Friday, April 29, 2011

Some day my Prince will come...

July 29th, 1981.

I remember getting up early in the morning (I don’t remember it being 4AM early) and watching as the shy Lady Diana Spencer married the dashing Prince Charles in one of the most beautiful weddings my ten year old self had ever seen. (Okay, probably the only wedding my ten year old self had ever seen.) Here in front of my eyes, a Princess was born. I was enamored with the real life fairy tale unfolding before my eyes. I followed the birth of both sons, William and Harry, and through her transformation from the shy, timid girl into this beautiful, iconic Princess, through the ugly divorce, and tragically through the death of Diana.

(And I did get up early in the morning one day in 1997 to watch the burial of the beloved Princess.)

After Diana died, I didn’t pay as close attention to the Royals as the spark had gone out. But then her eldest son, William, got engaged and while I didn’t follow the hoopla as closely as I did w/ Diana and Charles, I was very anxious to see the wedding, the DRESS, the fashion, and just how Kate and William handled it.

I had to work today, but I got up and turned the TV on anyway. I admittedly dozed off and on throughout it all up until the wedding vows. The dress was beautiful, Kate and William just looked perfect. You know that Diana is watching with pride today as her son married his Princess. And fairy tales still live on.

So, of course, I have to look at what everyone was wearing. I want a hat, dangit!!!

The dress was BEAUTIFUL! Kate looked stunning, William was so dashing, and they are so in love. Makes you swoon.

The hats! Oh I love the hats! I particularly love the hat that Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is wearing. (The blue one.)

Kate's sister, Pippa, and the young children of the wedding party. Pippa was beautiful as well.

This picture just makes me laugh, poor kid is done with the noise.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Potty Talk!


Have you all seen this toilet?

I mean, seriously, folks, it is remote controlled. That is pretty awesome to me.

Let’s face it, if I had this toilet in my bathroom I would never leave. It plays music for you.

Holy crap. Again, literally. With a $6,400 price tag it better come equipped with gold flecked toilet paper.

If you feel inclined to buy yourself one, Kohler Numi. And while you are at it, please buy one for me as well!

(I'll be back later hopefully with some geek talk and a general update.)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hoppity Hoppity!

Happy Easter to all of you!! I hope the Bunny brought you some sweet peeps, jelly beans, and chocolate bunnies. (Or if you are lucky something with some carats.)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

What an "eggs"cellent weekend!

And still one more day to go!

I decided that Friday was going to be an official hooky day for me.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Ferris Bueller

I slept in a bit. I went over and had breakfast with Tina, Chris, and Abby. I got my hair cut. Had lunch by myself. Did some shopping. Read a book. Chatted with two of my fave people (Jo and Jazz). Took a nap. I loved every minute of it. The day flew by, unfortunately. As it tends to do when you are home from work, playing hooky. The day was so relaxing, though, and I clearly need to do it again in a couple of months just to refresh the batteries.

Today, my mom and I took Michaela to see "Hop", which was really cute. Of course, she got a bit antsy in it as there was that part that was just dragging on for a kid movie, but she did good.

And James hot!

After dropping Michaela off we did a stop at Kohl's and then home. Currently I'm watching "Die Hard" and chatting on IM with a friend. Low key day today, very relaxing weekend so far! It is loved.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday, Monday, Monday!!

It’s a SCREAM, baby!

I am a notorious chicken when it comes to horror movies. I don’t like being scared. (However, morbid curiosity makes me watch many horror movies at home and then regret it.) However, I absolutely love the “Scream” series and couldn’t wait to see Scre4m (Scream 4). Saturday I decided to take in the matinee showing of the movie since it was going one of two ways – It was either going to live up to the hype the previous three carried with them or it was going to suck. I will happily pay matinee pricing for a movie I’m undecided on. It lived up to the hype! The right amount of “make you jump” moments, just enough gore, and enough suspects to keep you guessing.

RIP “All My Children” and “One Life to Live”

I’m still a bit shocked and saddened that ABC decided to cancel both of those long running soap operas. There are only 4 left standing. While I don’t watch either of these two shows anymore, they both have extremely talented casts that I have enjoyed in the past. I feel sorry for the actors, writers, producers, and crew. Especially “All My Children” that were moved to CA from NY last year and now are going to be without jobs come September. Sad days for the remaining daytime dramas.

Here comes Peter Cottontail

Easter is this Sunday and hmm, again, I have not bought any sort of holiday cards to send out. I used to be really good about sending holiday cards out to a few people each holiday, at least. Not lately. But I do need to go buy Tyson his annual Easter Peep. He only gets one, he only gets it for about 5 minutes, and then it goes to the garbage. But it makes my cranky kitty so happy to have it.

Here kitty, kitty!

Earth Day is this Friday, April 22nd. And the next in the line of Disney Nature movies is “African Cats”. I can’t wait to see this and please support their great cause and go see Disney’s movie. Come on, how cute are the babies!

Disney Nature presents: African Cats

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Book Worm Time: Luck Be a Lady by Cathie Linz

Sweet librarian, Megan West, wants nothing more than to see her beloved cousin get married in Las Vegas and to return to her life in Chicago. Unfortunately, fate doesn't see it that way as police detective Logan Doyle busts in on the wedding and effectively throws a wrench in the life of Megan. Following the discovery of a family secret that threatens to destroy the life that Megan knows, Logan finds himself "rescuing" the damsel in distress. As their adventure takes them from the strip of Las Vegas to a magical little town and back to Chicago, they fight the attraction for each other and discover that sometimes you have to not be so tough and listen to your heart.

