Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sick :o(

Ugh, I'm sick. Nothing horrible like the flu (knock on wood), but sore throat and stuffed up. Two things that I really hate. But I am at my grandma's house till tonight and she practically has a pharmacy in her bathroom so I'm getting medicine regularly and practically drowning in orange juice...I haven't tried to sneak a coke yet.

Tonight I'm leaving to go see my mom for a few days. I'm excited. As many of you know, my mom and I are very close and she's become more like a friend than my mom as I've gotten older (but still my mom). I haven't seen her since her surgery in October so it'll be nice to hang out. She's actually sick right now but hopefully she got better medicine and is getting better. Being sick with bronchitis type stuff 2 months after major heart surgery is not good...so pray for her health.

Poor Quincy's had enough of the little kids though. Although when the one tries to pull on his eyelids, you can't blame him for running off and hiding behind the bed. He's going to be staying here at my grandma's while I go to NY to see my mom and then I'll come back get him and drive back to Atlanta...I think he's going to be super glad to be home.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmahanukwanzica!

Whatever you celebrate, I hope it was merry!

I personally celebrate Christmas, but it was never a tradition in my family to go to Christmas Eve service. I'm not sure why because we were always at church for everything else...every Sunday morning, every sunday night (if there was evening service) and every Wednesday night. Somehow the Christmas Eve service always got pushed aside. Of course, that was probably because we were never home for Christmas Eve and Day--we were always in Michigan at grandparents' houses and sometimes we were driving through the night on Christmas Eve. My grandparents aren't Christmas Eve service people either despite ALWAYS being in Church on Sunday mornings and evenings. It's so odd. I have been to Christmas Eve service a couple times in my life and I loved both times. There's a special magic in the air at church on Christmas Eve that feels special. I've noticed churches in my area having midnight Christmas eve services--even the non-Catholic ones. I think that'd be great--leaving the Christmas Eve service first thing Christmas morning. Of course, that wouldn't work if you do the whole santa thing since the kids are supposed to be asleep at midnight but I guess you could fix it saying he came a few minutes early...Or just go to the earlier Christmas eve service once you have kids. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the whole santa thing when I have kids. I don't have a problem with Santa, but it seems like a lot of work to lie to the kids lol...reassuring them Santa this and Santa that but then they find out it was all a lie? I'm pretty sure my family would freak out if I didn't do Santa with my kids...the main issue is making sure that if I didn't do Santa with my kids that they know to pretend at school and not ruin the childhoods of their friends and make their friends' parents mad at me ...

Ok, I've got to head out to my 4th Christmas...yeah...I'm going to do things differently next year. Maybe take off for the Caribbean or Hawaii...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mean

Ok, I know I'm not supposed to click on the ads on my own blog but how so I not click on this Tory Burch Sale ad?? rude.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New Church

So for the past 8 1/2 months I've been floating around to different churches (there is at least one on every corner down here) and back in November just kind of gave up and settled with North Point because that was the easiest choice even though I really didn't like it. I take issue with show churches. Andy Stanley is a great man, but the church is run like a business and you can only volunteer in certain areas. Namely, if you aren't a professional music artist, there is no way you are going to be on the worship bands. Many of the members of the worship band are actually pulled from Nashville rather than the congregation. It is also such a large church (a grand total of about 23,000 people) that everything seems disconnected. Even if you do volunteer or join a small group, you are only going to meet a few people. Perhaps if you have children it's a different matter, but it's rather weak when it comes to singles. They even admit that because of it's size, there's only so much they can do. But after so many months of not finding something, I just settled on it.

Then the week after Thanksgiving, I got my mail one day and saw a pamphlet for this other church that was having a massive Christmas festival and as I looked through it, I noticed a Master Players theater group was performing and so I decided I'd look at the church--it's only a 15 minute drive which is closer than North Point. When I got to the church on that next Sunday, my jaw dropped because it was gorgeous. Classic red brick, Southern-style georgian plantation church (big tall steeple, ginormous white pillars). I then went inside to find the contemporary service and it is gorgeous inside and the service was so nice. Congregation involved in worship--student choirs, adult choirs, worship band and singers. The pastor is great--very Southern and I cringed when he said "ain't" and "nekkid" but he's incredibly wise. The church is called Johnson Ferry and today I found out they also have fitness classes during the week--Zumba and Kickboxing included (although I'm going to have to choose one or the other since they overlap). And I found out last night that just two blocks down from the church is a Pinkberry which was a great surprise as I wasn't aware they existed outside of California. It gives me hope that perhaps a Coffee Bean will be on its way before too long... The church also has 3 different singles small groups (co-ed unlike North Point) that I could go to--I think I'm going to the late 20s-early 30s group for singles who have lived in the real world and are young professionals. Another crazy thing is that I discovered that my uncle, who is a missionary surgeon in Africa for a lot of the year and in NC the rest, has spoken at the church a couple times.

I was really REALLY hating living here in the past couple of months--and now it doesn't seem quite so bad. I'm also putting law school off for another year though because I realized that I was trying to find something to get me out of Atlanta and back to a place I know and people I know and love. And then I saw this award from high school drama that I got senior year -- The Ruth Award, and that made me read Ruth, and a little synopsis of Ruth and I realized that I am here for a reason. Just because I'm impatient and that reason hasn't showed itself doesn't mean that being in Georgia is pointless...I just have to trust that God does have a purpose for me and I'll see it eventually (though hopefully soon). I've got to stop making decisions to meet my ends and start making decisions to meet God's ends. I miss CA and NJ/NYC terribly, but they are just places for which I'm going to have to settle for just visiting unless I feel that God wants me back in one of those places. I do know that if I had stayed in Jersey and not come to Georgia, I don't know where I'd be...I know that I would have left the church I was going to--I love them and they love me, but there comes a point when things change and opinions don't mesh and you've just got to move on. So I know that NJ is not in the cards for me again. I do not know if CA is, though. I do feel a pull towards the northern half of CA--I should say the central coast/bay area of CA, or to be a part of Hope Church that friends have started, but I'm just waiting on God. It's up to Him, not me. I not sure I see myself living in CA without a husband by my side, so it may not be for awhile...especially since I don't even have a boyfriend at this point.

We'll just have to wait and see what happens. I know I will be here in Atlanta for awhile longer...and luckily that doesn't seem like an awful thing anymore.

GPOYW:ADAAAAAAMMMM!!!

This is Adam and I. Adam is a good friend from college and he gets the honored position of being in the GPOYW because he just informed me a couple days ago that he got engaged! Yay! Congratulations Adam!!!!! Adam is also on his way to becoming an LA Fireman, so nice catch soon-to-be Mrs. Stafford!
This was taken in May when I went back to LA for a business trip (I tried to cut Brian's finger out of the picture):



...at least lately all the engagements/marriages have been my guy friends. Although that makes me sad because I tend to step back significantly from friendships with my guy friends when they get married unless I'm also good friends with the wife. And I do that on purpose just fyi. I have no right keeping a married man as a confidante (in my opinion).

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ha!




OMG, Kim! This made me choke on my diet coke! I come back into my office from over an hour of painful, mundane work in the conference room, turn on my computer, drink my soda, and see "Robot Unicorn Attack Christmas Edition" staring me in the face. I can just see Kim sending this with either a)a look of pure joy of a child on christmas morning, or b)with a totally game-on serious face--and in either case she's chanting "must save the unicorns, play or the unicorns will DIE." haha I haven't gotten a chance to play the game yet, but I will.

