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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, April 28

TODAY IS:
  • Pay It Forward Day: A good day to pass on some kindness.
  • National Superhero Day
  • National Blueberry Pie Day

You don’t have to tell pet owners this … A new survey found that 61% of respondents said they consider their pet to be their child. 42% of pet parents even said they got their pet as a “starter child,” to see if they’re ready for kids.
How extreme do some pet parents get? 29% said they’ve thrown their pet birthday parties, 24% said they wear matching outfits with their pet, and 21% said they watch shows with their pet. And 41% said they have actually celebrated Mother’s Day or Father’s Day with their pet.

When it comes to movie and TV show recommendations, people don’t listen to what the critics have to say. New research has found that when it comes to suggestions for what to watch, people are more likely to listen to friends, family, and even random people on social media than professional critics. Just 9% said they look to critics for suggestions on things to watch, read, or play. Instead, people looked to friends (47%), family members (44%), streaming platform algorithms (21%), and social media users (18%) for recommendations over critics.

And, in the past, if you wanted to make a plastic surgery improvement to yourself, the most common thing to change was the size of one’s breasts. However, today, according to the founder of the beauty website Violet Grey, quote, “Teeth have become the new boob job.”
What does that mean?  Really nice, shiny, white teeth are more in “fashion” than ever . . . so people are dropping big bucks to make their teeth look great. Americans spent $9 billion on “oralcare” products last year . . . and a big reason is all of the video calling where our teeth are now on full display.

Music News – Wednesday, April 28

A judge granted a request by Britney Spears to speak for herself in court about the “status of the conservatorship.”
For the first time, in more than two years, Britney will directly address the judge. Britney is expected to share harsh feelings toward her father. She’s spent years attempting to oust him as conservator. Though, Britney has said she’s “totally fine” under a long-standing conservatorship.
That Britney needed to ask Judge Brenda Penny for permission underscored to the #FreeBritney movement exactly how flawed this system is to keep her caged for 13 years.
On Tuesday, the judge scheduled the hearing for June 23rd. Another is set for July to negotiate “various accounting issues.” (Billboard)
On the other side of the fence, Britney can take a break from fighting with her dad, because papa Jamie has decided to start a new battle with Brit’s mom.
Lynne Spears filed an objection to Jamie’s request that his ever-increasing legal fees be paid by the conservatorship account he’s allowed to draw on. That didn’t sit well with Jamie, who fired back that Brit’s mom has “no knowledge” of what’s best for the troubled star.
Jamie’s lawyers wrote, “Despite having zero involvement in her daughter’s conservatorship until very recently, Lynne Spears is asserting claims as if she were a party directly involved in the litigation, which she is not.” The papers went on to call him “a loving, caring father who has nothing to hide, has been loyal and fiercely loving toward his daughter, sought to protect her, and manage her finances so that she can live her life the way she wants.” (Us Weekly)

This year’s Academy Awards got two thumbs up from Adele — who made a rare public appearance at a party for Best Supporting Actor winner Daniel Kaluuya.
An Instagram user known as Curly Bartender posted a bit of footage from the private event, including a clip of her scrolling through her phone and saying, “I’m the DJ, here we go!”
Curly, whoever he or she is, wrote it was “When we went from the Oscars after party to the After after party. Adele loved our Moscow Mules & we loved the dance party.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, April 27

There are countless ways to raise money for charity — and in Houston, one of those ways is to climb down a skyscraper.
The Women’s Home is a charity organization that offers services to help prevent and end homelessness in the community.
But instead of raising money with a fancy dinner or a raffle this year, the group is offering people the chance to rappel down a 250-foot building.
Anyone who raises $1,000 or more in donations can go “Over the Edge” and work their way down 26 stories, from the roof of the building to the ground.
It’s a clever and exciting way to raise money — and still maintain social distancing because everyone who takes on the challenge can do so at different times. (Houstonia)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, April 27

