Feb 28, 2011

MONSTER Acadamy Awards Recap

Hello all! Happy Monday morning to ya! Last night was the Oscars. I love awards season and the Academy Awards is the big show we've all been waiting for!  Overall, I enjoyed the show, but I thought the hosts were a little bit lacking...James Franco is easy on the eyes, but he seemed so tense. Anne Hathaway was of course her bubbly and charming self, but I was hoping for a lot more comedy.

As for the winners, I'm happy with all of the big 3:

Best Actress: Natalie Portman in Black Swan
Honestly, that performance was just stupidly good. Nobody else stood a chance. She's having a pretty good year so far: new fiance, new Oscar and new baby on the way!  Also, isn't it nice to see a famous person being pregnant with grace and poise, but naturally...like the rest of us?

Best Actor: Colin Firth in the King's Speech
I've had a crush on this precious Brit for years. It was his turn. His acceptance speech was perfectly humorous and gracious. I love him.

Best Film: The King's Speech
I loved it and couldn't agree more. The movie also won Best Screenwriting and Best Director. BOOM.

And now on to what really counts: the sparkly fabulous fashions.  I really didn't have many that I just hated - this is a new thing for me. See a complete slideshow of the fashions here.  In general, I was a little bit underwhelmed with this year's selection of gowns, but here are some favorites:

Reese Witherspoon
I think this is just so classic and sleek. Also, that bouncy ponytail is just fabulous. Emerald jewels? Freaking amazing. 

Mila Kunis
I'm usually not one to praise the drapey, shabby-ish look, I typically prefer clean and polished, but I'm also a sucker for periwinkle. I think the color is just perfect for her.

Jennifer Hudson
Um, hai. She looks just ridiculously smokin'. We've all see the Weight Watchers commercials, but hot damn! Again, typically I don't go for a halter top, but the color is smashing on her. Also, the asymmetry is spot on. Usually a mega-sized bow on the hip equals mega-sized looking hips, but no more!

Gwyneth Paltrow
I love that this dress is super sparkly, but doesn't look like a disco ball. I think this is perfectly tailored to make her look long, slender and classy. It's perfect on her. (Someone must have slipped a Perkocet in my coffee: I typically HATE her.)

Celine Dion
Question: is she ever going to age? Similar to Gwyneth, I love the cut on this dress. It's a lot of coverage, but still extremely sexy.

One trend that kept popping up? High necks. I'm not sold on a high neckline, I think on some people it looks kind of heavy/cumbersome, but on others it's very tasteful.  I'm not wild about all of these, but there there seems to be so many of them....

Amy Adams
Love this one. The color is perfect for her. Sparkly, but classy. More emeralds. Genius.

Cate Blanchett
Although this is somewhat of an odd outfit, I love it on her. The embellishments are unique, but used sparingly. It's surprising and different, but not wacky. Here's a closer look at the top.

Michelle Williams
She is so fresh-faced and beautiful (not just anyone can pull off that haircut), but this dress is thoroughly underwhelming. The dress is sparkly and a great color, but the neckline isn't doing her any favors. It's too much material for such a petite frame.

Scarlett Johansson
Same for her. Scarlett is typically just a volumptuous curve machine - in a good way.  But this cut is just hiding all of her genetic gifts we'd all kill for. Also, I'm not sure if the Academy Awards is quite the place for sheer lace...

Honestly, I'm disappointed that there weren't more atrocious dresses. I love the fashion police game, and this year there were just none that offended me that much. Maybe it's a new me. Probably not.

What did you think of the Oscars last night, anything stand out to you?
Feb 25, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

HAI. It's finally Friday! I've had a freaking long week. When things are slow at the office, things are slow in my brain. I'm thrilled to be counting down the hours until total freedom time. My parents are in DFW this weekend visiting the little nugget at college and I'm psyched for a little family time. Typically family time is a recipe for diet disaster for me, but I'm going to try to turn over a new leaf this weekend. You'll notice lots of food/dieting stories in the newsflash this week, you can tell what I've been thinking about this week!

