National Donut Day, National Doughnut Day, donut, doughnut, donuts, doughnuts, Burger King, The King, Yelp, Yelp review, Aziz Ansari

T.G.I. Five-Days – Week Ending June 2, 2017

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June 2, 2017 31 Comments

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I’m launching a new feature called “T.G.I. Five-Days” – it’s designed to give you five conversational tidbits and/or random facts that just might make you the most interesting person at happy hour, a weekend cookout, or brunch with your friends. Or, maybe not. I don’t know who you hang out with.

To quote The Black Eyed Peas: “Let’s get it started!”


1) One Less Pea in the Pod

Speaking of The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie is no longer a member of the group. She is apparently working on solo projects, and the other remaining Peas are quite busy. They have a “zombie alien invasion hip-hop graphic novel” (!) coming out in July, and will continue to release music.

And in case you’re really worried about the future of the band, wants everyone to know that

We’ll always work with good females.

(Author’s note: I sprained my eyes from rolling them so hard at that quote. What an asshat.)

Now that this song is firmly ensconced in my head, let’s take a stroll down Memory Lane:



2) National Donut Day

Today is National Donut Day! Here’s a list of places that are giving out free donuts in some manner, shape, or form.

Now, let’s get to the important matter – how do you spell donut/doughnut?

3) One King to Rule Them All

Burger King, The King

So, Burger King is opening in Belgium, and thought it would be hilarious to run an ad campaign asking people who they thought should be the real king: the Burger King (above, in case you needed clarification), or King Philippe, the actual ruler of Belgium.

The Palace got their knickers in a twist because BK was using a cartoon likeness of the actual King in their advertising (without permission… which, let’s face it, probably wouldn’t have been granted!). There’s also this whole little thing about how Belgium almost abolished the monarchy after World War II – an extremely sensitive issue in Belgian history.

So… maybe not the best move, BK?


4) Dreams DO Come True

Several of my friends and family members sent me a job posting this week – my dream job, really. What is it? I’ll tell you, but only if you promise not to apply for it yourself.


I shit you not, people. I’ve been training for this my whole life. I’m practically an Olympian-level cat cuddler.


  • Are you a crazy cat person who loves cats?
    • Um, YAAASSS
  • Does cattitude come naturally to you?
    • I used that word before it was a word.
  • Have you counted kittens before you go asleep?
    • I have to count them – there are usually four of them in my bed.
  • Does petting cats make you feel warm and fuzzy?
    • See answer to #1  – Um, YAAASSS

Alas, this job is in Ireland. And my husband would kill me if I worked in a job like this because I’d be smuggling all kinds of kitties home under my jacket every day. #wompwomp


5) Dramatic Yelp Reviews

This is a few weeks old, but I just discovered this delightful gem this week. I’m a huge Aziz Ansari fan (I actually met him once! I’m taller than he is! This has nothing to do with anything!) and he was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon recently reading actual Yelp reviews.

I worked for TripAdvisor for many years, so I take the entire concept of user-contributed reviews, etc. very seriously – but this had me in stitches. Some people (and this goes for proprietors too!) are just insane.



Are you planning on celebrating National Donut/Doughnut Day? What’s your favorite kind of donut? Ever written a nasty Yelp review? Tell me about it in the comments!


  1. Reply

    Jaime @angloyankophile

    June 2, 2017

    This is such a good idea for a post! I would LOVE to be a cat cuddler. My husband and I are on the fence about getting a cat and in the interim, getting to cuddle one regularly would be great! For now, I snuggle up to my neighbor’s cats, who always seem to find a place for themselves on our front stoop. Ha!

    xo Jaime

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    Latasha (@ArtsandBudgets)

    June 2, 2017

    Woo hoo! Yaay for FRIDAY!!:) I totally love that Black Eye Peas song! One of my faves! 🙂
    Happy Friday!

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    Allison Rebecca

    June 2, 2017

    Haha you crack me up! I rolled my eyes at that comment too about working with Females. Yay for Donut Day though!

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    Sondra Barker

    June 2, 2017

    There are so many random jobs out there that people don’t even realize. I never thought cat cuddling would be one of them. While that sounds like fun, I can’t imagine coming home covered in cat hair all the time.

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    Angela Tolsma

    June 2, 2017

    Donut! I am so happy it’s donut day, I am meeting a friend to get the perfect ones later one!

