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.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

This Just Made. My. Night.



Laughing so hard right now... this is Bentley, my mom's dog (bichon NOT poodle). He got bit on his legs and keeps licking the sore so it just gets worse so he has to wear the cone now. He looks like he's gotten use to it though. At first I guess he would run around trying to get it off.

GPOYW



oh the 90s were a special time...and ya gotta love the "fancy" balloon arch. At my 8th grade graduation reception with Kristina and Karen.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Things That Make Me Laugh Tuesday



Reminds me of how I have to fight the dog for my spot on the couch and/or chair...he never realizes he's always going to lose because I can just pick him up and move him.



This makes me laugh.

Beauty and the Beast

You've seen those commercials for the Beauty and the Beast on DVD Blue Ray, right? Well, I don't even have it on plain old dvd. I have it on vhs...and I like it that way. But anyway, I remember when it first came out...I was 6 years old and for my 7th birthday I had a Beauty and the Beast party in Dallas, TX at this stamp store. And then we moved to NJ and my parents let me pick out brand new bedding--I, of course, picked Beauty and the Beast--there was a lot of pink too. I'm sure my mom has pictures, I'll have to get a hold of them to put up sometime. I then went as Belle for halloween that year...I think the costume is at my moms. She has all my old costumes from halloween and plays...there are 4 different disney princesses lol. Anyway, I came across the VHS in my stuff a couple weeks ago and decided to watch it. This scene (other than the ending) is my favorite:



This is my dream. I want a room just like this filled with books--and also an identical one filled with shoes haha. I'm well-aware I'm a book nerd. I just read the entire book "Tess of the D'urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy on Sunday.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Bonus Must Have



http://puppytweet.com

I LOVE THIS. I would have to have my old laptop set up at home and on while I'm gone (which I'm paranoid about doing - electrical fires...i don't care about my crap just my dog). It'd be cool to have, but it might be a waste for me...I would constantly get tweets like "I'm dreaming...", "I'm running away from squirrels in my dreams", "I'm sleeping...", "I'm picking at my food piece by tiny piece", "I'm dreaming...", "I'm drinking water", "i'm hacking up the water I drank to fast without breathing", "I'm dreaming again..." See? All Quincy does is eat, sleep, and drink...probably not the best purchase I could make. But it's still really cool. I may get one for my mom--it'd be great to put on Bentley.

Must Have Monday!!



These are the products that I buy at Sephora (now you see why I always ask for Sephora gift cards for birthday and Christmas). As you see, I'm a Lancome girl. Lancome never lets me down...except that they discontinued my lip gloss color a few years ago and it was PERFECT.

1. Lancome Teint Miracle - a lighter liquid foundation
2. Lancome Tropiques Minerale - loose bronzer that's not dark (which is a big plus for me since I'm fair skinned)
3.Anastasia Mini Wax Kit - I hate plucking with a passion so yes, I rip my eyes off.
4. Lancome Tonique Douceur - freshening toner - non-alcohol so it's gentle.
5. Lancome Galatee Confort - a milky cleanser--much better for your skin than soapy cleansers. Soapy cleansers are way harsh on your skin.
6. Lancome Bienfait MultiVital - a lightweight moisturizer with an SPF 30 and lots of vitamins (you MUST have at least spf 15 on your face everyday no matter what--even if it's cloudy...unless you like premature deep lines and wrinkles)
7. Dr. Brandt Lineless Lines No More - this is a lines/wrinkles treatment that I haven't tried yet but I'm now considering since last week I realized that I have a big, giant, ugly wrinkle on my forehead. Yeah, I freaked out.
8. Skyn Iceland Relief Eye Pen - Depuffs/tightens. LOVE.
9. Miss Dior Cherie - perfume...only needs to be purchased every other year.
10. Lancome La Base Pro - primer. Gives the airbrushed, flawless look.
11. Anastasia Tinted Brow Tamer Gel - Creates order and color in 1 step.
12. Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Night - When I turned 24, I had a quarter life crisis and started buying anti-aging stuff. It's never too soon to start. Many might not know that night is the best time for this as your face is not exposed to the pollutions in the outside air. Get a night specific cream - from a higher end brand (like this one--higher end brands cost more for a reason--they're more potent) and put it on every night.

Those are my must-haves (for 20somethings). Lancome has GREAT skincare for anti-aging--Lancome Genefique and Renergie...for the over-zealous 20somethings and then 30s and beyond.

Now if you look them up at Sephora.com you will most definitely understand why I ask for sephora gift cards for birthday and Christmas--this stuff isn't cheap...but it's worth it. Occasionally I'll pick up other stuff at sephora--but for the most part, Maybelline is my go-to for blush, lipcolor, and sometimes eyeshadow (also use MAC for eyeshadow), and I LOVE Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara.