1. Bieber baby cut his hair!! The unthinkable has happened: Justin Bieber has received a haircut, and he definitely looks different. Apparently he just woke up one day and wanted to mix things up. Although he's certainly entitled, there's no way it was that spontaneous. I'm sure he has like three people whose full time job is to manage his coif. What I really want to know about is the person who got to give the famed haircut. Questions I have...Did he have an appointment or just waltz into the place? Did the person ask if this was a trick? Were they nervous? Was the stylist carefully selected or just some college dropout working at SportClips? Did the person save a few hairs in their pocket? I wish that person would have been me. Even though he's donating the locks to an animal welfare charity (go bid on them), a lot of people in the Tweet-verse are PISSED. Here's a favorite:

As for my reaction? I miss his lustrous locks. I kind of think this new look makes him look like a pinhead, which only reminds me how young he is - a thought I'm trying to push out of my mind.

2. There's an epidemic of fat pets. This country is apparently having a BIG problem with overweight pets. The problem has reached epidemic proportions, with half of American pets being overweight and 20% obese. The owners are completely to blame - a dog can't overfeed and not walk itself, you know. I'm very sensitive to this story, as the vet recently told me that the Prince needed to lose some weight. Granted, he only needs to lose 1.5 lbs, but his news sent me into a complete guilt spiral. Since we received this news he's gotten about 25% less food and more play time - and I think it's working. So, if you have a pet, be nice and keep them healthy!

3. Madonna's daughter (full name: Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon - ridiculous. ) has blogged about her New Years' Resolutions and they are giggle-tastic (also, remind me alot of myself). Here are a few, with my thoughts in purple:
--Eat more cheese...good woman
--Own more Alexander Mc.Queen...famous person thing to say
--Get a nose ring...done, got one!  
--Dye my hair blue at some point...'at some point' - wha?  
--Not fail math (integrated Algebra 1. Yeah guys im so damn smart but not really at all)... oh yeah, she's actually just a kid  
--Not zone out when people talk to me and be like ”what?” at the end of a convo... isn't that so oddly honest
--Stop wearing only black nail polish...my recommendations: hunter green and navy blue  
--Be more brave and less stupid with fashion choices...more brave? - give me a break  
--Work harder in dance...ditto, every day 
--Learn to develop a filter while speaking to someone I’m not particularly fond of and/or have just met....sing it little sister  
--Listen to more show tunes...does Glee count?

Anyway, not only is she shockingly normal, she's a cheese lover. I think I need to become the Lo Bosworth-like sidekick on her inevitable reality show.

4. The hip new thing is to pour vodka in your eyeball? I came across this story this week and was SHOCKED. Apparently a hot new trend, called "Vodka Eyeballing",  with the kids these days is to pour vodka into your eyeball to get drunk quicker!  This can cause irreversible damage to the eye and possibly blindness - DUH! I cannot fathom that the speediness is worth pouring chemical into your eye. I despise vodka, even going into my mouth it feels like something that belongs under the kitchen sink. Last time I checked, shots of it work plenty fast. I can't decide if this story is too disturbing to laugh at - probably not, who am I kidding? Have any of you heard of this ludicrousness?
(Thanks to blog friend Tiffany who Tweeted this crazy story this week!)

5. Quote of the week:
“I f--ked too many chicks and did too many drugs, and that’s the truth.” -- George Clooney to Newsweek on why he can never be president of the United States
Wow. Candid, but so ridiculously crude. This quote kind of breaks my heart because my sweet Clooney is usually the picture of class and grace - or at least in my mind he is. On the other hand, the thought of a fast-moving, partying, gallivanting, young George Clooney really excites me.

6. McDonald's food = muffin tops. McDonald's seems to be trying to be healthier. Frankly the place has disgusted me for years. But, recently I saw a commercial for their new oatmeal, which they market as "a bowl of wholesome," and I thought to myself that it may be worth a try. I'm all for finding a healthy thing that I can get on the go. But, come to find out, the thing has "more sugar than a Snickers bar and only 10 fewer calories than a McDonald's cheeseburger or Egg McMuffin." Darn. I really intended to give it a fair shake. I guess I'm just telling you what we all already know: McDonalds is pure nutritional evil. Just, FYI.

