Adios amigos!... for now...

Well folks. I do believe the time has come for me to take an official leave of absence from the blogging world. I just can't seem to find the motivation these days.

I'll be sure to let you know if/when I'll be back.

Meanwhile, I will continue reading/commenting on others' blogs whenever possible.

Thanks for reading!


An inspiration

Sometimes in life we are lucky enough to meet individuals who truly inspire us. Our tour director, Suzy, in Europe was one of those people.

If you have a few minutes, check out the above video. It chronicles an emotional attempt to climb an incredibly high mountain in China along with her gals, a group called the Lipstick Blondes.

Seriously, I aspire to know a third of the knowledge and be as motivated to do such extraordinary things.

Why didn't I think of this?

I don't know who thought of creating allmyfaves.com but I'm sure they are now bringing in a ton of bucks somehow... Makes one wish they would have thought of it first.

In any case, it seems to be a pretty cool site. Thought I'd share.



H did a great job journaling while we were overseas so that we don't forget what we did on this trip. For the purposes of this blog, though, I thought I'd give you some of my brief highlights and lessons learned off the top of my head (cuz I know you're all dying to hear them!)...

- Incredible hotel right next to the Tower Bridge.
- Tower of London. Awesome.
- St. Paul's Cathedral is breathtaking.
- Wicked in the "West End" was phenomenal.
- Go Ahead British tour director insanely knowledgeable. (Looked and talked a lot like our friend Bob.)
- Fish 'n chips and mushy peas are a better option than whole fish specials.
- Can't believe we were so close to the Queen at Windsor Castle!
- Brick Lane - the hipster hot-spot alley - was so cool.

London overall: So much better than I ever imagined. LOVED learning about the history. Can't wait to get my paws on some more books about its monarchy.

- Everything I ever imagined. And so much more.
- LOVED the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame.
- Montmartre (Painter's Square) was one of my favorite spots.
- Saw a show at The Moulin Rouge. SO random. SO beautiful. Didn't want it to end.
- Versailles was amazing. Can't believe people actually lived that way. (French tour director told us all to see Sophia Coppolla's "Marie Antoinette" as it was a great depiction of how the French see Versailles and the ill-fated queen. A and I watched it this weekend!)
- Cafes open until the wee hours serving delicious crepes and wine. Mmmm.

Paris overall: I could live in Paris. In a heartbeat. Really. There's just something about it.

- Stood in the Coliseum in sheer amazement.
- So many ancient ruins.
- Food here was absolutely INCREDIBLE.
- How on earth is the Pantheon still around with that gigantic hole in the ceiling, constantly letting rain in?
- Trevi Fountain was breathtakingly beautiful.
- H and I couldn't finish our wine here (which was spectacular) on multiple occasions... too full from the food!
- Perhaps if I were Catholic I would have loved Vatican City a bit more? (Still very beautiful...)

Rome overall: Rome was incredible. Very different than London or Paris. We were warned about it's uncleanliness before we got there. If you look past that, though, you can truly appreciate the rich history and culture.

- One of the most (if not the most) beautiful places I've ever seen.
- Canals and mini-bridges around every corner.
- Hotel Marin was so cute. Quaint.
- Food was, again, AMAZING.
- 100 euros for a ride in a gondola. (We took a water taxi instead.)
- Got to see my cousin and her boys who live about an hour north of Venice.
- Could spend days here shopping at all the little shops and markets.
- Way too many pigeons in St. Mark's Square (which was so gorgeous!).
- Millions of alleys and NO cars.

Venice overall: I look at the pictures and hardly believe they're real. Honestly. They look like we placed ourselves in front of some beautiful backdrop that doesn't really exist. I would go back to Venice in a heartbeat.

Our European vacation

MySpace Layouts

I have A LOT more (about 630 more to be precise) where these came from but thought I'd give you just a glimpse so that you don't go cross-eyed looking at European buildings, monuments and churches...



