Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Charlotte Church = Crazy Chick??

Charlotte Church has turned into one hot momma. Check out the video clip for her latest single- "Crazy Chick".

I've been listening to a lot of BBC Radio 1 online lately and I have to admit, I'm lovin' it. I can't get Charlotte Church out of my head (I never would have believed I'd ever say THAT in a million years) as well as a couple of other British singles. Here's that poppy, British sounding song I was telling Holly about- The Coral- "In The Morning". I love it. Any music that can put me in a good mood is alright in my book.

Can you believe the Crazy Frog Ringtones have been #1 in the UK lately? Just thought I'd share that with you. I am also grooving on a couple of John Legend tracks, but I hear that he's old news so I won't bore you with that. (Although, the newer, faster version of "Ordinary People" is rocking my world right now.)

Friday, June 24, 2005


Cheeto's flavored lip gloss. Nice.

Do you like?

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Road Trippin'

I have completely forgotten how much fun road trips can be. Friday night I got back from the Fiesta Warehouse Sale in Newell, West Virginia. What a blast! My parents actually took me and the three of us had a fabulous time. Here's a re-cap-

Wednesday morning my parents picked me up. When we got down there at about 5pm we decided to scope out the situation so we headed to the factory. Lo and behold, there were tons of people already lined up! We got friendly with some other people from Michigan and come to find out there were going to pass out tickets at 7pm for the next day's sale! We waited around and got tickets 81, 82 and 83. This meant we didn't have to come back until 8am the next day and that we would be the first group into the sale.

The next morning we got up bright and early and headed back to the sale. There were hundreds of people waiting to get tickets. Thank god we already had some! We hung out in number order for two hours and had a wonderful time meeting and chatting with Fiesta lovers from all over the country. About 10am they started letting people in and what a rush! Everybody was grabbing dishes and running around and it was complete chaos but it was a lot of fun. We filled ten milk crates full of Fiesta and then proceeded to stand in line for almost 3 hours to check out. It was pretty unorganized but we still had fun chatting with people and shopping while we stood in line. We spent almost $400 and walked out with 9 huge boxes of dishes. I'll post pictures and actual amounts later if anybody is interested.

The next day we started to head back but took a few detours along the way. First stop was Kidron, Ohio to visit Lehman's Country Store, an Amish store we'd heard about. Well, it was ok but very much a tourist trap with everything extremely over priced. I picked up a few how-to booklets and some old fashioned soap.

Next stop was a few miles down the road in Orrville, Ohio, the home of Smucker's. There we stopped at Simply Smucker's, the retail store for Smucker's. I found Guava Jelly which really made my day.

Our final stop for the day was the Cat's Meow Village in Wooster, Ohio. I had to stop because it wasn't out of our way and I knew I could bring something back for Holly who collects some of it. I found her a couple of cute things and then we were on the road home. God, I miss doing road trips. I really need to do them more often.

Friday, June 17, 2005


I lifted this from Lisa and the Domestic Princess.

What Are Three Screen Names You Have Used?
Amy57, vintage lilac and that's it

What Are Three Things You Like About Yourself?
I'm friendly, I'm well-rounded and I don't put up with a lot of bullshit.

What Are Three Things You Don't Like About Yourself?
I'm overweight, I'm a procrastinator and I'm so blunt that I'm mean sometimes. I'm working on changing all of these.

Name Three Parts Of Your Heritage?
English, Irish and Native American

What Are Three Things That Scare You?
Dying, driving in downtown Detroit by myself and Michael Jackson.

What Are Three Of Your Everyday Essentials?
mascara, contact lenses and a big barrette.

Name Three Things You Are Wearing Right Now.
brown leather sandals, khaki shorts and a Bell's Beer t-shirt.

What Are Your Three Favorite Songs?
Of all time?
"Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight and the Pips.
"Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
"Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison

What Are Three Things You Would Like To Try Next Year?
Start a family, try to get a new job, visit my friends more.

What Three Things Are Most Important To You In A Relationship?
A sense of humor, intelligence and being able to put up with my weird and quirky ways.

Two Truths And A Lie.
I've worked on the Vegas Strip, I've had lunch with President Clinton and I only have eight toes.

What Are Three Things You Can Do Without?
Stupid people, taxes and ESPN.