7. Breast Milk ice cream cones exist. A specialty ice cream shop in London is selling $23 ice cream cones made of human breast milk. Yes, you read that right, milk from a human boob. The flavor is called "Baby Gaga." Interesting. Lactating women get paid to donate their milk to the shop. It's supposedly very healthy. It's not every day that you can find truly organic, extremely fresh, free-range dairy products. Oddly, I'm really not disgusted, I kind of want to try it. Additionally, I wouldn't mind selling my own booby baby food for an extra buck. I hear breastfeeding also burns copious calories. Sign me up!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! My plan is to be get my work out on like it's going out of style. T-minus one week until the first event in a long few months of weddings. Watch out world, I'm going to photograph well this Spring and you can't stop me! 

PS: If you feel like you might want to throw this button on your blog and scratch my little bloggy back, I'll return the favor...feel free :)


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Fill in the Blank Friday!

Happy Friday all! Today I'm linking up with Lauren at The Little Things We do, for some good old fashioned writing about myself.

1. I am currently obsessed with  edamame. I've been giving this campaign to get skinny healthy my best effort. So, one of the low-cal snacks I brainstormed was edamame! I found an amazing frozen steam-in-th-bag option at SuperTarget. All you do is steam that little puppy up, toss it in a bit of salt and voila! Super healthy! Even Manfriend chowed down on them. I can't wait to get more as soon as I can hit the grocery store again!
2.  Today I am    annoyed  because,    work is slow, my eyes are still itching like hellfire and I can't think about anything but the weekend on the horizon. Similar to trying to fall asleep, you can't think too much about the end of the day on Friday, or else you end up in a thought spiral that makes time go by even slower - or at least it does for me.

3.  The age I am is    24   and the age I feel is    17. Sometimes I feel like I have no more direction, stability or wisdom than I did at that age. I get metaphorically "lost" in life all the time. Even when I do step back and realize that I pay my own bills, live alone and have a great big-girl job, I wonder, "who the hell do I think I am being all grown up and stuff." So, I feel 17. I wish I still fit into my 17 year-old jeans, though.

4.  My favorite place is     anywhere there is water and sun. I'm really not picky. It could be a river, lake, pool, pond, ocean - whatever. I love to lounge in or around water. There's one particular river place in West Texas, Junction, where the river is cool and the sun is bright. A sweet friend of mine has been so kind as to invite me to her family home there a couple times and I love it!. It's peaceful and perfect for tubing:

5.  Something I have been procrastinating is     cleaning out my apartment. I got started this weekend and purged my closet of clothes to donate. Unfortunately it was because the majority of them were too small. Womp Womp. But, I'm working on that. I have cabines/shelves/closets in dire need of a visit from the purge fairy. Maybe this weekend...but not if the weather is too nice. :)

6.  The last thing I purchased was    pizza and wine the other night with one of my best pals. Weeknight restaurant trips are a rare treat for me.  So in the spirit of having a girly catch-up session with a dear friend, I threw diet and budget to the wind - worth it.

7. The thing I love most about my home is  the Prince. he's always there to greet me with face kisses and a wagging tail. There's nothing that makes me feel more at home than the second when I open the door and he's there bouncing in joy. Wouldn't it be interesting if humans compulsively went beserk when their favorite people came into the room? That would be interesting.
Hope your Friday is fantabulous so far! Newsflash coming soon...
Feb 24, 2011

Allergy Eyeball Explosion

I'm having one of those allergy days - and me iz not happys. Sometimes, for no reason at all, I wake up to discover that it's going to be one of these days. It's a day when my body literally cannot function on this planet. The funny thing about it is that I don't get an option about which planet to carry out my day on. There's really nothing more defeating than having my body reject it's environment by no choice of mine.

