May 30, 2012

WILW and How Pinteresting

Today, as a part of my continued attempt to get back into swing of things with blogging, I'm hitting up a couple of my old linkup favorites...
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As for the Pinterest,

I'm on hot pursuit for a large, semi-fancy tote bag that I can use as a work bag. It needs to be big and sturdy enough to carry my computer(s) and all their crap. Also, I need something classy enough to be businessy and can traverse all seasons. Tall order, I know. Here are some I like:

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Oh, leather dreams. Too bad I'm too poor for any of those right now. Womp, womp. Any good thoughts/recommendations/favorites to share?

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Moving on to the Things I'm Loving, which are a little all over the board today...

Hot pink lipstick. I bought this little diddy:

MAC's Impassioned Lipstick

...and can't get enough of it. I love lipstick brights. ALOT. It's the perfect shade for me. Also, this is part of their "Amplified" line, which they tout as long wear. I don't really believe any lipstick is truly long wear, but this one does stay on pretty well. Totes recommend.

Fage yogurt.

I've gotten myself into a pretty sweet little routine of nomming on some of this stuff (about a cup) topped with honey and berries each morning. Healthy and I love it. Screw you morning cheese and carb craving. I will defeat you! There are also TONS of great ways to skinny down recipes with this stuff. 

TLC Freaks. 

Are you watching My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding on TLC? No? Get on it. I've said this before and I'll say it again, how TLC manages to find all the freaks in this great nation blows my mind. But, the gypsies are pretty good T.V. It's a pretty fascinating look into this secret weird world. Check it out.

ACL Live:

I've gotten lucky enough to get to go to two tapings for the legendary PBS show lately. I've seen Rodrigo y Gabriela and the Tune Yards. It's been amazing. Free concert in a TV studio with amazing music? Yes please. Austin is such a ridiculously cool place. 

These two:

I don't pull this lovey crap often (but I am working on it), but these dudes are just blowing my life up with joy right now. Poodle + Ginger = the best.

Thats all for now, folks! Hopefully more tomorrow. I'm trying!
May 22, 2012

Ed Hardy Energy Sticks

Standing in line at Best Buy today,  I encountered the most ridiculous thing of all time:

Stop to appreciate the fine artwork that is a panther wrestling a cobra. Genius city. My question: upon pouring the energy onto my tongue will I morph into one of these things and fight people? Or am I in violent chaos before indulging in the energy sticks? Who knows?

Ed Hardy Energy Sticks. Yes. There's no other branding on this product. All energy. All Ed Hardy. No sugar, no fat, no calories and 80 mg caffeine. People, what's not to love? I had to instantly buy this. My trusty sidekick wasn't on board. The practical person in him noticed that it costs $3.59 for three shots. He declined to mention that to me until after they were bought. Thanks. 

Anyway, when you open, the'res a theme change:


No longer violence, but just koi and a sweet mini octopus to greet you. "Pour on Tongue. Sweet Caffeine." It just keeps getting better. It's like Ed Hardy himself (is it even a person?) is whispering sweet nothings into my un-energized ear. 

We started this odyssey with high hopes:


But, if you can even believe it, the energy sticks turned out to be really weird:


Honestly, the flavor really wasn't all that bad. It kind of tasted like a less sour pixie stick. But, it didn't really dissolve that well. It was like coarse sand you had to just swallow. Sick. It somewhat had the consistency of Pop Rocks, but without the fun popping part. It was gross.

I took the thing around 30 mins ago and I feel caffeinated, but nothing special. I'm pretty sure I just poisoned my insides with Ed Hard-branded chemicals. Why do I always fall for this kind of shit?

After watching the Bachelorette last night (which I'm too angry about to discuss), skipping my lunchtime gym appointment and now putting this into my guts, I'm in a full shame spiral. I feel like I'm just hopping on the bandwagon of American cultural and physical gluttony. Help. 
May 18, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012


Hi and Happy Friday! I've got a HOT weekend ahead. Going on a little date night tonight, and more kickball playoffs tomorrow! WOOOOT! Here are some great nugs to get you through what's left of this day...

