For the first time I needed some inspiration to blog today, probably because it is so dreary and cold today, and I’m still suffering the remnants of a migraine. No worries, I still have PLENTY of snarky ammo and stories, but I didn’t feel like telling a long involved story today. I received inspiration from The Daily Post, which gave us ‘Contrast‘ as the Word of the day. That gave me the needed inspiration be reminding me of a short story that happened last week…
For my international readers, let me first enlighten you on American culture for a moment. Sadly marketing is EVERYTHING. Companies spend billions of dollars (WAY too much) trying to get American consumers to spend their hard earned money on a particular product. In order to make their products more memorable, manufacturers typically give them a slogan, or tag line, with the intent being that the consumer will remember the line and think of the product. Well this GREATLY backfired for one product with me.
There is a cereal in the U.S. called “Fruit Loops”. They are basically very sugary, multi-colored O’s that are (supposedly) fruit flavored. Their “mascot” is a bright blue toucan named ‘Toucan Sam’ with a multi-colored beak who uses his large beak as a nose to “sniff” out Fruit Loops. Along those lines, their slogan is “Follow your Nose” to Fruit Loops.
OK class is done…back to the story …
Back to reality. My family (stupidly) has 3 dogs currently. A 16 year old Lhasa Apso/Shih Tzu (my first rescue baby – I call her my little Lop-A-Sh!t), a 4-6 year old German Shepherd/Sheltie mix (also a rescue so we have NO idea) and…an 11 month old pug whom I shall call the Pug from Purgatory (aka Nala who was referred to in my very first blog Just SHAVE Your Legs!). As if we don’t have enough dogs, we are dog-sitting a wonderfully behaved Boston Terrier this week for my awesome/amazing/wonderful boss (just in case she reads my blog I thought I would add some nice adjectives there). With 4 dogs, 2 children, a fishtank & the hubs and I this week, my house is OFFICIALLY an INSANE Asylum this week (I have even been answering the phone “Thank you for calling the NutHouse, head inmate speaking”)!! It seems like ALL WEEK I have been “following my nose” around the house and GUESS WHAT? I was NOT, sadly, looking for Fruit Loops!
After “following my nose” throughout the house for over 3 minutes last Thursday morning I found a NASTY, STINKING, SLIMY present from the Pug from Purgatory. I’ll give you ONE guess at what it was. That’s when it hit me BAM (almost as bad as the wet puddle of ‘not water’ that I stepped in): I’m SURE this is NOT what Fruit Loops had in mind when they spent all that money on that tagline! Because now, whenever I even THINK of the phrase “Follow Your Nose”, food will be the FARTHEST thing from my mind!!!!
So basically the Tagline or Slogan in my House of Insanity would be in direct CONTRAST to Fruit Loops: “Do NOT Follow Your Nose, Just SHAVE your LEGS!”