Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Amazing Things You Can Do With Pictures

So after being toooooo relaxed at hubs family home, and quite enjoying it I might add, I have stumbled upon some great photo editing apps for my iPhone. Yes, I'm a dork.  But, I couldn't help myself. I quite literally almost peed myself putting these together from laughing so hard.  I hope you enjoy!





























Until I get bored again...

The iPhone apps used were, 'Framed!' & 'FX Photo Studio' & a BIG thanks to my family for being my guinea pigs!

Can you say, "Addicting?"

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Avatar - Simply Breathtaking!

 

I saw Avatar both times in IMAX 3D, once on Sunday during opening weekend, and the 2nd time on Christmas day. My husband and I both were absolutely blown away. There has NEVER been another movie that has wowed us the way this movie did. Avatar was beautifully brilliant. The story was majestic. The overall message was worthy of a kick-in-the-ass to most. The acting was spot on. The effects were out of this world. I know this was a vision of James Cameron's for quite some time, even before his mark on Titanic, and I am very pleased he waited; that we all waited. The best things in life are worth waiting for. James Cameron made a winner with Avatar, and I hope others will truly grasp and fully appreciate what the message and story is all about. Yes, the movie is long. However, I honestly believe that there wasn't a single part in the movie worth trimming out. It was art, and you don't trim art. I cannot wait to see it again (ONLY IN IMAX 3D!). Avatar, to me, was fantastically captivating.

Wow.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Do You Remember?

Do you remember when life used to be a little simpler?
When it used to give, and not just take
When freedom really stood for something
When people paused to think
When respect was something you gave, and earned
When you respected your elders, no matter who they were
When life was something you lived, and not something you took

Remember when the true greats were idolized, instead of actors, actresses, and singers in the entertainment industry? The greats being: Gandhi, Mother Theresa, and Princess Diana. I remember.

I realize sometimes the more things change the more they stay the same.  However, I’m not so sure of this at times. I think we have let our lives pass us by without alot of truth and consequence, and without thoughts and visions of tomorrow.

Remember,

Think before you speak
Look before you jump
Crawl before you walk

What ever came of this?

Try to remember

     Try to change

          Try to better your world

Friday, December 18, 2009

'Bad Romance' Music Video by Lady Gaga

It was only recently that I saw the 'Bad Romance' music video from Lady Gaga. I was simply BLOWN AWAY. I don't typically watch music videos that much anymore because let's face it, they're not really on TV too much anymore. Sad really. I've always admired Lady Gaga. I think she is 100% original and totally entertaining. Not too mention, she can SING. I have a feeling she'll be around for a LONG time to come.

What an experience it would be to meet her...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Such is life...

Yesterday I had a date with the county courthouse to take care of flush money away  a speeding ticket that I received a couple of months ago. This was my first speeding ticket in several years, so don't go getting all medieval on me. I left work around 10:30ish thinking this would be a good time to get in and get out. My office is only about 10 minutes away from downtown Raleigh so I took this as my "lunch." Joy.

I get to the downtown area and circle around the courthouse probably about 10 times. I FINALLY find a parking space. I gingerly walk into the courthouse having optimistic thoughts that I won't get slammed by the judge and worse, have my insurance rates increase. Up until this point my driving record was perfect and my insurance premiums reflected that!

I make my way through the metal detectors, after about a 5 minute delay due to a clueless man having to empty the  pocketfulls of change he didn't know he had.  Wow. I finally find the first floor deposition courtroom. I wait to check-in. I get told to wait in another line for the DA. I wait. I wait some more. Finally, it's my turn. I probably was only waiting for 10 minutes or so to talk with the DA for what then seemed to be mere seconds. He said "You got a speeding ticket?" "Yes", I replied. "But, it's my first; I have a perfect driving record."  He asks, "Will you be taking care of this today?" I said, "Yes."  He said, "I'll reduce it so it doesn't affect your record. You'll just have to pay court fees." I happily said, "Thank you VERY much!" He walks me over to the cashier counter. I didn't even have to see the judge. Awesome. I went to the nearby ATM machine after realizing that the cashier counter doesn't take any sort of current payment methods (debit/ATM card, credit card, check, etc.). CASH ONLY. I came back with my $140 to pay my "dues". Yes, I know. It's STEEP! More like highway robbery. Wait.... this money is supposed to go towards the highways. So why do our roads look like a meteor shower hit them years ago and still look like they're in a space fight? Oh well. All in government work.

I left the courthouse poorer than when I went in, yet thankful I didn't have to pay a fine or worse, have my driving record tainted. I walked out with my head held half-high.

I get to my car and for some reason I get a funny feeling. Not sure what kind of feeling, but a funny feeling nonetheless. I open my driver side door and get in. Still had a funny feeling. I notice out of the corner of my right eye.... a damn ticket stashed under my right windshield wiper! I'll be damned. THAT was my funny feeling. The first thing I did was laugh. Second was yelling out loud, "What the f**k?!"

