Friday, August 31, 2007

Wiggles Dog Wigs

I swear, if this company even makes so much as ONE penny, I would lose it. WHO would put a WIG on their dog? This makes NO sense. Then again, that is perhaps what people thought when dog clothes came out.

Another Obsession...

Ok, promise that this will be the last clothing Do you guys like this dress? I need to go to a wedding... I feel like I'll buy it and then have nowhere to wear it!

Why Can't You Wear White After Labor Day?

I was just thinking about that... so I looked it up.

Originally, the rule was more along the lines of "Only wear white shoes between Memorial Day and Labor Day." Furthermore, it mainly applied to white pumps or dress shoes. White tennis shoes and off-white boots seem exempt, as are any shoes worn by a winter bride. "Winter white" clothing (e.g., cream-colored wool) is acceptable between Labor Day and Memorial Day too.

Experts suggest that because white reflects light and heat, wearing white would make you cooler in winter, and thus should be avoided. But others suggest the rule stems from a class issue. Acting Director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology Valerie Steele notes that in the late 19th century and the 1950s, more people were entering the middle classes. These nouveau-riche folks were often unaware of the standards of high society, so they were given specific codified rules to follow in order to fit in.

So there we go!

Party Season...What to Wear...

Looking through some dresses at , which always has some cheesy dresses, but always complete. It's just about that time to start looking for "holiday" party outfits... here are some of my favorite...

1) Plenty by Tracy Reese- Brocade Frock (pictured) - It's red. With sparkles. And loose, so you can eat. Any questions? $220.00 - not bad. I'm for sure purchasing this one.

2) Shoshanna Moroccan Dress- I can't decide if I like this. It's brown. mixed with Turqoise... with a bow. Might be too busy. $350.00

3) Jovani Gold Sequin Mini (pictured)- This might be really awesome on someone a lot taller (than me) or someone who is channeling Beyonce. Perfect for New Year's! $500.00.

Punking the White House?

This is pretty ballsy... surprised there isn't video coverage catching whoever did this...

White House pranksters wrapped Karl Rove's Jaguar in plastic wrap on the private driveway next to the West Wing.

Rove's car is now easily recognizable because of its "I love Barack Obama" bumper sticker and the twin stuffed-animal eagles on the trunk. Oh, and there's a stuffed-animal elephant on the hood.

Rove, the top White House political strategist who recently announced his resignation, left his car on the driveway while visiting Texas and traveling with President Bush. He was due back in Washington Wednesday evening.

Gwenyth Paltrow: Top Chef

The macrobiotic health nut is working on a program to showcase the foods of Spain.
She and chef Mario Batali will travel all over the country for two months for the new PBS program. The article notes, "The actress, 34, is a famously fussy eater and has been ridiculed in the past for her bizarre and strict diet regimes."

Why do we need "wimp and blimp" running a cooking show... I hope Mario doesn't eat her.

T Bags!!

I have avoided T-Bags (of all kinds...) for a while, because it all looked the same, but I kind of like the new direction they are taking...especially the low cut shirt-- it's open in the back! That's kind of cute for a "winter" night out...

New Razr

The real question is- who didn't have a Razr? Motorola is releasing the RAZR2. I don't know if Motorola is trying to tailor this to be a woman's phone- but the standard color will be this metallic purple.

Winning the Lottery Twice...

Wow. This must be terrible...winning the lottery twice. What is that? That's like getting struck by lighting twice while being bitten by a great white shark.

It's Britney Bitch.

"Wucha Dun Did Now?"

Why do I find clips like this? Yes- it's great to see tax money at work.

A school district suspended a police officer as it investigates his distribution of a "Ghetto Handbook." The booklet billed itself as a guide to Ebonics, teaching the reader to speak "as if you just came out of the hood." It included definitions such as "foty: a 40-ounce bottle of beer"; "aks: to ask a question"; and "hoodrat: scummy girl.",2933,295372,00.html

Hello Lauren and Lorraine....

We are the tree frogs that live in Reagan's backyard. My name is Sally and this is my son, Pretty Ricky. We will sing you to sleep every night. Please enjoy our tunes ! We will only be here until those jerks fill the pool with chlorine! Chlorine is unfortunately bad for our skin. We look forward to performing for you this weekend.