This product does not bring me joy



I'm one of those people that uses high-end makeup...except for the mascara. Last Friday I had stopped into ULTA (where I go for hair products) and since I needed mascara I just popped into that aisle. Now, for the past year or so I've been using Cover Girl LashBlast (orange tube) and I absolutely love it. But I only use waterproof and they didn't have any in waterproof so I thought I'd give the Maybelline falsies a try. Now, I don't really need a mascara called Falsies because I naturally have really long eyelashes that magically curl upwards without the use of a eyelash curler.
I absolutely hate the Falsies mascara. HATE IT. I like each lash to be separated from the others and this mascara refuses to let me have it that way. It clumps lashes together for a fanned-out dollish look which bugs the crap out of me when it comes to my own lashes. I hate when lashes get clumped together. I've only used the mascara for a few days now but it's going in the garbage.

In happier news, I'm eating sushi for lunch right now. :) I love sushi and have been craving it for weeks.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

frustrated

You wouldn't think states would make it so difficult to figure out how to apply for a state tax id number...do they or do they not want money?

And, what if the business is already registered? Why the heck would I register all over again??

I hate government crap.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Click It.

Click here to join ebates - get some money back when you buy online.

Just Click, it you know you want to...


:o)

Seriously, join so I can get stuff for referrals.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Doppelgangers

They say everyone has a doppelganger. In case you don't know, a doppelganger (in modern times) is someone who looks exactly like you--even though you aren't related. It's a very strange phenomenon. Facebook recently had a doppelganger fad where everyone put pictures of their celebrity look-a-like as their profile pic (mine was Katherine Heigl, I wish I could have a different one though). Also, I recently saw an episode of How I Met Your Mother that was about doppelgangers. Although despite wondering what it would be like to come across your own exact look-a-like/doppelganger, it's supposedly an omen of death to see your doppelganger face to face.

Anyway, yesterday I went to church and I'm walking through the atrium and a girl and her father come walking out of the bookstore. The girl looked EXACTLY like my stepsister. Her hair, face, body structure, everything was identical. It was seriously the weirdest thing ever. And no it wasn't her because she's a good 18 hours away in Boston. I did a triple-quadruple take though because it was just so crazy.

Despite the omen of death, I want to see my real doppelganger. It would be beyond creepy is an uber awesome kind of way.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Blonde Has A Brainfart...It Happens Sometimes

I was having issues the first half of the day with processing things...made the HORRIBLE mistake of typing "NoCal" on an update and as a result, I've been hypothetically relocated from the Johnson's garage to their garbage. Evidently, 'NoCal' is a derogatory term to those living in Northern California. I personally don't think I should be held accountable though because a) I'm not from California so I really don't know these things, and b)I'm blonde...sometimes I have brainfarts. I'll get back on their good sides eventually.

Anyway, so that post had to do with needing to get something to the CA Secretary of State--and today...although turns out it wouldn't really make any difference time-wise. This is information that I found out when I had to call the Secretary of State's office for a status update. Let me start by saying this is not something you ever want to have to do. The people at the CA Sect. of State do everything possible to avoid actually having to speak to you and so they have this totally massive phone answering system that basically sends you on a wild goose chase from hell. I tried 9 different options, each one landing me right back at the beginning again and NEVER an option to speak to a human. Now, in most phone systems, if you push '0' they send you to an operator. So, after the 9th trip around the proverbial block, I pushed '0'...to which I got a pause and then something along the lines of "your selection is not a valid option." ...Clearly. So, I took a 10th trip around the merry-go-round, or helly-go-round--there's nothing merry about this particular carousel--and decided to shake things up and started pushing various buttons on the phone in a somewhat aggressive manner. BINGO! The phone went silent and then I hear "we're sorry you are having difficulty, please wait while we connect your call". hahahahah suckers! I know the secret! Meanwhile I got a woman who's first language is definitely not English who seemed annoyed that I would call and asked rather condescendingly if I'd checked the website. Where do you think I got the phone number? I wanted a different answer than the website gave me so I called. Don't get perturbed just because I managed to bypass that ridiculous never-ending computerized phone system.

Again, I apologize to Jess, Laura, and Kim (and Ashley although she didn't give me a hard time, or she didn't see it)...I will never defame the northern half of california ever again, even by accident.

Travel Thursday: West El Lay/WeHo/BH

I'm well aware that Los Angeles falls into that 'love it or hate it' view of cities. There are a lot of things to hate, and a lot of things to love. I personally fall into the 'love it' category. Actually, it's more like 'freaking completely LOVE it.' There is just too much to really go into detail on what you should do when in LA. And by LA I mean West LA, WeHo, BH, Santa Monica. I do NOT mean downtown LA, you will want to avoid that...and south central too. There are also bad parts of BH so be careful wherever you are. And just be warned, I know so many people have this glamorous view of Hollywood, but it's not. It's pretty ugly actually. They are working on it, but it's still not a pleasant site everywhere. Stay at Roosevelt if you can afford it--it's gorgeous (inside) and packed to the brim with Hollywood history...and a couple ghosts including Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift (Monty even plays his ghost bugle). Go to Santa Monica Pier and the Promenade, don't go to The Grove, get in and get out with graumans/kodak. Now, in this area there are a LOT of restaurants and cafes...you've probably heard of a lot of them--Katsuya, BOA, The Ivy, Urth Cafe. I haven't been to Katsuya, but I know one of the waitresses and the food is good and there are tons of celebs there constantly so if you want to see a celeb this is the restaurant worth going to. I've never been to BOA either but I love steak. Don't go to The Ivy. This is a restaurant you'll also find celebs at but it's also way over-rated and totally not worth the money. Urth Cafe is somewhat popular as well with the 'younger' celeb crowd--and the food is good. It is a vegetarian restaurant though so don't go if you want some carcass to chew on. And know that it is uber-crowded. These are all great, but if you want to know the best (well in my opinion) place to get lunch, it's The Farm of Beverly Hills. There is a chance of a siting but more importantly, the food is AMAZING. The caesar salad is the best I've ever had in my entire life, and then if you get chicken on it, it's the best chicken you'll ever have in your life. And they have some seriously good desserts--brownies and whoopie pies are especially good and they're my favorite. So if you don't do anything else in LA, go to The Farm. It's on North Beverly Drive in BH across from Crate & Barrel and next door to Coffee Bean (where you must get coffee).

Here's the whoopie pie (that I can practically taste just looking at the picture):


I've also had this, but don't remember the name, blackened grilled chicken wrap something:


Oh and Interior and Exterior Shots of The Farm (so you know what you're looking for):

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Things That Make Me Laugh



I'm not sure which is more funny, the "I'm Kim (the pretty one), I'm Kourtney (the smart one), and I'm Khloe (...)" or "We had to take our name off the Kardashian birth control...yeah they were skittles..."

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cold

I am so cold right now...I can't get warm...

I'm about to try seeing if hot tea will help. It probably will until it's gone and then I'll be cold again. And I'm inside! Why am I so cold? And, by the way, I'm the only one in the office that is cold. Maybe I should go buy a snuggie for work.

On a similar (kind of) note, I saw that a company is making a Spanx-like product for the arms--It's basically a super tight, nude-colored long sleeve shirt. All I could think when I saw it was that it'd actually be perfect for my half-marathon in February. It may be in Florida, but it's at 6am in February so it's going to be freezing. But I can't wear just any shirt--it has to be nude colored so that the costume looks legit. And the CH'arms or whatever its called, is PERFECT. My only other option is over-the-elbow length evening gloves.

