographer, musician that inspires/moves you?

The one thing we would ask is make your blog something that is worthy of your time and the reader(s). A couple of sentences about absolutely nothing doesn't cut it. But, a couple of sentences about something funny, interesting, different could be all you need to get your point across. And, no pressure, but remember you're writing something the entire world can see.

If you're still confused, don't try to do an assignment and not know what you're doing or why you're doing it and don't wait until Tuessday night to ask questions (that's one of our greatest pet peeves) ... just give one of us a call - 894.3474 or you have all of our cell numbers on your syllabus.

Have a great holiday weekend1

To all of you out there confused about blogging ...

Friday, August 29, 2008

A relaxing weekend?

Hello all! I am currently sitting on my couch bored out of my mind and this is only day one of recovery. This morning I got my wisdom teeth taken out, yes all four. Of course they were impacted. So far it's not as horrendous as I had envisioned. For the first half of the day my anesthesia kept me on a nice little cloud. After that faded away my Mom shoved applesauce down my throat and gave me a nice little percocet. This is a magical pill I must say. So at this point I am tired of sitting, laying, playing Mario, and eating food fit for babies. I am always wishing for days where I can just lay around and do nothing, but when some come along like in this situation I have cabin fever before the first day is over. I guess it has been instilled in my brain and lifestyle that I am always to be on the go. My life works better that way. I have already started making up things I could be doing for school or future career so I don't feel completely useless this weekend. I guess some of us aren't supposed to sit still, and only do when we are forced to.

PS- I might look like a chipmunk on Tuesday. Just thought I would give all of you fair warning, and save myself from explaining why 25 times.

Everyone enjoy the weekend for me, eat something yummy, and have a cocktail for me:-)

A relaxing weekend?

Dork =)

I had the weirdest time trying to blog today. You'd think I would know a thing or two coming back a second time around since Creative Strategy I. Had to create a new e-mail .. almost created an entirely different blog .. pulled all my hair out, and then finally I had the bright idea to message Jeff. Ten seconds later he called back. I must have written the greatest message of desperation, lol. So after making fun of me for just about half of the conversation, some random small talk, all was in order. Yay for Jeff!!! That just goes to show this is going to be an amazing semester with highly sarcastic yet very enthusiastic instructors. Who can go wrong .. not us!! Can't wait to see all of you on Tuesday. Have a relaxing Labor Day weekend.

Joanna =)

Dork =)

An introduction through time and space...

So I think the best way to kick off my blog is to give a brief introduction. First I would like to point out that I'm fond of lists and so a list of things about me...

1. I enjoy reading. Sadly I don't get to read as much as I would like to. Some of my favorites are H.G. Wells (The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon, etc) because I like his science better than real science, Ernest Hemmingway (A Farwell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea, For Whom the Bell Tolls) because he says things like they are with very little sugarcoating, Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, What Dreams May Come, and a writer for The Twilight Zone) his prose is a lot like Hemmingway and his stories are always well thought out.

2. I enjoy music of many different varieties. Some of my favorites include Bob Dylan, The Band, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams (Sr. Jr and III), The Kings of Leon, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Black Sabbath, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and many many more. I collect and listen to vinyl, it's just got a different sound.

3. I enjoy movies. Some of my favorites include anything by Sergio Leone (The Good The Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, etc) and Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Etc) Some of the movies I like aren't good, such as a lot of the old B-Horror movies. Some are really good like Citizen Kane.

4. I love automobiles of all kinds but muscle cars and motorcycles hold a special place in my heart.

5. I like good conversation. Pretty self explanatory.

6. I like Southern culture, but not the stuff you see on CMT. I mean the real stuff, maybe it's just from living in a small southern city for most of my life, but it's got a definite charm to it.

7. Naps help me make it through.

8. I'm pretty much an open book.

9. Barbecue is about my favorite.

10. I like to look at old pictures (Not like pictures from middle school, I'm talking about pictures of absolute strangers from a long time ago).

11. I enjoy flea markets.

12. I could really go for some homemade ice cream...

13. I'm looking forward to this class.

14. That's about it....

An introduction through time and space...