Not that I want to make Vikki any pickier when we go out to eat, but.....

If you have about two hours to spare, this book is a great (and quick) read. Basically, the authors encourage you through tough love to give up bad things such as sugar, soda and coffee which we all know are bad. The down side is that they push a vegan diet which I don't think I am ready to embrace....mainly because of this factor: hey guys, want to come over for dinner? We are going to have tofu bean burgers with sprouts, a side of vegetables, another side of vegetables, vegetables for dessert, and green tea ! Check it out though, makes you think differently about organic foods and meat.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Salads that are fattening?

Hey guys- ran across this article and totally thought of everyone's obsession with salads. Apparently, some are not as good as others. See below, courtesy of

More and more restaurants and fast food joints are carrying a variety of salads.
That's a good thing, right? Well, it can be, but don't make a quick ruling on that. It's true that vegetables are the lowest-calorie food group; the problem is that salads aren't just composed of vegetables anymore.
Because not all salads are made the same, it takes some work by the consumer to figure out which restaurant salads are healthy choices. Let's compare the fat and calories in a few salads made by popular food outlets.
Taco Bell's Fiesta Salad® — 840 calories and 45 grams of fat
Macaroni Grill's Chicken Caesar Salad® — 920 calories and 69 grams of fat
Panera's Bistro Steak Salad® — 630 calories and 58 grams of fat
Applebee's Grilled Steak Caesar Salad® — 1,190 calories and 75 grams of fat
Compare the salads above to the infamous McDonald's Big Mac®, which has 540 calories and 29 grams of fat.
And keep in mind that four cups of salad mix — with no added meats, croutons, sliced eggs, dressings, and so on — have only 100 calories and no fat.
Salads don't need to get a bad reputation, though. It's all the extras that get added to salads nowadays that pack on the calories and fat. Use these tips for selecting a healthier salad.
Order salad dressing on the side. And before spearing a bite of your salad, each time dip the tines of your fork into the dressing. You will taste dressing with each bite but you'll only be using a small amount.
Try a light or low-fat salad dressing or dilute the dressing with vinegar or lemon juice. This will help to reduce the calories.
Stay away from all things fried. Salads now come with fried meats. Ask that these be baked, grilled, or broiled.
Keep the toppings to a minimum. Croutons, cheese, fried wontons and noodles, eggs, olives, and nuts all add up in calories. Ask that these be replaced with extra vegetables.
Bottom line: Tailor-make your salad just for you, and it can be a healthy meal.

Disagree With Hottest Over 35

So, I came across this article today about the hottest women over 35 right now... and the accompanying article was truly "inspirational"...especially as I am RAPIDLY approaching 30. I can't even think about that.... Anyways, the part that got me was Salma Hayek was Number 1 over Halle Barry. That is just wrong. What do you think? (I suppose my pictures are a little biased)... but who lets themselves go during pregnancy? A sign of a non-sexy woman...
- Others include: Jada Smith Pinkett, Gwen Stefani, Monica Belucci, Liz Hurley, Lucy Liu

Clip From Article:

You've seen the "hottest girls on the planet" type lists before. The problem is that those lists are less about the women, and more about who has the best publicists and plastic surgeons. We're not doing that here. We understand that most women (and men) generally don't come into their own until they're at least in their 30s. And besides, there's a whole lot more that goes into being "sexy" than starving yourself or being drunk on YouTube.Yes, raw physical beauty is taken into account here, but one must consider the whole package. As we get older, the definition evolves the same way we do. How she carries herself, her attitude, and how she conducts her life are every bit as important as how she looks. A woman with no redeeming social value might be "hot" (*cough* Paris Hilton), but she'll never be truly sexy.

200 Yard Spider Web

Wow, this spider web is the size of almost TWO football fields. I can't even begin to believe. I think the most eerie thing about this article is the forest ranger saying, "There are times you can literally hear the screech of millions of mosquitoes caught in those webs." Anyways, I love nature (in pictures)... so here's to nature :)

I didn't know Tyler Florence was married...damn! I love

Fed may not Cut Rates

The U.S. Federal Reserve is not rushing to cut benchmark interest rates because it wants to break investors of the view that the central bank is there to bail them out. (So much for that break in my business....)