Must Have Monday

It's really cold in Atlanta today so today's must have is a cute warm coat (I personally love my black, Betsey Johnson pleated peacoat), a scarf, nice gloves (not ugly ski gloves, nice ones--I love my leather gloves from Coach--warm, well-made, AND pretty), and a hat. There are a lot of cute winter hats this year. My personal favorite in the knitted slouchy beret, and also the cute tiny-billed 20's-style hats. Please Please PLEASE don't wear the ugly elmer fudd looking hats...there is nothing cute about them (you know, the ones with ear flaps). Also, winter boots don't have to be ugly either--check out the SM Monti heeled snow boot or the Aquatalia Frostie wedge boot...or if you don't want a heel, the Cougar Stowe Storm boot is alright. I don't really need any boots yet, but I wish I did. :) You can be warm and still look good.

And shoveling snow in heels is a great workout, just fyi.

Friday, December 3, 2010

There are random things about Atlanta that remind me of LA (other than the traffic). For instance, there's a Counter Burger. Then there's Nordstrom and the fact that the interior of Perimeter Mall looks extremely similar, almost identical, to Santa Anita mall. And the other day I drove by an El Pollo Loco which I've only ever seen in Cali. Then there are the Christmas trees. In LA, Christmas tree lots are set up in parking lots from Thanksgiving to Christmas. And now I've passed 3 parking lot Christmas tree lots in Atlanta.

I want a real Christmas tree but I can't have one in the apartment...and if I could I wouldn't be able to get it and put it up myself. I think I'm going to stop at the tree lot and see what the absolute smallest tree they have is. I'm good with a 2 footer.

OTTGGLIFF

Oh Thank The Good Good Lord It's Finally Friday.

Next week I am finally going to get my car registered in Georgia...I have to...Come January 1 I would have to get my emissions checked. It'll be nice to not have to freak out anymore when I see a cop (they would not like my GA license with NJ plates).

I've been wondering the last couple days: What on earth got Julian Assange's panties in such a twist that he's an insanely bitter betty trying to wage war (in a rather immature, high school cyber bully kind of way) against the American government? He should be tried for international treason, and then drawn and quartered. It's not a free speech issue (hi, for one thing he's NOT AMERICAN). Free speech has limits--such as national (and international) security. Assange crossed WAAAAAYYYY over the line.

Also, my sympathies for Cleveland. I don't really follow basketball anymore but after seeing a picture of LeBron in his god-awful ugly jeep with royal-like embroidered headrests, I was rooting for him to get destroyed on the court last night.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

FIFA is Annoying.

I love soccer/football/whatever you would like to call it. I've been on cloud nine soccer-wise ever since my team, West Ham Utd, utterly destroyed Manchester Utd in the race for the Carling Cup. Now, if you don't follow the Premier League, you don't know that West Ham is dead last in the standings whereas Man U is number one...and until the other day they were undefeated. My Hammers ripped that undefeated rug right out from under those horrendous red devils--what is that name anyway? I shall call them mannies (like male nannies). West Ham is just one game away from the finals...and should they beat Birmingham and go to the finals, they will most likely play Arsenal which would be great fun. With the exception of just one soccer-loving friend, all are Arsenal lovers so an Arsenal/Hammer final would take me back to jersey in maroon and blue.

Today however, has somewhat poked a hole in my ninth-level cloud as FIFA has announced the bid-winners of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. 2018 was pretty much between England and Russia. Well, let's just say, Wills looked pretty sad and I smell a Russian bribe (they did it at the Olympics, I'm sure they'd do it again...once a cheater, always a cheater). 2022 was between USA, Australia, Qatar, South Korea, and I'm missing 1 or 2. I was definitely not expecting the US to win the bid, we just had it in 1994. I was hoping for an Australian win (I would totally go). After the last week or so, everyone pretty much knew South Korea was out since who knows now if South Korea will even exist in 12 years. So that leaves...Qatar. yeah...that's the tiny country (half the size of Kuwait) connected to Saudi Arabia and just a short boat trip across the Persian Gulf from Iran. Qatar is also friendly with Iran and accepting of Lebanese Hezbollah. However, they are also friendly with America and Britain. Saudi Arabia hates Iran though so I don't think safety is a huge issue...unless stampedes of millions of people is factored in...and the whole summer temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It's just such a teeny-tiny country with possibly fatal temperatures...with no infrastructure for something on the scale of the World Cup. Granted, they have 12 years and a lot of money to build that infrastructure, but that many people in that little of a space is not going to be fun. I think the 2022 World Cup decision is going to be the one that finally backfires on FIFA...but I could be wrong...it is many many years away. Anything can happen in 12 years.

Travel Thursday: Alabama?

When I lived in SoCal, I drank Coffee Bean nearly everyday. Then I moved. Everytime I go back to LA or OC, I drink as much Coffee Bean as possible. Their vanilla lattes are, hands down, the best in the world. I missed them so much that my cousin Michelle, who lives within walking distance of heaven (Coffee Bean) in West Hollywood, sent me a huge canister of the vanilla powder. I apologize to all the others, but she is my favorite cousin...first she puts me in a movie and then she sends me CBTL vanilla powder.

Anyway, when I flew to Michigan for Thanksgiving, I flew into Detroit. I followed the signs for baggage claim and passenger pick-up, get on the escalator going down and then I saw a bright light shining down from heaven as I looked up and saw a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf sitting just a dozen yards away from me. It was amazing. I'm pretty sure if someone took a video of me it would've looked like a little kid coming down on Christmas morning and seeing mounds of presents under the tree. Sadly, there is not a happy ending to this story as not even a week before I was laid up with kidney stones and therefore on a strict no coffee diet...so I didn't get my precious cup of coffee. Actually if there hadn't been a super long line and a need to get out to the car faster than asap I totally would've broken the no coffee rule.

Good future news though...come Christmastime I will be in the Detroit airport again and will be getting my coffee. Also, I found out yesterday that there is a random Coffee Bean in a small town in the middle of Alabama--and it is 2 1/2 hours away from me. You're probably thinking, who the heck would drive 2 1/2 hours to the middle of nowhere just for coffee? Well, me. I would. me. coffee. There's evidently an outlet center or something there too so ya know, I'll get my Christmas shopping done at the same time...that makes it more legit, right? :)

My precious life elixir the last time I was in CA:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Come Ride the Pink Pig



I know, "ride the pink pig" sounds something akin to "puff the magic dragon" but it really does literally mean "ride the pink pig." I keep hearing things about riding the pink pig down at Lenox mall so finally I googled it to find out what the pink pig is. Honestly, I had been pictured this giant pig that you climb up on and sit on and have your picture taken. Not so...it's a pink train with a happy cartoon-looking pig's head on the front.

The Pink Pig, original pig was named Priscilla, is a Christmas tradition in Atlanta dating back to 1953 when Priscilla was unveiled at some place named Rich's (founded by Mo Rich. That was his name...and Mo named his son Richard--so Mo Rich and Richie Rich) downtown. Well, nowadays, it's not exactly safe to set foot in downtown Atlanta unless you carry a gun, and Rich's closed a long time ago, so a few years ago the pig was resurrected and moved to Macy's at Lenox mall (the nicest mall in the area) in Buckhead (an insanely rich area). Porky (not the current pigs name, just what I'm calling him) only comes out for the holidays...which leads me to wonder some things...