I'd like to welcome Ms. Benz to the blogging world.
The title of her blog: Wine a bit... you'll feel better.


Offensive or just practical?

I was listening to the radio on the way into work the other day. The question of the day? Do you think it is OK if your significant other wears jewelry given to them by an ex?

I was surprised to hear one of the DJs and many callers say that they would feel 100 percent offended. To me, it's just not that big of a deal. (Unless it's like an engagement/wedding ring or something and holds a lot of meaning...) If you like the jewelry, why not keep wearing it? It's just a thing, right?
What do you think?
* After that long blogging hiatus, I'm not sure I have any readers left to make comments!

Just for fun

Je suis excité visiter si l'Europe. Je me sens comme j'ai attendu ma vie entière pour faire si. Et, maintenant, j'obtiens pour aller avec de de mes la plupart des gens préférés.

J'ai révisé un morceau sur mon français, mais craindre que tous sera terriblement perdu dans Rome. Rien n'aime est perdu dans un pays étranger avec votre une aimée !

*L'amour de Gotta libère les sites internet de traduction... Cela m'aurait pris à jamais pour chiffrer!

Where have I been?

Well, friends. I've been sitting at home reading "The Lady Elizabeth." (After watching some movies about her, I'm completely intrigued...)

It was supposed to be my book for the big trip, but I seriously can't seem to put it down.

I think I have a problem. Books (good ones anyway) totally take me away from the world of the living.

I should be done by Friday.


Live at the Magic Stick: The McFlys

4.27.2008 @ 8:00pm
Click here to visit website
Woohoo J! So excited for you!

Perhaps they should have planned a bit more...

So many things running through my mind... Since the priest is still missing, though, I'll keep my comments to myself.

I sure hope he's ok.

This one's for you A

Stop Pumping Gas: Ten Hot Home Office Jobs

With fuel prices topping four dollars per gallon in some states, many Americans want to keep their paychecks in their pockets and out of their gas tanks. Thanks to cheap Internet access and fast computers, some workers can perform their jobs just as well from home as they can in the office. Government analysts recently identified ten fast-growing jobs that combine higher-than-average hourly wages with the benefits of working from home.
#10: Virtual Assistant

Dude in the picture does look really happy...


Any tips?

As the big trip gets closer and closer, I'm starting to read a bit online about how one gets prepared for such an endeavor. I've read a bunch of tips from strangers online, but thought I'd ask my friends and fellow bloggers who have traveled abroad as to their #1 travel tips?

I've also been reading quite a bit about the pickpockets over there... And am, quite frankly, a little concerned.

Any tips or ideas are appreciated!

Quick flick wrap-up

While "studying," I took breaks by watching movies here and there. I'm sure most of you have already seen these, but thought I'd offer my review.

1. Sweeney Todd - Very good. A little to bloody for my taste. Johnny is always tremendous. And, I enjoy Helena Bonham Carter too. I would give it a solid 8 out of 10.

2. I Could Never Be Your Woman - Just ok I think. I really like both Michelle Pfieffer and Paul Rudd. Unfortunately, though, this is one of those movies that you could totally forget about the moment it ends. (It did have "Have I the Right" by the Honeycombs on the soundtrack though... Andrew liked that.) I would give it a 5 out of 10. (Man, I'm tough.)

3. Princess - Yes. This is embarrassing. It was an ABC movie. I watched. But would not watch again. I'm all about Cinderella stories. This just was not it. Oh, and seriously, "Sunshine" from "Remember the Titans" has got to be in his mid-30s now. Not the ideal "prince" for this kind of thing. 3 out of 10.

4. The Wedding Date - This is one of those movies I could watch over and over again. I'm not sure why. Though, I think it has something to do with Dermot Mulroney's hotness. I would highly recommend as a chick flick. And, it ALWAYS seems to be on TV! 9 out of 10.

That's all I can think of for now... But I'm sure there were others. I really tend to procrastinate when homework is involved...


Wow. I had no idea I would be taking that long of a break.