Hey first blog ever. I decided that i wanted to do some volunteer activity to make myself feel like I am contributing to this world. I thought i would take the first step since I heard Reagan is spending all her free time with Underprivileged children and Lorraine is a Big Sister to like 5 girls. So....I am going to an orientation event for hands on miami on Sept 5 at Borders Books. If any one of you are interested let me know. They have about 80 volunteer activites each month. Just a thought.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

It is sad when.....

When in order to keep your job as a United States Senator that you get on the news and tell the public that you have sex with men, but you are not "gay." Yes ladies and gentlemen, the distinguished Senator proclaimed that he engaged in sexual activity with men, but is not "gay." As if that makes his Wife and the Republican Party feel any better.

Loehmann's Coupons

Just in case you're not on the mailing list, click on for coupons for another 10-15% off clearance and/or reduced price items.

And Americans Are Shocked They Are Fat?

Since I recently purchased a blender, I was searching for low calorie smoothie recipes this afternoon. My search took me to Rachael Ray's website (to see what the fuss is about) when low and behold....I have discovered one of the most significant contributors to the obesity epidemic in the United States: Rachael Ray's No Repeats. For those of you who may not be aware, Rachael Ray devised a plan where she would post a week's worth of recipes and a corresponding grocery list. This is a genius idea because cooking at home is allegedly "healthier" than eating at a restaurant (think butter) and having a meal plan + grocery list delivered to your computer screen is one of the best things since sliced bread (in this context white wonder bread). Just print, shop, and prepare easy home cooked meals, right? So far this meal plan could only have served to make Ms. Ray a multi-millionaire friend of Oprah Winfrey....and EVERYONE WHO FOLLOWS THE PLAN OBESE! Consider this weeks recipes: Monday...Sweet and Spicy Chicken Breasts (not bad) paired with Curry Rice Salad (WTF) a salad made from rice? Isn't that an oxymoron? and Orange Scented Cornbread. Tuesday...."Bread Painting" (gross) Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes (not too bad) except that on Wednesday....Shrimp and Penne is featured on the menu, and on Thursday....two more types of pasta are featured: Gary Sinise's Kids Pasta (a millionaire friend I am sure) and Walnuts, Ham & Cheese Bowtie Pasta (again, yuck and I am sure kids hate walnuts). So to sum up the week, we have chicken, pasta, pasta, (pasta + pasta) and then the week ends on Friday with Walnut Rice Chicken, Shrimp Wonton Cups and 5 pounds. Her plan should be called Rachael Ray's 365: To Obesity ! Maybe we should do a documentary on this.

Item Obsession

There really is nothing to say about this... but AMAZING.

They can be found at

for a mere $375. I will be taking donations.

30 Most Visited Cities

Well - mostly no surprises... BUT even Forbes seems a bit surprised that Charlotte, N.C., second largest financial center in the U.S., gets mores visitors than Fort Lauderdale and ranks Number 26 in the Top 30. Below are the Top 10.

1. Las Vegas, NV
2. Los Angeles, CA
3. Orlando, FL
4. NY, NY
5. Chicago, IL
6. Washington, D.C.
7. Atlanta, GA
8. San Diego, CA
9. Houston, TX
10. Dallas, TV
13. Miami, FL

Would You Pay This Much for Desert?

Those of you who know me know that sweets is not really my thing... I mean, you will definitely not catch me paying $20 for a desert... but it looks like there are some people out there who take their dessert much more seriously and would probably laugh at my desert cheapness.

Forbes has put together a list of expensive desserts, complete with pictures, prices, and locations, so you know where to go when the mood strikes to bust a wallet for some chocolate. Just how expensive can these desserts get? The pictured goody is $14,500. This dessert from The Fortress Aquamarine in Sri Lanka comes with an 80-carat gem. I suppose involving jewelry is bound to tip the prices a bit. And no, no one has purchased the $14,500 dessert yet.

Blog: Lis and The Single Girl

I just came across this and this is her blog tagline "Single and fabulous? Well then this is the column for you! Ever wish you had your own personal Carrie Bradshaw to answer your questions — not just about what to do if your boyfriend dumps you via text message — but serious issues that confront us?" Then they call her Carrie with a law degree. This column isn't even that good.