My main symptom is what I call "eyeball explosion." This includes itching, extreme redness, watering...ugliness. So, I'm forced to wear my glasses on these days. Typically I get compliments on my bespectacled look, but it's not my fave. I can't wear sunglasses, I don't know how to see things in my periphery and I now psychologically associate them with "eyeball explosion" days. I'm really in a dark space about this today.

I'm loaded up on drops and zyrtec. So, blog world, you gave me some top-notch weight loss tips, so I bring this to you also. Do any of you have any thoughts on this? Remedies? Advice? Heck, I'd settle for a good joke. 

Tell me I'm not the only freakazoid that has this problem...
Feb 23, 2011

Even more Hipster Disney

Last week I posted about Hipster Little Mermaid. I thought that was high-larious. Well, gang, it seems there has been a COMPLETE AVALANCHE of Hipster Disney characters...and the comedy keeps getting better. So, get while the gettin' is good, and enjoy these on a Wednesday afternoon:

Snow White: best. one. ever.

Find TONS more here. I don't know why these just tickle my funny bone so much. I still think it's the perfect combination of generation-specific cultural references with comedy gold. Happy afternoon to you!

Glee Convert...maybe.

Ok, some of you may know this. I've been struggling with a love/hate relationship with Glee for months now. I was very skeptical of the show. At first I couldn't even enjoy it. It was too squeaky clean and unrealistic for me. The songs are just so fake its absurd. So for a long time, I was a hardcore Glee naysayer.

I even went so far as to say "Glee is my new sushi." The similarities are were striking. In both cases, Glee and sushi,  I wanted to like them. All of the elements were there for me to like them. Others I loved and respected were big fans. I tired to like them, I strained my mind to open up to them both. No luck.

I still hate sushi (but am still really trying to like it), but I'm warming way up to Glee. Honestly, I think I even like it - alot. I've watched the last few episodes and gotten copious giggles. The decision to give it another try sprang from my lack of Tuesday television commitments and one final last ditch effort to get on that bandwagon.

Last week's Bieber episode left me crying - laugh crying. There's really nothing better than the Bieber baby.

But last night, I went to a whole new Gleeky place. Teen alcohol awareness week on Glee, and the Glee club's alcohol-related blunders, was just what I needed. Finally, something on the show that wasn't so after school special-ish. I loved it.

 Britney as Ke$ha honestly blew my mind:

Also, this phone scene caused me to cackle like the Wicked Witch of the West:

Then of course the hangovers....

And of course, Artie and Britney are my perennial favorites:

Go here for more .gif giggles.

Now, I don't want you all to think that it takes a booze-fueled episode to get me pumped up about Glee, I really have been really enjoying it since the Superbowl Thriller episode. But, something that was a little bit more life-like (high schoolers getting drunk and dumb) sent me over the edge. The writing and witty banter is really pretty genius in any episode.

I do still have a complicated relationship with Glee. Some of the songs are still too stupid for me. I'm very anti their recent  bit to write original songs for Regionals - dumb. But, I've found that if I just fast forward through some of the singing, and spend my time focusing on the genius dialogue and storylines, it's quite a pleasant experience for me. Baby steps.

So, if you've been a victim of my Glee hate, I'm sorry. This is me eating my words.
Feb 22, 2011

I did my very own little taxes.

That's right, you read that correctly. I, little old me, yours truly, did my taxes today. I sat down with my W2 and knocked that pup right out. I've been meaning to do it for weeks (because I desperately need the cash) and today I conquered. Not only do I feel rejuvenated at a to-do list item crossed off, but this is a personal adult first for me.

Between Presidents' day, my NASA treats and tax day, I'm pretty proud to be an American right now. I feel patriotic as balls.
I'm happy with my refund, and I can't WAIT to get it. Unfortunately, the majority of it will go to credit card bills and savings, but it's a big  help nonetheless. It feels like I finally got my whole Christmas bonus. I think I'm going to play it adult-ish (might as well keep this streak going) and be responsible with seemingly free money.

