Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fireworks!



Independence Day is coming up quick! Are you going to go watch fireworks?
I saw this article The Ten Best 4th of July Fireworks Shows and thought how awesome to go see each one of those displays. (And I love that #2 on the list is Idaho Falls, ID. Go Idaho! Err, not that I'm biased or anything...)

Next year for the 4th of July, I plan to go to one of those displays...

Monday, June 28, 2010

Totally Awesome Giveaway!

Kristie over at The Writer's Block is hosting a giveaway for some rad 80's themed stuff!

From Kristie:

That's right, one lucky winner will receive this 80s prize package full of goodies.
1. One Hallmark sticker sheet of rainbows and stars (foil)
2. Two Candies brand sequined bracelets (one silver, one hot pink)
3. 6 Capelli New York Hair Clip Claws in Funky 80s colors
4. Glow in the Dark Ghostbusters T-Shirt (Size L)
5. One package of Haribo Gummi Bears

Go on over to Kristie's Blog and this entry, follow her blog, and comment letting her know what kind of lunchbox you carried to school. :) Easy as that and you are entered in the contest. Blog about it and get another chance to win.

And the Emmy goes to...

Last night the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards aired live from Las Vegas. I love the daytime genre, I love my soap operas. However, the awards show was just a great big disappointment. I get what they were trying to do -- have it in Vegas, feature Vegas show stuff (The Lion King, The Blue Man Group, and Cirque De Soleil) and hopefully draw in many more viewers with the "spectacle" of Vegas. Here is the problem -- you forgot the soap fans. There was no red carpet. Errol at Soap Opera Network, bless him, tried to do a live streaming red carpet show on the internet but it kept going down. Regis Philbin was like a dead fish. The tribute to Dick Clark, while touching, was too long. They didn't show clips of the submitted reels by the nominees so you would see a bit of the acting, instead showing a choppy blip of a scene with their name and network below. The voice over that did the announcing of the nominees was very abrupt and disconnected. There was no "In Memory Of" montage for the actors that were lost this past year. "As The World Turns", which is being canceled after 50 years on TV, had a minute long montage to tell them farewell. And there was a 30 second clip for each show that was nominated for best show. All around, just a big disappointment.

But there was fashion!!!


Julie Pinson was absolutely beautiful in fuchsia!


Denise Vasi had on one of my fave gowns. I loved the colors and I LOVE the shoes!!


Michael Easton looked HOT!


Am not quite sure about Melissa Archer's dress...it was definitely of the Vegas show variety. (I was just hoping she wouldn't jump up or bend over...she would have been showing the goods to the world.)


Lisa LoCicero was stunning and one of the two that has my vote for best dressed.


Brandon Barash's tie was awesome! He was looking sexy.


Sarah Brown's dress was great, but she just looked a little pale all together.


Michelle Stafford also went for the brazen Vegas theme. Her dress was better than Melissa Archer's.


A simple black dress, but eeeep! It is Brenda Barrett! I can't wait for Vanessa Marcil to return to "General Hospital"!!


Kelly Monaco was lovely, as usual. Jonathan Jackson looks like he is 12. :)


Ricky Paull Goldin (w/ Chrishell Stause) is just hot! Sexy! My fave guy of the night!

and in the WTF was she thinking category:



Marie Osmond stands alone in the worst dressed!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pretty in...

Thanks to Barbie, I found out today was National Pink Day!!! So here is a little fun filled post of all things pink!






Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Blog Rec...

If you are a fan of all things 80's or if you just want to follow a really awesome lady, allow me to direct you to my friend, Kristie, over at The Writers Block!

You can't go wrong with someone that not only talks about the fabulous decade of the 80's but is absolutely adorable and so sweet.

The Writer's Block

One Month from today...

I will be on my to CA to pick up



and we will be heading to



There we will meet up with




along with numerous other friends.

We will be enjoying some fine dining at




And we will be hanging out with









(Yup, the cast of "General Hospital", can't wait!)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Words that move me...

A dear friend sent me a sweet card today in the mail and enclosed was a magnet. She said that after we had a talk about life and how it is what you make of it, she saw this magnet and knew it was for me.



How true is it? What WOULDN'T I attempt if I knew that there was no way I was going to fail? And why do I not attempt it now and live as if I am succeeding?

If you don't attempt, you have already failed. You have successfully talked yourself out of trying, thus you have talked yourself out of doing, succeeding, and achieving.

So instead of looking at your goals with the view of "what if I fail", look at your goals with the view of "there is no way I can fail."

Thank you, Wendy, for thinking of me and sending words to me.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Thank you for being a friend...



