Archive for January 2010

Your mom goes to college

January 31, 2010

On Saturday, I had to run some errands and out of the goodness of my heart I took along my younger brother because he was bored.

My brother Robert is in 7th grade and he just turned 13 about two weeks ago. He is very tall for his age (taller than me, but so is everyone else) and he has a large frame. He doesn’t look 7th grade, but he doesn’t look like he could be older than like a sophomore in high school. At least I though so.

Anyway, we ended up at Dollar Tree just looking around because you can find the funniest things at dollar stores. They had their Valentine goodies on display and as we were looking, I spotted boxes of the Valentines that you hand out to people when you’re in elementary school and stuff (because school districts have yet to find a way or religious reason to rename Valentine’s day). I immediately exclaimed, half-jokingly “Oh, Robert! Don’t you want some Valentine’s to hand out to your friends? Maybe the girls?”

Robert rolled his eyes and said, “Nobody hands out Valentines in intermediate school! That’s lame!”

A semi-cute guy, dressed in UT attire  and seemed to be around my age was looking at Valentine’s stuff also and laughed upon overhearing our conversation. “Everybody loves Valentines” he said to us.

In an attempt to keep the conversation going and because I am always in need of flirting practice  and I also looked pretty cute (in skinny jeans with non-grandma shoes and my stylish pea coat) I looked at the cute guy and said, “Yeah, I wish we still gave out Valentines in college!”

The guy looked at me and said “Oh, is your son in college?”

 Yes. I had Robert when I was 6 years old. Didn’t you see the Discovery Channel Health Special done on me?

This is why.

Take off your mink

January 31, 2010

Pre-Olympic drama begins. Recently ice skater Johnny Weir was critisized for wearing fur during his performance. Now I am not a huge fan of the Olympics and my stance on fur wearing is rather neutral, I do like to watch situations escalate rapidly.

Johnny wore a “tuft” of white fox fur in a competition and the Friends of the Animals organization decides to over react.  I am not huge fan of fur-wearing, and I would not wear fur myself, but I come from a performing background and fur is just one of those elements that sometimes literally makes the costume, so I am not shocked or appalled that Johnny would do such a thing.

The Friends of Animals (who don’t seem to be really popular because I don’t hear much from them, though correct me if I’m wrong), however, think it is completely unacceptable for Johnny to wear fur. They went so far as to ask him to never perform in fur again and brought up the point that although he chose to wear fur, the animals he’s wearing did not chose to be worn Check out the entire letter at http://www.friendsofanimals.org/news/2010/january/open-letter-to-ameri.html

Let’s just go over a few reasons why this whole fiasco is a bit overrated. First of all, he’s a performer and like I said fur is a “stylistic element”. Second, he does compete in the winter Olympics, and believe it or not fur wearers do tend to wear fur in the winter. Thirdly, Johnny Weir is an ice skater not a renowned celebrity or extreme popular icon. My point is that just because he wore fur does not mean that everyone is going to run out a purchase massive amounts of fur in order to be just like Johnny and he’s not going to be on the cover of Vogue when the magazine runs an issue called “Fur-licious”.

So basically the Friends of the Animals needs to calm down, and Johnny may want to stick with the sequins rather than fur for a performance or two, because the Olympics hasn’t even started and the drama is already making news.

Lady Gaga at the Grammy’s

January 31, 2010

Well the Grammy’s really sucked. I don’t mean to sound whiney or anything, but the live performances were not so hot and in my opinion nobody who really deserved to win actually won. Although at this time Album of the Year has not been announced yet, so if Lady Gaga wins then I will probably have changed my mind.

But for now, enjoy the highlight of the evening. Lady Gaga with Elton John.

Lunch time thoughts

January 29, 2010

There is nothing more invigorating than running across a busy street, dodging cars, puddles and strange looking birds in the cold to mail some letters. (This is not sarcastic, you should try it, its fun)

I really love Regina Spektor. My current favorite song of hers is Ghost of Corporate Future. You should listen to it. It is all so true.

My new, dear friend Corey literally roped and pulled me into becoming a Event Planner in the Communication Association at school. I can’t decide if I should think this is lame or maybe have fun.

I really need to make a header for the blog, but I have not come up with what I want yet. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

I also have several good ideas for posts, I just haven’t gotten around to writing them yet.

Next Sat. I will be 19. I really don’t feel that old.

I desperately need new shoes.

I hope I get some new CDs or itunes gift cards for my birthday because there are several albums I need to buy.

Lunch really isn’t long enough for all the things I need to think about.

OMF (On my fridge)

January 26, 2010

For my web design class, we had to redesign a lay-out of this website http://prtl.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/HSH/HOME/Study Abroad/Egypt using Photoshop so he could see that we are starting to understand what makes a good website.

Here was my effort. These are not my own pictures, because we didn’t have to use our own pictures. Also I’ve never been to Egypt.

My web site design

Cross it off the list

January 26, 2010

So I registered to vote today, which was on of the things on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. It’s only been two days and I’ve started accomplishing wonders. This list is a really good motivation to do/try things you normally wouldn’t do or that you would continue to put off or never get around to. I mean, look, I can now get summoned for jury duty!

With that said, I decided you could see more of my list because I don’t actually have 45 things you couldn’t see. I was just out of ideas the other night. But never fear, the rest of the list is here! Starting with number 56.

56. Vote in an a presidential election.

57. See Lady Gaga in concert.

58. Eat at Tokyo Hauna.

59. Make a permanent header for the blog.

60. Make a new friend.

70. Go through a car wash (one of those that you have to drive your car through).

71. Learn how to do a forward roll without freaking out.

72. Try every flavor slush at Sonic.

73. Play Twister and win.

74. Learn how to speak in a British accent.

75. Learn how to make a cupcakes from scratch.

76. Go a full week without texting anyone at all.

77. Make a real bet involving money.

78. Buy a lottery ticket.

79. Enter some kind of legit contest.

80. Get my eyebrows waxed.

Ok, the rest of the 20 things on my list you can’t see. Sorry. But they do exist and I will accomplish them.

What are some of your 101 things?

PIT # 15

January 26, 2010

When you get discouraged thinking about how insufficient your own monetary funds are, just take solace in the fact that the United States government will always owe more than you.