Anyways, looking through the archive, it seems she answers questions re: prenuptials, alimony, etc... Maybe I'm just a hater, I would love to sit home all day and blog about ONE question.,2933,294955,00.html

$5 Million Dollar Ferrari

For those of you who don't know, Pebble Beach is known for it's golf and it's annual "Concours d' Elegance" event, which auctions off and shows the most rare and expensive collector cars. I didn't know about this event until I saw a special and apparently Jay Leno is a huge collector. Anyways, I came across the Top 10 Car Sales and thought you guys would like to check out how these vintage cars sell... plus, if a guy tells you he has a 1959 Ferrari, you'll give him a second glance. ;)

The top-selling car at Pebble Beach this year (nearly as big an honor as winning the prestigious Concours d'Elegance itself), this Ferrari is special in several ways. Beyond being one of the most desirable Ferrari designs of all time, this particular car is one of only seven original alloy-bodied examples ever built.

Bob Grossman drove this car to a first in class - and 5th place overall - finish at the 1959 "24 Hours of Le Mans." The car is fitted with several factory upgrades, including larger carburetors that boost output to 262-horsepower, stiffer suspension and an oversized fuel tank.

CEO Salaries...

The average CEO of a large U.S. company made roughly $10.8 million last year, or 364 times that of U.S. full-time and part-time workers, who made an average of $29,544, according to a joint analysis released Wednesday by the liberal Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy.

That gap is down from 411 times in 2005 and well-below the record high of 525 times recorded in 2000.
Not to be weird- but how do people survive on $29,000 a year? I'm serious. I'm not paying rent right now and I don't think I can swing that. After taxes, that is $1900 per month- which breaks down to $966.00 bi-weekly.

How To Eat Like A Hot Chick

Apparently, someone can right a book about anything. What should my book be? How to Be a Bored Young Professional and Eat Fries and Have Friends Who Don't Eat Fries. Who would buy that book? Well, now I am wondering if the authors are actually hot... hmmm... Ok- I posted them. You weigh in. You can also find their bios at:

Thanks to authors Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent, and their book How to Eat Like a Hot Chick, the secret is out on how to eat what you want and still be thin and fit: moderation.

The book says that "hot chicks" eat what they want, but they understand how to do it in moderation and balance things out. Want chocolate cake for breakfast? Go ahead! But you'll need to have something really light and healthy for lunch and dinner.

$12 Million Dollar Dog

As most of you know, the "Queen of Mean" Leona Helmsley died recently. However, what really sparked my interest was the fact that she left $12 Million Dollars to her DOG. This wouldn't normally bother me - but two of her grandkids got tried and got NOTHING from her billion dollar estate!

Call me crazy - she only gave away I would say $40 million of her money (including $12 million to dog)... and everything else, including cash from sales of the Helmsley's residences and belongings, reported to be worth billions, she ordered sold and the proceeds given to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Does she not like her family? I don't get it. Same with Bill Gates saying that he won't spoil his children with his billions? WHY? This doesn't make sense to me.

Fun fact: How baller is she? She owns or did own the company that manages the Empire State Building. BALLLLLLER.

9/10 Americans...

Own a gun! That statistic is probably technically off, because most people who own guns, own multiple guns. In any event, there are 90 guns for every 100 citizens and that statistic makes us the most heavily armed society in the world!

You may (or may not) know this about me, but my family owns guns. Multiple guns. I know, we seem to be unlikely carriers, but it's true! My dad enjoys the occassional gun range shoot, and I think I'm going to take it up as well.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Why do they need a study for this? However, I would like you to read the bottom line. WHY? Why did we go to school to get ahead... ONLY TO STAY BEHIND. I could have spent the last three years in the gym and getting some tits and a nose job. THANKS BRAIN. THANKS A LOT.

A 2005 speed-dating survey, co-written by Sheena Iyengar, a professor at Columbia University's business school, backed Daily's claims. The survey concluded that women showed a greater preference for men who came from affluent neighborhoods, and that the majority of guys responded first to physical attractiveness.

A similar online dating study, cited in the 2005 book "Freakonomics," suggested that women place almost twice as much emphasis on income as men do, and that a woman's looks are of "paramount importance" to men.

So, are guys really only after hot gals? According to Spindel, many times the answer is yes, especially when it comes to extremely successful men. (WOW EARTH SHATTERING),

"At the end of the day, you can go to Harvard and you can go to Brown [or the University of Miami School of Law]… but there's not a chance in China that you'll get a second date unless you're pretty," she said.