NY Times article, "The End of the Best Friend".

I found this to be a totally fascinating read. It offers up the differing views on the term "best friend" and the impact it has on your life.

On one hand you have counselors and "child rearing experts" saying that having one "BFF" is not a good thing, it doesn't allow you to socially grow because you have that one person only that you turn to for everything. Schools fear that having just that one person leads to the feeling of a clique and they fear bullying when the two friends team up against another person. A camp counselor is quoted “If something goes awry, it can be devastating. It also limits a child’s ability to explore other options in the world.”.

On the other hand, you have a group of psychologists that say having that best friend person in your life will help you with a better understanding of intimate relationships through empathy and kindness; not to mention builds self esteem and confidence. You learn to relate and listen to this one person that trusts you to have their best interest at heart.

As I said...this was fascinating to me to read, both sides making sense to me. I grew up an Air Force brat. Because of this I grew used to either moving or having my friends move. And you always make the promise that you are going to stay in touch, you are going to be friends forever no matter how many moves occur. And, let's be honest, you really don't write much after the first few months, if at all. Catherine and Andrea are my two best friends from High School...we kept in touch but it is spotty. We can go months,if not a year, with no contact. Then we'll have months where we are in constant contact. Life moves on, we change. Our friendship is still there but the term "best friend" doesn't mean what I guess most people would consider it to mean.

I sometimes look at people that grew up in the same house, same neighborhood, same school district, and feel jealous of them for having those close bonds with their friends. When they can say "remember in first grade when we..." And they can go all the way up "remember the day we graduated from high school." I miss having those friends, those memories.

But, I also look at the fact that I have a lot of people in my life now and I am happy with that. I have a small group of close friends...the ones that I will go to with everything that goes on in my life. But I have a larger core of acquaintances that are just as important. I think the way I grew up, the constant changing of the friendship scenery, taught me to be more open to the inclusion of someone new in my world. Oh sure, I judge people but I accept their presence pretty easily. (And yes, yes, I am fly paper for the crazy folk, we all know this, but that is a whole other blog post for another day.)

What about you? What are your views? Do you have one best friend or do you have a wider range of friends in your life?

(Article link courtesy of Stepanie Klein's Greek Tragedy Facebook page.)

Birthday greetings!



Happy Birthday, Jen!!
I hope your day is absolutely fabulous and full of all things sparkly!

Happy Father's Day!!!



Happy Father's Day to all the amazing and incredible Father's out there!
And in particular to my father, I love you, Dad!

Friday, June 18, 2010

La-la-la-la-la-la Sing a smurfy song...



I'm kind of cautiously excited about The Smurfs movie.

The Smurfs always bring memories of my cousin, Joyce, to mind. She used to have a large collection of Smurfs when I was younger and I thought she was just the coolest person ever -- she loved horses, she had all these awesome Smurfs on display, and she didn't treat me like an annoying little cousin. :) Good memories!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Some truths in life. (I loved this)

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your
computer history if you die.

2. Nothing worse than that moment during an argument when you realize
you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was
younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure
know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the
person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work
when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the
rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't
want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if
I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I
did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this -
ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to
voice mail. What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run
away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing
anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to
answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or
Saturday night more kisses begin with alcohol than Kay.

20. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

21. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and
suddenly realize I had no idea what was going on when I first saw
it.

22. I would rather try to carry 10 over-loaded plastic bags in each hand
than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to
finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and
hunger.

25. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and
smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to
prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and
sisters!

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty,
and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

29. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are
going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but
no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate bicyclists.

31. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not
know what time it is.

32. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys
in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey -
but I'd bet anything that everyone can find and push the snooze button from
3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Forget puppy love

Some days it is all about the kitty love and how amusing it is to annoy the cat.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Summer Give away!

My sweet friend Lesli over at The Girl in the Kate Spade Mittens is having a give away for some awesome prizes!

A copy of the FABULOUS Jen Lancaster's new book, "My Fair Lazy".
A frrrozen hot chocolate bar from Serendipity.
And a $5 gift card to either Dairy Queen or Coldstone Creamery.


You have four chances to win -- Comment on her blog with what your fave ice cream flavor is, become a follower of her blog (Or let her know you follow her blog), blog about her give away, and tweet about her give away.

So get over there...what are you waiting for?

Link to Lesli's Summer Give Away!!

Sunday Bliss...



A bowl of fresh raspberries and fresh out of the dryer sheets, still warm. I may have curled up in my bed for a little while and just laid there, happily, in the warm sheets. I don't care if it is hot outside, those warm sheets felt like a little bit of heaven.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Potpourri



First off, a happy, happy, happy birthday wish to my best friend, Catherine. Miles separate us, but I am thinking of you today and wishing you the happiest day ever!