1. How rich was Mo Rich? Was he as rich or richer than his son Rich Rich?
2. Why a pig? Other than eating ham at Christmas, what about a pig squeals Christmas?
3. Why a pink pig? Why not a red pig or a green pig...that would at least make the pig more Christmas-y...
4. Why are we riding a pink pig? Is it a Georgian tradition for kids to ride pigs at Christmas time?
5. Does the pink pig train ride like a real pig would run if some child was attempting to ride it (with bucking, fast sprints and turns and sudden stops)? Or does it just go in a circle at 3mph like other christmas mall trains?

Whatever the answers are, it obviously worked out well in order to have become a 57 year tradition even though the original store is long gone and the pig has changed hands and locations at least twice.

Fun Fact: The Pink Pig also plays an important role in the Civil Rights Movement. For a long time it was a segregated train, until one year, before any other stores, Rich's decided to desegregate not only the Pink Pig but the entire store. Martin Luther King, Jr. called it the greatest success in the civil rights movement to (that) date.

GPOYW



About a year ago with my friend Tegan at our friend Lisbe's going away party. First Lisbe went home to South Africa, and then a few months later Tegan went home to South Africa as well.

Here's another fun shot from that night:


...I would like to think that Pete and Simon did not plan that pose (on the right side). Well, actually, Pete probably had no idea what was going on behind him...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Kennel

So I took Quincy to the new kennel this morning. I'm pretty sure they think I'm totally nuts.

A lady came out to get Quincy and his stuff and she looked at his Spiderman backpack and said, "whoa" lol

But I hate taking Quincy to a kennel so I try and make sure that he has everything he needs to be comfortable (except for me):

-Dog Bed (a cheapy one that's just for the kennel)
-Super soft blanket
-My old stuffed bear, Boo-Boo (even though it's not very stuffed anymore)
-His dog food (each serving in a separate baggie)
-His treats (one before bed)
-And all this (except the dog bed) is in his very own Spiderman backpack.

Ok, so I really may be nuts when it comes to the dog...but at least I'm not making the kennel give him a heaping tablespoon of plain yogurt after breakfast every morning.

As you can probably deduce, my dog is spoiled...with serious entitlement issues. And yes, I'm aware it's completely my own fault.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Ummm...

I don't understand the new TSA procedure...I mean, I get that they think it will up the security which is great, but what is with the opting out thing? First of all, the xray machines aren't like Superman x-ray vision, they don't really show your secrets, so I don't get why you'd want to opt out? I'd much rather go through even a Superman-type x-ray then to opt-out and be groped by a stranger.

Is that how it works though? Because I've seen so many different news stories...some say you choose xray or grope, or you don't get to choose and it's just luck of the draw, or if your super lucky (note sarcasm) you get to do both.

I personally would prefer the x-ray machine scanner thing, but frankly, whatever line is moving the fastest and whichever method is going to get me to the other side of the security checkpoint the fastest is what I would like. I don't like waiting in lines...especially at the airport where it is my belief that stupid people congregate the most often and in the greatest quantities.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Shoes

So I just cleaned EVERYTHING. And then I counted my shoes. I counted 39, and then looked up and realized there was another pair on the shelf. So I have 40 pairs of shoes.

In my defense it takes a LOT for me to throw out a pair of shoes so they accumulate. And I have gotten rid of a lot in the past year. ...which probably doesn't help my case.

I like shoes.

Friday, November 19, 2010

HELL

Last summer I woke up in the middle of the night with extreme pain in my abdomen. Ended up going to the hospital because I thought I was dying...and also because we couldn't remember if the appendix was on the left or right. Let me tell you this--if you live in jersey and ever have to go to an emergency room DO NOT GO TO HUNTERDON MEDICAL. They're ER is AWFUL. They're just super rude and ridiculous. It's like my one grandma says about Lapeer Hospital in Michigan (which she lives 2 minutes from)--she'd rather die on the way to Flint than go to Lapeer Hospital. If I still lived in Jersey, I would rather endure the pain longer to go to Robert Wood Johnson or Morristown.

Anyway, it turned out to be kidney stones which is weird since I was only 24. Well at that age it was almost certain that I would have them again. In light of this I held on to one percocet for just such an occasion. Yesterday morning about 3am I woke up with this pain in my back...when it didn't go away and got sharper I just said "oh crap"--and then I couldn't find my percocet that I'd been saving for over a year. I also didn't have any ibuprofen, so from about 3am until 8am I writhed in pain on the bathroom floor. Why the bathroom floor? Because the pain with a kidney stone is so bad that you throw up at any given moment. You also pass out from the pain. So I was just safer on the bathroom floor. About 11 I got ibuprofen, downed them and prayed I could keep them down. Next thing I knew I was waking up in early afternoon and felt great. So great that I decided to go roll the tv into my bedroom. I also looked in the mirror on my way and yikes...not a pretty site. Unfortunately that was probably too much effort and the pain came back and I downed more advil...and then 1 every hour on the hour for good measure. Luckily my father is in Atlanta this week otherwise I wouldn't have had ibuprofen or would've had to try to go to the store myself which would've been nearly impossible. I couldn't really walk the dog, so he came over to walk Quincy and bring me Cheetos around dinner time (Clearly I was feeling better).

It's been said that kidney stones are more painful than child birth...and since I went through the hardest part without any drugs, I think giving birth will be a piece of cake. Especially since I will be demanding that beautiful epidural.

I'm doing better. The pain comes periodically so I'm still takin the ibuprofen like clockwork, but I'm back at work today. I probably could've worked from home but my power cord for my computer was at work so I came in.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

GPOYW



With friends from my semester in DC on a "dinner cruise" on the Potomac.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My Dreams Are Crushed.





Oh wait, still hope:

Things That Make Me Laugh Tuesday



A friend of mine posted this on her blog (JJ is her boyfriend). Now if you don't watch Gossip Girl, and also maybe if you don't know Kristina, this may not be funny to you. But to me, I nearly died laughing. And I needed a laugh this morning. So thank you Kristina and JJ (even though I haven't met JJ yet).

Monday, November 15, 2010

Must Have Monday: Flirty Pajamas



Well, at least they SAY 'Flirty'...

I couldn't resist. And they are actually really comfortable...except they should make either the torso or legs longer (in my opinion as someone who has long legs).

Don't worry, I don't leave the house in these...except to walk the dog, but I put on the knee-length coat, uggs, and it's dark outside.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

High Heels

I'm of the belief that one can never have too many shoes. I love heels. I don't always love how they feel, but they look great.

Yesterday I watched an old black & white film with Bing Crosby in it and one of the male characters, during a scene in which they were trying to get a homely looking woman to dress more womanly, said, "Men never make passes at flat-heeled lasses."

That's got to be one of the best movie lines I've ever heard next to "I'm as nervous as a whore in church."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Blondes Have More Fun

All I need are platinum highlights and my hair (and I) will be happy. I tried the brownish-auburn for about a month and just wasn't happy with it. So now it's back to blonde. I've decided that while other colors may look nice, the best bet is usually in the same color range as your natural hair color.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Vet Again...

I dropped Quincy off at the Vet about 7 this morning...and 7 hours later they still haven't called me to pick him up. How long does it take to look at a paw and see it's healing/not infected? They are also supposed to tell me what came back from the path lab (they had to remove a growth from the bottom of his paw). I'm praying it was just a fluke and that he's fine. I really think it developed because of allergies. Hah, when I suggested that to the vet she looked at me and said "you googled..."--I bet vets and people doctors really hate the internet.