What Are Three Things You'd Like To Do Before You Die?
See a performance at the Hollywood Bowl, learn how to play the violin and visit all 50 states.

Who Are Three Celebrity Crushes?
Colin Firth, Adam Sandler and John Cusack.

What Are Three Things You Can't Do?
Ice skate, roller skate and snap my fingers with my right hand. I can only do it with my left.

Three Kid's Names?
Should I really say since I haven't had them yet?
Annabelle, Abraham and (this is a stretch) Prairie. I love that name but I know my husband doesn't.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

A Visit From the Heatmizer

It has been freaking hot here lately. The funny thing is that people from outside of Michigan think it's perpetually cold here. I talked to some people from Key West, Florida and they said it was a lot hotter here than it was down there and that they were considering returning home early to escape the heat. Nice. They had no idea it gets above freezing here.

I'm doing anything I can think of to stay cool in this oven, er, I mean "house". My latest suggestion is to go to my friend Amy's house and go swimming. In fact that's exactly what I'm doing after I finish this post.

I'm busy getting ready to go to the Fiesta Sale this week. Before that I have an appreciation event at work I'm in charge of on Tuesday night. Busy, busy all week long.....

Saturday, June 04, 2005


While cruising through Amazon.co.uk's Top 100 List, I kept seeing a puzzle book called "Sudoku". Apparently it is a numbers puzzle that is incredibly popular all over England. Now, I love puzzles but number puzzles aren't usually my thing. Eventually my curiosity got the best of me and I printed out a few to try. OH. MY. GOD. It is highly addictive and will drain your brain after a few of them. After calculating the shipping cost I've decided to have my friend pick me up some of the books when she's in England in August. I'm hooked. I can't get enough and no one in Canada and the United States sells the books. UGH!! Hopefully the daily download will subdued me until I can get my hands on some more.

We just finished our Saturday night ritual of hanging out and listening to A Prairie Home Companion. Now I'm listening to American Routes. God, I love NPR on the weekends.

I'm reading Starvation Heights by Gregg Olsen right now. It's taken me forever to find a copy of it but it seems to have been worth it. It's an extremely well written book about a female doctor that built a sanitarium in the early 1900's and used a fasting method that eventually starved her patients to death. (Hello, run on sentence!)

Carrying on the tradition of a Colin Firth Love/Film Fest at my house on the weekends, I watched My Life So Far last night. In order to pique the interest of some people who might be reading this, let's just say that it takes place in Argyle, Scotland in the 1920's and the main character is a boy named Fraser who runs around in a kilt a lot. Tonight is The Advocate. We'll see how it goes.

Tomorrow my family and I are going to the local Masonic Temple for a chicken dinner. At first I wasn't too thrilled but now I'm looking forward to it. I come from a long line of Mason's and it's the same temple my grandparents were members in. I spent a lot of time as a kid in that big old building and I'd like to see how it's changed. Plus it's my brother's birthday AND my nephew is GEEKED because he just saw "National Treasure" and can't believe his Papa and Grand Papa are members of this secret society and he's actually going to one of their buildings. Too funny. My aunt told me that everyone she knows has had their emblems stolen off their car since that movie came out. That's funny, too.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

For My Fellow News Junkies

Check this out! My brother made the cover of two Michigan newspapers yesterday!

This one maybe a little hard to get to at the Alpena News-
-click on archives
-click on June- local news
-click on the 1st
Those of you who know my maiden name will see the article (and pic!) right away. And hey Steph! Check out the other guy's name!

This one should take you right there-
The Owosso Argus Press.

How cool is all that? I'm so proud of him! And now I have a place to vacation up north!

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

I love Hawaii but come on.....

Last week the Honolulu Star Bulletin had an article that featured a new ride at the Hawaiian Waters Water Park called "Da Flowrider", which is basically a wave pool.

Would this be considered an oxy moron? I mean, you are within a minutes walk to some of the best beaches in the world (including world class surfing) and you're going to pay a $35 entrance fee to surf a wave pool? Oh and all of the beaches are public and free. Maybe it's one of those things where people never see what's in their backyard.

And for your viewing pleasure.....a live real time cam on Waikiki Beach. I could watch it for hours. You can literally watch the surfers walk by with their boards and jump in the water.