1. Coffee is keeping you from dying. Thank heavens. Something I'm addicted to is finally going into the "pro" column. (I'm waiting with bated breath for some good news about what cupcakes, Bravo TV and Malbec are doing to my body.) A new study indicates that people who drink coffee live longer. Here's the catch, it's not that coffee is the cause of a longer life, coffee drinking and long living just seem to occur together. Confusing, but I don't care. Validation city. This means most of my loved ones will still be truckin' with me when I'm older than time.
(Mom, get on board. You're literally the only one I can think of that's still shaving off years of your life with tea every morning.)

2. Mindy Kaling is getting her own show! I'm PSYCHED. Here's the trailer:

She's like my favorite ever right now. It's going to be on FOX Tuesdays this Fall. This and New Girl all on one night! Maybe too much. The only thing that sucks? Kelly Kapoor is leaving us. Womp, womp.

3. World, this is Cupcakewurst:

It's chocolate cupcake stuffed into a sausage casing. Terrible or amazing? I'm leaning amazing, honestly. I don't know how it could be bad. More importantly, I don't know where to start with the comedy gold mine that is the existence of a wiener full of chocolate. There's just too much.

4. Quote of the week:
"Before having Honor and Haven, I was super-critical of my looks and worried more about inevitable changes to my body. I couldn't even say the word 'sexy' to describe myself without feeling funny and awkward...Becoming a mom has definitely made me feel more confident and secure than I ever did in my 20s. Even though I can't ever get down to my pre-baby weight before having Honor, my jeans don't zip up the same way, and things just hang differently (all moms know how that goes!), I feel completely comfortable in my skin and my idea of perfection has changed. I don't really care about my body image anymore because it just doesn't matter now that I have children." --- the hideous Jessica Alba to iVillage
Really, give me a damn break. She felt awkward about how "sexy" she perceived she wasn't before having babies. But now she's confident. Don't worry guys, now she feels comfortable in her own skin. Jessica Alba, she's just like us! Not.



5.  2011's Top baby names have been announced. This always fascinates me. I think it's a really interesting look at our culture. Usually, there are some weird ones. Top 10 girls and boys names of 2011 were:


The Today Show attributes the popularity of "Mason" to little Mason Kardashian Disick. That's kind of a sad thought. I have a friend about to name her unborn Mason and I didn't even think of that. I bet she didn't either. I have another friend who might be having a Sophie soon. Other interesting tidbits: this is the first time the name "Michael" wasn't in the top 5 and the 13th straight year that Jacob has nabbed the top spot. Crazy! 

Welp, I'm close to descending into full weekend mode. Close. Painfully close. Come on, 5:30!
May 17, 2012

Kickelob Ultra

Hello all! A couple of weeks ago I wrote to you about my recent sports greatness. Today I'm asking for all of you blog friends' warmest vibes to keep that streak going. Because,

KICKELOB ULTRA 
(yes, that's the name of my team)
MADE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS!!!


Kickelob Ultra is hot pink. We were a latecommer at signup time and had to take what we can get. Honestly, I kind of like it. I know some of the boys were't wild about it at first. And they refuse to be seen at any sort of after party in our team gear, but its funny. The girls rock it:


Tonight we (#7 seed) face of with the dreaded Whiskey Kick (#10 seed). We've been on a 5-game winning streak, aka the "PINK STREAK", and we do not intend to get off the victory train now.

So blog friends, sometimes you all ask for my prayers about your babies, pregnancies, wedding planning snafus, DIY projects, etc..... I always think happy thoughts for you. Today, it's my turn. Yes, I'm owning the fact that my beer league fake sport is on par with your babies and weddings. Please, just hope Kickelob does awesome, we've come a long way. 

