Thursday, January 28, 2010
Amy, Stacy and I have been best friends since we met in Spanish class at Crockett Junior High. We are meeting up with Stacy's mom and sister to go shopping for wedding gowns. We also have some other fun stuff planned, and I promise full details upon my return!
And if I had an iPhone (don't get me started!), I would be playing this all weekend. Instead, I'm off to memorize all the lyrics, so I don't just get one line stuck in my head over and over again...
Watch out, New York! I love a girls trip! And I love to get rowdy!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Currently, I have on a glittery, seductive black..."Baby, it's 'coal' outside" from their Christmas collection.
Of course there's the timeless classic..."I'm not really a waitress." Even Dell is getting on board with! Who wouldn't want their computer to match their nail polish?
Look what's coming out!!! Because the movie Alice in Wonderland is to be released in March, OPI has Alice themed nail polishes!!!
"Mad as a Hatter" has got to be my favorite of the bunch! (It's the purple one, third from the left.)
And, if that wasn't enough, there's a contest for you to win the whole set!!!
So enter between now and March 5!
Good luck, and if you win, make sure you bring me and the "Mad as Hatter" to your next pedi! :)
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Last year, my resolution was no speeding tickets and no car accidents (the year before was NOT a good year!)...and I made it!!!
So, I'm adding to that (I'll still be trying to avoid those accidents!)...
This year...Get to work on time!
Here's a little confession (and this is no confession to my work friends :))...
It's not that I'm SUPER late, it's just that I seem to have the habit of squeezing in right on time. This results in often not making it right on time.
This little trend started several years ago when I began commuting about 20 miles each way. I would just kind of slide in and no one really said anything.
Well, this year, my commute isn't as bad, but I was still working out in the morning (I've moved now to the afternoon, but that's a post for another time! And has NOTHING to do with NY resolutions!), and I was just trying to squeeze too much into my time before I would squeeze into work (sometimes even sleep ;)).
So, resolution set! And it's been working!
I've been arriving a little early (just minutes, mind you! I didn't change my personality or sleeping habits completely).
Of course, there have been a few days that have been complicated (bad weather, or just today I arrived RIGHT on time), but for the most part, I think I might be nearly as successful as last year! And, if I'm late...because let's face it, I'm not perfect...there's always tomorrow!!!
Also, I've noticed my new resolution has reduced my morning stress and anxiety.
An added benefit to increasing my status as a responsible employee!!!
So, how are yours coming?
Just in case you are behind or need to start over, here are a few ideas from my favorite magazine, Glamour, which really has all the best advice you need for just about everything in life...
- If you can't find something decent to watch on TV, turn it off. (By decent, what are they saying about the Bach?!?!)
- From Sarah Jessica Parker: "Buy less. Am I really going to wear that pair of shoes? Am I really going to carry that bag?" (My problem, SJP, often the answer is just YES and YES!)
- Buy a "good decision" piggy bank. Pay yourself a dollar every time you skip the 3rd drink, go to be early or make the different phone call. At the end of the year, buy yourself a "good decision" present. You've earned it! (Love this one! And am thinking about making it an "on time" piggy!)
- And finally, (for those of you who can, AND should!!!), for every time he initiates it, initiate it twice ;) !!!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I went to visit Madi at work yesterday, and I have discovered a new favorite treat!!!
Cake Batter Frozen Yogurt! Oh, and it's non-fat (whatever that means in the FroYo world).
Shut up! It is so delicious!
But they have a ton of other yummy flavors!
Peach tart, Vanilla bean, Peanut Butter Cup, Cookies and Cream, plus more!!!
Once you select your flavor, you get to select toppings!!!!
I, of course, was drawn to ALL of the toppings that are colorful and sprinkly.
Madi said my cup looked similar to a child's, and she had NEVER seen anyone select the cotton candy crunchies! What?!?! That was my first choice!!!
After you fill your cup with yogurt, toppings, and drizzle caramel, chocolate or marshmallow sauce on top, they weigh it to determine your bill. I had all of my dreams fulfilled for under $3.