It also better be the vet dr. from last week because the blonde one keeps pushing for a thyroid test...HE DOESN'T HAVE THYROID PROBLEMS! He is on new food and has had a hurt paw for 2 weeks so any kind of exercise wasn't possible. Plus he's only 3 pounds overweight. Once I can walk him again, he'll lose it.

And yes this is the kazillionth time I've taken him to the vet. At least it seems like it. I've definitely been to the vet every single week in the past 4 weeks--and twice one week. First it was just his normal 6 month shots and exam...then he had an ear infection and now the paw. He turned 9 and all of a sudden he starts fallin apart. I hate thinking he's in pain though so I take him to the vet. I can practically hear my wallet wimper when I pull into the vet parking lot...and then when I take the wallet out inside the office, it practically starts screaming like a tantrum-throwing toddler. The pet insurance helps a little, but I still pay for all the emergency type things and medicines and xrays and surgeries/procedures...and this hurt paw thing is horrendous. I knocked the cost down a couple hundred (you do NOT want to know how much I still had to pay) because I felt there was no real need for full body x-rays for a paw...especially since I sat there and watched her check him all over for any other growths (of which there were none).

I also understand that it is PetSmart's Banfield Pet Hospital and they make their money solely off all the extra procedures/x-rays so they push them more. I've had to learn that I'm not a bad dog-mommy because I say no to certain things and that I shouldn't let the vet push me into things. I'm also glad that I spent 15 years going to vet appointments for Lassie (my sheltie growing up and yes we really did name HIM Lassie) with my mom. So I know what to expect from the vet doctors and what is a reasonable course of action...and I also know a lot about shelties (which is also what Quincy is) so I know what to expect as the years go by. Although Lassie never had this current growth on a paw problem...although I think he did have a couple fatty tumors.

I also think my mom gets a kick out of me calling her with dog issues...cuz I've probably already googled--or worse visited petmd.com--and so I'm slightly freaking out and she has to tell me (again) to stop going to petmd.com (which really only provides you with horrible worst-case scenarios). Also, new discovery, I also should not look at the disease brochures in the Vet's office...
Brother:
"Do you remember Pound Puppies? I loved that cartoon. I watched some of it with Amelia this morning."

I'm laughing hysterically at the picture that comes to mind of my brother watching a dog cartoon with his tiny puggle...

Of course there was the time I tried to watch and old b&w Lassie movie with Quincy. He was actually pretty into it--so interested in the dog on the screen that looks just like him. At least he was until it started storming in the movie and Quincy ran off to hide (he's insanely scared of thunder). I will say that Quincy seems to really enjoy Cheers.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veteran's Day

I know very few people who served or serve in the armed forces. The one that pops into my mind most is my friend Aaron. Aaron's a marine (now a DC cop) and he spent time in the Pacific and he did one tour in Iraq. I've been good friends with Aaron since high school and it was great when he was stationed at Pendleton in San Diego my senior year of college so I got to see him. He's a great guy--got married a couple years ago and seriously has one of the absolute cutest baby in the world. He's like a boy-version of Suri Cruise. But, this is Aaron and I in San Diego at this fancy shmancy restaurant Mister A's:


And, while I have absolutely no memory of what these boys' names are, I went with them to the Naval Academy Ball in Annapolis in Spring of 2006:


Since the Civil War, only 2 family members that I know of have served--my Great-Uncle John and my Great-Uncle Ralph. They both served in WWII. I believe Uncle Ralph was a POW, but was rescued at some point. I do know that my great-great-great-great grandfather William Stephens Smith fought in the Revolutionary War alongside George Washington (he then married my Great (x4) Grandmother Nabby Adams, daughter of President John Adams...and then ruined Nabby's life). Now, I also have another Great(x4 or 5)-Grandfather who fought in the Revolution but he was a loyalist and fought on the British side and then ran away to Canada and his descendents didn't come back to America until my great-grandma immigrated (can you immigrate from Canada? Does that really count?)

Anyways, Thank you to all the Veterans past and present, peacetime and wartime, for your sacrifice to fight for our freedoms that we too often take for granted.

THANK YOU!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Jersey Girls Don't Pump Gas

A cop seriously pulled into the gas station behind me today and crawled past me when I stopped at the pump and then parked himself a few feet in front of me--not getting out and not turning off the car--just sitting there. Now I'm a tad paranoid because I've had a GA license for 6 months and still haven't gotten my car registered so I'm convinced he's literally waiting for me to get back in the car so he can get me. I decided to put my Jersey license plates and the somewhat well-known fact that it's illegal to pump your own gas in Jersey and took my sweet dandy time trying to figure out how to work the gas pump. And then I stood there and held the handle (with 2 hands, it was kinda stiff) rather than clipping it so it stays on itself. And then when the tank was full, the cop was still there so I then fumbled trying to get the handle back on the pump...then looked at the screen that beeped at me and printed a receipt. As the receipt was printing, the cop FINALLY decided he was bored and took off.

Now he could've been there for an entirely different reason that had nothing to do with me, but oh well. At least I'm sure I provided some entertainment for the other people around me getting gas. I was born to be an entertainer...even if at my own expense.

GPOYW

So my Grandma fell on Monday and broke her rib and punctured her lung and she's in the hospital. She had to have a chest tube put in last night because the lung was collapsing more but she's one of the toughest broads I have ever known and is known for saying "Getting old isn't for sissies." So she will be fine and right back on that ladder in no time (although we wish she wouldn't get on the ladder). But in honor of her, here is a picture of her and me at Greenfield Village (which is Ford's historical village thing in Detroit and where they oddly moved all of Edison's lab stuff even though his lab was in jersey):



I think this was taken right before junior year of college so...2005

Monday, November 8, 2010

Bonus Must Have

Do you like candy canes? Do you like oreos?



GET THESE!

They are seriously amazing. They taste like peppermint oreos. The only thing I don't like is the double-stuffed-ness because I don't like double-stuffed oreos, but I suppose with the special kinds they have to be double-stuffed. Still, even if you are like me and don't like double-stuffed (can I say double-stuffed one more time?), you will love these.

Must Have Monday

So, I've used eyeshadow primer since my junior year of college (about 5 years). It's a miraculous invention that keeps your eyeshadow on and perfect all day long. I decided to write about this because this morning I had it with the primer I've been using.

I used to love Too Faced Insurance. I've used it for about a year but this new tube I got isn't what it used to be. Maybe it's just the batch, but it's too liquidy or oily or something. I'm going to try something new...or go back to the old.

For about 4 years I used MAC's prep and prime and I never stopped loving it so I'm not sure why I ever switched. Or maybe I did stop loving it but don't remember and am just angry at the current brand. No...I'm pretty sure it was great. I've heard great things about Laura Mercier's eye primer so I think I'll try that.

Also must have, is face primer. This product from Too Faced I LOVE (but I have to get a new tube, so hopefully it doesn't end up like the eye primer):


It's truly amazing. If you have absolutely flawless skin and just want something to even everything out, this is perfect for you since it's slightly tinted and will get you photo ready as well. If you don't have flawless skin, this is even more perfect. It evens everything out and then you can apply makeup as normal AND makes you completely photo ready (you never know when your picture might be taken). Proof? Here is an unretouched photo of me:

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Weekends

Weekends are too short.

That is all.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Weird

My church's Christmas album is out (one of the best worship teams in the country...probably world) and so I just clicked to look and see what songs--I am one of those "No Christmas music before Thanksgiving" people, so I won't actually buy any songs yet, but I did just listen to 30 seconds of a couple songs. I've determined that for some reason, I cannot listen to 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' without at least tearing up. Christmas is still kind of hard for me, and hasn't been so merry the past few years so maybe that's why. Christmas isn't crap by any means, it's just not like it used to be. I'm going to go out on a limb and say Christmas will get better when I've got a ring on my finger. I don't find happiness in a man, but it doesn't hurt to have one during the holidays ;) Oh, by the way, the album is on itunes - North Point Christmas.