A few more pics to get your wheels a turnin':

Faithful cheerleader Coco. 

Sweet friends indulging in the official team beverage.

Some of our main power players. I can never get used to those skinny cans in the hands of a grown man. Giggle.

PINK STREAK!
May 16, 2012

1979 Victoria's Secret

One of my favorite internet places recently blogged this genius nugget. It's a look at Victoria's Secret fashion from 1979. Enjoy this hilarity:

 The chick in the pants in the left photo is wearing what looks like 6 separate pieces of lingerie. What a production. The ladies on the right are in the weirdest positions. One even has a spaghetti neck.


The girl in the middle on the left is genuinely dressed like an Amish person. Love. Also, we better all smell good for this photo shoot. The silk curtain and silk plant are straight class, y'all.


What in the hell is this camera angle? Also, the casual needlepointing almost goes un-noticed. Almost. And who hasn't told blue bra about the dangers of tanning beds yet?? #lookslikealeatherbagin2012


Wonder who they're calling. Probably their perm stylist. Or maybe she's on hold with Domino's. I know that's who I call when I'm in full sexy mode with my BFFs.


 Sexy pantsuit. Need more. Need more now. Also, fake sky. Good touch.


A classy evening in:  you bring the teeny tiny wine glasses, I'll bring the classic literature. We gotta be sure somebody grabs the neck ribbons, too. 

(Side note: indoor silk potted plants might be one of my biggest pet peeves of all time. Every doctor's office, every old lady house, every hotel lobby... DRIVES ME NUTS. Each of these photos had one of them. If I were any of these models I'd never be able to ignore them and channel my sexy for the photoshoot.)

So, what does this all mean? It's ok if we haven't locked up just yet. It's ok if we slave on the elliptical and seemingly (and literally) get nowhere. It's ok to sleep in a ratty t-shirt. Our mothers only had to try to reach that bar of pop culture seksiness. We 're trying to stairmaster our way toward this one:

Shit.

Don't get me started. Why, oh, why, can't it be 1979? I'd rock a sexy pantsuit like you wouldn't believe. And I would NEVER forget the neck ribbons. Never.
May 15, 2012

Help.

I've lost it. What, you ask? My blog mojo. I haven't forgotten about you Poodleism friends. In fact, I've been thinking about you more than ever. I just can't seem to get any fresh ideas. I feel frustrated as balls. I feel like this:


... and, without something creative to do with myself, also like this:


So help me. How do I get back to the bloggy equivalent of this:


(i love gifs. #dealwithit)

Bloggers, I need your wisdom. These are swirling around in my head...

Find a link up/giveaway/swap I'm excited about? (I've always regarded this as something of a end-of-my-rope approach, but we may be getting there)

Find a designer and give Poodleism a face lift? (Is that person reading this now? Comment please.)

What do you want to hear about? Do a questions day?

Stick to what I know? (quippy analysis of various internet-found absurdity)

Shut up and stop whining?

And here's a serious question: In this little hiatus, I've done some informal polling. Some Poodleism supporters in my real world want to hear more personal stuff. More of what I'm doing and my take on things going on around me. More recaps of my day-to-day. More talk of red bearded greatness. More photos of me and my loved ones. This is a STICKY topic for me. I've always been careful to keep my world my little world and Poodleism world its own thing. Is it time for a bridge? Should I just bite the bullet and get more personal? (warning: that could be a real can of worms for your readers). Thoughts?

Please, lord, comment on this. Or email me at casey{at}poodleism{dot}com. I miss you. I've got a few ideas for this upcoming week, but I don't feel psyched. I'm stuck.
May 5, 2012

SuperMoon

You know I love space. Like alot. And, I haven't had many intergalactic nuggets to share as of late. Though this  will be happening in our galaxy, it's a cool thing.



What's a supermoon you ask? Since the moon's orbit is an egg-like shape, there are times when it gets the closest to us. That's tonight! It happens about once a year. It will appear as much as 16 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons of 2012! 

