Jun 27, 2012

Tagged

I got tagged yesterday by Christina at Christina's Pop Life. She's a wonderful and favorite blog friend! Go read her stuff, pronto! I’m supposed to share some random things about myself and then answer some questions. Here we go!

(I'm so bad at thinking of random things...)

I'm a big dork for history museums. Seriously, I could get lost looking at dinosaur skeletons and the like for the rest of my life. I'm craving hitting up the new dinosaur exhibit the Natural Science Museum in Houston. Soon.

TV/Movies about the ocean make me fall asleep. I've fallen into a deep coma watching two different ocean-themed IMAX movies, several watery episodes of Planet Earth and even Finding Nemo (in the theater!). And its almost instantaneous. It's so, so weird. Even walking around an aquarium makes me nod off a bit. I think its because I had a fish tank in my room as a baby that I used as a night light. It's the weirdest thing.

I'm terrified as crap of snakes. Like I can't even be in the room with one in a cage. I get tingles (not good ones) down my spine and my whole body get like red and weird. My psychologist mother claims its an evolutionary mental block dating back to the days when humans had to be afraid of them. Not a bad theory, but I think it's just because they're slimy and gross. They don't have legs. How can you trust a thing with no legs?

And the questions:

1. What is your profession? Communications Consultant. It's  rare treat that I'm actually using my Journalism degree to do real writing at age 26. #countingmyblessings

2. How would you describe your style? Casual. Extremely casual. Jorts and TOMS are my current uniform.


3. What one make-up product can you not live without? Stila Waterpoof Eyeliner in Purple Tang:


I have bad eye allergies and the wateryness effs with my eye makeup bigtime. Not this little diddy though. Also, a deep purple color complements my light eyes without looking too streetwalkerish like black eyeliners do.

4. If you could be besties with one celebrity, who would it be? Who are we kidding here? BEYONCE. She's independent, fierce and mercilessly badass.


5. What is your dream vacation? Italy. Food, wine, scenery, history galore. What more could there be?


6. What magazines do you subscribe to? The only one I currently subscribe to is Texas Monthly. I'm kind of a big nerd for the food reviews and adventures in the mag...


7. If you could have any special talent {that you don't currently have}, what would it be? Playing a musical instrument. I'm abysmal at music. I should have stayed in piano lessons like my mom told me too. Oops. Heck, this could be me:


8. What is your favorite breakfast food? Any and all, but I'd probably have to go bagel and cream cheese. Simple, decadent (for me) and freaking delish. Luckly I don't have access to my favorite bagels...

...very close to me. I have to really want it to drive over to it.

9. If you could do anything, what is your dream job? Cliche, I know, but probably blogger. You'd never know it by my recent lack of posts, though... I'm working on it.

10. What is your guilty pleasure? Shitty television. Favorite? Toddlers and Tiaras:


...except honestly I'm not guilty in the least.

Welp, thanks a ton Christina, you're a real pal!
Jun 20, 2012

Cullen Family - CAN'T WAIT

I came across these delicious new previews of Breaking Dawn: Part 2 last week. For the last few days I've been trying to resist every urge in my body to blog about them. I'm really trying to freshen things up here at Poodleism, but who am I kidding? I just can't resist.

These new photos have emerged:

Um hai. Could that kid be a little more flawless?

Weird.

She has so little motherly instinct that it's uncomfortable.

"We're the four best friends that anyone could have!"

Oh, hey there Kellen Lutz's arm, I've missed you.

There's also a new teaser trailer!


I'm nerding out here alot. My synapses don't know what to do. Smile? Squeal? Both at once?


I think this calls for a movie marathon this weekend. Can't wait!
Jun 19, 2012

50 Shades of Gray in .GIFs

I've finally done it. I'm on the 50 Shades of Gray bandwagon. Bigtime. I started it this weekend on my trip (sidenote: don't start a semi porn book while on your first trip to your BF's family home. Too many thoughts).


I honestly don't know where to start. There are so many things. I'm on a bit of a .GIF kick, so I'll tell you about my reactions via this genius digital medium...