I also checked out the missions trips for 2011. There's one for Seville, Spain to teach English to locals in a church. I'm guessing that's a catholic church because I spent a LOT of time walking around that city and never once saw a non-catholic church. But that's ok. Anyway, I immediately chuckled going, that's the perfect trip for me. I know how to get around Seville (which is extremely difficult) and that is where I got my certificate to teach English (by actually teaching). Except I lived a very different life when I was in Seville than I live now and it is slightly intimidating and scary to think about going back there. But maybe that's why God had me discover the trip. Perhaps I'm supposed to go back--and do things differently this time--even if it's just for a week or 10 days. I have very very few regrets in life, but the way I lived in Spain is the biggest. It'd be nice to get another chance.

Fun Stuff Friday

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Travel Thursday: Picture Perfect


(Essex, CT at Christmas time)

Ok, so for at least 4 years I've wanted to live in a Gilmore Girls town. The cute, picture perfect new england town with crazy people in it (and I'd fall in love with the coffee guy of course). I've searched for a town that at least looks like the tv town...I've come close, and frankly the town I actually grew up in/by comes very very close, but it's still different. I even once went to the town the show was supposedly based off of...nope not even close. However, I do know there are towns that exist--particularly in Connecticut. I've started thinking about this all again since I walked into the mall the other day and heard a Christmas song playing and after saying to myself "seriously, still too soon for Christmas music" I couldn't get Christmas out of my head and then I thought about how sad it is that I'm not in the Northeast for the Thanksgiving/Christmas season. I LOVE Christmastime up north where its cold and there's at least a chance of flurries. At least in CA we could go to this outdoor mall that was set up to replicate a New England town and once Thanksgiving hit, everyday at 7pm it would start snowing in the town square. Granted, the snow was actually soapy flakes, but still...it made me feel happy. And I'm sure I'm not the only one that gets the happy 'snow in a small Northeastern town' feeling because hello, Christmas in Connecticut and Happy Holidays are two movies set for the most part in Connecticut at Christmas time.


Another part of this is Christmas in the City (NYC). Nearly every year of my life, I've gone into NYC on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday--or both. Knowing that that won't happen this year is kind of breaking my heart. There is nothing like the city at Christmas time--the whole energy is different. I don't even mind the highly tourist-populated areas. I might not be going at Thanksgiving, but I will be going--if just for a weekend--to NYC between Thanksgiving and New Years...even if I have to drive it.


I also, at least once in my life, would like to visit Bavaria Germany at Christmas time.

Now you all probably want Christmas to come faster. :o)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Opinion time

I consider myself to be a Moderate Republican, possibly Independent (in a non-green, non-libertarian party way).

I think it's good to show Obama that many Americans really are not okay with what he is doing, and ya know, since he wasn't really listening to polls and such, an election stand was probably necessary. Here's the problem though: near-complete gridlock for the next 2 years. I'm thinking this republican and tea party (they aren't the same) stand wasn't thought through very well. Without control of BOTH the House and Senate, with the Senate and President being Democrat...Republicans still aren't going to get their initiatives (some good some bad) passed. It won't be bipartisan because both the democratic and republican parties are very stubborn, grudge-holding, and mean-spirited as far as politics go. I'm sure there are exceptions on both sides though. Congress will be all fighting and no helping. I read something that said "Pelosi is the first female EX-speaker" This is a true statement. But it also implies that she is going to go away. Pelosi will never go away...she may not be the Speaker of the House anymore, but she is definitely not the type to just sit and take it. She's going to open her mouth and squawk more than she ever did. So not looking forward to that...

I'm not sure the Republican wins were a step up...more like a step forwards--or sideways. It's my opinion that the Republican party needs a major overhaul--and not in the Tea Party direction...so I'm not entirely sure I want a Republican majority until they fix themselves a bit.

My former co-worker, Russ, posted this on FB, and I think it's pretty darn perfect:

"With the elections finally over, Americans are looking forward to amicable bi-partisan policies being passed which will help the American people. Nah, just kidding. We know you're just going to piss in each other's cornflakes while blaming Bush and Obama and (oh I don't know) McKinley for everything."

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Things That Make Me Laugh: Election 2010

1. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Together, Separate, I love them. They should run for president in 2012...Stewart Prez, Stephen VP and then they can swap halfway through.

2. This picture of Christine O'Donnell:


Halloween box of Munchkins. Bold choice. Now, are those chocolate glazed or 'eye of newt' munchkins in there? Perhaps she should've boned up on her Constitution instead of stopping for donuts. Just sayin...

3. I parked front and center at the high school to vote in Georgia. I hope they enjoyed my New Jersey license plates.

4. There were soooo many unopposed candidates that I couldn't refrain and voted for myself. Get ready for Judge Jacquie kids. (too bad write-in's don't actually count as a vote in GA)

5. Party Politics. If I don't laugh, I'll scream, so therefore I choose to laugh.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween

Quincy says Happy Halloween!



He totally hates his costume :(

Friday, October 29, 2010

Inspiration

This is a word from Hosea (through one of my former bosses and mother of a long-time, good friend):

Hosea: "Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt"......Sing sing sing daughter of Zion!!!!

Thanks Mrs. Grom! Definitely needed this word today!

Fun Stuff Friday: WANTED



I'm in love with these Fendi pumps. And you can definitely wear these babies all day and all night and still be comfortable all thanks to the amazing invention of the hidden platform. If they weren't $795, they'd be in my closet.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Travel Thursday: Yes Please.



No idea where this is, but I want to be there.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

GPOYW



Me, Julianne, and Raven. I had the greatest time seeing them (and others) this past weekend. Especially when Julianne kept interpreting everything I said to mean I'm coming back...and then announcing to Tim and James and probably others that I'm coming back and me having to clarify her declarations with the truth lol. I missed them before I even got to the airport to leave. It was actually the first time I'd seen Julianne since I left in March since she was always down the shore when I came back to visit. Wish I hadn't had to leave...not sure I would stay at Gateway if I was back there, but at least I'd be closer than a plane trip away.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

That time of year again

It's that time of year again when I start getting asked what I want for Christmas...it's really the same answer every year. Cash, gift cards, check, crazy expensive things I throw on the list for fun even though there is no way on earth I'd ever get it.

I know some people like getting something to actually wrap, but I can't really give specific requests...the things I would request would cost more than the people buying me presents would want to spend on something like that (i.e. handbags, shoes, etc). I hate returning things and clothes would most likely have to be returned for one reason or another. I like records...so I guess I could throw some options on a list. That's probably what I'll do.

My List:

-cash, gift cards, check
-records (artists TBD--these are actual records, not CDs)
-husband...or fiance...or boyfriend...
-$120,000 for law school would be nice
-money
-all-expenses-paid trip to France, Hawaii, England, Ireland, and/or Germany.
-Louboutins, Jimmy Choos, Manolos...
-Louis Vuitton luggage
-see, this is why I just say cash, gift cards, check...

Monday, October 25, 2010

From Pauly

My friend Pauly is a part of IHOP (prayer, not pancakes) and he wrote this and I've been feeling the same, so I'm sharing it:

"He is breaking the spirit of religion off of His people. (spirit of religion=putting God in a box and getting more involved in formulas, formats and performance more than the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ). We will be a generation living out of the overflow of love and intimacy with Jesus. "He who loves me will keep my commandments" :)"

When something goes wrong with my internet browser...