So get out there and enjoy it, friends! I'm lucky enough to be in the beautiful Texas hill country.
May 4, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012


Hey-o! It's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday! I'm in an excellent mood. I'm working a half day and have a weekend of Texas Hill Country river greatness ahead of me. Be jealous. In the meantime, newsy nuggets ...

1. Kids are drinking hand sanitizer. Yep, that's true. Teen drinking is down but the hot new thing is slamming on some Purell.


Multiple kids have been sent to the ER and even more reports of it have surfaced across California. I guess it makes sense, the stuff is chalked full of alcohol, but this makes me ill to even think about. Though it's a tragic trend, it kind of makes me giggle a little bit. I've often wondered what's happening to the immune system of the generation of children who have grown up in a hyper-sanitized world, but never considered this weird side effect. Those crazy kids, what will they think of next? What happened to the good old days of going to the wrong side of town and paying some bum to buy you a case of Natty Light? ...but I wouldn't know a thing about that.

2. Kate Moss has been on 32 covers of British Vogue. Is that not ridiculous? She'll be on it for next month:


She looks fabulous. We're talking JUST the British version. Her first was in May 1993. Say what you will about CoKate, but that's a lot of Vogue, y'all. When is she going to start to look bad? I think I'm ready for that day to come.

3. Coming Soon: Titanic 2.0. A billionaire Australian plans to build a near-exact replica of the Titanic ship.


It will be nearly the exact same size but with modern technology and navigation. The business man behind it all said, "It is going to be designed so it won't sink. It will be designed as a modern ship with all the technology to ensure that doesn't happen." Really? That needed to be said? The next one won't be sinking? Specific improvements include a diesel fuel system and enlarged rudder and bow thrusters for improved maneuverability. It's going to be built in China, but have the maiden voyage from England to America some time in 2016. I don't really know, but it seems to me like some things might need to be left in the past... things like giant tragedies where thousands of people become Popsicles in the Atlantic ocean. I feel weird about this.

4. Levi Johnston... yes thats still a thing... has announced his unborn daughter's weirdass name. He knocked up his current girlfriend and told the world he intends to name the little bundle of joy Breeze Beretta Johnston.

(BTW, as far as I'm concerned, his Playgirl photos are the only ones that exist)

Yes, breeze like a gust of wind or cocktail. Yes, Beretta like the gun. The poor little girl will be named after a handgun. On another note, his girflfriend admitted that little Breeze was an accident. About the conception she said, "We were out at the cabin for like, four days, and forgot the birth control." Baby Breeze is really going to have to overcome some stuff when it comes to her genetic shortfalls. Rednecks procreating: bad for humanity, but great for humor.

5. World, meet the JoeyBra:


It's a bra with a pocket for your phone and credit cards. You can dance the night away purse free. Now, at first glance, I'm on board for this concept. I'll frequently get into serious dance breakdown mode and slip my phone in random places in my clothes and it always falls out. But, it's just occurred to me that the phone slot is really in a precarious place for electronics. A. Proximity to armpit is high. B. Boob sweat. Call me gross, but we all know that's a thing. The conditions in that spot are really not ideal for expensive gadgets. Especially if you're partying hard enough to be unable to have a purse. Also, I would doubt it's comfy. Makers of JoeyBra, keep thinking. I think you're close.

6. Kim Kardasian and Kanye West are dating:


I don't know how this meeting of the minds occurred originally, but the union is so absurd to me. The two most famewhoring people on earth have joined forces. Gawd. Supposedly Beyonce doesn't think she's good enough for him. Let's just all brace ourselves for the media circus that will surround every move these two make. Part of me wonders if she's just trying to find another person with a K name that tops the disgustingness of Kris Humphries. UGH.