Things are-a-winding down a bit now. Papers have been turned in. Group projects have been completed.

Only one final exam to go at this point.

I hope you are all doing well... and still checking in from time to time!


Don't you give up on me!

I just realized my paper - that I have yet to start - is due a week earlier than I had originally thought. (Eek!)

Unfortunately, I think it's time I take an official blogging break for the next week or so to focus a bit.

Please don't give up on me. I'll be back in full force soon enough. I promise!

Have a wonderful week folks!

P.S. Next time I blog, I'll officially be an adult. I can't believe I'm reaching my "adult" age... Crazy!


Happy B-Day sis!

Even though she never looks at my blog, thought I'd throw a birthday shout-out to my sis, B.

Happy Happy Birthday B!

Hope you have the best birthday ever today!

Love you!

OK. Now I'm really pumped.

We just got official word on our hotels for our trip.
The above is the view from our hotel in London.
All the hotels look absolutely amazing...
London hotel
Paris hotel
Rome hotel

A must-see


Can't get enough of Entourage

Johnny. Drama. Is. Hilarious.

I didn't feel comfortable posting some of these quotes on my blog, so thought I'd link instead.

If you watch the show, they're going to crack you up.

If not, perhaps they'll make you tune in. :)

(Click here.)

Happy April Fool's Day

I love youtube.

Rick Astley has probably never had so many people watch his video.


Warning: Sporatic Blogging Ahead

Hey there folks. My blog has been pushed to the bottom of the list recently. I will try to get back to posting regular entries but please bare with me.

A few quick updates:

- I am still working out at 6 a.m. (Crazy)
- Working on final stuff for classes
- Have a big event for work this weekend
- Less than a month to Europe!
- A is amazing for putting up with me right about now:)


Interesting... Didn't see that coming...

American Cities That Best Fit You:

80% Honolulu

55% Atlanta

55% Miami

55% San Diego

50% Austin


I'm still in shock

I did it. I actually woke up at 6 a.m. and worked out BEFORE work.

And... I LOVED it.

What a great feeling to have accomplished something before you even get to work.

I hope I can keep it up!

Amen Mitch Albom. Amen.

Mitch Albom: Mayor's text message scandal has a sports page feel

(Freep.com) They call him the Hip-Hop Mayor, but that always has been misleading, for he is less a musician than a jock, with a jock's sense of entitlement, a jock's bully muscle, a jock's entourage, a jock's approach to women, and, most of all, a jock's eternal belief that he can fight his way out of anything.

Having seen enough sports scandals, the Kwame Kilpatrick mess feels all too familiar. First, like an athlete in hot water, he blames rumors. When it's proven more than rumors, he blames "haters." When it's proven more than haters, he blames the media. When it's proven more than media, he blames racism. When it's proven more than racism -- when it's proven to be tangible, chargeable, real legal trouble -- he gets the best lawyer money can buy.

So now Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is in the biggest fight of his career, one that parallels many high-profile athletes who insist "they're out to get me." First, others take the fall, as happened with Michael Vick and Tonya Harding and Barry Bonds. Eventually the net tightens. And finally, we have a moment as we did Monday, where the star is fingerprinted and has his photo taken.

And his lawyers start talking.

The game must go on ...

Remember, Kilpatrick, the second-term mayor, was once a lineman for Florida A&M, captain of the football team. And having known and observed him for years, I have often thought he views himself like a superstar athlete, a member of the "in" crowd, entitled to star treatment, security, sleek vehicles, family members on the payroll. He does this while emboldened by a fervent "home" crowd that will love him simply because he wears the right uniform.

And, like some of the sports stars he often hugs and chats up, he feels the show cannot go on without him. The most maddening of all Kilpatrick's deceptions is that he is the only man who can run this city. He forgets there were mayors before him and there will be mayors after him. Certainly many people can run it better than him now, without the shadow of criminal charges and the daily drain of lawyers, worry and anger.