I get out of the car to retrieve the damned ticket. It says "Parking Violation" and my citation was for parking in a NO PARKING ZONE. Again, "What the f**K?!" I looked around the space I was (still) in and noticed (to me) that it was a valid parking spot, BUT I wasn't parking IN enough. Meaning... my rear tires were over the borders for that particular space. The "ass" to my car was too close to the intersection. Again, "What the f**k?!" Oh well...

I get in my car and leave with my head held DOWN. Well, high enough to drive, but you get the idea.

How does someone go to the courthouse to take care of one ticket manage to accumulate a NEW ticket?! I mean, seriously! Only me I guess. This reminds me of something that happened to me shortly after I turned 16...

During a random day out joy riding, I was pulled over TWICE on the SAME day by the SAME cop on the SAME road. Truth. Once was for failure to properly use signals. The other was for, well... speeding. I never thought something similar would EVER happen to me again. Trouble follows me I guess.

Here's the happy reminder of my experience in downtown Raleigh this week. I think I'll take public transportation next time. Just saying.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

And let there be LIGHT!

Honestly I was not planning to decorate my house this year as my husband and I are planning to drive to Georgia to visit family. So, we didn't see the point. However,  after seeing other homes on our street with lights and decorations going up, I just couldn't be the "odd house" out.  So what do I do? Decorate, of course!

This past Sunday after doing routine chores I abruptly decided to head outside to start catching up with my neighbors. I didn't but anything new. That may come later. I organized what I had and untangled the lights (that was a task!). I was ready to go.

I had wrapped the mailbox and the tree near the sidewalk before my husband even realized what I was doing. I had somehow convinced him to string lights over the awning to the garage. That was a HUGE plus as he hates decorating. Yes, he's a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to this sort of thing. No worries. I LOVE it enough for the both of us. After about 3 hours everything was done.

I waited a couple more hours until nightfall to flip the switch, and voila!

For something that came together as quickly as it did, I'm quite pleased! Hey, it's not the 23,000 lights my brother has, but  it's something!Maybe I'll try to show him up when I too have a home on almost an acre, but until then my measly 2,000 lights on my .17 acres will do me just fine!

Happy Holidays!








Sunday, December 6, 2009

Thankgiving & Black Friday Shopping (Dangerous!)

I remember back in September thinking, "Oh, my...Thanksgiving is just right around the corner!" And, sure enough it came up QUICK! The hubs and I were preparing for our trip when it donned on us that we had forgotten about asking hubs Dad to stay over our house to pet sit/house sit while we were gone (he's graciously done this for us fairy often). Well, after talking it over with my husband it was realized that we've asked his Dad too much this past year in helping us with the dogs, and better yet... my husband hadn't spent a Thanksgiving with his Dad in a few years. So, we both decided that it would be best to have him stay here and enjoy Thanksgiving with him. I was still planning on going to VA, as I already had plans with my sister in law (more on THAT later!).  This was a good thing. I'd of course miss him, but I knew this was the right thing to do, and his Dad was pretty excited to have a "Guys Day."

I didn't want to totally drive alone, so I brought my lab, Murphy. He's a great riding companion.However, this is what he did for most of the drive. Party pooper!



After work on Wednesday, November 25th I set out for VA. It was a pleasant drive. Got there in NO time flat. 2.5 hours I think. I walked in to my brothers house and the first thing my sister in law said was, "You're here already?" Funny.

The usual course of action the night before Thanksgiving is to make preparations for the next day. We did. There really wasn't that much to do. So I relaxed. It had been a long day.

I woke up pretty early on Thanksgiving morning excited about getting to work! Leslie (my SIL) and I got everything together and we were all ready to eat by around 3p.m. Right on schedule! My Dad, Grandma, Sister, her boyfriend, Niece Madison, Brother, my SIL, Nephew Gage, Aunt Robin, and Cousin Jeremy were all there. I love family. And you don't get more of a "Family" holiday than Thanksgiving. We had a spread!

    The Turkey chef was proud. As he should be! It was awesome!



    Our spread!

The rest of the day was spent having a blast...

    Guess she liked the food! Yes! (My sis, Brit)

Niece & Nephew

Never too old to play on the swings!
My brother and his wife, Leslie

    My little buddy!

   Gage & Murphy wrestling

Now onto getting close to the "bodily harm" part...

Leslie and I have a tradition of going out at the butt crack of NIGHT to shop the "Black Friday" deals. No, we don't camp out in front of stores like some crazies, but we're there at the opening hour of whatever store has the most of what we may want to RUSH to buy. This is how we plan...