I love that it says "aw snap" haha

Must Have Monday: Sometimes Practical.

So for internet, I have Clear mobile internet. It's like the Verizon wireless cards but it's 4G internet and currently only in a few American cities. Obviously, Atlanta is one of them. I believe if I paid $15/month more, I could have 3G internet anywhere, but I don't really need that. And for just $35/month, I'll have internet access in any city that has Clear Coverage--and the amount of cities is really growing. A few months ago, there was only 5 or 6 cities, and now there are lots--including most of the cities I travel to--Los Angeles, Las Vegas, NYC, Boston, Philadelphia. It's not in Tampa, but since it is in Orlando and Jacksonville, I'm sure it's only a short matter of time--same thing for San Francisco. http://www.clear.com/coverage

Today I am flying from Philly back to Atlanta, and I'm a very happy camper because I've got 2 hours to kill in the airport (from the time I got here) and can get some work done because Philly has Clear coverage. I thought I had gotten the early flight out but was wrong and don't want to miss half the work day--too much to do to miss time and I don't want to work super long hours this week. I'm lucky my job can easily be done from anywhere as long as I have my laptop, internet, and my phone.

So check and see if your city has Clear internet. It's really fast, really dependable, and you can work (or play) if your stuck in traffic for forever.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fun Stuff Friday: GO TEXAS!!!



Just one more win and we're going to the World Series! It's so close I can smell it...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Travel Thursday: NYC

I've decided to give a mini-guide of things to do in NYC that aren't so touristy.

1. Metropolitan Museum of Art - if you like art, this is a great place to go. Also, it is pay whatever the heck you want to pay. There is a suggested $20, but that's just suggested. Any New Yorker knows you could technically pay $1 and get in. 5th and 82nd.

2. Strand Bookstore. I LOOOOOOVE STRAND! My brother hates it though but that is because he just can't appreciate it well enough. There are new and used books--18 miles worth of them actually. Broadway and 12th (subway to union square)

3. While your in the vicinity of Strand, you should definitely go grab a coffee at Joe at 9 E. 13th St - just a couple blocks from Strand. (If you are facing Union square, standing next to Strand, turn left and walk...it's across the street from Hertz). The coffee is great and it's a nice small coffeeshop and I love it.

4. Central Park. Self explanatory. You can just walk through it to get to the Met, or you can explore the park, go to the zoo, you can just take a leisurely stroll or grab a book and hang out on one of the lawns (i.e. The Great Lawn). I once came upon the Broadway softball league and watched Legally Blonde beat Wicked. The park is huge - B/W 8th and Madison and 59th and 110th. I don't suggest going past 100th Street though because then you're entering Harlem. And for lunch, get a hot dog from a street vendor. They are disgusting and nicknamed "dirty water dogs" but it's a rite of passage.

5. Before you go to Central Park, you should get a pastry and go have breakfast at Tiffany. You can't go inside with the food, but you can stand outside the window eating your pastry. (watch the movie) Then when you finish, go inside and dream.

6. While you are in the Central Park area, try to go to Serendipity on 60th St. in the Upper East Side. Everyone deserves to try Frozen Hot Chocolate once in their life. It's not easy to get in so if you are strapped for time and don't care if you get it at Serendipity, go to Dylan's Candy Bar and get one there. Although Serendipity is super cute and worth the wait/bribe.

7. Afternoon Tea at The Plaza (Palm Court). Make reservation. Great experience for all women with good etiquette. It's not cheap ($60 per person) but you do get great tea, cute tea sandwiches, and the experience of luxury. You must dress up. No jeans, tshirts, flipflops, bra straps showing, etc. Wear a nice day dress or skirt and top. Nice dress pants and a blouse are ok. Try not to take pictures. There is an Eloise option if you have very well-behaved daughters so that children only cost $32 each.

8. Broadway. See a Broadway show - don't pay full price. I always try to avoid Times Square, but if you want to see a Broadway show, you are going to have to go to tckts and get discounted tickets. Now, just because you got a discounted ticket doesn't mean you should wear jeans or, God forbid, shorts. Please don't. Going to a broadway show used to mean something special. Dress nicely. You don't have to go all black-tie or even cocktail (unless you want to), but nice. No jeans, shorts, flipflops.

9. If at all possible, avoid Times Square. It's hell on earth...tourists EVERYWHERE, it's just not enjoyable in Times Square. Get in, get out.

10. Dinner if you are at a Broadway show. Playwrights Tavern. Amazing food. Not expensive, but nice. Peaceful.

11. Want to go shopping, go to Soho. Best shopping and there are even cobblestone streets in some places (if wearing heels, wear wedges...trust me). If you want to experience Chinatown go ahead...just keep your wits about you. Don't be stupid. I scared the crap out of my mom once doing something pretty stupid even though nothing happened. If you are alone, do NOT go into backrooms/attics/etc. Please don't buy fake designer bags. The high population of fake designer bags makes the real thing not as special. Those of us with the real thing don't want people thinking ours are fake just because soooo many people have fake ones. And yes I know I used to buy fake bags but I stopped years ago, and will never do it again.

12. Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology. Cool museum of fashion. 7th Ave and 27th Street.

13. If it's between Thanksgiving and Christmas, go to Bryant Park. It's like a great little Christmas city. My brother and Zach had a shop there last year (this year you'll have to get their games from online). 41st and 6th. There's also an ice skating rink.

14. Dinner at The Waverly Inn on Bank St in the West Village. It is a rather exclusive restaurant so if you can actually manage to get reservations (you better no someone really important or show up and beg in the afternoon), you may see a handful of celebrities or important people of society. Dress nicer. No jeans. No flipflops. No tshirts. Dressy casual at the least. NO PICTURES! Leave the nice celebrities alone.

15. Don't care about dining amidst big people, but want a nice dinner? Try Quattro at Trump Soho. Or try Balthazar (french) on Spring St in Soho - they have amazing food...and their breakfast is also amazing just FYI. The best Italian food is at Forlini's on Baxter Street. It's on the border of Little Italy and Chinatown. Seriously, amazing. go to Forlini's (make reservations, it's polite).

Now I really want to go to NY...it sucks not living an hour away anymore.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

GPOYW: Spirit Day

If you don't know, today is Spirit Day - part of the anti-bullying campaign. It doesn't matter if you agree or disagree with various lifestyles--they are still people and no one deserves to be bullied. A person is not less than human because they like people of the same sex, are a different race, have a disability, etc. etc.

Today millions of people will be wearing purple to stand up against bullying. I am wearing purple, but I look like crap today so I'm posting an old photo of me in a purple dress from new years eve 2009. Sam, Melanie and I (I have dark hair in this pic) dressed up nice and pretty to serenade Simon with "Your So Vain" (which may sound bully-ish but he loved it).



...I may have a flare for the dramatic sometimes...

Things That Make Me Laugh Tuesday

I know it's a day late.

Over labor day weekend, I went to my mom's to help her pack up some of her stuff. We were in the guest room going through the closets and she was asking if I wanted certain things. I noticed a box of things she was going to get rid of--donate or toss, and I saw this gem:



Now I remember seeing this years and years and years ago--it's from 1992 and it spent nearly 2 decades just chillin and collecting dust in the VHS storage thing. When I saw she was getting rid of it I thought that's tragic. I have to rescue this amazingly mockable workout video with the thong leotard outfit on the cover. (BTW, I have no idea how one could comfortably workout in an outfit like this...)