And how excited am I for “The A-Team”??? I loved the series, the movie looks pretty interesting. And it has Bradley Cooper! Win, win!! I’m going tomorrow, will let you know how it was.

The one movie I will not be seeing is “The Karate Kid”. That remake just looks…well…honestly…bad. Jackie Chan is no Mr. Muyagi. (Actually I heard he is not even Mr. Muyagi, he is Mr. Hahn.)

I did see a couple of movies last weekend. I saw and really liked “Killers” with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigel. I have to say that I have a big crush on Ashton. And I thought the movie was cute and fun. I took my niece to see “Marmaduke”. I wish I could say I liked it because I love the Wilson brothers and Owen was the voice of Marmaduke. However, it was horrible. I wanted to leave 20 minutes in it was so sucktastic.

How about the fabulous news for this fan of “General Hospital” that Brenda Barrett is coming back home! I love Vanessa Marcil and her portrayal of Brenda. Can’t wait for August 11th. Happy Birthday to me!

To blog x2 or not to blog x2



That is where my current thought process is at.

I was “challenged” by a friend to start writing more openly instead of fun fluffy posts on my blog. She wanted to see me put more depth out there and not hide it from everyone. The fear of being judged runs strong in this young jedi. But I am going to work on that…putting something out there that is more than just fun stuff. (even though I love the fun stuff because it keeps it light instead of all wangsty.)

But here is my dilemma: Do I want to run two blogs? Granted I have both this blog and a private one through another server, but I have kept them pretty separate. Now if I run two blogs that are both public, can I keep up with them both? Or should I just do an overhaul to this one and how I blog here.

If I kept just one blog, it could mean that there would be multiple posts in one day as I tend to try to keep subjects separate (hence the many blogs you are getting today) but it would also mean some of them would be more serious than the playful tone I try to keep over here.

If I started a separate blog, then I have to decide how separated I want it to be.

What do you think? Those of you that have more than one blog, how hard is it to keep them both going with separate subject matter?

Pet Peeves



It has been one of *those* weeks so let me throw a few pet peeves out there.

If you want to train me to do something (that I have been very vocal about not wanting to do, for the record) then train me fully. Don’t just toss me out there with an “I’m sure you will figure it out”. Guess what? I may be able to figure it out but now I’m resenting it and don’t want to figure it out.

Also work related – if you spend all your time complaining about how everyone treats you unfairly and is “plotting” against you, eventually you are going to find that everyone is sick of you and just stops caring what your problem is.

You know I hate when you stalk around, flicking at me with that stupid tail of yours. You know I hate when you pace up and down the length of the bed at 3AM, meowing because you think you need a treat or you are going to die a horrible, starving death. So why do you do it every night? It results in me yelling at you and then you running down the stairs and “yelling” (meowing obnoxiously loud) back up at me. Oh yeah, that was directed to Tyson.

Friendship is a two way street. One person shouldn’t have to be the one that carries the friendship, reaches out and keeps contact going, and takes all initiative. When I get emails or comments that you wonder why I have not said anything all week, maybe it is because I am tired of being the only one keeping things going. When you tell me you miss me and don’t have a clue what is going on in my life, it is because I have stopped sharing with you because you have not shown interest.

And the biggest annoyance of all this week to me…the BP Oil Spill!! It makes my heart hurt every time they show pictures of the animals that are washing to shore covered in the oil and knowing that most will not live.

TGITyson!

I’m a little late with my Tyson Tuesday picture.

Tyson has this annoying habit of hanging out outside Jeremy’s door all the time. Wouldn’t be a big problem if Jeremy wasn’t allergic to cats and you know that Tyson does it just to be spiteful. (Especially considering he is so sketchy he runs when he sees Jeremy coming.)

I asked him (yes, yes I do talk to my cat like a person) what he was doing the other day, laying there and looking evil. His response was to give me his “I’m too bored for your conversation” look.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Book rec!

(I apologize...I've been in a bit of a blogging funk lately. Stick with me, kiddies, it will get better and I'll be back to posting daily and with purpose.)



I just finished Not Ready for Mom Jeans by Maureen Lipinski. It is the follow up to last years debut novel A Bump in the Road. The book follows Clare Finnegan, event planner/blogger, through the first year of motherhood. The book is full of quirky characters that are so real you will be nodding your head, thinking "oh yeah, I know THAT person." I guarantee you are going to love it. (Both books, if you haven't read the first one!)
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