My brother scouring the deals for us



We had a mission of trying to score a Nintendo DS Lite from Walmart where it was selling for only $99. They're normally over $150, so this was a deal. We knew we had to get this FIRST. It was for my niece so we wanted to ensure she had it under the tree. We were at Walmart right at 5 a.m. (when the deals started) We swiftly walked back to the electronics department to look for it. We made our way through the maze of people who were already in the line that was wrapped all the way through the entire store! We looked around trying to find it but there were carts everywhere so it was pretty hard. We asked an employee where they were, she said behind the counter. We asked the lady behind the counter, she said they were in a special case. We went to the special case. There was an employee "manning" the case. We asked for a Nintendo DS Lite. He said he had one left. SCORE! Not so fast... The employee asked, "Who was next, who wants it?" There was NO ONE else around who spoke up, so Leslie said, "I'd like it." As SOON as the employee handed it to Leslie, the lady standing to the left of her put her hands out motioning to grab it right from her! It was proceeded by the lady saying, "It's mine, let go". Well mind you, NO ONE had spoke up and this lady had been mute as a mouse, so we acted. It started to get, well... ugly. Leslie hadn't let go yet. It was hers. The lady kept trying to snatch it from her. Meanwhile the employee is standing there in silence, doing nothing. It went back and forth for a couple more seconds, and I tried to intervene by telling her to back the hell off, it wasn't hers... nothing. She still had a death grip on the damn thing. She started to get all bug eyed on Leslie, so Leslie let go. I proceeded with a little bit of calculated name calling in the heat of the moment. But, it didn't help. We lost. Well, for the moment.

We walked away feeling slightly defeated. I started walking around the maze of carts thinking I might be able to find one sitting around that someone had buyers remorse over... but found nothing. We walked over near the counter and noticed that there was not one, not two, but THREE Nintendo DS Lites behind the counter! WHAT!? We asked the lady for one and she said that they were on HOLD for someone?! YOU CAN'T HOLD THINGS ON A DAY LIKE THIS! Right? Well, we walked away feeling defeated yet again. After speaking with two different managers we were FINALLY able to get our hands on one for my niece. After it was placed in MY hands. I was NOT about to lose it. I was wearing an oversized hoodie so I placed it in the front pocket to "hide it". I dared someone to tell me I was trying to steal it. We continued to shop the rest of Walmart, with Nintendo in tow. As Borat would say, "Much Success!"

After Walmart, Leslie and I spent the next 6 hours shopping our little asses off. We had a blast.

We got home almost 7 hours after we had left, and now the boys (my brother and nephew) wanted to go shopping. So, we went out AGAIN! My feet were on fire. But I was in the zone. I proceeded with a smile.

  "You looking at me looking at you?"

He loves him some Aunt April!

Gage being Gage - in Sears

   

Like Father like Son!

What a Thanksgiving! And what an incredibly eventful "Black Friday!" But... Friday night was NOT over! I still had something else to do! Something I had waited for, for longer than anyone else on the planet! Something that almost drove me completely insanely mad. Mad as in crazified! More on THIS in the next post...

My Promise: 'Twilight Saga: New Moon '


Some of you know about the little (HUGE) promise I made to my sister in law several months back.  For those that don't, I had promised her I would wait to see 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon" with her on Black Friday. OK, big deal right? YES, HUGE deal!

Yes, Leslie had been the one to bring Twilight to my attention when she was reading the first book, Twilight around Halloween 2008. She raved and raved about how great the book was and reccomened that I too read it. I didn't bite, yet. To remind everyone, the original Twilight came out in theater in November 2008. She went to see it opening weekend with my brother, all the while I had honestly not really known that much about this movie, the book, or really any of its actors.  I vaguely remember her saying that it was in fact a great movie.

Fast forward to March of 2009. THIS was when I saw Twilight for the first time. On DVD. I watched it by myself at home. I was instantly 100% in love. I LOVED this movie and could NOW see what Leslie had been talking about this whole time. I watched the movie over and over and over again. I lost count really. I HAD to read the books now. I went out and bought Twilight immediately. I read it in under 3 days, and I'm NOT a big reader. I hate reading. Hate. However, I LOVED reading this. I was told there was more, in addition to reading about it in the sneak peak at the end of Twilight. I went out once again and bought New Moon, and this time decided to get Eclipse while I was at it. I knew I'd want that too. I had read New Moon and Eclipse in under a week and these are NOT small books. They're both over 600 pages! (OK, so it's kinda big print, but still!) I was at this point a fixated, tunnel visioned Twilight FAN! And mind you, I NOW knew about the actors in Twilight, mainly a very gorgeous Robert Thomas Pattinson. SWOON!

During the frequent visits to VA or the visits by Leslie (and brother and nephew) here to NC, It was obvious to her how much I was now "in the club." I now knew what she was talking about from the previous year, and it showed. It was sometime over the summer that plans were made to once again travel to VA for our annual Thanksgiving at Leslie's home. Knowing this, and the fact that the second Twilight movie, New Moon was set to come out in theater around this time, she asked if I would wait to see it with her. I obliged. I promised. I don' t think at the time I completely knew what this would mean to my psyche and overall well-being!

For a little bit of a calendar refresher, New Moon debuted at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 20th. My visit to VA wouldn't be until Wednesday, November 25th. Oh. My. Gah. I was going to have to wait an entire 6 WHOLE DAYS to see it?! I started realizing my dilemma back in October. I contemplated cheating. I thought about seeing it and "just not saying anything to anyone". But I couldn't. I couldn't do this to Leslie. Or myself. I had made a promise. I kept telling myself this over and over and over again. For those who knew my situation on Twitter, you knew my concern was to be spoiled with others' reviews. I didn't want this. So, I took a tech hiatus. THAT alone was hard. I'm addicted to TWITTER! How was I going to just not tweet? I had to manage. I had made a promise.