This was a big must-have Monday...but now you know how I make myself pretty lol

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Random Thoughts

1. Just got a NY Times e-mail alerting to people wanting to travel to Europe--there's a terrorist alert. Hmmm...I think I'll put off my plans for France for awhile. After all, I don't just want to rush through all the things I want to do in just a week. I really would like to take a month to travel through France and Greece too--which will take a lot of money that will take awhile to save.

2. I am considering CONUS locations for my birthday. Had I not moved to Georgia, I was going to have a huge Great Gatsby-themed party for my 25th birthday this past year. It was going to be amazing. But then I moved a month before my birthday. I think I will now save the Gatsby theme for an engagement party--you know once I meet a man, fall in love, and get engaged...but those are just some minor details haha. Anyway, I'm considering Napa/San Francisco for a girls weekend, weekend of shopping in NYC (even though I have to be there less than a month before my birthday for my brother's wedding), a weekend of shopping and history nerd adventures in Boston, or Los Angeles with a birthday dinner at Katsuya and shopping in BH, there is also a possibility of Chicago (for shopping obvi). I'm putting money aside each month just for my 26th birthday of debauchery. lol jk about the debauchery part...

3. There's a Little Caesars next door to the gym. Not a fan of the pizza, but the crazy bread is my weakness. I've managed to resist so far.

4. I've drank a pot of Coffee Bean Black Forest coffee today. and it's only 10:45am. And I woke up at 8:45am. Hi, my name is Jacquie and I'm a coffeeholic.

5. I need to go get something at the office, but if I do i'm going to end up at Madeleine's eating a chocolate croissant.

6. I no longer have any idea how many shoes I have. But I did throw a pair out yesterday.

7. I feel like I have nothing to wear when in reality I do, the clothes just have to be ironed.

8. I finished reading "The French Pilot" last night. It's a book based on how my mother's mother's side of the family originally came to North America from France. Most of the children stayed in the Albany, NY area except for 2 sons that were loyal to the British crown and fled to Canada. I come from one of those sons. So interestingly, while I am the great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of John Adams, one of the greatest proponents of the war for independence...I am also the great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of a Loyalist. In my nerdy history-loving mind, I think that's awesome.

Something to Say Saturday

ok, so it's Sunday, I didn't feel like thinking yesterday.

Upon hearing that a fifth student committed suicide because of bullying, I just got so mad. I don't understand bullying. I know I heard about bullies when I was growing up, but that was on tv. I went to MANY schools, mostly private but one public--in NJ, NE, TX, PA--but I don't remember bullying ever really happening. There were the typical rumors, but never outright face-to-face public (or cyber) bullying. To hear what kids go through these days is just awful. It's truly amazing how much school, at all levels, has changed. Elementary and Middle School kids know things that I didn't know until college--and they DO those things. I still don't do most of those things. But the meanness of kids has grown so horrible that kids are killing themselves?? How do these kids even know that suicide is an option? And where are these bullies getting the ideas in their head that they can make fun of and torture kids for particular reasons? There is NEVER any reason to bully or make fun of another human being. You don't have to agree with people, or like them, but you do have to be kind--everyone is a child of GOD. Do you really want to have to stand before God and atone for the fact that you tortured one of His children?

And those people who aren't being bullied or doing the bullying--what are you doing to stop it? Do you just look away? Do you stay silent? That's just as bad as bullying. Stand up for victims--don't think for one second what it could do to your reputation. Just stand up for the victim. A bully believes he's the majority--he has the power. If people stand up for the victims, then bullies will begin to back down. We also have to remember that the bully bullies out of fear or feeling threatened. Bullies pick on the people they fear the most--and a lot of the time they fear them the most because they remind the bully of what he hates about himself.

Stand up for the Victims--Stop the Bullying. NOW.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fun Stuff Friday

Ok, so I found out this couple from college just recently got married. They weren't a couple in college though. The bride was a friend of a few friends, as was the groom. And I had a couple classes with the groom. Anyway, they ended up getting married and I have to say they most definitely had THE MOST AMAZING WEDDING EVER. I saw the pictures and I swiped a couple just to show you the awesomeness:







Yes, that is the wedding party and then the bride coming up on a ski lift. The ski lift was like one huge awesome aisle. There are a ton of cool pictures but I selected ones where you could see the idea but not really the faces...and I did whiteout the last names in the third picture. And hello, do you SEE the donut cake?!

This looked like so much fun and so incredibly genius. I feel like I should start trying to come up with awesome ideas for my wedding so that I'm prepared for when it actually does happen.