Lake Ella...more like Ocean Ella!

I know we are all probably very sick of hearing about Tropical Storm Fay, but I must comment on that fool! Have any of you driven by Lake Ella recently? I don't know about you, but Lake Ella is one of my favorite little Tallahassee spots! I love going there to get away from the hustle-bustle surrounding FSU's campus. It's the perfect spot to people watch(ha), take a nice little stroll, or even read a book!

Well, after our lovely creative class, I decided to take the long way home and drive by Lake Ella. Let me tell you--it was a horrible idea! It made me so sad seeing the lake overflown with water! If you have ever been there, you know where the shops begin? If so, water was all the way up to the storefronts! The bike shop that is right off of the walking trail had water three feet into their store! Polka dot shoes, the locally owned amazing shoe store also had water going into their shop. Basically, it made me very sad because I hate seeing locally owned businesses deal with troubles such as these.

I think it was one of those weird coincidences of the World or something, but when I came home I had an email from the Locally Owned businesses of Tallahassee! (I'm on their email list because 1)I love their motto--Keep it Sassy, Tallahassee; and 2) Their stores always have unique clothes/jewelry and I love supporting small businesses). The email was talking about the damage to many of the Lake Ella shops and how they were going to have a benefit sale on Sunday! So, if you love helping people in need, want some new clothes/shoes/even a bike, go to the American Legion Hall on Sunday, the 31st from 2pm-10pm. The email said there would be a live band, "great deals on merchandise", a cash bar, and a silent auction!

Be there or be square, friends!

Lake Ella...more like Ocean Ella!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Gearing up for the semester..

This semester I was so excited to take a beginner’s piano class. It was my first class on Monday and I absolutely loved it! I even planned on driving home to Miami to bring back this old keyboard in the garage to practice on. In the past, it seems as if I’ve played every instrument BUT the piano: the violin, recorder, and xylophone in elementary school, the bass guitar in middle, and drums in high school. Unfortunately, I have to drop my piano class so I can intern this semester. The class conflicts with my hours. I’m so bummed about it. There’s always next semester, hopefully..

Gearing up for the semester..

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

first post

So im posting on here so I dont forget to this week and end up with an A- like the other Craig. Though Im not really aware of any length or content requirements... so maybe Ill get back to this online corkboard later this week.

first post

I need advice and I trust you guys so help me out!

Ok so here's my dilemma:

This year I was supposed to be a part of the FSU Speech and Debate team so I signed up for Parliamentary Debate on Tuesday night which is why I was not in the CS2 class tonight. However, Coach Aronoff is on medical leave this semester so he's not teaching the class, someone else is. So now I'm not very enthused about the class anymore. I also really don't want to be a part of Solomon's CS2 class either so my options are
A) Keep schedule the way it is and hope everything goes well
B) Drop Parliamentary Debate and get into the awesome World Famous CS2 class on Tuesday nights (if you guys have room for me - I'll sit on the floor!)
C) Drop CS2 altogether this semester and take it next semester so I can for sure get into your class.

HELP, I'm driving myself crazy trying to make this decision!

I need advice and I trust you guys so help me out!

Monday, August 25, 2008

I agree with Brittany

I was just reading BBartz's blog and I am in the same boat with the whole class situation. I am signed up for random electives (apparently I've taken all the easy ones)...because I went to the two history classes tonight and I'm definitely going to drop them! I only have CS2 and Media Planning left, but 30 hours to fulfill. I was signed up for aerobics and stretch and relaxation, but apparently only two PEs can count towards graduation hours (I wish I had known that before...because I've already taken three!)

Anyhow...I couldn't get into the class, I really really REALLY hope to be a part of the World Famous Creative Strategy 2 class!! See you all tomorrow!

I agree with Brittany

One Fast Summer!!!