I just found it the other day while emptying one of the boxes I brought back that weekend. I haven't watched it yet, but I will...maybe I'll even get in on the "fannysizing" (which is "the latest in multi-muscle conditioning along with the finest anti-aging workout ever to slow down your physical clock!")

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oh my...

In a debate between Coons and O'Donnell (Candidates for Senate from Delaware) on being asked if she supported repealing the 14th and 16th Amendments (2 big platforms for the Tea Party of which she is a part), O'Donnell said:

"I'm sorry, I didn't bring my Constitution with me. Fortunately, senators don't have to memorize the Constitution. Can you remind me of [them]?"


... ^^cricket sounds^^ ...


ummmm, while I'm sure that there are many Senators/Representatives who don't have the Constitution memorized, they most likely know the basic points of the amendments--there aren't that many. And even if they don't know, they're smart enough to know that while it isn't a written requirement of the Constitution (although how would O'donnell know this given her statement), the people running the country SHOULD know what their own Constitution says as it is what is supposed to govern their actions. And they most definitely would not alude to the fact that they don't even know basic gist of what each amendment says. Perhaps Ms. O'Donnell does know somewhere in her mind and it's just a bit foggy from too much 'eye of neut'... just sayin.

Look, I don't care what someone is labeled as-- Democrat, Republican, Independent, The Rent is too damn High party (it's in NYC)--all I care about is that the person I vote for has the most similarities to what I believe...the lesser of the evils. And if the person I don't vote for is elected, I at least would like him/her to KNOW WHAT THE BLOODY CONSTITUTION SAYS...or at least be smart enough to pretend like you do.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Must Have Monday: Retro

Crosley Traveler (it's a record player):



In the days when even CD's are becoming things of the past, I've come to love vinyls. I have an iphone so I do the whole music on the go thing (otherwise running long distances would be murder), but I really love the sound of a record. While I generally reserve the record playing for vintage music (Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Aerosmith), you can buy current music on vinyl as well--Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Jack Johnson has a great live vinyl, John Mayer, etc.

And this Crosley Traveler is great because you can take it with you if you want (if you're not flying somewhere anyway -- can't carry this on and you don't want to check it).

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Big Announcement!!!

The first part of the announcement you probably already know, but I am going to be running the Disney Princess Half-Marathon at Disney World February 27, 2010. Here is a video of the event:




The second part of the announcement is that I decided to run the half-marathon for a purpose. Choosing the charity was not an easy decision--I had a lot of options which came down to Red Dress Campaign (American Heart Association), BCAN (Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network), TWLOHA (To Write Love on Her Arms), ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders), and ASPCA (animal shelters). Given the horrifying amount of recent teen suicides and the rapidly rising amount of teens and young adults suffering from depression (and the effects--substance abuse, eating disorders, cutting, etc), I decided to run for TWLOHA.

What is TWLOHA? It' To Write Love on Her Arms. To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Here's the story:



I am dedicating my run to a friend who benefited from TWLOHA. But dedication in words is not enough. I've set up a donation page at Crowd Rise in which friends and family--and even strangers reading this blog--can donate to TWLOHA through my page. Knowing that I'm raising awareness and money for this cause will encourage me to push through and run like I've never run before (and not just cuz I'll be wearing a gold tutu).

The URL where you can donate (please) is: http://www.crowdrise.com/runfortwloha1/

Does TWLOHA work, help, etc? Well, if you have time, here's Renee--the girl the story is about at 3 years sobriety:



Please take the time to go to my Crowd Rise Page and donate! My goal is at least $2,000! All donations will go directly to TWLOHA. Again, the page is: http://www.crowdrise.com/runfortwloha1

Thank YOU!

And...if the half-marathon looks fun to you, go ahead and register--as of 10/8/10, it was only 50% full. There's still time! (http://espnwwos.disney.go.com/events/rundisney/princess-half-marathon/)

GPOYW: Naval Academy Ball 2006

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Baseball Playoffs

Here's the deal:

I HATE the Phillies. And it's convenient that I have many friends in the SF Bay Area so I will be strongly rooting for the Giants to win the National division.

Most importantly though is the ACLS.
I REALLY HATE the Yankees (I like the Red Sox, so it's mandatory).

While I am a Red Sox fan, my ultimate loyalty lies with the Texas Rangers. It has since I was about 4 or 5 years old. The first MLB game I went to was at the old Ranger stadium and Nolan Ryan pitched. So imagine my excitement that the Rangers are inching closer and closer to a World Series. I want the Rangers to win tonight and go on to play the Yankees. I want to see the Rangers beat out the Yankees for the ACLS division title and go on to the World Series...and then win the World Series for the first time since 1994.

Things That Make Me Laugh Tuesday

Lessons from a couple cartoon princesses:






I hope they make more videos with Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and even Snow White.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Must Have Monday, if...

Ok, so one of the best replies I've ever gotten is this lovely from Jess (www.keepupwiththejohnsons.com) from Sunday: "yes, all of atlanta is annoying and horrible and that is why you are moving into our garage."

Now, nevermind that if memory serves me well, Jess and a bunch of youth people turned her and Dave's garage into an office for Dave...

This must-have is purely hypothetical. If one was to move into a garage like this:



How could one make it livable? Well, the answer is a lot of paint, a giant curtain to hide the garage door, carpet, tv, a pullout couch, a couple tables, a couple ottomans, (noting that all dresser, closet, changing area is between the curtain and the garage door - yes, I know, this would be risky in a house with the Johnsons lol and use of the house kitchen would be available)and wah-la, a livable garage:



And of course, since it is the bay area, winter would necessitate some kind of space heater...or footie pajamas.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Work the System

So while I do get a lot of my Lancome stuff at Sephora, I do take advantage of the bonus offers at department stores.

Right now:

Dillards - spend $32.50 get a great bonus. Makeup bag, choice of anti-aging day and night cream, eyeshadow quad, eye makeup remover (lancome's the best), mascara, and lipstick.

Bloomingdales - spend $35 get a similar bonus to Dillards--makeup bag (different from the dillards one), choice of anti-aging day and night cream (get as much of this free as possible...it's expensive), eyeshadow quad or mascara or 'khol' eye crayon, body cream or eye makeup remover, and lipstick or juicytube lipgloss.

Luckily, the closest mall to me has both Dillards and Bloomingdales. So I've basically gotten $300 worth of free stuff this weekend. SCORE!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Travel Thursday: Living Vicariously Through an Old Friend.

One of my oldest friends (even as far back as church nursery) is currently backpacking around the world with his girlfriend. They are coming up on their 100th day. They started in London and then have been in Holland, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Austria, Italy, Greece, Egypt, and are now in Thailand. Luckily for me, he's posting pictures of the different places (and he's a really good photographer too). I am going to share some pictures with you (of the places I have not been to myself).

First, here is Mike and Christina in Greece:


Cool shot of Santorini, Greece:


My most favorite picture--Sailing on a greek boat:


Great shot in Prague:


Inside the Vatican City:


Vienna, Austria:


Mike and Christina on a camel in Egypt:


Sphinx:


Red Sea:


Thailand:



I am so insanely jealous of them and would love to do this. And what Mike says to that is "so do it." Oh I wish it were that easy...to just take off with no end-date known and travel and see and explore the world--the whole world. I think I'm going to have to live vicariously through Mike on this one and just visit the different places one at a time every couple of years.