But Kilpatrick wants to play on, like Kobe Bryant with a sexual-assault charge, flying into court in the morning and back for a game at night, like Pete Rose, insisting he can still manage his team despite a Dowd Report that he gambled on baseball.

"I look forward to complete exoneration," the mayor said Monday. "... In the meantime, I will remain focused on moving this city forward."

As the famous quote goes, "A painter paints, a fighter fights ..."

Play ball.

And there is no endgame ...

The difference is, of course, that you are elected mayor by the people, you didn't sign a contract with a guaranteed salary. In sports, if you can perform, they'll pry open the vault, pull the fence out of the ground, because sports serves one master, winning, that is all that matters.

In public office, winning is only how you get there, not how you stay. There are different rules. Rules of behavior. Rules of ethics. As mayor, the word "honorable" comes before your name.
Which means you can't just wiggle out of a tackle, foul when the ref isn't looking, find a way to win and all is forgiven. Kilpatrick's predictable attempts to kill these charges by technicalities (How do you know I used the pager? Who says the text messages are admissible?) show this is just about winning now.

But that should surprise no one. His arrogance is his armor. And any thought of this guy quitting for the good of the city can be trashed right now.

He is the quarterback with an entire football field to cover and 11 men in front of him, a jump shooter with six hands in his face and a parking lot between him and the basket. And still he believes he is entitled to survive, not just survive but to prevail, so he will run, leap, shoot with everything in him, and only history will judge him, perhaps as sad, perhaps as pathetic. Won't matter. In his mind, he's the king, he's entitled, he's doing what a fighter does. He's fighting. You'll have to drag him out by his ears.


Happy Easter!

It's official

I'm addicted to Entourage.

Nevermind that I have a number of other things I should be doing (i.e. 110 pages to read by Wednesday, a group project to work on, a 20-page paper to write, etc.)... What's going to happen with Vinnie and Mandy? Is E going to find love with Sloan? Will Drama and Turtle ever stop smoking weed and stop mooching off Vinnie?

We're only on season 2... But I seriously can't get enough.

P.S. I don't usually go for short guys, but how cute is E?!

This one's for my boys...

Goooooooooo Michigan State!


Two down, four to go... :)


If you only had six words...

Since Tiny seems to be a bit busy with work, classes, and talking on the phone (see below post), I thought I would step in as "Ghostwriter" and relieve her today.

Some people write autobiographies hundreds of pages long. What if you only had six words to sum it up? In Women's Health (my fav mag of all time!), they asked some of the staff to do such a thing. Some examples:

"Make stupid mistakes. Forgive myself. Repeat."
"Keeps champagne handy, just in case."

"Wrote this at the last minute."

"Ride, crash, laugh. Do it again."

"Ran fast. Forgot where I was going."

"I'll need more than six words."
"Hated Barbies. Now professional doll dresser."

"Ten cities, 12 boyfriends, one dog."

"Loves knowing, captures moments, kisses often."

...what would you say?

I did it again.

Please visit last month's phone entry by clicking here.


The joys of email

I love email. I love the Internet.

That said, I wonder what it was like working before it all existed?

Today was an average day.
- 63 emails sent
- 76 emails received
- 65 emails flagged and waiting for me to take action

(I'm sure many of you could post similar/higher email stats...)

I wonder how much time the average professional spends each day emailing? Does it really help or hinder?


Like I know everything

I passed an undergraduate student on my way to a meeting today and overheard her saying, "I just can't WAIT to be done with school."

Now, I know that I probably said the EXACT same thing at the EXACT same point in my life so I have very little room to talk. However, everything in me wanted to stop her and say "Slow down. Enjoy it."

Thankfully, I quickly remembered all the people who used to tell me to "just enjoy it" and thought it best to keep my mouth shut.

Seriously, though, how amazing was college?

* The guy in the above pic seems to be in a hurry. Hence the connection to this post. Sorry. That's the best I could do on this one.


DD virgin no more!