WOW! This summer really flew by fast...I remember giving our amazing performances and then the next thing I know my internship is done for and I'm driving through a tropical storm just to make my way back up to school for Fall! This is my senior year and although I'm filled with excitement I am also sad cause I love it here at Florida State. I mean why else would I go from being in Tropical Storm Fay, then driving through her, then being in Tropical Depression Fay all over again. This past week has really sucked for me, cause I was excited all week to go back up to school and then the rain comes, and boy does it come. Please come out sun!!! Anyways, soo this whole summer my stupid computer had viruses on it soo when I back I FINALLY got to get a new computer!!! Its been the best thing to happen since I've been back up here. I got a Mac and I'm so happy, I've wanted one for a long time now! Now I'm sitting here trying to get into classes and it sucks. I think its the most stressful part of school, trying to get classes. The worst part is I didn't get into your class(PS: I'll be there tomorrow begging you guys) and I only need two other minor classes and thats all that I HAVE to take, but I still need 29 credits to graduate in the spring. Soo I have no classes to take and don't even know where to begin. I know that I can take whatever classes I want but its not that simple. Most of the classes that I would love to take like photography have about 3 prerequisites and then what am I supposed to do. Take all the prerequisites just for one class. Not to mention that I hate that you can't sign up for a class not in your major until the 3rd day of drop add. I know why they do it, but if you are minoring in something you should also have some time to try and sign up for those classes too. Well anyways, I did have a pretty great summer. I had an awesome internship and really learned a lot. I got to hangout with friends that I really haven't seen in 3 years since I started school up here. The best part was I didn't have to work. It was great to actually have a summer off, even though I'm not looking forward to finding another job.:( Well I hope all of you had an awesome summer!!!!! Now back to the books, having fun, football games, wild and crazy projects, and having the best year of your life!!! 

One Fast Summer!!!

Reasons why I need to be in your CS2 class!

Hey, it's Susan Oliasami!  I have decided that I must be in the creative strategy 2 class with the best teachers. Now, I would have blogged earlier then the day before the class started but I just got back from Los Angeles and Hawaii with my family. So, trust me when I say that I would have started blogging long ago to get into this class if I had been able to go on the internet. I was out of town for 20 days and I realized that I LOVE Los Angeles. Of course there were more advertisements and the billboards were amazing. LA may be a place I would want to live one day, the only problem is how expensive living is in LA... I'll just have to figure that out when the time comes. 

But, I just want to say that I have never worked as hard as I worked in CS1 and I honestly feel that it was the best class I have taken since I've been in college. I'm not just saying that to suck up, it's true! I'll be there tomorrow night and I hope you will let me enjoy CS2 as much as I enjoyed World Famous Creative Strategy 1!!

Reasons why I need to be in your CS2 class!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I've missed you guys so much!!!!! But guess what! I'm finally in your class again :D Yay!

Yeah that was a pretty long title...but I can't help it!!...I could barely contain my excitement! All summer I've been pretty bummed at the possibility that I may not be with you guys for Creative 2. And then I wasn't sure whether you all were still teaching it so I was kinda disappointed. So when I got your e-mails I was so excited and I made a point to go sit in your class the first day to get registered since it was already at capacity.But then about 2 min ago.. I tried registering officially...and I got it :)

I can't wait to see you all again! Everything I learned in Creative 1 has been a life lesson. Every class was an adventure. I'm so thrilled and excited to see what's in store this semester. See you soon!! :D

I've missed you guys so much!!!!! But guess what! I'm finally in your class again :D Yay!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The world of radio ad sales

As everyone seems to be wondering, where has summer gone?! I hope that everyone enjoyed their internships---I know I sure did! I interned for Cox Radio in Jacksonville and loved it. They are a national company (and radio is actually the smallest part of Cox Enterprises.) They have a cluster of 5 radio stations at the Jacksonville location, and I worked in the sales departments of two of them. One was a classic rock station and the other, an 80s hits. It was really cool, because I'm from Jacksonville, so I was already very familiar with all of the stations. It was neat to see the studios and meet the DJs that I'd always heard on the radio.

The internship itself was great. My two supervisors were awesome and the sales staff (made up of about 10 sellers) were all young and excited about what they did. They were always willing to help and answer my many questions. I frequently went out on calls with all of them, along with doing al ot of researching...research that I actually found interesting!