Anthony Hopkins was just as surprised as everyone else when he won the Best Actor Oscar Sunday night.
The star, who wasn’t at the ceremony, posted a video message Monday morning. He said, “Here I am in my homeland in Wales. At 83 years of age, I did not expect to get this award, I really didn’t. I’m very grateful to the Academy.”
He brought up the late Chadwick Boseman, who was expected to win the award. “I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early. I really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honored.”
In the caption, Hopkins also thanked The Father director Florian Zeller, his wife and family.
In a change to the schedule, the best actor award was the final trophy given out, leading many to believe the show was setting up Boseman’s win as the finale. When that didn’t happen, many people online thought the Oscars had made another La La Land – Moonlight slipup.
While many folks thought Boseman was robbed, his family is not among them. Derrick Boseman tells TMZ that he doesn’t believe his brother’s lose was a “snub because every nominated actor was excellent and deserving of the award. He says the family isn’t upset or agitated whatsoever that Chadwick’s name wasn’t called at the end of the Oscars ceremony.”

Carrie Anne Inaba will be taking a leave of absence from The Talk to focus on her “health and well-being.”
In an Instagram video, the co-host said, “We all know health is the most precious gift we have. And I need to take care of mine. I appreciate the love and support from all of you and from my family at The Talk. I hope to be back soon! Ready for action! I’m sending you all my love. And I’ll update you on my progress… talk soon.”
The move comes only one day after The Sun reported that Carrie Ann is feuding with co-host Sheryl Underwood.
Inaba’s also comes on the heels of Sharon Osbourne‘s departure following her recent on-air confrontation with Underwood.

One of Michael Jackson‘s accusers in that controversial 2019 HBO documentary has lost his latest court challenge.
Variety says the suit by Wade Robson, one of the principal figures seen in Leaving Neverland, was dismissed Monday by a California judge.
It accused two production companies owned by Jackson of failing to protect boys from the entertainer’s sexual advances. But Judge Mark A. Young ruled that the companies had no ability to control Jackson because Jackson owned them outright.
Jonathan Steinsapir, representing Jackson’s companies, accused Robson of spending “the last eight years pursuing frivolous claims in different lawsuits against Michael Jackson’s estate and companies associated with it.”
Young also dismissed a similar suit last fall by James Safechuck, the other main Jackson accuser in Leaving Neverland.
Robson’s attorney said that he would appeal the ruling.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, April 27

TODAY IS: National Tell a Story Day

Social media users sharing their worst tattoos is nothing new, but a new TikTok trend has users sharing their “most meaningless” tats. A mom’s response immediately went viral. The mom, whose username is @th3victorygarden had a drawing done by her 6-year-old son inked on her bicep. She found the crayon drawing — of a creature with a big mouth and a lot of teeth standing next to a palm tree — and thought it would be cute to have it tattooed on her arm. Well … it turns out the drawing was not done by her son … but by his 6-year-old friend Kevin. And it seems she didn’t find out the truth for a long time. “My son broke the news at the dinner table years later,” she said. (In the Know)

When tourism went away in Hawaii during COVID lockdowns, rental car companies had to sell off a lot of their fleet to stay afloat. Now, as people are traveling again, it seems no one can rent a car on the islands because they are either all rented out or the prices are ridiculously high because of demand. So, according to Hawaii News Now, tourists have started renting U-Haul vans, trucks, and pickups for $20 per day instead of even attempting to rent a car at a premium of between $200 and $700 a day.

Do your friends and co-workers influence your eating habits? A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital found that people tend to mirror the eating habits of those in their social circle. Basically, if you’re out to eat with friends or co-workers and they order healthy food, you do too. And if your friends are ordering a bunch of junk food, you tend to eat that instead. “We found that individuals tend to mirror the food choices of others in their social circles, which may explain one way obesity spreads through social networks,” says Douglas Levy, PhD.