So I waited the 6 days. I drove to VA on Wednesday night the 25th knowing that in just 2 days I'd be seeing it for myself. I wouldn't have to hear from others how great it was. (and yes, I heard SOOOO much about it prior to MY viewing; I tried to block most of it) I started my countdown just as you all did, only mine was several days later!

I made it though Thanksgiving DAY knowing that it would be that NIGHT that I'd be seeing it. After we ate we sat and waited for the clock to turn 6 p.m. so we could head to the theater. The movie didn't start until 7:30 p.m., but dammit I didn't want to take even the slightest chance of being late, not getting a good seat directly in the center of the theater and in the middle of the middle row. (yes, I'm a little OCD) I wanted to make sure I had time for refreshments and HAD to ensure I had time to visit the little girls room first. I didn't want to miss ANY of the movie because of my bladder!

With my brother, Leslie, my sister Brittany, and her boyfriend in tow, we got there with plenty of time to spare. (Yes, I was the 3rd wheel, but I could have cared less) There was a huge line, but we got through it. We bought our drinks and popcorn. I peed. We entered the theater to find the perfect seats. Goosebumps came upon me when I entered as the credits were rolling from the previous showing, playing the song 'Meet me on the Equinox' by Death Cab For Cutie. We found the middle row of the middle of the theater. There was even a bar in front so we could prop our legs up. The night was coming together!

It seemed like it took FOREVER for 7:30 p.m. to roll around, but it did. The lights dimmed. The previews started. I had heard that some theaters were showing the trailer for 'Remember Me'. I was REALLY hoping to see this, as to be quite honest, I am absolutely enchanted by the storyline to this movie and for one can't wait to see my favorite actor branch out from the Twilight Saga and show everyone how truly talented he really is. After 5 previews and no Remember Me, I was starting to get a little miffed. And then it came. Oh My! It looked SO MUCH BETTER on the big screen. (March 12, 2010 people! March 12th!)

The previews were done. The movie was starting. I hadn't taken a breath since the Remember Me trailer. I took one.  The next two hours and one minute of my life were the most fascinated I'd been in a long time. I LOVED the movie wholeheartedly. It was done beautifully. It was true to the book. It was spell-bounding. The wolves were fantastic. The acting was so much better. Oh my gosh, Taylor as 'Jacob' was breathtaking. He blew me away. (for his acting and portrayal as Jacob, not for his abs... that's jail-bait!) And, for the love of my heart, Rob as 'Edward'. Let's just say, I'm a fangirl. Can this man be any more beautiful? I think not. Everything about this movie was worth waiting for. Yes, there were some cheesy moments in the movie, but you know what? Who cares. Chris Weitz, as the director, did an amazing job in my opinion. He stayed true to the story that women everywhere fell in love with. He truly encapsulated what Kristen's 'Bella' went through after 'Edward' left her. And I gotta say, Kristen's acting of Bella was so much better than that of Twilight. So much. And she looked prettier! Her pain could be felt. I admired that Chris Weitz was really, truly able to get that across. The cinematography was gorgeous. The 'Volturi' was brilliant. Dakota Fanning's 'Jane' was mesmerizing. I can't wait to see more of her. I didn't get my fill in New Moon. Need more of her. There really wasn't much of New Moon that I didn't like, well maybe that it was over after the 2 hours and 1 minute. The ending was perfectly set up as a prelude into the next chapter, Eclipse.

Leslie, I am so happy that I waited to see it with you. I am happy with myself that I didn't cheat. I am thankful that I was able to enjoy it alongside the person who truly did turn me on to this world of Twilight. I am just sad that now we both have to wait until June 30th, 2010 to see Eclipse. That seems like forever from now! But wait we shall.

We'll both wait.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I'm still here...

Hey! Remember Me?

I know I haven't updated my blog in a LONG time. Sorry! In addtion to being busy, tired, busy, tired, and up until this past Sunday night only having one computer that my husband pretty much hogged ALL THE TIME, I haven't been able to get my thoughts together to blog about anything of any value and had no where to sit and think of something.

However...

We have welcomed a new computer into our household, which means...

NO MORE FIGHTING OVER COMPUTER RIGHTS!

Yes. My prayers have been answered. I can't do anything about the busy & tired part, but I can now promise I'll atleast have the ability to sit in front of the (new) computer until I think of something to say! LOL

Anywho, I will update my blog with something AWESOME very soon... maybe tomorrow?

Stay tuned...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Dogs & Candy DO NOT Mix... at all!

"Murphy Mocha Latte"

So, what do kids do on Halloween evening?

They Trick-Or-Treat, right? And, usually that means that by the time the kids are done, they're exhausted and crash as soon as they get home, leaving all the candy to the greedy adults. No? You know damn well the answer is YES.