7. Ok this blows my mind. This motorcyle...


... was lost in the tsunami in Japan in March 2011. Now, a little over a year later, it washed up in WESTERN CANADA. The Harley Davidson traversed the ENTIRE FREAKING PACIFIC OCEAN. In terms of physics, I can't even begin to fathom how this happened. Isn't a motorcycle essentially a giant hunk of steel? Why in the world wouldn't it sink? Seriously, I can't get my head around this. At all.

In a couple short hours I'm headed outta here for a riverside weekend extravaganza! Happy weekend all!
May 3, 2012

It's OK Thursday

This week I've been focusing hard on being in healthy routine: getting to bed early, hitting the gym, healthy food, minimal booze, etc. For the most part, I've done ok, but I still feel kind of off the wagon in life... So, what better day for...

Its Ok Thursdays

It's OK ....

... to have to use Sunday - Thursday to recover from the weekend.

... to go to a baby shower and feel weirdly interested in an infant of you own. Just for one day. Then you enjoy a glass of sangria and forget all about it. 

... to have to bathe your poodle twice a week in the summer. Annoying as balls. But ok.


... to miss friends that don't live in your city oh so much. I'm lucky to have as many as I do in Austin, but a couple are too far away. This was taken at said baby shower:


... to be dissatisfied. If you aren't, you might not be paying attention. 

... to go on a DVR spree. Said detox week has involved a lot of the holy trinity: Glee (wtf will that show do after graduation?), Gossip Girl (this one might be running it's course for me. sad.), Grey's Anatomy (Jackson Avery is the hottest man on television). 


... to try to diet, but sometimes you need a spoonful of peanut butter as a quick sweet fix. There are worse things, right?

... to have to step back and get into a new routine. 

... to not be able to enjoy the Real Housewives of New Jersey anymore. This season it feels like they're fighting about nothing more that ever. (or, GASP, maybe I'm just growing up) That Teresa really does seem insane, though. I'll probably keep it in my DVR back pocket for a rainy day :)

... to be in a blog rut. HARD. More on that later. 

I do miss you blog world, I'm trying to figure out what's been wrong with me lately. Feels good to be back.
May 1, 2012

Photo a Day April 16-30

I already showed you some for this month, and here's the rest!

16 - Flower
Found these pretty roses on a bike ride in my neighborhood. 
(...almost feels a little too hipster to be typing that out.)

17 - Something You Don't Like
HATE. HATE. HATE. 

18 - Orange
Real, preservative-laden cheese balls. Addictive as ever.

18 - Hair
That's the top of my head on most work days. Gorge, I know.

20 - Something You Drew
Anyone else completely obsessed with DrawSomething?

21 - Bottle
Roommate and I were entertaining. Tasty sampler pack from Deschutes Brewery.

22- The Last Thing You Bought
MAC Longwear Lipstick in Impassioned. I'd been on a quest for this hue for weeks. FOUND!

23 - Vegetable
God bless Whole Foods. How does it always smell so good in there? Why do I want to buy one of all of these things?

 24 - Something You're Grateful For
Obvs. This little sweetcheeks wants to escape from the car. What would I do without faces like that?

25 - Looking Down
Me looking down on the Black Keys. Not a stellar photo, but was a stellar concert.

26 - Black + White
Really the only black and white thing in my room. This little baby has been to lots of homes with me. 

27 - Somewhere You Went
...out on the town with some favorite girlfriends

28 - 1pm
At 1pm on Saturday I was standing at the sink, getting the kitchen cleaned out to bake cupcakes for a baby shower. Too many dishes, too many cupcakes, baby showers..#whitegirlproblems

29 - Circle
Stolen coaster with my initial on it. It's only paper, but it's so badass. Had to steal.

30 - Something That Makes You Sad
An empty mailbox. I look forward to the possibility of surprise treasures every day. I should get over that...

That's all for April. I think I'm going on Photo A Day hiatus in May. I've lost my motivation, inspiration and creativity for it. That seems to be happening left and right...

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