I didn't expect it to be as hardcore on the sex stuff as it is. When he took her to his special play room:


I've read most of it in crowded places so far. This makes me feel tense. It's like people know I'm reading about nipple clamps. Secret dangerous flirty feeling:


Then I just get amazingly addicted. Like can't look away. Why does it have this affect on me?


It shocks me every time when she even considers not giving him what he wants...


Take home point:  If sweet innocent Ana Steele can seduce him... we all can be seductresses. We're all smokin' hot women deep down somewhere. This is how I imaging my inner goddess:


Generally, the plot twists are good and it's a really great character study. I more than approve.


The best news? THERE ARE TWO MORE BOOKS:


Tell me you aren't sick of the .GIFs. I might be just getting started...

The Bachelorette 8

I've been waiting to do a little postaroo on this season of the Bachelorette because honestly, I have too many thoughts. I have to wait until there are only a few people left. You're welcome.

But first, I have a big girl crush on Emily Maynard. Not only is she just ridiculously smokin' hot:


...she seems pretty down to earth, grounded and knows what she wants. Despite the absurd fairy tale that is being on the show, she mostly exists in the real world... I think:


I love her. More than is healthy.

As for the men, where do I start? Here's who's left and my thoughts..

Arie
I think he's a major frontrunner, my current pick for the last man standing. He seems nice and genuinely interested in her happiness. No complaints here (a very rare thing).

Chris
I don't think he's her soulmate. She seems pretty smitten with him though. She called him out as one of the cutest on the very first night. I think he's sweet, but a little awkward... and not a Southerner, which is something I think she needs.

Doug 
I'm not into him. I think he comes in too hot with the "I'm a mature single father" shtick. His only defense is that he has big muscles and a kid. Kind of a big dumb animal I think.

Jef
Swoon city. He's by far my favorite, but I don't think her perfect match. He's too hipster and awesome for her. He has too good of taste and is way too good of a skateboarder. Again... swoon city.

John
Boring. Nothing to say except, what in the hell is a "Data Deconstruction Specialist"? He is cute though.

Sean
Cute. Nice. Her friends loved him. A Texan. I'm rooting for this one.

This season has been packed with twists. Last night she sent home 2 people and then just opted out of a rose ceremony altogether. Cah-RAZY! I'm freaking psyched for more. Next week they'll be in Prague!

What are you internet friends thinking of the season so far? Tell me you aren't above the Bachelorette? If you're reading this blog, I know you aren't.
Jun 18, 2012

Sweet Home Alabama

...well it's not really my home, but I did go there. I'd never visited Alabama, or really spent any time in the deep south, so everything was all new to me! Here's a little photo dump/recap of my time there...

Friday:

First we had lunch at The Club. It was a cute little members-only club where we went to dine and take in the beautiful Birmingham Skyline...



We then bopped around town and explored the old downtown area...


...and the fun and delicious Avondale Brewery:



Saturday:

We bopped around Homewood, Alabama for lunch and checked out tons of cute local boutiques:


... and then had to drive to Arab, Alabama for a wedding. It was in this ridiculously precious little white country chapel: 



The wedding itself was laid-back, fun and kind of an old-fashioned Southern throwdown. It was magnificent. Does there ever come a time in life when sparklers aren't fascinating and hilariously fun?
... please tell me no.

Sunday was spent doing lots of recovering and Traveling. Boo.

Generally, I had a GREAT time! Parts were a tad overwhelming (i.e. meeting the in-laws, childhood BFFs and a country wedding in Arab, AL), but all in all a wonderful little jaunt. Can't wait to go back!
Jun 17, 2012

Dad's Day!

Hi all! Happy Sunday and Father's Day! I'm still in Alabama and am a little pouty not to be near my sweet daddy today.

Here's us holding it down:

"Kings of the castle. Kings of the castle"

A more recent gem:

He's not a big whore for the camera. Nugget and I will ham it up any day.