She might as well have added my name to the end. CHINA? Coincidence? I think not. :)

Dating Events... Darwinian Model?

Well, to build on Viki's "chub finders", this article talks about all these "new" businesses that are cropping up to match people together. My favorite quote from one of the companies that introduce rich dudes to hot girls is, "I think through time, hot women and rich men have proven that they are attracted to each other," says Jeremy Abelson -- and yes, he's totally serious. (WHAT STRAIGHT GUY ISN'T ATTRACTED TO A HOT GIRL? Stupid comment). A bonus for us- the women who decided whether the girls were hot enough were Janis Spindel, the woman Bowman blogged about!

To test his theory, Abelson, 27, organized the first-ever Natural Selection Speed Date: Rich Guys & Hot Girls event, which took place February 7, in New York City.

"I thought this was a liberation for people. Like, you could stop holding it in and say, 'Okay, finally somebody's come out and said it,'" he says.

The name of the event was no joke. Men had to make over $200,000 annually if they were under 25 years old; 26- to 29-year-olds had to make $300,000; men 30 and up had to gross half a million.

More on how the Natural Selection speed date went:

SAT Average Scores Drop

Notably- I feel like this article tries to throw in that more people have than ever have taken the exam - and pinpoint that blacks and latino students taking it have risen!! Note: There is now a mandatory written portion - started with class of 2006 - so the "perfect" score is now 2400. How strange...

Average math and reading SAT scores fell four points for the high school class of 2007 to their lowest mark since 1999, according to a report released Tuesday by the College Board. Last spring's graduating seniors scored on average 502, out of a possible 800 points, on the critical reading section of the country's most popular college entrance exam, down from 503 for the class of 2006. Math scores fell three points from 518 to 515. (Avg. Score: 1017). The number of black students taking the SAT rose 6 percent, and the number of test-takers calling themselves "Other Hispanic, Latino or Latin American" (a group that does not include Puerto Ricans or Mexican Americans) rose more than 25 percent.

Florida Girl Getaways!

Ew. I was originally going to post this as a positive story. But all of the "getaways" they used were kind of STUPID. I guess one of them is an ok deal- $750 for a 5 night stay at the Catalina on South Beach and it includes some Yoga passes (wooooooow.) That has got to be the best picture the Catalina has ever taken. Hmmm... would be good if you crammed like 5 girls in a room.

Neiman Marcus: Fall "VIT"

Very Important Trends... let's see what is do-able and what isn't. The links should work, so you can go shop the trend direct. You can thank me later.

Gray - I love all shades of gray. This shouldn't be overally difficult.

Exotics - eh. I don't know if I could pull of wearing snake...alligator.

Booties - no. as if my calves weren't large enough, I should emphasize it by wearing "booties". Booties are for babies.

Knits - when was this out?

Wide-Legged Pants - too short...Alas, I love wide legged pants on others.

Sequins - YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Now, I can look more normal with all the bling I love. :)

Sheath Dresses - Another YESSSSSSS.

Jacket with Sleeve Details - eh. I guess. (example shown)

Leather Jackets - I like them on other people. I wind up looking a bit costume.

Cuffs - any jewelry is good jewelry. (example shown... I am showing one with some serious bling).

Presidential Elections - Whos Running

As you all know the 2008 election is rapidly approaching. The Media has seemed to focus on the Democratic Party so I wanted to give you a quick run down so you'll be able to hold a conversation on the political election.

As you know President Bush can not be re-elected ( thank goodness) and Cheney has elected not to run for Presidency

Fun Fact: Barring a reversal of Cheney's Sherman Statement, this will be the first time since the 1952 election that the incumbent party has put forth a candidate for President who is not currently President or Vice President. It is the first election since that of 1928 in which an incumbent President or Vice President has not sought either party's nomination (as Alben Barkley briefly did in 1952).