After the kids had crashed Halloween evening, the adults stayed up to watch 'Orphan.' (very good BTW) The scene was set...

Candy, popcorn, drinks, etc.  With all the extra people I had in the family room, I had to make a pallet for my sister and I. It brought back memories of kiddie sleepovers! We watched the movie, ate the candy, watched the movie, ate the candy... we were all so energized from the junk food that we decided to stay up and watch another movie, 'The Proposal.' (also very good) Well, some of us. My husband and sister-in-law went to bed, leaving my dad, my brother, sis, and me to finish watching the last bit of our movie marathon. (by this point, it was well past 1 a.m.)

Once the movie was over and we all felt like candied out zombies, we all packed it up for bed. Here's the story...

My "Furry Kids" are crated in the upstairs bonus room. They had been put up prior to the start of the two movies. The kids had also crashed in the middle of the bonus room floor, smack dab in the walking path of the dogs. So, I asked my brother for his help in taking them outside one last time before we went to bed. I handled Harley, our pit, and Tucker, our pug. My brother took care of Murphy, our Chocolate Lab. He went upstairs first. I followed. We gingerly walked the dogs through the kids pallets, and sent the dogs to their rooms. Latch here, latch there... or so we thought.

I was awoken the next morning by my sister-in-law asking if we had left Murphy out for the night. "No", I told her. (We never do, unless he's in the bedroom with us)

You can imagine my immediate concern.

   1. Murphy is a great dog.
   2. When left unattended, Murphy loves to dig through trash cans.
   3. Murphy is a great dog.
   4. When you're not watching, Murphy loves to eat socks.
   5. Murphy is a great dog.
   6. When you're back is turned, Murphy loves to chew on bras.
   7. Murphy is a great dog.
   8. When you don't yell. "THAT'S ENOUGH", Murphy will drink so much water he'll puke.
   9. Murphy is a great dog.
  10. Murphy is a GREAT DOG, BUT HE CAN'T BE TRUSTED.

So... she proceeds to tell me that she was woken up by Murphy wandering around their bed (they slept on an extra mattress downstairs in the living room, adjacent to the family room)

Oh boy...

She then says, "There's hard candy stuck in the carpet in the family room, I'm not sure how much he ate."

"Shit" was the first thought that entered my mind. (hubby barely woke up)

I'm also at this point thinking, Is my dog OK? Is he dying?

Well, after peeking into his crate and seeing him look up at me with his usual friendly eyes, I assumed he was OK, for the time being anyway.

I proceed to go downstairs not knowing exactly what awaited me. I come around the corner to see a bunch of hard candy stuck in the carpet, but no huge mess like I anticipated. *wiped brow* I did have to gently cut some of the carpet out to remove all the hard candy.

At this stage of the drama, no one really knew how MUCH Murphy ate, and what exactly. When my brother woke up, he had stated that at least 1/3 of the bag was missing.

"Shit" was my thought again. Among other things.

Fingers start pointing as to who's to blame for all of this, but honestly it was an accident... plain & simple. The crate hasn't latched correctly a couple of times for my hubby & I. (we just caught it early on) BUT, we've never left candy out before. Our home is what you would call, "puppy proofed." Until Saturday night, anyhow. Now yes, I should have noticed that my brother left my nephew's candy bag in-between the recliner and side table, but I didn't. (Remember, Hubby went to bed early so "clean up" was my duty)

How Murphy ended up sniffing out the candy specifically is beyond me. But he did.

About 5 hours had passed from the point where Murphy was "caught" and when I was woken up. Besides Murphy acting like he was on speed, he seemed fine. This all changed around Noon, after the family had left. (It's like he was waiting for them to leave?)

Murphy didn't look so good. We put him in his crate to enable him to calm down, settle his stomach, and basically rest . About 10 minutes later... well, let's just say, what goes in must come out.

YACK!

You could see everything. Too much. Wrappers and all. You could see what he ate. Poor thing.

After 1 vomiting spell, he was a little better.

Then... every 5 minutes we took him outside for more... only this time it was from the other end. YUCK!

We had contemplated taking him to the Vet several times, but he kept getting better. So, we waited it out. (I did call the E-Vet center for advice and their take on the issue, so I felt good about it)

Around 5 p.m. that evening, Murphy was feeling more like himself. We isolated him from the other two just so he could "recover." You know how you feel right after Thanksgiving Dinner? Well, that's more than likely how he felt. His tummy looked SO full!

What can I say? It was a very eventful Halloween.

Lesson learned: Leave your kids Halloween candy ALONE. It's theirs. They did most of the work to get it. Just hide it when they go to bed.

~ April

p.s. Sorry if this post was too much for you! :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

"This Is It" - YES, It was.


Last Sunday afternoon, my Husband and I went to see "This is It." We bought our tickets 3 weeks in advance. We didn't want to take a chance on missing it...

Upon entering the theater, we were greeted with our very own "badges." I felt like we were really walking into a concert!


Oh, how I wish we were. I cannot even begin to tell you how great this movie was.