Is there a person in your life who is always late? Are you that person? A new survey found that 70% of people say there is a person in their group of friends who is known for always being late – but less than 25% admitted they were that person. 47% said they have lied about the actual time they were meeting so their always-late friend would get there on time. (SWNS)

Music News – Tuesday, April 27

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter gave another update on his baby that stayed extra days at the hospital due to “complications.”
On Monday, he tweeted that the child arrived home. (quote) “Baby is doing so much better. Thank you again for all your love.”
Lauren Kitt Carter gave birth one week ago at the Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas. Their baby daughter spent the weekend getting treated in the neonatal ICU. Nick and Lauren thanked the “amazing doctors, nurses, and NICU staff for taking such good care of our baby.” (Us Weekly)

Ed Sheeran seems to be ready to end his self-imposed break from the music biz — according to witnesses who say he’s been filming a new video on the streets of London.
Britain’s Sun reports that Ed was spotted wearing full vampire gear, fangs and all, with a camera crew in tow. The spy said no one recognized Sheeran in costume, but “It was obvious something big was happening, there were camera crews and security cordons set-up. Word got around fairly fast that Ed was filming – but he was cool about it, he was waving to some kids and laughing about it all, it was pretty surreal.”
Another onlooker added “At times you could hear music playing which sounded great, but it wasn’t something I’d heard before.”

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine tells Hollywood Life.com that he and his wife, Behati Prinsloo, aren’t ready to have any more children yet. “I think if I asked her to have another baby right now she’d punch me in the face because she’s not ready…we’re good. We’ve got two kids”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, April 26

Gary White of Evansville, Indiana, makes the most of the free meals provided by the local Salvation Army, but it hasn’t been easy for him to get there as he must cross a busy street each day in his wheelchair.
Well, things changed for Gary earlier this week when Bob Alldredge learned about Gary’s struggles — and had a great solution for him.
Bob happened to have an electric wheelchair that wasn’t being used, so he gave it to Gary.
Bob also spent some time with Gary, teaching him how to use it — and even delivered a letter of encouragement written by Bob’s grandkids.
The electric wheelchair has been a game-changer. Now, he’s able to get across that busy street in a few seconds, instead of a few minutes, keeping him safer and more comfortable all along the way. (WFIE-TV)

The Daily Dish – Monday, April 26

As expected, Nomadland was the big winner at the 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday.
The drama was named Best Picture, while star Frances McDormand won Best Actress in a Leading Role and Chloé Zhao went home with Best Director. Zhao is the first woman of color to win the award, and only the second woman in the Academy’s 92-year history, after Kathryn Bigelow for 2008’s The Hurt Locker.
Anthony Hopkins, who didn’t appear at the ceremony, was named Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Father, beating out favorite Chadwick Boseman. Hopkins became the oldest Oscars acting winner at age 83.
Daniel Kaluuya went home with Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Judas and the Black Messiah and Yuh-Jung Youn was Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Minari. She’s the first Korean win in that category.
Best Original Song went to H.E.R. for “Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah, while Best Original Score went to Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste for Soul.
Soul also picked up Best Animated Feature Film.
Tyler Perry received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award honor.
Regina King opened the host-less show by referring to the George Floyd trial. Last year’s Best Supporting Actress winner said, “It has been quite a year, and we’re still smack dab in the middle of it. I have to be honest: If things had gone differently this past week in Minneapolis, I might have traded in my heels for marching boots. I know many of you want to reach for your remote when you feel Hollywood is preaching to you, but as the mother of a Black son who fears for his safety, no fame or fortune changes that.”
She also explained why attendees weren’t wearing masks, saying, “We’re doing it maskless. Think of this as a movie set, with a cast of over 200 nominees. We are following all of the rigorous protocols that got us back to work safely.” Those protocols include wearing a mask when the cameras aren’t rolling, but taking them off while filming.
Presenters include Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad PittReese Witherspoon and Renée Zellweger.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, April 26

TODAY IS:
  • Pretzel Day
  • Get Organized Day

What’s your biggest worry on a first date? According to a new survey, people are most concerned about awkward conversations. 39% said that was their biggest worry on a first date – more than lack of chemistry (25%) and rejection (15%). (Health Digest)

Got old socks you don’t wear anymore? Don’t throw them away. Apparently while 80% of people donate their old clothes, 91% simply throw away their socks. Well, Colorado-based company Smartwool wants your old socks to turn into dog beds. You can drop off your unwanted socks in collection bins at select retailers in 42 different states till May 2nd. You can also mail your socks directly to Smartwool, but you’ll need to order something and then they’ll send you a bag to mail them in. (Martha Stewart).