I can't take all the credit, this helped ALOT:
 By ALOT, I mean Turbo Tax Federal Free deserves all the credit. If you're trying to figure out your taxes, use it, I promise you it's idiot-proof.

Well, if you need me, I'll be doing adult things, like drinking tea, and reviewing my stock portfolio and reading historical fiction. Oh and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance...just in case you were wondering.

Top 2 Tuesday!

Hello all! This morning I'd like to do my part in the blog world and jump in on two of my most favorite blog hops in the whole wide internet world...
Top 2 Things you've learned from your parents or grandparents

I like this one because I'm one of the lucky people who has a family that's loving, functional (well, mostly), together and have taught me some of my most prized knowledge nuggets. So, I'm going to do a mom one, and a dad one...

1. I'm so glad my mother taught me me how to be a grown up - how to write notes, shake hands, have manners and be polite and professional. She never let me quit things, always required that thank-yous notes were sent and taught me to be nice to everyone, no matter how dumb they are. I think being well mannered and polite takes you far in this world - and I credit her with my ability to behave like a grown up. She also showed me a thing or two about other important things in life: sugar cookies, the benefits of getting to the mall before 10 on a Saturday, how to truly master recorded television, and much more.

2. My dad has given me the invaluable understanding that there is humor in everything. (That's him on the right, smiling at his new Christmas gift - Texas Tech Snuggie) He and I got a very similar sense of humor and he showed me that there is laughter to be found in most situations. He and I have always just sort of "got each other" when it comes to our eccentricities and semi-strange humor. I've always operated under the motto: "Never take life to seriously, nobody comes out alive anyway." He didn't tell me that, but it reminds me alot of him. Also, he's calm - like weirdly composed. He isn't a freaker-outter in the least. That I'm still working on. Maybe one day I can say he taught me how to be calm...

Anyway, I'm infinitely thankful for them.  I really am one lucky little ducky.

Thanks for playing, Happy Tuesday, friends!
Feb 21, 2011

Space - even more news!

Well kiddos, per my excellent mood today, I'll take this afternoon to discuss even more space-related items that are happening out there. If a girl can't show her science nerd side on her own blog, where can she?

First of all, a sweet work friend spent last week in Florida and brought me some AMAZEBALLS goodies from the Kennedy Space Center. He knows the mega-geek that I am and brought me some treats that I'm positively giddy about:


According to their box, "Tektites are naturally occurring, glass rocks that are formed by the intense impact of large meteorites on the Earth's surface." My very own meteor rocks! They're very odd. They're sort of a little slimy, extremely light, somewhat fragile and have a strange-ish smell. I love them.

Private HAM!
"Private Ham was the space chimp that helped launch the Mercury program. He showed that it was safe for humans to become astronauts and fly in a weightless environment." First of all, the chimp is precious and is even wearing his own space helmet! Here's a photo of the real Private Ham from 1961. This little man is going to have a permanent home on my desk. I find him inspirational and cuddly - just what I need.

In other, real space news, NASA has announced that they think they've discovered 1,200 new planets, 54 of which are in the hospitable zone! The chief scientist has said that the number of potentially inhabitable planets represents "an enormous amount, an inconceivable amount." This is a HUGE step forward in the search for extraterrestrial life. Prior to this finding, we only knew about a little over 500 planets - that's now tripled!!

Also, they found a six-planet solar system! The planets orbit around a large, sun-like star, which had previously only been observed in our solar system. The system, known as Kepler-11, is the fullest, most compact, and ONLY, solar system ever discovered.

(By the way, that hot space news tip came from a new blog friend, Jenn at Going the Distance. Thanks! Go check her out!)

I think this goes without saying, but... MY MIND IS BLOWN. Every time I think about the final frontier my brain feels like a canoe filling up with water. Recently, I was chatting with a friend (the same friend who so thoughtfully brought me the Tektites and Private Ham) about it and described my love of space to him in this way:
"I'm addicted to my inability to conceive of its expansive greatness."
And that's completely true..and also my new prepared, PR statement about my science nerdery.



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