Shiver me timbers

Nope. You pretty much can't go wrong when you combine Mr. Depp, Mr. Bloom, eyeliner, pirate jargon, adventure and a whole lot of fun in one movie.

(I may be the easiest critic in the world when it comes to "Pirates" movies.)

We squeezed in a showing of "At World's End" this past weekend while in Cali. I walked in excited. I walked out excited.

The only (slight) complaints I have about the third installment were when Calypso got really huge (a bit tacky and out of place to me) and Keira Knightley continuing to talk through her teeth (makes a person insanely tense).

Two thumbs up from this blogger.

Thank you J!!!

Just wanted to give a shout out to my good friend Jo, one of the nicest, most thoughtful people I know.

You and T brought a tear to my eye. That was so incredibly kind and thoughtful.

We've already decided to visit Coldstone this weekend:)

P.S. Tell T that A says hi.

Jelly Belly's

A and I accompanied my bro to the Jelly Belly factory outside of San Fran this past weekend. We weren't there long. Just long enough to grab four bags of "Belly flops." (Talk about cute, creative and clever marketing...)

My favorite are the pear flavored beans. Do you have a favorite?
P.S. No, I'm not a particularly huge fan of Ronald Reagan. I just enjoyed this picture because it was made of jelly belly's. They had a ton of huge portraits such as this at the factory.

Public Service Announcement #58

Please take the time to spell names correctly.

Especially when you work with the said person and have their name printed out in front of you on all their emails.

Not spelling a name correctly may make people think you don't care.

Easy enough, right?


For your viewing pleasure

A and I had an amazing time in San Francisco. My bro was quite the host and took us to Alcatraz, an awesome restaurant called Asia SF, the Castro, Walnut Creek, Sausalito, Berkeley and to the local cinema to see Pirates!
I may blog details later, but for now I thought I'd post some pics. Hope you enjoy!
* Please note that the girl in the picture above is actually a guy. Freakin' amazing! All the "waitresses" at Asia SF were absolutely beautiful, and "for the most part" male. If you're ever in the Bay Area, you totally need to check this place out. Awesome food and awesome entertainment.


Checking in

I know I said I wouldn't be blogging anymore this weekend, but, after speaking with our realtor and learning that the couple planning on buying our home withdrew their offer today, I felt compelled to share with you.

Apparently, there was a "wiggle in the walls" in the basement.

I am deeply saddened.

I know the time will come, but I am emotionally exhausted.


Blogging Break

Well, we're off to visit my bro in San Francisco tonight. I must say, I'm very excited to 1) see my brother (given) and 2) have a few days off from work!
We're coming home on Tuesday morning, but between class and work events, I don't think I'll get to blogging until late next week.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Thank goodness it's over

I haven't been able to watch American Idol since the season Fantasia won.

I think that was three or four season ago.

Today, I am thankful that another season is done.

I'm so over it.

* Please note that I do enjoy listening to certain Idol winners and genuinely like the premise of the show. But between the judges, horrible singers continuing in the contest, awful promotional commercials and all the other hoopla, I just can't seem to stomach it.


Happy Birthday D!

Not sure if you frequent my blog or not D,
but Happy Happy Birthday anyway!

It was so wonderful seeing you the other week...
Hope to see you again soon!

Pet peeve #182 - Trampy clothing at school

What's the deal with four-inch skirts, down-to-there shirts and the like while going to class?

Not only does it look INCREDIBLY uncomfortable, it makes young girls look just plain easy.

There's a time and place for everything.

Show some class girls. Show some class.

Lingering questions

I know the "Heroes" finale was a few days ago, but I'm still trying to digest the awesomeness.
A couple of lingering questions though:
1) How come Peter could control his nuclear powers the other times and not in the end?
2) How come Peter just didn't fly away by himself?
3) Couldn't there have better a better showdown between Sylar and Peter?
4) What the heck is Mama Petrelli's power?
5) How cool was that when Simone's dad saw Peter?!
6) Do you think Nathan and Peter are gone for good? Matt? DL?
7) Do you think Niki/Jessica will be written off the show now that her character came full circle?
I'm SO excited for the next season. All you folks out there who didn't watch this season, be sure to visit your local movie rental store and catch up before fall! You won't be disappointed!