Is looking in the mirror your friend or your foe? While some people enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror, we would wager that the majority don’t. If you’re one of those that don’t, maybe you should start. According to a new study from Japan, seeing your face in the mirror or even in a selfie, triggers feelings of pleasure in your brain.

Has COVID made you crowd averse? Seems one of the effects of the pandemic is that people can’t deal with crowds anymore. A new survey found that more than 65% of respondents said because of the pandemic they can no longer stand being around crowds of people and will do everything to avoid crowded spaces and standing in line, especially at the airport.

Speaking of post-COVID stress … While we’re all anxious for the pandemic to be over, lots of people are also dealing with the anxiety of getting back to real life. There’s even a name for it – “re-entry anxiety.” Whether it’s stressing about going back to an office instead of working from the comfort of your home, or having to commute again, or just having to deal with attending social events and gatherings again, “re-entry” anxiety is very real. (Self)

Music News – Monday, April 26

Britney Spears and boyfriend Sam Asghari attended a wedding on Saturday. Not their own, though.
Sam played the role of Best Man in the ceremony. Britney was his plus-one at the reception. They posted pre-wedding photos. Britney wore a vibrant blue mini-dress. Sam had a black tux.
Video from the reception showed the bride and groom on the dance floor with Sam and Britney, who chose not to twirl. He wrote on Instagram with a reference to their vaccination status, (quote) “Thanks to science, we get to dance again.” (E! News)

Nick Carter offered a second update on the health of his newborn baby on Thursday night, saying the child is “not out of the woods yet.”
Lauren Kitt Carter gave birth to the couple’s third child earlier this week, and Nick shared the happy news alongside word that there were “minor complications.” In a second update, the Backstreet Boy tweeted “So everything is looking better but we’re not out of the woods yet. We have to stay in the hospital one more night. Daddy and Mommy are watching baby like a Hawk. Thank you again for all your love and support. We see you,” followed by a prayer emoji.
The couple hasn’t revealed the baby’s name or gender as of yet.

Bryan Adams tells SongwriterUniverse.com that he has some advice for artists that are just starting out in the business. “Don’t sign anything over to any dodgy managers or production companies, because unless they manage the Rolling Stones you’ll get ripped off for sure. If they are good people, they won’t ask for your publishing. That’s actually a great judge of if they are creeps or not. Remember the most important thing about any song deals: they need you a lot more than you need them.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, April 23

In Johannesburg, South Africa, a black Labrador named Jessie heroically rescued his friend — a Pomeranian named Chucky — from drowning in the family pool.
Security cameras were rolling and captured footage of Chucky slipping and falling in the in-ground pool. Chucky was in big trouble because there was no way for him to pull himself out of the water.
He was able to keep his head above water while Jessie looked for ways to rescue him. The video shows that Jessie wasn’t too thrilled about being close to the water herself.
But, she kept trying and trying until she was able to reach down and pull Chucky up from the pool with her teeth.
The owners, who were not home at the time, were confused why Jessie and Chucky were wet. And when they looked at the security video, it all made sense and they were relieved that Jessie was able to step up and make the rescue.
The owners also admitted it was a lesson learned, and now plan to cover the pool to make sure such a mishap doesn’t happen again. (Borneo Bulletin)

The Daily Dish – Friday, April 23

The 93rd Academy Awards airs Sunday on ABC. Nomadland is expected to continue its award season winning streak and take the top prize.
Presenters include Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon and Renée Zellweger.
It’s the most diverse group of nominees ever. Nine of the 20 acting nominees are people of color.
With so few films actually hit theaters this year, eligibility was expanded to streaming-TV films, and Netflix is expected to be the leading studio with six wins.