I've been a HUGE Michael Jackson fan for Y.E.A.R.S., so I already knew that this would be something special, but to see him in action, even if it was rehearsal footage, was AMAZING. He truly was a gifted artist. If you've seen the movie, you know what I'm talking about.

Let's just say there's a reason why he was called 'The King of Pop.'

Being 100% honest with you, I would have flown to London to see his show. I had planned on it already, in the back of my mind.


I will forever remember June 25th, 2009. It was the day I felt something go dark.

His world ended too soon.

He didn't have to die.

He didn't want to die.

He was ready to show us what he was made of.

He was ready to remind you what made him special.

Whether you were a fan of his or not, you cannot possibly say that the man that was Michael Jackson, was not a HUGE, and I mean HUGE influence over the music industry. Hello? Music videos!

He. Owned. Them.

It's a shame that no one will ever truly see what he was planning for us with his 'last curtain call, as he called it.

However, I can tell you... it would've been truly remarkable.

It would have been the show of all shows.

It would have been talked about for some time to come.

It would have made all other artists stand up and take notice.

I am sad.

"This Is It" would've been the pinnacle of his career.

"This Is It" would've been one of my most fondest memories.

This brings up a value that I hold dear: Be thankful for what you have. You never know how long you have it.


RIP Michael Jackson
August 1958 - June 2009

Halloween Madness - Crazy, Fun times!

Last weekend I had family come into town to celebrate Halloween, KID style! My brother, sister-in-law, and nephew had already planned on coming to visit; it's kind of become their tradition. This year, my sister and niece also came! And, to not stop there... my dad came! This visit would this the first time my dad has seen my new home, and I was thrilled to see him.

Everyone came in late Friday night, 10/30. The plan was to go to a local festival called "Holly Fest" on Halloween. Holly Fest is something our town has every year however, this was the first year it fell on Halloween. I, being the local, had never gone before so I didn't really know what to expect. I knew it was supposed to be fun for the kids and was free, with the exception of food & drinks. Yay! We all were amazed when we pulled up to the location of the festival and saw how HUGE it was! This place was a kid's fantasy!

This place had everything! Score for Aunt April!

I absolutely adore my niece and nephew. And, what's not to adore? Aren't they "cheek squeezing" cute?!

It was a GREAT Halloween! I throughly enjoyed spending time with family, especially the kids.

There was only 1 hiccup to this holiday, but that deserves a post all on its own...

Enjoy the pics in the slideshow!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Robsessed DVD is a RIP OFF – Do NOT Support!


So, in yet another way to exploit the man that IS Robert Pattinson, the shady, underhanded, low down dirty group, Revolver Entertainment, is marketing an UNAUTHORIZED DVD about the actor's life. Puuleaze!

I, for one am NOT BUYING IT! I hope you don't either. This is a complete SHAM, and again, I find it downright disgusting the lengths the "Entertainment"  industry will take to make a buck.

Not to mention that the website behind this shitty DVD has STOLEN content from an established, respected blog. (Might I say WORD FOR FRICKIN WORD) I will not name names to NOT bring this more attention. By now, you know who stole the content and who they stole it from.

I will say this:  DO NOT BUY THIS DVD. TELL YOUR FRIENDS NOT TO BUY THIS DVD.

Rob Pattinson will most certainly not get a dime for this material; why should this 'entertainment' company profit from exploiting him?

And, think about it... most of the material used in this *cough* shitty DVD you've probably already seen!

Bottom Line:

   1. Do NOT exploit Robert Pattinson
   2. Do NOT buy this DVD
   3. Respect the work and effort of your fellow bloggers

This brings me to think of a recent article I wrote titled, "What Happened?"

What the *bleep* happened to our moral compass? When did it become OK to lie, cheat, and steal?

That is all.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

What Happened?

What happened?
Why are we bitter, why are we sour?
What happened?

When did the world become so consumed by hate?
When did people stop caring?
When did you start only looking out for # 1?

I ask myself these questions just about ten times every day…

I find that I’m more observant of the situations around me, and it shocks me that I’m usually not happy with what I see and hear.

When I’m waiting at a stop light and I don’t slam it when the light turns… HONK! Why?

People don’t hold the door for you anymore
If YOU don’t hold the door for someone, you get the evil snicker…why?

People are in such a hurry that they get on the elevator and immediately press the door close button, just so they don’t have to wait for the poor gal walking in slowly behind them…why?

When did opinions become fact?
The definition of ‘opinion’: “personal view ~ the view somebody takes about an issue, especially when it is based solely on personal judgment”
Why do friendly debates over one’s opinion turn so vicious that it becomes a reason to ostracize someone?

The term “people watching” has taken on a whole meaning.

People look for reasons to bitch, gripe, and moan… for no good reasons other than to hear themselves. Or so it seems.

It seems our freedom of speech is/has been challenged. One's thoughts, pure and simple, should never be censored, regardless of whether or not you agree. Unless the thoughts are hate inspired or speak of malicious intent, you should never disallow someone from sharing their views. If we stopped allowing our creative thinkers to speak for themselves, where do you think we would be in 5 years? 10? 20? Think about it. This world was not founded on only one persons’ thoughts and/or ideas.