Here are some of my favorite things about myself that I think I can attribute to him:
  • Humor. We're both known for being jokesters, and I love it (though my mom is a witty son of a gun herself).
  • Nerdiness. We both enjoy a really strange academic tangent (Exhibit A: space addiction).
  • Extrovertedness. We both will speak to anyone. He's the one that taught me how to crack jokes with every random person I interact with -- a thing that humiliated me as a teen and kind of now humiliates the people around me.
  • Giving nature in relationships. I watched him selflessly serve three women all my life. Bless his heart, he's given every cent, ounce of patience and every bit of his time to take care of us. I'm finding in my relationships I try to give and give like that too. I'll never be able to touch his gifts on this front.
I'm sure I'll have a crisis and need him soon. He's always there for me and Nugget. He entertains all my random inquiries like a champ. Does there ever come a day when Dad isn't the supreme expert on everything? I don't see that happening. I'm sure he's sick of it, but this has always been my mantra:


I'm a lucky one. I know so many people who have crappy dads. Mine is one of the best around! I pity the man who wants to marry me one day and try fill those shoes. I wish I was home making him pies today. He's the best person to bake for. 
Jun 15, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012


Happy Friday everyone! Brace yourself for lots of random B.S. in this post., which is actually my favorite kind...

1. Hello. Today I have some rhyming wine-related news. YES.

This a wine Wine DRESS:
It's made ENTIRELY out of wine and natural, non-dangerous bacteria. It's one whole piece and is totally seamless. Why is the scientist that had the time/desire/curiosity for this? I need to meet him.

... and this is wine CHESS:
I think I just found a great new way to class up our biweekly girls nights...

(we do important things here at Poodleism. Didn't you know?)
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2. You are your shoes. It's science, trust me. In a new study, participants were shown more than 200 pairs of shoes and were asked to guess the owner's gender, age, social status and different personality traits for each pair. Interesting. Read more about the findings here, but generally they found that people rarely choose shoes that portray traits different than their personality. In fact, you can judge 90% of someone's personality traits just by looking at their shoes! Crazy! For me, I'm semi lazy, thoroughly enjoy comfort and try to be  a little trendy want to give poor kids stuff . These are my current footwear obsession:

Interesting.
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3. OctoMILF. That's at thing. It's a word that means "the Octomom is doing porn now."

Yes it's true. Sad, but true. The only reason I bring this to your attention is that I get copious chuckles out of her porn name being "OctoMILF." That's a pretty genius aspect of a pretty awful thing. What's a word that means "tiny bit of hilarity in a giant pile of depressing"?
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4. Dogs even get sad when strangers cry. A new study out of the University of London shows that dogs feel empathy toward any human crying -- not just their owners. They used 18 dogs of different breeds and ages. They exposed the dogs to people crying, singing and talking. They found that more dogs reacted to the crying than the singing and didn't react to the talking at all. They approached, looked at or nuzzled the cryers far more than the other people. I have some thoughts... first of all, dogs really are the best, as if you didn't already know. Mine could be the best of the best:

(totally gratuitous Prince reference)

Secondly, why didn't they react to the talking? Should I stop discussing politics, my love life and the Bachelorette with the Prince baby? Is he not listening? I refuse to believe it. Whatever. Dogs are the best.
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5. House Hunters is FAKE! 


According to multiple reports, the show is total B.S. They apparently only choose subjects who have closed on a home. So, the entire deliberation process, the pros/cons and the other house options are all fake. It's completely acted. Read more here. Also, the houses they tour as possible options aren't even for sale! They are often just friends' houses nearby! What the hell? We all know reality TV isn't real at all, but this one? Come on people, not my House Hunters. This fakeness better not apply to House Hunters International. It probably does, but I won't be able to quit that one, so I'm going to just pretend its real.
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6. Joey Lawrence is in Chippendales. WHOA! Yep, you read that right. Joey Lawrence is a semi stripper. Who knew he had this bod?


Is he that washed up? Or that vain? Is it wrong that I'm really interested in this? He'll be performing at a limited engagement at the Rio in Vegas this summer. Get your tickets now. WHOA!

Have a wonderful weekend! I'll be exploring sweet (BF's) home Alabama! Beer me strength.

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