    A cat cuddler job would be fabulous!

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    June 2, 2017

    I’ve always been stumped on the correct way to spell donut/doughnut! Kind of like the color grey/gray. These are all completely random, but great conversation topics!

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    June 2, 2017

    What a fun idea for a post! Yay, for national donut day! I was good and didn’t get one, but we will not discuss what I did eat, either…..

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    June 2, 2017

    Happy Friday! Donut day is and will always be one of my favorite days!

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    June 2, 2017

    Okay, I want to be a cat cuddler right now! And for the rest of my life!! How awesome would that be to get paid for that?

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    June 2, 2017

    I didn’t get a chance to get out the house for a donut because we leave for vacation soon and finishing up packing but I’ll get one tomorrow to buy… or a dozen!

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    June 3, 2017

    I need to watch that YouTube video as I love Aziz Ansari, I’m currently watching Parks and Recreation so I’m obsessed with him x

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    Jessica Joachim

    June 3, 2017

    I can’t believe I missed national donuts day! that kind of makes me sad lol. I also didn’t know that Fergie was even still a part of the Black Eyed Peas…shows how much I keep up with recent events haha.

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    Journa Liz Servito Ramirez

    June 3, 2017

    I always celebrate Donut day during my me-time. My favorite donut house here in our country sells Choco Butternut – absolutely delicious!

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    June 3, 2017

    I found out too late about Donut day. I am so sad about it too because I would have made a huge one for the family to enjoy!

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    June 3, 2017

    I love the poll about donut, and it makes me wonder also how to write doughnut

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    Terri Steffes

    June 3, 2017

    I love cats, I would rival you as a cat cuddler, I love donuts but celebrated with a gluten free, sugar free one AND I have written a bad YELP review on a car mechanic shop. Don’t lie to momma.

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    June 3, 2017

    I had no idea about national donut day (spelt DONUT lol) however I’m sure my husband celebrated it 🙂

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    Sona Jain

    June 4, 2017

    I didnot know such a day called Nation Donut Day existed! That is a long list of donuts. Wow! Cant wait to try them all.

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    Elizabeth O

    June 4, 2017

    A lot of good stuff to digest. I’ll pass on the cat job as I already have a demanding cat. Pass the donuts please.

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    Amanda Love

    June 4, 2017

    This is just hilarious! Thanks for the laugh and the good vibes, once again. Definitely enjoyed that last bit with the Yelp reviews! LOL.

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    Amber Nelson

    June 4, 2017

    I totally forgot about National Donut Day! Donuts make me just as happy as icecream does!

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    Heather Riccobono (@BrieBrieBlooms)

    June 4, 2017

    We are cat cuddlers in our home. We have two cats that both end up in our bed every night. No donuts for me to celebrate the day but I definitely enjoying seeing all the pretty photos shared online.

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    June 4, 2017

    Black Eyed Peas were one of my favorite groups in the early 2000s. That’s sad that Fergie is leaving the group, but it’s good to know that she’ll be continuing her career with solo projects.

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    Dawn McAlexander

    June 4, 2017

    I hate that I missed National Doughnut Day. I would have loved to have had a doughnut or two to celebrate. I think that would only be appropriate.

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    June 5, 2017

    Hahaha, I didn’t know that there is such a thing – national donut day! Love it! I’d love to have one now 🙂

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    June 5, 2017

    Omg, love the Black Eyed Peas! And that Jimmy Fallon yelp video was HILARIOUS. I love it

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    Wildish Jess

    June 5, 2017

    Those Yelp were reviews were great! I love that the local deli shit talked back the dentist with the holes! haha!

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    Cindy Ingalls

    June 6, 2017

    I skipped out on donut day. I’m not really big on the sugary dough, but I do get why some people can’t get enough.

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    Blythe Alpern

    June 6, 2017

    I saw the Black Eyed Peas in NYC years ago and they were fabulous. Sad to hear Fergie is no longer with the group, but hopefully they will find a great female singer to replace her.

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    June 18, 2017

    I loved the Black Eyed Peas in my younger days. Its sad when a group has to split!!

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    Michelle Paige

    June 19, 2017

    The Black Eyed Peas was my jam back in the day! And I think every day should be donut day!

    Michelle | She’s Not So Basic

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