People are too quick to call each other names
People are too slow to say “Thank you”.
You should never have to be reminded to say “please”.
People are their own worst enemy

When did it become OK to disrespect someone for no good reason?
There is never a good reason.

We are our own battleground

Self-confidence is not the definition of cocky
Cocky is not the definition of self-confidence

When did people become afraid to speak up for themselves?
Speaking up is a way to be heard
Not being heard is a way to shut you out
No one should be shut out

Whether you are religious are not, what happened to honoring these sacred values:

The last 5 of the 10 Commandments:

6. Do not murder
7. Do not commit adultery
8. Do not steal
9. Do not lie
10. Do not covet


Did we ever, really? Think about it.

When did we become so absorbed by hate?
When did we become so spiteful to others?
This world owes us nothing and everything at the same
Don’t abuse it

Tragedy strikes somewhere all the time
Why does it take a tragedy to bring our fellow neighbors together?
Want for not what you need but for what is good and decent
Why should it have to be reminded what is good and decent?

Do unto others?
Treat others as you would want to be treated?
Are these not values we live by anymore?
Think about it

Why do people constantly want to be better than someone else?
We are not better, nor should we be…just different.
We better ourselves for us, not others

People need to slow down
People need to breathe
People need to stop and think about what they are saying
People should relax
People should be themselves without worry
People should smile more
People should frown less

No worries
No regrets
There are no challenges you can’t overcome
It’s a short life, live it well

Think about it.

P.S. I am not writing this about anyone or anything in particular. This was written to give everyone a swift kick-in-the-ass. I felt the need to write something thought provoking - something that might enable you to ask yourself, “What happened?” Think about what you can do to change the world around you, for the better. I am not a self-help guru, nor am I capable of ‘changing the world’. I simply think all of us can do better.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Time to "Stick it to the Man!" Paparazzi, Take 2

OK, so everyone has seen the now infamous picture of Rob & Kristen in the elevator of their hotel, right?And, not to mention the tasteless video of the two of them entering their hotel, aka their "home away from home" while filming Eclipse? You will NOT find them posted on here at all. I will NOT even link as to where you can find them. You're a smart cookie... if you're that interesting in seeing people being treated like cattle I'm sure you can figure it out.

Now, you may notice how I didn't say "Robsten"? I don't, and won't, use these words on them or anyone else for that matter. It's like 'Brangelina' or 'TomKat'... it's a little creepy if you ask me. Their names are Robert & Kristen. And, saying "'Robsten" means you think Rob & Kristen are in fact together (a couple) Me? I don't really care and it's none of my business. If they are together, that's  flippin fantastic. If not, oh well... there goes a great looking couple. So, moving on...

I find it utterly disgusting the lengths paparazzi take to follow, stalk, snap, yell, lurk, and all the other sleazy, mindless, god-awful things paps do these days. But, this is nothing new. The paparazzi has been the bottom feeders of our society for a LONG time. Too long. The main problem is that WE ALL FEED THEM! We buy the magazines, we look at the websites, we look, we look, and we look some more. Why you ask?

Ever hear of "Curiosity Killed the Cat"? Well, there's a reason for it.

We are ALL curious of what isn't good for us.

When you're driving down the road and see a car accident, don't you sloooow down to take a peek? Just a little peek?

YES, you do.

Point made.

Curiosity is in part what fuels the paparazzi. They would NOT be doing what they do if there wasn't an audience for it. How would they get paid? People get what people want, and what people want is "dirt", "smut", and the latest "gossip" to talk about with their co-workers the next day. It's a dirty fact of life.

I stopped buying tabloid magazines a LONG time ago.  Figured this was my own way to "Stick It To The Man".

For those who know me, or follow me on Twitter... Yes, I ADORE Rob Pattinson. (*squee*) However, you will never find me posting a paparazzi video, or RT'ing one. That would say I support it, and I clearly DO NOT.  Others can do, or say, whatever they please and that's their prerogative. My adoration for Rob Pattinson will remain pap-free with no special interest for anything other than professional photo shoots, press events, red carpet events, etc. Celebrities are NOT meant to be photographed when they don't expect it; you wouldn't like it, why should they?

Think about it... you get out of the shower, wrap your wet hair in a towel, put on your robe,  and feel the urge to smoke your morning cigarette with your cup of coffee on your patio and..... CLICK, CLICK, CLICK! The paps got you.


Wouldn't this PISS YOU OFF?

Here's my bottom line on #Paparazzisucks...

    * I DON'T agree that paparazzi should be allowed to get within "cheek distance" with ANY celebrity. That's a complete intrusion of personal space.
    * I DON'T agree that paparazzi should be allowed to follow ANY celebrity ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, and for ANY REASON.
    * I DON'T agree that celebs should feel that this is "What they signed up for"
    * I DON'T agree that regular Joe Schmo's should feel that this is "What they signed up for"
    * I DON'T think the paparazzi will go away anytime soon, unfortunately

If you think about it, the paparazzi industry is probably not affected at all by the weakened economy... they have what's called "JOB SECURITY". Sad, but true.