Oh, and their main color is HOT PINK :)
So easy, fun and yummy!
I'm sure this isn't a new concept. I just want you to feel comfortable with the experience, so you'll feel right at home!!! Of course, feel free to call me if you go...I'm already craving that Cake Batter again!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Now, I know you are thinking, that's super far from where I live. WORTH the drive towards Oklahoma!
I particularly enjoyed the apple Saki.
AND Tashies enjoyed the manager who brought us a free Saki. ;)
What started out as a 6PM happy hour turned into 4 happy hours!
Banana Republic - 40 % off all sale items
Cute stuff also at Nordstrom! (But that's just a given!)
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Here's the short of it...
He had seen the blog post about the wine cabinet.
He was glad I liked it.
He thought I should change my profile picture.
I think the open mouth picture shows you are having a good time.
He finds it unflattering.
Just so you understand...my daddy's advice isn't always way off target...but it usually comes with it's own style...a little ruffly, if I do say so myself ;)
While most is directed right at me, I thought I would share a few nuggets I have heard over the years in case you choose to glean any wisdom from these words yourself...
Advice: Don't dance on the table you eat from.
Translation: Don't date people you work with.
Advice: Mary, men are like buses. If you wait long enough, another one will come around.
Translation: Get over it.
Advice: When are you going to enroll in those doctoral courses?
Translation: Get your doctorate.
Now, you can't tell me, with advice like that, I should have left my profile picture the same...
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading.
Something that will stretch their imaginations- something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.
As a former librarian, I have to admit I just love finding out the award winners! Last year was particular fun when my friend Rose was on the Newbery selection committee (not that she gave me any inside info, but isn't it great to know someone important?!?!?!).
The 2010 Newbery Medal goes to...
Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.
By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner. But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper:
I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.
The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.
The Newbery Honors include:
- Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
- The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
- The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
This section has some great selections!!!
In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.
Caldecott honors include...
- All the World illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon
- Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman
My friend Debra was on the 2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished beginning reader book.
Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! written and illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes
What will Benny and Penny find when they cross the line in The Big No-No? Benny's favorite pail is missing, and there are mysterious muddy footprints. In this charming whodunit, Benny and his little sister Penny team-up to investigate, braving the dangers of the new neighbor's yard, and finding something unexpected on the other side of the fence.
Congratulations to all the award winners!
And thank you for indulging me as I name dropped who I knew on the award committees. :)
More details can be found at the American Library Association website.
How wonderful to connect children with books!
One thing I love is an Evite! I love to create them, view the different templates, receive them and of course, check them over and over until the event...just to see who as responded, viewed and will be there.
Rob and Tiff's Annual Mardi Gras Party this February.
Other past favorites...
My first party in my new house...with vodka tonics for everyone!
Hosting the high school girls I work with at church for cookie decorating!
A baby shower brunch for my friends Haley and Stephen in from Scotland.
A work holiday party.
I was particularly proud because I won a battle with the technology department over this one.
Really, blocking the Evite site?!?!
Friends over for Easter brunch
A single girls Valentine's party where I did shove a cupcake in my mouth and didn't make any friends when I asked, "So, why's everyone single?" Hello, I thought it was the obvious question. They just stared at me!
A seafood extravaganza with Paul, Kristine and Pirate Punch!
My 31st birthday party that far surpassed my 30th!
A reminder to start working on my invitation for this year's Oscar party!
So many on the list! And while I love paper products and think paper invitations are the way to go for many things, I do love the Evite!
My first Evite was sent in 2002 when one of my friend's ex-boyfriends moved to California.
I had to look at the guest list to figure out who the Paul in the Evite was and why we were celebrating him heading to the coast.
Not only are they fun to view, but the past evites allow you to take your own little walk down memory lane. Click on "View my past events" and enjoy your journey!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
American Red Cross
A list of organizations helping can be found here including Doctors without Borders and Habitat for Humanity.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
This wonderful new wine cabinet arrived today :) Well, actually it most likely arrived yesterday and sat on my porch until I discovered it today. (Luckily, my neighborhood is apparently not a shady as my roommate claims.)