I had Dippin' Dots last night for the very first time.

It's been somewhat of a joke between A and I that I had never tried them - nor could find them anywhere when I wanted to try them.

So, while we were at the game last night, we saw a booth and had to partake.

I had "banana split" flavor.

My thoughts? "Good. Weird. This isn't normal."

What do you think? You a fan?


Beautiful Day by U2

Your Theme Song is Beautiful Day by U2

"Sky falls, you feel like

It's a beautiful day

Don't let it get away"

You see the beauty in life, especially in ordinary everyday moments.

And if you're feeling down, even that seems a little beautiful too.

This was actually the song I chose for when we were introduced at our wedding:)

I don't know about "And if you're feeling down, even that seems a little beautiful too"... but I love the song.

Thanks for the quiz tlc!

Who knew?

It's been somewhat of a rough week... I will surely be enjoying some beer at tonight's game. In case you're not in the mood to drink, though, here are some other ways in which brewsky can be used:


Don't believe me? Check out the Men's Health article by clicking here.

I get to wear it!

A and I will be heading to the Palace this evening to see the Piston's take on the Spurs.

I'm proud to say that this one (in a suite and everything!) is on my reps, not A's!

Can't wait to break in my RIP jersey!


Pay close attention, Kwame...

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced today that he is resigning. Illegal activity on his behalf cost New York around $80,000.

In his resignation speech, Spitzer stated, "There is much more to be done, and I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people's work."

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has not resigned after his text messaging scandal that cost the city of Detroit $9 million. (He is also currently linked to a murder investigation... But I digress...)

My favorite part? Kwame has now taken to being a victim of media frenzy ("This unethical, illegal lynch-mob mentality has to stop") and is now using race issues (i.e. "lynch-mob"), as well as his wife and children, to try to invoke sympathy and support.

I know when people get mad, they tend to use words and phrases that they shouldn't. And that stinks. However, don't try to cloud the issue. YOU'RE the public figure. YOU lied under oath. YOU cost Detroit employees their jobs. YOU cost the city of Detroit $9 million. YOU need to own up to your actions. YOU owe Detroit residents so much more.

I am truly appalled.

"The mayor still can't even bring himself to admit how he tried to deceive the City Council and the public, or explain why he sought to use the legal system to bury evidence of his affair with his chief of staff and his lies during the police whistle-blower trial. He has nothing to say about the widening scope of accusations and investigations." - Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press columnist

Please feel free to read more by clicking here.

P.S. Kwame, if the media was doing anything illegal, you'd be suing. This is all on you. Not them.



A and I were up until the wee hours of the night last night watching a show on the Travel Channel called "Sandblasters."

I've never seen such a thing, but was amazed by the creativity and execution. I simply couldn't look away.

I wonder how a person decides they are going to become a sand sculptor...

* My second favorite part of the show, aside from the actual sculptures, was that they blew up (at random) three masterpieces. Reminded me of "The Lottery." The artists just stood there, waiting for their work to blow up...

It's really going to happen!

Fri 2 May 2008
LV Detroit, MI
AR London/Heathrow
Northwest Airlines
Fri 9 May 2008
LV Paris
AR Rome
Wed 14 May 2008
LV Rome
AR Newark, NJ
Wed 14 May 2008
LV Newark, NJ
AR Detroit, MI
Continental Airlines

I don't know about that five hour delay in Newark, but...

Hooray!!! We now have a flight itinerary!

This makes it much more real.


Not cool Uncle Sam. Not cool.

We got our taxes done today.

I'm not a happy camper. At all.

Paying sucks.

"As God is my witness"... I shall do all in my power to make sure this does not happen again!


I look forward to meeting you...

Meet Enrico Schattenmann.

He is an Italian who speaks Italian, English, Spanish and Greek, German, French and some modern Greek.

He is a tour guide with GoAhead tours (the company we're traveling with in May). One of the tours he usually does is the London, Paris and Rome tour.