New Idea magazine claims Jennifer Lopez is allegedly ready to date now that she has broken up with Alex Rodriguez. The magazine claims she is possibly interested in dating Brad Pitt. A source tells New Idea that Channing Tatum is interested in dating Jennifer. ”Tatum was pitching a new dance project to star in alongside J.Lo so he could get closer to her. They’ve crossed paths on the red carpet back when she was single and always flirted like crazy.”

The National Enquirer claims the cast of ”Friends” is allegedly worried about how their HBO Max reunion special will be received. A source tells the magazine, “There’s some serious anxiety, especially knowing they’ll be judged on their looks. Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and definitely Matthew Perry have struggled with the aging process and they’re camera shy these days for that reason. They’re worried about the format being totally unscripted because most of them have no experience in that.”

Furry Friends Friday with Gregory from Berrien County Animal Control – April 23

Are you an active family looking for an energetic family member? A dog that would love to join you for hikes, long walks on the beach, or even a good hearty swim at the lake? Well this is the wrong dog for you! Gregory is a chonky older doggo, ready for a solid nap in a sunny spot. Gregory surely will join you for a car ride.. to McDonalds for a burger (or six)! Yes, we know Gregory needs to lose some weight, but that’s a conversation for later. Greg is 105 pounds of lazy dude-ster. Do you have kids? Good. Have other dogs? Great. Have a comfy bed and willingness to share a plate of nachos? Even better. Call the shelter at (269) 927-5648 to adopt our stout guy, Gregory.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, April 23

TODAY IS:
  • Talk Like Shakespeare Day: Sprinkle your texts with some thous, haths, and arts to confuse everyone.
  • Picnic Day: A good day to eat outside (again).
  • Take a Chance Day: A day to break out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Life is slowly starting to get back to normal … but people still want to keep working from home. A brand-new survey has found that attitudes about remote work haven’t changed – even after more and more people are getting vaccinated. 65% of those surveyed said they wanted to keep working from home, even after COVID ends. 11% said they want a flexible arrangement with some days working remotely and some days at the office. Only 2% said they were looking forward to going back into an office full-time.
Why do people want to keep working from home? 49% said they still had fears about COVID-19, 46% worry that they will lose their flexibility, and 43% think it will negatively affect their work-life balance.
Another big reason people want to keep working from home is that it is saving them money. 38% say working from home is saving them more than $5,000 a year and 20% said they are saving as much as $10,000 a year. The savings are coming from things like not eating out, not buying as much gas, and not needing dry cleaning.

You’ve probably heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder. It’s when people get depressed in the winter months due to lack of sunshine. Some people who suffer from SAD even get special lights to simulate sunlight. Well, it turns out there is such a thing as reverse SAD. It’s when people get the blues because of all the sunlight. Apparently about 10% of those affected by SAD experience it during the summer months. (Health Digest)

How seriously do Italians take their gelato? This gives you an idea … Some legislators in Italy want to make it illegal to sell bad gelato. Yep, they want to fine cream makers who add air to gelato to make it a fluffier texture, or who use artificial flavors or ingredients. Gelato makers would only be allowed to use “milk and its derivatives,” eggs, and fresh fruit – or face fines of up to $12,000. (Food & Wine)

Music News – Friday, April 23

The Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter sent out a mixed-message tweet on Thursday morning, revealing that his wife Lauren Kitt Carter had given birth to a baby — with “some complications.”
Carter didn’t share the child’s name or gender, but said, “As a parent knows all too very well, sometimes things don’t turn out the way you plan it. We have been experiencing some minor complications but things are looking a little better after the first night.
Lauren has suffered a number of miscarriages over the years, which complicated matters. The couple’s family already includes five-year-old son Odin Reign and one-year-old daughter Saorise  Reign.