Republican Party Nomination in Order of recent favorites

Rudy Giuliani

Fred Thompson

John McCain

Mitt Romney

Sam Brownback

Ron Paul

Mike Huckabee

Tom Tancredo

Tommy Thompson

Duncan Hunter

Democratice Party Nomination :

Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama

Al Gore

John Edwards

Dennis Kucinich

Bill Richardson

Joe Biden

Christopher Dodd

Mike Gravel

Walrus Fossil = $9,600

Not to be weird- but wouldn't you think fossils and/or prehistoric artifacts would cost a lot more? You can get a WHOLE dinosaur skeleton for the small price of $90,000. I don't know, just thought it would be more. Anyways...
Believe it or not, a 12,000-year-old, 4 1/2-foot fossilized walrus penis was purchased at auction Sunday by Ripley Entertainment Inc., an auction official said.

The company, which owns 63 Ripley's Believe It or Not museums in 11 countries, including one on Hollywood Boulevard, bought the walrus member for $9,600, including fees, said Josh Chait of I.M. Chait Auctions & Gallery.

It was discovered in the frozen tundra of Siberia and dates back 12,000 years to the Pleistocene Period. The mammal's manhood is mummified, with a layer of perfectly preserved skin intact, according to Chait. (BARF!)

A 22-foot mounted skeleton of an aquatic dinosaur called a Mososaurus, from the Cretaceous period of Morocco and more than 65 million years ago, fetched the highest bid of $90,000, from a private collector, Chait said.

iPhone Hacker Trade In Value

The teenage hacker who managed to unlock the iPhone so that it can be used with cellular networks other than AT&T will be trading his reworked gadget for a new car.

George Hotz, of Glen Rock, N.J., said he had reached the deal with CertiCell, a Louisville, Ky.-based mobile phone repair company.
Hotz posted on his blog that he traded his modified iPhone for "a sweet Nissan 350Z and 3 8GB iPhones." (maybe $45,000 value?)

The job took 500 hours, or about 8 hours a day since the iPhone's June 29 launch.

No More Twinkies??

Interstate Bakeries Corp., the bankrupt maker of Wonder bread and Hostess Twinkies, said Tuesday it will exit the bread business in Southern California, laying off about 1,300 workers.

The Kansas City-based company said it will close four bakeries in Glendale, Pomona, San Diego and Los Angeles, as well as consolidate about 325 distribution routes and close 17 distribution centers and 19 outlet stores.

Interstate Bakeries said the moves, which still require approval by a bankruptcy court judge and the company's lenders, should be completed by Oct. 29 and will require $29.2 million in charges and an additional $1.8 million in accrued expenses.

Owen Wilson: So Suicidal...

Does have have any reason to be suicidal? He has a successful acting career, loads of hot chicks... I can't even imagine!

Miss South Carolina...

When You're Oprah Whinfrey

The talk-show queen is holding a star-studded fund-raiser for presidential wannabe Barack Obama on Sept. 8 at her $64 million estate near Santa Barbara, Calif., and she wanted out-of-town guests to be able to stay at the nearby San Ysidro Ranch. But - horrors - it was booked for a wedding that weekend.
"Due to the proximity to and the cachet of the ranch to Oprah Winfrey's estate, Oprah's people have been calling the bride to either move or vacate some of the rooms to accommodate her guest list," our source snitched. "The bride, an attorney, is not budging."
Well, she may have budged a bit.
San Ysidro Ranch Manager Marco Perry denied that Winfrey's people had talked to the bride but said, "The wedding party did cancel a few rooms - but we didn't charge them a cancellation fee because there was such a demand for the rooms that weekend."
Winfrey's representative at her production company, Harpo Inc., insisted that no calls to the bride were made.
In any event, the fund-raiser for Obama will have some strict rules. No cameras will be allowed in, and there will be heavy security to make sure it's enforced. Nor will guests be able to enter Oprah's house. Instead, they'll be dining alfresco on blankets under tents. And to avoid a mass crush of limos, they must park at a "greeting center" eight miles away and take a shuttle bus to Winfrey's estate.
Among the famous Obama supporters expected are George Clooney, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Monday, August 27, 2007

5 Friends You Should Have

Attached please find an article telling you what "5 Friends You Should Have". I think I'm pretty much all of them. I am amazing. hahah...

The Uplifter: This woman's favorite word: yes. You could tell her you're trading your six-figure income for a career in offtrack betting, and she'd barely pause before yelping "Go for it!" Don't you need someone who looks past the love handles to notice the extraordinarily gorgeous you?