Think about this the next time you're in the checkout line at the grocery store looking at the tabloid magazines.

Should you or shouldn't you buy?

Time to move on...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Does Hubby Cook? For this 1 day only, YES!

So, when my husband asked what I wanted for my 30th birthday this year, I of course, like I do every year, said "Oh, nothing dear". But, I had given it some thought and decided it would be pretty jaw dropping if he made me dinner for my birthday. Nice concept, right? Now, keep in mind the hubby DOES NOT COOK. Doesn't like to. Doesn't want to. And, that's A-OK in my book. I don't want him in my kitchen anyway. So, I thought I'd give him a challenge. My only stipulation was NO Hamburger Helper or any other sort of "quickly meal", but more so something that actually took some thought, skill, and careful attentive nurturing! He, like the great husband he is said, "OK".

HOOKED!

CLICK HERE FOR THE MAIN COURSE

Monday, September 28, 2009

My “Twilight” 30th Birthday Party!


On Saturday, September 26th, under a near constant cover of clouds and rain, My Hubby and I drove to my 30th birthday party in Forks a rural area outside of Raleigh. The day had been breezy, and quite chilly, with a fine mist of rain continuously showering over us.. so I felt right at ease preparing for my "Twilight" party.

Upon my arrival, I immediately notice a sign on the door that says "The City of Forks, WA Welcomes you." And, with that, all was right in the world. *I started to chuckle*

After entering  I could tell that some of the guests were already there (we were late). I looked around to see who was there, who was who, and do my greetings as any guest would do.. and then, Whoa! I noticed the hostess-with-the-mostess' decorations! She did a phenomenal job! Everything just fit, and looked beautiful! (btw: I helped influence her to read the Twilight books and was with her when she FIRST saw Twilight. She's now hooked!)

Join the PARTY after the Jump! 

Friday, September 25, 2009

See, I'm no wuss.. that's a live crab!

Wussy I am not! :)

My superfantabulous brother and his frickinfantastic wife through me an awesome (early) birthday party a couple of weeks ago in my hometown state of Virgin-I-a! I had a great time! And, after a few beers, I was able to toughen up and hold a LIVE crab! Yes, they were frozen alive (bwahahaha), but regardless.. they were alive! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Thanks Bro & Sis in Law for a great time! (oh yeah, the crabs were delicious!)

Crab time!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Paparazzi - Time To Stick It To The Man!

So, we’ve all had our thoughts about how we feel towards the paparazzi and their treatment towards celebrities, right? We all see how they stalk celebrities like they are their prey, and quite literally chase them down alleys and streets. Agree so far? Well, here’s my question.. Are the paparazzi a necessary evil or just plain evil?

Before you answer, ask yourself this... do you buy the tabloid magazines and watch all the latest paparazzi videos? If you do, and enjoy what you see, you may, or may not, agree with this post.

I can see both sides, and by that I mean, I can see why the paparazzi act like complete idiots and will jeopardize their sanity to chase a celebrity down a street, into a car, and push and shove until… they get “that picture”! Why? Well, we all buy it! They work for someone who pays them, or work for someone who works for someone else who pays them the big bucks to get the pictures that they know will sell magazines or entice you turn on to watch the latest celeb news on T.V. Agreed?

However, I DON’T agree with how far the paparazzi will go to get “that picture”. I think it is low and downright an intrusion of someone’s personal space and privacy to get “cheek level” with anyone, celebrity or not. I think it’s a complete and utter disgrace to hear of a celebrity being chased down the street. For what? Do they really think that the celebrity will stop and say, “Ok, I’m done running. Do you want to ravage me now?” Seriously! I for one could care less about a celebrity getting in and out of a cab, enjoying a smoke outside their home, taking out the garbage, etc.

Ask yourself this, would you like a camera in your face ALL THE TIME, even when you least expect it, or possibly when you’re not even sure it’s there? Of course not.

Some people will say, “It comes with the territory”. I don’t find that to be true at all. I do think some people want to be rich & famous and take it for all it’s worth, however not all. I don’t think it’s right that celebrities are viewed upon as some sort of god, and their every move worshiped. I think it’s completely unhealthy. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t someone who would get completely star-struck if I came across a celebrity, specifically Rob Pattinson, however I’m not about to lose my shit cool just because he’s a STAR! One thing I think most people forget, celebrities are people too, human in fact, and they deserve the same amount of respect as you or me.

So, in closing, I don’t think the paparazzi will go away anytime soon. They are, unfortunately, vital to the entertainment industry. Sad, but very true. All we can do is hope that one day they will learn how to back off the celebs a little. This may happen, in my opinion, when they no longer have such an animalistic approach toward getting “that picture” for all eyes to see.

If you want to feel like a stalked celebrity, I recommend watching the movie ‘Paparazzi” w/ Cole Hauser.

Paparazzi… Necessary Evil or just Evil?