I can't wait

Heroes finale.


9 p.m.


Will New York be blown up?!!!

Could have been worse

Today, I was hit.


In my car.


Minding my own business.

Waiting to meet my mom at a McDonalds.

Couldn't be mad.

The 80-some-year-old was too cute.

Only a slight scratch on my car.

A bit more on hers.

Just glad she didn't have a heart attack.


Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!

We accepted an offer on our house today!
I am absolutely ecstatic!
(I'll be a bit paranoid, though, until closing day...)

A bone to pick

I must start by first saying that I am indeed a fan of America's Next Top Model.

Here's what I don't understand. How can someone become "America's Next Top Model" who didn't even make the first cut last year? Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is a contest mostly based on looks, right?

I'm pretty sure Jaslene looked the same exact way she did last year.

Now, to all you Jaslene fans out there (N, I'm talking directly to you), it's not that I don't like Jaslene (although I find her voice as enjoyable as nails on a chalkboard), I just don't understand the judges AT ALL. They are incredibly inconsistent with their words of praise and criticism.

You know you have a problem when...

... You are older than a toddler and wear a diaper to a casino so that you don't have to get up from your slot machine.

I had no idea that people actually did this. Found out on the radio on the way to work this morning. Thought I'd share.


Congratulations Ms. Benz!

Congratulations to my good friend, Ms. Benz, who graduated with a law degree from WSU on Monday!

I'm so excited for you and so impressed!!!


Fingers crossed

We got a bid on the 'ol house today.

Lower than we would want, but definitely a starting point.

Keep those fingers crossed for us!

Quite a quandary

I'll never understand how "Daytime" medicine "may cause drowsiness?"
Nope. Doesn't make one bit of sense.


Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderfully patient, loving mothers out there!

(I love you Mom!)


Pot brownies now legal?

DEARBORN, Mich. - A police officer will avoid criminal charges despite admitting he took marijuana from criminal suspects and, with his wife, baked it into brownies.

The police department’s decision not to pursue a case against former Cpl. Edward Sanchez left a bad taste in the mouth of at least one city official, who vowed to investigate.

“If you’re a cop and you’re arresting people and you’re confiscating the marijuana and keeping it yourself, that’s bad. That’s real bad,” said City Councilman Doug Thomas.

Sanchez, who resigned last year from the department in this Detroit suburb, declined comment Wednesday to the Detroit Free Press. Police Cmdr. Jeff Geisinger did not return calls seeking comment.

The department’s investigation began with a 911 call from Sanchez’s home on April 21, 2006. On a 5-minute tape of the call, obtained by the Free Press, Sanchez told an emergency dispatcher he thought he and his wife were overdosing on marijuana.

“I think we’re dying,” he said. “We made brownies and I think we’re dead, I really do.”

Sanchez later told police investigators that his wife took the marijuana out of his police vehicle while he was sleeping. In a subsequent interview, he admitted he got the marijuana out of the car himself and put it in the brownie mix, police said.

His wife also was not charged.

While I think this story is just hilarious, I also don't understand why he and his wife were not charged. A bit hypocritical if you ask me.



The mini fudge stripes are my favorite.
Highly recommended.

May 15th boycott at the pumps

Word on the street is that there is a gas boycott on Tuesday, May 15. I'm not sure how many people will abstain from filling up, but perhaps it may bring prices back down a bit.

Never hurts to try.

Spread the word!

A sign of weakness?

In class last night, my professor spoke to us about social studies done by scholars in the communications field. One such study focused on why women cross their legs while they sit, and why men do not.

Apparently, scholars have been studying this for more than 50 years. Their conclusion? "Sitting with your legs open is a symbol of power because you take up more space in doing so. I.e. Men are more powerful than women."

My professor then started pointing at those of us (many, myself included) who had our legs crossed, somehow insinuating our lack of power. For whatever reason, it got our blood boiling. (He kept saying how much he agreed with the study...)

Now, I can understand that, perhaps a century ago, women were taught to be subserviant to men and "take up less space." They weren't allowed to vote and weren't respected in society as men were. "Proper etiquette" was introduced and enforced.