One word for this book - Delightful!! Author Cathie Linz tells a fast-paced and fun tale of Megan and Logan and the quest to find out the truth in a disturbing family lie. The supporting cast are just as likable and charming and you find yourself rooting for them all to get their happy ending, even if they have done a bit of wrong. I have happily added Cathie Linz to my list of must reads and plan to check out her other books as well. I wish I could add more to this review but you would just hear more sugary "squeeing" from me. So I will just say, you can buy this book at your local book store or order through Amazon.

(This review is for the Chick Lit Plus 2011 book challenge, which you can join here if you want.)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thursday Ten

Yeah, yeah, I know most do a Tuesday Ten, but I never got around to it.

1. There is nothing that amuses me more than getting an email out of the blue from my best friend that starts out with "So you know, I was thinking of back in the day when we were stupid…" It makes me smile. Distance may separate us and we don’t talk all the time, but you know it is a true friendship when you just right in to the conversation as if no time ever passes. (And for the record, I was never stupid back in the day that; is just unheard of nonsense!)

2. Have you all seen the trailer for Jen Lancaster’s new book, "If you were here"? Oh how hysterical it is and it pays homage to all things John Hughes. So excited to read this book. (And even more excited that I will be seeing Jen in person May 17th!!)

"If you were here" video trailer
(The embedded video keeps messing up)

3. I decided to stop by Dunkin Donuts this morning for breakfast. I haven’t been there since they re-tooled the look and menu. I had a vanilla bean coolata (basically a vanilla bean smoothie) and an egg white/spinach/turkey sausage omelet on flat bread. The Coolata was delicious, but the sandwich? Kinda yucky! I should have stuck with my standard and gone to Einstein Brothers Bagels for a mushroom/spinach omelet. Not overly impressed, DD! You can do better.

4. AMC Theaters is going to be showing “Top Gun” on April 30th and May 2nd in order to celebrate the movie’s 25th Anniversary. I never got to see it on the big screen; I saw it the first time on an airplane, coming home from Turkey. Tom Cruise, as crazy as he is, has had some fabulous movies and this one is up there for me. I can’t wait to see it in the theater and I am particularly excited to see the volleyball scene on the big screen. What? No one ever said I wasn’t shallow like that.

5. Tyson is awfully mouthy lately. His meows’ border on obnoxious and grate on my nerves every single time he does it. I think he does it on purpose; he is an asshat like that. Especially considering he will get up on the bed, move so he is just out of my reach and then start the yowling. When I yell at him to shut up, he parades to the other side of the bed, still out of my reach and does a couple more yowls before jumping down and scurrying out of the room. He also hates the fact that he is upstairs and I’m downstairs so he sits on the stairs and bellows for me to come up there. It is his own fault he isn’t downstairs, he doesn’t like the little love muffin, Bo, because Bo is just like him – obnoxious.

6. I am taking a trip over to Bath & Body Works this weekend. A couple of items are screaming my name and I feel that I must own them. Ya know how some people stockpile food and weapons for the end of the world? Yeah, I will ensure that no one ever smells bad when that happens. I have that much B&BW product and keep on buying more. It’s an addiction. I admit it.

7. Is anyone else watching “Dancing wit the stars”? My boy, Hines Ward, is doing fabulous! I am also impressed with Chris Jericho. I met him back in my “wrestling fandom” days. He was kind of a putz back then. He has matured, at least. I also really love Kirstie Alley and Maks. (Okay, I just really like Maks…) I had wanted to be impressed with Kendra Wilkinson as she seemed to have a great personality. Maybe this is just not the right showcase for her because she is coming off very ugly.

8. I am not a fan of horror movies, but I do love the “Scream” series and am excited that next Friday the 4th movie is coming out. It is either going to be awesome or it is going to suck, I don’t figure there will be a middle line for it. I’ll be there! Can’t wait to see what Ghost Face is up to now.

9. About a year ago, I went on a job interview with a staffing agency. It was the worst interview of my life. I got there and the receptionist told me to have a seat. I was early, my appointment was at 4:30. At 4:45, the guy I had the appointment with came out to inquire if anyone had heard from me. The receptionist waved in my direction, “Oh that is her, I forgot.” The interview lasted about two minutes. When I went to leave I found out that even though the parking garage said they took credit cards, they did not. I had to walk three blocks down the street to a bank to get money from the ATM, came back and was charged an additional $2.50 for being two minutes over the hour. I was livid, wanted them to lose my resume. Queue about 3 weeks ago, I get a phone call about a job that I am perfect for. I do a phone interview with the lady, she is from the same staffing agency. And gee, I am not only NOT qualified for the job, but it paid horribly. Never hear from her again on this job. Then I get a phone call “I have about five minutes to spare for you, call me if you are interested in a position I have open.” What the heck?? How rude can you be! I bring this up because I had another call today, “I have a job opening, I don’t know if you are qualified as they want someone who is bilingual and has an engineering degree, but if you can call me back we will discuss it.” Uh, I am not bilingual and I don’t have an engineering degree. Tools!

10. Tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!!
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