The Travel Buddy: When the hotel in St. Lucia is a bust, one characteristic becomes all-important: flexibility. This agreeable companion need not be the girl you traded pinkie swears with on the playground; it's enough that she's comfortable with quiet (between gabfests) and is a teensy bit mischievous (as in tequila after midnight).

The Truth Teller: Intent is what separates the constructive from the abusive. Once you've established that the hard news is spoken in love (not in jealousy or malice), you'd be smart to seek out this woman's perspective.

The Girl Who Just Wants to Have Fun: One Saturday a pal and I -- and yes, we're both over age 12 -- pored over every glitter lip gloss in a drugstore aisle for an entire 45 minutes. Forget the crisis download (for that, see the Uplifter); this partnership is about spontaneous good times.

The Unlikely Friend: "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive," Anaïs Nin wrote. My friends -- some twice my age, others half, some rich, others homeless, some black like me, others Korean, Mexican, Caucasian -- have added richness to my life that only variety can bring.

Dunkin' Donuts: Pioneering the "Healthier" Donut

For any of you that know me, I am a Dunkin' Donuts coffee fanatic. The day that the added "turbo" (or espresso) is truly a day that changed my life. In any event, I'm thankful every day that I do not like sweets- mainly because I like other foods too much already! :)

So, for those of you that like donuts, this is your day. DD just announced that by October 15, 50 menu items will have no "trans fat". Not to be stupid... but what is the difference? Isn't fat basically just fat... when did it move from being saturated/unsaturated and then trans... whatever. Fat is fat - like jeans are jeans. :) hahah...

Dunkin’ is ahead of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., which has yet to roll out a zero gram trans fat doughnut but hopes to do so. Brian Little, a spokesman for the North Carolina-based chain, said, “We continue to work aggressively with outside supply partners, and our goal is to get to zero trans fatty acids while maintaining great Krispy Kreme taste.”
A call seeking comment from another chain, California-based Winchell’s Donut House, wasn’t immediately returned.
Starbucks Corp., Dunkin’s Seattle-based rival in the coffee shop niche, said in May that it would cut artificial trans fats out of its food and drink by year’s end in stores in the continental U.S., Alaska and Canada.

Almost Like Costume or Not...

You guys are probably not as nerdy as I am, but there is a "quiz" on Mental Floss - "Headline or Plot From Scooby Doo?" I didn't do that well, but best of luck to you. I got 4/10. :)

A Whole New Google...

My default homepage is "Google"... surprise. However, I woke up this morning to find that Google's format has changed and now incorporates the various Google gadgets-- including news, clips from YouTube, time, date, etc...

Always changing. On a side note, the employees of Google have collectively contributed over $2 million dollars to one of the Presidential candidates (year to date number). That is some power.

Question of The Day

So, one of the features on "Mental Floss" is question of the day. One I found interesting (for all of you entrepreneurial folks), was the following:

Q: Have product placement deals ever found their way into novels?

A: Sure, we’ve all seen less than subtle product placement on the big screen. The lead character finding his fiancée while chatting on AOL, a couple serendipitously bumping into one another at a Starbucks, a ball player getting that extra ounce of energy from the last sip of his Coke.

But, for the most part, that sort of underhanded advertising has been relegated to film, right? Well, in 2001, literary types were shocked to discover that author Fay Weldon’s latest novel, The Bulgari Connection, had more than just a titular connection to the jewelry manufacturer. Bulgari had, in fact, paid Weldon to write it. That explains the dozens of sensual descriptions of their products found within (“it was a sleek modern piece … the mount following the irregular contours of the thin worn bronze”), but not why a respectable, Booker prize-nominated writer would accept such a payoff. In her defense, a defiant Weldon said, “I don’t care. They never give me the Booker prize anyway!” Having earned so much critical condemnation, she’s unlikely to get one now.

Mental Floss

I just came across this publication and it is pretty awesome. It's a magazine full of random knowledge and is meant to stimulate both halves of the brain.

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Sounds like Viki needs a subscription!

All In The Name of Science

Here is a little history lesson from everyone... kind of a cool article regarding a brief background about the person and their bodyparts that didn't make it to the grave. Including...

Napoleon's penis allegedly in hands of U.S. doctor
Saint Francis Xavier's hands spread from Asia to Europe
Gen. Stonewall Jackson's body buried in two Virginia towns