Had the study in question been completed, say, 50 years ago, I would have no problem.

In today's society, however, the fact that women cross their legs when sitting is now a sign of culture and tradition. Our mother was taught by her mother. Her mother was taught by her mother (back when, perhaps, she learned to be "less-powerful" than men). Now, it's engrained in our society as being proper.

To say that it's simply a sign of power, in my opinion, is bogus. It's a cultural norm that was introduced during an (unfortunate) period of history and is not representative of gender roles in the U.S. today.

(Can I get an Amen, women?!)

Perhaps I'll start my own research tomorrow.


40 Things You'd Love To Say At Work

1. I can see your point, but I still think you're full of shit.
2. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.
3. How about never? Is never good for you?
4. I see you've set aside this special time to publicly humiliate yourself.
5. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.
6. Who lit the fuse on your tampon?
7. I'm out of my mind at the moment, but feel free to leave a message.
8. I don't work here - I'm a consultant.
9. It sounds like English, but I don't understand a damn word you're saying.
10. Ahhh. I see the screw-up fairy has visited us again.
11. I like you. You remind me of myself when I was young and stupid.
12. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.
13. I have plenty of talent and vision - I just don't give a damn.
14. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.
15. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.
16. Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.
17. The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist.
18. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.
19. What am I? Flypaper for freaks?
20. I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.
21. It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of karma to burn off.
22 Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.
23. And your cry-baby whiny assed opinion would be?
24. Do I look like an f...ing people person to you?
25. This isn't an office. It's Hell with fluorescent lighting.
26. I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left.
27. Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.
28. If I throw a stick, will you leave?
29. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.
30. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.
31. Oh, I get it. Like humor. Only different.
32. A cubicle is just a padded cell without the door.
33. Can I trade this job for what's behind door number 1?
34. Too many freaks, not enough circuses.
35. Nice perfume, but must you marinate in it?
36. Chaos, panic and disorder - my work here is finally done.
37. How do I set a laser printer to stun?
38. I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted a salary.
39. I'll try being nicer if you try being smarter.
40. Wait a minute - I'm just trying to imagine you with a personality.

* I've taken the liberty of highlighting some of my favorites in blue.


Back to School

I start class tomorrow. Hard to believe it's been five years since I graduated from good 'ol WMU. (Go Broncos!!!)

My bookbag is packed. And, tomorrow, I'll roll it with pride. (Hehehe... I'll try to make you proud O-gang.)

I'm sure I'll be blogging about all my "student" experiences in the near future, so stay tuned:)

* You'll be happy to know that I do not, in fact, own the bag shown above, nor any bag on wheels.

Public Service Announcement

Do NOT litter your lawn with plastic animals, gnomes, windmills, streamers, windchimes, toilet pots and the like.
It may look like a magical ferry land to you, but to your neighbors, it looks like a pile of poop.

Two Thumbs Up

We received our eagerly-awaited portable DVD player, compliments of Ebay, late last week. Since then, I've watched at least five movies - in my car, in our T-town home and anywhere else I've deemed necessary.

Well worth the money. Now, excuse me while I once again visit the enticing site... (Please don't tell my husband!)


Blast from the Past

(This one is for my fellow Michiganders...)


Happy Birthday Husband!

I'm so lucky to be with you.

Hope today is your best b-day yet!

Love you so much.


Thirst-quenching sandal?

* Comfortable water friendly synthetic Nubuck upper
* Countoured compression molded EVA Foot bed with anatomical arch support.
* Full 360 degree heel airbag enclosed in soft polyurethane.
* Thirst Quenching Technology - Church Key to open your "soda" bottle.
* Reef icon herringbone rubber outsole.

Apparently, you're able to "fill your sandal" with your beverage of choice.
OK. Ew. Why would you EVER put your SHOE to your lips and drink a beverage that you've been walking on all day?
I'm all about new inventions and ideas, but this is just ridiculous.

Accents are cool

We met our new "interim" boss yesterday.

He's Irish.

I LOVE accents.

(I wish I had a British accent myself. I would say bullocks and brilliant all the time.)