Now that the shock of the Framing Britney Spears documentary has died down, the BBC has jumped in the ring to stir things up with a second film about the troubled singer’s life.
The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship promises to explore “both sides of the issue” through interviews with people who worked with Brit, folks in her Louisiana hometown, leaders of the #FreeBritney movement and, of course, Perez Hilton.
The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship will air on BBC iPlayer on May 1st, and on BBC Two on May 5th. (Metro)

Singer Vanessa Carlton has a new documentary out called ‘A Story of A Thousand Miles.’ It’s about her 2001 hit and how she actually hated it. WHAT?! She tells us she cringed every time she had to perform it. She was just 17-year-old when she wrote the three-time GRAMMY nominated song. She doesn’t name the star who inspired it in the Vice documentary streaming now on YouTube. But people speculate it’s either about Wes Bentley or Jessica Chastain.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, April 22

Mark Leistico of Grand Junction, Colorado, has a 14-year-old daughter and a seven-year-old son who participate in local theater projects.
But instead of just showing up to practices and helping out with the productions to support his kids, Mark ran an ultra-marathon to raise money for the theater.
Mark admits that he was thinking about running the 100-mile race for fun, but then saw it as a chance to combine his passion for running with his kids’ passion for theater.
Calling his effort “Theater Dad on the Run,” Mark set a goal of raising $4000. He ended up crushing that goal — and raising a staggering $24,000.
And, all he had to do to raise that money was run 100 miles in just over 33 hours … all without sleeping. (KKCO-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, April 22

How I Met Your Mother sequel series called How I Met Your Father has been ordered at Hulu. According to VarietyHilary Duff will star as Sophie who tells “her son the story of how she met his father: a story that catapults us back to the year 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.”

The fans have been heard and LeVar Burton will guest-host Jeopardy!
After a social media campaign to get the Reading Rainbow and Star Trek star on the game show, producers have announced that he’ll be part of the final group of guest hosts.
Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards said, “Our goal has been to present a wide variety of guest hosts with different skill sets and backgrounds on our path to finding a permanent host. Our passionate fans are telling us what they like, and we are listening. All of the guest hosts have brought individualism, energy and an authentic love of our show to each of their episodes. We look forward to sharing the rest of the season with our viewers.”
A Change.org petition demanding Burton permanently replace Alex Trebek has gotten 246,000 signatures.
George StephanopoulosRobin Roberts and Joe Buck were also among those named as the final guest hosts.

Glamour magazine says Jennifer Lopez dumped Alex Rodriguez because she was miserable. A source tells the magazine,  “She has been pretty miserable. And didn’t think it was in her best interests to stay with Alex. There are are too many issues that are unresolved. They both liked spending more time together as a family, but it was difficult to keep that special spark when they saw each other every day. Whether or not he has cheated doesn’t matter. She won’t tolerate the fear of it in the air between them.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, April 22

TODAY IS:
  • Earth Day
  • Jelly Bean Day

Seems real estate envy is powerful … A new survey found that 50% of respondents would rather browse the Zillow real estate website than have sex. (Best Life)
Some more findings from the survey:
  • 53% said they looked up the value of their boss’ home on Zillow.
  • 55% said they spent between 1-4 hours a day on Zillow.
  • 56% said they’ve canceled plans with friends to spend time on the site.
  • 58% said they missed an important deadline because of time spent on Zillow.
  • 63% said they’ve used Zillow to look up the value of their friends’ homes.
  • 64% said they’ve contacted a real estate agent about a house they couldn’t afford.

Speaking of sex … Here’s a good reason to make good sleep a priority … A new study found that good sleep leads to a better sex life for women. Poor sleep, on the other hand, is linked to a worse sex life.