Why am I telling you all this? Basically, so you'll join me in praying that he is, indeed, our tour guide.

* I'm even quite positive that A and J would fall under Enrico's spell as well...


I feel naked

My wedding/engagement rings are getting re-rodium dipped.

I can't stand not having a ring on my ring finger. It feels odd.

I may have to whip out some old classic to take its place for a while. I'm thinking of bringing out my circa-'98, Viking class ring just for laughs... (Not really.)
* This is not a picture of my rings. I just thought they were pretty.

The majority rules

Thank you to all who participated in the "What would you do... drunk guy" survey. Most of you agreed with my actions of calling the police. I felt a little bad doing so. But, seriously. That guy should NOT have been driving.

Maybe next time I will just try the tackle technique...

A coincidence?

Ever think about that fact that all the "Best Actor" honors this year went to Europeans?

Javier Bardem No Country for Old Men (from Spain)
Tilda Swinton Michael Clayton (from England)
Daniel Day-Lewis There Will Be Blood (from England)
Marion Cotillard La Vie en Rose (from France)

What does that tell us? Basically, if you have an accent or are from a faraway land, you're a better actor. Seriously, even since Johnny Depp has moved abroad he's gained more credibility... (I would SO be packing my bags if I were Jessica Alba. Although I'm fairly certain that wouldn't help in her case anyway...)

P.S. I still haven't seen any of the above movies... Any worth seeing?

I caught up

Yay for Christian!

LOVED his collection.

Seriously SO talented.


Are you serious?!

Well my friends. This blogger is indeed one happy camper today.

Why you ask? My University has called a snow day.

I'm in disbelief and currently thanking my lucky stars.

(It's amazing how exhilarated, awake and alive I feel at 6:45 a.m. when I know I don't have to go to work - or class! Yay!!!)


How many do you visit?

The list of Top Ten Websites as visited by college-aged females for the month of February 2008:

1) Facebook
2) YouTube
3) Google
4) PerezHilton.com
5) CNN
6) MySpace
7) Yahoo
8) School's Site
9) AOL
10) Post Secret
I know I'm a bit out of the target demographic for this poll, however, I still frequent many of the above sites. You?
(I've never heard of Post Secret... I'll have to check it out...)


She won!!!

Jamie's going to Ireland!

Thank you to all who voted for her!


I LOVE Ellen

Quiz to the right

Please see the quiz in the upper right column of my blog. This actually happened to me the other day. I tackled him and stole his keys. (J/K)

It's time to stay in one place

Yesterday, I was thinking about how A and I have another move in our future. Got me thinking of all the places I've lived.

I don't think I've ever actually thought about the fact that I've lived in 8 cities in the last 9 years. Crazy. I can't wait to stay somewhere for a while.

* And, yes. I'm totally counting my 3-day stint in San Francisco. I sold a car. I went to the CA DMV for a new license. To me, that constitutes a move.

Not impressed

I've now tried the following McD's new coffee drinks:

- Vanilla cappuccino
- Caramel latte
- Mocha

Thus far, I'm entirely unimpressed.
They just don't seem to hold a candle to their competitors.
Have you tried? What do you think?


If I had to choose today...

I'd pick this one.
(In Canton, Mich.)

How would this happen so quickly?...

"New cases of HIV/AIDS in China increased by a whopping 45% last year compared with 2006." - PerezHilton.com

So scary. So sad.

* Perezhilton.com is obviously not my first choice when it comes to reading hard news... Thought I'd pass on anyway.


Not another one!

Why, oh why do celebrities keep doing this crap to their lips?!

Who's telling them it looks good?!


Food Trifecta

I'm not sure what to think of these edible creations.

Sure, I LOVE fruit, but I have a few reservations...

For instance:

1) How sanitary is the delivering system?
2) How long would the fruit last before turning bad?
3) Is this still a "romantic" gesture?

Have you ever heard of these things before? Someone's really trying to promote it lately... Check out the website here.