I loved the company as a whole. The sellers receive great training (alot of it was similar to what we learned in CS1, with the different types of people, how to brainstorm etc,) and they spend a great deal of time researching a company before they call on it. They were more of marketers than cheesy sales people. The amount of research that goes into finding the right fit for a station amazed me. I definitely learned a lot!

As my internship was coming to an end, my supervisor called me into her office to discuss somethings she said she had talked about with the VP marketing manager (aka-head honcho of the Jacksonville office). I was kind of nervous, since I had only met him once or twice. She ended up revealing to me that they were trying to figure out a way to keep me on staff and pay me while I was away at school this year. The company is one who is embracing change, and always trying to stay one step ahead. She revealed they were thinking of creating a research department and wanted to make me research director. I was more than excited!! She said it would involve putting cases together for different companies, using qualitative research, as to why they should advertise on whatever station...which I had already done plenty of that summer.

But there was a catch--she said I would have to come up with a case and present it at their next managers meeting (5 days away) because we would have to convince the other 4 General Sales Managers of the other stations that I would be an asset for them and that they should pay me out of their budget. I was really nervous, but I did it and it ended up being a success! I've been meeting with people all week (even though my internship ended last week) and it was just finalized today. I am so excited! Especially since I will be able to work from home and won't have to worry about working my life away at Ruby Tuesday!

I am looking forward to seeing everyone again...and I really hope I am able to get into the class :-D

The world of radio ad sales

Friday, August 15, 2008

Nastia Liukin is NASTY!

I have been enjoying my late night Olympics viewing, it sure beats re-runs of Sex and the City. I am so happy to see that the US took two medals for women's all around!
Here's an article about Nastia:-)

Nastia Liukin is NASTY!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Summer is gone:-(

Summer has flown by faster than I imagined it could have. Taking 2 classes and a 6 hour internship and working a regular job keeps you a lot busier than I had anticipated. I spent my summer interning/working at The Zimmerman Agency in the Public Relations department. I was a little disappointed I wasn't doing something in Advertising, but I actually really enjoyed myself outside the realm of Advertising. After a summer here I could really see myself ending up in PR one day. The energy and excitement the people have that work here is awesome. I can understand why the people that work here enjoy it so much. This summer has helped me realize that just because you majored in something doesn't mean you have to do that, it's about doing what makes you happy, and at this point I don't think I have enough experience in the "real world" to know exactly what will make me happy. But this summer has helped me realize a lot of things I want to find in my "dream job."

Summer is gone:-(

Saturday, August 9, 2008

What do you get out of this?

The message I get, wrap it up, ALWAYS!

(I found this on StumbleUpon)

Things I Have Learned from Children

A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 square foot house 4 inches deep.

If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.

A 3 year old child's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.

If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape.

If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan and tie it to a paint can, it does spread paint on all four walls of a 20x20 room.

You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on.

When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit.

A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.

The glass in windows (including double pane windows) doesn't stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.

When you hear the toilet flush along with the words "uh oh," it's already too late.

Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke (and lots of it).

A six-year old can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36 year old man says they can only do it in the movies.

Certain Lego blocks will pass through the digestive tract of a 4 year old.

Play-Doh and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.

Super glue is forever.

No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool, you still can't walk on water.

Pool filters do not like Jell-O.

VCRs do not eject sandwiches, even though TV commercials show they do.

Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.

Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.

You probably don't want to know what that smell is.

Always look in the oven before you turn it on.

Plastic toys do not like ovens.

The fire department in my town has a 5 minute response time.

The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.

The spin cycle on the washing machine does make cats dizzy, however.

Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.

60% of men who read this will try mixing the Clorox and brake fluid. "

What do you get out of this?

Sunday, August 3, 2008


Hey all,

Check this article out:
I think it's validating, if nothing else.

So, one of the partners of the agency I work for cut my internship short one week and offered me a position as a freelance project manager for the month of August, after which we will meet a more formal arrangement. In addition to the project I am in the middle of working on right now, just got the e-mail that she wants me to head the project for a new small/mid-size client starting tomorrow (in addition to my freelance status)... and I don't even officially graduate until Friday!

It's crazy how fast and seamlessly things are falling into place here in NYC.

Hope all is well with you wherever you are,