Only an hour and a half of assembly, and this lovely cabinet is in my kitchen!
Thanks, Daddy and Kathy for the Christmas gift card!!!
Now for a Saturday nap to recover from all that manual labor!
Friday, January 15, 2010
On Monday, they will be some of the first to hear the announcement of the winners of the Caldecott Medal, the Newbery Medal, the Prinz Medal, and other prestigious book awards!
Here are a few images of last year's Mid-winter Conference in Denver!
Have fun, friends, and stay warm!!!
And, of course, add the winning books to your favorite child's library!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This weekend when you are in Austin, will you please run by Hey Cupcake! and pick me up...
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
(This is in addition to the massive amounts of literature you might be consuming.)
This weekend I saw 3 movies in 2 days...and one of the days was Friday...and yes, I went to work.
It will likely be nominated for an Oscar, so of course, this can be justified as 'getting ahead' for my Oscar party.
Extremely violent. Quentin Tarantino.
Has some great characters, and Brad Pitt's character is pretty hilarious (in a dark sort of way).
Next...The Ugly Truth
I do love a chick flick!
One of my favorite movies is Wedding Crashers.
There's a similar table scene. Hilarious.
Not bad for a renter!
Finally, I had a little girls movie night with It's Complicated.
I love Steve Martin.
I thought the movie was funny and awkward all at the same time. I do love a disaster.
I recommend it, and I know the 70 year old man sitting next to me enjoyed it as well.
So, that's what I've been up to! What about you?
Monday, January 11, 2010
And speaking of catches...
Well, you have to VOLUNTEER!!! (See, there's a theme!)
(On a super serious side note...if you are planning to go to Cali or Florida this year, you should so take Disney up on this ticket offer! I have been multiple times in my life and have loved it every time. The last time is pictured above! My free ticket came from a publisher at the American Library Association Annual Conference. The catch, I had to purchase a large amount of their books ;) . Totally worth it!!!)
Saturday, January 9, 2010
I gave it as Christmas presents, but still hadn't read it. Luckily, my friend, KK, let me borrow her copy that she borrowed from her friend Debbie.
This was the book I read...
And this is the book I gave...
Same book...different covers.
KK informed me that Debbie picked up the borrowed copy on a trip to England.
While I know they change certain things about publications when they send them back and forth across "The Pond" (i.e. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone vs. Sorcerer's Stone), I do wonder why the difference in the book covers. What do you think? Which one do you like better?
Have you read it? What did you think?
(a starred review, none the less...)
Read it and enjoy!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
March 7, 2010!!!
But there's lots of prep work to do!!! And I'm not talking about the decorations and menu!
It's time to go to the movies!!!
A little inspiration... (I especially love the Rockettes around the 4 min mark!!)
And then we're off!
Early Oscar Buzz....
So far the awards that are pre-cursers to the Oscar nominations have announced their nominations and the top 10 are as follows:
1. With7 nominations: The Hurt Locker
2. With 6 nominations: Inglourious Basterds
3. With 6 nominations: Precious
4. With 6 nominations: Up in the Air
5. With 4 nominations : Avatar
6. With 4 nominations : An Education
7. With 4 nominations : Up
8. With 3 nominations: Invictus
9. With 3 nominations: Nine
10. With 3 nominations: A Serious Man
(Thanks Entertainment Weekly! You can check out their Oscar Buzz Blog for up to the minute updates!!!)
Also, I have read Meryl Streep might be nominated for Julie and Julia...so that's an easy rental if you haven't already seen it!
I have only seen 2 of the above so far (Up In the Air and Invictus), so I have some work to do!
I'll start coordinating movie times! Who's in?!?!!?
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
(The trip I purchased a ticket for today for $200!!!),
but who knew these would be so necessary in TX!??!?!?
Another Christmas Miracle!
We get to wear jeans to work because of this chill!
And no, I'll be leaving these at home...