Have you ever broken up … with your best friend? It may be hard to imagine life without your BFF, but if the relationship is more stressful than supportive and fun – it may be time to cut ties. Therapist Shani Tran says these are some of the reasons to re-examine your relationship with your BFF:
  • They’re always putting you down.
  • You’re affected by their drama/problems.
  • They don’t show any interest in you or what you’re going through but expect you to be interested in them.
  • They are competitive with you/jealous of you and not supportive of your dreams.
  • You’re making all the effort to keep in contact.
  • They make you feel nervous whenever you’re around them/on the phone with them/Facetiming with them (Pop Sugar)

Ready to get away this summer? new survey finds half of us will take at least one vacation between June and September. For those going, more than 40 percent say they will drop over a thousand bucks to make it happen. Nearly half say they’re planning a road trip.

Music News – Thursday, April 22

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine tells Vanity Fair magazine that he has no plans to retire from performing. “It just was something I loved so much that I wanted to do. I’d been thinking about that since I was 12, and that passion hasn’t gone anywhere.”

Bruno Mars tells The San Diego Union Tribune newspaper that he would love to talk with the late Bob Marley. “I’d like to talk to Bob Marley. Bob is one of the greatest songwriters ever. I don’t know if people understand how powerful his songs are and the simplicity and genius behind them. I feel, as a songwriter, it’s one of the hardest things to do — to sit down and say how you feel. He really did that on all his songs and it was just so genuine, and I want to know how he did it.”

“Johnny Cash Day” is about to be a legit memorial day in Arkansas. The state’s House of Representatives voted 92-0 to send the measure to the governor. “Johnny Cash Day” will be observed annually on February 26th. The Man in Black was born in Kingsland, Arkansas in 1932.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, April 21

Each year, the students at Littlefield High School in Texas raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. And this year, they were going to donate the money to a student at the school.
But instead of choosing to take a trip for himself, this student — who wishes to remain anonymous — chose to pay the “wish” forward and donate it to the hospital to brighten the days of other teenagers.
Because of the generosity of this student, a $9,000 check was presented to the Covenant Health Foundation — which will purchase crafts and special food to make things a bit easier for teens who are hospitalized.
Kathryn Pylant, a hospital official who has worked with the student, said that the donation is incredible, but not unexpected, because he’s “very selfless, and he always thinks of others” — which is exactly what he did here by passing up the chance to go to Disneyland. (KCBD-TV)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, April 21

WandaVision leads the nominees for the MTV Movie & TV Awards with five noms.
In the TV categories, Emily in Paris and The Boys follow with four nods apiece, and Bridgerton and The Mandalorian have three each.
In the film categories, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm was tops with three nominations, followed by Judas and the Black Messiah with two.
Chadwick Boseman received a posthumous nomination for best performance in a movie for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
The MTV Movie & TV Awards will air live May 16th from the Palladium in Los Angeles.

Zac Efron is single again.
The star has split from his Australian girlfriend Vanessa Valladares after 10 months of dating, according to The Daily Telegraph.
This comes just weeks before he’s set to begin filming the movie Firestarter in Canada. A source had told the Daily Mail last month that Zac planned to take Vanessa.
Zac reportedly met the aspiring model in June while she was working as a waitress at the Byron Bay General Store in New South Wales. According to reports, she quit her job to spend more time with Zac while he worked on the movie Gold and the Netflix documentary series Down to Earth With Zac Efron.

The Globe claims Aaron Rodgers is in the running to replace Alex Trebek as the permanent host of ”Jeopardy.” A source tells the magazine, “Behind the scenes, Aaron says to pretty much anybody who will listen that he really wants the permanent job, When it comes to having a famous name, and one associated with sportsmanship, Aaron has the edge and his team is campaigning hard to get the job on a permanent basis!”
The Wrap says the ratings for Aaron Rodgers’ time on ”Jeopardy” were huge. They improved 14% from Dr.Oz’s final week. Rodgers equaled Katie Couric’s ratings of 5.6 million viewers. Over 6 million watched Ken Jennings guest host. Anderson Cooper from CNN and 60 Minutes began his guest host stint this week for the next two weeks.